Arthur Darvill: From Companion to Time Master

Arthur Darvill: From Companion to Time Master

When you have a fan following like Doctor Who, people will take notice when the actors star in other television shows and movies.  Arthur Darvill is well known for his role as Rory, one of the Doctor’s companions, on Doctor Who.  He appeared in 27 episodes from 2010 to 2012.  Now, Arthur has taken on a new role in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as Rip Hunter.  Rip Hunter is a Time Master, which is suspiciously…

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Why DC’s Harley Quinn is my Spirit Animal

Why DC’s Harley Quinn is my Spirit Animal

Harley Quinn was created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini for Batman: The Animated Series in September, 1992.  Harley didn’t make her comic book debut until a year later in “The Batman Adventures #12”.  Since then Harley has become a staple in the DC Universe.  Outside of Batman comics she has experienced fame of her own in Gotham City Sirens, a solo comic and in Suicide Squad.  It’s no surprise that her popularity has grown…

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First hint at how SUPERGIRL and THE FLASH might cross over

First hint at how SUPERGIRL and THE FLASH might cross over

Following the recent announcement that The Flash would cross into Supergirl‘s world, actor Grant Gustin posted a photo on his Instagram account giving us our first hint into exactly how the crossover would take place. In the photo below, we see the title page for Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Michael Grassi‘s script titled “Worlds Finest”. There is an interesting hint hidden in that title, and that is the usage of the word worlds rather…

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What FAITH Really Means for Comics

What FAITH Really Means for Comics

Big things are happening in the comic book industry, and what’s happening with Faith is one of the biggest. For years, comic book readers have taken to their keyboards and con floors for heated debates over the unrealistic body images presented in most mainstream and even independent comic books. Depictions of characters of both genders (though the debate has primarily focused on depictions of women in comics) have been skewed since the industry’s creation towards…

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LGBTQ Representation in Comics

LGBTQ Representation in Comics

The Stonewall Riots were the beginning of the LGBT movement.  As we approached the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the Supreme Court of the United States made Same-Sex Marriage legal nationwide.  In the past 46 years the LGBTQ+ community has come a long way. We went from homosexuality being prohibited to seeing The White House turned into a rainbow with lights in order to commemorate yet another important day in history. Today, there is…

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Pros and Cons of “Leaked” Content

Pros and Cons of “Leaked” Content

We live in the age of spoilers, but Supergirl has taken it to a new level. When I was little, I remember the only advantage I had in order to know about a TV show or a new movie was to catch the one and only trailers of it, whether they be on TV or in those old previews on VHS and DVD’s. Now, leaked footage, such as photos on set, videos of cast, and…

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Bleeding Cool, Batman, and Media Ethics

Bleeding Cool, Batman, and Media Ethics

It’s Tuesday, which means that there’s controversy in the comics community. Earlier today, news/rumor site Bleeding Cool posted spoilers regarding DC Comics’ forthcoming Free Comic Book Day release, Divergence. In the article, writer Rich Johnston reveals the identity of the person behind the mask in the widely cirulated images of Batman in a new suit of mechanized armor. The site’s staff had been aware of the new Batman’s identity for several weeks, having been provided…

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GOTHAM and the Problematic Perfection of Batman

GOTHAM and the Problematic Perfection of Batman

Fox’s Gotham has made no bones about playing fast and loose with Batman’s seventy-five year canon, and with good reason. To handicap the show by limiting its storytelling options to what’s already been laid down on paper would have the writers do a disservice to their show and its own dramatic thrust. That said, there remains a legitimate criticism of how the show runners have chosen to include so many characters who the comics depicted…

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Can Scribd revolutionize the comic industry?

Can Scribd revolutionize the comic industry?

Comics have a bit of a problem. While we are currently amidst an explosion of comic book movies, there hasn’t been a corresponding explosion in physical sales for the comics industry. Don’t get me wrong, comic books have seen a steady increase in sales for the past couple years, but few of those sales have translated to lasting new readers for the medium. Outside of the trade market, the only place where we are seeing a marked…

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A-Force is Marvel’s Next Step in Reducing the Gender Divide

A-Force is Marvel’s Next Step in Reducing the Gender Divide

This week Marvel announced they were ending the Avengers. This is a comic book series with a multi-billion dollar movie franchise, and Marvel are going to replace it. Think about the magnitude of that decision, for a moment. Consider the dollar value in sales that ‘Avengers Comic Books’ gains from ‘Avengers Movies’. The Avengers will be back at some point, no one has any doubt, but issue 1 of A-Force will be released just 19 days after Joss Whedon’s Age…

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