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Ask Chris #190: The Best First Three Comic Pages Ever

Ask Chris art by Erica Henderson

Q: Supposedly it takes three pages to hook a reader before they drop off, so what are the best opening three pages in a comic? -- @shutupadiran

A: Huh. I don't think it's going to surprise anyone to find out that I'm a dude who thinks a lot about how comic books are structured and what you can do within that structure, but I've never heard that bit about the first three pages being where you have to hook the reader. It makes sense, though -- when you look at it, those first three pages, along with the cover, form a distinct storytelling unit, and it's the first thing you see when you pick up and pop open a comic.

Thinking back on comics that I love, there's a really distinct pattern there. I like stuff that builds to a big last page just fine, but the ones that I tend to rave about when those first issues hit always open up strong. It's like the first five seconds of a song. Some of them might build to a crescendo as they go along, but when you have something like the famous beat from "Be My Baby" or the opening harmonics from "I Get Around," you know instantly that you've got something.

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Black Milk Clothing’s Amazing Batman Collection Features Jock, Bolland, Adams, Dodson & More [Fashion]

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After the success of their previous Star Wars collections, Australian fashion brand Black Milk Clothing has launched their first comics-inspired collection with a number of likened Batman items. Taking a cue from the popularity of their limited Harley Quinn-inspired leggings, Black Milk Clothing designed a collection in collaboration with DC Comics and Warner Bros. that combines their signature spandex apparel with Gotham's Finest -- artists, that is, with clothing designed around images created by fan favorites including Jock, Brian Bolland, Terry Dodson, Neal Adams and Andy Kubert.  The Black Milk Clothing x Batman collection combines comics, cosplay, and style with a trompe-l'oeil Batman swimsuit (detachable cape included), a Stephanie Brown-inspired bodysuit, a Killing Joke bomber jacket and more.

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‘Watchmen’ Prequel Announced by DC Comics: ‘Before Watchmen’ [Updated Art]

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This morning, DC Comics announced its long-rumored new Watchmen project, a prequel titled Before Watchmen that expands on the characters and world of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's seminal 1986 comic book, which was adapted into a 2009 movie...

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Rumored ‘Watchmen’ Prequel Project Art Surfaces

Bleedingcool has posted two new images from what they're calling "one of the Watchmen prequel products currently being developed at DC Comics under the code name 'Panic Room.'" Apparently, Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart have nothing to do with it...

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Transition Into The New DC Universe With ‘Flashpoint’ #5 And ‘Justice League’ #1 Previews

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Today marks DC Comics' historic transition from one prime continuity to another and it's no small shift -- as billed on the cover to the final comic told from the old DC Universe, "It all changes here...

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The New 52 FAQ: Answering Your Questions about the Relaunched DC Universe

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This week DC released Flashpoint #5, by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert, and Justice League #1, by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, the first comic in a relaunched and dramatically different DC Universe. The first represents the last story in the old DC Universe; the second is the first story in the new one, set five years in the past from the "present day...

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What’s the Secret of Flashpoint Batman? He’s [SPOILER]

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At the end of today's Flashpoint #1, Barry Allen comes to a shocking conclusion about the Batman of the world of Flashpoint that certainly changes the nature of the character for the duration of this (likely) temporary detour, providing some interesting storytelling opportunities with a twisted funhouse version of the Legend of the Dark Knight...

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DC Comics Announces 14 Tie-In Titles in ‘Flashpoint’ Crossover

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DC Comics announced the titles of 14 new tie-in comic books today related to their upcoming Flashpoint event in May, which will be spearheaded by a five-issue miniseries written by DC writer and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, with art by Andy Kubert...

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Changing the Past: ‘Flashpoint’ Promos That Didn’t Make The Cut

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For those of you who haven't been checking in with the DC Universe blog this week, they have been all about Flashpoint, the upcoming event from Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert that sees a world where the world's greatest heroes never actually became the world's greatest heroes...

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DC Previews ‘Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne’ Covers #1-6

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Whether he's napping through a board meeting as Bruce Wayne or taking on Scarecrow in a gas mask, Batman always dresses for success. DC's The Source reminds fans of this fact with the release of all six covers from Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert's "Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne," with Bats staying sharp through the ages in multiple costumes...

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