The appeal of Deadpool

There’s something about Deadpool.  The character’s been around for a little over twenty years, yet his popularity has soared far above many of the older and more established comic book characters.  His solo series include over two hundred individual issues.  At one point, Marvel not only published his main series, but also Deadpool CorpsDeadpool MAXDeadpool: Merc With a MouthDeadpool: Wade Wilson’s WarDeadpool Team-Up, and many, many more.  He even just had a starring video game released.  But why?

Seriously, why the huge popularity?  I believe I have the answer.  Ask non-comic book readers about the stereotypes of comic books.  They’re wildly sexist and objectify women.  They’re massively gory and horrifyingly violent.  They’re essentially an adolescent’s wet dream.  And Deadpool exhibits all of those.  He ogles over women, bloodies up hordes of bad guys, and his immaturity is only surpassed by the sheer volume of sex jokes.  And this succeeds because the series recognizes and shamelessly disregards any real worries or desperate need to prove anything.  That and a large dose of humor.

Look, I love passionate character studies with deep mysterious plots and brilliant personality development, but I also enjoyed all three Transformers movies.  With Deadpool, we don’t have to pretend we’re better than we are.  You get action, fun, and dirty jokes.  Lots of dirty jokes.

I’ll prove it today using pages from the miniseries Deadpool: Suicide Kings, written by Mike Benson & Adam Glass and drawn by Carlo Barberi.  You’ll get no context and no back story.  I have about ten or twelve of my favorite pages that I believe perfectly sum up Deadpool’s appeal.  Or not.  I guess that’s up to you.

If you don’t know the superhero, he basically goes like this:

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Mercenary.  Healing factor.  Insane (hence the two other voices in his head).

Deadpool holds a firm distinction of being the only superhero disliked by every other superhero in the Marvel world.  Even the Punisher has a on-and-off friendship with Wolverine. But Deadpool’s obnoxious, and we as readers understand that.  With all the tragedy and grief oozing over the superhero world, it’s nice to have a comic so bright and silly.  And speaking of the Punisher, the three New York City “street” heroes (Punisher, Spider-Man, and Daredevil) all hold prominent roles in the miniseries.  Having normal superheroes interact with Deadpool remains half the fun.  Like when Frank Castle taps Deadpool’s phone:

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This, of course, leads to bloodshed.

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I enjoy the contrast of Punisher and Daredevil teaming up with Deadpool, if only because those two are probably the least funny superheroes in the Marvel universe.  I’ve seen Captain America make more jokes.

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And if you want sex jokes within a firmly established comic book world, here’s your character.

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Yes, Deadpool’s unapologetic pervertedness and overwhelming creepiness show a sharp contrast from the white knights currently patrolling the Marvel universe.  I’m not saying Deadpool’s better, I’m saying that the writers don’t care and that allows a sort of disgusted freedom.

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Even the battles take on a nonsensical and non-serious attitude.  Let Batman brood while mangling baddies, not Deadpool.

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No Deadpool series will ever win an Eisner Awards.  No Deadpool series will ever change the industry. But we love Deadpool.  He’s fun, and that’s all we really desire from our entertainment anyway.  Plus, the current ongoing series is remarkably funny, fast-paced, and well-written.  The dude’s not a perfect comic book character, but I believe he’s one we certainly need in our comic book roster.  Let’s embrace those stereotypes once in a while.

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Deadpool, Apocalypse’s hero

You know Apocalypse, right?  One of the biggest X-Men baddies, super crazy powerful, rules a tyrannical hopeless alternative future, shows up to beat down entire groups of X-Men singlehandedly? There’s a kid version of him, and this one’s definitely not as scary.

Long story short: Apocalypse gets cloned as a child with happy memories as a social experiment/guilt trip to see if the supervillain’s fated to be evil and bloodthirsty.  In Uncanny X-Force #32-35, written by Rick Remender and drawn by Phil Noto, with the experiment still in progress, poor Kid Apocalypse gets snatched by Wolverine’s son Daken with a van full of candy and Playstations. It’s time for the more amoral X-Men to get the kid back.  And massacre all the bad guys.  But mainly the first one.

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One of the few times to see Deadpool being inspirational, and more importantly, correctly influencing the life of a child.  Also, the white costume’s pretty cool, right?  At this time, Deadpool lost his healing factor, making him doubly brave/stupid.

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I’m not going to show you the full fight, as it’s irrelevant to the story and I want you to buy the book, but Deadpool takes on three top-class supervillains by himself.  It’s awesome.

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Y’see, this whole ordeal is about the supervillains attempting to make Kid Apocalypse voluntarily wear his original’s armor.  If the clone dons the Apocalypse armor (aptly named), even the preteen can fight on a galactic-ly powerful scale and at the same time almost certainly ensure the young child follows his fated path to super evil.  Tough choice.

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Poor Deadpool lies in a bloody mess on the floor until Apocalypse is returned to the room — same as before just with a lot more stab wounds.

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Deadpool’s rhetoric ability aside, there was really not much the half-dead mercenary could do to stop this whole mess.  Fate, hormones, anger — all that jazz.  But understand this, at Apocalypse’s lowest emotional point, Deadpool never gave up on him.  For what the counts.

We skip ahead to the epilogue, though go read the book for all the cool Apocalypse action.

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Deadpool’s most basic desire to be respected and loved by the Marvel universe remains one of the most common themes in his series.  None of the superheroes really find the guy entertaining.  Plus, he’s too unpredictable, morally bankrupt, unpleasant to look at, etc.  But with Kid Apocalypse?  You just saw a genuine moment — a moment in Deadpool’s life that isn’t insincere, but heartfelt love and respect.  All the man has ever wanted given to him by the most powerful child in the Marvel universe.

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Well, that and Deadpool picks out great gifts.


Deadpool joins the X-Men

Simple enough, right?  While Deadpool’s not technically a mutant, he did go through that whole Weapon X program that gave Wolverine that awesome admantium skeleton.  They also tortured Wolverine, erased all his memories, and made him into a mindless killer for decades, but unbreakable bones are kinda cool.

Though in our story for today, which takes place in Deadpool #16-18, written by Daniel Way and drawn by Paco Medina, he takes the direct, in public approach.  It goes as you expect.

But the X-Men are comic’s equivalent for any oppressed minority group in our real world.  And appropriately, Deadpool’s unlikable reputation and desire for reformation aren’t totally lost on the San Francisco-based group.

The lady with cross-boobs lady is right, and the X-Men should hang their head in shame.  Luckily, before the angst and tears can be brought out, a situation develops.  One that’s strangely non-violent. Probably because Deadpool’s not involved yet.  If you think the X-Men are only good at shooting fireballs or blasting eye lasers, you’ve never seen their legal skills.

Now, I didn’t want to show you all of that.  I’ve cut out about two-thirds of this arc, but that little situation sets up a bunch of stuff you’re going to need to know.

Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin, currently happens to be the director of HAMMER, the anti-terrorism group that replaced SHIELD.  He reports directly to the president of the United States, and commands tens of thousands of soldiers and superheroes.  Also, he’s an amoral, power-hungry jerk who’s not above manipulating situations to make his enemies look bad.  Like this mutant parent. More importantly, you know the X-Men have already solved the problem with just a few pieces of paperwork.

We should check in with Deadpool.

And our central conflict begins:

Oh, fantastic plot twist!  Deadpool, as a favor to the X-Men, decides to plop a few bullets in Kincaid. Unfortunately, that would only make the situation way worse, and also unfortunately, Deadpool’s too mentally deranged to be convinced otherwise.

Crazy stuff happens, hilarious jokes are made, and assassination attempts are committed.  But I’m already pushing close to 30 images today, so you’ll have to read that part yourself.  We’ll skip ahead an issue or so to Domino (the woman above) and her genius plot to stop Deadpool’s misplaced help.

You might not know this, but back in Deadpool’s Weapon X days, Domino served with him on their assassination squad.  So despite the backstabbing and open hostility, they’re actually sort of friends. When she hears Cyclops and Wolverine scheming behind the scenes, she sets Deadpool free. Mutants might have weird superpowers, but they all still have hearts.

I could skip those few pages you just read and the story would still make sense.  But if I did, you’d have to miss out on the next few images also, which provide an absolutely fantastic display of why Deadpool’s so crazy popular nowadays.  Look, if you ignore his schizophrenia, his emotional and mental instability, and his wildly unpredictable nature, Deadpool remains one of the finest tacticians in the Marvel universe.

I haven’t forgotten about Osborn.  If Deadpool succeeds in assassinating his target, the X-Men look majorly bad.  Like a horribly complete loss of any public support or sympathy.  And Osborn would like that very much.  So much that he’ll secretly kill the guy himself if Deadpool flakes out.

Y’see, Deadpool’s not such a bad guy after all, killing Osborn’s sniper and all!  Story’s over.  Except for that whole loose end, where the X-Men and the world just believed Deadpool shot at the guy. We’re almost done, but I couldn’t leave my dear readers without showing you some of the highlights of the battle you’ve been waiting for all article.

