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One of a Kind: A Gallery Of Neal Adams’ Best DC Covers

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Neal Adams is one of those creators who has had --- and is still having --- such a profound effect on the medium of comics that it’s difficult to even know where to start talking about him. His work for DC Comics in the 60s and 70s was responsible for evolving our view of a number of characters, including Batman and Superman.

At 74 years of age, Adams is as eager as ever to tell new stories with DC’s biggest heroes, and this month sees the release of the first issue of his new six issue mini-series, Superman: The Coming of the Supermen. To mark the occasion, we've compiled a collection of his best DC cover art.

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Come on Barbie, Let’s Go Party With This New ‘Batman V Superman’ Batman Doll

Warner Bros
Warner Bros

Boy, these new Barbie body types are sure getting really specific. I mean, it makes sense for Mattel to attempt to reach a broader, more diverse audience by releasing new Barbies that better match the girls and young women of the world, but aging, rich white dude with trust issues hardly seems like it will strike the right chord. The only thing this might strike is fear into the hearts of criminals.

Though Mattel had announced the full DC Trinity (in their Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice garb) would be getting the Barbie treatment at San Diego Comic-Con last year, the only doll anyone got to see was Wonder Woman. The Amazonian princess certainly looked the part, but nobody really knew what to expect from a potential Batman or Superman at the time. With Toy Fair 2016 right around the corner, and Mattel having a large Barbie and DC Comics presence at the show, it seemed like we might get our first glimpse at the Bruce and Clark Ken dolls in a few weeks. Thanks to Amazon, we no longer have to wait for Batman.

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Mezco’s One:12 Collective Batman and Superman Rise for the Dawn of Justice

Mezco
Mezco

Mezco is not holding back with its One:12 Collective line. Things kicked off last year with The Dark Knight Returns Batman, and the line expanded to two more figures with Judge Dredd and the Mutant Leader from DKR. Throughout 2015, Mezco teased even more figures for the line, but 2016 has seen announcement after announcement for this figure series and we're only five weeks into the new year. What's more, of the five figures announced since the end of 2015 (including Spock, who was revealed just before Christmas) none have been of characters previously shown at trade shows or conventions.

Over the weekend, Mezco unveiled the first official looks at its upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice One:12 Collective figures. To this point, Mezco's been reliant on more classic interpretations of its comic and TV figures in the One:12 line, but these new figures mark the first time the company will release figures based on a property that's hitting theaters in the same year. Not that there was anything wrong with Mezco's previous strategy. The company has a lot of evergreen licenses, but seeing that Mezco is pushing hard to keep things current with the fan-favorite line bodes well for its future.

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Grant Morrison And The Great Work

Frank Quitely
Frank Quitely

In magical practice, the term magnum opus has a different meaning than in popular context. Latin for "the Great Work," its been used since the early alchemists, and taken on various shades of metaphorical meaning through different traditions, but they're all essentially referring to the same thing: the total actualization of one's will, and the creation of the idealized self. Grant Morrison, the most inventive writer in comics, has been at it for a while now.

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‘Gotham’ Season 2 Confirms Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney Return

Gotham Season 2 Fish Mooney Returns
FOX

Gotham fans were certainly taken aback at series baddie Jada Pinkett Smith’s casual confirmation that Fish Mooney would be one-and-done after Season 1, though a return appearance always seemed in the cards. Fresh Fish is indeed on the menu, as Jada is confirmed to reprise her role for multiple Season 2 episodes.

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‘Justice League Action’ Brings Bite-sized Heroics to the Cartoon Network

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

DC's Trinity will return to television in an all-new animated series on the Cartoon Network for the first time since Justice League Unlimited went off the air in 2006. While Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman have made some animated appearances elsewhere, Justice League Action will reunite the three biggest heroes at DC Comics to star in their first weekly adventures in seven years.

What's more, Kevin Conroy is coming back to the role that made him one of the biggest stars in DC and Warner Bros. film and television, Batman. Though he's frequently reprised the role over in the home video and video game realms, Conroy hasn't dabbled with the voice of Batman on a recurring series since JLU ended. The actors for Superman and Wonder Woman haven't been revealed as of yet, but I suppose we can all keep our fingers crossed for Tim Daly and Susan Eisenberg to make the dream team reunion a reality.

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Bring Home a Life-Size Batfleck With Hot Toys’ New Armored Batman Statue

Hot Toys
Hot Toys

For the past year or so, Hot Toys has been teasing life-size statues of its licensed figures from the Marvel, Star Wars and DC Comics universes. Though the gigantic pieces have typically been "display only" and never put up for sale, there was always a feeling Hot Toys was taking the temperature of fan interest in taking a giant Chris Evans or Hulkbuster home. Given Hot Toys' adoration of Iron Man, many speculated a life-size Tony Stark would be the first to make the leap to the consumer market. That's not the case however, and today Hot Toys surprised everyone by revealing the life-size Armored Batman as the first in this new 1:1 scale series.

Now I've stuck up for the look of this suit despite my general feelings of malaise towards Dawn of Justice, and that holds true to this larger version as well. The armored batsuit is well-designed armor outfit that's hard to find fault with... to a degree. It's pretty damn accurate to the comic it's based on, and like I've said before, it maintains Batman's striking silhouette even though it's a giant metal suit. When kept at the 1:1 size ratio, which makes Batman here a hefty 6' 4", the more questionable design elements stand out a bit more. I'm talking about that cod piece.

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Ask Chris #275: Good Reasons To Venture Into ‘No Man’s Land’

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Q: I've been doing a big Batman read-through and just got to No Man's Land. Why does that story work so well? -- @thealan81

A: When you consider how complicated it was to put together, how long it dominated an entire corner of DC's line, and how just plain weird it was right from the very premise, it's kind of amazing that No Man's Land works at all, let alone that it works well. You're right, though --- of all the Batman crossovers that the '90s brought to us, the one that closed out the decade by leveling Gotham City and building stories around Batman spraypainting a gang tag on ruined buildings to mark his territory is easily the best.

But as for why it works, well, there's one reason that's actually pretty simple. It is, for all intents and purposes, post-apocalyptic Batman.

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Does Your Wallet Bleed? It Will For This Hot Toys Armored Batman

Hot Toys
Hot Toys

"Do you bleed?" It's easily one of the more ridiculous things Batman has ever said in print or on film. Especially when you throw on that weird robot voice filter that Batfleck is using to disguise his identity. Still, as convoluted as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice looks, and weird as some of the decisions on the direction on the film have been, there are some things BvS appears to be getting right. Though the main batsuit looks like a duct tape and Ace bandage nightmare, the armored suit Batman dons to take on the Man of Steel looks rather impressive and pays proper tribute to The Dark Knight Returns. Its transition to toys has been better than the standard suit, too, as this new Hot Toys figure can attest.

The regular Batman figure from Hot Toys BvS line looks like someone stuffed Ben Affleck into a few garbage bags, then filled out the extra space with sweatsocks. He looked lumpy and not at all like an actual human being. Here, that problem is alleviated by the form-fitting armor. You don't have to worry about the fabric suit, and the machined pieces bring a refined genius to the look. Batman's been around the block. He saw things when he still wore the traditional outfit of his youth, and this armored get up isn't just a deterrent against Superman, it's the only way the aging normie can stand toe-to-toe with an adversary that isn't in his 50s. All the while, the suit is wholly in line with Batman's aesthetic, and won't be mistaken for some other hero's style.

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The Top Five Batman Movies That Were Never Made

Top 5 Batman

In the tradition of ScreenCrush series like You Think You Know Movies and You Think You Know TV comes a 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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