Off Panel #366: Superheroes…Are…Good? with Oliver Sava

Comics journalist Oliver Sava returns to Off Panel, as it’s once again time for our annual Superhero State of the Union! In this episode, we discuss how we’re feeling about superheroes right now, the current events (meaning Judgment Day and Dark Crisis), Amazing Spider-Man’s current quality, John Romita, Jr., the current Venom run, where the X-Men line is, the curious spot for The Avengers side of the line, the Fantastic Four looking up, DC being Batman comics, its all over the place approach, The New Champion of Shazam popping, Black Label takes, the One Bad Day books, what we’d like to see more of from DC and Marvel, and more.

You can find Sava on Twitter as well as his work on sites like Vulture, The AV Club, Polygon, and more.

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