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Think back to when you first saw Guardians of the Galaxy. Remember when you thought that it was so unlike any of the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe films? That it was hard to imagine how or why it fit into the overarching franchise?

Well, imagine Guardians of the Galaxy meets Iron Man meets an acid trip, and you’ve got one of the best Marvel films on your hands. Doctor Strange premiered on November 4 and has taken the world by a weird and wonderful storm. The following review is spoiler-free!

Beloved readers, this is my last article for The Collective this month, and in continuing my celebration of all things fandom and LGBTQA Pride, I’ve compiled a list (with special thanks to some awesome Twitter followers) of the most kick-ass LGBTQ+ couples in the comic verses.

It’s been a long, slow road to getting the LGBTQ+ community representation in comics that was more than subtext and not edited out of the finished product (as was the case for many characters). As a child, I probably couldn’t tell you the name of one gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender character, and now I’m having a difficult time narrowing down this list to less than ten (Iceman, Catwoman, Batwoman, Constantine, Northstar…etc.). This list was inspired by the immense popularity of #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend, and also because, for me, everything this month is about Pride.

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Midnighter and Apollo (DC Comics)

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Introduced in 1998, Midnighter and Apollo have often been hailed as characters that parallel Batman and Superman, but Midnighter is a bit more sociopathic, and both are a bit more foul-mouthed. Even more notable is that they were one of the first openly gay couples to exist in the DC Comics verse. Unlike other comic characters who came out after years in the closet, and many of their stories depicting struggling with their sexuality, Midnighter and Apollo’s sexualities were a part of their comic depictions from the beginning, eventually marrying and adopting a daughter together, making them a badass gay superhero couple with a family.

(And yes, I know all about what happened in the 2015 Midnighter solo comics and it is, as this blogger says, “a copout.” Midnight & Apollo 5ever.)

Good day, Collectors!

In celebration of the beginning of the CollectiveSmash Star Wars Rewatch series, (which spans every Friday evening for the next six weeks beginning tonight!) I’ve put together a little list of Star Wars comics that you should be reading if you like Jedi and the Force and stuff. Or if you ever wondered what Han Solo would look like as a comic character.

Welcome to Kick Ass Women in Comics Week here on the Collective Blog! Each day, we will be exploring our usual content through the lense of women in comics. Sit back and enjoy the ride, it’s gonna be an exciting week.

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Every superhero needs supergear to look and feel the part. Here are some of my favorite Super Heroine Geek Chic items across the interwebs. Click on the links to go to the page and BUY BUY BUY!

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C. Diva

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1) DC Bombshells Art Print Sets

$15-30

DC Comics Bombshells is DC Collectibles’ new line featuring the female superstars in poses inspired by classic pin-up art. Featuring Supergirl, Poison Ivy and more, these 50’s vintage art pieces are perfect to show off your comic book love in your home or office. The Quantum Mechanix website has 10 of these lovely prints designed by Ant Lucia available for purchase now.

Bombshell art prints $15-30
Bombshell art prints $15-30

2) Black Widow Icon Tee

$20

HerUniverse.com is the place to go for geek girl fashion. The site offers female fans a chance to wear their faves in OUR size, OUR fit and on OUR terms. While Marvel has failed to properly promote the awesomeness that is Black Widow, we do get a few items showcasing the superhero, and this is one of them.

Black Widow tee $20
Black Widow tee $20

3) Princess Leia Skater Dress

$44

Every girl needs a comfy and cute outfit for saving the galaxy, and this Princess Leia dress fits the bill. This hooded replica of Leia’s robe and bun ensemble comes in 5 different sizes and in 6 different galaxies.

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