Why You Should Be Reading ‘Radioactive Spider-Gwen’

This week, Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man series features the TV debut of «Spider-Gwen,» the alternate universe version of Gwen Stacy who stole the hearts of many a Spidey fan during the massive Spider-Verse crossover series of 2014 that featured pretty much every version of Spider-Man that Marvel could legally use. Much like «Spider-Man Noir» and the Japanese robot ‘SP//dr,’ Spider-Gwen was created to be an example of a Spider-Woman that could have been, a universe where it was Gwen and not Peter who was bitten by the spider.

Despite a bit of hesitancy toward reviving a character that was ‘fridged’ long before it even became a term, Spider-Gwen was hands down the breakout star of Spider-Verse, apparent even before the series was done:

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Not only was she featured heavily in theSpider-Verse tie-in to the Secret Wars crossover event in 2015, and in the ongoingSpider-Verse spinoff/teamup series Web-Warriors, but Ms. Stacy’s popularity demanded her own book. And, y’all, it’s so much fun. Here’s what is great about it:

Gwen Stacy Lives!

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There have been plenty of other female Spider heroes in the course of Marvel’s wallcrawler history, including the popular Spider-Girl, (Mayday Parker, an alternate universe daughter of Peter Parker and Mary Jane), the current running Spider-Woman‘s Jessica Drew and Silk AKA Cindy Moon. And they’re great awesome characters that I’m glad exist. But there’s something unique to the Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman angle. There is something really powerful to me of taking this woman, who is one of the most classic examples of a female death to give pathos to the male hero in the history of comic books, and making her the hero, of giving her the powers, of letting her be the star of her own story. For ladies like me who grew up with the death of Gwen etched into my awareness of my favorite comic (she’d died before I was born,) it’s like a note saying «Hey there’s more to you than this.» And for young girls who find her now, and young boys who can enjoy a female superhero too, she’s the Gwen they get to own.

She’s not just Peter Parker in a blonde wig

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Gwen’s book is funny, with clever writing from Jason Latour, who manages to create an atmosphere that allows Gwen’s Spider-Woman to be funny the way Parker’s Spider-Man is, but with a voice and sense of humor of her own. Likewise, while her powers are comparable to Peter’s, her strengths as a superhero are different. She doesn’t have the scientific genius of Peter Parker so that’s not what drives her actions. Gwen is instead the daughter of a police detective, and she uses that investigative ability to hunt criminals. She has to get help on the tech side, which has actually led to unique plotlines like the current «Weapon of Choice» storyline where she’s enlisted the aid of her universe’s Reed Richards. Speaking of which..

Her universe is delightful

Apparently managing to avoid total annihilation during Secret Wars, Gwen resides on a parallel earth designated «Earth-65,» in a nod to the year the original Gwen made her first appearance. Aside from popping over to visit with Jessica Drew and Cindy Moon, which led to this spring’s Spider-Women crossover, Gwen spends most of her time on Earth-65, which makes the book somewhat more accessible to someone who may not read Marvel regularly and might not have an encyclopedic memory of the vast continuity. Cross-overs give enough info to let the reader follow the story, but someone who mostly just cares about Gwen can just live on Earth-65 and it’s worth it.

Long time readers can also appreciate the alternate versions of characters they’re familiar with, from Detective Frank Castle, to a Matt Murdock who was raised by the Hand and seems to be maneuvering himself to replace Wilson Fisk as the Kingpin, to a version of Doctor Octopus who seems to work with an actual octopus:

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But what really makes Earth-65 a lot of fun, is the fact that it kinda maybe sort of is a teensy bit of a feminist hugbox. On Earth-65, not only is Peggy Carter the director of SHIELD (complete with eyepatch) but Captain America is Ms. Samantha Wilson:

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This isn’t a «Sam took up the mantle of Cap when Steve Rogers was unable to do it» type situation. She has always been Cap, with her own universe’s version of why she was away for decades (she wasn’t frozen in ice, she was kicking ass across time and space.) In fact, on Earth-65, Steve Rogers fills another role:

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And you remember that time Captain America punched Hitler in the face? Well…

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But we’re here to talk about Gwen, and that leaves me with one more thing to gush about.

Robbi Rodriguez’s artwork

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My god, does Rodriguez do some great work on SpiderGwen. Lush, colorful covers with a hint of watercolor bleed-over that indicates that not everything is exactly in its place, that things are just a bit too loud or off. The covers are extremely eye catching; I’ve found new issues from across a store on more than one occasion. And of course, Rodriguez is responsible for that awesome costume, one of the best riffs on the classic Spider-Man look I’ve seen in years:

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The white motif with the webbing, the vaguely chuck-looking teal shoes (which don’t actually exist, much to my cosplay chagrin!), and the friggin hood, it’s a costume that shares enough of a vibe with the classic Spidey look to keep it in the family, but yet looks unique enough to imply that Gwen developed it in a world completely uninfluenced by a Spider-Man she didn’t know existed realities away.

