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Mulder & Scully Uncover the Past in the X-Files: Year Zero

In its first year at IDW, The X-Files Season 10 has pitted FBI special agents Mulder and Scully against monsters, cults, conspiracies, and more, and now the duo will unravel a mystery that dates back to the very beginning of “the X-Files.” The brand-new five-issue miniseries, The X-Files: Year Zero, debuts this July with an original tale suited for both X-Files diehards and mystery fans alike!

In the 1940s, a shadowy informant known as “Mr. Xero” directed the FBI to a number of paranormal cases that would soon be classified as “X-Files,” which were reserved for the improbable and unexplainable. When faced with an eerily similar “Mr. Zero” in the present, Agent Mulder resolves to uncover the truth about who this mystery person is and their connection to these cases.

The multi-talented veteran Karl Kesel makes his debut at IDW as the writer on the series. Vic Malhotra and Greg Scott will be splitting art duties with Malhotra providing the art for the 1940s sequences and Scott drawing the present day storyline. Covers will be provided by Season 10’s Carlos Valenzuela, with pulp-novel-inspired subscription variants by Robert Hack and a retailer incentive cover by Eisner Award-winner Francesco Francavilla for the first installment.

With an upcoming board game from IDW Games, the ongoing Season 10 series, and now this new adventure into the past, IDW is the essential stop for fans of The X-Files!

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Darby Pop’s New Comedy Series, Doberman Coming This July

From the minds of Rob Rosell and Scott Marder, known from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Unsupervised, with writer Jack Lambert and artist Brandon McKinney, Darby Pop’s newest comic, Doberman,will make its debut this July.

In a release Jack Lambert said:

Doberman is the tale of a roundhouse-kicking, beer-shotgunning, Dodge Stealth-driving badass with a badge, shamed into years of personal exile. But, now he’s back, with only one thing on his mind — revenge! Simply put, if Sylvester Stallone, Steven Seagal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme had a child, Frank Doberano (aka Doberman) would be that bastard’s name.

Frank Doberman was the greatest detective of his era with the fastest car, biggest gun, and longest… um… arrest record. But after a drug bust went horribly wrong, Doberman disappeared, seeking solace in the comforting bosom of Mother Nature. Lured back to the Force by the promise of vengeance, and an ice-cold six-pack, Doberman has to deal with a new age of social media, regulations, and an uber-villain whom the world wants to believe has changed his ways.

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Wondercon 2014: IDW Rolls Out a Ton of Announcements

At this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim, IDW unleashed an impressive array of announcements, bolstering its lineup through the fall of 2014 and beyond. Brand-new titles, miniseries featuring fan-favorite characters, new Artist’s Editions, new television deals, and a first-of-its-kind exclusive creator deal rounded out the action-packed weekend. We’ll be covering each of these announcements in a bit more depth over the next few days, but for those who want to know all the goings on now, here’s a handy breakdown of every announced!

IDW has secured the amazing talents of Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez by signing him to an exclusive deal. His work has appeared in IDW comics since the very beginning, and will continue to do so exclusively, with his next project being the hotly anticipated Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland with Eisner Award-winning writer, Eric Shanower.

IDW Entertainment, along with George Lopez and his Travieso Production Company, announced they are developing Wormwood as an animated television series based on the acclaimed IDW title created by Ben Templesmith. David M. Stern (Ugly Americans, The Simpsons) has been tapped to write the pilot episode and serve as an executive producer on the series. Circle of Confusion (Walking Dead) will also executive produce the show. IDW Entertainment will fund development of the series, which will soon be marketed to the networks.

At the Artist’s Edition panel, Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier showed off some of the amazing art included in the Marvel Cover’s Artist’s Edition and announced that John Buscema’s Silver Surfer (in cooperation with Marvel Comics), and two more projects with Walter Simonson, Walter Simonson’s Manhunter & Other Stories (in cooperation with DC Entertainment), and Walter Simonson’s Lawnmower Man Artist’s Edition portfolio, collecting the entire Stephen King-penned story into a deluxe portfolio, will soon join the IDW Artist’s Edition catalog!

