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"Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse" Makes a Pretty, If Confusing, Debut

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"Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse" Makes a Pretty, If Confusing, Debut

Written by Angela Rairden Spider-Gwen is one of my favorite Spider-people, mostly because I’ve always loved Gwen Stacy. Actually, if I’m being completely honest, I’m a big fan of all of Peter Parker’s love interests – I guess he has good taste or something. However, there’s something about the role reversal of the uber smart Gwen becoming Spider-Gwen instead of Peter that really appeals to me. Not to mention, her spider suit is really slick-looking. Therefore, when I picked up Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse #1, I didn’t expect to find it as disappointing as I did. The official Marvel description for this...

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“Animal Castle” Is a Fresh Take on an Important Classic, by Angela Rairden

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“Animal Castle” Is a Fresh Take on an Important Classic, by Angela Rairden

Having recently finished reading Stray Dogs: Dog Days and currently finding myself enthralled in Good Boy (you can read my review here, if you like), I’m realizing that I’m on a bit of an animal-centric comic book kick as of late. Therefore, when I saw issue three of underrated publisher Ablaze Publishing’s Animal Castle on the new release shelf at my local comic bookstore, I knew that I had to find issues one and two and give them all a read immediately. Which is exactly what I did. Knowing nothing about the comic beyond the fact that I liked the...

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“Batman: The Knight” Shows Readers How Bruce Wayne Becomes The World’s Greatest Detective, by Angela Rairden

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“Batman: The Knight” Shows Readers How Bruce Wayne Becomes The World’s Greatest Detective, by Angela Rairden

  DC Comics released issue one of new title Batman: The Knight on January 19th. The planned 10 issue comic, written by the acclaimed Chip Zdarsky (Daredevil, Sex Criminals) with art by Carmine Di Giandomenico (The Flash, Batgirl) promises to tell “the story of [how] Batman begins”. Although I didn’t dislike the first issue at all, there are a couple of things that I found curious (which admittedly probably have more to do with DC itself than with this series). The first one being that the title of this comic is written in a very medieval style script, which is...

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"The Good Asian" is a Classic Noir Tale Set in a Dark Time in American History, by Angela Rairden

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"The Good Asian" is a Classic Noir Tale Set in a Dark Time in American History, by Angela Rairden

The Good Asian was a comic that I had heard positive things about since its initial release; however, it was a comic that I knew nothing about. Therefore, I picked up its first trade, which encompasses issues one through four, not knowing what to expect from a comic with such an unusual and, frankly, slightly uncomfortable title. What I discovered was a gripping tale exposing a rarely discussed time in American history told in a deeply authentic noir tone. Taking place in 1936’s San Francisco, The Good Asian shines a light on a time period that most modern Americans either...

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Marvel Debuted an Impressive List of New Superheroine Comics in January, by Angela Rairden

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Marvel Debuted an Impressive List of New Superheroine Comics in January, by Angela Rairden

This month, Marvel launched a slew of new superheroine comics, introducing new storylines, villains, and even some unlikely partnerships. Whether struggling to understand their place in the world, or sacrificing everything to protect those who need it, each of these illustrious leading ladies prove that they are forces to be reckoned with. Here are my reviews of a few of them, and a list of the impressive amount of variant covers that were released with each title (because there are a lot of them and they are all very pretty). ELEKTRA: BLACK, WHITE & BLOOD #1 Release date: January 5th,...

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