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Tony Isabella Speaks About DC’s Upcoming ‘Black Lightning’ Paperback: ‘Let’s Just Call It A Good Start’

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If you're the kind of person who keeps an eye on Amazon to see what paperbacks and hardcovers are coming out before they get their official solicitations, then you might have noticed that DC has a collection of the original 1977 Black Lightning series on the schedule for next spring. And, if you're the kind of person who's been keeping up with Tony Isabella, the writer who originated Black Lightning (with artistic input from Trevor von Eden, Bob Rozakis and Joe Orlando), that might be a little surprising.

Isabella has had a pretty rocky relationship with DC over the past twenty years, and a big sticking point has been the lack of a reprint for either the original series or Isabella's return to the character in the mid-'90s. Now it seems like things are starting to work out. In response to the announcement of the paperback, Isabella has written about recent interactions with DC, and refers to their discussions as "a good start."

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‘Arrow’ Season 4 Adds a Baron Blitzkrieg for Our First Flashback Clue

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Arrow Season 4 hasn’t exactly been shy with its casting details, though the fourth year flashbacks have been somewhat shrouded in mystery. Now, British actor Jimmy Akingbola has joined in the flashback role of DC villain Baron Blitzkrieg, but what might it mean for Oliver’s latest expositionary chapter?

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Trans Formation: Remembering Comics’ Fantastical Gender-Fluid Characters

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My earliest encounters with transgender characters came in Vertigo comics in the mid-90’s, especially Wanda in Sandman and Coagula in Doom Patrol. Wanda dresses a bit like a drag queen (and dies a tragic death), and Coagula is a sex worker, but they both felt like real people, which is not how I’d ever previously been encouraged to view trans people in any medium. Growing up, reading comics has always played a role in my understanding of my own identity and worldview. I certainly wouldn’t say comics had an effect on my gender, but they definitely affected my understanding of gender.

Recently, I’ve been wanting to look back farther than Wanda and Coagula and the mid-90’s. Amidst recent discussions of trans representation in comics, I’ve found myself thinking about what preceded trans characters in comics, before there was any chance of them existing.

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25 Greatest Animated Comic Book Covers

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Comic covers are meant to get their message across in a single striking image, with the implication of movement provided only by the reader's imagination. We see the single frozen moment; our brain tells the story. Yet some talented digital artists have discovered that there's some fun to be had in animating these images and providing just a little more movement to the moment. We've collected some of our favorite examples of animated comic covers from the past few years, from an endlessly recursive Batman to a lolling Hobbes; from a struggling Spider-Man to a spinning Justice League.

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Michael Chiklis Joins ‘Gotham’ as Season 2 Regular, For Some Reason

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FOX’s Gotham proved somewhat light on announcements at Comic-Con 2015, the only major casting since a questionable love interest for Bruce, but now the GCPD has a major new Shield on the force. Hot off the Freak Show, Vick Mack - er, Michael Chiklis will clean up Gotham city streets as a Season 2 Regular.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For July 22 2015

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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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Filed Under: Category: Archie, Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Lists, Marvel

‘Arrow’ Season 4 Will Introduce White Canary Before ‘Legends of Tomorrow’

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The moment DC’s Legends of Tomorrow entered development, Arrow fans scratched their heads at the inclusion of Caity Lotz’s (then-deceased) Sara Lance, before it became official that a Lazarus Pit would give birth to the “White Canary.” Now, we’ve learned that Arrow Season 4 will deal directly with Sara’s return first, building to a crossover event that leads into Legends of Tomorrow.

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12 Facts You May Not Know About ‘The Dark Knight Returns’

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Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite characters in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at The Dark Knight Returns, the critically acclaimed and best-selling Batman mini-series that seems to be serving as inspiration for Batman v Superman. Find out how Frank Miller's lack of concern for Batman continuity affected Jim Gordon's marriage, how Love and Rockets affected the series, and just why licken chegs don't shiv, mon, as well as several other equally interesting facts.

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Gallery: Best Cyborg Art Ever

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Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Cyborg has slowly moved up the ranks in the DC Universe, growing from Teen Titan into a fully-fledged member of the Justice League. To mark the launch of his new solo series from David F. Walker, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Adriano Lucas, we've collected some of the best Cyborg art ever.

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Ranking Every Superhero Movie Post-Credits Scene

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As Ant-Man opens in theaters, we’re once again reminded to keep our big superhero-loving butts in our seats throughout the duration of any comic-book movie’s closing credits. (For Ant-Man specifically, you’re going to want to stay all the way to the very end, for an extra post-credits scene.) It’s become a superhero movie staple to have a scene tacked on to the end of the film that either teases an upcoming sequel or spinoff, pays off an unresolved storyline, or just sprinkles on one last dash of humor. We’ve gone through all the superhero post-credits scenes that have ever made their way to the big screen to rank them.

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Filed Under: Category: DC, Galleries, Lists, Marvel

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