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PREVIEW: Angela Asgard's Assassin #1 by Kieron Gillen and Phil Jimenez

• All her life, Angela -- the finest warrior of Heven -- was raised to hate Asgard with every fiber of her being. • And now Angela knows the truth about her identity: She is Thor’s sister. She is an Asgardian. • Cast out of her home and wanting nothing to do with Asgard, Angela must now strike out on her own!

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits the Net, Fans Rejoice! (Watch Now)

The highly anticipated teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has arrived! Just released in theaters and moments ago on iTunes the 88 second video is ready to be dissected and torn apart by an adoring fanbase.

THE FLASH Review (S1E7): 'Power Outage'

A show like The Flash as fun and light as it can be needs to be dark at times to add some weight and depth to the superhero series. ‘Power Outage’ delivered on the dark side with villains like Blackout and the Clock King. Some legitimate threats to Central City that helped reveal some interesting facts along the way as Barry suffered an outage of his own.

COMIC BOOK DAY: Notable New Releases 11/26

New Comics 11/26 by Slidely Slideshow
If you're having a long holiday weekend then now would be the best time to stock up on some excellent comic book reads. Matt Fraction has yet another great series debuting with ODY-C #1, James Tynion's best work can be found in Memetic #2, Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith with their supernatural Bat-book Gotham by Midnight #1 premieres and so much more is available today!

'Justice League Dark' Script and Fate are in Warner Bros Hands

With all the comic book movie news of late it's easy to forget that Guillermo del Toro is trying to get another DC Comics' property to the big screen. Justice League: Dark comic book series features the supernatural and magical heroes of the DC universe which is a theme the busy director is very well versed in. Now it looks like the script is done and in the hands of Warner Bros to decide if it moves forward.

PREVIEW: Gotham by Midnight #1 by Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith

Strange doings are afoot in Gotham City! Look out, though – Jim Corrigan is on the case in this new series by writer Ray Fawkes (CONSTANTINE, BATMAN ETERNAL) and artist Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Ten Grand)!

PREVIEW: Planet Gigantic #1 by Eric Grissom and David Halvorson

When two genetically-engineered teenagers crash-land on a strange planet, they must learn to rely on themselves and their still-developing powers as they face down a giant rock monster. Also in this issue: Lyana the Seeker braves a cursed tomb in search of the fabled Eye of the Sun.

Hinges by Meredith McClaren Coming to Image Comics in February

New to Image Comics this February, comes Meredith McClaren’s enchanting fantasy HINGES. 

Gotham Review (S1E10): 'Lovecraft'

As with every episode of Gotham you have to take the good with the bad. Perhaps the best thing about 'Lovecraft' is the emergence of Alfred Pennyworth as a bonafide badass. When assassins come to kill Selina and Bruce, Alfred springs into Bond-style fight mode dispatching assassins left and right taking a grazing bullet to his arm without a flinch. The valet, err butler is a man of action.

OFFICIAL: Michelle MacLaren Directing and Developing 'Wonder Woman' Movie

After talks were reported between Warner Bros and Breaking Bad director and producer, Michelle MacLaren, it is now official that the respected television director has signed on to not only direct but develop the Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot for release in 2017.

PREVIEW: Memetic #2 by James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan

The apocalypse continues in the second installment of the oversized, 48-page Memetic. In Day Two of this crisis, Aaron tries to escape his college campus overrun with Screamers, while Marcus and his Pentagon team attempt to track down the source of the meme and eliminate it before time runs out.

#SaveConstantine: Season One Ends with Episode 13, Season Two in Jeopardy

In Ferris Bueller’s Day, rumors of Ferris’ demise caused people to gather together with a rallying cry of “Save Ferris.” While his demise was entirely false the threat of cancellation facing Constantine on NBC is very much real so it’s time to rally the fans and #SaveConstantine. Deadline reports that the network has ordered that production on the DC Comics adaptation of a supernatural detective and ‘Master of Dark Arts’ be halted after 13 episodes essentially ending season one without a full season pick-up. Up in the air is season two which could still happen with enough ratings support with the rest of the run.

‘The Dying and the Dead’ #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Ryan Bodenheim Coming in January

New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Jonathan Hickman (EAST OF WEST, THE AVENGERS) teams up with explosive artist Ryan Bodenheim (RED MASS FOR MARS, SECRET) for an all-new adventure series fraught with mystery, intrigue, and exotic end-of life care in THE DYING AND THE DEAD, coming from Image Comics on January 28.

PREVIEW: Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #2 by Al Ewing and Luke Ross

• Once, Luke Cage was a man of the people... a champion of the community... a hero for everyone who needed help. • But there’s a new Luke Cage in town... and the only one he’s helping is himself!

