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Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Go Hollywood Noir With ‘The Fade Out’ [Preview]

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Writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips have collaborated on a number of different spins of the noir variety over the years: hard-luck stories (Criminal), supervillain parables (Incognito), even mixing in Lovecraftian on occasion  (Fatale). Now, the creative team is taking on another aspect of noir: old Hollywood's seedy underbelly.

The first project announced since the two inked their five-year carte blanche deal with Image Comics, The Fade Out will kick off August 20 with a 40-page first issue which will include exclusive back-matter articles not to be collected in later editions. Readers can also buy an oversized "movie magazine replica" edition of The Fade Out #1, with eight extra pages of art.

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‘It’s Totally Ridiculous’: Ryan Browne On The New ‘God Hates Astronauts’ Ongoing At Image [Interview]

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Get ready for more insanity from the Power Persons Five.

Writer/artist Ryan Browne's God Hates Astronauts, which started as a webcomic about crude, perhaps psychopathic superheroes battling outrageous villains and each other, and was eventually published in hardcover thanks to a massively successful Kickstarter, is coming to Image Comics as an ongoing series this August, and he promises all the silliness of what came before, though the plot may be a little more defined. We sat down with him at this year's C2E2 show to talk about what's in store, what has changed about the series, making deadlines, and what else might be in the pipeline.

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War Rocket Ajax Early Edition: Futures End #1, Rat Queens #6, and Moon Knight #3

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This week, Chris and Matt are talking at length about Futures End #1 by Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Lemire and Patrick Zircher, which continues the killing trend set off by the Free Comic Book Day #0 issue. Then they talk about Rat Queens #6 by Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch and Moon Knight #3 by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire!

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Joe Kelly Talks Escapism, Loss And Dungeons & Dragons for I Kill Giants’ Fifth Anniversary [Interview]

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Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Niimura’s I Kill Giants is one of the best and most honest depictions of a child’s reaction to loss in the comic book form. Barbara Thorson, our heroine, is precocious, prickly and daring, devoted to her career as a giant killer. Actual, mythical giants, she insists -- beasts only she is able to keep at bay with her legendary warhammer, Coveleski. After a long day of being the weird kid in fifth grade and researching giant lore (in Dungeons and Dragons manuals), she returns to a harried household living within the shadow of terminal illness. Her guidance counselor pleads with her to address her issues head on, to abandon her fantasy life -- but Barbara stands firm, maintaining that her work is essential. The truth lies somewhere in between.

Stories about of grief are tricky, and quickly made maudlin when a child enters the mix. But Barbara is real child, reacting the way real children do to trauma -- and Kelly isn’t afraid to err on the side of brattiness. She is hopeful, steely, caustic and lonely, and because of it, the story shines.

With the deluxe fifth anniversary edition of I Kill Giants on sale this week, ComicsAlliance spoke with writer Joe Kelly about escapism, loss, diverging from his superhero and adventure writing, and of course Dungeons & Dragons.

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‘Burn The Orphanage: Reign Of Terror’ #1 Pits The Beat-’Em-Up Heroes Against Robots, Will Likely Be The Greatest Comic Of All Time [Preview]

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Daniel Freedman and Sina Grace's Burn the Orphanage was one of my favorite new comics of the last year, which was probably a pretty predictable reaction. I mean, I am a dude who thinks of the side-scrolling Beat-'Em-Up video game as the apex of storytelling, so a comic inspired by classics like Final Fight and Streets of Rage, full of bone-crushing action and tag team combo moves? That is right up my alley.

This week, the second series drops, and as all great sequels do, Burn the Orphanage: Reign of Terror raises the stakes and upgrades the enemies to provide an even bigger challenge for Rock, Bear and their new ally Jess, and that can mean only one thing: Robots. Robots that will be punched.

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There Will Be Blood… Lots Of Blood: ‘Nailbiter’ Writer Joshua Williamson On Genre, Violence and Serial Killers

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This week marks the release of the first issue of Nailbiter, a new Image Comics series from writer Joshua Williamson and artist Mike Henderson that examines how a sleepy town in Oregon called Buckaroo could be the home to more than a dozen serial killers. Though the cover to the first issue is a rather shocking depiction of violence, the series itself is more than just blood and guts. Nailbiter digs deep into what serial killing does to the families and neighbors of the people who commit those crimes as much as it does the killers themselves.

ComicsAlliance sat down in a noisy concourse at this year's C2E2 in Chicago with Williamson to talk about Nailbiter, what inspired it, and how he's perhaps upending reader expectations.

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War Rocket Ajax Early Edition: Batman Eternal #4, Southern Bastards #1, CMYK #1

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This week, Chris and Matt get a little sidetracked while talking about Batman Eternal #4, which is scripted by John Layman and has art by Dustin Nguyen, and get into a discussion about writing comics like TV shows. After that, their discussion about Southern Bastards #1 by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour weirdly heads into a discussion about Bruce Jones' Incredible Hulk run. Finally, they talk about CMYK #1, and some of the controversy around it.

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Kyle Higgins Talks C.O.W.L. And The Collapse Of The First Superhero Labor Union [Interview]

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Available for pre-order now from finer comics shops, COWL is a forthcoming series from Image Comics which stylishly depicts an alternate history Chicago of the pre-"swinging" 1960s, when the (in)famously political city experienced all manner of socioeconomic upheaval -- including the dissolution of the Chicago Organized Workers League. Also known as COWL, it's a union for costumed superheroes, and its days are numbered.

The first issue of COWL avoids some traps into which most non-Marvel and non-DC cape comics fall. Most obviously, COWL is not a Marvel or DC superhero book in disguise. Its characters aren't similar-to-but-legally-distinct versions of heroes we might know from the Avengers or the Justice League, but distinct, original creations of writers Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegal and artist Rod Reis. Similarly, despite its "real-world" premise and period setting, COWL is not a Watchmen cover version, offering a decidedly less dour tone and honest-to-god superhero adventure blended deftly with its dramatic take on city politics. Sometimes it's even really funny. Finally, COWL bucks the origin fetish of the superhero genre by introducing us to its intriguing cast not at the start of their sagas, but at what might be the end.

We had a chance to talk to COWL co-writer Kyle Higgins (formerly of DC Comics' Nightwing and the writer of the impressive digital-first series Batman Beyond 2.0) about his new Image book and what kind of world readers will buy into if they pick up issue #1 next month.

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The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 3: ‘In Harm’s Way’ Video Game Screens Arrive

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While the first entry of the second season of Telltale's The Walking Dead video game series took some getting used to, by the second installment it seemed like the game had grown better than ever. If new screens from the upcoming Episode 3: In Harm's Way are any indication, the trend is showing no signs of slowing down.

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SyFy Adapting ‘Ronin,’ ‘Pax Romana,’ ‘Letter 44′ And ‘Clone’ For TV

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This TV season is already overflowing with new TV shows based on comics, with Gotham, iZombie, Powers, The Flash, and more on the way, but SyFy announced this week that it's adding even more to the list.

Keeping in line with its return to science fiction and fantasy programming (though it's keeping its oddly spelled name, it seems), the network is launching a huge slate of new shows, including four based on comics: Ronin, Pax Romana, Letter 44 and Clone.

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