I chose this arc, not just because it’s super funny, but it’s also the closest Deadpool ever really gets to a happy ending.  You’ll see.

Because all Deadpool wants, the entire reason he’s trying to reform in the first place, is to gain the respect and admiration of his peers.  And while he’s not going to be an X-Men, one out of two goals ain’t bad.  Especially the warm, fuzzy goal.


Fun with Deadpool

He’s the perfect superhero for the ADHD Internet era.  Completely wacky, extremely violent, and just a hint of self-loathing, Deadpool has rocketed in popularity over the past decade.

If you want to keep up with the youth in up and coming superhero fads, you need to know about Deadpool.  Plus, all of his series are fantastically written and delightfully fun.

A little backstory to get you caught up before we divulge into our issue for today.

Deadpool, real name Wade Wilson, is a product of the Weapon X program, which you may know as the main reason for Wolverine’s angst and memory loss.  As a science guinea pig, Deadpool was given Wolverine’s mutant healing factor.  Unfortunately, that also sped up the growth of the cancerous tumors he happened to have and left his body horrible scarred and disfigured.  But hey, at least he heals fast, and coupled with his extensive military training, makes him a formidable mercenary and assassin.

You still might be asking, what’s so special about a Wolverine ripoff?  Well, he doesn’t have claws. More importantly, he’s insane and I can’t stress how literally I mean that.  Allow me to provide proof using his battle against Bullseye in Deadpool #10 through #12, written by Daniel Way.

Real fast: Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin, has created a team of Dark Avengers.  Bullseye, pretending to be Hawkeye, is sent after Deadpool to get rid of him.  Deadpool has just robbed a house when he goes upstairs to check on the owner.  Yeah, so Deadpool’s not exactly a superhero.

One guess to figure out who’s the assassin.  Bullseye and Deadpool scrap for a few pages, because it’s why we read comics in the first place.

And now that you’re caught up, I’m going to skip a bunch of context.  Look, the two are going to be fighting for the next three issues, you can figure out from the pictures what’s going on.  Like this:

That healing factor makes Deadpool pretty much invincible.  Around forty issues later, the Hulk will punch Deadpool so hard that his body liquefies, and he’s back to normal a few days later.  So while an arrow through the brain ain’t physically lethal, I imagine it does screw up a few cognitive processes. Probably.  I’m not a scientist.

A large part of Deadpool’s charm is his schizophrenia.  Arguing with the voices in his head and such. Turns his solo series into a team up.  You see his appeal?  No?  Well, it’s stuff such as this:

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Want to take a guess about Deadpool’s reputation in the superhero and supervillain communities? Did you say universally hated? Yeah, Deadpool isn’t getting invited to any late night poker games. Though don’t feel bad for him, because in a world where a blue furry mutant cat can get an attractive normal green-haired girlfriend, the fault lies entirely with Deadpool.  He’s kind of a loose cannon – oh, and a moron.

But it’s because of how crazily stupid he is that we get moments like these.  Moments that etch Deadpool’s name permanently into the annals of the Marvel greats.  Moments such as the three full pages you’re about to read.

You see, even as funny as Spider-Man’s comics are, they’re still surrounded by monologues and scenes of Spider-Man’s frustrating anguish and the burden of responsibility.  These make him more relatable and the reader roots harder for him to win.  Deadpool comics don’t bother with those, because Deadpool’s a silly, spontaneous character who’s lacks any sense of accountability for his actions.  Other superhero comics deal with their protagonists overcoming overwhelming odds to persevere in the face of adversity and those are fantastic stories, but Deadpool’s about fun and he’s found a major following because of it.

The irony is that his dickish behavior’s the reason he’s so loved.

And if you’ve found yourself emotionally invested in this story and want to know how it ends, you’re in luck.  Bullseye and Deadpool go back to being sort of friends.  Why?  Because the unifying theme in all his adventures revolves around Deadpool not giving a crap.  Cue the next arc where he decides to join the X-Men and the arc after that where he fights a macaque monkey assassin with Spider-Man. You’re damn right you want to read it.


Wonder Woman (with monkeys and Nazis)

Wonder Woman can totally take Superman in a fight.  She’s just about as strong, just about as fast, and a far better hand-to-hand fighter.  Plus, she doesn’t have that wussy kryptonite weakness.  Only way to take down the Amazonian princess is with a good ol’ fashioned brawl against a woman who just so happens to also carry a sword, shield, whip, spear, bow, battleaxe, battle corset, ninja tiara, gauntlets.  I bet even her fingernails are sharp and pointy.  Plus, she can fly.  Sure, superheroes like Batman are scary and resourceful, but no one’s as dangerous in the DC universe as Wonder Woman.

Speaking of wonder women, today’s article (Wonder Woman #14-17, volume three, drawn by Terry Dodson & Ron Randall) is written by Gail Simone, who I absolutely adore.  Young girls seeking role models in the comic book industry need not search any further.  Check out her run on Deadpool, her current run on Batgirl, her masterpiece Secret Six (Bane!), among many others.  She’s three issues into Red Sonja too.  You deserve to treat yourself.  I know I don’t hype other writers as much, but the amazing female comic book writers really deserve more of the spotlight than they receive.  You know what?  Let’s devote this week to female writers.  Kathryn Immonen on Wednesday then!

Our story begins today as all good ones do: Wonder Woman fighting an ape army.

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Look, while Superman has to be kind, merciful, and generous — he’s the moral center of the comic book world after all — no such precedent exists for Wonder Woman.  That she chooses to be kind, merciful, and generous says more about her right as a superhero than her upbringing or moral code.  I mean, she was brought up to impale and skewer her enemies.  She’s very good at it.  What makes Wonder Woman inspirational lies not with her superpowers, but with her desire to hold back those same superpowers.  Though I always wished she wore pants.

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While in the New 52, Diana, princess of Themyscira and current God of War, possesses no need for a secret identity, she totally donned glasses and a hair tie for undercover purposes the previous decade. Meet Diana Prince, secret agent and hoarder of talking monkeys.

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So you know who’s a bad guy you might not have known existed?

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I’ve always loved Nazis as literary villains.  Writers don’t need any ominous exposition or bubbling evil labs when Nazis get introduced.  We as readers are already completely on board with Nazis getting their butts kicked.  Still, DC universe Nazis get ambitious.  Mythically ambitious.

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I know before you’ve never expressed a desire for an Amazon vs. Nazi war, but right now, how could you want anything else, including food and shelter?  Before that, remember what a badass Wonder Woman is?  Here’s a reminder:

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This battle also ends with mercy towards the bad captain, because Wonder Woman’s a better person than us.  Back on Themyscira, how do the technologically superior Nazis fare against the Amazons? Once they get past the ambushes, I mean.

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All kinds of ambushes.

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We know how this war’ll play out.  As well and inventive as the Amazons fight, they’ll need their superhero.  The one whose name is in the title of the series.  Banned or not, Wonder Woman knows that no fascist boots will ever permanently touch down on Amazonian soil.  For glory and Anne Frank!

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Buy the issues for the entire Nazis vs. Battle Apes brawl.  Now, if you’ve read this arc before, you know I’ve been skipping out on a wildly important side plot.  Many years ago, Hippolyta’s (Wonder Woman’s mother and queen of Themyscira) personal bodyguards tried to kill baby Diana (who would bring about Amazonian destruction).  Their reasons, while delusional, are fleshed out beautifully over the four issues.  But I’m only going to show you this:

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Y’see, after Diana takes out the Nazis (and she does), the four former prisoners/guards and current Nazi collaborators still stand in her way of victory.  But first, even to Nazis, Wonder Woman stays her hand — because once again, she’s better than you in every way.

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Our finale has arrived!  To save her mother, can Wonder Woman defeat four of the finest Amazons and save her island from their treachery?  Spoiler alert: yes.  But not at first.  Turns out Wonder Woman fighting against four Wonder Women can be a bit tough.

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A club to the face can’t take down Wonder Woman (for long).  Superheroes need to lose every once in a while.  It shows the toughness of the bad guys and builds suspense.  Read: every story Spider-Man ever appears in.  Round two though, that’s a different story.

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Now, Wonder Woman didn’t choose her path in life.  She didn’t ask to be molded from clay and given all these cool superpowers.  But she sure as hell isn’t going to bring about the ruin of Themyscira either.  Superheroes are always misunderstood.  Most importantly, regardless of her humble creation, she has become an inspiration through not her punching, but her positive actions, beliefs, and heroism. All while wearing a one-piece swimsuit.  Her need to explain her reasons for existing is about as important as her need for an invisible jet.

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Finally, mercy even for those who don’t deserve it.  You know why.

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Look, this is not the first attack on Themyscira.  The island has experienced loads of horrible destruction and soul-crushing pain recently.  But as we end today, Diana’s mother explains why they must still hold onto to their beliefs and gods.  Why the history and culture remains so important that four Amazonian traitors cling so desperately to it.  Feel free to cry.

