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War MachineLike many supporting characters who've risen to starring roles, James Rhodes has sometimes struggled to step out of the shadow of Tony Stark. Thanks to the cinematic success of the Iron Man movie franchise, however, Rhodes is on track to become one of the most talked-about heroes of 2010 as he prepares to don the War Machine armor in "Iron Man 2."

In the spirit of ensuring War Machine's longterm cinematic success, there are a few things to be learned from his comic book history. After all, a lot can happen to a guy over 30 years — not all of it awesome.

Read on for a brief rundown of a few landmines worth skipping over for the sake of story sanity, viewer accessibility and just plain Don Cheadle admiration. Read More...

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Best of 2009 Comics

Our look back on the best and brightest comics, comic book movies, news and swag from 2009 concludes with today's list of the year's best comics-related announcements, crazy rumors, toys and trends.

(And just in case you missed it, be sure to check out our "Best Comics-Related Movies, TV And Games" and "Best Comics Of 2009" list!)

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Best of 2009 Comics

Our look back on the best and brightest comics, comic book movies, news and swag from 2009 continues with today's list of the year's best movies, television and gaming projects and creators outside of the print and digital comics world.

(And just in case you missed it, be sure to check out yesterday's "Best Comics Of 2009" list!)

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HulkbusterTony Stark has donned plenty of armors that would be better left out of "Iron Man 2" and any subsequent Marvel films in favor of giving his classic look (and War Machine) a bigger spotlight.

War Machine, however, is just one of Tony Stark's technical masterpieces that have appeared over the course of Iron Man's half century in comics. Here are five others that would shake up theaters in an Iron Man film.

HULKBUSTER ARMOR
If Robert Downey Jr. ever confronts Edward Norton on-screen in a Marvel film, expect there to be a long pause with some loud metallic stomping noises before the camera pans up to reveal the most intimidating armor set Tony's ever put on. Last used by Stark to confront the Hulk during his post-"World War Hulk" rage, he tricked it out with adamantium needles capable of injecting the big green guy with nanites. It's the only protective suit that comes close to offering an edge in a fist fight with angry Bruce Banner.

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Best of 2009 Comics

As 2009 draws to a close, it's time to look back on best and brightest comics, comic book movies, comic book swag and, well — everything else that found its way into our bookshelves and longboxes this year. Over the next few days, we'll be rolling out a trio of "Best Of 2009" features, starting with today's list of the best comics in print and digital form released in '09.

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Iron Man 2This week's debut of the first official "Iron Man 2" poster impressed a lot of fans by showcasing Tony Stark's latest duds back-to-back with James Rhodes' righteous War Machine armor.

Generally speaking, fans seem to have responded well to what appear to be two pretty spot-on comic book adaptations modernized for a contemporary movie-going audience. It's a good thing too, because not every outfit that's rolled out of Stark's lab has necessarily met present-day cinematic specifications. As brilliant as the many versions of Tony Stark have been over the years, his fashion sense hasn't always been in line with the summer of 2010.

Continue reading for a glimpse of armors that aren't — and likely will never be — ready for the big screen.

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WolverineIf you're anything like me, there are very few deals enticing enough to brave the Black Friday crowds at various retailers. (In fact, the image at right is what comes to mind when I think about what awaits me at stores' Black Friday sales.) Heck, with the amount of Cyber Monday offers flying around the 'Net today, you no longer have to leave your desk to snag a good price on various comics and comics-related swag.

After spending the first half of the day crawling through the Interwebs and getting suggestions from Splash Page readers about their favorite Cyber Monday comics deals, I've compiled a list of some of the most notable deals I've discovered from the comics side of Cyber Monday madness. From best-selling comics and comic book collections to digital comics, movies, games and assorted merch, it's great to be a comics fan this Cyber Monday.

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Goats - The Corndog ImperativeThis week, we're all about giving thanks for the people, projects and peripheral stuff that makes our jobs so much fun. After kicking things off with some words from comics legend Stan Lee about what he's thankful for this year, we heard from "Star Trek" duo J.J. Abrams and Chris Pine, "Inglourious Basterds" writer/director Quentin Tarantino (who told us about the comics that inspired his film), "Iron Man 2" actor Sam Rockwell and finally, "Green Lantern" and "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds.

And now it's my turn, folks.

In a wild year full of comic book movies of the blockbuster and not-quite-blockbuster variety, the introduction of some very unique new series, crossovers that remind us how fun big events can be and a host of other comics-related happenings, there's a lot to be thankful for in the comics scene. So, here are some of the things I'm giving thanks for in 2009...

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FreakAngelsSince his comic book debut in 1990, Warren Ellis has been one of the most prolific writers in the comic industry with dozens of original creations in addition to several books for Marvel and DC.

Following the recent announcement that “Black Summer” was optioned by Vigilante Entertainment in addition to the upcoming film adaptations of his “Red” and “Gravel” series, it seems clear that Ellis has become an in-demand comic creator in Hollywood.

With an eye toward more of Ellis' work finding its way to the big (or small) screen, here are five of his projects that would also make excellent films or TV series. Read More...

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Adrian PasdarLast month, some controversy arose in the "Heroes" department following word that a male series regular — one who had been with the show since its first season — would be unceremoniously written off at some point in the near future.

After weeks of fan speculation, Deadline Hollywood Daily has let the cat out of the bag that the soon-to-be-deceased character is none other than flight-worthy politician Nathan Petrelli, played by actor Adrian Pasdar. It's hard to classify the news as a spoiler, particularly considering Petrelli's death at the end of the last season... and the season before that... and the season before that.

To date, the ill-fated senator has gone through more deaths than any one super-man should have to endure. Here are all of the ones that I can remember—head to the comments and let me know if I'm missing any. Read More...

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