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There Is An Optic Blast That Will Never Go Out: Adam Villacin Mashes Up The Smiths And The X-Men

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I'll admit that I've never really been into the Smiths, but I have no trouble believing that the X-Men, Marvel's mopiest mutants, would beall about that stuff. I mean, their entire deal is that they combine eye-lasers with angst and occasionally use that mixture to power trips to space, right? It's a perfect match.

Or at least, that's the conclusion that artist Adam Villacin came to with "These Charming X-Men," a series of portraits on display at Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles that mashed up the Children of the Atom with Morrissey's most famous lyrics, resulting in absolute hilarity. Seriously, Cyclops trying to cover his eyes set to "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" might be the best thing I've seen all day, and that's just where it starts.

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Vanilla Ice Thinks The New Ninja Turtles Rap Lacks ‘The Magic’

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Despite all efforts to stop it, there's a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie produced by Michael Bay set to be released this week, and to its credit, it is attempting to recreate the single most successful and memorable moment from the Turtles' film history. We speak, of course, of Vanilla Ice's classic "Ninja Rap," an unquestioned high point from TMNT 2: The Secret of the Ooze.

This time around, the tune they're going with is "Shell Shocked" by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla Sign, a song that has found a critic in Vanilla Ice himself. When asked by GQ what he thought of the new song, Ice was dismissive of the song, claiming that it lacked "the Magic" to musically represent what it means to be a "True Ninja."

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Hear The Exclusive Debut Of Adam WarRock’s New Track, ‘Star-Lord’

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Nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock, a.k.a. Eugene Ahn, is back doing his thing with a rap tribute to the legendary outlaw Star-Lord -- the soon-to-be-famous leading man of Guardians Of The Galaxy, as played by the internet's boyfriend Chris Pratt. WarRock told ComicsAlliance, "It's weird to me that by the end of the week, everyone will know who Star-Lord is, and actually love him. I mean, it's Star-Lord. But anyway, I'm excited, and hopefully this song gets you even more pumped for the film."

The track is free to download at AdamWarRock.com, and you can find the man himself online on Twitter and Facebook. This isn't WarRock's first Guardians of the Galaxy track; a few months back he recorded "Murdered You," a loving tribute to Rocket Raccoon, which you can also check out right here.

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Mondo To Release ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Music On Limited Edition Vinyl [Video]

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The boutique merchandise arm of the celebrated Austin movie theater the Alamo Drafhouse, Mondo's about to level up with its most ambitious music plan yet: a series of vinyl-only releases of Danny Elfman's music from Batman: The Animated Series.

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Dance With The Devil: The Original 1989 Press Release Announcing Prince’s ‘Batman’ Soundtrack

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ComicsAlliance concludes its celebration of the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's Batman with a presentation of the 1989 Warner Bros. press release announcing Prince's involvement with the film, discovered after an exhaustive search of vintage movie memorabilia.

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Rapper Froggy Fresh Combines Predators, Power Rangers And Potato Snacks In A Potent Pop-Cultural Powerhouse Performance [Video]

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Rapper Froggy Fresh (formerly known as Krispy Kreme until a certain vendor of fried pastries told him he couldn't do that anymore) has released a music video that should certainly appeal to fans of Power Rangers, Predators getting kicked in the chest, and hip-hop. (In other words, probably the exact sort of person that reads ComicsAlliance.)

In "Street Rangers," Froggy Fresh and his best friend Mike discover a pair of Morphin' Watches and find themselves blessed with the ability to become super sentai sorts. Soon after, they come across a Predator bullying a kid at a playground, as Predators are apt to do when they're not destroying large sections of South American jungle or wreaking havoc in Los Angeles.

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Let’s Get Nuts: A Contemporary Review Of Prince’s ‘Batman’ Soundtrack Album

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In the summer of 1989, primed by "Kiss" and "Alphabet St." and "Sign 'O' the Times" to expect brilliance from the first taste of new Prince music, I raced out to buy "Batdance," the first single to be released from his soundtrack to Tim Burton's Batman. It seemed like a great idea at the time.

I remember my feeling of dazed disappointment the first time I heard "Batdance" lurch to an end. "Batdance" isn't even a song, as such, but a cluster of unrelated chunks of underdone rhythm tracks, ineptly pasted together with chopped-up samples of film dialogue, a couple of lines flown in from other songs, Prince singing the hook from Neal Hefti's '60s Batman theme, and (in its album mix) a very aggressive guitar solo that has almost nothing to do with what's going on around it. Prince and Batman together? How could that not be awesome? What just went wrong here?

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The Wicked + The Divine: The Entire Creative Team Talks Story, Art, Design, Color, Letters + Music [Interview]

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The creative team of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie first made their mark with the 2006 Image Comics release Phonogram: Rue Britannia, a thrilling and thoughtful story about magic, music, modern sorcery, and how the records we listen to affect our lives and identities. The series combined cultural touchstones and urban fantasy trappings in a way that captured the imagination of critics and readers, and its success ultimately led to Gillen and McKelvie becoming separately and together some of comics' most fan-favorite creators on books like Journey Into Mystery, X-Men Season One, Suburban Glamour, a second series of Phonogram, and their rmuch-lauded collaboration on the recently concluded reinvention of Young Avengers.

This week, they're releasing the debut issue of their latest (and most ambitious) project: The Wicked + The Divine, an ongoing series from Image that blends together many of their favorite subjects: youthful reinvention, manifest deities, supernatural superpowers, and, of course, the transformative power of pop music. The first issue is both intriguing and exhilarating, depicting the adventure of a superfan as she rubs elbows with ancient gods who return every ninety years, this time in the form of gorgeous young people who become 21st century celebrities. At once sublimely understated and action-packed, the first issue grabs you instantly and leaves you anxious to read more.

ComicsAlliance connected with the entire W+D creative team of Gillen and McKelvie; designer Hannah Donovan; letterer Clayton Cowles; and colo(u)rist Matt Wilson for an in-depth conversation about the story they're telling, their collaborative process, and the artistic and cultural inspirations for the series. Along the way, we're revealing some previously unseen behind-the-scenes materials and an exclusive previews of The Wicked + The Divine #2.

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Janelle Monae Covers ‘Heroes’ With A Video That Encourages Armed Cosplay Revolution

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So here are the facts as I understand them: Pepsi -- you know, the cola company? Born In The Carolinas Since 1898? -- is producing an album that is nominally about soccer called Beats of the Beautiful Game to tie into this year's World Cup in Brazil. And this album, which will becoming out soon, features a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" by the always amazing Janelle Monáe. And that song, in turn, has a music video where bullied children are inspired by Monáe, who in the world of the video is a comic book superheroine rather than a musician (or possibly both?) to dress up as homemade superheroes and overwhelm their oppressors through superior numbers.

If that sounds a little bizarre, I can assure you that it is. But it's also pretty awesome.

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J.H. Williams III Draws Blondie For The Band’s New ‘Ghosts Of Download’ Album

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I'll admit that when I heard that J.H. Williams III is doing art for Blondie, I was more surprised than anything else. I mean, I'm as big a fan of Williams as the next person, and if there's anything we've learned from his work on books like Batwoman, Promethea and Seven Soldiers, it's that he can provide pretty beautiful art in a variety of styles. I just never expected him to turn his talents to the world of a three-panel newspaper strip is all. That said, I am pretty stoked about seeing him draw one of Dagwood's signature massive sandwiches. Can you imagine the detail --

What? Oh, he's doing art for Blondie the band? Yeah, that makes a lot more sense.

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