Andy Diggle dives into the early years of Batman's vigilante career to ask an engaging question: What could Batman's first encounter with Metropolis mogul Lex Luthor look like?
In Darwyn Cooke and Tim Sale's reimagining of Superman's classic weakness, the Man of Steel encounters kryptonite for the first time. Enjoy a story where Superman wrestles with how invincible he truly is and what his clash with mortality means.
Jim Starlin and Mike Mignola team up for a four-part saga in the vein of Starlin's cosmic epics for Marvel, a story that never delves deep into its own planet-protecting potential.
John Ostrander, Len Wein, and John Byrne attempt to create a parable of sorts based on DC's greatest heroes, unfortunately coming up short in deriving meaning from their post-Crisis narrative.
Geoff Johns and Gary Frank reintroduce the Big Red Cheese to the New 52 universe in a story many movie fans may find familiar and entertaining.
Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale shape the early days of Superman in this series, showcasing how a boy from Smallville grows not only into a Man of Steel but into a decent man, with the help of his friends and family.
Mark Millar's take on this Soviet Superman introduces a world freed from the constraints of continuity, reimagining several fan-favorite characters in creative, clever ways and crafting engaging commentary on real-world superpowers.
This "sequel" to Watchmen sees the protagonists and villains of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' classic series collide with the heroes of the DC Universe for a story that tries too hard to live up to its fabled predecessor.
Geoff Johns and Gary Frank retell Superman's origin in this six-issue limited series, playing it safe by injecting as much fan-service as possible.
Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn, and Barry Kitson detail the Justice League of America's early days as Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman, Black Canary, and Martian Manhunter learn what it means to serve the world as a team in this twelve-issue series.
Mark Waid updated Superman's origins with this twelve-issue limited series, proving the hero's viability as an inspiring character in the early 2000s
Hal Jordan's start as the Green Lantern of sector 2814 is explored in this limited series, engagingly updating the hero's background, origins, and character for the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths universe
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' famed annual pictures a Superman who's found his deepest dream, debating the merits of wish fulfillment and drawing out the core of who the Kryptonian hero really is.
Alan Moore and Curt Swan's classic two-parter tells a potential "last Superman story" that encapsulates many of the reasons why readers enjoy the Man of Steel so much
Grant Morrison's grim graphic novel adds depth and history to one of the most famous locations in Batman history... as well as insight into its colorful inhabitants and the Dark Knight himself.
In 1992, DC shocked the world by killing their flagship hero. How does the story of the Man of Steel's demise play out thirty years after its initial publication?
For nearly four decades, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' comic series has received buckets of praise for its rich narrative and characterization. We'll see how the plot, characters, and details soar in our examination of this epic entry in graphic literature.
In the wake of Jason Todd's death, Batman needed a new Robin. Marv Wolfman introduces Tim Drake in this story arc, creating a new Robin far different from both his predecessors.
Jim Starlin's controversial story arc saw the Joker murder Jason Todd, the second Robin . . . though Batman fans themselves had a hand to play in the young man's untimely demise.
Frank Miller's seminal classic reimagines Batman as a retired vigilante pulled back into a world of capes and cowls. Featuring a definitive take on the Caped Crusader, Miller's series inspired generations of readers and writers in a story consistently hailed as the greatest Batman story ever told.
Spider-Man's history with genetic duplicates isn't just limited to the infamous "Clone Saga" of the '90s. He's experienced quite a few wacky clone stories; here's a list so you can figure out which ones you're interested in (if any) and how you can read them.
The Eternals are coming to the big screen as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's 26th film and an important stepping stone in the movie mogul's Phase 4. Right now is the perfect time to dive into their comic book basis and uncover some of the team's history
John Byrne's seminal limited series updated Superman's origin for an entire generation. How does Byrne give the timeless tale of an earth-sent orphan from Krypton a facelift for the 1980s?
