Superman is a character full of hope and optimism. The first Superhero, hitting newsstands all the way back in 1938. He may not be as popular as someone like Batman, but he deserves to be looked at with respect. Surprisingly though, when it comes to story recommendations, it seems to be the same five stories over and over again. While yes, they are definitely worth reading, I wanted to highlight some amazing stories, along with a few classics, that don’t nearly get as much love and attention, but will also provide a well rounded look at the character that is Clark Kent. My choices may raise a few eyebrows, but any discussion about great Superman stories is a worthwhile discussion. [Read more…] about The 11 Best Superman Stories!
I make no secret that I am a huge fan of Peter J. Tomasi’s work. Especially when partnered with Patrick Gleason, but his writing is among the best currently working. I first found his work during DC’s New 52 initiative when he, along with Gleason, worked on the Batman and Robin series, one of the absolute best things to come out of the New 52. Both he and Gleason moved on to an amazing Superman run during the Rebirth era, and currently Tomasi is writing an equally great run on Detective Comics.
To get the best understanding of a writer, particularly one working for the big two, it’s perhaps best to look at their independent work. When working for Marvel or DC, creators have to keep to set rules and stay true to the character they are writing. With independent creations, however, writers and artists are free to exercise greater control over their ideas. The two independent creations that spring to mind when looking at Tomasi are the horror title House of Penance, and the superhero book The Mighty. Given Tomasi is now very much associated with Superman and Batman, looking at his indie superhero, Alpha One (co-written by Keith Champagne), is a deeply interesting experience. [Read more…] about Underrated Gems: The Mighty by Peter J. Tomasi and Keith Champagne
Created by Jack Kirby in 1971, Darkseid is a quintessential villain when it comes to DC lore. A part of the New Gods mythology, Darkseid is tyranny incarnate and a threat to be feared across the multiverse. That being said, it’s difficult to find some of the best stories to really understand just how imposing a threat Darkseid is.
While it’s deeply tempting to say that you should start with the work of Jack Kirby, namely New Gods, Mister Miracle, The Forever People and Superman’s Best Friend Jimmy Olsen, these might not appeal to newer readers trying to just get to grips with the character. They can also be a little expensive when it comes to getting all the necessary volumes. It is something that should definitely be looked into for the character, and especially the mythology of the New Gods, but it’s by no means a benchmark for entry. Instead, here are some suggestions for stories that might give you a better idea of the character and his impact presented in chronological order. [Read more…] about The Best Darkseid Comics!
For a comic book universe to tell its stories to maximum efficiency, creators, editors and departments need to have an understanding and plan in mind going forward. An excellent example is during the late-80s to mid-90s. Especially post Crisis on Infinite Earths. The DC universe needed to be restructured, and to do this in a consistent and effective manner, the different departments have to be organised. The events following Crisis on Infinite Earths, such as Panic in the Sky and Legends were integrated extremely well into all the ongoing series that it effected. This takes masterful planning and a clear line of communication. DC Comics in particular have had periods where their organisation skills have been incredible. However, recently they have found themselves heavily segmented, resulting in one of the most awkward reading experiences in a long time.
If we look at the DC creative teams at the beginning of 2020, excluding Black Label as a separate entity, you can see some very clear archetypal groups.
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DC’s new Generation Zero initiative has a lot of people questioning whether all of this is a reboot in disguise. The information attached to the “Generations” announcement gives us a whole new timeline, with Wonder Woman as DC’s first public Superhero. Given the events of titles like Doomsday Clock, Flash Forward and Wonder Woman #750, it does heavily feel like DC is leaning towards a full reboot. But why reboot so soon, when Rebirth was only four years ago? Why is it needed, and why is it being done? But above all, why is the Wally West Flash at the center of it all? [Read more…] about DC Generations: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Wally West?