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‘Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2′ Vs. ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’

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Forget Iron Man vs. Captain America, this real video game battle this week is between Marvel and DC.

With today's release of "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2," easily one of the most coveted (by comic fans) video game releases of the year, it has to be asked: Will the title outsell "Batman: Arkham Asylum?" in its opening week?

"Arkham Asylum" has done some pretty impressive numbers since its debut last month, and what's more, it's achieved wid

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NASA Needs Superman

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Yesterday's news that NASA doesn't have the dough to properly monitor for potentially deadly space rocks was probably a bummer to non-comic book readers.

But for me?

It's just business as usual. Seriously, even if NASA knew some "A

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Remembering Wieringo: My Favorite Comic Moments

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Comics lost one of its most celebrated creators on this day two years ago, and with that in mind, I wanted to remember Mike Wieringo for his contributions to the medium and their impact on my reading habits over the years

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What A Difference A Space Can Make: Miracle Man Vs. Miracleman Vs. Marvelman

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In the wake of Marvel Comics' acquisition of Marvelman (better known as Miracleman to American readers), the greater fan discussion has been principally rooted in issues such as the legal and commercial impact the character could have on comics' current landscape. Basically, a lot of fans want to make sure one of their favorite characters doesn't suck just becaus

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Too Busy to Tweet: Why Comic-Con Didn’t Summon The Fail Whale

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When I read Variety's article entitled "Twitter Fizzles at Comic-Con" this morning my first reaction was not an argument, but rather a slap to the forehead.

While the piece presents research indicating that perhaps Twitter isn't as busy as perceived, it mis

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Haunting Comics: Where To Go After The Ghosts Have Been Busted

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Between the recent release of "Ghostbusters: The Video Game" and re-release of the original "Ghostbusters" films on Blu-ray, fans of the 25-year-old franchise are feasting on a rare bounty of well-timed nostalgia. But with the initial buzz starting to wean as viewers relive their youth and players complete a new title, it's a good time to start digging in for the long, da

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Spider-Man’s ‘Clone Saga’ Is The Old Black and The New Neon

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By now most Marvelites have already heard the news: Spider-Man's secret shame is about to rear his cloney head – again.

Yes, "Spider-Man: The Clone Saga" hits stores this September. Marvel solicitation info describes it as

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Many Colors In The SDCC-Exclusive Plastic Lantern Rainbow

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When it comes to color-coded manifestations of emotional power, Green Lantern Hal Jordan is one conflicted cat. Where it used to be a simple battle between the green might of willpower vs. the yellow power of fear, Geoff Johns' "Darkest Night" storyline has established a multi-hued collection of corps, all vying for Jordan's membership

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Five Reasons You Need To Check Out Graphic Novels At Your Local Library

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Libraries are underrated. For all they offer comics readers, they're rarely a part of the wider comics conversation. Read on to discover why, if you've been reluctant to check out graphic novels from your local library, you are probably a jerk who needs to turn your life around with the love of a good comic

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Category: Escapist Friction

Why Steve Rogers Doesn’t Need To (But Probably Will) Return In ‘Captain America’

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Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, was gunned down and tossed into the cold, black ocean more than a year ago, leaving his angsty former sidekick Bucky to pick up the slack. Now, as speculation runs wild that the much-hyped

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