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Homestar Runner Returns To Deal With The Impending Death Of Flash

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In this grim and cheerless world of ours, there are two extremely rare occasions that can make any day roughly one thousand times better: The release of a new Achewood strip, and the release of a new Homestar Runner cartoon. Neither one happens often, but when they do, it's like the skies have opened up and we have been presented with a beautiful gift.

This week, we got the latter: A brand new H*R cartoon from Matt and Mike Chapman (alias the Brothers Chaps), featuring Strong Bad, Homestar, and a brand new character. But has Homestar returned... just in time to die?!

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The Fox Fights A Whole Slew Of Bad Guys In ‘The Fox’ #5

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Under normal circumstances, most comics are happy to introduce a single supervillain at a time, establishing a clear and distinct threat to the hero before the villain is ultimately defeated and goes away for a while to plot their revenge, maybe showing up as part of a villainous team-up somewhere down the line. If, however, you've been reading Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel's The Fox, then you already know that it's not really a book that does things the normal way.

Case in point, this week's issue, where the Fox and She-Fox are confronted with not one, not two, but five new villains --- six if you count their sinister boss, Mr. Smile --- in an all-out brawl to save his son. Check out a preview below, featuring more supervillainy than you can shake a floppy ear at!

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22 Years Ago: Harley Quinn Made Her First Appearance In Comics

Batman: Mad Love, art by Bruce Timm

On August 3, 1993, a comic came out that would prove to mark a pretty important change for Batman's gallery of foes: Kelley Puckett and Mike Parobeck's Batman Adventures #12. The story within, "Batgirl: Day One" is notable for a lot of reasons --- not the least of which that it's one of the best issues of that original run --- but there's one reason in particular that it'll always be remembered, because that issue marked the first comic book appearance of Harley Quinn.

Originally created for Batman: The Animated Series, Harley would go on to become not just a fan favorite, but the kind of character who would take a tragic, engaging, and occasionally hilarious hook and eventually become one of the core characters of the DC Universe.

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The Batman ’66 Episode Guide 1×33: Fine Finny Fiends

The Batman '66 Episode Guide 1x33: Fine Finny Fiends

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 first season finale begins... and the Penguin targets Alfred!

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Best Breyfogle Ever (This Week): Five Favorite Images From ‘Legends Of The Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle’ Vol. 1

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Very few artists are as strongly identified with a particular time in a character's history as Norm Breyfogle is with the Batman of the late '80s and early '90s. In a lot of ways, it was a look that defined the era, full of heavy shadows, high drama, and even a little bit of comedy.

Last week, DC released a hardcover collection of Breyfogle's earliest work on Batman with Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle, and to mark the occasion, I went through it for the very difficult task of picking out five of my favorite images from over 500 pages of comics, highlighting some of his best work.

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Take Dance Lessons From Pikachu Before A Pokemon Outbreak Hits Yokohama This Summer

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If you're the kind of person who keeps up on a very specific kind of news, then you might remember that last year, the city of Yokohama, Japan was host to one of the greatest events in human history. For nine days, Yokohama played host to over a thousand Pikachus, marching through the streets and, one assumes, tempting Team Rocket into what would have been the biggest heist of their careers.

Sadly, we do not live in a perfect world where this is happening literally all the time, but on August 8, the electric Pokemon will return to Yokohama for another nine-day celebration... and this time, they will be dancing. The event's official name is "Dancing? An Outbreak Of Pikachus," which is equal parts whimsical and terrifying, and thanks to an instructional video, you can learn to dance along!

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‘Hellboy In Hell’ #7 Asks You How Much Worse Things Can Get When You’re Already Dead (And The Answer Is ‘A Lot’) [Preview]

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I realize that it's something I should've been reading all along, but it was only a couple of weeks ago that I finally sat down and caught up with Hellboy In Hell, and to the surprise of absolutely nobody, it's great. If you're similarly behind, the book follows Hellboy after his death preventing the battle of Armageddon and his descent into Hell, where he has to struggle with a destiny that would see him sat upon the throne of Lucifer and ruling over the armies of the damned. So, you know, the usual.

It seems like I have pretty good timing, too, because in a few weeks, the book returns as Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart bring us the second arc of Hellboy's posthumous adventures, "The Hounds of Pluto." Check out a preview below!

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Ask Chris #251: President Lex

Ask Chris #251, background art by Glenn Orbik

Q: Can you explain how Lex Luthor was elected President? Donald Trump might need some pointers. -- @ASaltzberg

A: President Lex! Now there's a story that I haven't thought about in a while - and just for context, I'm someone who thinks about Harold, the hunchbacked mechanic that Batman used to keep in his basement to fix up the Batmobile, at least once a week. Looking back, it seems like a very weird story, an ultimately forgettable new direction for a villain that never really went anywhere, but at the time, it definitely felt like it was a big deal.

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Buy This Book: ‘DC Bombshells’ #1 Knocks It Out Of The Park

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At first glance, DC Bombshells seems like it's operating on a pretty weird premise. It is, after all, a digital comic based on a line of statues that reimagine the company's heroines with retro, pinup-inspired designs, and while a lot of them have been pretty great, trying to create a narrative based around an aesthetic seems like a tough task. In practice, though, Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage don't just rise to the occasion, they demolish it.

In a summer that's been marked by some of DC's strongest new titles in years, from Black Canary to Prez, the first digital chapter of Bombshells came out swinging and knocked it out of the park with what might just be the best first issue of the bunch.

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A Career Of Heroic Proportions: Celebrating the Art of Chris Sprouse

Tom Strong, art by Chris Sprouse

When I hear the word "superhero," the image that pops into my head looks an awful lot like the way Chris Sprouse draws his characters. The clean lines, the heroic proportions, the larger-than-life action and adventure that go along with it, those are all things that Sprouse has mastered in a career that spans three decades.

Today, July 30, marks his birthday and that means it's an even better time than it usually is to celebrate his work.

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