Author: Naja Later

American Gods Episode One: One Hell of a Trip

American Gods promised to be strange, and strange it is. The first episode, “The Bone Orchard,” sets a tone if not a plot. With the abundance of amazing TV shows at the moment, showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are banking on exactly that: every story has been told, so the real drawcard is how you do it. The story begins with a short framing narrative, in part detailing how gods were brought to America by migrants, but also shaking up our expectations. Despite following the typical gritty set dressing we’ve come to expect from quality TV period pieces, an enemy arrow lands among...

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Why Everyone Should Be Excited for Starz’ American Gods

The internet is approaching fever pitch over American Gods. Based on Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed epic, the show will be brought to Starz by Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller and Logan writer Michael Green. Social media is already teeming with excitement and speculation from the novel’s many avid fans. For this reason, or many others, you’ve been meaning to read American Gods. Understandably, finding the time to commit to this 800-page behemoth is getting less likely as the April 30 air-date of the first episode comes closer. Here’s a (hopefully) low-spoiler primer on what to expect, why readers like me are hyped, and...

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Political Comics: Why We Should Take HYDRA-Magneto Seriously

This month, the news broke that Marvel’s latest event will have a series of variant covers of HYDRA-styled bad guys. Included among the lineup will be Magneto, a character whose origins as a Jewish Holocaust survivor should set him in direct opposition to the Nazi-influenced HYDRA. As we enter the cycle of discourse around why this is not OK or why this is so typically Marvel, I find myself once more compelled to write about politics, comics, and the world presented by Nick Spencer. In my last post, I discussed how Spencer has been building a long-form narrative across both...

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Political Comics: Captain America Was Never Neutral

January has seen the writer of Captain America advocating for the bodily integrity of, and being retweeted by, neo-Nazi Richard Spencer. Like a lot of awful moments in the past year, there is a temptation to confuse our horror with shock. We want to ask, “How could this have happened?” But as many Cap fans have seen, this is part of a long trajectory for Nick Spencer. This moment stems from his inadequacies as a writer and a public figure. The problems begin far earlier than Spencer’s controversial retcon of Steve Rogers as a secret Nazi (HYDRA-Cap) in Captain...

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