Nothing romantic about Harley Quinn & Joker

In an effort to scrounge up some inspiration/desperately hope something triggers an article idea, I googled “best superhero couples.”  Three results on the first page have Harley Quinn and Joker on their list.  I googled “best DC couples.”  Two results on the first page have Harley Quinn and Joker on their list.  What’s going on?  Why are they on those lists?  One can’t justify anything sexy about a psychopathic abusive manipulative violent egotistical supervillain dating anyone, much less the emotionally-shattered and deranged Harley Quinn.  I don’t want to judge the readers’ personal preference, but tell me, what’s romantic about this?

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Harley Quinn has only existed for a little over twenty years.  And while comic books haven’t always been kind to women (though they’re definitely getting better), is it romance we feel for Harley’s affections?  What about uneasiness?  Frustration?  Anger?  Even if the Joker’s capable of love of any sort (which is highly debatable), it’s Batman who has his heart, not Joker’s bubbly sidekick.  Look, I love the Joker.  I love Harley Quinn.  Those two endlessly fascinate me and both are such rich, bold characters.  But we shouldn’t celebrate the two of them being together and I hope to prove it.

I’m going to use the following issues today:
Batman: Harley Quinn, written by Paul Dini and drawn by Yvel Guichet
Gotham City Sirens #19, written by Peter Calloway and drawn by Andres Guinaldo
Gotham City Sirens #21, written by Calloway and drawn by Guinaldo
Batman #13, volume 2, written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo
Suicide Squad #14-15, volume 3, written by Fred Glass and drawn by Fernando Dagnino

After her huge success in Batman: The Animated Series, it was only a matter of time before she premiered in the comics.  Her first appearance took place right in the middle of the Batman event No Man’s Land, where like pretty much every appearance Harley Quinn and the Joker have together, her dear boyfriend attempts to assassinate her:

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Be honest, do you feel romance or pity for poor Harley?

I’ve posted these next series of images before (also because Gotham City Sirens constantly delighted me), and any comparison between the Dark Knight and Joker’s obsessions (each other, essentially) hits a nerve we don’t like to admit.  Superman’s the perfect one, but Batman’s as wildly emotionally damaged as the Joker.  Though without the murdering.

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After this conversation where Catwoman and Harley Quinn both realize they love emotionally unavailable men, Harley Quinn figures she should solve her lingering kryptonite the ol’ supervillain way.

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To be fair to Catwoman, Batman has never tried to explode his paramours.  And while we constantly wonder why Harley Quinn goes back to that psychopath, it’s important to know that the dear girl’s just as messed up as her remorseless boyfriend.  Or at least as delusional.

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This scene may be one of the finest I’ve read in a long time.  You see all that anger slowly fade to a mush of only the happy memories to give us a small glimpse as to why she returns infinitely to his open arms.  Thankfully, I think the Batman event Death of the Family that recently took place ended the two’s rendezvouses for a few years.  Status quo’ll demand she’ll eventually get smacked by a giant axe or suffer acid burns at the hands of Joker, but trust me — Harley came out of this event with some serious trauma.

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Skinned face Joker is super scary, right?

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While some critics complained of too many lengthy, philosophical Joker rants filling the pages, I’ve always been a sucker for insane supervillain speeches.  This new Joker feels that any PTSD main course must come with an appetizer of a lecture.  Sure, everyone from Nightwing to Batgirl to Robin to Red Hood to Batman received their Joker speech, but Harley Quinn’s hits especially hard as she’s spent half her life making out with that dude.

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I don’t think we’re witnessing any revelations here.  Harley’s almost certainly the first and only one, as Joker pulled similar stunts with the Batkids.  If you like, pick up Harley Quinn #1 released a few weeks ago.  I’m really hoping for success with her new solo series.  Fictional as she may be, I’ll always be rooting for Harley Quinn.

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JLA’s White Martian trouble, Pt. 1

The second time.  The first time the JLA battles the White Martians borders on legendary. Batman, a match, gasoline, etc.  But they come back.  They always come back — status quo and whatnot.  So today we’ll start round two against the extraterrestrial menace, if just because the ending justifies everything I’ve been saying about DC heroes for years.  It’s amazing.  But that’s for Wednesday, as today’ll be all the intros, blood, violence, and drama you expect from JLA #55-58, written by Mark Waid and drawn by Bryan Hitch & Mike Miller.  How about some ominous gooey set up?

