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EW Exclusive! 'Inside the NBA' meets the Justice League in a new comic book!

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Just in time for the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, the commentators of TNT’s Inside the NBA are welcoming some very special guests. Yes, at long last, host Ernie Johnson and analysts Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley will join forces with DC’s superhero team the Justice League to play basketball — and possibly fight evil, if any supervillain dares get in the way of the basketball. The crossover occurs in The Justice League Goes Inside the NBA: All Star Edition, a new limited edition comic book that will be distributed for free at the NBA All-Star Jam Session in New Orleans from February 13-16. READ FULL STORY

Lucasfilm, Marvel partner for new 'Star Wars' comics

After more than 20 years, the force is with Marvel once again.

Disney announced Friday that two of its subsidiaries — Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment — are working together on a series of new Star Wars comic books.

The brand’s first comics were originally published by Marvel in the ’70s, back before both companies had been acquired by Disney. In 1991, the license for the comics was purchased by Dark Horse, which has published the titles ever since. Now the rights have returned to Marvel, which plans to release its first new-new Star Wars comics and graphic novels in 2015.

Perhaps uncoincidentally, 2015 is also the year that J.J. Abrams’ yet-untitled Star Wars film is scheduled to hit theaters.
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Another X-Man is out of the closet

One of the newest members of the X-Men, Marvel’s mutant supergroup and long-running platform for various flavors of civil-rights allegory, came out of the closet in this week’s Uncanny X-Men #14. Although that makes it sound like a cosmic revelation, in fact Benjamin Deeds —  a.k.a. Morph — rather casually mentions his homosexuality in conversation in the issue.

Gay characters are becoming more commonplace in superhero comic books. Just last year, occasional X-Man Northstar got married. And, as a representative for Marvel told the Huffington Post, the character’s sexual orientation is just “a small facet of who he is.” (Some context: he also has the power to alter his appearance, which will probably come up more frequently in supervillain fights than with who he shares his bed with.) READ FULL STORY

Marvel introduces Muslim superhero in 'Ms. Marvel #1'

Someone’s creating a new superhero, which means it must be a day of the week ending in “y.” But Marvel Comics’ announcement about a new Ms. Marvel series deserves special attention. The company announced in a press release today that the new Ms. Marvel will be a superhero of the Islamic faith — the first-ever Muslim title character from Marvel Comics and pretty much the first Muslim superhero from the mainstream comic publishers to get her own monthly book. (Although last year DC introduced Simon Baz, a new Green Lantern who’s currently a member of the Justice League.)
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'Batman' TV prequel: What we can expect from 'Gotham'

Fox chose an auspicious moment to greenlight a Batman prequel show. The same day the network announced Gotham, eternal rival Marvel saw its multi-punctuated Avengers spin-off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. deliver a dominant series-premiere ratings performance. S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s success is proof-of-concept for a new Superhero-Adjacent genre: A show set in a familiar super-universe that focuses on the less-super (and decidedly cheaper) heroes.

Gotham is superficially similar. Like S.H.I.E.L.D., it transforms a supporting character into the lead: The show will apparently constitute an origin story for Commissioner Gordon, the chief lawman and Friend-of-Batman played by Gary Oldman in the Dark Knight trilogy. But it also appears that Gotham will prominently feature other characters from the comic book mythos. Fox has indicated that iconic villains will also appear, in some kind of fetal prequel form. Expect to learn more about the show in tantalizing tidbits released in regularly Internet-imploding news releases over the next few months, but here are five talking points about Gotham:
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'Batwoman' writers exit, claiming DC scotched plans for groundbreaking lesbian marriage

DC’s Batwoman is a standout series in the company’s lineup, the rare mainstream comic with a lesbian lead character. In fact, Batwoman got engaged a few months ago to longtime girlfriend/fellow badass Maggie Sawyer. Unfortunately, plans for a historic marriage have been discarded — and, as a result, the book’s main architects have now departed the series.

In a blog post, co-writers J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman explain that they will leave Batwoman after issue #26. “In recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series,” they explain, noting that the most crushing alteration was that they were “prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married.”
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John Lewis' 'MARCH' brings the Civil Rights Movement to life

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The Civil Rights Movement transformed the United States in ways so fundamental it’s difficult for many to conceive that this nation once tolerated, and even encouraged, state-sanctioned discrimination.  Rights that all Americans take for granted were bitterly contested just a few decades ago, and without the courage and fortitude of a handful of individuals American society might be profoundly different. John Robert Lewis was one of those unlikely heroes that fought non-violently to make the United States a more just society.

Congressman Lewis, the former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was the youngest speaker at 1963’s March on Washington. Today Lewis, 73, is the elder statesmen of movement, the only person who delivered remarks at the Lincoln Memorial still living. Lewis brings his amazing story to a new generation with the publication of MARCH (Book One) the first part of a trilogy from Top Shelf Productions that will trace Lewis’ life from rural Alabama to the halls of power in Washington D.C.

MARCH, a collaboration between Lewis, longtime aide Andrew Aydin, and illustrator Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole), follows Lewis from his boyhood as the son of tenant farmers to his participation in Nashville’s successful sit-in campaign to desegregate restaurants and lunch counters. MARCH offers a poignant portrait of an iconic figure that both entertains and edifies, and deserves to be placed alongside other historical graphic memoirs like Persepolis and MAUS.

We sat down with Rep. Lewis and Andrew Aydin to talk about the publication of the book one of MARCH. READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con: 'Ben 10' creators reflect on 25 years of San Diego's 'pop-culture tsunami'

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Comic-Con was really created for artists like the quartet at Man of Action Studios. Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle are accomplished storytellers who’ve conquered the world of comic books and television animation. They’ve written and drawn Superman, X-Men, and Spider-Man, while developing their own original characters and projects — like Ben 10, the popular animated-TV franchise on Cartoon Network. They have their own imprint at Image Comics, but they’re also cozy with Marvel, with whom they are collaborating on the Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble Disney XD animated shows.

Not surprisingly, this year’s Con will not be their first. Members of the gang have been making their annual pilgrimage to San Diego for the past 25 years. And even though they are now Comic-Con stars, prime attractions shopping their wares, they’re still fans at heart. Casey, Seagle, and Rouleau took some time to write about what Comic-Con means to them.
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Alyssa Milano weaves a tangled web in 'Hacktivist,' a new graphic novel -- EXCLUSIVE

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Alyssa Milano wears many hats. She’s a cheating wife, a witch, the Boss (arguably)… and a comic-book writer.

Milano has collaborated with writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, artist Marcus To, colorist Ian Herring, and letterer Deron Bennett to create a new graphic novel called Hacktivist, a “fast-paced cyber-thriller” that follows a pair of Silicon Valley wunderkinds who lead a secret double life. By day, Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are the founders of an innovative social media company; by night, they’re a notorious team of hackers.

“I’m very involved with in global activism and philanthropy. I like the idea of everyday people doing good,” Milano explains in a statement. “My inspiration for Hacktivist is actually Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter and Square. I picture him leaving the office at night and going home, where he locks himself in his room and starts hacking to change the world.”

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Comic-Con 2013 preview: Five comics to watch

We’re mere days away from the official launch date of annual pop culture festival Comic-Con. And while we’re all busy buzzing over the movies and TV shows that will soon colonize your Twitter feed, it’s important not to forget the “Comic” part of Comic-Con. The major comics publishers will all be in attendance, showing off teases for upcoming books and new crossovers — here are the five comics we’re excited to learn more about in San Diego.
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