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Good Thing: ‘He-Man’ Mini Comics And The Mythologies Of Childhood

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I've never been a huge Masters of the Universe fan. I mean, not since I was seven or eight years old. I've never bought a figure as an adult; I don't even read the current comics, although I've considered it. But the toys, and the comics they came with, were really important to me as a child, and I'm certainly not above nostalgia. So I was happy to receive the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Minicomic Collection from Dark Horse for my recent birthday.

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Ask Chris #333: The Three Faces Of Superboy

Ask Chris #333, background art by Babs Tarr
Ask Chris #333, background art by Babs Tarr

Q: Is Superboy conceptually better as adolescent Clark, a cloned Superman, or Superman's son? — @chan_180

A: Here's the thing about Superboy: he's one of those characters who had to happen. It's like the Royal Flush Gang, or the Wrecking Crew. Sooner or later, someone was bound to put pencil to paper to come up with a bunch of playing-card themed villains or evil construction workers who tear everything up with crowbars and wrecking balls, and if Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster hadn't sat down to answer the question of what their most famous character was like when he was a kid, someone else would've had to. It's right there.

And I think there's evidence of that in the fact that over the past 72 years, we've gotten three completely different versions that actually all work. So let's see if we can't figure out which one works best.

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Must See TV: The Top Ten Episodes of ‘Justice League Unlimited’

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While the CW’s live action shows are forming a huge DC Universe on TV, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is ever-expanding, years before either there was an entire multi-layered, character-filled superhero universe in the form of the DC Animated Universe.

The DCAU started with Batman: The Animated Series, and from there it grew until we finally got to Justice League Unlimited, which featured almost every DC hero teaming up to protect the Earth against every threat imaginable. The show ran for 39 episodes between 2004 and 2006, and we've picked the ten best episodes from that run.

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Good Thing: Learning With Stevonnie In The ‘Steven Universe’ Comic

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Boom Studios

While we were originally supposed to get a new Steven Universe episode this week, SU fans were disappointed to learn that the episode is being held off for a later date. Chances are it’ll be put as the first episode of the next Steven Bomb, but of course it’s still a bummer to have to wait.

However, the silver lining is that this week featured a Stevonnie storyline in the the latest Steven Universe comic, and guess what? It’s lovely.

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‘Arrow’ Post-Show Analysis, Season 5 Episode 17: ‘Kapiushon’

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On this week’s episode, Prometheus and Ollie both prove that torture is an effective interrogation technique, and Dolph Lundgren finally returns! “Kapiushon” was directed Kevin Tancharoen and written by Brian Sullivan and Emilio Aldrich.

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Reading List: The Ten Essential Alan Moore Comics

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Alan Moore is known as one of the most famous and inventive comics writers of all time. His major works are often cited not just as the best comics, but as some of the best moments of storytelling in literature. In fact, Watchmen was one of the few comics listed on Time's 100 Best Novels in 2005.

Over the many years that he's been writing comics, Moore has produced multiple works that are rightly regarded as classics. In this list of ten essentials, I've tried to cover works that fit into the three periods of Moore's work as I see them.

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Filthy Assistance: Revisiting ‘Transmetropolitan: Lonely City’

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In the 1990s, Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson foresaw a future of twisted behavior, renegade politics, and uncontrollable technology in Transmetropolitan. We’re revisiting the series book by book, because in a time of unrest and uncertainty we could all use some Filthy Assistance.

Lonely City shows the City finding its way into the spring, enduring as best as it can while Spider and his gang take stock and try to get back to work. Then the bottom drops out of the world as they catch a glimpse of just how bad the incoming President is going to be, while bodies start to pile up and the truth gets cut off at the knees…

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Strip Panel Naked: The Perfect Pacing Of ‘Kill or be Killed’

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Image Comics

I'm a firm believer that comics aren't a medium that favor page after page of dialogue, so you need interesting ways to present that information. This month's Kill or be Killed, by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser, presents a perfect example.

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‘The Flash’ Post-Show Analysis, Season 3 Episode 17: ‘Duet’

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This week, Barry and Kara learn that life is a cabaret, Kara stops defying gravity, Barry has to ease on down the road, and the Music Meister lets the sunshine in. "Duet" was directed by Dermott Downs, with a story by  Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg, and a teleplay by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing.

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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Post-Show Recap: Season 2, Episode 15: ‘Fellowship of the Spear’

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This week's "Fellowship of the Spear" heads into the trenches of World War I, and also basically to Middle-Earth, as beloved Hobbit guy J.R.R. Tolkien helps the team find some mystical artifacts while the Legion of Doom nips at their heels. The episode was directed by Ben Bray and was written by Keto Shimizu and Matthew Maala.

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