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Ask Chris #237: What The Heck Happened In ‘Batman RIP’?

Ask Chris #237: Batman RIP

Q: Batman RIP: What's going on in this book? I like Morrison, but I do not follow the plot. -- @daingercomics

A: My friend, you have come to the right place. I generally think Grant Morrison gets a bad rap for writing superhero stories that are too complex --- a complaint that you see about almost everything he writes going all the way back to "Rock of Ages" in JLA, and probably back to Animal Man if you go looking for it --- but R.I.P. is a story with a whole lot of moving parts that can be pretty hard to keep track of unless you're the kind of person who has been obsessing over the details of 75 years of Batman comics for their entire life.

Fortunately for you, that's exactly what I am, which is one of the reasons that Batman R.I.P. is probably my favorite Batman story of all time.

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2000 AD Announces Summer Special, Promises The Return Of Outer-Space Trucking Action (Really)

Ace Trucking Co., 2000AD

On June 24, 2000 AD is putting out the latest in their line of 48-page seasonal anthologies, and as you might expect, the Summer Special is set to feature all the usual suspects that you get in the weekly prog. There's a Judge Dredd story, of course and Rogue Trooper makes an appearance, and there are a couple of new offerings in there as well. Pretty standard stuff.

And then there's the return of the Ace Trucking Company, which features an interstellar alien truck driver and his zombie pal haulin' goods across the cosmos, complete with sci-fi CB language. So, you know, this is obviously something you're going to want.

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On The Cheap: You Need Basically Everything In Comixology’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Sale

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I think we can all agree that the best comics are cheap comics, which is why I always keep an eye on Comixology's sales page to see if there are any good deals to be had. This week, there's a massive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sale, including all ten volumes of IDW's current TMNT series, plus the miniseries collections that go with it. It's a lot of comics, and that presents a problem of its own: With so much out there to get, which ones should you pick up?

This time, the answer's simple: You should get all of it. Seriously. It's that good.

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Buy This Book: Andrew MacLean’s ‘Apocalyptigirl: An Aria For The End Times’

Apocalyptigirl, Dark Horse Comics

A few years ago, I picked up Andrew MacLean's Head Lopper at a convention, and it was one of the best con purchases I've ever made. For one thing, it's a book that lives up to its title --- heads were in fact lopped with almost alarming frequency --- but more than that, it was an incredible example of compelling visual storytelling that instantly made MacLean a creator I wanted to see more from. Apocalyptigirl: An Aria For The End Times is more in every possible way.

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The Transformed Man, Act 2: Liars, A To D

Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye v.1

I’ve never liked the Transformers. The franchise never really got its hooks into me when I was a kid, and while I’ve tried to give it a shot as an adult, it’s never really clicked. But now, with the recommendations of almost everyone I know and a well-timed Humble Bundle sale, I’ve found myself in possession of three years worth (and counting) of IDW’s More Than Meets The Eye and Robots In Disguise comics. I’m working my way through a story arc every week, and if I have to read about these robots, you’re coming with me.

This week, the Transformers split into two groups, and Rodimus's crew encounters the ultimate in alien terror!

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The Bottle City Travel Guide: Pre-Flashpoint Gotham City

Convergence: The Question

DC's Convergence crossover is built around pitting cities pulled from different eras against each other in an ultimate battle to determine which continuity reigns supreme, and as you may already know just from reading that sentence, that can get a little confusing. With all the Gothams and Metropolises (Metropoli?) throwing their heroes against each other, we thought it might be useful to offer our readers a handy guide to telling Pre-Flashpoint from Post-Crisis with a series of Bottle City Travel Guides!

Today, it's Pre-Flashpoint Gotham City: What it is and how it came to be!

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Mike Hawthorne Donates A Portion Of His Fee For 2000 AD’s Free Comic Book Day Story To Help Norm Breyfogle

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For 2000 AD, this year's Free Comic Book Day wasn't just going to be a platform to get their comics into the hands of new readers, it was going to mark the debut of legendary Batman artist Norm Breyfogle on their flagship character, Judge Dredd. Unfortunately, Breyfogle stuffered a stroke in December, leaving the left-handed artist partially paralyzed on his left side and facing massive bills for medical care and therapy.

With Breyfogle unable to draw the story, Mike Hawthorne stepped in as the artist of "Judge Dredd: In Through The Out Door," and today, Hawthorne announced that he has arranged for a portion of his fee to be donated to Breyfogle to help with his recovery.

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Dynamite Announces ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Ongoing, Restoring Erotic Friend Fiction To Shelves For The Foreseeable Future

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I don't know how it happened, but we're living in this weird golden age of licensed comics based on movies and TV shows, and one of the most surprising and fun parts of that was the Bob's Burgers miniseries that kicked off last year. Featuring writers and artists who have worked on the show, each issue was divided into three main sections built around the Belcher kids: A mystery featuring Louise, a "musical" written and performed by Gene, and, in what was perhaps the best thing to happen in comics in 2014, Tina's Erotic Friend Fiction.

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Bizarro Back Issues: And Then There Was The Time Judge Dredd Fought Stan Lee (1986)

Judge Dredd: Complete Casefiles v.11

When I'm looking for something to read, there are certain things that will make me pick up a book immediately. It's probably the same way with you, and while I think we all have the usual soft spots for a favorite villain or a cool plot point, every now and then you run across a story title that's just so weird that you absolutely have to see how it all plays out. This, for the record, is the reason for about 90% of my back issue purchases, and was basically the leading theory on how to design a DC Comics cover for about thirty years.

What I'm getting at here is that when I was looking at the stories included in the new Judge Dredd Complete Casefiles v.10 paperback and I saw that there was one called "The Fists of Stan Lee," I pretty much dropped everything so that I could read it. And yes: It is, in fact, Judge Dredd fighting Stan Lee. Just, you know. Not that Stan Lee.

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Mondo Unveils Tom Whalen’s ‘Pulp Menagerie’ In A New Gallery Show

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Over the past few years, Mondo has put on some pretty amazing showcases of pop-culture inspired art at their gallery in Austin, Texas, complete with limited prints featuring some of our favorite characters, and it looks like they'll be back at it again next month. On May 22, they're kicking off "Pulp Menagerie," a gallery show featuring the art of Tom Whalen, featuring some truly fantastic posters based on Godzilla, Batman, and Mad Monster Party.

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