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Bizarro Back Issues: Batman Gets A New Apartment (And Also Ends The Silver Age)

Batman #217, DC Comics

Last weekend I moved to a new apartment, and since I am in fact the World's Foremost Batmanologist, there was a moment where I genuinely considered buying myself a giant penny and putting it in my new office to mark the occasion. I didn't end up doing it, largely because giant pennies cost an awful lot of money even before you factor in what you'd need to spend to get a robot Tyrannosaurus, a giant Joker card and a glass case with a friend's clothes hanging in it, but what really sealed it was going back and looking at the time that Batman himself moved and noticing that even he didn't bother to bring his giant penny.

Heck, he didn't even bother to bring the last three letters of Alfred's name. And if the Caped Crusader himself is going to pack light for a move to a new place, who am I to say I know better?

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Filed Under: , Category: DC, Humor

The X-Men Episode Guide 4×08: ‘Beyond Good And Evil, Part One’

X-Men Episode Guide 4x08: Beyond Good and Evil Part 1

The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.

This week, Cable and Apocalypse are back to -- wait, no, come back! COME BACK!

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Category: Animation, Humor, Marvel, Opinion

Storybundle Offers Ebooks From KC Green, Zach Weinersmith, The Devastator And More

Devastator Storybundle

Y'all are familiar with the concept of Bundles, right? If you're not, it's pretty simple: A bunch of stuff -- video games, comics, ebooks, that sort of thing -- is put together and and sold as a pay-what-you-want bundle, with additional content available if you meet a certain minimum. It's a pretty great way to check out new stuff along with items you've been curious about without spending a lot of money, while simultaneously supporting independent creators. For the next six days, Storybundle.com has a set of pretty amazing webcomics-related content that you can snag for whatever you want to pay.

Put together by The Devastator, the quarterly comedy magazine, the bundle includes content from Gunshow creator KC Green, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal's Zach Weiner, Tales to Suffice's Kenny Kiel, and more.

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‘Kamen Rider Gaim’ Is Literally Taking Place In Sideways Gotham City

Zawame City map, Kamen Rider Gaim

For those of you who don't keep up with live-action superhero shows made for tiny Japanese children, Kamen Rider Gaim is the latest in the long-runing series of Kamen Rider shows. Focused on young Kouta Kazuraba, the show revolves around a secret power struggle within Zawame City, a community dominated by the massive Yggdrasil corporation, and the monsters that are emerging from the mysterious Helheim Forest to battle the Armored Riders who have unlocked the power of the forest's fruit. And it's also apparently taking place in Gotham City.

See, in the latest episode of the series, we finally got a glimpse of an actual map of Zawame City, and it turned out that it's just Eliot R. Brown's map of Gotham, in use at DC since 1998, turned on its side. And I am delighted by this news.

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Here’s The Thing Episode 11: Hawkman Sucks Real Bad [Video]

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If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he sits in his living room under a framed portrait of Destro, drinking a cup of coffee and sharing his opinion on comic books.

On this week's show, a viewer asks Chris to explain Hawkman and ends up sparking a journey through one of the most complicated histories in comics, trying to answer one simple question: Why isn't a dude who fights dinosaurs with a mace while not wearing a shirt the coolest guy ever?

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The Joker And Luke Skywalker Have A Chat, Courtesy Of Mark Hamill [Video]

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Character mash-ups -- especially when they involve Star Wars -- can get pretty tiresome, but I can give them a pass when they involve the original actors who portrayed the iconic characters in the mix -- or when they involve Batman: The Animated Series.

So when actor Mark Hamill got a Twitter request to make Luke Skywalker and his version of The Joker meet up -- at least vocally -- at Star Wars Weekends at Disney World, and then he did it, it was pretty magical.

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The X-Men Episode Guide 4×07: ‘Sanctuary, Part 2′

X-Men Episode Guide 4x07: Sanctuary Part 2

The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.

This week: It turns out that orbital totalitarian governments run by unstable individuals with superpowers are actually... a bad thing?!

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Original Spin 3: Secret Source! [Marvel Original Sin Recap]

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Behind the scenes, under the covers, and deep, deep in the gutters, ComicsAlliance continues Original Spin, its exclusive exposé of the new Marvel crossover event book Original Sin, by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato.

In this week's embedded reporting: superheroes' scandalous secrets come tumbling out (in other books that aren't the one we're covering); a living planet gets a makeover; and Nick Fury goes head-to-head with the Winter Soldier! Find out more in our spoiler-enriched recap!

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Here’s The Thing Episode 10: Thinking About Thought Bubbles

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If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he sits in his living room under a framed portrait of Destro, drinking a cup of coffee and sharing his opinion on comic books.

This week, Chris takes a look back at a narrative tool that seems to have fallen out of favor: the classic Thought Bubble! You don't see them too much anymore, and Chris gives you his theory on why.

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Filed Under: , Category: Humor, Opinion, Video

FunkyWatch: May’s Most Depressing ‘Funky Winkerbean’ And ‘Crankshaft’ Strips

FunkyWatch for May 2014

Over the past 40 years, Tom Batiuk’s Funky Winkerbean has transitioned from a gag-a-day comic strip about a high school to an ongoing chronicle of pure, abject misery. Thanks to the ongoing commentary on Josh Fruhlinger’s Comics Curmudgeon, I am now completely obsessed with it, which is why I spend a little time every month rounding up its finest examples of crushing despair.

One of the interesting things about the FunkyVerse -- well, interesting to me as someone who obsesses over this endless march towards oblivion to a truly unhealthy degree -- is that there seems to be a sort of tradeoff between the two strips. Crankshaft has traditionally been the more lighthearted and pun-based experience (relatively speaking), but whenever Funky dips its toes out of the miasma of despair and decides to do a little slapstick comedy, Crankshaft takes up the slack so that the total amount of depression remains unchanged. And that's how you get three-panel gags about drone strikes. Seriously.

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