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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 8-9-2017

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This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres and companies. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on DuckTales #0, Shadows on the Grave #7, Spirit Hunters #9, Avengers #10, Freelance #1-4, and more… be warned, there may be spoilers…

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Riverdale Season Two Sneak Peek

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Hold onto your burgers. Here’s a sneak peak at Riverdale Season Two!

Things are going to be different. Darker.

Riverdale returns October 12. Season One is streaming now on Netflix.

Riverdale: ‘The Outsiders,’ SE01 E08

So, confession. I’ve never read The Outsiders or seen the movie based on it. So if this episode has carefully crafted references to it, I am the last guy to catch them. Mea culpa!

This episode has two plots wrapped around it like strands of DNA. Neither of them can be considered an A or B plot. So let us simply refer to them as whiteand black. They’re as equally delineated by gender as colour.

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Riverdale: ‘In a Lonely Place,’ S01 E07

Greetings, Riverheads!  Apologies for taking so long to get back to you.  So much has been happening in our little land of the gingers! Love blooms and wilts, intrigues are being hatched, treachery and subterfuge are the rule of the day! Corporate competitions turn into bloody beatings!  

You didn’t think you’d get this from a show based on characters originally appearing in Pep Comics, did you?

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Riverdale: ‘Faster, Pussycats! Kill, Kill!’

So! Everyone who had your wager on “Betty is Polly” I’ve got some bad news for you, as the mystery of Jason Blossom’s disappearance and murder grow ever deeper and Archie’s superpower of turning women against each other continues to exhibit itself.

This week on… Riverdale!
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‘Riverdale’: How’d We Get Here?

Riverdale, when you think about it, is perfectly suited for the CW. It’s about the prototypical teen and his buds, and (as we’ve seen) you can do pretty much anything with them.  Archie has been a kid, a teen, and grownup to get married to both his high school girlfriends. He’s also fought zombies.  

No, I’m serious.

So a setting and characterizations as flexible as that is going to be able to to have some interesting adaptations to a high school TV drama.
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