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The Most Bizarre Superpowers In Comics

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This week, the first volume of "Chew," the current indie darling from writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory, comes out in trade paperback, and we can't recommend it highly enough!

If you haven't read it, the story follows the adventures of an FDA inspector called Tony Chu, who, as a "cibopath," gets psychic impressions from the food he eats, which has led him to be the World's Greatest Cannibal Detective. This is a brilliant high concept and a truly unique super-pow

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Round Table Round-Up: Our Favorite King Arthur Comics

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With this week's release of Marvel's "Black Knight" #1 -- not to be confused with DC's similarly named space zombie epic -- creators Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz are revisiting the age of Camelot to reveal the long-lost origin of the Black Knight and the the sword that's basically Excalibur in one of those Evil Mirror Universe Goatees from "Star Trek," Chaos the Doombringer!

We're not gonna lie: That sounds pretty awesome, and it's gotten us thinking about the other great comics that have been inspired by the legend of King Arthur, so we've knighted Sir Christopher of Sims as our champion and charged him w

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Marvel Monster Mash-Ups: 8 Strange Transformations We’d Love To See

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Marvel super-heroes undergoing strange transformations isn't really a new idea: Captain America's been a werewolf, Storm and Wolverine have been vampires in "What If," and heck, there's an entire universe where the Marvel Super-Heroes have been turned into zombies, and one where they're all apes, some of whom are also vampires

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Gender Swap Meet: The Strangest Female Versions of Male Characters

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When we rounded up a list of our favorite comic book cliches, we mentioned that there are a whole lot of female versions of male characters out there in the world of comics. Whether they were started out as a means to secure a copyright (like Supergirl and She-Hulk), attempts at

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Swimsuit Issues: Marvel’s Craziest Swimsuit Specials

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With Halloween over, Summer is well and truly behind us, but those of you who miss sun, sand and swimsuits can take solace in the pages of the Mighty Marvel Swimsuit Specials!

Produced yearly during the early and mid-90s as an alternative to the "Sports Illustrated" Swimsuit Issue that youngsters could con their parents into buying them as a comic book "investment," the Marvel Swimsuit Specials were essentially books of pin-ups that saw heroes and villains taking time off from saving the world to catch some rays.

 

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Red Scare: Our Favorite Comic Book Communists

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This week sees the release of a deluxe hardcover edition of Mark Millar's"Superman: Red Son," an alternate-universe story that explores what happens when the rocket containing baby Kal-El of Krypton lands on a farm collective in Soviet Russia instead of in the heart of Kansas, and the world's greatest super-hero is raised as a dirty commie!

It's a great read, but it does have a slightly flawed premise, in that it assumes that Soviet super-heroes are a rarity, which is just not the case!
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Roasting Old Chestnuts: Our Favorite Comic Book Cliches

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Like every other form of entertainment, comic books are full of cliches. The key difference? Spending a few decades as a marginalized art form has lent super-hero comics its own unique blend of old saws, and from the requisite fight between heroes that leads to a team-up to the alarming propensity for super-hero girlfriends to wind up in refriger

Chris vs. Previews: November 2009

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The 500+ page Previews catalog can be pretty tough to get through, even for the most jaded comics reader. That's why every month, ComicsAlliance contributor Chris Sims sits down to scour the pages for the best, worst, and most mind-bogglingly insane items and bring them to you, the discerning reader, in our new feature, Chris vs. Previews.

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The ComicsAlliance Halloween Costume Spectacular!

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With Halloween just around the corner, there are plenty of websites that have turned their attention to costumes, but we here at ComicsAlliance are doing things a little differently. Instead of getting readers to dress up as comic book characters, our own
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This Stuff Sucks: The Worst (And Weirdest) Vampire Products

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With Halloween around the corner and more vampire movies hitting screens than you can shake a pointy stick at, there's no shortage of vampire-themed merchandise on the shelves. And while you'd expect a certain amount of horror from products that deal with the undead, some of them cross the line into all-out madness

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