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The Transformed Man, Act 24: The One Where They Go To Earth

The Transformed Man, Act 24 - The One Where They Go To Earth

I've never liked the Transformers. The franchise didn't get its hooks into me as a kid, and while I've tried to give it a shot as an adult, it never really clicked. But now, with a recommendation from almost everyone I know and a well-timed Humble Bundle sale that left me with three years worth (and counting) of IDW's More Than Meets The Eye and Robots In Disguise comics, I'm going on a quest to see if these comics can turn me from someone who has never cared at all about Optimus Prime into someone who uses words like "Cybertron" and "alt-mode" with alarming regularity. And Primus help me, it's working.

This week, it's the final installment. We're all caught up, and the man stands transformed by his journey into comics about talking robots that turn into cars and planes.

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On The Cheap: Comixology’s ‘Batman’ Day Sale Has 1,001 Comics For A Buck Each (Literally)

Batman by Matt Wagner

Gather 'round, children, for Batman Day is once again upon us! Yes, it's that magical day in September (or sometimes June, and probably March) when we all put the teeth of criminals beneath our pillows so that Jolly St. Batman can drive down from the North Pole and leave Batarangs for the good children and severe beatings for the bad. Right? Is that how it works?
Listen, I'll level with you: I have no idea what the mechanics of Batman Day are actually meant to be, but I do know that the folks over at Comixology has offered up a gigantic sale to mark the occasion, featuring over a thousand comics dropped down to a dollar each. If you've got Bruce Wayne money, that's no problem, but if you need a guide, well, read on!

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Archie Brings Back The Teen Scene Investigators For A Digital Collection Of ‘Archie’s Mysteries’ [Preview]


Every time Archie announces a digital collection, I get more excited than I think anyone could reasonably expect, mainly because we've finally gotten to the point where they are unearthing some of the weirdest parts of the company's past and making them as easy to access as possible. Sure, those first few were just stories about Veronica's dad or whatever, but last time we got Jughead's Time Police and now? Now it's time for Archie's Mysteries, featuring the Teen Scene Investigators.

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Open This Chest To Reveal Your Destiny: An Interview With The Red And Pink Rangers Of ‘Power Rangers Dino Charge’

Power Rangers Dino Charge promo art

If you've been paying attention, you've probably already figured out that I'm a pretty big fan of the Power Rangers, and with that love comes a whole lot of questions about how that show works. This week, with Power Rangers Dino Charge returning to Saturday afternoons on Nickelodeon, I had the chance to talk to two members of the current cast to finally get my answers: Brennan Mejia, who plays Tyler, the Red Ranger, and Camille Hyde, who plays Shelby, the Pink Ranger.

Over the course of the interview, Mejia and Hyde talk to us about interacting with fans, their subtle tributes to Japan's Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, and --- in what I can assure you is something you're going to want to read --- the truly amazing audition process for becoming a Power Ranger.

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The Original Concept Art For ‘Pokemon’ Is The Most Important Historical Document Of Our Time

Original Pokémon concept art

There are few things in this world that I am more interested in than the history of Pokémon. They are, after all, the single most important thing in the world, helping us with every aspect our lives --- as long as the most important aspects of our lives involve running around fighting organized crime at the age of ten and making our pets fight each other so that they can double in size, turn into lamps or, in some cases, sprout literal guns from their shoulders.

But I'm getting off track here. The point is that the history of Pokémon is fascinating stuff, which is why I was so excited to find's collection of original art and design documents for the franchise.

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Zombies, Aliens, And Magician Murder Take Center Stage In ’2000 AD’ #1950 [Preview]


It was only a few days ago that we brought you the news that Chris Burnham would be providing an extremely violent cover for 2000 AD prog 1950, but there was another piece of the story that you might have missed on account of being distracted by Judge Dredd blowing people's fingers off right there on the cover. Every now and then, 2000 AD will take the opportunity to give readers a new jumping on point, and when #1950 hits shelves on September 30, it will have four brand-new stories. Check out a preview.

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Ranger Station Episode 6: Food Fight

Ranger Station Episode 6: Food Fight

With almost 800 episodes over the course of 22 years, the Power Rangers television show is arguably the single most successful live-action superhero franchise of all time, and certainly one of the strangest. Adapted from Japan's long-running Super Sentai series, created by manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori, the Power Rangers combined the giant robots and monsters of their Japanese counterpart with a completely different set of secret identities and problems, and became a pop cultural phenomenon. That's why we're looking back with an in-depth guide to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, including its source material, Kyuoryu Sentai Zyuranger, in ComicsAlliance's Ranger Station!

This week, the Pudgy Pig goes on a rampage, and Zyuranger gets weird. Really weird.

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Bill Finger To Receive Credit On ‘Gotham’ And ‘Batman V Superman’

Bill Finger by Ty Templeton
Bill Finger by Ty Templeton

For the past 75 years, every Batman story across all media has carried one --- and only one --- credit with regards to the character's origin: "Batman created by Bob Kane." Now, that's going to change.

Today, DC Entertainment announced that when Gotham returns to television next week, and when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters next year, they'll both feature a credit for Bill Finger, who co-created Batman with Kane in 1939 and was responsible for some of the most enduring elements of the character.

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Nuclear-Powered Helicopter Action Is Finally Here In ‘Airwolf: Airstrikes’ [Preview]


With the possible exception of Shogun Assassin 2: Lightning Swords of Death, I'm not sure there's anything in the history of our language that has a better name than Airwolf. There are thrills to be found in the word itself, and once you get to the part where it's actually the name of a nuclear-powered stealth helicopter that ran explosive secret missions for four seasons on network television, well, of course it was. How could that word describe anything else?

And now, Airwolf is back --- in comic book form! Next week sees the release of Airwolf: Airstirkes Vol. 1, a new collection of helicopter action stories from an impressive roster of creators, including Barbara Kesel, Mike Baron and Marc Andreyko --- and you can check out a preview below!

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Ask Chris #258: Why ‘Superman: The Animated Series’ Is The Underappreciated Gem Of The DCAU

Background art from Superman: The Animated Series

Q: How do you feel about Superman: The Animated Series? A faithful adaptation that distills the Superman mythos the same way as Batman: TAS? -- @Trilby64

A: Superman: The Animated Series is great, which is one of the reasons that it's so weird that nobody ever really talks about how great it is. Even here at ComicsAlliance, when I was looking for things to dive into for an in-depth episode guide, it never even came up for consideration --- but to be honest, a lot of that was because there's not a whole lot to make fun of in that series. It synthesized one of the best versions of Superman ever brought to any medium, and it did it with an incredible style that was well done on pretty much every level.

There's just one big problem: It's not Batman.

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