Barbara Gordon redefined what it meant to be a self-made hero

A doctor of the deadliest caliber, the Scarecrow's horrific acts don't stem from a villainous desire for power or money, but from an unbreakable urge to learn and hone his craft—mastery over fear itself.

As soon as the temperatures cool each year, I reach for my favorite DC horror stories. DC is home to just about every type of terror you can think of, much of which can be found in the long-running Vertigo series, Hellblazer. For this Weekend Escape, let’s descend into the depths of Thatcher-era Britain.

Following the misadventures of occult detective and sometime warlock John Constantine, Hellblazer burst onto the scene in 1988 with a haunting look at contemporary Britain. For much of this long-running series, its deepest scares didn’t come from otherworldly beings, but from the truths society was too afraid to acknowledge. One such storyline, “The Family Man,” which is collected along with a few other excellent issues in Hellblazer: The Family Man, showed off the title’s importance as a snapshot of late twentieth century British life, while containing some of the most disturbing moments ever committed to the pages of DC Comics.

As soon as the temperatures cool each year, I reach for my favorite DC horror stories. DC is home to just about every type of terror you can think of, much of which can be found in the long-running Vertigo series, Hellblazer. For this Weekend Escape, let’s descend into the depths of Thatcher-era Britain.

Following the misadventures of occult detective and sometime warlock John Constantine, Hellblazer burst onto the scene in 1988 with a haunting look at contemporary Britain. For much of this long-running series, its deepest scares didn’t come from otherworldly beings, but from the truths society was too afraid to acknowledge. One such storyline, “The Family Man,” which is collected along with a few other excellent issues in Hellblazer: The Family Man, showed off the title’s importance as a snapshot of late twentieth century British life, while containing some of the most disturbing moments ever committed to the pages of DC Comics.