Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

Robert J. Baden, Fanbase Press Contributor

DC Comics: The Afterbirth

Comics have a way of redefining themselves in order to keep up with the changing tide of time itself.  Heroes who first came into existence when the clutch was the standard in automotive instrumentation still exist during a time when fax machines are considered out-of-date technology.  Villains who are known for using the latest chemical compositions and radiological yields suddenly find themselves being outshined by a teen who can hack into the DoD’s mainframe.  But the one thing that has never changed with comics, even though the companies themselves have, is that they love to bring about events and changes that attempt to attract readers.

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The world of Academia is a very unique and unusual place, where people experience some of the weirdest adventures possible, all of which appear in this comic.  Beginning in 1997, the comic centers on the lives of graduate students at a prestigious research university and the troubles they endure from their families, their advisors, and their lack of affordable housing.  It's not a good vs. evil comic (unless evil is represented by tuition costs), but it is certainly as entertaining as a graphic representation of data points as a Figure 1 on a thesis.  Piled Higher and Deeper updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at phdcomics.com.

The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate). With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


The life of a teenage girl can be tumultuous in the best of times, but when given brand new powers that make one’s life completely different, it can end up being surreal.  Lost in her own world of superheroes and school grades, this high school girl of Jersey City decides to put her feet down and stand up for the little people around her, instead of relying on sometimes self-indulged designs of adults.  She may not be the original, and may not even be as awesome as some of the successors who have held the name, but she is most assuredly Ms. Marvel.

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The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate). With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


Sworn to protect the world as agents and superheroes, these individuals find themselves in the middle of some of the most unusual circumstances possible.  Highly trained and specialized, the members of S.H.I.E.L.D. and its allies work towards taking out threats that have the potential to become more dangerous than one could imagine, but there’s a cost to what they do.  Never seen as heroes, or even model citizens, these individuals are best known in the shadows: they are the Secret Avengers.

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The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate). With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


There are several words to describe Logan and his position within the mutant community, but being a school teacher is probably the weirdest one.  After a schism that split the ideological camps of the X-Men, he returned to Westchester, New York, to start up a school in the image of his mentor and dedicated to the memory of his colleague, Jean Grey; however, regardless of their differences, the two sides still have a fundamental belief in protecting the world and educating the next generation, and Logan keeps leading his group as Wolverine & The X-Men.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate). With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


A highly successful lawyer in a world where superhuman defense and crime run rampant, Jennifer Walters has made being a superhero not just an activity, but a part of her legal career. Being the voice of reason in many situations where legal proceedings are a certainty, she has been able to persuade her colleagues not to act in a fashion that would cause public image situations for themselves and the lives of their friends. A tough hand-to-hand combatant, she’s not afraid to get dirty when needed but seems most at home in a business suit and logging billable hours to her clients; however, despite being a busy attorney, she’s still in touch with the people who need her help and will go to great lengths to stand up to injustice both in and out of the courtroom. After all, she’s the She-Hulk.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate). With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


One of the best known mutants in the world, Erik Lehnsherr, has been a steady presence both against and with the X-Men.  Ever ready to lead the charge for mutant rights, sometimes to violent outcomes, this man of might refuses to sit by and watch the world around him cast their designs upon him without fighting back.  Though not quite a hero, he is more than a simple villain to be folded into a rogue’s gallery of enemies; he is determined, intelligent, and altogether fierce.  He’s not just a man with a telepathy-blocking helmet, he’s the pinnacle of mutant idealism: he’s Magneto.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate). With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


Perhaps one of the best-known groups in the world, this band of four fantastic heroes protects New York City, the world, and our dimension from threats the likes of which not even they understand. At the expense of their own privacy, the Richards/Storm clan has allowed themselves to be the focus of praise and scorn for most of their professional lives, allowing the world to see just who they are at their best and worst moments. Even though they have the best of intentions, there are times their work has spilled out into the streets of NYC, creating panic and confusion for the masses, but they continue to strive to be the guardians of Earth. They’re not just a team or a family, they’re the Fantastic Four.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate). With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


One of the few groups of mutants who are not exactly evil but do what needs to be done in order to keep their species from total annihilation, these rogue warriors face down problems that not even the X-Men are aware of.  A bunch of society misfits who enjoy violence—or are at least disassociated with it—and making the “bad guys” wonder what they’re up to, Cable and his teammates tackle the grit from inside their own dirty hearts.  They make no promises about coming home alive and don’t seem to care about the casualty count so long as they win: they are X-Force.

MINOR SPOILERS BELOW

The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate). With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


Often thought of as a pair of misfits, Justice and Speedball have decided to reform their very first team along with other young heroes (even if one of them is a clone of Peter Parker).  Regardless of the fact that many in the world view Speedball and his associates—be they past or present members—as ultimately responsible for the disaster that sparked the Superhero Civil War, the two chums believe that nothing else in their career has brought them as much joy and fulfillment as when they were together.  A new Nova, a couple of heroes running away from their responsibilities in Houston, and an assortment of new, colorful characters, band together to become something the world is not entirely ready for: an updated version of The New Warriors.

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