8) MADAM FATAL


Dating back to the very dawn of superhero comics in 1940, Richard Stanton chose to dress as “a harmless old woman” to lull criminals into a false sense of security.  Often mocked as one of the silliest concepts of The Golden Age, Richard nonetheless lasted nearly two years in the pages of Crack Comics.  Madam Fatal’s only modern appearance comes after the New 52 relaunch, taking a minor piece of Fatal’s back story (the kidnapping of Richard’s daughter in that long-ago first appearance), turning it into the basis for a moving story that wrapped up Richard Stanton’s story and Madam Fatal’s.  Best of all, thanks to the art of Darwyn Cooke, we see Madam Fatal living as a woman rather than as a punchline…

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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