Alphabetical Index of DC / Vertigo

Black Canary #3

I love the premise of this Black Canary revamp — the hero’s on the road with a scrappy band — and I like the way we’re already learning more about the bigger picture. Kid-looking Ditto, who plays guitar, is being pursued by a mysterious group, and this issue lays out the back story, via Kurt, Black Canary’s estranged husband (!) and member of a secret military organization. (I hope it turns out to be related to what’s going on in […]

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Black Canary #1

Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu put a new twist on the long-running fishnet-clad hero in Black Canary. Looked at after reading, it’s a terrific choice, but not one I would have ever expected. Here, Black Canary is the name of a touring rock band. The blonde on the cover is D.D., a fighter with a mysterious past neither her bandmates nor we know anything about yet. It’s a great idea to give her some female compatriots, since she’s previously been […]

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Starfire #1

I’ve been trying a number of the new DC #1s, particularly the ones promising something other than the usual legacy white male hero, but I’ve found some of them unsatisfying. Too many of them are prologue, trying to establish a setup but not giving an accurate taste of what the actual series will be about. Not every #1 has to be an origin issue (or, like Prez, the first half of an origin). A #1 should make me want to […]

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Teen Titans: Earth One

I’m not sure I’ve read any of the previous Earth One volumes. Started in 2009, the label reworks well-known names — Superman and Batman most prominently — for the bookstore market, featuring original stories published in hardcover. However, like most relaunches, the story in Teen Titans: Earth One makes most sense if you already know the brand. The odd mix of abilities demonstrated here — dirt control (Terra), shape-shifting (Chameleon), body invasion by organic metal (Cyborg), Native American mysticism (Raven) […]

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I’m Going to Miss the Movement

The last issue of The Movement was #12, out May 7. Yes, I’m late talking about it, and yes, I’m part of the problem, since I didn’t draw attention to it while it was running. But now that it’s over, I’m realizing the void it left. This came home to me reading the “final issues” of a couple of more standard DC titles this week. I thought the last issue of a series might wrap something up, but Suicide Squad […]

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Batman 66 #11 / Digital #31-33 a Riot of TV Show Nostalgia

The latest issue of Batman ’66 pulls out all the stops with just about everyone from the TV show making an appearance. Writer Jeff Parker dreams up a ridiculous premise, with Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, and Chief O’Hara attending “Pageant Night” at the local insane asylum, where Catwoman, the Joker, King Tut, the Siren, and False Face — who impersonates other criminals — are showing off their talent acts. The undercover crimefighters are accompanied by Commissioner and Barbara Gordon and […]

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The Jewish Experience in Graphic Novels: How to Understand Israel, Jerusalem, Letting It Go, The Property

I found these four graphic novels about Jerusalem, Israel, and Jews struggling with their heritage particularly timely reading these past couple of months, particularly as we (as privileged Americans) were shocked and challenged by an explosive attack. It was eye-opening to think about living in a country where such a thing was a lot more possible. I enjoy learning from comics that convey alternative experiences, especially those that are so different from what I already know. How to Understand Israel […]

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I’ll Miss Saucer Country

Yeah, I know the news broke a month ago when writer Paul Cornell posted that his series Saucer Country would end with issue #14, due out in April, but I didn’t talk enough about this series when it might have done some good, so consider this a last apology. I liked Saucer Country, and I’m surprised that more people didn’t. The biggest discussion in the U.S. over the past few years has been about politics and the idea that the […]

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