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The Arkham Sessions: Coping With Trauma In ‘Batman: Appointment In Crime Alley’

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Based on a 1976 Detective Comics story by Dennis O'Neil and Dick Giordano, "Appointment in Crime Alley" is a memorable and heartfelt episode of Batman: The Animated Series. Gritty and sorrowful, the episode is centered around the anniversary of Thomas and Martha Wayne's murder in Park Row 30 years ago, and Bruce Wayne's annual appointment to visit the site of their death. We also learn more about Dr. Leslie Thompkins, the longtime friend and colleague of Thomas Wayne who consoled young Bruce on the night his parents were murdered. We realize Leslie's life was also greatly affected by the tragedy, and the two share a unique bond.

Are Bruce and Leslie enacting a healthy coping method by commemorating the Waynes every year in "Crime Alley", or is this a sign of prolonged grief and their inability to move on? In this episode of the Arkham Sessions, we discuss how some people who experience trauma and negative life events can get "stuck" on bad thoughts which keep them from overcoming the tragedies in their lives.

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‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ Is 75% Eyes, 100% Awesome [Review]

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I'm not even close to kidding when I say that one of the most exciting things about life in 2014 is that we're experiencing an amazing renaissance of Sailor Moon. Not only has the manga been reissued in its entirety from Kodansha, and not only is the classic series being released uncut with two episodes every Monday on Hulu, but Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, a new series based on Naoko Takeuchi's original series, made its worldwide premiere last weekend.

This is, for someone who loves Sailor Moon as much as I do, a pretty big deal, and Crystal's first episode lived up to the hype by being an absolutely gorgeous new version of Usagi's first outing as Sailor Moon. The thing is, Crystal was designed to be a far more strict adaptation of the source material, and while it definitely succeeds on that front, that's also its biggest problem.

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Former Movie Superman Brandon Routh Shrinks To TV Size As The Atom On ‘Arrow’

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Once, he was the biggest superhero in the world, figuratively. Now, he's going to be the smallest. Literally.

Brandon Routh, who was the Man of Steel in Superman Returns, will reportedly have a recurring role on the CW's hit series Arrow next season as Ray Palmer, known to comics fans as the Atom.

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‘Gotham’ Exec Producers Say Show Will Reveal ‘Psychological Truth’ Of Batman

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For months now, Fox has insisted that its new series Gotham isn't a Batman show. It's a Jim Gordon show.

However, executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, who wrote and directed the pilot respectively, were more than happy to tell IGN that the Gotham City of the series will eventually forge Batman from the pre-teen Bruce Wayne, who is a regular character on the show. (The secret is that he'll be dark and damaged. A bold new vision!) They also discussed how they established the look and feel of the city, and a lot more about their goals.

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The X-Men Episode Guide 4×11: ‘Beyond Good And Evil, Part 4′

The X-Men Episode Guide 4x11: 'Beyond Good And Evil, Part 4'

The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.

This week, it's the finale of "Beyond Good And Evil," and honestly, your guess is as good as mine.

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Paul Willoughby’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Postcards Are The Best/Most Foreboding Possible Mail

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Ever since Laura Palmer washed up on the riverbank wrapped in plastic, Twin Peaks has been a benchmark for engaging television. Created and directed by David Lynch, the series is known not just for great acting and an engaging and ultra-creepy mystery, but for the striking visuals that it presented viewers. Which, when you consider it, is probably why it's been such a popular subject for artists to take a shot at.

One such artist is Paul Willoughby, and in a series of fantastic pieces that he produced back in 2012, he interpreted the characters of Twin Peaks on postcards from the show's Pacific Northwest setting.

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‘Arrow’ Producers Are New Writers On ‘Green Arrow,’ So Get Ready For Ollie To Be A Jerk

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DC Comics announced Thursday that Green Arrow will have a new creative team starting with October's issue #35, and TV fans who like to scroll through the credits might recognize the writers' names. Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski, producers on The CW's hit series Arrow, will take over writing duties while Daniel Sampere (Batgirl) will handle art.

The current Green Arrow team of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino will finish up their run in September's Green Arrow: Futures End #1, according to the DC Comics blog.

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She’s A Problem Solver: Animator Brianne Drouhard Talks DC Nation’s ‘Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld’ [Interview]

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Warner Bros. Animation's DC Nation shorts produced some pretty fantastic material and shined a mass media spotlight on a lot of obscure DC Comics characters. But my favorite, hands down -- and that of many viewers -- was the animated reimagining of Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn and Ernie Colon's Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld. Over the course of seven 75-second shorts produced, directed and designed by artist and animator Brianne Drouhard, Amy Winston was upgraded from an '80s straight-faced sword-and-sworcery concept to a a synthesis of gamer culture and magical girl anime, starring a contemporary young woman pulled into a funny and dangerous video game world where she's a princess of destiny set on a quest to battle skeletons, slay dragons and save the world.

With the series of shorts concluded and available to watch online, we spoke to Drouhard about how she pitched the fan-favorite story, the trials of adapting her illustrating style for animation, and why it was important for Amethyst to have video games in her life. We also got plenty of gorgeous Amethyst art from Drouhard in the process.

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Sin City’s Original Miho, Devon Aoki, Will Play Katana On ‘Arrow’

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Actress Devon Aoki already has experience playing a sword-wielding martial arts expert from comics with her role as Miho in Sin City, so her newest role, as DC Comics character Katana on The CW's Arrow, shouldn't be too difficult of a challenge. Deadline reports that Aoki will have a recurring role in the series' third season, which will, if the second season finale is any indication, partially take place in Hong Kong.

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Here’s The Thing, Episode 14: Why Is Destro So Great?

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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: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he dives into comics history to explain why you're wrong and he's right.

This week, a reader wants to know why Chris, who is often so opposed to romanticizing villains, loves Destro so much. What is it about an arms dealer who supplies a terrorist organization bent on world domination that makes him different from other villains -- and makes him so easy for us to identify with?

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