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    Power Couples

    Power Couples

    It’s Valentine’s Day and love in the air. So, it makes sense to look at some of comics most beloved and enduring couples. These pairs have had their share of ups and downs. In fact, many of the couples have survived and stayed together despite insurmountable odds. As a result, these relationships have provided us with decades of compelling (albeit, sometimes non-traditional) love stories.

    5 Comic Couples That Have Managed to Make it Work (Mostly)

    Kitty Pryde and Colossus

    Kitty Pryde & Colossus – The X-Men have never had great luck with romantic relationships. However, the romance between the iron-skinned Colossus and the phasing Kitty Pryde has often been one of the sweeter, more affectionate stories in the occasionally dark and bleak X-Universe.

    Aquaman and Mera

    Aquaman & Mera – Talk about opposites attracting. Mera comes from a culture of Atlanteans who seek Aquaman’s destruction. In fact, they initially met when she was sent to kill him. Instead, she ended up falling in love with him. If a relationship can weather a few assassination attempts, you can bet they’re in it for the long haul.

    Green Arrow and Black Canary

    Green Arrow & Black Canary – Ask any comics fan and they’ll tell you these two belong together. One of the biggest complaints of the DC New 52 relaunch was the elimination of this relationship. Fan demand lead to the two being reunited in the recent DC Rebirth event. The relationship between Green Arrow and Black Canary is one of the most romantic stories in the modern DC universe.

    Batman and Catwoman

    Batman & Catwoman – This is one of the more on again/off again couples in comics. Catwoman is the one person who can make a loner vigilante like Batman think about actually letting love in his life. Their separate paths in life mean that hopes for anything long term are probably impossible. But there is a beauty in their tragic love affair.

    Superman and Lois Lane

    Superman & Lois Lane – They are comics most enduring couple. It takes a spectacular woman to get Superman to settle down and start a family. And the feisty and intelligent Lois Lane is just that woman. These two are basically an institution at DC and have consistently found their way back to each other for almost 80 years.

    Leave us a comment and let us know which comics couple is your favorite paring.

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    Review: Superman #6 — Dark Side of the Moon

    superman #6 review

    Superman #6 cover artHow far would you go to protect your child? If you’re Superman, the answer is practically destroying the moon of your adopted world.

    Superman #6, the final installment in the DC Rebirth Son of Superman arc, pits the Man of Steel against the Kryptonian Eradicator duking it out on the surface of the moon. This baddie believes in the purity of Kryptonian race, and sees Clark’s and Lois’ half-breed son as an abomination that will bring down what’s left of its people.

    If you haven’t followed the adventures of Superman lately, you’re likely to be confused. But here’s a quick primer: The New 52 Superman – whose stories we’ve been following for the last five-plus years – is dead. He’s been replaced by the original pre-New 52 Man of Steel, who is married to Lois Lane and has a superpowered son named Jon. Confused yet? (Then we won’t even mention the other superpowered Lois in Action Comics and the fact that there’s a non-powered Clark Kent running around as well.)

    Writers Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason pull out all the stops during the lunar battle royale, with Supes getting assists from Jon and Lois (who has borrowed one of Batman’s Hellbat armor suits) as well as a certain super dog who was thought to be lost.

    This initial arc has helped to establish the old Superman in this new world. While the Justice League and earth’s citizens were shaken by the loss of their Man of Steel, the world now seems to embrace this new Kal-El.

    While not a cliffhanger, the last page sets up the next story arc – and possibly the premise for the rest of the series. Strap on your red cape. It’s going to be an adventure.

    Superman #6, DC, Released September 7, 2016, Written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, Art by Patrick Gleason, Inks by Mick Gray, Color by John Kalisz, Lettering by Rob Leigh; $2.99.

    Review by Tom Smithyman

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    Review: Kingdom Come 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

    kingdom come 20th anniversary deluxe editionIn June 1996, Alex Ross and Mark Waid gave us Kingdom Come, an Elseworlds four issue comic book miniseries. Ross had the idea for a story that included most of the DC pantheon while he was working on Marvels in 1994. He pitched the story to DC and then teamed with Waid to flesh out the story with Waid’s extensive knowledge of DC’s heroes and their history. Ross envisioned the final product as an allegory for the ethics he saw disappearing in the hero comic stories that were being published in the 1990’s.

    The story takes place many years after Superman has retired from the hero business. We learn in flashback sequences that, years earlier, The Joker had massacred everyone at The Daily Planet, including Lois Lane. The Clown Prince of Crime was then publicly executed by a superhero called Magog. Superman went into exile, unable to wrap his head around the outpouring of public support Magog was receiving for murdering a criminal who was already in custody. With their leader gone, most of the old guard of superheroes also faded into retirement, leaving a void to be filled by a new generation of heroes, led by Magog.

