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The collected works of Tim Maytom + Alex Spencer. Look on them, ye mighty, and despair.

Eye on Springfield: The Simpsons, Season Seven

Welcome back to our season-by-season look at the official Greatest TV Show of All Time. It’s an odd-numbered season, which in Simpsons tradition means all change. But what happens when fans are the ones running the show?

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Tim + Alex Get TWATD #43: “Heroes” + “Villains”

Once more, we return with two essays on the latest issue of The Wicked + The Divine. Issue #43 brought us another step closer to the series’ conclusion, with a number of the final plot points falling into place. Tim takes a look at how these revelations fit in with the themes we’ve previously explored, while Alex has a big ol’ think about WicDiv’s succession of villains.

Spoilers all the way up to the end of issue #43, after the cut.

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Chosen Ones, Round 7: Cordelia/Kendra, Kate/Gates & Miller, Joyce/Holland, Riley/Adam

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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One Week One Comic: War of the Realms #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, it’s Jason Aaron/Russell Dauterman/Matt Wilson’s WAR OF THE REALMS #1. This is Marvel’s big crossover event, and Tim has been documenting his readthrough of Aaron’s Thor run on this very blog. So the two of us teamed up to tackle this issue a page at a time.

Spoilers relatively light, and our commentary cuts off before the final reveals, but the page-by-page nature mean you should be able to safely duck out if things start to get too spicy at any point.

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One Week One Comic: Sabrina The Teenage Witch #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, it’s Kelly Thompson/Veronica Fish/Andy Fish’s SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #1, Archie’s modern revival of everyone’s favourite spooky teen. Spoilers this time are pretty light, so read on without fear. Except… fear of the supernatural!

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The March to Asgard, Part II: Environmentalism, Eyeballs and Equal Rights

As the Marvel Universe prepares for War of the Realms, its latest summer crossover, Tim is taking a look back at Jason Aaron’s six-year run on Thor. Reading through this epic tale of the God of Thunder for the first time, he charts how Aaron and his artistic collaborators have quietly built a complete story spanning time, space and more Thors than you can shake a hammer at.

In this entry, Thor attempts to tackle climate change, deals with some very literal corporate bullshit, and Mjolnir is picked up by a new owner…

Covered, and spoiled forwards & backwards, in this instalment:
THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #19-25, ORIGINAL SIN #0-8, THOR (Vol 4) #1-8

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One Week One Comic: Immortal Hulk #15

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 Al Ewing/Joe Bennett’s IMMORTAL HULK #15, the latest from one of my very favourite books. Some plot spoilers after the cut.

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Tim + Alex Kill the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The ninth entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is also the first major disagreement between Tim + Alex. Will they be able to kiss and make up, or will one of them crash a helicarrier into a river with the other still inside?

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (2014)

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One Week One Comic: Little Bird #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 Darcy Van Poelgeest/Ian Bertram’s LITTLE BIRD #1 from Image Comics. Spoilers this time out are pretty mild, so you be safe even if you haven’t read the issue yet.

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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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