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IDW Publishing Previews: 9/17/14

Super Secret Crisis War!: Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends #1

Ivan Cohen, Louise Simonson (w) • Paulina Ganucheau, Derek Charm (a) • Brittney Williams (c)

The crossover event of the summer hits Foster’s when a dimension-hopping robot sets out to challenge Bloo, Eduardo, and a host of other familiar Friends! Will they pass the test? Or does the fate of Foster’s rest in the hands of the house’s newest resident?

Plus, a two-page epilogue by Louise Simonson and Derek Charm, delving into the formation of the LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY VILLAINS!!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Doberman #3

Rob Rosell, Scott Marder, and Jack Lambert (w) • Brandon McKinney (a) • Bernard Chang (c)

When uber-villain Jasper Kane throws a charity event for disadvantaged canines, one pretzel-chewing, lady-loving, ass-kicking dog is left off the guest list.  But that little “oversight” won’t stop Frank “Doberman” Doberano when there is vengeance to be had… or an open bar.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Godzilla: Cataclysm #2 (of 5)

Cullen Bunn (w) • Dave Wachter (a & c)

An angry Godzilla returns to do battle once again! With Biollante and Mothra awakening both fears and hopes in humanity, only Hiroshi has a glimpse at the terrible truth! Will his village survive the monsters terrible onslaught?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 Judge Dredd #23

Duane Swierczynski (w) • Nelson Daniel (a) • Kelsey Shannon (c)

“Black Light District, part 2”—Sector One is under the savage rule of the Dark Judges. The Council of Five has gone underground to survive. And the rest of Mega-City One has been taken over by Judge Cal, who sees this as the perfect opportunity to institute a few tiny changes to your average citizen’s liberty, safety and security. Only Judge Dredd and a barely-alive Cassandra Anderson are able to slip through the borders, leaving them the unenviable task of preventing hell on earth and the mad reign of a despot!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Littlest Pet Shop #5 (of 5)

Georgia Ball & Various (w) • Nicanor Peña & Various (a) • Nicanor Peña (c)

Everyone’s favorite bunny joins the cast! Buttercream shows up at the Littlest Pet Shop and brings her usual brand of zaniness as she convinces the pets to go on-line and play the new hit game, Precious Village! Join the fun as we wrap up the first season of Littlest Pet Shop comics, this one promises to be better than LOL-Cats!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Maxx: Maxximized #11

Sam Kieth, William Messner-Loebs (w) • Kieth (a & c)

Julie grapples with how to tell Maxx she’s contemplating leaving him while she tries to see things from Maxx’s POV. Meanwhile, Gone tries, yet again, to reason with Maxx and force him to face the secrets of the Outback and why Maxx and Julie’s relationship is based on things both would rather remain repressed… all this while Julie packs up a U-haul.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33: Dawn of the Autobots

James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)

REVELATIONS! The fate of an entire planet hangs in the balance as MEGATRON races to solve the dark riddle of Sector 113. As unseen forces move in for the kill and old friends reveal their true colors, the AUTOBOTS realize that everything—everything—is a lie. All this…and an open briefcase.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time #4 (of 4)

Paul Allor (w) • Dan Duncan (a) • David Petersen (c)

The Turtles’ time-travelling adventure comes to its epic conclusion in the not-too-distant future! The Turtles are shocked to discover a Manhattan greatly changed from the home they know. Surprising enemies and allies await them, in addition to grave decisions. Will they be able to make it back home AND save the future?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The X-Files: Season 10 #16

Joe Harris (w) • Colin Lorimer (a) • Francesco Francavilla (c)

“Immaculate,” Part 1 of 2: An abortion clinic bombing leads Scully and Mulder to investigate a right-wing extremist group helmed by a teenage girl who claims to hear the voice of God in her head. But her actions are far from heavenly…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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ComiXology Announces More DRM Free Publishers

comixology drm free wave twoToday comiXology unveiled the latest group of publishers offering DRM-free backups, allowing comiXology customers to download and store copies of their books. ComiXology’s new DRM-free backup feature was announced this past July during San Diego Comic-Con.

