The Week’s Most Popular Posts: February 9 – 13, 2015

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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It’s simple. It’s even kind of static. I think that plays in its favor. Internal monologue tends to be overused nowadays, but The Wicked + The Divine has effectively used it to further its exploration of fan culture, mortality, and stardom. Here, dropping this massive chunk of letters on top of Laura’s face goes a long way towards illustrating the way anxiety can take someone over in the moment.

from Panels on Panels: The Wicked and the Divine #7 by Chris Rohling

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The MaddAddam Trilogy were the first Margaret Atwood books that I read. I devoured Oryx and CrakeYear of the Flood, and MaddAddam in rapid succession. It is a story about a bleak future in which genetic engineering and a vapid focus on vanity science have wiped out most of humanity. What few remain must contend with scientifically-enhanced animals, a new and superior form of homo erectus, and the foul nature of humans without laws. Atwood quickly ascended into the ranks as one of my favorite authors.

As Hollywood is beavering away at an HBO adaptation of Atwood’s trilogy, the books are gaining more attention. Of course, if you already read it, you can read it again, or you can delve into some comic books that throw off a great MaddAddam vibe.

from Comic Recommendations: Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy by Chris M. Arnone

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The marquee announcement a lot of people are going to be excited about is Gene Luen Yang bringing his talents to Superman. I had just lamented the other day that I couldn’t wait for the day when I could look forward to a Superman story that didn’t completely miss the point of the Big Blue Boyscout and it looks like I gotta eat my words. Yang’s knack for bringing humanity to his stories is stunning and I’m so happy to see DC reaching outside of its standard talent pool.

from Wait, I’m Excited About DC Titles?!? by Chris Rohling

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Marvel Studios has a diversity problem. Their movies are well-made, entertaining, and just plain fun. I enjoy the hell out of Marvel movies and I don’t see that changing. But it doesn’t change the fact that the studio will have released 16 (possibly 17) movies led by white males before making a film led by a POC or a woman.

Guardians of the Galaxy made about $775 million despite the talking raccoon, walking tree, and other characters no one outside the comics reading community knew existed. There are no more excuses as to why we don’t have a Black Widow film. Which suggests that the diversity problem Marvel Studio has is not one they’re invested in fixing.

from Marvel Studios, Spider-Man, and Diversity by Ali Colluccio

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I listen to an awful lot of soundtracks in my day to day life. There are frequently videogame soundtracks playing while I write, and a lot of movie soundtracks while I’m doing housework or am out shopping (you have not lived until you’ve had the Klingon theme or the Imperial March playing in your ears while striding through a store.)

It goes without saying that a number of these soundtracks come from superhero movies, though. They’ve been big popular business for a long time now, and they’ve produced some fantastic soundtracks. And now we’re going to talk about some of them now. Put your hand down, you can wait to go to the bathroom.

from The Best Superhero Movie Soundtracks by Peter Damien

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Yeah, I’m talking about Marvel’s new Secret Wars event. If you’re a newer reader, you might be wondering a bit as to what this all means and what you can expect as a reader. If you’ve been around the block, well, this might start with a little nostalgia, but we’ll get to talking about whether or not Secret Wars is something to get excited about.

So,  pull up a chair, and let’s talk about 1984 for a minute. The year. Not the book. Or the Van Halen album.

from Marvel’s Secret Wars: What Does It Mean by David Accampo

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