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The motivations of Doctor Doom

For a man with a silly supervillain name, Doctor Doom has become a multi-layered, wildly complex figure in the Marvel universe.  Sure, he’s definitely a bad guy, but his motivations don’t come from desire for power, riches, or control.  Those just happen to be perks.  Nope, Doom knows a secret, and he’ll reveal it to us today in Doomwar #3, written by Jonathan Maberry and drawn by Scot Eaton.

So Wakanda, a relatively tiny country in Africa ruled by the superhero Black Panther, has technology and strength far beyond even our precious US of A.  Many years ago, a meteorite landed in Wakanda, and luckily for everyone there, it was composed of the largest supply of vibranium in the known world. Vibranium, a metal that surpasses even admantium (the stuff infused in Wolverine’s skeleton), has the ability to absorb all vibrations and kinetic energy thrown at it — essentially making it almost impossible to break.  Captain America’s shield, for instance.  And as a result, Wakanda has never been conquered in thousands of years.  Until Doctor Doom came along.

To access the vibranium vault, Doom not only has to bypass a whole bunch of scientific and magical locks, he has to bare his soul to the Panther God.  Seriously.  The same being that gives Black Panther his superpowers has to judge Doom to be absolutely pure of heart, the same Doom that has callously massacred thousands of people.  Well, that’s not going to stop Doom from trying.  Nothing will, really.

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Doom may be one of the most powerful people on the planet.  He’s a scientific genius and the second most powerful sorcerer alive.  But he’s also the man who once willingly sacrificed the love of his life to gain more magical power.  Good luck looking into Doom’s charred soul.

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Though Doom won’t admit it, he’d probably benefit from some major therapy.  If it’s a Panther God and the world’s vibranium at stake, I guess lying on that metaphorical couch makes showing that small sliver of vulnerability worth it.  Look, as Doctor Doom fights for a Doom-centric future, he’s certainly not doing it for himself.  I mean, he’d be in charge and everyone would obey him as a deity-type figure, but that’s only a small benefit.  Y’see, a Doomworld future serves only to benefit you, the unguided primitive fool you are.

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My dear readers, I present to you the only possible scenario that leads to Marvel universe utopia.  A brutal, law-abiding society that answers to their righteous and justified savior.  Let us bow our heads to the man who saved us from ourselves (and Skrulls, I guess).

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If Doctor Doom shows the slightest greed or hatred in his motivations, he’ll be killed by a giant cat. No getting around that.  But every action Doom takes, no matter how cruel or sickening, serves a single optimistic purpose.  And that surprised Panther God expression above reveals more the unfortunate wisdom in Doom’s world and less of a large Mouse God or something passing by.

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Surely with the world’s vibranium under Doctor Doom’s control, he wouldn’t use it for evil, right?

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Read the miniseries for the exciting conclusion and the Wakanda-changing plot twist at the end.  Plus Deadpool shows up in a few issues for some reason.


Black Widow explains the revolving death door

Before we start today, I want to do something I haven’t done before: plug.  After my Deadpool/Kid Apocalypse article, I received word from a rapper named Kid Apocalypse who raps exclusively about comic books.  And regardless of your opinion about anything I’ve just said, shouldn’t we as a community do everything possible to support our own?  Any comic book fan attempting something new and creative with our shared passion deserves our support.  Go watch his YouTube videos, especially the first one that uses a remix of the X-Men 90s cartoon theme as his beat.  They’re professional and everything.
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Okay, let’s jump into our story today.  During any major Marvel event, major character deaths are inevitable.  We accept this, and it’s sort of fun to see if we can figure out who it’ll be before Marvel drops the press release a few days before the issue goes on sale.  During Fear Itself, Bucky Barnes (at the time wielding the Captain America mantle) died at the god-infused power of Red Skull’s daughter Sin. Sad stuff.

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You know who took it the hardest?  Her name’s in the title of the article.  Bucky and Black Widow (aka Natalia Romanova) first met and fell in love as brainwashed Soviet assassins during the Cold War.  Finally reunited a year or two before Siege, the two picked up almost instantly where they left off. Y’know, until he died, and in Secret Avengers #15, written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Scot Eaton, a tabloid tries to take advantage of the situation for financial gain.

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Look, I know it seems frivolous for Black Widow to crash through a trashy magazine’s window and scarily scream at the staff when major battles and wars are being fought all over the world at this exact moment.  But as I’ve said in my other Black Widow post, the superhero commanders figured that Black Widow should get some down time before her emotions endanger her and her allies in the real fight.  Good call, as you’ve just seen.  Eventually Natalia does rejoin in the final battle and even receives some cool purple swords to slice up the baddies.  Right now, though?  Bloggers need to be yelled at.

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Maybe because the staff knows Black Widow’s a good guy, but they act surprisingly calm against a woman with zero superpowers who just swung in from engaging a Thor-level baddie.  Hawkeye and Black Widow don’t get enough credit for fighting alongside the Avengers when every one of their foes outpowers them.  In the middle of Natalia’s scary rant, a single reasonable point turns the tables on the entire issue.

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To this young girl, why not reveal the Captain America death a hoax?  A betting man would place money on Bucky springing from the dead a few months later (and truthfully, it takes less time than that), but we always forget about the civilians populating our superhero world.  They don’t get wizards or demons or LMDs to save their slaughtered hides.

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And this issue has just spurned off into a debate.  What’s worse: the constant resurrection or single finality?  While Black Widow makes her points magnificently, I would be remiss to mention she argues while sitting wildly uncomfortable on top of a desk.

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Let’s say a man gets mauled from a tiger.  As soon as he leaves the hospital after months of surgery and therapy, he’s told on the hospital steps that a family of tigers now camps out inside his minivan. A pat on the back and good luck.  No wonder superheroes’ mental stability cracks against the smallest of pebbles.

Rebuttal:

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Like a roundhouse kick to the throat, Black Widow incapacitates her opponent’s rhetoric.  Or not, depending on how you personally feel.

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Both sides can be effectively persuasive.  Though at the core, we’re still talking about fictional characters that wear sparkly costumes and shoot fire from their hands.  It took me many reads to understand the final pages of this issue, but I think this sums up the whole debate appropriately:

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Moment of honesty: I’ve erased and rewritten this paragraph three times now.  I’m having difficulty articulating my assumption of Spencer’s point.  He may desire this woman to comment on the deity-like abilities of these superheroes to watch and protect the helpless, even as they selflessly and (more importantly) endlessly sacrifice their bodies and minds in their struggle against the hordes of evil.  He could also be breaking the fourth wall and commenting on the motivational impact these characters have on the reader’s own life as pillars for the downtrodden, ignored, and abused to aspire towards.  I really don’t know, but I believe I can confidently say this: we call them “heroes” for a reason.  Fictional drawings on paper aside, we should appreciate and embrace positive role models in any format.  We can acknowledge that, right?

I mean, that and all those cool punches and explosions.


Articles sorted by character

Hopefully this’ll make searching for a specific character a much easier process than using the search bar.  Characters are organized by company and alphabetically.  In order for a character (or team) to get an article under his or her name, he or she had to be either the star or have a major role in it. Thanks for reading!

MARVEL

Abigail Brand
Beast loves Agent Brand

Alicia Masters
Thing loves Alicia

Amadeus Cho
Amadeus Cho’s genius battle
Amadeus and Delphyne’s love story, Pt. 1
Amadeus and Delphyne’s love story, Pt. 2
Amadeus and Delphyne’s love story, Pt. 3

Angela
Guardians of the Galaxy vs. Angela

Ares
Hercules vs. Ares

Attuma
Intermission: Attuma

Aunt May
Peter Parker is Spider-Man

Avengers
The Avengers fight Nazi mechs
A magical ride with the Avengers
Ultimates vs. Hulk
Black Widow vs. the Avengers
The vengeance of Doctor Strange, Pt. 1
The vengeance of Doctor Strange, Pt. 2
Famous panels: Vision
The end of the Hood’s reign

Avengers Academy
Emma Frost vs. Avengers Academy

Barracuda
Punisher (with blood!)