An awesome-looking, smart-talking, ass-kicking female superhero? Maybe Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said it best, Spider-Gwen is just cool.

For those looking to get into the Spider-Gwen series, the best bet is to pick up the «Vol. 0» trade, which features the Edge of Spider-Verse issue that introduced the character (as well as a quick re-cap of her history) as well as the first storyline in her stand-alone series. You should be able to swing it from there.

Riley Silverman totally has her Gwen cosplay ready for Comikaze this year.

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Bella Hadid Handles an NYFW Runway Fall Like a Pro While Everyone Else Freaks Out

It should come as no surprise that Bella Hadid — a human being so gorgeous that it’s hard to look at her directly sometimes — has been slaying New York Fashion Week this year. The 19-year-old supermodel hit a snag on Wednesday, though, while strutting her stuff down the runway for Michael Kors. As she rounded a corner, Bella took an unfortunate spill in her sky-high heels, toppling to the ground. Although Bella calmly laughed off the tumble and got right back to doing her thing (and later joked about it on Instagram), the front row’s gut reactions were pretty priceless.

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Remember PS Vita? Nope, Me Neither

null  By a show of hands, Ego-friends, how many of you own a PS Vita? …Uh huh, okay. I see you there. Not too many, but I salute all of you with your hands raised. High five, brother. All round to my place, for blackjack and hookers. 

The thing about owning a Vita is, it’s a little like being a Nightmare Before Christmas fan before Disney whored it out. Or like supporting a half-assed sports team before they unexpectedly kick ass all over the season, and several million new ‘fans’ suddenly come out of the woodwork. It’s a cult favorite, and you’re the most special of all mothereffin’ special snowflakes if you’re on board with it.

The Vita had so much potential. That’s some power the lil’ handheld has, and while Sony were getting a bit carried away when they spouted all that ‘home console-quality games on a portable’ BS, it’s a pretty sweet piece of tech. Sadly, it’s now more or less just core fans still using the thing, and enjoying its pretty sexy library of JRPGs and hunting games and the like.

It’s pretty much down and out now, sadly. Vita is ignored and forgotten at trade shows, never spoken about, like a scandalous family secret about that uncle who did that thing with the goats. But there’s at least one guy at Sony Japan who isn’t ready to say goodbye just yet.

Out of nowhere, Kotaku drops the announcement that two new models are hitting Japan on December 1st. The above pimped out red one, and this silver number right here:

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That’s one each, for the two dedicated Vita fans worldwide.


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Blake Shelton And Gwen Stefani Might Be Married By The End Of The Year

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Shoot, who knew that if you threw the wrong filter over a picture of Blake Shelton his face would look like the plastic mask from a Ben Cooper, Inc. costume?

Last month, TMZ claimed that Gwen Stefani is fixin’ to become Mrs. Y’all-y Jean Giant. Gwen was asked by Ryan Seacrest if she’d ever get married again during an interview last week. Gwen didn’t really have an answer, but UsWeekly sure does.

A source close to Gwen tells UsWeekly says that the rumor that they’re getting married is true, and they know when said wedding is going to happen. Gwen and Blake haven’t given their family and friends a date, but the source says they want to get married before the end of the year. Gwen and Blake have been together for almost a year, and they’re ready to make it legal because she makes him want to sing like Bill Medley or something.

“They are both very, very happy. Blake is having the time of his life with Gwen and feels so comfortable around her.”

If Gwen and Blake want to get married before the end of the year, they better get moving. It’s the middle of September, which means they’ve only got about three-and-a-half months before this year turns into next year. That’s not a whole lot of time to plan a wedding. I’ve been to a 1-month wedding, and let me tell you: it’s fine, but it’s not great. When you’ve got limited time, you better be prepared to walk down the aisle of a high school gymnasium before the junior boys basketball team has it reserved for practice and raise glasses of a knock-off Baby Duck called Toddler Gull while balancing a napkin of KFC popcorn chicken on your lap. Look, I didn’t say it would suck, just that it might not be as enchanted an evening you were hoping for.

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Gigi Hadid Open Jacket For Harper’s Bazaar

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Gigi Hadid gave us a peek at her luscious jugs in this provocative spread in Harper’s Bazaar. Gigi is incredibly hot, that much is known. She’s got a beautiful face, (prettier I think than sister Bella), and a pair of knockers that make life worth living. But she’s also got an intensely wonderful booty. Gigi is a true supermodel in the traditional sense. She could have competed with any of the models from the golden age in the 90’s. She’s got the long legs of a traditional model as well as the looks. In the rest of these pics she is fully dressed but many of them accentuate her bustiness. 