The acclaimed videogame franchise Borderlands is returning to IDW with a brand new miniseries “The Fall Of Fyrestone.” Written by the original game writer Mikey Neumann, the new series promises the dark humor and high-end action that fans love about the videogames.

IDW’s Star Trek comics continue to break new ground and delight fans with two stories that are Star Trek “firsts.” Star Trek #35 starts “The Q Gambit,” which crosses the paths of the omnipotent (and beloved) Q and the crew of the recent 2009 film franchise for the first time. In July, fans will get the chance to see all six Star Trek medical officers ban together for the first time as they fight a mysterious virus in the one-shot Star Trek Special: Flesh and Stone.

Traveling back to the ‘40s, the new miniseries The X-Files: Year Zero by writer Karl Kesel and artists Vic Malhotra and Greg Scott explores the mysterious origins of the department and the strange connections Mulder and Scully now find themselves up against.

A new five-part miniseries set in the world of Judge Dredd focusing on Judge Anderson will debut this August: Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division, by writer Matt Smith and artist Carl Critchlow, will continue to explore Dredd’s early years in this follow-up to Smith’s Judge Dredd: Year One series.

IDW returns to Konami’s horror masterpiece with Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story. Written by Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Sinner’s Reward, Silent Hill: Past Life and the Silent Hill Downpour video game), with artwork by Tristan Jones (Ghostbusters, Hoax Hunters). Waltz, further acclaimed for his writing on IDW’s ongoing TMNT revival, will also launch a sci-fi action-adventure epic with artist Casey Maloney, The Last Fall.

The partnership between IDW and 44FLOOD was announced at New York Comic-Con 2013, and this weekend it was made public that the second release from this collaboration is Ben Templesmith’s The Squidder, a new four-issue series coming this August.

Also on the creator-owned front, Angel: After the Fall fan-favorite writer Brian Lynch will launch Monster Motors in July. Announced at “The Greatest Panel in the Known Universe,” the action-comedy features art and cover by Transformers artist Nick Roche.

Transformers: Primacy is coming this August! Writers Chris Metzen and Flint Dille with artist Livio Ramondelli guide us through the war for Cybertron that will shake the world of the TRANSFORMERS to the core, in this, the final chapter of the Cybertron War trilogy.

And finally (for now), IDW’s partnership with Darby Pop Publishing grows with the upcoming July release of Doberman. From the minds of Rob Rosell and Scott Marder, known from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Unsupervised, with writer Jack Lambert and artist Brandon McKinney (Army of Two) the story of Frank Doberman comes to life and he wants a six-pack and vengeance!

Star Trek Medical Officers Special Coming This July

Star Trek Special Flesh and StoneIDW Publishing, CBS Consumer Products, and XPRIZE join forces to present Star Trek Special: Flesh and Stone, available this July.  The story, inspired by the real-world $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, will bring together all six Star Trek doctors for the first time.

The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is a global competition in which 30 teams are competing to develop a consumer-friendly, mobile device capable of diagnosing and interpreting a set of health conditions and vital health metrics, inspired by the Star Trek Tricorder.

“While XPRIZE is currently catalyzing a future where a Tricorder-like device is a common household item, we are thrilled to have inspired this parallel Star Trek story centered around the use of the Tricorder, further blurring the line between science fiction and reality,” said Rob Hollander, Vice President of Brand & Content for XPRIZE.

Star Trek Special: Flesh and Stone, written by longtime Star Trek scribes Scott and David Tipton, takes place at a Starfleet medical conference, which is crashed by a deadly metamorphic virus.  The EMH and Doctors Beverly Crusher, Julian Bashir and Katherine Pulaski (with some help from Leonard McCoy and Phlox) join forces in a race against time to find a cure –  only to discover that the answers lie in another place and time! The clock is ticking and only the medical officers of Starfleet can save the day.

