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How Marvel’s War of the Realms Changes Thor Forever

Marvel's latest crossover event has changed the god of thunder forever.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for War of the Realms #6!

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Thor has been through a real rough patch lately. He lost the ability to wield Mjolnir in 2014's Original Sin, followed by his left arm. These defeats lead to Jane Foster taking up the hammer and the mantle of Thor. And even though the Odinson recently reclaimed that mantle, Mjolnir itself was destroyed in the heart of the sun, leaving Thor to settle for an armory of lesser hammers instead.

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Marvel’s War of the Realms Roars to the Finish Line

Most of Marvel's crossover events have a tendency to start strong and then steadily lose momentum and focus over time. War of the realms has been far different. For most of its run, this miniseries has fallen well short of the (admittedly high) standard set by Jason Aaron's Thor run. Too much empty spectacle and too little emphasis on the core Thor cast. But that changes in a big way in the final issue. War of the Realms #6 is a terrific finish to a previously underwhelming Thor tale.

It's not difficult to spot the difference between issue #6 and the previous chapters. Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman keep the majority of this issue focused squarely on Thor and his fellow hammer-wielders - King Thor, Young Thor and even a re-empowered Jane Foster. The Avengers make small appearances here, but one the whole this issue is far more directed and focused than any chapter before it. That's one big reason why the finale connects on such a deeper level.

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Spider-Man: 10 Essential Mysterio Comics

Spider-Man: Far From Home isn't just giving us our first glimpse of a post-Endgame MCU, it's also debuting one of the most enduring Spider-Man villains of them all - Mysterio. Based on the trailers, it's hard to say whether Jake Gyllenhaal's Mysterio is friend or foe, but anyone who knows Mysterio from the comics is well aware he's not someone to be trusted.

If you need to bone up on your Mysterio knowledge before Far From Home hits theaters, we're here to help. Here are ten essential comics featuring this master of illusions. Just beware of potential spoilers ahead. Sometimes, knowing Mysterio is part of a story gives away the surprise.

The Menace of... Mysterio

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30 Years Later, Michael Keaton’s Batman Is Still the Best

It's been 30 years since Tim Burton's Batman hit theaters and showed a world a wholly different vision of the Caped Crusader than the one made famous by Adam West. The 1989 Batman's legacy is hard to overstate. The film's release and the ensuing "Batmania" served as a taste of things to come for our superhero movie-obsessed culture. The tone, aesthetic and music directly paved the way for Batman: The Animated Series. But there's one thing a lot of moviegoers seem to forget. As much as Jack Nicholson's Joker tended to dominate the conversation then and now, Michael Keaton is the true unsung hero of Batman. 30 years later, his is still the best live-action Batman of them all.

It's understandable why Nicholson's Joker has always hogged the spotlight. He was the A-List talent Warner Bros. needed to sell moviegoers dubious about a cinematic reboot handled by the director and star of Beetlejuice. In fact, the studio was so desperate to land Nicholson they wound up agreeing to one of the most ridiculously lucrative contracts of all time. And by his very nature, the flamboyant, scenery-chewing Joker is always going to steal the show from a grumpy, soft-spoken man in a black costume.

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Everything You Need to Know About FX’s Y: The Last Man TV Series

Hollywood has been trying to adapt the best-selling comic series Y: The Last Man for well over a decade now. But it seems that adaptation will finally see the light of day as FX gears up for the 2020 debut of Y (yes, the show is losing the "The Last Man" part of the title).

Read on to learn everything we know so far about this long-awaited TV series, from the plot to the cast to the release date and more.

Be sure to also check out everything we know about Wonder Woman 1984 and everything we know about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

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DC Comics to End the Vertigo Imprint in 2020

DC Comics' long-running Vertigo imprint will be no more after 2019. This mature readers imprint is being retired as DC consolidates its entire comic book publishing line beginning in January 2020.

DC will be shuttering Vertigo along with the YA-focused DC Ink and the all ages-focused DC Zoom. Beginning in January 2020, all of DC's comic content will fall under one of three umbrellas depending on the age demographic - DC Kids (8-12), DC (13+) and DC Black Label (17+).

Art by Brian Bolland. (Image Credit: DC Comics) Art by Brian Bolland. (Image Credit: DC Comics)

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Batman Learns the Truth About His Father

Another new comic book day has come and gone. If you want to know what the biggest and most noteworthy comics of the week were, you've come to the right place.

Scroll down to hear about some of our favorite plot twists and new debuts, and to read our new reviews and editorials. And as always, be sure to let us know your favorite books in the comments below.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Batman #73, Superman: Year One #1 and Uncanny X-Men #19!

Why Is Flashpoint's Thomas Wayne Working With Bane?

Art by Mikel Janin. (Image Credit: DC Comics) Art by Mikel Janin. (Image Credit: DC Comics)

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8 Marvel Characters Keanu Reeves Could Play

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently revealed that actor Keanu Reeves has been in continued talks to join the MCU one day. In a year where everything seems to be coming up Keanu, confirmation of a juicy MCU role would be the perfect chaser.

But which heroes and villains would be the perfect fit for the star of iconic franchises like The Matrix, John Wick and Bill & Ted? We have a few ideas. From Moon Knight to Adam Warlock and beyond, check out our slideshow or scroll down to learn which Marvel characters we'd like to see Reeves play.

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J.J. Abrams & Son Writing New Spider-Man Series

Marvel's mystery Spider-Man project has finally been revealed. While it isn't a continuation of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies as first speculated, it does have a major Hollywood connection. Director J.J. Abrams and his son Henry are collaborating on a new Spider-Man tale.

As revealed by The New York Times, the comic in question is simply titled Spider-Man. This five-issue limited series will be drawn by Sara Pichelli (Spider-Men) and colored by Dave Stewart (Hellboy).

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The Power Rangers Have Another Epic Showdown

Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 may be priced quite a bit higher than your typical chapter of the series, but it's definitely a must-read for anyone following this retro-flavored Rangers book. This oversized special ties up many loose ends and essentially serves as the dramatic finale of the series' second year. In the process, it easily justifies that cover price.

Coming into this issue, it's fair to question why BOOM! Studios published this story in this form rather than simply splitting it up into issues #21 and #22 of the monthly series. Luckily, writer Ryan Parrott and artists Eleonora Carlini and Francesco Mortarino have no trouble justifying this change of pace. Given the way this story is structured and the many plot points it juggles, trying to split the narrative in half simply wouldn't have worked as well. At best, readers would have been given one chapter of nonstop action and one that serves as a prolonged epilogue. Instead, Parrot is able to organically wrap up the current Alpha-1 conflict while also giving the various other subplots and teases the attention they need.

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