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Best Stuff in Comics This Week: 12-19-16

The coolest and funniest moments from this week's comics.

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Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices for the strange and wacky things that shouldn't be overlooked from this week's releases.

There may be some tiny spoilers ahead.

The Flash #12

Best Fist Bump

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Barry Allen and Wally West are trying to save the day in a shadow dimension. The only way to defeat the dark forces is with light. They build up some Speed Force energy and give each other a massive fist bump to create an enormous amount of light.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #15

Best Box of Tissues

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A box of tissues is seen sitting on a shelf. "Soft for Thor noses."

Wonder Woman #12

Best Sunset

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You can't spend all your time fighting bad guys. Steve Trevor shares a scenic moment with Wonder Woman.

Deadpool: Back in Black #5

Best Homage Cover

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This Deadpool series has featured a bunch of homages. Set in the past, Deadpool ended up temporarily possessing the Venom symbiote suit after Spider-Man discarded it. The cover features a homage to Todd McFarlane's Spider-Man #1 (and Spider-Man #13).

Suicide Squad #8

Best Reason to Avoid Imprisonment

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You don't get a lot of privacy when you're incarcerated. This is shown when Killer Frost is brought to Belle Reve and they walk past Captain Boomerang's cell.

Gwenpool Holiday Special: Merry Mix-Up #1

Weirdest Holiday

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These days there's pretty much a holiday for everything. Gwenpool's mercenary co-workers tell her about some pretty strange holidays, including Pantsgiving.

Best Reason Not to See Deadpool's Private Life

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Apparently, Deadpool enjoys celebrating Pantsgiving. In the comfort of his home, we see him celebrating the wondrous joys of wearing tight pants.

DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1

Best Return of a Classic Costume

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Superman takes his son Jon to the Fortress of Solitude. His past costumes are on display, including the classic shorts-on-the-outside look.

Totally Awesome Hulk #13

Strangest Team-Up

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Amadeus Cho runs into NBA star, Jeremy Lin. He's soon convinced to participate in a charity basketball game with some monstrous players.

Chimichanga: Sorrow of the World's Worst Face #3

Best Reason Not to Let the Haters Get to You

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Sometimes if you get some hatred spewed upon you, you tend to take it out on others. Instead, Ronny decides to hang out with people that will make him feel good about himself.

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #5

Another Reason to Worry About a Peanut Allergy

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Having an allergic reaction to food is no fun. Besides missing out on various food items, there's the chance you could die. Huntress notices someone they're tracking must be allergic to peanuts and suggest they have a way to kill the guy.

Uncanny Avengers #17

Best Reason to Carry a Body Bag in a Pouch

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What do you do when you defeat an evil force inhabiting a dead body? Luckily for this team of Avengers, Deadpool is there with a body bag he's been carrying around.

Detective Comics #946

Best Reason Batman Should Team Up With Others

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In a flashback scene, Tim Drake discusses the benefits of Batman teaming up and working with others. They could accomplish so much with his training and knowledge.

Power Man and Iron Fist #11

Best Place to Avoid When Being Questioned

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Power Man and Iron Fist are questioning a criminal. He refuses to talk and mentions the good-cop-bad-cop routine won't work. Luke Cage points out they are in the sovereign nation of Foot-to-Ass, and they have some friends that will make sure he starts talking.

DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1

Best Reason Batman May Not Be the World's Greatest Detective

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Detective Chimp pays a visit to Batman, needing his help on a case. Batman refuses to help, stating he's working on his own. Detective Chimp easily manages to solve the case in order to get the Dark Knight to help him.

That's it this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don't complain, contribute, especially if you didn't offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We'll give you a shout out, and I'll think you're pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to remember to buy plenty of little tight pants for your loved ones during the holiday time of Pantsgiving.

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Posted By MaxSchreck

Would have included Damians Christmas gift to Jon on that list, but maybe I am a bit biased xD

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

Nice stuff

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Posted By Aros001

I'm glad they're not acting ashamed of the red-underwear Superman suit.

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Edited By FearTheLiving

So I guess this Uncanny Avengers arc means Hawkeye was right and that Bruce was going to turn into the Hulk. I haven't seen anything to suggest how exactly he was becoming the Hulk again but it's a least comforting in that stupid plot that on top of being a killer of Bruce he wasn't losing his skill of perception or was a liar.

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Posted By Eto

@Feartheliving: hey man, thisis off topice I know. Do you recommend Occupy Avengers? I want to read a Hawkeye book, but not with Kate (nothing against her).