“There aren’t very many ‘firsts’ left in the world of Star Trek,” said Scott Tipton. “So when IDW and XPRIZE came to us with the opportunity to team up all six of Trek’s doctors for the first time, how could we say no?”

“The tricky part is how to get them together, since some of them are separated by about two hundred years,” added David Tipton. “How does it happen? You’ll just have to wait and see…”

IDW Publishing Previews: 4/16/14

24 Omnibus

J. C. Vaughn, Mark L Haynes, Beau Smith (w) • Renato Guedes, Manny Clark, Steve Bryant, Jean Diaz (a) • Davide Furnò (c)

An action-packed collection of comics based on the acclaimed TV show 24. Follow Jack Bauer’s exploits before President Palmer’s victory as he tries to eliminate a mass murderer in the former Yugoslavia, struggles with drug cartels and radical separatists, as well as economic and ecological chaos. This volume collects 24: One Shot, 24: Midnight Sun, 24: Stories, 24: Cold Warriors, and the prequel story 24: Nightfall.

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 340 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-61377-903-3

The Crow: Pestilence #2 (of 4)

Frank Bill (w) • Drew Moss (a) • James O’Barr (c)

Salvador heads to the Midwest to search for the men who murdered his family, only to find them involved in trafficking drugs…and humans. As The Crow watches, guiding him, he begins to exact his revenge. But why is one of the gang members speaking with the police?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Frankenstein: Alive, Alive #3

Steve Niles (w) • Bernie Wrightson (a & c)

The Monster has lived under the roof of Dr. Ingles for over a year but now what seemed like hospitality has taken a sinister turn. Why is the Doctor dismissing the other patients? And why is the monster left behind?

PC • 32 pages • $3.99

Frankenstein: Alive, Alive Reanimated Edition

Steve Niles (w) • Bernie Wrightson (a & c)

Re-presenting the first two sold-out issues of Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson’s monster masterwork, in one handy volume! See what all the critical acclaim is for, in time for the third issue, because the first two are long gone…

PC • 48 pages • $5.99

Ghostbusters, Vol. 7: Happy Horror Days

Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a & c)

A busy season of holidays will have the team needing a rest when it’s all over. It all starts on Devil’s Night with a ghost called Stingy Jack, continues on Day of the Dead and the return of Melanie Ortiz to NYC, a trip to Rhinebeck, NY for a celebration held in honor of Sinterklass, and a visit from the Bogeyman on New Year’s Day.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-932-3

Godzilla: History’s Greatest Monster

Duane Swierczynski (w) • Simon Gane, Dave Wachter (a) • Bob Eggleton (c)

As Godzilla continues to destroy cities and lives all over the world, ex-special forces tough guy Boxer is a man with a grudge who vows to end the terror of Godzilla — no matter what! He assembles a top-notch team to take him and the other monsters down at $7 billion a bounty. Collects all 13 issues of the Godzilla series!

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 324 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-948-4

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, Vol. 2

Chris Mowry (w) • Jeff Zornow, Matt Frank (a) • Matt Frank (c)

As Lucy and her team embark on their first assignment, more monsters are set on the loose, an alien onslaught begins, and the arrival of a mysterious size-changing robot leads to an all-out giant monster battle.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-933-0

Haunted Horror #10

Various (w & a) • L.B. Cole (c)

Dead walking! Ghouls stalking! Specters talking! This chilling full-color comic book specializes in painfully restoring comics from the ‘50s with brilliant old-school art and the wonkiest of terrifying scripts. Every story (best read under the covers with a flashlight, and the doors and windows tightly bolted) tingles the spine! So good, it’s scary!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Powerpuff Girls, Vol. 1

Troy Little (w & a & c)

