Although there are people who don’t want politics in their comics, comics have always been used as social commentary. Since its early days, DC has been at the forefront of this with the Golden Age Superman comic books. Since then, DC has repeatedly commented on the world outside of comics, using superheroes to highlight various social issues affecting everyone.
Comics should be more than people in tights fighting. They can be used to shine a light on the real world, and these stories are shining examples of that.
ten Alan Moore made a lot of comments in his Swamp Thing run
by Alan Moore Swamp Thing run, where he was joined by artists like Stephen Bissette, Jon Totleben, and Rick Veitch, is a horror masterpiece, but Moore was also able to squeeze in a lot of rather timeless social commentary. Ecology is a main theme, of course, and stories like “The Nukeface Chronicles” serve to call out the disposal of nuclear waste and its effects on the world.
He takes commentary to the next level in “American Gothic,” the centerpiece of his entire series. Each issue or two-issue story both highlights a powerful horror concept while also dealing with themes of racism, gun violence, women’s rights, and more. Fans came for the horror, but Moore also taught them valuable lessons.
9 The Authority: Transfer Of Power Talks Corporate Power, Hosts Mainstream Comics’ First Gay Marriage
Authority, especially during writer Mark Millar’s tenure, can get a bit juvenile, but Millar has done a great job injecting socially conscious themes into it. Nowhere is this more evident than in Transfer of power, also written by Tom Peyer with art Dustin Nguyen, Art Adams, Gary Erksine and Frank Quitely. The corporations of the world are killing the old Authority and replacing it with a new, more flexible one.
The story exposes corporate power over the world and the corrupt system it supports. Millar and Peyer aren’t exactly nuanced on this, but it gets the point across. Additionally, the volume ends with gay couple Midnighter and Apollo getting married, years before Marvel claimed to have the first gay marriage.
8 The Invisibles are extremely LGBT friendly
The Invisibles is writer Grant Morrison’s magnum opus, a sprawling work of magic, sex, drugs, dance, power, violence and everything in between. Working with artists like Jill Thompson, Phil Jimenez, Chris Weston and many more, Morrison created the most ’90s comic possible, but he was also able to include plenty of social commentary that still shines in his thirties. later.
The book is particularly good when it comes to LGBT representation and issues, with Apockalipstick being an origin story for trans character Lord Fanny and the mystical world of gender-affirming Aztec gods. Morrison made the story explicitly weird in many ways, and it even tops many modern comics with its positive treatment of the LGBT community.
seven Green Arrow/Green Lantern: Hard-Traveling Heroes Take a Hard Look at America
Green Arrow/Green Lanter: Hard-Traveling Heroes is an undisputed classic. Written by Denny O’Neil with art by Neil Adams, the story saw the titular heroes travel across America and take a more hands-on approach to things. It established the outspoken liberalism of Green Arrow and dealt with contemporary issues like racism and drug addiction.
O’Neil was a die-hard hippie, and that story was basically about him exposing his own beliefs about 1960s America. Although he’s not always as nuanced as he would be if he was written today, it still brings out salient points about American society decades later.
6 Grant Morrison’s Animal Man Run shed light on animal rights issues
Animal Man is one of DC’s most underrated heroes, but anyone who’s read Grant Morrison animal man love it. Working with artists Chas Troug and Tom Grummet, Morrison redefined the character but also used the book to shed light on animal rights. Morrison had a passion for these issues at the time and included them from the start.
From comics showing corporate animal testing to highlighting festivals where humans slaughter animals to expose fox hunts, Morrison has shone a light on animal rights like no other comic before or since.
5 The Sandman: A Game of You Dealing with Trans Issues
by Neil Gaiman The sand man is a masterpiece, each volume filled with brilliant stories. Gaiman has used the show to talk a lot about various aspects of society and has done so with trans issues in A game of you. Joined by artists Bryan Talbot, Shawn McManus and Colleen Doran, one of the story’s main characters was Wanda, a trans woman who was afraid of having surgery and having to deal with bigotry from others, including the moon. , against her.
The story confirmed her gender identity throughout and ended by showing that it doesn’t matter what the world thinks; people define who they are more than anything else.
4 A preacher shed light on toxic masculinity in the 90s
Preacher, by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, is a ’90s Vertigo classic. It’s best known for its over-the-top violence, crudeness, humor, and sexiness, but that’s not all. Ennis manages to expose the toxic masculinity inherent in American society through the relationship between Jesse and Tulip. Jesse continually tries to “protect” her, even though she constantly proves that she doesn’t need it.
In fact, Tulip often saves his life and reacts badly to being treated by him as a helpless woman, all stemming from the way her father raised her. The end of the book shows Jesse crying, finally getting through the years of badass posture.
3 V for Vendetta exposes the dangers of conservative movements
V for Vendetta, by writer Alan Moore and artist David Lloyd, is one of Moore’s best-loved works. Featuring V and Evey in masks as they fight against the fascist government of a post-nuclear exchange in Britain in 1997, the story explicitly calls out right-wing movements, their use of religion, racism, fanaticism based on sexuality and misogyny, and how they all end in fascism.
Conceived as a critique of Margaret Thatcher’s government in 1980s UK, the story’s themes remain timeless, exposing the excesses of right-wing conservative politics. V’s Guy Fawkes mask has become a sign of resistance to all power struggles.
2 Superman: Son Of Kal-El Stars A Socially Aware Superman
Superman: Son of Kal-El, by writer Tom Taylor and artists John Timms, Daniele DiNicuolo and Cian Tormey, have made headlines for Jon Kent being bisexual, but that’s not even the extent of the book’s social commentary. Jon is a very different Superman from his father, and he sets out to act in a more socially conscious way.
Jon works with his boyfriend Jay, who runs an internet news site called The Truth to keep truth in power in a more practical way than his father. Jon is less America’s superhero than the world’s, fighting for the rights of the oppressed everywhere. It’s a more global vision of activism that goes rather well.
1 Nightwing asks Dick Grayson to put his money where his mouth is
night wing is one of the best superhero titles currently released. Written by Tom Taylor with illustrations by Bruno Redondo, Robbi Rodriguez, Rick Leonardi and Neil Edwards, the book sees Dick Grayson inherit billions of dollars from Alfred’s death and immediately put him to work helping the people of Bludhaven instead. to use it just to fight crime.
Crime is a symptom of poverty, and this book recognizes it. Grayson uses his money to help people who are both victims and perpetrators of crime, it’s like stopping oxygen from fueling a fire; without the poor to do the heavy lifting, who will the crime bosses have to work for them? Who would commit petty crimes if they didn’t need the money? It’s a more mature take on crime than any comic in recent memory and shows why Grayson is better than his mentor.
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