Comic Book Creator Arrested On Suspicion Of Rape And Of Murder

Blake Leibel is the 35-year-old comic book creator of United Free Worlds from Devil’s Due, Operation Redux from Fantasy Prone and both Moon Lake and Syndrome from Archaia, though no longer in print. ABC7 reports that he has been arrested  on suspicion of the murder of Iana Kasian, his girlfriend and mother of their young child. The […]

The Aquaman Story That Will Launch A Thousand Headlines (MAJOR SPOILERS)

In Aquaman #44, Aquaman teleports into Atlantis for an impromptu appeal to the better nature of Mera, his ex-partner-not-wife who he has been in mortal combat with. And guess what? It seems to go well… …very well indeed.   Make-up sex is always the best kind of sex, even when it’s over a fight over […]

Putting The Consent Back Into Batwoman (SPOILERS)

When Doc Octopus took over Peter Parker’s mind in Superior Spider-Man, there was concern regarding the character’s relationship with women who knew the character before the mindswap, and whether it would qualify as rape. Indeed, a cover with Superior Spider-Man kissing Mary Jane caused a little furore. At the time I pointed out that the […]


So there’s been a little social media storm over recent issues of Captain America written by Rick Remender. The problem? It goes like this. Jet Black is the daughter of big bad Zola. The argument goes that we first meet her as a young girl, she spends time in  Dimension Z for twelve years and, […]

Rape And The Modern Superhero Comic – Invincible #110

There are spoilers for today’s issue of Invincible by Robert Kirkman, the author of The Walking Dead and Ryan Ottley below. It is not unknown for rape to be a part of superhero comic books. Whether that’s the attempted rape of Evey in V For Vendetta, the rape of Sue Dibny in Identity Crisis, of Katie in […]

Rape, He Wrote.

From Gail Simone‘s legendary Women In Refrigerators in 1999, Mark Millar told her; “Granted, the female stuff has more of a sexual violence theme and this is something people should probably watch out for, but rape is a rare thing in comics and is seldom done in an exploitative way.” He might have added “yet” […]

Rape, Redemption And The Superior Spider-Man (Spoilers)

On Boxing Day, I wrote; Superior Spider-Man #1 looks to be, in many ways, a tale of redemption. Someone trying to change and be a better man. Knowing what he knows now, experiencing what he has now experienced, will he choose to decline what is being offered to him? We had to wait a little […]

Rape, Redemption And The Amazing Spider-Man (Spoilers)

There are spoilers for those who have not yet read Amazing Spider-Man #700 or Avenging Spider-Man #15.1, published today. Go no further if not… As has been stated a number of times “If you have to ask if it’s rape, then…” But this is superhero comics, which brings in whole new levels of circumstances. Or […]

That Doonesbury Cartoon

This is the first of a series of Doonesbury cartoons running this week in… slightly less newspapers than usual. Targeting legislation in a number of states that those seeking an abortion must have a transvaginal scan, something that has been mocked as much as it has been criticised of late, Gary Trudeau’s Doonesbury seems unlikely […]

Identity Crisis, “What The F-ck Is This?” – Grant Morrison, Rolling Stone Magazine

Grant Morrison said a lot of things in his Rolling Stone Magazine interview (and more comic-specific outtakes).  Here are five things from the latter. There’s plenty more where that came from. When I wrote Superman, it was like contemplating Buddha,” he says. “I really felt elevated. Everything seemed more beautiful, more precious. Batman’s different. I […]

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Friday Runaround – From Stan Lee To Hiroshima

This is The Bleeding Cool ComicChron Robot speaking. I come for your women. But for now I merely collate comic-related bits and pieces online. One day I will rule. Until that day, read on. Stan Lee, Mastermind Of The Marvel Universe : NPR And slowly, the mails started changing. Originally, our fan mail was written […]