REVIEW: DMZ: On The Ground

REVIEW: DMZ: On The Ground

Welcome to the world of DMZ. What if Manhattan sat on the front line of an American Civil War? What if the citizens of a country that hasn’t seen warfare on its doorstep in almost one-hundred and fifty years found itself once again rent asunder and the greatest city of the 20th Century was caught in the middle? Imagine that, for a moment, all the images you see on the news of war-torn third-world nations…

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EDITORIAL: The Chaining of Clark Kent

EDITORIAL: The Chaining of Clark Kent

When superstar writer Grant Morrison was announced as the writer of DC Comics’ New 52 relaunch of Action Comics it was made clear that this was not going to be the Superman we were used to seeing. Taking his cue from the early work of Siegel and Schuster, Morrison’s Superman would return to his roots as a social crusader fighting for the little guy, the underrepresented masses who had been disenfranchised by the ever-increasing power of monied interests…

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REVIEW: The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity

REVIEW: The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity

There are few comic books out there which openly strive to be literature. The Unwritten is one of them, but it is far more than that. Its first volume, collecting the first five issues of the series in 2009, sets the stage for the driving theme of the work, that of a literary cabal who determines what stories will and will not be told so as to guide the path of the world. The Unwritten is…

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EDITORIAL: Why Super-Heroes Should Be More Political

EDITORIAL: Why Super-Heroes Should Be More Political

It’s time to really figure out if superheroes belong in the political arena. It can be difficult to find quality discussions on the role of politics in comic books. In the last year, there have been three articles of varying quality that have attempted to address this very divisive issue. Back in October, Sara “Babs” Lima of ComicVine.com posed the question to readers as to whether or not political content in comic books alienates readers….

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REVIEW: “The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #2”

REVIEW: “The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #2”

The second issue of Brian Churilla’s psychedelic epic simultaneously continues to dismay and disgust. Much like the first issue, we join the hero mid-action, this time providing us the back story behind his first meeting with the one-eared red teddy bear who will be his guide through much of the series. As before, the issue jumps back and forth between Cooper’s adventures in The Glut, the sickeningly surreal psychic world that seems to have impacts…

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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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