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The Delinquents: A Beginner’s Guide to ‘Shadowman’ and ‘Dr Mirage’


Valiant Comics' shared superhero universe is smaller and less familiar than those of its major rivals, but even a small shared universe can offer a lot to learn about. To help those readers looking to take the plunge into the Valiant Universe, we’ve assembled our own team of delinquents to break things down. Steve Morris knows Valiant inside out; J.A. Micheline is new to the universe. Micheline has the questions, and Morris has the answers.

Last time, Steve introduced JAM to the four main story types in the Valiant Universe: political (books like Harbinger and Bloodshot), sci-fi (X-O Manowar), comedy (Quantum & Woody, Archer & Armstrong), and supernatural (Shadowman, The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage). He set JAM the task of reading the first sixteen issues of Shadowman and The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage --- and now they're back to talk about it!

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‘Supergirl’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 1 Episode 2: ‘Stronger Together’


Welcome to Supergirl Guys, our new regular feature breaking down the highs and lows of CBS’s Supergirl TV show starring Melissa Benoist in the super smiling title role. Your travelling companions on this journey are Superman super-fan Chris Haley, and Flash recap veteran Dylan Todd.

This week, Supergirl faces the creepy-crawly alien Hellgrammite and some Kryptonian family tensions, and turns to her network of friends for help after a titanic goof. 'Stronger Together' was directed by Glen Winter with story by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg and Ali Adler.

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate or Die’ in ‘Supergirl’


ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate wasn't sure what to expect from the new Supergirl TV show...

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Filed Under: Category: Comic Strips, DC, Kate or Die, Opinion, Television

Thumbnail: The Arrogance and Endurance of Doctor Doom


It’s been said that Doctor Doom is not just one of the greatest supervillains of all time but rather that he’s the supervillain, the one that defines them all.

Whenever Doom appears, he's always a huge threat. That’s evident from his very first appearance in Fantastic Four #5 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, when he kidnaps Sue Storm and forces the rest of the FF to travel back in time to steal Blackbeard’s treasure to help him conquer the world. He later teamed up with Namor the Sub-Mariner to send the team into space --- by literally magnetizing the Baxter Building and attaching it to a rocket ship. Of course, he double crosses Namor and the FF. But Namor gets the upper hand and gets the FF back to Earth, leaving Doom on an asteroid careening out into space. But do you think that stopped him?

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Drawn That Way: Top 10 Bad Guys in Kids’ Cartoons


What makes a great villain? Do they need a detailed backstory to explain their crooked ways, or are they inhuman, too monstrous for redemption? Some of the best villains of modern times come from the world of kids' cartoons, when their nefarious ways can really make an impression on young viewers. But don't be fooled into thinking that, because these villains were designed for kids, they lack the kind of complexity that makes the best villains compelling.

We've put together a list of some of the very best children's cartoon villains, and we've attempted to explain what it is about these characters that continues to scare us long after we grew out of the target audience range.

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Ask Chris #264: Frankenstein Lives!

Ask Chris #264, background art by Doug Mahnke

Q: What Halloween-y monster fits into the second-most different narrative roles, behind Dracula? -- @crookedknight

A: First things first, you are right to put Dracula at the top of the list. I've been through this before, but for anyone just joining us who hasn't heard me go through it for five or six hours, Dracula is the best. He's been around long enough and often enough that everyone pretty much knows what his deal is just from hearing the name, and you can drop him into any story in virtually any role. He can be a villain, an uneasy ally, a shadowy figure manipulating things from behind the scenes, and even, occasionally, a globetrotting protagonist battling things even worse than he is. He can be bloodthirsty fiend, sophisticated devil, reluctant hero, or all of the above.

But given all that, it there's one choice for the spooky silver medal that seems so obvious that I was surprised I got this question. It has to be Frankenstein. Right?

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Cast Party: Who Should Star In A ‘Tomb of Dracula’ Movie?

Cast Party - Tomb of Dracula

Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. Halloween is here, and we're celebrating by imagining a film based on Marvel's Tomb of Dracula, a classic Bronze Age series by Gerry Conway, Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan, and Tom Palmer.

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The Question: The Best Queer Villains in Comics


The heroes of fiction tend to conform to a certain type — straight, cisgender, male — and the quests that they go on tend to share common elements. 'Boy meets girl' is a familiar phrase because we expect a male protagonist to meet, seduce, and try to save a female love interest as part of his 'quest'. And because finding a mate is so often part of the hero's journey, villains often get to represent a counterpoint; they challenge the narrative, subvert the norm, and... queer things up. With so much fiction being heteronormative, villains often get to play with gender and sexuality in ways that heroes don't.

The queer or queer-themed villain is a trope that has led to some frustrating and upsetting stereotypes, but it's also led to some rich, compelling, and magnetic characters — characters that sometimes have a lot to offer to audiences hungry for representation and uncomfortable with the expectation of 'boy meets girl'. A villain's methods may be questionable, but their desire to overturn the accepted order can hold some appeal.

To celebrate Villain Month on ComicsAlliance, and to mark that intersection of villainy and queerness in fiction, we've asked our writers, 'Who is your favorite queer comics villain'?

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‘Agents of SHIELD’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 3, Episode 5: ‘4,722 Hours’


Welcome back to another Agents of S.O.M.E.T.H.I.N.G., where we’ll take you through all the thing we loved and the things we didn’t about this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. This week we discover what happened to Simmons on her summer holidays. '4,722 Hours' was directed by Jesse Bochco and written by Craig Titley.

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Art of Color: Muntsa Vicente’s Vibrant Visions


Comics coloring has come a long way since the "four-color" process of yesteryear. As printing and technological innovations allow for greater artistic improvisation, colorists today are blessed with a wider palette, easier research, and the (deserved) recognition that they're an equal part of an artistic team.

Muntsa Vicente is one of the few colorists working in comics today who's able to evoke the limited color schemes of those old comics, without letting her own style be subsumed.

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