The Week’s Most Popular Posts: December 14 – 18, 2015

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

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

It’s here! The 2016 Panels Read Harder Challenge! Last year, we launched the Read Harder Challenge, both here at Panels and over on our sister site, Book Riot. It was the first time we’d done such a thing and we got so much great feedback that we decided that another round was in order.

The Read Harder Challenge is designed to help you expand your reading horizons and encourage you to discover comics beyond your comfort zone, whether that applies to subject, format, publisher, style, genre or creator. You never know when something you didn’t expect to ever pick up turns out to be your new favorite thing.

from The Panels Read Harder Challenge by Rachel Manwill

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But today, I’m not talking about Jessica Jones–well, not about the titular character. Instead, I’ll be focusing on everyone’s favorite indestructible chocolate skinned Hero for Hire, Carl Lucas…AKA Luke ‘Sweet Christmas’ Cage. Luke Cage, alongside being Jessica’s bae, is a staple in Marvel’s super teams and one of the most respected characters in the Marvel universe. Today, we’ll be giving you some of Luke’s best stories to prepare you for MIke Colter’s take on Luke in the standalone series, which is slated to premiere in 2016.

from Luke Cage: A Character Primer by Troy Wiggins

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One of the most beautiful and heartwarming things about having children in our lives is getting to indoctrinate share with them the things we love. Anyone who has spent some time here on Panels should know all about all-ages comics like Lumberjanes and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, but sometimes you want something a little more tailored to a munchkin’s age. 

I’ve used my librarian super powers to create an expanded list of titles for every age range, including some that may have slipped past your grown-up radar.

from Start ’em Early: Comics for Young Kids by Amy Diegelman

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I love Peggy Carter. I want to be more like Peggy Carter. My English accent needs some work, and I should practice my hand-to-hand combat in the mirror more often, but I’ve got that love of Steve Rogers and confident walk down pat. Maybe you know someone like me and are looking to delight them with an Agent Carter related gift this this holiday season, or maybe you’ve got “Do as Peggy says” tattooed on your arm and you’re looking to treat your self—either way, this guide should help you out.

from Agent Carter Gift Guide: Know Your Value by Christine Hoxmeier

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from Gifts for Every Nerdy (Or Nerd-Adjacent) Baby by Brenna Clarke-Gray

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