Beast
Beast loves Agent Brand

Bill Cobb Jr.
The complete story of Bill and Kelda, Pt. 1
The complete story of Bill and Kelda, Pt. 2
The complete story of Bill and Kelda, Pt. 3
The complete story of Bill and Kelda, Pt. 4

Black Cat
Spider-Man & Black Cat’s web-fling

Black Panther (T’Challa)
Storm vs. everybody
Black Panther, Kraven, and rooftops
Superhero fistfights 2!
The marriage (and divorce) of Storm and Black Panther

Black Panther (Shuri)
Black Panther vs. Morlun

Black Widow (Natalia Romanova)
A brief moment with Black Widow
Black Widow explains the revolving death door
Daredevil vs. Bullseye

Black Widow (Yelena Belova)
Black Widow vs. the Avengers

Bullseye
Fun with Deadpool
Daredevil and Spider-Man get pissed off
Daredevil vs. Bullseye
Daredevil vs. Bullseye 2
Daredevil vs. Bullseye 3
Daredevil vs. Bullseye 4

Cammi Benally
Cammi and the rebirth of Drax
Cammi and Drax in space, Pt. 1
Cammi and Drax in space, Pt. 2
Cammi and the Avengers Arena

Captain America
Captain America punches faces
Captain America punches faces, Pt. 2
Captain America rallies the troops
The Captain America assassination & rematch
Heartfelt moments with the Avengers
Superhero fistfights!
Famous panels: Captain America
Famous panels: Captain America 2
The updated origins of Bucky
Captain America vs. Giant Man

Cloak and Dagger
Norman Osborn’s recruiting drive: Cloak and Dagger

Colossus
Red Hulk brawls, Pt. 3
Superhero fistfights 3!
Kitty Pryde’s rebound boyfriend Iceman
Colossus hits stuff

Cosmo
Nova, Cosmo, and the monster on Knowhere

Count Nefaria
Moon Knight fights out of his league
The end of the Hood’s reign

Crossbones
The Captain America assassination & rematch

Cyclops
Professor X: memory hog
Professor X vs. Cyclops & Emma Frost
A vacation ambush with Cyclops
X-Men vs. Juggernaut, Pt. 1
X-Men vs. Juggernaut, Pt. 2
The redemption of Magneto, Pt. 1
1980s Cyclops battles, Pt. 1
1980s Cyclops battles, Pt. 2

Daimon Hellstrom
Hellcat’s return, Pt. 2

Daken Akihiro
Daken & X-23 hang out, claw stuff
Daken’s final stand
Daken’s actual final stand
Daken vs. Taskmaster, Moon Knight
Daken’s Heat Vision

Danger
Professor X’s Rogue redemption

Daredevil
Daredevil and Spider-Man get pissed off
Daredevil vs. Punisher
Wolverine vs. Fantastic Four, Daredevil
Jailbreak: Daredevil
Famous panels: Daredevil
Old school: Small town Daredevil
New school: Small town Daredevil
The Batman and Daredevil team up
The Batman and Daredevil team up 2
Daredevil vs. Bullseye
Daredevil vs. Bullseye 2
Daredevil vs. Bullseye 3
Daredevil vs. Bullseye 4

Deadpool
Fun with Deadpool
The appeal of Deadpool
Deadpool’s Hit-Monkey problem
Deadpool joins the X-Men
Deadpool, Apocalypse’s hero
The appeal of Deadpool

Delphyne Gorgon
Amadeus and Delphyne’s love story, Pt. 1
Amadeus and Delphyne’s love story, Pt. 2
Amadeus and Delphyne’s love story, Pt. 3

Doc Samson
Superheroes and Judaism, Pt. 2
Iron Man fights bureaucracy

Doctor Doom
The whirlwind romance of Dr. Doom and Scarlet Witch
Arch-nemesis rumble: Fantastic Four
The motivations of Doctor Doom
The fantastic Invisible Woman
Intermission: Attuma
Intermission: Doctor Doom

Doctor Octopus
I explain the events that led up to Superior Spider-Man
Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus rewind, Pt. 1
Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus rewind, Pt. 2
Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus rewind, Pt. 3
Doctor Octopus bullies Iron Man
Superior Spider-Man vs. Massacre

Doctor Strange
Don’t mess with Dr. Strange
Ms. Marvel’s magical catfight
Demonic baseball with Dr. Strange
The vengeance of Doctor Strange, Pt. 1
The vengeance of Doctor Strange, Pt. 2
How Doctor Strange lost his Sorcerer Supreme title
Ghost Rider vs. Doctor Strange

Donald Blake
The Thor and Jane melodrama

Drax the Destroyer
Cammi and the rebirth of Drax
Cammi and Drax in space, Pt. 1
Cammi and Drax in space, Pt. 2

Electro
Maybe Electro just needs a hug?
Electro’s Occupy Wall Street
The origin of Electro
Electro vs. Spider-Man, Pt. 1
Electro vs. Spider-Man, Pt. 2

Elektra
Murdering with Punisher and Elektra
Hercules, Elektra, and ninjas
The art of war with Elektra
Daredevil vs. Bullseye 3

Emma Frost
Professor X vs. Cyclops & Emma Frost
Inner monologues of the X-Men
Emma Frost vs. Avengers Academy
Superhero fistfights 2!
Kitty Pryde vs. Emma Frost

Empath
Pixie and the X-Men’s revenge, Pt. 1
Pixie and the X-Men’s revenge, Pt. 2

Ezekiel
Spider-Man takes on Morlun, Pt. 1
Spider-Man takes on Morlun, Pt. 2

Fantastic Four
The delightful Fantastic Four
Wolverine vs. Fantastic Four, Daredevil
Arch-nemesis rumble: Fantastic Four
The Fantastic Four get proactive
Non-violent interludes and other happy tales
Daken’s final stand
The Thing’s fiancée, Pt. 1
The Thing’s fiancée, Pt. 2
More Fantastic Four
The fantastic Invisible Woman
Norman Osborn and the Fantastic Four kids

Fat Cobra
Jokin’ with Wolverine

Frog-Man
The fabulous Frog-Man

Gamora
Nova vs. Nova

Gambit
Professor X’s Rogue redemption
Superhero fistfights!

Ghost Rider
Hulk vs. Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider vs. Doctor Strange

Graviton
Iron Man and the Graviton problem

Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)
Green Goblin vs. Swordsman
Raising a superfamily with the Cages
A Green Goblin intermission
Norman Osborn’s recruiting drive: Namor
Norman Osborn’s recruiting drive: Cloak and Dagger
Norman Osborn’s recruiting drive: Mystique
Norman Osborn and the Fantastic Four kids
Intermission: Norman Osborn

Grey Gargoyle
Iron Man roughs up Grey Gargoyle

Gorilla Man
Jokin’ with Wolverine

Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy vs. Angela

Hank Pym (Giant Man)
Hank Pym loves Tigra
Captain America vs. Giant Man
The many names of Hank Pym

Harry Osborn
Vin Gonzales and the Goblin Cult

Hawkeye
Hawkeye & Spider-Woman: a love story
Heartfelt moments with the Avengers
Severely mismatched super battles

Hellcat
Hellcat saves Alaska, Pt. 1
Hellcat saves Alaska, Pt. 2
Hellcat’s return, Pt. 1
Hellcat’s return, Pt. 2

Hercules
The art of seduction with Hercules
Hercules vs. Hulk
Wolverine & Hercules: drinking buddies, monster slayers
Spider-Girl & Hercules battle Hobgoblin
Hercules vs. Ares
The Amazing Spider-Herc
Let’s take a break with Hercules and Psylocke
Hercules, Elektra, and ninjas

Hit-Monkey
Deadpool’s Hit-Monkey problem

Hobgoblin (Phil Urich)
Spider-Girl & Hercules battle Hobgoblin

Hood
A magical ride with the Avengers
Blood, wizards, and the Punisher
Tigra’s vengeance on the Hood
The end of the Hood’s reign

Hulk
Hulk vs. X-Men
Hulk-ing around
Hercules vs. Hulk
Ultimates vs. Hulk
Red Hulk brawls, Pt. 1
How Doctor Strange lost his Sorcerer Supreme title
Hulk vs. Ghost Rider
Hulk and Thing: a monster conversation

Human Torch (Johnny Storm)
Human Torch, Negative Zone gladiator
Hulk and Thing: a monster conversation

Iceman
The love story of Iceman & Mystique, Pt. 1
The love story of Iceman & Mystique, Pt. 2
The love story of Iceman & Mystique, Pt. 3
Kitty Pryde’s rebound boyfriend Iceman

Illuminati
A magical ride with the Avengers
Noh-Varr: the Illuminati’s warrior

Invisible Woman
A non-love story with Namor and Sue
Mr. Fantastic vs. Namor
Thing loves Invisible Woman
Civil War: Mr. Fantastic & Invisible Woman, Pt. 1
Civil War: Mr. Fantastic & Invisible Woman, Pt. 2
The fantastic Invisible Woman

Iron Man
Thor vs. Iron Man
Iron Man: Orator
Doctor Octopus bullies Iron Man
Iron Man roughs up Grey Gargoyle
The Iron Man impostor, Pt. 1
The Iron Man impostor, Pt. 2
Civil War: Iron Man & Kingpin
Iron Man and the Graviton problem
Iron Man fights bureaucracy
Iron Man and his father
War Machine’s anger issues

J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson go camping

Jack Flag
The legend of Jack Flag

Jane Foster
Learn to love again with Thor
The Thor and Jane melodrama

Jessica Jones
Luke Cage & Jessica Jones get married
Raising a superfamily with the Cages

Jigsaw
Arch-nemesis brawl: Punisher
Punisher: attack of the Jigsaws, Pt. 1
Punisher: attack of the Jigsaws, Pt. 2

Jubilee
Robin loves Jubilee
Jubilee turns into a vampire, Pt. 1
Jubilee turns into a vampire, Pt. 2
The friendship of X-23 & Jubilee
Jubilee’s baby, Pt. 1
Jubilee’s baby, Pt. 2

