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Ask Chris #318: The Definitive Christmas Comic

Ask Chris #318, background art by Colleen Doran

Q: What is the definitive Christmas comic? — @Koltreg

A: "Definitive" is a pretty tricky requirement to meet. You have to find a comic that's not just definitively Christmas, with all that goes along with it, it has to be definitively comics, too --- and if you think it's difficult for people to agree on what Christmas is all about, just wait'll you try getting them to pin down one single issue that defines comic books as a medium. At least religion has centuries of scholarship; comics just has loudmouths writing columns about them on the Internet.

That said, I do think I've found one that's as close as we're going to get: 1989's Christmas With The Super-Heroes #2.

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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Post-Show Recap: Season 2, Episode 8: ‘The Chicago Way’

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This week's midseason finale, "The Chicago Way," sends our team to the Roaring Twenties to track down a time aberration that makes Al Capone the mayor of The Windy City. And then all the big bads show up and cause a real ruckus. Ralph Hemecker directed the episode, which had a script by Sarah Nicole Jones and Ray Utarnachitt.

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This Magazine Kills Fascists: The Panther vs The Klan

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This week we’re going back to 1976 to talk about The Panther vs The Klan from Don McGregor and Billy Graham’s Jungle Action. Over the course of a three issue storyline, Black Panther got a firsthand look at institutionalized racism in the American South. Too the eyes of the contemporary reader, it's clear that things haven’t changed as much as we might have hoped over the past forty years.

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‘Arrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 5 Episode 9: ‘What We Leave Behind’

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On this week’s episode, it’s Christmas time in Star City, and Prometheus is cooking up some evil deeds! “What We Leave Behind” was directed by Antonio Negret from a script by Wendy Mericle and Beth Schwartz.

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Strip Panel Naked: Coloring Tradd Moore In ‘Ghost Rider’ #1

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Tradd Moore’s work is crazy, detailed, over-the-top nonsense, so it’s great to see him back on a story --- no matter how short --- for Ghost Rider #1. Moore is especially notable for his flexibility, and the opportunities for fun this provides to his collaborators. With his work being larger than life, it means the colorist working with him can play around with their work, too. They don’t necessarily have to strive for realism in their rendering, and can make the colors really pop and get in your face.

Val Staples has that opportunity with their short story in Ghost Rider, and she takes it.

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‘The Flash’ Post-Show Analysis, Season 3, Episode 9: ‘The Present’

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This week, the Flashes of two worlds take on Savitar, everyone gets their nog on, and Draco Malfoy gets his hands on a Philosopher's Stone. 'The Present' was directed by Rachel Talalay, from a story by Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing, and a teleplay by Lauren Certo.

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Special Delivery! Should You Be Reading ‘Paper Girls’?

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Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's Paper Girls is a story about friendship, sisterhood, and the weirdest time traveling and logic bending experiences since Lost. Except, unlike Lost, Paper Girls actually holds up, and it manages to pass the Bechdel test!

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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Post-Show Analysis, Season 2, Episode 7: ‘Invasion!’

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This week, the Legends are caught up in the week-long "Invasion" crossover with Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow. This climactic episode sees the heroes from all four shows developing a plan to defeat the alien invaders, the Dominators. The episode was directed by Gregory Smith. Phil Klemmer and Marc Guggenheim wrote the script from a story by Greg Berlanti.

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‘Steven Universe’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 4, Episode 9: ‘Three Gems and a Baby’

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In this week’s episode, snow comes to Beach City, and we learn about Steven's very first winter. Three Gems and a Baby was written by Lamar Abrams and Katie Mitroff, and directed by Joe Johnston and Ricky Cometa.

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‘Young Justice’ Episode Guide: Season 1, Episodes 5-6: ‘Schooled’ / ‘Infiltrator’

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ComicsAlliance continues to recap and review the original Young Justice cartoons, episode by episode. This week, we've got Ivo, Amazo, and Roquette, oh my!

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