The second wave of participating publishers include IDW Publishing, Valiant Entertainment, Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books, Aspen Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, Th3rd World Studios, A Wave Blue World, Blind Ferret Entertainment, Caliber Comics, Creative Impulse Entertainment, Devil’s Due Entertainment, GT Labs Comics and Kingstone Media. They join Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions in offering this new option to customer. Creators using comiXology Submit also have the option to offer their comics, graphic novels, and manga as DRM-free backups. Some of the new publishers have previously announced going DRM free, or provide the option on other platforms.

To obtain the DRM-free backups of digital comics on comiXology, customers can go to the “My Books” section of comixology.com on their desktop computers and click the button that appears next to their books. Books and series from the second wave of participating publishers will be available for backup starting today. Backups from participating publishers can be downloaded in high definition PDF and CBZ.

Customers will continue to enjoy all their purchases – whether available as a DRM-free backup or not – on the comiXology platform in comiXology’s exclusive cinematic Guided View reading experience, anytime and anywhere.

Review: Super-Secret Crisis War: Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends One-Shot

In between each issue of IDW Publishing’s Super-Secret Crisis War, a miniseries telling the action-packed tale of a myriad of Cartoon Network characters altogether in the same story together, is a one-shot crossover issue that spotlights properties that didn’t quite make the cut. The respective Johnny Bravo and Bill and Mandy issues were good fun, but the latest one-shot from writer iVan Cohen and artist Paulina Ganucheau, devoted to Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, is by far the best. It’s not just cute fun, but also heartwarming and filled with joy. It’s a fantastic comic book that entertains through not just nostalgia-mining the psyches of Foster’s fans, but also through wonderful story-telling.

cn_sscw-fosters_cvrSomething this issue does demonstrably better than the previous one-shots is incorporate more characters into the plot, simultaneously making things more interesting and supplying more fan service. A great deal of effort was put into this issue to assure that no major character was cut, and to make sure each of those characters fit their likeness in the television show. This feels like a complete look into the world of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, rather than a quick tread. The characterization is spot-on and the look is spot-on and the tone is spot-on.

It’s a genuinely funny and emotionally-resonate little story, done with just the right colorful, cheerful art and just the right gags and just the right light-hearted tugs at the heartstrings. Bloo’s constant self-centered, ethically-oblivious actions and the poor Frankie’s horrible struggles with her work at the foster home are palpable, making the laughs certainly come easy.  Still, those who need to be criticized are criticized, and those who deserved to be rewarded are rewarded, so the comedy isn’t mean.

The comic itself is light-years away from mean; by the end, it tells a story that gracefully manages to be just happy and heartwarming enough to still be enjoyable rather than forced and sappy. There isn’t really a direct moral lesson, and it isn’t even expecting the reader to take it all that seriously. It’s a silly, convivial little story that raises spirits and makes the case for being a friend to those in need and having a good ol’ goofy time, and for that, it’s remarkable.

Story: iVan Cohen Art: Paulina
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Godzilla Cataclysm #2

The first issue of Godzilla: Cataclysm was an amazing comic book, filled with solid suspense, exciting action, and cool, large-scale storytelling that truly delivered. It had a more grim and gritty atmosphere than what is typically conjured up when people think of Godzilla. Cataclysm is a five-issue mini-series finely written by Cullen Bunn and gorgeously drawn, inked and colored by Dave Wachter. The second story drops a lot of the suspense of the first issue and delivers mainly in the other two departments, featuring lots of jaw-dropping monster battling and clever back story that makes the plot at hand even more interesting.

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The action of the first issue was given as a reward for getting through all of the eerie build up, but in this issue it’s given away liberally. Immaculately-done artwork fills this book up to the brim, depicting a great deal of sweet, raw fun. Maybe every once in a while the action gets a tad dull, but it’s rarer than reasonable traffic in Pittsburgh. It’s almost always lots of fist-pumping, fantastic entertainment. Every depiction of these big brutes fighting is something I wouldn’t mind on my iPhone’s lock screen, or on the wall of my dorm.

I had a slight fear after the debut issue that there wouldn’t be enough done in this series to set it apart and elevate it to something special as a whole, but this issue proves it wrong. This issue continues the angle of the monsters being seen as religious deities and expands upon it, bringing up issues like human sacrifice and prayer. The protagonist is not only an interesting and likeable wise old man archetype, but a catalyst for big reveals currently kept in the dark. This man and some others of his age have a unique history with Godzilla, and the implications of this are massive.

