Batsravaganza! – The Batman Paradox, Part Two: No (Bat)Man’s Land

In our last "The Batman Paradox" post we delved into the philosophic waters of what is morally right when it comes to handling the Joker. Should Batman kill the Joker? That single action could save several, hundreds, maybe even thousands of people from potential harm, or even death. But we established last time that maybe Joker [...]

Batstravaganza! – A Primer on Batman and the Dark Age of Superheroes

Today’s Batman is a dark, somewhat-brooding character that is faced with morally ambiguous decisions and has his ethical structure continuously tested. It is easy to forget that it wasn’t always this way, especially if your experience with Batman (or even superheroes in general) doesn’t extend past the most recent films. See, Batman was one of [...]

Batstravaganza! – Batman Canon in the New 52

Kicking off our week-long Batstravaganza! is Trey Gwinn, a geek who lives in Nashville, the coolest town in the South, and is wrapping up his Masters in History from the University of Louisville.  He's one of the founders of Fully Integrated Geeks and it's flagship podcast, The FIGcast.  Head over to FullyIntegratedGeeks.com to check out the [...]

The Batman Paradox: The Joke’s On You

One of the things I enjoy most about reading comics is the commentary on culture it can make. Such as how the 1980s run of Animal Man by Grant Morrison gives huge props to animal rights. Or the way Alan Moore’s run of Saga of the Swamp Thing explores the ideas of what it means [...]

Writers Wanted: Batstravaganza!

Unless you've been living in a cave--a bat cave?--you know that The Dark Knight Rises is being released July 20, which brings an end to Chris Nolan's super-dark, super-gritty, super-awesome Batman trilogy. And in a move of pure genius on my part, I would like to invite you to offer up your thoughts on anything and everything Batman [...]