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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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The Powerpuff Girls Pay Homage To Louise Simonson On Fun ‘Super Secret Crisis War’ #2 Variant [Preview]

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DC Comics/IDW

Writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson's House of Secrets #92 is historic for serving as the 1971 debut of of Swamp Thing, but it's also famous for featuring Louise Simonson as a model. Since then Simonson has had a storied career in comics, working as an editor at Warren Publishing in the '70s and Marvel Comics in the early '80s before shifting into a full time writing career across scores of iconic comics. To celebrate her latest project, writing the six-issue Cartoon Network crossover Super Secret Crisis War!, IDW's releasing an alternate cover for the miniseries' second issue by artist Andy Suriano that pays homage to Wrightson's famous HoS art. Comes July, fans will be able to see what happens when the Powerpuff Girls take Simonson's place and are menaced by the slightly swampy Ben 10 villain Vilgax.

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Feast Your Eyes On A Heaping Helping Of ‘Power Lunch: Seconds’ [Preview]

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Set on feeding fan-demand, on May 14 Oni Press is set to release a new chapter of Power Lunch by Dean Trippe and J. Torres. Following the adventures of Joey, a boy with you-are-what-you-eat superpowers, the appropriately titled Power Lunch: Seconds will serve up a story about soccer, ensuring what may be the most superpowered match since Mega Man Soccer circa 1994. See what we mean with a special 13-page first look provided by Oni, after the jump.

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Natasha Allegri’s Magical Cartoon Comes To Comics In ‘Bee and PuppyCat’ #1 [Preview]

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Boom! Studios

Thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter, Natasha Allegri's Cartoon Hangover series Bee and PuppyCat is set to return with nine new episodes later this year. Fans don't have to wait that long to enjoy their favorite characters, though, as Allegri and Garret Jackson's comic book series debuts on May 14 with Bee and PuppyCat #1 from Boom! Studios. Click through to get your first-look at the new adventures of Bee and her extradimensional new pet.

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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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Read The Entire KaBOOM! Studios Free Comic Book Day 2014 Issue [Full Comic]

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Boom! Studios

Did you miss picking up Boom! Studios' all-ages KaBoom! Summer Blast! comic this past Saturday during Free Comic Book Day 2014? Worry not! The publisher has provided ComicsAlliance with the entire nearly 50-page sampler to share with everyone on the web. Packed with eight short stories from the world of Adventure Time, Regular Show, Peanuts, Garfield, Steven Universe, Herobear and the Kid, The Amazing World of Gumball, the issue also marks the debut of KaBoom!'s newest Cartoon Network-to-comics series, Uncle Grandpa. Click through to read the entire FCBD release.

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Finn And Jake Go Full Cowboy In ‘Adventure Time: The Flip Side’ #5 [Preview]

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After six seasons of a TV show and a few years of an Eisner-winning comic book, I think it's safe to say that we've got a pretty good handle on Finn and Jake, the stars of Adventure Time. Like, we can relate to them and we know how they think, which is why we completely understand it when we pop open a comic and find them encouraging a wizard to go out and kidnap princesses.

WAIT WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?

Yes, friends, in Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover and Wook Jin Clark's Adventure Time: The Flip Side #5, Finn and Jake are actually pro-princess-napping in this comic, and what's more, they are also cowboys. This is not code language. Perhaps the preview below will explain things.

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It’s A Whole New Landscape For Fionna And Cake In ‘Adventure Time 2014 Annual’ #1 [Preview]

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Boom! Studios

Tiny Kitten Teeth creators Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt are no stranger to Adventure Time, having lent their talents to a number of Boom!'s all-ages books, but they always manage to leave their Becky & Frank mark. This Wednesday in Adventure Time Annual #1 the duo does it again with a special horizontally-oriented storyline that gives their whimsical, painted take on Fionna and Cake all the room it needs to breathe -- and it's going to need room because this comic winds back the clock to see just how the future heroes of Ooo behaved as kids.

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‘Mega Man’ #36 Explains Dr. Wily’s Wild Video Game Comeback [Preview]

Mega Man #36, Archie Comics

If you are of a certain age, you may recall the feeling of being really excited for Mega Man 3, while also being very, very confused about the game's plot. Not the thing with the eight killer robots and their weapons that you needed to get, we were all used to that by that point, but definitely the thing about how Dr. Wily had "reformed" and everyone was just totally cool with him building a gigantic "peacekeeping" robot with lasers and ninja stars. I mean, if you try to destroy the world twice and somehow still regain the trust of the people, that must have been a heck of a trial to prove your innocence.

And now, we get to see exactly how that goes down. In Mega Man #36, Ian Flynn, POWREE, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms finally reveal the story of how Dr. Wily was cleared of all charges, including two counts of Attempted Murder Of Literally Everyone. Check out a preview below!

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Marvel and Icon Comic Book Releases for July 2014 [Solicitations]

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Courtesy of Marvel, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions and graphic novels going on sale in June 2014 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s mainline Marvel Universe titles, Ultimate Comics, the mature readers MAX imprint and the creator-owned label Icon. All of the following books can be purchased at finer comic book shops, where you can also pre-order your selections to ensure you’ll get a copy before they sell out.

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