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Sherlock Frankenstein's attempt at homage gets stuck in some of the worst parts of comics history

Jeff Lemire’s Black Hammer universe is earning attention and acclaim. In the tradition of Supreme Power, Black Hammer presents recognizable superhero templates in a new venue, pulling on decades of continuity without being enslaved to it. His superheroes are a group composed mostly of characters that seem like the…

Joss Whedon takes Giles back to school in this BTVS: Giles exclusive announcement

Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Rupert Giles has had one hell of a life. He was a bad boy that went by the name of “Ripper” in his 20s, and later in his adulthood, he helped save the world on multiple occasions as the mentor of Buffy Summers. Then he died, but death isn’t permanent in the Buffyverse. He was resurrected by…

Get an exclusive first look at Berger Books’ inaugural lineup of comics

Karen Berger helped change the course of comic books. As an editor at DC Comics, she was instrumental in the development of Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, two titles that showed off superhero comics’ potential for more sophisticated, provocative storytelling. In 1993, she founded the DC Comics…

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The many victims of gun violence come alive in a dread-drenched comic

In a study published last year, The American Journal Of Medicine revealed that Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other high-income countries. Gun violence is an epidemic in the United States, and it’s at the foundation of House Of Penance (Dark Horse), a heart-wrenching anti-gun…

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods comes to comics in this exclusive preview

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is about to make the leap to television in a new prestige drama from Starz and executive producer Bryan Fuller, so it’s the perfect time for the 2001 novel to get its first comics adaptation. Dark Horse Comics has become the home for comic-book adaptations of Gaiman’s work—a hardcover…

Roxane Gay’s Black Panther prequel gives women a story in the World Of Wakanda

Wakanda is experiencing a well deserved resurgence in interest. Between excitement for the Black Panther movie and the good press around Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze’s comic, it’s a smart move for Marvel to expand the franchise. It’s even smarter to recruit Roxane Gay to helm a new title in keeping with…

Mental illness is a fluorescent storm in the challenging Our Mother

The cover of Luke Howard’s Our Mother (Retrofit Comics) features a woman’s face—the titular mother. Her head has been enlarged, but her features have remained at an otherwise-proportional size, almost as if something is growing inside of her, expanding, preparing to auto-evacuate at the expense of this woman’s life.…