archive for the 'Superhero' category


“So there you have it. Another Jones creation that thrills the pros and baffles the fans.”
That was Gerard Jones’ response following a slew of rave reviews from Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, Mark Wheatley, Mark Badger, Sam Hamm, and Fabian Nicieza, followed by a bunch of more tentative letters from plain ol’ readers. [...]


If I recall correctly, Heroes was intended at one point to be a new ongoing series, to replace the ailing Shadow Cabinet series. But in the midst of the Milestone implosion (which also claimed Xombi, Kobalt, and The Blood Syndicate) it was reduced to mini-series status, and delayed.
I was disappointed to see my fave [...]


Of the four “replacement Supermen” who appeared when Superman died a few years ago, I found the one referred to as “the visored Superman” or “the Last Son of Krypton” the least likeable… but nonetheless fascinating. He looked just like the Real Steel Deal (except for the visor and other costume changes), but lacked [...]

What They Did to Princess Paragon

Don’t let the lack of pictures fool you; this is a comic book.

It’s clearly a “book”, and it’s highly “comic”. Rodi has a real knack for clever turns of phrase, for painfully spot-on characterisation, and farcical plot twists that would do Oscar Wilde proud.
It’s about superheroes, the artists who produce them, the fans who [...]

Wonder Woman

a review of vol.2, #1-46
“Ya shoulda been there!” That’s what I said to myself as I read the post-Crisis relaunch of Wonder Woman, a decade after it began. But at the time, I was engrossed in my studies of computers, alcohol, and the guy down the hall at college, having stopped reading comics [...]


Leatherboy is the story of a young male superhero in a world in which everyone in a costume seems to have some strong sexual overtones… and hang-ups. The hero is an alien from an all-male planet, a fact he hides to maintain his popular profile. Gemini Man is a closeted bisexual with divided [...]


From looking at the letters he gets, Jimmie Robinson appears to have many people confused. Is the creator of CyberZone
a woman or a man? Black or white? Straight or gay? How old? The confusion comes from the fact that the main characters are mostly women, more than a couple of them [...]


review of #0-20
What can I say about this series that hasn’t already been said? Well, I could say that it’s a lot like the original “Porky’s” movie, or that it’s been shown to prevent melanoma in laboratory bats… but the reason no one’s said these things is that they’re utter nonsense. {smile}
Based on the art [...]

Primal Force

Of the new books announced to debut after Zero Hour, the only two I was sure I’d bother with were Starman and Primal Force. If it were up to me, those would be the two I’d still be reading. But Primal Force was cancelled, for the usual reasons. This fact and the [...]

The Jam: Urban Adventure

review of issues #1-11
This Jammer sure gets around. He started at Slave Labor. Then Tundra reprinted (and colorised) those first five issues. From there he moved to Dark Horse for a few issues. Now he’s at Caliber (a company which is rapidly moving toward the top my most-respected-publishers list). I [...]

Foot Soldiers

DC is leaning heavily on the heroes-in-a-dystopic-future theme this year, with Kingdom Come and their “Dead Earth” annuals. But there’s a series over at Dark Horse already exploring a similar idea: “When all the heroes are gone, who will fill their shoes?” Writer Jim Kreuger’s answer: The Foot Soldiers.
They’re a trio (and growing) [...]


The original Malibu Ultraverse had a lot of things going for it. They had pretty creative writers, some darn talented artists, several fresh marketing ideas, and a blank slate upon which to build their own universe.
They also had problems. 1995-level prices kept many 1993 readers from trying the books. Excessive intercontinuity between [...]