Everything You Need to Know About Jessica Jones, Marvel's Most Badass Detective

Just over a month from now, Marvel’s next TV show debuts, featuring Jessica Jones. But who is Jessica? She’s not as well known as Daredevil or the Agents of SHIELD, even though she spent some time as an Avenger in the comics. So here’s everything you need to know about Marvel’s most superheroic detective. »10/05/15 2:25pmMonday 2:25pm

Everything You Need To Know About Marvel's "All-New, All-Different" Comic Universe

Next month, Marvel is introducing a whole new line up of comics—and a whole new universe to go with them. Don’t know your Earth-616 from your Earth-65? What the hell is with this Secret Wars thing? Will your favorite hero still have a comic? Will they even be the same person? Here’s everything you need to know going… »9/14/15 4:09pm9/14/15 4:09pm

Elected Queens and Princess Senators: How the Politics of Star Wars Work

Greetings, my magnificent mail-minions! I’ve got a swell—dare I say it, keen group of questions in this week’s mailbags, but I want to try something. If you have a question for the postman, you can email me, but you can also leave it in the comments of this article, and I’ll try to round them up for next week’s column. »9/10/15 5:30pm9/10/15 5:30pm

Nextwave Is A Bloody Brilliant Comic Book That Everyone Should Read

While researching my article on Monica Rambeau’s unfortunate history, I naturally re-read one of her standout series: Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen’s Nextwave: Agents of HATE. It’s a comic I already held dear to my heart, but it re-affirmed what I previously thought: It’s the most joyful comic Marvel have ever… »8/27/15 4:48pm8/27/15 4:48pm

How Batman's Butler Alfred Evolved from a Joke Character to a Total Badass

Bruce Wayne has always been a vigilante and billionaire. Since a vigilante needs a lot of help around the house and a billionaire has the money to buy that help, most Batman fans assume that Alfred was in the comics from the beginning. Maybe he wasn’t in that first issue back in 1939, but surely he was always there,… »8/26/15 11:18am8/26/15 11:18am

DC Comics' New Formula For Success: Stop Shaking Things Up

It’s not been a good day for DC Comics. Earlier this morning, the company announced that it was down over $2 million in its total revenue and expenditure for the last financial year. It’s getting worse, though: DC’s reaction to the bad news is apparently to get editors to stop experimenting with its comic books. »8/26/15 7:20am8/26/15 7:20am

The Unfortunate and Obscure History of Monica Rambeau, the First Female Captain Marvel

As Carol Danvers rides high in the comics as Captain Marvel, it’s hard to remember that she wasn’t the first woman to take on the mantle: back in 1982, Monica Rambeau became that woman. If you haven’t heard of her, though, there’s a reason. Here’s the sad story of the Captain Marvel comics forgot.
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The 5 Most Ridiculously Sexist Superhero Names in Comics

We’re in the midst of a superheroine Golden Age. When even Squirrel-Girl can score her own comic book, and it’s awesome, you know times are (relatively) good for super-ladies. But it doesn’t hurt to look back on the bad old days... the days when no one at Marvel or DC seemed to know what to do with female… »8/19/15 1:53pm8/19/15 1:53pm