Comic book review: Fearless Defenders #7

Fearless Defenders 7

I know. You’re still upset about issue 6. But stick with us for a status quo change so big we can’t actually show you anything! From Cullen Bunn and Stephanie Hans. Stephanie Hans takes up the artistic reins this issue as Annabelle Riggs deals with her new status as a member of the celebrated dead…
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How I Can Love Hollywood, Even When I Hate It

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Be aware of the messages your corporate-funded media contains, and be prepared to critique a lot of what you see. Don’t just think of it in terms of “Is this a good story?” although that’s important to bear in mind. Is this soulless schlock really worth your time and money? If not, keep moving, and stop rewarding bad behavior and lazy writing. But, more than that, consider questions like, “Does this perpetuate negative stereotypes?” and, “Does this contain harmful or offensive social agendas?” This is important: Not only are we the products of the media we consume, but our media is a product of the types of ideas and values we choose to propagate. It’s a big cycle, and as a consumer of media, you play a part in it, too.

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Comic book review: New Avengers #8

New Avengers 8

As casualties pile up in the ongoing war between Wakanda and Atlantis, an Illuminati member is forced to make a hard choice. An Inhuman learns of the Illuminati’s plans. Prelude to INFINITY: Everything falls apart. From Jonathan Hickman and Mike Deodato. As the cover suggests, this title is being folded into the upcoming Infinity event,…
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Comic book review: Uncanny Avengers #10

Uncanny Avengers 10

Ragnarok Now continues! THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF DEATH are unleashed! From Rick Remender and Daniel Acuna. With the Apocalypse Twins killing off all the former mutants Acolytes of Akkaba, the Uncanny Avengers find themselves pitted against ghosts of their pasts in their race to stop Uriel and Eimen. Setting aside their personal issues, the team…
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Comic book review: Captain America #9

Captain America 9

With the only way back to Earth slowly closing forever, Captain America must make the hardest decision of his life. A new ally from the past arrives, and makes everything worse. Zola’s plot is hatched, humanity in the crosshairs. The final days Dimension Z are here, and if Steve Rogers escapes intact, he will never…
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Comic book review: FF #9

FF #9

What happens? POOL PARTY. Who do they fight? POOL PARTY. What do we get? POOL PARTY. From Matt Fraction and Joe Quinones. When the team is invited to a pool party held by industrialist Charles Cotta, what turns out to be a strange day out for the kids gets very strange indeed for the resident…
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Comic book review: Avengers #16

Avengers #16

Prelude to INFINITY: Part Three. The battle between the Avengers and Mad Earth heats up. Whatever happened to Ex Nihilo and Abyss, and for that matter, Starbrand and Nightmask as well? From Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer with art by Stefano Casseli. It’s a race against the clock in this countdown to the Infinity event,…
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Comic book review: The Fearless Defenders #6

Fearless Defenders #6

Still guest staring most of the heroines in the Marvel Universe. Someone dies… Stock up on tissues. From Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney. Valkyrie’s true origins are revealed in this unexpectedly heartfelt conclusion to the Doom Maidens’ initial resurrection.  As Val assumes her identity as Rage, Caroline LeFay’s plans go awry and she and her…
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