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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.


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.


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.

‘Marvel Avengers Academy’ Has Great Design And Story, But A Plodding Pace [Review]


The idea behind Marvel Avengers Academy is fairly simple. Your favorite Marvel characters have been transported back to their high school days, and you've got to build up the school grounds so the heroes will be better prepared to tackle the HYDRA threat looming just beyond the walls. Though Marvel's had numerous young heroes try to fill the archetypes of the actual Avengers over the years, it's rare that the classic core members are portrayed as angsty, hormonal time-bombs obsessed with social media, DJing, flipping off authority figures and hooking up.

Developed by TinyCo, the team behind the Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, Marvel Avengers Academy is another basic city-builder game in that vein. You won't have to worry about managing loads of resources and the population's happiness like you would in a game like SimCity or Civilization, and you don't have to worry about attacking or defending like you would in other mobile games like Clash of Clans or Star Wars Commander. You're building your school on your terms, and the only thing in your way is how long it takes to get anything done. Well, that and HYDRA. And the game's constant needling for you to spend money.

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Netflix First Look at New ‘Voltron’ Series ‘Legendary Defender’

Netflix Voltron Legendary Defender

Early last month, we learned that Netflix had begun development of a new Voltron series under its renewed agreement with DreamWorks, and before any major details have emerged, we already have our first look at the new Legendary Defender series, accompanied by an official logo and glimpse of the new Voltron.

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Veronica Fish Takes Over ‘Archie’ As New Regular Artist

Archie by Veronica Fish

Since its relaunch last year with a new direction and a rebooted continuity, Archie has boasted a pretty incredible roster of talented artists tasked with bringing Riverdale's favorite teenager to life. Now, after debuting on the title in its latest issue, Veronica Fish has been named the regular ongoing artist of Archie Comics' flagship title.

Fish will be joining writer Mark Waid, following Fiona Staples, who drew the initial three-issue arc, and Annie Wu, who filled in with #4's "Lipstick Incident."

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‘Arrow’ May Have Taken Deathstroke Off the Table For Another DC Project

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The CW

Arrow fans have noticed more steadily that any and all Suicide Squad characters shared with the upcoming film have been “taken off the table” through various means, seemingly for good. Manu Bennett’s Deathstroke still draws breath, but may now be “tied up in another DC project” and equally unable to return, according to producer Marc Guggenheim.

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Just Making a Good Show: A Birthday Tribute to Bruce Timm


Ask a generation of cartoon watchers what their prototypical Batman or Superman would look like, and there's a pretty good chance the image that will pop into the heads of many will look a whole lot like a Bruce Timm drawing. Same goes for Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Harley Quinn, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, Robin, Batgirl, Lois Lane and dozens of other DC characters.

Timm, born on this day in 1961, has made his career in animation, co-creating Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League, among other shows, but he has arguably had as much of an impact on superheroes as any living comic artist.

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‘The Flash’ Drops Killer New Frost Art for ‘Welcome to Earth-2’

Flash Killer Frost Poster Earth 2 Photos
The CW

There’s no secret that The Flash will finally introduce us to Killer Frost with this coming Tuesday’s “Welcome to Earth-2,” but however much time we get to spend with an alternate-reality version of Caitlin Snow, The CW will make it memorable. Check out some chilly new Killer Frost art from the Tuesday premiere, along with brand-new photos from “Welcome to Earth-2.”

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20 Great Black Comic Book Characters

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It's no secret that white male leads have dominated comic books since --- well forever. In the '60s, Marvel and DC finally started to put a change to that with the addition of super-powered people of color, which led to some of today's biggest names in comics. But it still wasn't enough. Eventually the lack of diversity led to the onset of Milestone Media in the '90s, where Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle crafted several intriguing characters. With an increasingly active black nerd, or blerd, community, new black characters are being created every day --- primarily through independent publishers, though Marvel has also kickstarted a focus on one of its most notable black characters --- but more on that later.

To celebrate Black History Month, ComicsAlliance is running down our list of 20 Great Black Comic Book Characters. Our list considers old staples as well as some new favorites, including a certain katana wielding badass, space explorers and of course, plenty of superheroes.

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‘Walking Dead’ Will Time-Jump for Season 7, Plus Major Spoiler Leaks?

Walking Dead Season 6 Time Jump Carl Eye

The Walking Dead will return in under a week’s time, picking up with one of the biggest cliffhangers in the series’ history, and answering the question of whether or not Alexandria is here to stay. That said, Andrew Lincoln teases a huge change for the back half of Season 6, while a new leaked photo may confirm some deadly consequences ahead.

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Rob Liefeld, Deadpool and True Creator Credit


With the Deadpool movie arriving in cinemas this week, media attention has turned to the character's co-creator Rob Liefeld, and it’s already caused a fair share of controversy. As part of an interview with the New York Times, Liefeld stated that he did “all the heavy lifting” in the creation of Deadpool, and even more bluntly, “I chose Fabian [Nicieza], and he got the benefit of the Rob Liefeld lottery ticket. Those are good coattails to ride.” Liefeld has called the article a "hit piece," but has made similar assertions on Twitter.

Liefeld’s words raise interesting questions about who gets to call themself the true creator of a character. Is it just the initial concept, idea, or design that warrants a creator credit, and does time spent defining a character count for anything?

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‘Gotham’ Reveals First Look at B.D. Wong’s Hugo Strange

Gotham Hugo Strange BD Wong Photo
DC Comics / Universal

FOX’s Gotham has been on a cold snap of teasing its latest early Batman arrival, but another, equally sinister villain will make an ominous debut in the DC drama’s February 29 return. Meet Jurassic World star B.D. Wong’s take on Hugo Strange, in a new photo of the major Bat-Baddie’s debut!

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