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The Case for Better Black Supervillians

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

Black superheroes have undergone a necessary evolution over the last 50 years. Luke Cage was originally a jive-talking hero-for-hire, but he's become an altruistic mainstay of the Marvel heroes. Storm leads the X-Men, while Black Panther makes decisions that gravely affect the state of the universe. The growth and variation of black superheroes has brought them out of the shadows.

But we're still lacking the same sort of evolution and diversification for great black supervillains. Off the top of your head how many can you name? And of those, how many are iconic?

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100 X-Men: How Do Gateway, Juggernaut, Moira, Jean & Genesis Rate As Great X-Men

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Today we're voting on Charles Xavier's favorite student, his wicked step-brother, and one of his oldest collaborators. We also offer our assessment on one of the stranger presences from the Australia years, and yet another former villain turned Westchester student.

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12 Facts You May Not Have Known About Apocalypse

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Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite characters in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at the X-universe's very own big blue meanie, En Sabah Nur himself, Apocalypse. Apparently he's going to be in a movie or something? Debuting during the height of '90s excess, Apocalypse has a history that begins in ancient Egypt, takes a pit stop in Victorian England, and makes its way to the 39th century before looping around to the present. Join us as we try to make sense of all that, and just what second-rate Kingpin wannabe the Owl has to do with it all.

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The X-Men Face a Triple Threat in ‘Apocalypse Wars’ Crossover Event

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The "All-New All-Different" X-books have announced their first crossover, sort of, starting in March of 2016. X-Men: Apocalypse Wars is being described as three separate stories, in each of the three main X-books (and each lasting only one issue, apparently) that all center on the X-villain who also happens to be the focus of the upcoming movie X-Men: Apocalypse. The issues also sport three matching covers, featuring Apocalypse, Archangel, and Kid Apocalypse.

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The X-Men Episode Guide 5×10: The Fifth Horseman

X-Men 5x10: The Fifth Horseman

The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.

This week, it's the return of Apocalypse and Fabian Cortez, so if you want to stop reading now, I'll understand.

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Link Ink: Hardy For Apocalypse?, Printable ‘The Mask’ Masks And The Latest ‘Batman V Superman’ Rumor

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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The X-Men Episode Guide 4×11: ‘Beyond Good And Evil, Part 4′

The X-Men Episode Guide 4x11: 'Beyond Good And Evil, Part 4'

The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.

This week, it's the finale of "Beyond Good And Evil," and honestly, your guess is as good as mine.

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The X-Men Episode Guide 4×10: ‘Beyond Good And Evil, Part 3′

The X-Men Episode Guide 4x10: Beyond Good And Evil Part 3

The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.

This week, the show really wants you to care about Cable and his son. But on the bright side, ROBOT MUMMIES!

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The X-Men Episode Guide 4×09: ‘Beyond Good And Evil, Part 2′

X-Men Episode Guide 4x09: Beyond Good And Evil Part 2

The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.

This week, our time-spanning saga continues as the show forgets how literally everyone's powers work.

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The X-Men Episode Guide 3×11: ‘Obsession’

X-Men Episode Guide 3x11: Obsession

The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series. This week: WE HAVE HIT PEAK SCUMBAG GAMBIT. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

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