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Meet Travel Foreman’s new heroes, the New A-Holes

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Capturing readers’ imaginations with DC Comics’ New 52 series Animal Man, artist Travel Foreman has displayed an ability to create pitch-perfect superhero drama while inserting some gut-wrenching weirdness. And now, after working for most of his career for Marvel and DC, Foreman is putting the finishing touches on an anthology featuring stories written and drawn by him — including the provocatively titled “The New A-Holes.”

Called Zuerst Science Fiction Magazine, the anthology has been mentioned on social media by Foreman for years, but in a recent blog post, the artist says it should debut in “late 2014, early 2015.” Why should you be excited? Just take a look at the New A-Holes …

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DC introduces students of ‘Gotham Academy’ in new promos

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DC Comics has released three new promos introducing the students of Gotham Academy, debuting in October from writers Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher, artist Karl Kerschl and colorist Romain Gaschet.

Announced in June, the teen drama is set in the city’s most prestigious school, where students attend classes (and get into mischief) in “the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham.”

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How your favorite Marvel heroes measure up, in one handy chart

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Often the infographics peddled by companies to websites aren’t that interesting or well-done, but I’ll have to hand it to HalloweenCostumes.com and, more so, artist Kate Willaert: While opinions may vary on how interesting the Marvel Heroes Height Comparison Chart is, the art is certainly nice — and it’s sprinkled with a little humor.

They’re pretty savvy, too, as they not only include the Guardians of the Galaxy, but also Howard the Duck and Ant-Man. So now, the next time you’re involved in a bar wager that rests on who’s taller, Captain America or Hawkeye, you’ll have a quick-and-easy answer.

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Marvel honors 3-year-old Jacoby Latta, ‘a fallen Avenger’

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Marvel will pay tribute next week to Jacoby Latta, a 3-year-old who died May 31 after being struck by a falling tree limb during a church picnic at Community Park in Irmo, South Carolina.

Known for his infectious smile, Jacoby loved superheroes, particularly Captain America. “He would pretend to be Captain America, he would wear Captain America outfits, everything was Captain America,” his sister Jasmine told WTLX.

So Jacoby’s father Stuart Latta reached out to church member Sanford Greene, a professor at Benedict College who also happens to be the artist of Marvel’s Uncanny Avengers, in hope of making his son’s dream of being a superhero come true. He in turn contacted Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.

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‘Prometheus: Fire and Stone’ trailer teases Dark Horse crossover

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Dark Horse has debuted the trailer for Prometheus: Fire and Stone, the first chapter in a crossover that spans Fox’s Aliens, Predator and Alien Vs. Predator franchises.

It’s only fitting the event starts with a tie-in to filmmaker Ridley Scott’s 2012 Alien prequel. In the four-issue Prometheus, written by Paul Tobin and illustrated by Juan Ferreyra, a new team of explorers is sent to LV-223 “to uncover the dark mystery that holds not only the fate of the original mission, but possibly their own damnation.”

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Classic U.K. horror series ‘Misty’ could rise again with reprints

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Back-issue bins are a treasure trove of oddities and forgotten treasures, and one rarity from the United Kingdom may be making its return.

During a special Comica Conversations event held Sunday at the British Library, veteran writer Pat Mills revealed there’s been talk of collecting serials from the long out-of-print horror anthology Misty — “Moonchild” by Mills and John Armstrong, and “The Four Faces of Eve” by Malcolm Shaw and Brian Delaney. If successful, this would be the first proper printing of material from Misty since the magazine’s closing in 1984; in 2009 Titan announced a collection, but sadly it never materialized.

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DC unveils an interactive version of its Multiverse map

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Although fans were already treated to a new map of the DC Multiverse during Comic-Con International, DC Comics has gone a step further, unveiling an interactive version on its blog.

On the eve of the launch of The Multiversity, the nine-issue miniseries by Grant Morrison, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Chris Prouse, Karl Story, Ben Oliver and Frank Quitely, the information is kind of slim: You can hover your cursor over just three Earths — Earh-0, Earth-8 and Earth-23 — to get details, but DC states, “New Earths are being revealed frequently so visit often.”

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Stanford biologist explores science of Captain America, Hulk

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As much as I enjoyed my well-worn copies of The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, the often-strained pseudoscientific explanations for superhuman abilities sure could sap the fun of out comics. For instance, the Hulk wasn’t simply (!) a gamma-irradiated man who turned big, green and strong when he got angry — if I remember correctly, his additional mass came from another dimension. In an amusing contrast, the “Powers & Abilities” section of a Handbook entry could go on for paragraphs, even pages, while in Who’s Who in the DC Universe, it might only rate a sentence or two.

Stanford researcher Sebastian Alvarado manages to find a nice middle ground in a pair of videos exploring the science behind Captain America and the Incredible Hulk. There’s no mention of other dimensions or unstable molecules here, but there are some big, and impressive-sounding words — such us epigenetic modification, which Alvarado theorizes might be behind Bruce Banner’s transformations.

