The Week’s Most Popular Posts: December 1 – 5, 2014

This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics

Let’s take a look back at the week that was, here on Panels . . . 

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from Comics Fetish: Volume 10 (Ugly Sweater Edition) by Kristina Pino

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Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Mike Norton
Speaking of omniboo, YOUNG AVENGERS IS COMING OUT THIS WEEEEEEEEEK!!!! Kid Loki! Shirtless Noh-Varr! America effing Chavez! *happy dances around the Panels Brownstone* *is asked by Paul to sit down after knocking over several book shelves with vigorous arm flailing* I’m not typically an omnibus-buyer, but for Young Avengers I’ll make an exception. This gorgeous and energetic run is a pop song disguised as a superhero comic. If you’re digging The Wicked + The Divine and have a soft-spot for capes + tights, this is the comic for you.

from What’s On Your Pull List? December 3, 2014 by Ali Colluccio

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from The Best Comics We Read in November 2014 by Eric Margolis

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The set-up here is simple. The story has been transplanted into modern-day Harlem in NYC. Both Holmes and Watson are black, and the supporting cast is more varied and diverse than you’ll see in any of the screen adaptations. These few simple changes open up the whole world to new ideas and make the characters seem fresh and new. Black characters in crime fiction are often limited to certain roles. Even when they’re presented as strong characters, there is still a tendency to cast them in certain ways; the young street kid with a heart, the reformed corner soldier, the uniformed guy who ‘got out’ and guilts himself about being a traitor, etc. Each of these roles traps fictional black characters in a certain social class and background. In using the characters of Holmes and Watson, we get to neatly sidestep those tropes. These two characters are recognisable for being the same guys we’ve seen in every other incarnation, yet the change in ethnicity gives them a fresh view of the world.

from Why You Need To Investigate Watson and Holmes by Jay Stringer

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Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy sign up for a movie, and everybody’s suddenly all, like, waitaminute… what’s this Suicide Squad thing? It’s a comic book? Why haven’t I heard about this before?

Or, if you’re like me, you just smile and say, “It’s about damn time.”

But let’s not get all exclusive about this. If you know about the Squad, then let’s celebrate that a pretty kickass idea is finally making it to the big screen.

If you’ve never heard of this title before? Read on and get ready to get excited.

from So, Suicide Squad Is a Thing Now, and It’s About Damn Time by Dave Accampo

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