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

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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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Link Ink: ‘Ant-Man’ Gets A Release Date, Ottoman Empire Justice League And Conan Meets The Joker

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Movies: Disney has announced that it will release Edgar Wright's live action Ant-Man movie on Nov. 6, 2015.

Tech: Engadget goes hands-on with the new Wacom Cintiq 24HD touch and offers its impressions of the latest high end art tool.

Art: Berk Senturk imagines the Justice League (and other

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Link Ink: The Dark Knight Brakes, ‘Courtney Crumrin’ in Color and a Towering Custom Sentinel Figure

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Decals: Don't actually try to use these legally, but NS-FX's Dark Knight brake light decals are at least fun to look at.

Gaming: Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is dropping its planned Magneto House of M DLC skin due to objections from Spanish royalty regarding its similarities to King Juan Carlos.

Novels: Marvel will launching a line of

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Stan Lee To Join ‘Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2′ As NPC

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While it won't be clobberin' time for Stan Lee this fall, the face of Marvel's most iconic characters will stand alongside his creations when he makes a cameo in Activision's "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2" as a non-playable character (or NPC)

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Marvel Editors Dish on Avengers

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A panel of Marvel editors joined by their all-star pitcher Brian Michael Bendis teamed up on the last day of Wizard World Philadelphia to throw a bone or two to Avengers fans. Of course the number one topic of conversation was the Skrull event in New Avengers #31, which I've already written enough about s

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