For those unfamiliar with the DC Super Hero Girls franchise the concept is that many classic DC comics characters are teenagers attending Super Hero High School, focusing on the female supers. Another neat twist is that villains aren’t villains yet, they might be morally flexible but they are still overall more good than bad. My eleven and seven year old daughters have been fans for several years now. They have watched the animated shows and movies, and read two of the chapter books, but only recently read any of the graphic novels. Finally having read this one, I regret not […]
I’m new to Batbooks, having only dipped my toe in with the launch of the all-ages Gotham Academy title and then being blown away by the short-lived We Are Robin book. If the rest of the Batbooks are anything like what Scott Snyder did/is doing in All-Star Batman, I have been missing out. Ends of the Earth is a new arc, and you won’t need Volume 1 (My Own Worst Enemy) to jump in. Ends of the Earth cedes center stage to the Bat’s rogues gallery. Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, and others take a turn putting the Bat through his […]
This review includes minor spoilers of a twenty year old zeitgeisty comic that you probably already know about. On its face, Batman: Knightfall is the novelization of the (in)famous storyline in which the Caped Crusader suffers a broken back at the knee of the villain Bane and must temporarily cede the batsuit to another. Moviegoers will recognize the major plot points from the final movie in the Nolan Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Comic nerds will be familiar with the storyline for its supremely awesome 1990s Batsuit. However, the book is more than a simple retelling of the old story. […]
“Something, something Joker doesn’t have a face, something something Batman is so Edgy and Dark, something, something it’ll be AWESOME!” –Creative notes scrawled on a crumpled napkin by a DC exec during a coked-out party.
Any comic book nerd needs a hookup – a trusted advisor on new and interesting books. Like a counselor, best friend, or record store employee, the a nerd’s comic book expert has to know their client and know the lay of the land. What will the nerd like, what will the nerd hate, and, perhaps most importantly, what will expand the nerd’s horizons? The people of Titan Moon Comics have never steered me wrong, so when they told me that the new DC/Hanna-Barbera mashups were worth reading, I didn’t blink an eye. While the DC/HB mashup of Future Quest has […]
Okay, so, context: 1. Superman is my favorite superhero. I have been smitten since watching the old Fleischer Technicolor Superman cartoons my dad bought me on VHS when I was five years old, but the big oaf became a life-long love in 1994 when Lois & Clark premiered on TV. Each iteration I’ve seen since has only made me love the character more (excepting Man of Steel and its sequel, which do not represent anything that I love about the character, which in fact actively takes what I love and rolls it in the mud). I had his shield on my […]
I’ve read all of Gene Luen Yang’s comics, so it was a no-brainer that I would be reading his version of Superman. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it. Actually, I’ve never really enjoyed a Superman comic, so this may be on me. But before we get to the actual comic, a complaint. WTF, why is the DC comics universe so messed up??? I mean, it took me an hour after reading this to determine which version of Superman I was reading, where it was in the continuity, and how things had gotten to be the way they were. I mean, right […]
Nothing substantial happens in volume two of the Batgirl reboot, and I didn’t mind at all. Barbara Gordon and her gang of friends are fun to hang out with, regardless of whether this particular collection has a overarching story thread or meaningful character development. As an economical comics fan, I generally prefer to buy books of short runs and defined arcs. But, Batgirl’s characters and art are too fun to ignore. This collection carries along the best aspects of volume one (https://cannonballread.com/2015/10/when-superheroes-use-tinder-for-good/) while toning down the more groan-worthy hipsterness that occassionally popped up. This trade, which collects #41-45 and a […]