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Supergirl, Superwoman & Power Girl Historical Timeline Part 2: 1988 – 2015

Last week, we rocked out PART 1 of our timeline tracing the history of the various Supergirls and Superwomen of DC Comics, along with two ladies who called themselves Power Girl. Now, we're continuing with the Post-Crisis DC Universe all the way up to the current New 52 reality. Enjoy!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – Annotations and Easter Eggs!

They called me mad. But they don't understand. I just like writing annotations, people. So when I went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, you knew this was coming. I mean, it was either this or (perhaps I mean and) record a commentary track. So let's dive into this. And if you haven't already realized that there are spoilers, I do not know how you internet.

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – DC’s Captain Marvel

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There have been a fair number of characters using the name Captain Marvel. So this is part one of our look at the topic. We are starting with the original character to use that name, Billy Batson, a character who often has simply been called "Shazam" and whose successor took that as his official name in 2006. In the "New 52" universe of DC Comics, Billy and his related characters were recently rebooted and now he is simply called Shazam. We'll talk about the Marvel Comics characters called Captain Marvel in our next piece. Shall we begin?

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Here’s Ms. Marvel!

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Have you read the new Ms. Marvel #1? Seriously, you need to. What a wonderful book and it needs your support, so don't just hope your store has copies, call in and pre-order. Let them know they need to carry this book. Okay, enough lecturing. It's time we took a look at those women who have worn the heroic name of "Ms. Marvel." Let's start the action! 

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Who Else Is Venom?

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Last week, we looked at the original Venom villain Eddie Brock, and discussed how he was created. Now, we're going to take a look at the other folks who have worn the name and appearance of "Venom." Now, it's true that the living alien costume that turns its hosts into Venom has spawned other symbiotes such as Carnage, Mania and others. But they can get their own focus at some point. If we include them here, this piece is just going to be too long. Thanks for your patience and let's get on with the show! 

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Review – Justice League: War

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This week, the latest DC Entertainment animated film Justice League: War premiered at the New York Paley Center for Media. Read on for our review!

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Venom and What Could Have Been

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We're going to do something a little different this time. Remember our look at the alternate and "What Could Have Been" takes on Doctor Who? This time, we're going to take a similar gander at Spider-Man's black and white costume, which later led to the creation of the villain Venom. When it comes to the creation of the suit itself and the origin story of the villain it became associated with, the published product wasn't the original plan. Let's take a look!

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Black Widow Keeps It Classy

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She started off as an Iron Man villain but then became so much more. Natalia Romanova was born around 1928, had her life saved by Wolverine and Captain America before she hit puberty, and then became a recruit of the secret Black Widow program. Along with other young girls, she was trained in the mysterious Red Room facility to become an assassin and spy, her body chemically treated to increase her resiliency and vitality, which also resulted in a retarded aging rate. But during the modern age of superheroes she rethought her life and changed her allegiances. Since then she's been a superhero, a SHIELD operative, and even leader of the Avengers. Got it? Good. Now let's chat about the many looks she's sported over the years.

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A Comprehensive Guide to All the Classic Doctor Who on Netflix

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For a while now, Netflix has been streaming many adventures from the original "classic" Doctor Who program, which ran for twenty-six seasons from 1963 to 1989. Folks who've enjoyed the modern Doctor Who program have sometimes tried to jump into the classic show via the Netflix online selection. But unfortunately, this has led to some confusion. For instance, the original story "An Unearthly Child" is not available on Netflix streaming and some of the stories it includes are part of larger arcs. This has led to me getting several e-mails asking for help, so I figured it would be a good idea to make a simple guide.

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Electro’s Ensemble!

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Spider-Man has one of the best rogues galleries of any superhero. His villains are nuts, offering a variety of story flavors, but the one guy I've been waiting to see brought to the big screen is Max Dillon, AKA Electro. Jamie Foxx is portraying the galvanized would-be gangster in the upcoming film Amazing Spider-Man 2. So let's take a look at this villain's fashion choices in the mainstream comics over the years, shall we?

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – The Alternate Versions of Doctor Who

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This year, the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor," introduced us properly to the War Doctor. This previously unknown incarnation of the hero, played by John Hurt, wore an outfit combining elements of the Eighth Doctor's with the leather jacket of the Ninth, plus a belt taken from a woman named Cass whom the hero had previously failed to save. "The Day of the Doctor" also featured another version of the hero who had previously only appeared in the novel Summer Falls by Amelia Williams (AKA Amy Pond). Over the years, there have been other interesting alternative takes on the Time Lord scientist of the planet Gallifrey. So this time around, we're looking at the "what could have been" and "almost were" versions of the Doctor, along with costumes the character has worn in licensed media. Fan-films and the like aren't included or we'd be here forever, even if we had a time machine. 

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.: Wonder Woman in Television

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Greetings, people of Earth. This is the beginning of a regular column wherein I will discuss the history and evolution behind various costumes and designs in superhero comics and other fun media. I'll also be throwing in my own opinions, which you can take or leave certainly since we all have different tastes. To kick things off, I thought it would be fun to talk about a lady first introduced in 1941: Wonder Woman AKA Diana Prince AKA Princess Diana of Themyscira, the Paradise Island. We now know for sure that Gal Gadot will be playing her in the as-yet-untitled sequel to Man of Steel that really seems like it should be titled Hey, We're Almost the Justice League. There's a lot of debate going on about how Wonder Woman should be portrayed. So to add food for thought, this time we look at how the amazing Amazon has been portrayed in live-action shows, with a couple of honorable mentions from comics and animation.

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