Batman’s Newest Ally Against Catwoman Proves the Dark Knight is a Hypocrite

Summary Batman’s decision to accept the help of the Riddler undermines his moral position. Batman’s alliance with the Riddler makes him a hypocrite, as he has previously condemned others for working with criminals but is willing to do the same when it benefits him. By accepting the Riddler’s help, Batman has substantially weakened his argument…

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A Classic DC Hero Disproved Spider-Man’s Greatest Mantra

Summary Golden Eagle’s early retirement is in direct opposition to Spider-Man’s mantra of great power coming with great responsibility. Robin is frustrated by his teammates’ disregard for their own safety, highlighting the constant pressure and risks faced by superheroes. Golden Eagle now manages the Teen Titans’ social media accounts, proving that heroes can find paths…

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How Wolverine’s Duel with Predator Recreates the Sci-Fi Series’ Best Scenes

Summary Marvel’s new comic, Predator vs. Wolverine, cleverly pays tribute to both characters’ iconic histories. By rewriting elements of Wolverine and the Predator’s past, the comic delivers an action-packed thriller that explores themes common to both franchises, like the depths of human savagry. Predator vs. Wolverine showcases both characters’ growth over the decades while tying…

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What Does the Future Hold for Single-Player Narrative Games?

Summary Single-player games are facing a shift in the industry, with AAA studios moving towards games as a service and free-to-play models, leaving fans of story-centric games longing for the cinematic masterpieces of the mid-2000s. Prestigious single-player franchises like God of War and The Last of Us have grown in size, with sequels featuring longer…

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Apocalypse Is Living Up To The Greek Translation Of His Name

Summary Apocalypse’s transformation in the Krakoa Era has made him a more intriguing character, as he turns from a destroyer of mutants to someone who dedicates himself to making Krakoa stronger. The evolution of Apocalypse reflects the original meaning of the word “apocalypse,” which meant to reveal knowledge. The retcons and revelations about Apocalypse’s past…

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Tom King’s Wonder Woman Gives the Amazonian Hero Two Perfect New Enemies

Summary Wonder Woman #1 introduces new antagonists, Sgt. Stone and the King of America, who are clear foils to Wonder Woman on multiple levels. Sgt. Stone represents cruelty and lack of empathy, contrasting with Wonder Woman’s humanity and empathy towards others. The King of America represents power, control, and a legacy of colonization, opposing Wonder…

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The Chaotic History Of Superman’s Forgotten Daughter

Summary Cir-El, Superman’s forgotten canonical daughter, never gained the same popularity as Jon Kent due to her confusing and messy origin story. Despite her convoluted origins, Cir-El had enjoyable character traits, including her bubbly personality and endearing friendships with the Superman Family. If Cir-El were to return, her origins would need to be reworked to…

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Is the Bat-Family Hurting or Helping Gotham City?

Summary The Bat-Family’s impressive skills and gadgets make them effective heroes against powerful threats in Gotham, even without superpowers. Some argue that the Bat-Family’s presence attracts dangerous villains to Gotham, and their retirement could reduce escalated crime. Each member of the Bat-Family has unique abilities that contribute to solving crimes and fighting villains, showcasing their…

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DC’s Biggest Bad Is At His Best As A New Gods Villain

Summary Darkseid, created by Jack Kirby, was at his best when he was a villain of the Fourth World, representing control and the desire for total dominance. Kirby’s Fourth World saga explored the conflict between New Genesis and Apokolips, symbolizing the battle between freedom and oppression. Darkseid’s appearances in post-Crisis DC stories shifted his portrayal…

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One of Marvel’s Toughest X-Men May be an Omega-Level Mutant

Summary Bishop’s abilities to absorb and rechannel energy make him one of the X-Men’s most powerful members. Bishop’s adaptability and inventive nature suggests that he may qualify as an Omega-Level Mutant. Bishop’s powers allow him to counter any and all advanced security measures, drastically increasing his value to the X-Men. The following contains spoilers for…

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Batman’s Global Allies Have Splintered – and it Could Create a Deadly New Foe

