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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Recap, Episode 13: ‘T.R.A.C.K.S.’

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Welcome, fellow traveller, to the ComicsAlliance recap of the February episode of Agents of SHIELD. Yes, we're only getting one episode this month. Weep or cheer, depending on your established bias.

The title of this month's episode is T.R.A.C.K.S., which doesn't appear to stand for anything, and if you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything, which reminds me, maybe this is the episode when everything turns around? Spoilers follow!

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A Closer Look At The 25th GLAAD Media Awards Comics Nominees

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GLAAD, a high profile media advocacy group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, has announced the nominees for its 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards, including five nominees for Outstanding Comic Book. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize high quality productions that represents LGBT people in fair, inclusive, original, and impactful ways.

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Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month): January 2014

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Mutants, monsters and warriors adorn our pick of the best covers of January 2014 as Best Comic Book Covers Ever returns. Check out amazing work from Kris Anka and Jared K. Fletcher, Darwyn Cooke, Wes Craig, Rafael Albuequerque and more. We'll even throw in an explosion. Boom! (That wasn't the explosion. We're just excited.)

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Noh-Varr No More: Saying Goodbye To Marvel’s First Male Pin-Up

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has gone away again. It's a state of affairs that fans of the book are used to. Series writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie have set off to create a new book about super-teens, The Wicked & The Divine, and Young Avengers fans are left hoping someone else will pick up the baton.

Pending any announcements this convention season, that means a lot of fan favorite characters now go back into mothballs, including Marvel's premier gay teen couple, Wiccan and Hulkling, and breakout fashion icon Miss America. But the one I'll miss the most? Marvel's first male pin-up; Marvel Boy.

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The Ant-Man Menace: Why Michael Douglas Makes Me Nervous About Marvel Movies [Opinion]

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Marvel Studios unveiled surely its strangest casting decision to date this week when it announced that Michael Douglas will play the role of Hank Pym in 2015's Ant-Man movie. Marvel also confirmed that the already announced Paul Rudd will take the role of Scott Lang, the second man to don the Ant-Man helmet.

The announcement was a surprise that elicited a Batfleck-esque response from some of the intended audience - myself included. Something about Douglas-as-Pym didn't sit right with me. Was this an irrational reflex, or is there a reason this casting set alarm bells ringing?

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Agents of SHIELD Season 1 Recap, Episode 12: ‘The Seed’

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The twelfth episode of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD officially takes us past the halfway point of the season; there are now more episodes behind us than ahead. You'd think I'd be relieved given how disappointing the show has been, but I'm actually worried that time is running out to make the show work.

This week; Agents of SHIELD goes back to school. But what do they learn?

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‘Black Widow’ #1 and the Hawkeyzation of Marvel Solo Titles [Review]

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Hawkeye has led the way for a solo title renaissance at Marvel. The publisher had of late placed an emphasis on team books -- mostly iterations of the Avengers and the X-Men -- and scaled back on solo titles, even reducing Spider-Man to just two books (one double shipping).

Then Hawkeye came along, and things changed. Thanks to the unique voice and style of the creative team, Matt Fraction and David Aja, a character who seemed unlikely to sustain a solo title became both a critical and commercial hit. Marvel has been trying to recapture that magic ever since, and the first of a new wave of solo titles hit stores this week; Black Widow #1 by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto.

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Exclusive: Gillen & McKelvie Announce New Image Series, ‘The Wicked & The Divine’ [Interview]

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Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have just completed a successful year-long 15-issue run on Young Avengers. The widespread expectation was that their next collaboration would be "The Immaterial Girl," the already announced third volume of their music-is-magic series Phonogram. It turns out they had a surprise up their sleeve.

Live on stage at Image Expo in San Francisco, publisher Eric Stephenson just announced a new ongoing Image series from Gillen and McKelvie titled The Wicked & The Divine. This is a story about gods, teenagers, life, death, and David Bowie. We spoke exclusively to Kieron Gillen to find out more.

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Agents of SHIELD Season 1 Recap, Episode 11: ‘The Magical Place’

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After a three week break the agents returned to action last night, kicking off the season's back 12 with a mission to retrieve Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) after his abduction by the mysterious and sinister Hungry Hungry Caterpillar... wait, no, let me check my notes... "Centipede" organization.

The winter hiatus offers the show its best chance yet to address some of its problems. Could this mean the start of a new and improved Agents of SHIELD? Or have I once again let my fannish desire for this show to be good get in the way of realistic expectations? Let's find out together!

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10 Diversity Resolutions for Superhero Comics in 2014

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A new year. A new start. A new chance to make a change. Long-time readers of this site may know that we at ComicsAlliance are proud cheerleaders for a more representative industry. We like political correctness. We like feminism. We like diversity. We want the industry at large -- and the superhero publishers in particular -- to embrace these things.

To that end, we have a few suggestions for how superhero publishers might change in 2014. Some of you may look at this list and say it's too ambitious, or that we're asking for too much. We say this list is a good start. These are our ten resolutions for the industry.

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