The Powerpuff Girls are back in this IDW collection of the all-new adventures by Troy Little! There are some strange things going on in Townsville. The villains are villains-no-more and are teaming up with the heroes? It’s a good thing Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are still around just in case.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 152 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-906-4

Star Mage #1 (of 6)

JC De La Torre (w) • Ray Dillon (a & c)

Part One: “Darien”—JC De La Torre, author of the critically acclaimed novel Ancient Rising, gives us a new fusion of Science Fiction and Magic in Star Mage. In issue one, Darien Connors discovers he’s not from Earth, has strange magical powers and is the key in an ancient war between two alien races of necromancers. Like Harry Potter meets the Last Starfighter, Star Mage offers wizard battles with a side of spaceship warfare, alien worlds and weird creatures.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Star Slammers: Re-mastered! #2

Walter Simonson (w & a & c)

Part two of Walter Simonson‘s epic space saga, completely re-mastered and re-colored! The Orisons prided themselves on being the greatest hunters in the galaxy…They discovered that they were hunting the most dangerous game in the universe.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Superman: The Silver Age Newspaper Dailies, Vol. 2

Jerry Siegel (w) • Wayne Boring, Stan Kaye (a) • Pete Poplaski (c)

Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye provide the artwork, and once again, Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel scripts adaptations of stories that first appeared in comic books. Siegel and Boring offer alternate versions of now classic stories originally written by Siegel himself, Bill Finger, Edmond Hamilton, and Leo Dorfman—and drawn in comic books by Curt Swan, Al Plastino, Kurt Schaffenberger, and Boring himself.

HC • B&W • $49.99 • 288 pages • 11” x 8.5” • ISBN: 978-1-61377-923-1

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #7

Phil Hester (w) • Roger Robinson(a & c)

The mastermind behind SPIDER is revealed, shaking T.H.U.N.D.E.R. to its core. A now-powerless Dynamo is helpless in the face of Dr. Sparta’s robotic monstrosities. Kat Kane uncovers the ultimate truth of the Judgment Towers, but the price may be not only her life, but life on Earth itself!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: Dark Cybertron, Vol. 1

James Roberts, John Barber (w) • Phil Jimenez, Andrew Griffith, Brendan Cahill, James Raiz, Atilio Rojo, Livio Ramondelli (a) • Phil Jimenez (c)

Shockwave makes a move millions of years in the planning—an ultimate strategy to remake Cybertron and destroy both the Autobots and Decepticons!

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 152 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-891-3

Transformers: Windblade #1 (of 4): Dawn of the Autobots

Mairghread Scott (w) • Sarah Stone (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)

WHO IS WINDBLADE? In the aftermath of DARK CYBERTRON, WINDBLADE takes the planet by storm! But where did she come from—and what does her secret mean to the future of the TRANSFORMERS? A powerful new chapter in the TRANSFORMERS saga begins here!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The X-Files Annual 2014

Frank Spotnitz & Gabe Rotter & Shannon Eric Denton, Dave Sim (w) • Stuart Sayger, Andrew Currie (a) • Sam Shearon (c)

The X-Files writer/producer Frank Spotnitz returns with an untold tale from Mulder and Scully’s first stint with the FBI. When a man returns from the dead with a warning for his wife, the agents investigate and cross paths with a very peculiar priest. And in the second story, Cerebus creator Dave Sim writes his first-ever The X-Files story and first scripted licensed work in… forever? with “Talk to the Hand,” a nightmarish tale starring a sleeping Dana Scully!

FC • 48 pages • $7.99

IDW and Gabriel Rodriguez Head to Wondercon

This weekend, April 18th – 20th, IDW will be bringing the festivities of its 15th anniversary to Wondercon Anaheim! Continuing the yearlong celebration, IDW has big surprises in store for fans attending the show, and major announcements coming for fans around the world. Joining IDW all weekend long as their Guest of Honor is Locke & Key co-creator, Gabriel Rodriguez! Appearing on panels, and signing at the IDW booth, Rodriguez will be on hand to discuss his upcoming project, Little Nemo in Slumberland, with Eric Shanower.

