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Get to Know Booster Gold Ahead of DC’s ‘Convergence’ Event

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Created by Dan Jurgens in his self-titled series in 1986, Booster Gold is one of the most quintessentially 80s superheroes, dressed in garish gold, and obsessed with his own image and celebrity. He came from the future, but he belongs to the MTV generation. And as a time-traveler himself, he has a typically convoluted backstory involving a dead sister, alternate versions of himself, and the usual confusion of crises.

That backstory is only going to get more complicated when Booster Gold is thrown into the mix of DC's Convergence event. Thankfully DC has decided to help readers out with a two-page guide to Booster's backstory, which they've asked us to share exclusively with you.

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The Girls of Gotham Academy Spin Scary Joker Tales in ‘Gotham Academy: Endgame’ [Preview]

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The return of the Joker and his latest rein of crazy over Gotham comes to an end in April with the concluding chapter of Endgame in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #40. The effects of the Joker's assault on sanity won't only be felt in the pages of that book, but in a series of one-shots spinning out of Batgirl, Arkham Manor, Detective Comics, and Gotham Academy.

In the case of Gotham's finest/spookiest/strangest private school, the endgame plays out on the dark and sinister night of a city-wide blackout, with Joker-infected crazies at large on the streets. Holed up at the academy, students Olive Silverlock, Maps Mizoguchi and their... "friends"... tell each other scary Joker stories --- and those stories come from a team of exceptional guest artists. Series writers Brenden Fletcher and Becky Cloonan are joined by Six Gun Gorilla artist Jeff Stokely, Adventure Time character designer Joy Ang, illustrator Clio Chiang, and Anya's Ghost author Vera Brosgol. Check out our exclusive preview... if you dare.

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The Pupils Fight Back, Or So They Think, in ‘The Woods’ #12 [Preview]

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With issue #12 coming out next week, The Woods has now traveled a third of the way through its proposed running-speed of 36 issues at Boom Studios. And already the cast of the series have had everything imaginable thrown at them --- from shadowy pus-monsters to angry faculty staff. From James Tynion, Michael Dialynas and Josan Gonzales, this is a book that very clearly has a huge sense of scale hidden away behind the dark forest that surrounds the cast. Boom has kindly shared an exclusive preview of the next issue, so we can get a sense of just what terrible problems the kids are facing next...

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Phil Hester Tackles a Different Ollie Queen in the ‘Flash: Season Zero’ Crossover with ‘Arrow’ [Interview/Preview]

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We've already seen Arrow and The Flash cross paths a few times on their respective TV shows; now they'll meet up again in the tie-in next week's installment of the DC Digital comic series The Flash: Season Zero, from writers Lauren Certo, Andrew Kreisberg, and Kai Wu, and artists Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, and Kelsey Shannon.

This is not Hester's first time drawing a version of Ollie Queen, aka Arrow on the screen and Green Arrow in the DC comics universe. Hester and Ande Parks were the celebrated art team on Kevin Smith's Green Arrow run of the early 2000s. We spoke to Hester to learn what it was like to take on such a different take on such a familiar character, and DC provided us with an exclusive preview of the creative team's Arrow leaping into action.

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Spyke and Flower Are the RPGers You Don’t Want to Meet in ‘Munchkin’ #3 [Preview]

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One of the great joys of role-playing games is that it actually is about how you play the game, and not about winning. Winning is nice, of course, but in some games it's barely even an option. You have to play role-playing games because you enjoy the journey.

But there are those bratty players who only want to win, and who tend to make the journey considerably less pleasant for everyone else. Those players are the munchkins, the inspiration behind Steve Jackson and Jon Kovalic's hugely popular role-play-inspired card game of the same name, and now the spin-off comic book series from Boom Studios' Boom Box imprint. Boom was kind enough to send us a preview of next week's issue #3.

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The Age Old Story Of Princess Vs. Giant Bee Is Told Again In Pak, Coulton And Miyazawa’s ‘Princess Who Saved Herself’ [Preview]

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Last week, we interviewed Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton about their new Kickstarter with artist Takeshi Miyazawa. A spin-off of sorts of their 2013 campaign for Code Monkey Save World, this one was meant to bring a children's book adaptation of Coulton's The Princess Who Saved Herself into print.

