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Cheetah Explained: Who Is the Wonder Woman 2 Villain?

While details surrounding Wonder Woman 2 remain scarce, we do at least know which DC villain Gal Gadot's heroine will be battling in the sequel. Kristen Wiig has been cast as Cheetah, one of Wonder Woman's oldest and most nefarious foes.

While we wait for this epic clash between comic book titans, here's everything you need to know about Cheetah and the various women who have held that title in DC's comics.

As a bridge between the world of men and the Greek gods, Wonder Woman has accumulated many enemies over the years. However, none of her foes have proven quite as deadly or tenacious as Cheetah. Powered by the plant god Urzkartaga (at times) and fueled by her hatred and jealousy of Wonder Woman, Cheetah brings a ferocious strength and savagery to every battle. However, that ferocity has never proven a match for Wonder Woman's love and compassion. Cheetah sees Wonder Woman as an enemy, but Diana sees her as a fallen friend in need of saving.

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Green Lantern Hal Jordan Gets an Impressive Makeover

Note: this is a spoiler-free advance review for Green Lantern: Earth One, which will be released on Wednesday, March 14.

It's difficult to understate the influence writer Geoff Johns has had on the Green Lantern franchise since 2004. Johns drastically revamped the mythology, introducing an entire spectrum of Lantern Corps and restoring Hal Jordan to greatness in the process. Even though Johns ended his Green Lantern run in 2013, his influence is clearly felt in every book that's come along since. That's all well and good, but at some point there comes a need for DC to try something new and push Green Lantern in a drastically different direction. If only for variety's sake. Therein lies the appeal of Green Lantern: Earth One. For the first time since Green Lantern: Rebirth, it feels like we're seeing a wholly unique take on the story of Hal Jordan.

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Jessica Jones Just Made This Ridiculous Super-Powered Marvel Character Interesting

Warning: this article contains spoilers for the first two episodes of Jessica Jones: Season 2!

The second season of Jessica Jones didn't waste much time before introducing a new Marvel character into Netflix's shared Marvel Universe. The first episode introduces Robert Coleman, a man who turns out to be a superhuman speedster called The Whizzer. (No, not The Wizard, despite what some fans seem to think.) Coleman didn't last very long before being killed off, but his murder looks to be a major catalyst in propelling Jessica's own story forward in Season 2.

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DC Black Label to Overhaul Batman, Superman & More

DC is expanding its comic book lineup again in 2018. Today the publisher revealed first details about DC Black Label, a new line that will feature top-name creators crafting unique, standalone takes on characters like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. The line will be overseen by executive editor Mark Doyle and feature creators like Frank Miller, Scott Snyder and Kelly Sue DeConnick.

DC is already drawing comparisons between Black Label and classic graphic novels like Batman: The Killing Joke and Watchmen. The goal is for creators to leave their personal stamp on these iconic characters and tell accessible, "edgy" stories set outside of mainline DC continuity. Each project will follow its own publishing format and schedule based on what best serves the story in question, meaning that we'll probably see a mix of traditional miniseries, prestige format limited series and graphic novels.

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DC Black Label to Overhaul Batman, Superman & More

DC is expanding its comic book lineup again in 2018. Today the publisher revealed first details about DC Black Label, a new line that will feature top-name creators crafting unique, standalone takes on characters like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. The line will be overseen by executive editor Mark Doyle and feature creators like Frank Miller, Scott Snyder and Kelly Sue DeConnick.

DC is already drawing comparisons between Black Label and classic graphic novels like Batman: The Killing Joke and Watchmen. The goal is for creators to leave their personal stamp on these iconic characters and tell accessible, "edgy" stories set outside of mainline DC continuity. Each project will follow its own publishing format and schedule based on what best serves the story in question, meaning that we'll probably see a mix of traditional miniseries, prestige format limited series and graphic novels.

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What Did You think of This Week’s Comics?