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A bunch of weird stuff happens that I’m not showing you.  People go crazy, including Lois Lane, Nightwing, and other JLA love interests.  Finally, it culminates in a nuclear explosion.  As our dear heroes (who at least half could probably survive an atomic blast head on) protect the exploded city, the true culprits show their face.  I mean, sort of, the best shapeshifters can show their face.

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Want to hear Batman talk science for a few pages?  Of course you do.

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I’d like to believe Batman could take out all the White Martians in a straight fight.  But even with his utility belt stocked full of deus ex machina, Batman can’t possibly defeat a dozen beings of Superman-esque power attacking all at once.  Eleven, maybe, but definitely not a full dozen.  Still, it won’t be lacking for dramatics.

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Poor J’onn.  His desire to make some new friends has pretty much set a course to destroy his adopted home.  But wait, you shout.  Why don’t our superheroes just carry a few matchbooks and save the world that way?  Y’see, the White Martians learn from their errors.

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Due to nanotechnology or a magic raygun or a Galactus crossover or whatever reason I skimmed over, the planet can no longer create fire.  And that just doomed the world.  No oxygen or something.  I really should brush up on my science.  Plus, remember how the Justice League fights equal with levels of fury and teamwork?  The bad guys know that too, and White Martian victory comes easily when they eliminate both their own weaknesses and then exploit their opponent’s.

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With the Justice League out of commission (and every other superhero busy doing other heroics), only one man can save the world now.  Like say, a man who’s not really a man but who accidentally ruined his new planet by releasing dangerous bad guys because he wanted some new friends.  That guy.

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Redemption time!  Martian Manhunter’s plan to defeat the alien threat is by far the most insane, amazing plan I’ve ever seen in superhero comics.  You’ll see it Wednesday — I’m just as excited as you.


Green Arrow, kung fu master, Pt. 3

You’ve just seen two days of Connor Hawke (using the Green Arrow title after his father exploded) karate chopping Silver Monkey through all sorts of destructive environments.  But no more Silver Monkey.  Now, his fellow apes get given the task of taking down the new Green Arrow.  Over a five issue story, crossed over with the Batman titles, Hawke has to prove his worth against the deadliest assassin of them all.  She’s scary.

In the order the story takes place, we’ll be using the following issues:
Green Arrow #134, written by Chuck Dixon and drawn by Dougie Braithewaite
Detective Comics #723, written by Dixon and drawn by Alex Maleev
Robin #55, written by Dixon and drawn by Will Rosado
Nightwing #23, written by Dixon and drawn by Scott McDaniel
Green Arrow #135, written by Dixon and drawn by Braithewaite

To sum up the consequences of the previous Green Arrow versus Silver Monkey fight:

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What’s better than ninjas?  Obviously a deluge of ninjas that floods any city where non-powered superheros, vigilantes, UFC fighters, or kickboxing classes dwell.  Instead of poo, these monkey are going to be flinging death upon anyone who dares venture upon their path.  Also shurikens.  They’ll fling those too.  But among the tribes, one monkey stands out above the rest:

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Yes, that’s Hawke’s final opponent of our kung fu adventure.  The mask serves to heighten suspense at her true identity, but you can probably figure out which famous Batman-centered female martial artist supervillain she is.  Also, I put her name in the file for every picture posted so far.  In the matter of fairness, since we just witnessed the Paper Monkey rip apart a whole squadron of ninjas, I feel Green Arrow deserves a similar introduction.  Plus, he’s the guy we’re going to be rooting for.

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Our moment has arrived.  Can the DC universe’s greatest kung fu superhero defeat the DC universe’s greatest kung fu supervillain?  How much more can I hype this fight without sounding cliche?  Most importantly, we should be scared for dear Green Arrow.  Very scared.

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Lady Shiva!  An unbeatable opponent who even Batman can’t defeat in one-on-one combat.  If you’ve played Arkham Origins, she serves as one of the sidequests — and even that ends in a tie.  She birthed the second Batgirl, trained the third Robin, and constantly antagonizes Nightwing.  For more, you can see Cassandra Cain’s defining moment.

