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A Man of Steel That Sinks Like Lead

Turning Superman into the übermensch, standing above humanity, espousing a new moral dictum in which 'might makes right', is a contradiction of the film's own logic, and a gross violation of the principles he has traditionally fought to protect.

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‘Cept for the Pope, Maybe, in Rome: Exclusive Preview of the “MAD #523”

Think of it as the natural counterpoint to the entire debate around "personal liberty vs. public good…"

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Eat, Drink, Draw: Lucy Knisley’s Comic Book ‘Relish’ as a Cookbook

Drawing her recipes for Relish, Lucy Knisley almost literally shows cooking to be more art than science.

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Grand Theft Hushmoney

It's when I imagine myself standing in line to tomorrow's premiere of Jobs, that the idea begins to formulate in my mind. Like Steve Jobs himself, Robert Siciliano's keen appreciation and leveraging of pop culture is perhaps what makes him one of the keenest minds in cybersecurity.

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Star Trek, the Answers: An Interview with Writer Mike Johnson

With two big screen releases to establish the franchise-wide reboot under the belt, Star Trek: The Ongoing Series becomes a focal point for fan interest. We talk to series regular writer, Mike Johnson.

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Small-Town Horror and Heroines: “Rachel Rising” and “Revival”

A young woman is murdered and nobody knows by whom, including the woman herself who, miraculously, has returned to life. To complicate things further, she’s not the only person in her small town to recently beat death likes this.

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2 Aug 2013 // 3:50 AM

Why the Avengers Matter Now

How did the old school, more sombre, more tired Avengers of the '80s and '90s become the hip Avengers of the new millennium? Posing the question, and attempting an answer delineates some crucial insights into the perpetuating longevity of pop culture.

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There Is No “I” in “Storm Dogs”

What makes Braithwaite the right choice as artist for this series isn’t just his ability to bring the same level of detail and care to everything, from tiny space slugs to massive spaceships. It’s the way he makes common elements from so many different genres seem like they belong in the same world.

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Forget the Brooding ‘Man of Steel’, Here Are Five Ways to Have Fun with a Lighter, Brighter Superman

Man of Steel was more concerned with surly brooding than Superman's more endearing traits. I think we (and Superman) should lighten up.

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Spectacularly Simple: “The Black Beetle”

The Black Beetle is a Francavilla original, a superhero character living in a pulp noir world. Because it is his own creation, and undoubtedly also because it’s a genre he’s passionate about, Francavilla’s art has never looked better than it does in this book.

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Mark Waid’s Narrative Multitasking in “Daredevil”

With Daredevil #27 writer Mark Waid has achieved a milestone in comics storytelling, a drawing together of seemingly unrelated plot-points and narrative arcs that have been in play since the very first issue.

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17 Jul 2013 // 10:14 PM

Confronting Ang Lee’s “Hulk”

One year on from the phenomenal success of Joss Whedon's The Avengers isn't it time to reconsider his most unlikely Avenger, the Hulk? Particularly the lavish treatment offered the Hulk in auteur Ang Lee's 2008 outing The Incredible Hulk.

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How Does It End? Narrative Closure in the Marvel Universes

In Marvel's comics, narrative closure is always deferred, every ending a new beginning. Iron Man 3, with its now world weary characters and aging actors, draws attention to how live action is different from comics.

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The Equalizer: Interview with ‘MAD’ Editor John Ficarra and Exclusive Preview of “MAD #522”

Exclusive artwork from MAD #522 lights up an exclusive interview with the legendary MAD Editor John Ficarra.

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Reboot to the Head: A Comicbook-based Analysis of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel

A solid film, but a solid Superman? A comparison between the latest version and the collective and popular history of Superman is most certainly warranted, especially with some of the more surprising aspects of Zack Snyder's “reboot to the head" that is The Man of Steel.

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Marvel’s Avengers Initiative, Part 2

What does it mean to be an Avenger? The journey continues through Young Avengers and Uncanny Avengers.

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Before Watchmen

The elephant in the room... did DC Comics have the right to resurrect Watchmen in the pages of Before Watchmen? Here's an exclusive preview of Before Watchmen: Minutemen & Silk Spectre and Before Watchmen: Ozymandias & Crimson Corsair.

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The Great Escape: Exclusive Preview of the Last Hellblazer Concept Art Ever

There'll be no more Hellblazer after this one. It's John Constantine's final appearance in the magazine, and it's the final collection of the same, Death & Cigarettes. Earlier this year I argued, maybe it's time to move on. But now I'm thinking, may it's time to remember…

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Sons of the House of L: Superman and the Drake Equation

There's a schism between the hopefulness and wonder of science fiction, and the dry analysis of science. But sometimes if the idea is big enough, it can overcome that sociocultural schism. Sometimes all you need is Superman, or Frank Drake.

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Supremium: Image Comic’s Less “Awesome” Superman

Every superhero owes Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's incredible creation a debt of gratitude for their very existence. And at the time of this writing, the hands-down runaway box-office hit is none other than The Man of Steel, just in time for the first Superman's 75th birthday. Time for a pastiche, don't you think?

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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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