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‘Wolf Children’ On Screen & Page

Our ongoing exploration of anime series adapated for the manga page continues with Mamoru Hosoda's 2012 film Wolf Children, and its manga adaptation by Yu.

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DJ Kirkbride On ‘The Biggest Bang’

DJ Kirkbride talks about the process behind The Biggest Bang, the decision to give Wyan cosmic powers, and why a terrifying spider-monster's feelings are valid.

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Love ‘Hamilton’? Read These Comics!

If you’ve listened to the Hamilton soundtrack a million times and still need more, we’ve got five of the best independent comics in the Hamilton mold.

‘Gotham’ Eyes Mad Hatter, Solomon Grundy and More for Season 3

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We’re just hours from Gotham wrapping up a season that brought us Bat-villains like Hugo Strange, Mr. Freeze and Clayface, but will Season 3 delve even deeper into the prepubescent Dark Knight’s rogues? Producers confirm some rumored additions like the Mad Hatter and more members of the Court of Owls, perhaps even Vicki Vale.

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Medicom’s MAFEX Suicide Squad Harley Quinn is All Smiles

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With the Suicide Squad movie just a few months away, we're starting to see more and more collectibles popping up to tie into the film. Now that Batman V Superman's merchandising deluge has mostly subsided, it's on to the next big DC/WB event film. While we've seen a smattering of DC Collectibles and Mattel pieces set to tie into the upcoming action flick, there's been very little featuring one of the premiere squaddies, Harley Quinn. To this point, even DC is one of the only companies to even have shown off a Harley figure, save for Medicom, which finally unveiled its version of the character this week.

Previously, Medicom announced a Suicide Squad Joker, but the rest of the film's actual major players were left to the sidelines. I understand that the Joker is a big mover and shaker, particularly when it comes to Medicom and its MAFEX line, but to make him the lead figure from that film strikes me as an odd decision given how much more prominent the likes of Harley Quinn, Deadshot or even Boomerang have been leading into the movie's release. We also know the Joker is but a mere guest in the larger scheme of that film, so putting him at the forefront just doesn't sit right with me. That's doubly true considering we'll have to wait until 2017 to see the second figure, Harley Quinn.

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The Issue: X-Amining (and Re-X-Amining) X-Factor’s Therapy Sessions [Mutant Week]

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Welcome to The Issue, where we look at some of the strangest, most interesting and most distinctive single-issue comic stories ever to grace the medium. To mark the upcoming release of X-Men: Apocalypse, and the upcoming reveal of the top 100 X-Men of all time, we're also celebrating our own "Mutant Week" here at ComicsAlliance.

For the Mutant Week edition of The Issue, we're looking at two issues published nearly 15 years apart, in two completely separate runs with a largely different roster of characters, and a core concept that switched from government-sponsored superteam to mutant detective agency --- but it's the same title, the same writer, and almost exactly the same format. The books are X-Factor Vol 1 #87 and Vol 3 #13, "X-Aminations" and "Re-X-Aminations" --- or as they're more commonly known, those issues of Peter David's X-Factor where the team goes to therapy.

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Even More Nukes Rain in Extended ‘Arrow’ Season 4 Finale Trailer

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It must be May if Star City stands on the brink of destruction, but Oliver Queen’s hometown is far from the only major locale in jeopardy by this week’s Arrow Season 4 finale “Schism.” A new extended trailer for the May 25 closer sees Damon Darhk’s nukes once again on the warpath, while Star City erupts in an all-out streetfight. You know … again.

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Funko Pop Unveils ‘Preacher’ Vinyl Figures With One Huge Omission

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Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher is the new biggest show on televison, and its debut episode on AMC this week has everyone talking about Jesse Custer and the town of Annville, Texas. It seems all popular television shows and films these days receive a line of Funko Pop vinyl figures at some point, and Preacher is no exception, but the upcoming line of three is missing one major character.

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‘Agents of SHIELD’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 3, Episodes 21 & 22: ‘Absolution/Ascension’

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Welcome back to another Agents of S.O.M.E.T.H.I.N.G., where Comics Alliance’s Special Agents Chris Haley and Ziah Grace debrief you on all the things to like and complain about in this week’s episode of Disney’s ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

For the big finale, we were treated/subjected to not one, but two, episodes! People lived. People died. People smirked. “Absolution” was directed by Billy Gierhart and written by Chris Dingess and Drew Greenberg, while “Ascension” was directed by Kevin Tancharoen and written by Jed Whedon.

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Cowabunga! NECA’s Arcade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Box Sets Coming to SDCC

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Where were you on World Turtle Day 2016? That is not a sentence I expected to type out in my lifetime, but I'll remember where I was for one reason. Well okay, I'll remember where I was because I'm in the same place I am every Monday --- plastered in front of my computer writing about games and toys --- but in this case, I'll remember specifically because it was the day NECA announced a new set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles based on the 1989 arcade classic.

Many die-hard TMNT fans might remember NECA once had a go at the Turtles just about eight years ago. The figures were based on the Mirage Comics incarnations, and while a whole line of figures was planned, only the Turtles and the Mousers ever saw the light of day. There were even black and white variants made to mimic the appearance of the original comic art, which in turn inspired a number of imitators, but that was the last anyone saw of NECA's Turtles. Now, ahead of San Diego Comic-Con 2016, NECA's at it again, bringing those tubular heroes to life in one of the company's signature lines, the Classic Video Game Apperance series.

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

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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.

In this week’s “Pilot,” Jesse tries to help a family in crisis, Tulip performs near-unbelievable acts of derring do with household crafts, and Cassidy jumps right out of a plane. Also, a divine force causes some people to explode. The episode was directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, from a story by Goldberg, Rogen and Sam Catlin, who also wrote the teleplay.

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Everything You Need To Know About ‘DC Universe: Rebirth’ #1

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DC Comics’ big summer event one-shot DC Universe: Rebirth #1 goes on sale this week, and the internet is abuzz with news, reveals and spoilers concerning one of the biggest comics of the year. The one-shot by Geoff Johns, Ethan Van Sciver, Gary Frank and Ivan Reis sees the return of familiar faces from inside and outside the DC Universe, and DC is already publicizing those revelations in the press, so we’ve rounded up the biggest developments from this blockbuster story from DC-approved sources like USA Today, IGN and CBR, for those readers who want the full rundown.

If you don't want to be spoiled for any of the events of DC Universe: Rebirth #1 before the book comes out on Wednesday, go learn about some other comics you could be reading instead. Spoilers for the future of the DC Universe follow.

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‘Preacher’ Bosses Explain Tom Cruise Gag, Plus New ‘See’ Sneak Peek

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The gag itself made headlines months ago at SXSW, but that didn’t stop Preacher fans from a shocked chortle at Tom Cruise’s explosive cameo in the AMC comic drama’s premiere. We’ve heard a bit of Cruise’s reaction, but now Preacher bosses explain the bizarre bit, while AMC releases new sneak peeks of the show’s June 5 return “See.”

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