September 9, 2021
Comics are capable of telling stories in any genre, but more than anything else, they especially excel at depicting superhero stories. The debut of Superman in 1938’s Action Comics #1 by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster forever changed the world of comics by introducing the first classic superhero, starting a tradition that continues into the present day.
Now, dozens of comic companies release new titles every year, delivering truly groundbreaking and thrilling stories. While Marvel and DC have cornered the market for superheroes, the Big Two aren’t the only ones introducing fantastic new series of larger-than-life heroes with incredible powers. Whether the titles come from Marvel, DC, or smaller companies, this year has introduced some absolutely stunning new superhero comics.
7 The Blue Flame Dissects Genre Tropes In A Psychedelic Psychodrama
Vault has published some of the best sci-fi, fantasy, and horror comics of recent years. The Blue Flame is one of the company’s only superhero titles, but it still defies expectations, being more a Vonnegut-esque work of post-modern sci-fi than a traditional tale of cape-wearing vigilantes.
Written by Christopher Cantwell and drawn by Adam Gorham, The Blue Flame is about a Milwaukee maintenance man named Sam Brausam who fights crime as a superhero when he’s not engaged in janitorial work. When he’s hit in a mass shooting, Sam finds himself on trial before cosmic entities who demand that he must justify the very existence of humanity. The Blue Flame is no mere deconstruction of superhero tropes, but rather a complex psychedelic interrogation of the human condition.
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