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Lady Shiva’s M.O. isn’t complicated.  She hears about a super talented deadly martial artist running around.  She finds this man or woman and then kills them with her superior punching and kicking.  It’s not even a fear of losing her top kung fu spot either — she just enjoys the punching and kicking.  Her only gimmick lies with when she shows up looking for you, you’re totally dead.

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Batman and the Batfamily usually defeat (or at least shoo away) Lady Shiva through brainpower, but poor Hawke doesn’t possess Batman and the Batfamily’s brilliance.  He’s going to have to beat her into submission, and she’s especially resistant to beatings (if you haven’t been able to tell from her arrogance).  But Green Arrow did defeat Silver Monkey after a wave of damage, so as we watch the final act of their battle, keep your spirits high.

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He loses.  Everyone loses to her.  Turns out when I did some research, Leopard Blow totally exists as a real fighting move.  Whether it can kill someone remains to be seen, though humans tend to be pretty soft and squishy.  Remember how I said Lady Shiva trained Robin back in the day?  And how the Batman family defeats her using their mind and not lethal animal punches?

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Robin would have had his butt handed to him, and even Lady Shiva called his bluff.  But despite a humiliating loss by Green Arrow, surviving a fight (much less actually hurting Lady Shiva) remains cause for celebration.  Plus, no one can argue with a smile or two after knocking out several dozen ninjas and the world’s deadliest assassin.  But you know who always seems to rain on parades?

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Hawke hasn’t appeared in the New 52 yet, but also with the de-aging of Green Arrow Oliver Queen down to his mid-twenties (I guess?), it’d be odd for the man to have a 20-something year old son.  Oh well.

Enjoy your weekend, you deserve it.


Batgirl takes on Arkham Asylum

I guess traversing the halls of Gotham City’s prison for the mentally insane becomes a rite of passage for Bat- and Super-sidekicks.  I assume if he or she can defeat a dozen of Gotham’s scariest in confined quarters, then a bank robbery and car chase won’t pose much of a threat.

Starting in 2006, the series Batman Confidential decided to have rotating creative teams that explored Batman’s earliest memories — the ones where Robin didn’t wear pants.  In Batman Confidential #20-21, written by Fabian Nicieza and drawn by Kevin Maguire, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) is still relatively new to the whole crimefighting scene.  Unfortunately, a pursuit of the Riddler led her straight into Arkham Asylum.

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As you can tell from her costume, she’s had a rough night already.  I’m actually picking up at the climax of this arc and unfortunately, this was back in the day when the Bat-family outfits consisted of less bulletproof material and more spandex.  Alfred must be a hell of a seamster.  Since Riddler’s known for his brains and not brawn, he figures that maybe the other inmates would like to handle the dirty work of beating up a teenage girl.

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She brawls with some of the more minor villains, but you can buy the book for that.  Let’s start with the first of our heavy hitters:

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Blockbuster’s a popular supervillain name in the DC universe.  This dude above is the original, with steroids leaving him super strong but super dumb.  Let that be a lesson about drugs, kids.  His brother actually became the second Blockbuster and served as the main antagonist for the first 90-ish issues of Nightwing’s solo series.

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Batgirl has gained unparalleled popularity over the past forty years.  Mainly because she’s a strong female role model with a PhD and crazy martial arts, but fans’ interest comes from her intelligence. She’s not as strong as Batman and not as athletic as Robin.  So, much like Tim Drake, she has use tactics and strategy to defeat her foes instead of repeatedly bashing their skulls in.

And thank goodness for her intelligence too, because Joker’s next.

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If you want a testament to just how much Joker scares people, even fellow supervillains hesitate to set him free.  Two Face gets next billing, and you shouldn’t underestimate the man’s skill.  When Batman and the Bat-family took that year off to travel or hike or whatever, Two-Face took Batman’s place.  And he totally protected the city, even without a cape and batplane.  Though, this is before all that.

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When readers complain about the relative “normalcy” of Batman’s rogue gallery, as in most don’t have superpowers, those that do rock hard.  Like Clayface.  That dude’s really hard to take down.

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I’ll always have a soft spot for the superpowered Poison Ivy as well, but Batgirl never ends up at the arboretum or test tube — whatever they’re keeping her in.  As Batgirl begins to reach the main control room, she has one final challenge ahead of her.

