Glen Weldon Glen Weldon is a regular panelist on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. He also reviews books and movies for NPR.org and is a contributor to NPR's pop culture blog Monkey See, where he posts weekly about comics and comics culture.

Short story author Alice Munro, seen here in Dublin in 2009, won the Nobel Prize in Literature today. Her stories often touched on a less obvious form of evil. Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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This is actually a picture of some Power Rangers from last year's Comic-Con, for reference. Dear Glen: Just pretend all these people are hugging you at once. Sincerely, your editor. Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Saban Brands hide caption

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Henry Cavill plays the title role in Zach Snyder's expensively earnest iteration of our most recognizably American superhero. An "alien" aesthetic — which ironically owes plenty to the Industrial Age and to the metallo-organic curves of art nouveau — informs everything from the film's palette to its interpretation of Superman's iconic costume. Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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