I wish I could make Gigi my girlfriend. I do alright but I’m not rich. But I have other things to offer her. I make really good Latin food and can mix a mean cocktail. 

Photo Credit: Harper’s Bazaar


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Colin Powell Loves Bragging about Hanging With Celebs at Bohemian Grove, the Conspiracy Capital of the World 


Colin Powell Loves Bragging about Hanging With Celebs at Bohemian Grove, the Conspiracy Capital of the World 
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Above is a photograph of Colin Powell pretending to play guitar in the style of seminal rock-n-roll hero Chuck Berry, backed by Clint Eastwood on saxophone, Jim Belushi on guitar, and Henry Kissinger singing, onstage at Bohemian Grove , where the global elite get drunk together and share war stories. The photograph comes from an email obtained by the website DCLeaks.com.

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Adrian Grenier Hates, Hates, HATES Straws!

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Adrian Grenier is so not enjoying that delicious-looking strawberry cocktail. Adrian is hate-sucking on that straw, because straws are the devil’s long plastic dick!

Adrian is the television version of Leonardo DiCatchAHo, because it seems like his (gigantic) peen is a nomad who never wants to settle down in one poon AND he really cares about the environment. Adrian co-founded the Lonely Whale Foundation, which exists to educate people on ocean animals. Adrian’s foundation did some exhibit for Refinery29 in Brooklyn for Fashion Week. The Cut talked to Adrian at popular restaurant Roberta’s in Bushwick, and when he opens up his mind to you, hold onto something tight, because he will take you on a hilarious insane ride through his acid-laced thoughts. Most of the quotes that were squirted out of Adrian’s brain read like something a Portlandia writer would write before scratching it out and saying, “Naw, that’s TOO crazy.

Dude started out the interview by ordering a cocktail and he asked the server to leave out the straw, because plastic straws are bad for the environment and the ocean. Did you know that many children have to walk miles to school because their spots on the bus have been taken over by straws?! It’s disgusting! If a child has been left behind, it’s because of a straw! Adrian burped up this quote about straws and it took me higher than a line of coke (snorted through a paper straw, of course) ever could:

“We consume 500 million straws each day. The equivalent of 127 school buses filled with straws. It’s disgusting. There should be children in those school buses, going to school, to learn, not straws.”

The next time I see a school bus, I am going to be really disappointed if it’s not filled with straws.

His day job is doing acting stuff, but his night job is doing superhero stuff and I hope that means that he runs through the bars of New York City knocking plastic straws out of people’s mouths.

“I’m a guy who cares about people. Acting is my day job, but at night, I get to be a superhero. There are superheroes, people who fly or have all these extraterrestrial powers or supernatural abilities. Everybody can be a superhero every day by doing very simple things. Change the world.”

If you read that first quote and thought to yourself that Adrian sounds like he just inhaled sixty five clouds of emissions while doing lots of hallucinogens at Burning Man, you’re right! Well, you’re right about Adrian being at Burning Man anyway. Adrian went to Burning Man for the first time and when The Cut’s writer asked him if he feels like people who go to Burning Man never stop talking about going to Burning Man, he mouth farted up this beautiful douche nugget of wisdom:

“It’s like, could you imagine having discovered America? Would you stop talking about that? It’s like, I went to this new land. There’s nothing like it. And that’s the thing. It’s captivating, because it’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. And I’m worldly, I’ve been around the world. And it happens to reflect the value system that I agree with.”

Adrian has a point, because I can definitely picture Christopher Columbus going on and on about discovering a new land as the natives, who lived in his “new land” for a while, rolled their eyes like, “Okay, bitch.

Burning Man isn’t only a great place to find lots of drugs, it’s also a great place if you love sharing umbrellas!

“The reason I responded so much to Burning Man is, that is my ethos, that is my people, that is the way I’ve always lived and wanted to live. And there is a Zeitgeist of humans who think that way. If I didn’t have an umbrella, for example, I would go from umbrella to umbrella with people and get where I needed to go, dry. Sharing umbrellas is awesome.”

Further proving that he’s the hipster Christopher Columbus, Adrian thinks that he was one of the first settlers of Williamsburg. Williamsburg became way too much of a giant Whole Foods for Adrian so he moved to the desolate land of Bushwick where in HIS day,  he had to walk backward in the snow for a latte! This “gentrifier talking shit about gentrifiers” gem is next level:

“I pioneered Williamsburg. It got so gentrified that I had to come to Bushwick. I lived two blocks away, and then this place (Roberta’s) opened, and I couldn’t afford to live in this neighborhood. We used to have to walk three miles backward in the snow for a cup of coffee when we lived here. Now there’s, like, baristas and cold brew.”

