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In the Know: Morlocks

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With Gina Carano cast as the Morlock Angel Dust in the Fox's upcoming Deadpool movie, who's to say what sort of role the tunnel-dwelling mutants will play in the film?  Either way, now's a good time to brush up on the Morlocks.

Essential Reading

Uncanny X-Men: Catacombs (Chris Claremont, Paul Smith and Walter Simonson) - Beginning in issue 169 (and continuing for two issues past the actual comic called "Catacombs") the X-Men meet a group of mutants, disfigured and forced to live apart from society, where they have found a place together in abandoned tunnels beneath New York.  Not only is this the first appearance of the Morlocks, but it showcases the iconic "no powers" battle between Storm and the Morlock leader Callisto.  We also meet Caliban (who later became a member of various X-Men teams) for the first time, who is smitten with Kitty Pryde and rescues her from fellow Morlock Plague. These issues are collected in Essential X-Men (Volume 4).

X-Men: Muta…

The Week In YES - 2/24

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The Song To Listen To


"Spark" by Michelle Branch

The YA Book To Read


"This Sin Eater's Daughter" by Melinda Salisbury

The Comic To Enjoy


"Maria, the Virgin Witch (Volume 1)" by Masayuki Ishikawa

The Movie To See


"The Lazarus Effect"
Directed by David Gelb
Starring Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass and Evan Peters

The Trailer To Watch


"Wayward Pines"

More To Say Yes To

This announcement


Neill Blomkamp confirmed to direct new Aliens movie.

This casting news


Morena Baccarin cast as love interest in "Deadpool."

And this casting news


Viola Davis will play Amanda Waller in "Suicide Squad."

This Blu-Ray/DVD release


Academy Award winner for Best Animated Film, "Big Hero 6"

The Week in YES - 2/17

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The Song To Listen To


"Crazy In Love (Remix 2014)" by Beyoncé (From Fifty Shades of Grey)

The YA Book To Read


"The Bargaining" by Carly Anne West

The Comic To Enjoy


"The Walking Man: 10th Anniversary Edition" by Jiro Taniguchi

The Movie To See


"The DUFF"
Directed by Ari Sandel
Starring Bella Thorne, Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell

The Trailer To Watch


"Crimson Peak"

More To Say Yes To

This casting news


Gina Carano cast as Angel Dust in Fox's Deadpool

This movie poster

Guillermo del Toro's "Crimson Peak" This music video "Style" by Taylor Swift, featuring a yummy Dominic Sherwood This man's ass Jamie Dornan in "Fifty Shades of Grey" 

In the Know: Magik

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Marvel has announced a new Inferno series from Dennis Hopeless and Javier Garron, spinning out of Marvel's upcoming mega-event Battleworld.  The series will feature Colossus on a quest to save his sister Illyana, at the same time that Illyana,better known as X-Man Magik, is busy indulging in her badassery in this Hell-on-Earth.  So, what better time to get acquainted with Magik?  I love this part of the X-Men universe.

Essential Reading

X-Men: Inferno (Louise Simonson, Chris Claremont, Steve Engelhart, Gerry Conway, Ann Nocenti, Walter Simonson and various) - When Magik leads her fellow New Mutants on a routine trip to Limbo, they find themselves trapped, and Illyana is tricked into opening a portal to Earth that allows hordes of demons to descend upon Manhattan.  Her soul is on the line, as her final transformation into the demonic Darkchylde is close at hand.

Magik: Illyana and Storm (Chris Claremont, John Buscema and various) - A four issue mini-series that explains Illyana's …

The Week in YES - 2/11

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The Song To Listen To


"Ain't Gonna Drown" by Elle King

The YA Book To Read


"Red Queen" by Victoria Aveyard

The Comic To Enjoy


"Love and Rockets: New Stories (Volume 7) TP" by Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez

The Movie To See


Kingsman: The Secret Service
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson

The Trailer To Watch


Poltergeist (2015)

More To Say Yes To

This announcement


A-Force - An all-female Avengers team.

And this announcement


Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announce that Spider-Man will appear in future Marvel Studios film, and Marvel Studios characters may appear in upcoming Spider-Man films.

Then this announcement


DC Comics diversifies comics line, launches 24 new titles, including Black Canary, Bat-Mite, Bizarro, Mystic U, Robin: Son of Batman, Starfire and Prez: First Teen President.  Finally, DC sees that creativity coming before continuity is a good thing.

This open letter


Shirley Manson of Garbage calls o…

The Week In YES

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The Song To Listen To


"Sea Creatures" by SOAK

The YA Book To Read



This 2014 Michael L. Printz Award Winner was announced on Monday.
"I'll Give You the Sun" by Jandy Nelson

The Comic To Enjoy


Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men
The Black Vortex: Alpha (Sam Humphries & Ed McGuinness)

The Movie To See


Jupiter Ascending
Directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski
Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis

The Trailer To Watch


Marvel's Daredevil

More To Say Yes To

This poster


This casting news


Nick Jonas joins Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michelle, Joe Manganiello and Ariana Grande for Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens.

And this casting news


Felicity Jones in talks to star as female lead in upcoming stand-alone Star Wars spin-off.

This costume design


Brandon Routh as The Atom on Arrow.

In the Know: The Red Room

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Last week's Marvel's Agent Carter had some scenes showcasing young girls being trained as spies and brutal combatants in Russia, the same program that Black Widow stems from.  The infamous "Red Room" and the widow's origins, are sure to be make an appearance in the next Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, if the trailer is any indication, and will likely be featured prominently in future episodes of Marvel's Agent Carter.  So what better excuse to take a good look at some Black Widow comics?

Essential Reading

Black Widow: The Itsy-Bitsy Spider (Devin Grayson & J.G. Jones) - Features Natasha as the kick-ass spy we know her to be.  This is probably the best solo story featuring the Avenger.  This also prominently features Yelena Belova, the blonde, next generation Black Widow who still works as a spy for Russia (she had made a brief appearance previously, but this is where she was extensively used for the first time). 

Black Widow: Breakdown (Devin Grayson…