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Comics Alliance Presents The Harvey/Renee Index of Superhero Diversity

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We like diversity here at ComicsAlliance. We've said it before, and we'll say it again. We're also big fans of superheroes, and that probably goes without saying.

We especially like diversity with our superheroes. Diversity broadens the genre's reach, encourages respect and understanding of people's differences, and gives minority audiences more chances to see themselves in fiction, and those are all great things. Because of this, we've come up with a new way to look at diversity in superhero comics - particularly team books. We call it the Harvey/Renee Index.

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Death Panels: Does Mortality Matter in Superhero Comics?

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Last week's Uncanny Avengers, by Rick Remender and Steve McNiven, killed off a whole bunch of characters. The last issue of Avengers Arena, by Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker, came out the same day with that book's final death tally. It was a good day for funeral directors in the Marvel universe.

The deaths in these two titles ran the gamut from newly minted minor characters seemingly created just so they could die to major Marvel heroes with substantial fanbases and decades of history. Does that distinction matter in a genre that takes such a light view of death?

Spoilers for Uncanny Avengers and Avengers Arena follow.

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Parting Shot: Cyclops Is A Little Embarrassed By His Brother Havok

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There's been much discussion over the last two days about Havok's now infamous speech in this week's Uncanny Avengers #5. It was a sore point for many, and we posted our thoughts on it earlier today. A few folks beat us to addressing the

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Avengers Assimilate: Identity Politics in ‘Uncanny Avengers’

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Uncanny Avengers #5 was mostly a strong issue, the best of the series so far, in part because it gave readers the clearest sense of the team's dynamic and purpose, and in part because the guest art from Olivier Coipel was exceptional. Yet there was one part o

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Rick Remender on ‘Captain America,’ ‘Devolution’ and the Desecration of Charles Xavier [Interview]

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Of all the all the superhero comics restaffed and relaunched as part of the Marvel NOW initiative, I think Captain America is the one that most lives up to the bold promise of an all-new, all-different direction. Written by Rick Remender and illustrated by John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson and Dean

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‘Age of Ultron’ Covers Tease Cyborg Cyclops, One-Eyed Captain America and More

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Marvel's released a first look at the cover for Age of Ultron #7, written by Brian Michael Bendis and featuring art from Bryan Hitch, Brandon Peterson and Carlos Pacheco. The first three issues will be

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Rick Remender Adds Familiar Faces to ‘Uncanny Avengers’ Roster

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On a conference call with comics press today, writer Rick Remender and editor Tom Breevort revealed additions to the Uncanny Avengers team. Starting with issue #5, the team's roster will expand to nine members, with Sunfire,

Rick Remender on ‘Uncanny Avengers’: ‘It’s Just A Matter Of Making The Most Fun Comic Book In The World’ [NYCC 2012]

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Even with only one issue released so far, Uncanny Avengers has become one of the comics I'm looking forward to the most. The combination of Marvel's two most well-known -- and profitable -- franchises may have seemed like a no-brainer, but writer Rick Remender came out swinging wi

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‘Uncanny Avengers’ Doesn’t Waste Any Time Getting To The Good Stuff [Spoiler Free Review]

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This week, Rick Remender and John Cassaday are taking the chocolate and peanut butter of the Marvel Universe and mashing it up into one with Uncanny Avengers, a comic that unites the company's two most famous franchises in the wake of their latest crossover event. From a publishing standpoint, it makes perfect sense, taking two

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Parting Shot: First Look At ‘Uncanny Avengers’ #3 Cover By John Cassaday

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AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH is the word that comes to mind when you gaze into the face of the Red Skull in this John Cassaday cover for Marvel's Uncanny Avengers #3. The series brings together members of both the X-M

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