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The Everyday Weirdness of Xombi, One of the Most Under-Appreciated Comics Ever Made The Everyday Weirdness of Xombi, One of the Most Under-Appreciated Comics Ever Made

In the mid-1990s, David Kim lived in a world where bicycle piranha would secretly feast on chained-up two-wheelers. He fought against incarnations of misdirected rage and rode in elevators where you had to read stories aloud to get to the right floor. He was the main character of Xombi, a comic about an unkillable…

Legendary Creator Stan Lee, Who Changed Comics and Pop Culture Forever, Is Dead at 95 Legendary Creator Stan Lee, Who Changed Comics and Pop Culture Forever, Is Dead at 95

Stan Lee, the public face of Marvel Comics and co-creator of iconic superheroes such as Spider-Man, Thor, and Black Panther, has passed away at age 95.

The Joker Looks Sicker Than Ever, Thanks to a Hollywood Legend The Joker Looks Sicker Than Ever, Thanks to a Hollywood Legend

The Joker has gone through dozens of different looks over the last 70-odd years, with artists making him more horrific or cartoony as they re-imagine him. With a new bust depicting the Clown Prince of Crime, special effects make-up master Rick Baker joins the roster of creators who’ve tackled the DC Comics villain. Of…

Dakota North Became a Marvel Comics Cult Classic Because It Put Style Above Everything Else Dakota North Became a Marvel Comics Cult Classic Because It Put Style Above Everything Else

Back in 1986, I subconsciously decided I liked a new Marvel Comics heroine without actually reading any of her books. Her name was Dakota North and, 32 years later, I’ve finally read her series.

Why Norm Breyfogle Was One of the Best Artists to Ever Draw Batman Why Norm Breyfogle Was One of the Best Artists to Ever Draw Batman

The best Batman artists always do something cool with the Dark Knight’s cape. It’s a given. Norm Breyfogle did that and so much more, re-inventing almost every visual aspect of Batman’s mythos.

Concrete Hits Heavy at the Heart Without Ever Throwing a Punch Concrete Hits Heavy at the Heart Without Ever Throwing a Punch

When Concrete first appeared in the mid-1980s, the discourse around comics’ artistic merit was undergoing a profound shift. Excitement around works like The Dark Knight Returns, Maus, and Watchmen expanded the public’s ideas about what comics could achieve. Concrete never became part of the shorthand list for “mature…

The Painful Poetry of My Favorite Daredevil Comics The Painful Poetry of My Favorite Daredevil Comics

In the 1980s, Marvel Comics editor Denny O’Neil had a problem: superstar writer Frank Miller was leaving Daredevil, the book he turned into a runaway sales hit. O’Neil had to find someone to write the book after Miller’s red-hot run. Ultimately, he started scripting the Man Without Fear’s book himself, turning out my…

The Team Behind Batman: Damned Say They're Going to Fuck With the Dark Knight’s Head The Team Behind Batman: Damned Say They're Going to Fuck With the Dark Knight’s Head

In the next few months, DC Comics will launch its new prestige imprint DC Black Label. The publisher is going to be kicking it off in grand fashion with Batman: Damned, which reunites the iconoclastic team of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo, the same creatives behind 2009’s arresting Joker graphic novel.

Gail Simone Talks About Being in Charge of a Whole Superhero Universe Gail Simone Talks About Being in Charge of a Whole Superhero Universe

She’s written acclaimed runs on Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, Deadpool, and tons of other superhero comics. Now, Gail Simone is doing something she’s never done before, acting as Chief Architect for Lion Forge’s Catalyst Prime universe, home to superheroes from all walks of life.

Hex Wives Will Tell the Story of Women Whose Power Is Suppressed by Men Hex Wives Will Tell the Story of Women Whose Power Is Suppressed by Men

Maybe you know Ben Blacker as half of the creative team that spawned The Thrilling Adventure Hour. You might have watched some of the episodes of Supernatural that he helped write. Or maybe you read the Deadpool, Star Wars, or Wolverine series he’s co-written. His next comics work is like nothing else he’s ever done.

Electric Warriors Will Look at the Unexplored Dark Ages of the Future DC Universe Electric Warriors Will Look at the Unexplored Dark Ages of the Future DC Universe

When you think about the future in the DC universe, a few iconic stories and franchises will pop into your head. Kingdom Come. The Legion of Super-Heroes. DC One Million. Electric Warriors wants to do something different: show people what happens to Earth after its superheroic legacies fade away hundreds of years from…

The Creators of Injustice vs. the Masters of the Universe Talk About Making Batman and Orko Best Friends The Creators of Injustice vs. the Masters of the Universe Talk About Making Batman and Orko Best Friends

The yearly Comic-Con International in San Diego always provides multiple doses of different fictional worlds crashing together. Fittingly, the first issue of a comic where He-Man’s crew meets a fractured-mirror Justice League came out during the annual nerd convention.

One of Comics’ Coolest Creators Returns Because 'It's So Hard to Do a Perfect Comic' One of Comics’ Coolest Creators Returns Because 'It's So Hard to Do a Perfect Comic'

Ann Nocenti wrote some of the most inventive, daring, and pointed superhero comics of the 1980s. We’re all really lucky that she makes a triumphant return to the medium this week, with The Seeds #1.

Geoff Johns Talks About Three Jokers, the Shazam Comic, and His Stargirl TV Show Geoff Johns Talks About Three Jokers, the Shazam Comic, and His Stargirl TV Show

As DC Comics has transmogrified over the last 20 years, Geoff Johns has been at the very center of—or, at least, extremely close to—the engines of change. His title is different nowadays, but he’s still going to be working on deepening interpretations of the company’s iconic characters.

Legendary Writer Nalo Hopkinson Talks About Entering the Sandman Universe Legendary Writer Nalo Hopkinson Talks About Entering the Sandman Universe

A few months ago, DC Comics announced the creation of the Sandman Universe, four new series taking place in the fictional landscape established in Neil Gaiman’s award-winning run on Sandman. One of the new series, House of Whispers, is going to be unlike anything else ever before seen in the Dreaming.

Justice League Writer Scott Snyder Talks About the DC Universe’s Next Big Cosmic Drama Justice League Writer Scott Snyder Talks About the DC Universe’s Next Big Cosmic Drama

For the last 10 years, Scott Snyder has been a writer to watch at DC Comics, expanding the mythology of Gotham City’s underworld and changing Batman’s status quo in major ways. Now he’s writing Justice League—and upending the primal forces that flow through the entire DC Universe.

DC Comics' Publishers Talk About the Controversy Around Batman #50 and Much More DC Comics' Publishers Talk About the Controversy Around Batman #50 and Much More

The DC Universe is expanding, in both the fictional and real worlds. io9 recently spoke to co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee about what fans can expect in the near future.

The Death of Superman Movie Changes Up a Classic DC Comics Story Just Enough to Work The Death of Superman Movie Changes Up a Classic DC Comics Story Just Enough to Work

The Man of Steel still dies in the new Death of Superman animated movie. The biggest surprise in the film is how he lives his life before Doomsday takes him out.

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