After Domestic Violence Arrest RAT QUEENS Artist is Off the Series

Rat Queens artist and co-creator, Roc Upchurch, was recently arrested for domestic violence. The incident occurred on October 31st and was charged with misdemeanor battery in Henry County, Georgia. The details and statements from both Upchurch and his ex-wife can be found at Bleeding Cool. Today, writer and co-creator Kurtis J. Wiebe revealed that Upchurch will no longer illustrate the fan favorite fantasy comic.

Archie Comics Welcomes Harper Lodge Back to Riverdale

Following in the tradition of groundbreaking new characters like Kevin Keller, Archie Comics introduced Harper Lodge, Veronica's cousin, in last June's ARCHIE #656 to a huge response from fans.

REVIEW: Witchblade #179 by Ron Marz, Laura Braga, and Betsy Gonia

Witchblade #179 as well as the series under Ron Marz and Laura Braga has been a joy to read every month. It's been as comfortable and as inviting as being wrapped in a fleece blanket in a comfy chair by a warm fireplace while sipping on a mug of hot cocoa. That's not to say it isn't an exciting often action-packed adventure but in this issue in particular it relies on the chemistry between Sheriff Sara Pezzini and Deputy Kate Rooney which makes #179 accessible to new readers as well as a nice detour for fans. 

Arrow Review (S3E7): 'Draw Back Your Bow'

It seemed fitting that a new character named Cupid would be part of an episode dealing mainly with the emotional longing of love and love lost.Sure, there's action and drama but it's really about Ollie facing the limitations of his heart and letting go.

The Flash Review (S1E6): 'The Flash is Born'

'The Flash is Born' was a mixed bag of cliches and some good character development. The latest particle accelerator-created baddie was Tony Woodard aka Girder who can transform his body into solid steel. But to the writers that wasn't good enough because he just so happened to be the childhood bully to Barry Allen. So you knew right off the bat what the trajectory of his storyline was going to be. Jerk in a flashback, jerk with powers in the present, then ultimately defeated by the good guy.

Underoos for Adults Feature Batman, Wonder Woman, He-Man and More

You can now relive your childhood superhero fantasies once again in these adult size Underoos from Hot Topic. Once only designed for kids you can now sport Batman underwear to the office. Preferably, under your work clothes.

'LEGO Batman Vs Superman' Stop-Motion Short

If you're wondering why Batman is against Superman in the upcoming 2016 blockbuster Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice film you're not alone. Apparently, Batman and Superman themselves don't know but that doesn't stop the Dark Knight from picking a fight with the Man of Steel.

Brian K. Vaughan's Panel Syndicate Introduces 'Universe!' #1 by Albert Monteys

Panel Syndicate, the online imprint of Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin, have just introduced their second ongoing series, Universe! by Albert Monteys. The award-winning Spanish writer/artist will bring his time traveling adventure series to the "pay what you want" site joining Vaughan's The Private Eye comic.

Netflix Marvel Series 'Jessica Jones' and 'Luke Cage' Testing for Lead Actors

UPDATE: Two more names have been added to the list of actors vying for the titular roles of 'Jessica Jones' and 'Luke Cage' in Marvel/Netflix's superhero series. Marin Ireland (The Divide) and Cleo Anthony (Divergent) will reportedly be testing also as reported by Deadline.

Gotham Review (S1E9): 'Harvey Dent'

At this point we know Gotham is short on subtlety and big on world building. Character development? The jury is still out on that one but the titular character in 'Harvey Dent' could have been blended in better but was too busy playing to the back of the theater. Some critics complain about overacting on the show and it's true to some extent but Nicholas D'Agosto wasted no time smirking his way to virtual self-parody.

Cupid Makes an Impression in Promotional One-Page 'Arrow' Comic

On tonight’s episode of Arrow, 'Draw Back Your Bow', an obsessed archer named Cupid is stalking the object of her affection, the Arrow himself. What better way to promote the character that originated from producer Andrew Kreisberg’s 2009 run on the Green Arrow/Black Canary comic book than to release a one-page comic teaser.

COMIC BOOK DAY: Notable New Releases 11/19

new comics 11/19 by Slidely Slideshow
This week's comic book offerings include some of the best horror stories in the business - Goners #2, Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #3, and Afterlife with Archie Magazine #2. Each with their own spin on suspense and gore. There's never been a greater time to be a fan of supernatural storytelling. 

Popular Erotic Webcomic SUNSTONE Gets Graphic at Image Comics

A webcomic sensation and #1 bestseller on Amazon, with tens of millions of views on DeviantArt, SUNSTONE by Stjepan Sejic is being published as a graphic novel in December by Image Comics/Top Cow. The story of two women who find love through their shared passion for bondage, SUNSTONE is poised to introduce readers to a new kind of S&M story, one that will surprise readers with the heart and humanity of its story.

