The practice of human sacrifice is as ancient as human civilization and has been practiced variously by various cultures, but most often to pacify gods or nature in the same manner of animal sacrifices. For example, maidens being tossed into volcanoes to keep them from erupting, or victims being buried at the foundations of castles, temples or bridges to protect the constructions from ruin.
We're way past human sacrifice now, of course, but fictional character sacrifice? Today's super-comics creators seem rather devoted to that particular ritual, with many an "event" story arc beginning with the death of a character, as if they were being sacrificed to bless the ensuing narrative.
The latest example is DC Comics' three-book Trinity War crossover, which begins in earnest this week but has been slowly ramping up in several books, most notably Justice League of America, where one of the publisher's oldest and best-known characters was seemingly killed recently.
Be warned, for below there are spoilers for stories as old as 2004's Identity Crisis and as recent as Justice League of America #5.
Last week, DC Comics pointed out what I'd call a curious detail in a sneak peek at Justice League #22. Though he only appeared in one panel of the preview pages, the publisher's blog post about the issue gave first priority to the appearance of an all-new Doctor Light.
Back in March, DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio made a list of his ten favorite titles published during his tenure with the company. This week on ComicsAlliance, Chris Sims, Matt Wilson and Andy Khouri sit down for the first ever two-part episode of War Rocket Ajax, as they break the list down, give their reactions to each title, and discuss what this means for the direction of the company -- and you can listen to the whole episode right here at ComicsAlliance!
Plus, don't miss information on this year's Live CA/War Rocket Ajax Panel at HeroesCon!War Rocket Ajax #117: Dan DiDio's Top Ten, Part One
(WARNING: Contains NSFW language)
It's been ten years since Dan DiDio first walked into DC Comics as a Vice President of Editorial, beginning a chain of events that led to the native New Yorker ascending to the position of Co-Publisher of the storied comic book house. Among the notable events DiDio's presided over in his time with DC
Supergods and Action Comics writer Grant Morrison has long been known for his frank, revealing interviews, and his latest Q&A at Rolling Stone is no exception, full of blisteringly (and admirably) straight talk on a wide range of topics: sexism in superhero comics; the disturbing use of rape in Identity Crisis and Alan Moore's work; why he no longer hangs out with Mark Millar; and perhaps most worryingly, the "death
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