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The A.V. Club’s favorite books of 2017

Something about this year made reading books feel not just crucial, but a little bit transgressive. Maybe it’s the assault on education and freedom of the press, or maybe it’s just that between reading new reports of abusive men and Trump’s latest attempt to chokehold the nation, simply reading for pleasure feels…

By Chance Or Providence gives due to one of today’s best comics writers

There are some comics creators immediately recognizable beyond a visual style, revisiting the same themes and tropes and in some cases even telling the same story. Becky Cloonan is not one of them. Though it’s easy to pick her art out of a lineup if you know what to look for, her writing over the last few years has…

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Generation Gone gives millennial problems the weight they deserve

Youth has always been a cultural target, but countless think pieces and breathless cries of what millennials have “killed” cast a new shadow on what expectations are heaped on the generation that’s inheriting a slew of problems. Trust Ales Kot to thrust this perspective to the forefront of a comic, with a double-sized…

The Unbelievable Gwenpool’s trippy meta storytelling elevates the superhero genre

Superhero series should have easy jumping-on points. If these books are grabby enough, readers might be compelled to seek out earlier chapters. I had read the first few issues of The Unbelievable Gwenpool and thought they were fun, but I fell behind and the issues started piling up. I jumped back on with May’s #16 and…

DC tempts Wonder Woman fans to comics with 4 worthy Diana-centric offerings

Contrary to what people might think, the recent boom of comic book movies and television shows hasn’t come with a corollary increase in people buying comics. The industry is enjoying a relative resurgence overall, but sales don’t map the characters and franchises that are showing up on screens. The problem certainly…