Tom King’s nearly 60-issue run on Batman has been one of my favourite takes on the Dark Knight in years. King’s critical interrogation of the humanity buried beneath the bat cowl, and the indomitable power of Batman as a symbol are just a few of its myriad strengths, but others are down to a certain daring archaeologist.
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It’s impossible to listen to writer Tom King talk about DC Comics’ upcoming Heroes in Crisis series without gaining a new appreciation for the larger narrative project he’s been crafting across other comics, such as Mister Miracle and Batman.
Comic-Con may dazzle with swanky merchandise and big movie and TV trailers, but it’s still home to the biggest awards event in comics: The Eisners, a celebration of the best and brightest creative teams around. This year is no exception, and here’s the complete list of winners of this week's prestigious awards.
You’ve probably heard at this point about the big reveal of Batman #50's wedding thanks to The New York Times, continuing its weirdly consistent streak of getting to spoil comics days before they release. But, for better or worse, there’s more to the issue than what happens at DC Comics’ biggest wedding of the year.
Scott Free is an escape artist. And a superhero. And the owner of the DC universe's best T-shirt collection. But those are beside the point, which is that he's known for escaping things. You could say he gets out of them, well... scot free. But this week's Mister Miracle #9 might have given him, at last, a trap that could prevail over even his abilities.
Writer Tom King has hit superhero comic stardom in the past few years with gripping series such as Marvel's The Vision, and DC's Batman and Mister Miracle, all of which took deep psychological dives into the minds of their protagonists. King's next project at DC sounds like it's going to do the same, but on a much larger scale.
Kite Man, a villain whose only ability is his proficiency with the huge kite he flies around with, has been one of the most consistently charming parts of Tom King's run on Batman Rebirth. In this week's issue, we finally learn the origins of his signature catchphrase and as is often the case in Gotham City, they're tragic.
At a Friday morning breakfast held by DC Comics, superstar writer Tom King said that, prior to starting on the main Batman title, one of the challenges he had to reckon with was the idea that "nothing new can be done with this character". That's one of the reasons that he had Batman ask Catwoman to be his wife.
Tom King's run on Batman hasn't been afraid to dive deep into the darkest or weirdest aspects of the Dark Knight's mythos. But it's also been unafraid of poking some fun at the more goofy parts of Bat-canon. Case in point, a joke about one of Bruce's silliest villains that began a year and a half ago, and finally paid off this week, 17 issues later.
Marvel's Champions are back, with a brand-new series from writer Mark Waid and artist Humberto Ramos. It's a challenging position for Waid, who has to forge a new path for his young heroes while also acknowledging their past -- not to mention the paths taken by other well-known Marvel characters. We spoke to him about what's next.