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To be fair, Scarecrow has the fighting skills of a college professor.  One doesn’t really need to study muay thai when all opponents one faces are frantically trying to claw imaginary bugs off of them. Speaking of academic fighting skills, the Riddler stands just behind the final door, ready to get his well-deserved beating.

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Catwoman teases in more ways than one.  By the way, the Riddler should always top the list of supervillains you would most want to punch.  He breathes in smug and breathes out ego, plus bowler hats should really only be worn by 1920s gangsters and 1950s private detectives.

With the Asylum back under superhero control, Batgirl can swing triumphantly back home for some much needed rest, because the rest of the day will no doubt be spent slaving over a sewing machine:

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Fighting crime with Manhunter

If you disregard Gotham City, most cities in the DC universe have one, maybe two superheroes each. Superman has Metropolis.  Green Arrow has Star City.  Flash has Keystone City.  Hawkman and Hawkgirl have St. Roch.  You get the idea.  But you know where superheroes aren’t showing their faces?  Real cities.  Like Los Angeles.  About time they get their own vigilante.

The Manhunter superhero title goes back to the 1940s.  A half dozen men donned the uniform and an entire species of Manhunter robots run amok in space.  Luckily, in 2004, Kate Spencer — the best federal prosecuter in Los Angeles, of course — took a shot at the mantle.  I’m so glad she did.  Marc Andreyko, the writer for the Manhunter series, made Spencer into someone both flawed and beloved. She’s wildly insecure, yet horribly overconfident.  Spencer smokes and can barely muster being sub-par mother to her six year-old, though we so deeply root  and care for her.  Most importantly, we as readers get to see the progression of Manhunter as a beginning superhero into the capable powerhouse she rocks today.

In Manhunter #1, written by Andreyko and drawn by Jesus Saiz, we see the initial superhero transformation.  Lots of misplaced justice and frustration at an ineffective legal system — a classic origin story.

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Copperhead, a D-list supervillain sewer monster who actually precedes the way more popular Killer Croc, has cannibalized and devoured a dozen innocent victims.  After a recent arrest, Copperhead gets put on trial by a jury of his peers, as bad guys should.  Except one problem:

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Now let’s be fair, Spencer can handle a loss in the court room — she’s a big girl.  But once a crazed snake monster, always a snake monster.

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And thus a new Manhunter rises from the ashes of obscurity to punish supervillains like the justice system can’t.  With violence.

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Quick explanation as to her stolen equipment.  The gauntlets are the same ones worn by Azrael when he paraded around Gotham as Batman while Bruce Wayne nursed a Bane-induced broken back.  The uniform comes from a member of the Darkstars, a group of alien policemen.  And the staff shoots electricity, what else do you need?

Since this marks the first time that Spencer has ever actually fought crime, the battle goes as you expect.  Truthfully, her athletic or martial arts background hasn’t really been touched upon, but you have to imagine that if she decides to kung fu a monstrous supervillain, she must have been at least on her college’s gymnastics team.  That and the suit gives her a (very slight) increased level of strength, durability, and speed.

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And her calling card?  Introduction in a city like Los Angeles requires a powerful first impression:

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As we browse a few more of her fights, watch as she improves with each subsequent supervillain she brawls.  I mean, she’s not fighting Sinestro or Braniac or anything, but the danger level remains plenty high.  Plus, the superhero learning curve climbs steeply, like in Manhunter #3, written by Andreyko and drawn by Saiz,

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Unfortunately, her suit doesn’t have any flight mechanisms, grappling hooks, Batplanes, magic carpets or anything that can prevent her splattering on the ground below.  Remember that:

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Ow.  But even Batman didn’t punish bad guys too efficiently his first few months or so.  Though now that I think about it, Batman probably should have done better, what with that decade of combat training under his belt before tackling Gotham’s underworld.  Luckily for dear Manhunter, practice makes perfect, such as in Manhunter #6, written by Andreyko and drawn by Jesus Saiz.

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Ever heard of Shrapnel?  Cyborg psychopath?  No?  I wouldn’t worry about it.

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How does one beat a villain that usually scraps with superheroes classes above Manhunter?

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Hotshot lawyer and genius strategist.  Can’t be a superhero without a ton of talents.  Even then, luck and circumstances play key roles in victory as well.  I feel for our costumed heroes — no pay, nightly beatings, and a disturbing lack of appreciation from the citizens of their devoted city.  But y’know, a hobby’s a hobby.

