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On Memory and Nostalgia: Seth’s ‘Palookaville 23’

A wonderful addition to Seth’s already brilliant body of work, Palookaville 23 is a reminder of how much time he’s dedicated to his art, and how worthwhile that time has been.

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Idols, Ideals, and Reminders in ‘Generations: Captain Marvel & Ms. Marvel #1’

Ms. Marvel reconnects with her idol, but a choppy narrative limits the impact.

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Jack Kirby’s Influence Is Felt on Nearly Every Page of ‘Marvel Year By Year’

All of the important in-continuity events are here: the death of Gwen Stacy, the Kree-Skull War, the death of Jean Grey, Civil War.

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Titles, Legacies, and Basics in ‘Generations: Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell #1’

Carol Danvers gets back to basics on what it means to be Captain Marvel.

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A Bullied Nature Nerd Falls Victim to His Own Deep-rooted Revenge in ‘Outburst’

Coudyzer's visual narration suggests that even though many children can be inhuman in their cruelty, even the worst eventually grow into human beings.

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Just Flying Through: ‘Generations: Iron Man and Ironheart #1’

A chance for Riri (Ironheart) Williams to expand her appeal fails to take off.

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‘The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains’ Is a Read You Won’t Regret

For a book about the worst of comic book bad guys, The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains isn’t bad at all. In fact, it’s good fun.

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Hammering Hard With Worthy Themes in ‘Generations Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1’

The life of two worthy souls become entwined in an all-too familiar, but still worthy narrative.

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‘Blade II’ Pioneers the Marvel Sequel Yet Remains Hopelessly Outdated

If Blade reflected its time in 1998, Blade II, despite of-the-moment visual effects dazzling action, feels like a film from an earlier era.

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Legacy, Family, and Ninjas in ‘Marvel Generations: Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1’

This comic is worth its weight in dead undead ninjas.

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‘The Many Lives of Catwoman’ Captures the Many Influences of This Multifaceted Superhero

Author and comic book historian Tim Hanley explores the far more than nine lives of DC’s Catwoman in this thoroughly in-depth biography/cultural contextualization.

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The Wordless Protagonist of ‘Leaf’ Doesn’t Save the World—Just Improves It

The absence of life-or-death consequences in Daishu Ma's debut graphic novel lowers the stakes while raising the novel’s quiet complexity.

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‘Uncomfortably Happily’ Considers the Radical Notion of Expecting Less of One’s Self

Marriage and creativity through the eyes of an artist burdened by student debt and the frustration of a changing economy.

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Rising Ashes From Two Eras: ‘Marvel Generations: Phoenix & Jean Grey #1’

Two stories, one character, and a shared fate converge in a moment of cosmic drama.

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It’s Anger Across The Ages in ‘Marvel Generations: Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1’

Two Hulks from two eras, Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho, do a lot of smashing but leave surprisingly little impact.

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Dave Chisholm’s Wildly Imaginative Audio/visual Experience, ‘Instrumental’

An allegorical exploration of the idea of just how far some musicians will go to “make it”, Instrumental takes things to the extreme.

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Plots, Premonitions, and Pitfalls for an Empire in ‘Secret Empire #7’

The cracks in Hydra's empire widen as drama and losses escalate.

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The Top Tier X-men Assemble for a Top Level Blockbuster in ‘Astonishing X-men #1’

Astonishing X-men may be the most important X-men comic to come along since Secret Wars.

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The True Origin of the Superhero Film Craze? ‘X-Men’ Comics

Bryan Singer's first X-Men film launched the comic book film craze that is still sweeping through Hollywood. But it had a predecessor in Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Volume 1.

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‘Sand + Bone’ Confronts What War Does to a Man

Sand + Bone doesn't take a position so much as it illustrates a problem.

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"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

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"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

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