A History of DC Crossovers: The Dark Age

Ooh boy. This is going to be a tough one. Previously, the Bronze Age ended with the publication of Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns. From now on, due to the success of those two books, comics would take a turn for the dark and the edgy. You think, “Oh, how bad can it be?” but I haven’t even gotten to the part where a… » 5/31/15 11:03am 5/31/15 11:03am

A History of DC Crossovers: The Silver Age

So last time, we examined the crossovers in the Golden Age between National Comics and All-American Comics before they were merged to create, essentially, DC Comics. (They wouldn’t officially call themselves “DC Comics” until 1977. Before that, they would brand their comics as “A Superman DC Production” or simply “A… » 5/27/15 6:00pm 5/27/15 6:00pm

The World's Strangest Heroes: Doom Patrol

Since it’s Friday and I’m bored, I’m going to write about the history of my favorite superhero team, the Doom Patrol. The Doom Patrol isn’t like any other team. Well, no, actually, strike that: superficially, they are like the X-Men. Their leader is in a wheelchair, they are feared by those they save. This wasn’t… » 5/09/15 11:07am 5/09/15 11:07am

Is This Cover Appropriate for Batgirl?

So recently, there's been a kerfuffle over the "Joker Variant" cover of Batgirl #41. DC has been doing monthly variants for most of its comics and this month, the theme was the Joker. Unfortunately, the variant cover they chose for Batgirl didn't exactly match the fun tone that the book conveys. In fact, it was pretty… » 3/18/15 3:12am 3/18/15 3:12am

11-Year-Old Schools DC About Female Heroes, So They Turn Her Into One

This is kind of awesome. Eleven-year-old Rowan Hansen wrote to DC Comics asking why there weren't more female superheroes, and why the female heroes don't wear more practical costumes. They responded with a drawing of Hansen as a superhero. Her response: Thanks, but that's not what I asked for. » 2/20/15 12:41pm 2/20/15 12:41pm

Crisis Management: Why DC Comics Is Always Changing Everything

Four years ago, DC Comics killed all of their long-running titles, replacing everything—including their oldest Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman series—with new #1s. This past Friday, they've announced that they're practically doing that again. Big, universe-shuffling change is a constant at DC Comics but it's… » 2/09/15 1:49pm 2/09/15 1:49pm

Great Villains Whose Schemes Aren't Just Aimed At Destroying The Hero

Sometimes it seems like every villain is obsessed with murdering the hero of the story. (Or making the hero realize they're alike.) But it's not true — in fact, some of the best villains have their own goals, and the hero just happens to get in the way. Here are some great villains whose schemes don't revolve around… » 12/16/14 8:00am 12/16/14 8:00am