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Marvel Releases Seven Pages Of ‘Star Wars’ By Aaron, Cassaday & Martin

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We're less than a week away from the launch of Marvel's Star Wars line with the first issue of, hey, Star Wars, by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday, and Laura Martin, so Marvel has put out a couple of sneak peaks of the issue -- one lettered, one unlettered. We've helpfully brought them together so you can enjoy more of the story of fan favorite character Overseer Aggadeen and... the cast of Firefly, I think? I don't really know Star Wars; sorry.

Star Wars #1 is an officially in-continuity comic (for now, anyway!) that picks up directly after the end of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, following the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in the wake of the destruction of the Death Star. Finally, a sequel to Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope! I can't believe they've never done that before.

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Cartoonists Respond To The Massacre At Charlie Hebdo

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Wednesday's attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo left twelve people dead, including nine of the magazine's journalists. Five of those journalists were cartoonists. Though the manner of Charlie Hebdo's satire was often of a quality and tone that many would find distasteful, there can be no argument, no pretense, that violence and murder were an appropriate response. Cartoonists, satirists, and commentators have the right to free expression, and should be held accountable for their views in ways that do not threaten their lives or safety.

Cartooning has long been one of the most vibrant and incisive forms of public commentary, and that tradition should be celebrated. In that spirit, ComicsAlliance has compiled a collection of some of the responses to the Charlie Hebdo massacre by cartoonists and illustrators; cartoons that acknowledge the tragedy and represent defiance in the face of fear.

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‘Agent Carter’ Season 1 Recap, Episodes 1 & 2: ‘Now Is Not The End’/'Bridge & Tunnel’

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Agent Carter, Marvel's second live action TV show set in its cinematic shared universe, made its debut with a two-hour double-bill on ABC on Tuesday night, with Hayley Atwell reprising her role as spy Peggy Carter. Atwell's Carter debuted in the 2011 movie Captain America: The First Avenger, based on a character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and she's now the second character from the movies to spin off into her own show, following Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) in Agents of SHIELD.

Agents of SHIELD is now on its second season, and trying to recover its energy after a largely awful first season. Agent Carter will run for only eight episodes across seven weeks, rather than a standard 20+ episode season -- a format arguably closer to what Marvel plans to do with its Netflix TV shows -- so it may be the better test of Marvel's TV ambitions. In Cartergraphy, I'll be recapping the show every week using my new 'S.S.R.' method, breaking it down into Strategic Review, Scientific Analysis, and Reserved Englishness.

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Fox Deals In ‘Gambit’ Movie For October 2016; Shuffles ‘FF 2′ Forward To June 2017

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20th Century Fox has announced a couple of updates to its roster of Marvel movies for the next couple of years, formally slotting the Channing Tatum-led Gambit movie into an October 7th release date, and moving Fantastic Four 2 forward a month, from July 14th 2017 to June 2nd 2017. We've updated our Supermovies infographic with the new dates, so you can enjoy a complete and up-to-date view of the next few years, and visualize all of your money disappearing.

The Gambit movie is scheduled for much sooner than most observers expected -- late next year -- and brings the number of Fox X-Men movies scheduled for next year up to three, with Deadpool in February and X-Men: Apocalypse in May. This makes Fox the first of the four studios in the current supermovies race to release three major shared-universe superhero movies in a single year; Marvel Studios will repeat the feat in 2017 and 2018.

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12 Dead In Attack On French Satirical Magazine Charlie Hebdo

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At least 12 people, including ten journalists and two police officers, are reported dead in an attack by gunmen on the Paris offices of left wing satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo ('Charlie Weekly') on Wednesday morning. Le Parisien reports that cartoonists Stephane 'Charb' Charbonnier, Jean 'Cabu' Cabut, Georges Wolinski, and Bernhard 'Tignous' Verlhac are among the dead. Charb was also the magazine's editor-in-chief.

At least ten more were injured in the attack, with five said to be in critical condition. The same magazine was firebombed in 2011 following the publication of a satirical cartoon featuring the prophet Muhammed.

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IDW Acquires Top Shelf Productions; Chris Staros Remains As Top Shelf Editor-in-Chief

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IDW Publishing, the San Diego-based publisher of original series such as Locke & Key and 30 Days of Night and licensed comics including My Little Pony and Transformers, has acquired Top Shelf Productions, the publisher best known for literary works by authors such as Jeff Lemire, Craig Thompson, and James Kochalka, plus many of the recent works of Alan Moore, including League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Lost Girls.

Top Shelf co-founder Chris Staros will remain with the company as editor-in-chief, and the publisher will retain its identity as an imprint of IDW, and its base in Marietta, Georgia. Staros's business partner Brett Warnock has announced his intention to retire from comics.

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Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month): December 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

For the final covers of 2014, we showcase excellent work by some of the year's most reliable talents, including Kris Anka, Michael Del Mundo, and Riley Rossmo; some truly standout work by R.M. Guera and Jay Shaw; and the very best 'theme month' of the year.

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Phil Noto’s Stunning Marvel Variant Retro Photo-Style Covers Revealed

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Phil Noto knows how to create a stylish retro vibe, and he can conjure up a soft-edged gauzy aesthetic that perfectly evokes the nostalgic familiarity of photographs from the 1960s and 70s. It's a talent that he exploited to beautiful effect in a series of pieces for his Tumblr that presented Silver Age Marvel heroes in the mode of old celebrity snaps from Life Magazine; the images that would have existed if these heroes had been real in the age they were created.

Those Tumblr images are the clear inspiration for a month of Phil Noto variant covers at Marvel this February, though the inspiration stretches beyond Life Magazine pastiches to cover hip-hop, fashion photography, and even candid personal images. Several of the covers were released this week courtesy of Marvel, Comic Vine, CBR and Newsarama, and they're a gorgeous selection of images, so we've collected them all in one place for your appreciation.

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Warriors Three Face Up To The New Thor In Marguerite Sauvage’s Thor Annual Cover [Exclusive]

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We're hoping for great things for Marguerite Sauvage in 2015. Though she's a much sought-after and award-winning commercial illustrator, her love of comics shone through in her fashion-forward Wonder Woman short for Sensation Comics, and her style -- which she described in our profile of her last month as "feminine, modern, a little sexy, soft, light and joyful" -- is a welcome breath of fresh air.

One of Sauvage's great strengths is her grasp of character, and that's in evidence in her portrayal of the Warriors Three on this variant cover for next year's Thor Annual #1, unveiled exclusively here on ComicsAlliance. Volstagg and Hogun look alarmed by the appearance of this new Goddess of Thunder, but it's Fandral's no doubt reflexive attempt at a smolder that really wins the day -- and makes us excited to see how that meeting is going to play out.

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Oh Thank God: Spider-Woman Rocks A Great New Look, Courtesy Of Kris Anka

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As everyone knows, Spider-Man's costume is the best; a true masterpiece of design. The webbing, the colors, the chevron belt, the split arms, the wide-eyed mask; it's all perfect. Steve Ditko smashed it out of the park. It's also inspired some amazing costumes, like the black Spider-Man costume designed by Mike Zeck in 1984 (reportedly based on a suggestion by fan Randy Schueller), and this year's Spider-Gwen costume by Robbi Rodriguez.

And then there's Spider-Woman. Her costume was designed in 1972 by Marie Severin, and it hasn't really changed since -- and I hate it almost as much as I love Spider-Man's costume. It's ugly, tacky, and it doesn't match the personality of Jessica Drew, the woman behind the mask. So I'm delighted that artist Kris Anka has given Jess a new set of togs that look chic, modern, and appropriate to her character.

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