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The Ten Best ‘Batman: Black and White’ Stories (So Far)

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A new volume of Batman: Black and White kicked off last week, continuing the DC Comics anthology's tradition of high quality. Debuting in 1996, the original Batman: Black and White series quickly set the comics world ablaze with a collection of short, powerful tales told by some of the industry's finest. Edited by Mark Chiarello, the four issues gathered sixteen original eight-page black and white stories from a who’s who of influential creators, including Archie Goodwin, Joe Kubert, Howard Chaykin, Brian Bolland, Bill Sienkiewicz, Neil Gaiman, and several more. It won the Eisner Awards for “Best Short Story” and “Best Anthology,” inspired a ton of great statues (one of which you can win), and two follow-up volumes in 2002 and 2007, mostly made up of backup stories from the Batman: Gotham Knights series.

In celebration of the new series, I read all three volumes of Batman: Black and White (I also did other stuff, I have a life), and after poring over all 600-plus pages, I can confidently say that these are the ten best stories from the original volumes, presented here in chronological order.

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The Fishnets Brigade: Dini & Quinones’ ‘Black Canary/Zatanna’ Graphic Novel Confirmed For May 2014 [Preview]

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Promised for years but continually delayed, Black Canary/Zatanna will finally become a reality when it goes on sale in May of next year. Written by Paul Dini and drawn by Joe Quinones, the original graphic novel finds the fan-favorite DC Comics heroines in their more traditional looks and teaming up to bring down a new threat who puts both of their fantastic abilities to the test.

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Paul Dini and Cort Lane Talk Character Development, Guest Stars & More In ‘Hulk And The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H.’

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As you'd expect, the success of Marvel's film franchises has affected the entire company, across all media, from the Marvel NOW! publishing initiative to next month's Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. debut on ABC. Marvel has also stepped up its animation game, with the popular The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes leading to the launch of Marvel's Avengers Assemble, which airs in the same block as Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man. Now, following the on the heels of those shows as well as the Avengers film -- which many consider to be the best ever portrayal of the Hulk outside of comics -- comes the company's latest animated series: Marvel's Hulk And The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H. Debuting this past weekend on Disney XD, the new show features Hulk alongside Red Hulk, She-Hulk, A-Bomb and Skaar. The goal of the series, according to Supervising Producer Cort Lane and writer and Creative Consultant Paul Dini, is to blend humor and heart to tell a story that touches several corners of the Marvel Universes but ultimately focuses on the relationships between these five incredibly powerful outcasts, and how they go about trying to find their places in the world while showing everyone that they're heroes.

But what else can we expect from the series? How do you come up with threats big enough for five Hulks? ComicsAlliance will be talking each week to various members of the team, who'll answer all these questions and more. This week, following the "Doorway To Destruction," the two part series debut, I spoke to Lane and Dini about character development, the impressive voice cast, the absence of Bruce Banner, and upcoming guest stars and additions to the team... including Devil Dinosaur.

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‘Rocketeer Adventures Vol. 2′ Collection is the Best Looking Anthology of the Holiday Season

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Released around this time last year, the first hardcover collection of Rocketeer Adventures anthology quickly shot to the top of my list of 2011's best looking comic books. Created by the late Dave Stevens, The Roc

Link Ink: ‘The Variants’ Season Three, More Mickey Rourke As Marv And Custom Baz

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Video: A new teaser video for the upcoming season three opener for The Variants web series features music by friend of CA Adam WarRock, along with appearances by LBFA creators and CA contributors Curt Franklin and

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Rocksteady’s Next Batman Video Game Will Be Sans Paul Dini Script

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Following last month's rumors that Rocksteady Studios had begun working on a DC Comics title featuring Batman (and maybe the Justice League) set in the Silver Age, fans of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City have been searching for whatever clues they can about the supposed 2014 release. For his part, longtime animation and comics scribe and writer for the first two games has at least cleared up that he won't be penning the story for the

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Ask Chris #116: How To Talk To Your Kids About Hush

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Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why each and every week, we turn to you, to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: Thanks to his appearance in LEGO Batman 2, my children are asking me to explain Hush to them. How do I do this? -- @jason1749

A: I'm not a parent, and it's

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‘Batman: Arkham City’ Reveals Penguin, Talia and Solomon Grundy [Comic-Con]

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Voice actors Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee, writer Paul Dini and game director Sefton Hill took the stage at Comic-Con International in San Diego to talk about Batman: Arkham City, the painfully anticipated sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, itself the most critically acclaimed video game ever (according to Guinness Book of World Records). The panelists teased the crowd with new details of the game and announced new playable characters, in

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‘Batman: Arkham City’ Artist Carlos D’Anda Talks Comics, Games and Digital

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Batman: Arkham City is almost mythical in its pedigree. Not only is it the sequel to what many consider to be the best licensed video game of all time (Rocksteady Studio's Batman: Arkham Asylum), it also exists in comic book form as a six-issue monthly miniseries from DC Comics written by Paul Dini and illustrated by Carlos D'Anda, two of the games' principal authors. On top of that, Batman: Arkham City is one of the few comics from a major publisher to be rel

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The Joker Goes for Broke in ‘Batman: Arkham City’ #1 [Preview]

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In anticipation of Batman: Arkham City, the sequel to the hugely popular Batman: Arkham Asylum video game, DC Comics will release in May the first of a six-issue comic book miniseries that bridges the gap between the two games. Also called Batman: Arkham City, the miniseries is written

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