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On The Cheap: Humble’s IDW/Top Shelf Bundle Has Darwyn Cooke’s ‘Parker,’ Jess Fink’s ‘We Can Fix It’ And More

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Over the past few years, the Humble Bundle has become a pretty reliable source for getting great comics at incredibly cheap prices, to the point where I finally had to sit down and read a bunch of comic books about robots that turn into cars because it just didn't make financial sense not to. This week, though, it looks like they're officially done fooling around. The current bundle, which runs through June 10th, finds Humble teaming up with IDW and Top Shelf to offer a massive amount of books.

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Jeff Parker And Travel Foreman Put Everyone On The Roster In ‘Justice League United’

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Back when I was working at a comic book store, one of our favorite lunch break timewasters was trying to come up with the most improbable-yet-awesome Justice League lineup that we could. We'd throw our favorite characters in there, from OMAC to John Constantine, with friendly arguments over which one would work better, but we never once thought it was something that would ever actually happen.

This week, DC released a "Sneak Peek" preview of Jeff Parker, Travel Foreman and Jeromy Cox's Justice League Unlimited, kicking off after the events of Convergence, and, well, it's happening. OMAC and John Constantine are on the Justice League together, and they're not alone. They're bringing in everyone. EVERYONE.

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Greg’s Having A Pretty Bad Day In ‘Black Hood’ #4, Mostly Because He Keeps Getting Punched And Stabbed

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Poor Greg Hettinger. Ever since Duane Swierczynski and Michael Gaydos relaunched The Black Hood as the flagship title of Archie's Dark Circle line, he's been having a pretty rough time. He's been shot in the face with a shotgun, gotten hooked on painkillers, and taken up a new life as a masked vigilante that, in all honesty, does not seem to be working out that well for him. It's almost enough to make you forgive his shocking penchant for profanity.

But, as is usually the case with these things, the next issue is going to see it get even worse, with his secret identity exposed, a ticking clock on the complete ruination of his life, and, you know, that thing where he's getting punched and stabbed a whole bunch. It all kicks off with a fight to the death in a Philly cemetery, and you can check that out in our preview!

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The Transformed Man, Act 7: Primus

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I've never liked the Transformers. The franchise didn't get its hooks into me as a kid, and while I've tried to give it a shot as an adult, it never really clicked. But now, with a recommendation from almost everyone I know and a well-timed Humble Bundle sale that left me with three years worth (and counting) of IDW's More Than Meets The Eye and Robots In Disguise comics, I'm going on a quest to see if these comics can turn me from someone who has never cared at all about Optimus Prime into someone who uses words like "Cybertron" and "alt-mode" with alarming regularity. And Primus help me, it's working.

This week, Arcee. Kills. Everyone.

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On The Cheap: Kyle Baker’s ‘Plastic Man’

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Over the past few weeks, Comixology has done a pretty amazing job of staying on top of DC's Convergence event with a string of sales based on the different eras that were brought into Bottleworld to fight it out. This week marks the end of Convergence and, along with it, the end of this particular set of sales, but they've decided to go out with a bang. In addition to some classic Bronze Age Justice League and fun, continuity-bending Booster Gold, they're shining the spotlight onto one of the greatest --- and most underrated --- DC books of the 21st Century: Kyle Baker's Plastic Man.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Malibu’s Ultraviolent ‘Street Fighter’ Comic (1992)

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I've never been good at playing fighting games, but when I was growing up, there were few things in this world I loved more than Street Fighter. I think I've mentioned this before, but my first memory of actually trying to make a comic was when I was ten years old and I drew the junkyard fight scene from Batman #425 and replaced the bad guys with Blanka and Dhalsim, and really, you can draw a pretty straight line from that to where I am today. I've even written a tiny little bit of Street Fighter comics myself, and I am still very much a person who thinks karate guys throwing fireballs at each other is the highest form of art.

Of course, they didn't exactly make it easy for us to like Street Fighter back then. The games were great, sure, but if you wanted a little more story about it on this side of the Pacific, your options were pretty slim. There was the movie in 1994, and the cartoon that was somehow a sequel to it, but if you wanted to see those characters in comics, you had only one choice: Malibu's Street Fighter --- the comic so legendarily rough that it was canceled after three issues with an apology from the publisher.

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IDW to Release Massive ‘Kill Shakespeare: Backstage Edition,’ Complete with Annotations

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Every now and then, an idea comes along that's such an easy sell that you wonder why nobody else got to it first. Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col and Andy Belanger's Kill Shakespeare is definitely one of those, a massive team-up of William Shakespeare's greatest heroes and villains, rising up to kill the playwright that controls their lives. And fortunately, it's not just a good idea, it's actually a really good comic too.

Now, thanks to IDW, the series is coming out in a massive, 400-page Backstage Edition, collecting the first 12-issue series, along with never-before-seen designs, sketches, art, and --- probably the most interesting hook for both new and long-time fans --- annotations from Oxford University's Katie Musgrave.

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‘Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’ Makes Learning Fun With A History Lesson (And Satan) [Preview]

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I've always been a proponent of comics as educational tools, so it's nice to see that Archie is taking a little time in the pages of this week's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3 to provide all its readers with a fun history lesson about witches being tortured to death in the 17th century. I mean, yes, we can all enjoy these stories of teenage romance, school plays and worship of the Dark Lord Satan, but it never hurts to learn a little something along the way, right? Right.

So with that in mind, check out a preview to see just how Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and Robert Hack are using one of the year's most fun comics to make learning fun! Oh, and also to probably ensnare your children into the blasphemous worship of the Author of All Lies. So, uh, watch out for that, I guess.

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The Batman 66 Episode Guide 1×23: The Ring Of Wax

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The 1966 Batman television show was one of the most successful and influential adaptations of comic books to mass media of all time. Over the course of three seasons and 120 episodes, the series became a cultural force with its unique combination of tongue-in-cheek humor, thrilling superhero adventure and celebrity guest stars, and shaped the way the public would view the Caped Crusader for the next five decades. Now, in the midst of a well-deserved renaissance of the show, ComicsAlliance is proud to present The Batman ’66 Episode Guide, an in-depth examination of every single adventure, arch-criminal and deathtrap cliffhanger of the series.

This week, the Riddler's back in action with a waxy new plan... to steal the lost treasure of the Inca!

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DC And Warner Bros. Launch Kid-Friendly Sites With Free ‘Scooby-Doo,’ ‘Looney Tunes’ and ‘Justice League’ Comics

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Over the past few years, I've often wondered why comic book publishers weren't taking advantage of the opportunities that we've seen through the growth of webcomics, hooking new readers with free content and then using that to drive them towards the established market. Today, though, it looks like that's exactly what they're doing.

Along with its parent company, Warner Bros., DC Comics is part of a relaunch of three kid-friendly sites, LooneyTunes.com, ScoobyDoo.com and DCKids.com. In addition to videos and games, they're putting up free full-length stories for kids --- including great all ages comics like Eric Jones and Landry Walker's Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, and the best Looney Tunes comic ever.

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