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Can’t Have A Crossover Without A Corpse: Killing Characters From ‘Identity Crisis’ To ‘Trinity War’


The practice of human sacrifice is as ancient as human civilization and has been practiced variously by various cultures, but most often to pacify gods or nature in the same manner of animal sacrifices. For example, maidens being tossed into volcanoes to keep them from erupting, or victims being buried at the foundations of castles, temples or bridges to protect the constructions from ruin.

We're way past human sacrifice now, of course, but fictional character sacrifice? Today's super-comics creators seem rather devoted to that particular ritual, with many an "event" story arc beginning with the death of a character, as if they were being sacrificed to bless the ensuing narrative.

The latest example is DC Comics' three-book Trinity War crossover, which begins in earnest this week but has been slowly ramping up in several books, most notably Justice League of America, where one of the publisher's oldest and best-known characters was seemingly killed recently.

Be warned, for below there are spoilers for stories as old as 2004's Identity Crisis and as recent as Justice League of America #5.

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R.I.P. DC Direct — Long Live DC Collectibles


Continuing its efforts to rebrand and redefine all areas of itself, DC Entertainment today announced that its long-standing merchandise arm DC Direct has been relaunched as DC Collectibles. The changes aren't in name only, of course, with the newly reorganized brand featuring an online store offering the entire range of products - and a couple of things that can't be bought anywhere else...

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Link Ink: Warner Bros. Kills ‘Akira’ Movie, Conan Spoofs Bane’s Voice and Phoenix Wright Wine


Video: Conan O'Brien comments on the arguably less-than-totally-audible state of Bane's voice in The Dark Knight Rises.

Gaming: Batman-based FPS Gotham City Impostors has been delayed, but only until February...

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Link Ink: Comedy Heroes Get Covered, Kanye’s ‘Akira’ Cycle and More Marvel Polybaggery


Art: Old Red Jalopy imagines five famed comedians as comic book super heroes -- comics as comics, if you will.

Culture: Writer/comedian/MC and Community star Donald Glover lays out his ten favorite nerdy things for The Village Voice...

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DC Direct’s Latest ‘Green Lantern’ Line and ‘Blackest Night’ Box Set Revealed


This summer's Green Lantern movie from Warner Bros. means a massive toy rollout from Mattel, and DC Direct's comic book based action figure offerings will be equally robust heading into Autumn with eight new figures set to arrive in November as part of the 4th GL series and a Blackest Night box set...

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‘Blackest Night’ Comes to Mattel’s DC Universe Classics Wave 17


Green Lantern fans have had it pretty good of late when it comes to action figures. DC Direct's numerous GL-related offerings and Mattel's robust Green Lantern Classics line already had ring-slingers constructing large collections, but it's the 17th wave of DC Universe Classics that will likely get them operating at full capacity this spring with eight new toys from Blackest Night...

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DC Gets in the Shopping Spirit With 24-Hour 99 Cent ‘Blackest Friday’ Digital Comics Sale


There's a lot of deals to cash in on as the holiday shopping season official begins today, and DC Comics is celebrating digital style. As revealed by DC's The Source blog, until midnight EST DC's Digital Store is having a "Blackest Friday" sale offering Blackest Night titles and tie-ins for just $0...

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Was ‘Scooby Doo’ an Unsung Hero During ‘Blackest Night?’


Even though "Brightest Day" is in full swing, chances are even the most devoted of DC readers might not have caught every single tie-in from its preceding chapter "Blackest Night." For those who missed out on the minutiae, J...

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DC Direct December Offerings Include Batman, Blackest Night & Blammoids


Are you the type of person who struggles to figure out exactly what to put on your holiday shopping list? Thankfully, DC Direct is helping you out by listing a whole bunch of products slated to go on sale in December of 2010, giving you plenty of time to start handing out your wish lists to mom, dad, your significant other or whoever...

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Posters of DC, Marvel and Star Trek Universes Envisioned in Lego [MoCCA]


Ulises Farinas, creator of the webcomic MOTRO for the ACT-I-VATE collective, had a series of prints available at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival in New York that ventured into familiar fictional universes by way of Lego mini-figures...

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