In Manhunter #25, written by Andreyko and drawn by Javier Pina, our protagonist has fought crime for a little over two years, including fighting alongside the rest of DC’s best in Infinite Crisis’ Battle of Metropolis.  Big time stuff.  Spencer totally qualifies as the real deal now, and the supervillain Sweeney Todd learns this the hard way.

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A supervillain so minor that Sweeney Todd doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, the guy cuts up women or something.  Look, motive isn’t important, just know the baddie’s tough.

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Batman wouldn’t do this.  But Batman and Manhunter don’t like each other anyway.

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On a final note, what makes Los Angeles a different city than say, Gotham?  The celebrations tend to be grandiose, or at the very least, good for the self-esteem.  Or because unlike the Dark Knight, Manhunter actually smiles once in a while.

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Eventually Spencer moves to Gotham City, probably because the dozen or so superheroes currently patrolling the city still can’t break that bloody wall of never-ending violence.  Or maybe she likes a challenge.  Or maybe she wants to date Nightwing.  Either way, I hope she pops up in the New 52 soon.


The benefits of Alfred Pennyworth

Batman’s butler.  You know and love him.  Since the oddsmakers for the upcoming Batman #17 have poor Alfred as the most likely fatality in the “Death in the Family” arc, we should totally talk about him before it’s too late.

Alfred, who’s been kickin’ since 1943, serves a much greater purpose than cleaning and cooking duty. I mean, he does all that, but Alfred’s also the only real father figure Batman has in his life.  The one force that Bruce Wayne knows will always have his back — both emotionally and mentally.  Plus, working for the world’s most dangerous vigilante obligates our dear elderly butler to pick up a few other useful skills. He’s an above average martial artist, skilled surgeon, classically trained actor, and talented computer programmer and engineer.  Total Renaissance man.  More importantly, Alfred’s a total badass.

Before we get into our story for today, you should get familiar with this scene from Detective Comics #838, written by Paul Dini and Ryan Benjamin:

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And this gem from Detective Comics #849, written by Paul Dini and drawn by Dustin Nguyen:

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Alfred’s earned his membership in the Batman family, and not just by changing baby Bruce’s diapers. In Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #118, written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Jason Pearson & James A. Hodgkins, we’ll explore just how amazing the Dark Knight’s senior citizen servant is.  Before we begin, we should briefly cover the Batman event No Man’s Land.

I’ve talked about it before, but to fully understand, think about DC as a business.  You know what would sell a ton of issues?  Batman in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.  That’s a super awesome idea. But the only way that could happen is in an alternative dimension non-canonical story — and those just don’t attract viewers like the real deal.  Well, what if Gotham City just so happened to be on a scary fault line and an enormous earthquake leveled the city?  And then the government blocked off the city, forcing the citizens and cops left behind to fend for themselves among the dangerous supervillain gangs roaming Gotham?  Totally awesome, right?

Unfortunately, Batman fled the city for a few months.  We can get into why later.  Commissioner Gordon and his policemen attempted to keep order, but you know how anarchy can be.  Luckily, one brave soul stepped up to give his aid and support.  And told as a delightful children’s story.

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What’s a butler to do in the destroyed Gotham?  Oh, he’ll find some ways to pass the time.

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Alfred must be in his 60s.  He accomplished significant success already as a stage actor in England before joining the Wayne household, and pre-reboot Bruce Wayne was in his late 30s around this time.  I mean, I don’t think he’s at risk of heart disease or senility, but he’s also not parkour-ing off skyscrapers with a fistful of batarangs either.  Which makes this next scene particularly noble:

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Yes, Batman isn’t around, but Robin, Nightwing, Huntress, and others are certainly patrolling the city. Unfortunately, no electricity makes it difficult to alert the sidekick brigade.  That and any carrier pigeons would have been eaten by this point.

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It’s a fight, gentlemen.  No backing down from this behemoth now.

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How does this story end?  Does Alfred get chopped into little crumpets?  It concludes the only way it should: magnificently.

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Batman and the Alfred gamble

People downplay Batman’s intelligence, but the dude’s a super genius.  The world’s greatest detective title can’t be bought at an auction or space bazaar or anything.  While mysteries have been a staple of Batman’s adventures since his introduction, victory for the Dark Knight is always just one crossword puzzle or laser death trap away.  Until 1992, when Victor Zsasz was introduced.  A serial killer who carves a tally onto his body for every victims, he has no rhyme or reason to his attacks.  Complete and utter unpredictability.  What a pain.