While it didn’t have quite the impact on me that the first issue did, this one convinced me more so that this is going to be something special when it’s all done with. Godzilla Cataclysm is a kick-ass comic book, filled with enough monster-worship to quench the thirst of even the most hardcore Godzilla fan. If you’re too lame to jump on now, I implore you to at least pick up the trade when it inevitably hits store shelves.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Dave Wachter
Story:  8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

The Complete Junior and Sunny Catches Eyes This December

The Complete Junior And SunnyIDW Publishing is proud to announce the release of The Complete Junior and Sunny, which presents the full run of these historic comics created, written, and illustrated by the legendary E.C. Comics artist/writer/editor Al Feldstein.

Imagine a young Betty Page type meeting up with some late-1940s, typical-teenage types (a la Archie), and you will get an idea of what is to be found in The Complete Junior and Sunny. Along with an in-depth Introduction by Grant Geissman, the book also presents the issue of Meet Corliss Archer that Feldstein also produced for the notorious Victor Fox, of Fox Feature Publications.

Done between 1947 and 1948 in the period right before he moved to E.C. Comics, Feldstein’s bold artwork and salacious figures are on full display, providing a wonderfully guilty pleasure. Long considered to be prime examples of late 1940s “headlight” and “Good Girl” art comics, issues of Junior and Sunny have been quite difficult to find and very expensive to obtain. Until now!

Look for the complete collection this December!

TMNT/Ghostbusters #1 Variant at the Virginia Comicon

tmnt ghostbuster variantThey might be the rarest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters convention exclusives. Two versions of IDW Publishing‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #1 will be available at the long-running Virginia Comicon‘s two-day show, Saturday and Sunday, November 22-23, 2014 at the Richmond International Raceway, 602 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222.

With cover art by show guest Matt Slay, the red foil edition of TMNT/Ghostbusters #1 will be limited to 1,000 copies, and the gold foil edition will be limited to only 250 copies.

Convention attendees can advance order up to five copies of the red foil edition. Slay will be on hand to sign copies of both editions free of charge for the duration of the show.

Slay, a Virginia Comicon favorite, joins a guest roster headlined by Wolverine co-creator and veteran Incredible Hulk artist Herb Trimpe, longtime G.I. Joe writer-artist Larry Hama, and Nexus co-creator and artist Steve Rude.

The line-up of previously announced guests also includes (in alphabetical order) Steve Bird, Brian Clevinger, Sam Ellis, Dan Fogel, Danielle Frazetta, Randy Green, Rick Ketcham, Tom King, Dan Nokes, Dan Parent, Alex Saviuk, Brian Shearer, Louis Small, Jr., Rick Spears, Billy Tucci, J.C. Vaughn, and John “Waki” Wycough.

The show has a full slate of over 100 independent comic book creators, cosplay guests, horror TV legend Count Gore DeVol, film and TV replica cars, media guests, and much more. There will be panel discussions, a costume contest, and more.

IDW Publishing Previews: 9/10/14

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #206

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

With Torpedo’s team barely escaping their mission with their lives, G.I. JOE takes a moment to honor the mission’s sole casualty. But COBRA gives the Real American Hero team no time to rest as they move their latest nefarious plot forward. Never a dull moment in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #206!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division #2 (of 4)

Matt Smith (w) • Carl Critchlow (a) • Matt Haley (c)

In an all-new adventure from Cassandra Anderson’s early days in Psi-Division, writer Matt Smith and artist Carl Critchlow present “King of the Six Sectors.” The theft of Cursed Earth artifacts has led Anderson deep into the swamplands near Texas City, where she grapples with mutant creatures and a heart of darkness… Plus, Judge Dredd!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Mars Attacks Art Gallery #1

Various (a) • Nar! (c)

This special ad-free art gallery issue presents an out-of-this-world array of hand-drawn Mars Attacks card art curated by IDW Limited. The rare art in this book comes from a wide array of TOPPS, IDW and sketch card all-star talent done in the grand tradition of Mars Attacks trading cards!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

My Little Pony: Friends Forever #9

Christine Rice (w) • Tony Fleecs (a) • Amy Mebberson (c)

Granny visits an apple convention and is dismayed to see the Flim Flam brothers are up to their old tricks. Only the two are no longer working together… something has divided the brothers! It will be up to Granny to mend hurt feelings. But will she want to?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Popeye Classics #26

Bud Sagendorf (w & a & c)

The glorious, grand, full-of-guffaws reprints of the mad genius Bud Sagendorf Popeye comics continues!

