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Filthy Assistance: Revisiting ‘Transmetropolitan: Back on the Street’

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In the 1990s, the Warren Ellis/Darick Robertson comic series Transmetropolitan foresaw a future full of twisted behavior, renegade politics, and uncontrollable technology. Now that reality seems to have caught up with the adventures of Spider Jerusalem, we at ComicsAlliance are returning to the series and examining what it has to say. Do you need help navigating a political world turned upside down and inside out? We’re here --- with some Filthy Assistance.

This week, we kick the series off with Spider Jerusalem forced by financial distress and contractual obligation to return to the City --- a post-cyberpunk future and an alchemical mix of the ancient and the bleeding edge. He finds a nascent movement in danger of getting its teeth kicked in by authority, attends a religious convention, transforms into a television program, and teaches the president that everything poops.

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Hedging Your Bets #14: Shadow Fall

Hedging Your Bets #14, background art by Jamal Peppers

With almost 300 issues in the core series, Archie's Sonic The Hedgehog stands as the longest-running uninterrupted American monthly comic book that's currently being published. In Hedging Your Bets, I attempt to get up to speed on Sonic the Hedgehog, challenging the odds to hopefully make it all the way to the finish line.

This week, the spotlight falls on Shadow the Hedgehog for the ultimate in alien terror!

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‘Young Justice’ Episode Guide: Season 1, Episodes 19-20: ‘Misplaced’ / ‘Coldhearted’

Teenage 'Kicks #10: Misplaced / Coldhearted

Because you demanded it, Young Justice is returning for a third season in 2017, and that means that there's no better time to get caught up on the first two seasons.

This week, we get one of the best high concepts on the series so far, and a pretty interesting spin on a classic comic book story.

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‘Dick Tracy’ Is Hanging Out With The Spirit (And More) In The Crossover Of The Year 2K17

Dick Tracy, by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis

While it's often overlooked from readers --- like me --- who tend to focus on monthly superhero titles, the Dick Tracy newspaper comic strip has been steadily chugging along as one of the most entertaining stories in the medium. It's consistently surprising and entertaining, and part of that comes from the fact that Joe Staton and Mike Curtis are always finding something new and innovative to do with their story. Like, say, providing readers with some of the most unexpected crossovers in comics.

They've done it before, but now, they're kicking off 2017 with what will undoubtedly stand as the crossover of the year, as Dick Tracy meets up with The Spirit --- yes, Will Eisner's The Spirit -- to fight immortality crimes. And that's just the start of it.

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Hedging Your Bets #13: The Chase

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Chase, Archie Comics

This week, hey, remember that part in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode Manos: The Hands of Fate where Tom Servo just loses it and shouts "do something!" at the screen? It's like that, but with a train robbery set piece.

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The Fourth Doctor Leaps Off The Screen Into Danger In ‘Doctor Who: Gaze Of The Medusa’ [Review]

Art by Brian Williamson (Titan Comics)
Art by Brian Williamson (Titan Comics)

For many longtime Doctor Who fans, the era of the Fourth Doctor holds a special place in our hearts. Tom Baker, an actor with a style as unique as his appearance, played the Doctor for seven seasons and 172 episodes from 1974 to 1981. And if you were an American kid watching Doctor Who on PBS in the 1980s, he was almost certainly the first Doctor you saw. Some of his seasons are better than others, to be sure, but long before David Tennant put on his own overcoat, this era set the standard by which all Doctors were judged.

So it's with a hopefully healthy amount of Fourth Doctor nostalgia that I approach Titan's Doctor Who comics. I haven't read a lot of Doctor Who comics before, but the just released Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Vol. 1: Gaze of the Medusa seems like a good place to start.

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Hedging Your Bets #12: Pirate Plunder Panic

Hedging Your Bets #12: Pirate Plunder Panic

This week, I make an attempt to expand my horizons, and ask the eternal question: Hey professor, what's another word for pirate treasure?

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Don’t Stop Her Now: The Infectious Enthusiasm Of Whitley & Charretier’s ‘The Unstoppable Wasp’ #1 [Review]

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This week sees the release of The Unstoppable Wasp #1 by Jeremy Whitley, Elsa Charretier, Megan Wilson and Joe Caramagna, which takes the daughter of Hank Pym from Avengers rookie to solo star. The first issue is packed with charm, heart and style, and proves to be not only an incredibly strong debut issue, but an even stronger statement of intent for the series at large.

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The Obamas Return For Another Surreal Adventure In Steven Weissman’s ‘Looking For America’s Dog’

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Is America lost, or has America merely lost its way? That’s a question that a little more than half of the Americans who voted in this year's presidential election --- those that cast their votes for the former Secretary of State and United States Senator over the scandal-plagued, race-baiting demagogue with no experience in government at all --- have likely been pondering in recent weeks. I suppose we’ll find out over the course of what promises to be a very tense, very anxious few years.

Here’s a much easier, less stomach-churning question; Has America lost its dog?

Yes, yes it has, at least within the pages of Steven Weissman’s Looking For America’s Dog, the sequel to his Barack Hussein Obama.

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Civil War Correspondence: Ceasefire [Recapping ‘Civil War II’ #8]

David Marquez & Justin Ponsor / Marvel Comics
David Marquez & Justin Ponsor / Marvel Comics

Civil War II completely overwhelmed the Marvel Universe over most of the year, but thankfully all your favorite titles are now free from its clutches and we’re finally at the last issue.

With Iron Man and Captain Marvel ready to duke it out one last time, and with Spider-Man caught in the middle, let’s get together for one last Civil War Correspondence and see how the world has changed forever... this time around.

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