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Batman 102: Introduction to the Dark Knight II

After the essentials, there are several notable mostly self-contained Batman tales well worth hunting down for anyone with an interest in the caped crusader. Son of the Demon An original graphic novel by Mike Barr and Jerry W. Bingham as … Continue reading

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Other Comic Books Read In July 2013

I read The Ultimates #1-13 on the Fourth of July. It’s still great, a bit like League of Extraordinary Gentleman as the government assembles a team of flawed iconic figures, with a clash of personalities. It might have been short … Continue reading

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Daredevil 102: Modern Man Without Fear

After Miller’s stuff, I’d recommend Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada’s Guardian Angel arc (Daredevil┬áVolume 2 #1-8). It was a good story, and it shook up the franchise. There are two later stories that deal with the aftermath, and are largely … Continue reading

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Two points about Amazing Spider-Man #698

There are two interesting things about the plotting for Amazing Spider-Man #698. I’m trying to keep it spoiler-free, although any analysis of the craft is bound to suggest details about the narrative. The entire issue builds to a twist which … Continue reading

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On Bringing Back Ben Reilly

I’m ambivalent on the question of whether Ben Reilly should be resurrected. In superhero comics, there are ways to circumvent a character dissolving into dust. That’s not the problem. It could always be revealed that another clone, or an entity … Continue reading

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Parallel Lives and Retcons

One of the biggest differences between what I guessed would happen in One More Day and what actually happened was that Joe Quesada kept the events of the Spider-Man graphic novel “Parallel Lives” largely intact. This included a major revelation … Continue reading

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Retcons and Mental Gymastics

It can be difficult for the readers to follow a series, when back-stories of characters suddenly change, and certain events and interactions can no longer be taken at face value. Things get messy if you read two stories, and there … Continue reading

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