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Funny ‘Avengers’ Manga Introduces Earth’s Mightiest Heroes To Japan

'Marvel Avengers' Manga by Fujiminosuke Yorozuya

On the off chance that you thought there was anywhere you could go to escape the presence of The Avengers now that they were the stars of a series of films that have taken in roughly 48 trillion dollars, don't fret: They are everywhere. Or, to be slightly more accurate, they're now in Japan, thanks to a series of comics designed to introduce Japanese children to Marvel's team of superheroes.

Created by Fujiminosuke Yorozuya as part of an effort to promote Marvel and Toie's new Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers anime, Marvel Avengers ran as a twelve-page one-shot in Monthly Korokoro Comic for kids, introducing Captain America, the Wasp, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Spider-Man to younger readers in a lighthearted comedy.

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German Man’s Real Life Spider-Man Web-Shooter Is A Wrist-Mounted Laser-Guided Harpoon Gun

Real-life webshooter made by Patrick Priebe

One of the coolest things about Spider-Man is unquestionably his web-shooters, the devices that allow him to swing around the city to fight crime without having to worry about all the questionable anatomy that would be brought up if he produced webs the same way as actual spiders. They're one of his trademarks, to the point where the new The Amazing Spider-Man series of films has reverted back to the idea of mechanical ones, replacing the previous movies' "organic" web-shooters, and they're the kind of thing that it would be really cool to own in real life.

And if you happen to be Patrick Priebe, you actually do. In honor of the release of Amazing Spider-Man 2, Priebe has constructed a homemade version of Spidey's webshooter that can launch fishing line out of a wrist-mounted coil and retract it, triggered by the same motion that Spidey uses in the comics. Also, there is a brass-tipped harpoon pointed directly at his palm that is launched out with a surprising amount of force. That seems like a good idea, right?

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Comics Alliance Presents Here’s The Thing Episode 3: Chris And Caleb Talk Tokusatsu

Here's The Thing Episode 3: Chris and Caleb Talk Tokusatsu

If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he sits in his living room under a framed portrait of Destro, drinking a cup of coffee and sharing his opinion on comic books.

This week, Chris has gone to Portland, Oregon for a discussion of tokusatsu with ComicsAlliance Senior Editor Caleb Goellner! In a 20-minute conversation, they explain why they're fans of the Japanese live-action supehero genre, what their favorite Power Rangers knockoffs were, and give curious viewers a place to start if they're interested in learning more about super sentai and Kamen Rider.

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4/20 Special: A Complete History Of ‘Fastlane,’ Marvel’s Amazing Anti-Marijuana Comic

Fastlane, Marvel Comics

If you were reading Marvel Comics in 1999, you read Fastlane. For four solid months, it was absolutely unavoidable, an eight-page anti-marijuana insert that would pop up right in the middle of every single Marvel Comic to let you know about the dangers of weed, a drug that was glorified in the media and would lead users to a dangerous world of addiction and deadly hallucinations that was so over the top even the producers of Dragnet thought that maybe they should tone it down a little. And if you're a certain kind of person who was reading Marvel Comics in the '90s, you actually kind of love it.

I mean, I do. And that's why, with 4/20 and all its attendant celebrations coming up this weekend, it's time for a look back on  what might actually be the highest circulating (and most bizarre) Marvel Comic of all time with a Complete Oral History of Fastlanefrom artist Gregg Schigiel, Editor Steve Behling, Head of Marvel Creative Services Mike Thomas, and Senior Vice President for Strategic Promotions and Advertising John Fraser.

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Marvel Stunt Show Attendees Will Receive Free Comic Explaining Why Iron Man Is Riding a Dirt Bike

Marvel Universe LIVE! Prequel comic

If you're heading to the Marvel Universe LIVE! show when it kicks off an arena tour this summer but don't want to be lost in all the movie sequel action and dirtbike stunts, I have some good news! There's going to be a comic book tie-in to the show that will serve as a prequel, giving the modern theatergoer a chance to catch up on what's going on with the Cosmic Cube, the Avengers and Spider-Man before they hit the stage. Of course, while this is meant to answer questions, it also raises a few of its own. Namely:

1) Wait, there's going to be a live Marvel arena show?

