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IDW Publishing Heads to Emerald City Comicon

Jem and the Holograms ECCC VariantAttendants of Seattle’s renowned Emerald City Comicon are in for surprise announcements, exceptional signings and a weekend full of fun from IDW! Taking place this weekend from March 27th – March 29th at the Washington State Convention Center, head to the IDW booth (#1802) to stock up on your collection, meet your favorite creators, and score a truly outrageous exclusive. Additionally, Top Shelf can be found at booth #1225, where you can meet the creative team behind the hit satire God Is Disappointed in You, Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler!

Available exclusively at the IDW booth, grab yourself a copy of the book that’s got everyone talking, Jem & The Holograms, with a variant cover by Agnes Garbowska! The cover can be purchased for $5, limit 3 per customer.

The IDW booth will be packed all weekend long with talent from across the industry signing their acclaimed work:

Friday March 27th

11:00 – 12:00 Orphan Black Jody Houser
12:00 – 1:00 Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls –
            Andy Suriano, Derek Charm
1:00 – 2:00 D4VE, The Bigger Bang –
            Ryan Ferrier, D.J. Kirkbride
2:00 – 3:00 Jem & The Holograms
           Agnes Garbowska, Sara Richard
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3:00 – 4:00 Dirk Gently Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla: CataclysmCullen Bunn
5:00 – 6:00 Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery
6:00 – 7:00 Nelvana of the Northern Lights  Hope Nicholson

Saturday March 28th

10:00 – 11:00 Skylanders – David A. Rodriguez
11:00 – 12:00 Edward Scissorhands – Kate Leth, Drew Rausch
12:00 – 1:00 Dirk Gently Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
1: 00 ­– 2:00 The Fly: OutbreakBrandon Seifert
2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony, Jem & The HologramsSara Richard
3:00 – 4:00 Wild Blue Yonder Zach Howard
4:00 – 5:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & More! Erik Burnham, Paul Allor
5:00 – 6:00 Judge Dredd – Darick Robertson
6:00 – 7:00 Transformers Mairghread Scott, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli

Sunday March 29th

10:00 – 11:00 My Little Pony – Amy Mebberson, Georgia Ball, Ted Anderson,
           Agnes Garbowska
11:00 – 12:00 Powerpuff Girls – Derek Charm
12:00 – 1:00 G.I. Joe Cover Art – Jerffrey Veregge, Drew Johnson
1:00 – 2:00 Amelia Cole, Artful Daggers  D.J. Kirkbride, Adam P. Knave,
          Sean E. Williams
3:00 – 4:00 Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate – Max Dunbar

And don’t miss out on the panels that are sure to be a highlight of your weekend!

Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW: 2015 and Beyond—IDW invites you to join in their first big panel of 2015! Join VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, Editor-in-Chief/Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall, alongside editor Sarah GaydosErik Burnham of Ghostbusters fame, and Jody Houser, writer of the hit Orphan Black comic for a spirited chat filled with announcements, hijinks and Q&A!

Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
God is Disappointed in You (The Sequel), with Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler—Last year’s standing-room-only hot ticket returns — now with even more Biblical bewilderment! God Is Disappointed in You, published by Top Shelf, is the tongue-in-cheek “condensed” version of the Bible you never knew you needed — hilariously modern, but surprisingly authentic — packed with cartoons by Eisner-award-winner Shannon Wheeler (The New YorkerToo Much Coffee Man). Join him and author Mark Russell (writer of DC Comics’ upcoming Prez) for an hour of unforgettable irreverence, including Q&A, audience sketches, and the hilarious-yet-accurate “ten-minute Bible.” PLUS: a taste of the Audie-nominated audiobook, read by Dr. Venture himself, James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros), and an exclusive announcement about the upcoming sequel!

Sunday, 3:30 – 4:20 Hall F (TCC 304)
Kevin Eastman: A Life With TurtlesJoin the legendary co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and he talks about his long career in both comics and Hollywood, and how he brings his beloved Turtles to the world in a variety of media!

Sunday, 4:00 – 5:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW Presents: The New Class of Licensed ComicsTransformers, Adventure Time, Star Trek, Orphan Black, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic… What do these comics all have in common? They’re all licensed comics, and although some may STILL look down on them, they’re also home to some of the best talent telling the best stories around. Come hear about the good (and the sometimes challenging) aspects of working on books like these, from host Editor Sarah Gaydos (Star Trek, Disney, Edward Scissorhands), with special guests Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Edward Scissorhands), Corinna Bechko (Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Once Upon a Time), Jody Houser (Orphan Black), Editor Shannon Waters (of BOOM!), Chris Roberson (Aliens, Star Trek), and Gabriel Hardman (Planet of the Apes, Star Wars)

Review: Jem and the Holograms #1

jem001Comics have gone through a mild metamorphosis in the past half-year.  Whereas before the titles featuring young female heroes were considered to be the outliers, now they are the trend setters. Between Batgirl, Silk and Spider-Gwen, this new focus has changed how certain titles are marketed and changed the stories which are told.  If one looks to the trend a bit deeper, there are other common factors. Diversity is one, as is a more prominent role for social media, but so too is music. Music is notably absent from Silk, but it plays a role in the other two series. In Batgirl, Black Canary forms a band and is on the verge of going on the road heading into Convergence. In Spider-Gwen, Gwen absence from the band spells their doom.  With this focus on music it therefore makes sense that Jem and the Holograms has reappeared on the comics landscape.

Originally launched in the 1980s as a cartoon, the story undergoes a format change here as the characters are thrown into comics instead of animation. This first issue serves as both a reintroduction and as a reboot. The origin story of the characters and specifically Jem is told, but it is done so in a modern way. There is a lot more focus on the characters as real people and not as animated products to capture the eyes and minds of young fans. The story of Jerrica is told as she is shown to be headlining her own band with her beautiful voice, but that she cannot get past her stage fright.  As came before she finds an unlikely solution to this with the sci-fi creature Synergy who grants her an alter ego.

This issue does what it has to do to make things work. There are probably not a lot of fans of the original that are going to be reading this, but there would be some, and the story is not too much bogged down in the past to make it boring.  For the new readers, they are likely to find a lot of new and interesting characters to start to like, and there is really a little bit for everybody, not just the presumably all-female fan base that the television show was after. Jem is after all an alter ego (like a super-hero) and Synergy gives the series a sci-fi feel as well. This series uses enough of what is normal to the medium and gives it a new spin. There really is no other comic like this on the market, and it would be nice to see that this niche was supported as the series delivers on different levels.

