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Trinity War Correspondence, Week One: Life, Death and Maybe-Death [SPOILERS]

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What is Trinity War? A long-teased, long-foreshadowed and long-hyped DC Comics crossover event story devised by the company's most popular and most influential (and most handsome, to hear some tell it) writer, Geoff Johns. The story prominently features Pandora, the mysterious, sometimes glowing lady with the hood who created The New 52iverse in the concluding chapter of Johns and Andy Kubert's 2011 event series Flashpoint, and subsequently appeared in all 52 first issues of DC's relaunched superhero line. As such, Trinity War may finally explain what exactly The New 52 is really all about (aside from a whimsical preoccupation with the number of weeks in a year and a questionable predilection for Nehru collars).

What does the "Trinity" in the title refer to? DC usually uses that word to refer to their "Big Three" heroes: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Will they be going to war with one another? Over what? (Maybe romance? You know, Superman and Wonder Woman are dating now, but in the old universe she and Batman dated for, like, an issue of JLA sooooo...). Could the title refer to the "Trinity of Sin," a trio of cosmic wrongdoers including Pandora, The Phantom Stranger and The Question? Is the titular trinity a reference to the three Justice Leagues (Of America, Dark and Original Recipe)? Are they gonna fight?

After more than a year-and-a-half of waiting, we finally found out when Trinity War kicked off in earnest with this week's Justice League #22 and we're going to tell you all about in the first installment of ComicsAlliance's Trinity War Correspondence!

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week) – 06.24.13

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Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we've discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

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Link Ink: ‘SHIELD’ Pilot Wraps, ‘Arrow’ Renewed’ And ‘Injustice’ Shazam!

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TV: Production on ABC's SHIELD TV pilot has wrapped, according to co-showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen.

Gaming: Fans can get a look at playable Shazam! in the latest Injustice: Gods Among Us "Battle Arena" episode.

TV: Just in case you were worried, Arrow has totall

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Bizarro Back Issues: Reltih, The Reverse Hitler (1944)

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A few weeks ago, I asked my pal Andrew Weiss if he knew of any Captain Marvel stories that involved boxing that I could use for my annual pugilism-themed December 26th post, and he pointed me to Captain Marvel Adventures #35 and the story of Radar, the International Policeman. Under ordinary circumstances, the story of Billy Batson's alter-ego get

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Domo Goes DC In New Funko Figures And Minis

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The big-mouthed manga star and stop-motion spokesthing for NHK, Target and 7-11 known as Domo will take on a new role this spring: cosplayer. Funko will release two lines of Domo figures donned in DC Comics duds in March. There'l

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Bizarro Back Issues: Boxing Day With Captain Marvel! (1944)

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Christmas has once again come and gone, but before the holidays are over, there's one last celebration we all have to get through before New Year's rolls around and puts a cap on it: Boxing Day! The only problem is that the True Meaning of Boxing Day has been explored in roughly zero movies (as opposed to the True Meaning of Christmas, which has been pretty thoroughly dealt with in about 4,926), so I always just tend to think of it as a wintry celebration of people punching each other in the face.

I always try to cele

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Bizarro Back Issues: Captain Marvel Battles The Pie Plot! (1951)

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Last week, Captain Marvel Shazam Billy Batson and his super-powered alter ego returned to the spotlight in the pages of Justice League #0. For the new version, DC's going for a grittier, edgier version of the character that's sure to delight middle aged readers everywhere who want to see a little kid be a dick to everybody, but let's be honest: That grim darkness was always there, right from those original stories.

And to prove it, I'm

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Link Ink: Pressure-Sensetive Pogo Tablet Stylus, Top Cow Talent Search And Free ‘Middle Manager Of Justice’

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Tech: Ten One Designs will begin taking preorders on its pressure-sensitive Pogo Connect tablet stylus on October 1 with an expected price tag of $80.

Publishers: It appears Top Cow is having a 2012 talent hunt seeking previously-unpublished writer

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Comics Everybody: The History of Captain Marvel/Shazam Explained

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It's time again to break down the convoluted history of a comic book character in the recurring segment we call Comics, Everybody by Curt Franklin and artist Chris Haley of Let's Be Friends Again! Today's subject: the DC Comics character Shazam (a.k.a. Captain Marvel), who recently changed his name and d

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Parting Shot: Free Digital Download of the First ‘Shazam’ Strip from ‘Justice League’

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What's that you say? You really wanted to read the new Shazam backup strip by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, but didn't want to pay $3.99 and buy the entire Justice League #7 for just a handful of pages? With one magic word -- well, really, a special download code, but poh-tay-to, poh-tah-to -- a free digital version of the first episode can be yours for free... but only if you act as fast as (magic) lightning.DC is using last week'

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