In the recent past, the idea of writing “dark” or “modern” superhero comics has fallen out of favor for the zeitgeist and with good reason. After the meteoric shock that was Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Year One & The Killing Joke; comics post bronze age took a turn towards more mature themes and complicated protagonist. Some of it was good and some of it was bad; but the sheer amount of material following that template felt overwhelming. After the unmitigated failure of the New 52 publishing initiative, where DC Comics took a very misguided approach to modernizing their superhero’s with a near homogenous overtone of angst permeating the majority of their series, superhero comics swung the other way; perhaps best exemplified in the most recent DC Rebirth initiative where the more well rounded approach to it’s hero’s has helped lead the publisher in having some of their most successful comics series debuts in years. But dark, modern and realistic aren’t bad themes for superhero comics in and of themselves. It just takes a little bit more then that; it need’s an immediacy to it’s realism, a voice that’s in tune with it’s overarching thematic structure and it need’s to be absolutely fearless. Enter Nighthawk #4. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Nighthawk #4
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Tyler’s Recommendations … The Island #10
“Ten issues in and Island is still going strong. This month we get new goodies from Fil Barlow, Farel Dalrymple, and Gael Betrand. This anthology is the best source for discovering new voices in comics. Graham and Rios have done us all a huge favor by showcasing talented writers and artists who operate outside the mainstream.”