Juggernaut
She-Hulk loves Juggernaut
A vacation ambush with Cyclops
X-Men vs. Juggernaut, Pt. 1
X-Men vs. Juggernaut, Pt. 2

Justice
Superheroes and Judaism, Pt. 3

Kelda Stormrider
The complete story of Bill and Kelda, Pt. 1
The complete story of Bill and Kelda, Pt. 2
The complete story of Bill and Kelda, Pt. 3
The complete story of Bill and Kelda, Pt. 4

Kid Apocalypse (Genesis)
Deadpool, Apocalypse’s hero

Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat)
The redemption of Magneto, Pt. 2
Superheroes and Judaism, Pt. 1
Famous panels: Kitty Pryde
Kitty Pryde’s rebound boyfriend Iceman
Kitty Pryde vs. Emma Frost
The many names of Kitty Pryde

Kingpin
It gets better, Kingpin
Daredevil and Spider-Man get pissed off
Late night superhero poker
Jailbreak: Daredevil
Civil War: Iron Man & Kingpin

Kraven the Hunter
Spider-Man & pals get hunted, Pt. 1
Spider-Man & pals get hunted, Pt. 2
Black Panther, Kraven, and rooftops

Kraven the Hunter (Ana Kravinoff)
Introduction to Spider-Girl (with Kraven!)
The bloody, mistaken identity of Spider-Man

Loki
Loki and his pal Spider-Man
Loki tales

Luke Cage
Luke Cage & Jessica Jones get married
Raising a superfamily with the Cages

Mandrill
The adventures of Mandrill

Mary Jane Watson
The amazing Mary Jane Watson

Massacre
Amazing Spider-Man vs. Massacre
Superior Spider-Man vs. Massacre

Magneto
Ultimate Magneto’s wild ride
Magneto’s clone problem, Pt. 1
Magneto’s clone problem, Pt. 2
Quicksilver: equally amazing and dysfunctional
The redemption of Magneto, Pt. 1
The redemption of Magneto, Pt. 2
Superheroes and Judaism, Pt. 1
Magneto: hero/villain
More Magneto: hero/villain

Moon Knight
Moon Knight fights out of his league
Superheroes and Judaism, Pt. 2
Daken vs. Taskmaster, Moon Knight
Moon Knight’s opening scene

Morlun
Spider-Man takes on Morlun, Pt. 1
Spider-Man takes on Morlun, Pt. 2
Spider-Man takes on Morlun, Pt. 3
Black Panther vs. Morlun

Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic vs. Namor
More Fantastic Four
Thing loves Invisible Woman
Civil War: Mr. Fantastic & Invisible Woman, Pt. 1
Civil War: Mr. Fantastic & Invisible Woman, Pt. 2

Ms. Marvel
First date with Spider-Man & Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel: a tale of two boyfriends
Ms. Marvel’s magical catfight
Ms. Marvel’s cat Chewie

Mystique
Mystique: how a shapeshifter fights
Wolverine vs. Mystique
The love story of Iceman & Mystique, Pt. 1
The love story of Iceman & Mystique, Pt. 2
The love story of Iceman & Mystique, Pt. 3
Norman Osborn’s recruiting drive: Mystique

Namor
Namor and fish politics
A non-love story with Namor and Sue
Wolverine hunts down that jerk Nitro, Pt. 2
Mr. Fantastic vs. Namor
Superhero fistfights!
Norman Osborn’s recruiting drive: Namor
Intermission: Namor

Niels/Hairball
Speedball’s cat Niels/Hairball

Nightcrawler
Inner monologues of the X-Men
The Nightcrawler and Scalphunter exchange

Nitro
Wolverine hunts down that jerk Nitro, Pt. 1
Wolverine hunts down that jerk Nitro, Pt. 2

Noh-Varr
Noh-Varr vs. Young Avengers
Noh-Varr: the Illuminati’s warrior

Northstar
Northstar’s deportation problem

Nova (Richard Rider)
Cammi and Drax in space, Pt. 1
Nova, Cosmo, and the monster on Knowhere
Nova and Super-Skrull’s jungle adventure
Nova vs. Nova

Pet Avengers
Speedball’s cat Niels/Hairball

Pixie
Pixie and the X-Men’s revenge, Pt. 1
Pixie and the X-Men’s revenge, Pt. 2

Professor X
Professor X: memory hog
Professor X’s Rogue redemption
Professor X vs. Cyclops & Emma Frost
Famous panels: Kitty Pryde
Magneto: hero/villain
Jubilee turns into a vampire, Pt. 2

Punisher
Punisher: Nazi Hunter
Punisher (with blood!)
Daredevil vs. Punisher
Arch-nemesis brawl: Punisher
Punisher vs. Rampage
Blood, wizards, and the Punisher
Punisher: attack of the Jigsaws, Pt. 1
Punisher: attack of the Jigsaws, Pt. 2
Murdering with Punisher and Elektra
Severely mismatched super battles
Punisher and the Sentry chase
Jailbreak: Daredevil
The appeal of Deadpool
Punisher vs. Thor
Batman vs. Punisher
Batman vs. Punisher 2
10 times Punisher smiled

Psylocke
Let’s take a break with Hercules and Psylocke

Quicksilver
Quicksilver: equally amazing and dysfunctional

Red Hulk
Red Hulk brawls, Pt. 1
Red Hulk brawls, Pt. 2
Red Hulk brawls, Pt. 3
The exorcism of Red Hulk

Red Skull
Magneto: hero/villain
More Magneto: hero/villain

Rogue
Professor X’s Rogue redemption

Sabra
Superheroes and Judaism, Pt. 3

Sabretooth
Wolverine: a love story, Pt. 1
Wolverine: a love story, Pt. 2

Sandman
Princess Sandman and Spider-Man

Scalphunter
The Nightcrawler and Scalphunter exchange

Scarlet Witch
The whirlwind romance of Dr. Doom and Scarlet Witch
Quicksilver: equally amazing and dysfunctional

Sentry
Punisher and the Sentry chase

She-Hulk
She-Hulk loves Juggernaut
Red Hulk brawls, Pt. 2
She-Hulk vs. Super-Skrull’s parenting, Pt. 1
She-Hulk vs. Super-Skrull’s parenting, Pt. 2

Shogo Lee
Jubilee’s baby, Pt. 1
Jubilee’s baby, Pt. 2

Sinister Six
Spider-Man and the first Sinister Six

Skaar, Son of Hulk
Hulk-ing around

Speedball/Penance
The tragic tale of Speedball and Penance, Pt. 1
The tragic tale of Speedball and Penance, Pt. 2
The tragic tale of Speedball and Penance, Pt. 3

Spider-Girl
Introduction to Spider-Girl (with Kraven!)
Spider-Girl & Hercules battle Hobgoblin

Spider-Man
It gets better, Kingpin
Loki and his pal Spider-Man
Daredevil and Spider-Man get pissed off
Late night superhero poker
Princess Sandman and Spider-Man
Spider-Man’s sidekick Virtue, Pt. 1
Spider-Man’s sidekick Virtue, Pt. 2
First date with Spider-Man & Ms. Marvel
Spider-Man takes on Morlun, Pt. 1
Spider-Man takes on Morlun, Pt. 2
Spider-Man takes on Morlun, Pt. 3
Spider-Man & Black Cat’s web-fling
Deadpool’s Hit-Monkey problem
The adventures of Mandrill
Spider-Man & pals get hunted, Pt. 1
Spider-Man & pals get hunted, Pt. 2
Electro’s Occupy Wall Street
Heartfelt moments with the Avengers
Severely mismatched super battles
Non-violent interludes and other happy tales
I explain the events that led up to Superior Spider-Man
Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus rewind, Pt. 1
Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus rewind, Pt. 2
Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus rewind, Pt. 3
A Green Goblin intermission
Spider-Man and the never-ending guilt trip
The appeal of Deadpool
Wolverine, Spider-Man vs. Planet Doom
A Spider-Man love story interlude
Peter Parker is Spider-Man
Amazing Spider-Man vs. Massacre
Superior Spider-Man vs. Massacre
Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson go camping
Superhero fistfights 3!
Peter Parker loves Carlie Cooper
Spider-Man and the first Sinister Six
The bloody, mistaken identity of Spider-Man
Gambling on Spider-Man
Electro vs. Spider-Man, Pt. 1
Electro vs. Spider-Man, Pt. 2
Spider-Man vs. Thing
Spider-Man and Wolverine’s sleepover
10 times Spider-Man got kicked in the head

Spider-Woman
Hawkeye & Spider-Woman: a love story

Spymaster
Intermission: Norman Osborn

Storm
Storm vs. everybody
Superhero fistfights 2!
The marriage (and divorce) of Storm and Black Panther
Thor vs. Storm
1980s Cyclops battles, Pt. 2

Super-Skrull (Kl’rt)
The Super-Skrull saves the galaxy, Pt. 1
The Super-Skrull saves the galaxy, Pt. 2
The Super-Skrull saves the galaxy, Pt. 3
Nova and Super-Skrull’s jungle adventure
She-Hulk vs. Super-Skrull’s parenting, Pt. 1
She-Hulk vs. Super-Skrull’s parenting, Pt. 2

