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The Five Best Fantasy Heroes

We thought it would be a cool idea to count down the five best heroes of sword and sorcery, battle axe and chainmail bikini.


The Best Fantasy Superhero Art

To celebrate that tradition of taking superheroes out of their comfort zones, we've assembled this gallery of fantasy interpretations of your favorites.


Should You Be Reading ‘Oglaf’?

Oglaf is a sex comedy webcomic set in a world created by shoving every existing fantasy world into a blender and setting it on puree.

Photo credit: New Line Cinema

Great Comics For Tolkien Fans

We've assembled a list of five of the best independent fantasy comics for you to check out if you're a fan of the genre. Love that? Try this!

This ‘Stranger Things’ / ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Mashup Is — Wait, Come Back, It’s Actually Really Good


Listen, I'm as tired of stuff that mashes up two things that nerds like into one chimera of presumed awesomeness as everyone else is, but every now and then, that rare thing comes along that's just really, really well done and well worth seeing. Today, we have one of those: Leigh Lahev and Oren Mendez's Merry Christmas, Will Byers.

The animated short is, of course, a mashup that parodies Stranger Things and the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, but what sets it apart from your average It's Two Things project (aside from not being a t-shirt) is that it's really, really well done, and also builds to a pretty great punchline. Take three minutes and give it a watch!

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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Post-Show Recap: Season 2, Episode 3: ‘Shogun’


On this week's "Shogun," the team fights... well, a shogun. Also, Stein and Jax get a secret, mysterious message from the future. Kevin Tancharoen directed the episode, which was written by Phil Klemmer and Grainne Godfree.

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James Jean’s Shredder Statue Gives the Turtles’ Villain Some Swagger

Good Smile
Good Smile

I don't think Shredder gets enough credit when it comes to the greatest villain conversation. I'm not saying he's the most vile foe to ever stalk a hero day and night, but the man has haunted to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for decades. He's always looked imposing, but as time has progressed past his debut, his suit of armor has gotten more and more fearsome. I'd argue that aside from Super Shredder, Oroku Sakai has never looked more dangerous than he has in Good Smile's new statue series.

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Ask Chris #313: The Devilish Deals Of ‘Underworld Unleashed’

Ask Chris #313, background art by Howard Porter

Q: Did anyone actually come out improved from DC's Underworld Unleashed crossover? — @JordanLevells

A: Huh, Underworld Unleashed. There's one I haven't thought about in a while.

This week, though, I actually got a few questions about DC's neon-green, diabolical deal-making crossover, and I think I know the reason why. With Neron showing back up in the pages of Midnighter and Apollo, and with Halloween on the horizon bringing devils and haints to mind, there's no better time to look back on the series where a bunch of heroes and villains literally sold their souls, and nobody actually got what they wanted out of it.

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Lobo, Black Canary and Batman Join Orlando And Reis’ ‘Justice League of America’

Ivan Reis
Ivan Reis

In terms of most-anticipated superhero comics of 2017, Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis' Justice League of America has to be up there towards the top. With a stellar creative team and a diverse and interesting roster including Vixen, The Atom and The Ray, the new Justice League promises to showcase the true face of 21st century heroism in bold, exciting superhero stories that are increasingly rare these days.

While the first four members of the team were announced earlier this month at New York Comic Con, today DC has unveiled the rest of the line-up, which includes veteran members Black Canary and Batman, and the surprise addition of everyone's favorite bastich bounty hunter, Lobo!

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If He Be Worthy: Does Walt Simonson’s ‘Thor’ Live Up To Its Reputation? [Fantasy Week]

Thor by Walt Simonson

While it may be overstating the case to describe superhero comics as our modern myths in a post-religious age, there are certainly some stories that have taken on a near-mythic quality as "the stories you have to read": Watchmen; The Dark Knight Returns; All-Star Superman; The Death of Captain Marvel; "The Night Gwen Stacy Died." These stories are held in high esteem, often for a generation or more.

For Fantasy Week here at ComicsAlliance, I wanted I'd dive into a run that's not only held up as one of the defining Marvel stories of the 1980s, but also the high point of its particular character's history. I wanted to know: is Walter Simonson's legendary four-year run on Thor, and the stories related to it, really that good, or just fondly remembered by the people who read it as kids?

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‘John Wick’ Director David Leitch Now Frontrunner for ‘Deadpool 2’

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20th Century Fox

It’s been a rough week for the nascent Deadpool franchise. Last weekend, the original film’s director Tim Miller announced that he would not return to helm the planned sequel despite his fanbase’s widely held assumptions. Miller never signed any paperwork committing him to the project, and clarified his position on Saturday, citing creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds as the key reason for his abstaining. It left the producers in something of a bind, scrambling to lock down new talent before principal photography gets going early next year.

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My Favorite Monster: Facing Your Demons With Mazikeen [Fantasy Week]


I first met Mazikeen as a teenager reading Sandman. She’s a demon in the form of a beautiful dark-haired woman, but with half a face; the daughter of Lilith and lover of Lucifer Morningstar. The left side looks to have rotted away, leaving bone and teeth and an empty eye socket. And she's my favorite monster.

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