Tagged DC Comics

Shazam! Goes Wild with Classic Superhero Fun

If the DC Extended Universe has been giving itself a more dapper makeover since the darker days of Batman v Superman, Shazam! is the pinnacle of taking the DC Comics characters back to their roots. A darker tale just wouldn’t seem to fit for this titular magical hero, a literal child at heart in a big red costume who fought evil worms from space on the comic page. With gleeful Richard Donner–style adventure, earnestness, and knowing sass, this charming...

DC’s Eternity Girl Is a Beautiful Tragedy about Mortality and Mental Health

Content warning: Eternity Girl contains content relating to suicide. Depression and anxiety are two themes I would never associate with a visually stunning and emotionally compelling comic book, but writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Sonny Liew are able to create just that in Eternity Girl. Coming from DC’s Young Animal imprint, the six-issue miniseries Eternity Girl focuses on a topic that most DC and Marvel books tend to shy away from. It is rare to find a story that...

Is Black Label a Black Eye or a Game Changer for DC Comics?

Announced in March 2018, DC Black Label was supposed to be a groundbreaking mature imprint for DC Comics that would free itself from continuity and allow writers and artists creative freedom. It would have comic legends such as Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. working on Superman: Year One and Geoff Johns writing Batman: Three Jokers. But the imprint, which has only two books out as of this writing, hit a snag in September with the controversy surrounding Brian Azzarello...

Aquaman Overflows with Adventure and Fantasy

After decades being the butt of easy jokes, Aquaman has finally gotten his own movie. Even this year’s Teen Titans Go! to the Movies made a slam on him: “If Aquaman can get a movie, anybody can.” Thanks to the bearded charisma of Jason Momoa and big action from director James Wan, one could argue this hero is cool at last. That’s definitely what the movie seems to be going for as it overloads on the action, adventure, fantasy,...

Teen Titans Go to the Movies with Goofs, References, and Childish Glee

If the DC Extended Universe is the snobby student shooting rickety rockets to the moon, the animated Teen Titans is the silly troublemaker shooting spitballs at the blackboard. It aims low with its farts and obnoxious body motions, but it’s hard to not snicker at a film so simultaneously smart with its satire of superheroes and daring enough to continuously use the word “poop.” Sure, that’s childish humor, but look at the film’s target demographic here. Adults have had...

A Minnesota-Created Book Series Uses DC Superheroes to Teach Character Lessons

As a parent trying to ensure my child has an understanding of how her actions affect the world around her, it’s always helpful to have examples to make an abstract concept more concrete. If those examples can include things she finds relevant or interesting, then it’s even better. Fortunately, Minnesota publisher Capstone has recently released a series of books aimed at young children that use DC Comics characters to illustrate positive character traits. The books are wonderfully illustrated by...

Enter to Win a Justice League Movie Prize Pack!

Justice League comes out November 17, and tickets are officially on sale—but you can win a pair for free, along with a bunch of other Justice League swag! We’re giving away a sweet prize pack that includes the following: (2) Fandango movie tickets to see the film (valid 11/17/2017–12/14/2017, $24 value) (1) $10 Dave & Buster’s Power Play card (1) Justice League T-shirt (1) Justice League drawstring bag (1) Justice League poster (1) Justice League pin To enter, just...

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...
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