Swordsman
Green Goblin vs. Swordsman

Taskmaster
Taskmaster’s amnesia quest
Daken vs. Taskmaster, Moon Knight

Thing
Thing loves Alicia
Red Hulk brawls, Pt. 3
Superheroes and Judaism, Pt. 3
The Thing’s fiancée, Pt. 1
The Thing’s fiancée, Pt. 2
Superhero fistfights!
Thing loves Invisible Woman
Spider-Man vs. Thing
Civil War: Thing

Thor
Learn to love again with Thor
Thor vs. Iron Man
The Thor and Jane melodrama
Loki tales
Life questions with Thor
Red Hulk brawls, Pt. 1
Red Hulk brawls, Pt. 2
Superhero fistfights 2!
Thor vs. Storm
Punisher vs. Thor
Hulk and Thing: a monster conversation

Thunderbolts
The legend of Jack Flag

Tigra
Tigra’s vengeance on the Hood
Hank Pym loves Tigra

Ursa Major
Ursa Major will maul your heart

Venom (Mac Gargan)
Namor and fish politics
Green Goblin vs. Swordsman

Venom (Flash Thompson)
Flash Thompson: superhero, Pt. 1
Flash Thompson: superhero, Pt. 2

Vin Gonzales
The bloody, mistaken identity of Spider-Man
Vin Gonzales and the Goblin Cult

Virtue
Spider-Man’s sidekick Virtue, Pt. 1
Spider-Man’s sidekick Virtue, Pt. 2

Vision
Famous panels: Vision

Vulcan
Professor X: memory hog

War Machine
War Machine’s anger issues

Wiccan
The whirlwind romance of Dr. Doom and Scarlet Witch

Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes)
Jailbreak: Winter Soldier
The updated origins of Bucky

Wolverine
Jokin’ with Wolverine
Wolverine vs. Fantastic Four, Daredevil
Wolverine & Hercules: drinking buddies, monster slayers
Wolverine’s mind sewage
Wolverine vs. Mystique
Wolverine: a love story, Pt. 1
Wolverine: a love story, Pt. 2
Daken’s final stand
Daken’s actual final stand
Wolverine hunts down that jerk Nitro, Pt. 1
Wolverine hunts down that jerk Nitro, Pt. 2
Wolverine, Spider-Man vs. Planet Doom
Magneto: hero/villain
Famous panels: Wolverine
Spider-Man and Wolverine’s sleepover

Wonder Man
Ms. Marvel: a tale of two boyfriends

X-23
Emma Frost vs. Avengers Academy
Daken & X-23 hang out, claw stuff
The friendship of X-23 & Jubilee

X-Men
Hulk vs. X-Men
Deadpool joins the X-Men
X-Men vs. Juggernaut, Pt. 1
X-Men vs. Juggernaut, Pt. 2
The Amazing Spider-Herc
Pixie and the X-Men’s revenge, Pt. 1
Pixie and the X-Men’s revenge, Pt. 2
1980s Cyclops battles, Pt. 1

DC

Alfred Pennyworth
The benefits of Alfred Pennyworth

Aquagirl (Lorena Marquez)
Aquaman’s Sub Diego, Pt. 1
Aquaman’s Sub Diego, Pt. 2

Aqualad (Jackson Hyde)
Aquaman vs. Black Manta
Aquaman vs. Black Manta: round two, Pt. 1
Aquaman vs. Black Manta: round two, Pt. 2

Aquaman
Aquaman’s Sub Diego, Pt. 1
Aquaman’s Sub Diego, Pt. 2
Cool Aquaman moments
Aquaman’s Eel problem
Aquaman, Mera, and their Aquababy, Pt. 1
Aquaman, Mera, and their Aquababy, Pt. 2
Aquaman, Mera, and their Aquababy, Pt. 3
Aquaman and Mera meet again
Aquaman and Mera’s reconciliation, Pt. 1
Aquaman and Mera’s reconciliation, Pt. 2
Aquaman vs. Black Manta
Aquaman vs. Black Manta: round two, Pt. 1
Aquaman vs. Black Manta: round two, Pt. 2
Aquaman loses his hand
Aquaman vs. Superboy
We are all Aquaman

Ariana Dzerchenko
Robin’s birds and bees

Atom (Ryan Choi)
The Atom takes on the Titans

Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley)
Azrael & Bane: Knightfall
Batman & Azrael: KnightsEnd
Batman & Azrael: round two
Azrael & Batgirl: a Christmas story
Azrael & Batgirl meet the Joker
Azrael vs. Bane: round two, Pt. 1
Azrael vs. Bane: round two, Pt. 2
Batman vs. Punisher

Bane
Important Batman hero and villain questions finally answered
Batman & Bane: blood brothers
Bane & Batman: Knightfall
Azrael & Bane: Knightfall
Azrael vs. Bane: round two, Pt. 1
Azrael vs. Bane: round two, Pt. 2
Bane overcomes his venom addiction
Batman vs. Bane: New 52

Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)
Batgirl goes clubbing
Batgirl takes on Arkham Asylum
Nightwing’s Blockbuster confession

Batgirl (Cassandra Cain)
Batgirl’s death duel against Lady Shiva
Batgirl & Superboy’s whirlwind romance
Azrael & Batgirl: a Christmas story
Azrael & Batgirl meet the Joker
Batgirl’s daddy issues

Batgirl (Stephanie Brown)
Batgirl and the assassin prep school
A love reunion with Batgirl and Red Robin
Livewire attempts crime

Batman (Bruce Wayne)
Important Batman hero and villain questions finally answered
Superman and the genre-switching kryptonite
Batman and Catwoman fight crime, fall in love
Batman & Bane: blood brothers
Wonder Woman’s Batman dilemma
Catwoman loves Batman
Batman vs. Joker vs. Ra’s al Ghul
Therapy with Batman & Nightwing
Severely mismatched super battles
Batman and the Alfred gamble
Batman & Wonder Woman’s villain switcheroo
Punching with Power Girl, Pt. 1
Nightwing, Batman’s son
Batman and Superman for kids
Catwoman, Batman, Zatanna, and the mind-wipe, Pt. 1
Catwoman, Batman, Zatanna, and the mind-wipe, Pt. 2
Green Lantern bonds with Batman
Green Arrow & Batman pal around, Pt. 1
Green Arrow & Batman pal around, Pt. 2
Batman loves Gordon
Nightwing’s Blockbuster confession
Sad JLA: Batman
Batman & Plastic Man scare children
Batman: the Dark Knight gladiator
The Batman and Impulse team-up
Robin’s adoption and the uncle situation
Bane & Batman: Knightfall
Batman & Azrael: KnightsEnd
Batman & Azrael: round two
Batman overcomes his venom addiction
Batman and Superman switch powers, Pt. 1
Batman and Superman switch powers, Pt. 2
Batman and Superman switch powers, Pt. 3
Batman vs. Bane: New 52
The origin of Matches Malone
The real origin of Matches Malone
Catwoman and Matches Malone fight crime
The origin of Deadshot
The return of Deadshot
Batman and Silver St. Cloud fall in love
Batman loves Zatanna
The story of Catwoman’s daughter
The Batman and Daredevil team up
The Batman and Daredevil team up 2
Batman vs. Punisher 2
The Batman and Superman blame game, Pt. 1
The Batman and Superman blame game, Pt. 2

Batman (Terry McGinnis)
Batman Beyond vs. Justice League

Batwoman (Kate Kane)
Superheroes and Judaism, Pt. 2
The inner thoughts of Killer Croc

Bizarro
Batman & Wonder Woman’s villain switcheroo

Black Adam
The tragic love of Black Adam & Isis

Black Canary
Sportsmaster’s reign of terror

Black Manta
Aquaman, Mera, and their Aquababy, Pt. 1
Aquaman vs. Black Manta
Aquaman vs. Black Manta: round two, Pt. 1

Black Mask
Black Mask: Gotham’s mob boss
Catwoman vs. Black Mask, Pt. 1
Catwoman vs. Black Mask, Pt. 2
Catwoman vs. Black Mask, Pt. 3

Blockbuster
Nightwing kills Blockbuster

Booster Gold
Booster Gold vs. Doomsday

Captain Boomerang
Red Robin vs. Australia’s Finest

Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel & Superman have a moment
The tragic love of Black Adam & Isis

Carpenter
Who is the dreaded Carpenter?

