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Ask Chris #276: Menace To The Justice Society

Ask Chris #276, background art by Mike Sekowsky

Q: Why is the Justice Society of America of such fundamental importance to the DC Universe? -- @M_Morse

A: I've been doing this column for a pretty long time, and almost every week, I get a question like this one, where the question itself assumes a pretty specific premise. Sometimes, they go as far as actually answering the question before the end of the sentence, making my part in the whole thing pretty irrelevant --- like, say, "who is the dreamiest guy and why is it Batman?" --- but sometimes, it's that premise that grabs my attention more than what's actually being asked.

All of which is just a longwinded way to say that I'm not sure I can really explain why the JSA is a fundamental part of the DC Universe, because I'm not actually sure that they are.

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Luna Attempts Career Advancement in Outer Space In ‘Luna The Vampire’ #2 [Preview]

Luna the Vampire #2

So here's what you need to know about Yasmin Sheikh's Luna the Vampire: She's a vampire who lives in outer space --- technically in Monster Space --- and she flies around in a spaceship shaped like a coffin. That's it.

Okay, so maybe that's more like all I needed to know, because coffin-shaped spaceships are, as it turns out, exactly my jam. Really though, that's only one panel in the upcoming second issue, in which Luna heads to her soul-crushing retail job. The good news is that there might be a promotion in her future, but the bad news? There are, of course, hijinx. Check out an exclusive preview below!

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Take A Tour Of Belle Reeve With ‘New Suicide Squad’ #17

New Suicide Squad #17, DC Comics

With a big-budget movie about their villainous hijinx hitting screens just around the corner, DC seems pretty keen to get people hyped up about the Suicide Squad, and you have to admit that publisher is doing everything it can to get people to jump on. There's the New 52 run ready to go, reprints of the classic '80s series in paperback --- all the way up to the original Deadshot miniseries --- and the next issue of the current New Suicide Squad series sees a new creative team kicking things off with a tour of Belle Reeve prison, so that we can all get on the same page with how this stuff works.

The team in question is Tim Seeley and Juan Ferreyra, and in New Suicide Squad #17, they've hit on a pretty interesting way of explaining the concept for new readers that hasn't actually been done before: Task Force X is franchising. Check out a preview below!

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Battle Royale at Hogwarts: The Wide-Eyed Optimism And Ludicrous Violence Of ‘Hunter X Hunter’

Hunter X Hunter, Yoshihiro Togashi

Other than my deep and abiding affection for Sailor Moon and my more recent, in-at-the-ground-floor love of One Punch Man, quite possibly the best superhero comic on the market, I'm pretty notoriously late to the party when it comes to manga. It's something that I've been trying to fix lately, diving back into a few older series as I try to catch up with the current stuff, and while there's a ton of stuff that I love enough to shout about it to anyone who will listen, it also sometimes feels like I'm sitting down in 2016 to write a piece about this great song I just heard, "Gangnam Style."

So forgive me if that's the case here, but for real, do y'all know about Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter X Hunter? Because even though it started in 1998, I've just been getting around to it over the past month, and it's one of the most fun, ridiculous, and ludicrously violent comics I've ever read.

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IDW Launches A Kickstarter For The ‘TMNT: Shadows Of The Past’ Board Game

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past

There were a lot of great announcements that came out of last year's San Diego Comic-Con, but the one that I was most excited about by far actually wasn't a comic this time. Instead, it was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, a board game from IDW designed by Kevin Wilson, with contributions from TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, writer Tom Waltz and editor Bobby Curnow. And ever since that announcement, I've been wondering when we'd get to see more.

Today, IDW Games launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the game, with the finished product scheduled to deliver in July of this year --- and with 22 days left, they're already halfway to their initial $250,000 goal.

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Press Gang Announces ‘Sun Bakery’ By Corey Lewis, Calling It ‘A One-Man Shonen Jump’

Sun Bakery by Corey Lewis

I don't want to call it a comeback, but Corey Lewis is set to have a pretty interesting year. Not only is he providing art for IDW's GI Joe: Deviations, in which in which he's given Cobra Commander the most sinister redesign in years, but today, Alternative Comics launched its new Press Gang imprint by announcing Sun Bakery, a bimonthly anthology series from Lewis that they're describing as a "one-man Shonen Jump," debuting in April.

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In Defense Of T-Shirt Superman: Why ‘Action Comics’ And ‘Superman’ Are Seriously Great Right Now

Superman, DC Comics

I've mentioned it before on the site and elsewhere, but I'm of the mind that the core Superman titles --- Action Comics by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder, and Superman by Gene Luen Yang, John Romita Jr. and Howard Porter --- are better now than they have been in a very long time. They're engaging, they're fun and innovative, and they have a sense of cohesion that Superman as a character often lacks. But every time I say that, I'm always a little surprised that there are so many people who disagree.

Don't get me wrong --- no story is going to appeal to everyone, but for me, these are some of the most fun stories out there. Then again, that might just be because there's a story where Superman joined a pro wrestling federation for forgotten gods, and that's kind of everything I want out of comic books happening at once.

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Shout Factory Announces American Release Of ‘Ninja Sentai Kakuranger’

Ninja Sentai Kakuranger

When Shout Factory released Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger on DVD last year, it was a move that made a lot of sense. It was, after all, the source material for the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and the release came at a time when nostalgia for MMPR was at an all-time high. There was a new line of toys, talk of a cinematic reboot, even needlessly thorough episode guides of the series, so clearly, the demand was there. When they followed it up with Gosei Sentai Dairanger, that made sense, too --- even though it was chopped up for use in America, it was the source of Tommy's return as the White Ranger, and answered a lot of questions.

Now, however, it looks like we might be getting to the point where American Super Sentai releases are a thing unto themselves. This week, Shout Factory announced the upcoming release of Ninja Sentai Kakuranger on DVD, for the first time in America.

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Avatar Press Launches Kickstarter For ‘Alan Moore’s Cinema Purgatorio,’ Featuring Kevin O’Neill, Kieron Gillen, Garth Ennis And More

Cinema Purgatorio, Avatar Press

I'm going to go ahead and assume that you're familiar with Alan Moore, so let's just skip straight to the details. Today, Avatar Press launched a Kickstarter to fund Cinema Purgatorio a new anthology series from Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, featuring new stories by Kieron Gillen and Ignacio Calero, Garth Ennis and Raulo Caceres, Christos Gage and Gabriel Andrade, and Max Brooks and Michael DiPascale, all built around the theme of recapturing the strange, violent, and somewhat disturbing world of 1970s cinema.

And they did it by including what might be the single most Alan Moorest sentence that it is possible to write.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Clark Kent’s Hillbilly Bride! (1955)

Superman #94

Weird Silver Age comics are a finite resource. Granted, I could probably start now and do nothing but read weird back issues for the rest of my life --- which, believe it or not, is somehow not what I'm already doing --- but there were only so many stories produced in that era. With all the ones I've talked about over the years, I sometimes wonder if I'm on the verge of running out, and I wonder what my life is going to look like once I've taken you through every time Jimmy Olsen tried to date a viking robot, or Batman had to take on the scourge of gorilla crime.

And then I find out that there's a story I've never heard of before called "Clark Kent's Hillbilly Bride," and I realize that we've still got a long way to go before we're done here.

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