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Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month): July 2014

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A great comic book cover is an advertisement, a work of art, a statement, and an invitation. A great comic book cover is a glimpse of another world through a canvas no bigger than a window pane. In Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month), we look back over some of the most eye-catching, original and exceptional covers of the past month.

July's comic book covers bring some gorgeous high contrast images and striking character portraits. There's a moment of grief; a moment of action; a moment of reflection; and a moment of revelation. Check out amazing work from Christian Ward, Eleanor Davis, Tommy Lee Edwards, and Lucy Knisley.

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‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Red Band Trailer Promises Girls, Girls, Girls, Inevitably

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Remember 2005? Back when we didn't have a lot of good comic book movies to celebrate? Back before the first 300 movie, when the whole idea of that posturing "no homo" otherness-phobic carnival of green screened pomposity seemed like it might be exciting? Back before Frank Miller's swastika-festooned The Spirit left a bad taste in everyone's mouths? Back when people were still insisting The Dark Knight Strikes Again was actually good satire, before Holy Terror confirmed that, no, Frank Miller is actually frighteningly sincere? Back when we clung to deniability?

Good news, everyone! It's 2005 again, and we get another chance to pretend Mickey Rourke poking his head through a loaf of bread is a thing that works. Here's another Sin City: A Dame To Kill For trailer, and it's everything you'd expect it to be; stylish and insubstantial, with the promise of ample degradation. It's also 'Red Band,' which means you have to be a mature person to watch it, ironically.

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Hear The Exclusive Debut Of Adam WarRock’s New Track, ‘Star-Lord’

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Nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock, a.k.a. Eugene Ahn, is back doing his thing with a rap tribute to the legendary outlaw Star-Lord -- the soon-to-be-famous leading man of Guardians Of The Galaxy, as played by the internet's boyfriend Chris Pratt. WarRock told ComicsAlliance, "It's weird to me that by the end of the week, everyone will know who Star-Lord is, and actually love him. I mean, it's Star-Lord. But anyway, I'm excited, and hopefully this song gets you even more pumped for the film."

The track is free to download at AdamWarRock.com, and you can find the man himself online on Twitter and Facebook. This isn't WarRock's first Guardians of the Galaxy track; a few months back he recorded "Murdered You," a loving tribute to Rocket Raccoon, which you can also check out right here.

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Marvel Announces Mark Waid’s S.H.I.E.L.D. And More At Next Big Thing Panel

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Marvel really likes to spread its announcements around at San Diego Comic-Con, and that's never more evident than at the publisher's final panel of the weekend, which it calls 'Next Big Thing', possibly because Columbo has a prior claim on using the phrase, 'One More Thing,' just as you're getting ready to leave.

The major new announcement out of the Next Big Thing panel is that Marvel is finally going to publish a new S.H.I.E.L.D. book (which I'll henceforth refer to as SHIELD, because no-one has time for that much punctuation). Mark Waid will write the new series, with Carlos Pacheco on issue one and a rotating team of artists thereafter. Agent Phil "Cheese" Coulson will be the book's lead, and each issue will tell a self-contained story.

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Marvel Announces New Spider-Woman Ongoing Series From Hopeless And Land

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The annual Women Of Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con is always one of the most positive places to spend Sunday morning at the show. This year it plays host to Marvel's final Spider-Verse announcement of the weekend, with the news that writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Greg Land will oversee a new Spider-Woman ongoing series launching out of the Spider-Verse event in November.

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Udon Announces Tezuka Artbooks, Kill La Kill Manga, And More Manga Classics Titles

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Udon Entertainment unveiled an impressive line-up of books for the coming year at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday night, including the English-language translaton of the manga of Ryo Akizuki Kill La Kill, and not one but two Osamu Tezuka artbooks. Osamu Tezuka Anime Character Artbook is a collection of sketchbook drawings and designs, while Osamu Tezuka Anime Character Illustrations collects his animation model sheets.

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Mondo’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Posters: See The Complete Collection

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As San Diego Comic-Con heads into its final day and the weary con-goers tape up their blisters for six or seven last tromps around the crowded con floor, let's enjoy a moment of tranquil reverie and appreciate the majestic beauty of the limited edition Guardians Of The Galaxy posters from Mondo, the art boutique wing of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas.

The Mondo posters by artists Francesco Francavilla, Kevin Tong, Randy Ortiz, Vance Kelly, Mike Mitchell, and Phantom City Creative, are available exclusively from Mondo at Booth 835 at prices ranging from $35 to $75 - or were. It is Sunday, after all. You'll have to stop by or follow @MondoNews on Twitter to see if there's anything left.

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Marvel Studios At San Diego: Latest On ‘Ant-Man’ And ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

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Marvel Studios held its annual crowdpleaser panel in the vastness of Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday afternoon. The casts of Ant-Man and Avengers: Age Of Ultron were both on hand -- but there wasn't much in the way of announcements, beyond confirming a lot of things we already knew. No new movies announced. No casting news that hadn't already leaked long ago. But with those disappointments suitably girded against, here's what we learned...

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Animation From Marvel; ‘Court Of Owls’ Animation From DC

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Marvel and DC both made animation news at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. DC announced a couple of new animated movies centered on Batman and the Justice League, while Marvel offered a sneak peek at the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series -- which boasts a style that may mark a depature for Marvel Studios' animated arm.

Marvel revealed a minute of early footage for its already announced Guardians cartoon and revealed that the team will make guest appearances in all of Marvel's other animated series -- Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk And The Agents Of SMASH, and Avengers Assemble -- as the studio tries to cement their place in audience's imaginations.

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Force Works: Marvel Announces Three New Star Wars Titles From All-Star Creative Teams

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The Cup O' Joe panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday featured one of the biggest announcements of the weekend as Marvel unveiled the creative teams for its first three all-new Star Wars comics. The new books have been hotly anticipated since plans for Marvel Star Wars books were first announced back in January.

Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca will team for a Darth Vader ongoing series; Mark Waid and Terry Dodson will author a five-issue Princess Leia mini series; and Jason Aaron and John Cassaday have been named as the creative team for a Star Wars ongoing series. The three series will launch through the first quarter of 2015.

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