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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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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 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 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....

Feb 27, 2020.

Plunge is a deep dive into horror that relies too much on text

Plunge is a deep dive into horror that relies too much on text

In a lot of ways, Plunge represents the core of Hill House Comics. Limited miniseries offer creators a chance to tell contained stories and experiment, pushing the boundaries of what’s been done before; with a seasoned team like Stuart Immonen, Joe Hill, and colorist Dave Stewart, forging new territory isn’t surprising. At face value, Plunge #1 is an easy sell for a certain kind of reader: a...

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 20, 2020. 1 comments

A misogynist reveals his evil plan in this Basketful Of Heads exclusive

A misogynist reveals his evil plan in this Basketful Of Heads exclusive

June Branch is having a truly awful night. She survived a home invasion that resulted in escaped convicts abducting her boyfriend, and as she protects herself with an enchanted Viking hammer, she finds herself stuck with decapitated heads that won’t die. This is the supernatural crime plot of Hill House Comics’ Basketful Of Heads, written by Joe Hill and set in the same universe as many...

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Feb 13, 2020. 1 comments

Hill and Immonen Plunge into aquatic horror in this exclusive preview

Hill and Immonen Plunge into aquatic horror in this exclusive preview

DC’s Hill House Comics has been churning out exceptional horror comics for the last few months, but the imprint’s biggest release comes next week with the release of Plunge, a new miniseries bringing legendary artist Stuart Immonen back to monthly comics. Written by Hill House Comics’ curator, Joe Hill, with colors by Dave Stewart and letters by Deron Bennett, Plunge takes readers onto the...

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Feb 06, 2020. 3 comments

Mongul shatters the United Planets in this Superman #20 exclusive

Mongul shatters the United Planets in this Superman #20 exclusive

Superman is always busy, but it’s hard to think of a time when he’s had more on his plate than right now. He’s revealed his civilian identity to the world, opening a massive can of worms that complicates his life in endless ways, and he’s also spearheading the intergalactic effort to create the United Planets, which requires navigating a lot of different alien egos to create bridges between...

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Jan 30, 2020. 1 comments

Spirits haunt a young Victorian girl in this Daphne Byrne exclusive

Spirits haunt a young Victorian girl in this Daphne Byrne exclusive

When it comes to horror artwork, Kelley Jones is one of the industry’s best. That’s why it was so exciting when DC announced Jones would be drawing Daphne Byrne, a Hill House Comics miniseries written by playwright and novelist Laura Marks. Jones’ extensive experience in comics makes him an exceptional collaborator for Marks, who makes her comic-book debut with this story of a young Victorian...

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Jan 30, 2020. 4 comments

Shadow Of The Batgirl gives Cassandra Cain the backstory and starring role she deserves

Shadow Of The Batgirl gives Cassandra Cain the backstory and starring role she deserves

The Bat-family is a sprawling one, taking on new characters at a regular pace to keep Gotham’s prodigal son rich with skilled people he can call on for help. Introduced twenty years ago, Cassandra Cain is neither a wizened veteran nor a new addition to the group. She’s been on and off the bench for many of those years thanks in no small part to a complicated backstory, one that can be...

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Jan 23, 2020. 2 comments

The Reign of the Supermiguels begins in this Dial H For Hero exclusive

The Reign of the Supermiguels begins in this Dial H For Hero exclusive

Wonder Comics’ Dial H For Hero is a roller coaster ride through comic-book history, using a magic phone dial to pull stylistic influences from the past as characters transform into different superheroes. Written by Sam Humphries with astounding art by Joe Quinones, colorist Jordan Gibson, and letterer Dave Sharpe, Dial H For Hero pays tribute to the creators who have advanced the medium in...

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Jan 21, 2020. 5 comments

What to take away from Crisis On Infinite Earths’ biggest Easter eggs

What to take away from Crisis On Infinite Earths’ biggest Easter eggs

Tonight, Arrow goes back to the relative normalcy of what we can start calling the Post-Crisis Arrowverse, even though tonight’s episode is technically a backdoor pilot for the new spin-off about near-future Star City and its new Green Arrow. Before that, though, let’s take a look back at the most interesting Easter eggs we noticed during the Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover and try to...

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Jan 17, 2020. 5 comments

This Far Sector exclusive puts Green Lantern in the middle of a power play

This Far Sector exclusive puts Green Lantern in the middle of a power play

There are very few superhero comics with the cool factor of Far Sector, a sleek, sexy, and sophisticated sci-fi story that reinvigorates the Green Lantern concept. Written by N.K. Jemisin with art by Jamal Campbell and letterer Deron Bennett, Far Sector is all about the new, introducing a new Green Lantern and taking her to an alien world where the citizens’ emotions have been stripped away...

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Jan 16, 2020. 1 comments

Carmen Maria Machado's The Low, Low Woods blends supernatural and mundane horror

Carmen Maria Machado's The Low, Low Woods blends supernatural and mundane horror

Just like Young Animal before it, the Hill House imprint from DC is proving to be a fascinating experiment, fostering comics that aren’t quite like what you find anywhere else. Helmed by Joe Hill of Locke & Key fame, the Hill House books are offering readers a handful of six-issue comics, each one distinct but with a clear overarching theme: horror. While many of the names attached to Hill...

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Jan 15, 2020. 3 comments

Suicide Squad’s relaunch pairs deadly thrills with sharp political commentary

Suicide Squad’s relaunch pairs deadly thrills with sharp political commentary

Suicide Squad endures as a superhero concept because it’s built on internal conflict: between members of the titular team and the authority figures forcing them to work together. There are layers upon layers of character dynamics to explore as supervillains butt heads with their ethically dubious handlers bearing government connections—a link that allows Suicide Squad’s writers to explore the...

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Jan 14, 2020.

Terror brings two best friends together in this Low, Low Woods exclusive

Terror brings two best friends together in this Low, Low Woods exclusive

Carmen Maria Machado has never written a comic before The Low, Low Woods, but you wouldn’t know after reading the first issue. The National Book Award finalist has taken to the medium exceptionally well in the new series from DC’s Hill House Comics imprint, partnering with artist Dani, colorist Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer Steve Wands for a surreal supernatural mystery in a city that is...

Jan 07, 2020.

Childhood horror is inescapable in this The Dollhouse Family #3 exclusive

Childhood horror is inescapable in this The Dollhouse Family #3 exclusive

Vertigo Comics needed to die for its spirit to live again. DC’s mature readers imprint shuttered at the end of last year, but other lines like Black Label, Sandman Universe, Young Animal, and the newly created Hill House Comics fill the void with stories that offer fresh takes on existing DC IP along with new ideas rooted in fantasy, crime, and horror genres. Hill House Comics, curated by...

Dec 18, 2019. 12 comments

The Legion Of Superheroes fights for an ancient weapon in this exclusive

The Legion Of Superheroes fights for an ancient weapon in this exclusive

DC has had difficulty making the 31st Century’s Legion of Superheroes a successful property over the years, but the curse may have been broken with the team’s latest ongoing series. Featuring the all-star creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis, artist Ryan Sook, inker Wade Von Grawbadger, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Dave Sharpe, this series gives readers an exciting...

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