Story: Kelly Thompson  Art: Sophie Campbell
Story: 8.4  Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

IDW provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMSWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: Past Aways #1 (Dark Horse) – Matt Kindt is one of the best writers out there, constantly delivering with stories that pay off multiple times during their runs. His latest series has a time traveling twist seeing a group get stranded in the distant past…. 2015!

D4VE #2 (IDW Publishing) – Take the movie Falling Down and mix it with The Office or Office Space, and you get this series which sees a former war hero deal with his dull desk job life.

Jem and the Holograms #1 (IDW Publishing) – Jem goes from cartoon to comics in this brand new series just in time for its 30th anniversary. The first issue is beyond fantastic, giving a story that’ll appeal to old fans and new readers. Expect Jem to be a big thing again.

Skullkickers #31 (Image Comics) – Jim Zub’s off the rails fantasy series is always entertaining. Its been a bit since the last issue, but this one starts a whole new arc that’s a good starting point for readers. Even if you’ve never picked up an issue before, you’ll be entertained.

We Can Never Go Home #1 (Black Mask Studios) – The series sees two rather odd high school students team up after they find out about each others powers. There’s clearly more to the story, and I have my suspicions, but the first issue is gripping, and very entertaining.

Edward

Top Pick: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1 (Marvel/Disney) – Disney tries to adapt its rides to other media, and it worked really well with Pirates of the Caribbean. It will be interesting to see if this works.

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents the Little Mermaid #2 (Zenescope) – The first issue was a combination of mermaids and science fiction, which is a pretty interesting mix.

Jem and the Holograms #1 (IDW Publishing) –  This relaunch issue looks like a lot of fun, where 1980s big hair meets modern young woman.

Morning Glories #44 (Image Comics) – The mini story arc within the larger story arc within the larger story is getting closer to resolution as Casey gets closer to winning her seat as class president.

Suicide Risk #23 (BOOM! Studios) – Every issue of this series seems as though it finds a new way to surprise, and almost every one of them seems to be better than the last.

Elana

Top Pick: Jem and the Holograms #1 (IDW Publishing) – We had writer Kelly Thompson on the podcast last night  and we couldn’t stop gushing. This is a fun and compelling first issue. The new origin story is emotionally resonant and is an approachable and relevant comic to share with older kids. Also, I noticed that when I posted about it on Facebook I had friends coming out of the woodwork to talk about how much they loved the show back in the day. This is a great comic to share with your friends who grew up with the show and maybe don’t read comics on their own. The art by Sophie Campbell, (who just came out as trans!) is lovely, fun and inclusive. Every comic should aspire to the body diversity reflected in this book. And the colors make it a good inclusion in any Easter baskets you might be making.

All-New X-Factor TP Vol. 3 AXIS (Marvel) – I really enjoyed the series and was sorry to see it cancelled. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out and buy the trade. I actually think this book will be even better in trade. The stylish art is first rate with an angular style that reminds me of fashion illustration. It’s refreshingly female-gaze-y. Peter David’s characterizations are perfect and charming as ever. He writes Quicksilver better then any other writer EVER. He has the best feel for all of the characters. So if you are a fan of anyone on the team (Gambit, Polaris, Danger, Warlock, Doug Ramsey) you absolutely need this book.

Elektra #11 (Marvel) – I’m one of this book’s biggest proponents. It didn’t seem to find its audience. But if you like scary comics that still feel like a superhero book then you need to read this. The painted art is striking new ground and looks very adult. If you enjoy the character Elektra at all then you need to be reading this before it gets canceled. Kind of feels like the classic Daredevil “Fall from Grace” TP.

Gotham Academy #6 (DC Comics) – Speaking of cliffhangers, I am more intrigued by this series than ever. It is easy to fall in love with the emotionally real yet adorable teen characters and the charming and unique art. It’s still Hogwarts in Gotham and approachable as heck.

The Wicked + The Divine #9 (Image Comics) – This may be my favorite current comic series. The mystery our heroine is trying to solve continues but last issue ended on an intriguing personal cliffhanger for her. Our protagonist, Laura is about to have one of her personal desires fulfilled. But how is it really going to work out for her!? <commence excited bouncing, squealing, and clapping of hands>

IDW Publishing in June 2015

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #31

Christina Rice (w) • Agnes Garbowska (a & c)

“Ponyville Days” Part 2. The town struggles to mend a major divide, while hordes of tourists descend on Ponyville and threaten to overwhelm the populace!

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Christina Rice (w) • Agnes Garbowska (a) • Charles Paul Wilson III (c)

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My Little Pony: Friends Forever #17

Ted Anderson (w) • Brenda Hickey (a) • Amy Mebberson (c)

Twilight Sparkle is feeling overworked and stressed out! She decides to visit the most Zen pony she knows—Big Mac! But Mac is feeling less than communicative, so Twilight will have to go where no pony has gone before—inside Big Mac’s mind!

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Ted Anderson (w) • Brenda Hickey (a & c)

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My Little Pony: Pageants & Ponies

Various (w & a & c)

Revisit the habitants of Equestria and learn about the magic that friendship brings in this adaptation of the television series episodes “Family Appreciation Day” and “Hearth’s Warming Eve.”

TPB • FC • $7.99 • 132 pages • 5” x 7” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-338-5

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My Little Pony, Vol. 1: When Magic Begins • FC • $7.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-754-1

My Little Pony, Vol. 2: When Cutie Calls • FC • $7.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-830-2

My Little Pony, Vol. 3: Return of Harmony • FC • $7.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-016-2

My Little Pony: FIENDship is Magic

Jeremy Whitley, Christina Rice, Ted Anderson, Heather Nuhfer, Katie Cook (w) • Brenda Hickey, Tony Fleecs, Agnes Garbowska, Andy Price (a) • Amy Mebberson (c)

Fiendship is Magic explores the secret origins of Equestria’s greatest villains: Sombra, Tirek, Sirens, Nightmare Moon, and Queen Chrysalis!

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-339-2

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Transformers #42—Combiner Wars Epilogue

John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli & Andrew Griffith (a) • Griffith (c)

THE AFTERMATH! The COMBINER WARS are over, and OPTIMUS PRIME faces the aftermath. Meanwhile on Earth, ARCEE confronts GALVATRON over the fate of two worlds.

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John Barber (w) • Casey W. Coller (a & c)

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Transformers: Windblade #4—Combiner Wars Epilogue

Mairghread Scott (w) • Corin Howell (a) • Priscilla Tramontano (c)

MORE WORLDS—MORE PROBLEMS! After the events of COMBINERS WARS, WINDBLADE and STARSCREAM race to recruit the lost CYBERTRONIAN colonies to the Council of Worlds—but which of them will control the fate of Cybertron?

