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Book Review: Spider-Man: A History and Celebration of the Web-Slinger, Decade by Decade

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“Spider-Man: A History and Celebration of the Web-Slinger, Decade by Decade” Written by Matthew K. Manning, updating previous editions by Peter A. David, and Robert Greenberger Published by Epic Ink Review copy courtesy of Quarto and Marvel Entertainment Review by Steve J. Ray In celebration of his illustrious and expansive legacy, Marvel’s  Spider-Man: A History and Celebration of the Web-Slinge r, Decade by Decade is a comprehensive collection of exciting art and expert commentary that brings Spidey’s backstory out of the archive and into the arms of fans worldwide. Many may already know that Spidey celebrates his 60th year of publication in 2022, so this book is the perfect gift for his millions of fans. Marvel recently released  Amazing Fantasy  #1000 to celebrate this milestone, so owning a copy of that issue, alongside this gorgeous book should be a must for any true blue Spider-Fan. Here’s the publisher’s breakdown of the book: Decade by decade, fans can relive the origin and ad

Review: Will of the People by Muse

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  Review by Adam Ray Every now and then, an ingot of new media comes along that makes me stop, think, and go wow. Me, being a collector, I take it in and move on somewhat. This includes music too, not something I'm here to talk about on Fantastic Universes very much. The strength of Will of the People  by legendary English band, Muse, has made me stand up and think. We could always count on a band such as this to deliver with each release, but this drop has been a perfect showing of what master musicians can do when they pick up a genre, look it over, then put it back down saying "no thank you". Will of the People I respect and judge the tone of an album from its opening track. Will of the People is also the name of the album, and this song is quintessential Muse. It's the perfect mixture of the showy rock tones with Matt Bellamy's vocal range that we can expect from him each time. All wrapped up with their new revolutionary motif that could not be more relevant i

DO IT, BUY THE BOOK - SEPTEMBER CHALLENGES

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   By Fay Clark August was an interesting month, I'm feeling a little burnt out as I have been reading a lot. So here are the SEPTEMBER DO IT, BUY THE BOOK CHALLENGES. I'm hoping as we get into the Autumn seasons we get a cosier reading vibe and the books start pulling us back in! Challenge 1 - Read a book you read at school. Challenge 2 - Read an informative book. Challenge 3 - Read a book with a Farm Setting . Challenge 4 - Read something with a school setting. Challenge 5 - A group pick this time round, read "Lord of the Flies by William Golding". We think this fits the vibe of most of the challenges above! WE love a good theme. Back to school season has started, so books are officially back on the syllabus. Don't forget to come see me on our Instagram page for more updates throughout the month!  @FanUniverses B o o k   Q u e e n   O u t !

DO IT, BUY THE BOOK - AUGUST CHALLENGES

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  By Fay Clark So, I bounced back with July. I managed to get all of my books read and challenges completed by the 5th of July!! I've just been chilling and reading whatever I'd like for the rest of the month. I had a lovely time, and I think I am finally over my reading slump. Fingers Crossed for another fantastic month with our AUGUST DO IT, BUY THE BOOK CHALLENGES. Challenge 1 - Read a book you do not know much about. Challenge 2 - Read a second hand book, or one from a library. Challenge 3 - Complete a challenge you missed from a previous month . Challenge 4 - Go on google and type in "Random Colour Wheel", whatever colour you get read a book with that colour cover. Challenge 5 - My best friend picked the book this month, it's called "Doing Time" by Jodi Taylor. This reminds me of a mix between Season 1 of Loki and The Rookie. It sounds super fun and interesting. Let's get going with these challenges. I can not wait to dive right in and get these

Fan Retrospectives: Vision: Part 6: P vs. NP

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  Writer Tom King and artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta created a strange premise for the old-school Avenger Vision. They gave him a family. On paper, Vision with family hijinks sounds ridiculous and cheesy, but instead, it turned out to be a haunting, character-defining master class on comic storytelling. Let's break down 2015's Vision series. "P vs. NP" Writer: Tom King Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta Colorist: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: VC's Clayton Cowles Review by Eric Lee The opening of the next chapter of Vision has writer Tom King pose a philosophical question: P vs NP.  P vs NP P stands for a "problem" or a problem that a computer can fix in a reasonable amount of time using algorithms as shortcuts. Then there is NP or "problems that cannot be fixed and will theoretically take millions of years to fix".    The theory of P vs NP is typically discussed within the context of math or computer sciences. However King uses it as an exte

DO IT, BUY THE BOOK - JULY CHALLENGES

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By Fay Clark Wow, June was a struggle for me. I was down with the plague for over a week, and could not focus on any reading at all. Although I loved everything I read, I was grasping towards the end of the month to get everything read! As I am still recovering, I have decided that July is going to be a calm, easy month of challenges. I hope you enjoy our JULY CHALLENGES. Challenge 1 - Read a book from your favourite genre. Challenge 2 - Read a book with a one word title. Challenge 3 - Read a book that was released in 2021. Challenge 4 - Read a book in a different format, from your usual. Challenge 5 - I have picked the Book of the month this time. I will be a new read for me also, which is fun! Please read "Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree". An Orc Barbarian has given up the warrior's life after 22 year, to open the very first coffee shop. Sounds interesting! I hope everyone has a chilled July. I know I will be taking it easy. Enough the last bit of summer, and rea

“Finding Batman” By Kevin Conroy Is A Story For The Ages

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Article by Eric Lee For those who may not have heard, the DC Pride 2022 one-shot is an anthology special that features and celebrates LGBTQ+ creators and characters. Amongst the many short stories, the one that perhaps stands out the most is the autobiographical "Finding Batman", written by Kevin Conroy . The short story lays out Conroy's tragic childhood and experience as a gay actor. It details how he missed many acting opportunities due to his sexuality or times when others in the industry casually threw homophobic slurs at him. In addition to being a gay man in a time when Hollywood was less accepting of homosexuality, he also came from a broken home. His father was an alcoholic who attempted suicide, his parents divorced, and his brother struggled with mental illness. Not only did he have to "mask" his sexuality from others, but also "mask" his own personal pain. How Batman Resonated With Kevin Conroy Interestingly, Conroy elaborated that all of

Review: DC Pride 2022

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Review by Adam Ray Writers: Devin Grayson, Stephanie Williams, Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, Jadzia Axelrod, Alyssa Wong, Tini Howard, Greg Lockard, Stephanie Phillips, Travis G. Moore, Danny Lore, Ivan Cohen, Brittney Williams, Kevin Conroy Artists: Nick Robles, Meghan Hetrick, Lynne Yoshii, W. Scott Forbes, Evan Cagle, Giulio Macaione, Samantha Dodge, J. Bone Color Artists: Triona Farrell, Marissa Louise, Tamra Bonvillain, Enrica Eren Angiolini Letterers: Aditya Bidikar, Ariana Maher, Frank Cvetkovic, Lucas Gattoni DC Pride 2022 , much like  last year’s special , is a grand parade of these characters, at their best, showing readers straight and queer the kinds of heroes to be proud of. I once heard a very cynical person on the internet once say that companies ultimately do not care what we, the consumer think; they will push their product on us in a way that panders to what we want, or what we believe that we want, so that we align ourselves with them, and buy their products. During the mont