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Batman #33, Detective Comics

Review: Batman Zero Year Finale

What at first seemed like a dubious prospect has turned out to be one of the most invigorating Batman stories in years, and perhaps a new classic in its own right.

Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years, DC Comics

Review: DC’s 75 Years Of Batman

Some notable omissions and bizarre inclusions aside, DC's hardcover celebrating 75 years of Batman stories presents a valuable look back at the Dark Knight.

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Mondo Gets Into The Toy Game

An astonishing 16" Iron Giant figure and a number of very cool Ninja Turtles pieces signal poster and vinyl maker Mondo's arrival into the collectible toy market.

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The Psychology of Hospitalization

In this episode, we discuss being hospitalized for psychiatric reasons, the dangers of labeling people with disorders, and related feelings of dehumanization.

The Comics Alliance Guide to San Diego Comic-Con 2014: What To Do On Saturday

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With hundreds of panels to choose from at San Diego Comic-Con, the show can be an overwhelming experience — and it’s far too easy to miss a panel you think you might have loved, or to find yourself on the wrong side of the con floor five minutes before a great panel is about to start!

Take heart, brave reader. ComicsAlliance has sifted through the schedule to offer up our pick of the best programming at the con. Today we offer our suggested highlights for day three, Saturday July 26, 2014 — with an emphasis on comics programming. We’ll also let you know where and when you can find ComicsAlliance contributors at the San Diego show.

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IDW Promises To Expand The World Of ‘Orphan Black’ In New Comic Series

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IDW Publishing announced a new comic series based on the critically acclaimed Canadian sci-fi series Orphan Black. Created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, the show follows the story of Sarah Manning, a woman who discovers she's one of a number of identical clones and part of a sprawling conspiracy.

IDW promises that the comic series will offer new stories that expand on the world presented by the show. No creative team has been announced at this time. The cult following surrounding Orphan Black may help IDW fill a hole in its line left by Doctor Who, a licence the publisher recently lost to Titan Books.

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Mondo Announces Batman 75th Anniversary Gallery Show With Cesar Romero’s Moustache

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The folks over at Mondo are having a busy year celebrating all things Batman. Not only did they host an anniversary screening of Mask of the Phantasm and recently announce a limited edition pressing of the Batman: The Animated Series soundtrack on vinyl, but they're kicking things into high gear, just in time for Comic-Con. Today, they announced a full-on gallery show devoted to Batman's 75th anniversary, drawing inspiration from Batman's long and illustrious career across all media.

And to promote it, they're hitting the floor at Comic-Con this week with a new poster by artist Jason Edmiston, featuring Cesar Romero as the Joker in all his moustachioed, purple-pinstriped glory.

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Here’s The Thing Episode 17: Pokemon Fan Theories, Guest Starring Bulbasaur [Video]

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If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he dives into comics history to explain why you're wrong and he's right.

This week, Chris is joined by special guest Bulbasaur for a chat aboutPokémon, fan theories, "headcanon" and why so much of it is focused on this one game for tiny children.

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Universal’s Cable Arm Picks Up Remender & Dwyer’s ‘Night Mary’, Barbiere & Mooneyham’s ‘Five Ghosts’ And Original Series By Warren Ellis

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Universal Cable Productions, the cable and digital arm of NBCUniversal, announced three new projects rooted in the comic book realm, including what will be Planetary and Transmetropolitan writer Warren Ellis' first original series developed especially for television. Additionally, UCP optioned Night Mary, a 2005 IDW drama by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer about a young woman trained to enter the dreams of serial killers; and Five Ghosts, the recent critical hit from Image Comics/Black Mask Studios and creators Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham, who tell the story of Fabian Gray, a 1930s adventurer possessed by the spirits of five literary ghosts — Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Miyamoto Musashi, and Dracula. Five Ghosts began as a miniseries but its success resulted in an upgrade to ongoing, and now, it seems, an "upgrade" (because comics are the best, obviously) to television.

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Original Nova Richard Rider Was Cut From The ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Movie

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Undoubtedly the Marvel Comics stories that brought the Guardians of the Galaxy back to the forefront of fans' minds -- and shaped the versions of the characters that appear in the movie that opens next week -- were Annihilation and Annihilation: Conquest.

Those series were also a bit of a revival for another character, Nova. And in a recent interview with ScreenCrush, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said some early drafts of the Guardians of the Galaxy script included the Richard Rider version of Nova.

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Marvel Unlimited Edition: The Steranko Effect

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The Marvel Unlimited app is a gigantic, messy cache of awesome and terrible old comic books: a library of 13,000 or so back issues of Marvel titles, available on demand for subscribers with tablets or mobile phones. Like any good back-room longbox, it's disorganized and riddled with gaps, but it's also full of forgotten and overlooked jewels, as well as a few stone classics. In Marvel Unlimited Edition, Eisner-winning critic Douglas Wolk dives into the Unlimited archive to find its best, oddest and most intriguing comics.

Jim Steranko's reputation as one of the great American comic book artists rests almost entirely on the comparatively tiny body of work he drew for Marvel between 1966 and 1970: nine complete comic books, eighteen "Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." episodes that each occupied half of an issue of Strange Tales, and a pair of seven-page stories from anthologies, as well as a handful of covers. All of his Marvel stories can now be read on the Unlimited app... except for Nick Fury #5, for whatever reason. If you've never gotten to sample Steranko's psychedelic delights, here are three excellent starting points.

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Humanoids Will Have Ladrönn-Inspired ‘Final Incal’ Tarot Cards At San Diego Comic-Con

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In addition to having (limited) copies of the different hardcover editions of the English translation Final Incal, the last chapter of the decades-spanning cosmic comic book series started in The Incal by Alejandro Jorodowsky and Moebius, publisher Humanoids has announced that it'll have con-exclusive tarot cards on-hand at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

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‘Batman: Zero Year’ Finale Sticks The Landing For The Caped Crusader’s New Origin [Review]

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There was a lot to be wary of when Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia's "Batman: Zero Year" was announced. The most obvious reason was that it was the story that was set to replace my all-time favorite comic, Batman: Year One, going back to cover ground that had been stomped into concrete by one of the most influential stories of all time. Even the name was a response to Year One, and the expansion of what Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli had done so elegantly in four issues to a full year of comics felt like it could've easily been symptomatic of the trend towards decompression that drags everything out for the bookstores. Why sell one hardcover when you could sell three, right?
At the same time, I liked what Snyder and Capullo had been doing on Batman enough that I was looking forward to reading it, and from that first shot of Batman on a dirtbike, something that I am genetically hardwired to love on sight, I was hooked.

This week, the final issue came out, and while we're still too close to it to really tell how well it'll stand the test of time, what I know right now is that I love it, and there's a good chance that it'll end up not only as my favorite version of Batman's origin, but as one of my favorite comic books of all time.

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Link Ink: 5-Year-Old Schools ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Stars, The New Ninja Rap And Pokemon Cars

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump

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