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    Progressivism is on the Rise in Superhero Comics

    Not only does Steve Orlando’s Midnighter comic star a gay man, it tells blunt, sex-positive stories about that character. The main cast of characters in the upcoming main Avengers comic All-New, All-Different Avengers has a small minority of white dudes.
    While there is still a lot of work on the road to a utopia of complete social justice, there is a trend of progressivism in some of today’s superhero comics that is impossible to ignore. More

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    Literary Origins of the Supermen


    In the world of superheroes, it seems that feats of physical strength and acrobatic prowess are possibly the most prevalent demonstration of super powers. One must wonder if such physical powers are a product of the time in which these comics were originally produced – the 1930s for DC’s iconic Superman and 1941 for Marvel’s super soldier, Captain America – or does this sort of hero have roots that extend deeper into literary history. Obviously, mythology is full of heroes who have superhuman strength, stamina, and agility with Thor and Hercules being the most famous in the world of comics for their huge roles in the Marvel Universe (and smaller ones in DC). However, there is a bridge, figuratively speaking, between the heroes of myth and their newer incarnations in the comic book world, and that bridge is found in the works of classical, medieval, and Renaissance literature. More

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    “Mutant Massacre” Wrought Massive Changes on the X-Men and Comics

    Uncanny X-Men #210″Mutant Massacre”, a storyline running through various issues of Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor and New Mutants (as well as Thor, Power Pack and one loosely-connected issue of Daredevil) in the fall of 1986 is superhero comics’ first crossover event storyline, a style of storytelling that, following the success of “Mutant Massacre”, became a recurring device used by Marvel and DC, so much so that nowadays, these events are annual occurrences, with the entire lines of superhero comics from both companies impacted by their narrative gravity. Thus, “Mutant Massacre” represents not only a significant occurrence in the narrative of the X-Men, but for superhero comics as a whole. More

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    ‘Secret Wars’ #2 welcomes us to Battleworld

    On “Californication”, the Red Hot Chili Peppers observe that “destruction leads to a very rough road, but it also breeds creation”, a theory that Marvel apparently agrees with, as from the destruction of Earth-616 and Earth-1610 comes the genesis of Battleworld. Even though it’s about 30 years too late, Secret Wars is Marvel’s response to Crisis on Infinite Earths, and because of the sheer scope of the calamity at hand, this is the first time since Civil War that the actual crisis justifies a massive crossover event. More

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    Sordid Cinema #96: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

    It was expected that Avengers: Age of Ultron wouldn’t recapture the excitement of seeing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes assembled onscreen for the first time, but how good is Joss Whedon’s latest entry into the Marvel cinematic universe? Joining us this week is Sound on Sight news-editor Brian Welk to help us dissect the movie and discus the […] More

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    NonCompliant #6 “Sabrina vs. Predator”

    Katy Rex returns to NonCompliant as we discuss the new horror tinged take on Sabrina, the surprising feminist themes of Archie vs. Predator, the latest issue of female fronted Thor, and the all ages indie slice of life comic Nutmeg. Plus a couple of PSAs about the University of Mary Washington Divest arrests and Day of Silence and a very special puppy cameo. More

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    Doug Braithwaite, a Skilled Superhero, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy Artist

    Doug “Dougie” Braithwaite is one of a few comics artists who can make pencils look like the beautiful strokes of a paintbrush. This skill made Braithwaite a perfect choice for DC Comics’ 2007 Justice maxiseries, which was an homage to the old Super Friends vs. Legion of Doom. He pencilled the comic while Alex Ross co-wrote and painted over his pencils. Braithwaite has […] More

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    Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

    Sundance 2015 Our crew is hard at work covering the Sundance Film Festival. Here is the first batch of review with more to come. ‘The D Train’ promises a fun, twisty ride Sundance 2015: ‘A Walk in the Woods’ will have you running for the exits Sundance 2015: ‘Slow West’ is a tense and thoughtful […] More

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    Who is the Female Thor?

    Last summer, Marvel made the stunning announcement that Thor was getting a makeover… into a woman. The internet cried out with reactions ranging from sheer horror to total female empowerment. No one was really certain how the change was going to happen until the comics hit shelves in September. Since then, three issues have published–with […] More

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