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‘All-New Ghost Rider’ #1 Starts Off Slow But Hits The Finish Line Hot And Other Racing Puns [Review]

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I love Ghost Rider. Or at least, I love Ghost Rider in theory. Everything about the character, the very idea of a flaming skeleton in a cursed leather jacket riding around on a motorcycle made of hellfire, bringing vengeance to increasingly bizarre and demonic villains, all while pulling off stunts that you could only do on the comics page? That is exactly my jam. In practice, however, Ghost Rider has always been a really hit-or-miss character for me. As good as it can be, and there are issues of Ghost Rider that are among my absolute favorite comics, it's often bogged down by being overcomplicated and, worst of all when you're dealing with a book about demonic motorcycle stunts, boring.

That being the case, you can probably understand why I approached Felipe Smith and Trad Moore's all-new Ghost Rider comic, appropriately called All-New Ghost Rider, with a little bit of caution. On paper, it's exactly what I want out of comics, but in practice, there are a dozen things that could go wrong. Fortunately, the first issue is off to a strong start.

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Comics Alliance Presents Here’s The Thing, Episode 1: Why ‘Impulse’ #3 Is The Best Single-Issue Story Ever [Video]

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If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: This week, we're launching Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he sits in his living room under a framed portrait of Destro, drinking a cup of coffee and sharing his opinion on comic books.

This week in the debut episode, Chris tackles the question of what the greatest single issue of all time is -- or at least, his favorite, same thing, right? -- and declares it to be Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos's Impulse #3 from 1995. Check out the video to find out why!

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‘Silver Surfer’ #1 Chooses Incident Over Introspection [Review]

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For most of his publication history, the Silver Surfer has been a character marked by tragedy and tumult. The inherent irony of the character was that he could traverse the vastness of space with ease and wield immeasurable power in the palm of his hand, but he could hardly bear the torture of his own emotions.

The first issue of the brand new Silver Surfer series by writer Dan Slott, artist Mike Allred and colorist Laura Allred chucks a lot of that baggage out the window, and, believe it or not, it’s all the better for it.

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Why The Arlong Park Sequence In ‘One Piece’ Is The Greatest Comic Book Fight Scene Of All Time [Opinion]

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Listen, I realize that I'm a little late to the party when it comes to Echiro Oda's One Piece. It's literally the best-selling manga of all time, but I've only just gotten into it over the past few months, on the recommendation of former CA writer David Brothers. I was hooked right away -- the book's signature mix of action, character, slapstick comedy and insanely over-the-top violence was fantastic right from the start, blending in a way that I find completely irresistible.

Then I got to volume 10, and the characters arrived in Arlong Park for a single fight scene that literally lasted for over 250 pages. And as someone who loves fight comics, I can say pretty confidently that it is quite possibly the best fight scene I have ever seen in comics. Not in manga, in all of comics. And believe me, I've seen a lot of 'em.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 Recap, Episode 15: ‘Us’ [Spoilers]

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Season four of The Walking Dead, AMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner Award-winning Image Comics series launched by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and now drawn by Charlie Adlard, is well into its second half, and the despair has been turned up to eleven. ComicsAlliance’s John Parker is following along to see who lives, who dies, and who appears for one scene.

It’s all smiles on The Walking Dead this week, as lovers reunite, nerds run the world, and Daryl learns a fun new game. That’s okay. After last week’s soul-shearing horror, we needed a break.

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Toy Review: ‘Bravest Warriors’ Bendies [Video]

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Every weekend here at CA we’re cracking open the latest and/or just greatest action figures around to see what sets them apart from the articulated plastic pack. This week we’re unboxing Pop Culture Shock Toys' new line of Bravest Warriors bendies, which includes Chris, Beth, Wallow and Danny. We've been curious about the line since prototypes debuted at NYCC 2013, and having ordered the full set from WeLoveFine, we can finally see if they deliver.

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War Rocket Ajax Early Edition: Daredevil, Superman Unchained, And Sex Criminals [Podcast]

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Each week, ComicsAlliance’s Chris Sims and Matt Wilson host the War Rocket Ajax podcast, their online audio venue for interviews with comics creators, reviews of the books of the week, and whatever else they want to talk about. ComicsAlliance is offering clips of the comics-specific segments of the show several days before the full podcast goes up at WarRocketAjax.com on Mondays.

This week, it's an extra-special, ComicsAlliance-exclusive set of comics reviews. Chris and Matt are chatting about the brand-new Daredevil #1 by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, Superman Unchained #6 by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee, and Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's Sex Criminals #5.

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‘Arrow’ Season 2 Recap, Episode 16: ‘Suicide Squad’

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The CW’s superhero series Arrow re-imagines Green Arrow for a TV audience as a tough, often ruthless vigilante bent on setting things right in his home of Starling City by punishing the wicked. ComicsAlliance’s Matt Wilson will be following along to see how he fares.

This week, a certain unit that's more of a squad makes its TV debut, Ollie turns to Russian mobsters for help, and Dig gets involved in a moral quandary.

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‘Scooby-Doo: WrestleMania Mystery’ Is The Greatest Film Of Our Generation [Review]

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I'm afraid I have some bad news for the roughly 6.5 billion of you who are not Chris Sims: It turns out that they're just producing media for me now. I know, I was surprised too, but how else do you explain the actual existence of Scooby-Doo: WrestleMania Mystery, a feature-length, direct-to-video film in which the gang from Mystery, Incorporated and their talking dog team up with the superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment in order to battle a demon bear who wants to steal the WWE Championship?

There's no other explanation. I have somehow become the exact target market for at least two companies to join forces and spend a lot of money ensuring that a Scooby-Doo/WWE crossover is something that actually exists. Not that I'm complaining, you understand -- I've been excited about this thing since they announced it last year, and now that I've finally seen it, I can confirm that it is amazing in every sense of the word.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 Recap, Episode 14: ‘The Grove’ [Spoilers]

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Season four of The Walking Dead, AMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner Award-winning Image Comics series launched by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and now drawn by Charlie Adlard, is well into its second half, and the despair has been turned up to eleven. ComicsAlliance’s John Parker is back again to see who lives, who dies, and oh my god the horror.

This week on The Walking Dead: nothing. Nothing happens. Carol and Tyreese and all three kids just have a nice, chilled-out episode where they point out shapes in the clouds and stuff. Literally nothing at all happens, so we can talk about something else now. Something pleasant and uplifting, like Darfur, or terminal cancer.

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