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Jun 04, 2020. 8 comments

Superman Smashes The Klan explores history through a superhero lens

Superman Smashes The Klan explores history through a superhero lens

With almost 100 years under his yellow belt, Superman is a major part of American cultural history. As superhero comics continue to influence pop culture globally, it’s increasingly important to consider how those comics inform and shape our understanding of the past and present. Heroism and moral behavior as modeled by fictional characters can be nuanced and telling about the culture that...

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May 20, 2020. 4 comments

Instagram is unleashing a new wave of social and creative potential in comics

Instagram is unleashing a new wave of social and creative potential in comics

Over the past decade, Lucy Knisley has become a preeminent nonfiction cartoonist, creating charming, heartfelt comics about travel (Displacement, An Age Of License), food (Relish: My Life In The Kitchen), marriage (Something New), and motherhood (Kid Gloves). Her profile has also grown thanks to her savvy use of social media—specifically Instagram, where she initially published many of the...

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Apr 21, 2020. 20 comments

The comics industry is in danger. What can save it?

The comics industry is in danger. What can save it?

The infrastructure supporting the direct market of comic shops has been shaky for years, making the impact of the COVID-19 crisis all the more severe. Stores around the country are closed, distribution is paused, and publishers have ordered creators to stop working as they reevaluate their release schedules. The global pandemic is hitting retailers, creators, and publishers hard, and as we...

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Apr 15, 2020. 4 comments

Brubaker and Martín surprise-launch a new series in this Friday first look

Brubaker and Martín surprise-launch a new series in this Friday first look

As we hit the third Wednesday of the month without new comics, there’s an intense hunger among readers for something new to fill the void. Today, Panel Syndicate feeds the starving masses with the surprise launch of Friday, a new “post-YA” series by writer Ed Brubaker, artist/letterer Marcos Martín, and colorist Muntsa Vicente. This is a huge debut by two of the industry’s top...

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Apr 14, 2020. 5 comments

Comic book publisher Boom! Studios nabs first-look deal with Netflix

Comic book publisher Boom! Studios nabs first-look deal with Netflix

Hey, we can’t claim to be immune to Netflix’s slate of

glossy reality shows , but it’s still reassuring to witness the streaming platform continue to make space for the programming that has always existed in its purview. As evidenced by its fairly missed Marvel slate and current dreamy thriller Locke & Key , Netflix has been a pretty solid source of worthy comic book adaptations. Thanks to a...

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Apr 08, 2020. 9 comments

Batman: The Adventures Continue expands the mythos of the classic ’90s cartoon

Batman: The Adventures Continue expands the mythos of the classic ’90s cartoon

Almost three decades after its debut, Batman: The Animated Series still stands as one of the best superhero adaptations across any medium, with stories that explore the full scope of Batman’s character and an aesthetic that ages remarkably well. (Read our recaps of the entire series.) DC Comics has returned to the animated universe for various digital-first series set in the future of Batman...

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Mar 28, 2020. 3 comments

7 new graphic novels to get you through the coronavirus crisis

7 new graphic novels to get you through the coronavirus crisis
Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on newly released comic books of significance.

This week, it’s a selection of 2020 graphic novels to help you support comic shops and get through the isolation of social distancing and sheltering-in-place.

Like every corner of the entertainment industry, comic books have taken a devastating hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. Comic shops around the world have had...

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Mar 24, 2020.

Food exposes a family’s past joy and present despair in Umma’s Table

Food exposes a family’s past joy and present despair in Umma’s Table

Sitting in the back of an ambulance rushing his ailing mother to a hospital, cartoonist Madang remembers the happier times from his childhood—specifically the memories of his mother’s irresistible cooking. Young Madang and his little brother float through the air on the wave of smells, and cheerfully sing as they devour kimchi prepared by the entire neighborhood. These memories haunt Madang in...

Mar 20, 2020.

Nightcrawler returns to the X-Mansion in this Giant Size X-Men exclusive

Nightcrawler returns to the X-Mansion in this Giant Size X-Men exclusive

With mutants relocating to the island nation of Krakoa, the X-mansion in Westchester, New York, has been abandoned. But there’s something strange going on in the empty Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, and a team of mutants investigates in next week’s Giant Size X-Men: Nightcrawler, spotlighting the fuzzy elf as he uncovers horrors in his old stomping grounds. Last month’s Giant Size...

Mar 18, 2020. 9 comments

John Constantine hates his hipster replacement in this Hellblazer exclusive

John Constantine hates his hipster replacement in this Hellblazer exclusive

The true John Constantine disappeared for a while as a superhero-friendly version of the character entered the main DC Universe. While that iteration still exists in books like Justice League Dark, the original Constantine has returned in all his messy glory in the new John Constantine: Hellblazer series. Written by The Dreaming’s Simon Spurrier—check out last week’s

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Mar 15, 2020. 4 comments

The Dreaming’s stunning climax celebrates the revitalizing power of stories

The Dreaming’s stunning climax celebrates the revitalizing power of stories



Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance.

