Jason O. Logan

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Diversity is a loaded word when it comes to the four-color world of comic books and superheroes. For some, it’s an eye-rolling attempt at political correctness to force characters of different colors and religious and sexual persuasions into stories that supposedly don’t need them. Others see it as cynical money grab by tone-deaf publishers, namely DC and Marvel, to improve sales by enticing noob readers into buying books with characters who look like them on the covers. Me, I see it as strips of the quilt that has made up my reading material in and out of comics since I foolishly ripped the pages out of a copy of Charlotte’s Web my mother gave me when I was seven to make paper airplanes. I don’t need to be able to relate to a character before I pick up a book no matter the genre because I’m just as likely to be the last survivor of the planet Krypton as I am the reincarnated soul of a bloodthirsty mercenary sent back to Earth as a spawn of Hell. So just make sure the yarn holds my attention and I’ll judge it on its own merits. However, when I do find a character I see some of myself in, I’m hooked for life. Heroes and a few villains like Easy Rawlins, Sherlock Holmes, Batman, Nino Brown, and Black Manta. But when I saw Black Lightning, the protector of Suicide Slum, on the cover of a Justice League of America comic in 1979, I said that’s me.  (more…)

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I am and always have been a big fan of DC’s King of the Seven Seas, Aquaman.  In fact, I like most aquatic  characters I’ve come across in my years of reading comic books like Aquaman’s counterpart at rival  Marvel,  Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, Tempest, Mera, and K’aldur’ahn, the updated Aqualad who made a big name for himself on the late, lamented Young Justice (I’m still salty about that one, CN).  I  like them all but King Arthur (Curry) is still the big fish for me though because he was the first one I saw  riding giant seahorses under the sea with concentric circles coming out of his head summoning  hammerhead sharks in animated shorts and on The Superfriends.  So imagine my surprise when I  discovered he’s now the butt of ironic hipster jokes on Family Guy and Robot Chicken.  The latest  animated offering from the smoothly functioning machine that is Warner Brothers Animation aims to  rehabilitate the monarch’s image with Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and it is off to a good start. (more…)