While you’re at the booth be sure to stock up on any issues or trades you’re missing and add THESE convention exclusives to your collection:

- V-Wars #1 Exclusive Show Variant – $5.00
         (Limited to 300 copies, limit of 3 per customer)

- TRANSFORMERS: Regeneration One #100 Exclusive Show Variant – $10.00
(Limited to 600 copies, limit of 3 per customer)
- 24 #1 Exclusive Show Variant – $10.00
(Limited to 200 copies, limit of 3 per customer)
- Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega HC Exclusive Variant – $40.00
(Limited to 300 copies, limit of 3 per customer)
- 7th Sword #1 Exclusive Show Variant – $5.00
(By special arrangement with Darby Pop, See                  Employee for  details)
- Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key: Artist’s Edition Portfolio – Show Debut! $40.00
(Limited to 150 copies, limit of 3 per customer)- FREE Exclusive Winterworld Preview Ashcan!
- FREE Exclusive Little Nemo in Slumberland Preview Ashcan!
- FREE “America’s Army” Show Exclusive #0 issue variant

 edition

- FREE “America’s Army” Show Exclusive Poster

Hear all of the big announcements first and win some very special prizes at the five IDW panels throughout the weekend:

Friday April 18th
IDW & Hasbro:Transformers, G.I. JOE & More!
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Room 213
Join Editor & Writer John Barber and Editor Carlos Guzman, along with Flint Dille and Mairghread Scott for a sneak peek behind all of IDW’s Hasbro titles!

Transformers! G.I. JOE! My Little Pony! Littlest Pet Shop! Prizes! Announcements! Q & A…and just
by showing up, you have a chance to win a My Little Pony

variant that was limited to only 12 copies!

Friday April 18th 
IDW Publishing: Hidden Treasures

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Room 213
Join IDW’s VP of Marketing, Dirk Wood and a virtual cavalcade of some of today’s most exciting creators, as they discuss some of IDW’s more interesting programs and undiscovered gems. Featuring rising stars from David Wohl‘s Darby Pop imprint, the writer of the hit digital “America’s Army” comics and more, come down and witness Wood pull back the curtain on IDW’s most exciting new projects for 2014 and beyond!

Saturday April 19th
IDW Publishing: The Greatest Panel in the Known Universe
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Room 213
Join Chief Creative Officer and Editor-

in-Chief Chris Ryall, Senior Editor Scott Dunbier and VP of
Marketing Dirk Wood, along with Gabriel Rodriguez, Eric Shanower, Brian Lynch, Sarah Gaydos, Mike Johnson, and

Tom Waltz for announcements,prizes, Q&A, semi-professional wrestling, and more!

Saturday April 19th
IDW Publishing: The One & Only 

Original Artist’s Edition Panel
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Room 210A
Accept no imitations! Join Artist’s Edition editor Scott Dunbier as he gives attendees a guided tour of what will be happening in the coming year—including some really incredible announcements, and at least one that will have people saying, “didn’t see that one coming!” Plus special giveaways, trivia contests, and more! Original art fans, this is the one panel you MUST attend!Sunday April 20th
IDW Publishing: Kids Comics! Ponies, Turtles & More!
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Room 213
Join editors Sarah Gaydos and Carlos Guzman, along with PR & Marketing Manager Rosalind Morehead, as they discuss the

 growing slate of all ages titles at IDW—including My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures, Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Ghostbusters, Popeye, KISS Kids, and more! Plus, free comics…and just by showing up, you have a chance to win a My Little Pony variant that was limited to only 12 copies!

Fans have TWO chances to win a copy of the extremely rare My Little Pony 1,000,000th Cover over the weekend. All you have to do is get to the IDW & Hasbro panel on Friday and/or the Kids panel on Sunday for your chance to win!

