As the new Aquaman movie apparently romps to worldwide success, the oceanic tentacular becomes even more alluring. What better time for a comprehensive survey of the tentacular aspects of the popular game Magic the Gathering. It’s newly published in the Journal of Geek Studies as “Cephalopods of the Multiverse” by Mark A. Carnall, curator at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

On Aquaman, I’ve not seen it yet but it apparently throws DC’s usual preachy ‘grimness and angst’ overboard, in favour of a well-made fun adventure with epic CG sets and lively CG sea-monsters with Lovecraftian tendencies. And let’s face it, that’s really all we want from most superhero movies. It’s been lightly censored for gore, in UK cinemas, so as to get a 12A rating.

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