Top Ten: Favorite Comic Book Heroes

It’s weird that it’s taken so long to get here. A hundred-plus comic reviews. Dozens upon dozens of articles on the genre. Lists of all sorts. And I’ve never just sat down and written up a list of my ten favorite comic book characters? That’s not entirely true. On the Ghosts of the Stratosphere podcast, there is a “lost” episode that will never air. It … Continue reading Top Ten: Favorite Comic Book Heroes

Jab’s Deep Dives: The Legion of Super-Heroes

The Legion of Super-Heroes is one of the oldest super-teams in all of comics, and one of its most original ideas. Which is kind of funny, because it was dealt with very off-handedly at first in your typical “Superboy” adventure. Superboy at the time was basically “The Adventures of Superman when he was a boy!”, and the Legionnaires introduced were just the original three: Saturn … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dives: The Legion of Super-Heroes

Stew’s Reviews: 52

I’m not… I’m not a Marvel fanboy, as it were. Admittedly, I own more Marvel comics than anything else. I have more access to Marvel comics than anything else. But I am not a card-carryin’, DC-hatin’, Marvel fanboy. So you can imagine, after the first four weeks of the revised “Stew’s Reviews” and realizing I had done two Marvel books, two non-Big-Two books, and zero DC … Continue reading Stew’s Reviews: 52

The Top 100 Comics Of A Lifetime: Part 3 (#90-#86)

Hey! We finally get a really good book in this slice, after the first and second editions kind of topped out at “good, I guess”. As a reminder, this is our twice monthly article where I look back at a Top 100 comics list that Wizard Magazine published back in 2006. You know what I blame Wizard for? Pop Vinyls. Like… not in GENERAL. But … Continue reading The Top 100 Comics Of A Lifetime: Part 3 (#90-#86)

Stew’s Reviews: Death of Iris Allen

Even all this time later into Rebirth, I still can’t believe DC just ghosted Wally West for all those years that the New 52 was a thing. Are… are people still saying “ghosted”? If I know about it, then probably not. Wally will always be “my” Flash, no matter how hard they have been pushing the interesting-as-dry-toast Barry Allen back to the top. When I … Continue reading Stew’s Reviews: Death of Iris Allen

Why the Best Comic Characters Just “Work”

Some of the most memorable and fascinating characters in all of fiction were first created for comic books. The last decade-plus of movie ticket sales can more than substantiate that. But even before cinematic effects caught up with the way these larger-than-life heroes deserved to be presented, you are still talking about characters that have moved millions of units and endured for decades across many … Continue reading Why the Best Comic Characters Just “Work”

Stew’s Reviews: Cosmic Odyssey

Every time I review a book from the 1980’s, I get Hobgoblins stuck in my head. Not the Roger Stern Amazing Spider-Man story arc from issue #~250 or so, but an episode of Mystery Science Theater called Hobgoblins. I’m sure I’m not alone here in loving MST3K; it’s pretty widely appreciated in the circles of people who also read comic books. But the issue Hobgoblins features the … Continue reading Stew’s Reviews: Cosmic Odyssey

Stew’s Reviews: The Unauthorized Biography of Lex Luthor

So back in… 2006 or so, Wizard (GOD! Remember Wizard? Wizard Magazine, the comic magazine that was such a BFD in the 1990’s? Unless you have gone to a Wizard Con in the last few years, how long has it been since you’ve thought of that?) made a list of the top 100 issues of… some span of time. Maybe the 25 years leading up … Continue reading Stew’s Reviews: The Unauthorized Biography of Lex Luthor

Stew’s Reviews: The Long Halloween

My wife hates comics books. It’s really frustrating, but honestly, we have so little in common, and some of that so little is that she just has no interest in them whatsoever. Not just superheroes, either. The whole notion of “books with pictures in them” is anathema to her. What’s really weird is that she LOVES all the comic-based cartoon shows from our youth. Batman … Continue reading Stew’s Reviews: The Long Halloween

Stew’s Reviews: DC Bombshells

I don’t know if I will have written and posted the article by the time this review is published, but I recently decided I would do a Top Ten list of my favorite comic book artists. What a foolish endeavor.  Within thirty to forty minutes of off-the-top-of-my-head thinking, I had a cut-down list of over fifty names. Following that up with some actual research had … Continue reading Stew’s Reviews: DC Bombshells

Characters Vs Creators – Which Means More to You?

Heroes in Crisis has ended! Tom King’s latest mini-series has indeed wrapped its nine issue run, and it has joined the ranks of Vision, Mr. Miracle, and Omega Men among the short-term works for which the writer has become known. Ultimately, Heroes in Crisis was the story of how post-traumatic stress disorder affects the very real human beings behind the colorful costumes and bombastic powers of the DC Universe. … Continue reading Characters Vs Creators – Which Means More to You?

Jab’s Deep Dive: The Hangmen

DC is quite lacking in memorable Jobbers, often creating sub-par “serious” villains that are nonetheless recurring (most of Wonder Woman’s Rogues Gallery is like that), or having Jobbers that are so forgettable that they never appear again. Marvel, by contrast, has DOZENS AND DOZENS of random-ass background Jobbers that are ALWAYS kicking around, thanks in large part to the need for creating one-shot villains for … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dive: The Hangmen

Stew’s Reviews: JLA – Gods & Monsters

You know what’s been badly lacking in this series of late? My reading something that really didn’t sit well with me. I’ve been reviewing a lot of books, and while some have been pedestrian—or, perhaps little better than “okay”—I haven’t come across anything in a while that really stunk up my chimney. And that’s fine! I mean, honestly, I’d rather push through some works that … Continue reading Stew’s Reviews: JLA – Gods & Monsters

Stew’s Reviews: Batgirl of Burnside

Welcome back once again to Stew’s Reviews, your weekly source of completely random comic book reviews. As always, I’m your host, Rob Stewart, bringing you my thoughts on another title you may or may not care about! That’s pretty generic. Huh. Well whatever, I don’t really have a particularly noteworthy intro this week; they aren’t all winners, and I don’t always have big goings-on. Sometimes … Continue reading Stew’s Reviews: Batgirl of Burnside