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Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42

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

“We should’ve known. Being happy: always a sign that somebody was about to die.” —From Knight Quest: The Quest for the Knights, by SWERVE of Helex.

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James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Nick Roche (c)

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Transformers: Drift: Empire of Stone

Shane McCarthy (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Alex Milne (c)

DRIFT RETURNS! After leaving the Autobots in disgrace, he’s now alone on a mission to clean up the darkest depths of the galaxy—until RATCHET shows up to try to bring him home! Also contains bonus content including creator interviews, behind-the-scenes info, an art gallery, and more!

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 132 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-269-2

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #215

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

“The Death of Snake Eyes,” Part 4. As a hero falls, a new one must rise to take his place. G.I. JOE mourns Snake Eyes and prepares for what comes next…

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Garbage Pail Kids: Gross Encounters of the Turd Kind

Roger Langridge, Hilary Barta (w & a) • Mark Pingitore (c)

Join the Garbage Pail Kids for a literally breathtaking foray into the most bizarre and amazing worlds of the future!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Roger Langridge, Hilary Barta (w & a) • Blank Sketch Cover (c)

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Garbage Pail Kids: Gross Encounters of the Turd Kind—Deluxe Edition

Roger Langridge, Hilary Barta (w & a) • Barta (c)

A variant cover from Hilary Barta, shrink-wrapped with an exclusive official GPK sticker by Brent Engstrom!

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

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Ghostbusters: Get Real #1 (of 4)

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

When a confrontation with the elder God Proteus goes awry, Peter, Ray, Winston and Egon will meet… THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS!

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Ghostbusters: Mass Hysteria Oversized Hardcover

Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening, Doc Shaner (a) • Dan Shoening (c)

Mass Hysteria collects the last 20 issues of the Ghostbusters series written by Erik Burnham with art by Dan Schoening, plus an art gallery, backup stories, and a new introduction by “Ray Stantz” himself, Dan Aykroyd!

HC • FC • $49.99 • 460 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-336-1

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Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #25

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

The incredible finale to the longest-running Godzilla series ever is here! The final battle between the monsters of Earth and the Cryog forces will prove deadly for many. Will Earth survive?

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The X-Files: Season 10 #25

Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • Francesco Francavilla (c)

Double-sized finale of “Season 10!” Clandestine plans come to a roaring boil as things heat up for Mulder and Scully, who will never be the same after this issue!

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X-Files Classics: Season One, Vol. 2

Roy Thomas (w) • Alexander Saviuk, Val Mayerik, John Van Fleet, Sean Scoffield (a) • Paul Shipper (c)

Collects the last four issues of adaptations of the first season by Topps Comics; “Space,” “Fire,” “Beyond The Sea,” and “Shadows.”

HC • FC • $29.99 • 188 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-277-7

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X-Files Classics: Season One, Vol. 1 • FC • $29.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-115-2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 6

Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, and various (w & a) • Kevin Eastman (c)

The Ultimate Collection returns! The celebrated hardcover series collecting all the most important TMNT work by Eastman and Laird is back to present the best of the one-shots and short stories. Whether handled as a team or on their own with another creator, these stories expand the universe of TMNT and established the characters and story lines that are today so loved and revered.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 256 pages • 9” x 12” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-389-7

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 11: Attack on Technodrome

Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Cory Smith (a & c)

Time is short as Krang accelerates his plan to terraform the Earth, which will kill all who live on it! A surprise alliance results in a daring plan—and the stakes have never been higher! Collects issues #41–44.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-341-5

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated, Vol. 6: Vengeance is Mine

Various (w & a & c)

Re-live the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon action in this young reader volume that adapts the episodes from Season Two, “The Return of Tiger Claw” and “Vengeance is Mine,” and reveal amazing secrets about Karai!

TPB • FC • $7.99 • 136 pages • 5” x 7” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-342-2

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TMNT Color Classics, Vol. 3 #6

Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird (w) • Jim Lawson (a) • A.C. Farley (c)

The TMNT Color Classics line continues! In “City at War, Part Four,” friends and enemies blur when the TMNT find themselves caught between warring factions of the Foot Clan!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Casey & April #1 (of 4)

Mariko Tamaki (w) • Irene Koh (a & c)

Introducing a very unique TMNT tale starring Casey Jones and April O’Neil, by acclaimed indie writer Mariko Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer)! The couple take a road trip to the southwest to dig up more clues about the mysterious Pantheon that has seemingly been pulling the strings on the Turtles’ lives from the beginning. Casey and April will find even deeper mystery, unexpected danger, and start a new chapter in their relationship.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Mariko Tamaki (w) • Irene Koh (a) • Faith Erin Hicks (c)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #47

Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Mateus Santolouco (a) • Santolouco, Eastman (c)

The Stockman Swarm engulfs NYC searching high and low for the Turtles. The Turtles are on the run and desperate. Will they be able to find sanctuary before it’s too late?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #24

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Dario Brizuela, Chad Thomas (a) • Brizuela (c)

“Favorite Haunt,” Part 2! The sewers seem to be haunted by all manners of ghoulish ghosts and creatures… some are real, and some are not! Will Mike be able to convince his brothers of the truth?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Matthew K. Manning (w) • Dario Brizuela, Chad Thomas (a) • Patrick Parnell (c)

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #2

Chris Ryall (w) • Tony Akins (a & c)

Holistic Detective Dirk seeks the connection between the murderous Copycat Killers and reincarnated Egyptian ghouls while trying to survive a frantic party-bus across his new haunt of San Diego…

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Orphan Black #5—“Rachel”

John Fawcett, Graeme Manson & Jody Houser (w) • Cat Staggs (a & c)

Rachel is ruthless corporate efficiency personified. She’s a clone raised self-aware of her genetic identity, occupying an elite position with the Dyad group of companies.

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Star Trek #46—Five-Year Mission

Mike Johnson (w) • Rachel Stott (a) • Joe Corroney (c)

In “The Tholian Webs,” Part 1 of 2, The FIVE-YEAR MISSION of the Starship Enterprise continues! In this epic re-imagining of a classic Star Trek episode, the crew of the new movie timeline encounters a mysterious and deadly alien force… and not all of the crew will make it out alive!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Star Trek: New Visions, Vol. 2

John Byrne (w & a & c)

John Byrne presents all-new, feature length tales set in the Star Trek: The Original Series universe, done in a unique, photomontage style. Collects the stories “Cry Vengeance,” “Made Out of Mudd,” “A Scent of Ghosts,” and “Memorium,” plus a special bonus: an all-new “Gold Key” crossover story you never expected with an ending you won’t believe!

