Category Archives: Artifacts

September 09

A Heavy Burden

Many superheroes can trace their origin to a defining tragedy. This is not necessarily the moment the gained their powers or began fighting crime, but rather the critical moment that set them on their life’s path. The obvious example, of course, is the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, which began the years of training […]

August 19

Retro Review: Superman Annual #11 (1985) – “For the Man Who Has Everything”

Retro Review takes a look at iconic issues of DC Comics books and measures their artistic integrity against their cultural and symbolic importance to the DC Universe and comic books in general. Superman Annual #11 (1985) – “For the Man Who Has Everything” Written by Alan Moore Pencils & Inks by Dave Gibbons Colours by […]

June 17

We Are Ultra Comics

One of the key elements of the mythology of the DC Universe is the fact that it is, in fact, a Multiverse. Originally, the concept of the Multiverse was introduced to account for continuity discrepancies between the Golden Age and Silver Age of Comics. Most notably, characters like the Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman and […]

March 18

Phoning It In

Identity is a common theme in superhero comics. In particular, the notion of the secret identity recurs across nearly all superhero mythologies. Traditional wisdom implies that the masks worn by superheroes not only conceal their true identity, but allow them to adopt the persona of the hero. But a closer examination of identity in comic […]

March 11

Task Force X and the Illusion of Redemption

Where do supervillains go once they are defeated? Traditional prisons (as we know them) are not equipped to handle the wide array of metahuman powers and abilities possessed by many superhumans, and even in the case of non-powered villains, many are far too skilled or persuasive to be safely detained by conventional means. Luckily, several […]

March 04

With Great Power

Power often comes at a price. This is a common theme in several genres of literature and is especially prevalent in superhero comics, presumably because it rings true in real life. To quote, somewhat ironically, a non-DC comic: with great power comes great responsibility. There is a cost and consequence associated not only with one’s […]

February 04

Diametrically Opposed: Doctor Fate / Wotan

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. Beyond superheroes with metahuman powers and vast fortunes and incredible gadgets, DC is home to an enormous set of magical mythologies. These characters bend the very essence of the natural world to their whim and many of them are among the […]