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Edited By FearTheLiving

@eto: It's good so far, but it's only had it's first issue and was mainly setting up some basic plot elements. So it's a bit early to recommend it. Even if you're not a fan of Kate if you haven't already I suggest you read Fraction's Hawkeye if you are really against her she splits off and does her own thing for a couple issues so you can skip those if you must. Hawkeye vs Deadpool was also a fun little read but that to had Kate in it.

There hasn't been much with just Clint in it except for New Avengers but he was a minor part in that series where a lot of his scenes feeling more like an after thought. There is also Secret Avengers but I have yet to read that so I have no idea if it's good or not. There is also that .Avengers title coming out that's focusing on Cap's Kooky Quartet during that period in Avenger's histoy where it was just Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Hawkeye which was decent so far.

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Edited By Eto

@Feartheliving: thanks man

aah only 1 issue so far. Okay then.

Yeah Kate is cool btw. Maybe I'll pick up her newest run if it's good.

Fraction's run was awesome! Absolutely loved it.

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Posted By FearTheLiving

@eto: I enjoyed her first issue despite the solicitation feeling the need to bash Clint.

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Posted By Thedailybagel

So I guess this Uncanny Avengers arc means Hawkeye was right and that Bruce was going to turn into the Hulk. I haven't seen anything to suggest how exactly he was becoming the Hulk again but it's a least comforting in that stupid plot that on top of being a killer of Bruce he wasn't losing his skill of perception or was a liar.

Not really. No one else saw Bruce turning (despite many people having enhanced sight) and it's not actually explained why bruce was able to turn into the hulk in uncanny avengers despite amadeus curing him.

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Posted By Eto

@Feartheliving: I know right?! Solicitation be like, hey you know hawkeye no not that Hawkeye. The better hawkeye. I was like stfu, Clint is the man.

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Posted By FearTheLiving

@Feartheliving said:

So I guess this Uncanny Avengers arc means Hawkeye was right and that Bruce was going to turn into the Hulk. I haven't seen anything to suggest how exactly he was becoming the Hulk again but it's a least comforting in that stupid plot that on top of being a killer of Bruce he wasn't losing his skill of perception or was a liar.

Not really. No one else saw Bruce turning (despite many people having enhanced sight) and it's not actually explained why bruce was able to turn into the hulk in uncanny avengers despite amadeus curing him.

Clint saw him turning. And Bruce coming back as the Hulk sort of signifies that he was able to turn into the Hulk otherwise he would have just come back as Bruce lacking the ability to turn into the Hulk to face the not-Avengers. So yeah while it hasn't been explained how he was able to get the Hulk back he must have found a way (or Hulk was never fully gone) given what transpired.

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Posted By FearTheLiving

@eto said:

@Feartheliving: I know right?! Solicitation be like, hey you know hawkeye no not that Hawkeye. The better hawkeye. I was like stfu, Clint is the man.

As long as the series doesn't mimic that sentiment which it hasn't so far I'll continue to read. If it becomes a "let's bash Clint every chance we get" series even though it's suppose to be focusing on Kate I'll drop the series.

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Posted By Stellar421

Why does the Asian character have to team up with an Asian basketball player. Seriously?

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Posted By JamesSpiring

Why does the Asian character have to team up with an Asian basketball player. Seriously?

And next arc he's teaming up with other Asian superheroes.

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Posted By Stellar421
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Posted By HandOfPrometheus
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Edited By Batman3000

@stellar421: I know. Disgraceful. They could've made Cho black for one comic and have him meet King James, MJ or Kobe!

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Posted By Blues32

@Feartheliving: It's the Hand's magic. Bruce always has the Hulk inside him. The Hulk is a manifestation of all his suppressed anger and whatever. I'm sure magic can do what gamma does.

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Posted By StormShadow_X
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Edited By BJParks

Uh, just because Detective Chimp solved the case and Batman was surprised doesn't imply Batman couldn't solve it, or even couldn't solve it as easily, or even solve it faster. He could have just been surprised Detective Chimp solved it all, solved it so quickly, or solved it as quickly as he did.

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Posted By FearTheLiving

@blues32 said:

@Feartheliving: It's the Hand's magic. Bruce always has the Hulk inside him. The Hulk is a manifestation of all his suppressed anger and whatever. I'm sure magic can do what gamma does.

Maybe but that's not really explained at all in the issue and if they could just do that with magic it seems a little pointless to get Bruce specifically even if he has a connection to the Hulk.

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Edited By Maddpanda531

@thedailybagel: @blues32: @Feartheliving: Pretty sure this was explained in Captain America: Steve Rogers #5. Captain America manipulated Banner into experimenting on himself with Gamma Radiation.

