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It’s High Steaks Action In ‘The Black Hood: Season Two’ #3 [Exclusive]

The Black Hood: Season 2 #3, Dark Circle/Archie Comics
The Black Hood: Season 2 #3, Dark Circle/Archie Comics

If you're not following the events of The Black Hood: Season 2, the flagship title of Archie's gritty Dark Circle imprint, you've been missing a pretty thrilling story. After leaving Philadelphia to escape the crimes he committed as a vigilante, Greg Hettinger is being lured back by a villain called Nobody, who has vowed to undo every good thing Hettinger has done, working backwards down the timeline of people he's saved and committing exponentially worse crimes. Like, say, poisoning an entire steak house full of people just to make his point. Check out the preview to see the action for yourself!

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Dennis Culver And Denis Medri’s ‘Ursa Minor’ Is The High Concept You’ve Been Waiting For

Ursa Minor, Dennis Culver and Denis Medri
Ursa Minor, Dennis Culver and Denis Medri

Earlier this week, Dennis Culver emailed me to tell me that he had a new comic coming out, and when I found out what the premise was, I sent him back an email that was literally just all-caps cussing. It's called Codename: Ursa Minor, and the high concept is that there's a government agent from the height of the Soviet Union who has the power to shrink down and become a tiny little grizzly bear, because a tiny little grizzly bear is the perfect assassin.

And if you're not cussing right now, then folks, I don't know what to tell you. I can barely even handle that idea.

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Ask Chris #328: The WildStorm Blues

Ask Chris #328, background art by Jim Lee
Ask Chris #328, background art by Jim Lee

Q: Why aren't the Wildstorm characters a comfortable fit in the modern, edgier DC Universe? — @jdkrach

A: With Warren Ellis and Jon Davis Hunt reviving it in the pages of The Wild Storm --- and with characters like Midnighter and Apollo experiencing some of their best stories ever in the core DC Universe right now --- it seems like the WildStorm characters have been on everyone's mind lately. And Real talk? I kinda love the WildStorm Universe.

It's a universe built on an interesting twist on what it means to be a superhero, shaped by creators like Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Ed Brubaker, and Adam Warren, a roster of world-builders that somehow came together beautifully to make it all work. But the flipside to that is that a lot of what I love about it comes from the nature of the universe itself, and when you remove them from that kind of thematic setting, it makes it a lot harder for them to fit anywhere else.

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Show Up For Roll Call In Kibblesmith And Charm’s ‘Valiant High’ #1 [Exclusive Preview]

Valiant High #1, Valiant Entertainment
Valiant High #1, Valiant Entertainment

Valiant High feels like something I accidentally wished into existence. Even putting aside the fact that I'm a huge fan of teenage superheroics and alternate universe stories about heroes and villains going to high school together, they would've had me hooked just with the phrase "Teenage Ninjak." And now, we're finally getting to see it.

After being announced last year as part of Comixology's new line of digital-exclusive titles, the first issue of Daniel Kibblesmith and Derek Charm's Valiant High debuts next week, and you can report early for roll call with a seven page preview.

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The First Rule Is Everyone Has Fun: Colleen Coover Talks ‘Small Favors’ [Love & Sex Week]

Small Favors, Colleen Coover
Small Favors, Colleen Coover

Since its original run from 2002 to 2004, Colleen Coover's Small Favors has been one of the most highly regarded erotic comics of all time. It tells the fantastic story of Annie, a woman who uses up her lifetime supply of self-pleasure and is sentenced to be monitored by a manifestation of her conscience, Nibbil. Unfortunately for her prudish side, Annie and Nibbil quickly fall in love and spend eight issues having extremely imaginative sex with each other and a few new friends --- all within the context of a happy and charmingly romantic love story.

Now, thirteen years since its final issue, a hardcover collection from Limerence Press is set to hit shelves in April, complete with a new story that Coover drew based on a script from the original run. ComicsAlliance spoke to Coover about the history of Small Favors, how the experience shaped her career, and the rules that governed the universe of her "girly porno comic" love story.

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Hedging Your Bets #17: Total Eclipse

Hedging Your Bets, #17, background art by  Tracy Yardley
Hedging Your Bets, #17, background art by Tracy Yardley

This week, Sonic With Punches takes on Sonic With A Gun, and every now and then I fall apart! And I need you now, tonight! And I need you more than ever! And we'll only be makin' it ri-i-ight, 'cause we could never be wrong together!

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On The Cheap: Get Warren Ellis’s Run On ‘Stormwatch’ For $12 Total

Stormwatch, DC Comics/WildStorm

This week's debut of The Wild Storm is pretty interesting for a lot of reasons, but chief among them is the return of Warren Ellis to the superhero universe that he helped to shape into the setting of some of the most compelling superhero stories of the past 20 years. Well, kind of a return, I suppose, but while the new series is a reboot from the ground up, there's definitely a history there. And with that history, as ever, comes a sale on Comixology.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Betty, Veronica, And the Dark Sorcery That Is Love! (1994) [Love & Sex Week]

Pep Digital #38, Archie Comics
Pep Digital #38, Archie Comics

It's Valentine's Day, and that means that our thoughts here at ComicsAlliance are turning inevitably to our favorite romances from comics. Well. Maybe that's not the right word, since I'm not sure that a high school love triangle between an indecisive klutz and two girls who would be better off without him really qualifies as romance, but you get the idea. Love is in the air, and when Betty and Veronica are involved, that's naturally going to include a little bit of competition.

That's certainly to be expected, but sometimes, it gets a little too intense. Like, say, that one time back in the '90s when Veronica turned to the darkest sorcery in order to win Archie's heart, and Archie wound up in the hospital.

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Young Animal Takes On The Fourth World For The Allred Family’s ‘Bug: The Adventures Of Forager’

Bug: The Adventures of Forager, Young Animal
Bug: The Adventures of Forager, Young Animal

Since its debut last year with some of the most compelling titles on the stands, it's safe to say that the Young Animal line has had some success digging into the more obscure characters from DC's catalog. We've even got a Cave Carson book that features Wild Dog, and it's one of the best things going.

With that in mind, it makes sense that the line's approach to Jack Kirby's Fourth World looks beyond the usual characters, like Orion and Mister Miracle, and puts the spotlight on someone else. Hence Bug: The Adventures of Forager.

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Fighting Fantasy Comes To Comics With ‘Ian Livingstone’s Freeway Fighter’ [Exclusive]

Ian Livingstone's Freeway Fighter #1, Titan Comics

As Fighting Fantasy closes in on its 35th Anniversary, Titan has announced a comic based on Ian Livingstone's Freeway Fighter. Set in a post-apocalyptic world of high-octane action that's more than a little reminiscent of Mad Max, the comic features a brand new adventure from Andi Ewington, Simon Coleby, and Len O'Grady

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