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Image Expo: New Titles Revealed

Image Comics held its now traditional pre-San Diego one-day show on Thursday, and unveiled an impressive roster of new titles by both familiar and upcoming talent.

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Marvel Collector Corps Ant-Man Box

Though I'm still on the fence about Ant-Man's silver screen future, the contents of the latest Marvel Collector Corps box didn't disappoint.

CW ‘Vixen’ Animated Series Reveals Voice Cast, Including ‘Arrow’ and ‘Flash’ Stars

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CW Seed

The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow pulled quite a bit of focus from Arrow and The Flash’s shared universe, so much so that we’d nearly forgotten the animated Vixen series on CW Seed. Now, the network has announced who will voice the iconic animal-wielding hero, as well as what Arrow and Flash stars will drop in on Vixen for some shared continuity.

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Unpacking the Transphobia in ‘Airboy’ #2

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Airboy is a four-issue miniseries written by James Robinson and illustrated by Greg Hinkle, and published by Image Comics. Its premise is that Robinson and Hinkle, portrayed as fictionalized versions of themselves, are tapped to revamp an obscure Golden Age character. Robinson suffers writer's block, which hanging out with Hinkle doesn't help; the two of them wind up injecting, inhaling and eating the equivalent of a small pharmacy and go on a bender. When they awaken, they find that the creation they were tasked to revamp, Airboy, has sprung to four-color life, and he sees much wrong with the world – possibly rightly, possibly wrongly.

So far, so good. It's metafiction, but speaking as someone whose shelves groan under the weight of Grant Morrison and Terry Pratchett, there's nothing wrong with a good metafiction that blurs the line between creation and creator. But there's a dark side to blurring that line, and that dark side is that it makes it difficult to tell where the fictional character ends and the real person's opinions begin – and that's lent an odious air when the opinions ventured in the narrative are wrongheaded and harmful.

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The Batman 66 Episode Guide 1×29: The Bookworm Turns

Batman 1x29: The Bookworm Turns

The 1966 Batman television show was one of the most successful and influential adaptations of comic books to mass media of all time. Over the course of three seasons and 120 episodes, the series became a cultural force with its unique combination of tongue-in-cheek humor, thrilling superhero adventure and celebrity guest stars, and shaped the way the public would view the Caped Crusader for the next five decades. Now, in the midst of a well-deserved renaissance of the show, ComicsAlliance is proud to present The Batman ’66 Episode Guide, an in-depth examination of every single adventure, arch-criminal and deathtrap cliffhanger of the series.

This week, a national treasure is in danger and the show hits a milestone... with the very first celebrity window cameo!

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One Girl and Her Heroic Dog: Joshua Covey takes ‘The Road North’ [Back Pages]

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The Road North is a new all-ages comic from writer/artist Joshua Covey, set in a lawless wasteland of a future where mankind has all but become extinct. With the planet slowly dying, the end of man is hastened by the arrival of an alien species called 'The Pure', who have one goal --- to wipe out the last human survivors and claim the planet for their own.

Across the dystopian sands walks a young refugee called I, as well as her trusty canine companion, Z. Together, they're on a mission to find I's brother, dodging The Pure and sticking to her wits in a deadly landscape. Covey, an artist whose work has been published at Boom and Dark Horse among others, has taken his latest story to Kickstarter, where he's already met his funding target to take the book to print. We spoke to Covey about how The Road North came to be.

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Hasbro Kre-O Sgt Slaughter’s Marauders Set Brings Back Saturday Morning Memories [Review]

Hasbro Kre-O Sgt Slaughters Marauders Set

In 2011, Hasbro started releasing its own building block sets under the Kre-O brand. GI Joe made its debut in the line in 2013, and Hasbro has slowly been rolling out sets based on the classic Real American Hero brand. This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Sgt. Slaughter and the Marauders make their debut in grand fashion. Not only that, but he'll be joined by Destro and his Iron Grenadiers.

Unlike this year's Transformers Kre-O exclusive, this set is more than just a collection of minifigures. The GI Joe set will also include a Tag Team Terminator vehicle to build. Yes, the Sergeant's Triple "T" single-pilot tank is here in all its Kre-O glory. It's quite a little set, and one that brings back incredibly fond memories of sitting around watching GI Joe with my cousin and being jealous he got all the cool vehicles. Who's laughing now, Steve? It's me because now I have the cool things.

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James Bond Will Return as Dynamite Gives Warren Ellis and Jason Masters License to Kill

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Ahead of San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Dynamite has announced that writer Warren Ellis and artist Jason Masters will be the creative team on a new James Bond ongoing series this November. Having acquired the James Bond licence last year --- it was one of Dynamite's SDCC announcements for 2014 --- the publisher will launch the series, titled James Bond 007, starting this November.

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‘Suicide Squad’ Star Margot Robbie Got a Harley Quinn Cake for Her Birthday

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There’s a lot of things about David Ayer’s Suicide Squad movie that seem pretty goofy, like Jared Leto’s method acting approach to playing his scuzzy street thug version of the Joker. But Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn looks downright delightful, and it appears that she had an equally delightful day on set for her birthday, as the cast and crew of the upcoming film gave her a very comic book appropriate birthday cake.

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‘Batman vs Superman’ Has a ‘Super Important’ Part for Wonder Woman

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Warner Bros.

One of the most interesting parts of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be the introduction of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Before the hero gets her very own solo adventure, we’ll see her alongside Batman and Superman as they brood at each other and duke it out. But how big is Gadot’s part in the film, exactly? Director Zack Snyder is promising some big things.

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‘Batman vs Superman’ Details Reveal Batman’s Dilemma, Zack Snyder Teases Brainiac

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We’re still a bit far out from the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but with the film making an appearance at Comic-Con next week (where we’ll undoubtedly see some new footage), new details about the superhero showdown flick are trickling out. These plot details primarily deal with Ben Affleck’s brooding Batman and his moral dilemma regarding Superman.

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‘Black Panther’ Will Not Be Directed by Ava DuVernay, Director Confirms

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Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

Well this is kind of a bummer. It’s been reported for some time that Marvel was considering Selma director Ava DuVernay to helm their Black Panther film (other reports suggested they were also considering her for Captain Marvel). DuVernay herself recently added to the speculation with a tweet referencing the superhero, while Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that he had met with the director and would have an announcement by the end of July.

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