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The Breakout Character Of The Year Goes Solo In ‘Star Wars: Doctor Aphra’ #1

Jamie McKelvie
Jamie McKelvie

When Marvel first launched its most recent line of Star Wars comics, it was obvious it would be big business for the publisher, but few would have correctly guessed that an original character not from the films would prove so popular as to get their own ongoing series. However implausible years ago, this December sees the launch of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 by Kieron Gillen and Kev Walker, and Marvel have provided us with a first look at the first issue.

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If You Loved ‘Doctor Strange’, Try These Comics Next

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Photo credit: Marvel Studios

The weekend numbers are in, and Marvel Studio's latest, Doctor Strange, is a hit! It takes the now classic Marvel origin formula and gives it a fresh coat of mystical paint while expanding what we know about the shared universe and offering innovative solutions to world-ending problems. Comic books outside of the Big Two superhero universes are full of stories about magic, demons and alternate dimensions and we've put together a list of five of the best independent titles for you to try next.

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To Wear Is Human: Kevin Wada Talks Design, High Fashion, And Dressing The Gods of ‘WicDiv’

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The Image Comics series The Wicked And The Divine, from creators Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, is no stranger to high fashion; the supernatural pop star drama features a pantheon of celebrity gods living the lush life, destined to burn brightly and briefly.

The series' stylish cast have created a cult following among cosplayers and comic fans, so when it was announced that issue #23 would take the form of a fashion magazine from within the WicDiv world, it was no surprise that the impossibly fashion conscious artist Kevin Wada was tapped to provide interiors. ComicsAlliance spoke to Wada about his work on the book and his approach to fashion.

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Strike A Pose: Kieron Gillen On Creating ‘The Wicked & The Divine’ Fashion Magazine [Interview]

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With interviews by some of the most notable critics and journalists, and Kevin Wada making his interior comics debut with gorgeous illustrations that serve as the magazine's photoshoots, The Wicked + The Divine #23 is unlike any comic this year.

ComicsAlliance chatted to Kieron Gillen about the process of creating a fictional magazine and how the WicDiv team are going to top it next.

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Marvel Comics Finally Announces A Ms. America Ongoing Comic [NYCC 2016]

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When Marvel Comics announced its new slate of books under the Marvel Now banner, one of the biggest holes in its line-up seemed to be the lack of a book featuring the fan-favorite character Ms. America Chavez. Today at New York Comic Con, the publisher finally acquiesced and unveiled plans for an ongoing title set to debut next year titled simply America.

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Marvel Unveils A Dozen Covers For Final Issue Of ‘Darth Vader’

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Darth Vader, by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca, is coming to an end with issue #25. To mark the occasion, Marvel is releasing the issue with 12 different covers.

The main cover is by Juan Gimenez, and looks like it could be the poster for a Darth Vader movie. Adi Granov offers a similarly cinematic cover, which also features Doctor Aphra, BT-1, and 0-0-0, the supporting cast of the series. They appear on a few of the other covers, while the rest focus on the Dark Lord of the Sith himself.

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All The Creator Spotlight Panels To Check Out At San Diego Comic Con [SDCC 2016]

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We've already rounded up the best events for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and we've highlighted some of the best exclusive art prints to pick up, but there's so much more at SDCC. As the biggest convention of the year, it's a great way to interact with creators and this year's event has an amazing line-up of spotlight panels on some of the best writers and artists in the business.

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Everything We Can’t Wait To See At San Diego Comic Con, Part Two: Saturday & Sunday [SDCC 2016]

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San Diego Comic Con is without a doubt the biggest event on the industry’s calendar, and people will be flying from around the world to attend panels, watch trailers, meet creators, and make friends. This year’s event is bigger than ever, with so much going on every single day that it can be difficult to sift through all that information and decide how to spend your time.

Yesterday we gave a rundown on what to expect on Thursday and Friday, but things heat up as the weekend kicks in and the major studios make their presence known. Expect big reveals from Marvel Studios, DC's TV offerings and more, plus great panels featuring your favorite creators in comics.

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Finally, A Solo Series For Miss America… Vasquez? [SDCC 2016]

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Fans have been demanding a Ms. America series from Marvel Comics for years, and while recent teasers seemed to suggest we might get one as part of the latest incarnation of Marvel NOW, it failed to materialize. Unabashedly capitalizing on the character’s popularity, Ms. America’s creators Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta have announced a brand-new, all-original character named... America Vasquez, who will star in a new Image Comics series, All-America Comix.

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CHVRCHES Team With Jamie McKelvie For ‘Bury It’ Music Video

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Virgin EMI

If you haven't heard of Scottish synthpop band CHRVCHES, you've been missing out on not only some of the best tunes of the past few years, but some of the best music videos too. Their newest video for their song "Bury It" --- from the album Every Open Eye --- has a cool connection to comic books as it was directed by Young Avengers and The Wicked + The Divine artist Jamie McKelvie.

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