FC • 52 pages • $3.99

Rot & Ruin #1

Jonathan Maberry (w) • Tony Vargas (a) • Alex Ronald (c)

Brand new adventures set in the world of Rot & Ruin! Written by NY Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker award-winner, Jonathan Maberry, this all-new storyline continues events from the award-winning series of novels. In Rot & Ruin: Warrior Smart we meet Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong as they travel through the Sierra Nevada mountains just one faltering step ahead of zombie hordes and one giant leap behind the plane flying through the sky that set them on their journey of discovery.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: Primacy #2 (of 4)

Chris Metzen & Flint Dille (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a & c)

DECEPTICONS ASSEMBLE! The war for CYBERTRON begins in earnest! MEGATRON brings together the deadliest of his troops for an unbelievable assault on the AUTOBOTS—and the TRANSFORMERS’ world is shaken to the core!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #15

Landry Walker (w) • Chad Thomas, Marcelo Ferreira (a) • Dario Brizuela (c)

Leonardo is determined to whip his brothers into shape and creates the mother of all obstacle courses! Unfortunately he’s captured by Fishface who turns Leo’s course into a death trap! Will the other Turtles be able to rescue Leo?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

WEIRD Love #3

Various (w & a & c)

This mad-wacko 3rd ish has these crazy stories planned: “Gangster’s Girl,” “Love Honor and Swing Baby,” “Weep Clown Weep (yes, WARNING: sicko clown love!), ” “You’re Fired Darling!” and more! Sexy or sexist, great art or pure funk, love to hate these or hate to love them… you decide!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

IDW Publishing & Yoe Books Gives Us A Tour of Milton Gross’ New York

The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books & Life StoryTo those to that know Milt Gross and his work, he is a legend among legends. For those that don’t, in 1930, Gross wrote and drew one of the very first graphic novels, the acclaimed He Done Her Wrong. Gross was also a popular comic-strip creator (with hilarious cartoon-style Yiddish-isms), novelist, produced animation (for Disney and MGM), and was a screenwriter (and co-writer of films with no less than Charlie Chaplin).

IDW Publishing and Yoe Books are releasing the “lost” graphic novel, Milt Gross’ New York, this December. In a mind-blowing, laugh-filled, freewheeling tour of New York, Gross’ character, Pop, and his sidekick son, blast through the East Side, the West Side, Chinatown, and Harlem. The demented duo roar through Yankee Stadium, the New York Public Library and Coney Island! This is really the Big Apple like you have never seen before and it’s all kinds of amazing!

The book offers all of this as well as an insightful introduction by none other than huge Milt Gross fan, the comic industry’s greatest innovator, and man about town… Jim Steranko!  Yes, THAT Jim Steranko!”

Here is your chance to experience one of the first and most brilliant graphic novelists’ work and just in time for the holidays.

HC • FC • $24.99 • 104 pages • 7.5” x 10.5”  • ISBN: 978-1-63140-173-2

Offered again! The Complete Milt Gross Comic Books & Life Story • ISBN: 978-1-60010-546-3

John Buscema’s Artist’s Edition Traverses the Cosmos

John Buscema Silver SurferConsidered by many to be one of the pinnacles of Silver Age comic book artwork, John Buscema’s innovative work on Marvel’s Silver Surfer will finally be presented in the premiere Artist’s Edition format. Collecting two over-sized complete issues from the acclaimed original run written by Stan Lee, along with a treasure-trove of bonus material, this instant classic will add to IDW’s already expansive line of Marvel Comics collections in the Eisner Award-winning Artist’s Edition format.

Scanned at the highest possible quality, John Buscema’s Silver Surfer: Artist’s Edition collects issue #5, #6 and #8 of Silver Surfer, both double-sized in length. This Artist’s Edition will also collect yet-to-be revealed additional stories from the vast archive of Buscema’s work along with bonus Silver Surfer material.

