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Strip Panel Naked: Toying With Scale In ‘God Country’

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There's a really fun set-up in God Country, by Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw, Jason Wordie and John J. Hill, which starts the heavily utilize the idea of scale in the second issue. It becomes a major feature of the work, and one that the team keeps drawing attention to, page after page.

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‘Steven Universe’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 4, Episode 17: ‘Rocknaldo’

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In this episode, Bloodstone joins the Crystal Gems, and Ronaldo learns a lesson, maybe. Rocknaldo was written by Hilary Florido and Lauren Zuke, and directed by Hye Sung Park, Ricky Cometa, and Kat Morris.

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Cast Party: Who Should Star In An ‘Animosity’ Movie?

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This week we're casting an imagined movie version of Animosity, a really fun apocalyptic comic written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Rafael de Latorre. It takes place in a world where, one year ago, every animal on Earth gained human-level intelligence and the ability to speak. Obviously this has sent society into complete disarray.

The book follows a young girl named Jesse and her dog Sandor. Sandor's a bloodhound who now speaks with a Southern accent, but remains loyal to Jesse. He's attempting to protect her after the death of her parents, as they travel across a chaotic North America in search of her older brother.

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Good Thing: Geof Darrow is Back to Blow Your Mind

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Dark Horse Comics

The first time anyone reads a Geof Darrow comic, I can only imagine them having the exact same experience of their head exploding in some over-the-top, ridiculous way that only Darrow could illustrate. His brand of hyper-detailed hyper-violence is hard to replicate, and even just seeing a single panel of his work is enough to know that Darrow is unlike any other. So it's definitely a Good Thing that Darrow is heading back to comics this year with a new mini-series of Shaolin Cowboy.

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This Magazine Kills Fascists: Raging Against The Machine In James Roberts’ ‘Transformers’

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Jack Lawrence & Joana Lafuente / IDW Publishing

James Roberts' work on IDW's Transformers franchise is some of the most explicitly political storytelling in comics right now.

Politics is a core theme of Roberts' entire Transformers work, and while the comics do have some of the best action, romance and comedy, they're also all about refusing to let anyone else make your decisions for you.

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Survival, Slavery, and Suffering in the Graphic Novel of Octavia Butler’s ‘Kindred’

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The graphic novel adaptation of the late Octavia Butler's masterpiece Kindred opens with the main character, Dana, sitting in a hospital bed with her left arm missing at the elbow and the words "I lost an arm on my last trip home" printed in a narration box. It's a sharp, painful opening for a book that deals with slavery, suffering, and survival in one of the most dangerous times in history for Black people.

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‘Riverdale’ Post-Show Analysis, Season 1 Episode 5: ‘Heart of Darkness’

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The CW

This week, we see inside the Blossom family residence, Riverdale buries Jason, Betty goes on a “reconnaissance mission” to Pop’s with a cute boy, and we learn how maple syrup ruins everything. “Heart of Darkness” was written by Ross Maxwell and directed by Jesse Warn.

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From Black Panther To Moon Girl: A Brief History Of Young Black Brilliance in Superhero Comics

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #12 - Art by Natacha Bustos, Colors by Tamra Bonvillain - Marvel Comics 2016
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #12 - Art by Natacha Bustos, Colors by Tamra Bonvillain - Marvel Comics 2016

It's been just a few months since Amadeus Cho told nine-year-old Lunella Lafayette that she was "the smartest person in whole world" at the end of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #12. In the time since, Lunella has been condescended to by adult scientists, helped take down the Mole Man's monsters, and teamed up with two other girl geniuses --- the new and unstoppable Wasp, and Ironheart, aka Riri Williams.

Lunella's brilliance makes her one in a long line of inspiring, super-smart Black characters in comics that can be traced back decades to the Black Panther's first appearance in 1966's Fantastic Four #52, by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee.

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‘Arrow’ Post-Show Analysis, Season 5 Episode 14: ‘The Sin-Eater’

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This week, a bunch of villains from Team Arrow’s past bust out of jail, Susan Williams confronts Oliver about being the Green Arrow, and the cops learn who really killed Detective Malone. Oh, and Ollie’s mayoral career goes up in flames. “The Sin-Eater” was directed Mary Lambert from a script by Barbara Bloom and Jenny Lynn.

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Hedging Your Bets #18: Champions

Hedging Your Bets #18: Control, background art by  Ryan Jampole and Diana Skelly
Hedging Your Bets #18: Control, background art by Ryan Jampole and Diana Skelly

With almost 300 issues in the core series, Archie's Sonic The Hedgehog stands as the longest-running uninterrupted American monthly comic book that's currently being published. In Hedging Your Bets, I attempt to get up to speed on Sonic the Hedgehog, challenging the odds to hopefully make it all the way to the finish line.

This week, it's Sonic meets WrestleMania, and how do you screw that up?!

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