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Smart, Nice and Sassy: ‘Good Girl’ Role Models Make Boring Heroes

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Girls need role models. This is an old canard, though it’s tempting to see its genesis in 1990s girl power — it’s just that it hasn’t always meant warmed-over Gloria Steinem quotes and the Spice Girls. June Cleaver was a Good Role Model for Girls. The Virgin Mary is a Good Role Model for Girls. Their ranks have swelled with Buffys, Lara Crofts, and Wonder Women, but they stand, toned of arm and glossed of lip, beneath the same banner.

In response to a dearth of women, mainstream comics now turns to the Good Role Model for Girls as a panacea. Spider-Gwen! Spider Woman! Batgirl! Hawkeye! Black Widow! All the women in X-Men! She-Hulk! Even Suzie in Sex Criminals! And oh, how the little girl marooned in 90s comic dungeons within me sang! It’s a new age, I thought; a turning point. The first issues fly by, and I purchase every single one.

And I am bored.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For May 6, 2015

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

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Edginton and Trifogli’s ‘Hinterkind’ Reaches its Epic Conclusion with Issue #18 [Exclusive Preview]

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When the first issue of Ian Edginton and Francesco Trifolgi's Hinterkind hit the stands in 2013, this tale of humans and mythological creatures battling one another in a post-apocalyptic future immediately found a passionate and vocal fan base, and became a modern-day example of the offbeat genre-blending fantasy that has become a trademark of the Vertigo line from day one.

Now, after 18 issues of giants and faeries and dragons and other fantastical insanity, the series is drawing to a close, with leading lady Prosper Monday and her band of companions hurtling headlong into their greatest battle – and we're excited to bring you an exclusive five-page preview of the grand finale!

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Sound Off! David Winnick, David Hahn, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell and Robin Furth Take Our ‘Vertigo SFX’ Q&A

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Today we talk to David Winnick, David Hahn, Robin Furth and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell about the ideas behind their Vertigo SFX anthology stories, 'Pop-Up' and 'Momma had a Baby and Her Head Popped Off', and find out the sounds they like to wake up to, work to, and relax to.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For April 29, 2015

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

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Sound Off! Nathan Fox, Jim Zub, Clay Chapman and Szymon Kudranski Take Our ‘Vertigo SFX’ Q&A

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Vertigo's new quarterly anthology series Vertigo SFX sees writers and artists take inspiration from the world of comic book sound effects to tell short stories, starting with the granddaddy of SFX; 'pop'. The first issue is available this Wednesday, April 29th, so we reached out to some of the creators to get a preview of their stories, and to invite them to take our special SFX Q&A.

Today we talk to Nathan Fox, Jim Zub, and Clay Chapman and Szymon Kudranski about the ideas behind their three stories, 'Ekoh', 'Little Medals', and 'Earwing Out', and to find out the sounds they like to wake up to, work to, and relax to. Check back tomorrow when we talk to David Winnick, David Hahn, Robin Furth and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell!

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AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Officially Canonizes Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer

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AMC’s Preacher adaptation has raised holy hell in casting its supporting players, keeping its main main in the shadows up until now. Following weeks of rumor, Agent Carter and Captain America star Dominic Cooper has officially nabbed the title role as Jesse Custer, getting AMC’s Preacher ready to step into the light.

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AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Casts Lucy Griffiths, Dominic Cooper Closer to Lead Role

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AMC’s Preacher adaptation made serious headway in casting its unholy trio with the additions of Tulip and Cassidy, but main man Jesse Custer remains in the shadows. Agent Carter alum Dominic Cooper is reportedly close to signing for the role, while Constantine star Lucy Griffiths has also joined the comic adaptation.

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‘Supernatural’ Creator Eric Kripke To Pen New Vertigo Mini, ‘Amped,’ In Prep For TV Series

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Quite a few comics projects have been snapped up for TV and movie adaptation within just a few issues of publication, but this may be the first case of a TV version of a comic being announced when the comic is announced.

Variety broke the news this week that Supernatural creator Eric Kripke will team with cover artist Brian Bolland and interior artist John Higgins this fall for a new six-issue Vertigo miniseries called Amped. It puts a bit of a new spin on the "real-life" superhero story, which has become something of a genre unto itself in the past 10 years or so. Kripke will serve as executive producer and writer on the TV series, which will air on USA Network.

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Vertigo’s ‘Strange Sports Stories’ #1 is So Good We’re Using Sports Metaphors

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Over the last several years, Vertigo has revived several forgotten anthology titles with good results: Strange Adventures, Mystery in Space, The Witching Hour and Time Warp. With Strange Sports Stories, Vertigo once again dips into comics history, drafting a lineup of heavy hitters and utility players for odd tales of sports and science fiction coming together in unexpected ways.

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