As you probably saw last week, we're ending our old approach to comic book reviews going forward. The goal now is to to deliver a handful of weekly reviews paired with critical analysis pieces and editorials. But even though the old weekly review round-ups are no more, we still want IGN Comics readers to have a place to discuss new releases and their favorite books of the week.

Head down to the comments section to join in on the discussion. But before you do, check out this week's new reviews and a couple of our latest analysis pieces to get a feel for the new approach.

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What Did You think of This Week’s Comics?

As you probably saw last week, we're ending our old approach to comic book reviews going forward. The goal now is to to deliver a handful of weekly reviews paired with critical analysis pieces and editorials. But even though the old weekly review round-ups are no more, we still want IGN Comics readers to have a place to discuss new releases and their favorite books of the week.

Head down to the comments section to join in on the discussion. But before you do, check out this week's new reviews and a couple of our latest analysis pieces to get a feel for the new approach.

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Darth Vader’s Best Moments Come in Total Silence

Darth Vader has proven to be a difficult character to portray outside of the Star Wars movies and TV series. It's tough to capture the character's best qualities when you only have words and still images to rely upon. How do you convey what the Dark Lord of the Sith is thinking and feeling without breaking that mystique? How do you show emotion in a man covered entirely in ebony armor? These challenges have often weighed down Darth Vader-focused comics and novels in the past. But as Marvel's current Star Wars: Darth Vader comic is proving, it's possible to convey a lot about the character without saying much at all.

The series, which is written by Charles Soule and drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli, is currently unfolding in the aftermath of Revenge of the Sith, with Vader still coming to terms with everything he's lost and doing his best to extinguish any lingering traces of Anakin Skywalker. It's easy to picture the book going wrong in trying to depict a younger, less experienced Vader. Especially because this series lacks a consistent foil for Vader, unlike the previous volume by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca, which introduced Star Wars fans to plucky, self-serving archaeologist Doctor Aphra. The biggest mistake the new series could have made would be for Vader to become too chatty or to bombard readers with awkward narrative captions.

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Darth Vader’s Best Moments Come in Total Silence

Darth Vader has proven to be a difficult character to portray outside of the Star Wars movies and TV series. It's tough to capture the character's best qualities when you only have words and still images to rely upon. How do you convey what the Dark Lord of the Sith is thinking and feeling without breaking that mystique? How do you show emotion in a man covered entirely in ebony armor? These challenges have often weighed down Darth Vader-focused comics and novels in the past. But as Marvel's current Star Wars: Darth Vader comic is proving, it's possible to convey a lot about the character without saying much at all.

The series, which is written by Charles Soule and drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli, is currently unfolding in the aftermath of Revenge of the Sith, with Vader still coming to terms with everything he's lost and doing his best to extinguish any lingering traces of Anakin Skywalker. It's easy to picture the book going wrong in trying to depict a younger, less experienced Vader. Especially because this series lacks a consistent foil for Vader, unlike the previous volume by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca, which introduced Star Wars fans to plucky, self-serving archaeologist Doctor Aphra. The biggest mistake the new series could have made would be for Vader to become too chatty or to bombard readers with awkward narrative captions.

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The Walking Dead Introduces Compelling New Characters

It's an exciting time to be a Walking Dead reader. The series is again venturing into uncharted waters as Michonne and her friends make first contact with the largest and most advanced colony they've encountered since the start of the zombie outbreak. Issue #177 loses some of the series' recent momentum, but it still offers a compelling taste of the conflicts to come.

As he occasionally does, writer Robert Kirkman takes a more ensemble-minded focus to this issue. The narrative constantly bounces between scenes set at Alexandria, at the Hilltop and at the Commonwealth. That approach allows Kirkman to touch base with a number of characters, both old and new. Unfortunately, this is another case where the constantly shifting narrative gives the book a jumbled quality. The script never settles in with any one group of characters for very long before moving onto the next. The script also suffers from Kirkman's tendency to overwrite dialogue. Certain conversations could really benefit from being pruned and streamlined in order to create a more natural flow.

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