William Shatner"Tek War Chronicles" #1, the debut issue of the new comic book series based on William Shatner's best-selling science-fiction novels is on stands now, but that doesn't mean the iconic actor and novelist has let up for a moment in voicing his affection for the latest iteration of the "TekWar" -- a franchise that has included, among other things, prior "TekWar" comic books, a television series, a feature-length movie, and even a video game.

According to Shatner, he's taking a hands-on approach with Bluewater Productions' new "Tek War" comic, and learning quite a bit about the ins and outs of the medium along the way.

"I'm right there from the very beginning, from the concept of how the story will be told to okaying the drawings and the color," Shatner told MTV News. "I'm getting a good education on the exigencies of drawing a comic book -- but at the same time, storytelling is storytelling." Read More...

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Tribute: Michael JacksonDespite Michael Jackson's tragic death, his fans haven't seen the last of him. The King of Pop's presence will be felt forever in his music, his videos and even his... comic books?

In October, Michael Jackson will be memorialized in comic book form in "Tribute: Michael Jackson, King of Pop," a biography comic from Bluewater Productions, the same publisher responsible for the "Female Force" comics and forthcoming "Political Power" books (as well as the "Bo Obama" comic focusing on the U.S. President's puppy). Read More...

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Female ForceDon't let the cover of Bluewater Productions' new "Female Force: Volume I" fool you. Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have not formed a ladies' version of the Justice League -- which is too bad, because there's a great crossover to be had with Robert Smigel's X-Presidents.

While Palin is indeed brawling in at least one comic -- Devil's Due Publishing's "Barack the Barbarian" -- Bluewater instead opted for a non-fiction series about prominent figures such as Oprah Winfrey and Condoleezza Rice, several of whom appear in the new "Female Force" collection. Read More...

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FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH: THE NIGHTMARE WARRIORSI'm running a day late on this week's edition of "Best Bets," but I hope you'll excuse the delay. When someone offers advance tickets to "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," any self-respecting geek worth his long boxes knows that decisions have to be made and schedules should be shuffled for Optimus Prime -- and let's be honest here, Megan Fox.

So, without further excuses on my side, let's get right to the best of this week's comics with Hollywood ties, shall we?

"FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH: THE NIGHTMARE WARRIORS" #1 (DC/Dynamite) -- Not only is it the sequel to 2007's "Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash" miniseries, which was based on the script to a movie that would have tied together the "Freddy Vs. Jason" movie and the "Evil Dead" trilogy (and that alone should be enough to excite, well... anyone), but "Nightmare Warriors" is co-written by James Kuhoric and comics/movie veteran Jeff Katz -- who provided the script treatment for the original "Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash" story. Basically, "Nightmare Warriors" is likely to be every bit as good as you hope it will be. Read More...

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William ShatnerIf there's one spot to showcase a new comic on late night television, it's probably "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien." Besides sharing a name with U.S. President Barack Obama's favorite comic book barbarian, the Tonight Show host and former "The Simpsons" scribe has been a fan of the medium for many years.

It's no surprise then, that sci-fi legend and friend of the show, William Shatner would choose this outlet to promote his latest comic effort, "William Shatner Presents: The Tek War Chronicles" (which we exclusively previewed here on Splash Page last month). Read More...

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The WaspsFor most people, spending time with their grandparents consists of leisurely outings or afternoon chats. In the upcoming "The Wasps" comic book and feature film, one pilot's quality time with grandma comes in the form of shooting down Nazi aircraft.

Based the true exploits of the women who served the United States Army Airforce during World War II, collectively known as WASP (Women Air Service Pilots), the comic tells the story of a time-displaced Air Force pilot from modern times who ends up flying alongside his WASP grandmother and battling Nazis in pursuit of a mysterious artifact. Read More...

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Oprah Winfrey comicThe notion of rising from obscurity and dust to fame and fortune is a common one in the tradition of the hero's story. Just look at wimpy Steve Rogers and how one sip of the Super Soldier serum transformed him into the legendary Captain America. This arc is observable in several other icons outside of the comic book game, and one such outsider is bringing her story to the paneled page.

In September, the indescribably successful Oprah Winfrey will be adding another gem to her crown as Media Queen when she appears in the pages of Bluewater Productions' "Female Force" biography comic book series. The issue will depict the talk show host's early childhood struggles all the way through to her current status as a global phenomenon. Read More...

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Leprechaun #2Say what you want about the 1993 horror film "Leprechaun" -- but for many low-budget horror fans like myself, it holds a special place in our hearts.

Not only did it give us the greatest (and only) death-by-pogo-stick scene in movie history, but it also gave Jennifer Aniston her first feature film role and, of course, paved the way for such cinematic classics as "Leprechaun in Space" and "Leprechaun in the Hood." So, with all of that evidence presented, I rest my case for the importance of "Leprechaun." Read More...

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Batman and Robin #1There were a lot of options this week for readers interested in comics with crossover appeal. Everything from adaptations of fan-favorite and cult-classic properties to the continuing adventures of popular superheroes with established big-screen presence. Here's what looks good among the June 3 releases:

TOP OF THE STACK: "BATMAN AND ROBIN" #1 (DC): If anything can wipe away the memory of Joel Schumacher's unintentionally campy 1997 foray into the Bat-verse, it's the superstar team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely. This is one of those rare occasions where I haven't read the issue yet, but feel perfectly comfortable recommending it.

From "All-Star Superman" to "We3" (one of my favorite stories put to page in the comics world), Morrison and Quitely have the magic touch that makes any book they collaborate on stand out from the rest. Can these perfect partners work that same magic with DC's Dynamic Duo, relaunching the team-up title with a brand new story? Put it this way: If they can't do it, no one can. Read More...

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William Shatner's Tek War ChroniclesIf you were missing William Shatner in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek," it looks like you'll be able to make up for it in the coming months with "Tek War Chronicles," the new comic book series based on Shatner's best-selling "TekWar" science-fiction novels.

Written by Shatner and Scott Davis, "Tek War" tells the story of a man who returns to his futuristic world after serving four years of cryogenic stasis for a crime he didn't commit. "Tek War" publisher Bluewater Productions, whose "Political Power: Barack Obama" and "Puppy Power: Bo Obama" comics were recently featured on Splash Page, has provided us with the first look at "Tek War Chronicles" #1, which hits shelves near the end of June. Read More...

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Cover Artist

Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.
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