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Ask Chris #176: SUBTLETY!!!!!

Ask Chris art by Erica Henderson

Q: Is writing comics with a lack of subtlety a good or bad thing? Or does it all depend on how it's handled? --@therealdealkern

A: This is a really tough question, because unlike a lot of things I write about, I don't have a definitive answer one way or the other, even though it's something I notice all the time. Looking back, it seems tricky to figure out why I love some things and hate others for what seems to be the exact same reason. I mean, I've got a reputation as someone who loves over-the-top stories and comics that have a complete lack of anything that even approaches nuance, full of blunt statements, raw emotions and names that couldn't be more on the nose if they were a pair of reading glasses.

And yet, at the same time, there are stories I hate precisely because they have that same lack of subtlety, or because they're eye-rollingly obvious. There's got to be a difference somewhere, right?

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DC Heroes Get Silly In Trailer For ‘The Lego Movie’ [Video]

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From the looks of it, The LEGO Movie tells the classic hero's journey story. An ordinary guy finds himself in extraordinary circumstances, and he rises to them.

There are just a couple twists on that: First, he's a LEGO man. Second, he is routinely assisted by Batman (and Wonder Woman, and Superman, and maybe Abraham Lincoln, though he seems to be on the fence). Check out the brand-new trailer for the movie after the jump.

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Link Ink: Glow-In-The-Dark TMNT Toys, The Simpsons X Hello Kitty And MLP Micro Fun Packs

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Click through for all the links this Thursday affords.

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The Comics Alliance Halloween Costume Countdown: Green Lantern

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October is finally upon is, and here at ComicsAlliance, and one of the best parts of the month is gearing up for Halloween with costumes! It’s the one time of year when even people like me who could never cut it in our Best Cosplay Ever feature can drop by the local department store and walk out with the ability to dress up as our favorite characters.

But is that really a good thing? I have my doubts, which is why I’m spending every day taking on the store-bought costumes inspired by our favorite things. Today, we're heading out into the blackest night of popup Halloween stores to look at Green Lantern costumes!

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DC Collectibles Announces NYCC 2013 Exclusives

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DC Collectibles has announced two of its exclusive offerings for New York City Comic Con 2013. Fans who attend the show from October 10-13 at the Javits Center will be able to pick up a Super Best Friends Forever: Poison Ivy PVC figure as well as a DC Comics Super Heroes: Hal Jordan & Saint Walker action figure 2-pack at the Graphitti Designs booth #755.

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Super Alloy Green Lantern Joins Play Imaginative’s Die-Cast Justice League

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Play Imaginative's Jim Lee-designed New 52 Justice League lineup continues to expand with a new Super Alloy Green Lantern boasting the line's usual 12" scale, approximately 80% die-cast construction and heap of accessories set to arrive by the end of the year.

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Comics By Chance: Reviewing Cheap, Random Buys [August 2013]

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I think the intuition/thought process of buying cheap comics is interesting. There's a combination of randomness, curatorial sense and instinct at play. You end up with a group of comics that would ordinarily never be linked together, from different times, artists and publishers, but links and common themes are there and just need to be unearthed. You end up with a vantage point on the artform you would never get otherwise. No scholar would ever link these comics, but the link is there. This is how most readers, especially the uncounted legion of casual fans who aren't part of the Wednesday crowd, encounter comics.I picked up this particular group of comics at a sidewalk sale for a dollar each. They're exactly the type you'd find at a place that doesn't specialize in comics, in this case The Record Exchange. None are rare or valuable. None are celebrated classics of the form. They're probably comics you've seen a many times and thought nothing of, but each tells its own story.They are Green Lantern Corps #223 and #224, Super Soldier #1, The New Teen Titans #9, and Green Lantern1,000,000.

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Square Enix’s DC Comics Variant Play Arts Kai Line Gets Superman, Supergirl And Aquaman [SDCC 2013]

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Back when Square Enix unveiled its first batch of DC Comics Variant Play Arts Kai action figures at Toy Fair 2013, fans had a lot to say about Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Flash and Batgirl's reimagined looks blending American and Japanese design aesthetics. At Comic-Con, SE's back with fully painted versions of Flash and Batgirl, along with unpainted prototypes of Superman, Supergirl and Aquaman. Will the new designs prove any less polarizing? See for yourself after the jump.

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DC Entertainment’s Diane Nelson On Green Lantern, Wonder Woman And Vertigo Films: ‘Sandman Is Right On Top’

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Diane Nelson is rolling into San Diego's Comic-Con with some real momentum thanks to the enormous commercial success of Warner Bros. Pictures' Man of Steel film directed by Zack Snyder. By all accounts the hit film based on Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster's Superman character has galvanized the DC Entertainment division, which Nelson leads as President, and everybody wants to know what's next for the company. To that end, Nelson sat down with The Hollywood Reporter in an interview that focused mainly on DC's Hollywood prospects (no news on Man of Steel 2, although an announcement is rumored to come later this weekend in San Diego), with Nelson confirming her wish list of properties to make the jump to the big and small screens, addressing concerns about Wonder Woman and the future of Vertigo.

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‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ Getting Martian Manhunter And John Stewart DLC (Kind Of) [Video]

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The Justice League's favorite martian will soon make the jump from noncombatant to full-on playable fighter in Injustice: Gods Among Us. Previously only playable as part of the game's single player "S.T.A.R. Labs" mission component, Martian Manhunter a.k.a. J'onn J'onzz has been announced as a full-fledged fighter in an upcoming DLC pack that will also include a Green Lantern skin bringing John Stewart into the fold.

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