While Superman supposedly represents the values of “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”, there is no greater champion of “Truth” than Wonder Woman with her magic lasso. Her creator, psychologist William Moulton Marston, invented the lie detector, (check out The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore for more), so one could say that Truth is in her DNA. Unfortunately, not even Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth can help her discover the actual nature of her origin. Was she formed from clay by the queen of the Amazons and given life by the gods of Olympus? Or is she the biological offspring of Queen Hippolyta and Zeus, ruler of the gods? As she observes in the opening pages of Wonder Woman: The Lies, the first volume of DC Comics’ Rebirth era, her story keeps changing. Read the rest of this entry »
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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s about time that superheroes did too. Plus-sized Faith Herbert is the title character of Faith: Hollywood and Vine. She might just be the most relatable superhero ever. Like many of her potential fans, she has a passion for popular culture. She grew up reading about superheroes in comic books. Now she has become one. With the powers of flight and a “telekinetic field”, Faith patrols the skies of Los Angeles as Zephyr. She has also created a new secret identity for herself as mild-mannered pop culture blogger, Summer Smith. Can she navigate the complex and complicated world of super-heroics and alien invaders, while keeping her positive outlook and sense of wonder intact? Spoiler alert: Yes, she can. Written with humor, heart, and hope by rising star, Jody Houser, with stunning artwork by Francis Portela (and “fantasy” pages by Marguerite Sauvage), Faith is a different kind of superhero mostly because she is a kind superhero. Kindness is an awesome super-power!
What does it mean to be “human”? What does it mean to be “ordinary”? What does it mean to be a “family”? These deep philosophical questions (and more) are explored by the android Avenger in Marvel Comics’ Vision, v.1: Little Worse Than a Man. Former CIA agent and current comic book rising star Tom King wrote this future classic, with refreshingly understated and stunningly subdued artwork by Spanish illustrator Gabriel Hernandez Walta. Read the rest of this entry »
Batwoman is one of the most high-profile LGBTQ super-heroes in comic books today. She has become an interesting and integral part of the Batman Family. In February 2017, she will be joining forces with Batman to co-lead a new squad of crime fighters to protect Gotham City in Detective Comics: v.1: Rise of the Batmen (Rebirth). This is an excellent time to catch-up on her background and origin story in Batwoman: Elegy by the superstar creative team of Greg (Wonder Woman, Gotham Central) Rucka and J.H. (Promethea, Sandman Overture) Williams III. Part super-hero epic, part military thriller, with elements of the supernatural and horror thrown into the mix, this book, with stunningly designed artwork by Williams, will have you clamoring for more, which fortunately there is. Although Rucka does not continue writing Batwoman after this initial volume, Williams does a bang-up job of co-plotting as well contributing artwork starting with Batwoman: Hydrology.
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