Who's Your Favorite Hero Who Kills Without Hesitation?

Everybody's always going on about how great it is that some heroes don't kill. Like Batman, for example. Not killing is what makes them so heroic. But sometimes, a hero who does kill can be pretty effective, too. Who's your favorite hero who has no hesitation about ending a life if circumstances require it? » 10/16/14 2:05pm Thursday 2:05pm

The Latest Agents Of SHIELD's Comedy Conceals A Deep Layer Of Darkness

On the surface, last night's episode of Agents of SHIELD was about "facing reality" — something both Coulson and Fitz were grappling with. But on a deeper level, the (super funny) episode was about how the two men are both severely damaged. And the question of how far you can trust yourself, much less your friends. » 10/15/14 8:30am Wednesday 8:30am

Gotham's Version Of American Idol Is A Lot More Brutal

In the various Batman tales, someone is always trying to put something into the water of Gotham City. Poison, chemicals, mutagens, liquid fear gas... but the prequel show Gotham conclusively reveals that the water supply already contained critical levels of lead, lowering everybody's IQ to single digits. Spoilers... » 10/14/14 8:30am Tuesday 8:30am

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

We Only Thought Agents Of SHIELD Was Twisting The Knife Before

Things have been getting darker and bleaker on Agents of SHIELD ever since the big revelations in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And the season premiere contained a couple huge gut-punches. But it turned out the show was just getting started, and last night was basically one long kick in the teeth. Spoilers… » 10/08/14 8:30am 10/08/14 8:30am

Gotham Reveals An Early Balloon-Themed Version of Batman Was Less Scary

Before a man dressed up as a bat and went out to terrorize the criminal scum of Gotham City, there was another vigilante. A man who used balloons to deal with corruption and crime. They called him... Balloonman. And we got to know him pretty well last night on Gotham. Spoilers ahead... » 10/07/14 4:47pm 10/07/14 4:47pm

The Agents Of SHIELD's Main Superpower Is Accepting Each Other's Damage

Last night's Agents of SHIELD was really like part two of the season opener, wrapping up the Absorbing Man story and the "getting the team together again" story. But the best bits involved our heroes accepting each other's damage, and even using it to get things done. Spoilers ahead... » 10/01/14 11:30am 10/01/14 11:30am

It's Not A Trap: The Most Incredible Cosplay From Long Beach Comic Con!

We've seen a lot of truly astonishing cosplay over the past summer, so it's easy to get jaded. And then you see the quality and creativity of the costumes from this past weekend's Long Beach Comic Con, and your enthusiasm gets renewed all over again. Here's the most fantastic cosplay from LBCC 2014. » 9/29/14 4:46pm 9/29/14 4:46pm

Nick Harkaway's Tigerman Takes Superheroes Where They've Never Gone

Nick Harkaway's Tigerman is a funny, original and very human novel about a man who puts on a costume and rights wrongs. It's also an echt superhero novel - it gives us a new take on superheroics, different from either superhero comics or films, by showing them through the lens of literary prose. » 9/24/14 4:00pm 9/24/14 4:00pm

Which Character Was Better When They Were The Only One Of Their Kind?

Sometimes you have a character who's really cool and unique... and then someone comes along and decides that if one of those characters is good, then a whole bunch of them would be even better. Who's the best example of a character who was way better when he or she was the only one around? » 9/24/14 2:21pm 9/24/14 2:21pm

On Gotham, Criminals Are A Super-Silly And Cowardly Lot

Long before Batman existed, Gotham City was a weird, creepy place where the criminal element liked to get kind of silly. At least, that seems to be the main point of Gotham, the show set 10 years before Batman. Last night's premiere was ridiculously entertaining and impossible to take seriously. Spoilers ahead... » 9/23/14 10:45am 9/23/14 10:45am

What's The Most Bizarre And Inexplicable Offshoot Of A Major Franchise?

Sometimes, when a property becomes ridiculously mega-popular, it starts generating spin-offs and alternate versions at such a crazy rate that something truly bonkers comes out. But what's the most crap-your-pants crazy thing to come out as a sideline to something with huge mainstream popularity? » 9/18/14 2:11pm 9/18/14 2:11pm