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This Magazine Kills Fascists: Raging Against The Machine In James Roberts’ ‘Transformers’

Jack Lawrence & Joana Lafuente / IDW Publishing
Jack Lawrence & Joana Lafuente / IDW Publishing

James Roberts' work on IDW's Transformers franchise is some of the most explicitly political storytelling in comics right now.

Politics is a core theme of Roberts' entire Transformers work, and while the comics do have some of the best action, romance and comedy, they're also all about refusing to let anyone else make your decisions for you.

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Rogues’ Gallery: The Top Ten Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villains

Dan Duncan / IDW
Dan Duncan / IDW

A hero is defined by their villains, and comic books are filled with some of the scariest and silliest bad guys around. Rogues’ Gallery aims to settle the score and determine who is the true arch-nemesis for some of our favorite heroes, and we need your help to do it!

You voted to see who the ultimate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villain was, and we’ve tabulated the results and assembled a video counting down the definitive top 10. Did your favorite make this list? There’s only one way to find out!

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases for February 22 2017


The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, “Which comic books should I be reading?” or, “I’m new to comics, what’s a good place to start?” The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

It’s with these challenges in mind that we’ve created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers and seasoned Wednesday shoppers alike can find our picks of the best books the medium has to offer.

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Ruckley and Mutti Will Tell the World About The Highlander’s ‘American Dream’ [Exclusive Preview]


"There can be only one." It's a catch phrase that immediately calls back to one singular franchise, The Highlander. Though the film and television series both came to a rather unspectacular close way, way back, they both revealed the best way to tell new Highlander stories was to set them all in the past. Good thing that's exactly what IDW is planning to do with its new series, Highlander: The American Dream.

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Ev-furry-body’s Got One: Nine Furry Comics Crushes [Love & Sex Week]


If comics has taught us anything, it’s that anything can be illustrated, and if the internet has taught us anything, it’s that anything can be someone’s turn-on. Comics and furries go hand in hand, dating back farther than living memory, with modern furry fandom a direct multigenerational outgrowth of funny animal comics and cartoons.

It’s Love and Sex Week here at ComicsAlliance, so we've decided to do our part to destigmatize furries, because we believe that everyone has at least one furry crush, whether it's the stars of Disney's Robin Hood, a Thundercat, or the stars of Disney's Zootopia. (We see you, Disney.)

To that end, here are nine of our most animalistic passions from the world of comics.

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Comics’ Sexiest Female Characters (From A Queer Perspective) [Love & Sex Week]


The problem with "sexiest women in comics" lists is that they tend to get wrapped up in the presumptive male gaze and the assumption of a male readership. Basically, you end up with a bunch of sexist ideas about what men want women to be.

So we wondered, what would such a list look like if the male gaze was taken out of the equation? We gathered some of our queer female and non-binary writers to nominate, vote for, and write up our own list of the hottest female characters in comics, from a queer perspective.

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Fantastic Five: Best Comic Book Couples [Love & Sex Week]


If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

While Valentine's Day maybe behind us for another year, love is still in the air and to celebrate the seasons, we're counting down the best couples in all of comics.

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Unsinkable Ship: The 100% Logical, Provable Case for ‘Lost Light’s’ Nautica/Velocity [Love & Sex Week]


There are many ships in fandom, but Transformers is all but unique in that Transformers ships can feature people who turn into ships. A ship-based ship is therefore provably superior, and what is also provable is this: Nautica and Velocity, from Lost Light (formerly known as More Than Meets the Eye) are 100% in love.

Many ships are based on unfounded speculation, but not this one: this is based on hard, provable facts, with every assertion true because it’s backed up by the weight of cold, steely logic.

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La Resistance Lives On In ‘Flight of the Raven’ by Jean-Pierre Gibrat [Exclusive Preview]

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Flight of the Raven, by writer/artist Jean-Pierre Gibrat, won the Best Artist Award at the Angoulême Festival, and now it's coming to the U.S. thanks to IDW's EuroComics imprint, with an English edition translated by Diana Schutz and Brandon Kander.

Gibrat's graphic novel is set in occupied Paris during World War II, and focuses on Jeanne, a French resistance fighter who teams up with a cat burglar named François to rescue her sister and the rest of their resistance cell from the Gestapo.

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Unlimited Extras: What’s Coming To Comixology In February

Kevin Wada / Valiant Entertainment
Kevin Wada / Valiant Entertainment

Every month, Comixology adds more titles to its burgeoning all-you-can-eat subscription service Comixology Unlimited, which allows readers access to a virtual library of comics for a flat monthly fee. February’s update goes live today, and the service is set to be bolstered by a new wave of awesome comics for you to peruse, including Danger Girl, Harbinger Wars and Lady Snowblood.

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