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S.M. Vidaurri on the Magic and Meaning of ‘Iscariot’ [Interview/Preview]

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Iscariot is the story of Carson, a young woman taught magic by a rebellious old magician in order to save her from cancer, and of her struggles to adapt to what her life becomes. It promises to be a powerful tale, beautifully told by author S.M. Vidaurri --- and readers who want an advance preview can see a few pages right here, or pick up the Boom/Archaia Free Comic Book Day comic this weekend.

You may know Vidaurri's work from his contributions to Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches, or from his exquisite and affecting previous book, Iron, Or The War After, a tale of post-war reconciliation and resistance told with anthropomorphic animals. ComicsAlliance spoke to Vidaurri to find out what inspired this new tale, how he chose the visual language, and why cardinals play a recurring role in his comics!

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Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Recap, Episode 19: ‘The Dirty Half Dozen’

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Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance post-show analysis for Agents of SHIELD, the spy show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is where we break down each episode using our unique S.H.L.E.I.D. recap system — recapping the show, looking at highlights and lowlights, and exploring the show’s relationship to both the comics and the wider Marvel movie world.

This week: It's Age-of-Ultronts of SHIELD, as the show tries to convince us that it's best buddies with that Avengers movie, its pen-pal from Canada who is really cool you guys. Is Phil Coulson a secret Ultron? Let's find out together. Also in this episode: the most important member of the original team gets hella blown to pieces. 'The Dirty Half Dozen' was directed by Kevin Tancharoen and written by Brent Fletcher & Drew Z. Greenberg.

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Sound Off! David Winnick, David Hahn, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell and Robin Furth Take Our ‘Vertigo SFX’ Q&A

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Today we talk to David Winnick, David Hahn, Robin Furth and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell about the ideas behind their Vertigo SFX anthology stories, 'Pop-Up' and 'Momma had a Baby and Her Head Popped Off', and find out the sounds they like to wake up to, work to, and relax to.

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Sound Off! Nathan Fox, Jim Zub, Clay Chapman and Szymon Kudranski Take Our ‘Vertigo SFX’ Q&A

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Vertigo's new quarterly anthology series Vertigo SFX sees writers and artists take inspiration from the world of comic book sound effects to tell short stories, starting with the granddaddy of SFX; 'pop'. The first issue is available this Wednesday, April 29th, so we reached out to some of the creators to get a preview of their stories, and to invite them to take our special SFX Q&A.

Today we talk to Nathan Fox, Jim Zub, and Clay Chapman and Szymon Kudranski about the ideas behind their three stories, 'Ekoh', 'Little Medals', and 'Earwing Out', and to find out the sounds they like to wake up to, work to, and relax to. Check back tomorrow when we talk to David Winnick, David Hahn, Robin Furth and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell!

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Captain Marvel, America Chavez, and Dazzler Fight Sharks in ‘A-Force’ #1 [Preview]

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We're already quite excited about A-Force, the new Avengers team from writers G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett, and artist Jorge Molina, that brings together some of Marvel's all-time greatest heroes as perhaps the greatest super-team of all time, including Captain Marvel, Dazzler, America Chavez, Nico Minoru, Spider-Gwen, and She-Hulk. Now we're especially excited because of this unlettered preview that shows them fighting sharks.

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Greatest Best Favorite Avenger Ever: Round Two, Group III

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is just a week away, so we're into the third and final day of the second round of our poll to determine the greatest, best, favorite Avenger of all time. We've taken the top contenders from the previous rounds and broken them up into new voting groups, and you're not just voting for the winner; you're helping us see how the rest of the team stack up against each other. That means you can still vote tactically if you think Captain America is going to sweep this thing but you'd still like to express a preference between Scott Land and Bobbi Morse --- and you can come back and express that preference every hour!

The round two groups were assigned blind, except that we broke up the top seeds to keep it interesting. For this last set that means a scientist showdown between Dr Banner and Dr McCoy, a face-off between beloved second-stringer little bros Havok and Hawkeye, and a titanic tussle between two major fan favorites, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man. Remember, we're not asking who'd win in a fight. Pick your favorites, and help us determine the greatest Avenger of all time!

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Will July 2018 be the Peak of the Supermovie Phenomenon?

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We've been updating our Supermovies infographic a lot this week, with the news that Valiant is teaming with Sony to make Bloodshot and Harbinger movies, the announcement of a date for the Lego Batman Movie, and the revelation that The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are working on an animated Spider-Man movie set in the same continuity as Sony's next Spidey reboot. With that last announcement, something happened that we've never seen before on the timeline; we got a month where every weekend sees the release of a new superhero movie.

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Fatherhood, Facebook, and Finding the Monster: An Interview with ‘The Realist’ Author Asaf Hanuka

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Asaf Hanuka is an Israeli illustrator and cartoonist whose award-winning webcomic The Realist began as an account of his adventures in house-hunting, but quickly transformed into a much more ambitious and inspirational exploration of his life as an artist, husband, and father as he tries to make sense of politics, technology, and his daily anxieties. Combining visual flourish, moments of fantasy, and startling use of color, Hanuka is brilliantly effective at putting his inner thoughts and fears on the page.

Archaia has collected Hanuka's strips in English for the first time, including some that have never been collected before. We spoke to Hanuka to find out why he started cataloging his life in this way, how fatherhood and technology have shaped him, and what inspires him to make such effective use of color.

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Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Recap, Episode 18: ‘The Frenemy of my Enemy’

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Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance post-show analysis for Agents of SHIELD, the spy show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is where we break down each episode using our unique S.H.L.E.I.D. recap system — recapping the show, looking at highlights and lowlights, and exploring the show’s relationship to both the comics and the wider Marvel movie world.

This week, Skye and Cal have a daddy-daughter date that's almost as creepy as those words put together, an Inhuman fights a cyborg, and everyone goes to the doctor's office. 'The Frenemy of My Enemy' was directed by Karen Gaviola and written by Monica Owusu-Breen.

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DC Teams with Toy and Apparel Brands for ‘DC Super Hero Girls’

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In the latest sign that publishers are waking up to the idea that young readers and women represent the future of the comic book industry, DC Comics has announced a new initiative in partnership with Mattel, Lego, and other brands, which focuses entirely on superhero products for an audience of young women; DC Super Hero Girls.

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