Predator #1One of the best examples of a movie property making a successful transition into comic books, Dark Horse Comics "Aliens" and "Predator" series have both been celebrated as not only being good comics based on their respective film franchises, but just plain good comics.

While Dark Horse reignited its "Aliens" stories last week with a new ongoing series, a brand new "Predator" miniseries launches at the end of this month featuring the fan-favorite otherworldly hunters. With a story by John Arcudi, interior art by Javier Saltares and beautiful cover for the first issue by artist Raymond Swanland, "Predator" #1 kicks off a four-part story that pits two warring clans of Predators against each other, settling their score amid a brutal Third World conflict here on Earth.

Dark Horse Comics has provided Splash Page readers with the first look at the new miniseries -- and what promises to be a grand return to the comics world for the Predator universe. Read More...

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Spider-ManAt this point, Kirsten Dunst's involvement in the Sam Raimi-directed "Spider-Man 4" is tenuous at best. But if you haven't been reading the comic books lately, you might not be aware that Mary Jane Watson is on the outs there, too.

After a shady deal with Mephisto to save the life of Aunt May, Peter Parker and Mary Jane's marriage was no more, rendering the arachnoid hero a bachelor after years of upholding his vows -- and needless to say, fandom wasn't wild about the sudden change in status quo. Now, it looks like Marvel might be paying attention to the bullpucky calls from their readership with a recently disseminated wedding invitation for the Spider-Man universe! Read More...

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Lego WolverineBack in the day, when I sat down with my big box of Lego building blocks, I never ended up assembling anything that was even close to as cool as some of the stuff I've seen around the 'Net. From zombie invasions to scenes from H.P. Lovecraft stories, the products of skilled Lego craftspeople aren't difficult to find around the InterWebs -- but every now and then a great gallery pops up that really makes me feel like I wasted valuable Lego playtime years ago.

Over at design website SpeckyBoy, there's a gallery of 21 popular movie posters re-created using Lego building blocks. While the "Inglourious Basterds" and "Jaws" re-creations are particularly cool, it's the Lego "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "300" movie posters that really caught my eye. Read More...

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FROM MTV MOVIES: On Sunday, at the MTV Movie Awards, invited guests include Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and director Michael Bay. But even those high-wattage talents might not be the most exciting "Transformers" star you'll see this weekend.

"He is the king bee," LaBeouf told us recently as he discussed The Fallen, unveiling him to "Transformers" fans for the first time anywhere. "He's the patriarchal figure, he's the main dude. He's what all of this came from."

For more on the exclusive debut of The Fallen from "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," head over to Movies.MTV.com.

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraThe special forces from "G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero" have historically held fast to their animated series theme song by fighting for freedom wherever there was trouble, be it in comics, on toy shelves or on television. That same fighting spirit seems to live on as IDW adapts a new generation of live-action Joes from the upcoming "G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra" to the printed page.

According to IDW, "The Rise of Cobra" comic was written with its film studio Paramount and toy home Hasbro in mind, especially with regard to its depictions of stars such as Marlon Wayans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum and Christopher Eccleston. Read More...

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" hits theaters June 24, but comic book readers know that they've never had to wait for a fix of stories involving the popular giant robots. Along with the regular stable of "Transformers" series and one-shots they put on shelves each month, IDW Publishing will also be offering up the official comic book adaptation of the much-anticipated "Transformers" sequel -- with an exclusive cover that will debut at BotCon 2009, the annual celebration of all things Transformers.

Featuring an image by artist Don Figueroa, the BotCon-exclusive issue will kick off IDW's adaptation of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and be available at the publisher's booth. IDW has promised that many other creators from their popular line of "Transformers" comics will also be available at the event, which is being held May 28-31 in Pasadena, CA. Read More...

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Ramona Flowers in 'Scot Pilgrim'Last week, we got a peek at the look "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" director Edgar Wright is going for with The Clash At Demonhead, the band that includes both an evil ex-boyfriend of Ramona Flowers that Scott will battle, and the hero's own evil ex, Natalie V. "Envy" Adams. Now, it looks like Wright could actually be filming (or at least revealing production photos) in chronological order with the original Bryan Lee O'Malley series, as he just posted a photo from a scene at the finale of Scott and Ramona's encounter with the band.

The photo offers a glimpse of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers, who "Scott Pilgrim" readers will identify by her trademark "subspace suitcase" and the massive "+2 Against Girls" hammer she pulls from it to fight Envy. The brawl takes place in Volume 3 of O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim" series, and I've posted both Wright's photo and a page from the book after the jump for the sake of comparison. Read More...

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Eminem as The JokerEminem's new album, "Relapse," hits shelves Tuesday, and it looks like the Punisher-themed promotional shoot he did for XXL Magazine a month ago isn't the only comics connection in the album. Among the various imagery in the album liner is a shot of Eminem decked out like the late Heath Ledger's award-winning interpretation of The Joker in "The Dark Knight."

The shot depicts Eminem with scarred grin, painted face and suit, holding a set of alphabet blocks that spell the word "KILL" -- and appears in a collage of psych charts, pills and prescription forms at the center of the booklet. You can check out a scan of the image after the jump. Read More...

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'Batman: The Brave and the Bold'The kids-friendly cartoon series "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" has been rolling along at The Cartoon Network, and as the show gains steam it's been earning itself a heap of fans from the comics community for a variety of reasons -- one of those being its willingness to explore some pretty obscure characters from the Dark Knight's history. Case in point: Crazy Quilt.

[UPDATE: According to WB, this episode won't air until next week, May, 22.]

This week's episode puts Batman and Robin up against the diabolical machinations of one of my favorite go-to characters whenever the subject of bizarre comic book villains comes up in conversation (and that happens more often than you'd expect, really). The color-commanding villain uses the power of the rainbow to battle DC's Dynamic Duo and, even better, is voiced by "Arrested Development" star Jeffrey Tambor. Read More...

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Between comics, movies and his upcoming show at Carnegie Hall, Kevin Smith has a lot going on these days. So, when he dropped by Splash Page HQ this week, our conversation with the veteran creator covered a wide spectrum of topics -- everything from his willingness to see "Star Trek" actor Chris Pine romancing his wife to some just-announced comics projects that readers will definitely want to add to their pull lists.

After completing a successful run on the three-issue miniseries "Batman: Cacophony," Smith is returning to Gotham City with his good friend and artist Walt Flanagan for a 12-issue series titled "Batman: The Widening Gyre." He told MTV News he'll introduce a new hero to the DC Universe (much as he did with the villain Onomatopoeia in his "Green Arrow" run), and then will follow up the 12-part story with an ongoing series starring the new character.

While he didn't want to spoil the surprise by sharing any details about the new character ("We don't introduce him until issue #2," said Smith), he did offer up some thoughts about the tone and origin of the series, and why this could be the last Batman story he'll ever write. 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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