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Fantastic Five: Best Marvel Events

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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 into 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 and pop culture.

Previously I told you about Marvel's five worst events, but this week, instead of laughing at their failures; I'm going to applaud their greatest storytelling successes! This week we're looking at some of the very best Marvel Comics events!

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Hero Mode: A Guide to the Best ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Apparel

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The verdict is officially in. Captain America: Civil War has dazzled viewers and critics while establishing itself as one of the best superheroes films ever made. The scope of the MCU seems to have doubled overnight, and the superhero throwdown at the heart of the movie has become an instant classic.

The movie offers a great range of stylistic touchstones, from the stealth and sleek of the Black Panther to those iconic Spider-Man underoos. Whatever your personal style, we think we have something in our latest Hero Mode collection that you might like.

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‘Infinity War’ Writers Say It’s ‘Nearly Impossible’ to Write in ‘The Defenders’

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Attention now turning from Civil War to Avengers: Infinity War (or whatever they end up calling it), time and time again Marvel brass have tempered expectations as to whether the climactic MCU event will finally bridge the gulf between movie and TV. Not likely, it seems, as writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely reveal the “nearly impossible” challenge in logistics.

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The Artist’s Artist: The Best Stuart Immonen Art

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Stuart Immonen is an artist’s artist. In fact, that’s probably not going far enough. It’s probably more accurate to say that he’s an artist’s artist’s artist. That’s not easy to say, but it’s not easy to have a career like Stuart Immonen, so he’s earned it.

With the arrival of the fantasy/science-fiction epic in the making Empress, his new creator-owned book with writer Mark Millar, there’s no better time to take a look back at his incredible body of work with a collection of some of his best covers and splash-pages.

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Herald of the Bronze Age: Celebrating Steve Englehart

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Steve Englehart was born on this day in 1947. By his mid-twenties, he was reshaping the Marvel Universe. At thirty, he was reinventing Batman. Englehart is easily one of the greatest comic book writers of all time, and probably the definitive writer of the 1970s.

One of the interesting things about Englehart is that he doesn’t get credit for creating that many interesting characters. In fact, he’s probably most strongly associated with Mantis, a character he introduced in Avengers and held onto (in an incognito form) even when he moved to Justice League of America and beyond. But while Englehart certainly created some peculiar characters, what he was really great at was perfecting characters that already existed.

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The New Wasp Shows Her Face in ‘All-New All-Different Avengers’ #9 [Preview]

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The new Wasp is at the center of All-New All-Different Avengers #9, which launches a new storyline called "Family Business." Until her debut on Free Comic Book Day, we don't know who this knew Wasp really is. Her face is revealed on one of the unlettered preview pages below, but all that really tells us is that she wears her hair in roughly the same style as Hope Van Dyne, the soon-to-be-Wasp played by Evangeline Lily in the Ant-Man movie.

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Star-Spangled Justice: The Best Captain America Cosplay

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We find ourselves on the cusp of a prime example of that as Marvel prepares to release Captain America: Civil War, which heavily tests the star-spangled hero’s duty, friendships, and beliefs. Civil War is one of those arcs that sees Captain America in one of his most human moments, when the Steve Rogers character is challenged to wage a war between what he believes in and what he represents. It’s not hard to see why Marvel chose to dip into that arc for the next Captain America movie, nor is hard to see why folks love to cosplay this versatile character.

We’ve gathered their efforts here in one place for you to enjoy. The wealth of Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, rule 63s and more demonstrate admirably that though Captain America is often seen as a white bread hero, no one can be excluded from portraying one of the oldest guardians of freedom in comics. Whether you’re Team Cap or Team Iron Man, we can all agree these fine folks lay it on the line to do Caps justice. This is the best Captain America cosplay.

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Everybody Fights Everybody in ‘Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega’ [Preview]

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Lots of Marvel characters are fighting lots of other Marvel characters (almost like there's a Civil War coming) in Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1, the finale to the Pleasant Hill story. Steve Rogers is young again, and leading a makeshift group of Avengers (I say "makeshift" mostly because it includes Cable) against a veritable army of supervillains led by Baron Zemo. There's reality-warping technology at stake, and we all know the Marvel Universe's reality can't warp much further without breaking.

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ComicsAlliance Presents Supermovies: The Superhero Movie Release Calendar

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Superhero movies are a dominant force in modern blockbuster cinema, but with so many heroes appearing on our screens it can be tough to keep up with the release calendar.

To help make it a little easier for superhero fans to know which weekends to keep free over the next few years, designer Dylan Todd has created this infographic featuring all the upcoming releases from Marvel Studios, Fox, Sony, Warner Bros and more, starring characters from the DC Universe, the Marvel Universe, the X-Men books, Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Valiant Universe, and more.

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The Small Town Terror of ‘Avengers Standoff: Welcome To Pleasant Hill’ #1 [Review]

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This week saw the release of the prologue issue to Marvel’s spring event Avengers Standoff, in the form Avengers Standoff: Welcome To Pleasant Hill #1 by Nick Spencer, Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna and Paul Mounts. The event has been touted for a long time now, but heading into this first issue it was still rather unclear exactly what Standoff was going to be about.

Things are a lot clearer following the release of Welcome To Pleasant Hill, which is a moody mystery hidden behind a sunny suburban smile. Be warned this review contains meaty spoilers for the first salvo in this event as we unpack the events of the issue and its killer cliffhanger. In other words, if you want to know what Standoff is actually about before you investigate further, we're going to do our best to tell you.

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