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Interesting Timing: Arthur Wyatt On ‘Dredd: Urban Warfare’ [Interview]

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2012's Dredd was easily one of the best comic book movies of all time, and it's a testament to just how good it was that it left fans wanting more --- not just from Judge Dredd in general, but from that particular version of the character, portrayed by actor Karl Urban. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like we're going to be getting another big-screen take soon, but the good news is that there are some pretty awesome stories set in the movie's universe.

This week sees the release of Dredd: Urban Warfare, the cleverly named collection of three movie-verse stories that originally ran in the pages of Judge Dredd Megazine. To mark the occasion, we spoke to writer Arthur Wyatt about his work with Henry Flint and Paul Davidson, how they nudged the movie's take a little closer to sci-fi, and the interesting timing of a story about crooked police provoking riots.

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Nominees For First Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award Include ‘Shaft,’ ‘Ms. Marvel’ And More

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Next Saturday at the Long Beach Comic Expo the first ever winner of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity will be named, and today the organizers revealed an impressive roster of nominees that includes a tribute to the first Chinese-American superhero, a blaxploitation revival, and the most prominent Muslim superhero in North American comics.

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Matt Wagner Resurrects ‘The Spirit’ at Dynamite

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Every now and then, an announcement comes along that seems so perfectly natural that you start to wonder why it hasn't happened before. Case in point: Dynamite announced today that they are reviving Will Eisner's The Spirit as an ongoing series written and drawn by Matt Wagner, set to launch at this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego.

The Spirit is, of course, one of the most groundbreaking comics of all time, originally appearing as a newspaper strip that in many ways reads like it was 20 years ahead of its time (while also, it should be noted, featuring the problematic elements of its era). With over 30 years of experience writing and drawing some of the best comics around, Wagner is a natural choice to put his spin on the character.

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Five Reasons To Read Simonson, Martin, And Workman’s ‘Ragnarok’

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I like to think I do a pretty good job keeping up with what's out on the stands, but somehow, some way, I managed to completely miss IDW's Ragnarok from Walt Simonson, Laura Martin, and John Workman, until just this week --- and believe me, I'm kicking myself for it. Ragnarok offers action-packed high adventure and sweeping storytelling from some of my favorite creators in comics, with a story that hooked me from the first page.

Of course, the bright side to coming late to the book is that I managed to catch up on the first three issues all at once rather than wait, and with how much I loved it, I'm pretty sure the bimonthly schedule that the book seems to be on would've been a nightmare. If you've been on the fence about picking up Ragnarok, here's five good reasons to give it a shot.

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Can You Say No To A Year of Graphic Novels for $75? Retrofit Offers Subscription Service

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If we're going to be honest with each other, I'm going to go ahead and admit that I am a fundamentally lazy person. Sure, I'll leave the house for the essentials, like food or comic books, but in a perfect world, those things would just show up at my front door, as though magic was involved.

Fortunately, we are inching ever closer to that beautiful world, thanks to an interesting new service from Retrofit that allows readers to subscribe to year's worth of the publisher's comics, including full-length graphic novels and an art book, for $75, including new work from Box Brown, Maré Odomo and more.

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Emerald City’s ‘GI Joe: A Real American Hero’ #212 Variant Features Every Cobra Ever

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I try to keep it pretty quiet, but I love GI Joe. At the risk of sounding unpatriotic, I especially love their enemies, the forces of Cobra. I mean, sure, the Joes are America's daring, highly trained special missions force, but Cobra? That bunch of ruthless capitalists has a cadre of evil ninjas, a transforming castle and a dude who can telepathically control crocodiles. What's not to love? Aside from the part where they want to blow up the world, I mean.

In any case, my love of Cobra has made me pretty excited about Adam Riches' variant cover for IDW's GI Joe: A Real American Hero #212, drawn for Clearwater, Florida's Emerald City Comics, which features every single member of the evil organization from its thirty-year history. Yes: all of them.

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‘Batman Unlimited’ Is Getting Weirder With A Robot Dinosaur That Eats Criminals

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Somehow, Batman Unlimited just keeps getting weirder.

It started as just a line of action figures with an almost infuriatingly off-model bat-symbol, and last week, we told you about the upcoming animated movie based on the toys in which Batman and his pals fight a bunch of animal-themed villains with the help of a robot panther that turns into a motorcycle. I honestly didn't think it could get any stranger than that, but this week at the New York Toy Fair, they went a whole lot further when Mattel introduced plans for this year's line of toys, which include Batman riding CybeRex, a robotic tyrannosaurus that eats criminals.

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‘Usagi Yojimbo’ Is Finally Returning In May And Yes, There Will Be Ninjas

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Here's the best news you'll hear all week: After a three-year hiatus, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo is finally returning to shelves this May!

If you've never read it, I imagine this marks a great place to jump on, and that's something you should definitely do. Over the past 30 years, Usagi has consistently been one of the greatest comics of all time, with a level of craftsmanship and skill that goes beyond virtually everything else out there with a combination of adventure, comedy and incredibly compelling relationships. Like, for instance, the one at the center of the new story, which finds the wandering samurai teaming up with his friend, a thief, to battle a ninja who wants to recover something she stole at all costs.

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The Batman 66 Episode Guide 1×13: The Thirteenth Hat

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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 Mad Hatter is out for revenge on a Baker's Dozen of Gotham Citizens... Including Batman!

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IDW Announces A Hardcover Collection For Alex Toth’s ‘Bravo For Adventure’

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Alex Toth is one of the most influential creators in comic book history, with a career that stretched from Golden Age superheroes to masterpieces of war stories to the world of animation, where he created characters like Space Ghost and Birdman. As a result, you don't often run across something new from his considerable library, but this week, IDW announced that they are unearthing one of his rarely seen classic stories for a new hardcover: Bravo For Adventure.

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