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Alt-comic voices elevate The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl’s special “zine” issue

Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26. Written by Ryan North and Erica Henderson with art by Madeline McGrane, Chip Zdarsky, Tom Fowler, Carla Speed McNeil, Michael Cho, Rahzzah, Anders Nilsen, Jim Davis, and Rico Renzi,…

A black man discovers his superpowers in the refreshingly confrontational Black

It’s unfortunate that readers don’t stray from the three largest publishers more often, because there’s some interesting stuff happening in independent publishing right now. Black #1 (Black Mask Studios) is one of several books from Black Mask Studios that’s making waves and earning acclaim, along with titles like Kim …

Mental illness is a fluorescent storm in the challenging Our Mother

The cover of Luke Howard’s Our Mother (Retrofit Comics) features a woman’s face—the titular mother. Her head has been enlarged, but her features have remained at an otherwise-proportional size, almost as if something is growing inside of her, expanding, preparing to auto-evacuate at the expense of this woman’s life.…

The Russo brothers are also #TeamKendrick when it comes to Squirrel Girl casting

When Anna Kendrick threw out the idea of playing Squirrel Girl in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she probably didn’t expect the idea to gain so much traction so soon. After all, Marvel might have trademarked the title back in 2014, but there’s been no other indication that a film ever be in development.That didn’t…

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…

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…

Exclusive Marvel preview: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is back to kick butts, eat nuts

As entertaining as Marvel’s Secret Wars summer was, the absence of Doreen “Squirrel Girl” Green’s ongoing series was strongly felt. Since gaining her first solo title, Doreen has become one of the most delightful characters in Marvel’s stable, largely thanks to writer Ryan North and artist Erica Henderson’s comedic…

Print is not dead yet: The best of 2015’s written word (so far)

Publishers may be scrambling to cover their loses as digital innovations bring books to new formats, but that doesn’t mean the quality of stories has diminished. The first six months of 2015 brought with them a rash of quality novels, imports, autobiographies, and books that don’t quite fit into an easy descriptor. …

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