In Detective Comics #815-816, written by Shane McCarthy and drawn by Cliff Chiang, the killer gets loose again.  Revolving door of Arkham, etc.  You’ve heard it all before.

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And like every time Zsasz gets loose, Batman can’t find him.

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I love that Alfred has a blue tooth.

One of the best parts of reading Batman is the constant reminders of just how much Batman hates being Bruce Wayne.  If he didn’t have billions of dollars to spend and a company to run, he’d never take off that costume.

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Hey, remember that whole thing about Zsasz not being able to be found?  Oh, he’s around.

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Poor Alfred.  The guy already spends his twilight years mopping bat guano off the ceiling.

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Alfred survives, of course, but now Batman has to make a choice.  Y’see, there is one way to know where Zsasz will show up.  The supervillain doesn’t do unfinished business — Zsasz has murderer OCD.

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Obviously, Zsasz is coming for Alfred.  All Batman has to do is get to Zsasz first, which wouldn’t be so hard if the stakes weren’t majorly high.  Plus, he didn’t exactly get Alfred’s consent either.  Luckily, it’s a long walk to the hospital, leaving plenty of delays along the way to murder people.  Patience and dark corners does Batman good.

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Batman’s a terrible conversationalist.  I always wonder why supervillains get so obsessed with him when he spends most of his time grunting rather than bonding and swapping stories.  Now Nightwing, that guy will monologue you to submission.  But from a tactical standpoint, the Dark Knight’s certainly not above taunting.

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Round two of their fight involves a cool car chase.  Buy the book for the whole thing, though here’s two pages of Batman jumping into the moving Batmobile.

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How many times do you think he practiced that in the Batcave?  Whole months must have gone by with Alfred cleaning up Batman pieces off the windshield.  Finally, Batman and Zsasz get cornered by the police, who — shockingly — aren’t terribly fond of Batman vigilante-ing up their city.

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One of the main reasons I picked this arc for an article is for the next scene alone.  I firmly believe that McCarthy started his script with Batman’s final line and worked backwards.  I’m talking middle-of-the-night-wake-from-a-dead-sleep pun.

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That’s the closest Batman’ll get to a joke.  Enjoy the moment.


A love reunion with Batgirl and Red Robin

Teenage superhero romance.  It’s not much different than real life, except with more jump kicks and ninja attacks.  And just like real life, super good-looking kids who are in incredible shape have a fair amount of love interests.  Nightwing’s list of paramours alone would make most sorority girls blush. But today, we’re about Stephanie Brown and Tim Drake, the replacement sidekicks.

I’ve covered Stephanie’s history before in a previous article,  And you should know Tim as the third Robin.  Back in the day when Tim had just hit puberty, the two became a couple:

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I mean, a couple in the sense that Tim wouldn’t actually tell her his real name or where he lived or any sort of personal details.  Robin’s fear over Stephanie’s constant danger and his obvious lack of commitment broke the two apart.  That and Stephanie got pregnant with another man’s child.  Then she died.  But probably more of the first reason.

We jump forward more than a decade to Batgirl #8, written by Brian Q. Miller and drawn by Talent Caldwell.  Stephanie has since taken over the role of Batgirl from Cassandra Cain and Tim struck out on his own as Red Robin.

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So they haven’t seen each other in years.  Stephanie’s resurrection took a while and time has changed them both.  Batgirl’s no longer an untrained mess of a fighter.  Red Robin’s personality now reflects more Batman than Robin.  But the feelings, oh, the feelings never go away.

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You know what’s coming up next, right?  Unrequited love and an overwhelming insecurity?  Of course, but I meant team-up.

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A few years ago, Bruce Wayne died taking down Darkseid.  It was super famous, I’m sure you’ve heard of it.  Tim didn’t handle the news terribly well.  His grieving process changed him into a darker superhero.  I’m no doctor, but I assume the tapering off of puberty and being the most dangerous teenage martial artist in the world would most certainly bring out an “edgier” side.

