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Captain Comics: Best comics shows coming in 2021

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Let’s talk TV. Because 2021 is going to be explosive on the small screen.

“But wait,” I hear you say. “Aren’t there nine terrific SF/fantasy/superhero shows that are on their last seasons in the coming year? Not just shows that have reached a natural end, like ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘The Walking Dead: World Beyond,’ but shows ...Read more

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Captain Comics: Most exciting movies of 2021 (hopefully)

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It’s time for the annual look ahead to the new year’s most exciting movies!

Which — thanks to COVID-19 — is going to read a lot like last year’s look ahead to the new year’s most exciting movies. Coronavirus! (Shakes fist at sky.)

Ah, well. With the understanding that premiere dates can change, let’s dive in:

THE BIG GUNS

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Captain Comics: Most exciting movies of 2021 (hopefully)

Entertainment / Comic Books /

It’s time for the annual look ahead to the new year’s most exciting movies!

Which — thanks to COVID-19 — is going to read a lot like last year’s look ahead to the new year’s most exciting movies. Coronavirus! (Shakes fist at sky.)

Ah, well. With the understanding that premiere dates can change, let’s dive in:

THE BIG GUNS

Black...Read more

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Captain Comics: The stories behind 'Wonder Woman 1984'

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If you haven’t seen “Wonder Woman 1984” yet, do so! In the meantime, spoilers ahoy as we take a look at the stories and characters that inspired the movie:

THE CHEETAH

Confession: I’ve never been a big fan of this character. She’s usually represented as one of Wonder Woman’s arch-foes — Cheetah is WW’s opposite number in the ...Read more

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Captain Comics: DC Comics going back to the future

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As 2021 begins, DC Comics is going back to the future.

In a publishing initiative called “Future State,” every ongoing DC superhero title from “Action Comics” to “Wonder Woman” will go on hiatus in January and February, replaced by 26 titles featuring the descendants and legacies of today’s characters in various eras, from the ...Read more

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Captain Comics: The Mouse roars

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OK, that’s … a lot to process.

I’m talking about Disney’s Investor Day meeting on Dec. 11, where they unleashed a whopping four hours of announcements, teases and trailers about upcoming content. (Yeah, it was just an investment meeting. But Disney just can’t pass up putting on a show, can it?)

The focus was on the streaming service ...Read more

Captain Comics: 'Walking Dead' stumbles

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Oh, “Walking Dead,” wherefore dost thou vex me so?

I really want to like TWD and, by extension, its spinoffs. I loved the first few seasons of the original, and still remember the thrills I once experienced. Also, it’s a genre show, which I feel honor-bound to watch. Further, it’s based on a comic book. So yeah, a guy like me, writing a...Read more

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Captain Comics: What to watch after cutting the cord

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Recently I cut the cable cord. And the universe rewarded me for it.

Well, that's my interpretation for the coincidence that every genre show I intend to watch in December is available on a streaming service, as opposed to network or cable. I won't miss a beat for at least a month, and save money, too. Here's the lineup:

THE EXPANSE

Season 5 ...Read more

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Captain Comics: More great graphic novels

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My mailboxes, analog and digital, keep filling with great graphic novels. Here are a few:

DUNE (Abrams ComicArts, $24.99)

The proper name of this hardback is "Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 1: Dune" which sounds a bit redundant. The Preface explains this unfortunate nomenclature thusly: "The original novel was broken into three 'books,' (so) ...Read more

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Captain Comics: 2 great graphic novels

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Staying at home due to COVID is the perfect time to catch up on reading. Here are two primo graphic novels I practically inhaled this week:

THE NEIL GAIMAN LIBRARY VOLUME 1 HC

Dark Horse Books, $49.99

Normally an anthology is hit or miss, but this one is written entirely by geek royalty Neil Gaiman, which is sure-fire. And the art, while ...Read more

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Captain Comics: A cure for Clown Fatigue

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It's been a Joker kind of month.

Not because of the pandemic, or the Election Week Death March or the myriad other problems and tragedies that beset us. It's because DC Comics has put so many Joker products on the shelves, I'm suffering from Clown Fatigue.

It actually started as a Joker kind of year, with the "Harleen" graphic novel in ...Read more

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Captain Comics: Check out these graphic novels

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Ready to curl up with a good graphic novel? Here are some options:

BASKETFUL OF HEADS

DC Comics has launched a horror line called Hill House Comics, starring writer Joe Hill, beginning with "Basketful of Heads" ($24.99). You might wonder why this Hill fella rates his own line of comics, but you can stop wondering when I whisper that he's the ...Read more

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Captain Comics: Some of the questions that keep comics fans awake at night

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The small screen is trying to make us forget the big one.

Last week in this space I discussed "Helstrom." The week before I focused on "Star Trek: Prodigy," "M.O.D.O.K.," "Invincible" and several other upcoming TV shows, all discussed at New York Comic-Con.

And. There. Is. Still. More.

SHADOW OF THE BAT

It's been a minute since The CW ...Read more

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Captain Comics: The Marvel roots of 'Helstrom'

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If you caught the first season of "Helstrom" when it dropped on Hulu on Oct. 16, you may be wondering if it's a Marvel TV show or not. The answer is yes, but at such a remove that you can be forgiven for asking.

For one thing, there is only one minor reference to Marvel's other screen efforts in the entire 10-episode season. "Helstrom" even ...Read more