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Here’s The Thing Episode 12: Angel Punisher vs. FrankenCastle

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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 sits in his living room under a framed portrait of Destro, drinking a cup of coffee and sharing his opinion on comic books.

On this week's show, Chris revisits a previous episode to examine why FrankenCastle, the story where the Punisher became a grumpy Frankenstein monster with a giant metal arm, works much better than Angel Punisher, the story where the Punisher became a grumpy angel with a coat full of heaven guns. Believe it or not, there is a difference.

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The Revolution Will Be Pastel: ‘Bee & Puppycat’ Embraces Manga, The Web And Femininity To Maximum Effect [Video]

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Bee and Puppycat is really, really cute. It is also funny, bizarre, and occasionally wistful. Above all though, it is cute: there’s the pastel palette, the fat pink bows on Bee’s shoes, the warm roundness of its characters, literally everything about Puppycat. Its absurdism is soft and its softness is absurd -- “I got fired today,” Bee intones flatly, the rain spattering her cat-faced pinafore dress. She’s a dumpster-diving Sanrio character, Strawberry Shortcake late for her appointment at the temp agency. The beginnings of a plot prod gently at her from time to time, but never with anything like urgency -- two issues into its run, Boom! Studios' Bee and Puppycat comic has meditated on strawberry donuts, embarrassing pajamas, and platform shoes, but not much else. Creator Natasha Allegri (along with collaborators Madeleine Flores and Garrett Jackson) would rather devote three pages to QR-coded music boxes than set about untangling Puppycat’s origins or the nature of their magical, mysterious employer.

In these qualities, Bee and Puppycat is right in line with Adventure Time, Steven Universe, and Bravest Warriors, its closest brethren in tone and form. Beyond the creator overlap between the four franchises and the fact that all of them now span both animation and comics, they’re all content to hunker down in that pocket of the zeitgeist that brings together childhood nostalgia and bizarre Internet-age humor, where atmosphere reigns over plot.

But Bee and Puppycat stands out among them, and marks a sea change in comics -- particularly in how franchises are formed, what is considered marketable, and what demographics are seen as worthy of being catered to. In its weird, witty way, I believe that Bee and Puppycat emblematizes the future of this industry.

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Iron Man Vs. Goths: ‘Power Rangers’ Producer Creates New Series ‘GUNBLADE’ [Video]

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If you've been a child at any time in the past 20 years, there's a good chance that you're already familiar with the work of Koichi Sakamoto, whether you know his name or not. Since 1996, he's been a producer and director on the Power Rangers franchise -- along with working on the stunts for its Japanese tokusatsu source material -- and now, he's getting ready to launch a new show, set to debut in America in January of 2016.

It's called Gunblade, and it's basically Iron Man meets Kamen Rider with a budget of $20,000,000, a significant portion of which will likely be spent on guns and/or blades. And it looks pretty awesome.

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The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology Of Panic Attacks In ‘Fear Of Victory’

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Did you know that most of us will experience a panic attack at some point in our lives? And over 11% of people will suffer from panic attacks to the point that it interferes with their ability to function.

Did you also know which superhero happens to be an expert on panic attacks? Batman! In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the episode “Fear of Victory” from Batman: The Animated Series.

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Birdman: Michael Keaton Is An Actor Going Insane After Playing A Superhero… Hmmm [Video]

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As much as I might not like Tim Burton's Batman movies, I will always kind of love Michael Keaton. I mean, I saw Multiplicity in the theater. Twice. That's how much I love that dude. And as a result, I could not possibly be more interested in Birdman, a new film by Alejandro González Iñárritu starring Keaton as an actor best known for playing a superhero, a role that cast a shadow over his career and may be destroying his mental health.

Also, the Hulk, Gwen Stacy and Snow Job are in it.It's pretty exciting.

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Blood, Sex and Death: Must Be The New ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Theatrical Trailer [Video]

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Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Stacy Keach, Jaime King, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Mickey Rourke, Juno Temple, Bruce Willis and Lady F*cking Gaga star in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, the new Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller film coming out nine years after the pair first collaborated on a filmed adaptation of Miller's award winning Dark Horse graphic novels.

The phrase you often here in connection with the production is is "what took so long?" Based on the latest theatrical trailer, the more common remark is going to be "better late than never."

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Here’s The Thing Episode 11: Hawkman Sucks Real Bad [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: 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 sits in his living room under a framed portrait of Destro, drinking a cup of coffee and sharing his opinion on comic books.

On this week's show, a viewer asks Chris to explain Hawkman and ends up sparking a journey through one of the most complicated histories in comics, trying to answer one simple question: Why isn't a dude who fights dinosaurs with a mace while not wearing a shirt the coolest guy ever?

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Comics Alliance Presents The Arkham Sessions, A Podcast Dedicated To The Psychology Of ‘Batman: The Animated Series’

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The Arkham Sessions, hosted by clinical psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a weekly podcast dedicated to the psychological analysis of Batman: The Animated Series. Nostalgic, humorous, and even a little educational, each episode promises to lend some insight into the heroes, villains, and classic stories of the Dark Knight.

As a special exclusive for ComicsAlliance visitors, new episodes of The Arkham Sessions will stream on CA several days in advance of their syndication to iTunes.

This week: One of the toughest, scariest and scaliest villains in Gotham City is on the loose, and the Dark Knight is on his tail! In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, the Psych Doc wrestles Killer Croc!

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The Joker And Luke Skywalker Have A Chat, Courtesy Of Mark Hamill [Video]

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Character mash-ups -- especially when they involve Star Wars -- can get pretty tiresome, but I can give them a pass when they involve the original actors who portrayed the iconic characters in the mix -- or when they involve Batman: The Animated Series.

So when actor Mark Hamill got a Twitter request to make Luke Skywalker and his version of The Joker meet up -- at least vocally -- at Star Wars Weekends at Disney World, and then he did it, it was pretty magical.

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Vincent D’Onofrio To Portray Marvel’s Kingpin in ‘Daredevil’, Throws ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ Continuity Into Upheaval

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One of few actors whose work can truly be described as brilliant, Vincent D’Onofrio's next project is Marvel and Netflix's forthcoming Daredevil series, in which he will portray Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin. This marks the second time D’Onofrio will inhabit the role of a Marvel character, following a small role as Thor in 1987's Adventures in Babysitting.

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