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Special Delivery! Should You Be Reading ‘Paper Girls’?

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Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's Paper Girls is a story about friendship, sisterhood, and the weirdest time traveling and logic bending experiences since Lost. Except, unlike Lost, Paper Girls actually holds up, and it manages to pass the Bechdel test!

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Hedging Your Bets #7: Endangered Species

Hedging Your Bets #7: Endangered Species

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, Poochie returns to his home planet.

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‘Arrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 5 Episode 8: ‘Invasion!’

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On this week’s episode, the alien race known as the Dominators are here! But so are all the other CW heroes! Including Supergirl! “Invasion!” was directed by James Bamford from a script by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Wendy Mericle.

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Repetition and Replicants: The Use of Sampling in King and Walta’s ‘Vision’

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Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta's The Vision features a lot of quotation and repetition. Dialogue and scenes are reprised a few pages or issues later; objects that make a quick appearance in issue #1 play a vital role in the climax; dialogue is lifted directly from comics published nearly 50 years ago, and from plays published more than four centuries ago.

These aren’t unusual techniques. They’re just examples of structurally sound storytelling, of how to make a book feel like an extension of the histories, real and fictional, of the world that it exists within.

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Civil War Correspondence: There’s Something About Spider-Man [Recapping ‘Civil War II’ #6 & 7]

David Marquez. Image credits: Marvel Comics
David Marquez. Image credits: Marvel Comics

After nearly two months without a Civil War Correspondence, we're back to recap the events of Civil War II #6 and 7, as things head towards their inevitable conclusion and the stakes get higher but more personal.

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‘Supergirl’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 2 Episode 8: ‘Medusa’

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This week, it’s Thanksgiving in National City, and there’s an alien-killing virus on the loose! Also, The Flash is (briefly) here! “Medusa” was directed by Stefan Pleszczynski from a script by Jessica Queller and Derek Simon.

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How the World Ends: Should You Be Reading ‘The Spread’?

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Launching in 2014, Spread is a post-apocalyptic horror series that follows the aftermath of a devastating illness that destroys all life and changes everything it touches. It’s like The Walking Dead, but better.

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Ghoul Next Door: Should You Be Reading ‘Patrik the Vampire’?

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What would you do if you found out your neighbor was a vampire? Would you shriek in terror, or invite him over for tea and conversation? If your neighbor were Patrik, you might do both --- especially once you find out what a good chef he is!

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Hedging Your Bets #6: Unraveling

Hedging Your Bets #6, background art by Tracy Yardley

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, we've got demonic possession, widespread destruction, and then a month off so that Sonic can go compete in the Olympics. Seriously.

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‘Supergirl’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 2 Episode 7: ‘The Darkest Place’

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This week, Supergirl learns who’s pulling the strings at Cadmus, the Guardian is wanted for murder, and surprising returns abound. "The Darkest Place" was directed by Glenn Winter from a script by Robert Rovner and Paula Yoo.

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