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'Falling Skies': New Dark Horse digital comic shows aftermath of Tom's abduction -- EXCLUSIVE TRAILER


Last summer, conventional wisdom had it that Falling Skies, TNT’s ambitious post-apocalyptic thriller about a ramshackle group of survivors facing an alien invasion, was executive producer Steven Spielberg’s answer to The Walking Dead. Both series featured an ongoing dialogue about security versus civility, multi-episode arcs about searching for missing children, barns that hold sinister secrets, and chopper-riding badasses. Though Falling Skies proved decidedly more family friendly than the AMC gorefest, it hasn’t been without its own shocks, and nothing was more startling than that season-ending cliffhanger that saw Noah Wyle’s good-guy history prof-turned-freedom-fighter abducted and sent on a one-way trip to the mothership. It was like a chilling, mirror-universe version of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Now, EW has your first glimpse of what’s going to happen next. Before season 2 debuts on June 17, Dark Horse is releasing a digital comic that shows what happened to the Second Mass, rendered in all sorts of heroic, primary-colored poses, after Tom phoned home. Apparently three months have now passed since his abduction. Check out an exclusive trailer from Dark Horse, after the break, to whet your appetite for all things E and T. READ FULL STORY

Comic Book Review: Superstar scribe and former 'Lost' writer Brian K. Vaughan returns to comics with a sensational 'Saga'


Brian K. Vaughan established himself as one of the best comic book writers of his generation with Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina, long-form serials populated with sharply conceived characters, crammed with witty, whip-smart banter and braided with storylines knotted with provocative philosophical ideas and controversial politics and charged with emotion. Nobody wrote smart people better. Few wrote women better. He rocked at writing superhero stuff (See: Runaways; Dr. Strange: The Oath), and even Iraqi zoo animals, too (Pride of Baghdad). Over the past few years, Vaughan has concentrated on planting flags in Hollywood. He worked for three seasons on Lost and is currently developing a TV version of Stephen King’s Under The Dome for Showtime. Now he returns to the medium where he made his name with Saga (Image; monthly series), a sci-fi/fantasy that explodes out of the gate with the energy of a champion racehorse. It would be premature to dub it a masterpiece. It would be stupid to bet against it becoming one. READ FULL STORY

'Buffy' star Juliet Landau writing Drusilla spin-off comic miniseries -- EXCLUSIVE

The mad vampire villainess Drusilla appeared in only 17 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer during the show’s seven-season run, but as deliciously performed by Juliet Landau, the character proved to be a major fan favorite. Well, Dru is back, and in a big way: EW can report exclusively that Landau is currently writing a five-issue Drusilla comic-book miniseries, part of Dark Horse Comics and Buffy creator Joss Whedon’s ongoing expansion of the Buffyverse in comic-book form.

Due to launch in June, the first issue of the spin-off, Landau tells EW, will pick up “literally a panel after” Drusilla’s final appearance in issue No. 9 of the Angel & Faith comic series (out April 25). “I think you will get different sides of Drusilla than you have ever been seen before,” she adds, but her lips are sealed for any details on the story beyond that. So you’ll just have to sate  yourself with this exclusive first look at the first issue’s main cover, by Steve Morris, below:  READ FULL STORY

Famed 'MAD' and 'CRACKED' magazine illustrator John Severin dies at 90

John Severin, a prolific illustrator and comic book artist who was instrumental in creating the initial look of both MAD and CRACKED magazines, passed away on Feb. 12, according to a statement released by his family. He was 90.

Along with his work with MAD and CRACKED — both of which Severin helped to found in the 1950s — the World War II veteran also worked on Marvel comics like The Incredible Hulk and Kull the Conqueror. He was also a highly regarded illustrator of several western and historical titles for EC Comics. He was still working as recently as 2003, on a limited-run series that re-imagined Marvel’s western hero the Rawhide Kid as gay. That same year, Severin also was inducted in the Hall of Fame of the Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

'A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel': EW exclusive! First look at brand new pages


With a couple of months left before the HBO series returns and however many years before George R.R. Martin finishes the next novel, the already expansive Song of Ice and Fire universe is getting even bigger. A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel (March 27) will bind the first six issues of the comic book series by writer Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson into one hardcover volume. EW has obtained eight pages from the yet-to-be-released issue #6 of the comic book series (Feb. 29). Click through to read!