This week, it is The Dreaming #19. Written by Simon Spurrier (Alienated, John Constantine: Hellblazer) with art by Bilquis Evely (Shaft, Wonder Woman), colorist Mat Lopes (Gasolina, Batgirl), and letterer Simon Bowland (2000 AD, The Wild Storm), this penultimate issue is a breathtaking display of the...

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Mar 13, 2020. 1 comments

Jazz meets horror in this exclusive Blue In Green first look

Jazz meets horror in this exclusive Blue In Green first look

How far would you go to achieve greatness? This question takes a young jazz musician on a horrific journey in the upcoming Image Comics graphic novel, Blue In Green, from writer Ram V, artist Anand RK, and letterer Aditya Bidikar. This creative team previously collaborated on the urban teen drama Grafity’s Wall, which has a new expanded edition coming out from Dark Horse Comics on March 25,...

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Mar 11, 2020.

Hidden Society has charm and craft, but needs more substance

Hidden Society has charm and craft, but needs more substance

In 1979 New York City, a group of supernaturally gifted strangers unite to face an ancient evil threatening to destroy all existence. There’s Mercy, a soul-sucking gunslinger; Laura, a blind woman with a magical daemon protector; and Jadoo, a young stage magician discovering he can perform real spells. Brought together by a mysterious wizard, they’re the latest members of the Hidden Society,...

Mar 06, 2020.

Nebula rebuilds her body and her memory in this exclusive preview

Nebula rebuilds her body and her memory in this exclusive preview

Nebula has never had her own solo series before, but after becoming a bigger player in Marvel’s cosmic landscape both on screen and on the page, the space pirate/cyborg mercenary finally gets a chance to break out on her own. Writer Vita Ayala, artist Claire Roe, colorist Mike Spicer, and letterer Travis Lanham redefine Nebula’s character in a new five-issue miniseries by giving her a literal...

Mar 04, 2020.

Simon Stagg learns life-changing news in this The Terrifics exclusive

Simon Stagg learns life-changing news in this The Terrifics exclusive

The Terrifics is the only title left standing from DC’s New Age of Heroes initiative, debuting multiple series featuring new heroes that had a very Marvel flavor like Damage (Hulk), The Curse Of Brimstone (Ghost Rider), and Sideways (Spider-Man). Marvel wasn’t putting out a Fantastic Four book for a few years, so DC picked up the slack by creating its own version, bringing together Mr....

Mar 01, 2020.

Bitter Root returns for more action-horror excellence in 1920s Harlem

Bitter Root returns for more action-horror excellence in 1920s Harlem
Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance.

This week, it is Bitter Root #6. Written by David F. Walker (Power Man & Iron Fist, Luke Cage) and Chuck Brown (The Quiet Kind, On The Stump) with art by Sanford Greene (Power Man & Iron Fist, Secret Wars: Runaways), colorist Sofie Dodgson (Tank Girl: All Colour Classics), and letterer Clayton Cowles (Pretty...

Feb 26, 2020.

The Ferguson verdict shakes a basketball team in this Dragon Hoops exclusive

The Ferguson verdict shakes a basketball team in this Dragon Hoops exclusive

Gene Luen Yang always preferred comic books to sports. As a child, he would lose himself in fantastic conflicts between costumed heroes and villains rather than subject himself to the ridicule of his peers on the playing field. For his latest First Second graphic novel, Dragon Hoops, Yang uses his primary interest to dissect the one that always eluded him, exploring the history of basketball...

Feb 26, 2020.

Sports Is Hell is an incendiary takedown of toxic fan culture

Sports Is Hell is an incendiary takedown of toxic fan culture

The world of sports will always be political. A team becomes a symbol for an entire community, whether it’s a town’s local organization or a country’s athletic representatives at the Olympics. The competition expands beyond the playing field, and building a pastime around conflict between divided factions creates a culture where people are encouraged to reject others outside of their own...

Feb 25, 2020. 7 comments

Lois Lane makes Batman her errand boy in this exclusive preview

Lois Lane makes Batman her errand boy in this exclusive preview

Someone is out to murder Lois Lane, but she doesn’t want her Super-husband to worry about it. She’s got her right-hand woman, Renee “The Question” Montoya, to keep her safe and track down the killer, and a long list of superhero connections she can reach out to for more help. Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins’ Lois Lane miniseries showcases the titular reporter’s resilience in the face of deadly...

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Feb 21, 2020. 3 comments

Wakanda fends off interstellar invaders in this Black Panther exclusive

Wakanda fends off interstellar invaders in this Black Panther exclusive

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther run has had a fascinating evolution since beginning in 2016, with a shaky first year that saw Coates still acclimating to comic-book storytelling. Eventually he got the hang of writing a superhero book and the series significantly improved, taking a massive leap for the second volume sending T’Challa deep into space to face off against the Intergalactic Empire...

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