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Wait, Did ‘New Suicide Squad’ Just Become DC’s Smartest Team Book?

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When DC Comics launched its "New 52" Universe a few years back, Suicide Squad was pretty much the bottom of a barrel that wasn't really in good shape to begin with. Despite being an attempt to revive one of the best, most elegantly crafted and thought-provoking superhero books of the 1980s, the New 52 version was a noisy, soulless mess that ended up doing almost irreparable damage to characters like Harley Quinn in the name of making something more extreme, in a true late '90s Juggalo sense of the word. When the series was finally canceled and relaunched, I honestly wasn't expecting it to get any better, especially since the new lineup included the addition of one of the worst new DC characters of the past several years.

But we're two issues into what writer Sean Ryan (and about 27 artists so far) is doing with the re-relaunched title, New Suicide Squad, and while I'm not sure, I think it might actually be the smartest team book DC's putting out.

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Wonderful Toys: A Level-By-Level Journey Into The Amazing Batman ’89 Video Game [Video]

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I was an unabashed fan of the 1989 Batman movie around the time of its release (particularly after it hit VHS), but the years have worn down my appreciation of it, and quite a few aspects of it don't entirely stand up to the scrutiny of a critical lens anymore.

There are a few pieces of media related to the film, however, that I feel just as positively about as I ever have. The Prince soundtrack, for one. And for another, the Sunsoft-developed game for the Nintendo Entertainment System that included a few cutscenes with lines from the movie, and largely ditched its plot otherwise. I took a stroll down memory lane with it, and it still holds up.

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‘Arrow’ Season 2 Recap, Episode 16: ‘Suicide Squad’

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The CW’s superhero series Arrow re-imagines Green Arrow for a TV audience as a tough, often ruthless vigilante bent on setting things right in his home of Starling City by punishing the wicked. ComicsAlliance’s Matt Wilson will be following along to see how he fares.

This week, a certain unit that's more of a squad makes its TV debut, Ollie turns to Russian mobsters for help, and Dig gets involved in a moral quandary.

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See The Suicide Squad Lineup Set To Debut On ‘Arrow’

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If you're an avid Arrow viewer, then you'll remember how Amanda Waller (played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson) approached Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White) a few weeks ago and asked him to be part of her new unit (which is really "more of a squad").

Well, the makeup of that Suicide Squad has been revealed in some new photos posted to CBR. The members appear to be (from left to right): Bronze Tiger, mad bomber Shrapnel (Sean Maher), Waller, and Deadshot (Michael Rowe). Also present are A.R.G.U.S. agent Lyla Michaels/Harbinger (Audrey Marie Anderson) and, surprisingly, none other than Team Arrow member John Diggle (David Ramsey).

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Comics Alliance Recaps ‘Arrow’ Episode 2.6: ‘Keep Your Enemies Closer’

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The CW’s superhero series Arrow re-imagines Green Arrow for a TV audience as a tough, often ruthless vigilante bent on setting things right in his home of Starling City by punishing the wicked. ComicsAlliance’s Matt Wilson will be following along to see how he fares.

This week, Thea worries about her associations, business tension reaches new highs, and Team Arrow is going to Russia!

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New ‘Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate’ Trailer Reveals Solomon Grundy, More [Video]

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Not to be overshadowed by its big-console brother, the WB Games handheld prison-action game Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is showing off some of the trick it's got up its "Metroid-Vania" sleeve.

Among them: A lot of bad guys, including The Joker, The Penguin, Black Mask, Deadshot, and the just-revealed Solomon Grundy. Catwoman's there, too (and also in a new screen shot from the game). See if you can spot any more in the trailer after the cut.

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DC Collectibles Debuts More ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ Action Figures [SDCC 2013]

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DC Collectibles has officially brought its upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins action figure count to six, revealing new Deadshot and Deathstroke figures alongside the previously-announced Batman, Joker, Bane and Black Mask figures.

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Ask Chris #152: Death And Resurrection

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Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why, each and every week, we turn to you to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

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DC’s Bad Guys Take Over In September’s ‘Villains Month’

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Last year, DC Comics celebrated the anniversary of its New 52 launch with a month full of zero issues. On its second anniversary in September, the publisher is handing its books over to the bad guys. "Villains Month" will spin out of this summer's "Trinity War" crossover, according a DC press release. Each book in the line will replace the title hero's name with a villain's name and be a #1 issue of sorts. Also: Lenticular 3D covers, no joke.

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ComicsAlliance Recaps ‘Arrow’ Episode 1.20: Home Invasion

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The CW's new superhero series Arrow re-imagines Green Arrow for a TV audience as a tough, often ruthless vigilante bent on setting things right in his home of Starling City by punishing the wicked. ComicsAllianc

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