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‘Limitless’ brings comic book staple to life in awesome sight gag


When you think about CBS’ TV spinoff of “Limitless,” comic books probably aren’t the first thing to come to mind. However, a scene from the latest episode may just change that.

During a scene where protagonist Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) speaks with FBI agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter), he reveals he “checked in” with everybody in the FBI field office that day by reading their lips. As he describes this to her, he flashes back to an earlier time; the audience sees the room from Brian’s perspective as he surveys the scene, and speech balloons pop up in front of everyone who’s talking. If you think it looks awesome in the photos here, you should check out the scene in motion, as the bubbles float and move with each person in the room.

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The 30-plus year evolution of Frank Miller’s Superman

DKIIIMini1200-560f23e66e7918-48458184-a409dFrank Miller will return to the “Dark Knight” world this November with “Dark Knight III: The Master Race,” the conclusion of his Batman story that started with 1986’s seminal “The Dark Knight Returns.” Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson are illustrating the main story, but fans were left wondering to what capacity, if any, Miller himself would contribute art. That all changed Monday when DC unveiled cover art by Frank Miller for “Dark Knight Universe Presents: The Atom” #1, an Atom-centric minicomic included with the first issue of “Master Race.” The image is highly stylized, to say the least, featuring a wrinkled, grimacing Superman with huge fists and a noticeable bulge in the red underwear region. And boy, the Internet reaction was swift. The backlash was vocal, with fans Tweeting their disapproval, jokes and comparisons to Popeye and Miller’s output to the work of other divisive artists. jumped into the mix with a post titled “DC Lets Frank Miller Draw Superman’s Penis for ‘Dark Knight III.'”

Before too long, “Astro City” writer Kurt Busiek came to Miller’s defense with a string of tweets aimed directly at the haters. “This shot of Superman says everything Frank Miller wants to establish about Superman in this world,” tweeted Busiek before going on to further drive the point home that Miller’s interpretation of the Man of Steel is completely intentional. “It’s cartooning, it’s Frank presenting an idea of Superman that isn’t sleek and pretty,” Busiek said.

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Speed through 75 years of Flash costumes with this infographic


Ahead of tonight’s Season 2 premiere of The Flash, looks back at the evolution of the Scarlet Speedster’s costume in this decades- (and universe-) spanning infographic.

Beginning with the 1940 debut of Jay Garrick in his Mercury-inspired threads, the graphic races ahead to the 1956 arrival of Barry Allen before jumping to television for Super Friends, the short-lived 1990s Flash series and Justice League.

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This Nendoroid Joker figure is so cute it’s scary


Leave it to the Good Smile Company to discover that perfect blend of creepy and adorable with its Nendoroid Joker: Villain’s Edition figure.

Based on the Joker as played by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, the Clown Prince of Crime has been shrunk to Nendoroid-size, while retaining all of the homicidal charm of the original. Featuring two equally alarming expressions, the Joker also boasts a purple trench coat with movable back, left and right sides, to allow for greater posing.

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Comics A.M. | Viz Media launches ‘Naruto’ app



Digital comics | With Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto appearing this week at New York Comic Con, Viz Media is launching a dedicated Naruto app that will offer a chapter of the series every day for free (each chapter will be free for seven days). The app will sync with the VizManga digital comics platform, and users who buy one or more volumes of Naruto on either digital service this month will also get a bundle that includes the original pilot chapter Kishimoto created for the series, plus editors’ notes, chapter reviews and fan art. Viz is also offering discounts individual volumes throughout the month of October, with the first five volumes selling for $1.99 each. [Crunchyroll]

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NYCC: Marvel artists create superhero helmets for FDNY auction


As part of the 150th-anniversary celebration of the Fire Department, City of New York, the FDNY Foundation has teamed with Marvel to display and auction off specially designed helmets at New York Comic Con.

According to the New York Daily News, 10 helmets featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Hulk and Black Widow and others were designed by such artists as Joe Quesada, Kaare Andrews, Walt Simonson and Damion Scott. The full lineup will be unveiled today during the “This Week in Marvel” podcast at Discovery Times Square.

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As fans mock Frank Miller’s ‘Dark Knight III’ cover, Kurt Busiek defends it


The debut of Frank Miller’s cover for the minicomic accompanying Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 was greeted Monday with a mixture of confusion and criticism, as many fans tried to figure out what happened to the legendary artist. “DC Lets Frank Miller Draw Superman’s Penis For Dark Knight III,” reads the headline on

But as the jokes flew on social media, Astro City writer Kurt Busiek stepped up with an alternate view: that Miller, revered for his work on Daredevil, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, knows precisely what he’s doing.