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New Zealand cartoonists unite in ‘Faction’ anthology

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New Zealand cartoonists Roger Langridge (Fred the Clown, The Muppet Show), Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville) and Tim Gibson (Moth City) are likely familiar are familiar names to many comics readers, but there are plenty more where they came from. And several of them are showcased in the pages of Faction.

Faction is a showcase of the best of New Zealand comics,” Damon Keen, who edits the biannual anthology with Amie Maxwell, writes in an email to ROBOT 6. “Comic readership here isn’t high; most NZers are completely unaware of the huge renaissance comics have gone through of late, or indeed of the local comic scene at all. And internationally, apart from a few bright stars (Tim Gibson, Roger Langridge, Colin Wilson and Dylan Horrocks) NZ comic artist still remain relatively unknown.”

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With Rocket Raccoon’s success, could Marvel & DC revive funny animal comics?

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Rocket Raccoon certainly wasn’t an overnight success, but the character’s soaring popularity caught some off-guard — from his big-screen appeal in Guardians of the Galaxy to his new comic series topping the sales chart last month with more than 300,000 copies. With Rocket Raccoon now a mainstream hit, we can’t help but wonder whether he could save some of the funny-animal comics from DC and Marvel’s pasts from extinction.

Although the Rocket we see in the Guardians of the Galaxy film and comic series don’t fall easily into that funny animal genre, Skottie Young’s Rocket Raccoon relishes in it.

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First look at color art from ‘Gotham Academy’

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Even as DC Comics announces another intriguing addition to its Batman line, the horror title Gotham By Midnight, artist Karl Kerschl has unveiled the first look at colored panel from Gotham Academy #1, offering a hint at what readers can expect from the October-debuting series. He has also posted a few black-and-white panels on his blog.

Written by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher, with art by Kerschl and colorist Romain Gaschet, Gotham Academy is a teen drama set in the city’s most prestigious school (or, as the official description reads, “set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City”).

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There’s still time to mark Batman Day with Bat Cave postmark

bat caveWith all of the events and announcements tied to Batman Day, the July 23 celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary, it’s certainly understandable if some slipped through the cracks. Take, for instance, the pictorial postmark (below) offered by the post office in tiny Bat Cave, North Carolina.

To Batman fans disappointed they missed out on the opportunity, Linns.com has some good news: The postmark received a 30-day extension, meaning there’s still time to add one to your collection. Requests should be sent to BAT CAVE Station, Box 9998, Bat Cave, NC 28710-9998, July 23. Linns even provides instructions on how to ensure you get the cancellation.

Named after a nearby cave on Bluerock Mountain inhabited by several species of bats, Bat Cave is no stranger to Bat-promotion, as this 1989 newspaper article documents efforts by local businesses to capitalize on the release of Tim Burton’s Batman.

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You can read the first issue of ‘The Bunker’ for free

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If you’re having trouble deciding whether to pick up the first volume of The Bunker, out this week from Oni Press, Boing Boing may make things a little easier: The website is playing host to the complete first issue of the acclaimed sci-fi mystery by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari — meaning you can read it for free. It’s good, too; it was one of my favorite comics of 2013.

The series centers on five friends who, while on their way to bury a time capsule, discover an underground bunker where they find letters addressed to each of them … from their future selves. Warned that they’ll soon destroy the world, the friends grapple with their own deteriorating relationships as they struggle with bigger issues, such as whether their decisions can change the future, or only make things worse.

‘Doctor Who’s’ Noel Clarke introduces his comic ‘The Troop’

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Best known for his role as Mickey Smith on Doctor who, actor Noel Clarke is making the leap to comics with a series from Titan called The Troop.

“As a teenager, when I was young, I always liked the teen teams [...] but for me, they never really pushed the boundaries,” he said in a video played at Comic-Con International in San Diego, “they never really pushed the envelope, and with The Troop, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

Written by Clarke and illustrated by Joshua Cassara, The Troop is billed by Titan Comics as “an edgy soap opera of violence and superpowers.” Watch Clarke’s video, and check out a preview of the comic, below.

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Read Chad Sell’s touching comic tribute to ‘The Authority’ #8

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In the wake of Comic-Con International, The A.V. Club launched a week-long celebration of comics — called, appropriately enough, Comics Week — that’s included a discussion about diversity by Janelle Asselin, Karl Bollers and G. Willow Wilson, an interview with Becky Cloonan, a spotlight on the comics-inspired song “Alley Oop,” and a comics tribute by Ryan Brown (God Hate Astronauts) to his influences.

However, as much as I’ve liked all of the pieces, my favorite so far is easily cartoonist Chad Sell‘s touching ode to Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch’s The Authority #8, and how the depiction of Apollo and Midnighter’s relationship affected him as both a closeted teen and as a budding artist.

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