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

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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′

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

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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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‘Teen Titans GO!’ Returns With Live-Action Marionettes And Deals With The Sock-Devil In ‘Puppets Whaaaat?’ [VIDEO]

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A superhero sitcom inspired by the characters created and/or popularized by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Teen Titans Go! is one of the best ever DC Comics series to come out of Warner Bros. Animation, which is saying something considering the prestigious history of that association. The series has been characterized by a virtually flawless balance of character-based superhero situation comedy and hilarious absurdism, with multiple episodes dedicated to dance parties, romantic rivalries, food-based melodrama, characters actually dying (only to be resurrected inexplicably in the next), and now, selling their souls to the Devil.

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The X-Men Episode Guide 4×06: ‘Sanctuary, Part 1′

The X-Men Episode Guide 4x06: 'Sanctuary, 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: Magneto fully embraces Casual Fridays on Asteroid M... maybe a little too casual.

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Comics Alliance Presents Here’s The Thing Episode 9: The Great Captain America Debate

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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, Chad Bowers returns for a debate that he and Chris have argued over long car rides to conventions: Did Captain America kill enemy soldiers in World War II? Chad obviously thinks that he did because that's what soldiers do, but Chris is hung up on superheroic genre conventions and what it really means to go to war only carrying a shield. They try to hash it out in less than 15 minutes, and you get to watch!

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