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Burt Ward, Robin during the beloved 1960s Tv series, has strong words for DC Comics regarding the recent death of the Boy Wonder. According to TMZ Ward said:

"Holy self-inflicted wound! Not good for corporate profits!" Read More...

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Here be spoilers for the most talked-about comic on the stands this morning: "Batman Incorporated" #8. If you haven't read the big reveal splashed across the NY Post on Monday, or on the DC Comics site today in the form of a large pop-up ad that basically gives it all away -- my deep apologies. The Internet, and all that; what can you do?

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"Legend of Korra" fans have been speculating for some time on when Season Two might premiere. Well, Nickelodeon held its annual upfront today in NYC...and while "Korra" is definitely moving forward, the new season might start a little later this year than the fans might have been expecting.

Word through the "Korra" fan grapevine was that April seemed most likely for S2, but according to the Nick upfront it will most likely debut in the Fall. From the official press release: Read More...

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That's right: I'm calling it.

I was primly counting the number of slashies in Marvel's "Count To Always Deliver" teaser image this morning only to discover that there were 52 of said slashies -- the same number as the backbone of their Distinguished Competition's publishing program. Did Marvel just publicly diss DC? Seems like it. Which, in my mind, only leads to one question:

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Last Friday we showed you Marvel's "Of The Dead" teaser, speculating if it could be another "Marvel Zombies" book.  But Bloody Disgusting unearthed an interview zombie-meister George Romero did with Twitchfilm last year -- and while we have no confirmation, it seems likely "Of The Dead" might have something to do with this unnamed Romero comic. From Twitchfilm:

ROMERO – I am also writing a comic for Marvel. I’m writing it now, but it’s plot is a secret. Read More...

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Following the spoiler-laden article in The NY Post regarding the latest developments to rock "Batman Incorporated," the comic's writer Grant Morrison gave his Batman "exit interview" at DC's The Source blog:

"Little did I suspect when I accepted the BATMAN writing assignment back in 2006 that I’d wind up spending the next six years writing the longest continued comic story I’ve ever attempted."

It's clearly the end of an era, and with it, perhaps, one of the characters most closely linked to the Morrison run. (Spoilers to follow):

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Two days before the issue is scheduled to hit stores, DC Comics has exclusively told the NY Post the ending to "Batman Incorporated" #8

-- that Batman's sidekick Robin dies. 

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It's just a black square with the words "Marvel OF THE DEAD" on it -- with the requisite blood splatter -- and the date "Fall 2013." But what can it all possibly MEAN??!!

Well, the most likely guess is: another "Marvel Zombies" book. With "Walking Dead" never more popular than it is today, it would seem like a no-brainer -- or, rather, an eat-brainer -- to keep the Marvel franchise going. Plus: the Robert Kirkman connection!

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Dubbed a "Batgirl homage" by publisher Bluewater Productions, there is a new cover to the comic book "Fame: Demi Lovato" that inexplicably features the teen star dressed as the famous superheroine. The "1st printing cover," illustrated by Jon Woodard, will be available exclusively on ITunes. For those fans of paper comics, a "2nd printing red cover" is offered on Comic Book Flea Market.

Perhaps expecting some sort of collective raised eyebrows reaction to the Lovato cover, Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis said in a press release:

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I don't know what is cooler about this three-day comic book event at Heritage Auctions this weekend -- the tons of awesome rare finds up for sale, or that amazing "Boom-Chicka-Wow-Wow" music playing during their promotion video. No seriously, listen:

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The standard cover for "Batman Incorporated" #8

Comic Book Movie and IGN (WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AT BOTH SITES) have both recently reported that a leaked cover may have possibly spoiled "Batman Incorporated" #8. While we are not going to "spoil" the issue with what has been learned so far, I thought it might be interesting to take a closer look at the idea of leaks themselves, how they happen, and how they can be prevented. Read More...

A_Lonely_Place_of_Dying_TPBWith current speculation all over the Internet about a possible death in the Batmanverse, I thought it might be fun to look back at a more "kinder, gentler" era in the Batman saga: the introduction of Tim Drake, who would become the Caped Crusader's newest sidekick. The year was 1989, and the smoke from DC's "Dial-A-Dead-Sidekick" Jason Todd stunt was still in the air. Presumably, Drake would wash the taste of all that brimstone and dead-Robinness from the DCU, and make Batman "happy" again. (note: an earlier version of this article was published on my personal blog)

Some of the last comic books I collected before my "Vertigo"/indie phase was the "A Lonely Place Of Dying" arc that ran through "Batman" and "New Titans" in 1989. This was the storyline that re-introduced Robin to the DC universe, in the form of bristle-haired Tim Drake.

Recently, I picked up a copy of the original trade paperback edition of this arc for $3 -- only 95 cents less than what it went for in 1990. Unlike most collections today, the comic is reprinted in the same -- if not perhaps cheaper -- newsprint paper of its source material. In rereading it, this was a bonus for me; because I could get as close to the initial experience of the comic books as I could.

But, as one will see in "A Lonely Place Of Dying" itself, one can never really replicate the original experience; and, if one can, hopefully it will not be as goddamn annoying as the way Tim Drake did.

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In a post titled, simply, "UGO Is Dead," Chris Radke confirmed today that the gaming/pop-culture site would be shutting down:

"Yo,

I've spent many years of my life trying to turn UGO.com into something entertaining for you guys. Hopefully you stopped by recently to watch one our funny videos. Or you found yourself debating one of our nerd culture lists, read a movie review or pondered the age old question "Who would win in a fight, a minotaur armed with a trident or a centaur armed with a crossbow." Could be you tried to win something off our homepage or you Googled "Hot Girls" and found a couple of pics you liked. I don't really care how you got here, just as long as you were entertained when you did. Read More...

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"White Collar" star Matt Bomer is set to provide the voice of Superman in the latest original animated movie from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, set to hit stores and On Demand May 7.

"Superman: Unbound," based on the 2008 Geoff Johns/Gary Frank story "Superman: Brainiac," will also feature the talents of "Castle" duo Stana Katic as Lois Lane, and Molly Quinn as Supergirl. And voicing Braniac himself? None other than "Fringe's" John Noble!

Here's the official plot synopsis:

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Spinning out of the pages of the popular Vertigo title "The Unwritten" is a brand new graphic novel: "The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor And The Ship That Sank Twice."

The regular "Unwritten" creative team of Mike Carey and Peter Gross are on-board for this OGN, along with Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon. Acclaimed artist Yuko Shimizu is also back for the cover.

Here's the official description of the plot from Vertigo: Read More...

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