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'Star Trek': Life after Khan begins with IDW's 'After Darkness'

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The “new” mythology of Starfleet began with the brand-reviving J.J. Abrams film Star Trek in 2009 and extended with Star Trek Into Darkness  this summer, but the canon is not limited to those silver screen cornerstones — the events chronicled in the Paramount videogame  also “count as canon” (as Trek producer and writer Roberto Orci has pointed out on many occasions) as do the events in the Star Trek comic books from IDW Publishing, the fourth largest comic book publisher in America (since 2011) and a brand that just posted the best market-share month in its 14-year history.

Issue No. 22 of the IDW Trek series arrives this week at stores and, as the After Darkness title suggests, it takes the story beyond the events depicted in Star Trek Into Darkness and, in doing so, becomes the first official Trek tale in any medium to take the story baton past the most recent film’s Khan story.

And (with Orci’s guidance as the creative consultant on the comics series) it may hint about the priorities for the next cinematic mission. To learn more about the spirit of the IDW series, we mind-melded with writer Mike Johnson (who is teamed with artist Erfan Fajar on story pages and the gifted Tim Bradstreet on select covers) to find out if he’s in Federation space or out of his Vulcan mind.
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'Pacific Rim: Tales of Year Zero' graphic novel has an anchor in kaiju waters

Unleashing the Kraken would surely satisfy any appetite for cinematic destruction, right? Think again because Clash of the Titans screenwriter Travis Beacham went looking for bigger fish to fry (or, uh,  more substantial sea monsters to sauté?) and the result is the Guillermo del Toro-helmed Pacific Rim, one of the most-anticipated genre films of 2013 and one of the very few that is not a sequel or a prequel, a remake or an adaptation, or (as in the case of Star Trek Into Darkness) some meta-hybrid of the above. Beacham has taken the story one step further and turned the origins of Pacific Rim into a companion comic, Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero.

The story is set in a near-future where coastal cities are ravaged by giant beasties who enter our world through a mysterious inter-dimensional portal down in briny depths. Out this week, Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero (112-page hardcover, $24.99 from Legendary) was written by Beacham and illustrated by Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet, Pericles Junior, Chris Batista, and Geoff Shaw. The Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures movie stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman and opens July 12 in 3-D and IMAX 3-D.

EW spoke with Beacham about the challenges of fitting the huge scale of the movie into a companion comic.
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Furor over Orson Scott Card's anti-gay views drives 'Superman' illustrator to leave comic

Celebrated science fiction author Orson Scott Card also happens to be a fervent, outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage — and now the controversy sparked by his unpopular views has affected Card’s upcoming Adventures of Superman project.

Card has been opposed to gay marriage for decades; in 2009, he joined the board of directors of the National Organization for Marriage, a conservative group dedicated to “protect[ing] marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.” When DC announced last month that Card would co-write an issue of Adventures of Superman, the news immediately stoked fan ire. A petition urging DC to sever ties with Card has garnered over 16,000 signatures on the LGBT activist site All Out; other supporters of gay rights have called for a boycott of the comic itself.

Yesterday, the brouhaha prompted artist Chris Sprouse to leave the Superman project altogetherREAD FULL STORY

A revealing new book collects 'Comics About Cartoonists': Dark, happy, surreal, suicidal

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Sean Howe’s recent history of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story was only the latest chronicle of one theme that runs through every honest assessment of the lives of comic book artists: That they have been since the dawn of the industry underpaid, overworked, and exploited. Add to this the art-world prejudice that these men (and they were mostly men, at least in the 1950s/60s world of superhero, horror, and romance comics) are lesser talents than fine artists, and you can see why the gorgeous, poignant new book Comics About Cartoonists: Stories About the World’s Oddest Profession, edited and designed by Craig Yoe (IDW/Yoe Books) exerts a potent fascination. READ FULL STORY

'Green Lantern' #16: Exclusive preview!

