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Troy-Jeffrey Allen and Smack! Release ‘VILLAIN: ALL CAPS,’ a Visual Interpretation of the MF DOOM Sound

In the wake of his passing last October, the true life story of MF DOOM (real name, Daniel Dumile) has been the topic of many articles and blogs online. However, Dumile was a notoriously private person, and his MF DOOM persona underlined his need to separate the man and the myth.

The free, six-page mini webcomic titled VILLAIN: ALL CAPS intends to simultaneously honor the man behind the mask, as well as the mask itself, by emphasizing his message: modern hip hop has become too obsessed with the superficial and is not focused enough on the sound.

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Shaft #1 is Only a Month Away! Preorder Now!

In exactly four weeks, the hotly anticipated Shaft #1 — written by our own David Walker — will finally be available at comic shops across the country. If you haven’t yet pre-ordered your copy of the book — first of all, what’s wrong with you? — the last day for pre-orders is this Wednesday, November 5.

If you still need convincing about ordering Shaft — again, what’s wrong with you? — David’s been making the rounds promoting the hell out of the book at fine outlets all over the internet. After the jump, we’ve rounded up some of these interviews. In the meantime, if you’re headed to your favorite comic shop tomorrow, just print out this handy form (complete with Diamond codes for each variant cover) and secure your copy of Shaft while you still can.

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Superman of Earth-23 Will Lead The Multiversity

Grant Morrison has been teasing it for years, but the epic Multiversity storyline will finally be hitting comic shop shelves later this summer. If you needed more proof, DC Comics’ The Multiversity graces the coveted front cover of the June edition of PREVIEWS, Diamond Comic Distributors’ monthly catalog of items it ships to stores, which will be available next week.

First envisioned in 2009, Morrison’s take on alternate universe versions of the Justice League will finally be told in a 10-issue series debuting in August. Though each issue of the series will take place in a different part of the Multiverse, it looks like the Superman of Earth-23 — who first appeared in Final Crisis #7 before having an Action Comics issue dedicated to him in 2012 — will be one of the breakout characters, as he is prominently featured on the cover (along with Captain Carrot, no less).

Take a peek at the PREVIEWS cover after the jump.

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The Game’s Afoot: The Watson and Holmes Interview

Originally posted at Diamond Bookshelf

Writer Karl Bollers and comics veteran Rick Leonardi introduce a new twist to the classic Sherlock Holmes mythology with Watson and Holmes Volume 1: A Study in Black — the first volume in the series that casts Holmes and Watson as African Americans in Harlem, published by New Paradigam Studios.

Watson, an Afghanistan war vet, works in an inner-city clinic; Holmes, a local P.I. who takes unusual cases. When one of them ends up in Watson’s emergency room, the unlikely duo strike up a partnership to find a missing girl. Watson & Holmes bump heads along the way as they enter a labyrinth of drugs, guns, gangs and a conspiracy that goes higher and deeper than they could have imagined.

PREVIEWS editor Marty Grosser got a chance to talk with New Paradigm Studios’ Founder and President Brandon Perlow, along with writer Karl Bollers, about Watson and Holmes, the inspiration for their new take on the classic characters, and the state of diversity in comics today.

(Full disclosure: the Diamond Bookshelf used to be my old stomping grounds as I managed/edited it from 2004-07. Many thanks to Marty for letting us republish the interview here!)

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