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Store Tour | Page 45 in Nottingham, England

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Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them; think of it as the retailer version of Shelf Porn. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.

To discover a comic store in your area, visit FindAComicShop.com

For this week’s store, we take our first leave of North America to discover England’s Page 45, 9 Market St., in Nottingham. We spoke with co-owner Jonathan Rigby.

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Count the kills in this ‘Murderers of Marvel’ infographic

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While the Avengers are doing everything they can to save people on screen, comic readers know that superheroes have gotten their hands bloody more than a few times. But for everyone with a strong opinion on killing in comics, now you have some official numbers to back up your argument in the form of a handy “Murderers of Marvel” infographic from the UK’s Morph Suits.

The makers of licensed Marvel body suits and other cosplay aides put together a rundown of who has killed whom in the Marvel Universe, ranking the guilty from merely Dangerous to straight up Lethal. While you may quibble over some of their picks (Captain America is listed as killing Harry Truman, but at the time Truman was a zombie, so it’s debatable), the whole exercise is worth a gander. Check it out below.

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WeLoveFine debuts Spider-Gwen hoodies, leggings and more

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Spider-Gwen — an alternate universe take on Gwen Stacy where she, not Peter Parker, receives powers from a radioactive spider — was an overnight sensation after debuting last year in Marvel’s “Edge of Spider-Verse” #2, in large part due to the stylish (and notably practical) costume design by artist Robbi Rodriguez. In what feels like a natural next step, that design has inspired a new collection from fashion-forward, genre-centric clothing merchandiser WeLoveFine (as modeled by Meredith Placko and Michelle Nguyen in the above photo), consisting of hoodies, leggings and even a Spider-Gwen-patterned cardigan.

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The Fifth Color | A-Force and ‘Your Universe,’ an owner’s manual

aforce_americaSorry for the absence, but I’ve been doing a lot of traveling, in and out of the country this month, which has taught me a valuable lesson: the English language makes no sense.

English is complicated, difficult to learn for non-native speakers (and heck, even some native speakers!); it’s a mishmash of other languages just kind of thrown in a blender with a hope for the best. It’s amazing it’s gotten us so far, but it’s also easy to see why communication gets so tangled up between people when the words we use can be so imperfect.

Take, for example, that English doesn’t have a standard plural for “you.” In the United States, we have regional forms of a plural “you,” but there’s not a standard one taught that I know of. That makes direct speech all sound personal, when the speaker might be generalizing more to a group rather than than the person sitting down to read this right now (hi, Mom). I can say something like “You read comics” and, for the most part, be correct; if you’re visiting this site, you probably read comics in one form or another. But if I say “You also watch Game of Thrones,” that’s a lot more hit-and-miss.

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Dark Knight vs. Mutant Leader in epic action figure box set

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Mezco Toyz first teased a recreation of the epic Gotham Junkyard showdown from The Dark Knight Returns in February, but it can soon be yours, in a deluxe package that will debut in July at Comic-Con International.

The toymaker has begun accepting preorders for the One:12 Collective limited-edition Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Box Set, featuring two 6.5-inch figures, each with more than 30 points of articulation: a “battle-damaged” Batman, with torn costume, an exclusive head sculpt, alternate hands and “Knock-Out Foam” that fits over his opponent’s face; and the Mutant Leader, with “dirtied-up” paint, alternate hands and a crowbar accessory.

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Tintin is often knocked out but never motion sick, study finds

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Despite suffering a staggering 244 health issues over the course of his nearly five-decade career, Tintin has demonstrated an “almost superhuman” resistance to trauma.

That’s the conclusion made by a group of physicians from the Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Atlanta following a detailed analysis of 23 of the boy reporter’s 24 adventures.

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First Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics names finalists

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The shortlist has been announced for the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics, named in honor of the influential comics and animation writer who passed away in 2011. The first Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity was bestowed in March.

The 10 finalists for the kids’ comics award were selected by three judges: Kids Read Comics co-founders Edith Donnell and Dan Merritt, and ROBOT 6 contributor Brigid Alverson, who also edits the School Library Journal’s Good Comics for Kids blog.The winner of the inaugural award will be announced at the Kids Read Comics festival, held June 20-21 at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. The finalists are:

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Jim Lee debuts SDCC-exclusive Batman BlueLine Edition figure

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DC Collectibles has revealed its Comic-Con International-exclusive pencil-deco BlueLine Edition Batman action figure, designed by Jim Lee.

In a video that premiered this morning on USA Today, the DC Comics co-publisher unboxes the collectible, which will be available in two versions: the standard $40 package, which includes and exclusive print by Lee; and the $300 limited edition of 150, each of which comes with a signed original sketch by the artist (he’ll draw 50 each of Batman, Harley Quinn and The Joker).