If you remember how that original campaign ended with them reaching almost ten times their original goal --- or if you remember that Coulton is one of the most successful independent musicians around thanks to his extremely loyal fan-base --- it won't surprise you to learn that the campaign already soared $45,000 past its initial goal in its first week; but there's another reason that people are jumping on. The book is already done, and as the eight-page preview we've got below shows, it looks awesome.

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Marvel and Icon Comic Book Releases for June 2015 [Solicitations]

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Courtesy of Marvel, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in June 2015 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s mainline Marvel Universe titles, its licensed properties, and the creator-owned label Icon.

June is going to open the floodgates for some unusual but potentially awesome comic reading thanks to Marvel's continuing Secret Wars line-wide overhaul. After the masses are done watching Avengers: Age of Ultron, we'll be able to see the same robotic army take on the legions of Marvel's undead in Age of Ultron Vs. Marvel Zombies #1, which could be the series' best crossover since Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness. Love could be in the air between Peter Quill and Shadowcat in Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1, but we have a feeling there's some kind of trickery going on. Stephen King fans will be able to see his magnum opus work continue in Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three --- House of Cards #4, where we'll watch Roland Deschain and Eddie Dean continue to deal with The Prisoner.

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DC and Vertigo Comic Book Releases For June 2015 [Solicitations]

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Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions, and graphic novels going on sale in June 2015 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s superhero line and the mature readers Vertigo imprint.

June is DC's 'Divergence' month, featuring a whole slate of new launches by new creative teams that we're very excited about, including Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu's Black Canary, Stever Orlando and ACO's Midnighter, and Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV and Riley Rossmo's Constantine. Also keep an eye out for the new Batman Beyond, in which the Batman of the future no longer has old man Bruce to guide him, and the new We Are Robins series, featuring the teenagers of Gotham uniting under the banner of the Boy Wonder to fight crime. Plus, Max Rockatansky's journeys beyond the Thunderdome will be told in a new prequel series to the upcoming summer blockbuster, Mad Max: Fury Road.

There are plenty of excellent comics on the way this June to get you hyped up for the summer. All of the following books can be purchased at finer comic book shops, where you can also pre-order your selections to ensure you’ll get a copy before they sell out.

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Exclusive: IDW Announces ‘Miracleman Artifact Edition’ [Preview]

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Miracleman, aka Marvelman, has one of the most convoluted publishing histories in comics. Created by Mick Anglo, but very closely modeled on Fawcett's Captain Marvel, the character has passed between several owners and publishers over the years, and run afoul of all sorts of legal entanglements. Those complications seemed to be resolved by a recent court case --- so this is clearly the perfect time to add yet another publisher to the character's long history!

IDW is getting into the Miracleman game with a deluxe hardcover 'Artifact Edition' reproducing pages from the 1980s Miracleman revival in Warrior magazine, by artists Garry Leach, Alan Davis and John Totleben and "the Original Writer." (Pssst; it's Alan Moore.)

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Masters, Doyle and Bellaire Cook Up Trouble in ‘The Kitchen’ #5 [Exclusive Preview]

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The Kitchen has reached the midpoint of its eight-issue run, and from here you might get a sense of which direction things are heading in for Kath, Raven, and Angie --- mob wives turned mob bosses in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York in the late 1970s. In the fourth issue of writer Ollie Masters and artists Ming Doyle and Jordie Bellaire's crime drama, the husbands got out of prison --- and as you might imagine, the reunions weren't entirely happy ones. In issue #5, the men are ready to reassert themselves, but the women aren't going to just fade into the background.

The series is building to a fascinating confrontation in its really rather... unorthodox examination of women's changing roles in the workforce in the latter half of the 20th century. This is a comic that takes a serious and mature approach to storytelling, and it's easy to imagine that it won't end well for anyone, and it certainly can't end well for everyone.

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