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Comics for the New Year: Courtesy, Your Friendly Neighborhood Valkyrie

After months of delays, scheduling problems, and continuity confusion, Marvel is wrapping up the recent Secret Wars event with Issue #9, but they’ve already launched more than a dozen new titles in a post-Secret Wars world. I’ve been pretty pleased with what they’ve delivered so far – despite my fears, Marvel is continuing to make good on their promise of diversity, nurturing break-outs like Spider-Gwen, the new Thor, Sam Wilson as Captain America, and the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, among others. As for the new debuts…

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1950s CIVIL DEFENSE...

Real Life Procrastinator: Chronicle of a So-Called Adult

They call my generation ‘Boomerang Kids’ – Millennials who left the nest for college, then turned right around and moved back in with Mom and Dad post-grad because the wider world is terrible, and depressing, and an empty nightmare of struggles to find affordable healthcare.

I’m thirty years old, and there’s almost nothing adult about me.

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Travel Guide to Battleworld: A-Force to Ultimate End

With 41 territories made up of alternate universe fragments, exploration of Battleworld can be daunting, even to experienced travelers. In this guide I hope to help you navigate the perplexing landscape and make the most out of your journey. If you get lost, you can always call on the Thors for assistance; just keep in mind that Doom’s Law is absolute, and the Thor Corps exists to enforce it. Have fun!

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Original cover by Mike; Secret Wars 2015 cover by Alex Ross

A Valkyrie Walks Into Battleworld…

Long, long ago, back in ye olde 1980s, the Mattel toy company decided that superheroes were going to be the next big thing. But if they were going to team-up with Marvel to sell epic play sets, then they wanted a big comic book event to go with it. The keywords coming out of the focus group were ‘secret,’ ‘wars,’ and ‘everybody,’ and so the Secret Wars (where heroes and villains from around the world were sent to an alien planet to fight to the death) was born. Now Marvel’s throwing everything into a new blender with months of comics featuring alternate universe versions of the characters we love, and seeing what sticks to the sides. It’s complicated, it’s confusing, it’s bananas. Hopefully, it’ll also be fun – because I’m determined to read every single issue.

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