With over 75 years of history, comics boast a multitude of inspirational female, black and even disabled characters. Superman is, at its heart, an immigrant tale, while X-Men is an allegory of the fight against fascism.
In Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's universe, everyone is neon-cool and glitter-fantastic.
Sherlock Holmes gets to be brilliant, solitary, abrasive, Bohemian, whimsical, brave, sad, manipulative, neurotic, vain, untidy, fastidious, artistic, courteous, rude, a polymath genius. Female characters get to be Strong.
Prophet volumes 1 & 2 by Brandon Graham et al is like being slingshotted through a tunnel populated with all the weird beasts of Mos Eisley whilst a rat gently knaws off your arm, says Cara Ellison.
A graphic novel about high school angst and killer robots? Hand it over, says Cara Ellison.
Alex Hern finds that sometimes it's better to let someone else illustrate your words.
Alex Hern reviews an unexpected "fashion issue" of Michael DeForge's comic.
Alex Hern reviews The Flash: Move Forward by DC.
Laura Sneddon talks to Tim Seeley, David Hine, David Mack, and David Lloyd about the possibilities steering clear of Marvel and DC affords.
The British graphic novelist reflects on the form - and the trouble with reading fan forums.