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Hands down J.K. Woodward is the best artist to ever take on Star Trek in the comic book medium.  His Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who Assimilation² was a stunning visual journey, and that series, reviewed here at borg.com, showcased Woodward’s superb painted panels and contained an imaginative story by David and Scott Tipton.  Tipton, Tipton, and Woodward are back this week with the long-titled Star Trek:  Harlan Ellison’s The City on the Edge of Forever, The Original Teleplay, a five-issue limited series beginning tomorrow.  For borg.com readers we have a nine-page preview of the issue below after the break, courtesy of IDW Publishing.

The Star Trek: The Original Series episode “City on the Edge of Forever” is regarded by many (including a TV Guide poll of the “100 Best TV Episodes of All Time”) as the greatest Star Trek episode of all time, but what made it to television was a far cry from the original teleplay by noted science fiction writer Harlan Ellison.  Ellison’s original teleplay won both the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation as well as the Writer’s Guild of America’s Award for Most Outstanding Teleplay.

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The new IDW Publishing comic book mini-series, produced under the guidance of Ellison, now brings the classic story to fans like they haven’t seen it before.  Issue #1 is a blast.  Woodward’s visuals are eye-popping as usual, and the story presents its own parallel universe for those familiar with the classic TV episode.  Yeoman Rand never looked better!

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It’s Wednesday again, and that means the new comic books are out for the week at your local comic book store.  We’ve got several previews for a whopping seven issues of new books that should have something for everyone.  There’s Dark Horse Comics’ great ongoing Star Wars series, which will be wrapping up this year.  Then there’s Bill Willingham’s excellent steampunk series Legenderry for Dynamite Comics, reuniting the best of classic pulp heroes with new twists, like the Six Thousand Dollar Man.  We also have previews of two issues from Archie Comics–one from Archie Comics Digest and the other from the SEGA video game universe: Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Also, a new Angry Birds series begins, IDW is releasing a brief history of Godzilla comics, and a preview of the next issue of the ongoing Star Trek series is here, all from IDW Publishing.

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After the break, check out previews for one or all of them, courtesy of their respective comic book publishers.

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Previously on 24

Four years ago, CTU agent Jack Bauer became a fugitive from justice.  Soon he will risk his life and freedom to avert yet another global disaster and LIVE ANOTHER DAY.

Jack spent the intervening years in exile, and now we reveal what happened during his time in the European UNDERGROUND…

Written by Ed Brisson (Secret Avengers), with art by Michael Gaydos (Alias), 24: Underground, is a new comic book series that provides backstory for the return of the live-action series 24: Live Another Day coming to Fox next month.  24: Underground takes off where the original series last left Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer, as a man on the run.

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The X-Files, that classic TV series that took off recently with its The X-Files Season 10 monthly comic book series, will be expanding The X-Files universe even further.  IDW Publishing revealed some details about the new series Sunday at WonderCon in Anaheim, California.

Writer Karl Kesel (Marvel’s FF, Superboy), artists Vic Malhotra (The X-Files: Conspiracy, The Crow) and Greg Scott (The X-Files Season 10) are teaming up to tell the secret origins with The X-Files: Year Zero, a five-issue miniseries debuting in July.  The artists will split duties with Malhotra drawing the 1940s story following two agents that go by Bing and Millie, and Scott drawing present-day Agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder as they tackle a mystery with ties that date back to the beginning of the FBI’s X-Files unit.

Cover art will be created by The X-Files Season 10 artist Carlos Valenzuela, with retro/pulp novel cover variants by Robert Hack (Doctor Who).  Even borg.com favorite cover artist Francesco Francavilla will be supplying a cover variant for the first issue.

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IDW Publishing is bring back a series of volumes reprinting the original classic Star Trek series originally published by Gold Key Comics, including the memorable photo covers of the Star Trek crew that you might remember from nearly 50 years ago.  The first volume hits the shelves of comic book stores tomorrow and features the first six issues that were originally sold between 1967 and 1969.

If you lost your original issues to time, this new volume will bring back some good ol’ Trek nostalgia for you.  It includes Issue #1 from July 1967, “The Planet of No Return,” and Issue #2 from March 1968, “The Devil’s Isle of Space,” both written by Dick Wood with art by Nevio Zaccara.  You’ll also get Issue #3 from December 1968, “Invasion of the City Builders,” Issue #4 from June 1969, “The Peril of Planet Quick Change,” Issue #5 from September 1969, “The Ghost Planet,” and Issue #6 from December 1969 “When Planets Collide,” all written by Wood with art by Alberto Giolitti.

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Plenty of modern Star Trek comics have done all kinds of things with storytelling and artwork.  But there is something fun about the simplicity of these old stories that will appeal to fans of 1960s comics and the creators’ vision for the future from long ago.

After the break, we’re previewing the first several pages of Star Trek–Gold Key Archives, Volume 1, courtesy of IDW Publishing:

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“Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.”

It must be pretty hard to take a classic property and bring it to the present with the same zing that made it popular years ago.  Publishers continue to try over and over again and usually the effort misses the mark–the original voice is hard to mimic, and the heart of the characterization is never grasped just right.  The exceptions can be found in places like Dynamite Comics’ pulp masked hero monthlies.  Now IDW Publishing has managed to bring the humor and look that we remember so well from the mind of Jay Ward in the 1960s and 1970s back to us as if it never left with its new Rocky & Bullwinkle series.

