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Boy, Bye: SUPERGIRL Closes the Book on Elseworlds

Supergirl’s ninth episode (“Elseworlds, Part 3”) was almost entirely a delight. First of all, Cisco as a low-rent gangster bank robber, who referred to Superman as Superdick? Genius. (This line was also fantastic: “Gary’s still cleaning up from the last mess you made, Clockwork Orange.” And goodness, I feel like Gary keeps getting the short […]

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The Christmas We Get We Deserve

EDITOR’S NOTE: Yes, we know Christmas is still weeks away, but if Disneyland can have Christmas decorations up until January, than why can’t we start a little early? And let’s celebrate by running one of my favorite COMICS 101 columns of all time, a Column from Christmas Past from 2003. After all, to quote Crow […]

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THE FLASH: Elseworlds and Switching Places

The Flash’s ninth episode (“Elseworlds, Part 1”) was absolutely fantastic. I mean, the humor alone was worth the price of admission, even just for the pitfalls of the Freaky Friday Quantum Leap. Oliver waking up in Iris’s bed to Barry and Oliver learning to be each other—it was so much fun. I mean, the way […]

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The Villain Wears a Familiar Face on THE FLASH

The Flash’s eighth episode (“What’s Past is Prologue,” a landmark 100th episode, directed by Tom Cavanagh) held my attention so perfectly, making me curious at every turn. It wasn’t the most fast-paced hour—embarking on a scavenger hunt through time—but it didn’t have to be. Leaning heavy on the emotional component (Iris convincing Barry to let […]

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May That Be Truly Said of Us

“…and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!” Charles Dickens, A CHRISTMAS CAROL When I was growing up, ours wasn’t a particularly spiritual house. Morals, yes. Ethics, absolutely. But there […]

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Greatness and Confrontation on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s eighth episode (“Bunker Hill”) gives us Nia in all her badass glory. Turns out, she’s her planet’s version of a Chosen One, if that includes being able to move like Neo from The Matrix and dream possible futures. Nicole Maines really is compelling, equal parts vulnerable (with Kara, talking about her heritage and her […]

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Thankful Amid the Chaos on THE FLASH

The Flash’s seventh episode (“O Come, All Ye Thankful”) had a lot of poignant, powerful moments. It was certainly less lighthearted than usual, with Nora being angry and emotional about her dad constantly rushing headlong into danger. And, oh yeah, dying. (At least he didn’t sing a song about it, but I digress.) As much […]

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Going Abroad: Justice League of America, Part XIII

For Those Who Came In Late: We’ve been exploring the history of the Keith Giffen/J.M. DeMatteis-helmed iteration of the JUSTICE LEAGUE, most remembered for its wacky hijinks and razor-sharp dialogue, despite the fact that there was a fair amount of drama and characterization being offered in those pages. And as comics readers of the time […]

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Complicated People and Vulnerability on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s seventh episode (“Rather the Fallen Angel”) dealt with the complexities of human nature—specifically how complicated people are, how we only often see part of them (the part they’re willing to show), and how we can carry trauma and blame ourselves for things that aren’t our fault. Obviously, Manchester Black (David Ajala) is a difficult […]

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THE FLASH Gets Ice Cold

The Flash’s sixth episode (“The Icicle Cometh”) is definitely my favorite of the season so far.The constant theme of found family is a powerful one, and Team Flash is an excellent example. I mean, Barry and Cisco (“So, Snow Patrol, what’s going on?”) meddle like the Scooby Gang to help Caitlin find her dad. It […]

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We Gather Together

Maybe I’m just getting sentimental in my old age, but I do have a soft spot for Thanksgiving. However, comics and Thanksgiving don’t really cross paths all that often, with one glaring exception: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! As far back as 1940 there’s been the occasional bit of superhero visibility at the parade, thanks […]

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SUPERGIRL: Here There Be Dragons

Supergirl’s sixth episode (“Call to Action”) had some of the best acting from Katie McGrath and Mehcad Brooks. From their argument about whether or not he should go on Counterpoint (I chuckled when she pulled the Boss card on him, which he deserved) to the fight outside Kara’s apartment, the sparks between them were something […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.