Category Archives: Supporting Characters

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 02

Love Will Save the Day

In any mythology, the love interest is as common an archetype as the hero or the villain. They often are a catalyst for action and a source of motivation for characters good or evil, and their presence and affection (or the lack thereof) is fuel for the main narrative.┬áBut within the context of comic book […]

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 […]

February 18

Maltusian Check

There is a prevailing social, political, economic, and evolutionary theory dictating the natural forces of balance known as Malthusianism. Named for Thomas Robert Malthus, the theory outlines a key principle known as the Malthusian check; that is, a circumstance that can be mathematically predetermined by which a system in a state of out of control […]

January 07

Diametrically Opposed: Jor-El / General Zod

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. Despite being the most recognizable superhero in the world, Superman’s long list of enemies does not necessarily have the notoriety of those belonging to the Batman. One of the few that is widely known – thanks in no small part to […]

December 24

Retro Review: The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special #1 (1991)

Retro Review takes a look at influential issues of DC Comics and measures their artistic integrity against their cultural and symbolic importance to the DC Universe and comic books in general. The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special #1 (1991) Written by Keith Giffen and Alan Grant Pencils and Inks by Simon Bisley Colours by Lovern Kindzierski […]

December 20

Retro Review: Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas Special #1 (2010) – “Orange You Glad It’s Christmas?!”

Retro Review takes a look at influential issues of DC Comics and measures their artistic integrity against their cultural and symbolic importance to the DC Universe and comic books in general. Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas Special #1 (2011) – “Orange You Glad It’s Christmas?!” Written by Geoff Johns Pencils by Brett Booth Inks by Oclair […]