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Sep 10 2013 10:00am

Joss Whedon the Avengers Captain America shield

Joss Whedon is brilliant. He is awesome. In my personal opinion, he is the second greatest storyteller in the history of the Western world. He is a master of giving audiences what they need, not what they want, and succeeds in creating poignant, provocative stories with memorable characters and worlds that connect with the human experience on primal levels. And judging by the commercial struggles of some of his work, he’s been admirably uncompromising in this pursuit. Even when he’s not quite perfect, there’s always some small shred of genius shining through his ambitions. People can be overly and unnecessarily critical with an artist of his caliber—look at the initial reaction to Dollhouse—but I have remained steadfast in my nearly unflinching faith in his abilities.

And I am utterly terrified for Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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May 23 2012 3:00pm

Fantasy For All: The Evolution of LGBT Characters in Comics, Fandoms and YA Lit

For the longest time, science fiction and fantasy have been considered genres in which the political and social issues of the day could be discussed behind the allegory of alien worlds, superheroes, and other realities. If, for example, two guys wanted to get together and write a comic book character that would epitomize the experience of the immigrant in an evolving America, they could slap him into a rocket leaving the exploding planet of Krypton and call him Superman. It’s no surprise then that in the evolving social consciousness that is our world today, one of the hottest issues in sci-fi and fantasy would be the inclusion of LGBT relationships among characters and the hot button issue of gay marriage.

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May 7 2012 4:00pm

What to read after you see The Avengers movie

Let’s assume, for the purpose of this post, that you just saw The Avengers and had just as much fun as we did. What happens now? A second Avengers film won’t be coming around for a little while (2015-ish, about the same time as hover technology) but you’d love just a little more from these action and quip-heavy characters.

It’s time to hit the bookstore. Below, we suggest three graphic novels that will give you the exact same thrill that The Avengers did. And provide some much needed context for that post-credits sequence!

Spoilers for The Avengers ahead.

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Jan 25 2011 3:27pm

Kitty Pryde by Nick Abadzis

The Confusion of Change

I’ve been rereading old X-Men comics lately. Back in the late seventies and early eighties, when there weren’t quite as many amazing and varied comics out there as there are today, Uncanny X-Men was pretty reliable for a bit of soap opera moralizing and intrigue—a big action sequence was never far away but those setpieces always seemed secondary to the complexities of the various characters’ lives. Back then, the X-Men seemed different from most other Marvel books. Amid the superpowers and spaceships, the players agonized a lot about their moral choices in a hostile world, the female characters, while often adhering to the usual physical stereotype for superheroines were strong; each had inner voices.

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