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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Winter Soldier, Batwoman, Hellcat, Frodo and More

In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

This week's selection of the best cosplay ever includes the Winter Soldier, Batwoman, Hellcat, Frodo and more.

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Fantastic Five: Best Defenders

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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.

The Defenders are often considered the also-rans of Marvel super-teams. They lack the prestige of the Avengers and the popularity of the X-Men, and the Champions have them them for "most ridiculous." But now that they're getting a TV series on Netflix, it's time to give the Defenders a closer look. The lineup of the classic team, which debuted in 1971, was very different from the Netflix version. So with that in mind, we've put together five of the very best members of the original Defenders.

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The Decade-By-Decade Superteam Fantasy Draft: Day Three

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We're looking back at the long and weird history of superhero comics by picking our favorite heroes from each decade in our latest fantasy draft. Each team must include one character who debuted before 1950, one character that debuted in each decade from the '50s to the '90s, and one character that debuted in 2000 or beyond, plus two wildcard picks from before and after 1980, for a total team of nine characters.

Our writers have each picked five characters so far. Today they pick another member of the Batfamily, a romance heroine, a handful of X-women, and one of the Green Lanterns. But which one?

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Looks Like Another ‘Jessica Jones’ Star Is Gearing Up for ‘The Defenders’

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More and more, it seems as if the worlds of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist will bleed into one another for The Defenders, and if you thought Jessica would join up without her best fiend in tow, you’ve got hell to pay. A new post from Jessica Jones star Rachael Taylor makes it seem as if Trish Walker is training to Defend herself in a big way.

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Herald of the Bronze Age: Celebrating Steve Englehart

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Steve Englehart was born on this day in 1947. By his mid-twenties, he was reshaping the Marvel Universe. At thirty, he was reinventing Batman. Englehart is easily one of the greatest comic book writers of all time, and probably the definitive writer of the 1970s.

One of the interesting things about Englehart is that he doesn’t get credit for creating that many interesting characters. In fact, he’s probably most strongly associated with Mantis, a character he introduced in Avengers and held onto (in an incognito form) even when he moved to Justice League of America and beyond. But while Englehart certainly created some peculiar characters, what he was really great at was perfecting characters that already existed.

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): HeroesCon 2015 Edition

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As readers will know from our weekly Best Cosplay Ever feature, we’re big fans of cosplay at ComicsAlliance. The comics, sci-fi, gaming, and fantasy communities have proved time and again their exceptional talents for homemade disguises and superheroic sartorial excellence, and all of their craft and skill will be on display this weekend at HeroesCon. Our chief cosplay correspondent Betty Felon is on hand to document as much of it as she can.

Scroll down for some of the very finest cosplay from HeroesCon!

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Greatest Best Favorite Avenger Ever: Group F

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With Avengers: Age of Ultron just around the corner, interest in these heroes has never been greater, so we’ve decided to pit all the official comic book Avengers against each other in a battle for your affections. Who is the greatest, best, favorite Avenger of all time? Only you can decide.

We’ve created voting groups that mix up different eras of Avengers membership. Group F contains the character who could well be the easy favorite for the title of Greatest Avenger, so it'll be interesting to see how the other characters stack up against this paragon among heroes. We refer, of course, to Stingray. But Captain America is also in this group. Vote tactically, vote often. The top two or three Avengers will go through to the next round.

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It: Batwoman, Hercules, Hellcat

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Savage Critic and "Reading Comics" author Douglas Wolk returns for a rundown of the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
† Involves a vaguely sleazy relationship between an older male authority figure and a nubile young thing
§ Space travel scenes
£ Kung-fu redheads
¥ God, the late '70s were weird
ß Characters with animal heads and/or animal masks
¶ Ever get confused about the relationship between Erebus and Cerberus? Prepare to get more confused

ß £...

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‘Marvel Comics Presents’ Hellcat, Taskmaster, Weapon Omega & More

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Marvel's all-new cutting edge anthology series ups the ante with the action-packed Marvel Comics Presents #2, featuring Hellcat, Taskmaster, the enigmatic Weapon Omega, and the introduction of an all-new super team dedicated to Captain America

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