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It’s not a dream if it’s a memeplex: Tim’s Unified Theory of HoX/PoX

The twin miniseries of House of X and Powers of X have been dramatically reshaping the world of the X-Men. Written by Jonathan Hickman, with art by Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, Clayton Cowles and Marte Gracia, the series look set to define the direction of the X-Men line and beyond for years to come.

The comics are filled with bold new ideas, symbolism and hints at what’s to come, but even as they draw to a close, there are more questions than answers. Like the rest of the comics-reading world, I’ve been devouring every issue, and slowly piecing together ideas in my head. This is (most of) what I have so far, assembled into a working theory (or at least a reading) of what Hickman is drawing on, and where it may lead.

Spoilers for House of X #1-5 and Powers of X #1-5, obv.

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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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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:

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Welcome Back to The OC: Episodes 1.6 & 1.7

Welcome back to Welcome Back to The OC. We’re well into Season One of The OC now, but some of the series’ most iconic elements are still being introduced, whether that’s Orange County’s reigning patriarch Caleb Nichol, or a drama-filled trip south of the border for our four teen protagonists…

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Welcome Back to The OC: Episodes 1.4 & 1.5

Welcome back to Welcome Back to The OC. With the major drama of Ryan’s introduction to Newport Beach out of the way, the show starts to settle into a rhythm and we get a better idea of what a typical installment will look like. Which for this pair of episodes, means formal-wear, seafood and tackling an armed vampire…

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Welcome Back to The OC: Episodes 1.2 & 1.3

After dissecting the pilot episode in the inaugural edition of Welcome Back to The OC, it’s time for us to slip into the comfortable pink tracksuit that will be our regular publication rhythm, taking in two episodes every month. This time, after the noticeably plot-light pilot, events start to heat up – quite literally in some cases…

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Welcome Back to The OC: Episode 1.1

While Alex’s first major solo project under the Tim+Alex banner concerns one of the fundamental pillars of modern pop culture, I’ve chosen something that, while perhaps not the opposite of that, is certainly diagonal from it. I’m going to be revisiting The OC, a teen drama that ran for four seasons about 15 years ago, and that is now primarily remembered for launching the career of the guy who plays Young Commissioner Gordon on Gotham and its insanely catchy theme song.

Why The OC? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself as I say down to begin this project. It’s a show I have fond memories of, certainly, but it wasn’t something that I watched religiously, certainly not past season one. The show is neither an underappreciated one season gem that was ignored at the time, nor a cultural behemoth that is still revered. It came, it kick-started the careers of some young actors, revived those of some older ones, and then it left after the appropriate amount of time. It’s not exactly crying out for a critical reappraisal. Yet here we are.

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Top 5 Films of 2017

The calendar may officially have turned over to 2018 now, but that won’t stop us from looking back at the year that’s just gone. In that spirit, here’s five of 2017’s films that stood out as particularly excellent.

I cannot, unfortunately, claim to have seen all of this year’s films, so I’m sure there are obvious choices that escaped me. I’m particularly gutted I didn’t manage to make time for The Big Sick, Detroit, Logan Lucky and Call Me By Your Name, and I’m not sure if Don’t Think Twice even showed up in the UK, tragically. Hopefully by the time 2019 rolls around, I’ll have crossed at least some of those off my list, but until then, head below the cut for my Top Five from this year. Oh, and if you haven’t seen them, consider this your spoiler warning.

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