Tagged DC Comics

Why I Bought My Daughter Wonder Woman’s Sword

As far as I can remember, it started with a cup. My daughter used small juice glasses during our family meals, but as she was still under three, I was hesitant to have her use actual glassware on the nights we ate dinner outside on our back patio. Spilling the glass was still a real hazard, and having it break on the cement would be less than ideal. The patio was a prime barefoot zone, plus I could no...

6 Reasons You Should Be Playing HeroClix by WizKids

HeroClix is a tactical-combat collectible miniatures game that is centered around comic book characters, mostly from the DC and Marvel universes. Are you a fan of Yu-Gi-Oh!, The Lord of the Rings, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek, BioShock, Assassin’s Creed, Halo, or Iron Maiden? Yes, Iron Maiden—they have all those too. New sets are released on a regular basis, so there’s always a chance to add fresh characters to your team. Some people may be intimidated by the...

In Honor of Batman Day, Here Are All of Our Batman Articles in One Place

Happy Batman Day! To celebrate DC Comics’ official holiday for the Caped Crusader, here are all of our Batman-related articles in one easy-to-browse list: Celebrate Batman Day with Mask of the Phantasm Batman: The Killing Joke Expands on an Iconic Story Suicide Squad is a Misfit Mash of Mischief and Misfires Who Really Comes Out on Top in the Battle of Batman Versus Superman? The Overstuffing of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Taking the Gotham out of Batman...

Minnesota’s Christopher Jones Draws Everything from Superheroes to Time Lords

Christopher Jones is a Minnesota-based comic artist and illustrator who has worked on a multitude of different comics and books, including properties from Young Justice to The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to Doctor Who: The Third Doctor. Due to his having worked on a few things that I am a fan of, I was pretty pumped when he graciously took some time out of his day to answer a few of my questions. Philip Coler (TCG): For people who don’t...

A Case for Aquaman as Our Champion of Earth

Each member of DC Comics’ league of heroes has a mythic quality. It’s exciting to see what creative writers and filmmakers do with the core values that each hero represents. Bruce Wayne, the billionaire seven-year-old who chooses to spend his life, infinite wealth, and privilege to become Batman, represents the heroic potential of humanity when gifted with ultimate freedom. The story of Kal-El making his home on Earth is akin to a sci-fi angel who comes to save us...

The Death of a Hero: How DC Killed Superman to Make Way for the Man of Steel

I shall tell you of Clark Kent, otherwise known as Kal-El. Historians from DC Comics will say I am a liar, but history is written by those who have hanged heroes. The powers that be at DC felt it was dying without a legacy, and the chief creative officer, a cruel man known as Geoff the Longshanks, claimed the throne of DC directions for himself. DC nobles fought him, and fought each other, over the crown. So Longshanks invited them to a relaunch...

The Overstuffing of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Amid the vast landscape of modern superhero movies, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice takes aim a little higher than the usual popcorn entertainment. It wants to ask the tougher questions of vigilantism and how a being such as Superman fits into the politics of national security. It delves into the damaging nature of pathos that shapes men into monsters of frightening horror. And it takes plenty of shots at relating to the struggle of man versus god versus...

Your Big, Bad Recap of the 2016 In-Store Convention Kick-Off

What better way to launch the comic convention season than with the In-Store Convention Kick-Off? In this marathon eight-hour live streaming event, creators and major publishers were on hand to talk about upcoming books and editorial plans. More than 400 comic and game stores in nine countries participated as venues for watching the broadcast, including four in Minnesota: Comic Cartel in Minneapolis, Book Review in Rochester, Source Comics and Games in Roseville, and Level Up Games in South St....

Everything Wrong with Arrow

Before I begin and the hate mail comes roaring in, let me say that I love Arrow. I am an Arrow fan! However, as a fan, I feel I can point out its flaws, and as a reviewer, I feel I can write about them. So lest anyone think I’m writing this article purely as a complainer to complain, know that I am someone who wants this show to continue to be great and be on television for a...

Rebooting the Black & White Past with KodaChrome Future, Part 2: The Silver Age of Comics

Previously:  “Rebooting the Black & White Past with KodaChrome Future, Part 1: The Golden Age of Comics” It would take nearly 20 years after the debut of Superman before the first black comic book main character was introduced. Still maintaining the “mysterious and noble savage” stereotype, Waku, Prince of the Bantu was featured in the omnibus, Jungle Tales, from Marvel Comics’s 1950’s predecessor Atlas Comics. The seven-issue series, Jungle Tales (Sept. 1954 – Sept. 1955), which introduced Marvel’s first African hero, was renamed and continued as Jann of...
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