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Ted Rall’s Bernie Bio Has Extra Relevance in the Wake of the Democrats’ Presidential Defeat

While clearly endorsing Bernie Sanders’ politics, Rall offers an interesting and balanced portrait of the man behind the politics.

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Queering the Sponge: The Transcendent Queerness of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’

Despite being rooted in nostalgia, the reemergence of SpongeBob could very well be linked to a longing for a yet-to-be-realized queer future.

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Setting Up An Ominous (and Overdue) Conflict in ‘Inhumans vs. X-men #0’

A clash between the Inhumans and X-men is inevitable, but it can still be compelling.

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The Fight Is Rigged in Death of X #4

Death of X is a cage match between one side that has the unconditional backing of Disney's lawyers and another that remains under the boot of a rival company.

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Biography of X-Men Comics Writer Chris Claremont Is Weighed Down With Words

Claremont's long-form X-Men story, told over 186 issues, proves he's the master of the form. Jason Powell's new book offers an exhaustive issue-by-issue commentary.

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‘The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016’ Takes a Different Approach, This Year

When I learned that the content chosen for this anthology had been selected by high school students, I got nervous.

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‘Now Thanos #1’ Challenges the Complexities of Pure, Unambiguous Evil

Expanding the narrative of a wholly evil madman comes with challenges and surprising intrigue.

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Wonder Woman Embraces Men’s World. Men’s World Embraces Her Back

Wonder Woman fights in a crowded mall after drinking a margarita with men.

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Worth Within Unworthiness in ‘The Unworthy Thor #1’

An overdue insight into Odinson's unworthiness sends him down a refreshing new path.

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Art, Journalism and War in Sarah Glidden’s ‘Rolling Blackouts’

Glidden's use of watercolors is beautifully rendered, creating a consistent visual language throughout that is a pleasure to look at.

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Heritage, Identity, and Idols in ‘Ms. Marvel #12’

Kamala Khan does some soul searching and reminds us why we love her.

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‘The Case of Alan Turing’ Gives the Enigma Project the Graphic Treatment

This treatment focuses not just on the technical matters of encryption, but also on the human factors that may prove decisive in breaking a code.

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‘Brief Histories of Everyday Objects’ Ponders, What’s Up With the Toothbrush?

In comic form, Brief Histories of Everyday Objects puts everyday objects under clever ideological scrutiny.

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Channeling Heroism Through Infamy in ‘Infamous Iron Man #1’

Victor Von Doom enters a new and compelling role in the Marvel universe.

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‘Becoming Unbecoming’ and the Toll Extracted From Survivors

This graphic novel offers an incomparably powerful critique of misogyny and male sexual violence against women.

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What Happened, Miss Simone? Captures Its Subject in Stained Glass

This award-winning documentary raises the bar for how Simone is represented in popular culture and history books. It's now on DVD with a 15-song bonus CD.

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‘Darth Vader #25’: It’s Not Enough for Our Villains to Just Be Villainous Anymore

Make no mistake. Darth Vader does nothing remotely heroic in this issue. Yet Kieron Gillen's creation is darkly compelling.

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‘The Angel of History’ Reflects on the Costs of Assimilation

The Angel of History is an evocative religious and sexual elegiac with a dark and stirring current of comedy running through it.

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A Kick Ass/Kick Arse Depiction of the Stylish Mods in ‘60s England

Jim McCarthy and Kevin Cross, writers and graphics artists from either side of the Atlantic, join forces to create a candid tale of the Mod scene.

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What Are You Laughing At?

LGBT+ comedians are enjoying enough success to offset the barrage of gay jokes that seek to demean. They have Paul Lynde and Jack "Moms" Mabley to thank.

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Emerging from My Hiatus from Big Budget Games

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"I'd gotten burned out on scope and maybe on spectacle in video games, but I think it's time to return to bigger worlds to conquer.

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