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-367-5

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Star Trek: New Visions, Vol. 1 • FC • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-63140-039-1

Miracleman Artifact Edition HC

The Original Writer (w) • Garry Leach, Alan Davis, John Totleben, and more (a) • John Totleben (c)

Miracleman was launched 30 years ago in the now legendary Warrior magazine. It turned the concept of “super-hero” on its ear with big ideas that helped redefine an entire genre… when Miracleman fought Kid Miracleman on the streets of London… well, things would never be the same.

And then there was the art.

Miracle Man had a true knack for bringing out the best work from extraordinary artists. Starting with co-creator Garry Leach, followed by Alan Davis (and others) and finishing with one of the most amazing endings in comics history by the phenomenal John Totleben, Miracle Man was a work of art painted on a grand canvas, unlike anything before or since.

HC • BW • $95.00 net discount item • 144 Pages • 15” x 20” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-392-7

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Mike Zeck’s Classic Marvel Stories Artist’s Edition HC

J.M. DeMatteis, Steven Grant, David Anthony Kraft, Jim Shooter (w) • Mike Zeck (a & c)

Mike Zeck is one of the classic artists of the 1980s, at the forefront of many of the best books and in demand by fans and editors alike. This unique Artist’s Edition showcases some of Zeck’s finest works—the first two issues of the initial Punisher miniseries, the first issue of Secret Wars, a classic two-part Captain America story (featuring Deathlok, Nick Fury and Spider-Man), and the first part of what is arguable one of the best Spider-Man sagas ever done… Kraven’s Last Hunt! Additionally, there are extensive covers throughout, including many of Zeck’s best!

HC • BW • $95.00 net discount item • 192 Pages • 12” x 17” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-391-0

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Edward Scissorhands #9

Kate Leth (w) • Drew Rausch (a) • Abigail Larson (c)

“Whole Again,” Part Four. Megs’ convictions are put to the test when Dr. Wells makes a tempting offer, and Edward is faced with a tough decision that might mean losing out on the thing he wants most.

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The Fly: Outbreak #4 (of 5)

Brandon Seifert (w) • menton3 (a & c)

A disaster at Bartok Industries threatens to unleash a plague of human/fly hybrids on the world. Can the might of the U.S. Army prevent a full outbreak?

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Jem and the Holograms #4

Kelly Thompson (w) • Sophie Campbell (a & c)

Jem and The Holograms do their first live show at The Starlight Foundation’s annual fundraiser—but a rabid Misfits fan is determined to sabotage their performance… at any cost!

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Kelly Thompson (w) • Sophie Campbell (a) • Sara Richard (c)

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Mickey Mouse #1

Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Bill Walsh, Jonathan Gray (w) • Giorgio Cavazzano, Manuel Gonzales (a) • Andrea “Casty” Castellan (c)

When two-fisted Mickey hunts “The Lost Explorers’ Trail,” he isn’t counting on help from jungle daredevil Eurasia Toft… but here she is!

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Mickey Mouse #1—Blank Sketch Variant

Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Bill Walsh, Jonathan Gray (w) • Giorgio Cavazzano, Manuel Gonzales (a) • Blank Sketch Variant (c)

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Donald Duck #2

Romano Scarpa, Jonathan Gray (w) • Romano Scarpa, Al Taliaferro (a) • Dave Alvarez (c)

“Shellfish Motives,” Part 2: Uncle Scrooge’s secret scientist is saved, but Scrooge and Uncle Giddy are at war! Can Donald make peace? Uh-oh!

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Uncle Scrooge #3

Romano Scarpa, Joe Torcivia (w) • Romano Scarpa, Tony Strobl (a) • Marco Rota (c)

“The Duckburg 100”: How fast can Donald and the Beagle Boys turn a hundred dollars into a million? And why is Scrooge desperate to stop them?

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Skylanders #10: Light in the Dark Part 1 (of 2)

Ron Marz, David A. Rodriguez (w) • Fico Ossio (a & c)

New Characters, New Elements! New Storyline! Skylanders: A Light in the Dark starts HERE! Featuring art by David Baldeón (Nova)!

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Skylanders: Return of the Dragon King

Ron Marz, David A. Rodriguez (w) • Fico Ossio, Mike Bowden (a) • Fico Ossio (c)

One of Spyro’s most malevolent and powerful enemies makes his Skylanders debut! And nothing Spyro, Hex, Cynder or the rest of the Skylanders do can prepare them for the evil that is about to be unleashed! The return of the first purple dragon, MALEFOR!!!

HC • FC • $9.99 • 80 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-268-5

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Angry Birds Comics #12

Paul Tobin & Various (w) • Corrado Mastantuono & Various (a) • Paco Rodriques(c)

Season One concludes!

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Empire: Uprising #3

Mark Waid (w) • Barry Kitson (a & c)

Outside forces have put enemy agents into play against Golgoth and the Empire—and Golgoth at last faces an enemy who may be more than a match for him and his ministers!

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Insufferable #2

Mark Waid (w) • Peter Krause (a & c)

Galahad finally has a lead on the identity of his mother’s murderer: his father, Nocturnus! What the hell secrets is this family hiding?

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Long Distance #1 (of 4)

Thomas Zahler (w & a & c)

From the creator of Love and Capes, Thom Zahler! While stranded in an airport, Carter and Lee meet and hit it off immediately. Problem is, he lives in Columbus and she lives in Chicago. Can they manage to have a relationship separated by three hundred miles, a time zone, and the entire state of Indiana?

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D4VE #5 (of 5)

Ryan Ferrier (w) • Valentin Ramon (a & c)

THIS IS THE END. Without power or hope, the robots fall at the hands of the K’laar empire and only one lone cubicle-jockey can save the robot race. In this shocking conclusion, D4VE must become the man he needs to be to save everything he’s ever loved.

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The Infinite Loop #3 (of 6)

Pierrick Colinet (w) • Elsa Charretier (a & c)

The two women seek refuge in a time wrap created by Teddy and start to build a life together, away from their old world. But they must confront the morality of hiding while others human anomalies are being killed…

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Pierrick Colinet (w) • Elsa Charretier (a) • Charlie Adlard (c)

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Zombies vs Robots #6

Chris Ryall, Steve Niles (w) • Anthony Diecidue, Val Mayerik (a) • Ashley Wood (c)

“Inherit the Earth!,” part 6! On the Amazons’ island, forces converge in a battle between damaged robots, rotting zombies, invaders from the moon… and humans caught in the middle! Then, in the finale of “The Orphan,” everything blows up.

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The Maxx: Maxximized #20

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

As the Hooly bears down on Jungle Maxx and Julie in the inner world of the Outback, in the real world a greater trauma threatens Maxx as Julie grapples with whether or not to move out and leave Maxx… forever.

