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This Magazine Kills Fascists: ‘Vote Loki’ And The Cult Of Personality

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Tradd Moore & Matthew Wilson / Marvel Comics

In the 2016 Marvel mini-series Vote Loki, readers see what happens when a strong personality with no real beliefs outside of their own narcissism runs for the highest office in the land, and how easily a large portion of the voting public can be swayed into voting for someone based on buzzwords and a perceived common bond.

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All’s Fair In Love And War In Next Year’s ‘Deadpool’ Crossover ‘Til Death Do Us…’

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Over the course of a number of volumes, annuals and miniseries, Gerry Duggan and his collaborators have turned Deadpool into one of the most tightly plotted and rewarding superhero titles on the stands. Next March, the running tension between Deadpool and his wife Shiklah will finally reach a boiling point as the Queen of Monster Metropolis stakes a claim on the surface world, and it's up to Wade, Spider-Man, and The Mercs For Money to stop her.

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Strange But True: The Unbelievable Gwenpool Is Your New Favorite Character

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When Marvel first introduced the character of Gwenpool, a lot of people were instantly turned off by what seemed like a blatant cash-grab. She’s Spider-Gwen + Deadpool, and inspired by cosplay; there doesn’t seem to be much there to her at all.

However, under the watch of Christopher Hastings and Gurihiru in the pages of The Unbelievable Gwenpool, she’s actually one of the most interesting and complex characters in the Marvel Universe.

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The Best Marvel Comics For Young Readers [Kids’ Comics]

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Today, we're looking at recent offerings from Marvel Comics that cater specifically to younger readers. Over recent years there's been a significant sea-change at Marvel that has allowed more young adult, kid-friendly, and inclusive titles to spring up and carve a corner for themselves, and we've chosen six of the very best for the kids and teens in your life.

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Hastings and Foss To Guide The God of Mischief To The White House In ‘Vote Loki’

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Earlier this month on Super Tuesday, Marvel announced an upcoming series titled Vote Loki, featuring the God of Mischief setting his sights on The White House --- although they did so without a creative team in place at that moment. Yesterday at the “All-New, All-Different Marvel” panel at C2E2, it was announced that Christopher Hastings and Langdon Foss will be the ones ushering in Loki’s presidential bid this June.

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Do What You Like: ‘The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1′ [Preview]

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Because somebody apparently demanded it, the character that Marvel Comics describes as "2015’s overnight sensation" is getting her own series by Christopher Hastings and Gurihiru. The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1 comes out April 13.

Despite what you might have reasonably assumed, Gwenpool is neither Gwen Stacy nor Deadpool. She's a girl named Gwen Poole, who comes from a mundane, non-superhero Earth just like ours, where she was way into Marvel Comics and video games. So when she finds herself in the Marvel Universe, she figures she can do whatever she wants, and it turns out she's right.

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Ask Chris #278: Hail To The Chief! Nominating Comics’ Finest Fake President

Ask Chris #278, background art by Christopher Hastings and Anthony Clark

Q: Who is the best President of the United States in superhero comics? -- @SAWinchell

A: Ah yes. It's a Presidential Election year here in the United States, and with politics in the air everywhere you look, the next eight months are probably going to involve a lot of questions about elections, public offices, and other expressions of our American ideals of democracy. For those of you who aren't in America, this might seem like we're drawing things out a little bit, but I can assure you that it's been like this for like a year already.

Anyway, to the question! Given how rarely we actually see the President playing a significant role in superhero comics, there are really only a few directions we can go with this. The obvious choices are, of course, Prez Rickard and Beth Ross, the two teenage presidents who have starred in different iterations of Prez, or Calvin Ellis, the Super-President from Earth-23, and if I was up for a bit of political satire, I could try to defend the Lex Luthor administration again. But really, if we want to talk about the best Chief Executive in all of comics, then there's only one real choice: President Maria Funkhouser, from Christopher Hastings' The Adventures of Dr. McNinja.

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Marvel Announces ‘Gwenpool’ Ongoing by Christopher Hastings and Gurihiru

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Marvel has announced an ongoing series for Gwenpool, star of the recent Gwenpool Holiday Special. The Unbelievable Gwenpool launches in April, written by Christopher Hastings with art by the team of Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano, better known as Gurihiru. The Entertainment Weekly article announcing the book attributes the launch to the character's popularity, which means solo books for quantifiably more popular Marvel characters like Jessica Jones and America Chavez will surely be announced any day now.

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‘Gwenpool Special’ Is Actually A Bit Special, But Not So Gwenpool [Review]

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I had absolutely no interest in Marvel’s Gwenpool Special #1 when it was announced. I like Spider-Gwen a whole lot, but what looked like essentially a gender-bent Deadpool in pink? Yeah, the best I could come up with was a shrug at the news that this random mash-up character would be getting a holiday issue.

Which is why I’m quite honestly shocked that I liked Gwenpool Special #1. I liked it a lot.

It’s a real Christmas miracle, people.

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Boy And Dog Blow Up Tower Made of Cake; You Won’t Believe What Happens Next in ‘Adventure Time’ #43 [Preview]

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I know that seems like a clickbaity headline, but we're just quoting the front page of the latest edition of The Tea Leaves, as you'll see in this preview of Adventure Time #34 by Christopher Hastings and Phil Murphy... where you'll also get to see what happens next.

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