Savage Things crafts a Bourne-like story of intrigue that’s subtle instead of silly

Unwilling soldiers aren’t exactly a new idea in comic books. Marvel especially enjoys mining that story over and over again, from Wolverine(s) to Black Widow to the Winter Soldier. But there are all sorts of stories that revolve around people forced into horrific training to do the unthinkable. With Savage Things #1…

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Wonder Woman’s 75th birthday lassoes her best stories in years

2016 is the year DC Comics remembered that it owns the world’s most popular female superhero. There has been a significant upgrade in Wonder Woman comics thanks to the character’s big-screen debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and DC has adjusted its approach to Diana now that she’s back in the pop culture…

Squirrel Girl injects life into an otherwise stale All-New Wolverine

Big pieces of Marvel’s core lineup these days is defined by what it isn’t, rather than what it is. Many titles unapologetically point out what’s missing: Captain America: Sam Wilson isn’t about the real Captain America, or even the other two Captain Americas—it’s about Sam Wilson. It leaves the impression that these…

Paper Girls builds a captivating mystery with an all-star creative team

The easiest way to get someone to check out something new is often to compare it to other things they’re familiar with. Bitch Planet’s pitch to new readers is “Orange is the new Riddick.” Gotham Academy is “Harry Potter meets Scooby Doo in Gotham.” With only one issue to judge, it’s harder to come up with a pithy,…

The extra-sized Fables finale marks the end of an era at Vertigo

As the longest-running Vertigo book, Fables is the last reminder of the imprint’s glory days as a major force in the industry during the early ’00s. It was a time when creators like Brian K. Vaughan, Jason Aaron, and Brian Wood rose to popularity, but as the editorial climate of DC Comics changed, Vertigo became less…

Sexcastle galvanizes, Borb afflicts, and Southern Cross blasts off to the future

Can a person really change? It’s a common question in fiction, and Kyle Starks’ graphic novel Sexcastle (Image) explores it with a thrilling action plot about one assassin’s struggle to escape a life of violence. Shane Sexcastle is the “world’s greatest assassin,” but he decides to create a new identity for himself as…