EDITORIAL: Mainstream VS Indie Comic Books: Where’s the Beef?

EDITORIAL: Mainstream VS Indie Comic Books: Where’s the Beef?

Several months ago when I started Capeless Crusader, I decided to approach comics from a very specific angle. I wanted to find those comic books which either directly or tangentially addressed important social issues and made full use of comics’ ability to act as a lens through which we see our own society. Up to this point, my own experience with comics had been largely defined by what most people consider mainstream books. That is, comic…

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REVIEW: “Action Comics #8”

REVIEW: “Action Comics #8”

I’ve been picking up Grant Morrison‘s Action Comics since the launch of DC’s New 52. The latest issue is the culmination of the first arc, which has had Superman face first the revamped Metallo (now METAL-0), and long-time nemesis Braniac. SPOILERS AHEAD! The issue does a passable job of tying off all of the various threads that Morrison has woven through the series over the last eight months, with a couple left hanging on which…

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REVIEW: “America’s Got Powers #1”

REVIEW: “America’s Got Powers #1”

Last month, Capeless Crusader previewed this week’s release of America’s Got Powers from Image Comics. The new limited series from writer Jonathan Ross and artist Bryan Hitch promised a reality-TV look at what would happen were super-powered individuals to emerge in our present-day American society. The first issue jumps right into reality, with the first page being taken up by an in-universe fictitious press-release about the new season of AGP. The page takes the form…

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REVIEW: “The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #1”

REVIEW: “The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #1”

D.B. Cooper has remained on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for over 40 years. The perpetrator of the only unsolved air piracy act in American history, he has never been caught. One might expect a book about this character to be an Ocean’s Eleven-style heist story, which would be huge fun. The Secret History of D.B. Cooper is not this book. Brian Churilla’s tale opens with a standard news broadcast regarding the hijacking, but wastes…

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EDITORIAL: Superman For President?

EDITORIAL: Superman For President?

The idea of super-heroes becoming involved in politics is hardly a new one. A recent post on RedState, entitled “Does America need Superman or Batman as its next President?” prompted me to revisit this concept. The RedState piece attempts to shoehorn Superman into a comparison with current Republican contender Rick Santorum while likening Batman with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (a much closer comparison.) The piece’s writer, posting under the moniker “teapartier,” talks of Superman…

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COMMENTARY: America’s Got Powers… And Problems

COMMENTARY: America’s Got Powers… And Problems

  Yesterday, ComicBookResources released a new teaser for America’s Got Powers, a new series by Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch. In the release, Ross talked briefly about the premise for the series, which involves the use of superhumans who had previously been locked away by the US government for reasons of public safety in a gladiator-like reality TV show. The complete story is available on CBR. What makes America’s Got Powers a topic of interest for this…

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EDITORIAL: Can Mainstream Comic Books Be Socially Relevant?

EDITORIAL: Can Mainstream Comic Books Be Socially Relevant?

Superhero comic books have always served as a popular lens through which we can view our own society. They have chronicled characters’ journeys through (largely) American history in the years leading up to and through some of the largest armed conflicts in human history, intense social turmoil, and the present malaise that has afflicted much of the world as nation after nation faces economic crises and austerity measures. With that longevity and their place in…

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Freedom Loses in Civil War

Freedom Loses in Civil War

Should superheroes be anonymous, or should they register with the US government?  This is the central question of Marvel’s Civil War. I was aware of this event when it began in 2007. It was, however, several years before I would read it through from beginning to end. The story, in short, is that a bunch of reality show superheroes wind up inadvertently causing the death of over 700 civilians, leading the government to push for universal registration of masked vigilantes….

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