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MONSTROUS COMICS! – Marvel Zombies

To close out our Monstrous Comics series, we’re heading back to the mid-2000s for an examination of an incredibly popular zombie comic by Robert Kirkman. Marvel Zombies launched in late 2005, kicking off a new take on the Marvel Universe that would launch sequels, spinoffs, a crossover with Army of Darkness, and more. It’s written […]

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ALL OF US HALLOW

Merriam-Webster hallow verb – hal.low – \ ˈha-(ˌ)lō \ 1. to make holy. 2. to respect greatly. It’s another All Hallows Eve. The city of Angels is buzzing, laughing, honking their horns. They’ve put the finishing touches on their ghosts and ghouls and goblins. No pagans here, folks. Just role-players and revelers, congratulating one another […]

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Cap Flies Air Gangster

I love comics. And specifically, I love old comics. And even more specifically, I love old comics I’ve never read before, because you absolutely never know what you’re gonna find. Case in point: this year at the San Diego Comic Con, I found myself trying to put together a full set of Jack Kirby’s 1970s […]

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SUPERGIRL: Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again?

Supergirl’s sixth episode (“Midvale”) was not what I expected. I gathered that the show was doing some flashbacks, but it served as the main focus, a frame for the current situation the Danvers sisters find themselves in (both heartbroken and in differing levels of Cope, one of which involves booze and being a mean drunk). […]

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Black Friday Weekend Sale at BLASTOFF!

Come join our BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND SALE! A three-day event! FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, November 24 – November 26, 10 am to 8 pm! 10% – 50% OFF EVERYTHING IN THE STORE! NEW COMICS! BACK ISSUES! TRADE PAPERBACKS! HARDCOVERS AND STATUES! See you in North Hollywood!

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MONSTROUS COMICS! The Wake

Another Scott Snyder joint! We started off this month of creepy comics with an analysis of American Vampire, the series that launched writer Scott Snyder to horror superstardom. American Vampire has been known since its debut as one of Vertigo’s strongest horror titles in years, harkening back to the days when that famed imprint of […]

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THE FLASH: #Feminism

The Flash’s fifth episode (“Girls Night Out”) gives us SO MUCH awesome. We meet the divine and amazing stellar Katee Sackhoff as Amunet Black (she looks like an ‘80s dominatrix gone rogue: “Is there any part of the way I’m dressed that leads you to believe I want to be called ma’am?”). Ralph Dibny continues […]

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And I Feel Fine

THOR: RAGNAROK treads a very thin line. It’s really funny; probably laugh for laugh the funniest of all the Marvel films, including James Gunn’s masterful GUARDIANS offerings and Peyton Reed’s ANT-MAN, which featured no small comedy cred with its screenplay from Adam McKay and Paul Rudd. And yet, in terms of scale and of stakes, […]

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Long Goodbyes and Unseen Wounds on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s fifth episode (“Damage”) was directed by Kevin Smith, whom I adore. I’m a Jersey girl and a nerd, and his work is basically my favorite. This episode brought more girl power than it did anything else. Kara and Alex teamed up for a physical fight on the outset, but the emotional fights are what […]

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Stretching Beyond Expectations on THE FLASH

The Flash’s fourth episode (“Elongated Journey Into Night”) was hilarious, charming, and surprisingly heartfelt. It centers around a former colleague of Barry and Joe, Ralph Dibny, who planted evidence and is currently a PI. Think of him as Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura, if Ventura were more neurotic and less bizarre. Hartley Sawyer took this […]

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Playing Fair, Part II

Previously, in Comics 101: Last time, we introduced you to the beginnings of one of DC Comics’ lesser lights: Terry Sloane, the Man of a Thousand Talents known as Mr. Terrific. With a less than memorable costume and not much in the way of superpowers, why did Mr. Terrific stand the test of time and […]

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Badass Girls and a Cult on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s fourth episode (“The Faithful”) really knocked it out of the park. The villain, Thomas Coville, was played by the wonderful Chad Lowe. He was, honestly, brilliant. He walked the knife edge of crazy, misguided devotion (aka a cult). But there was a strange softness to him at times. He was a relatable zealot, which […]

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