Read of the Week
The A.V. Club asks, “What does X-Men’s Dark Phoenix Saga have in common with Christmas?”
“Because at the time, all I understood was that Jean Grey had become the most powerful force in the universe—which I only knew because she ate one—and that she was made of fire and, at least initially, wanted to protect her friends. She was just like Jesus: all-powerful and mostly nice, which fit with my understanding of Catholicism and the condemnation it entailed. She was just like Yahweh: as powerful as she was petty and given to fits of spite and love and damnation. So I read and re-read Uncanny X-Men 129-138 every Christmas, because nothing else made as much sense.”
The creators discuss their new Dark Horse graphic novel Bad Houses, about the daughter of a hoarder and the son of an estate sales agent who fall in love.
Recommended graphic novels include Hyperbole & a Half, Boxers & Saints, Captain Marvel, and more.
Vivek J. Tiwary and Andrew Robinson’s graphic novel about the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, is headed to the big screen with director Peyton Reed (Down with Love). Significantly, The Fifth Beatle is the first film about the band to secure the rights to the Lennon/McCartney song catalog.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is still months away, but director Bryan Singer tweeted that the merry mutants won’t be taking a break anytime soon. X-Men: Apocalypse will hit theaters May 27th, 2016.
Brett White talks about the (spoiler alert!) controversial character deaths in Uncanny Avengers #14, and when well-crafted comic books fall back on overused tropes.
Comics Alliance discusses the depiction of death in superhero comics (even more spoiler alerts!) and whether it’s still an effective dramatic device.
Batman, Catwoman, and the 1992 film’s portrayal of a very melancholy holiday.
Are Superheroes Fascist?
Tasha Robinson talks about movie cliffhangers done right.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer is here!