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Reading List: The Ten Essential Grant Morrison Stories

Alex Ross / DC Comics
Alex Ross / DC Comics

Grant Morrison is a polarizing creator, with some people writing off entire swaths of his career for being "too confusing," while others proselytize about its virtues, so long as you understand these very specific references and cult theories he's alluding to. It can be tough to decide where you stand on him, so if you're struggling to find a way into Morrison's impressive career and body of work, we've assembled a Reading List of the ten top stories that could turn you into a die-hard Morrison devotee.

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Reading List: The Ten Essential Superman Comics

Frank Quitely / DC Comics
Frank Quitely / DC Comics

Superman is the most iconic superhero in the world, and he's loved by millions --- but he's not necessarily the easiest character to get to grips with if you haven't been exposed to the right material. Even as a massive Superman fan, I'll admit that it can be a bit hard for some readers to wrap their heads around exactly why he's so great and why he matters so much. We've put together a list of the ten essential Superman stories for any reader looking to dive into Superman fandom.

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‘Watchmen’ Is Back In POG Form As Batman And Flash Investigate ‘The Button’ In April

The Button, DC Comics

In April, Batman and Flash will be crossing over for a four-part adventure called "The Button," where the Dark Knight and the Fastest Man Alive dive into the mystery of how the Comedian's bloodstained button from Watchmen wound up embedded in the stone walls of the Batcave.

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Ask Chris #313: The Devilish Deals Of ‘Underworld Unleashed’

Ask Chris #313, background art by Howard Porter

Q: Did anyone actually come out improved from DC's Underworld Unleashed crossover? — @JordanLevells

A: Huh, Underworld Unleashed. There's one I haven't thought about in a while.

This week, though, I actually got a few questions about DC's neon-green, diabolical deal-making crossover, and I think I know the reason why. With Neron showing back up in the pages of Midnighter and Apollo, and with Halloween on the horizon bringing devils and haints to mind, there's no better time to look back on the series where a bunch of heroes and villains literally sold their souls, and nobody actually got what they wanted out of it.

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Electric Bluegaloo Interlude: Meanwhile, In The Rest Of The DC Universe

Electric Bluegaloo Interlude: Meanwhile...

Of all the strange transformations Superman has undergone in his 78-year history, none has been quite so derided as the year where his familiar costume and powers were replaced with a blue and white "containment suit" and a tenuous relationship with electricity. But that raises the question, was it really all that bad? Two decades later, we want to find out, so ComicsAlliance is taking a look back at the Electric Blue Era of Superman to find out not just what worked, but if anything worked. This is... Electric Bluegaloo.

This week, we take a moment to look at what Electric Blue Superman was up to in the larger DC Universe... and wonder why the actual Superman books couldn't be this good.

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Farewell To A Friend: Say Goodbye To Jeans-And-T-Shirt Superman

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This week saw us say goodbye to a hero who fought for truth, justice and the American way. Who fought for the downtrodden and the common man. Who fought against injustice while wearing a t-shirt and jeans. This week saw us say goodbye to The New 52 Superman. Spoilers for the current Superman status quo follow.

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‘Scooby Apocalypse’ And The Difficult Balance Of Being Weird Enough To Work

Scooby Apocalypse #1

Here's something I want you to do right now: Take a moment and just try to imagine explaining this week's high-profile new releases to someone who was reading comics ten, maybe even five years ago. It would take hours, and by the time you'd dealt with all the incredulous reactions and clarified all the ways that we got to this point, you'd still have to launch into your third act with "and there was also Scooby Apocalypse, where the cast of Scooby Doo meets at Burning Man right before the world is destroyed by nanotechnology."

What I'm getting at here is that it's a weird book --- and more than that, it's exactly the weird book that we all knew it was going to be ever since it was announced. The question, then, is whether it's weird enough.

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The Future is Frightening in ‘Scooby Apocalypse’ #1 [Preview]

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We now have a better look at DC's upcoming Scooby Apocalypse, the sci-fi Scooby Doo update, written by J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen, with breakdowns by Giffen and pencils and inks by Howard Porter, thanks to a preview at TVGuide. The book is part of a larger relaunch of Hanna-Barbera properties by DC, which also includes Flintstones, Future Quest (a Jonny Quest/Space Ghost team-up book), and Wacky Raceland. Scooby Apocalypse #1 is available in stores and online on May 25.

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On The Cheap: Get The First Volume Of Morrison And Porter’s ‘JLA’ For $7

JLA Vol. 1, DC Comics

With Batman v Superman finally in theaters this weekend after months of somber trailers, lists of the best team-ups and fights, and other assorted hype, there's a good chance that you might be burnt out on seeing those two characters in action. If, however, you're still hungry for more, there's some good news: If you head over to Comixology today, it's pretty much wall-to-wall Batman and Superman, with Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League thrown in for good measure.

But the one title in the entire sale that I'd recommend above all others is less about Batman and Superman fighting and more about the formation of the Justice League.

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DC Unveils New Hanna-Barbera Variant Covers From Adams, Sienkiewicz And More

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DC Comics’ upcoming Hanna-Barbera line of comics is one of the boldest decisions Warner Bros has made with those properties in a long time, and DC seem committed to treating the individual series as just as important as its main line of superhero books. With veteran creators like Keith Giffen on the books, DC is throwing its full weight behind the new line, and has unveiled new variant covers for Scooby Apocalypse and Future Quest by superstar artists like Steve Rude, Neal Adams and Bill Sienkiewicz.

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