Frank Miller's post-Crisis take on Batman's origins remains one of the best renditions of the Dark Knight's early days of crimefighting
Marv Wolfman and George Perez's classic saga saw worlds collide and universes decimated, but how do characters express their humanity and heroics amidst all the chaos and carnage?
Daredevil's origin is told courtesy of Stan Lee and Bill Everett—the adventures of a young man left blind by an accident who becomes not only a promising lawyer but rises above his handicap to achieve superhuman greatness.
Marvel's classic mutant team gets a facelift in this memorable one-shot that introduced a new generation of readers to a new generation of X-Men and kicked off a famed era of uncanny comics.
Writer Chuck Dixon introduces readers to Bane in this one-shot, delving into the villain's deep and dark history, from his tormented childhood to his first interaction with the man who will become his greatest opponent: Batman.
Stan Lee co-created Spider-Man in 1962 and wrote the first 100 issues of "The Amazing Spider-Man." Steve Ditko helped invent the hero and provided stellar artwork on the first 38 issues of ASM. I'll be pulling out five of the best stories that Lee and Ditko created about the web-slinging superhero.
First appearing in 1961, the Fantastic Four graced the pages of their own comic in both human and superhuman ways. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's classic comic book tale is discussed at length here.
Doctor Bruce Banner, bathed in gamma radiation, becomes the gray giant known as the Hulk in this inaugural issue. How does the Hulk's origin follow the path Propp's morphology dictates?
This article ranks Fit for a King's first five albums. How do these albums stack against each other in terms of quality and content?
Spidey's second adventure sees him go up against nemesis the Vulture... but how does this classic confrontation follow Propp's systematic story structure?
Spidey's first issue following his origin sees him battling against the costumed communist criminal known only as the Chameleon! Add in cameos by the FF, and you get a yarn for the ages.
Can Vladimir Propp's analysis of Russian folklore be applied to the modern-day comic book industry? We'll find out by exploring the origins of one of the most famous Marvel heroes of all time: Spider-Man!
Christian bands that play metal are all the rage these days. Here are ten songs you can totally bang your head to.
Spidey's faced a plethora of villains over the years, and a lot of them have been created fairly recently. Despite his enormous rogues gallery, Spidey keeps picking up new baddies that stick around.
The Christian rock and metal scenes have never been bigger. As you navigate your way through the industry, here are some bands you should lend an ear to.
At the end of Brand New Day, Mark Waid teams up one final time with Paul Azaceta to bring us the return of Menace and the birth of her son, who Spidey must keep safe from his fiendish foes!
Joe Quesada answers questions unanswered since the beginning of "Brand New Day": How was Peter and MJ's marriage ended? How did everyone forget Spidey's identity? And do we really want to know?
Joe Kelly wraps up the epic Gauntlet tale with "The Grim Hunt," a big finale that brings Spidey face-to-face with one of his oldest foes as the Kravinoff family's ultimate plan is revealed.
Zeb Wells and Chris Bachalo team up again to transform Curt Connors back into the Lizard, with a much darker take on the classic foe. What happens when Connors is "shed" and only the Lizard remains?
Taking a slight break from "The Gauntlet," Fred van Lente introduces us to a new Scorpion and Roger Stern crafts a sequel to his classic "Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut," because something can!
In “The Gauntlet, Volume 3: Vulture and Morbius” (Amazing Spider-Man 622-625), Fred van Lente reintroduces Morbius the Living Vampire. It's a story that sadly cannot live up to Mark Waid's drastic two-part Vulture story and Joe Kelly's dark conclusion to his Rhino arc.
In “The Gauntlet, Volume 2: Rhino and Mysterio” (Amazing Spider-Man 617-621), Joe Kelly and Dan Slott revamp two more old enemies—Mysterio and Rhino—further twisting the life of Spider-Man as he proceeds through the Gauntlet.
The Gauntlet begins to haunt Spider-Man as Mark Waid amplifies old enemy Electro, and Fred van Lente introduces us to a darker version of a classic foe, the Sandman.
