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The Superhero genre is the most mainstream class of comic book you can find, but the most misunderstood and disrespected by the uninitiated. DC Comics, a company that has been playing catch-up to its main competitor, Marvel Comics, since the 1960s, moved to make their products more accessible to average people this year with an initiative called The New 52, systematically cancelling all of their titles and replacing them with fifty-two titles, all relaunching with a new first issue this past September.
DC has felt the need to make similar decisions in the past, most famously with 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths which also dramatically restructured all of the titles and paved the way for a completely different DC Universe. Whereas Marvel shows more reverence for their history, often providing elaborate and illogical explanations for past storylines, DC will toss out decades of history on a whim and it’s to »
- Trevor Gentry-Birnbaum
And so we come to the end. Appropriately enough, it all takes place on Halloween. This provides an opportunity to see characters in goofy costumes – Sookie as a bunny, Sam as a pilot, Arlene as a zombie, complete with a charming "severed toe" necklace and matching big toe earrings that are certain to be all the rage come this Halloween.
But it also means, as Holly helpfully expositions, that it's a special Wiccan holiday, when the veil between the world of the dead and the world of the living is briefly lifted. Which makes sense, since this episode finds characters thought dead and buried making surprise reappearances, while several of the living join the ranks of the killed off.
As we've come to expect from True Blood finales, the season's major storyline comes to a neat and too tidy conclusion halfway through the episode, while a bunch of new balls »
- Steven Frank
A man dressed as a pirate ran into a Colorado Walgreens brandishing a weapon, forced pharmacy employees to fill up a bag with prescription drugs (thus continuing the Circle of Life), and ran out on foot. Via The Daily Mail: When a man dressed as a pirate robbed a Walgreens store brandishing a musketoon, staff must have been worried they would end up in Davy Jones’ Locker if they didn’t comply. The thieving swashbuckler entered the pharmacy on Sunday morning in Colorado Springs with full-on pirate grab and robbed them at musketoon-point. But instead of demanding treasure or pieces of eight, he ordered the pharmacist to fill up a bag with prescription medications. Funny that my first reaction upon reading this story was “A pirate robbed a Walgreens — hilarious! Booty Call! They probably literally had the movie Booty Call on one of those random sideracks, he should’ve stolen that too. »
- Dan Hopper
3 items from 2011
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