As we await the messianic Man of Steel in theaters this summer, we might recall the Jewish roots of messiahs, recall again the sacredness of the superhero, and wonder what exactly it is they need to save us from, save ourselves.
We're unveiling to you exclusively the desecrated cover of Batman #19, written by Scott Snyder and with art by Andy Kubert and Sandra Hope. The original cover to Batman #19 teases the idea that Bruce Wayne might be using a gun, which is antithetical to his moral code.
This difficulty to write white female superheroines has fallen down even more so on black female superheroines, who not only become victims to the white male sexist imagination, but, among other things, it's racist stereotypes.
"Yes, I do like comic books. I like them because they are funny and you get really interested in them. There are great pictures and you don't have to read plain old paragraphs all the time. One comic book that is good is definitely Amulet. This is why I love comic books so much!"
Superman, Batman and the Flash -- you know those super heroes right? But do you know Power Man? The Black Panther? Icon? If not, you need to rush out and watch the film White Scripts and Black Supermen, which traces the early history of black male comic book heroes.
Growing up reading comics I was into a lot of characters, but the Punisher was never one of them. Years passed and I'm not entirely sure how it happened, but I came across a copy of it and things started to make sense.
The following graphic novels all helped the medium gain that elusive respect, by offering narratives that qualify as fine literature, combined with artwork that's frame-worthy. And yes, some do feature superheroes in spandex.