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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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Filed Under: Category: DC, News

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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Boom! Box To Publish ‘Cyanide And Happiness: Punching Zoo’ Collection

Cyanide and Happiness Punching Zoo

If you're anything like me, I'm sure that you've come to a time when you've said to yourself "Chris , I like print versions of webcomics about stick figures, but are there any out there that aren't just about math and fedoras, or dragons and dungeons?" We've all been there, right? And the answer, of course, is yes: There's Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker, Matt Melvin and Dave McElfatrick's Cyanide & Happiness, set to release its latest collection, Punching Zoo, in July from Boom! Studios and its Boom! Box imprint.

The collection will include a selection of "best of" strips that have run on the web and a solid handful of bonus features, but the big news here is that this is the first Cyanide & Happiness collection published by someone other than the creators.

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‘Green Lantern: The Animated Series’ Producer Giancarlo Volpe Explains Focus Groups In New Comic

Art by Giancarlo Volpe, http://giancarlovolpe.tumblr.com

In his time working in animation, Giancarlo Volpe has worked on some of my all-time favorite cartoons. As a writer, director and animator, he worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender (including directing the pretty phenomenal series finale), King of the Hill, and most recently as the director of the JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time movie. As a result, you'd think he'd know a little something about how to make an exciting and enjoyable animated series, right? But it seems that even he can learn a lot from a focus group!

At least, that was the opinion of the studio during Volpe's time as the showrunner for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, when he attended his first focus group run by the studio. On his tumblr, Volpe recounted the experience in the form of a comic featuring an appearance by Bruce Timm, and to say the least, it does not sound like a fun time. Read a few pages below!

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The X-Men Episode Guide 3×19: ‘Nightcrawler’

X-Men Episode Guide 3x19: Nightcrawler

The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series. This week, Nightcrawler shows up and Wolverine finds Jesus. Not even kidding.

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Barry Blankenship’s Posters Are Bright, Poppy And Awesome

Art by Barry Blankenship, barrytheartguy.com

I've been thinking a lot about picking up some new art lately to decorate these old walls. I mean, don't worry, that framed theatrical poster for The Goonies ain't going nowhere, but I've had it for years and it's getting a little stale. Perhaps the Gooies r only Good Enuf.

Either way, I'm seriously considering decking out every flat surface in this place with the art of Barry Blankenship. His work is beautifully bright, fantastically clever, focused on detailed, poppy representations of stuff like Monster Squad, Scott Pilgrim and, of course, the Batman, and that means it's right up my alley. Check out a few of my favorites from his gallery below!

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Filed Under: Category: Art, Culture

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