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‘Convergence’ Week Two” Azbats, Gen 13, Kingdom Come’, Other Things Everyone Definitely Loves

Batman: Shadow of the Bat, DC Comics

Over the past couple of weeks, DC Comics' Convergence event has resulted in some of the most exciting and most bizarre announcements since the company threw out their previous shared universe canon in favor of the "New 52" reboot -- especially since the core idea of next April's big crossover is that they're bringing back a bunch of the versions of characters that they got rid of for a big battle against the new batch. Last week was particularly enticing for long-time fans, teasing us with Greg Rucka's return to writing Renee Montoya in The Question and Gail Simone going back to the fan-favorite pairing of Nightwing/Oracle.

This week, they've attempted to top that with a whole new roster of books, and this time they're set in a pre-Flashpoint Metropolis. The second week's launches will see the return of characters from 1996's Kingdom Come and the landmark Justice League International, plus Louise Simonson writing Steel. Of course, we're also getting Azrael and the return of Larry Hama to writing Batman, so someone out there needs to stop wishing on the Monkey's Paw already.

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Bizarro Back Issues: The Flash In ‘Death And Taxes’ (1991)

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A few years back, when there was first talk about a TV show based on The Flash, I remember hearing people say that the character could get a stronger foothold with the American public in a time when shows like CSI were so popular. The argument was that people would have an easier time getting their heads around the idea that Barry Allen was a police scientist, and that blew my mind. I mean, is the day job really the thing that people should be interested in when they're watching The Flash? Isn't the part where he can run super-fast and fight guys with ice guns the more important part of that whole franchise?

Besides, I think we can all agree that it was way better back in 1991, when the Flash worked for the IRS as the world's first superhero taxman.

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Ichabod & Abbie Fight A Tree In ‘Sleepy Hollow’ #2 (It’s More Exciting Than It Sounds)

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I love Sleepy Hollow, and while my favorite thing about the show is definitely the character moments between Ichabod and Abbie -- especially Ichabod's continuing frustration with life in the 21st century -- I really love all the bad guys, too. Shape-shifting succubi, zombie cops, actual satans and, of course, a headless horseman who walks around blowing things away with an M-16 in each hand like he's holding the bridge at Gjallerbru. They're great, and this week in Boom's Sleepy Hollow comic, Marguerite Bennett and Jorge Coelho are adding a new and terrifying villain to the roster as Ichabod and Abbie fight... a tree.

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Funky Dick: ‘Funky Winkerbean’ And ‘Dick Tracy’ Are Crossing Over In January

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For some reason, Variety, the Hollywood newspaper known mainly for a tendency to go hard on pun headlines, did a piece today on the endless march of depression that is Funky Winkerbean and how the creeping despair that infests every inch of Westview is actually something of a blessing for the floundering newspaper comics page. It's an interesting take on a brand of misery that we've become pretty familiar with over the years here at ComicsAlliance, but buried towards the end of the article is one of the most exciting announcements I've seen all year:

"In January, Funky characters are slated to meet Dick Tracy, who is published by a different syndicate, the result of a meeting with Dick Tracy artist Joe Staton at a comics convention."

Please, Santa Claus, if you're listening, let this be a story about Dick Tracy being called in to investigate the murder of Les Moore.

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The X-Men Episode Guide 5×14: ‘Graduation Day,’ The Series Finale

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From 1992 to 1997, the X-Men animated series aired on Fox, giving Marvel Comics in all their convoluted, continuity-heavy glory a foothold in mass media and giving a generation of fans a window into one of the hottest comics ever at the peak of its popularity. From bizarre adaptations of key X-Men storylines to faithful adapations of some of the weirdest and most complex stories the merry mutants had to offer, it was one of the most important comics-based television shows of all time, which is why we've dedicated this time every week to an in-depth guide to every single episode of the series.

This week, that episode guide finally comes to an end with "Graduation Day," where mutant rebellion sweeps the globe, and An X-Man Dies! Sort of!

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Lumberjanes Get Astronomically Adventurous In First Arc Finale [Preview]

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Some of you may remember that Lumberjanes, easily one of our favorite comics of the year, was originally slated to be an eight-issue miniseries. Fortunately for everyone, it was upgraded to an ongoing by virtue of being completely rad, but next week marks the release of the eighth issue of the series from Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen, closing out the first arc of friendship, merit badges, and creepy, creepy woods. And as you might expect for the start of a final chapter, things are not looking so good for our heroines.

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Mondo Offers Die-Cut Vinyl Of Danny Elfman’s ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Theme

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Mondo, you are killing me with this.

As part of their year-long celebration of Batman's 75th Anniversary, Mondo has produced an art show, posters, and a truly beautiful soundtrack album that sold out of all five designs at San Diego, and now, they're giving me the most compelling reason yet to get into vinyl: a die-cut single of Danny Elfman's theme from Batman: The Animated Series. I definitely do not need this because I don't even own a record player, but y'all... it's shaped like a bat. How can I not get this?

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Ask Chris #220: Catwoman And The Villainous Love Interest

Ask Chris art by Erica Henderson

Q: What are your thoughts on Catwoman and how her role has evolved over time? It's unique, isn't it? -- @spudsfan

A: Here's a warning that you're about to read way too many words on what looks like a simple question: Yes and no.

It's not going to surprise anyone when i say that I love Catwoman as a character, and a lot of that comes from how adaptable she is. In her long history, she's been one of the few characters who's been able to transition from villain to hero and back again, and she has a relationship with Batman that has allowed for both characters to grow in ways that no other character has, or even could. But at the same time, she's probably the single most successful example of a cliché that bugs me to no end: The Villainous Love Interest.

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The Batgirl Of Burnside Gets Her Own ‘Black & White’ Statue From DC Collectibles

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I've always been a pretty big fan of DC Collectibles' line of Batman: Black and White statues. Like the comic series of the same name, they put the spotlight onto visionary artists' distinctive interpretations of the character, and the results have been pretty awesome. Over the years, being invited to design a statue for the line has become a prestigious achievement and recognition of creating a memorable vision of the Dark Knight.

Now, though, after offering up stylish Black and White versions of characters like the Joker, Harley Quinn and even the Penguin, the line is expanding with its first ever Batgirl statue -- and it's based on Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr's new Batgirl of Burnside design.

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Image’s Variant Covers Will Look Especially Wicked + Divine In December

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I'm going to go ahead and assume that you've all been reading The Wicked + The Divine, because it is amazing and since you're currently reading ComicsAlliance, I already know that you're a person with taste. With that being the case, you may have noticed that one of the most distinct parts of the book has been the covers, where artist Jamie McKelvie and colorist Matt Wilson (not to be confused with our own prodigious Arrow recapper) have been doing striking portraits of the cast's faces.

It's a pretty great look, and next month, they'll be expanding that style to the rest of Image's lineup, providing WicDiv-style variant covers for six of Image's titles, marking new series and new story arcs.

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