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The Marvel series finale undermines its own bold stab at systemic racism

Marvel’s series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was doing just fine.

Its initial episodes were action-packed, mature, and solid applications of a couple second-tier characters. The series largely exists because of one funny scene in a car in Captain America: Civil War, and the show has taken great pains…

Here’s hoping Anthony Mackie and crew can soar with it

At the end of 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, an elderly Steve Rogers passes his mantle as Captain America to his trusted comrade, Sam Wilson. This exchange is more than just figurative; Rogers entrusts Wilson with his iconic shield.

Forged with vibranium from the nation of Wakanda, the shield would now belong…

The industry may have had a rough year, but there was plenty to celebrate

As with most things in 2020, comics got weird this year. The industry nearly became another casualty of the pandemic, with most series beset by months-long shipping delays. The world of sequential art faced its own #MeToo reckoning this summer as multiple prominent men were accused of sexual misconduct. All…

Just Rankin’ Sh!t

If only their superpowers included being a halfway decent member of society

8. Wonder Woman

Overall, Wonder Woman isn’t a monster. But she’s had her moments. Like that one time she sold her people out by breaking her homeland’s millennia-old rule: Absolutely no men allowed! She just had to bring a dude to the all-female Amazonian island of Themyscira for no reason other than he’d…

Miles Morales breathed new life into the stale Peter Parker coming-of-age story. Children who look like him can now strongly identify

“You’ll believe a man can fly,” promised the movie poster. Back when Richard Pryor was the funniest black man in America and “Le Freak” by Chic topped the pop chart, a Loews theater stood at the center of the Parkchester projects in the Bronx. With my eighth birthday fast approaching…

‘In my wildest dreams, there is no king. I killed the king. The king is dead. All power to the people.’

I began to become African a little over twenty-five years ago. That was when I left Nigeria and moved to the US. I had been born in the US in the summer of 1975 and had been taken to Nigeria in the fall of the same year. For the next…


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