Joe Kelly brings Black Cat into the Brand New Day setting, Marc Guggenheim resolves his Velociraptor plot, and Kelly returns to bring Deadpool into the mix as The Gauntlet draws near.
Fred van Lente brings danger in the form of the Chameleon as he kidnaps and replaces Peter Parker for his own nefarious designs! What trouble will this spell for Spidey's friends and family?
Wedding bells are ringing as Dan Slott and John Romita Jr. have Aunt May tie the knot with Jay Jameson. But which old Spidey foe (and old Aunt May flame) rears his head at the same time?
Harry Osborn's chain gets another major yank as he joins Norman, who wishes to add him to his arsenal of heroes, and Spidey sneaks into Avengers Tower disguised as his enemy Venom to save his friend.
The support heroes of "Overwatch" are the healers that will keep your team strong, the helpers that will give your teammates an edge, and the heroes that will spoil your enemy's plans.
Fred van Lente makes his Amazing Spider-Man debut, and Dan Slott and Mark Waid craft a pair of crazy story arcs for our favorite web-swinger to fight his way through.
Marc Guggenheim wraps up the mysterious "Menace" plotline of Brand New Day, revealing the new villain's shocking identity and its repercussions for Spidey's supporting cast!
Spidey gets tangled in the Secret Invasion event, so watch Jackpot take down a Super-Skrull in a story with barely any Spidey in it! Then, watch as her secret origins are at long-last revealed!
Here we explore the big guns of Overwatch—literally! Mechs, monkeys, and pig-faced men make up this roster of intimidating and large heroes, characters who can stand their ground, and take a beating.
While Mark Waid introduces a supporting character who will play a major role in Spidey's life, Dan Slott answers one of the most mysterious questions of Brand New Day: How is Harry Osborn still alive?
ASM fans are given a fun trio of tales that sees Spidey take on Hammerhead and Magnum Moses? Plus, a war story centered on Flash Thompson about a mission that will change his life forever.
John Romita Jr. returns to ASM to help Dan Slott craft a tale that pits Spidey against Norman Osborn, the Thunderbolts, and Anti-Venom—a brand new adversary wearing a familiar face.
The Defense heroes of Overwatch are the men, women, and robots who will help assure that your team keeps that payload stalled, keeps that point from being captured, or gets those critical kills.
Marc Guggenheim and Phil Jimenez introduce Ana Kravinoff, the young daughter of Kraven who will be a thorn in the hero's side for a long time to come, as the newest member of Spidey's Rogues Gallery.
This final volume in the Brand New Day Complete Collection takes Spidey on crazy adventures against new foes and old as he battles Screwball, Paper Doll, and the Enforcers.
Picking up where the first creators left off, different writers and artists handle the reins of the next ASM issues and introduce new villains and craft story points to add depth to Spidey's life!
With J. Michael Straczynski's run on Spider-Man over, a whole group of writers and artists set out to redefine Spider-Man's world in the first volume of an epic set of adventures.
This new FPS game by Blizzard Entertainment offers a variety of characters, and the heroes in its offense class help make sure your team stays on the objective.
Continuing to explore the realm of video games, I delve into the second half of what I think are the best single player games of all time.
A look at what I think are the best single player video games of all time.
J. Michael Straczynski crafts one of the most controversial Spidey stories of all time, ending his run the Amazing Spider-Man and opening the door for a new era of stories.
Following his life-altering take on Spider-Man's involvement in Civil War, J Michael Straczynski continues to rain blow after blow down on the life of Peter Parker.
Taking at look at the epic Civil War crossover event through the eyes of Spider-Man, J. Michael Straczynski crafts a tale of conflict in the life of Marvel's favorite Web-Spinner.
Vladimir Propp created a way to analyze character archetypes in stories. He identified eight roles that characters typically have in most stories and what characters in said roles bring to the stories
Vladimir Propp created the Proppian Analysis in his study of fairytales, which highlights many similarities within ancient and modern tales. Though complex, it can be simplified to some basic elements