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Can’t Have A Crossover Without A Corpse: Killing Characters From ‘Identity Crisis’ To ‘Trinity War’

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The practice of human sacrifice is as ancient as human civilization and has been practiced variously by various cultures, but most often to pacify gods or nature in the same manner of animal sacrifices. For example, maidens being tossed into volcanoes to keep them from erupting, or victims being buried at the foundations of castles, temples or bridges to protect the constructions from ruin.

We're way past human sacrifice now, of course, but fictional character sacrifice? Today's super-comics creators seem rather devoted to that particular ritual, with many an "event" story arc beginning with the death of a character, as if they were being sacrificed to bless the ensuing narrative.

The latest example is DC Comics' three-book Trinity War crossover, which begins in earnest this week but has been slowly ramping up in several books, most notably Justice League of America, where one of the publisher's oldest and best-known characters was seemingly killed recently.

Be warned, for below there are spoilers for stories as old as 2004's Identity Crisis and as recent as Justice League of America #5.

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DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio: No ‘Crisis’ Events In DCnU

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Compounding many longtime DC Comics fans' confusion with respect to the revised histories of the publisher's superhero characters, Co-Publisher Dan DiDio confirmed that tent-pole storylines Crisis On Infinite Earths, Infinite Crisis, Final Crisis and all such universe defining Crises did not occur in DC's New 52 universe. In a posting to his Facebook page, DiDio explained that "major events" like the Crisis stories are "difficult to place" in the compressed histor

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Silver Age Remix Comics: ‘Final Crisis!’ [Original Art]

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From Blackest Night to Flashpoint, today's super-hero comics are all built around the Big Event. But what if those stories had happened forty, fifty, or even sixty years ago? That's the question that ComicsAlliance is trying to answer with the help of artist Kerry Callen (who drew the incredible "Silver

Flex Mentallo and Final Crisis: Erasing the Lines Between You and the DCU

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DC Comics recently announced that the long-awaited Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely Vertigo series Flex Mentallo would be returning to print, to the cheers of Morrison fans everywhere. If you never managed to get a hold of the single issues, you're not only missing out on a seminal work by a gre

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‘Final Crisis’: A Timeline Explaining DC’s Most Polarizing Crossover

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Perhaps the most most sprawling and continuity-heavy crossover of all time, DC Comics' Final Crisis has already earned its place in comics history as the publisher's most polarizing mainstream works. For eve

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‘Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods’: Sex, Drugs and Superhero Comics [Review]

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Today, Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods -- the feature-length documentary by Respect! Films, directed by Patrick Meaney -- was supposed to drop but seems to not be available until December 15, at least. It's a very well-crafted piece of

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Joe the Barbarian: Reality vs Fiction in Grant Morrison’s Comics

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Love him or hate him, you can always depend on Grant Morrison to deliver a story that works on multiple levels. This week's "Joe the Barbarian," featuring great art from Sean Murphy, manages to live up to t

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KAPOW! Comics for the 4th of July

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Cheap explosions, wasted friends, charred flesh and the strong possibility of irreparable physical damage – while it may be okay for Robert Evans's weekly brunch, it's a bit much for the average person to endure, even on 4th of July weekend.

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End of the Week Explosion Bye Week

While Ian and Seacord are off at Otakon this week, they asked me to assure their loyal readers that they'll be back next week ... and if we're all very, very good, they may even return not only with tales from the front, but with photographic evidence of the wondrous sights they saw in Charm City.

Were they here to entertain in their own inimitable style, I've little doubt t

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