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Weekender: Mare Odomo, ‘Performance’, And Calling Cthulhu

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The weekend is here! Take a look back at what’s happened in the past seven days. New comics, new stories, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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Marvel NOW Line-Up Leaks Online Confirming New Series For ‘Solo’, ‘Foolkiller’, ‘Prowler’ And More

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Marvel’s reveal of its Marvel NOW line of comics set for release in the wake of Civil War II has taken the form of a steady drip of announcements over the past week and a half, but now news is flooding in, and not all from official sources. Leaked scans of this week's Marvel NOW Previews magazine revealing the publisher's line-up for October and beyond have hit the internet via sites such as Reddit and 4chan.

We’ve rounded up all the information we could find to give you a sense of the new landscape of the Marvel Universe this fall.

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Hero of the Wasteland: ‘4001 A.D.: War Mother’ by Fred Van Lente and Tomas Giorello [Preview]

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A new hero of the future is getting her own one-shot from Valiant Comics this August, courtesy of writer Fred Van Lente and artist Tomás Giorello. War Mother has previously appeared only as a cameo in last summer's Harvey-nominated Book of Death limited series. Readers will learn more about who she is and what she's up to in 4001 A.D.: War Mother, a spin-off of Valiant's current 4001 A.D. event.

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The Online Revolution Begins In ‘Generation Zero’ #1 [Preview]

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I'm pretty excited about virtually any new comics project from Fred Van Lente, but I'll admit that I've been having a little trouble getting an idea of what Generation Zero, the new book from Valiant by Van Lente and Francis Portela, is all about. Really, the only thing I knew was that it was going to feature someone spraypainting a school bus, and really, that could be anything from wacky high school hijinx to something that happens during the Purge.

Now that I've read a preview and gotten a look at the solicitation, though, I think I get the high concept: It's The A-Team for #millennial #teens. Check out a preview!

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Solve Crimes With Forbidden Knowledge That Will Surely Drive You Mad In Van Lente And Vilanova’s ‘Weird Detective’

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Honestly, Fred Van Lente and Guiu Vilanova's Weird Detective had me at "Cthulhu Crime."

Seriously, that's one of those magic combinations of words that will get me to give pretty much anything a shot even before I see anything else about it. I mean, there's so many places to go with it! Will we be seeing cultist murders? Formless voids given speeding tickets? A shambling, unknowable horror, the very sight of which can drive someone mad, stuffed into a trenchcoat and fedora, out for revenge against the Goat of the Woods With A Thousand Young that betrayed them during a jewel heist? I'm not sure, but I do know that i'm ready to read it, and the preview that we've got from Dark Horse today is just getting me more and more excited.

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‘Generation Zero’, ‘Harbingers Renegade’, ‘Britannia’ and More Revealed At Valiant Summit

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The second annual Valiant Summit just wrapped at the UCB Theatre in New York City, the Belle of the East Coast. Broadcast on livestream, the summit saw several writers and artists take to the stage to talk about a string of new books from the publisher that will fall under the banner “The Future of Valiant”, including Rafer Roberts, Jody Houser, and Matt Kindt.

The event was Valiant's answer to Image Expo, with five new titles announced, including the long-rumbled Britannia, plus the previously announced Faith ongoing. Here's the full rundown.

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The Delinquents: A Beginner’s Guide to ‘The Eternal Warrior’ and ‘Ivar, Timewalker’

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Valiant Comics‘ shared superhero universe is smaller and less familiar than those of its major rivals, but even a small shared universe can offer a lot to learn about. To help those readers looking to take the plunge into the Valiant Universe, we’ve assembled our own team of delinquents to break things down. Steve Morris knows Valiant inside out; J.A. Micheline is new to the universe. Micheline has the questions, and Morris has the answers.

Last month, JAM and Steve raced round the world with the buddy-comedy duo of Archer & Armstrong, but this month the two have decided to keep it in the family as they discuss JAM’s latest assignment: Armstrong’s brothers Gilad, AKA The Eternal Warrior, and Ivar, Timewalker.

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The Delinquents: A Beginner’s Guide To ‘Archer & Armstrong’

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Valiant Comics' shared superhero universe is smaller and less familiar than those of its major rivals, but even a small shared universe can offer a lot to learn about. To help those readers looking to take the plunge into the Valiant Universe, we’ve assembled our own team of delinquents to break things down. Ste...

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The Best Marvel Event of the Past Ten Years Is… ?

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The Marvel Comics line is about mid-way through its giant line-wide crossover event Secret Wars, in which reality has been rewritten by god-emperor Doom, and the heroes have been re-imagined more than a dozen times over in different domains paying tribute to stories from throughout Marvel's publishing history.

One of those domains is a version of House of M, another reality-rewriting crossover event that cast the Marvel heroes in different roles, which ran ten years ago. House of M launched the current era of Marvel events, kicking off a steady steam of universe-shaking storylines that continues into Secret Wars. To mark the tenth anniversary of House of M, and ten years of event-driven storytelling, we're asking you to determine which of these events was the very best.

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The Straightwashing of Hercules and How Marvel Keeps Failing LGBTQ Readers

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The mythological demigod Hercules is bisexual. How you feel about that fact doesn't change the fact; the myths of antiquity have told us that Hercules loved women and men alike. Lustfulness is at the core of his character, and Hercules' appetites aren't limited by gender.

Like many ancient myths, and like much of history, Hercules' stories have been bowdlerized by those who think same-sex relationships are sinful. Audiences introduced to the character through the Disney cartoon, the Kevin Sorbo TV show, the Dwayne Johnson movie, or the Marvel comics have good reason to think the character is heterosexual, because that's all they've ever seen. But that doesn't make it true. Hercules is bisexual. To deny that fact is to participate in the erasure of same-sex relationships on the grounds of a narrow and prescriptive morality.

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