Curl Up With Comics: Courtesy, Your Friendly Neighborhood Valkyrie

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September 5, 2016

Beyond Rebirths and Civil Wars, there are whole worlds to explore in the pages of comics and graphic novels.     While DC has its Rebirth, Marvel slogs through its second Civil War – an interesting story, but one that’s been buried by tie-ins. (See below for one really stand-out moment.) Meanwhile the ‘indie’ scene is knocking out of the park. Take a look at some of my new and old…

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

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January 6, 2016

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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Travel Guide to Battleworld: A-Force to Ultimate End

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May 25, 2015

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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A Valkyrie Walks Into Battleworld…

Original cover by Mike; Secret Wars 2015 cover by Alex Ross
May 25, 2015

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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