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Image Expo 2015: Skottie Young takes a battle axe to fairy tales in 'I Hate Fairyland'

Skottie Young’s art is a bit like Looney Tunes on speed, with big, manic chaos inflicted by and on impish and adorable characters. Having brought his trademark energy to characters all over the Marvel Universe and the world of L. Frank Baum’s Oz, Young is branching out to his first creator-owned book: I Hate Fairyland. It’s the story of Gertrude, a “slightly deranged” little girl trapped in Fairyland, a Candyland-esque magical place full of all sorts of things little kids ought to like. Except—despite her appearance—Gertrude isn’t a little girl anymore. She’s 40, and has been stuck in Fairyland for 30 years.

She’s quite fed up with it.

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Get your first full look at Marvel's 'Star Wars' #1, 2015's biggest comic

Next week marks the start of a new era for Star Wars with the launch of Marvel’s Star Wars #1 by the all-star team of Jason Aaron, John Cassaday, and Laura Martin. Not only will it be the first Marvel-published Star Wars book in over 20 years, but it’s the next entry in the brand-new Star Wars canon.

Set between episodes IV and V, the book will focus on the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia following the Death Star’s destruction. It’s also quite possibly the biggest comic of 2015, expected to sell one million copies—the first comic in two decades to do so.

Want to know what it’ll be like?

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What a crazy, random happenstance: Marvel's new 'Ant-Man' comic is here, and it's good

Marvel is working very hard this week to make sure you know who Ant-Man is. This was both inevitable and necessary—inevitable, because there’s an Ant-Man film headed our way in six months’ time, and necessary, because, well, Ant-Man is a pretty complicated comic book character.

Enter Ant-Man #1, Marvel’s new comic series dedicated to the story of Scott Lang, the Ant-Man we’ll meet in movie theaters this summer. Should you pick up the comic? The short answer is yes—written by Nick Spencer, with art by Ramon Pasanos and colors by Jordan Boyd, Ant-Man #1 is a very funny, well-executed first issue that tells a complete story (something few first issues manage to nail) and sets up a fun new status quo for Scott Lang.

That’s the ant-sized version, at least. The whole story is a bit longer, and considerably more complicated.

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Lo-fi science fiction and psychological horror collide aboard 'Southern Cross' -- exclusive

A spaceship is a terribly good place to set horror stories of all stripes. There’s the objective terror of it all—there’s just so much that could go wrong—but there’s also a subtler, more disconcerting horror that can find you deep in space, with nothing but cold metal between you and the starry abyss.

It’s that latter sort of horror that Becky Cloonan (The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, The Mire) and Andy Belanger (Kill Shakespeare) are hoping to give readers in Southern Cross, their forthcoming series from Image Comics. Set aboard the titular Southern Cross, a tanker bound for Saturn’s moon Titan, the story concerns Alex Braith, a former convict on her way to claim her sister’s remains—and hopefully, find out what happened to her.

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The best comic books of 2014: 'Avengers,' 'Lumberjanes,' 'The Wicked and the Divine,' and more

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2014 was a fantastic year for comic books of all stripes. In fact, it was too good—quality books from publishers large and small flooded shops every week, making it nigh impossible to catch everything. With such an embarrassment of riches available, it’s nearly impossible to be comprehensive. Bearing that in mind: Of the comics we did read this year, these were tops. READ FULL STORY

Get hundreds of Star Wars comics on sale before they disappear next week

For 23 years, Dark Horse has been the exclusive publisher of all Star Wars comics, telling all manner of stories set in a galaxy far, far away. But now that Disney owns all things Star Wars, the Dark Horse era of Star Wars comics is coming to an end—and on January 1, 2015, the publisher will no longer be allowed to sell any of its hundreds of Star Wars comics. So the publisher is saying goodbye with a huge sale.

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Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III talk Morpheus' father and this week's 'Sandman: Overture'

When Neil Gaiman announced that he would be once again returning to his much beloved comic book series The Sandman with a six-issue prequel series titled The Sandman: Overture, fans rejoiced. There really isn’t anything quite like The Sandman, a 75-issue story about stories written by Gaiman and illustrated by a long list of some of the best artists in comics. Illustrated by J.H. Williams III, one of the most jaw-droppingly gifted artists working in comics today, Overture was to tell the story that immediately preceded the first issue of Sandman, which saw the Master of Dreams laid low—something had weakened him, leaving him vulnerable to human occultists that imprisoned him for 70 years.

However, Overture hasn’t had the smoothest release schedule. Initially planned as a bi-monthly series, the book has slipped to an irregular schedule—issue three was released in July. While the long waits can be frustrating, when an issue does come out, it’s absolutely worth it. Williams’ art is lush, inventive, and ludicrously pretty, while Gaiman’s writing feels like he never quit telling Sandman stories.

With Overture’s fourth issue, available tomorrow, we’re approaching the confrontation between Dream himself and the mysterious force that lies at this story’s end. There’s a city of anthropomorphic stars, an asylum where one insane star resides, and the father of Dream and the Endless makes his first appearance. As things start to build toward Overture‘s conclusion, EW reached out to Gaiman and Williams to talk a little bit more about what readers can expect—and to share a few stunning preview pages.

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'The things you don't want to admit you feel': Scott Snyder previews 'Wytches' #3-exclusive

Over the past five years, Scott Snyder has quickly become one of the most popular writers in mainstream comics—largely due to his stellar, chart-topping run on Batman. But in his creator-owned work, Snyder has displayed a knack for gripping horror stories that double as explorations of very real and relatable anxieties and concerns. It’s horror steeped in humanity.

In Wytches, the Image Comics series Snyder co-created with the superstar art team of Jock and Matt Hollingsworth, the writer isn’t just completely reinventing witches—through the story of the Rook family’s dealings with the titular monsters, he’s diving deep into very real fears about being a parent, and the ugliness that hides in all of us.

In a characteristically honest fashion, Snyder sat down with EW to chat about where Wytches is going, what scares him as a parent, and the things that make normal people become the stuff horror is made of. Come for the interview; stick around for the sneak peek at this week’s Wytches #3.

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DC announces 'Arkham Knight' prequel comic -- exclusive

Rocksteady Entertainment’s Arkham series of Batman games are among the best superhero games ever made. Granted, that’s a bar that wasn’t terribly hard to clear, but the trilogy that began with 2009’s Arkham Asylum and about to conclude with next year’s Arkham Knight has effectively raised the bar sky-high. One of the reasons for the game’s success is the way it subtly remixes the Batman mythos, coming up with a take that’s true to the story beats that everyone knows, but with a texture and feel that is uniquely its own.

Arkham Knight is different. While the previous two games—Arkham Asylum and Arkham City (Arkham Origins wasn’t developed by Rocksteady)—all told original stories, Arkham Knight is the first to introduce a new character, the titular Arkham Knight. As such, a prequel comic is an interesting prospect.

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A look inside the world of 'Bitch Planet' with Kelly Sue Deconnick

Eisner Award nominee Kelly Sue DeConnick knows a thing or two about making your work stand out. The author of acclaimed titles such as Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly, and Avengers Assemble, DeConnick has a knack for creating stories and characters that resonate with readers. (Look no further than the Carol Corps, a passionate group of fans that sprung out of DeConnick’s re-invigoration of Marvel’s Carol Danvers.) Her latest project—Bitch Planet, out next week from Image Comics—is no exception.

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