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Graduation Week: Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day

This post is part of “Graduation Week” – a week-long celebration on this site to pat Classick on the back for finally graduating from college. Congratulate him on twitter @classickmateria.

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“Aren’t you sick of being second-string? Titans began because we were all sidekicks. Just us kids trying to make a difference in our own right. We’re not kids anymore. And the J.S.A. and the Justice League can’t handle everything. With this, we can pull our weight.
– Arsenal

Since the first appearances of Robin, The Boy Wonder and Bucky in the 1940’s, comic books have consistently featured teenage sidekicks. Many grew and developed under the tutelage of their mentors. Some grouped together to form teams of sidekicks to go on their own adventures. Some graduated, eventually finding themselves filling the shoes of their mentor or even going off to create their own identity. And some died.

In the summer of  2003, DC Comics released Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day, written by Judd Winnick and illustrated by Ale Garza and Trevor Scott. This three-part series served as the final chapters to the monthly Titans and Young Justice titles, which had already published their last issues that June.

Titans_Vol_1_39Titans were a group of heroes featuring many of the original New Teen Titans all grown up: Nightwing (the first Robin), Arsenal (formerly Green Arrow’s sidekick Speedy), Troia/Donna Troy (formerly Wonder Girl), Tempest (fomerly Aqualad), Cyborg, and a few others (Omen, Argent, & Johnny Quick) had reformed the team in 1999.

DC_Comics_Presents_Young_Justice_Vol_1_2Young Justice, on the other hand, were even younger than the Titans. Consisting of Robin (Tim Drake, the third Robin), Impulse (Bart Allen, later became Kid Flash), Wonder Girl, Superboy (Kon El, younger clone of Superman), and Empress (real name Anita Fite– get it?), Young Justice were the newer kids on the block. All teenage sidekicks of the A-list superheroes, the “Junior JLA” had several adventures in their initial run since 1998. Not only operating in the shadows of their legendary mentors, these kids also had to deal with the standard that the now Titans set during their run as teen sidekicks.

“Graduation Day” brings both teams together for a final, life-changing adventure that changes the make-up of both teams and results in a couple of heroes dying.

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Comic Book Chronicles Ep. 99 12/19/2014

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Welcome back to another edition of The KLIQ Nation’s Comic Book Chronicles.

Batman 37 cvrIn comics/movie/TV news, we look at the hacked Sony emails regarding Sony and Marvel Studios bringing Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Viola Davis cast as Amanda Waller in the Suicide Squad movie, March 2015 solicits, and Archie Comics rebooting their universe with a brand new #1.

All this, along with this week’s comic book reviews and KLIQ’s of the Week!

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Comic Book Chronicles Ep. 98 12/11/2014 w/co-creators of “Emergents: Genesis” Matthew Wang and Brian David-Marshall

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On this week’s episode,  we interview Matthew Wang and Brian David-Marshall, co-creators of the kickstarter-funded superhero deck building game “Emergents: Genesis“, along with Anthony Conta.

We’ll find out the “genesis” of the game, what it was like collaborating on the project, and loves for Suicide Squad and Scott Kolins.

Learn more about Emergents: Genesis and fund their kickstarter here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/130643118/emergents-genesisa-superhero-deckbuilding-game

This, as well as comic book news, reviews, and KLIQ’s of the Week

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Comic Book Chronicles Ep. 97 12/4/2014

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Welcome back to another edition of The KLIQ Nation’s Comic Book Chronicles.

4252230-sscoverWe’re back!  After a break while we enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, #ComicBookChronicles  is back to update you on all the latest comic book entertainment news and reviews.

In TV news, we recap the epic back-to-back Flash/Arrow crossover on The CW as well as discuss the fate of NBC’s Constantine. Then we react to some movie news about Dr. Strange, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones casting decisions. And Tim announces a special Comic Book Chronicles exclusive edition with @JeffJSays of ThatADHDShow.

