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DC and Vertigo Comic Book Releases for September 2016 [Solicitations]


Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions, graphic novels and collectibles going on sale in September 2016 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s superhero line and the mature readers Vertigo imprint.

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Cast Party: Who Should Star in a ‘Sandman Mystery Theatre’ Movie?


Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist.

This week we're turning to one of my very favorite comics of the '90s: Sandman Mystery Theatre. The original creative team was Matt Wagner and Guy Davis, taking inspiration from the original Sandman comics by Gardner Fox and Bert Christman. There's a new collection out of the first 12 issues, so this seems like the perfect time to revisit it.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases for June 15 2016


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.

It’s with these challenges in mind that we’ve created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers and seasoned Wednesday shoppers alike can find our picks of the best books the medium has to offer.

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If You Love ‘Preacher’ On TV, Try These Comics Next


AMC’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Vertigo series Preacher is proving to be very popular with audiences, despite the many tweaks and changes that the television series has made to the original comic’s story. The tale of Jesse Custer, Tulip O’Hare, and Cassidy has proven to be more adaptable and malleable than many fans may have thought, and the new approach to the show’s core concept opens up different avenues to update the classic Western tale.

If you love Preacher and you already know the comic from cover to cover, we’ve got five of the best independent comics for you to try next that tackle similar themes of cowboys, vampires, and how humanity relates when faced with a god.

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Preacher Ma’am: How Does ‘Gone to Texas’ Hold Up Today?


As someone who thought she was a dude in the late 1990s, Preacher was the comic I looked forward to every month more than any other. As someone who knows she isn’t a dude in the mid-2010s, I’m looking back on this series and examining what still works, what doesn’t work, and what its lasting legacy is.

Created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, with colors by Matt Hollingsworth, letters by Clem Robbins, and covers by Glenn Fabry, Preacher launched in 1995 from Vertigo. The first trade paperback, Gone To Texas, was published in 1996. The series is now being adapted for the screen as a TV series on AMC, and it was the moment that Jesse Custer pulled out a cellphone in the Preacher pilot that I realized that the mid-'90s were a long time ago.

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‘Preacher’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 1, Episode 3: ‘The Possibilities’


This week’s “The Possibilities” finally sees Jesse and Tulip teaming up to deal with their shared past, while Cassidy holds down the fort back at the church and learns some new information from those two goofs who attacked him last week. The episode was directed by Scott Winant and written by Chris Kelley.

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Give ‘Em Elle: Morrison’s ‘Doom Patrol’, And Groundbreaking Comics Versus the March of Time


Welcome to Give ‘Em Elle, a weekly column that hopes to bridge the gap between old school comics fandom and the progressive edge of comics culture. This week I’ve been thinking about comics as products of the time they were published. If a work like Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol can feel like a comic from the future even ten years after it came out, why does it feel dated today?

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‘Preacher’ Boss Confirms Elizabeth Perkins’ Vyla Quincannon Cut

Preacher Elizabeth Perkins Vyla Quincannon Cut

Sunday’s newest episode of Preacher introduced us to one of the AMC comic drama’s leading antagonists in the form of Jackie Earle Haley’s Odin Quincannon, but at least a few fans were left scratching their head at the absence of other Quincannons from early casting. Now, boss Sam Catlin confirms that Elizabeth Perkins and Lucas Neff’s roles were cut from the series, despite a brief pilot appearance.

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‘Preacher’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 1, Episode 2: ‘See’


AMC’s Preacher follows small-town Texas pastor Jesse Custer, his former partner-in-crime Tulip, and a foul-mouthed Irish vampire named Cassidy as they attempt to find God in a godless world. Matt Wilson, a devotee of the Vertigo comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, and Elle Collins, a returning parishioner with a dose of skepticism, are checking in to see what they find on the dusty trail in ComicsAlliance’s new recap series, Gospel Truth.

This week’s episode, “See,” finds Jesse trying to make good on his promise to be the shepherd to his flock, while Cassidy deals with some sinister pursuers, and Tulip plans out a big score. The episode was directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen and written by Sam Catlin.

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Cast Party: Who Should Star in a Grant Morrison ‘Doom Patrol’ Movie?


Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist.

Back when I envisioned a movie about the Silver Age Doom Patrol, I promised a Grant Morrison-derived sequel, and that's what we're doing this week. Let's call this movie Doom Patrol: The Painting That Ate Paris, after the collected edition of the second arc by Morrison and Richard Case, which it's based on. We'll also include elements of the previous story, Crawling from the Wreckage, to show this bizarre version of the team coming together.

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