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How the Legion Fumbled a Trans Story

The Legion of Super-Heroes was a progressive comic for queer representation, yet the character Shvaughn Erin shows that a step forward can leave some behind.


A Beginner’s Guide to Harbinger

Our guides to the Valiant Universe dig into the first two volumes of the superpowered team-book Harbinger, one of the flagship titles of the Valiant Universe.

Marvel Comics and The Masters of the Universe Ruled The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade So Hard in the ’80s [Video]


From Wi-Fi at McDonalds to G.I. Joe action figures with more than 11 points of articulation, 2010 has a lot of things that the '80s sorely lacked. One thing that decade did better, though, was the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It's been a few years since I've woken up before noon to catch it, but if YouTube is to be believed the Masters of the Universe Float from '84 and the Marvel Floats from '87 and '89 alone are proof alone that the parade's floats just ain't what they used to be. See Skeletor whack Orko in the face with his Havoc Staff and the Silver Surfer hold on for dear life in the clips below.

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The Joker’s Surprise Appearance At The 1989 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Is A True Act Of Supervillainy [Video]

The Joker appears at the 1989 Thanksgiving Day Parade

It's Thanksgiving here in America, which means that the streets of New York City are being overtaken by the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! It's a pretty big deal for those of us who enjoy ushering in the holiday season with Pikachu, Spider-Man and, of course, Santa Claus himself. In 1989, however, there was another guest who appeared to kick off Christmas: Batman's arch-nemesis, The Joker.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Batman In The Worst Thanksgiving Ever (1954)


The time is once again here for Thanksgiving in America, and while most of us just use the holiday as an excuse to binge on turkey, there is a deeper meaning behind it. It's the day that we set aside to honor the time that the Native Americans helped out the Pilgrims, who would not have otherwise survived the harsh winter in their new home. Things eventually turned pretty sour between the two groups, but that first Thanksgiving stands as a testament to the power of people helping each other through the rough times.

However, Batman apparently never got the memo about brotherhood and equality, which is why a 1954 story in Detective Comics #205 found the Dark Knight traveling back in time to drop the hammer on Gotham City's indigenous population in the name of Bat-Imperialism and discovering "The Origin of the Bat-Cave!" It's one of our favorite crazy stories, and we're rerunning this classic Bizarro Back Issues feature this week in honor of the occasion.

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Directors Offer Detailed Trailer Commentary

Captain America Civil War trailer

There was a lot to take in with the first Captain America: Civil War trailer, from the return of Bucky / Winter Soldier to the "accords" and the debut of Black Panther. Marvel introduced the first Phase Three film with a pretty detailed trailer, forgoing the usual vague teaser in favor of something far more meaty, and while you've probably watched the trailer a few times by now, there's still some stuff you probably missed — and that's where directors Joe and Anthony Russo come in, delivering lots and lots of interesting details.

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Filed Under: Category: Marvel, Movies

Marvel Reveals Phase Two Custom Artwork From the Blu-ray Box Set

Marvel Phase Two preview

If you're looking for a holiday gift for the Marvel-loving nerd in your life (or a gift for yourself; nothing wrong with that), the studio is preparing to release their huge Phase Two Blu-ray box set on December 8 covering everything from Iron Man 3 to Ant-Man with one seriously impressive collector's item. In addition to the outer packaging and the collection of films within, Marvel has also created custom artwork for each disc sleeve and we've got your first peek at the designs.

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On The Cheap: Dark Horse’s Black Friday Sale Hits Early With 99-Cent Comics

Archie vs. Predator, Dark Horse Comics

I'm the kind of person who starts celebrating Christmas as soon as the clock hits midnight at the end of Halloween, but even I think it's weird that Black Friday has apparently extended to cover an entire week. Still, I'm not the kind of person to look a gift reindeer in the mouth, especially when it comes with some pretty solid deals on great comics that you can read on the way to grandmas or pop open whenever tomorrow's dinner conversation inevitably turns to politics.

Case in point: Dark Horse has launched its digital Black Friday sale a few days early, dropping the price of every single issue to a slim $0.99 across all of its digital outlets. And obviously, we've got some recommendations.

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Filed Under: Category: Dark Horse, Digital Comics

The First Order Makes Problems for the Resistance in Disney Infinity’s Latest Trailer

Disney Interactive
Disney Interactive

There's been a lot of talk about Star Wars this year, and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it's not going to get any better between now and Dec. 18. Actually, I don't think it's bad news at all, but that's because I'm clinging to the hype train with all my strength, hoping just to make it through the next few weeks without falling off. One of my coping mechanisms for not having The Force Awakens beamed directly into my brain has been playing Disney Infinity's Star Wars content with my wife. Soon, we'll have even more Drunk History versions of Star Wars' narratives when Disney Infinity's The Force Awakens play set arrives.

The existing Star Wars content for Disney Infinity has been decent, giving me the ability to play as my favorite characters from the prequel and original trilogies, as well as Rebels, but the stories have been seriously wacky. Maybe not the Clone Wars/Rebels era stuff, but the Rise Against the Empire play set has a narrative that's eerily reminiscent of a child who's only seen Star Wars once trying to explain the whole story while her parents capture the moment on a cell phone. It's silly fun, and makes the experience feel fresh, even if you are laughing the whole time at the inaccuracies from the original story. I'm getting that same vibe about The Force Awakens from this trailer.

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‘Silk’ #1 Remembers The Past While Looking Towards The Future [Review]


Silk, the wall-crawling hero with slightly less baggage than the other spider-people in the Marvel Universe, gets a new #1 this week in the relaunch (that's really a continutation) of her solo series. It's a first issue that finds its strongest and weakest moments in how it handles the status quo.

Marvel has done a great job in recent years of finding excellent artists whose styles wouldn't normally fit in a Big Two superhero book, and Stacey Lee's art on Silk is no exception. Her art has a gentle roundness to it, with a natural sense of animation, and strong character designs. Lee stuffs her panels with character details that round out the characters presented without needlessly distracting the eye.

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Who Is In The ‘Justice League Dark? Get To Know The Dark Side of the DC Universe

Justice League Dark, DC Comics

Even though we've got a Justice League movie in development and Suicide Squad on the way next summer, it looks like DC and Warner Bros. aren't quite done bringing their teams to the big screen just yet. As you might have heard, Justice League Dark is back in development, a bit of news that sent excited superhero fans all over the world eagerly asking, "Wait, what the heck is Justice League Dark?"

The basic idea is that they're a team of mystical heroes, so named because they fight against the darker magical threats to the DC Universe (and because we all agreed Justice League With Almonds was just a bit ridiculous), but if you need more information, look no further. We have your back with a breakdown of the characters you're likely to meet if Justice League Dark ever makes it to the big screen!

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Super: The Gayest ‘Stucky’ Moments in the ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Trailer


The first trailer for Marvel's Captain America: Civil War dropped late last night, and it riled up all the feels that Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are used to; the thrill of seeing a new character in action (hey, it's Black Panther, finally!); the wonder at the awe-inspiring action and athelticism (Steve doing helicopter stretches!); the worry about how Black Widow's wig will look this time (pretty good).

But this trailer --- and this movie --- brings extra feels, because it's the third and possibly final chapter in the MCU's greatest romance; the ballad of Bucky and Steve. If you came to this trailer hoping for some lingering glances and barely concealed intimations of love, you weren't going to leave disappointed. Let's review the gayest Stucky moments (that's Steve/Bucky) in the Civil War trailer.

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