SDCC 2014: IDW Publishing Announces ‘Orphan Black’ Series
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Orphan Black, the sci-fi series currently airing in America on BBC America, has quickly gained a loyal fanbase, thanks to its intriguing plot and fantastic acting, but I’m sure fans of the show are always looking for more story.

Well, the folks at IDW are happy to oblige, thanks to the announcement that they are teaming up with series producers temple Street Productions to make an Orphan Black comic book series, set to launch in early 2015.

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Comic Review: The Star Wars #1

The Star Wars #1
Written by J.W. Rinzler
Illustrated by Mike Mayhew
Adapted from an Original Rough-Draft Screenplay by George Lucas
Colored by Rain Beredo
Lettered by Michael Heisler
Cover by Nick Runge
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: September 4, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

At first glance, the “The” in The Star Wars #1 looks like an unfortunate typo. After all, everyone knows (or should know) that the George Lucas-created Star Wars franchise doesn’t and never has carried an article before the title. It’s simply Star Wars. The “the” in this comic book series, however, isn’t a typo or mistake. It’s intentional. It’s the new eight-issue mini-series produced by Dark Horse Comics based on, as the cover proudly proclaims, Lucas’ “Original Rough-Draft Screenplay” for Star Wars (“Longer ago, in a galaxy even further away”¦” per the cover copy), as in the first screenplay Lucas produced on the long road (three years) between the release of American Graffiti in 1974 and the release of Star Wars three years later.

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Comic Review: Judge Dredd #1

Judge Dredd #1
Written by Duane Swierczynski
Art by Nelson Daniel and Paul Gulacy
Covers by Zach Howard, Nick Runge, Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom, Whilce Portacio, Carlos Ezquerra and Nelson Daniel
Also available a Retail Incentive cover with the comic store’s name over an additional Nick Runge cover
IDW Publishing
Release date: November 21, 2012
Cover price: $3.99

Judge Dredd was created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra back in 1977 for 2000 AD, the premiere British sci-fi and fantasy comic anthology magazine. Dredd has continued to be published by 2000 AD on a weekly basis since the character first appeared. It has been re-collected and distributed by such companies as Eagle Comics and Fleetway/Quality Comics. It was also a part of DC Comics’ lineup at one point in time. Now Judge Dredd is being published by an American company, IDW Publishing, as well as the continued stories in 2000 AD. IDW will go with the continuity already set by 2000 AD instead of trying to create their own. This is evident in the first issue of this newly launched series.

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Comic Review: KISS #1
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Written by Chris Ryall
Art by Jamal Igle
Colors by Rumulo Fajardo, Jr.
Letters by Shawn Lee
“She” Lryics by Harold Fraiser, Roget Roaime and Shannon Jones
Covers by Nick Runge, Jamal Igle, & Michael Gaydos
IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 13, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Did anyone really want another KISS #1? Yes, yes, we did. So here comes IDW to the rescue. The last couple KISS series have left bad tastes in fans’ mouths: The Image Comics KISS: The Psycho Circus and then the Kiss4K by…some company that went out of business. So, here comes IDW’s new KISS title and I think everyone’s expectation are not overly high, but luckily for us, this book turned out to be an awesome surprise!

Writer Chris Ryall has done what no other writer before him has done: turned out one hell of an entertaining KISS book with a story that is fresh and a completely original concept. He’s really captured the personas of what the members of KISS are on stage. There’s a fantastic narrative that runs through out the book, that’s really amazing. More importantly, this is a story that MAKES SENSE. It’s not just “KISS trying to get to the concert venue before it’s too late” (which would be a GREAT idea for a KISS kid’s comic), it’s a story of good vs evil. Well, kinda-good vs evil. OK, it’s a story of KISS vs. evil.

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Comic Review: Ghostbusters #7
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Ghostbusters #7
Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio Delgado
PCOC Pages by Tristan Jones
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Covers by Dan Schoening, Nick Runge, and Casey Maloney
IDW Publishing
Release Date: March 21, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Ya know what? I’m gonna start with the END of Ghostbusters #7 for this review. The reason being is that I keep forgetting to give my second favorite Australian, Tristan Jones (sorry, T. Paul Hogan is THE MAN), his due. Dare I say, this comic would NOT be as awesome as it is without him. Just page through his supplemental PCOC (Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission) pages and look at the sheer amount of work that goes into them. Not only are they entertaining, but whatever you want to know about the technical aspects of the Ghostbusters, it’s there, thanks to Tristan. Well done, sir.

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