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5 Questions for Marissa Meyer to Answer in Archenemies

When most people think of November, they think of elections, Thanksgiving, and sweater weather. When I think of November, I think of book release dates. We are now mere weeks away from the release of Archenemies, the second installment in the Renegades series by Marissa Meyer. Best known for the Lunar Chronicles, her fairy-tale sci-fi series, Meyer has continuously won over fans for the past six years with her attention to detail and diverse characters. Previously sticking mostly to adaptations and retellings,...

Cat Crimes Is a Great Combination of Cats and Logic

Personally, I think logic is a fairly vital skill for kids to learn. Even going beyond the obvious uses of logic in programming and other computer-related disciplines, a strong sense of logic helps in figuring out day-to-day problems. The trouble is that sometimes logic exercises can be presented in fairly dry or unrelatable situations. Pencil-and-paper exercises are fun for travel, but they can be daunting for anyone still learning how to order their thoughts. This is where Cat Crimes,...

Iron Fist Season 2 Was the Iron Fist We Deserved

In 2017, I wrote about the first season of Netflix’s Iron Fist. In that article, I argued that though the show fell short, especially in comparison to Jessica Jones or Daredevil, it was not nearly the disaster it got credit for being. With that said, I binged the second season of Iron Fist after it was released last month, and I would like to declare that its creators obviously heard the complaints and bad reviews and definitely did their homework...

Good Omens Is Coming, So Get Your Popcorn Ready for the Apocalypse

If you’re a Neil Gaiman fan, you probably saw the trailer for his latest small-screen project circulating last week. Good Omens, a novel penned as a joint effort between Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett published nearly three decades ago, is an apocalyptic buddy comedy about an angel and a demon that join forces to save the world from Armageddon. Gaiman penned the screenplay for the miniseries based on the novel and serves as executive producer for the project. On...

The Unpredictable Horror of House Amok Makes for a Promising New Comic Series

Cooler weather and spooky skeleton memes around every virtual corner can only mean one thing: autumn is here! Arguably the most anticipated holiday of the fall season, Halloween, imbues millions of festive souls with the desire to carve faces out of food, pass candy to strangers, and scare said strangers for laughs and giggles. One of the safer traditions for Halloween is bingeing horror movies, books, and television, though there’s no need to try and contain horror to just...

The Guthrie Brings Fire to an Arctic Frankenstein

Frankenstein: Playing with Fire was originally mounted in the late 1980s by the Guthrie Theater shortly after the publication of the play written by Minnesotan Barbara Field. I saw it then, a fact I mention only as trivia really, as I can’t recall much beyond enjoying it and being impressed by the more graphic flourishes. Still, that earlier production can stand as a point of reference, as this current staging has some retro flair that gives it an ’80s...

Venom Gets Sloppy with Antihero Hijinks

Venom is a film that involves more conflict with its tone than with its infected antihero. It’s a battle of humor, heroism, and horror, struggling with itself and unable to decide which route to take. All this thrashing in bringing the Spider-Man villain to the big screen with his first solo film brings about a mutant concoction that sways between creature-feature boredom and over-the-top buddy comedy. All I could think of while watching this faulty film was how much...

The New Spider-Man Game Is a Great New York City Simulator that Also Lets You Beat Up Bad Guys

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Spider-Man? To swing through the iconic New York City skyline? To acrobatically dodge bullets as you take down a group of would be bank robbers? To be evicted from your apartment because you can’t keep a job thanks to your crime fighting? Well, good news! Marvel’s Spider-Man lets you live out all of those webhead fantasies and then some. But the real question is, is it worth your...

The Bleach Live-Action Film Is Goofy but Surprisingly Enjoyable

There’s just something about the anime series Bleach that triggers nostalgia for my time as an awkward, nerdy high schooler in a way nothing else does. Play me just a little bit of the soundtrack and I’ll be right back to my 17-year-old self, whiling away countless hours watching it with my brother on our parents’ desktop computer. Engaging with this series again always feels like opening a late-2000s time capsule and rediscovering all the reasons my love for anime...

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Takes Its Riffing to the Comics World

It’s said you always remember your first. I know I do. It was Thanksgiving 1991. Turkey preparations were in full swing, and I had carefully meandered away from the kitchen, surmising (correctly) that my bottom-rung cooking skills would not be in great demand. And there they were on the television: silhouettes of a guy and two little robots watching—and mercilessly mocking—Pod People. That first viewing spawned a lifelong love of Mystery Science Theater 3000. From where I sit, I...
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