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Five Ghosts, White Suits, Black Market, and Beyond: An Interview with Frank Barbiere


Frank Barbiere is quickly becoming one of the most prolific and visible writers in comics, having built his reputation working on both original and company-owned properties for a number of independent publishers, including Blackout and The White Suits at Dark Horse, Black Market at Boom Studios, Solar: Man Of The Atom at Dynamite, and the fan-favorite Five Ghosts at Image.

Now he's expanding even further, writing an Avengers title for Marvel, inking a deal to develop Five Ghosts in other media, and preparing to re-team with Boom for the launch of his new original series Broken World. In the midst of all this, he's somehow found the time to sit down for an in-depth conversation about his career to date, and his plans for the future, and bring us an exclusive first look at Broken World's characters, and some samples from this week's Five Ghosts #16.

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‘The Flash’ Season 1 Recap, Episode 7: ‘Power Outage’


Welcome back to Up To Speed, home of the the Flashest Recaps Alive. Here we’ll recap the episodes, dispense some Flash Facts and talk about what works, what doesn’t and where the series might be headed, as we try and keep up with the adventures of Central City’s finest hero, Barry Allen: The Artist Formerly Known As The Flash.

This week, we’re looking at the seventh episode episode of the first season, “Power Outage,” which features a guy with zap-hands looking for revenge, a Time Lord with Asperger’s, and a cop hopped up on goofballs. Hold on to your butts, cuz things are about to get zaptastic.

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Dark Horse Superheroes: New Ongoings, Pulp Revivals and DC Refugees [Exclusive Art]


Dark Horse kicked off its Emerald City weekend with a panel dedicated to its new line of superhero characters, a push that turned out to be quite a bit more substantial than we initially thought. While the publisher had already released revivals of the Dark Horse-owned Ghost and X, the ancient pulp hero Captain Midnight and the original characters The Victories, the new year will see all of those graduated to ongoing monthly series alongside several more projects including more Black Beetle and the return of BloodHound, a lost DC Universe series that will finally be collected and continued by Dark Horse...

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Parting Shot: The Webcomic Blackout to Protest SOPA


As Wikipedia and the popular aggregate site Reddit blacked out today to protest SOPA/PIPA, numerous webcomic creators joined them, replacing their usual LOLs with information and resources about the controversial legislation that Harvard Constitutional Law professor Lawrence Tribe called "The end of the Internet as we know it...

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‘Flashpoint’: Who’s Who In the New DC Universe


Last week, DC kicked off their latest summer event with the release of Flashpoint #1, taking readers on a whirlwind trip through an alternate version of the DC Universe, complete with its own cast of strange new versions of classic DC Characters...

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