Image Comics Teasers Lead to New 'Secret Identities' Series by Faerber, Joines, Kvriazis and Kirchoff

Fan favorite writers Brian Joines (KRAMPUS!, Noble Causes) and Jay Faerber (COPPERHEAD, GRAVEYARD SHIFT) team up with artists Ilias Kyriazis (Blood Opera, Manifesto) and Charlie Kirchoff (Doctor Who) to introduce readers to their new favorite supergroup, The Front Line, in SECRET IDENTITIES—coming from Image Comics this February.

REVIEW: Goners #2 by Jacob Semahn and Jorge Corona

Story By: Jacob SemahnArt By: Jorge CoronaCover By: Jorge CoronaPrice: $2.99 Diamond ID: ICSEP140722 Published: November 19, 2014 “WE ALL FALL DOWN,” Part Two Assault on the King’s Bluff Police Station as the Latimer children fight their way out against the onslaught of horrors that stalk them.If you thought Goners #1 was a rush Goners #2 is a fighter jet pulling 9 g's of horror. Issue two opens with a fantastic scene and we're right where we left off at the end of the great first issue. Knee deep in monsters, Zoe and Josiah along with Kyle and Francis have to fight there way out of the police station. It's a non-stop sprint to safety that will leave you gasping for air.

PREVIEW: Teen Titans Earth One: Volume One by Jeff Lemire and Terry & Rachel Dodson

Jeff Lemire is the next superstar talent to take on the next Earth One graphic novel this time re-imagining the Teen Titans. Joining the ranks of the industry's best writers: J. Michael Straczynski (Superman: Earth One),Geoff Johns (Batman: Earth One), and Grant Morrison  (2015's Wonder Woman: Earth One) Lemire has a lot riding on his shoulders but with Terry & Rachel Dodson illustrating, the book is poised to be a hit.

'Dark Engine Volume 1: The Art of Destruction' Graphic Novel Coming this Winter

In desperation, alchemists on a cracked and ruined Earth—where dead men’s ashes rain down and a plague of spore-beasts terrorize the living—create Sym. She is their last hope, their Savior. The mysterious figure at the heart of the Image Comics graphic novel DARK ENGINE by Ryan Burton and John Bivens is a primal force. Her story begins in DARK ENGINE VOLUME 1: THE ART OF DESTRUCTION, due in stores this winter.

PREVIEW: Wonder Woman #36 by Meredith Finch and David Finch

Please welcome the new superstar creative team of writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch! As this new epic begins, the fate of the Amazons is about to be revealed, major new characters will be introduced and a new villain will arrive with enough power to defeat the combined might of Wonder Woman and her Justice League teammates! Don’t miss the start of this story that guest stars Swamp Thing! It will define what it takes for Diana to fulfill her destiny as Wonder Woman!

PREVIEW: Criminal Macabre #3 by Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten

The world is rioting and everyone has turned to their darker sides. In all this mayhem, Cal seeks help from those long gone, but can he and the few outcasts still on his side save a world that has always shunned them?

REVIEW: The Fade Out #3 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

I don't know if there are any superlatives left for the great work Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have done. Criminal, Sleeper, Fatale are some of the best crime noir comics the industry has ever seen. The Fade Out is turning out to be a worthy addition to their legacy as issue three demonstrates an expansion of the Hollywoodland studio system that provides all the pulp and drama you'd expect from this dynamic duo.

Harley Quinn Variant Covers Take Over the DC Universe in February

DC Comics loves their monthly variant themes as they've just announced they'll be featuring Harley Quinn across 22 titles in the month of February next year.

Butcher Billy's Superhero Mash-Ups are Saving the World from Boring Pop Art

Butcher Billy is the ultimate pop artist who mixes his love of music, comic books and movies into his beautiful pieces of art.His mash-ups of superheroes and new wave/punk artists are especially fascinating like reimagining Morrissey as the Man of Steel for instance is not a bridge too far for this talented Brazilian digital art director.

REVIEW: Copperhead #3 by Jay Faerber, Scott Godlewski and Ron Riley

Copperhead #3 continues to be one the best sci-fi mysteries in comics and the case is about to break open. What started as a western in space is turning into an intriguing police drama. Clara Bronson as the newly installed sheriff is learning that she's not entirely in control as she thought. It all leads to some surprising revelations by the end.

Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson Cover Art for Image Titles in December

Bestselling artists Jamie McKelvie (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Young Avengers) and Matthew Wilson (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE) team up to lend their artistic interpretation to a series of covers for six highly anticipated new launches and critically acclaimed series’ new story arcs coming from Image Comics this December. 

