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‘Arrow’ and ‘Flash’ go retro with Funko ReAction figures

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Shortly after announcing a line of Batman Dorbz figures, Funko targeted The CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash” for a new series of ReAction figures to be released later this year.

Arrow, Black Canary, the Dark Archer, Deathstroke, Flash, Reverse Flash and Captain Cold are among several characters from the shows that can be found in this ReAction figure lineup, which models its look on the popular action figure format from the ’80s and ’90s.

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Grumpy Old Fan | Events’ End, part 1: The penultimates

Pronounce it "Ul-Traah," as in "open up and say"

Pronounce it “Ultraah,” as in “open up and say”

The last New Comics Day of March 2015 is also the final “normal” ship week of the New 52. Next week, each of DC’s three weekly series will publish its final issue (although in Batman Eternal’s case, “final” only for Volume 1) and Convergence will begin with a zero issue. Multiversity is set to wrap up next week as well.

Therefore, I want to look at the next-to-last installments of Batman Eternal, Futures End, Earth 2: World’s End and Multiversity: Ultra Comics. As you might expect, there will be SPOILERS, not just about these issues but about the series themselves. These comics collectively just got a little more meta, and not necessarily where you’d expect, either …

Ready?

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Funko’s new Batman Dorbz figures are Gotham’s cutest

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On the teeny-tiny heels of those Guardians of the Galaxy figures, Funko and Vinyl Sugar have announced a Batman Dorbz series that manages to make even Killer Croc look cuddly.

Set for release in July, the series of 3-inch vinyl figures also boasts Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Harley Quinn and the Penguin, all sporting that irresistible smile. The Joker is curiously absent, but maybe he’ll pop up in a later wave.

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‘Star Wars’ arms race heats up with radio-controlled Star Destroyer

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Clearly there’s a rapidly escalating arms race under way in a galaxy far, far away. Within a matter of weeks, we’ve gone Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor custom quadcopters to a speeder bike and, now, an Imperial Star Destroyer.

The creation Olivier C, who previously built the radio-controlled Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor, the symbol of the Empire casts a menacing shadow, even if it’s made largely of foam.

But what’s next, a Death Star? This madness won’t end until someone destroys a planet.

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Artist Stéphanie Hans explains why she loves her job

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Stéphanie Hans clearly loves her work.

During the past five years, the artist has quickly become a fan and critic favorite for her distinctive approach to covers. More recently, however, as she notes in this interview with ROBOT 6, she has enjoyed how her collaboration with Marguerite Bennett on Angela: Asgard’s Assassin has pushed the artist outside of her creative comfort zone.

In addition to addressing the difference between the demands of her U.S. comics work compared to the covers she produces for French prose publishers, Hans explains why she thinks it’s important for her to share her creative process on Tumblr for aspiring artists.

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We love the ’80s: ‘Jem and the Holograms’ #1 and ‘Miami Vice: Remix’ #1

JEM coverAs television shows go, Jem and the Holograms and Miami Vice couldn’t possibly be more different. The former, which aired from 1985 to 1988, was a children’s carton that also functioned as an extended ad campaign for an accompanying toy line, while the latter, which ran from 1984 to 1989, was an hour-long adult police drama.

Other than their medium and the decade in which they were produced — and, perhaps, how readily they embraced and celebrated the pop culture of that era — a viewer would have trouble finding a whole lot of similarities between the two.

Now, more than 25 years after both shows ended, they have something new in common: They’re being adapted as comic books released by IDW Publishing.

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1966 Batmobile replica could fetch $175,000 at auction

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A replica of the Batmobile from the 1966 Batman television series could bring as much as $175,000 this weekend at a car auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Purported to be only the sixth Batmobile replica produced, by Jay Orhrberg Hollywood Cars, it was used in a U.S. tour warning children of the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

A Batcycle replica is expected to sell for somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000.

