It’s not too surprising that Marvel and Fox are engaged in a little “secret war” of their own, over the licensing of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. But as Fox presses forward with movies based on both properties, that war is slowly becoming public. Here’s a guide to how Marvel is trying to erase two of its biggest… »
About 30 years ago, both superhero comics and fantasy novels went through a startling narrative transformation. In comics, narrative captions replaced thought balloons. In books, authors started writing “tight” third person narrative, instead of “omniscient” or first person. Why did this happen?
Massive continuities are a blessing and a curse for the epic franchises that dominate popular culture. There’s a rich lore to draw on, but how do you keep the complicated backstories understandable to newcomers? DC Comics and Star Wars have taken very different approaches, that illuminate the importance of the past in… »
Comics legend Jack Kirby is responsible for some of the most iconic comic book creations of all time, and some of it helped to smuggle six Americans out of Iran as part of Operation Argo. Now you’ll finally get a chance to see this artwork in color for the first time, courtesy of Heavy Metal’s August issue. »
Not to feel let down by Suicide Squad before it even comes out, but, according to Willa Holland (Thea Queen) the movie meant an end to Arrow’s big plans for Harley Quinn. »
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We’re heading into a long weekend. Sometimes you don’t need anything to celebrate other than to gawp at a glorious, gorgeous piece of comic book art that shows the Justice League’s finest superheroes locked in an all out brawl with some evil aliens. Sit back, relax, and be amazed. »
There’s going to be a new zombie comic book getting a TV show soon, and it has nothing to do with The Walking Dead. Oh, and did we mention there will be vampires, too? »
Fantasy and science fiction stories are full of people who have incredible powers — and yet, they’re not just ruling over the rest of humanity, or luxuriating in untold wealth and luxury. Which superpower would make someone basically an unstoppable ubermensch if you took it to its logical conclusion? »
It’s not just DC’s superheroes that are getting makeovers in the new post-Convergence comic books, dubbed “DC You”; the villains are too! Just as rumors have begun to swirl that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor will don his iconic green and purple powersuit in Batman v Superman, the comic Lex is upgrading to look that’s a… »
The third and final comic prequel ahead of Honor Harrington’s return to comics is here — but this week, it’s all about Honor’s faithful companion, Nimitz the Treecat. io9 is proud to present the finale of Facets of Honor, The Deep Woods! »
Der-shing Helmer, creator of The Meek, is back with a new webcomic, and it’s set on Mars. In Mare Internum, an entomologist arrives at an isolated Mars research station just as another researcher has been fired. But before he departs, these two scientists will learn a great deal about each other’s troubles.
Amanda Waller is both one of the most original characters in the DCU and one of the hardest to get right. With the Suicide Squad movie on the horizon, we’ll be seeing a new version of the Wall. Here’s what it takes to get her right. »
With a woman taking on the mantle of Thor and a new, heavily armored Batman in Gotham, the idea of a “replacement hero” — where a new character is introduced to take up a legacy hero’s name — is back in style. But more often than not, these shake-ups don’t workout. Here’s eight of the weirdest and worst replacements. »
Sure, the Marvel comics universe might be exploding in this week’s batch of Secret Wars comics, but Dirk Gently himself is heading off on comic book adventures in this week’s releases — and so does Mad Max: Fury Road! Come check them out, and more, in this week’s guide to the coolest new comics. »