Category Archives: Comic Books

Bloodthirsty

There’s a practical reason, from a storytelling perspective, why neither Batman nor Superman kill people.   What’s important here is that this is not a REALISTIC reason. Realistically, Batman and Superman would probably have to kill people if they were going to fight crime. It’s just going to happen now and then, even if they […]
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Supergirls

I’ve been thinking a lot about Supergirl lately, both the TV show and the character in general. One of the criticisms that bugs me about Supergirl is that she is a “masculine” ideal because she’s strong, invulnerable, and beats up bad guys. It bugs me because it assumes that superheroes (who generally kick butt as […]
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The Rise and Fall of Almost Everything (commentary)

I grew up reading comic books. Mostly superhero comics books. Yes, there’s a distinction. Superheroes are a genre. Comic books are a medium. The average person doesn’t care about that, but it’s actually important. One of the reasons I find the Best Animated Feature Oscar to be so silly is that you might as well […]
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The Dangerous Inner Lives of Superheroes

So the new Age of Ultron trailer is out, and it looks like standard stuff at this point.  Being the middle part of a planned trilogy, it has elected (unsurprisingly) for The Empire Strikes Back route, going darker, more serious, and, yes, even a bit pretentious.  I know I’m in a pretty small minority when […]
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