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Our Resident Transformers Skeptic Reviews the IDW Series in ‘The Transformed Man’: Act 1: ‘The Death Of Optimus Prime’

The Transformed Man, Act 1: The Death of Optimus Prime

I've never liked the Transformers. The franchise never really got its hooks into me when I was a kid, and while I've tried to give it a shot as an adult, it's never really clicked. But now, with the recommendations of almost everyone I know and a well-timed Humble Bundle sale, I've found myself in possession of three years (and counting) worth of IDW's More Than Meets The Eye and Robots In Disguise comics. I'm working my way through a story arc every week, and if I have to read about these robots, you're coming with me.

This week, it's The Death Of Optimus Prime, in which Optimus Prime does not actually die. Spoiler warning?

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Dark Horse Announces Drew Johnson’s ‘Midnight Society: The Black Lake’

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Hey, remember Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, the scary Canadian television show for scary Canadian tweens that used to run on Nickelodeon? With all the nostalgia-fueled licensed comics we've been getting lately, from Saved By the Bell to Knight Rider, I'm surprised it took that one this long to make a comeback, but now it seems that the Midnight Society has once again gathered around their scary Canadian campfire for stories of --- Wait, what?

Dark Horse's upcoming The Midnight Society: The Black Lake actually isn't about that show at all, and is instead a new creator-owned series from artist Drew Johnson about a monster hunter who looks like she's about to take down the Loch Ness Monster. And that sounds way better!

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Cobra Commander Receives The Key To The City In Springfield, Illinois; WHERE IS GI JOE?!

Photo via GeneralsJoes.com
Photo via GeneralsJoes.com

Okay everybody, time to panic: According to GeneralsJoes.com, the Mayor of Springfield, Illinois has given Cobra Commander the Key to the City, effectively handing over control of Abraham Lincoln's hometown to the same organization responsible for attempting to destroy the Aurora Borealis with an Ion Attractor, attack our nation's military with cloned dinosaurs, and steal the state of Alaska from the federal government.

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Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton on the Kickstarter for ‘The Princess Who Saved Herself’ [Interview]

The Princess Who Saved Herself, art by Takeshi Miyazawa

Back in 2013, comic book writer Greg Pak, musician Jonathan Coulton and artist Takeshi Miyazawa launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a comic book adaptation of Coulton's songs called Code Monkey Save World. If you're familiar with Coulton, it probably won't surprise you to learn that the campaign blew through its $39,000 goal in less than twelve hours, and went on to blow through a bunch of stretch goals --- one of which included Pak and Miyazawa producing a children's book based on Coulton's "The Princess Who Saved Herself."

If you were a backer (and I was), then you got that children's book today in a digital format, but the team isn't quite done with it yet. They've launched a new Kickstarter with a goal of producing a physical copy of the book, and to find out why, I spoke to Pak and Coulton about the response to their initial campaign, the origin of the project, and what they hope to get out of it.

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On The Cheap: Your Best Bets For Comixology’s ‘Flash’ Sale

The Flash by Mike Wieringo

I think we can all agree that the best comics are cheap comics, which is why I always keep an eye on Comixology's sales page to see if there are any good deals to be had. This week, there's a massive sale going on featuring The Flash, which has pretty consistently been one of the best and most innovative comics at DC for the past 50 years.
But that presents a good problem to have: With so much on sale (and so many great comics out there), what are the hidden gems that you should look for while they're on sale? Fortunately for you, you have a guide that has read a lot of back issues and knows just which ones to check out!

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The Death Of Humanity And A Talking Space Whale: DJ Kirkbride Talks ‘The Bigger Bang’ [Interview]

The Bigger Bang, DJ Kirkbride and Vasilis Gogtzilas

When you look at the cover to DJ Kirkbride and Vasilis Gogtzilas's The Bigger Bang, it's easy to think that you know exactly what's going on in that book. Big guy, impossible muscles, cape, space; surely this is a cosmic superhero adventure. And it is, except that it's not long until you hit upon the formless tentacle monster who rose to power as galactic emperor through his fast-food chicken franchise, and the heavily accented space whale in trouble. That's when you realize that The Bigger Bang is a whole lot stranger, and more interesting, than you thought.

With the fourth issue set for release on March 18, I spoke to writer DJ Kirkbride about the series, how it was built to be something unlike anything he'd ever done, and just what it was about a giant Cthulhu monster in a tiny little crown that made the book so good.

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Brighten Your Day With This Oddly Soothing Video About A Man Building A Cardboard Superman Shovel To Tackle The Snowstorm

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Listen, February was a pretty rough month. Sure, we're getting into March now and the sun has finally returned to cast its warmth upon our fragile world once again, but for a while there, it was just snow, gloom, and gloomy snow.

Clearly someone had to take a stand and rise up against our natural oppressors, and that person was Lue Nuwame, the Homemade Game Guru, who built a Superman-shaped snow shovel in order to tackle the apocalyptic snowfall that hit Canada this winter. And as weird as it might sound, it's one of the most soothing videos I have ever watched. Let it flow over you like a gentle snowfall, a snowfall that you will eventually dig yourself out of with the help of Superman.

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IDW’s Interview With Jem Features First Glimpse of a New Take on Rio

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It's not unusual at all for the release of a new comic to be accompanied by interviews with the creative team --- as you may have noticed, we tend to do a few of those ourselves around here. What is unusual is when it's the characters within the comic conducting the interviews themselves.

Which is exactly what's going on at IDW, where Rio Pacheco, erstwhile love interest of Jerrica Benton interviews Jem in a nifty little promotion for Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell's upcoming Jem and the Holograms comic. Not only does it drop a few interesting tidbits about how the new take on Jem is going to work, but we finally get our first look at the redesigned Rio.

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The Batman Episode Guide 1×16: He Meets His Match, The Grisly Ghoul

Batman 1x16: He Meets His Match, The Grisly Ghoul

The 1966 Batman television show was one of the most successful and influential adaptations of comic books to mass media of all time. Over the course of three seasons and 120 episodes, the series became a cultural force with its unique combination of tongue-in-cheek humor, thrilling superhero adventure and celebrity guest stars, and shaped the way the public would view the Caped Crusader for the next five decades. Now, in the midst of a well-deserved renaissance of the show, ComicsAlliance is proud to present The Batman '66 Episode Guide, an in-depth examination of every single adventure, arch-criminal and deathtrap cliffhanger of the series.

This week, the Joker unveils his master plan to make a killing... on high school basketball?!

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Watch the Trailer For Jerry Frissen And Peter Snejbjerg’s ‘World War X’

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You know, just once it might be nice for humanity to awaken an ancient and forgotten threat to the planet that has mellowed out in the years that it's been sealed away, and doesn't want to destroy the planet when it emerges from its eternal slumber. I mean, yes, that would probably not give us a very entertaining story, what with the lack of conflict, but who wouldn't want to see elder unknowable horror from the stars maybe getting a cupcake or catching up on Netflix instead of immediately trying to destroy us for the hubris of our species?

Alas, that is not the case for the characters in Jerry Frissen and Peter Snejbjerg's World War X, in which a set of ancient artifacts unleash monsters poised to annihilate the entire human race in a war that we are clearly not ready for. The Netflix queue, it seems, will remain unwatched.

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