Alan Scott Revealed as DC's Newest Gay Character

THE NEW SCUM: Diver$ity

As I’m sure you know, DC announced this week that a “major iconic character” will reveal that he’s gay in a storyline starting in June. I’m sure you also know that Marvel superhero Northstar will be marrying his boyfriend Kyle as well. I’m all for equal representation in comics but stuff like this seems like […]

THE NEW SCUM: The Big Three?

THE NEW SCUM: The Big Three?

For a long time in the comic book world, there was Marvel, there was DC and then there was everybody else. A smattering of smaller companies put out excellent original works, knock-offs of the Big Two’s greatest works, autobiographical comics; you name it, someone made it. But as the comic book landscape has shifted toward […]

THE NEW SCUM: What is "Comics Journalism?" Part 2

THE NEW SCUM: What is “Comics Journalism?” Part 2

In part two of this series, Pierce tackles comic book criticism and opinion writing. Is there a higher function to writing about comics than simply bellyaching about stuff you don’t like? For part one of this column, click here. What about comic book criticism? With every art form, there comes some form of critique. Fans […]

THE NEW SCUM: Curing Event Fatigue

THE NEW SCUM: Curing Event Fatigue

In which, your host, Pierce Lydon talks about why we need event books, why Avengers vs. X-Men is a great idea, and prescribes a treatment for the incurable “event fatigue.” The Avengers vs. X-Men announcement was met with the usual hemming and hawing from the usual suspects. Obviously, another event gearing up in the lead-in […]