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Batmania!

Blog_xrayvisionIts been a long time coming for comic readers waiting to see Bruce Wayne make his way back into the tights as Batman. After fighting his way through the centuries in Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne and back into the present day, he's all set to reclaim his mantle. But just what would become of Dick Grayson (who's donned the cape and cowl in his absence) has been the big question mark the entire time. Tim Drake has moved on from Robin to Red Robin, so that job's taken. Ditto for his old Nightwing gig (currently occupied) and there was never any chance he'd hop back into his original red and green duds. Well, it turns out the answer's a lot simpler than I would have guessed...they'll both be Batman of course!


According to DC the idea is that Bruce will take the Dark Knight role and apply it on a more global level while Dick will continue on as Gotham City's protector. Now I can certainly get behind this for a couple of reasons. First is that the classic yellow oval around the insignia makes a welcome return to Bruce's costume in order to make it easier for readers to immediately tell who's who. This is awesome because that is one of the most iconic emblems ever designed and it's been out of the picture for far too long. The second is that we're now literally going to be getting the best of both worlds with two fantastic variations on this classic character running around at the same time. Hey, the more Batman the better.

Some fans are already suggesting that given the hero's influence, this could make for some seriously dangerous escalation amongst his rogues gallery (multiple Jokers running around anyone?). Well count me in. It sounds like this concept has the potential to breathe plenty of new creative life into the books. You can check out more of what DC has to say about the situation by clicking right here and to find out what's waiting for you in the stores right now click this.

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Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of April 17

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Growing Hope

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