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Image at 25: How ‘Battle Chasers’ Brought the JRPG to Comics

Art by Joe Madureira, Tom McWeeney, Liquid
Art by Joe Madureira, Tom McWeeney, Liquid

Back in 1998, my comic hobby was fledgling at best. There was a decent local shop, but at the close of my junior year of high school, I had other priorities for where my money was being allocated. Still, when I could, I'd stop by and pick up some books just to see what had been happening since I fell out of the hobby after the conclusion of "The Phalanx Covenant."

But as luck would have it, all it would take for me to get invested once again was the familiar style of Joe Madureira calling to me from the shelves. Four years away from the hobby, and his distinctive style was still burned in my brain. I'd never seen anything like Battle Chasers as a comic before, but after flipping through the pages, I was hooked. Here was one of my favorite creators and he was bringing Japanese role-playing games to comics. It was a high school gamer's dream come true.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2015: What We Saw On Saturday

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Not everyone can make it to San Diego Comic-Con to see what's happening in person, but ComicsAlliance has you covered! We know that it's not just about the news that comes out of the biggest con of the year --- it's also about seeing the booths, checking out new collectibles, and putting faces to names of your favorite creators. Thankfully talented photographer Pat Loika is on hand to document as much as he can for your enjoyment.

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Link Ink: Spawn Gets Cute, ‘The Avengers’ Thumb Drives and Lucha Libre Spidey

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Upcoming: Chris Giarrusso will pay homage to Todd McFarlane's Spawn #1 cover with a Spawn #220 variant in June.

Gaming: Ubisoft has registered a domain for "Avengers: Battle for Earth," meaning the film could see a videogame tie-in after all...

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