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Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is out on Blu-ray today, which seems like a good time to revisit this fall release with a few thoughts on the film. After two viewings and time for reflection in between, it’s finally somewhat easier to position a critical response to the November blockbuster from Marvel Studios than it was at the time of release, but an ultimate sense of ambiguity remains. Yes, it was fun, yes I left the theater feeling oddly disappointed–both are true.

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Rae’s Recs, June 29

Welcome all, to this week’s Rae’s Recs! This small, weekly comic recommendation posts every Thursday and I’ll be doing my best to bring you some cool titles you may not have noticed on your first go-round on New Comic Book Day! I recommend two of my favorite single issues for the week, one or two graphic novels or trade comics from the past few weeks, and then two all-ages comics. These have no time frame, but are just some really great titles to share with a kiddo, or even an adult, in your life. One ongoing, one completed.

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Rae’s Recs, June 16

Welcome all, to this week’s Rae’s Recs! This small, weekly comic recommendation posts every Thursday and I’ll be doing my best to bring you some cool titles you may not have noticed on your first go-round on New Comic Book Day! I recommend two of my favorite single issues for the week, one or two graphic novels or trade comics from the past few weeks, and then two all-ages comics. These have no time frame, but are just some really great titles to share with a kiddo, or even an adult, in your life. One ongoing, one completed.

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Rae’s Recs: June 1

Welcome all, to this week’s Rae’s Recs! This small, weekly comic recommendation posts every Thursday and I’ll be doing my best to bring you some cool titles you may not have noticed on your first go-round on New Comic Book Day! I recommend two of my favorite single issues for the week, one or two graphic novels or trade comics from the past few weeks, and then two all-ages comics. These have no time frame, but are just some really great titles to share with a kiddo, or even an adult, in your life. One ongoing, one completed.

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Great Expectations: Box Office and Marvel Cinematic Universe

The final price tag for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, per the NYT, is estimated at approximately $350M (production + marketing), with an opening domestic weekend gross of $145M. This does not represent a loss–we have the entire summer ahead of us, and then the secondary market (DVD and digital sales) will more than compensate any (unlikely) shortcoming in ticket sales. Still, this is considered an underperformance for a Marvel film by some prognosticators, and almost guarantees a few think-pieces by the end of June about how perhaps the Marvel screen realm has expanded to its natural limits and now only contraction remains. The unexpected overperformance of the first Guardians installment–a whopping $773M worldwide in tickets alone–will be cited as proof of franchise attrition and “superhero fatigue” three years out, and there will be smug nodding.

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