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Okay, the mission’s simple.  Since Leslie Tompkins (the assassins’ target) is hanging out at a fancy rich people party, Tim and Stephanie will go incognito as themselves.  After all, Bruce adopted Tim a few years ago.

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As you expect, the party takes a sour turn within moments.  Ninjas don’t have time to wait for exposition and cocktails.

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It took me a while to understand what Stephanie means in the above page.  I’m no expert of comic book love, trust me.  But the “dance” where they fluidly fight bad guys together — that triggers all the old emotions to flow back to the top.  Like hearing a song that you and your ex would always listen to together.  For superheroes, it’s uppercutting henchmen instead of Katy Perry lyrics.

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Well, kids, this is it.  Tim finally sees Stephanie as an equal and Stephanie remembers why she loved Tim in the first place.  Are you excited?  Years of will-they or won’t-they come down to the final pages of this issue!

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The anticipation and suspense has been built so high that the artist forgot to draw in Batgirl’s pupils.

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And there you go.  Rejection hurts.  Or it would if Red Robin wasn’t also sort of dating Lucius Fox’s daughter at the same time this is going on.  Fighting skills aren’t the only thing Tim learned from Nightwing.


Robin vs. Red Hood

Tim Drake may be the most “normal” of the Robins.  He’s not a former circus acrobat.  He didn’t live on the streets as a homeless thug.  He wasn’t raised by the League of Assassins.  Sure, his parents were famous world-traveling archaeologists, but for the most part, Drake grew up normal and well-adjusted.  More importantly, after Dick Grayson left the position to become Nightwing, and Jason Todd’s dislike by the fans prompted his early death, Drake stepped into the role to both critical and fan acclaim.  He served as Robin just shy of 20 years, from 1989 to 2009.  For the current generation reading comics, Drake is their Robin.

We go back a little in time to the mid-2000s.  Todd (now Red Hood) just came back to life, and enraged over Batman’s refusal to avenge his death and a new, younger Robin patrolling the streets of Gotham.  Also, Todd’s insane.

You, my friends, get to witness the first encounter Todd and Drake ever had in Teen Titans #29, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Tony S. Daniel.  Lucky you.

On weekends, Drake fights crime with other sidekicks in the Teen Titans.  I mean, they’re all accomplished superheroes in their own right, but being smack in the middle of puberty makes it difficult to join the Justice League.  Oh, and one night, Todd broke into the Teen Titans headquarters to beat the crap out of his replacement.

Yes, I find it as weird as you do that he somehow made an adult Robin costume.  As for the two fighters, Drake’s smarter and a far better strategist, but he’s smaller and weaker than Todd.  By this point, Todd may have actually had more training – he learned alongside Bruce Wayne’s old mentors during the years everyone thought Todd was dead.  Though to be fair to Drake, he does use a stick.

Look, despite Red Hood’s bonafide supervillain status, his anger isn’t totally unjustified.  I mean, he’s definitely going about this the wrong way, but he believes with all of his heart and soul that his death meant nothing to Batman and the others.  Drake replaced him fairly quickly and the Joker continues to run free and happy.  Is Todd wrong?  Absolutely, though hard to convince him otherwise.

I just want to make sure you remember that when Todd was Robin, his costume didn’t have pants.

Todd’s biggest weakness has always been his temper.  Maybe his victim mentality.  Either way, the dude is way overdue for therapy.  The adult Robin costume may be the biggest warning sign yet.

By the way, the evidence strongly backs up Drake’s claims.  Batman will never forgive himself for letting Todd die under his watch.  Makes for powerful character development and whatnot.

Unfortunately, victory goes to Red Hood.  But even in defeat, Drake is still a badass.  C’mon, buddy, do you think you’re that good now?  Do you really, Tim?

And like all good Bat people, the Red Hood disappears into the night, leaving his call sign for any other Teen Titans who dare cross him:

Okay, that dude seriously needs professional help.

If you want to see Drake and Todd battle again, they clash in Batman: Battle for the Cowl #2.  And instead of two Robin costumes, both are wearing Batman suits.  Stuff like that just happens.  By the way on a final note, in the rebooted DC universe, Drake never became Robin, instead crime fighting as Red Robin from the moment he stepped into the Batcave.  So this story may not have ever happened in the new DC canon.  Though you know where it’ll always be alive and well?  That’s right, I’m pointing to my heart.


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
Banners!

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