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Ask Chris #155: Closing Time

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Q: What's your favorite final issue of a comic series or run? -- @supergeekmike

A: Back when I was working at the comic book store, my friend Scott once told me that if I really wanted to know what a series was all about, all I had to do was read the first issue and the last issue. Admittedly, this is the same friend who told me that I really ought to start reading Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, but he had a good point. On those rare occasions in comics where someone can actually build to a last issue, that's where everything about the series can come together. And the results can be pretty great.

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The Originals: Garth Ennis and Characterization via Dialogue

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More than a few of your favorite Marvel and DC Comics creators have projects that you may not have heard of, depending on how closely you follow their careers. In creator-owned comics, they get to go wild and create a story that springs entirely from their own brow, and I love seeing the results of that. Once a week on Comics

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – April 11, 2012: That Which Remains Concealed

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Continuity implants
^ Stars and/or garters
% What lies beneath

^ % UNTERZAKHN
The wonderful Leel

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – December 14, 2011: A Very Norse Yule

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Arithmetic
^ Geometry
% Music
@ Astronomy

* ^ % @ ABSOLUTE PROMETHEA VOL. 3
Collecting #24-32 of

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Bizarro Back Issues: ‘Hitman vs. Vampires’ (1999)

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Around this time of year, I like to get into the Halloween spirit by reading through a few spoooooky comics, and one of the stories that always makes it into the stack is a two-part story from DC's Hitman called "Dead Man's Land." Of course, I don't need much of an exc

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Ask Chris #62: My Two Bat-Dads

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: Batman dies, and leaves Robin in a My Two Dads situation. Which superheroes does he select as dads? --

A: For

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Warner Bros. Announces ‘Gotham City Impostors,’ a First-Person Shooter Based on Batman. Really.

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No, you did not misread that headline. As reported by both Joystiq and Kotaku, Warner Bros. Interactive is developing Gotham City Impostors, a multiplayer first-person shooter set in Batman's hometown where players will take on characters "inspired by" Batman and the Joker and shoot each o

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – April 20, 2011: Dark Horses, Pale Writers

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* The New Yorker
^ National Geographic
@ American Rifleman
% Family Circle
¢ AARP Bulletin

* ¢ AVENGERS #12
Brian Michael Bendis

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – December 22, 2010: He Will Hit You With His Axe

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Savage Critic and "Reading Comics" author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY
* Hero vs. the supernatural
% Hero vs. technology
^ Hero vs. thing with tentacles
¢ Her

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Ask Chris #23: What Are the Best Series Finales in Comics?

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's why we've given Senior Writer Chris Sims the punishment pleasure of stepping into the grand tradition of the Answer Man as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: In your opinion, the best series endings in comics? Not just the end to separate story arcs, but to entire books? -- shutupadrian

A: In comics, closing out a series can often be a pretty tricky proposition. It's hard enough to write a good ending to a stor

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