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Sega And Capcom Are Crossing Over In Archie’s ‘Worlds Unite’

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If you've been following Archie's adventure comics, then you might remember that a good chunk of 2013 was taken up with "Worlds Collide," a massive crossover between Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man. If you missed it, then trust me, it was a pretty big deal - so big, in fact, that it seems like Archie, Sonic and Capcom have decided to follow it up with an even bigger crossover: "Worlds Unite," a full-on mashup of Sega and Capcom characters, set to launch in May, finally bring us one step closer to my dream of Jughead showing up in a Street Fighter game.

What? We're actually getting Archie vs. Predator, do you really think that couldn't happen?

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Dynamite’s ‘King’ Line Might Be The Weirdest Shared Universe In Comics Right Now

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This week marks the release of Prince Valiant #1, and with it, the final building block in the foundation of Dynamite's increasingly weird "King" universe. Built around the King Features characters that are best known as newspaper strips --- and in the case of The Phantom, a Billy Zane movie that invited viewers to 'slam evil!' --- the line got its start in the Kings Watch crossover in 2013. While Flash Gordon has stuck around and been pretty fantastic, it's only in the last month that the rest of the characters have rolled out into their own books to flesh out the world.

Now, with everything in place, the King line has pulpy sci-fi, mystic adventure, superhero action and swords and sorcery from the days of King Arthur all jockeying for position and trying to come together as a cohesive unit. And to be honest, it's actually pretty awesome to see.

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Best Bets: Comixology’s ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Sale

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I think we can all agree that the best comics are cheap comics, which is why I always keep an eye on Comixology's sales page to see if there are any good deals to be had. This week, they've announced a pretty big sale on IDW's Dungeons & Dragons comics, including all three collections of John Rogers and Andrea Di Vito's run from 2011 for five bucks each, and seriously? If you don't already have them, you need to get those immediately.
Dungeons & Dragons wasn't just a great licensed comic and it wasn't just a great fantasy comic, it was legitimately one of the best comics on the stands, period, and a pretty stellar example of the increasingly popular "group of adventurers inadvertently cause everything around them to explode in increasingly terrible ways" genre.

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Netflix Announces New ‘Danger Mouse’ and ‘Inspector Gadget’ Series

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At long last, Richie Rich's reign of capitalist terror is over, at least where the options for children's shows on Netflix are concerned.

The company's slate of original programming has been growing pretty steadily in recent months, and now, less than a week after the debut of the first season of new adventures for the pint-sized oligarch, the announcement came down via Variety about what they're working on for the next year, including a new series based on Playmobil figures and, of more interest to those of us driven primarily by nostalgia, reboots of Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week) – New Releases Guide For February 25, 2015

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?"

Indeed, the Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less the comics-curious totally unfamiliar with the creators, characters and publishers the industry has to offer, or the sometimes confusing system of periodicals, trades, crossovers, pre-ordering, variants, reprints, and all the other dark mysteries of comic book shopping.

It's with these challenges in mind that we've created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by rotating members of the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers will find the easiest access to the best variety of cool books our storytelling medium has to offer, and where seasoned Wednesday shoppers can find recommendations for new titles to try out.

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Filed Under: Category: DC, Dynamite, IDW, Lists, Opinion

Jackson Gordon’s Homemade Bat-Suit Is The College Project This City Deserves

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I mostly spent my college days reading issues of Hawkman in the back of a biology classroom, and while that worked out pretty well for me in the long run, I think we can all agree that I could've spent that time more productively. Never has that been more apparent than today, when USA Today reported on Philadelphia University student Jackson Gordon, who has been whiling away his free time by building an actual, honest-to-Gotham Batsuit.

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Filed Under: , , , , Category: Cosplay, DC, Humor

DMP’s Kickstarter For Osamu Tezuka’s ‘Alabaster’ Only Has Three Days Left and I Really Want To Read This

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All right, look. I've been pretty late on getting around to reading the considerable library of titles that Osamu Tezuka produced over the course of his forty-year career in manga. Much as I've enjoyed going back through Astro Boy, and as much as I'm looking forward to continuing it when Dark Horse's line of omnibus editions drop this fall, I still haven't read Black Jack or Buddha or any of his other major works, despite knowing that I really should. But folks, I am doing my best, which is why I really hope you head over to Kickstarter and throw a few bucks towards DMP's project to bring Tezuka's Alabaster to America.

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Bizarro Back Issues: The Arkham Asylum Softball Team (1994)

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Since the last installment of the Bizarro Back Issues column was a request explaining one of those memorable Silver Age covers that only got weirder once you cracked it open and read the actual story, I thought it might be a good idea to see if there were any other comics people had always wondered about. I put out the call, and to be honest, the last thing I expected was to find out about something I'd never heard of before, but then @saintwalker88 suggested a story that I knew would be amazing before I even read it.

Because this is the story of the Arkham Asylum Softball Team and their game against Blackgate Prison.

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Dark Horse Announces ‘Astro Boy’ Omnibus For Oversized Butt-Guns

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Good news for fans of robots who have jet-boots, rocket fists and machine guns that pop out of their butts: This October, Dark Horse is releasing an oversized omnibus of Osamu Tezuka's legendary Astro Boy, a welcome change since the original digest-sized versions from a few years back have been out of print for quite some time.

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I Am Jack’s ‘Fight Club 2′ Six-Page Preview

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Last year at San Diego, Dark Horse announced that Fight Club would be joining Dredd and Serenity in that rare pantheon of non-comics stories with official sequels in comics form. Written by Fight Club's creator, novelist Chuck Palahniuk, and drawn by Cameron Stewart, the comic takes place ten years after the events of the original Fight Club, when the unnamed narrator of the film is married to Marla Singer and suffering through the exact sort of tedious existence that he and his alter-ego railed against.

Now, thanks to our smoking-jacketed friends at Playboy, we can finally see exactly what the comic is going to be like in a six-page preview, where it is revealed that Palahniuk and Stewart are actually the same person. Uh... spoiler warning, I guess?

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