When DC announced that writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Eddy Barrows were taking Superman on a walking tour of the United States in the "Grounded" arc that began with a short story in issue 700 and starts in earnest this week in issue 701, I defended the concept. I found the idea of Superman not
The era of the American West provides rich ground for creators in search of stories to tell. It offers a vast landscape of open skies above lawless towns filled with desperate men and women. It can be a path to explore conce
FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS LEAD NINJA - Shadowland 1 (SPOILERS FOLLOW)
New York is a tough place. The city's big and unforgiving, people are cruel to one another, and sometimes it seems like an individual can't make much of a difference on their own. It's all too easy to fall in with
ZOMBIES AND DRACULAS AND ROBOTS (OH MY) - Marvel Zombies 5 #4 / The Death of Dracula One-Shot
Unless you've been buried alive for the past decade you've probably noticed that various incarnations of the undead in fiction have experienced bursts of popularity in the last several years. And that this in turn has led man
Throughout his run on "Unknown Soldier" Joshua Dysart has found ways to tell emotionally resonant stories steeped in the culture and history of a region that has been troubled by violence and war for decades. But his latest issue, with art by
YOU WILL BELIEVE A MAN CAN FLY AND STILL BE BORING - Superman 700
Superman reaches its milestone issue number 700 this week, meaning it's as good a time as any to do a giant-sized issue marking both the high round number and a point between the end of one saga and the beginning of another. The issue begins with recent Supe
For much of human history the most useful role filled by mice has been that of a crunchy bite-sized snack. The problems they caused, on the other hand, included devouring some of our food supply, defecating on what they couldn't eat, and then leaving behind disease carrying parasites. And yet somehow there's sti
"ALL A LITTLE MAD" WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT: Joker's Asylum II Harley Quinn & Joker's Asylum II Mad Hatter
Sane people are dull. Sure, they're necessary. When you buy a coffee in the morning it's unsettling to have it served to you by someone whose left eye twitches, grins madly, cackles while using the coffee grinder and mumbles, "Oh yes, you'll pay," before turning to the rest of the line behind you and yelling "You'll all pay!" At tax time it's preferable to find an accountant who refrains from attempting to claim the invisible talking giant spider who he assures you lives in your house as an additional dependent. Indeed, most aspects of o
Take a group of friends. Have them meet regularly for conversation, meals, and coordinated activities. In some cases these people will convene at a bar and engage in trivia contests. Other times they'll meet at a pub
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