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These X-Men probably won’t make it to movies

A list of X-Men unlikely to appear in movies is a bit harder than my previous entries for the Avengers and Justice League.A bunch have already shown up, at least in cameos, and more are coming when "X-Men: Days of Future Past" opens this month. Where the Avengers and JLA feature characters from ...

Women featured in two historical selections

Two new books take a look at historical figures, one a non-fiction work and one a fictionalized accounting of actual events. Now in paperback is the national bestseller and multiple award-winning "Eighty Days" by Matthew Goodman.Goodman's non-fiction work takes a look at two young women ...

No joke: Some comic storylines that make you go ‘huh?’

Comics may only be limited by their creators' imaginations (and editors' edicts), but every once in a while, you come across an issue or storyline that makes you wonder how anyone came up with it, let alone agreed to publish it.Sometimes these stories turn out good or even great. Sometimes they ...

Vampires grow up in ‘Red Delicious’ novel

Award-winning author Caitlin R. Kiernan writes as Kathleen Tierney in the next book in her Quinn series, "Red Delicious."Quinn (do NOT use her first name Siobhan) a former or maybe not so former junkie who has been postscripted into a war against the forces of darkness by her supposed mentor, ...

Comic characters and their pop culture counterparts

Not long ago, a lot fewer people knew who Tony Stark was or could name Thor's brother.Blockbuster movies have changed that, and even more obscure comic characters are likely to become household names with "Guardians of the Galaxy" this year and "Ant-Man" in 2015.But there are other characters ...

A twofer for Valentine’s Day reading

Just in time for Valentine's Day comes one 25-year-old's search for love in "Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date" by Katie Heaney.This funny and relatable memoir details Heaney's search for romance (and where it all went wrong) from grade school to grad school, detailing the ...

Superior to Amazing: Why Marvel should keep Peter Parker on the shelf

Spoiler warning if you haven't read any Spider-Man comics since December 2012: Spider-Man is sorta dead.In a gutsy, controversial and ultimately rewarding move, Marvel killed off their most recognizable character in Amazing Spider-Man #700, unbeknownst to anyone except Peter Parker, Dr. Octopus ...

Creepy-crawly thriller set in the rainforest

A thriller takes a small species and makes them terrifying in "Invasive Species" by Joseph Wallace.In a remote section of Africa, amid a dying rainforest, a conservationist named Trey stumbles upon a deadly species of wasp.One that seems way too intelligent. Through the interruption of a woman ...

Part 2: Inductees into the Comic Book Football Hall

It's Graffiti's annual football issue, and I'm offering up another round of inductees into the Comic Book Football Hall of Fame.My other option was a fantasy football wrap-up, which would have consisted primarily of advising you to do the opposite of everything I did this season, earning a ...

Hypothetical superhero resolutions for the New Year

Time is a funny thing in comic books.In order to keep things contemporary, it doesn't pass the way it does in the real world. That's why Spider-Man is still a relatively young guy despite slinging his first web during the Kennedy administration and Batman is still a youthful bachelor who may or ...