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Tracking the Lusty Life of Shelley, John Allison’s Uncompromising Webcomic Star

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Over the course of seventeen real years and three webcomics set in the same locale, John Allison has taken his breakout character Shelley Winters through various incarnations. She’s a hot, saucy dame made up by some strange man on the internet, but is she really as naughty as all that? Join us as we track a lusty life in webcomics; the life of Shelley Winters.

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‘Arrow’ Season 3 Recap, Episode 23: ‘My Name Is Oliver Queen’

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The CW’s superhero series Arrow re-imagines Green Arrow for a TV audience as a tough, often ruthless vigilante bent on setting things right in his home of Starling City by punishing the wicked. ComicsAlliance’s Matt Wilson is here to wrap up the third season of the popular series in our recap feature we’re dubbing Pointed Commentary.

This week: Everything comes to a head in the big finale! Viruses unleashed! Feelings laid bare! Decisions made! Lives ended! Alcoholism pep talked away! Explosions exploded!

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Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Recap, Episodes 21-22: ‘S.O.S.’

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Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance post-show analysis for Agents of SHIELD, the spy show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is where we break down each episode using our unique S.H.L.E.I.D. recap system — recapping the show, looking at highlights and lowlights, and exploring the show’s relationship to both the comics and the wider Marvel movie world.

This week, Jiaying starts a war, everyone fights everyone else, but only the very unlucky fight Mockingbird. The casualties mount up, a family breaks up, and it looks like Phil Coulson might need a hand. 'S.O.S.' Part One was directed by Vincent Misiano and written by Jeffrey Bell; 'S.O.S.' Part Two was directed by Billy Gierhart and written by Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen.

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G. Willow Wilson Responds To Jill Lepore’s Criticism of A-Force

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You may have read Jill Lepore's op-ed about A-Force #1, which caused some consternation in the comics community. It was an odd piece that not only reinforced a lot of the "comics are just for kids" stereotypes from mainstream media, but also put a lot of shame on the superheroines, and on the creators of A-Force.

A-Force writer G. Willow Wilson posted a thoughtful response on Tumblr, which we've reprinted here with her permission.

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‘The Flash’ Season 1 Recap, Episode 22, ‘Rogue Air’

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Welcome back to Up To Speed, home of the the Flashest Recaps Alive. Here we’ll recap the latest episode of The Flash, dispense some Flash Facts and talk about what works, what doesn’t and where the series might be headed, as we try and keep up with the adventures of the fastest man alive, Barry Allen, more widely known as The Flash.

This week we take a look at the penultimate episode of the season, “Rogue Air.” You know, like Con Air, only more roguish. Enemies become friends, old friends are now enemies, Cisco almost gets kiss-o'ed, Fires are Stormed, Arrows are flung, and Wells are dug, all in preparation for next week's season finale. You won't want to miss the recap, so hit the jump and let's get going.

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Recon:Vergence Week Five: Captain Carrot Vs Harley Quinn; Aquaman Vs Vixen; Batman Vs Childbirth

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Welcome to Recon:Vergence, a weekly look at what’s going on throughout DC’s new reality-smooshing event storyline, Convergence.This week, having revealed his big gun - a Brainiac in a Bottle, which I’m assuming DC will be making into a collectible for my mantelpiece any day now - Deimos starts to crack down on the isolated pockets of opposition across the Covergence world.

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All For the Wookiee: The Star-Warsiest Moments In Last Month’s Star Wars Comics

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Welcome back to All For the Wookiee, where we take a look at the recent Star Wars universe offerings from Marvel and pick the most Star Wars-ish moments. From deranged protocol droids to mad alien queens to rogue troopers, we have it all in this last month's comics. In this installment, we're looking at Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s Darth Vader #4, Mark Waid and the Dodson’s Princess Leia #3, the Star Wars: Rebels spin-off comic, Kanan: the Last Padawan, from Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz, and round it all off with Jason Aaron and John Cassaday’s Star Wars #4.

As usual, spoilers follow. You have been warned.

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Ask Chris #239: Can Darkseid Really Be The Ultimate Bad Guy Of The DC Universe?

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Q: Do you think Darkseid deserves to be considered the ultimate bad guy of the DC Universe? What are his achievements? -- @Lionel_Leal

A: I don't want to turn this into "Ask Chris About Jack Kirby's Fourth World" --- as opposed to my usual strategy of spending an entire week talking about the moral significance of Batman's utility belt or whatever --- but over the last few years, Darkseid has been a more prominent fixture of the DC Universe than any other time in his forty-year history. I think it probably started with how he was treated on Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League, but just in the past three years we've seen him as the villain that launched the New 52, and the villain who's probably going to show up in a movie about the Justice League at some point. So with all due respect, LL, it's not really a matter of "Darkseid deserves."

Darkseid is.

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Smart, Nice and Sassy: ‘Good Girl’ Role Models Make Boring Heroes

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Girls need role models. This is an old canard, though it’s tempting to see its genesis in 1990s girl power — it’s just that it hasn’t always meant warmed-over Gloria Steinem quotes and the Spice Girls. June Cleaver was a Good Role Model for Girls. The Virgin Mary is a Good Role Model for Girls. Their ranks have swelled with Buffys, Lara Crofts, and Wonder Women, but they stand, toned of arm and glossed of lip, beneath the same banner.

In response to a dearth of women, mainstream comics now turns to the Good Role Model for Girls as a panacea. Spider-Gwen! Spider Woman! Batgirl! Hawkeye! Black Widow! All the women in X-Men! She-Hulk! Even Suzie in Sex Criminals! And oh, how the little girl marooned in 90s comic dungeons within me sang! It’s a new age, I thought; a turning point. The first issues fly by, and I purchase every single one.

And I am bored.

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‘Arrow’ Season 3 Recap, Episode 22: ‘This Is Your Sword’

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The CW’s superhero series Arrow re-imagines Green Arrow for a TV audience as a tough, often ruthless vigilante bent on setting things right in his home of Starling City by punishing the wicked. ComicsAlliance’s Matt Wilson is back for the third season of the popular series in our recap feature we’re officially dubbing Pointed Commentary.

This week: A wedding! A weird one with a lot of violent imagery, sure, but a wedding nonetheless. Also, a ruse is revealed and a mechanic says goodbye.

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