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Screen & Page: Of Vespa Girls & Coming Of Age In ‘FLCL’

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Most anime is adapted from manga, often produced by the manga publisher to raise awareness and selling it overseas. But what about the anime shows or film that go the other way, adapted from the screen to the page? How do those works hold up, and what changes or stays the same? That’s what Screen & Page aims to explore.

This week, we're looking at an immortal tale of girls on Vespas, vintage bass guitars, and robots coming out of a kid's head. It's FLCL!

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100 X-Men: How Do Bling, Magma, Surge, the Cuckoos and Layla Rate As Great X-Men?

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Who are the greatest ever X-Men? We’re going to try to answer that question with your help, by putting the spotlight on different individual X-Men from across the franchise’s long history and pairing up your votes with the votes and opinions of our panel of highly opinionated X-Men fans. Your scores will be added to ours to determine the top 100 X-Men.

Today our randomizer has given us a selection of some notable (and less notable) female students from the long history of the Westchester school, including one of the New Mutants and the surviving three clones of Emma Frost. House of M mystery girl Layla Miller is also in the mix.

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Give ‘Em Elle: The Original Big Screen Hero

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Welcome to Give ‘Em Elle, a new weekly column that hopes to bridge the gap between old school comics fandom and the progressive edge of comics culture. This week I’ve been thinking about the comic adaptations of the past, long before the current superhero boom.

There have been superheroes on our screens almost as long as there have been superheroes in our comics, and some of them stand head and shoulders above the crowd. But what were the very best superhero adaptations even before the Christopher Reeve Superman movies?

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100 X-Men: How Do Lockheed, Angel Salvadore, Beast, Magik & Artie Rate As Great X-Men?

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Who are the greatest ever X-Men? Over the coming weeks, we’re going to try to answer that question, selecting five X-Men at a time from across the franchise’s long history, and pairing up your votes with the opinions of our own panel of highly opinionated X-Men fans. Your scores will be added to ours to determine the top 100 X-Men.

Today we're voting on two of Kitty Pryde's very best friends, the dragon and the demon. We also want you to weigh in on one of the many Angels, the first of multiple Beasts, and the one and only... Artie Maddicks.

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Spider-Man Uncovered: Why The Half-Mask Look Is So Important to Peter Parker

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For a film where he's maybe the dozenth biggest character, Captain America: Civil War does an incredible job of introducing the MCU version of Spider-Man. (Moderate spoilers follow if you haven't yet seen the movie.) Heartbroken as I still am that it's not Miles Morales and/or Donald Glover under the mask, Tom Holland's performance and Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely's screenplay manage to get a lot right about the character, in a way that other adaptations just haven't.

Nearly every single thing that comes out of Spidey's mouth is funny, in just the right awkward way. Next to the low-saturation burgundy costumes of the other Avengers, his stark (no pun intended) reds and blues really pop. Peter talks and moves like a kid, a geeky fan whose presence makes the film lighter and bouncier. But more than all that, the film manages to include the single most important thing about the entire Spider-Man mythos: a bit where his mask is rolled halfway up his face.

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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 1, Episode 14: ‘River of Time’

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The CW’s latest super-show, Legends of Tomorrow, follows Rip Hunter on his adventures through time, with a team of misfits that includes Arrow’s Atom and White Canary, both halves of Firestorm, Hawkwoman, and Flash rogues Captain Cold and Heat Wave. Arrow and Flash recappers Matt Wilson and Dylan Todd are on hand to deliver our Legends of Tomorrow post-show analysis, Stuff of Legends.

On this week's "River of Time," our Legends act really stupid while they try to rush a captive Vandal Savage into the Time Masters' custody. The episode was directed by Alice Troughton and from a script by Cortney Norris and Anderson Mackenzie.

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100 X-Men: How Do Gateway, Juggernaut, Moira, Jean & Genesis Rate As Great X-Men

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Today we're voting on Charles Xavier's favorite student, his wicked step-brother, and one of his oldest collaborators. We also offer our assessment on one of the stranger presences from the Australia years, and yet another former villain turned Westchester student.

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Ask Chris #288: The Boy Wonder

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Q: Beyond the whole "kid's POV" character thing, why do we love Robin so much? We should be horrified by his existence. -- @TheDwightSteel

A: All right, first of all, if you're going to be horrified by the kind of child endangerment that's necessary for Batman to take a kid sidekick along to fight murder clowns and crossword robberies, then I have some bad news for you about pretty much every other adventure story that involves children. The sheer number of criminal charges over Scrooge McDuck's dubious employment of his nephews would keep Duckburg's courts busy for a decade, and Hogwarts? That place is a deathtrap just based on the idea of sending ten year-olds onto staircases that move of their own volition, let alone the part where they've got magic death snake hiding in the plumbing. And if we ever get around to Pokémon, well... You're probably going to want to sit down for that one.

But really, that danger ends up being a pretty big part of what makes Robin work, although there's a little more to it than that.

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‘Arrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 4, Episode 20: ‘Genesis’

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It’s time for another installment of Pointed Commentary, the feature where grizzled Arrow watcher Matt D. Wilson and newcomer Chris Haley dig into the details of Team Arrow cleaning up the filthy, crime-ridden streets of Star City.

On this week’s episode, “Genesis,” Team Arrow splits up to shore up some loose ends. Ollie and Felicity go off for some training, Dig searches for his traitorous brother, and Thea takes an... unusual vacation. Gregory Smith directed the episode, which was written by Oscar Balderrama and Emilio Ortega Aldrich.

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Cast Party: Who Should Star in an ‘X-Men’ Reboot?

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Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. This week is the first of a four part series spanning the month of May, which envisions a full reboot of the X-Men movie franchise.

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