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With the Projected Billion Dollar Success of ‘Black Panther,’ Underrepresented Superheroes Are Finally Taking Center Stage

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We’re all used to the typical superhero story by this point. A man struggling with his identity also struggles to save the world. Think Spiderman, Superman, Batman. Three iconic heroes who all have to come to terms with the way their abilities affect both their lives and the well-being of those around them. We’re seen this narrative play out in multiple ways: dark and gritty, like Christopher Nolan’s version of Batman. Surreal and fun, ala Tim Burton. But no matter how these heroes are portrayed, they always have a couple things in common, specifically that they’re white and male. But that narrative is slowly changing, and lately we have a front row seat to the cultural shift that’s taking over…

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The Other, Other George R.R. Martin Series Comes to Television: Wild Cards

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Superheroes are clearly super hot right now. So is the hit HBO television series Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels, which is hot off its extremely well-received sixth season. “Hmm, if only there was a way to capitalize on the success of both these franchises…” one lonely television executive wondered wistfully. Well, some wishes do come true. As it turns out, Universal Cable Productions has acquired the exclusive rights to adapt Martin’s Wild Cards series for television. What is Wild Cards, you ask? Well, to call it Game of Thrones with superheroes would be an unfair boiling-down of a truly unique and fantastic tapestry of heroic science fiction-y novels and…

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These Superhero TV Shows Are Definitely Worth the Binge

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It’s a good time to be a superhero geek: Marvel movies rule the theaters and caped heroes are popping up all over our television sets. And New York Comic Con’s Super Week begins October 5! The fall 2015 TV season is introducing a whole bunch of superhero shows, including Supergirl, Mondays at 8:30 on CBS, and Jessica Jones, coming to Netflix November 20. And who could forget Legends of Tomorrow, a spin-off of Arrow and The Flash, coming in 2016? We can’t wait to watch all these costume-clad heroes fight their way across our screens. But while we’re patiently waiting for our new favorites to air, we’ll just be over here bingeing on our old favorite superheroes. Here are three…

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Books for TV Addicts: Oh, what to do without Arrow?

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Arrow’s final episode of season 3 premiered last week and OMG you guys, I’m still freaking out. If you haven’t watched it yet now’s the time to click away, because I’m about to bombard you with spoilers. … … … Ready? OLIVER AND FELICITY RAN AWAY TOGETHER. Oof. My little ‘shipper heart can’t take it. I love these two more than anything, and they literally get to ride off into the sunset together:  After a pretty dark season that started with Sara’s death and ended with Oliver’s world getting ripped apart, Arrow fans needed this happy ending. Now we only have to wait until the fall to find out how Season 4 is going to play out. Will Oliver ever…

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5 Daredevil easter eggs even a blind superhero could spot

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Is there anything Marvel Studios can’t do right? Currently, Avengers: Age of Ultron is destroying the worldwide box office, and is expected to gross nearly two biiiiiiillion dollars before it’s through. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter have just been renewed for new seasons. And the company’s second summer tentpole film, Ant-Man, is readying for its July 17 release, and it promises to be another high-concept, unexpected hit, much like last year’s mega-smash Guardians of the Galaxy. And then there’s Daredevil. The Man without Fear made his Netflix debut last month. His show was dark, thrilling, extremely violent—and it was magnificent. From Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, the blind lawyer by day/vigilante by night, to Vincent D’Onofrio’s terrifying…

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Comic fans, welcome the rise of the superheroine

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Batman. Superman. Spiderman. There’s no denying that when we think of superheroes, our minds conjure up a vision of a man in a cape, swooping in to save his city. But what about the female heroes? From Batgirl to Wonder Woman, we know they’re out there – and it’s way past time for superheroines to get their fair share of the glory. Luckily, the rest of the world seems to agree. From television to books, it seems like superheroines have been popping up everywhere recently. Take Arrow, for example. The CW show about the classic DC Comics hero, Green Arrow, started as a crusade by one masked man. But since it first aired in 2012, the show has grown to…

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After 70 years, Gene Luen Yang reveals the origin of the first Asian-American superhero

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From out of the past comes a singular hero both old and new—and the story of how he returned to the printed page may be as fascinating as any four-color adventure upon which he’s ever embarked. The costumed crusader in question is the Green Turtle, star of The Shadow Hero, a graphic novel by writer Gene Luen Yang and artist Sonny Liew. The graphic novel is new, but it marks the return of the Green Turtle, who was last seen (albeit briefly) in Blazing Comics in 1944. The Turtle appeared in five issues, was cancelled by his publisher, and then vanished into oblivion. Nearly 70 years later, Yang ran across those five issues of Blazing Comics online. Yang was drawn…

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