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On the Books: Mario Lopez memoir arriving this fall

Saved by the Bell‘s Mario Lopez’s upcoming memoir Just Between Us will be released on September 30. In the book, the Extra host opens up about his successes in the entertainment industry and “the heartbreaking mistakes” that still haunt him, including his highly public, and at times tumultuous, love life. In a release from his publisher Celebra, Lopez added, “There are no do-overs in life, so I had to learn to pick myself up and move forward, never forgetting the hard-won lessons. I’m thrilled to share my story in this memoir, to reveal the memories I’ve held close to my heart for the time.” This will be Lopez’s fourth book. [The Hollywood Reporter] READ FULL STORY

'C.O.W.L.': Meet your next comic obsession -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES

As we gear up for a Fall TV season filled with superheroes and shows based on comic books, a lot of people (myself included) have been waiting for the next big TV series to explode from the comic book publisher Image Comics — publisher of The Walking Dead, which first made the transition to the small screen in 2010. In C.O.W.L., I believe we have the next best contender.

The buzz behind C.O.W.L. has been building since the series was announced at the Image Expo earlier this year. Co-written by Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel, it reads as a down and dirty Mad Men meets Heroes in ’60s Chicago. Labor unions and corrupt politicians lay the groundwork that super-powered agents fly over. On the artwork is Rod Reis, an artist whose coloring you may have seen in several DC Comics — but C.O.W.L. makes his first major published sequential work. Somewhere between Bill Sienkevich and Phil Noto, Rod’s work is dynamic and graphic, with a timeless atmosphere.

Based on a short film Higgins made called The League, C.O.W.L. takes that story one step further while also keeping it grounded in a film noir-inspired aesthetic. The characters feel real — not like pastiches of existing superheroes, but rather actual people who happen to have superpowers. The series features an ensemble cast, and through solid pacing, we get a feel for each of them. The action carries weight from the start, and I suspect it’ll get even more intense as the series moves forward. You can pick up the first issue in comic shops today — and most likely will be watching it on TV before too long. See five exclusive images from C.O.W.L. after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Man of Steel makeover: Superman gets suped up by Marvel artist John Romita Jr. -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES

The name John Romita Jr. has been synonymous with Marvel Comics for nearly 45 years. His father John Romita Sr. was one of the signature Spider-Man artists from the 1960s, and he himself had definitive runs on Daredevil, The Punisher, Thor, and Spider-Man before branching out to work with Mark Millar on their creator-owned comic book Kick-Ass.

After some dissatisfaction with contract negotiations at Marvel, John Romita Jr. contemplated working on more of his creator-owned projects, when DC Comics lured him to their side of the fence with the cherished offer of drawing — and redefining — the first (and arguably best) superhero, Superman. Paired up with DC’s top writer, fan favorite Geoff Johns, they hope to bring the Man of Tomorrow into the future. READ FULL STORY

New 'Walking Dead' book series coming from Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga -- EXCLUSIVE

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After collaborating on four novels already, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga are teaming up again for another four book Walking Dead series, the first of which is titled Descent and will be released by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press on Oct. 14. And we’ve got the exclusive first look at the cover for you right here. (Zombies in a tunnel are always a scary sight…unless Maggie Greene is around, I suppose.) READ FULL STORY

Archie Comics to kill off Archie, sort of

They say no one really appreciates you until after you’re gone. Now Archie Andrews, the hero of the long-running Archie comics series, will be able to discover that first-hand: An upcoming issue of the comic will flash-forward to the future and show how Archie meets his death.

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Hero Worship: Brad Meltzer takes on Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, and ... Batman

Brad Meltzer has a hang-up about heroes. He keeps looking for real ones.

The thriller novelist (The Inner CircleThe Book of Fate) and conspiracy investigator (the non-fiction History Decoded) has  regularly explored the dynamics of good vs. evil in the comic book world, penning stories about Green Arrow and the Justice League of America. But as the father of three young kids, Meltzer says he started to rethink what it means to be one of the good guys. Superhuman crimefighters may be fun, but they’re fantasy.

