The legacies of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby square off in DC’s Mister Miracle #12

It’s time to change what “matters” in superhero comics. For too long, readers have flocked to books that are hyped up by their importance to a larger superhero universe, stories that promise to have long-reaching ramifications that change the future of these fictional worlds. These events are often empty calories,…

This week in Savage Love: Bound and gagging

I’ve always wanted to tie girls up, but I can never convince a woman to let me. Lately, I’ve been exploring “bondage singles” sites online, but I’m totally new to this. How do I know which ones I can trust? There are hundreds of profiles, but it’s hard for me to believe I can really just answer an ad, meet a girl in a…

Sharon Jones deserves a better biography than the soulless Long Slow Train

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“What is soul?” George Clinton asks in the song of the same name, the final track on Funkadelic’s eponymous 1970 debut album. “I don’t know,” his bandmates shout-answer through plumes of extraterrestrial pot smoke. “Soul,” Clinton responds, “is a ham hock in your cornflakes.” “Soul,” he adds in the next verse, “is the…

We Hate Movies details why Mike Myers’ The Cat In The Hat sucks even more than we remember

Breakdances With Wolves is a powerful Native American–centered activism pod showcasing issues related to modern native identity that radiates an ethos of resolve and empowerment. After dissecting Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test the week before, this episode leaves men off the mics and welcomes an all-women forum to…

Jeff Tweedy shows a lot of himself in his memoir, just not what you’d expect

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There’s a single line that’s tossed off midway through Jeff Tweedy’s new memoir that effectively sums up the entire book: “I just like writing songs.” Those five words come in a chapter in which the Wilco frontman discusses his writing process. He constructs the music first and then adds gibberish to help discern the…

15 podcasts to listen to while you’re waiting in line to vote

We’re doing something a little different this week: Since tomorrow is Election Day in the U.S., and because we here at The A.V. Club think it’s important to vote, we’re recommending 15 podcast episodes to listen to while you’re waiting to vote tomorrow. They’re organized from shortest to longest, so we’ve got…

Jonathan Lethem’s Trump-era detective novel is too meta for its own good

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A woman walks into a private investigator’s office with a case. She’s not from around here, and she’s clearly trouble, but the investigator takes the job anyway. It won’t stay professional, of course. The two will wind up romantically entangled even as the job brings up parts of the investigator’s past that he’d…

Halloweenies weighs in on the newest installment in the immortal horror saga

It wouldn’t be a holiday, or America, without competition and arguments over who’s celebrating what wrong, and this leftist take machine lives up to those salty ideals with a debate on whether Halloween is the best holiday. One of the hosts’ more astute observations is that we’re likely mere days away from…

The Beastie Boys Book is as freewheeling and funny as their albums

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The Beastie Boys have created a book, and it is preposterous. It contains a cookbook from chef Roy Choi including a sandwich called the “Egg Man” that begins, “Make this shit with a dozen eggs… plus 2 more.” (So, 14 eggs; you put caviar on top.) There is a short graphic novel about some weird early-career gig they…

Shuri gives T’Challa’s sister a comic worthy of her Black Panther breakout

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The Black Panther film came out just eight months ago, injecting the Marvel Cinematic Universe with fresh life and building on the success of Thor: Ragnarok to invigorate an increasingly overburdened franchise. And while Ta-Nehisi Coates has been guiding T’Challa though far more than the originally planned miniseries,…

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