All this plus reviews of this week’s (and last week’s!) comics, and our KLIQ’s of the Week.

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Comic Book Chronicles Ep. 96 11/20/2014

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In this week’s news, Daniel Bruhl  is cast in Captain America: Civil War, two more Guardians Of The Galaxy  series are announced, DC’s Convergence  titles and creative teams are released, and the February 2015 solicits are premiered.

All this plus reviews of this week’s comics, and our KLIQ’s of the Week.

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Comic Book Chronicles Ep. 95 11/13/2014

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new_suicide_squad_4On this week’s episode, we look at the various casting news from DC Entertainment movies including “Suicide Squad.” We also address the silly Spider-Man spin-off rumors involving Aunt May. In comic book news, the first Convergence tie-ins are announced, and former pro-wrestler CM Punk will be writing a story in Thor Annual for Marvel.

Superior_Iron_Man_Vol_1_1Books reviewed this week include: All-New Captain America #1, Avengers & X-Men AXIS #5, Batman #36, Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #1, Justice League United #6, New Suicide Squad #4, Miles Morales – The Ulimate Spider-Man #7, She-Hulk #10, Spider-Verse #1, Superior Iron-Man #1, Thor #2, & more!

Plus we will give our KLIQ’s of the Week.

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Comic Book Chronicles Ep. 94 11/6/2014

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Welcome back to another episode of The KLIQ Nation’s Comic Book Chronicles.

Amazing-Spider-Man-9-Spider-Verse-cover-art-656x1024In comic book news: more casting announcements for Agent Carter , Jack Kirby gets his name in comics credits at Marvel, DC reveals Convergence spring 2015 event, Attack On Titan/Marvel crossover, and a teaser trailer for the 2015 Marvel event Secret Wars.

Book reviewed this week include: Amazing Spider-Man #9, Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #4, Batman Eternal #31, Death of Wolverine: Life After Logan #1, Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program #1, Detective Comics #36, Gotham Academy #2, Green Arrow #36, Hulk #8, and Spider-Verse Team-Up #1

Plus we will give our KLIQ’s of the Week.

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Comic Book Chronicles Ep. 93 10/30/2014

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Welcome back to another episode of The KLIQ Nation’s Comic Book Chronicles.

Last week Timdogg was missing, so this week Roddykat and PCN_Dirt decided it was payback time. But no worry, Timdogg and Agent 70 will hold down the fort and discuss more Marvel event teasers for 2015, more Age Of Ultron goodness, along with Marvel’s complete Phase 3 movie lineup up.

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Comics to review are: Guardians Of The Galaxy #20, All New XMen #33, Death Of Wolverine: Logan’s Legacy #3, Deathlok #1, Inhuman #7, Batman Eternal #30, and much more.

Plus we will give our KLIQ’s of the Week.

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Comic Book Chronicles Ep. 92 10/23/2014

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Greetings! Welcome back to another episode of The KLIQ Nation’s Comic Book Chronicles.

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Timdogg’s away, so the rest will play! PCN DiRT from PopCultureNetwork.com and Agent 70 bring you this week’s episode of #ComicBookChronicles !

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Comic book news and reviews mixed with  discussion of all sorts of pop culture goodies, like the Avengers Age of Ultron trailer, in this great show!

Plus we will give our KLIQ’s of the Week.

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Comic Book Chronicles Ep. 91 10/16/2014

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Greetings! Welcome back to another episode of The KLIQ Nation’s Comic Book Chronicles.

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Death_of_Wolverine_Vol_1_4_Textless In this episode, we recap all the breaking news from New York City Comic-Con 2014 (#NYCC #NYCC2014) .If there was a new title announced, mega-event teased, or creative team showcased, we’ll be discussing it! Plus, the conclusion to Death Of Wolverine , AVENGERS – X-MEN: AXIS #2, Justice League #35, Batman and Robin #35, and much more to be reviewed.

Plus we will give our KLIQ’s of the Week.

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