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Marvel launches a new animation franchise, Marvel Rising, focused on its younger fan favorites

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a real treat for fans of Marvel Comics’ iconic heavy hitters; if you’re looking to hang out with Spidey, Cap, or Big Green, look no further than the MCU. It’s been a little more sparse, though, for the devoted followers of the company’s newer crop of characters; when we’re still…

Kamala Khan gets her mind right in this Ms. Marvel #10 exclusive preview

Teenagers are easily influenced by the people they idolize, and Kamala “Ms. Marvel” Khan is no exception. As part of Civil War II, Carol “Captain Marvel” Danvers asked Kamala to lead a group of Carol Cadets responsible for bringing in people prophesied to commit crimes in the future, and despite Kamala’s misgivings…

Online fanfiction jumps to the page in this Avengers Annual exclusive

Kamala “Ms. Marvel” Khan loves writing fanfiction, but now that she’s a superhero herself, she finds herself cast as a major character in other users’ imaginary narratives. These fanfictions make up the majority of the content in next week’s All-New, All-Different Avengers Annual #1, featuring an exciting lineup of…

Our favorite ongoing and serial comics of 2015

2015 was a great year for readers to move away from Marvel and DC for exceptional monthly (or bi-monthly, or quarterly) comics. There were still some strong releases from the “Big Two,” but as Marvel and DC shook up their publishing line-ups with major events that sidelined regular titles, Image continued to exert its…

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 Marvel preview: Kamala Khan’s last days arrive in Ms. Marvel #16

Marvel’s big summer event Secret Wars began with the destruction of the Marvel Universe, and over the next few months, select Marvel titles will feature “Last Days” crossovers that show how characters deal with the end of the world. The last days of Kamala Khan are chronicled in next week’s Ms. Marvel #16, and in…

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Exclusive Marvel preview: Impulse’s Waid and Ramos reunite for S.H.I.E.L.D. #2

In 1995, writer Mark Waid and artist Humberto Ramos teamed up to deliver one of the best-ever runs on a teen superhero comic with DC’s Impulse, chronicling the high school experience of Bart Allen, the lightning-fast grandson of Barry “The Flash” Allen. Twenty years later, Waid and Ramos reunite and return to high…

Strides and backslides: How to tackle diversity in comics

Character and creator diversity has been a major issue within the comic-book industry since its creation, but it’s become an especially prevalent topic in recent years as creators and fans from all races, religions, genders, and sexual orientations become more vocal about equal representation. For Comics Week 2014, …

Pages most likely to succeed: Our favorite books of 2014 (so far)

Earlier this year Amazon, where the capitalism stork gets all the books before he brings them to your house, went to war with Hachette, one of the largest publishing houses in the world, and got people talking about books—or at least how they’re published—again. If that’s all it took, why didn’t we start a…

Exclusive preview: Kamala Khan suits up with a fanny pack in Ms. Marvel #4

Kamala “Ms. Marvel” Khan has quickly become one of The A.V. Club’s favorite new superheroes, thanks to her spunky personality, relatable social problems, and a Muslim background that allows writer G. Willow Wilson to explore a community that’s underrepresented in comic books. After using her shape-shifting powers to…

A comic anthology, an autobiography, and viking bowling

Ms. Marvel, volume three
The Marvel franchise has been reinventing itself over and over again in the past few years—there are at least a dozen Marvel movies already out in the world, and scores in the works. But over in the land of comic books, where these stories first get made, Marvel introduced a surprising and…