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The October Faction #8

Steve Niles (w) • Damien Worm (a & c)

Fredrick agrees the kids are finally ready to join the family business as monster hunters, so class is in session! Today is their first day of training, and they have just one assignment… survive.

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Winterworld: Frozen Fleet #2 (of 3)

Chuck Dixon (w) • Esteve Polls (a) • Gerardo Zaffino (c)

Scully and Wynn discover that a graveyard of ice-bound ships is very much alive with souls desperate for a savior. And there are worse things on the frozen sea than gnawing hunger and killing cold.

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Johnny Boo Meets Dragon Puncher

James Kochalka (w & a & c)

James Kochalka, the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont, has been hailed by School Library Journal for creating “Just the right blend of sarcasm, silliness, and action to appeal to both child readers and to adults reading with their kids.” Now, his two uproarious series collide, as “the best little ghost in the world” teams up with everyone’s favorite robot-kitty-warrior to take on a terrifying Ice Dragon! When JOHNNY BOO meets DRAGON PUNCHER, the result is an explosion of adventure and fun.

HC • FC • $9.99 • 40 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-60309-368-2

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Johnny Boo, Vol. 2 NEW PRINTING • FC • $9.95 • ISBN: 978-1-60309-015-5

Johnny Boo, Vol. 3 NEW PRINTING • FC • $9.95 • ISBN: 978-1-60309-041-4

Johnny Boo, Vol. 4 • FC • $9.95 • ISBN: 978-1-60309-059-9

Johnny Boo, Vol. 5 • FC • $9.95 • ISBN: 978-1-60309-084-1

Johnny Boo, Vol. 6 • FC • $9.95 • ISBN: 978-1-60309-349-1

Dragon Puncher, Vol. 1 • FC • $9.95 • ISBN: 978-1-60309-057-5

Dragon Puncher, Vol. 2 • FC • $9.95 • ISBN: 978-1-60309-085-8

Bacchus: Omnibus Edition, Vol. 1

Eddie Campbell (w & a & c)

Eddie Campbell’s BACCHUS is a true epic, spanning a decade of work, over a thousand pages, and several millennia of alcohol consumption. In BACCHUS, the visionary behind FROM HELL (with Alan Moore) and ALEC: THE YEARS HAVE PANTS presents his version of “an American-style comic book,” filtered through his own brilliant, whimsical, and wide-ranging sensibility. With a fine blend of action, comedy, suspense, and an ear for a great story, BACCHUS brings the gods and myths of ancient Greece to modern life, as if they had never left. Nearly 600 pages, this deluxe volume collects the first half of the BACCHUS saga (including Immortality Isn’t Forever, The Gods of Business, Doing the Islands with Bacchus, The Eyeball Kid: One Man Show, and Earth, Water, Air & Fire) with new notes and commentary by the author.

TPB • B&W • $39.99 • 576 pages • 7.5” x 10” • ISBN: 978-1-60309-026-1

 

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American Barbarian: The Complete Series

Tom Scioli (w & a & c)

American Barbarian is a pop art odyssey from the artist and co-author of Transformers vs. G.I. JOE. A red-white-and-blue-haired hero must defend a post-post-apocalyptic world from the immortal Two-Tank Omen.

HC • FC • $29.99 • 256 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-332-3

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Inks, Drinks, and Catfinks! The Custom Cartoon Art of Shawn Dickinson

Shawn Dickinson (a & c)

Shawn Dickinson’s first deluxe art book! Influenced by old comic strips, 1930’s rubber hose cartoons, 1960’s “kustom culture” art, pin-up art, and MAD magazine, this collection of cartoons, paintings, comics, and illustrations from the past decade covers a wide range of his personal art as well as professional illustration work for rock bands, companies such as Fender Guitars, Shaun White’s clothing line, and much more. If you’re a fan of cartoony art featuring surf= and hot-rod culture, rock n’ roll art, beer drinking cats, sexy cartoon go-go girls, and bug-eyed weirdos, this book is for you!

HC • FC • $39.99 • 224 pages • 11” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-340-8

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Haunted Horror #17

Various (w & a) • L.B. Cole (c)

Another terror-ific must-have issue of the fan-favorite with never-before-reprinted Pre-Code classics! Listen to the critics scream: Bloody Disgusting says Haunted Horror is “The best in classic horror comics.”

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Popeye Classics #35

Bud Sagendorf (w & a & c)

Ahoy, ya swabs! Another great issue of Popeye by the genius cartoonist Bud Sagendorf! This one sports not one, not two, but THREE comics with Popeye and Swee’pea! Surreal masterpieces, rousing tales, and guffaws galore!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Bravo For Adventure

Alex Toth (w & a & c)

Alex Toth’s magnum opus, collected in its entirety for the first time ever! This deluxe hardcover edition contains all three of The Genius’s stories starring Jesse Bravo, knock-about pilot and reluctant swashbuckler, including the original graphic novel that’s been out of print for 30 years. Also included are never-before-seen pencil roughs, preliminary drawings, and story fragments, as well as Toth’s own coloring samples for an edition that never saw print, and—freed from storage after 40 years—some of the coloring for what was intended to be Bravo’s original 1975 first printing in France! The ultimate Bravo for Adventure, published by special arrangement with the Toth family!

HC • PC • $34.99 • 100 pages • 9.5” x 13” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-350-7

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Genius Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth • FC • $49.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-024-5

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The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection, Volume 1! 1977-1978

Stan Lee (w) • John Romita (a & c)

The wondrous wall-crawler’s long-running newspaper strip by Stan Lee, John Romita, and others is given the deluxe Library of American Comics treatment, with all Sundays in color and integrated with the dailies—just as they originally appeared in newspapers worldwide. Edited by Bruce Canwell, this first volume includes the complete strips from the series start in 1977 through the end of 1978.