The IDW booth will be filled all weekend long with singings by the best and brightest in the business!

WONDER CON 2014 IDW EVENT SCHEDULE!
SIGNING AT THE IDW BOOTH, #309!

Friday April 18th
12:00 – 1:00  Love and Capes – Thom Zahler

1:00 – 3:00  IDW MVP & Guest of Honor – Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key)
*Check out the Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega HC show exclusive, and
Gabriel Rodriguez Locke & Key Artist’s Edition Porfolio!

2:00 – 3:00  Mars Attacks, The Hollows, The Colonized – Chris Ryall

3:00 – 4:00  America’s Army M. Zachary Sherman
*Check out the exclusive free comics & posters!

3:00 – 4:00  Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Chris Mowry

4:00 – 5:00  G.I. JOE: Special Missions Paul Gulacy

5:00 – 6:00  Transformers John Barber, Flint Dille, Mairghread Scott

6:00 – 7:00  My Little Pony Tony Fleecs

6:00 – 7:00  Mean Streets: Baja Ben Wagner

Saturday April 19th

11:00 – 12:00  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Tom Waltz

11:00 – 12:00 America’s Army M. Zachary Sherman
*Check out the exclusive free comics & posters!

12:00 – 1:00  Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two – Douglas Wolk

12:00 – 1:00  The Illegitimates – Marc Andreyko

1:00 – 2:00  Amelia Cole – D.J. Kirkbride

2:00 – 3:00  Darby Pop Bonanza!
Eric Garcia – City: The Mind in the Machine
John Raffo – 7th Sword
Andrew Robinson – 7th Sword
Bernard Chang – City: The Mind in the Machine, Indestructible

3:00 – 4:00  LITTLE NEMO LAUNCH PARTYIDW Guest of Honor Gabriel
                        Rodriguez, Eric Shanower * Check out the free advance ashcan!

4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Chris Mowry

4:00 – 5:00  The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle – Mark Evanier

5:00 – 6:00  T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents – Roger Robinson

5:00 – 6:00  G.I. JOE: The Cobra Files – Mike Costa

6:00 – 7:00  Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who – Scott Tipton

Sunday April 20th

12:00 – 1:00  Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col

1:00 – 3:00  IDW MVP & Guest of Honor – Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key)
*Check out the Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega HC show exclusive, and
Gabriel Rodriguez Locke & Key Artist’s Edition Porfolio!

3:00 – 4:00 Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Chris Mowry

The stage is set for a great convention, be sure to come find them at booth #309.

IDW to Release America’s Army #9 Comic This Week

IDW Publishing and the U.S. Army announced today the digital release of America’s Army #9 and the availability of a printed special edition America’s Army #0 for fans at the upcoming WonderCon show in Anaheim, CA. The America’s Army comics series is available through IDW on the web and virtually every digital platform including the IDW Comics app, ComiXology, Kindle Fire, Nook, Apple iBooks, and Kobo.

In the latest issue, U.S. Army Captain Carl Reed and the Mustang squad have infiltrated a Pipeline facility looking for clues as to why enemy forces have returned to the derelict structure. But when Czervo Special Forces arrive at the facility in droves, the danger of the team being discovered sky rockets in America’s Army Issue #9 – Into the Wolf’s Den.

At WonderCon, fans will be treated to a printed copy of the special edition America’s Army Comic Issue #0, a recap of the first eight issues.  America’s Army writer M. Zachary Sherman will be signing comics and collector’s edition posters at IDW’s booth (#309) on Friday, April 18 from 3:00-4:00pm and on Saturday, April 19 from 11:00am -12:00pm.

The America’s Army comic series is based on the highly successful America’s Army PC game and provides an inside perspective into the world of Soldiers in the U.S. Army, their assignments and the challenges they face. Follow American forces deployed to the small nation of Czervenia where President-General Kazimir Adzic and his advanced army set upon a campaign of annihilation in the neighboring country of the RDO, setting in motion a mysterious plan that could change the course of world power. A Coalition led by America’s Army must form new experimental combat teams and fight to stop the General’s plot before time runs out.

