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The March to Asgard, Part I: God Butchers, Time Travel and Trolls

Next month, Marvel’s first crossover event of the year, War of the Realms, will act as the capstone to Jason Aaron’s six-year run with the character. Over the course of Aaron’s tenure, Thor has fought foes new and old, travelled across the galaxy and through time, and been found unworthy of wielding his magical hammer Mjolnir, forcing someone new to step into the role.

The run has been instrumental in defining the character in Marvel Comics at a time when global audiences has just been introduced to his cinematic version, and alongside artists like Esad Ribic, Ron Garney and Russel Dauterman, Aaron has managed to create an epic story where the seeds of this climax were planted in the very earliest issues.

…At least, that’s what I’ve heard. I’ve never been a huge reader of Marvel’s Asgardian Avenger, and despite the critical acclaim that Aaron has received during his run, I’ve not read more than half a dozen issues over the years. As with every aspect of my life, it took an imminent deadline to spur me to action, and the idea of trying to read all of Aaron’s run ahead of War of the Realms kicking off seemed just doable enough to try, and just ambitious enough to be stupid. So here we go.

Covered, and thoroughly spoiled, in this instalment:
THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #1-18

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One Week One Comic: Meet the Skrulls #1

Alex: Every Wednesday on Twitter, I pick a comics issue that caught my eye and do an illustrated thread of little observations and stuff I enjoyed about it. It’s called #oneweekonecomic, and I’m collating each thread into its own blog post.

This week, we’re covering Robbie Thompson/Niko Henrichon’s MEET THE SKRULLS #1 from Marvel Comics. Spoilers on this one are very light, so all but the most averse readers should be safe to stray beneath the cut.

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Tim + Alex Get TWATD #42: Writing Letters + Getting Better

Once more, we return with two essays on the latest issue of The Wicked + The Divine. It’s a big one, as Alex wrestles with his feelings on Baphomet + Tim talks about characters finally facing up to the consequences of their hubris.

Spoilers all the way up to the end of issue #42, after the cut.

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One Week One Comic: The Wicked + The Divine #42

Alex: Every Wednesday on Twitter, I pick a comics issue that caught my eye and do an illustrated thread of little observations and stuff I enjoyed about it. It’s called #oneweekonecomic, and I’m collating each thread into its own blog post.

Except this week, I broke the rules. My pick is Kieron Gillen/Jamie McKelvie/Matt Wilson/Clayton Cowles’ THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #42, and the stuff I want to talk about is so spoilerific I can’t risk it wandering into someone’s timeline by accident. So we’re jumping straight to the blog post.

(I’ve actually got so much to say about this issue, I’ve already written a blog post about it over on TWATD. Why not double your pleasure and get it open in a tab now?)

Yeah, particularly hardcore spoilers follow beneath the cut.

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Chosen Ones, Round 6: Spike/Collin, Dru/Holtz, Anya/Halfrek, Angelus/Eve

The world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel is an expansive one filled with fascinating characters, from the leading protagonists to bit players who leave a big impression. To sort the Slayers from the Slayerettes, Alex, Tim + guest Buffyverse expert Imi Spencer-Dale have bracketed up 64(ish) characters, seeded them based on the number of episodes they appear in, and will be eliminating them one at a time in a knockout-style tournament.

Who will be the actual Chosen One? Follow us as we find out…

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Tim + Alex Kill the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Thor: The Dark World

Our journey into mystery continues, as we watch the eighth entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and – at least as we remembered it before rewatching – far from its finest hour. That’s right, it’s time for…

THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2013)

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eBook: Eye on Springfield, Seasons One-Five

Our latest monthly Patreon-funded ebook is here!

This time, it’s a collection of Eye on Springfield essays on the first five seasons of The Simpsons, covering how the show evolved from its creation through to its first big changeover of staff.

This being Alex’s pet project, he’s gone hugely overboard and illustrated the whole thing by hand. (You might argue that no one would ever even notice that the Eye on Springfield logo has been redrawn, but… hey, I’m mentioning it now.)

You can get it from the Tim + Alex Patreon, by pledging as little as $1 – which will also get you access to all our previous ebooks.

Download the Eye on Springfield: Seasons One-Five ebook.

One Week One Comic: Coda #9

Alex: Every Wednesday on Twitter, I pick a comics issue that caught my eye and do an illustrated thread of little observations and stuff I enjoyed about it. It’s called #oneweekonecomic, and I’m collating each thread into its own blog post.

This time out, we’re looking at Simon Spurrier/Matías Bergara’s CODA #9. Some spoilers (though I’ve tried to avoid anything major) after the cut.

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One Week One Comic: Daughters of the Dragon

Alex: Every Wednesday on Twitter, I pick a comics issue that caught my eye and do an illustrated thread of little observations and stuff I enjoyed about it. It’s called #oneweekonecomic, and I’m collating each thread into its own blog post.

This time out, we’re looking at Jed MacKay/Travel Foreman/Joey Vasquez’s DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON: DEEP CUTS, originally released as ‘digital originals’, in print for the first time with this collection.

Some spoilers (mostly for cool moments) after the cut.

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One Week One Comic: Marvelous X-Men #1

Alex: Every Wednesday on Twitter, I pick a comics issue that caught my eye and do an illustrated thread of little observations and stuff I enjoyed about it. It’s called #oneweekonecomic, and I’m collating each thread into its own blog post.

This time out, we’re looking at Lonnie Nadler/Zac Thompson/Marco Failla’s AGE OF X-MAN: THE MARVELOUS X-MEN #1. Some (very mild) spoilers after the cut.

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