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Review: HEROES IN CRISIS #4

Review: HEROES IN CRISIS #4

HEROES IN CRISIS #4 Written by Tom King Art by Clay Mann, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles Edited by Jamie S. Rich and Brittney Holzherr Published by DC Comics Release Date: January 2, 2019 Having previously written one piece on the issue surrounding Poison Ivy and then another issue about the flaws I saw with

Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA #6

CAPTAIN AMERICA #6 Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates Art by Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Sunny Gho, Joe Caramagna Edited by Alanna Smith, Tom Brevoort Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: December 19, 2018 After six issues, the full force of the narrative Coates has planned for Captain America now, more than ever, comes into focus.

Pushing Through the Pain of HEROES IN CRISIS

Comics like the currently on-going Heroes in Crisis story by Tom King are probably the hardest to critique. I feel like something is wrong with it, yet the subjects around which the story revolves, therapy and trauma, are things about which I know little outside of anecdotal evidence and experience. Or, to re-state the premise

The Writing on the Wall: Poison Ivy and HEROES IN CRISIS

Way back in 1994, when I was around the age of 10, I remember watching the “House & Garden” episode of Batman: The Animated Series. The main focus of the story, which was written by Paul Dini and directed by Boyd Kirkland, was about how Pamela Isley (Poison Ivy) had been allowed to leave Arkham

Review: DC NEW TALENT SHOWCASE 2018 #1

DC NEW TALENT SHOWCASE 2018 #1 Edited by Bobbie Chase, Sara Miller and Liz Erickson Published by DC Comics Release Date: December 12, 2018 Batman: Leap of Faith (pg. 1-14) Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art by Amancay Nahuelpan and Trish Mulvihill Constantine: Neon Demons (pg. 15-28) Written by Sanya Anwar Art by Priscilla Petraites

Review: GREEN LANTERN #2

GREEN LANTERN #2 Written by Grant Morrison Art by Liam Sharp, Steve Oliff, and Tom Orzechowski Edited by Jessica Chen and Brian Cunningham Published by DC Comics Release Date: December 5, 2018 If there is anything that Grant Morison was famous for with his Batman run (in this reviewer’s opinion, anyway) it was reminding readers

The Comics Classroom – Super Teens, Part 1: MY HERO ACADEMIA

It is hard to ignore the popularity of author Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia (Boku no Hīrō Akademia, if you want to know the Hepburn translation of 僕のヒーローアカデミア). I have kept up with the series before it came to the U.S., but even today it’s as popular now as when it first appeared here in

YOUNG JUSTICE: A Masterclass in Youth and Friendship

In some ways looking back on the original Young Justice run that started back in the 90s can come off as a bit of a rough ride. One of the first villains the team (which started with Robin, Superboy, and Impulse) faced was a character called Mighty Endowed, a busty catgirl who literally couldn’t stand

Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA #2

CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates Art by Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Sunny Gho, Joe Caramagna Edited by Alanna Smith, Tom Brevoort Published by Marvel Comics Release Date: August 2, 2018 In Captain America #2, Coates demonstrates how the core focus of his narrative remains rooted in dissecting the aftermath of the “Secret Empire”

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