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The 10 Best Stories From DC’s Original ‘Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight’ Series

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Last week saw the release of DC’s Legends of the Dark Knight 100-Page Super-Spectacular #1, collecting two stories from the digital-first series in an oversized single issue. While it could really use a smaller price tag ($9.99!) and a snappier title, it marks the temporary return to print of one of the best Batman books of the last twenty years.

Launched in 1989, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight featured rotating creative teams, self-contained stories (for the most part: LOTDK was drawn into the KnightsEnd and No Man’s Land blockbusters), and healthy amounts of psychological themes. Unhindered by current goings-on and able to move freely throughout continuity, creators brought their A-games to Legends, and over the decades, the title spawned several Batman tales now considered to be classics, and several more that should be. These are my picks for the best stories in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 Recap, Episode 8: ‘Too Far Gone’ [Spoilers]

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Season four of The Walking DeadAMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner Award-winning Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and drawn by Charlie Adlard, is underway. ComicsAlliance’s John Parker will be following along all season to see who lives, who dies, and who gets to drive a tank.

Last week, The Governor surrendered to his inner psychopath and hijacked the leadership of Team Winnebago, nabbing himself a tank. In “Too Far Gone,” he used that tank to destroy all our ridiculous notions of love and hope.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 Recap, Episode 7: ‘Dead Weight’ [SPOILERS]

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Season four of The Walking DeadAMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner Award-winning Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and drawn by Charlie Adlard, is underway. ComicsAlliance's John Parker will be following along all season to see who lives, who dies, and who succumbs to their own dark natures.

Last week The Governor tried to walk the straight and narrow path of an honest family man. This week, he tried for a few minutes.

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Comics Alliance Recaps ‘The Walking Dead’ Ep. 4.06: ‘Live Bait’ [Spoilers]

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Season four of The Walking DeadAMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner-winning Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and drawn by Charlie Adlard, is now six episodes deep. And even though the Kansas City Chiefs are playing the most important game of their season at the same time, John Parker is still doing the recap. It's his own minor apocalypse.

After The Governor appeared briefly at the end of last week’s episode, many fans had to be wondering what he’s been up to the last several months. After “Live Bait,” they’re still wondering.

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Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s ‘Violent Cases’ Launched The Careers Of Two Comic Book Icons [Review]

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Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean have each earned a level of success that goes way beyond comics. Gaiman is practically a household name these days, to the point where even my grandmother is familiar with his work. Dave McKean’s art is known throughout the western world. But it doesn’t have much to do with comics. It’s the other stuff that’s gotten them where they are -- the prose novels, Doctor Who, children’s books, advertising, album covers, and film projects. There are plenty of people who know of Gaiman or McKean but don’t know anything about comics. Comics can only provide some fame, and the levels of notoriety that Gaiman and McKean have surpass the borders of our little area of popular culture. But it began with comics.

Specifically, It began with Violent Cases.

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Comics Alliance Recaps ‘The Walking Dead’ Ep. 4.05: ‘Internment’ [Spoilers]

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Season four of The Walking DeadAMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner-winning Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and drawn by Charlie Adlard, is well underway. While the survivors grapple with the apocalypse and each other, ComicsAlliance’s John Parker will be following along all season to see who lives, who dies, and who earns a deeper understanding of sacrifice, because it's just that kind of show.

Last week, Rick left Carol in both a literal and physical cul-de-sac, and there was a lot of talking, mostly about how everybody was changing and nobody liked it. This week, the prison stands on its last legs, the flu takes down lots of people we don't really care about, walkers mob the fences, and Hershel finally gets his much-deserved dap.

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Comics Alliance Recaps ‘The Walking Dead’ Episode 4.04: ‘Indifference’ [Spoilers]

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Season four of The Walking DeadAMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner-winning Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and drawn by Charlie Adlard, is underway. While the survivors grapple with the apocalypse and each other, ComicsAlliance’s John Parker will be following along all season to see who lives, who dies, and who gets stomped into a pile of meat.

Last week: the flu continued to wreak havoc in the prison, an away team went on a quest for antibiotics, and Carol proved that she's willing to do whatever it takes to keep her people safe. Also, George Romero took a giant, steaming dump on Robert Kirkman's childhood dreams. This week, Rick and Carol go for a drive, everybody is consumed with something, and there's a lot of talking. It's pretty emo.

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DeConnick And Rios Weave Eastern Myths Into A Western Tale In ‘Pretty Deadly’ #1 [Review]

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It’s a rare thrill and kind of a pain when you come across a comic that so stubbornly defies explanation it easily wriggles out from the grasp of any words that you hope to entangle it with. Such is the case with Pretty Deadly, the new Image series by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Ríos, and Jordie Bellaire. I’ve already written and undone four descriptions, wincing every time I found my fingers typing words like “mashup” or “genre-bending,” then leaning on the DEL key to undo my lame attempts to classify such a mercurial book. So let’s try this: Pretty Deadly is an Eastern myth incubated in a Western womb; a story within a story within a story; a dark fairytale about bad men, worse women, and Deadface Ginny, the reaper of vengeance, the daughter of Death. Commence head-banging now.

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Comics Alliance Recaps ‘The Walking Dead’ Ep. 4.03: ‘Isolation’ [Spoilers]

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Season four of The Walking DeadAMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner-winning Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and drawn by Charlie Adlard is underway. While the survivors grapple with the apocalypse and each other, ComicsAlliance’s John Parker will be following along all season to see who lives, who dies, and who bleeds from all their orifices.

In last week’s episode, a deadly flu virus spread through the prison, walkers got in, illusions of youth were shattered, and two mysteries were introduced: who is feeding the walkers, and who set fire to two infected survivors?

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Brubaker and Epting’s ‘Velvet’: The Super-Spy Done Right [Review]

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When Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting relaunched Captain America in 2004, they came to the book eager to return the elements of espionage that had been largely absent from the title for years. While most of what we remember are the big events – Bucky’s return, Steve Rogers’ assassination – it was really the spy aspect that drove the story, the behind-the-scenes machinations that made the book so incredibly tense. Now, with Velvet #1 from Image Comics, the team reunite (with Bettie Breitweiser on colors) for another trip into the shadows, a taut thriller about spies, double-crosses, and a middle-aged secretary who’s much more dangerous than she seems to be.

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