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Captain Marvel’s Skrulls Explained

Thanks to Marvel's SDCC announcements, we know a lot more about 2019's Captain Marvel movie, including that it's set in the '90s and features a two-eyed Nick Fury. But easily the biggest Captain Marvel-related news this weekend is that the Skrulls will serve as the main villains of the film. One Avenger against an entire cosmic empire? We like those odds.

Who are the Skrulls, and why do they have such a bone to pick with Captain Marvel? We break down everything you need to know about this troublesome group of Marvel aliens. (Also be sure to read about how Marvel Studios can even use the Skrulls, who were long believed to fall under 20th Century Fox's domain as far as their film rights.)

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Marvel’s Female Heroes Get a Boost From Legacy

Marvel wrapped up their time at SDCC with the "Women of Marvel" panel this afternoon. While there weren't any new books to be announced at the panel, the panelists (including Hulk writer Mariko Tamaki, The Mighty Captain Marvel writer Margaret Stohl, Generation X writer Christina Strain. Runaways writer Rainbow Rowell and Marvel's content development director Sana Amanat and producer Judy Stephens) made it clear that the upcoming Marvel Legacy relaunch will serve as a strong platform for further elevating these characters.

The panel started off with a tribute to the recently passed Flo Steinberg, an influential force at Marvel during its 1960's transformation. Amanat said that all future Women of Marvel panels will be dedicated to Steinberg.

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Frank Miller Announced Superman: Year One

Comic book luminary Frank Miller is keeping very busy these days. Not only is he back at work on his long-gestating 300 prequel graphic novel, he's also developing his own take on the origin of Superman.

That news came as Miller crashed DC's "Master Class" panel at SDCC tonight. Miller showed up to reveal that he's writing a mini-series called Superman: Year One. John Romita Jr. will provide the art for this series. Romita recently teamed with Miller on The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade. Miller described the series as "the opportunity of a lifetime" and something he's been planning for many years.

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Check Out DC’s Gorgeous Wildstorm Anniversary Book

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of DC's Wildstorm imprint. DC marked the occasion with the "DC Celebrates Wildstorm's 25th Anniversary" panel at SDCC today. Wildstorm founder and DC Co-publisher Jim Lee was in attendance, as were creators like J. Scott Campbell, Dustin Nguyen, Ryan Benjamin, Lee Bermejo, Carlos D'Anda, Sandra Hope and Alex Sinclair.

The panel focused mainly on the various creators reminiscing about the early days of the company before it was acquired by DC and the crazy parties Lee used to host (including a "pajama and cereal" party for the premiere of the WildCATS cartoon). However, the creators also discussed the upcoming Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years hardcover, which will feature a wealth of pinup art, previously unpublished material and even some brand new short stories for books like WildCATS, The Authority, Gen 13 and Backlash.

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Huge DC Rebirth Mystery to Be Revealed in Action Comics

DC Comics held their "Justice For All" panel at SDCC this morning. The panel focused on a wide range of DC Rebirth comics, and while no new projects were announced, the panel did hint at some big developments to come as the Rebirth train keeps rolling.

The biggest revelation in the panel came from Action Comics writer Dan Jurgens, who confirmed that the identity of the enigmatic Mr. Oz will be revealed in September's Action Comics #987, the first chapter of "The Oz Effect." Jurgens promised that this reveal will have a huge impact on the entire Superman family, and that the clues to piece together Oz's identity are already out there. First, however, readers should also look to next week's Action Comics #984 for another big twist.

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Geoff Johns on the Batman Movie Universe

The Warner Bros. panel is easily one of the most anticipated events at Comic-Con this week. But you don't have to wait until Saturday morning to learn more about where the DC Extended Universe is heading in the next few years. We were able to chat with DC Films co-head Geoff Johns today to pick his brain on Wonder Woman and the Batman-heavy approach of this universe.

Johns noted his excitement that Wonder Woman's recent success will fuel the push towards Justice League this November. "Having Wonder Woman in Justice League is exciting because, again, there's such a different audience than the typical audience that went to see that movie, and now they'll see Justice League and get to be introduced to all these other characters like Aquaman and Flash and Cyborg, and see Batman and the whole gang together."

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Saga, Vision & Jughead Win at 2017 Eisner Awards

Tonight marked the presentation of the 29th annual Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards, honoring the best and brightest in the industry in 2016.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga is always a perennial favorite at the Eisners, and that was certainly the case this year. Saga won the coveted award for Best Continuing Series, while Vaughan won the award for Best Writer and Staples for both Best Penciler/Inker and Best Cover Artist.

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DC Reveals Doom Patrol/Justice League Crossover

DC held a panel at SDCC this evening focused on Gerard Way's Young Animal imprint. During the panel, Way and his fellow writers revealed that the Young Animal characters will be crossing paths with the Justice League in early 2018.

This announcement is a case of good news/bad news for Young Animal fans. The bad news is that three of of the four ongoing series - Shade: The Changing Girl, Mother Panic and Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye - will be going on hiatus between October 2017 and January 2018. The good news is that DC will be publishing a series of four Young Animal/DCU crossover specials beginning in January.

Doom Patrol/Justice League #1 cover by Frank Quitely. (DC Comics) Doom Patrol/Justice League #1 cover by Frank Quitely. (DC Comics)

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How Are Batman and Hawkman Connected in Dark Nights: Metal?

DC's epic crossover event Dark Nights: Metal is kicking off next month, and that story has been a major focus at Comic-Con this week. We had the chance to chat with writer Scott Snyder on the show floor today, and Snyder revealed some juicy new details about the Dark Knights and the ties he's building between Batman and Hawkman.

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Snyder reiterated the point that while Metal is an extension of his long Batman saga, it's also a story about the Justice League as a whole. Snyder said, "I started thinking about it - what if I developed this mystery that Batman and then the Justice League start following. Because it's really a Justice League story even more than a Batman story. It becomes the first mystery that Batman just does not want to solve, because it all seems to point back to him in a way that's terrifying to him. So it's almost like the first detective case he doesn't want to solve."

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Grand Admiral Thrawn Gets a Star Wars Comic

Always in motion, Marvel's Star Wars comic book line is. At the Lucasfilm Publishing panel at SDCC today, it was revealed that Marvel's next Star Wars mini-series will focus on fan-favorite villain Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Star Wars: Thrawn is an adaptation of Timothy Zahn's novel of the same name, which was released in April 2017. This comic book adaptation will be handled by two veterans of Marvel's Star Wars line, writer Jody Houser (Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation) and artist Luke Ross (Star Wars: Darth Maul). The mini-series will debut in February 2018.

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