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‘Steven Universe’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 3, Episodes 19-21: ‘Steven vs. Amethyst’ and ‘Bismuth’

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Welcome to Together Breakfast, the feature where Elle Collins and Katie Schenkel come together to dig in and relish every last drop of Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. With the current nightly summer schedule, we’re going to be doing a couple of these a week, and two to three episodes per column. It may be hectic, but hopefully you’ll keep up with us as we dive headlong into the world of the Crystal Gems.

This time Steven and Amethyst fight it out, an original Crystal Gem returns, and Steven has to do the hard thing. Steven vs. Amethyst was written by Hilary Florido and Lauren Zuke, and directed by Kat Morris and Jasmin Lai. Bismuth was written by Lamar Abrams, Colin Howard, Jeff Liu, and Katie Mitroff, and directed by Joe Johnston and Jasmin Lai.

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Hey Puddin’! Watch Our ‘Suicide Squad’ Spoiler Review

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How was the Joker? Is Ben Affleck’s Batman a welcome addition? What about the other surprise DC cameo? Does Amanda Waller’s plan make any sense at all? Who the heck is Slipknot? How does Harley Quinn fit into the rest of the Suicide Squad? Why did they introduce Katana so late in the movie? What the hell was going on with the Enchantress? Did they really just rip off Ghostbusters with that ending? All of those topics and more are on the table for our FULL SPOILERS discussion and review of Suicide Squad.

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Can Supergirl Save Us From Batman’s Fear Of Femininity?

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Batman is a straight male power fantasy. His daylight veneer is one of a playboy billionaire. His nighttime identity is that of a sculpted superhero all clad in black. In either take, he is a masculine bulwark against the evil in Gotham — which is why his villains are so often feminine, queer, flamboyant, and robed in bright colors.

Hopefully Supergirl and National City can provide a more inclusive and subversive space for the feminine, the gender nonconforming, the queer. Kara is one of the few superheroes more often portrayed as feminine; she derives her strength equally from her own compassion as she does Earth’s yellow sun.

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Cast Party: Who Should Star In A ‘Metamorpho’ Movie?

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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, I'm turning to the best DC comic of the SIlver Age, Metamorpho, created by Bob Haney and Ramona Fradon.

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‘Steven Universe’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 3, Episodes 17-18: ‘Gem Hunt’ and ‘Crack the Whip’

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Welcome to Together Breakfast, the feature where Elle Collins and Katie Schenkel come together to dig in and relish every last drop of Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. With the current nightly summer schedule, we’re going to be doing a couple of these a week, and two to three episodes per column. It may be hectic, but hopefully you’ll keep up with us as we dive headlong into the world of the Crystal Gems.

This time around Connie goes on her first official mission, Amethyst offers some combat advice, and a villain we guessed would return soon returns twice. Gem Hunt was written by Colin Howard and Jeff Liu, and directed by Joe Johnston and Jasmin Lai. Crack the Whip was written by Raven M. Molisee and Paul Villeco, and directed by Kat Morris and Jasmin Lai.

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Give ‘Em Elle: Queer Subtext Through The Years

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Welcome to Give ‘Em Elle, a weekly column that hopes to bridge the gap between old school comics fandom and the progressive edge of comics culture. This week I'm thinking about queer subtext. Okay, full disclosure, I am literally always thinking about queer subtext. When I was in grad school, I taught a film class about queer subtext and how to find it. So that's where I'm coming from. But I'm especially thinking about it in comics.

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‘Birds Of Prey’ TV Rewatch, Episode 5: ‘Sins Of The Mother’

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Shortly after the debut of Smallville, but long before comic book superhero TV shows were as commonplace as they are today, the WB launched a live-action Birds of Prey TV series that lasted just one 13-episode season, and seems little mourned today. In an effort to determine just what went wrong with the seemingly before-its-time show, our Bird Watching team of Meredith Tomeo and Caleb Mozzocco are watching and dissecting every episode. You can watch along with us on DVD or digitally on iTunes or Amazon.

In this episode, the most glaring omission from a show based on the Birds Of Prey comics is finally corrected, at least temporarily, when Black Canary makes the scene. What is her connection to the blond girl named Dinah, and just how happy is everyone going to be to see Black Canary? "Sins of the Mother" will provide the answers. The episode originally aired on November 6 of 2002, and was written by Melissa Rosenberg and Hans Tobeason, and directed by Jeff Woolnough.

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‘Preacher’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 1, Episode 10: ‘Call and Response’

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AMC’s Preacher follows small-town Texas pastor Jesse Custer, his former partner-in-crime Tulip, and a foul-mouthed Irish vampire named Cassidy as they attempt to find God in a godless world. Matt Wilson, a devotee of the Vertigo comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, and Elle Collins, a returning parishioner with a dose of skepticism, are checking in to see what they find on the dusty trail in ComicsAlliance’s new recap series, Gospel Truth.

In this week’s season finale, “Call and Response,” Jesse and Tulip finally get their hands on an old partner, Jesse calls up God, and everything changes. Sam Catlin wrote and directed the episode.

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‘Steven Universe’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 3, Episodes 15-16: ‘Alone at Sea’ and ‘Greg the Babysitter’

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Welcome to Together Breakfast, the feature where Elle Collins and Katie Schenkel come together to dig in and relish every last drop of Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. With the current nightly summer schedule, we’re going to be doing a couple of these a week, and two to three episodes per column. It may be hectic, but hopefully you’ll keep up with us as we dive headlong into the world of the Crystal Gems.

In the latest episodes, a fun boat trip turns into a dramatic reunion, and we find out why Greg started working at the car wash. Alone at Sea was written by Hilary Florido, Kat Morris, and Rebecca Sugar, and directed by Kat Morris and Jasmin Lai. Greg the Babysitter was written by Lamar Abrams and Katie Mitroff, and directed by Joe Johnston and Jasmin Lai.

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Ask Chris #300: The Undisputed High Point Of The Silver Age

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Q: What is your high water mark for DC's Silver Age? Mine is the publication of Atom #1 in 1961. --- @batmite1

A: When you get right down to it, it's pretty difficult to separate the Silver Age from the Superman. Even when Batman was translating the era's pop-art aesthetics and biff-pow sound effects to a mass media audience on television, it was the Superman titles that were defining the era in comics, and providing some of the true high points of the era. Chances are pretty good that when you think of the Silver Age, the image you get in your head is going to be from a Superman title, whether it's the time he was walking around with a lion head, a far-future adventure with the Legion of Super-Heroes, or even the very existence of Jimmy Olsen.

But while Superman provided most of the memorable highlights of the era, there was a lot going on beneath the surface in books like Doom Patrol or Metal Men that were stone cold classics. And pound for pound, the best comic of the Silver Age wasn't Superman. It was Metamorpho.

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