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With A Name Like ‘The Torment,’ They’re Probably Not Here To Help In ‘X-O Manowar’ #47

X-O Manowar #47, Valiant Entertainment

Here's the nice thing about the world of X-O Manowar: Everything is labeled in a very convenient manner. I mean, just look at the man himself: He's a warrior from barbarian times --- a literal man of war --- flying around in a high-tech exo-suit. And the Vine, the alien race that kidnapped him from barbarian times? They're essentially just cosmic gardeners although their idea of "pruning" tends to involve killing all humans. It's a very straightforward way to keep track of everything.

So when a new group shows up with claims of being a legendary, omnipotent force from beyond the stars, you really hope that they're going to be named something like "The Niceness" or "The Friendlies," or maybe even "The Make-You-Some-Pancakes Bunch." Unfortunately for Aric of Dacia, though, they're called "The Torment," and when X-O Manowar #47 hits in June, from Robert Venditti, Joe Bennett and Roberto De La Torre, they're probably going to live up to that name. Check out a preview (with some unfinished but beautiful art) below!

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Ask Chris #280: Reigning Supreme

Ask Chris #280, background art by Jerry Ordway

Q: In light of your recent discussion of Copra, what's the best comic riffing on another comic? -- @davidwynne

A: Listen, Dave, if we're honest with each other here, the answer is definitely Batman. He might not have been riffing on a comic, but it's hard to get around the fact that those earliest adventures were just Bill Finger and Bob Kane filing the serial numbers off the Shadow and putting him into a slightly more ridiculous outfit. I mean, the guy even has an autogyro, and if that's not a dead giveaway, I don't knoW what is.

But at the same time, Batman only really gets good once he evolves into his own thing. If you're talking about comics that were created with the clear intention of riffing on something else and staying that way for the duration (and I say this knowing there's a whole lot of good riffing in Jack Staff), there's really only one answer: It has to be Supreme.

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‘Super Graphic’ Author Tim Leong Unveils Title-Page Design For ‘Iron Man’ #18

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If you've already picked up Iron Man #18 by Kieron Gillen and Joe Bennett, which hit comic-shop shelves today, you've already seen this title page for the new Iron Metropolitan storyline.

What you may not have known is that Super Graphic author Tim Leong designed it, and it's his first-ever work in a published Marvel comic. Read what he had to say about it on Facebook after the jump.

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GET TO THE FLASHPOINT, Week 7: Frankenstein, Aquaman, Deathstroke, Citizen Cold

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Flashpoint is DC Comics' summer event of 2011 that promises to change the DC Universe unrecognizably until the event's climactic finale, when the DC Universe will instead be left changed somewhat recognizably...

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GET TO THE FLASHPOINT, WEEK 2: Frankenstein, Aquaman, Deathstroke, Citizen Cold

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Flashpoint is DC Comics' summer event of 2011 that promises to change the DC Universe unrecognizably until the event's climactic finale, when the DC Universe will instead be left changed somewhat recognizably...

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