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DC Comics is launching a shiny new batch of variant covers in March, and they’re all about movie posters. The fun designs insert DC characters into posters from movies such as Free Willy (yep, you read that correctly), The Mask, Gone With the Wind, Beetlejuice, and Purple Rain. Heroes and villains on the covers include Aquaman, Batgirl, the Joker, and so many more. I can practically hear the money falling out of the wallets of collectors.

See more creative variant covers after the break.

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Marvel Comics’ return to the Star Wars universe begins on January 14th 2015. The license to publish Star Wars comics was in the hands of Dark Horse Comics but that changed once Disney (Marvel’s parent company) purchased Lucasfilm.

I expected the launch of Marvel’s Star Wars series to be big, but it could be huge. ComicBook.com reports that Star Wars #1 will sell over a million copies when it hits shelves on January 15th. If their information is true, that would make Star Wars #1 the best selling comic in the last 20 years by a wide margin. The Force is with Marvel.

(Image via StarWars.com)

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The new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic was unveiled yesterday and Clark Gregg showed off both the main cover (which has a monkey) and this Deadpool variant with the comment that “Even Deadpool does some carving.”

If only the Deadpool film rights weren’t owned by Fox!

Still, it’s a killer variant and the main cover is pretty cool too. You can check it out after the break.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Marvel is bringing in their superheroes to enforce a message of positivity. They’re working with the STOMP Out Bullying organization throughout October to raise awareness by presenting variant covers with anti-bullying messages. The following issues will have special STOMP Out Bullying covers:

Rocket Raccoon #4
Guardians of the Galaxy #20
Avengers #36
Inhuman #7
Hulk #7
Captain America #25
Legendary Star-Lord #4

Marvel’s released a look at five of them, and the art makes my heart melt.

See more of the variant covers after the break.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Battle Cry

Guardians of the Galaxy director and screenwriter James Gunn has teased that the identity of Peter Quill’s father will be revealed in the movie’s sequel. Comic book fans have many thoughts about this, especially since Peter AKA Star-Lord has had a few different origins since his first appearance in 1976. If you’re curious to come up with your own theories, check after the break for a quick look at the many different explanations we’ve been given for just who this hero is supposed to be!

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Wolverine Autopsy

It’s old news now that Marvel Comics intends to kill the mutant hero Logan AKA Wolverine. Wolverine’s been one of Marvel’s most popular superheroes for a while and he’s basically the lead character of every X-Man movie, so his loss should have a tremendous impact. But will it? Comics are known for superheroes and villains seemingly dying only to return later, and the odds of resurrection seem to increase if you’re a mutant or in a book with an “X” in the title. There was this time when we saw Wolverine get stabbed through the stomach and then the autopsy revealed it wasn’t him but a shape-shifting alien who took his place while we weren’t looking. Oh, and that time Logan actually did die alongside his teammates in Dallas.

That having been said, here’s a quick list of some prime examples of false deaths and literal resurrections that have happened in the X-Men family of comics. To keep this from becoming a novel, we won’t include cases when time travel or the Infinity Gauntlet has been used to prevent a death from happening in the first place.

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Princess Leia Comi

Over the weekend at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Marvel announced that Mark Waid and Terry Dodson will produce a Princess Leia 5-issue mini-series. Along with this, Jason Aaron and John Cassady will work on Star Wars, an on-going series that starts two weeks after the events of A New Hope. Finally, Keiron Gillen and Salvador Larocca are the team behind an upcoming Darth Vader series, which will focus on how Vader works with bounty hunters and re-establishes his fearsome reputation following the destruction of the first Death Star.

The first issues of all three series will arrive in the beginning of 2015.

Cover photos for Star Wars and Darth Vader follow after the break.

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Many Capt Americas

Marvel Comics recently announced that Sam Wilson AKA the Falcon, the first African-American superhero, will be taking over the role of Captain America from his old friend and partner Steve Rogers. People are still discussing their feelings on this, how long they think it will last, and what it means for the larger picture of the superhero industry. But did you know there have been many other people over the years who have stood in for Steve as the Star-Spangled Avenger? We’re not just talking about those times that Hawkeye put on the suit for an issue.

Let’s delve into the many Captain Americas after the break . . .

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Geek fans love their mash ups and crossovers and I’m pretty sure we’ve seen a Thor/Disney princess mash up along the way, but it’s always magical when these kinds of things come true. In this case, Twitterer Daft Brian pointed out that Thor is now technically a Disney Princess thanks to the recent reveal from Marvel of a female Thor.

See the tweet after the break…

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If you didn’t watch The Colbert Report last night, you might not know that Sam Wilson will be taking over as Captain America. The news was officially announced by Joe Quesada, Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer.

For many, the news is not all that unexpected (unlike announcing that the new Thor is a woman on The View of all places).

Marvel also took to Twitter to post the first pic of Wilson in costume. You can see the full tweet after the break along with Stephen Colbert’s answer as to who should replace The Falcon.

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