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The Martians Invade Classic Lit (Or Not) In ‘Mars Attacks: Classics Obliterated’
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Mars Attacks: Classics Obliterated

Last year saw the 50th anniversary of Mars Attacks, and during its celebrations the Martians have invaded the pages of several IDW comic book series, like KISS, Transformers, the Real Ghostbusters, and more. Now, this Summer, the aliens are set to invade classic literature!!!!

In what quite possibly could be yet another early April Fool’s Day joke from IDW (much like last year’s Mars Attacks Broadway), the publisher announced today (two full days ahead of April 1st) that next Mars will attack the literary worlds of Moby Dick, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Robinson Crusoe in Mars Attacks: Classics Obliterated.

The issue is even available now for pre-order at TFAW.

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Comic Review: Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters
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Mars Attacks The Real GhostbustersMars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Jose Holder
Colors by Jeremy Colwell
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Edited by Tom Waltz
Covers by Ray Dillon, Roy Guillory and Mike & Laura Allred
IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 16, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

This weeks chapter in IDW Publishing’s Mars Attacks crossover is Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters! TONS of fans have been waiting for a Real Ghostbusters comic, and I’m happy to say, it’s here and it doesn’t disappoint!

Writer Erik Burnham steps flawlessly from the monthly Ghostbusters title to this long-anticipated one-shot. First off, I can’t believe Sony let IDW do this, but I’m sure glad they did! Anyone who’s watched the Real Ghostbusters cartoon knows and loves these classic characters. They’re not quite as dead-on to the movie characters that Burnham writes so well on the monthly. But, they are true to the spirit of the cartoon, and it’s fantastic. Burnham comes up with a great way to involve the Martians into a modern day job for “the boys”, and it works on a lot of different levels. What’s especially pleasing is the winks and nods to the old Real Ghostubsters comic published in the ’80s. There’s the talking “No Ghost Logo” and what would a Real Ghostbusters comic be without SLIMER?! Wrong, that’s what. This is a fun, old-school read from start to finish!

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Comic Review: Mars Attacks KISS
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Mars Attacks KISSMars Attacks KISS
Written by Chris Ryall
Art by Alan Robinson
Colors by Jay Fotos
Cover Art by Ray Dillon
IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 9, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Outside of my obsessions for heavy metal, sci-fi, and horror, I habitually find myself gravitating towards two distinct styles of media in entertainment: the dark, disgusting, and macabre; or the stupidity of plain ridiculousness and irreverent humor. So when fellow GoD of Thunder, Dave3, hurled out his list of comics available to review recently, it should be no surprise that my eyeballs became magnetized to a title that read Mars Attacks KISS.

I have been a KISS fan for 26 years, which is way more than half of my current lifespan, and so naturally my first two thoughts were, “Wait! Is this about the band KISS?” and “That is the most ridiculous comic title ever conceived – I love it”.

And it is indeed about the hard rock/heavy metal band I’ve obsessed over for nearly three decades – being faced with the skull-faced, brain-headed, ack-ack-speaking monstrosities from the film of the same name.

To put it guilelessly, when I scored this review for Geeks of Doom, it was like giving a jigsaw puzzle with alphabetized pieces to someone with OCD.

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Blu-ray Deal: The Tim Burton Collection
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The Tim Burton Collection Blu-ray

Right now, Amazon has The Tim Burton Collection Blu-ray box set on sale for only $28.99 (that’s 52% off the list price of $59.99).

The 7-disc box set contains 7 of Burton’s films:

– Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
– Beetlejuice
– Batman
– Batman Returns
– Mars Attacks!
– Corpse Bride
– Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Comic Review: Mars Attacks The Holidays
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Mars Attacks The HolidaysMars Attacks The Holidays
One-Shot
Written by Fred Hembeck, Bill Morrison, Ian Boothby & Dean Haspiel
Art by Fred Hembeck, Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Alan Robinson & Dean Haspiel
Colors by Phil Elliot, Ronda Pattinson, Kote Carvajal & Allen Passalaqua
Letters by Fred Hembeck & Chris Mowry
Covers by Bill Morrison, Dean Haspiel, Fred Hembeck, Phil Elliot, Alan Robinson, Kote Carvajal & Chris Giarrusso
IDW Publishing
Release Date: October 31, 2012
Cover Price: $7.99

Mars Attacks The Holidays runs the gambit. From goofy to heartbreaking and back again, it’s one heck of a great read. And I have to tip my hat to IDW Publishing for putting out an actual HOLIDAY special this year! They’re one ahead of any other company out there in that respect.

OK, there’s a LOT of ground to cover, so I’ll try and get right to it and not bog you down too much. First off, there’s four stories here, each representing a different holiday. Included are Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Fred Hembeck’s Halloween story is typical Fred Hembeck. It’s set in the 1950s and follows a Happy Days like family on a trick or treat excursion, and later a Halloween party where things go…awry, thanks to three Martians who tag along. It’s funny and goofy from the first panel to last, and is, in my opinion, the best in the book.

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