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  1. Review: Gene Ha’s Fantastical, Female-Led MAE

    What if Dorothy had just stayed in Oz?

    Gene Ha's record in comics is pretty damn impressive. Since winning a the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award in 1994, he's won four Eisner awards, become a New York Times best seller, and worked on such comics as Batman: Fortunate Son, Global Frequency, The Shade, Superman, Top 10 and others. Now, assisted by artists Rose McLain and Anette Nam, he has put together an original graphic novel with a Kickstarter campaign behind it.

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  2. Review: Sorry To Disappoint, But I Actually Really Loved Avengers: Age of Ultron

    I know, I know.

    Maybe it makes me a capitalist sheep. Or maybe I'm a weird feminist, or a Joss apologist, or an easily-brainwashable hype-bot. But regardless, I thought Avengers: Age of Ultron was awesome, and I'm not even going to apologize.

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  3. Review: Marvel’s Black Vortex Crossover Event Is Over, And That’s A Very Good Thing

    ”The most amazing discovery … is each other.” Did I really just read that?

    To borrow from Honest Trailers' The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, the final third of The Black Vortex is the best installment of the event “because it finally, finally means it’s over.” Seriously, the Guardians of the Galaxy only got to spend one issue on Venom’s home planet, but their squabble with the X-Men over a vaguely powerful mirror stretched out into a 13-issue “event?” Truly, there is no justice.

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  4. Etrian Mystery Dungeon Is Fun and Less Scary Than You Think

    I’m a noob to the Etrian Odyssey role-playing games, aka Super Hardcore Dungeon Mode, but I’ve played Mystery Dungeon before. I didn’t know what could be cuter than little Pokémon running around colorful dungeons until I saw Etrian Mystery Dungeon—miniature landsknechts, protectors, and runemasters brandishing tiny daggers and wands.

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  5. Review: Marvel Comics’ Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #2-5

    Ah, quality, how I’ve missed thee!

    With five issues under its belt and its first arc nearly complete, Angela: Asgard’s Assassin continues to be a standout comic book series on every level in terms of artwork, character, and story.

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  6. Review: Ex Machina is a Really, Really Weird and Wild Look at Machines

    Welcome to Dr. Frankenstein’s Disco Inferno!

    Just because you can do something, should you? For Oscar Isaac's genius and all-around superior specimen (according to himself) Nathan Bateman, the answer is always going to be yes. After all, science is about advancement, and that requires making big leaps forward.

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  7. Re-View: Spring Break Begins With Where The Boys Are (1960)

    Let's talk about sex.

    A few years ago a friend and I were watching some classic movies and we decided to put Where the Boys Are in the DVD player. I tried to warn her that this movie is pretty weird, but even my warnings didn’t prepare her for a movie she later told me might be one the weirdest movies she'd ever seen - and she had just shown me Dark Crystal.

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  8. Review: Ryan Gosling’s Anti-Misogyny Directorial Debut Lost River Deserves A Look

    By Hollywood's feminist poster boy.

    Lost River may or may not be called a feminist film, but it is certainly a film which wants to make pretty strong statement about a culture of misogyny, which is a strong and important comment which needs to be made - and made by a male filmmaker.

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  9. Reconsidering Revenge: How Revenge Of The Nerds‘ Misogyny Is Evident In Current Nerd Culture

    And how guys can be better to geeky ladies.

    I think, sometimes, we mistakenly assume that the guy wearing a Green Lantern T-shirt who can recite Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety is harmless. He’s scared to talk to women, we reason, so he can’t possibly have the frat boy’s sense of entitlement or privilege. But recent events, I think, should cause us to call that conventional wisdom into question.

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  10. Review: Marvel’s Black Vortex Crossover Event Is Slowly Letting Us Down

    Credit where credit’s due: they made me feel sorry for Ronan the Accuser.

    So, remember in my last review how I called The Black Vortex event “refreshing,” “engrossing” and “engaging?” Yeah… I take that back now.

