‘Buffy’ flashback: ‘BTVS Classic’ Issues 47-55 (2002-03) (Comic book reviews)

“X-Men” veteran Scott Lobdell and “Deadpool” co-creator Fabian Nicieza become the third and final regular helmer(s) on “Buffy Classic,” following Andi Watson, who did uneven work while being handcuffed by continuity, and Tom Fassbender and Jim Pascoe, who found ways to tell creative stories on the comic pages. Out of the gates, Lobdell and Nicieza (who had previously written “The Death of Buffy: Lost and Found”) impressively raise Fassbender/Pascoe’s already high bar.

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‘Star Wars’ flashback: ‘Smuggler’s Revenge’ (2017) (Audio drama review)

With the hype machine in force for Disney’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Legends fans might be looking for a Han Solo fix, too. Kyle Newman delivered the latest non-canon Solo yarn, “Smuggler’s Revenge,” in April 2017 at Star Wars Celebration. This audio drama fits well with Legends canon, and it completes the trilogy that started with “Smuggler’s Gambit” (2012) and “Smuggler’s Bounty” (2015).

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An outsider’s take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ (2011) (Movie review)

This blog series chronicles my first viewing of the complete MCU movie saga. I’ll examine each film under various categories that reflect popular discussion points. Next up is the fifth film, “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011):

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‘Angel’ flashback: ‘Not Forgotten’ (2000) (Book review)

Although “Buffy” was generally a slightly better TV show than “Angel,” I remember the “Angel” novels being consistently better than the “Buffy” novels. Because “Angel” was a less serialized concept, it was easy for authors to write a good old-fashioned detective yarn and have it fit into the timeline without any problems. In my re-read, I’ll eventually get to those types of books, but the series’ first original novel, “Not Forgotten” (April 2000), is more of a thematic piece centering on mortality and leaving a legacy.

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‘Buffy’ flashback: ‘BTVS Classic’ Issues 39-46 and ‘Lost and Found’ (2001-02) (Comic book reviews)

Tom Fassbender and Jim Pascoe wrap up their run on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Classic” with eight more issues that demonstrate their excellent knowledge of the TV show’s narrative and character arcs. They provide an emotional grace note to “The Body” (and Fabian Nicieza’s “Lost and Found” does the same for Buffy’s death) and give us the lead-up story to the resurrection of Buffy at the start of Season 6 — the most important “Buffy” spinoff fiction to date.

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