Dante and the Ninth Circle Align in a Shocking New “ARROW”

“Turns out Emiko isn’t just working for the Ninth Circle — she’s running it.

“After revealing last week that Emiko has been working with new big bad Dante, Laurel wasted no time bringing that factoid to Oliver’s attention. Then, by the second act or so, Oliver had confirmed it was true. This is one of those plot points they’ve been known to drag out in the past, so nice to see them just get to the meat of that reveal in “Inheritance” and start dealing with the fallout. Oliver is keen to give Emiko the benefit of the doubt, something she uses to her advantage to manipulate him for a while to get the drop on Team Arrow.” […]    –Trent Moore, SyFyWire, March 25, 2019

Leo Ortolani, “Rat-Man” Comic Strip

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One of several Dante-related panels from Italian cartoonist Leo Ortolani’s comic strip following the adventures of Rat-Man. Contributor Chiara Montera calls Rat-Man “a ridiculous parody of a Marvel super hero.” For more, see the Facebook page Le Migliori Frasi di Rat-Man.

Contributed by Chiara Montera (University of Pittsburgh, 2017)

Jessica Jones and Hell

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In the 10th episode of Marvel’s “Jessica Jones”, the supervillain Kilgrave (The Purple Man) holds a young woman named Hope hostage and quotes, “Abandon Hope, all ye who enter here. That’s the words written on the doorway to Hell.”

Contributed by Stephanie Hotz, University of Texas – Austin

DC Comics’ Justice League

dc-comics-justice-league “When the latest issue of Justice League is released on Wednesday by DC Comics, it will be scrutinized like no other installment in the 76-year history of that publisher of superhero adventures.
Some readers may be drawn in by its cover depicting revised incarnations of Superman and Batman, or a story line that tells of a tense first meeting between these costumed characters before they became allies.
But DC is betting that more potential customers will be attracted by an insignia that boldly declares this to be issue No. 1 of Justice League; never mind the hundreds of chapters that came before it.
Starting on Wednesday, the publisher is resetting all 52 of its continuing series, including venerable titles like Action Comics and Detective Comics that introduced Superman and Batman in the 1930s, at issue No. 1, and using the opportunity to revise or jettison decades of continuity in the heroes’ fictional lives…
…Henry Jenkins, the provost’s professor of communication, journalism and cinematic arts at the University of Southern California, said the idea of returning classic heroes to their origins long predated comic books.
Part of the nature of culture is that we retell stories that are meaningful to us, again and again, in different ways,” Mr. Jenkins said, pointing to Homer’s “Iliad,” Virgil’s “Aeneid” and Dante’s “Inferno” as “continual reboots of Greek mythology.” […]    –Dave Itzkoff, The New York Times, August 30, 2011