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  11. Furious 7 Review: Vroom Vroom, Beep Beep, F*** Yeah

    10/10, would Furious again.

    If you were to tell me that I would love a movie where the most frequently recurring shots are of Jason Statham looking bored and the part of a lady's bottom where her legs meet her butt, I wouldn't believe you. But there's way more to the Fast and the Furious franchise (and Furious 7 in particular) than meets the furious eye.

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  12. Review: DreamWorks’ Home, an Endearing and Enjoyable Family Film

    “Poomf” is has now replaced “Flark” as my favorite fake swear word.

    It is with considerable relief I report that, yes, sometimes first impressions are spot on and Home is an absolute delight.

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  13. Review: Queen of Code is a Fascinating Look at the Life and Work of a Computer Pioneer

    Grace Hopper forever!

    If you are a computer programmer or just interested in the pioneers of modern technology, you may have already heard the name Grace Hopper. But despite her wide-ranging contributions to computer science and technology, she is far from a household name.

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  14. Review: Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Shows Us True Horror—and It’s 20 Years Old

    This Claire sandwich needs more kick.

    Revelations is supposed to bridge the two phases in Resident Evil’s history: the “classic” survival-horror style, with long mansion hallways and tricky puzzles, and the newer breed, where zombies move fast and bioengineered monsters grow gigantic pus sacs from every orifice. But all Resident Evil: Revelations 2 does is make me wish we could turn back the clock 20 years—that the good old days are still possible to relive. They’re not.

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  15. Re-View: Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, The Marvel Movie Nobody Remembers

    In 1984, two years before Howard the Duck crashed and burned in theaters, there was Sheena. Technically, the British comic was printed by Jumbo Comics and later Eclipse Comics but in 1984, the story of Sheena was published as part of Marvel Comics' Super Special #34, as Sheena: Queen of the Jungle 1 & 2. The female-focused property predated Wonder Woman both in print (1937) and on TV (1955-56) as an attempt to capitalize on the serialized Tarzan films MGM produced.

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  16. Mr. J Approved: Our Review Of The Gotham City Garage Harley Quinn By DC Collectibles

    At this year’s Toy Fair, held once again in New York City, DC Collectibles unveiled the latest statue in their impressive Gotham City Garage line. As a follow up to last year’s Catwoman statue, for 2015 we’re getting Joker’s main squeeze, Harley Quinn.

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  17. Why You Should Make Netflix’s Bloodline Your Next Binge-Watch

    The familiar dynamics of siblings are showcased for TV’s best new ensemble.

    Netflix has entered the original TV production game to, let's say, mixed result. House of Cards, Kimmy Schmidt, and Orange is the New Black are all smart, fresh shows with their own not insignificant sets of problems. Now, they've made their venture into family drama with Bloodline, an interesting idea not just because it’s from the creators of Damages, but also because it might have the best ensemble cast working today.

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  18. Review: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is a Beautiful, Brutal Surprise

    I was expecting Pirate Booty.

    Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter isn't what I expected it to be (just based off the name and a few promotional images, I thought I was settling in for a swashbuckling steampunk adventure story), and that's great.

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  19. Review: Insurgent Continues The Bland And Nonsensical Divergent Series

    Is "Apathy" one of their personality types?

    As a general rule, I would always rather see a movie that tries hard and comes up short than one without a sense of ambition or purpose. When a movie tries to create something new or express something personal, it almost always has enough behind it to hold my interest; and even movies that fail can at least sometimes spark interesting conversations. But when a movie tries to do nothing more than to “not offend” audiences, I get mad - because they foster apathy.

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  20. The Mary Sue Review: Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor – Weapons of Past Destruction #1

    We may never have the Ninth Doctor appear on TV again, but comics are another story!

    My first Doctor was the Ninth Doctor, and it was Christopher Eccleston's performance that won me over and kept me coming back to my new love, Doctor Who. Which is why I was thrilled to learn that Titan Comics would be releasing a new five-part miniseries of Doctor Who comics starring the Ninth Doctor!

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