'Buffy Season 9': Joss Whedon on why Buffy is getting [SPOILER] -- EXCLUSIVE


Any fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer can tell you that its titular heroine has faced her fair share of trials and turmoil that forced the young woman to make some very grown up decisions. But in the latest issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 comic series — which chronicles Buffy’s life in San Francisco after she destroyed the seed of all magic on earth at the end of the Season 8 comic — Buffy Summers will face perhaps the toughest decision she’s ever had. SPOILER ALERT for those who would rather read about it in the issue itself, “On Your Own, Part 1,” out in stores today. Seriously, what you’re about to read is one heckuva spoiler: READ FULL STORY

'Avengers vs. X-Men #1': EW Exclusive! First look at Marvel's upcoming crossover event


The Avengers and the X-Men are the two predominant superteams of the Marvel Universe. They’re also at the center of two of the highest-grossing franchises of the decade — the five X-Men films have grossed $1.9 billion, while this May’s Avengers movie will bring together the successful Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America sagas into one franchise-uniting megamovie. So it’s perhaps not surprising that Marvel is pitting the two teams against each other. The sheer scope of the upcoming Avengers vs. X-Men is fascinating: The 12-issue series is a group effort between popular writers (and official Marvel architects) Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction. EW has obtained an exclusive look at the first seven pages of Avengers vs. X-Men #1 — you can check out the preview by clicking here — which includes a first look at the inciting incident for the superteam chaos: The return of the Phoenix Force. READ FULL STORY

DC Comics to publish controversial 'Watchmen' prequels. Will you buy them? An EXCLUSIVE first look at artwork, creative details


Geekdom, get ready to rumble with excitement…or grumble with outrage. Or both. In an announcement sure to ignite a firestorm of fanboy passion and pique, DC Entertainment revealed today that DC Comics will publish a collection of miniseries that will expand upon the world of Watchmen, the influential superhero saga originally released as a 12-issue maxi-series from 1986 to 1987. Marked by bravura storytelling, provocative politics, and gritty violence, Watchmen is best known for deconstructing superhero archetypes embodied by cultural icons like Superman and Batman. (You can read our 2005 oral history about the genesis, creation, and legacy of the series here.) Why might the new comics be controversial? Because Watchmen’s widely revered writer, Alan Moore, who has long been at war with DC for any number of reasons, has absolutely nothing to do with them. READ FULL STORY

DC cancels six comic books, replaces them with Batman and China Mieville

Last year, DC’s “The New 52″ rebooted the company’s entire comic book universe from the ground up. The changes went beyond simple costume changes — although there were lots of costume changes, mostly of the “Let’s Nolanize this outfit! You know, armor lines and stuff!” variety. Grant Morrison reimagined Superman as a kind of Marxist superprole. Wonder Woman suddenly had an origin that actually made sense for the first time in decades. Hawkman’s origin still didn’t make sense, but now he was referred to as “The Savage Hawkman,” which is awesome. DC also led with some intriguing series that explore off-the-beaten-path subjects: The military-themed Men of War and Blackhawks, the Jack Kirby-esque O.M.A.C., and even a few African-American hero books like Mr. Terrific and Static Shock. READ FULL STORY

Sneak peek at DC's 'Batman #5': 'He'll be dead soon' -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

A shining star in DC’s “New 52″ lineup, the current run of Batman has witnessed the introduction of an entirely new villainous presence in Gotham City: the mysterious Court of Owls. Writer Scott Snyder has big plans for the Owls — they’ll be at the center of a Batverse crossover event this summer.

In the next issue of Batman, the Caped Crusader finds himself at the mercy of the Owls. Surrealism ensues. You can read the full issue when it hits stores Jan. 18th. For now, check out EW’s full sneak peek here.

Read more:
Sneak peek at DC’s #2 ‘Batgirl’ — EXCLUSIVE
Superman #1, The Dark Knight #1, Aquaman #1: New comics reviews
Batman #1 and other new DC Comics reviews

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