The Purpose of Super Heroes

I've been thinking about this for a while now, pointed in this direction by having watched TOKUSATSU GAGAGA, where they make this sentiment overt: what is the purpose of super hero stories? On the surface, it would seem to be obvious. Like any other story, the primary purpose is to entertain. But with super hero … Continue reading The Purpose of Super Heroes

SHAZAM! Captain Marvel and Billy Batson

This is going to be kind of a weird one. The upcoming SHAZAM movie looks like a lot of fun, and I'll no doubt be there on opening weekend to watch it. But it does complete the character's transformation from his original conception as Captain Marvel into something else. Based on everything we've seen so … Continue reading SHAZAM! Captain Marvel and Billy Batson


However much I may have been beginning to explore the new-to-me world of Marvel Comics, I was still a die-hard DC reader as well, and so when the latest issue of SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS showed up, I swiftly purchased a copy. It was, believe it or not, one of my favorite titles during this … Continue reading BHOC: SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS #11


I've been an on-and-off follower of the KAMEN RIDER series of Japanese live action super hero shows going back to the mid-1980s when KAMEN RIDER BLACK was on the air. But it's been about ten years since one really caught my fancy--and that one, KAMEN RIDER DECADE, came onto my radar because it guest-starred Kamen … Continue reading KAMEN RIDER ZI-O


We comic book fans love statistics, don’t we? Whether it’s issue numbers, print runs, the number of pounds that our favorite character can lift (press) or whatever, we dig knowing the numbers. So when I became curious to know which particular books I’d gone over in this nostalgia-fueled trip down memory lane were the most … Continue reading BHOC TOP TEN