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China Mieville’s ‘Dial H’ Says Final Goodbye With 20-Artist ‘Dial E’ Issue For Villains Month [Special Wordless Preview]

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When it comes to the subject of DC Comics' "Villains Month" -- whereby every title in the publisher's New 52 line of superhero books is being "taken over" by a supervillain -- most of the conversation seems to focus on arcane retailing controversies about the initiative's 3-D covers or reader debate about questionable character revamps. What really got our attention was Dial E, the villain takeover issue of Justice League #23.3, a comic that's distinct because it serves as a coda to one of DC's best series in years, the recently concluded Dial H created by China Miéville and Mateus Santolouco about Nelson Jent, a schlubby bro who temporarily becomes a brand new and occasionally universe-traversing superhero when he dials "H-E-R-O" on a mysterious phone-like device. Dial E is an auspicious sendoff for the quirky and acclaimed series, one that features 20 pages each drawn by a different artist. Many of them are ComicsAlliance favorites like Jock, Emma Rios, Frazer Irving, Sloane Leong and. Annie Wu.

Courtesy of DC, we've got advance looks at five artists' pages, but even better, they're without any letterings so you art fans can enjoy their great work without any obfuscations. Additionally we're pleased to preview the first five story pages as well, featuring the words of Mieville and pictures by Mateus Santolouco, Carla Berrocal, Riccardo Burchielle and Liam Sharp.

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’2 Guns’ Earns Writer Steven Grant A Major Payday

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This Friday, 2 Guns, a movie about two undercover drug agents who begrudgingly have to work together and that stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, opens in theaters. Most people who see it won't have any idea it was based on a comic book by writer Steven Grant and artist Mateus Santolouco. And yet Grant probably made more money from selling the movie rights than anyone who's written a Wolverine comic will make from The Wolverine, The New York Times explains.

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‘City Fall’ Tensions Rise In ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ #23 [Preview]

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Two heroes are down as Shredder advances his plot to take New York City in next week's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #23. Writers Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman's "City Fall" storyline kicked off last month, giving fans a taste of what kind of shocking transformation may be in store for one of the Green machines, and this month artist Mateus Santolouco (along with alternate cover artists Dan Duncan, Andy Kuhn, Ben Bates, Ross Campbell and Dave Wachter) turns up the tension as a team short on allies prepares to confront multiple foes.

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For A Good Time, ‘Dial H’: Inside Mieville And Santolouco’s Innovative Cape Comic

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As often as it happens in comics, updates are tricky, difficult-to-tame beasts. Any time an old series is dusted off and re-imagined, half the fans are upset that it's not the same as it used to be, and the other half is miffed that it's not new enough. It's

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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan’ Wraps With Issue #4 [Preview]

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Artist Mateus Santolouco and co-writer Erik Burnham have spent the past several months fleshing out the origins of Shredder and his army of ninjas, and the history lesson will finally come to a head this Wednesday in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan #4. The series' narrative has alte

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Dig Deeper Into The Past In ‘TMNT: The Secret History Of The Foot Clan’ #2 [Preview]

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Every time the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been reimagined, the core of the series is retained, while certain details are tweaked to reflect the times or to serve broader storytelling goals. It's been interesting to see what choices Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman and others have made in IDW

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Brand New Nostalgia Collective To Release First Anthology Via Kickstarter [Art]

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Even if you're unfamiliar with the routinely excellent art blog, Brand New Nostalgia, chances are you've seen some of its artists' work here on ComicsAlliance and other similarly aesthetically-conscious comics sites. Founded by Andrew Ross MacLean and counting Mateus Santolouco (Dial H) Trad

Why We Love Scott Snyder & Rafael Albuquerque’s ‘American Vampire’

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A man and a woman in love seek out a safe place to hide where their past can't catch up to them. A wild west outlaw changes with the times to adjust to the criminal underworld of a new era. A police chief's family values are tested by a case so strange and gruesome he fears he's in over his head

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Mateus Santolouco Makes Even Clint Eastwood Look Scarier

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Mateus Santolouco can be a pretty versatile artist. He's shown up in Marvel's "Rampaging Wolverine," "Dark Reign: Lethal Legion" and "Mondo Urbano" from Oni Press, and if you've caught him in all of those you've seen how he can modulate between animated moods and grittier material

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