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Marvel’s Avengers Initiative, Part 3

Yeats wrote, in "The Second Coming", "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold." In a way, we see this exact line fleshed out as a comicbook narrative within New Avengers

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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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Marvel’s Avengers Initiative, Part 1 of 4: Avengers and Avengers Arena

What hath Bendis wrought?! In unravelling the traditional structure of the Avengers nearly a decade ago, writer Brian Michael Bendis lay the groundwork for something truly unimaginable at the time. Something both Joss Whedon with the 2012 blockbuster, and current writer Jonathan Hickman are heirs to.

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A Decade by Lantern Light: "Green Lantern" vs. "The Office"

In his last review for the U.S. version of The Office, Erik Adams of The A.V. Club explained that the final episode of one of the biggest TV shows of the past decade “…gets sentimental, but it deserves to get sentimental.” But it was also more than that. As was Geoff Johns decade-long run on Green Lantern…

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Sword of Sorcery, A Retrospective

With an acclaimed career in writing TV shows and videogames, Christy Marx was practicing transmedia long before the term became popularized. Her reimagining of DC's classic Amethyst stories only underpin her mastery…

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Better Off Dead: "Suicide Squad #20"

In just one issue, Ales Kot has turned Suicide Squad into one of my must-read titles each month.

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Portrait of a Killer as a Young Clown: "Hawkeye #10"

Shouldn't Hawkeye face up against a villain not only every bit his equal, but also in it for more than just money? He really should…

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Tried and True?: "Superman #19"

Between importing iconic Green Lantern villain, Hector Hammond, and struggling through the fallout of the "H'el on Earth" it seems writer Scott Lobdell's unique style might be at odds with the modern comics landscape…

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Setting Trumps Story: Swamp Thing #19

After 18 issues of nothing but grand narrative storytelling, incoming regular writer Charles Soule takes Swamp Thing in the very necessary direction of figuring out how he works…

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I Can't Tell You Who to Idolize: "Time Warp #1"

Damon Lindelof of LOST and Star Trek fame makes a spectacular comics debut in Vertigo's newest anthology, Time Warp

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Confronting the Self as an Idea, Time and Time Again: "Action #18"

Grant Morrison's almost magical insight into storytelling crescendos in his final installment of Action…what if the only real struggle was to confront the idea of yourself, over and again through time…

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There Are Two Paths You Can Go By: Uncanny X-Men #3

Bendis crafts a beautifully vivid story about how Cyclops's two very different pasts (one as superhero, the other as murderer of his mentor, Professor X) threaten to jeopardize his current role as mutant rights activist…

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Under the Mask of the Psychopath: "Green Arrow #18"

Jeff Lemire's iconic reboot of Green Arrow continues this month as the second installment of "the Kill Machine" explores secrets from the past of Ollie's father, and his own…

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She's Too Deadly For You: Hawkeye #8

Clint’s schoolboy crush on the exciting redhead who only makes his life more complicated is a indicative of the archer’s emotional instability and loose grip on his place in the world…

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Author of the Tragedies the Shaped Me: Action #17

In perhaps the most poignant issue of Action yet, this penultimate issue on Grant Morrison's run as writer shows Superman to be the author of the tragedies that propel him to becoming the hero he is…

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Unknowing: Secret Avengers #1

The Marvel NOW! relaunch of the Secret Avengers seems to have worked out the problems with the team ending up in far too-public conflicts. But that's not to say that everything's smooth sailing--especially with team members getting mind-wiped by their bosses…

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Old Lessons, Learned Anew: Green Arrow #17

Over the past 16 issues of Green Arrow, Oliver Queen has been portrayed as soft and self-indulgent--a far cry from his depiction in the hit TV show Arrow. All of that changes in issue #17, with the incoming creative team of Lemire and Sorrentino…

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Golden Age Team-Up: "Masks #3"

Using Dynamite's full stock of licensed pulp heroes, Masks writer Chris Roberson goes on to prove it's not about the team-up at all, it's about the battle of ideals…

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Godhood Noir, Humanity Won: Wonder Woman #16

It's hard to imagine a more grounded superhero story than Azzarello's Wonder Woman, but the danger of the fanboy-moment with reintroducing Jack Kirby's New Gods might prove a challenge…

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One Day More…: Action #16

With just one issue to go before visionary writer Grant Morrison wraps his run on Action, this issue fills readers in on a backstory that hasn't happened yet…

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"Like Lightning Hits the Earth…": Thunderbolts #2

Thunderbolts #1 was a lackluster showing that disappointed on a number of levels. But "Weaponized", the new series' second installment exorcises all of these ghosts…

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Someday, I will Find Tomorrow: "FF #1"

Basically, FF is the spiritual successor to Peter Milligan and Mike Allred's X-Statix. So, if you're a fan of meta-humor and satire, you're going to love Matt Fraction's quirky, off-handed take on the Future Foundation…

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Making the Happy Medium Look Easy: Avengers Assemble #10"

By embracing the pulp tradition of the characters, as well as their privileged position within the Marvel universe, Kelly Sue DeConnick offers a greater depth to the Avengers than ever before…

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Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Finally: A Hard Look at "Avengers #1"

After the success of Joss Whedon's summer blockbuster the Avengers, there needs to be a title that captures the essence of the movies while retaining the force and the intricacies of the comicbooks. Jonathan Hickman's Avengers is that series.

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