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Vertigo’s ‘Strange Sports Stories’ #1 is So Good We’re Using Sports Metaphors

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Over the last several years, Vertigo has revived several forgotten anthology titles with good results: Strange Adventures, Mystery in Space, The Witching Hour and Time Warp. With Strange Sports Stories, Vertigo once again dips into comics history, drafting a lineup of heavy hitters and utility players for odd tales of sports and science fiction coming together in unexpected ways.

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Exclusive Preview: Space Cities and Dead Gods in HaloGen #1 by Tierney, Chan and Milonogiannis

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Frequent collaborators Josh Tierney, Afu Chan, and Giannis Milonogiannis have teamed up again to create HaloGen, an exciting new space adventure featuring a tough female lead investigating the death of a god. The three have collaborated in the past on the critically acclaimed Spera series of graphic novels which, like HaloGen, were published by Archaia. ComicsAlliance has an exclusive preview of issue #1, out March 4th.

HaloGen features a heroine named Rell who is chasing a rumor about the body of a dead god floating in space. The world around Rell seems to be a mix of future science and superstition, as even in future space cities, people will kill for religion. Her job is to figure out where the god is and retrieve it, but that's not a simple task, and Rell is not a simple character. Check out the preview below!

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A Whole New World of Creativity: Elsa Charretier on ‘The Infinite Loop,’ A Sci-Fi Story About Women In Love [Interview]

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IDW's new book The Infinite Loop, out in April, came from the minds of two French comic creators, writer Pierrick Colinet and artist Elsa Charretier. Colinet and Charretier crowdfunded the first three issues of their comic in Europe, but had their eye on releasing the book in the US due to its adaptability to the American comics market. A sci-fi story about time travel and women in love, The Infinite Loop has a catchy hook, but is even better in execution. It's a book that is a clear collaboration between creators who passionately love the story and are working to execute it in the best way possible.

A few months ago, we spoke with Charretier for our ongoing column Hire This Woman. Now that this woman has, in fact, been hired, we sat down with her again to talk about The Infinite Loop in more detail, including the process and inspiration behind the comic.

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Bif Bang Pow! Enters ‘The Twilight Zone’ With New 3.75″ Action Figures

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If you like sci-fi at all, chances are you've seen at least a dozen episodes of The Twilight Zone, if only to understand all the references to it in wider pop culture (or, simply older episodes of The Simpsons). If not, well, you're just as bad as my entire fourth grade class circa 1995 that stared at me blankly when my glasses fell off in the school library and I laughed and proclaimed, "It's not fair! It's not fair!" I don't blame them -- we didn't have Hulu back then -- but it still would've been nice to be able to explain my  joke by pulling a black and white 3.75" The Twilight Zone action figure of Henry Bemis out of my backpack. That'd totally have worked, right? No? Well this August Bif Bang Pow!, ZICA Toys and David Lee will release a wave of just such figures, anyway.

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Original Harlan Ellison ‘Star Trek’ Episode Script Gets A Comic Book Miniseries At IDW

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With its dramatic tale of time travel trauma, "City on the Edge of Forever" is widely considered one of the best episodes of the original Star Trek TV series, but what made it to the screen was quite different from sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison's original script, which was too long for a one-hour TV show and had far too many speaking parts for the production budget.

Comics don't have those restrictions, though, so IDW Publishing is taking Ellison's full, original teleplay and adapting it into a comics mini-series, starting in June. It'll be written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton, and with interior art by J.K. Woodward. Juan Ortiz will be the artist on the main covers, which give the series a sort of pulp-novel look, while movie poster artist Paul Shipper will be on variant covers. Ellison will serve as a sort of consultant.

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Toy Review: Funko And Super7′s ‘Alien’ ReAction Line [Video]

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Every weekend at CA we're cracking open the latest and/or just greatest action figures around to see what sets them apart from the articulated plastic pack. This week the spotlight is on Funko and Super7's first foray into the 3.75" tall ReAction line with figures from Alien. Super7's initial figures were already some of our favorite toys of 2013, but does the latest version from its new partner Funko deliver? The toymaker sent us some review copies to help us find out. Hit the jump to see what we thought.

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Mike Johnson And Yasmin Liang On Gender-Flipping ‘Star Trek’ And The Tie-In Comic’s New Five-Year Mission [Interview]

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Much like their (rightly) acclaimed Judge Dredd comics, IDW's handling of the Star Trek license has managed to exceed reader expectations with high production values and an uncanny ability to tell engaging comics stories within the limitations of a tie-in book. Over the last three years, IDW has shifted the comics focus to tell stories from within the world of J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot team's cinematic Star Trek reboot. With the new status quo firmly established, writer Mike Johnson and a team of artists are going to be taking the Enterprise and her crew into all-new directions, starting with a gender-flipped parallel universe. The two-part "Parallel Lives" debuted last week with Star Trek #29 and gives new readers a chance to take a tour with the finest crew in the fleet while seeing them in an all-new light.

We talked to Johnson and artist Yasmin Liang for more information about their two-part Trek adventure, and got an inside look at the ins-and-outs of how they approach working on a license with such heavy fan expectations.

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A Recap of Every ‘Serenity’ Comic (So Far)

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Though Buffy has legions of fans, and The Avengers is the third-highest-grossing movie of all time, many would argue that Joss Whedon’s greatest contribution to nerd culture is the Serenity universe. A moving sci-fi/western with equal parts darkness, humor, and heart, even cancellation couldn’t kill it. After the Serenity movie finished up the tale that Firefly never got a chance to finish, Dark Horse started sporadically publishing comics to bridge the gap, and loyal Browncoats have been lapping them up ever since. Now a new mini-series will be picking up the story after the movie, the six-issue Leaves on the Wind by Zack Whedon and Georges Jeanty, and it’s looking like this will be the last Serenity comic with a Whedon in the writer’s credit for quite some time. With that in mind, here’s a look at all the Serenity comics so far, how they fit into the timeline, and the leftover secrets from Firefly that they reveal. Fair warning: if you’ve only seen Firefly and the movie, this article will spoil your face off. And if you’ve never even seen Firefly, a) why are you even bothering with this article and b) for Christ’s sake go watch it right now!

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‘Doctor Who’ Moves From IDW To Titan Comics

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A new Doctor is taking over the TARDIS, and a new publisher is soon to start publishing Doctor Who comics.

IDW Publishing has held the license since 2008, and over the past six years the publisher has released an array of comics based on the new Doctor Who series, along with reprints of classic BBC Doctor Who comic strips. But the mantle has officially passed to Titan Comics -- the comics arm of Titan Books -- that will release stories based on the tenth, eleventh and twelfth Doctors this year.

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Meditations On Love, Politics And Snowmen In ‘Calvin And Hobbes’ And ‘Dune’ Mashup

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The internet is full of so many random mashups and, frankly, a lot of them aren't very interesting, and many are just forced. But there are some, like the recent effort to remix Peanuts with Morrisey lyrics, that feel appropriate. And now there's Calvin And Dune, a tumblr that presents Calvin and Hobbes strips combined with quotes from Frank Herbert's timeless science fiction saga. It's not an association I'd have immediately made, but it makes a lot of sense, as both have obvious philosophical influences that occasionally overlap. But mostly they're just fun, and you can check out a few of our favorites below.

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