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What You Might Have Missed In DC’s April 2017 Solicitations

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Every month, comic publishers release their solicitation announcements to provide information to readers and retailers on comics that are coming out in three months’ time, but there’s so much information dropped at once that a lot can slip through the cracks.

This month in DC’s April solicitations, we’ve got guest artists galore, fan-favorite team-ups and a clue towards the incoming return of a classic DC super-team.

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Flatman Has A Good Day in ‘Great Lakes Avengers’ #1 [Preview]

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Flatman, Big Bertha, Doorman, and Mr. Immortal are back in the game in the new Great Lakes Avengers #1 from writer Zac Gorman and artist Will Robson. Of those characters (the only GLA members who are still alive and haven't become massive solo stars), only Flatman appears in the preview, in which he finds out that a legal loophole has enabled the Great Lakes team to become a fully-franchised part of the Avengers.

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Brilliant Art, Tremendous Stories and Daring Creators: The 2016 Eisner Award Winners [SDCC 2016]

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The 28th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards took place this Friday at San Diego Comic-Con, where the creators, editors and publishers of your favorite comics were honored for their accomplishments. While many will be nominated, only a select few will take home the top honors in one of comic's most respected awards. It was a particularly good night for publishers Drawn and Quaterly and Fantagraphics, with fan and critical favorites like Over the Garden Wall, Cliff Chiang and Bandette being recognized as well.

Check out the complete list of winners and nominees below.

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Fresh Monkey Fiction Launches Kickstarter For Second Wave Of ‘Amazing Heroes’ Action Figures

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Two years ago, we got really excited at the announcement that Fresh Monkey Fiction was creating a wave of superhero action figures based on classic Golden Age superheroes such as The Black Terror, Captain Action and Stardust The Super-Wizard. With that campaign a success, Fresh Monkey is returning with a second wave of heroes that features more Golden Age classics and several creator owned fan-favorites.

Joining Golden Age heroes and villains such as The American Crusader, Puzzler and Wonder Man (not that Wonder Man) are joined by the likes of Mike Allred's Madman, Mike Grell's Jon Sable, and Steve Rude's Nexus in a new Kickstarter campaign.

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If You Loved The ‘Deadpool’ Movie, Read These Comics Next

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Deadpool is already the first big blockbuster of 2016, and its combination of over-the-top violence and irreverent humor has proved a hit with audiences. The film hits you hard and fast with joke after joke, and has some of the best fight scene choreography in superhero films to date.

If Deadpool left you wanting more, and you’re looking for comics in a similar vein beyond the big two and the rather obvious choice of more Deadpool, there’s a wealth of choices out there. Whether it be indie, self-published or webcomics, we’re living in a golden age for comedy-action comics and we’ve selected five of the very best to scratch that particular itch.

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Wade vs. Sabretooth Begins in ‘Deadpool’ #8

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Weapon X alumni have a proud decades-long tradition of showing up in each other's comics to cause trouble and pick fights. But with favored target James "Logan" Howlett dead, the remaining Weapon Xers have to turn to each other. At least in my head, that's story behind the new arc that starts in Deadpool #8, which carries the very descriptive title "Deadpool vs. Sabretooth."

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DC Reveals ‘Adult Coloring Book’ Variants For January’s Titles

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Okay, first of all, that's not what we mean by "adult." Get your mind out of the gutter.

No, these are variant covers for DC's January titles that are jumping on the hot new trend of coloring books marketed to adults. It might sound a little childish, but the act of taking crayons to a piece of paper can be really soothing and help manage anxiety. The only real problem with them is that unlike their kid-oriented counterparts, the ones marketed towards grown-ups tend to suffer from a distinct lack of superheroes, instead relying heavily on boring ol' geometric patterns and shapes. Shapes! Who in the world is relaxed by shapes?!

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Slott And The Allreds Plot A Return to Earth in ‘Silver Surfer’ #1 [Preview]

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The Silver Surfer gets his post-Secret Wars relaunch in January, keeping the same creative team of writer Dan Slott and artists Mike and Laura Allred. While the creators remain the same as his last run, the focus is shifting from the far reaches of the galaxy to more Earth-centric adventures. Indeed, the preview pages show Surfer and his sidekick Dawn Greenwood returning to Earth even as some very Allred-looking aliens invade our planet's televisions, spooking everyone in Times Square, and even the Obamas.

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The Issue: The Moebius Strip Madness of ‘Silver Surfer’ #11

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Welcome to The Issue, where we'll take a look at some of the strangest, most interesting and most distinctive single issue comic stories ever to grace the medium. You know the ones; silent issues, sideways issues, backwards issues; the comics that try to do something different with the form, and stand out from the series they belong to.

We're kicking off with a recent example, one that seems to have come from an alternate universe where the rules of the comics form are slightly different: Dan Slott and Mike Allred's Silver Surfer #11.

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Mixed Nuts: Creators Pay Tribute To Charles Schulz With Unique ‘Peanuts’ Anthology

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From October 1950, when the very first installments of Peanuts was published, every single installment of the strip was drawn by Charles M. Schulz's own hand, and the only variations in the style of the characters' depictions came organically through the evolution of Schulz's own drawing style. Even when the characters have appeared outside their home strip, in various animated specials or in the Dell or Boom comic books, the animators and artists have closely aped Schulz's style.

That's what makes Boom Studios' new Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz so compelling. It's difficult to imagine what any other artist's version of the iconic characters might look like, but this book is full of them, and being faced with these characters divorced from their creator's designs is fascinating and at times even disconcerting. It's hard to look at the realistic image of Charlie Brown by Ryan Sook on the cover of the book, staring into the eyes of the "real" Charlie Brown, and not be a little freaked out, isn't it?

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