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Bizarro Back Issues: ‘Captain Power’ Is Pretty Much Just ‘Terminator’ For Kids (1989)

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A few weeks ago, I found myself in an antique store, and --- being the kind of person I am --- I pretty much ignored anything that wasn't a vintage Santa Claus figurine or a banged-up long box full of back issues. I mean, I can see an old lamp or a gently used kitchen table pretty much any time I want to, but finding out what comic books could properly be considered "antiques" was an opportunity that doesn't come along every day.

As you might expect, the answer was "a bunch of random-ass comics from the late '80s and early '90s," but mixed in there with Knightquest tie-ins and that one issue of Green Lantern: Mosaic where John Stewart explains Christmas to the aliens was an issue that caught my eye. It was Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future #2, which comes complete with some of the weirdest house ads I've ever seen.

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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 1, Episode 9: ‘Left Behind’

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The CW’s latest super-show, Legends of Tomorrow, follows Rip Hunter on his adventures through time, with a team of misfits that includes Arrow’s Atom and White Canary, both halves of Firestorm, Hawkwoman, and Flash rogues Captain Cold and Heat Wave. Arrow and Flash recappers Matt Wilson and Dylan Todd are on hand to deliver our Legends of Tomorrow post-show analysis, Stuff of Legends.

In this week's "Left Behind," nobody gets raptured, but a few of our heroes are forced to live in a repressed, 1950s society for two whole years. Meanwhile, a recurring villain is revealed to be... someone we've seen before. The episode's director was John F. Showalter, working from a script by Beth Schwartz and Grainne Godfree.

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‘Arrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 4, Episode 17: ‘Beacon of Hope’

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It’s time for another installment of Pointed Commentary, the feature where grizzled Arrow watcher Matt D. Wilson and newcomer Chris Haley dig into the details of Team Arrow cleaning up the filthy, crime-ridden streets of Star City.

On this week’s “Beacon of Hope,” it’s bees! Robot bees, villains dressed as bees, more bee puns than you can even imagine and did I mention bees? Michael Schultz directed the episode, which was written by Ben Sokolowski and Brian Ford Sullivan.

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Bridget Jones Romances Batman and Superman in Superhero/Romcom Trailer Mash-Up

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Last night, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! ran a humorous trailer mashup between Batman v Superman and the upcoming Bridget Jones’s Baby, placing the two superheroes in the roles of Renee Zellweger’s dueling suitors portrayed by Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey. Everyone’s favorite incurable romantic has been knocked up — but by whom? Does she carry the seed of brooding, sexy playboy Bruce Wayne, or do the alien spawn of Clark Kent gestate within her fertile human womb?

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Bizarro Back Issues: The Feud Between Batman And Superman! (1964)

World's Finest #197, DC Comics

Most of the time, when you see Superman and Batman fighting --- and boy howdy have we seen Superman and Batman fighting --- it's over some kind of ideological difference. It's a conflict that always seems to have its roots in mistrust between the ideas that those two characters represent, that extremely relatable conflict between a super-powered alien and a normal, regular, non-powered human who only has a billion dollars, a weaponized meteorite, and a rocket car to level the playing field.

But for me, that's only part of the story. I think if we just go a little deeper, we'll find that there's one major source of conflict between Superman and Batman that you almost never hear about.

It's all about hurt feelings.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Batman v. Superman In A Space Jail Full Of Subtext (1964)

World's Finest Comics #197, DC Comics

Batman and Superman are hitting the big screen this week with the promise that they'll v each other harder than anyone has ever been v-ed before. But if you're looking for a comic that features some of the best examples of those two heroes going at it, I can highly recommend digging through a back issue bin to find yourself a copy of World's Finest Comics #197. It's an extra-sized issue that's crammed full of one story after another where Superman and Batman find themselves fighting against each other.

But even though all three of the stories in that issue are basically stone-cold classics, the best one by far is the one where Batman --- a grim, gritty, ruthless Batman --- lures Superman out to another planet so that he can lock him up in a jail cell and beat him with a laser whip whenever he doesn't obey. And it might just be the weirdest story about those two characters fighting that I've ever seen.

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Fantastic Five: Video Games That Deserve Comics

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Hello again and welcome to another episode of Fantastic Fives, the show where we tell you the irrefutably correct five answers to a particular topic in comics, and you tell us how wrong we are in the comments! This week we’re looking at five video games that deserve their own comics.

There’s a lot of overlap between fans of comics and fans of video games. And there have been some great and some not so great video games based on comics and comic characters. So why aren’t there more comics based on video games?

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Prepare For Justice’s Dawn With Steve Downer’s Guide To Batman Fighting Superman

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Like it or not, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is only weeks away, and people are getting ready to witness the ultimate smackdown in cinemas around the world. While we all know that Superman and Batman are best friends in real life, and would never get in a fight, these confrontations have happened on occasion, in Elseworld stories such as The Dark Knight Returns and The New 52.

In preparation for the colossal clash, artist Steve Downer of The Difference creative studio has put together an infographic of previous super-brawls to see who has the upper hand heading into their biggest battle yet.

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‘Agents Of SHIELD’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 3, Episode 11: ‘Bouncing Back’

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Welcome back to another Agents of S.O.M.E.T.H.I.N.G., where Comics Alliance’s Special Agents Chris Haley and Ziah Grace debrief you on all the things to like and complain about in this week’s episode of Disney’s ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

This week we’re back from the winter wonderland that was Agent Carter, and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are back from that blue planet and are talking about powers and Inhumans and fish pills! “Bouncing Back” was directed by Ron Underwood and written by Monica Owusu-Breen.

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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 1, Episode 8: ‘Night of the Hawk’

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The CW’s latest super-show, Legends of Tomorrow, follows Rip Hunter on his adventures through time, with a team of misfits that includes Arrow’s Atom and White Canary, both halves of Firestorm, Hawkwoman, and Flash rogues Captain Cold and Heat Wave. Arrow and Flash recappers Matt Wilson and Dylan Todd are on hand to deliver our Legends of Tomorrow post-show analysis, Stuff of Legends.

In this week's "Night of the Hawk," our heroes must deal with a rash of murders in a picturesque (but also racist, sexist and homophobic) 1950s town that Vandal Savage might just have a hand in. Joe Dante directed the episode, which was written by Sarah Nicole Jones and Cortney Norris.

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