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‘Steven Universe’ #5 turns a harmless yard sale into a life or death mission

13 hours ago

Steven Universe #5

Written by Jeremy Sorese

Illustrated by Coleman Engle

Published by Kaboom

A new arc takes shape in Steven Universe #5 as it explores the dangers of having a yard sale while the Crystal Gems are around. A giant slug (and Pearl to a certain extent) recently destroyed the Beach City Library, so Steven and Connie decide to raise some money and build a new one. Steven and Connie have the noblest of intentions when they gather up junk to sell, and their altruistic nature is in no way linked to Connie’s desire to read the next volume of the Unfamiliar Familiar.

As always, normalcy doesn’t last long when Steven’s around. Among the rubbish Steven finds one of Connie’s old books. Immediately after touching it weird vibes fill the page. Oblivious to any magical mayhem, Steven leaves the book behind and goes into town to post yard sale flyers with Connie. »

- Elizabeth Rico

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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ continues to hold strong atop the weekend box office

14 hours ago

The final weekend of 2014 saw a familiar name hold the top spot at the weekend box office charts, as the final installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, won the spot for a second straight weekend. The film earned $41.4 million over the weekend, which was enough to beat out newcomers Unbroken and Into the Woods, as the second directorial effort of Angelina Jolie and the Rob Marshall adaptation of the famous Sondheim musical ended up in second and third place, respectively. It was a tight race between the two, as Unbroken finished with $31.7 million, while Into the Woods ended the weekend with $31 million.

Last week’s second and third place finishers, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie, moved down two notches to make way for the newcomers, as the third entry in the franchise and the musical rounded out the top five. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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‘The Gutters’ is the ultimate comics industry parody

15 hours ago

The Gutters (Indefinite hiatus; 2010-2014)

Written by Ryan Sohmer

Art by various

Colored by Ed Ryzowski

First and foremost, The Gutters was a twice weekly webcomic that made fun of various aspects of the comics industry. It took the comics news of that week and spinned into something hilarious and self-contained with a rotating cast of artists, including ones you might know like Annie Wu (Hawkeye), Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men), and even comics legend Neal Adams, who pencilled a heartfelt tribute to the late Joe Kubert in 2012. The humor of The Gutters is highly topical. However, in the tradition of the best Mad Magazine strips or SNL sketches, it can act as a nice time capsule to 2010 when people were arguing whether Steve Rogers or Bucky Barnes (or Clint Barton) should be Captain America, or 2012 when the circle of snark around »

- Logan Dalton

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