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Ask Chris #204: Hitman, Batman, And Gotham City’s Worst Neighborhood

Ask Chris #204, art by Erica Henderson

Q: I'm interested in Hitman as a character in the larger DCU, and "the area of Gotham so bad that Batman doesn't go there," because Batman is a dude that has paid multiple visits to a planet literally called Apokolips. -- @kingimpulse

A: For those of you who haven't been following the War Rocket Ajax podcast, Matt and I have been spending the entirety of 2014 ranking every single comic book story ever on a master list from the best (Amazing Spider-Man #33) to the worst (Identity Crisis). Last week, we finally got around to Hitman, and while it eventually fell between The Dark Knight Returns and Impulse #3, the conversation that we had about it involved me mentioning that Tommy Monaghan lived in a section of Gotham called "the Cauldron," which was so thoroughly lawless that they didn't even really notice when No Man's Land swept through.

There's a pretty obvious reason why it went down that way, of course, but the more I thought about your question, the more I realized that it's the core of Hitman's complicated relationship with the universe where it's set, which is one of the best things about that comic.

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Comics Unmasked: UK Comics’ Rebel Edge At The British Library

Photograph by Tony Antoniou, courtesy of the British Library.
Photograph by Tony Antoniou, courtesy of the British Library.

Comics have seized center stage at the venerable British Library in London this summer in an exhibition celebrating the history of British comics and the work of British creators. Subtitled, 'Art and Anarchy in the UK', the Comics Unmasked exhibition places an emphasis on protest, outsider culture, and anti-authoritarian voices.

Curated by Adrian Edwards, Paul Gravett, and John Harris Dunning, Comics Unmasked draws heavily on the British Library's own collection to establish and define Britain's relationship to the comics art form -- stirring up nostalgia, scandal, and some surprising discoveries along the way. And Kieron Gillen's giant head.

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Link Ink: Animated Aquaman First Look, Gerard Way Talks Comics And A Possible Live-Action ‘Akira’ Writer

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Link Ink: A Sweater With Wonder Woman’s Style, NFL Bans Bane Face Masks And First Look At The Final Episode Of ‘The Wolf Among Us’

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Seth Rogen Says ‘Incredibly Crazy Ideas’ In Store For ‘Preacher’ TV Series

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Seth Rogen and co-writer Evan Goldberg's foray into the world of comics adaptations, The Green Hornet, wasn't a box office hit and led to some highly divergent opinions.

Even so, the writing duo is working with Sam Catlin, who wrote a good many episodes of Breaking Bad, on AMC's new Preacher series, and according to Rogen, there's some seriously nutty stuff in store -- ideas that will expand on the comic -- for the show.

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AMC Officially Announces ‘Preacher’ TV Series

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After years of rumors, speculation, and various stages of development hell, today AMC confirmed that the network will be adapting Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher to television. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are attached as executive producers, along with Sam Caitlin (Breaking Bad), who will serve as showrunner.  The duo will also write the pilot.

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AMC Orders Pilot For ‘Preacher’ Series

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With Breaking Bad now concluded, AMC needs a viable replacement for the series, and the network may have just found it. After years of unfounded rumors, and being stuck in various stages of development hell, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Preacher may finally be coming to the small screen, as AMC has ordered a pilot for the series be filmed.

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I’m David: Garth Ennis, Heroes, & Assumptions

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I'm starting to get the feeling that Garth Ennis doesn't like heroes very much. I don't mean superheroes, either. His ambivalence toward the spandex set is well-established and can easily be taken as read at this point. But heroes? The men and women we've built up to be larger than life and forces for good, immaculately moral and righteous? I'm starting to notice that he's pushing away from that concept in his work more and more often. He treats heroes like we would treat stereotypes or urban legends. He wants to debunk our idea of a hero, and it shows in his work.

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – June 8, 2011: Out of the Vaults and Onto the Courts

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Blondes
^ Redheads
% Dads

* 15 LOVE #1
Andi Watson and Tommy Ohtsuka's tennis-romance (!) minis

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Link Ink: ‘X-Men: First Class’ Prints and Toys, to Pilot a Zaku II and Marvel Select Exclusives Coming to the Disney Store

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Art: Artist Dave Williams gets minimal, as he did with Thor, with a slick X-Men: First Class movie poster print. It's currently sold out, and it's not hard to see why.

Anime: The 26-episode Durarara!! will make its North American TV debut on

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