Oct 262014
 

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Archie Andrews and zombies are a combination that shouldn’t work. Heck, it’s a combination that shouldn’t exist. But my word, if Afterlife with Archie isn’t one of the best comics on the market today. With stellar story and artwork, I strongly encourage everyone to check out this horror comic series.

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Oct 122014
 

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Magneto is a popular character, and for good reason. Aside from his iconic power set and appearance, the Master of Magnetism also possesses one of the most interesting character arcs in mainstream comics. While the status quo returns all too often in superhero comic books, Magneto has actually undergone real, discernible change in his 50+ years on the printed page. His ongoing series is no exception, as it explores this complex character, a man who has been a prisoner, a conqueror, and a messiah. Today, I’m here to tell you why you need to check out Magneto. 

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Oct 052014
 

For several months we have been receiving word from Marvel about several DRASTIC changes taking place throughout the Marvel Universe. Everything from the aging of Captain America, to Iron-Man’s supposed turn to the dark side. However, none has been more so controversial than that of the announcement of Thor’s gender swap.

Yes, the Asgardian god of thunder is falling to the power of transformation, and has been announced to become a Woman in October of this year. Marvel made this announcement several months ago, but left VERY little information for us to chew on as to WHY he was suddenly getting a much larger breast plate. The only information we WERE given was that this was THOR, not LADY THOR, or Madame Thor, but she will be referred to as THOR. She is not a replacement, or a substitute, or side character, but THOR. So everyone continued to wonder, WHO IS THIS PERSON? HOW ARE THEY BECOMING THOR? WHY?

Well, we received our first clue during the last issue of the Original Sin event title. In Original Sin, Nick Fury whispered a secret given to him when he stole the Watcher’s eye into Thor’s ear. Ever since then Thor has NOT been able to lift the hammer. And this is EXACTLY where THOR #1 starts us off from, albeit several WEEKS of attempting to lift the Hammer had passed before we received this issue…

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Sep 282014
 

Sometimes, you just need a little bit of fantasy in your life to spice up the banality of the everyday. But sometimes, a little hit of pixie dust can be a tough, and dangerous trip. For this week’s Give It a Shot–you know, that column where we writers wax poetic about things that we just love and highly recommend — we’re going to take a quick look at a fantasy novel that deserves a chance: Tad William’s The War of the Flowers.

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Don’t let the name fool you–there’s all sorts of political scandal and struggle, orphans, washed-up rockstars, and fairies hellbent on world-destruction–to keep you hungry to read more.

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Sep 212014
 

I believe that brevity is the soul of wit. Sure, there is something to be said about webcomics crafted over years of dedication and growth… However, there is also something incredibly impressive about a short and sweet story that packs a powerful punch. Princess Princess is the perfect example of how a strong, short story — combined with charming art, and an upbeat plot that harkens back to nostalgic “girl power” themes–can leave a lasting impression.

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And it doesn’t hurt that it also has like everything anyone clamoring for more diversity in fiction can ask for.

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Sep 152014
 

earthsong ch coverDo you love fantasy worlds, but find that every story has the same kind of elves, dwarves, and orcs that are all, well, male?  Earthsong is a fantasy webcomic/graphic novel series written and illustrated by Crystal Yates with a keen emphasis on diverse and largely female-driven plot involving magic and universe-saving. Those that are fans of the newcomer’s self-discovery plot with the addition of lore and humor will enjoy Earthsong. Crystal Yates has diligently updated it as many Mondays as she could since 2004, and it now boasts 13 Chapters to read-through and a reliable schedule to follow. Earthsong also regularly ranks pretty high – #22 this week in fact –  on TopWebcomics, and has an established readership.

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