The Week’s Most Popular Posts: March 30 – April 3, 2015

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

Time to take a look back at this week’s most popular posts on Panels:

I’m not sure how to go about admitting this. Should I admit it? This will live on forever on the internet. It will follow me around in the digital airwaves. It might end up on my gravestone.

But I should be honest. Honesty is the best policy, right?

Guys.

Friends.

Trusted readers.

Archie Andrews… is hot.

from An Ode to #HotArchie by Preeti Chhibber

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I don’t know if combining Elizabethan England with the Marvel Universe seems like a good idea in a vacuum. Thankfully, comics don’t exist in one.

Because Marvel’s 1602, which did exactly that, was a great idea. An eight issue mini-event written by comics demi-god Neil Gaiman and published in 2003,1602 explores an alternate timeline in which some of Marvel’s most beloved players get to strut about on a stage very different from the ones upon which we typically see them.

from Marvel’s 1602: Why It’s Awesome and An Idea for Its Future by Josh Corman

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With the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron flick you may have heard about, we’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding who these characters are. You may recall we did a brief overview of The Vision but for these two we’re going to have to dig a little deeper and get into some politics.

from Avengers Spotlight: A Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch Primer by Dana Silver

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Jem and the Holograms, the series and now the comic, appeals to a wide range of people, and given the explosive, truly outrageous response to this first issue, I suspect a whole new generation of fans is in for a treat.

Now, I still have that pink wig around here somewhere…

from Panels on Panels: Jem and The Holograms #1 by Andi Miller

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It’s important to have a good hook, and in that regard few developments in comics last year were better received than Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman. It was meant as build-up to the recently concluded Spider-Verse event, but at this point there’s no denying that Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez’s take on the character, from its rock and roll opening to her brilliant costume, has far and away overshadowed her crossover roots. For a sense of how much, just try snagging a copy of the first printing of her debut inEdge of Spider-Verse #2 on eBay and weep.

from The Promise of Spider-Gwen’s World Building by Michael Chasin

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I do have a soft spot in my heart for the old British curmudgeon that is 2000AD but I admit it’s a highly problematic comic. It’s had thirty-eight years to try and address the boy centric sexism that plagues it to this day. Somehow it’s never managed it.

That doesn’t mean I don’t owe 2000AD a huge debt of gratitude. Without 2000AD I probably wouldn’t have the love of comics I have to this day. Without that love of comics I may never started to love reading novels and in turn I wouldn’t be writing stories, articles and comics today.

from The Problem With The Comic That Got Me “Into Comics” by Marcy Cook

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