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The 10 Best Stories From DC’s Original ‘Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight’ Series

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Last week saw the release of DC’s Legends of the Dark Knight 100-Page Super-Spectacular #1, collecting two stories from the digital-first series in an oversized single issue. While it could really use a smaller price tag ($9.99!) and a snappier title, it marks the temporary return to print of one of the best Batman books of the last twenty years.

Launched in 1989, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight featured rotating creative teams, self-contained stories (for the most part: LOTDK was drawn into the KnightsEnd and No Man’s Land blockbusters), and healthy amounts of psychological themes. Unhindered by current goings-on and able to move freely throughout continuity, creators brought their A-games to Legends, and over the decades, the title spawned several Batman tales now considered to be classics, and several more that should be. These are my picks for the best stories in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight.

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The Official Santa Claus Action Figure Rankings (Revised And Updated 2013 Edition)

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It's been over 1600 years since St. Nicholas of Myra first punched someone out for heresy right in front of the emperor, and in that time, he's mellowed out from a surprisingly violent theological hard-liner to the jolly old gift-giver that we know today as Santa Claus. He's beloved by children all over the world, owns a set of flying reindeer and has an origin story more complicated than most X-Men, but there's one area where Santa Claus is truly lacking: action figures.

Seriously, with the possible exception of Robin Hood, there has never been a character so beloved that is so dreadfully underrepresented in posable plastic. There are, however, a few options, so for those of you in dire need of something to fill that vacant spot in your miniature Christmas village, we're making like elves and doing our best to rank the 10 best Santa Claus action figures! Or at least, you know, the ten that actually exist.

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The Best Comic Books of 2013, Part Three

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The last twelve months offered comic book readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies, and the return of old favorites to the emergence of exciting new talent. It was a busy and productive year for the industry, and one we’re pleased to celebrate with what we’re certain will be an uncontroversial, unenumerated list of awards that will prompt only resounding agreement and unbroken fellowship amongst our readers in the comments below. Welcome to part three of ComicsAlliance’s Best Comic Books of 2013.

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Filed Under: Category: Humor, Lists, Opinion

10 Surprising Comic Book Appearances by Santa Claus (et al.)

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Two of my greatest loves in life are Christmas and comics, and so it's always a treat for me when the two cross over in that most wonderful of things: the holiday special. Even when those things are bad, they're still kind of good, because it's Christmas, and you're feeling charitable. But sometimes the introduction of Christmas-themed elements are not what you expect. Here are ten appearances by Christmas folk that might confound you, and that's even without mentioning that time Aquaman saved the baby Jesus from pirates by mind-controlling a giant squid.

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The Best Comic Books of 2013, Part Two

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The last twelve months offered comic book readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies, and the return of old favorites to the emergence of exciting new talent. It was a busy and productive year for the industry, and one we’re pleased to celebrate with what we’re certain will be an uncontroversial, unenumerated list of awards that will prompt only resounding agreement and unbroken fellowship amongst our readers in the comments below. Welcome to part two of ComicsAlliance’s Best Comic Books of 2013.

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Filed Under: Category: Humor, Lists, Opinion

Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Squirrel Girl, Jessica Rabbit, Kamen Rider & More

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Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

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The Best Comic Books of 2013, Part One

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The last twelve months offered comic book readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies, and the return of old favorites to the emergence of exciting new talent. It was a busy and productive year for the industry, and one we’re pleased to celebrate with what we’re certain will be an uncontroversial, unenumerated list of awards that will prompt only resounding agreement and unbroken fellowship amongst our readers in the comments below. Welcome to part one of ComicsAlliance's Best Comic Books of 2013.

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Filed Under: Category: Humor, Lists, Opinion

The 10 Worst Holiday Gifts For Comic Book Readers, 2013 Edition

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The holiday gift-giving season is in full swing, and as you may have noticed, we here at ComicsAlliance are doing our level best to point out what we think are some great gift ideas for comics readers. There's a good reason for that: At one time or another, everyone who reads comics has had that one weird present from someone who means well, but just doesn't get it. Whether it's a book about supervillains full of information that you've known since you were five ("Catwoman is a villain... but also a love interest?!") or a baseball cap with an off-model Spider-Man logo, we've been there.

That's why we've put together a list of don'ts to go along with our ongoing list of dos, as we count down ten of the worst gifts you can give to someone who loves comics.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Deluxe & Limited Edition Comics And Art Books

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If you’re like some of the ComicsAlliance staff, you’re a fetishist for expensive hardcover books that are available only in absurdly limited numbers and packaged in exquisite slipcases and loaded with supplemental material and artwork. With the gift-giving season rapidly winding down, people like us are looking for those last-minute gifts that are so expensive and so impressively large that they could never actually seem like you totally forgot to get your shopping (or blogging) done in a timely and responsible manner. The best sort of gift along those lines is of course the deluxe edition comic or art book, and I’ve put together a list of some great ones that you can still find at your local comics stores and online booksellers before the clock runs out on the season.

NOTE ON PRICES: We have included the list prices for each item. Because of holiday sales, you will very likely find discounts at your local comics shops, Amazon and elsewhere.

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11 Comic Book Characters You Definitely Do Not Want Showing Up at Thanksgiving

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The American version of Thanksgiving is this week, and whether you celebrate the holiday as a gathering of family or a get-together for friends, the day can always be a mixed bag in terms of the quality of people who show up. Sometimes they're family members you're obligated to invite, sometimes they're friends of friends, but somehow there's always someone who makes the day memorable, but not necessarily in a good way. Here are ten characters who might rain on your Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Filed Under: Category: DC, Humor, Lists, Marvel, Opinion

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