Like the original series, which featured the moose named Bullwinkle and his flying squirrel pal Rocky, we get the arch-enemies of Boris and Natasha.  Interspersed between stories of Rocky & Bullwinkle we also get that affable Canadian Mountie Dudley Do-Right and his classic moustached villain, Snidely.  Mr. Peabody and Sherman, who played in segments in the original cartoon, now have their own monthly at IDW, so we don’t know if we’ll see them back here very soon.  But in Issue #1 we get plenty of the same humor and art stylings that we enjoyed in the original cartoons with the other characters.  The voice of each of Bullwinkle and Rocky are simply dead-on.  Even the voice of the narrator, the sign fonts, the environments, and the other characters, all mirror the original show.

If nostalgia is your thing, and you’re after some of that innocent humor kids of all ages will appreciate, look no further than the new Rocky & Bullwinkle.  After the break, check out a seven-page preview of Issue #1, courtesy of IDW Publishing:

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Fans of the original Star Trek series may be excited to see the original script for Harlan Ellison’s award-winning teleplay to the classic episode “The City on the Edge of Forever” will soon be adapted into comic book form.  It will be a director’s cut of sorts, as Ellison has been vocal over the years that his original vision was better than what ended up on the screen, modified by Gene Roddenberry and at least four other writers.  Ellison published the complete script and notes in his 1996 book about the episode’s “evisceration.   Nearly fifty years later Ellison won’t let his anger rest, having filed a lawsuit in 2009 that was later settled.  Ellison is back yet again, and now fans will get to see his original work in visual form, produced by a Star Trek creative dream team.

Scott Tipton and David Tipton will adapt the Ellison teleplay to the comic script, and powerhouse Star Trek/Doctor Who Assimilation² painter/artist J.K. Woodward will provide the artwork for the story.  Juan Ortiz, whose Star Trek work we’ve reviewed here previously at borg.com, will provide the cover art in his own unique retro style.

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Trek fans really couldn’t ask for more, although considering fans count the episode among the most revered and well-crafted of the series, it may not be many fans’ first choice for an episode that could stand to be redone, or undone  for that matter (cough cough “And the Children Shall Lead,” (ahem) “The Way to Eden”, (ahem) “Spock’s Brain”).

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Rogue Trooper was originally a comic book strip from the pages of the British comic 2000 A.D, created by Gerry Finley-Day and Watchmen’s Dave Gibbons.  Rogue is the name of a genetic infantryman or “G.I.” who is a soldier on a mission along with three dead soldier friends suspended in the form of bio-chips mounted to his equipment: Gunnar (mounted atop Rogue’s rifle), Helm (attached to his helmet), and Bagman (attached to his backpack).  It’s a gritty war comic, and a mash-up with sci-fi elements.

A future war has poisoned the entire atmosphere of Nu-Earth, prompting one side to create Genetic Infantrymen: blue-skinned soldiers who can breathe the toxic air, equipped with bio-chips to record their personalities in their final moments for eventual re-corporation. But a traitor sold the G.I.s out, and all but one were slaughtered. Now he stalks Nu-Earth on a mission of revenge, aided by his dead friends now “living” in his gun, helmet and backpack. He is the last G.I.-the Rogue Trooper!

After the break, click this link for a preview of the new Rogue Trooper series courtesy of IDW Publishing:

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Out this week is Darby Pop Publishing and IDW’s new series City: The Mind in the Machine.  A new surveillance system can prevent all crime in San Francisco.  But it doesn’t work without a human mind to control it.  A victim of a terrorist attack, Ben is turned into that mind.  Tied into the surveillance system with bio-neural implants he becomes a one man army against crime, whether he likes it or not.  So what do you do when you can control an entire city with your thoughts?

A bit RoboCop, a bit Bionic Man, City: The Mind in the Machine looks at security and technology in a very cinematic way.

A four-issue limited series, City is written by Eric Garcia, who wrote Matchstick Men and the screenplay for Repo Men.  Pencils and inks are by Javier Fernandez with colors by Mark Englert and Felix Serrano.  The cover is by Tommy Lee Edwards.

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In its first issue, City has a great futuristic look, with nice special effects, quick action scenes, and interesting characters.

After the break, check out this preview of City: The Mind in the Machine, courtesy of IDW Publishing.

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Former CIA agent, international ladies man, and sworn ass-kicking enemy of The Man… he’s BLACK DYNAMITE.

IDW Publishing is releasing a new comic book series tomorrow that will be a must for many readers’ comic book store pull lists, Black Dynamite.  Based on the 2010 movie and Adult Swim animated series by Michael Jai White, Byron Minns, and Scott Sanders, the new comic book series is almost a mash-up of Shaft meets Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.  Black Dynamite is the first time the character has his own ongoing monthly series.  He is, of course, THE greatest action star of the 1970s–he has a way with the ladies and a way with getting in the middle of the action.  Written by Brian Ash with pencils by Ron Wimberly, inks by Sal Buscema and colors by J.M. Ringuet, the first issue has the retro look of the art and design found in Bill Cosby’s 1970s animated series featuring kids living around a Philadelphia junkyard.

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He’s the biggest, baddest, meanest, most not to be trifled with dude in the history of the universe and he’s coming to comics!  Such superlatives could only describe one man.  A former CIA agent and expert in all disciplines of international ass kicking and a thirst for the sweet nectar of justice, hero to the downtrodden, sworn enemy of the Man… BLACK DYNAMITE!

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Black Dynamite is an off-the-wall introduction to the blaxploitation meets kung-fu films of the early 1970s.  It’s a series you could imagine coming from Quentin Tarentino, complete with the action and the look and feel you’d find in Grindhouse.  Is that Richard Roundtree and Pam Grier?

And check out that Marvel Comics circa 1975-inspired cover.

Click here for a seven-page look at Black Dynamite, Issue #1.

Black Dynamite, Issue #1 hits comic book stores tomorrow, January 15, 2014.

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

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