Review: Transformers: Windblade #1 (of 4)

TF_Windblade01_cvrADark Cybertron is over, now begins the Dawn of the Autobots! IDW‘s fantastic Transformers event is over, and now we get the explore the aftermath. It’s been six months, and Cybertron is attempting to recover. At the center of it is Metroplex, barely surviving the battle that’s taken place. Taking care of the titan is Windblade, a mysterious female Transformer acting as a “Cityspeaker” the voice of Metroplex, who at this point has none.

But, who is Windblade!? Where did she come from—and what does her secret mean to the future of the Transformers?

Dark Cybertron brought us so much, including three “female” Transformers, of which we know little. This first issue slowly begins to give us the answers to all of those questions we have, at the same time moving the Transformers mythology into the next chapter. There’s something fitting that this chapter begins with the introduction of this new character in her own mini-series. It opens the doors in so many ways.

I can go on how it’s awesome to see the spotlight shone on the character fans voted for. I can say it’s awesome how we get some diversity in gender for this take on the Transformers universe. But, writer Mairghread Scott has made all of that so natural that none of it feels forced. The introduction of Windblade, and her companions, was effortlessly slid into the past mega-event. But, the history presented here in this first issue opens up the possibilities, and gives us hints at even more Transformers history. It all blends in well, and doesn’t come off as a forced ret-con.

Artist Sarah Stone‘s style is a departure from what we’ve seen for quite a while when it comes to IDW’s Transformers comics, and it too is a welcome change. The style, plus the coloring creates beautiful pages I found myself lingering on. It’s reminds me more of what we’ve seen in the Transformers Prime television show, but it works, and works well.

A powerful new chapter in the Transformers saga begins here! This is a comic no Transformers fan should miss!

Story: Mairghread Scott Art: Sarah Stone
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

IDW Publishing Previews: 4/9/14

Deadworld: Restoration #5 (of 5)

Gary Reed (w) • Sami Makkonen (a & c)

The conclusion to the latest edition to the zombie classic! For Bowker, things go horribly wrong as he must deal with Donna’s deal with Moloch. He may survive, but at what cost? Dan must decide between rescuing the woman he loves in Donna or saving Deake, the lunatic who may be able to turn the tide against the zombies. And a new hope appears…or does it?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: America’s Elite, Disavowed Vol. 3

Joe Casey, Mike O’Sullivan (w) • Josh Medors (a) • S L Gallant (c)

COBRA COMMANDER has been absent for a year, his whereabouts unknown, but while officials in the government take that as good news the G.I. JOE team knows better. Meanwhile, The Phoenix Guard is being proposed to replace the team led by former G.I. JOE commander Philip Rey.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 140 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-930-9

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #14

Chuck Dixon (w) • Will Rosado (a) • Rosado, Paul Gulacy (c)

G.I. JOE—AMBUSHED! When the SPECIAL MISSIONS convoy faces a surprise attack from COBRA troopers and a dangerous sniper, it’s up to LOW LIGHT—G.I. JOE’s own long-range specialist—to turn the tables and get the team out in one piece!

Join the SPECIAL MISSIONS team for one last covert mission!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Indestructible #5 (of 6)

Ken Kristensen (w) • Giancarlo Caracuzzo (a) • Bernard Chang (c)

With great power, comes great… er… celebrity! Now that the world believes Greg to be a superhero, everyone wants a piece of him – the League of Defenders, Hugo Boss, his roommate, groupies, Hollywood agents, uber-villains, and his mom. Some want to put him on a pedestal. Others want to bury him under one. Ken Kristensen (Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth) takes the reigns for the next arc of Jeff Kline‘s Indestructible.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Judge Dredd #18

