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20 Great Black Comic Book Characters

To celebrate Black History Month, ComicsAlliance presents some of our favorite black comic book characters, including old staples and new superstars.

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Liefeld, Deadpool, And Creator Credit

Rob Liefeld’s assertion that Fabian Nicieza rode his coat-tails in the creation of Deadpool raises interesting questions about who gets to claim a creator credit.

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Preview: Mockingbird #1

Novelist Chelsea Cain joins artist Kate Niemczyk for Bobbi Morse's first solo ongoing series Mockingbird. Check out an unlettered preview of issue #1.

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A Birthday Tribute to Bill Finger

Batman co-creator Bill Finger, born this day in 1914, rarely saw his name appear on his comics, but he's one of the most influential creators in comics history.

‘The Flash’ Will ‘Flash Back’ to Season 1 With Pied Piper’s Return

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Just as Legends of Tomorrow seeks to complicate it, The Flash does its best to keep time-travel within certain limits, lest all our brains ker-plode. And after Reverse Flash brought a bit of Season 1 to us, The Flash will take us back to Season 1 with a time-travel tale returning Andy Mientus as the Pied Piper.

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Sideshow’s Gamora Premium Format Figure Will Cut You to Pieces

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Sideshow Collectibles

You know who never gets enough credit for being one of the baddest warriors in comics? Gamora. It wasn't until the Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters that enough people started paying attention to the space-faring slayer, but even after one of the most successful movies of all time and being one of the most hardcore members of the Guardians, Gamora collectibles are few and far between. But you know, being patient can often deliver in big ways. Especially when the pay off is as spectacular as a Kris Anka-designed statue.

Teased over the holidays, Sideshow's finally officially unveiled its Gamora Premium Format Figure. The statue is based on her Marvel Now outfit, which was around for like a week in comic book time before being wiped away by the Secret Wars crossover. Given how brief her time in this costume was, it is a little strange to see it be the basis for the piece, but that doesn't make Gamora any less fierce.

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Linda Sejic’s Creepy, Funny Webcomic Comes to Print in ‘Blood Stain’ v1 [Extended Preview]

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A creepy mad scientist and a talented slacker team up to accomplish... something impressive and potentially terrifying, in Blood Stain volume 1, Top Cow's print collection of Linda Sejic's webcomic, due out in March.

At 24 pages, the preview of Blood Stain is longer than most monthly comics, although it ends before the two main characters meet face to face. It focuses on Elliot Torres, a young woman with a chemistry degree who just can't seem to get on her feet in the job market. She's living with her sister's family, and has had a string of short-lived attempts at employment in a variety of fields, which are amusingly recounted in the preview.

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Prime 1 Studio Takes the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Back to the ’90s

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Prime 1 Studio

After grabbing the license to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the 2014 film, most of us expected Prime 1 Studio to stick with the modern incarnations seen in Paramount's live-action update on the '80s cartoon. Given how Prime has worked with the company on the Transformers side of things, that line of thinking made some sense. Then this past weekend at Wonder Festival Winter, Prime 1 Studio shattered expectations completely. Not only is the company continuing to put out more Turtles goods, but soon the fan-favorite iterations from the 1990 feature film will find their way from the sewers into collections around the world.

The four-statue set features the Ninja Turtles as they were in the landmark action movie of 1990. Unlike the computer-generated Turtles that populate the current films, these statues will be based on the actual costumes worn by actors playing Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo. I haven't been this excited about a TMNT collectible since Good Smile's James Jean statue series, but these new statues speak to me on a whole different level. And that level is my childhood.

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Smoak Rises in First ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Glimpse of ‘Star City 2046’

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The CW

The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow has had a rough go of living up to its potential thus far, but all eyes will turn to “Star City 2046” at the end of the month, introducing both a future Oliver Queen and DC’s Connor Hawke. Now, Smoak rises in a new photo from producer Marc Guggenheim, in what might be our first look at the burnt-out Arrow-verse’s future.

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Celebrate the Worst Valentines Day with Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose Boyle in ‘Jonesy” #1 [Preview]

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The best celebration of Valentine's Day is a celebration of what a terrible holiday it actually is. Jonesy, protagonist of the eponymous miniseries by Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose Boyle, would absolutely agree. An angsty teen cupid with a pet ferret and a donut-artisan dad, Jonesy has the power to make people fall in love, but can't make anyone fall in love with her. So Valentine's Day is bound to be rough, as we see in Jonesy #1, available tomorrow, February 10, from Boom Box.

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Florida Schools Panic About Tamakis’ ‘This One Summer’

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Once again, adults are panicking at the very idea that kids might be allowed to read a comic book that accurately portrays the lives of other kids their age. In this case it's happening in Seminole County, Florida, where schools and local media have discovered that Jillian and Mariko Tamaki's award-winning This One Summer might not be appropriate for Third Graders, and are using that to justify keeping it out of the hands of the high schoolers at whom it's primarily aimed, and for whom it's entirely appropriate.

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New CBS ‘Star Trek’ Series Sets Bryan Fuller as Showrunner

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CBS has kept mum on details of a new Star Trek TV series since the announcement that it would debut on CBS All-Access in 2017, and its first announcement brings mostly good news. First off, Hannibal and American Gods showrunner Bryan Fuller will return to his Star Trek past to topline the new series!

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Josh Brolin on His ‘Jonah Hex’ Movie: ‘Hated it. Hated It.’

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Warner Bros.

Josh Brolin is very excited about his place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where he’s playing Thanos, the villainous mastermind scheming to destroy Earth and The Avengers. He is not so excited about his first role in a comic book movie, 2010’s Jonah Hex, based the DC Comics character of the same name. Brolin did not mince words recently when he said he “hated it.” And if you didn’t quite understand how serious he was, he repeated it one more time. “Hated it.”

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Thank Jeebus, Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo Spider-Gwen is Not a Complete Trainwreck

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I have to admit, I was worried about this one. While Kotobukiya's had a string of really strong comic character Bishoujo figures, there have been some wild swings and misses from that line as of late. When the Spider-Gwen Bishoujo was first teased, there was no telling which way the figure would fall. Thankfully, Spider-Gwen seemingly gets the comic statues back on track and falls more in line with the Batwoman and Black Canary pieces rather than the Lady Deadpool and Starfire statues. The horror line is still a hot mess, but I'm pretending those exist in a vacuum somewhere far, far away.

I understand the point of the Bishoujo line is to show a Japanese approach to beautiful girls, but sometimes that concept just doesn't result in very good portrayals of these characters. Shunya Yamashita's renderings, while stunning, don't always translate to Western audiences. With Spider-Gwen being a teen hero, there was a chance this figure could have ended up on the wrong side of "beautiful." After seeing these production shots of the somewhat final statue, I'm impressed and pleased. Spider-Gwen doesn't have a lot of collectibles at the moment, and that her Bishoujo has come out this nicely is good news for fans.

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