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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, February 20 2017

One of the writers behind Doctor Strange pens another fantasy film, this time about a fallen angel hunter. In honor the recently departed Gene Wilder, a film critic revisits Haunted Honeymoon. And a look at a new women-centric fantasy comic. It's Airy Monday, our news segment on magic and religion in popular culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Marvel's Doctor Strange was a commercial and critical success last year, notching another victory on the company's ever-expanding list of titles. But the latest film from one of the creatives behind Doctor Strange has very little to do with Marvel and a lot more to do with fallen angels and the people who hunt them.

One of the most chilling and legendary dystopian novels to be written in the last half century is The Handmaid's Tale, a feminist science fiction tale that takes a look at a future America where the remaining fertile women in the world are compelled into sexual slavery for the country's male rulers. In light of recent political drama and another adaptation of the novel, British newspaper The Guardian considers the book's continuing relevance.

Last year, famed comedic actor Gene Wilder died from Alzheimer's. In his honor many revisited his most famous films such as Young Frankenstein or Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. At, Jeff LaSala reviews another of Wilder's films: Haunted Honeymoon.

With a new TV series, Sailor Moon is back on everyone's mind again (at least in Japan). And that can include some very odd public relations campaigns. Kotaku describes one of the strangest: Usagi Tsukino's battle against sexually transmitted diseases on behalf of the Japanese Ministry of Health.

After decades in the shadows, women are finally getting their due in comic books. Comics Alliance talks with Delilah Lawson and Ashley Woods about their new fantasy comic Ladycastle, wherein a group of female warriors have to take the helm after a dragon kills off the male leadership.

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Aryós Héngwis (or the more modest Héngwis for short) is a native of the Pontic-Caspian steppe, born some 5000 years ago, near the village of Dereivka. In his youth he stood out from the other snakes for his love of learning and culture, eventually coming into the service of the local reǵs before moving westward toward Europe. Most recently, Aryós Héngwis left his home to pursue a new life in America, where he has come under the employ of BBI Media as an internet watchdog (or watchsnake, if you will), ever poised to strike the unwary troll.


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