Why Aren’t DC And Marvel Making Super-Hero Webcomics (That Don’t Have Cripplingly Horrible Flash Interfaces)?



Today at ComicsAlliance, I put on my thinking cap and try to reconcile the fact that webcomics are steadily growing in readership while print comic readers are dwindling down to nothing by asking a pretty simple question: Why aren’t Marvel and DC making webcomics?

It seems like a pretty easy step that could potentially lead to millions of new readers, so what’s holding them back? I have no idea, but as usual, that doesn’t stop me from writing a couple thousand words about it.

Ask Chris #60: Batgirl vs. Oracle



This week in Ask Chris, I’m once again writing about the significance of a character who dresses up like a bat, but this time… it’s a g-g-g-g-girl!!

Since this is the Internet, I’m going to go ahead and assume that you’ve already been made aware of DC’s plans to return Barbara Gordon to her identity as Batgirl (and probably written a frothing post about it on some blog/tumblr/LiveJournal/message board/manifesto), and now, it’s my turn. I don’t think I provide any definitive answers at all, but it was nice to think about and break down. For me, anyway.

Remedial Batmanology: Batman (1989), Part Two



This week, Remedial Batmanology picks up with the second half of our review of Batman, in which we finish out the movie and actually offer up some nice things about it as well. Of course, there’s also the sticking point of Batman straight up murdering a ton of people, but… well, the music was nice?

Either way, please enjoy several shots of Michael Keaton staring slack-jawed at something off-screen.

Remedial Batmanology: Batman ’89, Part One



Now that Smallville is over, David Uzumeri and I have decided to shift our focus to other mass media interpretations of comics, and we’re starting things off with one of the biggest super-hero blockbusters of all time with Part One of our review of 1989’s Batman, directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.

I’ve never made it a secret that I really, really do not like this movie, but this is the first time in at least a decade that I’ve sat down to watch it, and unlike Smallville, there’s a lot to talk about. This column is almost twice as long as our usual Smallvillains bits, and we barely make it 50 minutes into the movie breaking it up. And while CA’s Andy Khouri has referred to it as both “trolling” and “nitpicking a movie that basically everyone loves,” I prefer to think of it as a solid examination.

So join us for the next 8 weeks as we go through the Burton/Schumacher films and (hopefully) come to some pretty surprising conclusions.

Ask Chris #56: The Best Supporting Cast In Comics



This week in Ask Chris, I shock the world — without crashing through a wall — by declaring that something about Batman is not better than everyone else with a look at who’s got the best supporting cast in comics!

I’ll give you a hint: It involves moustaches, cigars and yelling, and I don’t think it’s coincidence that a bunch of comics writers have created an editor who is little more than an animate collection of angers.