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October 9 2017

Watch the Official Trailer for DC’s Justice League

Batman. Wonder Woman. Aquaman. Cyborg. The Flash. Superman ... sort of. After months of waiting, fans were finally treated to a trailer for the upcoming Justice League. After Superman seemingly...
July 25 2017

Vote for Your Favorite San Diego Comic Con Trailer

  Watch our favorite San Diego Comic Con trailers, conveniently compiled in one post! Let us know which movie or TV show you're most excited about in the comments below!
July 24 2017

San Diego Comic Con Trailer Round Up

San Diego Comic Con is one of the biggest events of the year, giving us some of the most highly anticipated trailers for all of the upcoming blockbuster hits and series. So this week, instead of...
February 14 2017

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with These Criminal Couples

Love is an incredibly powerful emotion. So it’s no surprise that it’s a big motivating force in crime fiction. It sends broken criminals and lawmen on quests for redemption, and it...
June 21 2016

Who Is Your Favorite Batman?

Ever since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in May of 1939, Bruce Wayne has captured American audiences with his vigilante justice. However, it’s the characters film and television...
June 2 2016

Serial Killer Calling Cards

Serial killers, for better or for worse, are some of the more infamous characters in history. As fascination mixes with fear, the gruesome and torturous killings become the stuff of nightmares....
May 13 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s The Spectre

One of the factors that distinguishes a costumed vigilante from another is their attitude towards crime. Does a caped powerhouse see villains as foe to be bested, in a kind of high-powered sports...
May 12 2016

Why So Serious? A Little Less Grimdark and a Little More Fun, Please

“Are you a Marvel or a DC?” It's become one of those questions—just as everyone has to pick Bats or Supes or side with Cap over Iron Man. And, for the most part, I've...
May 6 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s Madame Xanadu

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan/A stately pleasure-dome decree … The cover is electrifying. Sinuous, sensuous, enticing, entrancing…seemingly created by the same magic the story’s...
April 29 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s The Swamp Thing

The history of comics is a catalog of creations that began as throwaway entertainment and ended up succeeding far, far beyond what their originators could have ever predicted. The pair of Cleveland...
April 15 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s Black Orchid

What are you left with when you take away a superhero's origin story? A costume, some powers, and...that's about it.  Origins are huge part of the standard comic book character...
April 8 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s The Phantom Stranger

Ask me my favorite superhero—that's easy. The one character whose comics I want to be buried with; the guy I would dress as at Comicon, were I to be so lame; the hero whose powers I would...
March 31 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s Deadman

A recent query from Criminal Element asked which overlooked superheroes would be deserving of their own movie or TV show. One logical answer to that is DC's Deadman, except for one thing: Deadman...
March 24 2016

Follow Me into Weird Worlds: DC’s Horror and Supernatural Comics

The first stirrings might have begun with the Deadman, an acrobatically-inclined ghost who inhabited the bodies of mortals for a few moments at a time; or it might have really become a trend when...
January 20 2016

Suicide Squad: New Trailer Released

Not to be outdone by the titans of industry that Marvel Studios has become, DC Comics is set to release two blockbuster films this year, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. While...
July 28 2015

The Essential Jim Gordon Stories, Or, When Gordon Became Batman

In the current storyline in DC’s Batman and Detective Comics, Jim Gordon’s shaved his mustache, ditched the overcoat, and done some serious body sculpting for his new job—the pilot...
April 14 2015

Gotham 1.19: “Beasts of Prey”

This weekend, I was binge-watching a great superhero noir series set in a corrupt city where the only justice to be had was by skirting the edges of the law. The show also featured a magnetic,...
March 3 2015

Gotham 1.18: “Everyone Has a Cobblepot”

“Petulance and naiveté are a bad combination.” That’s Police Commissioner Loeb (Peter Scolari) telling Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) that he’s going about fighting...
February 24 2015

Gotham 1.17: “Red Hood”

When I complained that Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) needed more to do on Gotham, her sexing up Selina (Camren Bicondova) isn’t what I had in mind. In an episode of Gotham filled with...
February 17 2015

Gotham 1.16: “The Blind Fortune Teller”

My eldest son (19) wandered in during this week’s episode during the scene where the snake finds its handler’s body. I tried to explain. His response: “This show is so dumb.” Yes,...
February 10 2015

Gotham 1.15: “The Scarecrow”

Gotham has been a roller coaster ride most of this season, its overly-fast pacing covering over its many flaws. But now that we’re at Episode 15, it’s time to decide whether this show...
February 3 2015

Gotham 1.14: “The Fearsome Dr. Crane”

Gotham offers such wonderful bits and pieces of stories. This episode was no different but, still, I always wonder what the show would be like if it tightened its focus. For instance, Oswald...
January 27 2015

Gotham 1.13: “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon”

Welcome back, indeed. This was the most coherent and compelling episode of Gotham to date. Not only did we get the usual surface fun—Oswald and Mama Kapelput, Fish being gleefully defiant—but...
January 20 2015

Gotham 1.12: “What the Little Bird Told Him”

“You think you’ve been careful so far?” Lest we forget, Harvey Bullock repeats the phrase three times, each more incredulous than the last in the latest Gotham. It’s...
January 6 2015

Gotham 1.11: “Rogues’ Gallery”

Somehow, I expected Gotham’s biggest flaws to have vanished in its return. But the quick cuts between stories, the failure to give Gordon any plan for accomplishing his objectives, and the...
November 25 2014

Gotham 1.10: Mid-Season Finale “Lovecraft”

I expected a great deal from Gotham. I expected it would be mostly a police procedural. I expected to strongly feature Jim Gordon, one of my favorite comic characters, and I expected it to be a...
November 18 2014

Gotham 1.09: “Harvey Dent”

This episode was called “Harvey Dent” but it should have been dubbed “Two-Face,” for the dual nature of nearly everyone involved, starting with those crazy kids, Bruce (David...
November 11 2014

Gotham 1.08: “The Mask”

You’ll have to excuse me, I’m a little dizzy this morning from all those quick jump edits on Gotham last night. I appreciate the show wants a quick pace but this is becoming ridiculous. In...
November 4 2014

Gotham 1.07: “Penguin’s Umbrella”

It’s time to give up on my hope that Gotham will become a dark, twisted and deep story that showcases what a scary place a superhero universe can be without extraordinary heroes. Instead,...
October 28 2014

Gotham 1.06: “Spirit of the Goat”

You have to love the way Oswald makes entrances. First, he shows up at Barbara’s clock tower to say “hi” to his good friend, Jim, then he shows up at his mother’s place...