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EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Lex Luthor Turns on Superman in Action Comics #986

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Lex Luthor Turns on Superman in Action Comics #986

The Machinist is using mind control chips to take hold of people and animals, and cause terror and chaos in locations across the globe. When it’s discovered that the chips being used are modified stolen technology originally manufactured by Lexcorp, Superman teams up with Lex Luthor to take the villain down! But when the Machinist manages to tag Lex with a mind control chip, the Man of Steel’s ally is suddenly his enemy! And considering their already contentious relationship, is the chip really in complete control of Lex or is it merely expanding his natural resentment toward Superman?

CBR has your exclusive first look at DC Comics’ Action Comics #986, written by Rob Williams and illustrated by Guillem March. In stores August 23rd, 2017.

Action Comics #986

  • Rob Williams (w) • Guillem March (a)
  • Cover: Guillem March
  • Variant Cover: Neil Edwards
  • “ONLY HUMAN” part two! The inhumanities of Earth put even Superman’s trust to the test as he and Lex Luthor begin to see a pattern emerging that points to Mr. Oz and his agents. When Lex confronts Mr. Oz alone, one walks away changed forever.
  • Rating: Teen
  • In Shops: August 23rd, 2017
  • SRP: $2.99

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Comic Legends: Why Did Captain Britain Become Britanic?

Comic Legends: Why Did Captain Britain Become Britanic?

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and forty-first week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Captain Britain became Britanic in Excalibur because Marvel UK wanted to make someone new Captain Britain.



In Excalibur #75, Captain Britain, Brian Braddock, had been lost in the timeline and presumed dead when Rachel Summers returned to the team. However, she discovered that she could save her old friend and in the end of the issue, she successfully trades places with him in the timeline (this ends up with her being dropped in the future where she becomes the head of the Askani, the group that went back in time and saved Cable when he was a baby). However, Captain Britain’s time away….changed him.

As the story goes, Marvel UK was planning a new Captain Britain comic book series and they asked Marvel if they could write off the current Captain Britain.

I asked Scott Lobdell about it, who wrote Excalbur #75, and he explained that the whole thing was his idea and no one told him to do anything about it. He said that a trademark of Excalibur as a series was how fun and chaotic it was, you never knew what quirky thing would happen next and he figured that this played into that spirit. He just wanted to try something new with the character, specifically citing how Brian’s sister, Psylocke, had undergone a dramatic transformation herself and it worked out pretty well for her as a character, so he wanted to try the same thing with Brian, turning him into Britanic (which seemed like later writers made it Britannic). He noted that it was not intended to be a full-time change, just a sort of fun thing to make Brian (and the rest of the team) go through.

He also noted, “I also liked the idea that the barrel-chested stalwart of the group was going to be forced into the role of the kind of manic member for a bit — it felt fitfully undignified and something Brian might have felt mortified about later.”

Obviously, eventually Brian DID go back to being Captain Britain, even getting married in the final issue of the series…

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Luke Skywalker’s Best Stories Beyond the Movies

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Defenders Villains The Hand Explained

We break down everything you need to know about the villains of The Defenders: Season 1.

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Divisions appear within the team already, and we learn more about The Hand's plan in one of the season's best episodes.

Marvel’s The Defenders Episode 8: The Defenders Review

The Defenders face The Hand in the final battle for New York City. But was it a fitting conclusion to Netflix's crossover miniseries?

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Retro Review: Adventure Comics #269 (February 1960)

Recently, I asked my 13-year-old what DC Comics character she wanted to know more about, and her response was “Aquaman is bad, but Aqualad is really a chump!”  Such an insult cannot be allowed to stand, and now it’s time to drop some learnin’…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Adventure Comics #269 awaits! ADVENTURE COMICS #269 Writer: Jerry Siegel/Robert Bernstein Penciler: George Papp/Lee Elias/Ramona Fradon Inker: George Papp/Lee Elias/Ramona Fradon Letterer: Uncredited Editor: Mort Weisinger Publisher: DC Comics Cover Price: 10 Cents Current Near-Mint Pricing: $500.00 Previously in Adventure Comics: One of the earliest heroes in comics, dating back

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Major Spoilers Question of the Day: Source Material Edition

Which adaptations do you feel actually work better than their source material?

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The last school bell has rung and it’s finally HOME TIME! Even though they’re twins, Lilly and David don’t agree on much… except that the last summer before high school is the perfect time for relaxing with friends. But their plans for sleepovers, fantasy games, and romance are thrown out the window when the whole gang falls into a river and wakes up in a village of fantastic creatures. Hailed as magical spirits and attacked by lizards, these kids must find their way home — if they don’t throttle each other first. Australian cartoonist Campbell Whyte combines the rich imagination of Dungeons & Dragons with puckishly charming characters and a touch of video-game geometry in his spectacular first graphic novel.

  • Advance solicited for June release!

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