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Green Lantern #16 continues the ongoing “Rise of the Third Army” story arc, and focuses on the introduction of new hero Simon Baz into the ranks of the Green Lanterns. EW is excited to share an exclusive preview of the issue with readers, which includes the first four pages and a few variant covers. Suffice it to say: B’dg the space squirrel features prominently. (The issue hits streets on January 23.)

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'Fables' #125: Exclusive comic book preview!

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DC’s long-running Fables kicks off a new story arc with next week’s 125th issue. It’s titled “Snow White” — which is probably not a good thing, since having a story arc named after you on Fables usually means you’re about to experience something serious and/or horrifying. We’re stoked to share a preview of the issue with you, which features a cool-looking car which runs…on blood. But isn’t oil technically blood, when you get right down to it? Answer: No, and get a job, you hippie.

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'Star Wars' #2 comic: Han Solo and Chewie run afoul of Boba Fett -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

The (first) Death Star has been destroyed. The Empire remains in dogged pursuit of the Rebel Alliance. And the only cause Han Solo still seems to care about is Han Solo.

Such is the landscape of Dark Horse Comics’ latest Star Wars series, written by Brian Wood, drawn by Carlos D’Anda, and set in the heady days between the first film (a.k.a. Star Wars, a.k.a. Star Wars: A New Hope, a.k.a. Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope) and the second film (a.k.a. The Empire Strikes Back, a.k.a….oh, you get the idea).  READ FULL STORY

'Battling Boy': Paul Pope's epic creative quest to create a new generation superhero -- Exclusive Excerpt!

“What is the Superman we need for today?” The question haunts Paul Pope, and the comic book artist’s long-awaited opus Battling Boy, which publisher First Second Books will release on October 8. The graphic novel — the first of two volumes which combined will exceed 400 pages — represents the first major work from this leading light of independent comics since his mainstream breakthrough in 2006, the Eisner winning Batman: Year 100, a future-punk take on the dark knight rendered in his distinctive Kirby-strong storytelling that mixes kinetic Manga energy with expressive lines often associated with European comics. Battling Boy will arrive about three years behind schedule, and following a creative journey as epic as the saga itself, involving such larger-than-life characters as Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin, acclaimed novelist Michael Chabon, and superstar Brad Pitt. Says Pope: “It’s been a strange couple years.”

More about Pope’s adventure through the Hollywood looking-glass in a bit. First: The book. Battling Boy is set on an alternate Earth – there are countless within this Lovecraftian multiverse — that’s having of a crisis moment: Monsters from another realm are terrorizing the dystopian sprawl of Arcopolis. When the ghouls assassinate the city’s high flying protector, a stern and gadgety Batman-meets-Iron Man type named Haggard West (he has a jet pack; drives a “Westmobile”), the suffering masses receive a new hero from the interdimensional mystical mothership from which all heroes come from: A haughty yet naïve superboy, the scrapping son of a war god. (You’ll meet both father and son in our exclusive excerpt from the book, which begins on page three.)  READ FULL STORY

'Batman' #16: Exclusive preview of the DC comic!

In Batman #16, the Caped Crusader returns to Arkham Asylum to meet his greatest nemesis, the Joker — who, as you might imagine, has prepared a curious welcome for the Dark Knight. Check out the first five pages of the new comic book in our exclusive preview, plus variant covers! Just click forward.

Relaunched 'X-Men' comic will feature an all-female cast

Marvel just announced the April launch of a new X-Men comic book, written by Brian Wood and drawn by Olivier Coipel. There’s an intriguing twist in this series: At this point, the lineup of the team is all-female. The cast includes franchise all-stars like Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, and Psylocke — along with Rachel Grey, a.k.a. Rachel Summers, a.k.a. “Phoenix, except not the Phoenix you’re thinking of, and also she’s not Phoenix anymore, or whatever.” The cast will also feature Jubilee, a character who positively defines that brief and perfect moment when the ’80s became the ’90s. (See also: Sonic the Hedgehog, MC Hammer, Kindergarten Cop.) Actually, USA Today‘s interview with Wood indicates that Jubilee is the “main star” of the book, possibly because she’s a vampire now, and vampires are so hot right two years ago. READ FULL STORY

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