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Empty Tomb of Dracula

The path to the Tomb of Dracula was long and convoluted. Vampires had been around for a long time. They peppered stories in the Golden Age but they were basically one-shots who got re-killed at the end of the story. But vampires plagued a great many superheroes including The Shield, Mr Justice, and Batman, among […]

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MARVEL FIRSTS: Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1

Last time in Marvel Firsts, I fell in love with Roy Thomas and Gil Kane’s work on Marvel Premiere #15, which introduced Iron Fist. Thomas’s writing was clever, passionate, and hungry, creating an experience unlike many others I’ve had while reading superhero comics. This time, we’re jumping backwards in time to 1972 for the first […]

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THE FLASH: Big Trouble in Gorilla City

The Flash’s 13th episode (“Attack on Gorilla City”) was charming. From Cisco’s Fay Wray reference to everyone calling Julian Indiana Jones, it was an entertaining episode. Yes, Harrison was kidnapped. And sure, Barry had to take a spin in an arena against Solovar (voiced by GOLIATH! Sorry, Keith David. But SQUEE!) in what Cisco called […]

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Real Love vs. Illusion on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 13th episode (“Mrs and Mr. Mxyzptlk”) made me laugh, while tackling some heavy relationship issues. First of all, whoever does the music on the show? You’re wonderful. Second of all, whoever decided to have Mxyzptlk (a compelling Peter Gadiot) sing Aladdin songs, make Hamilton references (“How do you like the duds, Monsieur Hamilton? I’m […]

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MARVEL FIRSTS: Marvel Premiere #15

Last time in Marvel Firsts, things got all types of macabre with Gerry Conway and Gene Colan’s The Tomb of Dracula #1. We’re switching it back to superheroics this month with the first appearance of Iron Fist, just in time for the upcoming release of his eponymous Netflix series, which drops March 17th – so […]

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SUPERGIRL and the Power of Belief

Supergirl’s 12th episode (“Luthors”) was full of equal parts awkward, heartbreaking, and endearing. First, obviously, is Mon-El’s weird dance of lies. He claims to be dating Eve, but Eve tells Kara he spent their entire date talking about her. Kara tells Mon-El she was mad at him for dating Eve, but then…runs away. Okay, to […]

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MARVEL FIRSTS: The Tomb of Dracula #1

This month, I’m going heavy with the throwbacks. I’ve sporadically continued my Marvel Firsts series over the last year or so, but this February, I’m diving headfirst into Marvel’s history to see where some of its most iconic characters got their starts. First up is a character whose status as a literary icon far precedes […]

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THE FLASH: Can’t Touch This

The Flash’s 12th episode (“Untouchable”) was all about learning, although it did so in different ways. Sure, we learned that on HR’s Earth, Al Capone was the vice president. And we learned that Barry and Wally have a healthy competitive streak. But there were more serious lessons. Iris finally cracked and told Joe the truth […]

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Love and Risk in SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 11th episode (“The Martian Chronicles”—shoutout to Ray Bradbury) gave me a whole lotta feels, y’all. Let’s start with the awkward, shall we? It’s Kara’s Earth Birthday! Alex kiiiinda pulls a Sixteen Candles and forgets about it in favor of a date with Maggie…to see Barenaked Ladies. No, really. Is it suddenly 1999 again, or […]

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THE FLASH Dials It Up to 11

The Flash’s 11th episode (“Dead or Alive”) was so charming and so delightful. With the addition of HR and Julian, the dynamic is really working perfectly this season. And I’ve barely had the urge to yell at Barry, lately—something I honestly never thought I’d say. Julian’s role in this episode mostly involved snark masquerading as […]

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A Spark of Hope on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s tenth episode (“We Can Be Heroes”—Bowie reference ftw!) fell pretty neatly under the heading of heroism: what it means to be a hero, who can be a hero, the imperfection of heroes, and being the ordinary hero. But moreover? I think it’s about preconceptions and second chances. How, sometimes, even the supposed “villain” can […]

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REVISITING: Prisoners of Time

Full disclosure… Scott Tipton, who is, along with his brother David Tipton, the writer of Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, is a good friend of mine. I’m putting that out there, because I’d hate for folks to think I’m looking back on this book fondly because of our friendship. See, the thing is, and any […]

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Marvel Firsts: Fantastic Four #5

Five issues into The Fantastic Four, the heroes meet the supervillain that will become their arch-nemesis. (And, er, also the guy who kinda becomes Iron Man in 2017.) Introducing the dastardly, the deadly, the diabolical, the douchey… Doctor Doom. While the Fantastic Four are horsing around in the Baxter Building, a mysterious foe tosses an […]

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