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“Potter’s Field” Retells the Drama of America

The learning curve is steep, but it breaks down like this; Potter's Field is the story of patriotic values set to detective fiction, and the medium of comics. Mark Waid displays true genius in sculpting the kind of tale he has.

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Tony Daniel Gets Gory and Underwhelming in the Relaunch of Detective Comics

With clunky dialogue and plodding narrative, Detective Comics makes for a poor #1 and an even poorer reboot issue.

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Snyder et. al. Introduce the City as Character in “Gates of Gotham”

Delving deeply into Gotham City’s history, writers Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins and Ryan Parrott deliver something interesting with this series: Gotham as a character herself.

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2 Sep 2011 // 2:59 AM

Is It Just Us?

Imagine a weird ending to Back to the Future where Doc Brown never shows up and Marty McFly convinces himself it was all just a dream. The sequel is just Marty living an everyday life. Now ask yourself what are your expectations of the DC reboot.

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A Pointless, Truncated History Winds Up the “Batman”

“Storybook Endings”, the final issue of Batman, is pointless, but it is significant nonetheless. DC Comics deserves much of the blame for a severe lack of foresight regarding the final issue of one of their longest running titles.

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Detective Comics 881: The Death of a 74-Year-Old Legend

Why would DC end the run of its flagship title after 74 years, with the last year being arguably among its most historic?

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‘Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête)’: At Odds with Itself

Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast remains a bizarre, eerie and unusual film, filled with dark characters, troubling themes and some truly awe-inspiring visuals.

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TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011… Number 4

The 2010-2011 season meant saying farewell to cult favorites Friday Night Lights and Smallville, as well as the ongoing mania surrounding one of TV's most mediocre shows, Glee.

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We Can Be Heroes: Talking ‘Supergods’ with Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison’s ability to make connections between seemingly humdrum events and grandiose ideas becomes infectious. Reading Supergods and immersing in his ideas gives one as much kick as a radioactive spider bite.

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DC’s ‘Flashpoint’ Shows Why We Should Make Demands of Our Art

While Flashpoint might seem nothing more than an interregnum prior to DC's September reboot, Geoff Johns manages perhaps the most credible meditation on current events and the best use of the superhero genre to date.

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15 Jul 2011 // 5:00 AM

TV’s Most Memorable Commercials

This year is the 70th anniversary of the first TV commercial, so we cast our glance back at the some of the most memorable ads of all time.

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‘The Superman Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006’: My Supermania, Reawakened

Most of the films in this anthology will be kryptonite to you. But if you are looking for the origins of the 20th century's pop culture fascination with gods and heroes, this is the set for you.

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Discover a Hero in ‘Cedar Rapids’

What's at first blush a light-hearted comedy is actually a much more profound tale.

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Boys Get Naked Better than Girls

In games like Kabod Online, male characters expose themselves to an audience. This makes them look stronger, more powerful, more manly than they do with their clothes on.

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The Changing Nature of the Nature of Art

As artists have become less concerned with telling stories and more concerned with creating emotional connections and mimicking experiences, art has shifted from creating beauty to expressing the heady nature of 'truth'.

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Great Entrance, Unca Scrooge: Warren Spector Finds Richness in DuckTales

It's not so much that Warren Spector, the visionary behind Epic Mickey and the legendary Deus Ex, conforms to the genius of DuckTales' generic conventions--it's that he evolves them.

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Selling Sex: The Media, Fantasy, and How I Fell in Love with Britney Spears

It all started when I was in Walgreens buying deodorant and I saw her looking me right in the eye with a glossy glow from the cover of an October 2010 issue of US Weekly.

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‘Campus’ Series Premiere

The new series from the makers of Green Wing feels like comedy by the numbers.

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Wonders of the Universe: Music to Watch Stars By

The key to the success of pop-star turned physicist Professor Brian Cox's shows is in their titles: Wonder. Each episode is replete with stunning nature photography shot in some of the grandest locations on Earth.

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14 Apr 2011 // 6:59 AM

New James Bond movie coming to theaters next year

LOS ANGELES — James Bond fans holding their breath about the fate of the superspy franchise can exhale a little. MGM and Sony have announced a

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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