(This is a slightly altered version of an email I just sent to the subscribers’ list for my new comics subscription business, Jacey Services.)
Chris Sims has written a fantastically on-target review of a new book which celebrates the 75th anniversary of comics’ iconic superhero in a manner which reflects much of why mainstream superhero comics are becoming unreadable (hint: because they aren’t heroes any more).
For more contemporary evidence, see Marvel’s current Spider-Man run in which the villain who has done away with Peter Parker–yeah, right–is a better and more efficient hero than Parker ever was. Or watch Arrow on TV in which killing the bad guys is just what you do; the introduction of the Black Canary character began and ended with her snapping necks.
End of rant, Here’s the link.