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CBU Quick Shot Reviews: Mech Cadet Yu and more! — The Comic Book Underground

Comic Book Underground’s Quick Shot Reviews – by Daryll Benjamin – Deathstroke #22 by Christopher Priest, Diogenes Neves, Jason Paz, Jeromy Cox

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Out of the Package: Wave One – The Birthday Bargain Shopper — The Comic Book Underground

In this episode of Out of the Package by Joe Gardner, the birthday boy shares an (almost mis)adventure in bargain bin toys shopping. This past weekend I celebrated another birthday. My 43rd, to be exact. And with it I added more toys and collectibles to my ever-growing collections. But the way I came about these additions made […]

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One Man /// Riot #5: Brand Rehab – The Legion of Super-Heroes — The Comic Book Underground

One Man /// Riot is a CBU column by Daryll Benjamin. In this episode he once again applies his personal brand rehab, this time to the seldom published, cult-favorite, far-flung future teenage heroes of DC’s Legion. Plus other thoughts. Welcome to another edition of Daryll Brand Rehab! Last edition I tackled the Fantastic Four and did the […]

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Buzz – The CBU | Superheroes Having Kids

A question that came up in a comic book group on Facebook that I just had to share with my own Facebook group, The Comic Book Underground.

What’s your thought on Superman and Batman having kids? 

Does it change the characters? Does it age Superman and Batman? Does it bother you?

Mine and my guys responses follows:

Brandon Rucker
Brandon Rucker One guy said “I like it. It’s DC restoring that sense of legacy it lost after Flashpoint. Also, I’m getting older and am a father too so the characters become even more relevant to me-like I’m growing older with them.”
Brandon Rucker
Brandon Rucker Another fella said: “I don’t mind it. Makes sense after 75+ years these guys would procreate. Superman and Lois Lane are the quintessential couple, it’s about time they did something other than make goo goo eyes and have a marriage that’s retconned in See More
Joe Gardner
Joe Gardner My break is almost over. I’ll answer after work.
Logan Dalton
Logan Dalton I’m cool with it, especially since Damian is such a great character. And I guess it makes sense that the “fathers” of the superhero genre have some kids of their own
Ryan Gaumer
Ryan Gaumer Most of their readers now have kids. I think it’s another example of the medium better reflecting the audience.
Michael Tennant
Michael Tennant I like it myself. Gives another dimension to play with in storytelling
Michael Tennant
Michael Tennant It gives vulnerability to Clark as well as giving him the opportunity to teach and be a mentor.
Michael Tennant
Michael Tennant With Bruce he examines his methods through the relationship with his actual son v that with his adopted children
Michael Tennant
Michael TennantOh and this is awesome
Michael Tennant's photo.

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Garbiel Guerrero
Garbiel Guerrero I’m good with them raising a child together.
Terrence Sage
Terrence Sage I dig it heavily. Jon and Damian can eventually be their own brand of Hero and honor what came before. Kal and Bruce having kids feels both old and new for DC Rebirth. We’ve seen this before but it feels like new ground.
Sean McPhillimy Taylor
Sean McPhillimy Taylor Batman 6 makes this discussion even more compelling, but it would be a major spoiler to explain why…
Stefan Zuber
Stefan Zuber If they did have kids it would only make sense. I mean they are after all “people” with, one would assume, natural instinct driven desires to procreate and have a family. Besides…it would be fun to read about father and son adventures with ones child.
Brandon Rucker
Brandon Rucker ^ Would be? It already is 🙂
Stefan Zuber
Stefan Zuber Well it would be if one had children. Not all of us do. Lucky for you though
Brandon Rucker
Brandon Rucker So . . . in another 15-20 years can we expect a Spider-Baby, y’all?
Joe Gardner
Joe Gardner Not if you count Renew Your Vows from Secret Wars. And coming back this fall, apparently.
Joe Gardner
Joe Gardner I haven’t read the current Superman (I need to), and Snyder’s New52 run didn’t involve a lot of Damien, so I’m not terribly familiar with the Super Sons. But I hope to check out the series. But the Spidey series from Secret Wars with Peter, MJ, and AnnSee More
Sean McPhillimy Taylor
Sean McPhillimy TaylorBatman and Robin by Tomasi, even if just the final arc where Batman brings Damian back to life.
Adam Hank Johnson
Adam Hank Johnson I love it. My son was born in 13. Damians death brought me into Batman. The wordless issue of Batman and Robin was powerful. Signed on for Tomasi had loved him on GLC. Slowly wanted more Batman and around Zero Year I discovered Spawn Art in a DC book and bought the past trades and added title. This is my Superman too awesome for him to have a son now as well. Every kid wants to be rich like Bruce or have Clark’s power. Everyman wants a son deep inside.Ultimate Entertainment draw.
Kais Slim Saidi
Kais Slim Saidi Clark having a son would not bother me.
The better question is how Bats and Supes are written. But they already have spiritual sons/daughters in the storylines I bother with and like, so they are father/uncle figures in some ways.
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Poll | Comic Book Underground’s Favorite Publishers

The poll Question I posed to the members of my Facebook group The Comic Book Underground last week:

The majority of your monthly and/or trade paperback reads come from which of the following publisher?

With only 21 participating votes, the results were:


DC Comics (Including the Vertigo imprint)

The resurgent #2 publisher in the market with 8 total votes, which ties them with the #3 publisher.


Image Comics (including the Top Cow, ShadowLine & SkyBound imprints)

The #3 publisher took the early lead in the poll (a charge led by yours truly, of course), but ultimately tied with the house of DC: Rebirth with 8 total votes also.


Marvel Comics (including the Icon & MAX imprints)

The currently battle-tested #1 publisher takes the third spot with only 4 total votes, which is a surprise because 12, 18, 24 months ago this would not have been the case. If the CBU is but a tiny microcosm of current fandom, then it appears Marvel has fallen from grace a bit.


Valiant Entertainment

Arguably “the best” non-premier publisher under Diamond’s distribution umbrella, the house of Harbingers brings up the rear at the fourth spot with merely one vote. However, it beat out AfterShock, Boom! Dark Horse (my current #2 personally), Dynamite, IDW and Other, which all had zero votes, so there’s that at least.


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