Category Archives: Marcos Martin


Superheroes and magic are two of fiction’s most persnickety elements. Precise working rules for each need to be established clearly, or any hunt for genuine drama will turn up snipes. For much of the 2000s, Marvel Comics worked hard to ground their characters in realism and bring them to wider audiences (primarily moviegoers). While the [...]

Life and Times

Many of Batman’s best tales are looks backward, Year One and The Long Halloween among them. The Dark Knight Returns, a full-throttle glimpse forward, is equally compelling, because it gives us a Bruce Wayne in transition. We love seeing our hero turning psychological corners and battling for ever higher stakes. Creators also love Batman’s tortured [...]