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Cult comic heroes take on the macabre

While more than a few superheroes have tangled with things that go bump in the night, there are plenty of characters who, if they weren't good guys, could headline their own horror movie.Vampires have been frequent antagonists, as well as heroes themselves. DC's Andrew Bennett and Marvel's ...

Make mine Marvel Two-in-One

I might have been wringing my hands and grumbling about the endless series of reboots and major events as Marvel Legacy approaches had the company not won me over with a one-two punch right to the nostalgia.Of the 53 ongoing titles announced, one is a revival of my favorite series, "Marvel ...

What’s in a number? Marvel Legacy puts some series back in triple digits

After years of churning out countless No. 1 issues, Marvel Comics is returning several series to their original numbering.More or less.Under the Marvel Legacy initiative, some series will continue with their current numbering post-"Secret Empire." Others will jump into triple digits, with ...

America’s Irish heritage celebrated in new book

The major contribution made by Irish immigrants to the Unites States is documented in a new book by author and journalist David Forsythe. What have the Irish ever done for us? tells the fascinating tale of Irish immigration and its positive influence over the centuries through the stories of ...

Stan the Mystery Man

(Warning: This column spoils a couple scenes in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" that are inconsequential to the story, but fun nevertheless.)I enjoy trying to predict what's going to happen in Marvel's movies and TV shows.I'm just not very good at it.For example:THEORY: After his death in ...

Flood stories & more sought for annual writing contest

SubmittedWest Virginia Writers, Inc. continues to accept submissions for its writing contests for 2017, offering $5,850 in total cash prizes. Among the 13 writing categories in the adult contest, this year West Virginia Writers is offering a specialty category called The Flood, inspired by the ...

DC vs. Marvel: 20th anniversary redux

Twenty years ago, the biggest comic publishers put into print what fans had been arguing about for years, with "DC vs. Marvel/Marvel vs. DC."Some of it was a little forced, with what could have been marathon battles lasting just two or three pages. And fan voting determined the winners of the ...

Resolutions: Super-improvements for 2017

Comic book characters are in the spotlight like never before, on TV, in movies and, still, in actual comic books.With so many eyes on them, these characters might feel the pressure to improve themselves. And what better time to do that than the start of a new year?So here are resolutions some ...

Comic book cabinet: Which characters could lead the U.S.A.?

This election's been weird, right?Know what else would be weird? If somebody made a list of which comic book characters could fill out the executive branch, from the White House down to Secretary of the Department You Didn't Remember Existed.Guess what I did.****************President: BatmanThe ...

Hungry for a good book? Delve into these zombie novels

As I write this, it is mid-September and I have already decorated my house for Halloween! I have gone from someone who hated Halloween and was scared of all of the masks into someone who is a zombie fan, like "The Walking Dead." With that in mind, here are a few books that are already on ...