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Comics A.M. | ‘Naruto’ spinoff miniseries to launch in April

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Manga | Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto ended its weekly serialization in Shonen Jump magazine in November, but a spinoff miniseries, Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki (Naruto Spinoff: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Month), will launch in the April 27 issue of Japanese Shonen Jump. The magazine teases, “”Urgent News: The story enters a new generation …”  [Anime News Network]

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‘Mortal Kombat X’ trailer delivers bone-crunching, blood-spurting action

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If all the promotional material for Mortal Kombat X has left you wondering what happened to all the blood and gore, this trailer is for you.

Unveiled this morning by Maxim Russia and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the Shaolin trailer turns the spotlight on Kung Lao, Liu Kang and newcomer Kung Jin, and doesn’t hold back on any of the decapitations, crushed skulls or bloody throat-punches fans have come to expect from the franchise. Needless to say, this probably isn’t safe for viewing at work.

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Gaiman’s ‘Sandman: Overture,’ ‘Children’s Crusade’ get deluxe treatment

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Vertigo has announced the fall release of two Neil Gaiman deluxe hardcover editions, The Sandman: Overture and Free Country: A Tale of the Children’s Crusade.

The first may seem a tad optimistic, as the six-issue bimonthly miniseries by Gaiman and J.H. Williams III, which debuted in October 2013 as part of the 25th anniversary of The Sandman, has yet to release its final two chapters. Set to arrive in November, the deluxe edition will include all six issues, the gatefold from the debut issue, plus extras like pages from the Special Editions and script pages.

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President Obama talks comic books in latest mass email

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If you’re a Barack Obama supporter, you’ve probably gotten a lot of emails from him, from his campaign and from his administration over the years. Like, a lot. Even the most ardent Obama boosters may have tuned them out.

Yet one that arrived today is certainly worth noting, as the president speaks directly about his comic book fandom:

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Hench 4 Life in this Monarch henchman hoodie

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If we’ve learned anything from five seasons (and assorted specials) of The Venture Bros., it’s that serving as one of The Monarch’s henchmen isn’t easy. It’s dispiriting work that, more often that not, ends in a grisly death. On the plus side, however, the costume is pretty snazzy.

Cinemastery Studios has a more casual take on the uniform, for the henchman on the go: a stylish yellow-and-black hoodie that comes complete with antennae and mask (with lenses made of transparent red vinyl). After all, you have to preserve that identity, even in the off-hours. The best part, though, is the tag, which reads “HENCH 4 LIFE.”

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It’s Groot vs. Hodor in the rap battle we’ve been waiting for

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The rivalry that’s been building for a while — at least since the pair met in the Mos Eisley cantina — finally boiled over into an intense, and surprisingly expressive, rap battle between Groot and Hodor.

Backed by Rocket Raccoon, Bran Stark and Osha in this new video from The Warp Zone, the gentle giants of Guardians of the Galaxy and Game of Thrones throw down some mad … not rhymes, exactly. However, they do appear mad, or at least mildly perturbed.

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Watch ‘Man at Arms’ create Link’s Hylian shield

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We’ve previously featured the craftspeople of Man at Arms when they created real-life versions of Batarangs and Thor’s hammer. This week, however, they set their sights on Hyrule — specifically, Link’s shield from The Legend of Zelda.

As you might expect, Man at Arms spares no detail, even using real amber for the Triforce symbol. But they don’t stop at the Hylian shield, choosing to also forge the original Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.

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Marvel’s Avengers inspire runway fashions in South Africa

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The Avengers took to the runway over the weekend at South African Fashion Week in 18 ready-to-wear looks inspired by Marvel’s Age of Ultron.

It was the result of Marvel Fashion-Hero Search, an initiative launched in December by Disney and SA Fashion Week to find up-and-coming designers from across Africa to create men’s and women’s lines that draw upon Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and the Incredible Hulk. In the end, just six designers were selected to show.

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