DC Nation heads to Chicago for C2E2 this weekend!

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Chicago! The home of deep dish pizza and deceptively good burgers will play host to the second annual Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, better known as C2E2. Last year's inaugural show was a blast, and this year's should be even bigger and better.

Oscar Hempel's Revenge

When Zatanna brings Oscar Hempel to Shadowcrest, her family’s mansion, to try and reverse the spell her father placed on him, little does she know his villainous intentions. The power hungry marionette will stop at nothing to become human again – and exact revenge on the bloodline that turned him into a puppet in the first place.

“Strung Along” is the latest chapter in Paul Dini’s darkly comic “Pupaphobia” storyline. Featuring art by Cliff Chiang, ZATANNA #10 is in stores now.

Toys, Toys, everywhere.

The Javits Center in New York City was bustling this week with some of the coolest and most unusual collectible action figures and statues at TOY FAIR.

Among them, DC Direct displayed some the newest and most dynamic superhero statues. I saw Wonder Woman in her new costume, the DCU Online MMO figures, FLASHPOINT figures from the art of Andy Kubert, Harley Quinn from the new ARKHAM CITY series, the latest BATMAN BLACK and WHITE from the art of Cliff Chiang and, of course, the GREEN LANTERN statues and movie replicas.

Cliff Chiang talks about drawing Zatanna (and a sneak peek at an epic puppet battle)

Next week's ZATANNA #9 is part 2 of Paul Dini's "Pupaphobia" story arc - with art duties covered by the always-terrific Cliff Chiang.

Cliff shared a few words with The Source about his experience working with Paul Dini on the Zatanna comic:

"It's easy to fall back on the obvious stuff when you've got a woman in fishnets and thigh-high boots, but Paul writes Zatanna with so much personality and humor. It's been a pleasure and a challenge to bring that character to life. I'm really glad to hear people are enjoying my work on it."

What is pupaphobia, and why does Zatanna suffer from it?

After clowns, puppets are the most unnecessarily terrifying thing on the planet. Fear of puppets is so common that the phobia has a scientific name: "pupaphobia". It turns out Zatanna also suffers - but why should a sorceress be afraid of little wooden men in cheap suits?

Paul Dini and the always-sensational Cliff Chiang kick off "Pupaphobia" -- a three-part story beginning in ZATANNA #8, on sale Wednesday.

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What is the “AQUAWAR”?

Before we roll into the full list of BRIGHTEST DAY solicits, we thought this merited a mention. Heck, the name alone gave us pause. “Aquawar”? As BRIGHTEST DAY barrels toward its grand finale, things heat up for one of the main protagonists and his supporting cast — it’s too early to get into details, but how about a look at the cover to February’s BRIGHTEST DAY #19 and the other key BRIGHTEST DAY titles and a few more clues below?

A few variants for Tuesday

It’s that time again – where we preview a few key variants for your viewing pleasure. What do we have this time? How about T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS #1, by Darwyn Cooke? A SUPERMAN #705 cover by BATMAN INCORPORATED artist Yanick Paquette? And, to close out, we’ve got another lovely JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST variant by Cliff Chiang (#13, to be exact) and GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS #4 by Felipe Massafera. Click below for more. Enjoy!

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