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I can’t get enough of adventure comics

It has been a year since ABC cancelled its witty adventure show Agent Carter and I’m still looking for something with the same jazzy panache and the ability to conjure that old-school type of silly, joyful escapades. Don’t get me … Continue reading

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Batman collections for casual readers

You know who Batman is. At least the gist of it. You’ve seen him in books or in films or on television, hopefully at his best. Probably, you’re even familiar with some of his supporting cast and rogues gallery, not … Continue reading

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Doug Moench’s over-the-top Batman

After an (unfortunately still) underappreciated run in Batman and Detective Comics in the mid-1980s, Doug Moench took a break for about five years before returning to Gotham City with a new attitude. If his earlier work had an emphasis on … Continue reading

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Doug Moench’s literary Batman

Doug Moench is up there as one of the most prolific writers of Batman comics ever. From an unforgettable 1983 tale about tentacle sex until the 2009 mini-series Unseen – in which the Dark Knight battles the Invisible Man – … Continue reading

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Elseworlds’ gothic homages

When coming up with alternative takes on Batman – usually as part of DC’s Elseworlds line – many authors have looked for inspiration in classic works of gothic literature and film. The reason this tends to work so well, I … Continue reading

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3 creepy sequences by Gene Colan

With his tilted angles and grim shadows, Gene Colan was one of the undisputed masters of horror art and he proved it time and time again during his lengthy run on Batman comics, in the early eighties. Colored by the … Continue reading

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On Jason Todd, Robin

One way to look at the second Robin, Jason Todd, is that he started out as a well-executed bad idea and ended up as a poorly executed great idea. Another way to look at the character is that DC at … Continue reading

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Non-Batman gothic comics – part 2

If you read the last post, you know what’s going on. Here are some more comics that are gothic as hell and definitely worth checking out: THE NEW DEADWARDIANS The New Deadwardians #1 Set in an alternative 1910, this wonderful … Continue reading

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On Barbara Gordon, Batgirl

          Leave it to comics to take a completely perfunctory and derivative concept and actually do loads of fascinating stuff with it. The best example I can think of is Batgirl, aka Barbara ‘Babs’ Gordon, who … Continue reading

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Alfred Hitchcock homages in Batman comics

The amazing thing about Alfred Hitchcock isn’t just that he directed what the latest Sight & Sound poll considers the greatest film of all time (Vertigo), or that on top of that he was behind numerous other classics, but that … Continue reading

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