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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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Comic Book Classroom Gets TWATD

Look at us, we made a podcast!

Tim + Alex teamed up with Comic Book Classroom, a podcast that recaps histories of comics titles, teams and characters, for something a bit special. 44 issues of The Wicked + The Divine, as a 45-minute radio play, with jokes and sketches and really far too much thought poured into it.

It’s called Comic Book Classroom Gets TWATD, and we’re incredibly proud of it. With the final issue dropping next week, this is the perfect way of reminding yourself which bits to cry at.

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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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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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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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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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