Some closing-credit tunes, “old-people candy,” and teenage Gothamites

Girls is a show I’ve had complicated feelings about over the years (last season almost lost me with Hannah’s Iowa sojourn). But I’ve always been impressed with its ability to wrap each episode up with a fantastic pop song, bleeding from the final scene into the credits. The dramedy set a precedent for this in its…

The A.V. Club’s gift guide for procrastinators

Your advent calendar is almost emptied of chocolate, family time looms, and you still don’t have presents for everyone on your list. It’s too late to order that super-thoughtful present you couldn’t come up with, but never fear: Books and comics can make for a nice, personal present, assuming you’ve still got a…

Your own origin story: 21 comics to get newcomers hooked

Comics can be a scary, intimidating medium to an outsider. The breadth and depth of history, brands, universes, events, and movie and TV adaptations make getting into comics seem like more trouble than it’s worth. But take it from us, comics are well worth diving into, and you don’t need spend hours reading background…

Exclusive DC preview: Gotham Academy mourns a death in the family

Gotham Academy is regularly one of DC Comics’ most fun, exciting releases, but next week’s issue sees a big tonal shift for a story about grief. Olive Silverlock’s mother has passed away, and Olive’s classmates want to comfort their friend but aren’t quite sure how. It’s a big departure from the lighthearted adventure…

Exclusive DC preview: Gotham Academy #4 delivers all-ages mystery and romance

Gotham Academy has quickly become one of DC Comics’ most engaging titles, taking an all-ages look at Batman’s world through the views of various students at the titular institution. The series started strong and has only improved as writers Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher delve deeper into the characters and build…

Gotham Academy and Doomed take DC Comics in the right direction

There are wytches in the woods, and they’re not happy with how the world perceives their kind. Wytches #1 (Image) begins with a full page dedicated to the dictionary definition of the word “witch” immediately followed by the same full page with one change: the definition has been clawed at and torn. Working in…