New comic Misfit City evokes classic Saturday morning cartoons and '80s movies

The relatively recent boom of comics focusing on female friendship and adventures is filling shelves with a type of story that’s previously been relegated to YA. It’s hard to understate the influence that Raina Telgemeier’s success has had on the comic book industry, but just a few years ago the launch of Lumberjanes…

A tone-deaf Marvel doubles down on Civil War II’s Nazi agenda

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: In the aftermath of a civil war between two gangs of superheroes, the victor is elevated to a place of authority at the cost of the respect of the gangs’ peers, while the vanquished enjoys a moral victory in death. That was the ending of the original Civil War in 2007 and also…

Remembering one of the most gifted draftsmen from a golden age of comics

Few creators exemplify the promise and disappointment of the early decades of comic books as fully as Wally Wood. One of the great talents who flowered at EC in the early 1950s, he spent the rest of his career following that company’s implosion working across the industry as a cartoonist and occasional publisher, and…

A lackluster Catwoman run comes to a disjointed conclusion

With the loss of Darwyn Cooke last week, it’s no small comfort to pick up a copy of Catwoman and see a version of his costume design on the cover. Cooke’s work persists, and for good reason: With her cat/whip belt and the goggles, this version of the character is iconic, instantly recognizable, and just practical…

Our favorite ongoing and serial comics of 2015

2015 was a great year for readers to move away from Marvel and DC for exceptional monthly (or bi-monthly, or quarterly) comics. There were still some strong releases from the “Big Two,” but as Marvel and DC shook up their publishing line-ups with major events that sidelined regular titles, Image continued to exert its…