Danika questions Marvel, and Disney’s, ability to present women in their superhero franchises. When the comic is such a strong source to pull from; why do films get Black Widow so wrong?
Ruaidhri hulks out and throws his fanboy hat into the ring to discuss the distinct lack of Super Hero video games.
Jon looks at some of the best Batman villains we’ll never see included in a Batman game.
Kid Sidekicks have become a staple in comic books, and something that we’ve come to accept as just another part of the medium. But have…
Ruaidhri goes digging through his book shelves to decide on the 5 characters he hopes are revealed to be DLC for Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Smoking may be increasingly uncommon, but there’s one world where it’s been non-existent for a decade. Martin takes a look at Marvel Comics’ blanket smoking ban.
Over the last few instalments of this column we’ve looked at a few superhero identities that have been used by more than one character (Robin and Captain America, for the new or forgetful). Legacy characters like this are popular in comics because they’re a way of keeping names, and trademarks, alive and relevant (and to learn the importance of that, just ask DC about Captain Marvel). Individual characters aren’t always as timeless as the superhero identity or idea in general, so it pays now and then to get rid of them and replace them with a more relevant version. One of the best ways to sell this change has been to kill off the original as it immediately gives the new character an empty stage on which work and feel important.
Making his debut in #37 of Swamp Thing in the late eighties, Alan Moore’s supporting character of Constantine hit our pages as a… a bit of prick. A sorcerer, a deviant and a swindler, Constantine was the devil on the good-natured swamp thing’s shoulder. The wayward scab that itches to be picked, and then gets very, VERY infected. And once given a life of his own, he didn’t change much in nearly thirty years. Swamp Thing’s publication without the Comic Code Authority’s stamp of all ages approval, and the newly rated ‘suggested for mature readers’ umbrella, gave birth to DC’s darker stylized publication house Vertigo, and more importantly, formed a new direction for DC, with Hellblazer as the main attraction.
Last time, I mentioned that the gap between Captain America’s WW2 adventures and his modern recovery from the Arctic ice is ever-widening. Beyond being problematic for the believability of Cap functioning in the present day, this also presents other problems.