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Just Some Really Silly Iron Man Armours

Tony Stark can’t stop tinkering – a habit that has given him nothing but grief his entire superhero career. Usually, it ends up with him obsessively fixating on an idea to the point he starts some kind of superheroic civil war or accidentally helps develop technology that will destroy the world. It also means that he just won’t stop designing armour suits. Here are some of the weirdest. Read More >>

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Star Wars’ Not-So-Brief History of Fleeting LGBTQ+ Representation

The long road to meaningful representation of LGBTQ+ creatives and characters in our popular media is a history interwoven throughout decades of media narratives. For Star Wars, one of the biggest pieces of popular culture in living memory, that story has come in fits and starts – and in many ways, it’s still a story that is only just beginning. Read More >>

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As the Punisher Skull Re-Emerges on Police in U.S. Protests, Marvel Comics Reckons With Its Imagery

The appropriation of comic book character Frank Castle’s skull emblem by police and the military has been an ongoing issue for Marvel Entertainment as it wrestles with the questionable embrace of the anti-hero’s extrajudicial violence by real state and federal employees. But as the “Punisher skull” has re-emerged on officer’s uniforms in current crackdowns on anti-racism and police brutality protests, the publisher is being forced to confront it once more. Read More >>

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The Best Star Wars Reads of the Disney Era

One of the biggest joys – well, beyond “More Star Wars than any reasonable person would know what to do with, for better or worse” – since Disney’s acquisition of Star Wars has been watching Lucasfilm’s publishing initiatives thrive in a rebooted world of interconnected stories. Some of the best Star Wars in years is happening in pages of books and comics, and these are what you should be checking out. Read More >>

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A Guide to Star Wars Comics That Can Help Fill the Clone Wars-Shaped Hole in Your Heart

Star Wars: The Clone Wars has now ended, bringing about closure to our definitive understanding of a conflict and characters that fundamentally shaped the sci-fi saga. And not just the prequels but everything from Rebels to The Mandalorian, much further beyond the original three movies. Missing it already? Have no fear: there is, as they say, another. Read More >>

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How To Get Into Marvel Comics In 2020

With over 80 years of stories to catch up, getting into Marvel Comics in 2020 is a massive task — but it's not impossible. While comics can require a significant time investment, there's plenty of fantastic stories that still deserve your time and attention. Here's some ways to begin reading Marvel. Read More >>

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9 Superpowers We’d Love to Have in Our Present Day Reality

A big chunk of the wish-fulfilment aspect of most genre media (sci-fi, fantasy, horror) involves inviting you to fantasise about how you would use your own vast superpowers to save the world in a time of crisis. But in moments like the one we’re all living through right now, the idea of having superhuman abilities takes on a slightly different significance. Here are a few we think would come in handy. Read More >>

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The Coronavirus Outbreak Has Put the Comics Industry Between a Rock and a Hard Place

In the UK, comic book stores have had to close their doors alongside all other non-essential reteailers. In the United States, more and more comic book stores are also having to close their doors because of the ongoing covid-19 outbreak – whether that’s due to state restrictions or an actual lack of new product. One of the biggest questions looming has been what, if any, steps publishers and distributors like Diamond might be able to do to help shops weather the ongoing storm. The answer, of course, is somewhat complicated. Read More >>

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Marvel Will Launch The Rise of Ultraman Comic Later This Year

Last year, we got news that Tsubaraya Productions, the company behind Ultraman, the granddaddy of tokusatsu, would be collaborating with Marvel to produce new comics for Western audiences based on the big monster-slaying costumed hero. Now, Marvel has revealed what that will look like in the form of The Rise of Ultraman, a new ongoing following the first and most iconic iteration of the hero. Written by Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and Mat Groom (Self-Made) with art by Francesco Manna (Avengers, Fantastic Four), The Rise of Ultraman’s will seek to introduce Ultraman to a whole new generation of fans while doing justice to classic stories. Read More >>

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The Trump Campaign Has Compared the U.S. President to Thanos, a Mass Murderer

In what can only be described as an unsurprising turn of events, Donald Trump’s campaign has likened the president of the United States to Thanos, the depraved villain from Marvel’s comics, television series and film franchise whose whole schtick is wanting to murder billions of people because he’s obsessed with death. To be fair, both people have unhealthy relationships with their respective daughters, but that’s neither here nor there. Read More >>

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Resistance Reborn is an Exquisite Payoff to 4 Years of Star Wars’ Reborn Expanded Universe

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm and swept aside the old Star Wars expanded universe to create its own canon, there was plenty of outrage at the loss of such a swath of materials – ranging from the excellent to the completely nonsensical – to make way for a diluted re-do. But its latest entry makes good on so much of what’s come to pass since 2015. Read More >>

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Spider-Man Noir Lives, and Is Heading to London, for His Brand New Comic Series

Back when the moviegoing world was introduced to a Nic Cage-voiced, Nazi-punchin’, Rubik’s-cube-enchanted Spider-Man Noir in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Marvel Comics had the grand idea to kill the character off as part of Spidergeddon. Well, good news! The Peter Parker of Earth-90214 is coming back, and getting his own series to boot. Read More >>

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The Daily Bugle is on the Hunt for a Major Scoop in its Very Own Comic Book

Two-thousand nineteen: A bad year for the media, by and large. Venture capitalists running amok, local news structures being torn apart and shut down, institutions being reshaped and ruined by the influence of massive tech companies like Facebook and Google. That’s the real world, at least. In superhero comics? It’s never been a better time, apparently. Read More >>

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Three Legendary Marvel Comics Covers Are Getting the Limited Edition Poster Treatment

Starting later today you can get Amazing Fantasy #15, Uncanny X-Men #1, and The Incredible Hulk #181 for $40 (£32) each. Now, they’re limited edition posters instead of the actual comics – but for most of us, that’s probably as close as we’ll ever get to owning those legendary issues. Read More >>