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Zack Snyder Unveils IMAX Special Event-Exclusive Posters for ‘Batman V Superman’

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IMAX theaters are screening a special event on Monday to hype next year's Zack Snyder movie Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it's not clear exactly what attendees are going to get, but at the very least they can expect to pick up a couple of pretty sweet posters. The original plan was that attendees would be the first to see the trailer for the movie, which introduces Ben Affleck as our new sourpuss Batman, and sees the return of Henry Cavill as our joyless Superman. Gal Gadot also stars as a presumably grinchy Wonder Woman, but she isn't in the trailer.

That plan got nixed when the trailer was leaked online, forcing Warner Bros to release an official high definition version on Friday night, which you can watch right here. Since seeing the same trailer on the big screen won't be enough to satisfy everyone attending the IMAX event, Snyder has promised to reveal new footage from the movie, but on Twitter on Sunday night he also revealed another incentive; a couple of posters that will be given out to attendees.

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Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Recap, Episode 17: ‘Melinda’

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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 learns more about her family, Melinda May learns more about Coulson's secret plans, and we finally find out what happened in Bahrain, and how May earned her nickname "the Cavalry." Hooray, no more oblique Bahraiin references! 'Melinda' was directed by Garry A. Brown and written by DJ Doyle.

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‘Daredevil’: Mysteries, Easter Eggs and Theories for the Fan Who Binge-Watched Everything

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So you've watched all thirteen episodes of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix and you're itching for more? (If you haven't, you should probably stop reading this article, because we're about to go deep into spoiler territory and we're not holding anything back.) The bad news is, the second of Marvel's Netflix shows, AKA Jessica Jones, won't be along til late in the year, and there's no guarantee that we'll see Daredevil again before the Defenders mini-series, but these thirteen episodes have gone a long way to enriching Marvel's on-screen world, and setting up hints for the future.

So let's unpack some of the mysteries, Easter eggs, teasers, and in-jokes from Daredevil, and speculate wildly on where all this is going to go in the other Netflix solo series, and perhaps even in Daredevil season two.

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Gallery: Best Daredevil Art Ever

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Created in 1964 by Bill Everett and Stan Lee --- with substantial input from Jack Kirby and Wally Wood --- Daredevil has been brought to life on the page by an extraordinary roster of comics greats, including Gene Colan, David Mazzucchelli, Frank Miller, Alex Maleev, and, in recent years, Chris Samnee, Paolo Rivera, and Marcos Martin. The striking red suit that he's worn since his seventh appearance is one of the best costumes in comics, and creates an irresistible contrast against the grime of Hell's Kitchen. For this special gallery, we've picked out some of our favorite Daredevil pin-ups and images to pay tribute to ol' hornhead.

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Brooke Allen is Back to Reveal How the Janes First Met in ‘Lumberjanes’ #13 [Preview]

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After four issues of fabulous guest art from Brittney Williams, Carolyn Nowak, Faith Erin Hicks and others, the original Lumberjanes creative team is reunited with the return of artist Brooke Allen for issue #13, and it's an apt issue to get the gang back together, as they tell the tale of... how the gang first got together. This standalone issue reveals the Lumberjanes' "origin story," as we discover how April, Jo, Ripley, Mal and Molly first met, and Boom Studios has given us an exclusive preview of the first five pages.

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Sketchbook Spotlight: The Art of Kevin Wada

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Convention season is upon us once again, and with it a chance for comic artists to emerge from the cloister of their studios into the world at large, and revel in the well-deserved appreciation of their fans. One of the best ways for fans to show their appreciation is by commissioning original works of art featuring some of their favorite characters, and every convention produces a feast of amazing sketchbook commissions that deserve to be shared with a wider audience. With Sketchbook Spotlight, we're picking out some of the best.

Kevin Wada's glamorous renditions of heroes and villains have fast transformed him from an illustrator who enjoys making fan art to one of the most in-demand cover illustrators in the business --- and one of the most in-demand artists at conventions. Wada typically takes commissions before and during shows, and every piece he produces is breathtaking, so fans are advised to get their name down early. We asked Wada to be the first participant in our new Sketchbook Spotlight Q&A.

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Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Recap, Episode 16: ‘Afterlife’

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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 hangs out in Inhumantown, Coulson and Hunter try to track Skye down (and only get as far as the cabin), and Agent Gonzalez tries to crack open Fury's little black box. Plus, the return of that one guy I'd honestly kinda totally forgotten existed. 'Afterlife' was directed by Kevin Hooks and written by Craig Titley.

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Visit Mysterious K’un-Lun in Marvel’s ‘Master of Kung Fu’ [Preview]

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Among the myriad worlds unveiled in Marvel's Secret Wars this summer is one inspired by Tibetan mysticism, Chinese mythology, and Marvel's very own mysterious fictional enclave of martial artist, K'un-Lun. Master of Kung-Fu by W Haden Blackman and Dalibor Talajic offers a Shaw Brothers spin on the Marvel Universe, centered on Shang-Ch's fight with his evil wizard father, and introducing new versions of Kitty Pryde, Elektra, Iron Fist, and more. Marvel has provided us with an exclusive unlettered four-page preview.

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David Petersen’s ‘Mouse Guard’ Inspires Great Stories and Awesome Lego [Preview]

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One of the highlights of last weekend's Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle for me was a secluded spot in the basement of the convention center that was absolutely packed with Lego. Not just people selling Lego, but some extraordinary structural works built entirely out of Lego, including giant superhero heads and an entire city overrun with heroes and villains. But the standout, spread across several tables, was a Lego tribute to David Petersen's Mouse Guard, with little custom mouse minifigs going on quests, setting off to sea, and sneaking around a terrifying giant owl.

It's easy to see how David Petersen's wonderful world of tiny epic adventures could inspire such a vast undertaking. Petersen's work is gorgeous, and the wonder that infuses it carries through into the work being done by other authors in Archaia's Legends of the Guard stories. We have a preview of the second issue, featuring contributions from Kyla Vanderklugt, Dustin Nguyen, C.M. Galdre, and Nicole Gustafsson. These are stories that can delight young minds just as easily as a room full of Lego!

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Conventional Conduct: How to Ask Questions at a Comic-Con Panel

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Convention season is upon us once more, which means thousands of comic book fans will descend on the hotels and convention centers of North America (and the world) to be consumed wholesale by nerd nirvana. They will stand in long lines, they will press through huge crowds, and they will eat a salty pretzel for lunch for three or four days in a row. And there will be panels. And that means Q&A sessions. And that means long, awkward questions from nervous and and overwhelmed fans.

We can't do anything to help with the lines, the crowds, or your sodium intake, but we do want to help make those Q&A sessions a little more comfortable, so we've put together seven simple suggestions to help attendees ask better questions. This makes life better for the questioners, the panelists, and everyone else in the room. Think of it as a little convention etiquette guide, and think of ComicsAlliance as your Emily Post-Crisis.

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