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The Unbelievable Gwenpool’s trippy meta storytelling elevates the superhero genre

Superhero series should have easy jumping-on points. If these books are grabby enough, readers might be compelled to seek out earlier chapters. I had read the first few issues of The Unbelievable Gwenpool and thought they were fun, but I fell behind and the issues started piling up. I jumped back on with May’s #16 and…

To catch up with modern times, The Flash needed to borrow from its past

The Flash is a friendly guy. It’s part of the character that comes with wearing the red suit. Barry Allen is bland and pasty but he smiles a lot and is handsome in the generic way that every comic book character from that era is. He’s now saddled with an awful angsty retcon origin bestowed by Geoff Johns, because…

Meet the newest female protagonist in the Star Wars comics universe

There’s a lot riding on Doctor Aphra #1 (Marvel). Launching a new series for a character native to the comics seems significant. Given widespread criticism from long-time fans over the wholesale erasure of two decades’ worth of characters native to the old Expanded Universe (Mara Jade, we hardly knew ye), it makes…

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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

Space Battle Lunchtime capitalizes on the fun of cooking reality shows

Last year, Oni Press announced that it would be accepting open submissions from the public, and from over 2,500 creators that submitted, Natalie Riess is the first to have her project see print. It’s easy to see why Riess’ Space Battle caught the attention of Oni editors: It has one of the best titles of any comic…

Valiant’s Faith flies high as a superhero who loves life

2016 is the year of Faith Herbert at Valiant Comics. The publisher has been steadily raising her profile since the conclusion of Harbinger two years ago, and she’s become one of Valiant’s most popular characters since gaining her own solo miniseries, the first for a plus-sized superheroine. Faith (Valiant) has…

Miracleman: The Golden Age reprints Gaiman and Buckingham’s fascinating run

When Alan Moore and John Totleben departed Miracleman in 1989, they left behind a world overflowing with storytelling potential. In the final issues of Moore and Totleben’s run, Miracleman and his godlike allies reshaped the Earth into their idea of utopia, and that rapid transformation introduced a multitude of rich…

Power Man And Iron Fist is an outstanding reunion for superhero partners

If ever there was a book made for David F. Walker to write, it was Power Man And Iron Fist #1 (Marvel). Well versed in the history of both blaxploitation and kung fu movies, as discussed in his interview from last year, Walker first worked for Marvel in the excellent “50 years of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Fury one-shot issue. He…