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Vengeance has a name in this ‘Punisher’ TV series fan trailer


Fans eager to see The Punisher make the leap from Daredevil to his own television series get a taste of what the Netflix drama might look like in this slickly produced fan trailer.

The work of YouTuber Jor-El of Krypton, the video borrows from several sources, including Daredevil, The Purge: Anarchy and Punisher: War Zone, to craft a convincing teaser for a story of vengeance starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the trailer is that it’s surprisingly light on violence, yet it still manages to strike the right chord with the character.

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Look inside the LEGO ‘Doctor Who’ playset


Following Monday’s “Landing Soon” teaser, LEGO and the BBC have teamed to officially reveal the LEGO Doctor Who playset in a clever segment from the Gallifrey Shopping Network.

We now know set, based on a design by brick enthusiast Andrew Clark and submitted to LEGO Ideas, includes four minifigures — the Eleventh Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald and a Weeping Angel — plus two Daleks and assorted accessories, such as a Sonic Screwdriver and the Eleventh Doctor’s fez.

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Disney Princesses reimagined as hot dogs (Because, why not)

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There are a lot of Disney Princess mashups online, reimagining the popular animated heroines as Adventure Time characters, Batman villains, oil paintings, and on and on. But none of them is as weird, or as potentially delicious, as this one.

On the food website Lucky Peach, Anna Hezel and Gabriella Paiella have transformed hot dogs into Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle and Pocahontas, because … hey, it’s the Internet; you don’t really need a reason.

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Bloodshot takes aim with statue based on David Aja’s art


Valiant Entertainment has partnered with Quarantine Studio to release a limited-edition statue based on David Aja’s cover for 2012’s Bloodshot #1.

The publisher’s first licensed statue, the nearly 15-inch-tall Bloodshot is manufactured from cold-cast resin, and features twin side arms, a katana and assault rifle.

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LEGO reveals first official look at its ‘Doctor Who’ playset


It’s a pretty safe bet that this LEGO set is bigger on the inside. The Danish toymaker has unveiled the first official images of its eagerly awaited Doctor Who playset, accompanied by the text “Landing soon.”

Originally designed by brick enthusiast Andrew Clark and submitted to the LEGO Ideas website, the playset was greenlit for production in February. It’s the first Who-themed LEGO release.

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Comics A.M. | Retailer, perennial candidate Clint Thomas dies

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Passings | Clint Thomas, the owner of Clint’s Comics in Monroe, Louisiana, was found dead Saturday at his home. He was 50 years old. In addition for running his store for nearly two decades, Thomas was known as a perennial political candidate, having run for mayor five times. He was challenging Ouachita Parish Sheriff Jay Russell in the current election, saying, if elected, he would look for “damsels in distress.” Thomas reportedly viewed himself as Batman, attempting to save the city from the “supervillains” who had taken over the government; as a candidate, he made no promises and accepted no donations, because he believed money corrupts politicians. [The News-Star, NBC 10]

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Spartan Batman will make you shout ‘Madness? This is Gotham!’


Giving Wild West Batman a run for its money, Square Enix has officially unveiled the next action figure in Play Arts Variant Kai’s Batman Timeless line: Spartan Batman.

Following in the wake of Steampunk Batman, this figure reimagines the Dark Knight as a soldier in 5th century B.C. Greece, complete with spear, sword, daggers, and appropriately Bat-themed shield. You’ll notice that in addition to the emblem on the armor, Bruce went a little overboard with the helmet: There are ornate Bat-ears and a bat-like design above the eyes.

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Sheriff enlists terminally ill zombie fan to fight walking dead


Spencer Holt’s parents say they “live day by day,” uncertain how long the terminally ill 7-year-old will live. So last week a group of sheriff’s deputies came together to make sure Spencer had a day he’ll never forget.

Living with an incurable form of Mitochondrial disease and struggling with seizures, the smiling Spencer is a fan of zombies and police officers. Inspired by those two loves, and hoping to help lift Spencer’s spirits, Pasco County (Florida) Sheriff Chris Nocco sent an police motorcade to escort Spencer and his family to the Sheriff’s Office. Luckily for everyone, they arrived just as a zombie horde overran the old jail cells.

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