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‘Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite’ Is A World’s Finest Team Up Tale [Review]

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It's a testament to how well-made the video game Lego Batman 2: Superheroes Unite is that large chunks of the "story" scenes can be repurposed and matched with new material so seamlessly that it's difficult to tell that any part of the new direct-to-DVD movie Lego Batman: The Movie -- DC Superheroes Unite was ever intended for anything other than a slick computer-animated movie.

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Lucy Knisley’s ‘Relish’ Is A Satisfying Comics Meal

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The front cover of Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, the new memoir by Lucy Knisley of French Milk fame, bears a pretty killer blurb from Alison Bechdel, whose years of Dykes to Watch Out For and her breakout hit Fun Home have made her something akin to the grand dame of memoir comics: "Step aside, Joy of Cooking."

Bechdel's blurb may be more braggadocio than brass tacks. Irma S. Rombauer's iconic, seminal cookbook isn't going anywhere,

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‘Nemo: Heart of Ice’ Is ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’, Streamlined [Review]

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There's a downside to being a fictional character in heroic literature, aside from being beholden to the whims of an author or the deadly danger a character is so often subjected to. The role requires a certain remove from the rest of humanity, and warm, reciprocal relationships with others. To s

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‘The Art of Betty and Veronica’ Takes a Historical View of Comics’ Frenemy Fashionistas

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It's an age old question...or, at least, a 70-year-old question: Betty or Veronica?

The two female points of the love triangle at the very center of publisher Archie Comics have always formed a sort of either/or dichotomy for those male readers envious of Archie Andrews' predicament, being seemingly forced to choose between two ideal girlfriends of opposite natures. When those male readers ask

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Surrender Yourself To The Siren Song Of Mark Siegel’s ‘Sailor Twain’ [Review]

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In the late 19th century, about the time during which Mark Siegel's new graphic novel Sailor Twain, or, The Mermaid of The Hudson is set, American critics and thinkers started talking about "the Great American Novel," in response to England's dominance of English-language literature.

The Great American Novel, it was believed, would be one that captured and contained the spirit of the

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President Obama As You’ve Never Seen Him In Steven Weissman’s Bizarre ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ [Interview]

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Steven Weissman is best known for comics about weird little kids like his late-'90s Little Rascals-by-way-of-Universal-monsters comic Yikes, and collections of strips featuring the cute, chubby children composed of thin, sharp, harsh-looking lines. These include the Fantagraphics-published Mean and Don't Call Me Stupid.

In 2009, Weissman sta

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New Superman Exhibit Celebrates The Man Of Steel’s Cleveland Roots

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Krypton, Smallville, Metropolis and Cleveland are all famous homes to Superman. The only one of those four locales you can can actually visit (by virtue of it being a real place and all) is Cleveland, Ohio, and, ironically,

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The Many Loves of Wonder Woman: A Brief History Of The Amazing Amazon’s Love Life

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Wonder Woman and Superman have long seemed like they'd make a nice match -- they both have blue eyes and blue-black hair, they're both superheroes with similar powers, they wear matching costumes. But maybe they look a little too much alike to work? In any case, since one or both of them are usually romantically entangled elsewhe

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The Many Loves Of Superman: A Brief History Of The Man Of Steel’s Love Life

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Last week DC Comics announced that Superman and Wonder Woman would lock lips in the upcoming Justice League #12, and unlike their previous lip-locks (like the one above, from John Byrne and George Perez's Action Comics #600 in 1988), this one would lead to an actual relationship, making them the DC Universe's premiere super-power couple.

Wonder Woman and Superman have long seemed like they'd make a nice match -- they both have blue eyes and blue-black hair, they're both superheroes with similar powers, they wear matching costumes. But maybe they look a little too much ali

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Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor Build an Ideal Batman Story in ‘Death By Design’

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This summer audiences are seeing two very different takes on the Batman character and his story that rather radically depart from the one that appears in DC Comics' regular publishing line. The company rel

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