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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, November 2

The first episode of the new TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead is reviewed. Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comic comes to an end. And the inspirational power of Morticia Addams is examined. It's Airy Monday, our weekly take on religion and magic in pop culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

If you like magical adventures set in boarding schools, you've got more options than just Harry Potter. Comics Alliance takes a look at one such work, Gunnerkrigg Court, a webcomic that focuses on an adolescent girl sent to an isolated school in a walled city touched by magic.

Neil Gaiman is known and beloved for many things: American Gods, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, etc. But one of his first works was the comic The Sandman, published by DC's Vertigo Imprint, and centered on the character Dream, the DC universe's personification of dreams and stories. Now, more than 25 years later, the conclusion to Gaiman's landmark series has been published.

If you grew up with either the television series The Addams Family or its film adaptation in the early 1990s then you're no doubt familiar with Moriticia Addams, the darkly alluring matriarch of the family. To many, Morticia is something of an inspiration for her calm, poised manner, her devotion to her children, and her strong but unconventional romance with Gomez Addams. Over at The Mary Sue, Dr. Janina Scarlet takes a look at what makes Morticia so special.

One of the most legendary heroes of horror cinema is back. Ash Williams, star of the Evil Dead series by Sam Raimi, has arrived on television in the form of Ash vs. Evil Dead. Sci-fi and fantasy website io9 got a chance to check out the pilot of the TV series before its release this weekend. Here's what they thought.

Marvel's Thor is probably the best known representation of Norse mythology in comics, but it's hardly the only one. NewsOK takes a look at the comic Heathen by Natasha Alterici, which focuses on a young Scandinavian woman with a vendetta against the Norse gods.

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