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Posted By superior_prime_maybe

@thedailybagel said:
@Feartheliving said:

So I guess this Uncanny Avengers arc means Hawkeye was right and that Bruce was going to turn into the Hulk. I haven't seen anything to suggest how exactly he was becoming the Hulk again but it's a least comforting in that stupid plot that on top of being a killer of Bruce he wasn't losing his skill of perception or was a liar.

Not really. No one else saw Bruce turning (despite many people having enhanced sight) and it's not actually explained why bruce was able to turn into the hulk in uncanny avengers despite amadeus curing him.

Clint saw him turning. And Bruce coming back as the Hulk sort of signifies that he was able to turn into the Hulk otherwise he would have just come back as Bruce lacking the ability to turn into the Hulk to face the not-Avengers. So yeah while it hasn't been explained how he was able to get the Hulk back he must have found a way (or Hulk was never fully gone) given what transpired.

It's almost as if there is a lack of collaboration between all the editors and all the writers. Some would even say that the narrative is inconsistent.

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Posted By FearTheLiving

@superior_prime_maybe: Could be or could be that there is a set answer that they haven't revealed, or that it was alluded to like @maddpanda531 said in Captain America #5 (personally I didn't feel it was that clear that he was though it is very well possible).

That being said it wouldn't be the first time a comic company pulled a boo boo with continuity and it won't be the last. Plus Bendis who doesn't give a crap about continuity basically makes everyone else work twice as hard to fix his mistakes.

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Edited By Carnivius

DC Rebirth Holiday Special was my fave comic of the past week. Good fun. :)

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Posted By Spiderman13

Not bad.

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Posted By RaunJisto

They had Cho play basketball with Lin? So they had two Asian people in the same comic for diversity's sake? That just seems so heavy-handed and PSA-ish.

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Posted By phantomjolt

That issue of hulk was so stupid come on marvel at least jane-thor gets to expand on the thor mythos and characters, I wish we had a banner miniseries like unwothy thor those 2 issues were very good.

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Posted By BlueHope

Hulk Cho ruined the character for me, I feel like even his personality changed, or maybe is just bad writting.

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Posted By MattyDaveHalPeo

I love how Supes doesn't prioritise his fight with Doomsday, the many JLA adventures, or the classic fights against Luthor or Brainiac or whoever. He says, and likely fully believes, that the best thing he did in the costume was meeting Lois. Jon would've been amazed with whatever he said, but he chooses that.

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Posted By werehawk

Just like last week (I think last week), I found the allergy comment from Birds of Prey this week insensitive and offensive. For many people this is life and death in their daily lives. I wish you wouldn't highlight this comment as something that is the "Best Stuff". Really, its the worst.

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Posted By thecringemaster

cho should kill his self and bring the hulk to bruce or someone more worthy

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Edited By jim158

My opinion on why I think Marvel is better then DC Comics. This one is pretty easy and it is the accessibility to the Marvel books. With the time off over the holidays i have really dug into Marvel Unlimited, The A vrs X trade and A vrs X companion that have been sitting on the book case untouched for months. I also buy direct editions and consume mostly the big 2. When I go to my brick and mortar book comic shop DC Comics reign supreme. Their price 2.99$ as opposed to Marvel 3.99$ and 4.99$.That is the only go to mArket strategy that DC is currently beating Marvel with. When I get my comics home i have a download code o. Marvel which makes a nice collection on the internet. DC goes straight to the long box never to be zeen again and these long boxes are a pain in my butt.

Marvel beats the pants off of DC in their Colleted editions. Prime example A vrs X companion is a collection of 50 comics in a hard back and I believe the cost around $75$ maybe less on the right web site. I already have my eye on the Marvel Now Avengers Omnibus by Jonathan Hickman and the X-Men Legacy Legion Omnibus that are go in to be released. Not sure where the DC runs are but i would be interested in buying some. It would be great if DC could come out with New 52 Absolute collections and give us the first half of The New 52.

Beating the drum. I am a Marvel Unlimited subscriber. When i read Marvel Unlimited it just makes me want to buy more Marvel Comics. When I can't afford another DC Book on new comic day that book is forgotten about forever.

Last but not least, Alot of my Marvel comics are bought from their website via Print Sub. Books are mailed directly to my house at 50% off the cover price. Sure I am a week behind and my books might have a wrinkle from the mail man. I could really care less. I can still collect and more importantly enjoy the continuity and i internet forums.

I read new comics, digital comics, Trades Hard Cover and Soft, Runs from a dollar box. I do not discriminate on a comic. If i think i would like it i decide if i can afford it. If so I read it.

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Posted By jsawyerjj

And THAT is why Tim Drake is the best Robin.