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Best of 2014: Who won the year, Marvel or DC?

If you grew up a comics fan, chances are you were faced with one question pretty early on: What’s better, Marvel or DC? It was a big decision, like signing a mortgage at five years old. You were going to spend years investing and defending it, so you’d better pick wisely.

Of course, treating the subject like a binary is inherently silly. There’s no reason not to like both Marvel and DC. Plus, “better” is a purely subjective term—while one publisher’s output might not resonate with some people, others might find it to be the best thing ever.

But thanks to the pervasive popularity of all things superheroic—especially this year—that ancient debate has found new life. And though there are also plenty of comics publishers beyond Marvel and DC, these two are definitely out to dominate the pop cultural conversation in a way they never really have before.

So who wore it better in 2014: Marvel or DC? Let’s take a closer look. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2014: The year in Big Announcements

Announcements are not actual things. They are promises of things to come. But at times this year, it felt like all of pop culture was actually just an announcement about pop culture in the future. That’s because 2014 is the year that every movie studio Marvelized into megafranchise factories, with one company after another making bold (and frequently insane) promises about movies that will come out three, four, five years from now.

2014 is also the year that the whole process of “announcing stuff” took on a decadent pageantry. You can feel how badly everyone wants to break the internet now, attempting to compose their Mega-Announcements with a unique buzz-creating rhythm. Do you host an announcement event, or quietly post an update on your website? Do you tease the announcements for weeks ahead of time, Taylor Swift-style, or just unload lots of top-secret intel all at once,  Beyoncé-style? READ FULL STORY

Listen to Ice-T, Al Yankovic, and more read 'Dungeons & Dragons' stories

Your day won’t be complete without hearing Weird Al read a story about Gutbusters. Yes, Gutbusters—which as you might know from Dungeons & Dragons lore, are lead by Pwent, a dwarf hero.

Al Yankovic, as he’s called when not performing songs like “Amish Paradise,” is one of several celebrities whom Audible has brought together to read passages from R.A. Salvatore’s The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories—a series of 12 tales set in the world of Dungeons & Dragons—for the 40th anniversary of the fantasy game. Audible’s project also includes voice work from Sean Astin, Michael Chiklis, Wil Wheaton, Ice-T, Tom Felton, David Duchovny, Greg Grunberg, Felicia Day, Melissa Rauch, Danny Pudi, and Dan Harmon.

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So does it matter that 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is just 'The Avengers'?

Listen, fun is fun. Even fun that feels an awful lot like other fun—even fun that was specifically designed by a fleet of fun engineers to remind you at the microscopic level of fun you had two years and three months ago.

Thus: Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that is undeniably fun, is also undeniably The Avengers. And Thor, and Iron Man, and Captain America: For all the chatter over the last couple years that Guardians would mark a wild departure from the Marvel Studios superhero safe zone, James Gunn’s space (rock) opera looks an awful lot like the nine other Marvel films, if you scrape away the mixtape-soundtrack and all the pastel-skinned aliens.

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Can you name every costume in our Comic-Con supercut?

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As anyone who’s ever dreamed of wielding superpowers or living in a magical fantasy realm or fighting demons knows, San Diego Comic-Con is the ultimate safe space for geeks—as one Con-goer told EW earlier this month, “Nobody is judging you here.” That’s why attendees go all out, bedecking themselves in elaborate outfits that put some low-budget big-screen costumes to shame.

Some of the best cosplayers we saw at Comic-Con this year make appearances in the following video, including one extremely convincing Han Solo in carbonite, more than one Daenerys Targaryen, a pair of Breaking Bad enthusiasts in yellow hazmat suits, a ninja turtle, someone channeling Barf from Spaceballs, a Bob’s Burgers-themed family (including one dressed like a burger), a Bane, a Hellboy, the Queen of Hearts, and a whole bunch more.

Ultimate geek cred question: How many of their costumes can you identify?

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Entertainment Geekly: A serious attempt to understand why every movie is about Magic Blood now

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

This summer, it’s all about the blood. Young Harry Osborn was hankering for some Spidey-plasma in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, because Peter Parker’s very special blood is a cure-all for the Green Death Disease that apparently afflicts all Osborns. Mystique’s blood was the secret sauce that transformed the Sentinels from giant gawky robots to shapeshifting protean-powered T-1000-bots in X-Men: Days of Future Past. (Confused? It’s all here in this pamphlet.)

In the underrated Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise huffs an alien attacker’s hemoglobin and winds up absorbing the alien’s reboot-button superpowers. And in the exactly-rated Trans4mers, evil nerd scientists corpse-mine some dead space robots and come up with a new element that allows anyone to create anything they want. This element is called “Transformium”–which could mean that, in the world of Transformers, human blood is referred to as “Humanium.” READ FULL STORY

The 'Game of Thrones' TV Book Club: Dissecting a heartless (and Stoneheart-less) finale

Welcome, lords and ladies (and smallfolk) to the final edition of this year’s Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis dive into season 4’s supersized ending, a feast of brawls and murders and missing minor characters. Check out James Hibberd’s full recap of the episode, then join us as we venture into the narrative borderlands of A Storm of Swords (and beyond) below. (You know there’ll be spoilers for both the books and the show, right?) READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' TV Book Club: Watching 'The Watchers on the Wall'

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Clatter! Clash! Sword fighting noises!! Welcome back to the Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis take a deep dive into the episode-long Battle of Castle Black, an epic hour long on action but curiously short on just about everything else (whither Mance Rayder?). Check out Jame’s Hibberd’s full recap of the episode, then join us as we venture into the narrative borderlands of A Storm of Swords (and beyond) below. (You know there’ll be spoilers for both the books and the show, right?) READ FULL STORY

'X-Men: Days of Future Past': Oh God, let's talk about that ending (SPOILERS!) (ANALYSIS!) (FUTURE!) (PAST!)

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Let’s get two things out of the way here: I really liked X-Men: Days of Future Past. And I have complicated feelings about the X-Men movies, but one thing that doesn’t bother me is their screwy internal chronology. I am not a a continuity pedant; the fact that X-Men: First Class directly overrules several parts of X-Men 1 doesn’t lessen my enjoyment of either of them.

So what follows is not meant to nitpick the plot of Future Past. Rather, this is an inquisition, an attempt to seriously understand what the space-time continuum really looks like after it has been twisted into fifty pretzel-spirals of insanity. SPOILERS FROM HERE. READ FULL STORY

The 'Game of Thrones' TV Book Club: We're going full Moon Door

Welcome back to the Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis take on the show’s mustache-twirling version of Littlefinger, the triumphant return of Hot Pie, and, as always, the dangers of hurtling past George R. R. Martin’s story. Check out James Hibberd’s full recap of the episode, then join us as we venture into the narrative borderlands of A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. (You know there’ll be spoilers for the books and the show, right?) READ FULL STORY

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