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‘Arrow’ Season 4 Has Lofty Aspirations in New Poster

Arrow Season 4 Poster Aim Higher
The CW

While many of us stare vacantly into our Twitter feeds waiting for the promised Arrow Season 4 trailer, the art department for the CW’s vigilante archer aims a bit higher with a first poster. We’ve seen Oliver’s new costume in front of Star City, and now Arrow Season 4 shows us … Oliver’s new costume! In front of Star City! With a tagline!

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Filed Under: , , Category: DC, Television

‘Luke Cage’ Casts ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Vet Theo Rossi as Villain, Rosario Dawson Confirmed

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Getty Images / FX

Despite lacking any official photography of Jessica Jones, Marvel and Netflix keep right on truckin’ with Luke Cage pre-production. Latest to enter the Hero-for-Hire’s world is none other than Sons of Anarchy vet Theo Rossi as a Marvel gangster nemesis, while reports also confirm Rosario Dawson to reprise her Daredevil role as Claire Temple.

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‘Supergirl’ Casts Glenn Morshower as Lois Lane’s Father, Plus New Photo

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CBS / Marvel

CBS’ Supergirl keeps a loose relationship with core characters of the Superman franchise, and while Lois Lane remains off in the distance, her father and sister have officially arrived. Not only has eternal military thespian Glenn Morshower signed on to the role of General Sam Lane, but so too do we have our first look at Jenna Dewan-Tatum as Lucy.

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A Career Full Of Highlights: A Birthday Tribute To Walt Simonson

Thor by Walt Simonson

For any other creator, Thor would've been enough. It's a four-year masterpiece, one that I've frequently called the single best run of superhero comics of all time thanks to its perfect blending of comic book action and the high fantasy of Norse mythology, and that's not a really difficult argument to defend. There are issues with bone-shattering larger-than-life battles, and there are issues that hit so hard emotionally that I still get a little choked up thinking about them, and there are issues that do both at the same time. Thirty years later, it still holds up as an unparalleled high point of the genre, and for any other creator, that would be enough.

For Walt Simonson, born this day in 1946, it was just the tip of the iceberg.

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The Transformed Man, Act 21: Onyx Interface

The Transformed Man, Act 21: Onyx Interface

I've never liked the Transformers. The franchise didn't get its hooks into me as a kid, and while I've tried to give it a shot as an adult, it never really clicked. But now, with a recommendation from almost everyone I know and a well-timed Humble Bundle sale that left me with three years worth (and counting) of IDW's More Than Meets The Eye and Robots In Disguise comics, I'm going on a quest to see if these comics can turn me from someone who has never cared at all about Optimus Prime into someone who uses words like "Cybertron" and "alt-mode" with alarming regularity. And Primus help me, it's working.

This week, everyone hates Prowl.

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‘If You Don’t Like It, Make Your Own’ Is a Terrible Argument, But A Great Idea

Make your own.
Make your own.

As someone who makes a living writing and editing for the internet, I've gathered quite a collection of terrible arguments from online commentators, ranging from the perennially awful, 'I don't care about this so you shouldn't either,' to the specifically ignorant, 'How would you feel if they made Black Panther white?' But there's one common argument that combines dull wit with frothy anger to such exhausting effect that it deserves special attention; 'If you don't like it, make your own.'

I write about comics, so I'm especially aware of how often the argument is made in response to comics criticism. But I know that it's also used in all other creative fields, from film-making to video game design, and it's an argument without merit in any field. There is the kernel of a good idea behind it; the comic form is open to anyone who wants to make a contribution. But that doesn't mean you have to make comics rather than criticize. If you don't like what you see, there are several good reasons to say so.

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The Batgirl of Burnside is the Black and White Hero We Deserve [Review]

DC Collectibles Batgirl Black and White Statue

In 2005, DC Collectibles (née DC Direct) launched a statue series of artist interpretations of the Dark Knight inspired in part by the Batman: Black and White comic series. For the most part, the line has focused exclusively on Batman himself, though in the past few years DC has expanded the roster of Black and White to include villains like the Joker and Harley Quinn. Now for the first time, another member of the Bat-family will join the ranks in the form of the all-new Batgirl.

Last year, Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr revamped Barbara Gordon to give her a new home, a new life and a whole new look. The fan response was immediate and loud, and the Batgirl of Burnside became a bright spot in the new DC Universe (and catalog) in a post-New 52 reboot world. However, as big of a success as this new Batgirl was, outside of the comics there was no merchandise to support the surprise hit. That changes this month. Thanks to the talented hands of sculptor Irene Matar, Babs Tarr's version of the character has been given life in collectible form for the first time, and the result is tremendous.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For September 2 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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Filed Under: Category: Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Lists, Marvel

‘Supergirl’ Casts ‘Salem’ Star Iddo Goldberg as DC’s Red Tornado

Supergirl Red Tornado Iddo Goldberg Morrow
CBS / DC Comics / WGN

A short while back, CBS Supergirl made known its intent to feature DC android (as well both hero and villain) Red Tornado, and now the character at last has a face. Well, sort of. Salem star Iddo Goldberg will play the android’s creator T.O. Morrow (yeah, we know), and may also have a hand in playing the super-robot himself.

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Don’t Make Us Force You to Watch the Top Five Weirdest Star Wars Toys

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In the tradition of ScreenCrush series like You Think You Know Movies, You Think You Know TV, and Post Credits comes a brand new YouTube series: Top Five! Each week (or so; we’ve got a lot of other stuff going on), ScreenCrush editor and critic Matt Singer will count down a particular topic from the world of movies (and probably write these introductory posts in the third person).

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Filed Under: Category: Marvel, Movies, Toys

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