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Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl,” “Sharp Objects”) returns to TV with this audacious eight-part conspiracy thriller she describes as “The Goonies” meets “Marathon Man.”

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2017): This let’s-get-all-the-heroes-together adventure benefited from coming on the heels of DC’s horrendous “B…

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“Preacher” by Garth Ennis: If you think comic books are for kids, this maxi-series about a former preacher, his vampire best friend and the terrifying world they inhabit will make you reconsider.“Lucifer” by Mike Carey: You don’t have to have read Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series from which this story spun off. Just know that Carey’s masterwork is a tale of free will and true philosophical exploration and is nothing like the TV series that took these books for its basis.

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James’ thick saga — the first in a planned trilogy taking place in a fantasy land inspired by African history and mythology — follows a tracker hired to find a child who has mysteriously vanished. New York Times books critic Michiko Kakutani wrote, “In these pages, James conjures the literary equivalent of a Marvel Comics universe — filled with dizzying, magpie references to old movies and recent TV, ancient myths and classic comic books, and fused into something new and startling by his gifts for language and sheer inventiveness.”

Dear readers: Because of a production error, the comic strip Dilbert won’t appear in today’s comics package. Instead, you’ll find it today on …

Parents need to know that “Marvel’s Spider-Man” is a superhero themed action/adventure game available exclusively on the PlayStation 4. Players take on the role of the popular Marvel superhero, swinging through the streets of New York in his crime-fighting quest to keep the people safe from both generic crooks and fantastically powered supervillains. There’s a lot of comic book style action, with players using a variety of abilities to incapacitate enemies that attack using everything from fists and guns to flashy superpowers of their own. There’s some blood shown on occasion, as well as some background scenes of more intense violence, but nothing overly explicit. The game does contain some occasional profanity in the dialogue, including “s--t,” “ass,” and “damn,” and there’s a substantial story arc dealing with the rise of a new, illicit narcotic hitting the streets.

Parents need to know that “Black Panther” is the first film in the Marvel cinematic universe to center on a superhero of color: African prince-turned-king T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), aka the Black Panther. As in all superhero movies, there’s plenty of violence — in this case, mostly brutal hand-to-hand combat that gets quite intense, with bloody injuries and even deaths. Although there are a few shoot-outs with super-powered guns/cannons (as well as some cold-blooded killings), the majority of the action features spear and blade fighting. That said, some confrontations do include larger, explosive battles and very destructive car chases. Language and sexual content are pretty minimal — a few uses of “s--t” / “hell” and a couple of quick kisses, respectively.

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