SUICIDE SQUAD RUMORS: Jai Courtney as Deadshot and Will Smith as Captain Boomerang

Variety posted some interesting scoops about DC Comics movies yesterday, first Michelle MacLaren being approached to direct the Wonder Woman solo movie then later with the story of Jai Courtney being sought for the Suicide Squad movie as Deadshot. Lost within the same post was the speculation that Will Smith was being cast to play Captain Boomerang. So the Australian actor isn't going to play the Australian character but Smith is? Curious indeed.

'Morning Glories Volume 1 Compendium' Collects 38 Issues of Supernatural Suspense

Often described as “Runaways meets Lost,” MORNING GLORIES by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma is getting its very own massive compendium edition that collects the first 38 issues of the supernatural suspense series.

REVIEW: Wytches #2 by Scott Snyder, Jock and Matt Hollingsworth

Wytches #2 follows the aftermath of the attack on Sailor whom she suspects was Annie sent by the wytches in the woods. She’s left with a bump on her neck as visions of creatures still instill a bone-chilling dread in her. As the reader that dread hovers in the air and on every page. It’s a testament to Scott Snyder’s writing prowess that he provides a slow burn of terror coupled with the transcendent artwork of Jock and Matt Hollingsworth making Wytches a suspenseful yarn that’s just getting started.

'Breaking Bad' Director, Michelle Maclaren, in Talks to Direct 'Wonder Woman' Movie

It sounds like Lexi Alexander was correct when she told an interviewer that Warner Bros had indeed offered the directing duties for the stand-alone Wonder Woman to a woman recently. Variety has learned it was 'Breaking Bad' producer/director Michelle MacLaren who is currently in negotiations with the studio to bring the Amazon princess for her long overdue solo film.

First Look at Katie Cassidy as Arrow's New Black Canary

We've known for some time that Laurel was going to take her murdered sister Sara's Canary persona as season 3 of CW's Arrow has progressed. She's hellbent on revenge to find to find her killer and has starting training with Ted Grant aka Wildcat, boxing gym owner and vigilante (?). This is the first look at what she'll look like as the billed Black Canary.

The Flash Review (S1E5): 'Plastique'

One of the great things about The Flash is its commitment to evolve and evolve quickly. In five episodes Barry Allen has accepted his role as hero with a responsibility to help others while still learning what he’s capable of. At the same time learning to deal with meta-humans who were also born out to the particle accelerator explosion. Initially, the obscure villains were designed to serve one purpose and that was to be early punching bags to essentially sharpen Barry’s skills. An undercard of purposely underdeveloped characters to serve as practice dummies. Then came the calculating Captain Cold, one of Flash’s longest running rogues, who was an actual equal foe we’ll see more of in the future. So not all meta-humans or villainous characters are created equal. The case in point is this week’s meta-human and human bomb, Bette Sans Souci aka Plastique (Kelly Frye).

COMIC BOOK DAY: Notable New Releases (11/12)

New Comics 11/12 by Slidely Slideshow
With so many good books out this week this is the time to dip into your kid's college fund and replace that t-bone with ramen and get a stack of comics. 

Gotham Review (S1E8): 'THE MASK'

This week’s crime of the week involves a corporate sanctioned fight club that leads to a death and brings in Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock to investigate. For a police procedural this is the weakest point of the show. A Wall Street banker pits applicants against each other for job openings as a metaphor for the vicious dog-eat-dog world of finance. It’s these type of weekly investigations that really distract from the far more interesting mob drama that serves as the recurring subplots. We know the major crime will be solved, often times predictably, while yearning to know what Fish, Cobblepot, Maroni, and Falcone are up to instead.

PREVIEW: Sonic the Hedgehog #266 by Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, et al

Brand new STORY ARC! "Ambushed!"
Part One: Sonic’s in need of some inner-peace…but it’s going to take more than yoga and meditation! He seeks the guidance of Mighty the Armadillo’s mentor, Moss the Sloth. Can the sage help Sonic tame the savage Werehog within? Meanwhile, Sally leads the Freedom Fighters in recovering a Chaos Emerald—but could she be leading them right into a trap?

Forget Black Widow, Spider-Man's Aunt May is Going Full 'Agent Carter' for Sony

The craziest Spider-Man movie rumor yet involves Peter Parker's Aunt Mayas a young spy in a period piece similar to Marvel's Agent Carter television series. This is not a drill people! Sony is actually considering this. At least that's the word from Latino Review whose editorial staff greenlit the story. Would you see an Aunt May movie without Spider-Man in it?