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The Eye In Team: What Do We Lose When A Comic Doesn’t Have Its Own Artist?

Jim Cheung / Marvel Comics
Jim Cheung / Marvel Comics

Recently, the subject of rotating art teams in superhero comics reached a tipping point, and people have started to wonder if the concept does more harm than good in the long run. With double-shipping in superhero comics becoming more prevalent and artists’ contributions are becoming seen as interchangeable, it’s important to stop and ask: Are rotating artistic creative teams good for comics in the long-run, or does it start us down a path of recognizing the writer’s contributions as inherently more important to the finished product?

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Image To Add 25 Complete And Ongoing Series To Comixology Unlimited [Exclusive]

Ryan Browne / Image Comics
Ryan Browne / Image Comics

Comixology Unlimited has already proved a massive resource, and great value for money for readers in the US, but it's a deal that's about to get a whole lot sweeter over the next few months.

In celebration of Image Comics' milestone 25th anniversary this year, Comixology Unlimited will add new complete or ongoing Image Comics series to the service every other week, beginning today with Bitch Planet, God Hates Astronauts, and Wytches.

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Scott Snyder Reveals How He Keeps The Villains Scary In ‘All-Star Batman’ [Interview]

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All-Star Batman, one of the flagship titles in DC Comics's Rebirth initiative, is something of a showcase for writer Scott Snyder, allowing him to work with the highest caliber of collaborates from John Romita Jr, to Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire, to Jock, Tula Lotay and more --- all while re-imagining Batman's deadly rogues' gallery to better fit modern molds of terror.

This week sees the conclusion of All-Star Batman's first arc, which has been a rip-roaring adventure road story featuring Batman, Two-Face, and a host of villains out to get them. ComicsAlliance chatted to Scott Snyder about his approach to reinventing villains, collaborating with some of the best artists in the world, and where he stands on the Batman v Bruce Wayne debate.

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All The Exclusive Art Prints To Check Out This Weekend At San Diego Comic Con [SDCC 2016]

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One of the highlights of every San Diego Comic Con is the abundance of awesome and exclusive art prints that you can pick up on site that aren't available anywhere else. There's so many that it's tough to choose which ones you want to snag!. Even worse, you might miss the announcement of one you really want in the deluge of Comic Con news.

In order to help you decide which new exclusive art prints you should take home with you from this year's event (or to give you a taste of what you're missing if you're not there), we've put together a list of just some of the coolest art available only at this year's San Diego Comic Con.

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A Superman Super-Fan On Max Landis’ Flawed-Yet-Impressive ‘American Alien’

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Max Landis is a divisive figure in modern pop culture, to say the least. The son of acclaimed director John Landis, he burst on the scene as the writer of the found-footage film Chronicle, about three friends who gain immense superpowers and find their friendships tested. He’s also known for his online rants about how Rey from Star Wars is a Mary Sue, or defending the casting of Scarlett Johansson in Ghost of the Shell.

So he’s a man with opinions who likes to share them. He also recently finished up his first miniseries at DC Comics, Superman: American Alien, backed up by an impressive roster of A-list art talent, including Nick Dragotta, Jae Lee and Jock. The series follows Clark Kent at various points in his life from childhood through to his early days as Superman, and takes a more grounded approach to the Man of Steel, but often skims and bounces off the ground a bit too hard.

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Mondo Has A New ‘The Dark Knight’ Print By Jock Available At Emerald City Next Weekend

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Eight years is certainly long enough for the bloom to wear off the rose a bit, but we can all agree that 2008's The Dark Knight is still at least a pretty good movie, right? I mean, Batman suplexes a truck in that film, and while there are certainly other concerns to be taken into account when you're trying to decide the merits of a piece of media, you can't get around the fact that Batman suplexes a truck, and that has to count for something.

Point being, if you're a fan what Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, and Heath Ledger did in that movie and you're also going to Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle next weekend, April 7-10, you might want to go ahead and clear a spot on your wall, because Mondo is releasing its latest print, in which Jock takes on The Dark Knight with predictably awesome results.

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On The Cheap: Get All Of ‘The Losers’ For Ten Bucks in Vertigo Sale

The Losers, Andy Diggle and Jock

This week, Comixology launched a pretty big sale on Vertigo books, and as you might expect, the usual suspects are really well represented. Classics like Preacher and Transmetropolitan, long runs like Y The Last Man and 100 Bullets, a pretty huge chunk of Hellblazer, and even more recent hits like American Vampire and Coffin Hill are all well represented, and really? If you don't have Preacher, then getting the entire series for under thirty bucks is a pretty solid deal.

But way down at the bottom of the list, buried near the end of the "More Great Hits!" section, is an even better one: 32 darn-near perfect issues of Andy Diggle and Jock's The Losers, one of the best action adventure comics of this century, for ten bucks.

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The Evolution of Green Arrow: Best Green Arrow Stories by Decade

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Many of comics’ most popular heroes have been around for decades, and in the case of the big names from the publisher now known as DC Comics, some have been around for a sizable chunk of a century. As these characters passed through the different historical eras known in comics as the Golden Age (the late 1930s through the early 1950s), the Silver Age (the mid 1950s through the late 1960s), the Bronze Age (the early 1970s through the mid 1980s) and on into modern times, they have experienced considerable changes in tone and portrayal that reflect the zeitgeist of the time.

With this feature we’ll help you navigate the very best stories of DC Comics’ most beloved characters decade by decade. This week, we’re taking a look at the best Green Arrow comics.

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On The Cheap: DC’s TV-Themed Sale Has ‘Green Arrow: Year One’ For Six Bucks (And ‘Gotham Central’ Too)

Green Arrow: Year One, Andy Diggle and Jock

Right now, Comixology is offering a big sale themed around DC's various TV projects, and with the impending return of Gotham and its story of a ten year-old billionaire destined to beat up a bunch of senior citizens, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Gotham Central is right there, front and center. And yes, obviously you should get that if you don't have it already, because while it was coming out, it was literally the best Batman title of the decade.

But here's the thing: We talk about Gotham Central on this site all the time. I have literally already written a column about how great it is this week, so if you haven't checked it out by now, then it's not for lack of recommendations. If, however, you dig a little deeper into the sale, you're going to find some under-appreciated gems that don't get quite as much press despite being truly fantastic comics --- and by that, I mostly mean Green Arrow: Year One.

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Monstrous and Macabre: Should You Be Reading ‘Wytches’?

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Wytches is a horror comic from writer Scott Snyder and artist Jock, with colors by Matt Hollingsworth, published by Image and debuting in October 2014. The series follows a family that relocates to escape the trauma of a troubling past, only to discover that there's something far more sinister lurking in the woods by their new home.

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