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‘My Little Pony’ Goes Superhero In ‘MLP Annual 2014′ [Preview]

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Listen, I like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic a lot, but if there's one crucial flaw in the entire franchise, it's that it's not about superheroes. I mean, honestly, I like friendship and peppy songs as much as anyone, but how am I supposed to enjoy those things in comic book form if they do not also involve using phenomenal powers to concuss evildoers?

Fortunately for me, that problem has been neatly solved by writer Ted Anderson (also known as NPR's Chief Brony Correspondent), artist Ben Bates and colorist Heather Breckel, in the pages of next week's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Annual 2014. It seems there are now pony superheroes and, more importantly, thematic pony villains who are dressed as hot-rod mummies. Really.

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‘City Fall’ Tensions Rise In ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ #23 [Preview]

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Two heroes are down as Shredder advances his plot to take New York City in next week's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #23. Writers Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman's "City Fall" storyline kicked off last month, giving fans a taste of what kind of shocking transformation may be in store for one of the Green machines, and this month artist Mateus Santolouco (along with alternate cover artists Dan Duncan, Andy Kuhn, Ben Bates, Ross Campbell and Dave Wachter) turns up the tension as a team short on allies prepares to confront multiple foes.

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Pinkie Pie Is Gonna Take You To Clown Town In ‘My Little Pony Micro-Series’ #5 [Preview]

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While the full cast of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic have been up to Moon-based shenanigans over in their ongoing series, they're also galloping through solo adventures in the pages of the My Little Pony Micro-Series. It's been a series of one-shot adventures where Twilight Sparkle has dealt with an agoraphobic novelist, Rainbow Dash has slugged it out with weather goblins, and now, it's Pinkie Pie's turn.

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War Wages In Dimension X In ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ #18 [Preview]

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There are places that are nice to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. There are also places that are... terrible to visit, terrible to live and completely miserable to be stranded in. For Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, their newfound Neutrino allies and the Fugitoid, Dimension X is totally that kind of place in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #18 - especially as General Krang and his army of craggy goons fire a seemingly ceaseless burst of red lasers at them, Cobra style. IDW has provided us with

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The Neutrinos Join The Fray In ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ #17 [Preview]

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When IDW supplied us with an early look at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #17 by Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz and Ben Bates, I confess I gave brief pause. I was stoked to see the relaunched comics debut of the previously 1987 animated series-centric Neutrinos, but wasn't sure how the characters would be incorporated into a series that's a bit more rooted in classic comics continuity. Fortunately their appearance m

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Archie Unleashes Its Young Red Circle Heroes On ‘New Crusaders’ #3 Covers [Preview]

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Archie's Red Circle app continues to deliver the ongoing adventures of the latest incarnation of its flagship heroes in Ian Flynn and Ben Bates' New Crusaders series and Archie Comics has given us a first-look at covers to the book's upcoming third issue. Collecting acts 9-12 from Archie's iVerse-powered Red Circle iOS and desktop

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Archie’s ‘New Crusaders’ App Brings the Red Circle Heroes to Digital Comics

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We've talked a lot here on ComicsAlliance about the progressive approach to storytelling that Archie Comics has been geared towards over the past few years, but the way that they've embraced digital comics has been every bit as forward-thinking. They

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‘New Crusaders’ Artist Ben Bates on Designing the Future of a Franchise [Interview]

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Archie Comics is bringing its Red Circle line back in a big way in 2012 with New Crusaders by Ian Flynn and artist Ben Bates. Part of an upcoming iVerse powered app that will house serialized installments of the New Crusaders series, along with a library of previously

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‘New Crusaders’ Writer Ian Flynn on the Return of Archie Comics’ Red Circle Heroes [Interview]

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Coming in 2012, Archie Comics' Red Circle characters return to regular adventures in New Crusaders, an ongoing digital series by writer Ian Flynn and artist Ben Bates. Establishing a new continuity inspired by many of the classic Red Circle stories told over the years, the book will follow the adventures of a young team of legac

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Ben Bates Summons Some Serious Turtle, Mega Man And Sonic Power [Art]

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Do you know who doesn't get enough love in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan art galleries? Mondo Gecko, that's who. He didn't escape the eye and drawing hand of Ben Bates, though. Bates, who has done some brilliant work with Justin Aclin on S.H.O.O.T. First and wa

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