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What You Might Have Missed In Marvel’s April 2017 Solicitations

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

Every month, comic publishers release their solicitation announcements to provide information to readers and retailers on comics that are coming out in three months’ time, but there’s so much information dropped at once that a lot can slip through the cracks.

This month in Marvel's April solicitations, some long lost character make big leading role returns, Marvel gambles big on the success of its latest event, and Jubilee goes to the mall.

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The Top Five Worst Changes to ‘Star Wars’ Since Its Original Release

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In the tradition of ScreenCrush series like You Think You Know Movies and You Think You Know TV comes a new YouTube series: Top Five! Every two weeks (or so; we’ve got a lot of other stuff going on), ScreenCrush editor and critic Matt Singer will count down a particular topic from the world of movies (and probably write these introductory posts in the third person).

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What You Might Have Missed In DC’s April 2017 Solicitations

DC Comics
DC Comics

Every month, comic publishers release their solicitation announcements to provide information to readers and retailers on comics that are coming out in three months’ time, but there’s so much information dropped at once that a lot can slip through the cracks.

This month in DC’s April solicitations, we’ve got guest artists galore, fan-favorite team-ups and a clue towards the incoming return of a classic DC super-team.

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10 Most Wanted Characters for Injustice 2

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Whether old standards of DC lore or simply sensible to what we’ve seen going on in the Injustice storyline, any one of these characters would bring an awesome wrinkle to the game that we’d love to take against our friends. These are the 10 characters we’d love to see in Injustice 2.

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Welcome To Riverdale: The ‘Archie’ Mixtape

Ryan Jampole & Thomas Pitilli / Archie Comics
Ryan Jampole & Thomas Pitilli / Archie Comics

Archie Andrews has always been quite the musician, and there are several stories involving him pursuing his dreams of rock stardom --- but his friends and family (and Reggie) have been in the musical spotlight too. For this playlist based on the current incarnation of the monthly Archie series by Mark Waid, Thomas Pitilli, Ryan Jampole, Joe Eisma, Veronica Fish et al, I decided to look at all the most beloved characters (and Reggie) and choose one song that fits each of them.

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Did You Vote To Make America Great Again? Read These Comics Next

Photo credit: NBC
Photo credit: NBC

Today is Inauguration Day, and Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States. And really, it's obvious why he won. After eight years with one of the most qualified and accomplished presidents in generations, what America really needed was a vain, egotistical, thin-skinned braggart with a long history of bullying and abusive statements, absolutely no experience in public service, and a track record of astonishing failure.

If you voted to Make America Great Again, here are some comics to dig into while you wait for all those manufacturing jobs to come back, and for those pesky SJWs to finally be put in their place.

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Enjoy The Madness: The ‘Shade the Changing Girl’ Mixtape [Music Week]

Marley Zarcone & Kelly Fitzpatrick / DC Comics
Marley Zarcone & Kelly Fitzpatrick / DC Comics

Shade The Changing Girl --- part of DC's Young Animal imprint --- tells the story of Loma, a rebellious alien who steals a magic coat of madness, runs away to Earth, and possesses the body of a comatose teenage Earth girl. Along with Cecil Castellucci's trippy script, the space-bending, psychedelic visuals from artists Marley Zarcone and Kelly Fitzpatrick are a core part of what makes Shade the Changing Girl so fantastic. When planning the playlist, I wanted to find weird, intense tech/pop songs, less focused on the lyrics and more on the mood of each song.

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Listen, Bud: Nine Super-Hero Cartoon Themes Worth Remembering [Music Week]

Marvel
Marvel

When superheroes make the transition from comics to TV animation, it's always interesting to hear what kind of theme music they get. Songs with lyrics that explain who the heroes are can be fun, but they can also go awry. Instrumental tracks can be boring if you're not careful, but if they're well-executed, they can do a great job of creating just the tone you want for your cartoon.

I've put together a chronological list of nine memorable theme songs from TV superhero cartoons. Obviously I can't include them all, but I expect to see in the comments which of your favorites I've left out.

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Fantastic Five: Best Musical Acts [Music Week]

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

In celebration of the unique relationship between comics and music, we've put together five of the best fictional musical acts in mainstream comics.

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Haunted Memories: The ‘Deadman: Dark Mansion Of Forbidden Love’ Mixtape [Music Week]

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Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love is a superhero book, a haunted house story, and a romance comic. In assembling a playlist to accompany the comic, we've attempted to strike a similar balance, highlighting queer artists, and including a love song or two, while creating a spooky, haunted atmosphere. This playlist incorporates dark mansions, and perhaps forbidden love, and at least one dead man.

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