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…

InSeXts explores female sexuality with a Victorian lesbian horror story

Writer Marguerite Bennett’s profile has been steadily rising over the last three years, and she’s been sharpening her craft and building a fan base by working within the confines of superhero and licensed comics. InSeXts is Bennett’s first creator-owned project, and she wastes no time taking advantage of her new…

Fresh Romance continues to invigorate the budding romance genre in comics

Romance comics are due for a resurgence. Appearing only occasionally since their heyday in the 1950s, romance is a genre that has flitted around the margins of American comics for the better half of a century, but Rosy Press, in a collaboration with Oni Press, is committed to revitalizing the form. Here in Fresh…

Natasha Alterici’s Heathen conjures a captivating queer Viking fantasy

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s Heathen Vol. 1. Written and illustrated by Natasha Alterici (Illustrated Girl), this collection of the digital series’ first four issues is an exciting, atmospheric reinterpretation of Norse mythology through a queer lens.…

The Power Rangers make a less than mighty return to comics

A successful licensed comic takes advantage of the comic-book medium to offer a different take on an established film, television, video game, or toy property. All too often, licensed titles default to bland replication of the source material, which is a logical decision. These books are intended to appeal to fans of…

DC Bombshells builds a feminist story from pin-up superhero designs

The oversexualization of female characters is a hot-button issue in superhero comics, so there was reasonable cause for concern when DC announced a new series based on a line of collectible statues depicting its female heroes and villains as ’40s-style pin-up girls. Attaching a creative team of women to the project…