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Way Too Late Reviews: …And Another Thing

Continuing a beloved book series after an author has passed away is a tricky thing. Compare the post-Ian Fleming Bond novels to the 14 entries in the Dune franchise. Critics may appreciate the new work, as in the case of Kyle Mills, who continued the Bourne series after Robert Ludlum’s death. Or, they may decry

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The JCU: Joss Whedon’s Comic Universe

Nerds know heartbreak. Our favorite TV shows get cancelled (Star Trek), beloved characters die (Terminator), beloved comic properties turn to shit on screen when artistic vision clashes with the movie business (X-Men: The Last Stand, Spider-Man 3). It seems like there’s a hundred ways to ruin a geeky property and only

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Silent Night, Unholy Night

Just who were the wise men, really? Sure, I knew the story. I was raised Lutheran. Three wise men appear in the middle of the night, offering gold, frankincense and myrrh to Joseph and Mary to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus. But what happened next? It was a question I never

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Way Too Late Reviews: Heart-Shaped Box

One of my favorite things about discovering good art (whether that’s movies, music, or games) is when good art leads me to more good art. Such was the case with the recent movie Horns, which I reviewed back in October for Dorkadia. Horns was based on the second novel by Joe Hill,

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Viable Paradise

This October, I was fortunate enough to attend Viable Paradise XVIII, an annual workshop meeting in Martha’s Vineyard for the XVIII-th time. We twenty-four happy aspiring authors, fragile and vulnerable manuscripts in hand, landed on the island to have our brains pulled out of our skulls and submerged in a

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Review: The Last Werewolf

Stop what you’re doing and look up ennui in Urbandictionary. Then read this book. Humans are endlessly fascinated by new things: new books, new movies, new bands. We bend over backward to try out new restaurants; we max out our credit cards to have the latest and greatest tchotchke. So what

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Review: Dr. Sleep

Stephen King’s sequel to one of his most beloved books is decent enough, although it’s tough not to see its publication as a swipe at Stanley Kubrick. Is twelve too early to read about haunted hotels, gypsy curses, and dormant aliens from outer space? I was twelve when I read

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Attack on Titan – Big action, fast plot, shallow characters

It really seems like Attack on Titan has been one of the hottest new anime properties out there as of late. I stopped counting the amount of cosplay based on it at Emerald City Comic Con after the first few dozen. Until only a couple months ago, I’ll admit that

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Who is Damian Wayne?

I have been (not so) patiently waiting for May 6th to arrive – because it brings the latest DC animated movie “Son of Batman“. It’s no secret that i’m a huge Batman nerd, but also, I really liked Damian Wayne! And as frequently as I would drone on about how cool

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Locke and Key

Joe Hill is a pitiless bastard. Two weeks ago I got up early on a Saturday morning and read the last volume of Locke and Key, Alpha and Omega.  I’d been planning to write my review for last week about it, because its one of the best comic series I’ve

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Loki: Agent of Asgard – Trust Me #1

I’ve been reading comics off and on since I was six years old and Superman died. The thing about being a female comic book fan is that even from an early age, you’re made very aware that superhero books are not necessarily geared towards you. There’s a common style of

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3 Reasons Captain Marvel Needs a Solo Series

The following article contains some spoilers for the New 52’s Shazam, recently released as a graphic novel. DC’s Captain Marvel is my absolute favorite superhero and I want to see more of him – I want to see him have his own solo comic again, something the character hasn’t had

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A1: The World’s Greatest Comics – Lots of content, not enough context

I grew up reading a ton of fiction anthology series. Everything from Sword and Sorceress to stuff like Cats, Magical Familiars! and I loved them, even when they revolved around talking cats (or maybe especially). As I got more into comic books, I started picking up some comic anthologies, such

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New Comics, No Capes – Part Two

I’m here to continue a look at brand new, non-superhero comics to have recently been released. Looking over this week’s round up, I realize that every one of these books has been published by Image. This wasn’t intention on my part, but I think it demonstrates something excellent about a

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New Comics, No Capes – Part One

Non-superhero comics seem to be really picking up lately, with major publishers like DC and Image really pushing some innovative, interesting titles. Within the last few months a bunch of new books have hit the stores and because I’m a little crazy, I’m apparently trying to read all of them

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Fantasy/Sci-Fi Book Review Roundup

Daylight Savings has ended, which means that Seattle can stop pretending to give us clement weather and get on with the natural cold grey dark. Unless you’re one of our readers from the Antipodean wonderlands (in which case, good luck with the hell-spiders) I expect your surroundings will be following

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Batman: The Long Halloween

I wanted to write something today Halloween-esque, (other than my review of Halloween costumes this year!) and the first thing to come to mind was Batman: The Long Halloween. While normally I start to fan-girl out here about an awesome story in Batman, this is a comic that you might

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Code Monkey Save World – Kickstarter’s Best

Jonathon Coulton’s music is an instantly notable part of modern nerd culture. ‘Still Alive’ is one of the most recognizable songs to come from a video game in the last decade – start singing a lyric and there’s not many gamers who couldn’t finish it for you. Personally, I knew

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Holy Crap It’s Republic of Thieves!

“FANTASY EVENT OF THE YEAR” is ad-copy noise, so blaring and ubiquitous as to be totally meaningless. Whose year are we even talking about? But when pictures of the ARC for Republic of Thieves hit the Twitterverse, with said ad-copy plastered garishly across the front, the story checked out. In

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The Long Earth

I’m a sucker for alternate history and parallel worlds.  You remember how bad Sliders was?  I loved the first few seasons of that show.  I used to comb comic stands for Marvel’s “What If” issues, despite how uniformly awful they ended up being.  Alternate history has always presented a sort

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Something’s Fishy In the Canon: Shadows Over Innsmouth

Of all the strange and specific things about the canon of HP Lovecraft – the Cthulhu Mythos, which has no shortage of strange – the one that’s always struck me is how little of it old Howard Phillips wrote himself. He was prolific as hell, of course, but the sheer

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