On its own, the police procedural doesn't have that much traction within modern comics. In the early days of the medium -- especially in newspaper strips -- it was a different story, and straight-up police tales were among some of the most popular of the day. A little over a decade ago, though, everybody seemed to realize the potential to mix police procedurals with other genres, frequently to fantastic and award-winning results: Alan Moore and Gene Ha's Top Ten; Gotham Central, by Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Michael Lark and others; and Powers by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. Those books realized the natural fit that cop stories had within superhero stories, and thus a sub-genre was born.
But there's still plenty of room left for cop shows in comics, and over the last few years, the sci-fi procedural has definitely been in its ascendance. With Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood's The Fuse, we have a new standard by which to judge all others.
He might not be the hero we wanted, but he just might be the hero one city deserved. The Bradford Batman, the previously-unidentified vigilante who delivered a wanted felon to the Bradford Police Station, has been unmasked as Stan Warby, a local Chinese-takeout delivery man.Apparently, Warby had donned the costume in celebration of a recent soccer (or football, as they call it acr
It may not be Gotham City, but it looks like Bradford, Northern England has a caped crusader righting wrongs and defending the defenseless, nonetheless. On February 25, a man dressed in an Adam West, Batman '66-style costume delivered a wanted felon to the police department before "disappearing into the night."On the
When I was in law school, my absolute least famous class was criminal procedure. It's affectionately termed the "Law & Order" class, because it deals with the sorts of things Sam Waterston dealt with every week: illegal searches, Miranda warnings, burdens of proof. But I sp
There's been an outpouring of support in the comics community for Superman fan Mike Meyer these past few weeks after the 48-year-old mentally disabled man from Granite City, Ill. was robbed of a substantial portion of his massive collection of Superman comics and memorabilia after being tricked by an acquaintance he welco
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