Catman
Important Batman hero and villain questions finally answered

Catwoman
Batman and Catwoman fight crime, fall in love
Catwoman vs. Black Mask, Pt. 1
Catwoman vs. Black Mask, Pt. 2
Catwoman vs. Black Mask, Pt. 3
Catwoman loves Batman
Wildcat’s getting old
Catwoman, Batman, Zatanna, and the mind-wipe, Pt. 1
Catwoman, Batman, Zatanna, and the mind-wipe, Pt. 2
Catwoman and Matches Malone fight crime
Catwoman with superpowers, Pt. 1
Catwoman with superpowers, Pt. 2
The story of Catwoman’s daughter
The vengeance of Catwoman, Pt. 1
The vengeance of Catwoman, Pt. 2

Cluemaster
Robin trapped in concrete

David Cain
Batgirl’s daddy issues

Darkseid
Superman and the Darkseid beatdown

Deadshot
The origin of Deadshot
The return of Deadshot
The race for Deadshot’s son
Deadshot vs. Green Arrow
Deadshot vs. everyone

Deathstroke
Black Mask: Gotham’s mob boss
Deathstroke fights the entire JLA
The Atom takes on the Titans

Despero
Martian Manhunter vs. Despero, Pt. 1
Martian Manhunter vs. Despero, Pt. 2

Dolphin
Aquaman and Mera meet again

Doomsday
Booster Gold vs. Doomsday

Fatality
Green Lantern and the Fatality problem

Flash (Wally West)
The worst day of Flash’s life
Sad JLA: Flash
Flash’s airplane free fall

Firefly
Nightwing vs. Firefly, Pt. 1
Nightwing vs. Firefly, Pt. 2

Gorilla Grodd
Gorilla Grodd is sad

Green Arrow (Connor Hawke)
Green Arrow, kung fu master, Pt. 1
Green Arrow, kung fu master, Pt. 2
Green Arrow, kung fu master, Pt. 3
Green Arrow fights a dragon

Green Arrow (Oliver Queen)
Green Arrow & Batman pal around, Pt. 1
Green Arrow & Batman pal around, Pt. 2
The death of Green Arrow
Green Arrow, Riddler, and demons, Pt. 1
Green Arrow, Riddler, and demons, Pt. 2
Green Arrow, Riddler, and demons, Pt. 3
Deadshot vs. Green Arrow
Green Arrow’s arrow duel

Green Lantern (Guy Gardner)
Hal Jordan vs. Guy Gardner
Hal Jordan vs. Guy Gardner: first blood

Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
Green Lantern bonds with Batman
Hal Jordan, the ring-less Green Lantern
Hal Jordan vs. Guy Gardner
Hal Jordan vs. Guy Gardner: first blood

Green Lantern (John Stewart)
What ever happened to Green Lantern and Hawkgirl?
Sad JLA: Green Lantern
The time John Stewart blew up Xanshi

Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
Green Lantern vs. Sinestro vs. Weaponer, Pt. 1
Green Lantern vs. Sinestro vs. Weaponer, Pt. 2
Green Lantern and the Fatality problem

Green Lantern Corps
Death of the Green Lanterns

Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn visits the folks
Nothing romantic about Harley Quinn & Joker

Hawkgirl (Kendra Saunders)
Hawkman loves Hawkgirl

Hawkgirl (Shayera Hol)
What ever happened to Green Lantern and Hawkgirl?

Hawkman (Carter Hall)
Hawkman loves Hawkgirl

Huntress
Huntress loves Nightwing
Huntress and Scarecrow go to church
Joker’s No Man’s Land: Huntress

Impulse (Bart Allen)
Impulse and the library
The Batman and Impulse team-up

Injustice Society
Wildcat vs. Injustice Society

James “Jim” Gordon
Joker’s No Man’s Land: Gordon
Batman loves Gordon

Joker
Lex Luthor and Joker: bosom buddies
Robin vs. the Joker
Batman vs. Joker vs. Ra’s al Ghul
Nothing funny about Joker and the GCPD
Joker’s No Man’s Land: Huntress
Joker’s No Man’s Land: Gordon
Nothing romantic about Harley Quinn & Joker
Azrael & Batgirl meet the Joker

Justice League of America
Deathstroke fights the entire JLA
JLA’s White Martian trouble, Pt. 1
JLA’s White Martian trouble, Pt. 2
Picking the Justice League

Killer Croc
The inner thoughts of Killer Croc

Krypto
Krypto tales
Midweek Superman slugfest

Lady Shiva
Batgirl’s death duel against Lady Shiva
Green Arrow, kung fu master, Pt. 3

Lex Luthor
Lex Luthor and Joker: bosom buddies
Supergirl fights Luthor, JLA, Supergirl
Scarecrow and the Sinestro Corps ring
Lex Luthor on Superman
Steel vs. Lex Luthor
Lex Luthor’s ’90s mystery hair, Pt. 1
Lex Luthor’s ’90s mystery hair, Pt. 2
Lex Luthor’s ’90s mystery hair, Pt. 3
Lex Luthor’s ’90s mystery hair, Pt. 4

Livewire
Livewire attempts crime

Martian Manhunter
Sad JLA: Martian Manhunter
Martian Manhunter guest post!
JLA’s White Martian trouble, Pt. 1
JLA’s White Martian trouble, Pt. 2
Martian Manhunter vs. Despero, Pt. 1
Martian Manhunter vs. Despero, Pt. 2
The time John Stewart blew up Xanshi

Manhunter (Kate Spencer)
Fighting crime with Manhunter

Mera
Aquaman, Mera, and their Aquababy, Pt. 2
Aquaman, Mera, and their Aquababy, Pt. 3
Aquaman and Mera meet again
Aquaman and Mera’s reconciliation, Pt. 1
Aquaman and Mera’s reconciliation, Pt. 2
Aquaman vs. Black Manta: round two, Pt. 2

Mr. Freeze
The animated love of Mr. Freeze & Nora
The further animated love of Mr. Freeze & Nora

Mongul
Mongul and Sinestro’s throne smackdown
Superman’s birthday (the famous one)

Nightwing (Dick Grayson)
Huntress loves Nightwing
Jailbreak: Nightwing
Therapy with Batman & Nightwing
Nightwing, Batman’s son
Nightwing kills Blockbuster
Nightwing vs. Firefly, Pt. 1
Nightwing vs. Firefly, Pt. 2
Nightwing’s Blockbuster confession

Nora Fries
The animated love of Mr. Freeze & Nora
The further animated love of Mr. Freeze & Nora

OMAC
The Batman and Superman blame game, Pt. 1
The Batman and Superman blame game, Pt. 2

Penguin
Batman: the Dark Knight gladiator

Plastic Man
Batman & Plastic Man scare children
The redemption of Plastic Man

Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy’s poisonous orphans

Power Girl
Power Girl and the alien Fabio
Punching with Power Girl, Pt. 1
Punching with Power Girl, Pt. 2
Wonder Woman vs. Power Girl
Power Girl fights dinosaurs

Ra’s al Ghul
Batman vs. Joker vs. Ra’s al Ghul
Batman & Wonder Woman’s villain switcheroo

Red Hood (Jason Todd)
Black Mask: Gotham’s mob boss
Robin vs. Red Hood
Severely mismatched super battles
Green Arrow & Batman pal around, Pt. 1
Green Arrow & Batman pal around, Pt. 2

Resurrection Man
Supergirl’s unfortunate promise

Riddler
Green Arrow, Riddler, and demons, Pt. 1
Green Arrow, Riddler, and demons, Pt. 2

Robin (Damian Wayne)
Scarecrow and the Sinestro Corps ring
Robin and Zsasz in the child arena

Robin (Tim Drake)
Red Robin vs. Australia’s Finest
Red Robin strikes again
Robin vs. the Joker
Robin vs. Red Hood
A love reunion with Batgirl and Red Robin
Robin & Supergirl take on Arkham Asylum
Robin’s blown secret identity
Robin’s birds and bees
Robin’s school shooting, Pt. 1
Robin’s school shooting, Pt. 2
Robin loves Jubilee
Robin’s adoption and the uncle situation
Robin trapped in concrete

Scarecrow
Huntress and Scarecrow go to church
Scarecrow and the Sinestro Corps ring

Silver St. Cloud
The return of Deadshot
Batman and Silver St. Cloud fall in love

Sinestro
Mongul and Sinestro’s throne smackdown
Green Lantern vs. Sinestro vs. Weaponer, Pt. 1
Green Lantern vs. Sinestro vs. Weaponer, Pt. 2

Sinestro Corps
Death of the Green Lanterns

Speedy (Mia Dearden)
Green Arrow & Batman pal around, Pt. 1
Green Arrow & Batman pal around, Pt. 2
Green Arrow, Riddler, and demons, Pt. 3

Sportsmaster
Wildcat vs. Sportsmaster
The adventures of Sportsmaster
Sportsmaster’s reign of terror

Steel (John Henry Irons)
Steel vs. Lex Luthor

Superboy (Connor Kent)
Batgirl & Superboy’s whirlwind romance
Aquaman vs. Superboy

Supergirl
Superman and the Supermen war, Pt. 1
Superman and the Supermen war, Pt. 2
Supergirl fights Luthor, JLA, Supergirl
Supergirl’s unfortunate promise
Scarecrow and the Sinestro Corps ring
Robin & Supergirl take on Arkham Asylum
Livewire attempts crime