HC • PC • $49.99 • 312 pages • 11” x 8.5” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-351-4

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Shadow Show: Stories In Celebration of Ray Bradbury

Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella, Neil Gaiman, Mort Castle, Audrey Niffeneffer, Harlan Ellison, Sam Weller, Dave Eggers, Charles Yu, Alice Hoffman (w) • Charles Paul Wilson III, Maria Frohlich, Eddie Campbell, Mark Sexton, Matthew Dow Smith, Christine Larsen, S L Gallant, Chris Evenhuis (a) • Charles Paul Wilson III (c)

Acclaimed writers and artists come together to pay tribute to the one and only Ray Bradbury in these adaptations of nine short stories such as “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” “Backward in Seville,” and more.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-267-8

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Phantasmagoria #2 (of 4)

El Torres (w) • Angel Hernandez (a & c)

“The Ghost Lens,” part 2. The Outer Fiend—a vicious entity that holds enormous power—has possessed the body of Jane Grantley! Professor Hawke and his companions are on the run to save Jane before his mortal enemy gets there first…

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El Torres (w) • Angel Hernandez (a) • Juan Jose Ryp (c)

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Monster Motors

Brian Lynch (w) • Nick Roche (a & c)

In Transylvania, Kentucky, genius mechanic Vic Frankenstein and his android assistant iGOR battle Cadillacula, an evil vampire-car that sucks gas out of other vehicles! Also getting in on the action is Minivan Helsing, four-wheeled monster-hunter! Collects the one-shot, the two-part story “The Curse of Minivan Helsing,” and a special all-new story featuring…Witchcraft Carrier!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-337-8

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Creeple Peeple

Matt Anderson & Patrick Pidgeon (w) • Tim Lattie (a & c)

It’s weird science gone wild! A trio of gifted lab students hatches a bizarre scheme that runs amok when they inadvertently create a mystical bunch of wildly creepy troll-creatures that wreak havoc on campus.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 100 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-334-7

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Dungeons & Dragons: Abraxis Wren of Eberron

Paul Crilley, Keith Baker (w) • Valerio Schiti, Paco Diaz, Atilio Rojo, Chris Lie (a) • menton3 (c)

Eberron holds many wonders, from dragonmarks to warforges, deadly dungeons to elemental airships. As the shadows of evil and conspiracy threaten to envelop the land, heroes of prophecy come forth to save the day. Collects the 2012 Annual, Infestation 2: Dungeons & Dragons, and Eye of the Wolf.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 148 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-265-4

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Drones #3 (of 5)

Chris Lewis (w) • Bruno Oliveira (a) • Cabral (c)

Stinger and Angel Eyes’ quest for answers gets more complicated with the arrival of the world’s most intelligent intelligence agency.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Creature Cops: Special Varmint Unit

Rob Anderson (w) • Fernando Melek, Novo Malgap (a) • Leandro Panganiban & Steve Bird (c)

Patchwork, hybrid animals are everywhere, and it’s up to the Creature Cops to deal with them! From escaped gator-snakes to neglected Horned Mastiffs, burned out veteran Kaminski and his partner Marita Vasquez think they’ve seen it all… until they discover a nest of griffins, and end up on the trail of a ten-year-old cold case that nearly ended Kaminski’s careerand life!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 100 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-333-0

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Miami Vice: Remix #4 (of 5)

Joe Casey (w) • Jim Mahfood (a & c)

Detectives Crockett and Tubbs have come back from the brink of death but the Miami drug lords may not be so lucky. Though they have the Miami PD outgunned such things matter not to Lt. Martin Castillo, a master of the Eastern Arts! The streets of Miami are about to be painted in blood by an artist in the ways of war!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Saved by the Bell, Vol. 1

Joelle Sellner (w) • Chynna Clugston Flores, Tim Fish (a) • Chynna Clugston Flores (c)

All your favorite characters–Zack, Slater, Kelly, Lisa, Screech, and Jessie (and Mr. Belding, of course!)–are back at Bayside High for freshman year, trading in brick phones and mullets for iPhones and Twitter accounts.

TPB • FC • $12.99 • 112 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-312-5

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Wonderous: The Adventures of Claire Sinclair, Vol. 1

Joelle Sellner (w) • Rick Burchett (a) • Photo (c)

Meet real-life icon Claire Sinclair, recast here as a financially struggling college student who volunteers for a medical study for some quick cash… and ends up superpowers! When she realizes that her ex-boyfriend also has powers that he’s using to go on a citywide crime spree, it’s super-villain vs. superhero—but will old feelings get in the way?

TPB • FC • $14.99 • 124 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-313-2

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Dead Squad: Ayala Tal

Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia (w) • Netho Diaz (a) • Jeff Langevin (c)

From the pages of DEAD SQUAD, the spotlight is finally shone on the mystery and history of Ayala Tal. Who is this sensual and savage killer? What does she want? And why?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Dead Squad

Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia (w) • Michael Montenat (a) • Howard Chaykin (c)

Three highly trained Delta Force Operators embark on a high-stakes mission to obtain a mysterious serum. But when they are betrayed by one of their own, securing the drug immediately becomes a matter of life, death, and their own resurrection.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-292-0

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Graphic Policy Radio This Monday with guest Kelly Thompson

GP Radio pic MondayThis Monday Graphic Policy Radio is getting truly outrageous as comic creator Kelly Thompson joins us to discuss Jem & The Holograms! The series debuts Wednesday March 25 and features art from Sophie Campbell. Graphic Policy Radio airs LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

In addition to the upcoming Jem & The Holograms comic, Kelly is the writer of Storykiller and The Girl Who Would Be King, as well as the co-writer of Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps.

Jem will be on a lot of people’s minds as there’s not only the comic, but a live action movie hitting theaters October 2015. For those who don’t remember the rocking 80s cartoon….

It’s the 21st century, and Jem and The Holograms are 21st century girls! Meet Jerrica Benton, the gifted singer of The Holograms, a band that has the right look and the right sound… But one thing is holding them back—Jerrica’s crippling stage fright. Luckily, Jerrica is about to find help in the most unlikely of places when she discovers a forgotten present left by her father. And what she finds is truly outrageous!

Joining us is frequent guest Emma Houxbois. Emma is a queer blogger for hire out of Vancouver, BC, and the DC Comics reviewer for The Rainbow Hub!

So join us Monday and find out what everyone will be talking about, when we discuss Jem & the Holograms with Kelly Thompson. We want to hear from you too! Call in with your thoughts at (619) 768-2952 or Tweet them to us @graphicpolicy.

