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So That New ‘Batman: Black & White’ #1 Looks Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Cool [Preview]

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Originally launched in 1997, Batman: Black & White was an anthology in which DC Comics editor and art director Mark Chiarello got the best people he could find to draw and write new Batman stories with an emphasis on creative vision -- particularly that of the artists, whose contributions were enhanced both by the Dark Knight's compelling visual presence and the book's colorless format. The first run proved to be an award-winning and influential hit, bringing readers the first Batman work of Jim Lee, inspiring DC Collectibles' most popular line of statues, and leading to similarly tasteful, aesthetically sophisticated and critically acclaimed Chiarello-edited books like DC: The New Frontier, Solo, Wednesday Comics and Catwoman: Selina's Big Score.

Then after the last Black & White short story was published as a backup in Batman: Gotham Knights, Chiarello readied an all-new volume of Batman: Black & White that's basically the same deal but with different creators. As with the original, the new roster is a mix of the top artists of today and accomplished masters, including ComicsAlliance favorites like Joe Quinones, Sean Murphy, Neal Adams, Chris Samnee and Michael Cho, with covers by Marc Silvestri and Phil Noto. The book goes on sale this week but courtesy of DC, you can take an early look at some preview pages below.

 

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New ‘Batman, Black And White’ Miniseries Coming In September

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Published in 1996, DC Comics' Batman: Black and White remains one of the most celebrated anthologies in the history of mainstream comics. Originally a four issue miniseries that was collected into one volume, its popularity spawned similarly styled back up stories in the pages of Batman: Gotham Knights, which led to two more collections.

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The Phil Coulson Memorial Awards: ComicsAlliance’s Best Comics of 2012, Part 5

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We didn't realize when we set out to list our favorite comic books of 2012 that it had been such a fun year to be a fan of the medium that we all love so much. The last twelve months offered readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies; the return of much missed mangaka and the emergence of exciting new talent; a new crowd-sponsored visibility for self-publishing; and the ascension of the fan artist from bedroom dreamer to Tumblr tycoon. It was a busy a

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‘B.P.R.D.’ Renumbers From Issue #100 In October [Interview + Exclusive Art]

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Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi and drawn by Guy Davis, Tyler Crook and a number of similarly excellent artists, B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth follows the adventures of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, a variously freakish team of supernatural investigators on a mission

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Duet On ‘Solo’, Part Six: Jordi Bernet

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Published between 2004 and 2006, Solo was a DC Comics anthology series with an innovative twist: each issue was created from the ground up by a single cartoonist and collaborators of his own choosing. Edited by DC's head art

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‘Dark Horse Presents’ New Francavilla, Arcudi, Case, Seeley and More [Preview]

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On sale this week is Dark Horse Presents #11, the latest issue of Dark Horse's prestigious anthology series. Featuring no distracting advertisements, the 80-page book contains new material by such comics creators as Francesco Francavilla (introducing The Black Beetle), Mike Richardson, Tim Seeley and Victor Drujiniu (introducing The Occultist), John Arcudi and Jonathan Case (introducing The Creep), Frank J. Barbiere and Luke Radl (introducing The White Suits). Additionally, the latest issue features continuations of serials by Steve Horton and Michael Dialynas (new

‘B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth – The Long Death’ #1 Will Freak You Out [Preview]

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The apocalyptic epic that is B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth continues apace with this week's The Long Death #1, launching an ambitious new cycle of "Mignola-verse" comics that will include five B.P.R.D. miniseries by Mike Mignola and his talented collaborators. Co-written as usual by John Arcudi with artwor

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‘Dark Horse Presents’ New B.P.R.D., Wood & Donaldson’s ‘The Massive’ And More [Preview]

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On sale now is Dark Horse Presents #8, the latest issue of Dark Horse's prestigious anthology series. Featuring no distracting advertisements, the 80-page book contains material by such reliably entertaining comics creators as: Neal Adams, Andi Watson, Al Gordon, MJ Butler, Beau Smith, Tony Puryear, Geof Darrow, Thomas Yeats, Mark Wheatley, Eduardo Barreto and Tony Puryear

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Bureau for Paranormal Research and… DEATH?

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If there's one comic book realm where change seems to stick, it's Mike Mignola's "Hellboy" universe. It's certainly a world stocked with ghosts and other supernatural creatures that bounce between planes of existence, but I'm pretty sure the term "retcon" has been purged from the imaginary style guides I pretend Dark Horse editorial consult daily

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