Superman
Superman and the genre-switching kryptonite
Wonder Woman vs. Superman
Superman vs. Earth-Man
Superman and the Supermen war, Pt. 1
Superman and the Supermen war, Pt. 2
Supergirl fights Luthor, JLA, Supergirl
Superman and the Darkseid beatdown
Krypto tales
Captain Marvel & Superman have a moment
Midweek Superman slugfest
Severely mismatched super battles
Superman being awesome
Lex Luthor on Superman
Clark Kent’s fight for justice
Superman and the Subjekt 17 problem
Batman and Superman for kids
Power Girl fights dinosaurs
Superman’s birthday (the famous one)
The death of Green Arrow
Sad JLA: Superman
Superman saves New Years
Livewire attempts crime
Batman and Superman switch powers, Pt. 1
The Batman and Superman blame game, Pt. 1
The Batman and Superman blame game, Pt. 2
Lex Luthor’s ’90s mystery hair, Pt. 3

Uncle Sam
A better America with Uncle Sam

Vartox
Power Girl and the alien Fabio

Victor Zsasz
Batman and the Alfred gamble
Robin and Zsasz in the child arena

Wildcat
Wildcat’s getting old
Wildcat vs. Injustice Society
Wildcat vs. Sportsmaster

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman vs. Superman
Batgirl goes clubbing
Wonder Woman’s Batman dilemma
Wonder Woman’s Medusa rumble, Pt. 1
Wonder Woman’s Medusa rumble, Pt. 2
Batman & Wonder Woman’s villain switcheroo
Wonder Woman (with monkeys and Nazis)
Wonder Woman vs. Power Girl
Sad JLA: Wonder Woman

Zatanna
Batgirl goes clubbing
Zatanna: be kind, rewind
Non-violent interludes and other happy tales
Catwoman, Batman, Zatanna, and the mind-wipe, Pt. 1
Catwoman, Batman, Zatanna, and the mind-wipe, Pt. 2
Power Girl fights dinosaurs
Batman loves Zatanna

Zod
Superman and the Supermen war, Pt. 1
Superman and the Supermen war, Pt. 2

Zoom (Hunter Zolomon)
The worst day of Flash’s life

BOTH/OTHERS

Invincible vs. Conquest
Random panels!
Random panels: godly edition!
Random panels 3!
Superman copes with the election
Gay superheroes are the least weird things in comics
Intermission (personal commentary)
The roast of the Fantastic Four, Pt. 1
The roast of the Fantastic Four, Pt. 2
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Deapool’s Hit-Monkey problem

Deadpool’s not well-liked in the Marvel universe.  His tendency to murder, double-cross, and frequent violently impulsive behavior certainly doesn’t help.  But c’mon, the Punisher has all those qualities too and he’s – oh wait, nevermind.  Unlike the Punisher, Deadpool (real name Wade Wilson) still has feelings.  And he decided that the best way to become beloved is to simply stop being bad.

Once Deadpool crosses over to the hero side, certainly the praise/attention/ladies will just swarm him to his heart’s content.  So he goes to get advice from Spider-Man in Deadpool #19-21, written by Daniel Way and drawn by Carlo Barberi.  If you don’t remember or know Deadpool’s deal, I explained his powers, history, and all that jazz in a previous article.

Though, he does have an infamous assassin reputation to shed first.  Oh, and I decided not to edit out some of the language, it’s nothing major but probably not a good idea to read this with your six year-old on your lap.

Why yes, detective, he has.

But while Spider-Man doesn’t know this, Deadpool’s looking to make a fresh start.  And murdering a convenience store’s owner and buddies ain’t going to help him much.  That and his alibi.

More importantly, Wilson knows who committed all those gruesome murders.

Want to know why Deadpool comics have exploded in popularity?  Darn tootin’, villains and insanity like Hit-Monkey.  No backstory, no tragic history (well, actually the Hit-Monkey miniseries that came out after this explained all that).  Just a monkey who kills people and it’s up to Deadpool and Spider-Man to stop him.  Beautiful.

Understand that for the sake of story progression, I’m omitting most of the side plots and the corresponding jokes sprinkled throughout this arc.  Sorry, go read the issues for those, because it’s totally worth your time.  Either way,  Wilson’s taken measures to protect himself, because even with an accelerated healing factor, getting shot hurts.

Look, we can beat around the bush and I can show you a few more scenes of the two bantering, but that’s not why you’re reading this, right?  You want to see them battle Hit-Monkey, who looks exactly like a monkey assassin should.

Spider-Man and Deadpool have separately taken out villains that could easily destroy entire cities. Villains that have manufactured deadly diseases, hostile invasions, made the Avengers wet themselves.  Heck, Spider-Man once defeated the Juggernaut.  But both of them, in a matter of moments, had their butts handed to them by a monkey in a tiny suit.  Don’t worry, because Hit-Monkey’s smarter than the average monkey.  Also, possesses a lot more empathy.

Confused?  Let’s have Deadpool and Spider-Man philosophize over primate morality while mixing in the appropriate amount of bathroom humor.

Deadpool and Hit-Monkey’s final battle arrives soon.  How can our protagonist defeat the little predator?  That’s right, ambush.  Though, a constant rule among Deadpool comics forever holds that no one suffers more than Wilson’s allies and friends.

Now Deadpool gets to shine!  He lured the monkey to a trap!  He’s saved the city and avenged those who have fallen by the assassin’s hand!  I mean, he would have if he wasn’t fighting something so adorable.

Thankfully, Spider-Man isn’t dead.  If he was, we’d need a separate issue where he built a cocoon and birthed himself back to life (The Other joke, sorry).  But Spider-Man realizes there has to be a way to solve this conflict with less violence and more words and ooks.

Never mind.  Once a monkey assassin, always a monkey assassin.

And with that, the fight’s over.  We know from TV, movies, and comics that the best ending always involves some sort of explosion.  Plus, Deadpool can heal himself.

Yup, zero life lessons learned.  Zero growth accomplished.  Deadpool’s the Seinfeld of comics and we love him for it.


Harley Quinn visits the folks

In the past 25 years, you’d be hard-pressed to find a brand new comic book character more popular than Harley Quinn (well, maybe Deadpool).  She first premiered in the Batman: The Animated Series in the 1992 episode “Joker’s Favor,” written by the wonderful Paul Dini.  A year later, she got her initial comic book appearance and she was officially a part of the Batman universe.  A lovely success story for the Joker’s girlfriend.

Real fast: Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum requests to interview the Joker.  She falls in love, becomes his second-in-command, and they share an abusive, roller-coaster relationship. But unlike so many origin stories, hers isn’t tragic, which means she gets to go do cool things such as visit parents and have family dinners.  Like in Gotham City Sirens #7, also written by Paul Dini. She’s his creation, after all.

Oh yeah, her secret identity isn’t exactly hidden.  She’s a recognizable celebrity in Gotham, both in clown makeup and not.  Imagine the stress on her poor parents, knowing her successful doctor daughter now rides around in spandex with a giant hammer and a partner who’s mostly plant.  But everyone changes careers once or twice, right?  So now she’s a supervillain.  It pays far better, has more excitement, and probably saved her life, as the life expectancy for Arkham Asylum employees tends to be on the horrifically low side.

And despite frequent stays in the loony bin, dozens of fistfights lost, and a boyfriend who beats her more than Batman does, at least she’s doing something with her life.  If only the rest of her family had that amount of dedication.

Anger and frustration are a common theme.  Also, did you know Harley Quinn has superpowers? During No Man’s Land, the major Batman event that took place in 1999, she became buddies with Poison Ivy, who gave her a potion.  They’re still totally best friends, and several comics have been devoted solely to their wacky adventures together.

But anyway, the concoction gave her super strength, super agility, and immunity to most poisons, including Joker’s laughing gas.  Truthfully, I can’t really find any definite answers to the extent of her powers, but she isn’t bench pressing minivans or back flipping over buildings.  If I had to guess, she’s probably twice or three times as strong and fast as the Dark Knight.  But he always wins anyway – decades of ninja skills and martial arts training and whatnot.  Plus, she’s kind of a ditz.

And now watch our dear Harley get berated the way only a mother can:

You sensing something deeper going on?  Harley’s mother, the poor soul, has been supporting and providing for a family that has done nothing with their lives (brother, father) or ruined theirs (Harley). How much disappointment can one person take?  But don’t worry, because underneath that lovesick supervillain exterior lies a empathetic, loving daughter.  Somewhere.  Her history hasn’t been a good indicator of that.

And we haven’t met the father yet, have we?  You don’t have to hold your breath on where he is, you can probably figure it out on your own.

See?  Her dad’s a sociopath.  Considering Harley’s upbringing, we should just be shocked she made it all the way to medical school.  The crappy family life usually associates itself with the villain motif. Rarely does a superhero have parents that are jerks.

In summary, Harley’s father is a terrible person.

A very terrible person.

Luckily, she has dear friends back in Gotham.  Like Poison Ivy.  And Catwoman, who is for some reason wearing a bowtie in this issue.  Y’see, while her home visit may not have been enjoyable, you can’t say Harley hates being a supervillain.  If you ignore the whole thing where she hurts innocent people and supports a mad man’s attacks on the city, it should bring a single tear to your eye that Harley has found the American dream: a job she truly loves.