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'Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman talks about his new comic, 'Thief of Thieves'

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When Shelf Life points out to Robert Kirkman that he is best known for writing comics about zombies, superheroes, and dinosaurs, the scribe guffaws. Why? “I’m laughing at the absurdity of my life,” says the man responsible for penning Invincible, Super Dinosaur, and, yes, a little post-apocalyptic zombie series called The Walking Dead.

Kirkman’s new project, Thief of Thieves, is an attempt to make his life a little less absurd. “It’s going to be very grounded in the real world,” he says of the comic, which hits shelves Feb. 8. “No zombies, no space aliens, no superheroes. It’s just going to be real human characters doing somewhat horrible things to each other.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So what else can you tell us about Thief of Thieves?
ROBERT KIRKMAN: Well, it’s a fine comic book, if I do say so myself. It’s somewhat of a crime-caper comic about a professional thief named Conrad Paulson. He is one of the greatest thieves who’s ever lived, but he’s gotten to a point in his life where he realizes that he’s chosen his professional life over his family life and greatly regrets that. He’s got an adult son who is kind of following in his footsteps but doing a horrible job, and he has an estranged wife that he is still very much in love with. Our story picks up when he is trying to turn his back on his profession and rekindle his relationship with his wife and trying to fix his son’s horrible predicament. READ FULL STORY

Sneak peek at DC's 'Superman #4': The Metropolis police ain't happy -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

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The Man of Steel has not been having an easy time of it in DC’s reboot of Superman. Metropolis has been besieged by an ever-escalating series of villains and villainy, all seemingly bent on nothing other than trying to defeat the invincible superhero from the alien planet Krypton. Meanwhile, a reporter at the Daily Planet has been arguing that Supes does more harm than good. And in this exclusive sneak peek at Superman #4, written by George Perez with art by Jesus Merino, the Metropolis police want to know why TV anchor Heather Kelley mysteriously disappeared in Superman #3 – and what Superman had to do about it.

You can read the full issue when it arrives in stores Dec. 28, but you can check out EW’s four-page first look here.

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'The Avengers' movie to get four-issue comic book prelude

Marvel Comics announced Wednesday that, in the run up to its omnibus summer tentpole The Avengers, it will release a four-issue comic book prelude to the film.

Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude issues #1 and #2, written by Chris Yost and Eric Pearson, and illustrated by Luke Ross and Daniel HDR, will arrive this March, with the following two issues hitting stores some time before the Joss Whedon-directed movie’s May 4 debut.

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Sneak peek at DC's 'Justice League #4': Aquaman shows off his stuff -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

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Over the course of the first three issues of DC’s new Justice League, in the face of Darkseid’s encroaching, mysterious army, the various major superheroes of the DC canon have, well, assembled isn’t the right word, really, since Green Lantern, Batman, Superman, the Flash, and Wonder Woman are still eons away from being a cohesive team. But in Justice League #4, to their motley crew they now add the King of Atlantis, a.k.a. Aquaman — but not without some brash protesting from Green Lantern, who quips, “I thought Aquaman was a sketch on Conan O’Brien!” As the cover makes clear, Aquaman does not take kindly to being thought the butt of a joke, and in EW’s exclusive five-page preview, he shuts up the sparkly hothead by showing everyone just what he can do.

You can read the full issue when it hits stores Dec. 21. For now, check out EW’s full sneak peek here.

