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Original Spin 5: Going Commando [Marvel Original Sin Recap]

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Inexplicably cleared in the phone hacking scandal, ComicsAlliance is back with the fifth installment of Original Spin, the only Original Sin recap that... exists, maybe? We don't know! We haven't done any research. That's what makes us a name you can trust.

The Watcher is dead. Nick Fury is also dead. A bunch of disparate heroes spent four issues wandering around crime scenes before discovering they're maybe all working for Nick Fury, who isn't dead, and was maybe responsible for all those crime scenes, so.. what? The Watcher probably also won't be dead, eventually. That's the story so far. With issue #5... that's... still the story, because nothing really happened. But here's a recap anyway!

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Interview: Artist Barry Kitson On The Birth and Rebirth Of ‘Empire’ With Mark Waid

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As part of the short-lived Gorilla imprint of Image Comics in 2000, frequent collaborators Mark Waid and Barry Kitson launched Empire, a creator-owned title about the reign of a supervillain who succeeded where so many others failed, and actually conquered the Earth, uniting it under his brutal, iron-fisted rule. The initial run only lasted two issues, but a few years later, Waid and Kitson finished the first story arc under the DC Comics banner, and in so doing created something of a cult classic that some fans still regard as their best work together -- work that includes The Legion of Super-Heroes, JLA: Year One and Flash & Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold.

Now, fourteen years after Golgoth first took control of the world, Waid and Kitson have returned to Empire, releasing it as a webcomic through Thrillbent's monthly subscription model, whereby you get access to the entire Thrillbent catalogue for $3.99, and a free download of Empire volume 1.

To find out more about the return of Empire, we spoke to Kitson about the initial idea, how he approached designing a world that had been conquered by evil, and where he and Waid intend to take the very long awaited Empire volume 2.

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War Rocket Ajax Early Edition: Secret Origins, Original Sin [Podcast]

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Each week, ComicsAlliance’s Chris Sims and Matt Wilson host the War Rocket Ajax podcast, their online audio venue for interviews with comics creators, reviews of the books of the week, and whatever else they want to talk about. ComicsAlliance is offering clips of the comics-specific segments of the show several days before the full podcast goes up at WarRocketAjax.com on Mondays.

This week, Chris and Matt are offering up some extended reviews of DC Comics' Secret Origins #1 by Greg Pak, Lee Weeks, Kyle Higgins, Doug Mahnke, Tony Bedard, and Paulo Siqueria, and Marvel's Original Sin #0 by Mark Waid and Jim Cheung.

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‘Thrillbent 3.0′ Introduces Subscription Model, App, New ‘Empire,’ ‘Insufferable,’ ‘Charlie Wormwood’

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Thrillbent, the digital comics publishing website founded by writers Mark Waid and John Rogers, has spent the past two years offering up free comics for pretty much free.

In a Wednesday blog post, Waid unveiled what he's calling "Thrillbent 3.0," which adds another layer of content that Waid is calling a sort of "Hulu Plus of comics." Fans can pay a $3.99 monthly fee -- about as much as the cover price for most Marvel single issues -- to access a collection of titles including a revived version of Waid, Barry Kitson and Chris Sotomayor's Gorilla Comics/DC series Empire. There's also a free new app available for iOS that gives fans mobile access to the material.

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‘Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business’ Puts The ‘Spy’ In ‘Spider-Man’ [Review]

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I have pretty strong feelings about Peter Parker's parents. To put them succinctly, I don't think they should matter. Peter's parents are dead, and that's that. Uncle Ben and Aunt May raised him, and they're the ones we should care about.

I say that to explain upfront that Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business, the new graphic novel by Mark Waid, James Robinson, Gabrielle Dell'Otto and Werther Dell'Edera was fighting an uphill battle with me from about the fifth page in. The story hinges quite a bit on Peter's family history, specifically on his parents' history as spies in the CIA. In the end, the team's charming mix of spies and Spidey mostly won me over, though not everything completely gels.

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Comics Alliance Presents Here’s The Thing, Episode 1: Why ‘Impulse’ #3 Is The Best Single-Issue Story Ever [Video]

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If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: This week, we're launching Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he sits in his living room under a framed portrait of Destro, drinking a cup of coffee and sharing his opinion on comic books.

This week in the debut episode, Chris tackles the question of what the greatest single issue of all time is -- or at least, his favorite, same thing, right? -- and declares it to be Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos's Impulse #3 from 1995. Check out the video to find out why!

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War Rocket Ajax Early Edition: Daredevil, Superman Unchained, And Sex Criminals [Podcast]

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Each week, ComicsAlliance’s Chris Sims and Matt Wilson host the War Rocket Ajax podcast, their online audio venue for interviews with comics creators, reviews of the books of the week, and whatever else they want to talk about. ComicsAlliance is offering clips of the comics-specific segments of the show several days before the full podcast goes up at WarRocketAjax.com on Mondays.

This week, it's an extra-special, ComicsAlliance-exclusive set of comics reviews. Chris and Matt are chatting about the brand-new Daredevil #1 by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, Superman Unchained #6 by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee, and Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's Sex Criminals #5.

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10 Essential Eras of Captain America Comic Books

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You might have heard that there's a new Captain America movie coming out on April 4. If Marvel's marketing department has gotten its way, this news may very well be tattooed on the inside of your eyelids in phosphorescent ink. Let's say, however, you've never read any Captain America comics before, but now that he's been legitimized as a multi-million dollar film franchise, you're suddenly very interested in that dude with little wings on his head carrying around one of Uncle Sam's rims.

Since being created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon all the way back in 1941, the hero also known as the Sentinel of Liberty has passed through the hands of some eminently talented writers, artists and editors. Some of these creative teams depicted Cap's adventures for a few months -- some of them for a few years -- before passing the torch to the next creators to keep the flame (or trademark) alive. In comic books, these tenures are called "runs," "series"  or "eras," and they're the readers' way of distinguishing one era of a character's saga from the next. Chances are you're not sure where to dive into a a publishing legacy that's spanned more than 70 years, so here is a list, in chronological order, of the Sentinel of Liberty's 10 most interesting and influential comic book runs.

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BOOM! Studios Brings Former DC Comics President Paul Levitz Onto Board Of Directors

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Paul Levitz has been a name in the world of comics for more than 40 years, having worked in the industry since he was a teenager, but his name has always been associated with one publisher, DC Comics, until now.

BOOM! Studios announced today at the ComicsPRO retailers' membership meeting that the former DC Publisher and President would be joining its board of directors, where he'll serve as a consultant and adviser for the nine-year-old publisher.

Levitz told the Associated Press that BOOM! is "is an interesting company in an interesting time," and that the comics medium is enjoying its most "creatively fertile" period in its history.

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‘Daredevil: Road Warrior’ #1 Is Digital Comics Wizardry At Its Finest [Review]

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When Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera relaunched Daredevil in 2011, they did so with a radical tone shift that broke away from the direction of the book that had been established for years while still building on the past, and when Waid and Chris Samnee ended the run this month, it was with a shift that was every bit as dramatic. Not to spoil anything for those of you who haven't read it yet, but they earned their upcoming relaunch with a series of huge changes to Matt Murdock's life, the least of which saw them transplanting him from his native Hell's Kitchen all the way to San Francisco.

Before the next volume of Daredevil kicks off, however, Waid and artist Peter Krause are taking readers on the cross-country trip in a digital series called Daredevil: Road Warrior. The journey began this week on Comixology, and in the first installment, Waid and Krause aren't just showing that getting there is half the fun, they're making it the main attraction in its own right.

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