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The Devil in Disguise: The History of The Devil As A Comic Book Supervillain

devil woodcut

Lucifer. Mephistopheles. Beelzebub. Auld Hornie. Satan. Nick. Clootie. Whatever you choose to call him, the devil has a long and storied (pun intended) history, from his humble beginnings as a nameless adversary in the book of Job to a tempter in the desert to the spokesmodel for canned ham.

The prince of the power of the air has been at the center of stories for thousands of years, canonical, deuterocanonical, and extracanonical alike. His status as an instantly recognizable symbol and a royalty-free denizen of the public domain have made him an irresistible go-to in stories where an ultimate evil is needed, including in comics.

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Archer and Armstrong Return In ‘A&A’ By Roberts, Lafuente and Kano

Ar&A #1 variant cover by Kano

When Valiant relaunched a few years back, Archer & Armstrong was the breakout hit of the line. The blend of intense action, quirky comedy and over-the-top villains like the One Percent, and a cult that literally worshiped the concept of nothing, made it one of the most memorable comics of the past few years, and made Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry a pretty hard act to follow.

But as Valiant announced today at New York Comic Con, there's a team that's up to the task. Next March, the series will relaunch as A&A, with the new team of writer Rafer Roberts and artist David Lafuente, with a variant cover by Kano.

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‘Flash’ Finally Reveals Zoom in New ‘Flash of Two Worlds’ Trailer

Flash Season 2 Zoom Photo
The CW

The Flash Season 2 premiere may only have spoken the name, but next week’s “Flash of Two Worlds” will feature the demon speedster Zoom in all his menacing glory, and first voiced by Candyman legend Tony Todd to boot. Get an early look at Zoom and gloom in the latest Flash Season 2 promo!

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Amanda Meadows And Geoffrey Golden On The End Of ‘The Devastator’ And The New Line Of Comedy Titles [Interview]

The Devastator #13

Over the past five years, The Devastator has occupied a pretty unique place in the world of comics. As an irregularly published comedy magazine with each issue built on a specific theme, it played host to some fantastic humor in the form of comic strips, prose, infographics, and even the occasional fake advertisement for a service that would match a lonely otaku with the right love pillow. Now, though, that's coming to an end.

The Devastator #13: Space Epic marks the final issue of the anthology, but the people behind the magazine are shifting over to Devastator Press with a focus on publishing single-concept humor books meant to appeal to the same audience. To mark the occasion and find out more, I spoke to Devastator publishers Geoffrey Golden and Amanda Meadows to find out how they recruited comics talent for bizarre comedy, what they learned trying to sell their books at comics conventions, and what we'll be seeing from Devastator Press in the future.

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Han Solo Returns as Hasbro’s Star Wars Line Awakens at NYCC

Star Wars the Force Awakens Hero Series BB-8

Though much of Hasbro’s upcoming plans for Star Wars remain under tight lock and key, the company did preview a handful of new figures during New York Comic Con. It’s not surprising that so few Star Wars figures are being shown considering just how secretive Disney and Lucasfilm are being about the upcoming sequel. Very few characters not shown in trailers or official photos have been teased or released previously, but that didn’t mean there weren’t a few exciting reveals this week.

To this point, the only classic trilogy character to get a new figure for The Force Awakens lines has been Chewbacca, but the Wookie’s best friend and co-pilot will soon join him. Old man Han Solo was the centerpiece of Hasbro’s Black Series unveilings at NYCC this week, and rightfully so. The iconic smuggler with a heart of gold has long been a fan favorite, and he’s one of the few returning heroes to have made an official appearance in promotion for The Force Awakens. Sure, there were some characters on display, too, but it’s hard not to feel a bit sentimental for a Han Solo figure based on a aged Harrison Ford.

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Tombs You Want? Tombs You Get: Mariko Tamaki Takes On Lara Croft in ‘Tomb Raider II’ [Exclusive]


Tomb Raider is a franchise with a lot of amalgamated input, and one that a lot of people have their own take on. Is Lara Croft a strong female character, or a 'Strong Female Character'? From franchise director to commentator and critic, everybody's got their own idea of who Ms Croft should be --- or be for.

Recently Lara's been written by a succession of brilliant women, including Gail Simone, Rhianna Pratchett, and Corinna Bechko. As revealed today at New York Comic-Con, Mariko Tamaki is the next woman to take up Lara's story in comics form over at Dark Horse. ComicsAlliance spoke exclusively to Tamaki ahead of the announcement to find out more.

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Wasp to Co-Star in ‘Ant-Man 2‘ as Marvel Pushes ‘Black Panther’ Forward, Rolls ‘Captain Marvel’ Back (Again)


When Marvel originally revealed their plans for Phase 3, conspicuously missing was a date for Ant-Man 2. There was some concern that Ant-Man may never get his sequel and would have to be content appearing in other Marvel things (like Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War), but those concerns have been allayed by Marvel who officially announced Ant-Man and the Wasp will open in theaters in 2018!

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‘Jessica Jones’ Faces David Tennant’s ‘Purple Man’ in Best Teaser Yet

Jessica Jones Purple Man Teaser
Marvel / Netflix

Marvel’s Netflix Jessica Jones teasers have kept a lighter tone, showcasing our favorite down-and-out superheroine drunkenly brawling through Hell’s Kitchen, smashing alarm clocks and returning to work, but the latest finally gives us a taste of the big bad. David Tennant’s Zebediah Kilgrave haunts Jessica Jones in the latest teaser, and subsequently your dreams!

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Hasbro Unleashes an Onslaught of Marvel Legends at NYCC 2015

Marvel Legends Rogue

Where Hasbro's pre-San Diego Comic-Con event treated us a new Spider-Man line, including Spider-Gwen and more, this week's pre-NYCC show was much more of a mixed bag. Though some of the figures shown actually made a brief appearance in San Diego (Captain America, Mockingbird and Taskmaster), the new additions were a stunning surprise. Of course, as great as it was to see such variation shown in the 6" Marvel Legends line, the news that the 3.75" line would be ditching its former monikers to fold into the Legend banner was just as huge.

No longer its own separate brand, the former Universe/Infinite line of figures will now also be known as Marvel Legends moving forward. Though it might cause some confusion among less savvy consumers, Hasbro has been using a similar tactic with the Star Wars Black Series to keep its highly-articulated figures, which are geared towards the adult collector, portioned off from the less articulate series. By bringing the 3.75" figures under the Legends marquee, Hasbro's just making a smart business decision to put its highest quality figures all in the same room. But enough about branding, let's talk about that 1990s Rogue.

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