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Selina Kyle is Back in the Catsuit in ‘Catwoman’ #41 [Exclusive Preview]

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Costume has played a big part in writer Genevieve Valentine's approach to Catwoman since she took over the title with issue #35 late last year. Selina Kyle traded in her famous leather catsuit for a tailored black tuxedo to take on the role of Gotham City mob boss, a look designed to evoke power and status. The next issue, out this Wednesday, sees Sellina putting the suit back on to get her gloves dirty once again --- but that doesn't stop her from also wearing a pretty fabulous opera gown.

Check out our exclusive preview, with art by David Messina and colors by Lee Loughridge.

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Becky Cloonan, Ryan Lang and Aaron Conley Tell the Final ‘Legends of the Guard’ [Preview]

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Sad news; the third volume of Boom Studios/Archaia's Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard comes to an end next week with the fourth of its collections of short stories by some of the most talented artists in the industry, spinning their own mousey tails tales within the world of David Petersen's Mouse Guard.

But good news! The series is going out just as strong as it came in, with new stories illustrated by True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys' Becky Cloonan, Big Hero 6 animator Ryan Lang, and Sabertooth Swordsman's Aaron Conley in stories of ghosts, monsters, and a drunken journey into the belly of the beast. And best news, we have a two-page preview of each story for you to enjoy.

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Stephen Strange Took An Axe: Who’s Who in the Second All-New All-Different Marvel Teaser

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Marvel said it wouldn't be flooding fans with teaser images before it unveils its new line in Marvel Previews next month, but we all know those folks can't resist the drip-drip-drip of a good teaser campaign, so here we are! Less than 24 hours after the first teaser, a second image from artist David Marquez has been released that drops a whole bunch of hints about the future of the Marvel Universe, with characters from the X-Men, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Inhumans and even the Thunderbolts. If the first image was A-list, this one's a little less starry, but it may be a better indicator of some of the unexpected surprises that Marvel has in store.

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Four Spideys, the Return of Wolverine, A Whole New Hulk and More Teased in Post-Secret Wars Marvel Reboo… uh… ‘Refresh’

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Marvel will launch about sixty new #1s in the four months after the end of Secret Wars according to a series of interviews with Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso this morning. Set eight months after the events of the current storyline, the new titles will feature an all-new Hulk, and a Wolverine who may or may not be the resurrected Logan.

First-look promotional art by David Marquez suggests that both the Miles Morales Spider-Man and the Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman will take their place in the Marvel Universe alongside the Peter Parker and Jessica Drew versions. The promotional art also confirms that Sam Wilson will remain as Captain America, and the female Thor (whose identity was recently confirmed) will keep her hold on Mjolnir.

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An Icon for Pride: Steve Orlando on Embracing the Charms of Midnighter [Interview]

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When Midnighter made his debut in the Wildstorm comic Stormwatch by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, he was a black ops Batman pastiche that played directly on the idea of the Caped Crusader as a humorless and violent bondage fetishist. Midnighter's romantic relationship with Superman analog Apollo was both the next step in the joke, and a step towards making the character more three-dimensional. Today, he's very much his own man, sharing less and less in common with Batman beyond an affection for the color black and an enduring interest in the activities of Dick Grayson. Oh, and the violence.

With today's launch of a new ongoing Midnighter series from writer Steve Orlando and artist ACO, the leather-clad action man will hope to further distinguish himself. In the process he'll hope to prove that a gay superhero can find a place in the changing mainstream comics market. We spoke to Orlando about his plans for the series, the romantic future of the newly single Midnighter, and what Midnighter represents as a gay man.

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Thumbnail: The Re-Masculation of Cyborg

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The recent free eight-page preview for DC's upcoming Cyborg series by David F. Walker and Ivan Reis revealed a significant change for title character Victor Stone; after having his cybernetic arms severed and his life ended by rampaging monsters, the three-quarters mechanical hero came back to life with new, more human-looking limbs. To some readers it might seem a mere cosmetic makeover, but the change may have deeper implications. To understand why, it's helpful to understand how Cyborg is regarded by black critics.

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Stephen Byrne Gives DC Heroes a Modern Twist in ‘Trinity’ Short Story [Full Comic]

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Superman would have entered the public domain last year if Congress hadn't extended copyright protection more than fifteen years ago. For now, and possibly forever, DC has the exclusive rights to profit from the character --- but that happily hasn't yet stopped artists from paying tribute with their own fan-made, not-for-profit works. Among those works is artist and animator Stephen Byrne's awesome nine-page silent story starring his modern makeover versions of DC's 'Trinity', Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

The redesigns started out as a pin-up that proved especially popular on social media earlier this year. Byrne decided to turn the pin-up into a story, and has been posting the pages online as he completes them, with the final page going up just this past week. The story has a surprising twist in the tale that you're unlikely to see in an official Superman comic. And we don't just mean Batman using a gun.

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‘The Wicked And The Divine’ Optioned for TV, DeFractions to Produce for McGillens

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Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's The Wicked And The Divine, published by Image Comics, has been optioned as a possible TV series by Universal Television. The show will be produced by Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, the shingle recently launched by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction. Milkfed signed a two-year development deal with Universal in February that also included an option to develop Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's Sex Criminals.

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‘Suicide Squad’ Latest: The Batmobile Appears on the Streets of Toronto

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Toronto gets turned into a film set on a semi-regular basis. It's no Los Angeles, but it sometimes plays her --- or any other North American city --- on the big screen. Not long after I first moved to the city, there was fake snow on the ground for the Scott Pilgrim movie (a rare case of Toronto playing Toronto). The street where I live is sometimes lined with yellow New York cabs, most recently for Kick-Ass 2, and the next spooky Guillermo Del Toro may be lurking around any corner at any time.

Right now, the city is overrun by the Suicide Squad movie, as demonstrated by our video and photos of Ben Affleck's heavy duty industrial Batmobile chasing down the brightly-colored Jokermobile during last night's shoot.

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It’s Brothers Versus Badger in the Wonderful World of ‘Capture Creatures’ #4 [Preview]

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'Cute' is sometimes an under-valued concept. 'Adorable' as a word can seem dismissive and diminishing. But there are times when these are not only the right words to use, but perhaps the highest compliments one could offer, because cute and adorable can be great. In the case of Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson's Boom Studios series Capture Creatures, "cute" and "adorable" are words that shine with a clear and exalting purpose; for this series is cute, and it is adorable, and it is great! If you don't believe me, check out this exclusive preview to issue #4, on sale next week.

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