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Angry Birds/Transformers #4 (of 4)

John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a & c)

The action heats up as the Eggspark begins to alter the fundamental forces of Piggy Island itself! With the Autobirds and Deceptihogs forming an uneasy alliance, will their combined might be enough to halt inevitable doom?! Find out in the thrilling conclusion to this years’ most mind-bending mash-up!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Bigger Bang #4 (of 4)

D.J. Kirkbride (w) • Vassilis Gogtzilas (a & c)

Betrayal! Doubt! Love lost! COSMIC TITANS CLASH in a battle royale between Cosmos and King Thulu, with Wyan caught in the crossfire! The fates of universes hang in the balance as Kirkbride and Gogtzilas bring The Bigger Bang to its thunderous conclusion.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Borderlands #7: Tannis & The Vault Part 3 (of 4)

Mikey Neumann (w) • Agustin Padilla (a & c)

Now that they’ve deciphered how to find The Vault, Lilith, Roland, Brick, and Mordecai must set out on their journey to gather the tools necessary to open it. But will they even want to?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Dungeons & Dragons Legends of Baldur’s Gate #5

Jim Zub (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Sarah Stone (c)

A dragon rampages through the streets of Baldur’s Gate and the only thing standing between salvation and destruction is two thieves, a wild mage, a ranger and a miniature giant space hamster! Swords for everyone! It wouldn’t be Dungeons & Dragons without a dragon, now would it? Writer Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Wayward) and artist Max Dunbar (Red Sonja) wrap up their first story arc of action-packed D&D adventure!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Fly: Outbreak #1 (of 5)

Brandon Seifert (w) • menton3 (a & c)

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Garbage Pail Kids: Love Stinks

Peter Bagge, Dean Haspiel, Mark Pingitore, Joe Simko, Various (w & a) • Pingitore (c)

In December, the Garbage Pail Kids were dragged kicking and screaming into the world of comic books. Now, those miscreants are right where you’d expect to find them… in love? That can’t be right, you say? Well, if loving GPK is wrong, we don’t want to be right. So join the Kids as they celebrate Valentine’s Day the only way they know how: the exchange of bodily fluids (and solids)!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #211

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

THE RETURN OF SERPENTOR! G.I. JOE’s plan to control an unknown force goes awry, and the former Cobra Emperor now commands a powerful weapon that even G.I. JOE might not be able to stop. The reign of SERPENTOR begins again in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #211!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Judge Dredd #28

Duane Swierczynski (w) • Nelson Daniel (a) • Mark Torres (c)

“Mega-City Manhunt,” conclusion—The long run is over, and Dredd wants Chief Justice Cal to answer for his crimes! But Mega-City One is already in twitchy, paranoid chaos (namely thanks to the events of the previous 27 issues). What will the news of Cal’s deceptions do to the soul of the city? That’s when Judge Anderson comes up with a shocking solution that could change the Meg forever…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #4

Eric Shanower (w) • Gabriel Rodriguez (a & c)

Nemo’s first new adventure in Slumberland concludes in gorgeous and surreal fashion, courtesy of Shanower and Rodriguez!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Millennium #2 (of 5)

Joe Harris (w) • Colin Lorimer (a) • menton3 (c)

Fifteen years ago, the end of the world—the anticipated “Millennium Event”—was avoided thanks to the efforts of Frank Black and FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Or was it? Frank’s psychic gifts have been showing him that evil has continued to grow unabated in the world, and he’s trying his best to ignore it. But soon the resurgence of the Millennium Group and their quest to find Frank’s daughter Jordan will pull him into the fray once again whether he likes it or not!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #28

Katie Cook (w) • Andy Price (a) • Price, Sara Richard (c)

“The Root of the Problem” Part 2! Twilight and friends journey to the heart of Everfree Forest to find out what has been causing its inhabitants to flee. What they find can only mean trouble for Ponyville!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Orphan Black #2

John Fawcett, Graeme Manson & Jody Houser (w) • Szymon Kudranski (a) • Cat Staggs (c)

One. Of a kind. When Sarah attempted to assume the identity of a lookalike stranger, she soon uncovered an earth-shattering secret: she is a clone. Sarah also learns that someone is trying to kill them all, one by one. That someone is another clone, Helena, a murderous, self-abusing fundamentalist who believes she is the “original” and all her other sisters are “abominations” to be eradicated.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #3

Derek Charm, Rachel Deering (w) • Charm, Christine Larsen (a) • Charm (c)

The Powerpuff Girls follow the monstrously mutated Dee Dee’s trail to the world of Cow and Chicken! Too bad Red Guy has gotten to her first! His plan? Make Dee Dee a superstar! Can Cow, Chicken and the Powerpuff Girls reach Dee Dee before she signs her life away?? Plus, a short story featuring The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy…and a beauty pageant? That’s not gonna be pretty…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44

Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Cory Smith (a) • Smith, Eastman (c)

“Attack on Technodrome” Part 4! Minutes remain before the Technodrome fully activates and Shredder, Krang and the Turtles all vie for control. No side will be left unscathed in this epic climax as one character makes an ultimate sacrifice!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers #39—Combiner Wars Opening Salvo

John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)

OPENING SALVO! The Autobots and Decepticons’ uneasy peace is threatened by the flames of war! STARSCREAM—ruler of CYBERTRON—makes contact with WINDBLADE’S homeworld—and the only defense against a new CYBERTRONIAN EMPIRE are COMBINERS—multiple CYBERTRONIANS forming together into huge, dangerous forms!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The X-Files: Season 10 #21

Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • Francesco Francavilla (c)

“Elders,” part 1 of 5: For as long as humanity has known of the alien plot to re-colonize the Earth, there have been men who would conspire to consolidate that knowledge, and the power that came with it, for themselves. But the “Syndicate” that long bedeviled Agents Mulder and Scully are no more, consumed and destroyed by those very secrets they kept… or are they? What new secrets will they fight and kill for? And what will become of the X-Files once those secrets are laid bare? The end begins here!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Star Trek Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #4

Star Trek Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #4

Publisher: IDW/BOOM! Studios

Authors: Scott Tipton, David Tipton
Artist: Rachael Stott

Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S Enterprise have pursued Klingon warships through an interdimensional portal, finding themselves on a parallel Earth where mankind has become an inferior species and apes rule the planet! Searching for Klingon interference, they’ve encountered Colonel George Taylor, a time-lost astronaut from 20th-century Earth who’s hell-bent for vengeance for what’s become of humanity. Kirk and Taylor have come to an uneasy truce, and Taylor has agreed to help stop the Klingons from setting off a civil war among the Apes. And just in the nick of time, as General Marius and his Klingon-armed forces march on Ape City…

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IDW Games Announces Orphan Black Tabletop Games

Orphan Black logoOn the heels of Orphan Black #1 being announced as February’s top-selling comic, today IDW announced it would release a series of Orphan Black tabletop games. Up first will be a deductive card game scheduled to be in stores this summer. The games will feature characters from the hit show and will further enrich the tension and unpredictability fans have experienced through the first two seasons. Orphan Black returns to BBC AMERICA for a highly anticipated third season on April 18th at 9:00pm ET, with the season premiere also airing across all AMC networks channels – AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv in the U.S. and across Bell Media’s Space, Bravo, CTV, and MTV channels in Canada.