As part of a new series of picture books, he decided to focus on real-life iconic leaders, adventurers, and trailblazers. But he found his stories of heroism in an unlikely place — their childhoods.

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'The Illegitimates': Peek into the first issues of 'SNL' star Taran Killam's comic book debut -- EXCLUSIVE

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One of comedy’s most exciting rising stars, Saturday Night Live breakout Taran Killam, is venturing into the world of pen and ink with his debut comic book The Illegitimates (which hits stores on Wednesday).

Here’s the hilarious premise (co-penned by Marc Andreyko): After the death of a James Bond-esque super-spy named Jack Steele, a secret organization turns to five of Steele’s bastard children — sired by the women he haphazardly romanced during his adventures — to form a new spy team.

If it seems crazy that no one has told this story before, it is. “It’s such a trope of those spy movies — he’s always left with the lady of the moment on the beach, or in a car wreck,” Killam tells EW. “He was not carrying a condom with him on the island of Dr. No.”

Killam is a self-described fanboy of comics and says he’s never been prouder of anything else creatively in his life. “Christmastime in particular, I got a comic in my stocking and would build my collection through that, or [I’d] at least discover a new title and continue it on through the rest of the year,” says Killam. “The fact that Wednesday I can walk into a comic book store and see my title on a shelf is the most thrilling thing.”

Interest piqued? Intrigue prickled!? Enjoy an exciting preview of Killam, Andreyko, and Kevin Sharpe’s first two issues of The Illegitimates below! (Issue No. 1 is available Wednesday; No. 2 comes out Jan. 8, 2014.)
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Iron Man uncovers family secrets in new comic book -- SPOILERS

Tony Stark’s always been a man of many talents for whom surprise is a rare thing.

But the avenging philanthropic billionaire — better known for the high-tech armor he wears as Iron Man — is about to find himself felled by not one, but two, family secrets that has him questioning his place in the world and why the reality of his origin was kept from him.

The big reveal comes in the pages of Iron Man No. 17, out Wednesday in comic shops, written by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Carlo Pagulayan and Scott Hanna, lettered by Joe Caramagna and edited by Mark Paniccia.

In it Gillen brings the long-simmering story to its conclusion with Stark finding out that not only is he — again, spoilers — adopted, but that his parents, Howard and Maria, had a son — imbued with alien technology proffered by the rogue android 451 — who has been hidden away from the world, laden with unknown abilities and, perhaps, powers. READ FULL STORY

Read an excerpt from the TV-inspired 'Grimm: The Icy Touch' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Things are looking a bit Grimm for Nick Burkhardt — though not on your TV screen. Instead, author John Shirley has written an original novel based on NBC’s hit fairy tale series series. In Grimm: The Icy Touch, Nick and Hank are left to investigate The Icy Touch, a criminal organization that’s threatening Wesen into joining their operation. The investigation quickly sparks a deadly rivalry.

We’ve got an exclusive excerpt from The Icy Touch, including two chapters in which Nick, Hank, Monroe, and Wesen find themselves in a fight or two. Check them out below:

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Check out an excerpt from the graphic novel epic 'Boxers & Saints' -- EXCLUSIVE

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In his first solo graphic novel since the National Book Award finalist American Born Chinese, writer and artist Gene Luen Yang takes on the often overlooked Boxer Rebellion and transforms history and legend to the page in the dual volume graphic novel, Boxers & Saints.

The two-book parallel narratives depict the late 19th century-early 20th century uprising in China through the eyes of two young characters, Little Bao and Four Girl/Vibiana. The first, Boxers, follows the journey of Little Bao, who leads a violent rebellion against the “foreign devils.” The second, Saints, tells the tale of Four Girl as she embraces the foreign religion Christianity as it offers her a sense of identity and self-acceptance.

Read on for an exclusive excerpt of the first book, Boxers, as Little Bao learns the “ritual” from Master Big Belly in order to invoke the power of the gods — in a style reminiscent of the power of Grayskull.

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