2) Wait, it's going to involve dirtbike stunts?!

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New ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Screenshots Deliver More Oracle, Commissioner Gordon, And Batmobile Launching

Batman: Arkham Knight screenshot

As Batman: Arkham Knight, the next entry in the popular video game franchise about Batman beating the criminally insane into submission in asylums of increasingly improbable sizes and complexity, draws nearer, we're starting to get to the point where we're getting a steady stream of information about the game. Today, with the release of a new set of screenshots, we got some of the most interesting news of all.

According to the latest screens, after appearances as a voice in a headset in the past three games, Barbara Gordon will finally be appearing as Oracle. That's big news for fans fans, but to be honest, that stuff about the Batmobile shooting you out of the roof like James Bond's ejector seat will probably have a bigger impact on gameplay.

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Scott Snyder On ‘Batman: Zero Year – Dark City’: The ComicsAlliance Interview, Part Two

Batman: Zero Year by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia

In the pages of Batman, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia are retelling the origin of Batman for the modern DC Universe with "Zero Year." Told over the course of a year, "Zero Year" is divided in to three arcs, each representing a facet of Gotham City and Batman's growth into a superhero, and it's been wild right from the start. For each arc, ComicsAlliance is going in-depth with Snyder to find out more about how the story came together and what these elements mean, and with "Dark City" finishing just a few weeks ago, it's time once again for our conversation to resume.

In the second part of our interview (you can read the first part here), Snyder and I discuss Batman's relationship with Jim Gordon, the Riddler's role as Batman's first major foe, and just why he has those mutton chops.

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DC Releases ‘Futures End’ Teaser Featuring All Your Favorite Canceled Superheroes

Future's End teaser, DC Comics

Over the past few years, DC has fallen into the practice of dropping a "Teaser Image" for their upcoming major storyline every few months, and they really do the job. They're intriguing, and when readers see them, they get to talking about what all these pieces could mean, without ever really going back to see if anything panned out. It's a win for everyone

The last one we got was a Batman/First Thanksgiving-themed piece that hinted at the events of Batman Eternal -- which sounds really weird when you actually type it, but which definitely happened -- and now, we have an Escher-inspired tease at what might be happening in the upcoming Futures End event, specifically The New 52: Futures End #0, which is due out for Free Comic Book Day this May 3.  Have a look at the full-sized image below!

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2014 Eisner Award Nominees Announced: Image Leads, Strong Showings From Dark Horse And Vertigo

2014 Eisner Award nominees

San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 is looming just over the horizon, and that means that it's almost time for the annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Today, the nominees were announced, and Image Comics led the pack with 20 nominations across all categories, including four out of five of the nominations for Best Continuing Series, with the remaining spot going to Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye at Marvel.

Also interesting to note: While there were several nominations for Vertigo titles like Trillium and The Wake, DC's "New 52" line of superhero titles was almost completely shut out, with their only nod coming from Scott Snyder's nomination for Best Writer. Check below for the whole list.

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Scott Snyder On ‘Batman: Zero Year – Dark City’: The ComicsAlliance Interview, Part One

Batman: Zero Year, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, FCO Plascencia

In the pages of Batman, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia are retelling the origin of Batman for the modern DC Universe with "Zero Year." Told over the course of a year, "Zero Year" is divided in to three arcs, each representing a facet of Gotham City and Batman's growth into a superhero, and it's been wild right from the start. For each arc, ComicsAlliance is going in-depth with Snyder to find out more about how the story came together and what these elements mean, and with "Dark City" finishing just a few weeks ago, it's time once again for our conversation to resume.

Today, in the first part of our interview, Snyder discusses the return of Dr. Death, why he wanted to pay homage to Frank Miller's Year One and Dark Knight Returns while at the same time breaking away from them as much as possible, and why "Dark City" was the most challenging part of the story to write.

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