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Reading List: The Ten Essential Superman Comics

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Frank Quitely / DC Comics

Superman is the most iconic superhero in the world, and he's loved by millions --- but he's not necessarily the easiest character to get to grips with if you haven't been exposed to the right material. Even as a massive Superman fan, I'll admit that it can be a bit hard for some readers to wrap their heads around exactly why he's so great and why he matters so much. We've put together a list of the ten essential Superman stories for any reader looking to dive into Superman fandom.

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‘Logan 2’? Revisiting Mark Millar’s Forgotten Sequel To ‘Old Man Logan’

Bryan Hitch, Cam Smith, Andrew Currie, Paul Mounts & Rus Wooton / Marvel Comics
Bryan Hitch, Cam Smith, Andrew Currie, Paul Mounts & Rus Wooton / Marvel Comics

Since arriving in the mainstream Marvel Universe following Secret Wars, Old Man Logan has taken on a life of his own as a standout solo star, and his adventures beyond the original eight issues have been expanded upon in great detail.

However, what a lot of people forget is that Mark Millar actually wrote a sequel to "Old Man Logan" at the same time as he was writing the original, as part of an experimental attempt to link his work-for-hire superhero comics with his own creator-owned franchises.

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Ask Chris #327: The Thin Line Between Love And Hate

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Q: Is it possible that Lex Luthor is actually in love with Superman? Is it the reason for his obsession and jealousy? — @RedEarth18

A: No.

Don't get me wrong: As much as it's been overused and misapplied over the years, the trope of a villain who's lashing out at a hero through some twisted kind of love isn't exactly one that I'm opposed to. It can be the source of some genuinely great storytelling, like Noelle Stevenson's Nimona, and it adds a lot of layers to villains that you don't often see in straightforward adventure stories where someone wants to punch someone else because they robbed the Crossword Puzzle Museum. I just don't think it works for Lex.

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Electric Bluegaloo Interlude: Meanwhile, In The Rest Of The DC Universe

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Of all the strange transformations Superman has undergone in his 78-year history, none has been quite so derided as the year where his familiar costume and powers were replaced with a blue and white "containment suit" and a tenuous relationship with electricity. But that raises the question, was it really all that bad? Two decades later, we want to find out, so ComicsAlliance is taking a look back at the Electric Blue Era of Superman to find out not just what worked, but if anything worked. This is... Electric Bluegaloo.

This week, we take a moment to look at what Electric Blue Superman was up to in the larger DC Universe... and wonder why the actual Superman books couldn't be this good.

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If You Loved ‘Suicide Squad’, Try These Comics Next

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Suicide Squad is the latest film from DC Comics' cinematic universe, and while it has received mostly negative reviews, many die-hard DC fans have come away thrilled by the villain-centric romp.

If you're one of those that loved the film and want more comics in the same vein --- but you already know to check out the John Ostrander, Kim Yale and Luke McDonnell run on the series --- we've got a list of five independent comics to seek out next. Love that? Try this!

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All-New ‘Kick-Ass’ And ‘Hit-Girl’ Go Monthly From Millarworld

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Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's violent and often crude Kick-Ass is returning next year, and it's going monthly. Not only that, but Millar has confirmed that it instead of Dave Lizewski underneath the green and yellow mask, it will be a brand new character, a black woman, taking up the mantle of Kick-Ass.

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Millarworld Announces ‘Reborn’ From Mark Millar And Greg Capullo

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Over the course of his career, Mark Millar has worked alongside some of the best artists in the business on creator-owned projects, and in the process created a lot of valuable franchises that have been optioned by Hollywood. Later this year, another artist and series joins those ranks as Greg Capullo heads to Millarworld for the sci-fi/fantasy series Reborn this October.

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If You Love ‘The Flash’ On TV, Try These Comics Next

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The Flash has been one of the most consistently enjoyable and downright fun comic book adaptations since it debuted, and more than most of its peers it is blisteringly unafraid to embrace its comic book origins. In the space of two seasons we've got multiverses, time travel, and an honest-to-gosh Gorilla City, and it paved the way for shows like Arrow and Gotham to lighten up and have more fun.

With no new episodes of The Flash until later this year, you might be looking for something to fill that science-based superhero hole in your life, and we've got five great independent comics for you that, while they might not all feature a super-speedster punching a gorilla in the face, do live up to The Flash's absurdity and unrelenting inventiveness in one way or another!

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‘Empress’ Movie in the Works Based on ‘Kingsman’ Author’s Comic Book Series

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Mark Millar’s comic books have inspired some mixed reactions among fans and critics, but the author’s works have also inspired some entertaining films, including last year’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Millar has a handful of projects in development based on his books, and you can add another to the pile, as his fantasy series Empress, with artist Stuart Immonen, is the latest set to make the jump from page to screen.

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The Draftsman: A Birthday Tribute To Dave Gibbons

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Dave Gibbons, born on this day in 1949, has spent over forty-five years in the comics industry and crafted a career without equal. Known for his masterful layouts and exceptional character acting, Gibbons has been an ambassador for the UK comics scene around the world, and is truly a living legend in the industry.

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