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Exclusive: IDW Announces ‘Miracleman Artifact Edition’ [Preview]

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Miracleman, aka Marvelman, has one of the most convoluted publishing histories in comics. Created by Mick Anglo, but very closely modeled on Fawcett's Captain Marvel, the character has passed between several owners and publishers over the years, and run afoul of all sorts of legal entanglements. Those complications seemed to be resolved by a recent court case --- so this is clearly the perfect time to add yet another publisher to the character's long history!

IDW is getting into the Miracleman game with a deluxe hardcover 'Artifact Edition' reproducing pages from the 1980s Miracleman revival in Warrior magazine, by artists Garry Leach, Alan Davis and John Totleben and "the Original Writer." (Pssst; it's Alan Moore.)

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Masters, Doyle and Bellaire Cook Up Trouble in ‘The Kitchen’ #5 [Exclusive Preview]

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The Kitchen has reached the midpoint of its eight-issue run, and from here you might get a sense of which direction things are heading in for Kath, Raven, and Angie --- mob wives turned mob bosses in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York in the late 1970s. In the fourth issue of writer Ollie Masters and artists Ming Doyle and Jordie Bellaire's crime drama, the husbands got out of prison --- and as you might imagine, the reunions weren't entirely happy ones. In issue #5, the men are ready to reassert themselves, but the women aren't going to just fade into the background.

The series is building to a fascinating confrontation in its really rather... unorthodox examination of women's changing roles in the workforce in the latter half of the 20th century. This is a comic that takes a serious and mature approach to storytelling, and it's easy to imagine that it won't end well for anyone, and it certainly can't end well for everyone.

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Curt Pires and David Rubin’s ‘The Fiction’ Explores the Dangers of Getting Lost in a Book

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If you have fond childhood memories of those times you were so immersed in the fantastical world of a favorite book that a whole day seemed to pass you by, Curt Pires and David Rubín's The Fiction, from Boom Studios, may be the perfect series for you. Then again, it may make you rethink where that time went.

The intriguing premise of The Fiction takes that idea of getting lost in a fictional world to an extreme and sinister conclusion. It's the story of a group of friends who once found a set of books that actually allowed them to explore other worlds. But one of them never came back. And now that they're adults, another member of the group has gone missing...

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Secret Wars Exclusive: James Robinson and Marcio Takara Armor Up for ‘Armor Wars’ [Interview]

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Armor Wars was one of the first batch of titles teased by Marvel in the early days of its promotion for the upcoming Secret Wars summer event; with only a few spots left to reveal on the Battleworld map, Armor Wars is now one of the last titles to be formally announced, and ComicsAlliance can exclusively reveal that the creative team of writer James Robinson and artist Marcio Takara will be the readers' guides for this corner of Marvel's strange new universe.

The original Armor Wars story in Iron Man #225-#231, by David Michelinie, Bob Layton, Mark D. Bright and Barry Windsor-Smith saw Tony Stark tracking down villains and rivals who had built armor based on stolen Stark designs. In this new Armor Wars there are two Starks --- Tony and Arno --- going head-to-head in a world where everyone has to wear armor, and one of the armored heroes has been murdered.

It's a high-tech murder mystery, but Robinson promises "a big armor war in each issue." We spoke to Robinson and Takara to learn more about the Armor Wars world of Technopolis, and we cracked open Takara's sketchbook to see some of his awesome armor designs.

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Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Recap, Episode 12: ‘Who You Really Are’

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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.

In this week's episode, Lady Sif is back, but her memories are missing; secrets are creating tensions among our paramilitary chums; and Eddie McClintock is a Kree. 'Who You Really Are' was directed by Roxann Dawson and written by Drew Z. Greenberg.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week) – New Releases For March 11, 2015

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

It's with these challenges in mind that we've created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers and seasoned Wednesday shoppers alike can find our picks of the best books the medium has to offer.

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Full ‘Daredevil’ Trailer Introduces a Darker Corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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After teasers and promo photos and a 'motion poster', we got our first substantial look at Marvel's forthcoming Netflix show Daredevil today, with a full length trailer that properly introduced us to Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin, Elden Hensen's Foggy, and Deborah Ann Woll's Karen --- and, of course, Charlie Cox as blind-lawyer-by-day, ninja-vigilante-by-night, Matt Murdock/Daredevil.

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Marvel Reveals the Battleboard (And Hints There Are Maybe Nine Books Left to Announce?)

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Not to be outdone by DC's Multiversity map --- first spotted at last year's San Diego Comic-Con and since made available through retailers --- Marvel is releasing its own physical, foldable, pin-up-on-your-wall-able map of its multiverse. Of course, this multiverse is squished together into one bite-sized nugget (if you're Galactus) for Secret Wars.

The Battleboard doesn't actually tell us anything we don't already know; it's the same map we've seen before, and the covers for all the books Marvel has already announced, including the newly announced Guardians of Knowhere, a Guardians of the Galaxy continuation from Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato. But the Battleboard does tell us what we don't already know --- known unknowns, if you will --- with nine cover slots marked as 'Classified'. So there are definitely nine more Secret Wars books to be announced, and maybe only nine more?

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Jimmy Fallon Wins A Drinking Contest With Wolverine And Thor; We Live In The Worst Of All Possible Worlds

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Jimmy Fallon --- late night talk show host and guy who definitely hogs the microphone at karaoke and probably jumps up to "duet" with people who weren't actually looking to sing a duet right now, thanks, Jimmy --- likes to play party games and parlor games on his Tonight Show show. On last night's Tonight Show show he played a game of musical chairs with three important additions; beer, Thor, and Wolverine. And no chairs.

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Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Recap, Episode 11: ‘Aftershocks’

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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.

In this week's episode, Raina and Skye try to come to terms with their inhuman transformations, Coulson tries to take down HYDRA, and everyone loves dead Tripp. 'Aftershocks' was directed by Billy Gierhart and written by showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon.

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