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Marvel Comics Changes to Expect From the Disney/Fox Deal

There’s been plenty of fan excitement surrounding the Disney/Fox deal because of what it means for Marvel’s movies, but the deal would also have an impact on Marvel Comics and the comic book industry at large. As we begin the long wait for the regulatory process to play out, an estimated 12-18 months, let’s dive into the biggest effects this deal will have, if it does indeed happen.

The most obvious is the treatment of the X-Men and Fantastic Four in Marvel’s publishing strategy. It’s no secret that Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter previously made moves to spite Fox because they held the movie rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four. For Marvel’s comics line, this caused a reduced the presence of the X-Men and outright cancellation of the Fantastic Four ongoing comic.

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Batman: Gotham By Gaslight Review

Batman: Gotham By Gaslight is a murder mystery set in a Victorian-era Gotham City that pits the Caped Crusader against Jack the Ripper. While there are some thrills to be had with this attempt at a Batman horror story, the film’s characters feel a bit undercooked, leading to an underwhelming climax. After all, in a whodunnit, the “who” had better be satisfying, and this one misses the mark.

The story is inspired by Gotham By Gaslight, a one-shot Elseworlds comic book from writer Brian Augustyn and artist Mike Mignola. The comic was a brisk 52 pages, more like dipping a toe into the idea of a Victorian-era Gotham rather than fully diving into the concept with a full-length graphic novel. It had only one real suspect, and he wound up being the murderer, so it wasn’t much of a mystery.

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Longtime Spider-Man Writer Departs, Takes On Iron Man

Marvel writer Dan Slott will be leaving The Amazing Spider-Man after writing the character for 10 years. The next superhero he will tackle is Iron Man.

Slott began writing Amazing Spider-Man in 2008 with the “Brand New Day” story arc along with a team of writers and went on to take over the title solo with the occasional co-writer. Some of the highlights of his run include Spider-Island, Spider-Verse, and Superior Spider-Man.

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Superman’s Red Trunks Return in Action Comics #1000

Superman’s iconic red trunks have been missing for seven years, but they will be making their grand return on April 18 for the landmark Action Comics #1000 from DC Comics.

Take a look:

Art by Jim Lee. (DC Comics) Art by Jim Lee. (DC Comics)

The trunks, which were originally intended to evoke a 1930s circus strongman, disappeared when Superman’s look was redesigned by Jim Lee for the New 52 reboot in 2011, replacing his costume with advanced Kryptonian armor. While the red undies are often poked fun at, fans considered removing them controversial because they are a classic element of the world's first superhero.

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Doctor Strange Gets a Pair of Serious Upgrades

In Doctor Strange #384 by writer Donny Cates and artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Doctor Strange got a pair of considerable power boosts.

Warning: full spoilers ahead!

Art by Michael Del Mundo. (Marvel Comics) Art by Michael Del Mundo. (Marvel Comics)

Previously, Doctor Strange lost the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme to Loki. In an effort to get it back, he went on a quest to Asgard where the World Tree gave him what he would need to beat Loki: a branch of Yggdrasil charged with magic. Upon using it, he got a massive power boost and an Asgardian makeover.

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Marvel Reveals the Founding Avenger Everyone Forgot

In Avengers #676, the second chapter of the “No Surrender” storyline where the Earth has been mysteriously “stolen,” sending the world into chaos and calling all active and reserve Avengers to action, we learned a great deal about the mysterious character named Voyager.

Warning: full spoilers ahead!

Art by Mark Brooks. (Marvel Comics) Art by Mark Brooks. (Marvel Comics)

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The Gifted Showrunner Explains Finale Twists, Teases What to Expect in Season 2

The Gifted's two-part Season 1 finale packed a pair of twists, so we hopped on the phone with showrunner Matt Nix to dig into those big moments. He also teases what to expect from Season 2.

Make sure to check out our review of The Gifted Season 1 finale.

Warning: full spoilers ahead!

After being torn over whether to embrace her father's legacy for several episodes, Lorna finally decides to become a mutant terrorist just like Magneto and uses her baby-enhanced powers to pull the engines off Campbell and Senator Rodriguez's plane and send it crashing to the ground in a fiery explosion. Nix explains how Lorna came to make that jaw-dropping, game-changing decision.

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The Gifted: Season 1 Finale Review

The Gifted had a lot of potential going into the two-part Season 1 finale, but instead of leaning into its strengths, we were given a display of some of the show’s biggest weaknesses. There were a few moments that were quite excellent, but they weren’t enough to send the first season of this X-Men show out on a strong note.

Author’s Note: this is a review for both episodes “eXtraction” and “X-Roads” that comprised the two-hour finale.

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The main problem with the finale is that it reused too many elements from previous episodes. Ambushing a convoy, interrogating a human for information, Esme getting pissed her plan didn’t work - we’ve seen it all before. We’re always expecting a little something extra in the finale, to see the big stuff they’ve been saving the whole season, but all the new and consequential material didn’t come until the last 20 minutes or so. It felt like the show was treading water until it could set off all of the fireworks, metaphorical and literal, at the end. Those last 20 minutes were incredibly powerful, but did we really need another fruitless mission, a fresh round of debate, and a visit from mama Strucker to get there?

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DC Heroes With PTSD Will Receive Aide in Sanctuary

Superheroes fight incredible battles to save the day, but what’s not always explored is how they cope with the trauma afterward. DC Comics writer Tom King (Batman, Mister Miracle) is looking to change that with Sanctuary, a new place in the DC Universe where heroes can go to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other related issues; a place to heal wounds that aren’t physical.

"Every DC comic is full of violence. It's fun and exciting and I love reading about that, but do we talk about the consequences of that, both on the characters and the readers, and they

asked me to think about that and do something with it. And we are. We've created something, it's called Sanctuary. We're creating something where it's sort of like a crisis center for superheroes. And it's going to be DC wide, all the superheroes and it's going to be a place where these superheroes who are living violent lives every single day. Batman gets in a fight every single night, five times a night,” King said during a panel at DC in D.C. "And so, we're creating this space where superheroes can go that sort of mimics the good work people are doing for veterans around the world where they can have a space where they can actually admit that this violence has had consequences for them and has affected them mentally, so that your greatest heroes, who are inspiring our children, can say proudly: yes, I’ve had some mental difficulties, and yes, working with people has helped me through them. And we don’t hide behind that.”

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Black Lightning Premiere Inspires Discussion of Real-world Issues On MLK Weekend

Over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, an event called “DC in D.C.” took place in Washington D.C. where Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment brought together various voices from the world of entertainment to spotlight how DC superheroes are used to address real-world issues. This event was put on in honor of Saturday’s world premiere of the TV show Black Lightning, based on DC’s first African-American superhero to have his own standalone comic series, which was screened at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

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