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Little Nemo Meets A Giant Woman In ‘Return To Slumberland’ #4

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If you've been reading IDW's Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland, then you already know that the sleepy kid of the title is having a pretty rough time. First he could barely even get to Slumberland before he woke up, then he got caught up in a big parade on his way to the castle, and then everyone fell asleep and he had to make his way through a mind-bending tower of optical illusions. Now, things are getting even worse, as the sleepy young man runs afoul of a giant woman. Or... maybe he's a tiny kid? Listen, Slumberland gets pretty weird.

If you're not reading it, well, maybe you need a little more convincing that Eric Shanower, Gabriel Rodriguez and Nelson Daniel are producing one of the most beautiful comics on the stands, which is why we've got a preview of next week's fourth issue. Check it out below!

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Ask Chris #236: How I Learned To Love ‘Archie’

Archie art by Bob Bolling, Ask Chris art by Erica Henderson

Q: Can you help an Archie skeptic understand why it's so great? - @SuperSentaiBros

A: Man, I hope so. After all, until a few years ago, Archie was arguably the most overlooked publisher in comics just by sheer volume of what they were putting out, at least among die-hard superhero fans. And to be honest, they had a good reason for it --- in a lot of ways, those comics had gotten stale, and they were in dire need of exactly the kind of shot in the arm that they got from the big name projects that have made them so engaging today.

The thing is, at least in my case, it wasn't when Archie suddenly got weird that made me such a big fan. It was when I realized that they'd been weird all along.

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Exclusive: Archie Reveals Seven Variant Covers For July’s ‘Archie’ #1

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As you may have heard, Archie is relaunching their flagship title in July, bringing an end to what has been the longest continuously published American comic that has never been rebooted, after 666 issues. In addition to a new direction from Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, the relaunch is getting a whole slew of variant covers focusing on the revamped design for everyone's favorite two-timing redheaded high schooler, from artists like J. Scott Campbell, Dean Haspiel, and more.

Now we've got seven of those variant covers to reveal, bringing the total number of Archie #1 variants to approximately one hundred million (and all of them awesome). Check them out below, from Tania Del Rio, Genevieve F.T., legendary Superman and Shazam artist Jerry Ordway, and more!

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‘Jem’ #1 Has All The Glamour And Glitter, Fashion And Fame That You Need In Your Life

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I've been excited about Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell's Jem and the Holograms comic since before IDW even announced that there was a Jem comic to be excited about, so getting an advance review copy was a pretty big deal. It's easily my most anticipated new series of the year, but at the same time, that means that I'm expecting an awful lot from it. Outside of our own Betty Felon, I'm the biggest Jem fan here, and there's nothing that'll disappoint me faster than a book that just doesn't get it quite right.

Which is why I've decided that the first issue can only be judged on the objective criteria laid out in the theme song. With that in mind, I'm happy to announce that a) Jem is excitement, b) Jem is adventure, and, perhaps most importantly, c) Jem is truly outrageous, truly truly truly outrageous.

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

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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]

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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

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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]

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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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