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[Season Two finale spoilers] I no longer want to watch The Flash after tonight’s finale. This is not to point blame on the episode, but on what has consistently been a season of missteps and Barry acting like a spoiled child who refuses to listen to others. When The Flash first premiered I was hooked. Here was a superhero trying to learn his powers while facing an enemy who also sought to teach him. Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne were Season One and Tom Cavanagh delivered in each episode. This was one of the few cases where my knowledge of comic books betrayed me, for I…

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[Minor Spoilers] It has been a week since I saw BvS, enough time to clear my thoughts and be objective about this film. After seeing negative review after negative review I am actually shocked I was in a theater preview night. BvS suffers from following the Nolan trilogy, and takes itself to seriously. This tone works for Batman, but Superman should have been treated differently. Yes, he can be a serious character but also a symbol of hope and the opposite of Batman. Giving these characters the same dark tone makes their title fight less meaningful. Man of Steel established Superman kills and takes…

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Anime and manga are intertwined. The majority of anime are based on manga, and original anime are often turned into manga. Japan has a different comic environment than the United States. Manga is ingrained in the culture, with all ages consuming. The popularity of manga led to popularity of anime, opposite of how the popularity of the two forms grew in America. It is sometimes hard to fully understand this relationship for American cartoon shows, while based on comics, hardly follow them. They use the same characters and general story arcs, but try developing their own identity. Anime tends to…

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I have a confession to make. I love a hero’s fall from grace story. The one where the hero may never recover. Books as After the Cape, Irredeemable, and Ultimate Doomsday  all explore the fallen hero. These stories are the most human,  showing a hero is fallible and suffers like anyone else. Their fall is tragic since they are the best in their respective worlds, making it more meaningful and shocking, for most are human in the end. Hal Jordan was the greatest Green Lantern.  He received a power ring from the Guardians of the Universe. Fueled by willpower, the ring makes anything…

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My dad was ten years old when he read The Amazing Spider-Man #33. It was his first comic book. The issue was found in his house, left behind by an older brother who had grown bored with it. He was drawn in by the images and watching Spider-Man overcome impossible odds to save the day. The artwork stays with him years later. The issue is long gone, either sold or thrown out, the sad fate of many Silver Age issues. It has been replaced with a collection book released decades later, serving as a reminder of the past. I was…

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