Reading this issue had me saying, “Finally!!!” out loud. The slow-burning Shadow King plotline is moving to its final act, its different strands finally weaving together — though not explosively (yet!). But still, it is a relief to get the gears in motion especially fast in New Mutants #21.
What news goes above the fold this week? Why, it’s Stephen Sondheim’s return with a new Broadway musical, Square One, which he reportedly just did a reading of with Nathan Lane and Bernadette Peters! And with that, merrily we roll along to this week’s Last Week’s Episode.
Putting the most important news above the fold: if you, like everyone on film Twitter, have been dying to see David Lowry’s Dev Patel lovefest The Green Knight, your chance has arrived: A24 will be doing a one-night stream of the film on August 18th. Okay, now that you’ve clicked on that link, let’s go!
This New Mutants arc has been a bit of a slow-burn for me, and Vita Ayala and Rod Reis, and now (to a less-menacing extent) Alex Lins and Matt Milla have been able to sustain a fair amount of looming tension. But, we’re seven issues into this Shadow King storyline and I am still grasping…
Welcome to Cover Girl. Each month, we gather a team of WWAC contributors to analyze a new and notable comic book cover featuring one or more women. This month, Louis, Kat, and Wendy discuss the Frank Cho cover of Fight Girls #3.
It’s rainy where I am but I’m hoping it’s nicer where you are. But if not, don’t worry, there’s a plethora of entertainment here (and also, Leverage: Redemption just dropped).
After a banger of a penultimate issue, X-Factor comes to a close on issue #10, sliding right under the wire for Pride Month. Unfortunately, the abruptly canceled book doesn’t manage to nail the ending, instead hastily wrapping up plotlines and leaving us with one helluva cliffhanger.
The New Mutants are at the Hellfire Gala, a little different than we’ve seen them before — new artists Alex Lins and Matt Milla have some big shoes to fill, and issue #19 really underscores just how much emotional heft Rod Reis’ work has brought to the series.
New to Juneteenth? Check out this free documentary series, Juneteenth Jubilee, which does annual looks at the history behind and current state of Juneteenth celebrations in Texas and beyond. If you’re more into narrative, check out Miss Juneteenth by director Channing Godfrey Peoples, starring the luminous Nicole Beharie.
I’ve got a GLUT announcements from Netflix’s Geek Week, two separate claims of racism behind the scenes of diverse shows, some fun tweets, and more!
There’s something looming ahead in the distance for the denizens of Krakoa, and it’s not just the Hellfire Gala — the Shadow King’s intentions hang over everything and remain unrevealed. This issue doesn’t bring us any closer to understanding his aims; instead, this issue continues to use the mutants as a metaphor of dysphoria, explicitly…
There’s a LOT of CW news this week, some trailers, a Christmas special, and more in this week’s overview of comics+ media.