Category Archives: Storylines

October 14

Retro Review: Adventure Comics #452 (1977) – “Dark Destiny, Deadly Dreams”

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. Adventure Comics #452 – “Dark Destiny, Deadly Dreams” Written by David Michelinie Pencils & Inks by Jim Aparo Colours by Jerry Serpe Letters […]

September 30

The Power of Babel

When the Detective Chimp made his first appearance in the pages of Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #4, the character was, unsurprisingly, not to be taken particularly seriously. The year was 1952, placing the character’s debut a full four years before Barry Allen’s first appearance and the official start of the Silver Age of […]

August 27

Man Of Reel: Dangerous Habits

Evenin’ folks. Long time; no see. It’s hard to believe it’s been about a year and a half since I last wrote for Modern Mythologies, given how much has happened in the world of superhero films since even then. Not only has the genre been solidified as one of the most profitable and omni-present in […]

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 […]

August 05

The Destructive Power of Resistance

A key component of any form of culture is the investment of the audience.If no one is buying a ticket to the show, turning on the channel at the right time, etc., then that particular piece of culture serves no purpose. The audience is crucial, but beyond their financial investment, what is necessary is that […]

July 15

The Danger of Inexperience

Throughout the DC Universe, there are several prominent mythologies that address the notion that superpowers are not the be all and end all of what makes a superhero. The obvious examples are non-powered heroes such as Batman and Green Arrow, who are among the most proficient and effective heroes without possessing a single superpower. Others, […]

July 08

A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Are we in control of our own destiny? This is a common question posed by many genres of literature, but it has a special place in superhero comics. Sometimes, it is as simple a construct as the notion that possessing superhuman abilities thrusts one into fate’s spotlight – a sort of artificial destiny in which […]