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Samsung’s Iron Man-edition Galaxy S6 Edge arrives next week

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A mere week after tantalizing fans with an image of the glowing box, Samsung has unveiled a new teaser for the Iron Man-themed special edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge, accompanied by the words “Coming Next Week.”

The shadowy image provides a slightly better idea of what to expect when the smartphone arrives: It’s, of course, red and gold, and — like the glowing box — boasts an image of Iron Man’s helmet. We’ll have to wait a while longer to find out whether it features its own J.A.R.V.I.S.

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First look at Goku from ‘Dragon Ball Super’ manga [Updated]

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The first image has surfaced of Goku from Toyotarō’s manga adaptation of the upcoming Dragon Ball Super, the first Dragon Ball television anime in 18 years.

Announced this week, the manga will launch in the double-sized August issue of Shueisha’s V Jump. Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, who’s credited with the “original story and character concepts” for the new anime, also provided the manga’s story.

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Matt Fraction reflects on ‘Hawkeye,’ offers sex tips on ‘Late Night’ [Updated]

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Writer Matt Fraction appeared last night on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, where he offered sex advice from Just the Tips, the book he co-authored with his Sex Criminals collaborator Chip Zdarsky, and discussed the inspiration behind his run on Marvel’s Hawkeye.

“The book was really about what Hawkeye does when he goes home to do his laundry,” Fraction explained. “It’s like Hawkeye on his day off. To me he’s the human heart and soul of the Avengers, so it was fun to do a book like that about somebody who compulsively can’t stop helping people, even when he’s a human crap-sack tire fire of a human being. That’s on the back of the action figure: ‘human crap-sack.'”

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Movie FX legend Rick Baker recreates Greg Capullo’s Joker

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Known for his work on classic films like “An American Werewolf in London” and “Men in Black,” special effects legend Rick Baker set his sights on a pet project of his own: recreating the Joker from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman story, “Death of the Family.”

On Twitter, Baker shared a few snapshots of his Capullo-influenced design as it progressed, from its grayscale concept to its full color rendering. Though there have been several iterations of the character, Capullo’s particular version of the Joker removed the skin for his own face and wore it like a mask, and Baker reflects that in his creepy design.

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Go Super Saiyan in this ‘Dragon Ball Z’ hoodie

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If you’re an Akira Toriyama devotee who’s excited about the upcoming Dragon Ball Super TV anime and manga, you may as well look like it in this colorful Dragon Ball Z zip-up hoodie.

Sold by RageOn, which also offers that Pokémon duvet cover, and designed by Chelsea Heidlebaugh, the hoodie is available in sizes ranging from X-Small to XXX-Large at a price ranging from $69.84 to $78.84. They’re made to order, which means they ship 25 days after the order is placed.

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Grumpy Old Fan | DC goes cross-platform in August

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But the motorcycle’s not invisible? LAME

August is the third month of DC Comics’ revamped lineup, which has yet to begin in earnest. Although you might think that would limit what there is to discuss in the August solicitations, I found a good bit to talk about. There are some unusual marketing moves, a few good guest-star opportunities, and even some nice tchotchkes. Let’s take a look.

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“Truth” rolls on throughout the four Superman titles, and with its secret revealed in DC’s Free Comic Book Day preview, there’s not much point in speculating about the details. I’m not sure what to think about DC pairing its latest linewide relaunch with a couple of massive changes to Superman and Batman. I started reading The Amazing Spider-Man after the dust had settled from “One More Day,” because I didn’t want to deal with a series of big events or their immediate ramifications. Accordingly, it makes me think that Supes will have his secret restored at some point — perhaps in time for next spring’s Issue 50, which would also be just in time for the big Batman v Superman movie — and if I were thinking about returning to Superman, I might just wait until then. (Of course, since the New 52 relaunch, Supes has gotten far more attention than Clark has, so this could just be an extension of that.)
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Play Arts Variant Thor is Asgard meets ‘Fist of the North Star’

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With its Variant Play Arts Kai line, Square Enix reimagines familiar characters, ranging from Darth Vader to the Dark Knight. After teasing the prototype in February at Toy Fair, the company today officially unveiled its new take on Thor, and seldom has Marvel’s god of thunder looked so pumped, so angry and so metal.

This action figure isn’t a radical departure for the character (a Dark Ages-inspired makeover might’ve been fun), but it’s definitely interesting, with bulging veins, armor for days, and a hammer that’s half Thor’s height. The swinging Mjolnir attachment and lightning effect are nice touches.

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