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Ask Chris #323: Like The Batmobile, But Funnier

Ask Chris #324, background art by Dick Sprang

Q: Where does the Jokermobile fit in Batman’s canon? Is it a necessary piece of their rivalry? — @thybmb

A: Okay, the way I see it, there are really two questions here. The first is a pretty easy one, too: No. Strictly speaking, the Jokermobile is by no means necessary, and there's nothing that it adds to or illuminates about the enmity between Batman and the Joker that you can't get elsewhere, especially when it comes to characters who are built far more explicitly around the idea of mimicking Batman's approach to crime fighting.

The second question is one that's more implicit in the fact that you asked: Can I write an entire column about how the Joker used to ride around Gotham City in a car with his own face on it? And, c'mon. It's me we're talking about here.

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‘Dick Tracy’ Is Hanging Out With The Spirit (And More) In The Crossover Of The Year 2K17

Dick Tracy, by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis

While it's often overlooked from readers --- like me --- who tend to focus on monthly superhero titles, the Dick Tracy newspaper comic strip has been steadily chugging along as one of the most entertaining stories in the medium. It's consistently surprising and entertaining, and part of that comes from the fact that Joe Staton and Mike Curtis are always finding something new and innovative to do with their story. Like, say, providing readers with some of the most unexpected crossovers in comics.

They've done it before, but now, they're kicking off 2017 with what will undoubtedly stand as the crossover of the year, as Dick Tracy meets up with The Spirit --- yes, Will Eisner's The Spirit -- to fight immortality crimes. And that's just the start of it.

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‘Watchmen’ Is Back In POG Form As Batman And Flash Investigate ‘The Button’ In April

The Button, DC Comics

In April, Batman and Flash will be crossing over for a four-part adventure called "The Button," where the Dark Knight and the Fastest Man Alive dive into the mystery of how the Comedian's bloodstained button from Watchmen wound up embedded in the stone walls of the Batcave.

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‘Young Justice’ Episode Guide: Season 1, Episodes 17-18: ‘Disordered’ / ‘Secrets’

Teenage 'Kicks #9: 'Disordered' and 'Secrets'

How do you do, fellow teens? Because you demanded it, Young Justice is returning for a third season in 2017, and that means that there's no better time to get caught up on the first two seasons. Elle Collins, who has seen the entire show and likes it a lot, and Chris Sims, who hated the pilot and never went back, are sitting down to watch the entire series before it makes its triumphant return.

This week, try the Boom Tube --- if you dare! And also Secret shows up, I guess. "Disordered" was written by Andrew R. Robinson, directed by Michael Chang, and originally aired on November 11, 2011. "Secrets" was written by Peter David, directed by Jay Oliva, and originally aired on November 18, 2011.

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Aric Fights His Way To The Top In ‘X-O Manowar’ #2 [Preview]

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The high concept behind X-O Manowar has always been the book's biggest strengths, but when the series returns for its new volume in 2017, Matt Kindt, Tomas Giorello, and Diego Rodriguez are diving into the nature of his story in a way that I don't think we've ever seen.

The ongoing series will feature four distinct arcs that will chart Aric of Dacia's rise on an alien planet: "Soldier," "General," "Emperor," and finally to "Visigoth." Now, with the debut of the series slated for March, we're getting an early look at X-O Manowar #2 --- and unsurprisingly, it looks like it's going to be pretty brutal. Check it out below!

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Bizarro Back Issues: The Quest For The Moonpenguin! (1989)

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #12, IDW

Despite its reputation as something that its players take very seriously and often get obsessed with --- occasionally to the point of falling in with actual demons and casting a mind-bondage spell on your father to get the latest manuals --- Dungeons & Dragons tends to flourish when it embraces its silliness. I mean, even at its most dire, even when the fate of the multiverse is in the balance, it's still the same game that brought you that most fearsome product of magic gone mad, the Owlbear.

Unfortunately, the fiction that goes along with it doesn't always have the same kind of jokes that you get when you're rolling dice around the table. That's why I appreciated "Catspaw," a four-part story from 1989's Advanced Dungeons & Dragons comic, in which the cast of hearty adventurers falls all over themselves and screws up constantly as they try to recover a mystical artifact known as... The Moonpenguin.

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Shadowman Returns In ‘Divinity III: Shadowman And The Battle Of New Stalingrad’ #1 [Preview]

Divinity III: Shadowman and the Battle Of New Stalingrad #1, Valiant Entertainment

Shadowman had his own ongoing series with a new take on magic and mysticism early in Valiant's relaunch back in 2012, but after that title ended, he's been conspicuous by his absence. Now, with Divinity III rewriting the Valiant universe with a new history where the Soviet Union took over the world, the stage is set for Shadowman's return and a supernatural battle for the fate of New Stalingrad --- or as we might know it in this timeline, New York City. Check out a first look below!

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