Articles tagged marvel comics, teenagers, superhero comics, runaways

18 Jan 2016 // 3:45 AM

The Black Panther’s Pulp Epic

The pulpiness of Black Panther stories is precisely what enables them to comment brilliantly on a variety of social issues, particularly the politics of race.

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Moonlighting Diversity With ‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1’

We learn to love Lunella Lafayette.

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Dark Side Die Hard: ‘Star Wars Vader Down #1’

A classic theme is turned inside out in all the right ways.

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Trials, Tribulations, and Chaotic Sub-Plots in ‘Uncanny X-Men #600’

An end to an era is rushed and riddled with errors.

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Trapped in the Negative Zone: The Fantastic Four on Film

The dust has cleared on the fourth attempt to bring The Fantastic Four to the big screen. Why is this team of comic characters so important? What keeps going so horribly wrong?

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‘Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1’ Is a Worthy Supplement to ‘Return of the Jedi’

The start of a new era is build on and within the foundation of the old one.

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19 Aug 2015 // 2:10 AM

Trimpe Will Smash

Herb Trimpe didn’t care much for superheroes, but he worked for one of the genre’s most enduring titles and brought to life one of its most popular characters.

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A Battle of Wills and Faiths Ensues in ‘Moon Knight #17’

Moon Knight faces the other followers of Khonshu. Yes, other followers.

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David Dastmalchian Jumps From DC to Marvel in ‘Ant-Man’, and Meets an Idol in the Process

David Dastmalchian joins a small group of actors who have appeared in films from each of the two big competing names in comic books, DC and Marvel.

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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 // 10:00 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 // 10:00 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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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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