An essential component of The House of Ideas, Buscema’s talented hand graced the pages of the most iconic characters for over four decades working on The Avengers, Thor, The Fantastic Four, and The Amazing Spider-Man just to name a few. Launched by Lee and Buscema in 1968, the Silver Surfer’s first solo-series ran for 18 issues, captivating readers and setting the bar incomparably high.

IDW is publishing this esteemed collection with the help of Marvel Comics and the Buscema family.

The 12” x 17” collection will be releasing this October, just in time for the holidays. Look for more information and Artist’s Edition announcements in the coming months!

IDW Publishing Previews: 9/3/14

Angry Birds Comics #4

Paul Tobin (w) • David Baldeon & Various (a) • Jean-Michel Boesch (c)

In this issue, the Angry Birds go undercover behind enemy lines. Can they rescue their precious eggs from Piggy Training Camp? Find out as Eisner-award winner Paul Tobin delivers more bird-filled fun in this fourth installment featuring three egg-citing stories!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Indestructible #8

Ken Kristensen (w) • Giancarlo Caracuzzo (a) • Jose Lopez (c)

“Best Impersonation of a Superhero” goes to… Greg and Barry attend the People’s Choice Awards with all of Hollywood’s best, brightest, and most botox’d.  But it’s the sadistic Tarr whose star shines the brightest, using the event to target as many high profile superheroes as possible.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Mars Attacks: First Born #4 (of 4)

Chris Ryall (w) • Sam Kieth (a & c)

The Martians have come to claim their own and won’t let any humans stand in the way! It’s live free or die time as Ryall and Kieth conclude their alien adventure!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #23

Jeremy Whitley (w) • Amy Mebberson (a) • Sara Richard, Mebberson (c)

A special one-shot issue featuring the ponies’ pets! When some new trouble comes into Ponyville, all of our normal heroes are incapacitated. Luckily help is on the way in the form of Angel, Owlicious, Gummy, Tank, Winona and Opal! Will they be able to use teamwork to save the day?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rogue Trooper Classics #5 (of 12)

Gerry Finley-Day (w) • Mike Dorey, Colin Wilson, Brett Ewins (a) • John McCrea (c)

Clone war! Nu-Earth, a planet ravaged by war, its atmosphere poisoned by chemical weapons. In this battle-scarred landscape, the Norts and Southers fight where only the Genetic Infantrymen can survive unaided. Rogue is one such soldier, and these are his tales… all in color for the very first time! In this issue, Rogue must survive “The Petrified Forest”!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story #1

Tom Waltz (w) • Tristan Jones (a & c)

IDW returns to Konami’s horror masterpiece! In the 2012 hit video game Silent Hill Downpour, players were introduced to Anne Marie Cunningham, the enigmatic prison officer bent on bloody revenge against the game’s main protagonist, Murphy Pendleton. Now, at last, fans can learn what horrors Anne faced during her fateful journey through Silent Hill’s fog-shrouded streets… and what led her to the terrifyingly cursed town in the first place.  Written by Tom Waltz (writer of Silent Hill: Sinner’s Reward, Silent Hill: Past Life and the Silent Hill Downpour video game), with artwork by Tristan Jones (Ghostbusters, Hoax Hunters).

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Squidder #3 (of 4)

Ben Templesmith (w & a & c)

The Squidder lies broken and battered as the true enemy finally shows it’s face. Can it be killed when a world war couldn’t stop it before? New allies are found and weapons forged. Battle lines are drawn and loyalties tested as the Squidder deals with his past, his old demons and a small group of squiddly rebels who think they actually stand a chance. Also, finally, tentacles! Lots of them. Plus interesting places to put swords.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Star Mage #6 (of 6)

JC De La Torre (w) • Franco Cespedes (a & c)

JC De La Torre‘s thrilling first series of Star Mage comes to a close as all roads lead to the Planet of Sorrows. The quartet battle for their lives in a final showdown with Orasmas and the Bel Etu – can Darien save his family and friends? Franco Cespedes‘ vivid visuals spellbound in this magical finale.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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