Tag Archives: Ed Brubaker

Spy comics: revisiting the Cold War

Every once in a while, I like to shift gears and spotlight comics or films set outside Gotham City. Once a year, I take this one step further and devote a whole month to non-Batman comics. This time around, I … Continue reading

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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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5 R-rated superhero comics

So yeah, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. There is something puzzling in almost every scene of this film. Why did Bruce’s employees wait for his phone call before evacuating a building that was obviously about to be crushed? Why … Continue reading

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Comics for Tarantino fans – part 1

Hitman #1 It makes sense that Garth Ennis chose to put this amusing riff on Reservoir Dogs’ opening lines in the very first issue of Hitman. Ennis shares with Quentin Tarantino a penchant for dark humor, graphic dismemberment, and lengthy … Continue reading

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Batman, the urban legend?

There have been many wrongheaded decisions in the history of Batman comics (often involving the use of guns). A particularly puzzling one was the notion, in vogue in the late 1990s and early 2000s, that the Dark Knight is perceived … Continue reading

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Film noir detective stories – part 1

Although film noir was a product of the 1940s and (arguably) the 1950s, since then its serpentine plots, mordant dialogue, and shadowy atmosphere have persistently inspired spoofs as well as straight-faced pastiches, including several Batman comics. With that in mind, … Continue reading

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Cool Catwoman stories

From straight up baddie to crimefighting partner, (anti-)heroine, love interest, sex object, feminist role model, femme fatale, damsel in distress, dominatrix, thief, spy, killer, prostitute, mother, you name it – Catwoman has been around almost as long as Batman and, … Continue reading

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Non-Batman crime comics – part 1

As much as I love the outlandish side of Batman comics, with characters like Pee-Wee, the Talking Penguin, I’m actually a huge fan of Dark Knight stories that deploy tropes such as hardboiled dialogue, elaborate capers, twist-filled mysteries, and single-minded … Continue reading

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On the lifespan of Gotham mayors

While no job in Gotham City offers worse conditions than being a henchman, working in local politics comes remarkably close. Seriously, even House of Cards’ Frank Underwood would be scared of this place. As if it wasn’t bad enough that … Continue reading

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Batman’s very long beginning

Between Christopher Nolan’s movies and the Gotham TV show, a new generation of fans really seems to be digging dark, pseudo-realistic takes on Batman. But with 75 years’ worth of comics to choose from, people don’t necessarily know what to … Continue reading

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