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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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This one is for those who still want to believe…

Seven issues in and The X-Files Season 10 is looking to be one of the best extensions of a TV series ever to make it to comic book form.  Like the successful Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seasons 8 and 9, IDW Publishing’s The X-Files Season 10 knows all the elements that made the original series loved by fans and it has carried those elements forward to make readers feel like Fox Mulder and Dana Scully never left.  And everyone else you loved from the show has returned: Agents Doggett and Reyes, The Lone Gunmen, Assistant Director Skinner, and The Smoking Man all have been re-introduced in Season 10.

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Ex-FBI agents Mulder and Scully are married and living under assumed names.  Skinner returns to let them know that an FBI database was hacked and the X-Files may have been part of the hack.  Then agents start dropping like flies, and Scully and Doggett are missing.   Who is Mulder going to turn to?  How about The Lone Gunmen?  New conspiracies, yet familiar dialogue doesn’t miss a beat in re-creating each character, thanks to writer Joe Harris.  And it helps that Michael Walsh’s renderings of the key characters matches the actors that originally made them famous.  Walsh’s style and mood are exactly what an X-Files comic needs, and Harris really gets the playful Mulder banter with Scully just right.

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If you have the licenses to Transformers, Ghostbusters, The Crow, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The X-Files, and you’re the publisher that has had the Mars Attacks aliens crossover with every property under the sun from Popeye to KISS, then the future is probably inevitable.  Mulder and Scully and The Lone Gunmen–why not have them pursue these strange oddities in the world of pop culture and sci-fi?

Under the banner The X-Files: Conspiracy, IDW Publishing has announced a volley of crossover one-shots beginning with a January 2014 release, spinning out of their successful The X-Files: Season Ten monthly comic book series.  First up, The X-Files: Conspiracy, Issue #1 will set up the story arc, as Mulder and Scully pursue the threat of a virus that may spread across the country into a plague if they cannot stop it.

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Next, with The X-Files: Conspiracy – Ghostbusters, The Lone Gunmen begin their pursuit of strange turtles in the sewers, an ominous vengeful spirit, and strange robots, first by tracking down the famous paranormal ghost squad.  Are the Ghostbusters for real, or are they frauds bilking innocent people out of their money?

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Peabody here…

Much more so than we can tell from previews of the coming DreamWorks film Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which we previewed earlier at borg.com here, a new monthly comic book series based on Jay Ward’s classic animated series has all the heart that made the original loved by millions.  Mr. Peabody is the genius dog, of course, who takes his boy Sherman back and forth across time like Doctor Who and his TARDIS or Doc Brown and his DeLorean.

The original animated series-within-a-series called Peabody’s Improbable History, which was featured in episodes of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, is as classic as classic gets, and fans can recite episodes decades after it first aired for kids in the 1960s and re-aired to kids in reruns in the 1970s and beyond.

Issue #1 of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, written Sholly Fisch with art and colors by Jorge Monlingo, is funny, appeals to all ages, and captures the spirit and look of the original.  Here’s a preview of Issue #1 courtesy of IDW Publishing, now in comic book stores everywhere:

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C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

*In memory of Jenny, who waited beside me many hours this year as I wrote for this website, tail wagging and always there for me.  You will be missed.

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Of all the kids comics titles out there how could we possibly pass up previewing a title like Itty Bitty Hellboy?  Dark Horse Comics’ new five-issue mini-series hits comic book stores in two weeks, August 28, 2013, but we’ve previewed it so you have time to order it from your local shop or add it to your pull list.

Itty Bitty Hellboy at first blush has the look of My Little Pony or Adventure Time–bright and cheery colors and fonts and wacky-styled characters and stories.  The difference is that the title character is a demon with an irregular-sized arm who is almost a caricature of the Hellboy in the standard monthlies.  (Where’s that broken horn?)  He’s that feisty little spawn we saw in Hellboy the movie, yet he fits right in with this crowd of a neighborhood of kids, much like you’d find in Peanuts or The Simpsons.  His lifelong friend Liz is here, as well as some rather unusual friends you wouldn’t find in Springfield.

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Broken into multiple stories that help develop our understanding of Hellboy and his friends, Itty Bitty Hellboy feels like a cross between Calvin and Hobbes and Spy vs. Spy.  It’s good, innocent fun any kid will like and any parent should approve of.

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