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(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

“What do you believe?”

After an episode that took a break from the main storyline, “Come to Jesus” returned to Shadow and Mr. Wednesday…and Anansi and Bilquis and the New Gods. American Gods concluded it’s first season with a bang, with a show of strength from the Old Gods and an official declaration of war from the New Gods. Mr. Nancy told us in episode two, and again at the beginning of episode eight that “Angry gets shit done.” With that as the battle cry for the season, American Gods showed us how dangerous these colorful characters can be and left us with the questions of not only what this war will do to the gods, but what will it mean for the rest of America.

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american gods a prayer for mad sweeney review

(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

After the ultimate show of strength, as Mr. Wednesday sliced the head off of another god with a sword as big as himself, American Gods gave us its most tender episode of the show to date. “A Prayer For Mad Sweeney” takes us to Ireland in this grim fairytale, bringing Mad Sweeney under the microscope. Through Mr. Ibis’s narration and another fantastic performance by Emily Browning, Mad Sweeney transforms from lovable fool to tortured soul.

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the mummy nostalgia bomb

(Welcome to Nostalgia Bomb, a series where we take a look back on beloved childhood favorites and discern whether or not they’re actually any good. In this edition: Stephen Sommers’ 1999 blockbuster The Mummy goes under the microscope.)

Romance! Adventure! Mythology! Monsters! Oh my!

In 1999, I was the ripe old age of eight. I was a fourth grader who already felt like a nerd, wasn’t that interested in boys, and thought the epitome of cool was rocking my brother’s old three wolf moon t-shirt. That was the year The Mummy, starring Brenden Fraser (*swoon*), hit theaters. What followed was a chain of events that I can only describe as “borderline obsessive.” It’s rare for a movie, especially one has received so many mixed notices over the years, to change your life.

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a murder of gods review

(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

Last week, we saw the New Gods’ plan in the form of the trippiest sales pitch ever seen in a jailhouse interrogation room, but this week, we were faced with something even crazier than that. The new gods spoke of franchising worship, but in this week’s “A Murder of Gods,” we got a taste of what that really looks like in the form of Vulcan (Corbin Bernsen), the god of the volcano, who managed to flourish, to a very frightening degree, by putting his fiery stamp on guns, and making every kill with a bullet a sacrifice to him. “A Murder of Gods” expands on episode five, by taking us deeper into the war rooms and the networks of the gods.

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comics to read after wonder woman

It’s official: Wonder Woman has hit theaters, on a scale that rivals her Trinity counterparts Batman and Superman. When I say that Wonder Woman has been a feminist icon that has empowered women since her inception, I don’t think I am telling you anything that you don’t already know or haven’t already heard in the months leading up to this blockbuster event. However, what you might not know, is that while Wonder Woman may be the most iconic female badass in the comic book world, she is certainly not the only one. And the list of incredible female characters extends far beyond the superhero genre.

From my experiences working in a comic book shop back in the day, many women that came in wanting to dive into the wonderful world of comics, arrived with the standard names in mind, whether they be the X-Men or the Gotham City Sirens (all wonderful choices, of course). However, they were always pleasantly surprised by the vast world of female-centric comic books that weren’t even on their radar. While I love Batman and Preacher and the men of Sin City as much as the next nerd, it is always important to have a story that you can see yourself in, that you can pull you up when you need it, and makes you feel less alone. Comic books are for heroes of all shapes, sizes, genders, sexualities, and races. Some may wear capes and fight crime, but others just bring awareness to otherwise untold stories and perspectives.

With that being said, ladies (And gentlemen! I’m not here to discriminate!), if you want something to read after watching Wonder Woman, you really can’t go wrong with these comics.

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Last week, one of my more anticipated video games of 2017 arrived: Friday the 13th. Well, part of it did. The game is being released in two parts: the multiplayer component, where players can play as camp counselors and the hockey-masked menace who wants to murder them, became available on last Friday. The single player mode is expected to arrive later this summer.

Still, my horror nerd heart was all aflutter in my anticipation to play as Jason or one of his teenage victims. Having grown up on the Friday the 13th series, my nostalgia meter was cranked to 11, but knowing that nostalgia can sometimes cloud judgment, the gamer in me still wanted to make sure that this was a great game to be enjoyed by all. With that in mind, and plenty of snacks purchased, I settled in to play Friday the 13th with my two other willing test subjects: my husband (who is new to Friday the 13th in general and has only seen through the fourth installment) and our close friend, a lifelong gamer, who had admittedly only seen, “that one scene in that one movie where the couple gets impaled while they are doing it” (a formidable PSA against the dangers of pre-marital sex if there ever was one).

What transpired was a gaming experience that satisfied my rose-colored nostalgia goggles and the high gaming standards of my two counterparts, in what proved to be just a damn fine horror game to sink your machete into.

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lemon scented you review

(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

Last week gave us a taste of mortal malaise, but this week we return to the pantheon. American Gods continues to give answers at the price of a hundred new questions, as ‘Lemon Scented You’ offers us a seat in the war room for the first negotiations between the Old Gods and the New. As Laura Moon comes head-to-head with the unlucky Mad Sweeney and Mr. Wednesday comes head-to-head with Mr. World, we finally learn the nature of the storm.

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american gods git gone review

(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

Bone orchards, man-eaters, fire genies, oh my! The first three episodes of American Gods gave us a lot to swallow, but episode four, “Git Gone,” following Laura Moon’s journey to and from the grave, showed us that things aren’t just not what they seem when it comes to gods, but also when it comes to (seemingly) boring, uninteresting humanity.

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head full of snow review

(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

The fire and brimstone of last week’s introductions to Anansi and Czernobog was absent in “Head Full of Snow,” but what we lacked in impassioned speeches, we gained in methodical insight into the state of the old gods and Shadow’s continued agnosticism and apprehension to accept what he is seeing as truth.

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the secret of spoons review

(Each week, we’ll kick off our discussion of American Gods by answering one simple question: which character do we worship this week?)

The series premiere of American Gods left our heads spinning and our loins girded. Between buffalos with flaming eyes, man-eating goddesses, and a less-than-perfect funeral, episode one certainly made an impact, and let us know the kind of show this was going to be. Episode two, ‘The Secret of Spoons,’ doesn’t disappoint. Even with a few less out-of-this-world visuals, yesterday’s follow-up to the much talked-about premiere revealed a little more of where we are going, but with a lot more “what the hell is going on.”

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