What's The Most Absurd Thing To Come Out Of 1990s Superhero Comics?

The 1990s were a special time in comics. Fueled by an out-of-control speculator boom and a craze for "dark," angsty storytelling, superheroes went EXTREME even as their feet shrank to nothing. But what was the single most absurd character, trend or storyline to come out of 1990s comics? » 10/13/14 1:30pm 10/13/14 1:30pm

What if movie Captain America had the body of comic book Captain…

Superheroes are supposed to have Olympian physiques, but this is plum disturbing. I chanced upon this image while writing today's piece about Deadpool. As you can see here, Ultraculture has applied the body proportions — not unlike Rob Liefeld's infamous 1990s illustration of busty Captain America — to Chris Evans'… » 8/14/12 1:45pm 8/14/12 1:45pm

In 1992, Stan Lee gave Todd McFarlane and Rob Liefeld 20 minutes to…

As part of his 1992 Comic Book Greats VHS series — which featured (deep breath) such luminaries as Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Will Eisner, the Romitas, Sergio Aragones, and Jack Davis and Harvey Kurtzman — Smiling Stan Lee asked Rob "X-Force" Liefeld and Todd "Spawn" McFarlane to invent a… » 12/10/11 9:45am 12/10/11 9:45am

A Brief History Of X-Force, The X-Men's Edgy Sister Superteam

This week, io9 is teaming up with Marvel Comics to celebrate the release of Uncanny X-Force #18, the final issue of author Rick Remender's eight-part mutant epic "The Dark Angel Saga." This issue promises to have longstanding ramifications for founding X-Man Archangel, who's been almost irrevocably corrupted by the… » 12/05/11 1:05pm 12/05/11 1:05pm

Five Superhero Movies We're Glad Didn't Get Made

Click to viewWith The Dark Knight set to follow Hancock, Wanted, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man into the theaters and hearts of cinemagoers worldwide, it seems that this really is the summer of movie superheroes. But what about Will Smith's earlier attempt to be a superhero and all the other superhero also-rans that… » 7/06/08 2:00pm 7/06/08 2:00pm