Although it’s one of the most revered Batman stories ever told, Batman: The Killing Joke still has its critics. Primarily, The Killing Joke is an example of “woman in the fridge,” even before the term came into popular use in the 90s. Basically, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl is shot and paralyzed by the Joker as a means to torture her father Commissioner Gordon, and although the comics eventually built Barbara back up as the powerful information broker Oracle before she got the use of her legs back, many still read a misogynistic turn in the book by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. So when the artist on the current Batgirl series decided to pay homage to The Killing Joke for a special variant cover, let’s just say it reopened old wounds. (more…)
He’s only (arguably) the most powerful man in comics and comic-related media, but Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada was once a simple artist for anyone who could pay to cover the cost of sharpening his pencils. Well every now and then he likes to remind himself, and us, of his humble beginnings, and it’s usually around the special occasion of a mega-crossover, or the death of a popular character. And hey, there’s no greater comic artist catnip than the title, The Death of Wolverine. (more…)
He had a good run. Doc Ock as Spider-Man, I mean. Just in time for the release of the new Spider-Man movie, comes the all-new first issue of a comic also called The Amazing Spider-Man. The book, written by Dan Slott and drawn by Humberto Ramos, features Peter Parker back in the red and blue tights of your friendly neighborhood web-slinger, and ready for a new adventure, with brand new mystery that has a connection to the hero’s origins. Sounds serious. Want a preview of issue #1? You’ve got it. (more…)
Ok, so what if they were taken over and have fallen into clutches of the over bearing squeky-clean monster; better known as Disney, Marvel Comics is giving us something pretty freaken’ sweet with new variant covers for “Aamazing Spider-Man” #651, “Avengers” #7, “Avengers Academy” #7, “Captain America” #612, “Incredible Hulks” #618, “Invincible Iron Man” #33, “New Avengers” #7, “Secret Avengers” #7, “Thor” #617 and “Wolverine” #4. The covers have a bold new look with Tron inspired aesthetics. And with the overwhelming excitement over the project, I suppose it’s a good move. The covers were designed by Mark Brooks and Brandon Peterson are due out next month! What do you guys think of the new covers? Check ’em out after the jump!