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Righteous Fury: Celebrating Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson’s ‘Transmetropolitan’

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Imagine, if you a can, a world where charismatic leaders and would-be messiahs take advantage of people's basic need for hope, and soulless corporations run by greedy little monsters squeeze every last dime out of their consumers even if they end up killing them, and elected officials care more about whatever they stoop down and squat out than the people who need their help.

If such a scenario is too hard to imagine, then you're just not paying attention, and you need a crash-course in the realities of human sewage and the power of truth. Begin with Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson's Transmetropolitan, which got its start on July 9, 1997.

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Five Stars: How Declan Shalvey Went From ‘Hero Killers’ to Writing Nick Fury

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Five Stars is a new interview feature in which Steve Morris looks back over an artist's career by discussing five of their milestone works. We kick off the series with an interview with Declan Shalvey.

Throughout his career, Shalvey has chosen his projects carefully, and moved between creator-owned projects and work-for-hire in a way that has made him one of the most impressive and prolific artists of his generation.

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AfterShock Announces ‘Shipwreck’ From Warren Ellis And Phil Hester

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Phil Hester is one of my favorite creators in comics. No matter what he's working on, whether it's writing the working-class magic epic that is Mythic, drawing a classically underrated run on Swamp Thing, or working as a cartoonist on his mind-bending The Wretch, number one with a bullet on the list of comics you probably haven't read that you definitely should, he brings a level of skill to the table that makes it all worth checking out. And when he's going deep into a new high concept, it's the best.

So when AfterShock Comics announces that he's teaming up with Warren Ellis --- who, as you may already know, is no stranger to high concept titles himself --- then it's definitely something to get excited about. It's called Shipwreck, and just going from today's announcement, it's going to be a weird one.

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If You Voted ‘Leave’ In Brexit, Try These Comics Next

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The polls are closed and it's official, the United Kingdom has decided --- by a narrow margin --- that it wants to leave the European Union. I mean, who could blame them? Aside from the worker's rights, trade agreements and the opportunity to travel between member states, what does the EU even do? I mean, aside from the funding provided to the areas of the UK that London often neglects, environmental legislation and education and research funding.

So you've voted Leave, and you want to treat yourself to a nice comic to spend the weekend with. We've picked out five of our favorite independent comics to peruse while you wait for Article 50 to be enacted.

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Fantastic Five: Best Batman Team-Ups

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

This week the bats are out of the belfry as we look at five of Batman’s greatest team-ups!

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On The Cheap: Two Solid Picks For Dynamite’s Line-Wide Half-Off Sale

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Unless you're the kind of traditionalist who knows that today is the day to send your true love four colly birds, the post-Christmas hangover is well and truly upon us. But doesn't that just mean that it's time to do something for yourself?

Of course it does, and to help you with that, Comixology has kicked off a sale on Dynamite Entertainment's entire line, offering up over 2,500 comics to get for half off. But with that many, you might need some help narrowing it down, and if that's the case, I've picked out two of the best comics you can grab before the sale ends on Sunday, featuring two of your favorite cinematic heroes: James Bond and Shaft.

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ICYMI: James Bond Just Threw A Cinderblock At A Guy And It Was Awesome

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I'm not the type of person who's going to go out and buy the wristwatches or anything, but I'd like to think I'm a pretty big fan of the James Bond movies, and the one scene I like more than anything else in the entire 24-film franchise is the cold open to Casino Royale. The brutality of that black-and-white fight scene and the way that Bond becomes 007 gets me every time. Which, I imagine, is why I was so thrilled by the cold open to Warren Ellis and Jason Masters' James Bond #1, which has a similar bit of savagery that, in their case, is all business.

And in case you missed it? James Bond just broke a cinderblock on a dude's back by throwing it at him.

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Living In The Shadows: Should You Be Reading ‘Trees’?

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The last few years have been incredible for big, smart sci-fi comics. Saga, Copperhead, Kaptara, Nameless, Lazarus, Southern Cross... and those are just the ones coming out of Image. If you're a fan of anything alien, dystopic, robotic or just forward-looking, you have a lot of options. Equally, though, it can be difficult to make room for another space book, but Trees stands tall even in that crowded field. (Yes, that was a tree pun.)

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NBC Pulls ‘Red’ Out of Retirement for TV Adaptation, Because Comics

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It seems NBC’s unusual attempt to get back into the comic business after Constantine was just the tip of the iceberg, and the latest will literally have you seeing red. Calling all retired geriatric super-spies: Red is officially coming to TV with a new hourlong drama from the star-studded films’ creators.

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James Bond Will Return as Dynamite Gives Warren Ellis and Jason Masters License to Kill

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Ahead of San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Dynamite has announced that writer Warren Ellis and artist Jason Masters will be the creative team on a new James Bond ongoing series this November. Having acquired the James Bond licence last year --- it was one of Dynamite's SDCC announcements for 2014 --- the publisher will launch the series, titled James Bond 007, starting this November.

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