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Sneak peek at DC’s ‘Swamp Thing #4′: ‘I said VANILLA!’ — EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW
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Legendary 'Batman' artist Jerry Robinson, who helped create Robin and The Joker, dies at 89

Mourning in Gotham City, and across all of fanboy nation: Legendary comic book artist Jerry Robinson has died at the age of 89. Robinson, who was born in Trenton, N.J., on Jan. 1, 1922, was recruited to DC Comics by Batman creator Bob Kane and made key contributions to the character’s mythos. In addition to Robin the Boy Wonder, Robinson is credited with helping to develop Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred, and two of the caped crusader’s best-known enemies, Two-Face and The Joker, both of which were featured in director Christopher Nolan’s last Batman flick, The Dark Knight, played by Aaron Eckhart and an Oscar-winning Heath Ledger, respectively. (It should be noted that the business of determining who came up with what in comics can be tricky and contentious. For example, Bob Kane — who died in 1998 — claimed that he and original Batman scribe Bill Finger concocted The Joker.) READ FULL STORY

'Watchmen' writer Alan Moore joins Occupy Comics group, slams Frank Miller for criticizing protesters

Watchmen writer Alan Moore has joined Occupy Comics, an organization of comics-industry notables who are lending their support to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Moore’s fellow Occupy Comics signatories include Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), and David Lloyd.

The support of Moore and Lloyd is notable both because of the weight they carry in the comics community, and because it was their comic, V for Vendetta, which first introduced the Guy Fawkes masks regularly worn by Occupy Wall Street protesters. READ FULL STORY

Sneak peek at DC's 'Swamp Thing #4': 'I said VANILLA!' -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

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Hey, remember Inside-Out Boy, Nickelodeon’s cute-yet-totally-horrifying commercial-break mascot, who swung a little bit too high on a swing set and somehow turned his body completely inside out, making him a walking mass of exposed tendons and pinkish organ meat? There’s a horrifying young child in the current run of Swamp Thing who seems almost like a gritty inverted reboot of Inside-Out Boy. In the opening pages of next week’s Swamp Thing #4, hospital escapee William walks into a diner and orders a vanilla milkshake. The ice cream man mishears him — William is covered in blood and wearing a breathing mask, so his confusion is understandable. Horrifying inside-out shenanigans ensue.

You can read the full issue when it hits stores Dec. 7. For now, check out EW’s full sneak peek here.

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Human Torch: 'Fantastic Four' character lives again after less than a year

The comic book industry has three defining publicity-grabbing gimmicks: the New Costume, the Retcon Reboot, and the Beloved Character Death. In January, Fantastic Four packaged two of those gimmicks together, killing off the Human Torch and rebranding the team with skintight-stormtrooper costumes. My colleague Jeff Jensen was initially skeptical about the death of the Torch, but later noted that writer Jonathan Hickman justified the death in the narrative. And hey, there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with publicity-grabbing gimmicks. Still, one can’t help but feel a combination of déjà vu and vertigo upon hearing that, in the just-released Fantastic Four #600, the Human Torch will make his triumphant return to life after less than a year of being dead. READ FULL STORY

Sneak peek at DC's 'Superman #3': A brief history of Superman -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

Currently, DC is offering two specific flavors of Superman. While Grant Morrison’s Action Comics presents a slightly younger (and politically motivated) Supes freshly arrived in the big city, Superman features the hero as a well-established fixture in Metropolis society. Next week’s Superman #3 provides some intriguing connective tissue between the two eras, beginning with an extended monologue that doubles as a nice revisionist history: It almost seems as if the speaker is saying that the presence of Superman has made Metropolis more dangerous, not less.

You can read the full issue when it hits stores Nov. 23. For now, check out EW’s full sneak peek here.

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Sneak peek at DC's 'Supergirl #3': Supergirl, meet Superman -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

There have been various versions of Supergirl throughout the years — who can forget when she fell in love with Lex Luthor, or when she started fighting demons in her Earth-Born Angel phase? — but in her most iconic interpretation, Supergirl is an escapee from the planet Krypton… just like her cousin Kal-El, a.k.a. Superman. That’s the interpretation on display in the rebooted Supergirl as part of DC’s New 52. In the upcoming Supergirl #3, Supergirl meets her famous relative and gets the down-low on Krypton’s destruction.

You can read the full issue when it hits stores Nov. 16. For now, check out EW’s full sneak peek here.

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