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Once Upon a Crime: The ‘100 Bullets’ Game That Almost Happened

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DC Comics

At the turn of the millennium, Vertigo published the first handful of issues of 100 Bullets, the hard-boiled neo-noir from Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso. The heavy-handed narrative would take a decade to unfold, with a conspiracy so complex, you basically had to re-read every old issue every time a new issue came out just so you could keep all the twists, turns, changing allegiances, and lies straight. The idea of a video game based on a Vertigo comic seemed completely improbable at the time, and that's not even considering the subject matter, tone and style of 100 Bullets being a better fit for the graphic medium than the virtual one.

Despite the odds being heavily stacked against a 100 Bullets video game, ten years ago it almost actually happened. Thanks in part to the successes of Max Payne and Hitman, both of which proved there was a market for a story like 100 Bullets, Acclaim reached a deal with the comic's creators to develop and publish a video game based on the moody, violent comic. Back in 2003 and 2004, you might remember even seeing advertisements and preview coverage of 100 Bullets in its early stages. But that's as far as 100 Bullets ever made it, and we've never really seen what could have been. That is until PtoPOnline uncovered some of these early prototypes and shared them with the world this week.

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Grant Morrison And The Great Work

Frank Quitely
Frank Quitely

In magical practice, the term magnum opus has a different meaning than in popular context. Latin for "the Great Work," its been used since the early alchemists, and taken on various shades of metaphorical meaning through different traditions, but they're all essentially referring to the same thing: the total actualization of one's will, and the creation of the idealized self. Grant Morrison, the most inventive writer in comics, has been at it for a while now.

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War On ‘Lucifer': One Million Moms Lacks Sympathy for the Devil, Surprising Many

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Did you know that many Christians object to the Devil? It's strange but true. Since he's a character who originated in their own favorite book, you'd think they'd be even more invested in him than the rest of us. But apparently, like so many over-invested nerds, Evangelical Christians are only interested in a version of the Devil that lines up with their reading of the source material, which in this case means not only a bad guy, but the worst guy of all time, who's also responsible for all other bad things that have ever happened in the world.

Noted anti-everything trolls One Millions Moms, a group whose membership is not limited to actual moms and whose actual numbers remain vague, have chosen Fox's Lucifer, a show based on a comic written by Mike Carey that was based on a comic written by Neil Gaiman, as their latest target for one of their "let's give this thing we hate as much free publicity as possible" campaigns.

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‘The Twilight Children’ #4 Concludes Hernandez and Cooke’s Sci Fi Saga [Exclusive Preview]

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Three issues' worth of questions and mysteries will (hopefully) reach some conclusions when the fourth and final issue of Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke's The Twilight Children is released this Wednesday, January 27, and we have an exclusive preview.

The Twilight Children tells the story of strange goings-on in a small beach town. There are weird glowing orbs, blind children with peculiar insights, and a couple of characters who might be aliens. At the center of it all is Felix, a young scientist, Tito, a woman who always gets what she wants, and of course Ela, a mysterious girl who very likely isn't from this world.

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The Issue: The Not So Just So Story Of Rudyard Kipling And ‘The Unwritten’ #5

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Mike Carey and Peter Gross' The Unwritten is a Vertigo fantasy thriller starring Tom Taylor, the namesake --- and potentially word-made-flesh incarnation --- of fictional boy wizard Tommy Taylor, as he tries to take down the shadowy cabal threatening his life. At the end of issue #4, we're left with a major cliffhanger, with Tom arrested for a murder he didn't commit, a killer on the loose, and the unexplained appearance of his magical alter ego's pet winged cat.

Instead of picking up those threads, The Unwritten #5, "How The Whale Became," recounts the life story of Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, a full two centuries before Tom's tale begins. There's no explicit magic in the issue, and most of the events it depicts are a matter of historical record. But only most of the events in this issue are true, and that's where it starts to get really interesting.

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DC and Vertigo Comic Book Releases for April 2016 [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 April 2016 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s superhero line and the mature readers Vertigo imprint.

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Filthy Genius: A Birthday Tribute To Garth Ennis

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There might be writers more talented than Garth Ennis, but none are as bafflingly talented as Garth Ennis. Nobody else has such an immense capacity for complex human drama hidden beneath a surface so utterly drenched with puke jokes.

An unabashed lover of scatological humor, extreme violence, and vicious satire, the Northern Ireland-born writer, born 46 years ago tomorrow on January 16 1970, is something of an acquired taste. One might even go so far as to call him polarizing. For everyone who dismisses Ennis as juvenile, vulgar, and vile, you'll find at least one more who will tell you that Garth Ennis is a special kind of brilliant.

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Lunch Gets Very Tense In ‘Sheriff Of Babylon’ #2 [Preview]

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The first issue of Tom King and Mitch Gerads' Sheriff of Babylon was notable for a whole lot of reasons. For one thing, it was the first Vertigo comic that had to be run by the CIA before publication thanks to the influence of King's time working as a consultant during the Iraq War, but for another, it was quite simply an incredible first issue. Three separate stories, each punctuated by gunshots, setting the stage for a murder mystery set during the reconstruction of Iraq.

Now, the second issue is bringing those threads together, as Christopher and Nassir meet to discuss their investigation in what has to be the most tense lunch since... well, probably since we all saw our relatives over the holidays. Check out an exclusive preview!

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‘iZombie’ Season 2 Taps Kristen Bell for ‘Veronica Mars’ Reunion (Sort Of)

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The CW’s iZombie had plenty of Veronica Mars baked into its brains already, between creator Rob Thomas and a host of past Mars favorites, but now Neptune’s greatest P.I. will finally enter Liv’s world. Well, mostly. What 50 Shades shenanigans bring Kristen Bell to Seattle for iZombie’s Veronica Mars reunion?

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Holly Black And Lee Garbett On The Holy Resurrection Of ‘Lucifer’ [Interview]

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After many years away, the charismatic, unflinching Lucifer returns to Vertigo Comics, where he first appeared as part of the supporting cast of Sandman. A lot has changed since that time, but it looks as though he remains the same magnificent bastard that inspired some of the best creative work Vertigo has ever seen. This new series, from Holly Black and Lee Garbett, brings the character to Hollywood, and kicks off with the grandest murder mystery imaginable: the death of God. With the Almighty murdered, all suspicions turn towards Lucifer as the culprit --- forcing him to come out of the shadows to clear his name.

Taking the character brought so vividly to life in his outstanding prior series by writer Mike Carey and artists including Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly, and returning him to an ongoing series is a tough job. To find out more about what Black and Garbett plan for the character, ComicsAlliance spoke to them both about his imminent resurrection.

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