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World War ZNext month's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" movie premier may have some fans awaiting with cautious optimism given its deviations from its source material, but there's one development in Joe canon that should have "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" fans interested -- a new comic book series penned by Max Brooks.

IDW has announced that former "Saturday Night Live" scribe and author of zombie survival tome "World War Z" is writing an upcoming five-issue "G.I. Joe" miniseries due out next year. Read More...

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Astro BoyFootage (and new casting announcements) from "Astro Boy" wowed audiences during Comic-Con, and now Summit Entertainment has released six new images from the CGI adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's massively popular manga.

The film tells the story of a scientist, Dr. Tenma (voiced by Nicolas Cage) who replaces his lost son with a powerful robot (Freddie Highmore), who must then come to terms with his own identity as a child, a robot and, most importantly, a hero. Along with Cage, actors Donald Sutherland and Bill Nighy also voiced characters in the film, and today we have our first look at all of their characters in the new images -- as well as a few more shots from the much-anticipated film. Read More...

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Jennifer Love HewittWorking with former "Party of Five" producer and comic book writer Allan Heinberg must have planted a creative seed in Jennifer Love Hewitt's head. The "Ghost Whisperer" star, who already appeared in a line of comics based on her CBS TV series character, now has a comic of her own launching in the fall from "Doctor Who" and "G.I. Joe" publisher IDW.

Her new ten-issue series "The Music Box" will be a sequence of horror stories surrounding an old-fashioned device with an ugly history.

“The chance to create my very own comic, and a horror/thriller at that, is like a very fun nightmare come true," said Hewitt. "I've always been fascinated by the notion that an inanimate object can hold as much malevolent energy as a human being can. And when they two meet, or are at cross purposes, very bad things can happen." Read More...

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Legion"Tranformers: Revenge of the Fallen" won't be the only film featuring Tyrese Gibson to have its own comics at IDW by the end of 2009. The publisher announced at last week's Comic-Con International in San Diego that they will publish a four-issue weekly miniseries in November in advance of next year's Screen Gems film "Legion." The mini, titled "Legion: Prophets," will set the stage for the movie with a prequel tale anticipating the apocalypse.

"There were a lot of cool and scary characters and situations that I wasn't able to include in the main narrative of the movie, so I'm very excited to be able to expand the 'Legion' universe beyond the film and explore those other stories through the comic book series," said Scott Stewart, the film's director. "I'm a big fan of IDW's books and it's a real thrill to be able to collaborate with them on 'Legion: Prophets.'" Read More...

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Vitriol the HunterAmid all of the celebrities making the jump to comics lately, Good Charlotte lead guitarist Billy Martin holds a particularly unique distinction: his primary contributions to the comics scene have come as an artist, not a writer. And with IDW Publishing's upcoming miniseries "Vitriol the Hunter," Martin will serve an even more infrequent role among celebrity creators -- that of co-writer, artist and colorist on the six-issue series.

How's that for comics boot camp, eh?

For "Vitriol" Martin shares writing duties with pal Brent Allen, and along with meeting fans at the IDW booth during this year's Comic-Con, they'll also be offering visitors the first look at the monster-hunting hero of their story. Don't worry if you can't make it to the show, though, as IDW has provided Splash Page readers with an early peek at Martin's design for the character. Read More...

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Dethklok vs. The GoonIt's a big week for comic books with ties to the movie and television world, and that means you better bring a few extra dollars to the shop this time around. Here's what you need to pick up this week to make your life complete:

"DETHKLOK VS. THE GOON" (Dark Horse) -- The crossover that is very likely to rock your face off and tattoo an inky black mark upon your soul is here, folks. Here's hoping your affairs are in your order, because when Nathan Explosion, William Murderface and the rest of Adult Swim's "Metalocalypse" cast face off against The Goon, there's no way a single comic book can contain the collateral damage.

We brought you the exclusive announcement of this one-shot story back in March, along with a video promo for the project created by "Metalocalypse" creator Brendan Small. If you haven't seen it yet, make sure to do so. Read More...

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Doctor Who #1It's a big week for great science-fiction titles, but they aren't the only comics of note hitting shelves this week. Here are some of the highlights from the world of comic book and movie/television crossovers.

"DOCTOR WHO" #1 (IDW Publishing) -- Writer Tony Lee brings the BBC's favorite Time Lord into a new monthly series that promises to feature a wealth of in-canon adventures, but also offer up a great jumping-on point for readers new to the worlds of "Doctor Who" and its hit spin-off series, "Torchwood."

I previewed the first issue of "Doctor Who" last week, and spoke to Lee about his plans for the series -- so if you like what you see (and especially if you're a "Doctor Who" geek like I am), make sure to add this one to your pull list this week. It's sci-fi gold. Read More...

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Doctor WhoYears before "Star Trek" began its five-year mission that never quite ended, "Doctor Who" was making science-fiction cool in the UK and beyond. Now, with "Doctor Who" and spin-off series "Torchwood" enjoying a surge of popularity here in the U.S., American audiences are finally catching on to what British fans have known for four decades now: there's a good reason why "Doctor Who" is the longest-running sci-fi television series in history.

So, what better way to capitalize on the series' current popularity than with a new, ongoing comic book series, right?

Announced during last year's Comic-Con International in San Diego, IDW Publishing's ongoing "Doctor Who" series kicks off next week with writer Tony Lee and artist Al Davison offering up new adventures involving the last of the time-and-space-traveling Time Lords, known simply as "The Doctor." A bit of a "Doctor Who" geek myself, I checked in with Lee to find out how he plans to carve his own niche in the massive canon of "Who" history. Read More...

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Welcome to HoxfordWith his next directing project, “The Lightning Thief,” moving forward, “I Love You, Beth Cooper” director Chris Columbus is still attached to produce an adaptation of Ben Templesmith's “Welcome to Hoxford” comic book series, but is uncertain if he’ll take the director’s chair.

“You never know,” Columbus told MTV News, “You never know where that vibe is going to take you or where you’re going to want to go.”

The film, based on the IDW comic book series Templesmith, tells the story of a violent battle between werewolves and convicts in a privatized hospital for the criminally insane. Though blood and guts is not necessarily what one associates with Columbus, the director explains that a great story is more important to him than being family-friendly. Read More...

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraIt's going to be an expensive week for comic book readers. Not only is Marvel Comics flooding the shelves with 40 new issues, but various other publishers are bringing their A-game to the week's releases, too.

What should readers with an eye toward movie/television crossover projects be adding to their lists? Here's a good place to start:

"G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA" #1 - OFFICIAL MOVIE ADAPTATION (IDW): We gave you a sneak peek at this comic back in May, and as any longtime comics fan will tell you, there's been a lot of great G.I. Joe stories told in comics over the years. IDW's already proven they're up to the task of doing great work with licensed properties like Transformers and Angel, so there's reason to be optimistic about their take on the world of the "G.I. Joe" movie. Read More...

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