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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases for April 27 2016

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, “Which comic books should I be reading?” or, “I’m new to comics, what’s a good place to start?” The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

It’s with these challenges in mind that we’ve created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers and seasoned Wednesday shoppers alike can find our picks of the best books the medium has to offer.

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This Time It’s War: The Best Alien Fan Art Ever

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“In space, no one can hear you scream,” and the inky, blackness of space had never felt quite so cold and lonely and terrifying as it did in Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece, Alien. Part monster movie, part slasher horror, part locked door mystery, part human drama, Alien made working on a spaceship in the future seem as mundane as working on a slow-moving ocean freighter.

And then seven years later, James Cameron made Aliens and blew the doors off what we thought we expected from a sci-fi movie, as well as the Alien franchise, once again! To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Aliens, we've assembled some of the finest Xenomorph-related fan art we could find.

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Whoever Wins, We Win: A Brief History of Aliens vs Predator

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Ruthlessly efficient biological killing machines. Fascinatingly grotesque and bizarre extraterrestrial monsters. More than a match for an entire cast of human characters. And, most importantly, stars of 1980s 20th Century Fox-distributed films and licensed to Dark Horse Comics. These are the similarities that forged a decades-long bond between the Aliens and Predator franchises, linking them into a symbiotic relationship that has infested medium after medium, and lasted over 25 years now.

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If You Love Watching ‘Game Of Thrones’, Read These Comics Next

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Game of Thrones has returned, and though now in its sixth season, it remains one of the most riveting and talked about shows on television. Even after all this time and all this death, we’re still tuning in, hoping against hope that our faves don’t get brutally murdered, and maybe that someone rides on a dragon.

Fantasy stories have been appearing in comics since near the very beginning of the medium, and there are so many great stories and series to choose from for fans looking for more of a fantasy fix. We’ve picked out five of the best independent and creator-owned comics to keep you going through the week as you wait for more episodes of Game of Thrones.

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Send in the Marines: The Failed ‘Operation: Aliens’ Cartoon and the Kenner Toys it Inspired

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In 1977, Star Wars changed the game completely, not just for movies, but for toys as well. The impact of George Lucas' landmark sci-fi epic is well documented, but perhaps nobody knew just how vital to the industry Star Wars was than Kenner. As the sole licensed toy manufacturer at that time, Kenner was acutely aware of Star Wars' successes at retail. As such, the company was eager to line up licenses like Ridley Scott's Alien in an attempt to recapture that magic with a whole new audience and brand.

While a complete line-up for Alien toys was planned, including 3.75" figures much in the vein of Kenner's own Star Wars collectibles, only an 18" Xenmorph made it to market. But not for long. Deemed too scary and creepy to be a children's toy (which makes complete sense given HR Giger's design), the Alien toy was yanked from shelves. The rest of the Alien line never saw the light of day outside of Kenner's doors (though those designs were revived and released a few years ago by Super7 and Funko). Even with that misstep, Kenner hadn't given up on the idea of making the Alien franchise a Star Wars-like success.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases for April 20 2016

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, “Which comic books should I be reading?” or, “I’m new to comics, what’s a good place to start?” The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

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If You Love Watching ‘Supergirl’, Read These Comics Next

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CBS' Supergirl adaptation proved to be one of the highlights of the past year's season of television, packed with action, drama, excitement and a whole lot of heart. One of the best things about the show was that in a time where so many superhero adaptations are grim morality plays that pit friend against friend, Supergirl was a bright ray of sunshine that focused on the power of teamwork and the hidden strength in us all.

Last night saw the final episode of Supergirl's first season, and if you're still reeling and can't for season two, we've assembled a list of five of the best independent comics for you to try next that are fun, strong and powerful, just like Supergirl.

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Love Every Part Of Making Comics: Tyler Crook On His Art Process For ‘Harrow County’

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Last year Tyler Crook, artist on Harrow County at Dark Horse with writer Cullen Bunn, shared a series of process videos with ComicsAlliance, breaking down his pencilling, inking, and coloring as three time-lapse videos, and offering a look at just how he constructs a page --- and just how long it takes for a book like Harrow County to come to life.

With issue #11 of the series in stores now, Crook has returned to record another video of his artistic process --- and this time round, ComicsAlliance spoke to him about his work on the series, looking particularly at his working life as an artist. What's it like to be at that desk for hours on end, every day, and how does he approach an ongoing story like the dark, woodland horror of Harrow County?

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Dark Horse Announces ‘Bounty’ By Wiebe And Lee, New ‘Dredd’, ‘Tarzan’ Crossovers

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Crossovers are all the rage at Dark Horse this year, as the publisher announced two huge new miniseries at Emerald City Comicon this past weekend, mixing up its licensed properties with those of publishers such as Boom Studios and 2000 AD, with Judge Dredd crossing over with some familiar alien threats, and Tarzan paying a visit to a very familiar planet. Dark Horse also unveiled a brand new ongoing series from Rat Queens writer Kurtis Wiebe and newcomer Mindy Lee, which has been described as Rat Queens in space!

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‘Deadpool’ Director Says His R-Rated CGI Adaptation of ‘The Goon’ Is Still Alive

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You may recall a few years back, when Deadpool director Tim Miller released a proof-of-concept video for an R-rated CG-animated adaptation of Eric Powell’s beloved graphic novel The Goon. You may have also forgotten about it in the years since, but now that Miller delivered a record-breaking box office hit with another R-rated comic book adaptation, it looks like there’s been renewed interest in The Goon. While nothing is officially moving forward just yet, Miller seems pretty optimistic about its chances.

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