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Kurtis Wiebe and Johnnie Christmas Build A Terrifying World in ‘Pisces’

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On April 29th, writer Kurtis Wiebe marked his return to horror comics with Pisces, a brand-new series from Image Comics with artist Johnnie Christmas and colors by Tamara Bonvillain. Although I’ve loved all of Wiebe’s work, it was Green Wake, his noir murder-mystery gothic drama with Riley Rossmo, that persuaded me that he was a writer with a natural gift for spinning scary stories, and I’d always hoped he would return to the genre.

After just one issue, it’s clear that Wiebe’s talents for building a terrifying world have grown immensely, and for readers who love surreal, nonlinear narratives, this title should be added to pull lists immediately.

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Robert Kirkman Joins the Writers’ Room for ‘Transformers’ Movie Franchise

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A couple of months ago, we learned that Paramount, along with producers Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg, hired Akiva Goldsman to head up a new Transformers brain trust, giving Goldsman creative control over the future of the franchise. Goldsman has just put together the writers' room for the upcoming sequels and spinoffs, and it’s…interesting.

According to Deadline, Goldsman has wrangled The Walking Dead creator and Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman, Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Pacific Rim 2 writer Zak Penn and Jeff Pinkner, who’s written for Lost and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. That’s a bit of a mixed bag, but each writer has one thing in common (aside from being your average white dude): they’re all versed in large scale sci-fi.

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New ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Details Reveal Fresher Zombies, Family Focus

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AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead companion series will restart the zombie apocalypse in a few months’ time, but may not resemble the blood-spurting thriller we’re used to. New comments from its showrunner Dave Erickson and creator Robert Kirkman suggest that Fear the Walking Dead will traffic much more in family drama, scaling back the walkers to look more freshly human as well.

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Image Expo Returns for Summer 2015, with Rucka, Vaughan, Lotay, Kirkman and ‘Surprise Guests’

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Image has confirmed today that it will be returning for another Image Expo this July, which will take place one week before San Diego Comic-Con. Typically the home for a deluge of announcements from a wealth of both billed and surprise guests from the world of comics, the Expos have become a widely anticipated part of the comics calendar --- not least because publisher Eric Stephenson usually offers a keynote speech in which he criticizes everybody else in comics. It's ace.

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Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Season Three Not Coming in 2015

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Telltale Games' harsh story of survival in the undead apocalypse will continue in The Walking Dead: Season Three but not this year. Luckily, the team at Telltale still has some surprises in the works.

Telltale Games' director of PR, Job Stauffer, has hit the world with a grim fact: Season Three of The Walking Dead will not be starting in 2015. We should note that Season Two's first episode, 'All That Remains,' debuted back in Dec. 2013. We last left Clementine and the gang in 'No Going Back,' which debuted in Aug. 2014.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For May 13, 2015

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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.

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Smart, Nice and Sassy: ‘Good Girl’ Role Models Make Boring Heroes

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Girls need role models. This is an old canard, though it’s tempting to see its genesis in 1990s girl power — it’s just that it hasn’t always meant warmed-over Gloria Steinem quotes and the Spice Girls. June Cleaver was a Good Role Model for Girls. The Virgin Mary is a Good Role Model for Girls. Their ranks have swelled with Buffys, Lara Crofts, and Wonder Women, but they stand, toned of arm and glossed of lip, beneath the same banner.

In response to a dearth of women, mainstream comics now turns to the Good Role Model for Girls as a panacea. Spider-Gwen! Spider Woman! Batgirl! Hawkeye! Black Widow! All the women in X-Men! She-Hulk! Even Suzie in Sex Criminals! And oh, how the little girl marooned in 90s comic dungeons within me sang! It’s a new age, I thought; a turning point. The first issues fly by, and I purchase every single one.

And I am bored.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For May 6, 2015

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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.

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Humble Bundle Goes Kid-Friendly With ‘Usagi Yojimbo’, ‘Axe Cop’, ‘Betty And Veronica’, And More

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In case you don't have it written on your calendar, May 4 kicks off Children's Book Week, which means that it's time once again to decorate the Children's Book Tree, carve up a turkey with a copy of Watership Down and, of course, send your sweetheart a lovely children's bookentine. Or... or maybe you should buy books for kids? Yeah, it's probably that one.

Fortunately, the folks over at Humble Bundle have made it very easy: For the next two weeks, they're offering up a whole lot of comics that are great for younger readers on their usual pay-what-you want setup, including books from Archie, Dark Horse, Image and more - including an amazing full-color Usagi Yojimbo original graphic novel by Stan Sakai.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For April 22, 2015

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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.

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