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Detective Comics #235

How Much Origin Story Is Too Much?

Comic book readers love to get lost in details, but did we ever really need an origin story for Barry Allen's bowtie. When do the backstories become too much?


Nakayama Talks ‘Avengers Academy’

Marvel Avengers Academy lead artist David Nakayama talks about designing the world and characters of the game and making it stand apart from other Marvel worlds.

‘New Mutants’ Director Josh Boone May Have Just Revealed the Lineup

New Mutants movie

While The Stand is on hold due to a rights issue, filmmaker Josh Boone is keeping busy with plenty of other projects, including another Stephen King adaptation (Revival), a new film based on Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, and — last but not least — New Mutants. There's been plenty of speculation regarding the official roster in the X-Men spinoff, but if Boone's latest series of Instagram posts is to be believed, his mutant team may have just been revealed.

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Both ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Movies Will Get New Titles


The next Avengers sequel was announced last year as part of Marvel’s Phase 3, with Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 set to arrive in 2018 followed by Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 in 2019. And with Inhumans off the table, it looks like the second half of Infinity War will now close out the third phase of the MCU. But it’s probably getting a new title pretty soon.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda And JJ Abrams Perform The Cantina Song From ‘Force Awakens’ [Video]


Hamilton, the musical about the rise and fall of founding father Alexander Hamilton, is a non-stop pop culture phenomenon. If you're in New York and find it's quiet uptown, it's because everyone wants to be in the room where it happens by scoring a ticket to the hottest show on Broadway.

Since the show's debut, its composer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda has become a household name and a staple of late night talk shows, and has even performed songs from the show for President Barack Obama at the White House. Last year Miranda composed a piece for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to be used in the cantina scene, and today he performed it live for fans waiting to see Hamilton, alongside his right hand man, Star Wars director JJ Abrams.

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Check Out A Preview of Jeff Smith’s Return To ‘Bone’ in ‘Bone: Coda’

Bone: Coda

I honestly can't think of another comic that's as universally beloved as Jeff Smith's Bone. Originally serialized as a 55-issue comic published over the course of 1991 and 2004, it told the story of a trio of cartoon characters ousted from their hometown and into a world of epic fantasy, a blending of genres and themes that made it incredibly compelling --- and once the whole thing was released in a massive paperback that collected the entire series, it became the kind of must-read title that's only seen its fame grow over the course of the past decade.

In July, Smith is returning to Bone for the first time in a while with Bone: Coda, a new book that includes The Bone Companion by Steve Weiner and an all-new 32-page story about Fone Bone, Smiley Bone and Phoney Bone trying to return to their hometown --- and now you can read a preview of that tale!

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100 X-Men: How Do Firestar, Sunfire, Angel Jr, Frenzy And Storm Rate As Great X-Men?


Who are the greatest ever X-Men? Over the coming weeks, we’re going to try to answer that question, selecting five X-Men at a time from across the franchise’s long history, and pairing up your votes with the opinions of our own panel of highly opinionated X-Men fans. Your scores will be added to ours to determine the top 100 X-Men.

Today we're looking at two of the hottest X-Men, Firestar and Sunfire, the time-displaced Warren Worthington III, former villain Frenzy, and arguably one of the most important mutants of them all, weather witch and longtime team leader Storm.

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We Can Be Heroes: Making a Case for Queer Superheroes in Hollywood

LGBTQ superheroes

As of 2011, an estimated 9 million Americans identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender1, yet Hollywood blockbusters continue to overlook the existence of queer people, especially the ones already fighting crime on comic pages where there are at least 37 openly LGBTQ characters. For most audiences this lack of queer representation may seem like the accepted norm, but for the LGBTQ community the omission is a repeated assertion that queer people aren’t welcomed or worthy of existing in those fictional worlds. Acknowledging lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other spectrums of queer identities in franchise movies won’t only make Hollywood more diverse, it could positively change the way our culture perceives the queer community.

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New Star Wars Game Coming From Titanfall, God of War Creative Teams


The marketing blitz of Star Wars Day did not disappoint this May the Fourth, with a number of announcements for new toys, statutes, clothing, books and more hitting the web. While most of the reveals were expected, and welcome, EA dropped arguably the biggest surprise of the day. In addition to continued support by DICE from Star Wars Battlefront, the various mobile teams working on portable Star Wars experiences, and Viscerals upcoming secret Star Wars adventure, now Respawn Entertainment would be joining the mix. That's right, the developers who helped craft the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare that went on to form an all-new studio and launch the Titanfall series will dive head first into the galactic waters of Star Wars video games.

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On The Cheap: What To Get In Comixology’s Plastic Man Sale

Plastic Man by Kyle Baker

This week at Comixology, they're celebrating the 75th anniversary of Plastic Man's debut in Police Comics by offering up a sale on comics from throughout his history. It's an interesting bunch of comics, and unlike a lot of characters who get the spotlight in a sale like this, Plastic Man has had few enough appearances that, while it's certainly not complete, it's definitely pretty comprehensive, covering everything from his Golden Age appearances all the way up to last year's Convergence.

But with so much to choose from, you may find yourself in need of a guide, so as always, I'm here to tell you exactly what to buy --- and you can start by picking up every issue of Kyle Baker's Plastic Man ongoing series from 2003.

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‘The Flash’ Post-Show Analysis Season 2 Episode 20: ‘Rupture’


Welcome back to Up To Speed, in which Flash TV show veteran Dylan Todd and newbie Ziah Grace break down the latest episode of The Flash, dispense some Flash Facts, and talk about what works, what doesn’t, and where the series might be headed.

This week, Barry is still powerless, Zoom is still on a murder rager, the dad gang assembles, and Cisco has to deal with not one, but two sullen brothers (even though he only has one). "Rupture" was directed by Armen V. Kevorkian and written by Kai Yu Wu & Lauren Certo.

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Hot Toys’ Princess Leia is a Jedi Knight in White Satin [Review]

Hot Toy Star Wars A New Hope Princess Leia

Alright, you got me. Technically Leia Organa isn't a Jedi Knight. Maybe at one time that was her destiny, but that might be something I made up in the '90s. As we all know today, Leia Organa may have been incredibly Force-sensitive like her brother Luke Skywalker, but she never took to the Jedi training like he did. Leia stuck with the Rebellion for decades, maintaining her role as a leader in the galaxy's Resistance against the remaining Empire forces. Her path to becoming a general however started way back in the original Star Wars, where Leia used her diplomatic privileges to help the fledgling Rebel Alliance.

Since debuting in Star Wars in 1977, Leia Organa has become an icon that transcended the genre. While it took a few figures to get here, Hot Toys has finally seen fit to honor one of cinema's greatest heroes with a figure worthy of her status. The Star Wars: A New Hope Princess Leia may not be the hardened general we know her as today, but Hot Toys' latest figure manages to bring her to life in figure form so well, you can see the beginnings of the galaxy's greatest leader in every detail.

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