The first Orphan Black game will be a tense contest of deduction and deception for 3-6 players. In Orphan Black: The Card Game, you are secretly assigned to one of three teams; the Proletheans, Neolutionists, or the Bird Watchers. The goal of the game is to influence as many clones into joining your faction as possible, while also keeping your opponents guessing as to which of the three factions you’re really working for. If you can keep other players in the dark while secretly exerting influence on your targets, you’ll come out on top. The constant uneasiness of not knowing who to trust during the game will have players feeling like they’re living an episode of the hit TV show, and the strategic depth of play will excite even the most avid board gamers.

Look for Orphan Black: The Card Game to hit stores in July 2015.

Tom Scioli’s American Barbarian Comes to IDW in July

American BarbarianThis July, artist and co-author of the critically acclaimed Transformers vs. G.I. JOE, Tom Scioli unleashes his anarchic comic-book odyssey, American Barbarian. This new edition from IDW Publishing collects the complete series with exclusive, behind-the-scenes bonus material and an all-new introduction by comics legend Rob Liefeld.

Conceived and executed as only Scoli can, American Barbarian stretches the comics medium to its limits. American Barbarian tells the complete tale of Meric, the last American on a revenge quest across the POST-post-apocalyptic landscape of New Earthea. The half-tank/half-mummy Two-Tank Omen murdered Meric’s family and payback is due. The young barbarian will fight every zombie, mutant motorcycle gang, and robosaur (robotic dinosaur) if that’s what it takes to keep the American Dream alive.

American Barbarian: The Complete Series collects Scioli’s experimental webcomic in its entirety along with the never-seen-before process section “American Barbarian Apocrypha.” The story changes gears and shifts tone both in its writing and in its artwork. Kirbyesque cartooning gives way to watercolor and photocollage. It’s Jack Kirby meets Robert E. Howard meets Chuck Jones.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

RedOne01_CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Invisible Republic #1 (Image Comics) – This new series is not what I expected at all. It follows a journalist who’s researching how an empire rose and fell. The story perspective is what really stood out to me, and out of everything I’ve read so far this week, this one beyond exceeded my expectation.

Chrononauts #1 (Image Comics) – Mark Millar and Sean Gordon Murphy do the time travel thing in this latest Millarworld release. The first issue is entertaining, but how it’ll differ from Black Science (an Image comic with a similar premise) will be key.

Frankenstein Underground #1 (Dark Horse) – The latest entry into the Mignolaverse is a fantastic read and welcome addition to one of the strongest comic universes out there.

Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew (Cosmic Times) – When we get stories about giant robots and the folks who control them, it’s always an individual, or a couple of people that get all the glory. Did you know there’s a whole team within the robot that keeps it running? This hilarious series focuses on the individuals who don’t get enough credit.

Transformers #39 (IDW Publishing) – The Combiner Wars have begun, and holy crap is this first issue amazing.

Edward

Top Pick: Red One #1 (Image Comics) – This new series seems to have a lot of potential, combining a talented creative team with an interesting concept.  It seems like Evil Knievel mixed with Black Widow, all of which leads to a double cross.

Batgirl #40 (DC Comics) – The new direction of Batgirl has almost become meta- and aware of itself, but maybe rightfully so after its success.  It will be interesting to see where the creative team can take the character after their success so far.

Princess Leia #2 (Marvel) –  Some were expecting more out of this series after the success of the other new Star Wars series, but one of the Star Wars universe’s more complex but also overlooked characters deserves another look to see what happened before Hoth.

Satellite Sam #12 (Image Comics) – This series never fails to disappoint, with its intricate story and deep characters.  Revelations upon revelations show that the golden age of Hollywood was not what we thought it to be.

Silk #2 (Marvel) – Spider-Gwen gets all the fanfare, but is Silk what it should have really been?  The series is a step above its spider-rival and worth a second look.

Elana

Top Pick: Storm #9 (Marvel) – This Important X-Men Book is entering a new arc and I’m eager to see what it is. This book asks important questions about who we are in the world and how those of us with and without superpowers can empower oppressed people worldwide. It’s a topic I’d like more comics to consider since the premise of superheroes really begs that question.

Black Widow #16 (Marvel) – I have a feeling this issue is going to involve a lot of asskicking, espionage and top notch art. Because it always does. Noto puts the rest to shame. His painterly panels are very approachable for new readers who may be put off by cartoonish-ness elsewhere. The story reads like an action/suspense film right now.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 (Marvel) – It’s really funny. And even if I wasn’t hooked I’d still have to buy it for my husband. I love the narrative device of Doreen owning a set of Deadpool Trading cards that give background on any enemy she faces. North’s secret text below the panels joke is carried over from Adventure Time but this book has a strong sense of character all its own. I love Squirrel Girl’s attitude and I bet it would be great for kids.

Lazarus Vol. 3 Conclave TP (Image Comics) This book rocks in trades. It is the smartest dystopian sci-fi around. A comic that is doing our medium proud and a heroine who looks like she can actually kick your ass.

Loki Agent of Asgard #12 (Marvel)On our podcast we talked about Al Ewing’s writing here and how the book’s tone and Loki’s voice reminds us of his writing on Doctor Who: the 11th Doctor. You should give this comic to our friends who love Matt Smith’s Doctor Who or Hiddleston as Loki. It really is a good gateway drug! I mean comic, sorry, gateway comic (though start from issue 1).

Johnny Dellarocca (Comixstravaganza Live)

Top Pick: Silk #2 (Marvel) – we really enjoyed issue one and the pace and tone of the premiere did a great job of establishing the connection to Peter Parker, but at the same time setting it apart completely.

Avengers – Busiek and Perez Omnibus (Marvel) – FINALLY! The smaller collections have been difficult to find, so this omnibus is a welcome addition to your hardcover library. If you are a fan of “old school” super team adventures than you know Busiek and Perez’s run was legendary. They successfully resurrected this franchise from the brutal death brought in by Leifeld (and Lee’s) “Heroes Reborn” debacle. Also this is in the days when a story arc was 2-3 issues instead of the epic 12 – 24+ issue arcs of Bendis and Hickman. Busiek’s Avengers actually DID something instead of wandering around reacting.

This is the pick of the year

Frankenstein Underground #1 (Dark Horse) – It’s Mignola. It’s Frankenstein on the lamb. Do need anything else?

Princess Leia #2 (Marvel) – I’m really hoping that this continues to be strong. Vader #2 suffered a little bit, but the creative team on this is really strong! What’s great about these canon series is that we potentially see greater depth in the characters and that should enhance our appreciation of the films. So far Marvel has done s great job!

Rocketeer Complete Dave Stevens TPB (IDW Publishing) – IDW is doing a great job of breathing new, authentic life into this character and this month they are reprinting the complete Dave Steven’s series in one collection in paperback. The hardcover collection from Dark Horse us hard to find, so a TPB is welcome!

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