Duane Swierczynski (w) • Nelson Daniel (a) • Shane Pierce (c)

“Cold Cold Ground, Pt. 2”—Judge Death and the 12 other Dark Judges have targeted Mega-City and found the entire population guilty of the most serious crime… living! While the Dark Judges prepare their “Affordable Death Care Act,” a desperate Justice Department, facing mass-murder of unreal proportions, draws up an apocalyptic plan that will change the city forever. And the only person standing between the city and certain death—Judge Dredd—is a billion miles away on the Titan penal colony. But he turns out to have allies in the strangest of places.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Maxx: Maxximized #6

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

After Laying on the couch and feeling sorry for himself, and being spied upon by some isz… Maxx plunges down the proverbial rabbit hole and encounters the “Crappon in the Hat,” tries to save a fish, spills some beans, discovers a little girl (who is somehow connected to the Jungle Queen), and then finds himself on Julie’s couch, confused and afraid… right back where he started!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

My Little Pony: Friends Forever #4

Rob Anderson (w) • Amy Mebberson (a & c)

Twilight Sparkle plans to spend some much needed quality time with her brother, Shining Armor, in the Crystal Empire. However, when a mysterious ghost starts haunting the castle, the siblings will have to use all of their combined monster knowledge to save the day!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Powerpuff Girls #8

Derek Charm (w & a & c)

MONSTER DAY continues as King Steve and the residents of Monster Isle tear through Townsville. This looks like a job for the Powerpuff Girls! So where the heck are they?!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rocky & Bullwinkle #2 (of 4)

Mark Evanier (w) • Roger Langridge (a & c)

In “The Washed-Up Wizard,” Rocky and Bullwinkle help an aged magician regain his fame…but why do the evil Boris and Natasha care about his powers of prestidigitation? That can’t end well! Plus, a Dudley Do-Right story!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Samurai Jack #7

Jim Zub (w) • Brittney Williams (a) • Andy Suriano (c)

Samurai Jacqueline and the Scotswoman fight giants and wee folk alike as they struggle to free themselves from the gender-bending curse of the leprechauns. Cartoon Network’s hit animated series continues at IDW!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics Vol. 2 #6

Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird & Steve Lavigne (w) • Jim Lawson, Laird (a) Eastman, Laird, Lavigne (c)

A Mirage black-and-white classic presented in all-new full color! “Return to New York, Book Two” has Triceraton warriors, high-octane ninja battles in the sewers and streets of NYC, high-tech hi-jinks, and deadly Elite Foot Ninja just waiting to slice and dice the Turtles into green ribbons. Really… need we say more? Find it all here in this classic TMNT tale!

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

Triple Helix

John Byrne (w & a & c)

Where TRIO stopped, HELIX starts! There’s a MONSTER on the loose in the City… but will the mysterious CHANGELINGS of TRIPLE HELIX destroy it before they realize it’s really an old FRIEND?

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-883-8

Littlest Pet Shop’s Grand Opening at IDW

The multi-media sensation Littlest Pet Shop has conquered the world of toys, video games, and television and starting this May the adorable critters are coming to a comic shop near you! This new series gives fans of all ages an entirely new way to follow the adventures and antics of their favorite furry friends.

In 2012, the animated half-hour comedy series, Littlest Pet Shop, created by Hasbro Studios and airing on the HUB Network launched and is based on the wildly popular toy line.

The new comic series written by Georgia Ball with art by Nico Peña and Antonio Campo follows the big adventures that ensue when Blythe Baxter discovers she can miraculously talk with her animal friends and notices these pets may be small in stature, but their personalities are larger than life!

Littlest Pet Shop joins My Little Pony as another addition to the expanding library of all-ages comics from Hasbro and IDW.

Littlest Pet Shop opens its doors this May, be sure to subscribe to reserve your exclusive subscription cover for issue #1 by Sara Richard!

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