The Week’s Most Popular Posts: February 8 – 12, 2016

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:

I, like many people on the internet, lost my mind when I saw Beyoncé’s music video for her new track Formation. If you want to understand the implications of this song, and its accompanying music video, check out Joelle Monique’s post over at Black Girl Nerds.

Once you’ve watched the video a million times, and are overwhelmed with the need to read some comics, check out this list that I’ve compiled with the help of Joelle’s post!

from 11 Comics To Read If You Loved Beyoncé’s “Formation” by Ardo Omer

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The truth is still out there. And thus, Scully and Mulder are at it again, albeit reluctantly, for the first time since the second movie hit the big screen in 2008.

I was a little young for the series when it originally released, so I didn’t get really into X-Files until recently. All the same, every time I hear that eerie whistling theme song I get a little thrill of anticipation.

The reboot is off to a great start, and I’m really digging the haunting strangeness of the alien-like childhood condition that keep emerging. But alas, the renewed show is only a six-episode mini-series—we’re already halfway through! It’s simply not enough.

But don’t worry. If you want to believe as badly as Mulder, and the burning need to find the truth, we’ve got some comics for you.

from 8 Comics to Read If You Love The X-FILES by Emily Wenstrom

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By now, you’ve seen at least three dozen commercials about the upcoming, extra-crazy, not-for-children Deadpool movie.

The Merc with a Mouth has a strange history in comics, and I’m here to help you navigate that history to find the books you really need to read for a primer on Rob Liefeld’s most popular creation.

from Deadpool: A Character Primer by Chris M. Arnone

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Last week, I got the “new this week” email from Marvel Unlimited, and realized it had been several months since I had logged on, and even longer since I had used it to any serious extent. In the early days, I would log in and read full runs of X-Men and Captain America; I would catch up when I realized I was several months behind on Hawkeye (and then buy the trade anyway). I would try out various eras of The Punisher and see if I could find the origin of The Human Torch or Black Panther. I had gotten a MU Plus membership after several months of paying monthly, and got some cute little mementos out of it, but wouldn’t see the chance for the convention perks and other access chances in the time I retained the membership. I had to make a choice.

There are a few factors that led to my decision to scrap my membership. 

from Saying Goodbye To Marvel Unlimited by Jessica Pryde

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Monday February 1st was Hourly Comic Day. Cartoonists from all over the world draw a comic describing what happened in the past hour. Here is a small sample some of the adorable comics produced for the occasion.

from Hourlies 2016 Round-Up: The Cuteness of Diary Comics by Hélène

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We know comics can be confusing, and part of clarifying it is defining the vernacular for new readers. We’ve done a comics glossary before on video, but for those of you who prefer print, we’ve got you covered. This is a basic glossary of comics terms. We’ll supplement this with more in-depth editions going forward.

from A Glossary of Basic Comics Terms by Swapna Krishna

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