    In the storyline present, with The Man of Tomorrow no longer available to enforce the “no kill” rule, there is little distinction left between superheroes and the villains they face. An overzealous attack led by Magog on the Parasite ends in a catastrophic event that leaves most of the American Midwest in ruins. Millions have died and the food production for much of the United States has been crippled.

    Wonder Woman finds Superman and enlists him to return to Metropolis and re-form the Justice League to reign in the new generation and restore order. Three major factions of supers emerge: The Justice League, many of the old guard superheroes led by Superman; The Outsiders, mostly second and third generation supers led by Batman; and the Mankind Liberation Front, a group of villains led by Lex Luthor. While these super factions are sorting things out amongst themselves through violent means, the ordinary humans are also trying to sort out a solution that will work in their own favor and will end the tyranny suffered under super humans.

    Ross’ artwork is nothing short of breathtaking. Using models and photo reference, he accurately captures the subtlety of a wide range of emotion. Each panel is meticulously hand painted with watercolors. The technique lends itself nicely to a classic and timeless feel. Every panel and gutter is filled with amazing detail.

    Waid’s script weaves seamlessly in and out of multiple layers of storyline and subplot. The dialogue is realistic and genuine. There is a little bit of over explanation of the Biblical undertone by directly quoting the book of Revelation, but overall, Waid does an excellent job bringing the reader along for the ride. For the complexity of the story, you would expect there to be at least a few small “lost” moments, but there are no such moments to be found.

    This edition collects Kingdom Come #1-4 and has 130 pages of extras. The original pencil artwork for every character is shown with an explanation, backstory, and reason for inclusion in the work. There’s also a nice feature called Keys To The Kingdom which details every visual Easter Egg laid by Ross, by page and panel and a chart that shows the Genealogy of Kingdom Come.

    I would easily include this title in my top 10 comic stories of all time, if not my top 3. If you don’t own a copy, you should.

    Kingdom Come 20th Anniversary Deluxe Ed HC: released May 11, 2016, Writer: Mark Waid, Artist: Alex Ross, Colors: Alex Ross, Letters: Todd Klein, $35.99.

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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    Lois Lane Cast in New Superman Movie: Meet Amy Adams

    Amy Adams Is Lois LaneThe latest Superman movie casting news broke this weekend, and it was big: three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams has been tapped to play headstrong reporter Lois Lane.

    I’m extremely pleased about this for two reasons: one, Adams is a very good actress who has tackled everything from light comedy to gut-wrenching tragedy, and who has a gift for connecting with the audience. Two: she’s 36. I really like the idea of a Lois Lane who has been a career woman for many years and won her fame–and cynicism–in a believable timeframe. I’m really hoping that this means we’ll be seeing a substantial, well-rounded Lois Lane in Zach Snyder’s Superman, rather than a typical damsel in distress.

    If you haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know Adams on the small and large screens, here are some recommendations to get you caught up before curtain time:

    • Junebug: Want to laugh and then get your heart ripped out? Ashley, Adams’ pregnant, small-town character, is at first portrayed as a figure of fun. The naive, eager Ashley is smitten with the idea of the big city and follows her sophisticated sister-in-law around like a puppy. But a major plot twist (no spoilers) near the end shows the heartbreaking steel behind Adams’ performance. Hopefully, Adams will bring this immense range to Lois.
    • The Office, Seasons 1 and 2 (“Hot Girl,” “The Fire,” “Booze Cruise”): As soon as Jim asks Katy, Adams’ purse-selling character, out on a date, we know she’s history. There’s no way she could have survived the Jim-and-Pam Undeclared Soultrain of Love–especially when she names Legally Blonde as the movie she’d take on a desert island. But although she’s revealed as a former cheerleader with mid-brow tastes, Adam plays her just right: a well-meaning, fun girl whose only major flaw is that she’s not Pam. Adams did a great job blending in with the cast and lent subtle hilarity to her horror at Michael clumsily asking her out. These talents should serve her well in an ensemble cast like Superman.
    • Enchanted: Giselle, Adams’ fish-out-of-water fairytale princess, would be a tricky role for anyone to pull off–it needs to be satirized without becoming, well, a cartoon. Adams’ pulls this off swimmingly, showing the growth her character experiences and taking what could be a cliche role and grounding it in reality.
    • The Fighter: Think Lois Lane needs plenty of grit? Your worries will be completely vanquished when you watch Adams as Charlene Fleming, a tough-as-nails bartender who doesn’t take any guff from anyone–not even Micky Ward’s terrifying sisters.

    So what do you think of this casting news? Adams wasn’t even a choice in our Lois Lane poll back in January. Are you looking forward to the new Superman movie? Post your comments below.

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