And finally, the douche hipster hybrid of James Franco and Shia LaBeouf said this about needing to stay single for his fans:

“You know, it’s funny. I was listening to this Radiolab episode about K-Pop. In K-Pop, they completely manufacture their pop stars and they make the pop stars sign contracts where they vow not to date because they’re supposed to be the property of the people, they’re supposed to be perpetually single and attainable. So in honor of that episode and the Korean pop stars that I aspire to be, I am perpetually single for the sake of my fans.”

Adrian entire’s hilarious conversation with The Cut is here, and if I could, I would quickie marry that interview at Burning Man while wearing a tuxedo made of paper straws as a K-Pop song played.

Pics: Splash, Wenn.com, Getty

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Hilaria Baldwin Bares (Almost!) All One Day Postpartum: ‘I Want to Do All That I Can to Normalize a Real Body’

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Hilaria Baldwin is getting real about what a body really looks like right after giving birth.

“I took this yesterday when Leonardo was about 24 hours old,” the yoga teacher and wife of Alec Baldwin, 32, wrote Wednesday next to a mirror selfie showing her belly a day after giving birth to her new son. “I did the same thing right after Rafael was born.”

She continues candidly, “It always makes me a bit nervous to do something like this, but I feel that in the age of such strong body shaming, I want to do all that I can to normalize a real body and promote healthy self esteem.”

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“Many of you know that I love to show the process of life’s experiences on the body and I am a firm believer in how a good diet and the right balance of exercise make us happy, healthy, and strong,” Baldwin added in the caption. “So from here on, I want to dedicate the majority of my #366daysoflivingclearly #hilarialcm daily posts to getting back in shape and I invite you to do it with me.”

The new mom of three also shared more details surrounding her newborn’s birth.

“Did I have a c section?: No, I pushed him out,” Baldwin writes. “Where are all the pads for bleeding?: I took them out briefly to snap this pic as there is a limit to how much you need to see.

“Where am I?: in the hospital room bathroom #glamour,” she adds jokingly. “Oh, and no filter. Just brightened it up a bit.”

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Baldwin is a big proponent of keeping a positive outlook about body image not only for her Instagram followers, but for her children.

“I’m very careful not to put myself down in front of [daughter Carmen Gabriela, 3], like, ‘Oh my God, I don’t feel good today,’ or the typical, ‘Oh I feel so fat’ or, ‘Oh look at me, I look terrible’ kind of stuff,” she told PEOPLE in May. “I’ve learned that that can be very damaging to children.

“I try to be very positive to the people around me. Like, ‘Oh wow, doesn’t she look beautiful?’ Or ‘He’s so sweet,’ or, ‘That was such a nice thing that he did,’ ” she added.

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Victoria Beckham Says Daughter Harper Has Been Able to Run in High Heels for a ‘Long Time’: I’m ‘So Proud’

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Sounds like at least two of Victoria Beckham‘s kids “Wannabe” like their mom!

On Monday, the fashion designer sat down with Seth Meyers to talk about how her daughter and youngest son seem to take after her in a couple of key skill areas.

“She’s a little tomboy, playing in the garden with her brothers, playing football — and [husband David Beckham] as well,” the mom of four, 42, shared of her youngest child and only daughter Harper Seven, 5.

“She’s also very girly, so she loves to play with makeup,” adds Beckham, who herself has been busy taking part in New York Fashion Week and whose own limited edition Estée Lauder makeup line launched Tuesday in N.Y.C.

“She has been able to run in a pair of high heels for a long time. So proud. So proud.”

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After Meyers jokes that he isn’t sure when being able to run in high heels would come in handy aside from in a horror movie, he asks about Beckham’s 11-year-old son Cruz David — specifically, whether he has inherited his mother’s musical prowess.

“He’s so musical, Cruz, and we didn’t even realize he could sing, you know? He’s always the one that plays football,” Beckham says after Meyers shows a clip of her son performing “the cup song” from Pitch Perfect. 

“And he was just singing in the back of the car one day and I was like, ‘Wow, you can really sing,’ ” she adds. “And then he picked up his cups and off he went.”

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“We are like a traveling circus, our family,” Beckham jokes. “We sing, we dance, we do football, we do fashion.”

All of her kids are aware of her past involvement with the Spice Girls, and Beckham outlines to Meyers what exactly that means to them.

“They know that Mommy wore the heels, and did the pout and point,” she says, throwing up the famous girl-power peace sign. “They’re proud, you know, we’ve watched the movie together, and when I was on tour with the Spice Girls, I took the children with me. So they know it.”

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