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Marvel's Phase 3: The Comics Worth Reading

Posted by Seb Patrick, James Hunt at 09:24 on 29 Oct 2014
Marvel's Phase 3: The Comics Worth Reading
Hey! Who's for a bit of a shameless tie-in to the really quite ridiculous barrage of announcements Marvel have just made about all their upcoming movies? We thought you might be, so settle in as we do the thing we're known to at least four people for doing best: expertly guiding fans of the movies through new and exciting reading choices in the world of the comics themselves.

For each of the just-announced Phase Three films, we've picked a comic we reckon you should read that either (seemingly) ties directly into the film in some way, or is just otherwise relevant in terms of getting a handle on the character(s) involved. They're not necessarily the best comics featuring these characters, they're not necessarily the comics we think the movies will be directly based on, but we reckon they all have some kind of relevance and (more importantly) are all worth a glance.

Ten Other Times Heroes Became Women and Nobody Complained

Posted by Seb Patrick at 21:12 on 16 Jul 2014
Ten Other Times Heroes Became Women and Nobody Complained
So, as you'll no doubt have seen, Marvel have announced that Thor is going to be replaced by a woman for a bit in a new volume of the title by Jason Aaron, and many people are acting like this is The Worst Thing Ever. The level of backlash is odd, as not only is this quite clearly one of those temporary status quo changes that are customary in long-form serialised superhero narratives (see also: that time Spider-Man was replaced by Doctor Octopus for a bit and it was actually really good; that time Captain America was replaced by Bucky for a bit and it was actually really good; and that time Thor was dead for a bit and nobody really cared because it was Thor); but it's also not the first time the mantle of a previously-male superhero has, whether temporarily or permanently, passed on to a woman. Here are ten examples of it happening that didn't result in anything like the current fuss.