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Inferior Superiority in Marvel’s ‘Superior Iron Man #8’

A high-tech concept downgrades to a low-tech, but serviceable narrative.

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A Fitting (But Incomplete) End: “Death of Wolverine #4”

Wolverine's demise had just enough substance and not nearly enough style.

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‘Mind of Winter’ Is a Thrilling Page-Turner with Shimmering Prose and a Heart-Wrenching Ending

Laura Kasischke's tenth novel is a dark fairytale about the sacrifices of motherhood and of secrets so deep, we learn to keep them even from ourselves.

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How Live-Streaming Social Media Websites Complicate the Male Gaze

Teenagers use social media to escape the control of authority figures, engage in sexual behavior with peers, and entertain anonymous strangers. Is this a problem?

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The DVD is the Book is the Origin of Marvel’s Mysterious Mutant: ‘Wolverine’

The close (read: verbatim) adherence to its source material's story and art here is admirable and could be a beacon for new fans, but existing comics fans may question the necessity of this almost-cartoon "Motion Comic".

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How Intricate Can Marvel’s Storyworld Become on Film?

Marvel producers are attempting to create a film analog to the Marvel Universe that knits together the publisher's mainline titles. Will moviegoing audiences keep coming back for the next story, and the next?

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Six Reasons Why Joss Whedon Is the Perfect Director for ‘The Avengers’

It was announced last year that Joss Whedon would direct the most ambitious superhero movie ever, teaming Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye all in one enormous film. Matthew Hurd thinks Whedon was the perfect choice.

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13 Apr 2011 // 9:00 PM

Joss Whedon 101: The Avengers

The Avengers will be Joss Whedon's most ambitious project to date, the culmination of a string of Marvel Studios superhero films, including the Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America films.

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21 Mar 2011 // 9:00 PM

Joss Whedon 101: Astonishing X-Men

After the end of Angel on the WB and following his previous success with Fray, Joss Whedon has worked on a series of acclaimed comics, commencing with his pairing with John Cassaday on Astonishing X-Men.

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Why Cast a Spotlight on Joss Whedon?

PopMatters will, over the next five weeks, publish almost 60 essays and/or interviews on pop cultural icon Joss Whedon. So just what has he done that is worthy of such attention, and why should we care?

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The Danger of ‘Girl Comics’

There's always the risk that efforts like the “Women of Marvel” are token exercises, small measures taken in lieu of further reaching commitments to change in how women are regarded, as characters, as creators, and ultimately, as readers.

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Who Is Henry Pym, and Why Are They Saying Such Terrible Things About Him?

Dan Slott has redeemed the founding Avenger and leader of the "Mighty" team, deftly and expertly removing him from the ghetto of mischaracterized misanthropic anti-heroes just in time for the Heroic Age.

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Oh Captain, My Captain America

Even though he's no Batman or Spider-Man, the buzz over who will play Captain America reached a fever pitch because he's the embodiment of the American flag and stands for the ideals of the United States.

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The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had to, by D.C. Pierson

Pierson is guilty of perpetuating stereotypes, as our two main characters often remark about the fear of being found out that they could be gay, based on their nerdiness.

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12 Jan 2010 // 1:00 AM

R.E.B.E.L.S. #1-6

Tony Bedard finds a unique tone for his series that, amazingly, seems to emanate purely from its central characters, infecting the rest of the cast, and even the story, with a sort of self-assured charm and confidence.

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17 Dec 2009 // 9:00 AM

The Stand: American Nightmares [$25]

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27 Nov 2009 // 6:00 AM

Teenage Circus: Teenagers on TV

The teenagers of television are a limited breed at the best of times, usually pigeonholed to fit into the storylines of their parents or significant others. Where are the complex representations that the majority of writers can achieve with their adult characters?

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Marvel Comics is returning to the land of Oz — but this time, Dorothy and Toto are nowhere to be seen. Marvel published a comic book

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Secret Warriors Vol. 1: Nick Fury, Agent of Nothing

Jonathan Hickman blasts into the Marvel Universe, and he brings Nick Fury with him, as the super-spy popularized by Steranko maintains his classic sense of “cool”, refuting the modern-day “kewl” methods of cinema spies like James Bond and Jason Bourne as he attempts to take down his greatest threat to date.

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Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes

The newest creative team is doing tremendous work on the series that redefined the X-Men -- so why some fans won’t accept it?

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

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"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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