Avengers Standoff: Captain America: Sam Wilson #8

Avengers Standoff: Captain America: Sam Wilson #8

The penultimate entry in the Avengers Standoff event, Captain America: Sam Wilson #8 is a solid issue that provides some important final notes before the impending showdown. It makes sense, as Nick Spencer, who is also writing the main Pleasant Hill books, pens this issue. Spoilers begin after the jump.

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Structure in Daredevil’s Second Season

Structure in Daredevil’s Second Season

For all the impressive acrobatics at work throughout the second season of Netflix & Marvel’s Daredevil – and there are many, from a one-shot scene that serves as a satisfactory sequel to the first season’s hallway fight, to engaging character perspectives and arcs – one of the most impressive is the deft adaptation of traditional comic narrative structures to the small screen. Mild spoilers for the second season of Daredevil begin after the jump.

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Avengers Standoff: All-New, All-Different Avengers #8

Avengers Standoff: All-New, All-Different Avengers #8

After a disappointing first entry for All-New, All-Different Avengers, the series comes back strong for its second and final Avengers Standoff tie-in. Featuring a good balance of action and character, each of which serve to forward the overall narrative, this issue delivers a solid chapter that leaves the reader prepared for the impending showdown at Pleasant Hill. Spoilers begin after the jump.

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Avengers Standoff: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #4

Avengers Standoff: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #4

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 is by far the most disappointing tie-in in the Avengers Standoff storyline so far (and hopefully, of the entire event). In fact, it’s probably the first issue I would recommend passing over, since the majority of the story has already been presented elsewhere. Either way, spoilers begin after the jump.

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The Canon Strikes Back

This was written in response to Asher Elbein’s Atlantic article, “Enough with the Canon.” I agree with what I believe to be the essence of his argument – namely, that trying to assert an authoritative version of a fictional story in order to marginalize alternate perspectives is wrong. However, the article fails to consider both the functional aspects of canon, and the way it allows for a particular type of storytelling that would otherwise prove impossible.

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