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I Want To Make This A Performance: Grant Morrison Discusses His Plans For ‘Heavy Metal’ [Interview]

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When it was announced last month that Heavy Metal magazine had signed Grant Morrison to serve as their new editor-in-chief, it seemed to be the exact real-world approximation of that comic cliche: a team-up that nobody anticipated, but that makes perfect sense when considered from the right angle.

Heavy Metal is a title that, in its '70s/'80s heyday, redefined the limits of comic book form and content, much as Morrison has eschewed conventional stylistic and genre constraints throughout his career. Today, the magazine's name is shorthand for a specific style of exploitative genre fiction --- usually involving some combination of sci-fi, sword & sorcery, swearing, and sex --- but owners Jeff Krelitz and David Boxenbaum have been vocal about their hopes to expand the Heavy Metal brand and reignite the revolutionary spirit that it originally embodied.

ComicsAlliance sat down with Morrison at this summer's San Diego Comic-Con to talk about his personal history with Heavy Metal, ask some questions about his plans, and get a glimpse into the approach he's bringing to his new role at the magazine.

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Supergoddesses: Morrison Speaks About Gynocentricity and ‘Wonder Woman: Earth One’

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I’ve been eagerly anticipating the graphic novel Wonder Woman: Earth One by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette ever since it was announced back in January 2014 (as Wonder Woman: The Trial of Diana Prince). Now, with new details emerging in an interview with Morrison (who has just been named editor-in-chief of Heavy Metal) at Nerdist, the excitement is only building.

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Grant Morrison To Fly Through Endless Universes for ‘Multiversity Too’ and ‘Batman: Black and White’ in 2016

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At San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, DC announced that writer Grant Morrison has two new projects launching with the publisher in 2016. The first is a sequel to this year's acclaimed Multiversity. Called, of course, Multiversity Too, the new book will take the form of a series of graphic novels throughout next year. For the second project, Morrison will take the lead on a series of Batman: Black and White graphic novels working with various artists.

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Grant Morrison Named as Editor In Chief of ‘Heavy Metal’ Magazine

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Long-running comics magazine Heavy Metal announced this week that writer Grant Morrison will be its new editor-in-chief. Morrison begins his tenure as editor in February next year, and will work in an actual editorial capacity, rather than simply serving as a figurehead. He will also create new comics content for the magazine.

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Grant Morrison and Dan Mora Will Tell the Tale of Hot, Brutal Santa’s Sexy, Violent Early Years in ‘Klaus’

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A little over a year ago, Boom Studios announced that Grant Morrison would be working on an undisclosed new series at some point, with no specific details given. As we head into SDCC 2015, the publisher has now revealed what comic Morrison will be working on, and it's essentially Santa Claus: Year One.

Klaus is a six issue mini-series by Morrison and artist Dan Mora, best known for his art on Hexed. The series will focus on hot bearded crusader Santa as he fights off invaders, builds a sleigh, hangs out with his pet wolf (which has a bloody, red nose) and does all kinds of rugged manly things in the woods.

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Watch Grant Morrison Do Some Intense Dancing In Midnitemen’s ‘Killer’

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Hey there. How's your day going? Got a case of the Tuesdays? The post-coffee afternoon blahs? Well listen, I'm here to help, and no matter how your day's going, good or bad I am going to go ahead and guarantee that it can be dramatically improved by seeing Grant Morrison doing some intense dancing in space. Trust me.

Fortunately, we have that very thing. In a new music video released by Midnitemen, we see the writer of All Star Superman and Multiversity head out to the stars to rock out alongside cosmic warrior goddesses, with a signature move that I can only describe as "wizard hands." Give it a watch!

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On The Cheap: ‘Suicide Squad’ #58, The Issue Where John Ostrander, Kim Yale And Geof Isherwood Kill Grant Morrison

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Over the past few weeks, Comixology has done a pretty amazing job of staying on top of DC's Convergence event with a string of sales based on the different eras that were brought into Bottleworld to fight it out, and this week is no exception. There's amazing stuff in there focusing on the Justice League International, the amazingly underrated 90s Superboy run, and one of the greatest comics of all time, the late '80s Suicide Squad.

But with all those great books to choose from, you might need a little help narrowing it down. Like, let's say you can only buy one comic from the entire sale. If that's the case, then my recommendation would be that you jump on Suicide Squad #58. You know, the one where a werewolf kills Grant Morrison.

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Ask Chris #239: Can Darkseid Really Be The Ultimate Bad Guy Of The DC Universe?

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Q: Do you think Darkseid deserves to be considered the ultimate bad guy of the DC Universe? What are his achievements? -- @Lionel_Leal

A: I don't want to turn this into "Ask Chris About Jack Kirby's Fourth World" --- as opposed to my usual strategy of spending an entire week talking about the moral significance of Batman's utility belt or whatever --- but over the last few years, Darkseid has been a more prominent fixture of the DC Universe than any other time in his forty-year history. I think it probably started with how he was treated on Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League, but just in the past three years we've seen him as the villain that launched the New 52, and the villain who's probably going to show up in a movie about the Justice League at some point. So with all due respect, LL, it's not really a matter of "Darkseid deserves."

Darkseid is.

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The Bottle City Travel Guide: 853rd Century Metropolis

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DC's Convergence crossover is built around pitting cities pulled from different eras against each other in an ultimate battle to determine which continuity reigns supreme, and as you may already know just from reading that sentence, that can get a little confusing. With all the Gothams and Metropolises (Metropoli?) throwing their heroes against each other, we thought it might be useful to offer our readers a handy guide to telling Pre-Flashpoint from Post-Crisis with a series of Bottle City Travel Guides!

Today, we're heading to the distant future of 1998 for a look at the world that gave DC its greatest crossover event ever: DC One Million's 853rd Century!

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Darick Robertson Looks Back On His Ballistic Career [Interview]

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It was Grant Morrison's favorite comic of 2013, my favourite comic of the 21st century, and it delighted even the most stone-hearted of comic critics. Ballistic, a five-issue series from Black Mask by filmmaker Adam Egypt Mortimer and blockbuster artist Darick Robertson, last hit the streets in 2014. Now it's back --- collected, polished, buffed to a shine for your delectation. It's on your shop shelves now people! So what better excuse to look back on the career of Darick Robertson, and Ballistic in particular, with the man himself?

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