The Complete History Of The Joker's Many, Many Incarnations

Jared Leto’s prison-tattooed version of the Joker made a big splash the other day — but a radically transformed Joker is nothing new. Batman’s most iconic foe has undergone many revamps, reimaginings, updates and interpretations over the past 75 years. Here’s the complete history of the ever-changing face of the Joker. » 4/27/15 1:14pm Yesterday 1:14pm

The Comic Book Guardians Of The Galaxy Are Getting An Amazing Figure Set

When Guardians of the Galaxy came out last year, if you wanted the entire movie team in Hasbro’s 6” Marvel Legends Line, you had to spend money (and get figures you might not want) to get all the parts for the “Build-A-Figure” Groot. That’s not the case with this brilliant new set based on their comic book looks! » 4/27/15 2:00pm Yesterday 2:00pm

10 Obvious Superhero Weaknesses (That Supervillains Hardly Ever Exploit)

We think of superhero weaknesses as being fancy or complicated — radioactive fragments of their old home planets, or the people they love. And that’s why superheroes win. In fact, most superheroes have super-obvious weak points. Here are 10 obvious superhero weakness that villains almost never attack. » 4/27/15 10:17am Yesterday 10:17am

A Creepy Comic About Kelpies, Scotland's Murderous, Supernatural Horses

In Scottish folklore, a kelpie is a shape-shifting water spirit that may take the form of horse in order to drown anyone foolish enough to try to ride them. This comic by cartoonist Emma Weakley imagines a particularly tragic encounter between two young boys and one of those horse-shaped monsters. » 4/24/15 5:30pm Friday 5:30pm

Frank Miller Making A Third Dark Knight Comic Titled The Master Race

This... this will not end well. DC comics has just announced that Frank Miller, one of comics’ greatest creators who has since devolved into one of the comics’ world’s weird crazy uncles, is creating a third volume in the saga he began with The Dark Knight Returns, to be titled The Dark Knight: The Master Race. » 4/24/15 1:41pm Friday 1:41pm

All The Upcoming Comic Book Movies That Aren’t From Marvel Or DC

Marvel and DC superhero movies get all the headlines, but did you know there are other comic publishers out there? And they are also making great comics — like Scott Snyder’s Wytches, above — that may make their way to the silver screen? It’s true! Here’s 40 future films from all the other guys you need to know about. » 4/24/15 11:10am Friday 11:10am

DC Is Creating A Female-Focused Superhero Line Just For Young Girls

DC Comics path towards a female-friendly image has been rocky to say the least — but it’s taken some great steps forward with the surge of popularity in comics like Batgirl and Gotham Academy. Now they want to take it a little further with a new initiative that highlights their female heroes. » 4/23/15 8:40am Thursday 8:40am

Harley Quinn's Alter-Ego Is Getting An Action Figure For The First Time

In a industry of endless variant figures, I was honestly kind of surprised that Harleen Quinzel, the Psychiatrist that becomes Harley Quinn, has never had an action figure before — and yet, 23 years after her début, here we are: the toy for people who prefer craziness in a lab coat rather than a harlequin’s outfit.
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Which TV Or Movie Adaptation Made You Ashamed To Be A Fan Of Something?

We all know that movie and TV versions of books, comics and games don’t always capture what’s truly great about them. But sometimes, they do something far worse. Which movie or TV version of a beloved story was so awful, it actually made you embarrassed to admit in public you were a fan? » 4/22/15 2:00pm Wednesday 2:00pm

An Aspiring Knight Must Solve The Mystery Of Her Brother's Disappearance

Samantha, the young heroine of Angelica Maria’s webcomic Solstoria, wants two things in her life: She wants to become a knight and she wants to find out what happened to her older brother, an alchemy student who went missing. In her quest she’ll encounter a protective crow, a moon priestess, and plenty of things that… » 4/22/15 1:50pm Wednesday 1:50pm

Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London Series Is Coming To Comics!

Ben Aaronovitch’s “magical detective” series Rivers of London (known as Midnight Riot in the US) was a fresh take on the mashup of Police procedural and the supernatural when it released in 2011 — and io9 can exclusively reveal that the world of Police Officer/Wizard Peter Grant is coming to comics, thanks to Titan! » 4/22/15 1:36pm Wednesday 1:36pm

Which Science Fiction Story Could Have Gone In A Much Darker Direction?

Lots of science fiction and fantasy stories like to flirt with real darkness — showing heroes who cross the line occasionally, or situations that have no right or wrong answer. But then they usually return to the path of lightness. Which story missed out on the potential to go to a really dark place? » 4/21/15 3:00pm 4/21/15 3:00pm