I'm not going to lie to you, folks: Things are looking pretty grim for everyone's favorite ponies. I mean, sure, they're having a good time on the cover for their next issue, celebrating the milestone 50th issue with a big party, complete with cake, presents, candy apples, and even some festive hats. Inside, however, things aren't quite so festive.
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Since it launched in March of 2015, Jem and the Holograms has met with a level of acclaim and popularity that few could have foreseen for the reboot of a 1980s TV animation property. In fact, it has surpassed the original show in the minds of many fans, as well as attracting readers who weren't even alive when the cartoon was on TV.
But all things must come to an end, and IDW has revealed that April's Jem and the Holograms #26 will be the final issue.
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.
Everyone loves Disney and IDW's line of Disney Comics have provided modern-yet-classic takes on the corporation's most iconic character, but have yet to make the jump to digital platforms. Thankfully, that all changes next month as IDW and Disney are bringing Mickey, Donald, Uncle Scrooge and everyone else online as Disney Comics will be available via digital reading applications for the first time!
In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly visits a dystopian timeline where Biff Tannen has taken over Hill Valley, murdered Marty's dad, and married his mom. This turns out to be because his older self in 2015 stole the DeLorean to give his younger self in 1955 a Sports Almanac that enabled him to become wealthy by gambling. But when you think about it, it would take more than results of sporting events for a less-than-brilliant teenage bully to become a wealthy corporate titan.
Biff to the Future, a new six-issue miniseries from IDW, tells that story. Beginning with young Biff receiving the almanac, it follows him as he realizes just what he has and how to use it, and then start accumulating money and power.
Today is Inauguration Day, and Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States. And really, it's obvious why he won. After eight years with one of the most qualified and accomplished presidents in generations, what America really needed was a vain, egotistical, thin-skinned braggart with a long history of bullying and abusive statements, absolutely no experience in public service, and a track record of astonishing failure.
If you voted to Make America Great Again, here are some comics to dig into while you wait for all those manufacturing jobs to come back, and for those pesky SJWs to finally be put in their place.
All right, look: I will admit that I have spent a truly inadvisable amount of time trying to figure out how the world of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is supposed to work. I know, I know, but just trust me on this one, there's a complex cosmology at work there involving the manual rotation of planets and cross-dimensional magic -- and that's just the start of things. But just when I was ready to throw in the towel and give up, there is new hope.
In April, IDW is launching a new My Little Pony series, replacing Friends Forever with the all-new Legends of Magic, launching with a new story by Jeremy Whitley and Brenda Hickey. It's a series that promises to explore "the secret history of Equestria," and between that description and the fact that there's a variant cover depicting the modern-day ponies straight up unearthing cave paintings of their '80s cartoon counterparts, and I have never been more intrigued. Read on for the exclusive announcement and some thoughts from Whitley and Hickey!
One of the standards I use to judge a comic is how much it makes me care about something I never thought I'd wind up so emotionally invested in. The all-time champ in this regard is, of course, Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye, where I was moved to tears by the romance between a flash drive and a talking car, but IDW's Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles is a close second for making me genuinely care about whether an Arctic fox named Alopex could truly find friendship in this cold, cruel world.
A lot of that had to do with the incredible art of Sophie Campbell on key moments in Alopex's stories, which is why I'm incredibly excited about the solcitations for IDW's upcoming TMNT titles, in which Campbell returns to Alopex and teams her up with the invisible hero Nobody for a camping trip that's almost certain to go bad. Check out the solicits below!
It's been nearly five years since IDW's ground-up reinvention of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the publisher's line of Turtle-based comics have stayed strong as one of the most innovative and exciting licensed properties on the shelves right now. One of the coolest things has been seeing a generation of creators who grew up on Turtles get their hands on the property and the new issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe sees Michelangelo getting involved in a missing person's case that leads to the discovery and debut of the semi-obscure villain Wyrm
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 Transformers 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!