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Best Covers Ever (This Year): DC Comics 2016 Edition

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What may go down as one of the worst years in recent memory is slowly crawling to a close, and while we wish it good riddance and hope against hope that 2017 will be an improvement, there is some small solace in looking back over the year that's passed and figuring out what stuff from it was the best. That's right, it's "Best of..." list time, and today we're taking a look at the Best DC Covers of 2016.

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Ask Chris #318: The Definitive Christmas Comic

Ask Chris #318, background art by Colleen Doran

Q: What is the definitive Christmas comic? — @Koltreg

A: "Definitive" is a pretty tricky requirement to meet. You have to find a comic that's not just definitively Christmas, with all that goes along with it, it has to be definitively comics, too --- and if you think it's difficult for people to agree on what Christmas is all about, just wait'll you try getting them to pin down one single issue that defines comic books as a medium. At least religion has centuries of scholarship; comics just has loudmouths writing columns about them on the Internet.

That said, I do think I've found one that's as close as we're going to get: 1989's Christmas With The Super-Heroes #2.

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Ask Chris #317: A Speed Force To Be Reckoned With

Ask Chris #317, background art by Mike Wieringo

Q: Can you help me make sense of how the Speed Force is supposed to work? -- @TheKize

A: For those of you who may not know, the Speed Force is a plot point from the pages of The Flash that was introduced back in the '90s, and ended up not just shaping how the Flash himself would work for the next two decades, but also united an entire corner of the DC Universe into a cohesive whole.

The thing is, while I've definitely read those comics and love 'em to pieces, I'm not sure I'm the best person to ask about how it works. You should probably just ask Mark Waid. Which is what I did.

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‘Flash’ Crossover Almost Had Lynda Carter Return as ‘Supergirl’ President

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The CW

Apart from the spectacle of uniting The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow under one roof, the first leg of The CW’s “Invasion!” crossover also cemented that Flash and Supergirl don’t share the same POTUS, played on the latter by Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter. They very nearly did, however, as producers explain the cameo was nixed as too confusing to viewers.

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‘Supergirl’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 2 Episode 8: ‘Medusa’

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This week, it’s Thanksgiving in National City, and there’s an alien-killing virus on the loose! Also, The Flash is (briefly) here! “Medusa” was directed by Stefan Pleszczynski from a script by Jessica Queller and Derek Simon.

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‘Flash’ Drops the Alchemy Twist We All Saw Coming in ‘Killer Frost’

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The CW

Excitement was already high for The Flash to return Kevin Smith behind the camera in an all-out “Killer Frost” hour, but few expected we’d get such an immediate clue to the identity of Season 3’s sub-big bad. Did “Killer Frost” finally reveal Dr. Alchemy’s identity, and if so, was it exactly who we thought?

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‘DC Legends’ Unveils Legendary Forms For Black Canary, Flash, Wonder Woman, And Other Heroes

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Warner Bros Interactive

One of the fun things about Warner Bros. Interactive's new DC Legends mobile game is powering up your heroes, helping them gain new abilities to help in the fight against Nekron and the Manhunters. And once you reach the top, the heroes really become legends.

Below we have a look at five of the heroes in their Legendary forms: Wonder Woman, the Flash, Raven, Dr. Fate, and Black Canary. I have yet to get far enough in the game to achieve any of this, but looking at these designs has me excited to try.

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Fantastic Five: Best Legacy Heroes

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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 video takes a look at the concept of the legacy hero, those who are inspired by another hero to take up their name, costume, or gimmicks, and counts down the five most successful successors.

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First Fastest: A Tribute To Jay Garrick, The Original Flash

Words by Gardner Fox, Art by Harry Lampert
Words by Gardner Fox, Art by Harry Lampert

Before anyone had ever argued over whether Wally West was better than Barry Allen, let alone whether Wally West was better than the other Wally West, there was a simpler time when there was only one Flash, Jay Garrick, debuting in the first issue of Flash Comics, published on November 10, 1939.

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Funko Announces New ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Pop Vinyls, Mystery Mini Pets And More

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The Funko Pop craze shows no signs of slowing down, and yesterday the manufacturer announced perhaps its most inevitable line of Pop Vinyls yet, featuring the core cast of Batman: The Animated Series. It also announced a new line of Dorbz based around Green Lantern and the various Lantern Corps and, in a delightful surprise, a line of Mystery Minis based around DC Super Heroes & Pets.

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