Summary Ghost-Maker’s departure from Batman Incorporated foreshadows a potentially dangerous role for him in the DC Universe, especially considering the machinations of Amanda Waller. Ghost-Maker’s willingness to resort to harsh tactics such as murder make him a potential antagonist to Batman. With his extensive knowledge, skills, and resources, Ghost-Maker could become a serious problem for…

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Marvel Unveils a Hidden Romance Between Two MCU Icons – And Why They’ll Never Experience It

Summary The MCU icons Scarlet Witch and Loki share similar backgrounds as former villains turned heroes, with shared traumas and experiences that create a unique understanding between them. Scarlet Witch and Loki’s connection and mutual attraction lay the foundation for an unforgettable romance, potentially making them the most powerful couple in the Marvel Universe. Unfortunately,…

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Was Bernie Wrightson Nearly the Artist on Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian?

Summary Bernie Wrightson was a huge fan of Frank Frazetta’s artwork (including his Conan book covers) and was indirectly inspired by Frazetta to start drawing comic books professionally. Inspired by Frazetta, Wrightson had been drawing Conan since the mid-1960s, and when Marvel started looking for an artist to draw Conan the Barbarian, Wrightson was recommended…

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Batman Incorporated Have Finally Decided To Abandon Their Leader – So Where Does That Leave Them?

Summary Ghost-Maker’s leadership skills were abysmal, with his pride and withholding of vital information making it difficult for Batman Incorporated members to respect him. Several members of Batman Inc. were killed or left the team after the defeat of Joker Incorporated, leaving the roster fractured and the team in a precarious position. El Gaucho, a…

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Marvel’s Squadron Supreme Versus DC’s Retaliators — Which Company Has The Better Pastiche?

Summary Marvel and DC have created pastiche teams of each other’s core superhero teams. The Squadron Supreme parodied the Justice League and the Retaliators are the latest DC parody of the Avengers. The Squadron Supreme and the Retaliators have similarities and differences. The Squadron Supreme is a much more fully realized group of antiheroes, while…

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Children of the Sea: The Anime Movie’s Ending, Explained

Summary Children of the Sea is a visually stunning and philosophically complex film, comparable to Neon Genesis Evangelion. The climax of the film is visually outstanding but narratively complex, with protagonist Ruka experiencing a perspective change of a lifetime as she becomes immersed in intergalactic sea life. The film explores deep concepts of the microcosm-macrocosm…

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Marvel’s Fantastic Four Versus DC’s Terrifics — How Similar Are They?

Summary The Fantastic Four and The Terrifics share many similarities, including the team dynamics, multiversal exploration, and high stakes adventures. The Fantastic Four are a superhero family with deep connections and a strong sense of camaraderie, while The Terrifics are a team formed more out of convenience. The Terrifics, while not a true commercial rival…

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Batman’s Otherworldly Persona Would Be Great for a Psychological-Thriller Comic

Summary Batman’s Silver Age Zurr-En-Arrh persona has been reinvented in recent years, transforming it from a campy gimmick to a psychologically intriguing concept. Grant Morrison took the concept of Zurr-En-Arrh and turned it into a story exploring Batman’s meticulous preparation for any scenario. The Zurr-En-Arrh persona could be a perfect fit for a Batman-focused psychological…

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Star Wars: Dark Droids Reveals a Dangerous Secret About the Force

Summary Star Wars: Dark Droids introduces a groundbreaking development in the Force, revealing that even droids might be able to tap into its power. Luke Skywalker’s cybernetic hand proves that inorganic materials can channel the Force, challenging previous understanding of its relationship with droids. The Scourge will likely target Darth Vader’s cybernetics to gain access…

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Spider-Man’s Real Nemesis Was Never Norman Osborn or Doctor Octopus

Summary Amazing Spider-Man #74 revealed Mephisto is actually Spider-Man’s true nemesis, responsible for the most traumitizing moments in Peter Parker’s life, including “One More Day.” Mephisto’s actions have impacted Peter since before he became Spider-Man, influencing Norman Osborn and setting in motion the Osborn/Parker fued. Mephisto’s selfishness and fear of Spider-Man’s potential to bring change…

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