'Barack Obama' ComicWolverine has been the go-to guy for years when it comes to magazines or comic book series that want a quick sales boost. Put him on the cover, and issues are practically guaranteed to fly off the shelves. These days, though, U.S. President Barack Obama is giving Logan a run for his money when it comes to selling comics.

This August, Bluewater Productions will publish "Political Power: Barack Obama," one of several comics featuring notable figures from recent US elections. Along with the Obama comic, Bluewater also has comics in the works featuring Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and, well... even the Obama's dog, Bo.

And it's that last comic, "Puppy Power: Bo Obama," that prompted one of the funnier exchanges I've ever had with an interview subject -- in this case, "Barack Obama" author Chris Ward. Read More...

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'Fallen Angel: Reborn'IDW Publishing's comic book series "Fallen Angel" will be returning this July after a six-month hiatus, but the hero of the series won't be making her triumphant return to comic shop shelves alone -- she'll be joined by a very special guest from the world of fan-favorite creator Joss Whedon.

After completing its previous run in January, the "Fallen Angel" series co-created by writer Peter David will return in a few months for a four-part story titled, appropriately enough, "Fallen Angel: Reborn." Along with bringing back Liandra, the hero of the series, the new arc will also feature the depowered demon Illyria from the "Angel" television series. Played by actress Amy Acker in the TV series, Illyria is a demon who played a significant role in the final season of "Angel" -- and if the preview is any indication, she's likely to cause some big problems for the "Fallen Angel" regulars, too.

Read on for more details about the series, as well as a five-page, unlettered preview of "Fallen Angel: Reborn," featuring interior and cover art by J.K. Woodard. Read More...

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'Eureka: Dormant Gene'The world of Sci-Fi Channel's hit television series "Eureka" continues to evolve alongside its comics counterpart, with the first issue of a new miniseries titled "Eureka: Dormant Gene" hitting shelves this week.

"Eureka" creator Andrew Cosby joins Jonathan L. Davis, the writer of 2005's "The Dukes of Hazzard" movie, for an in-continuity story that has Zoe Carter (played by Jordan Hinson in the TV series) falling for the new guy at her high school. What she doesn't know, however, is that his appearance at her high school isn't the only thing "new" about him.

Read on for more details about "Dormant Gene," as well as an exclusive, 12-page preview featuring art by Mark Dos Santos and covers by J.K. Woodward. Read More...

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'Spider-Man: The Short Halloween'Back in February, we brought you the news of an upcoming collaboration between Marvel Comics and "Saturday Night Live" regulars Bill Hader and Seth Meyers, titled "Spider-Man: The Short Halloween." The single-issue story promised to take a tongue-in-cheek look at the misadventures of a costumed party-goer mistaken for the real wallcrawler and kidnapped by Spider-Man's foes.

Along with an original story by the comics-savvy "SNL" duo, "The Short Halloween" features art by Kevin Maguire -- the man who helped put the "funny" back in funnybooks during the late '80s alongside another comedic duo, "Justice League" writers Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis.

To get the scoop on "The Short Halloween," I spoke to Marvel's go-to guy for all things webslinger, Spider-Man group editor Stephen Wacker. Read on for an exclusive, 10-page preview of "Spider-Man: The Short Halloween" (sans lettering), as well as all the details from our conversation about Marvel's upcoming "SNL" team-up. Read More...

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'The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft'Last week, we brought you the news that famed "Willow" and "Frost/Nixon" director Ron Howard had picked up the rights to bring the soon-to-be-published Image Comics series "The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft" to the big screen. As we mentioned in our post about the "Lovecraft" movie news, Howard seemed an odd choice to helm an adaptation of the dark, fictionalized tale of the acclaimed horror novelist -- so we reached out to "Lovecraft" writer/creator Mac Carter (who's also writing the screenplay for the film) and cover artist/producer Adam Byrne to get the scoop on the project.

During the interview, we discuss whether film plans predated the comic book series, the actor who helped shape the look of Lovecraft in the story, and what to expect when a generally family-friendly filmmaker like Howard tackles the indescribable horror of one of the genre's darkest minds. Image Comics has also provided an exclusive 5-page preview of "The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft" for Splash Page readers. Read More...

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'The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone'While we've been getting our daily allowances of ridiculously cool viral hype from upcoming films like "Watchmen" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," one of the movies we're most excited about has been sitting quietly in the corner -- namely, Disney's upcoming sci-fi thriller "Surrogates," based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel by creators Rob Venditti and Brett Weldele. Directed by Jonathan Mostow, the film features the star power of Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames -- no small "get" for an otherwise under-the-radar story.

And though sneak-peeks of Wolverine and eerie "Watchmen" websites are always great, what really gets us going are comic books -- and the good folks at Top Shelf Productions have given us just that with an exclusive 11-page preview of "The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone," which serves as a prequel to the original 2006 graphic novel. Read More...

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'The Last Days of American Crime'Comic book creator Rick Remender doesn't shy away from hard-luck heroes. Whether it's alcoholic spaceman Heath Huston from his sci-fi series "Fear Agent" or the undead porn-pushers of "XXXombies," Remender appears to have an affinity for questionably aligned characters. In his new series from Radical Publishing, "The Last Days of American Crime," Remender looks to continue that exploration of uncertain heroes in a world where doing the right thing is not only enforced by law, but will soon be impossible not to do.

"I took that Orwellian world to the Nth degree and came up with an idea where the government has discovered a frequency that basically hinders a human from doing anything they know to be unlawful," explained Remender of his vision for America in the year 2016. "Basically, this frequency makes it impossible for you to jaywalk, steal, cheat on your spouse... If you know it's unlawful, you can't do it. But two weeks before they throw the switch, The Washington Post breaks the story and the country goes crazy."

Enter the story's aforementioned hard-luck hero, Graham Brick, and the last crime he'll ever need -- or be able -- to commit.

Read on for an exclusive preview of "The Last Days of American Crime" and more about the upcoming series. Read More...

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'The Warriors' #1Three decades after Walter Hill's cult-classic film "The Warriors" first hit theaters, the Warriors are once again poised to--as one of its most popular lines of dialogue suggests--"come out and plaaaaaay." This time around, however, the adventures of the New York City gang and its rivals will be unfolding not on the screen, but in the pages of a new comic book series.

As we first reported back in July 2008 (when we debuted the first piece of promo art for "The Warriors"), the 30th anniversary of the film's release will include the debut of publisher Dabel Brothers' adaptation of the film, with an eye toward spinning off new stories based on the world of "The Warriors" down the road.

MTV News spoke with "The Warriors" writer David Atchison about translating the original film into comic book form, and received an exclusive preview of the first 10 pages of "The Warriors" #1, which debuts at New York Comic-Con next week. Read More...

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'Highlander Origins: The Kurgan' #1When we asked comic writer Brandon Jerwa how he prepared to write comics based on the sci-fi classic “Highlander,” his response came in the form of a Freddie Mercury-worthy howl.


“Listen, you can’t write Highlander without some Queen blasting in the background. It should be a law. I mean, come on -- is there a better combination of movie and music?" joked Jerwa. "The answer is ‘no,’ and I’m going to have to kick your ass just because you took a half-second to think about it.” Read More...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following guest blog is provided by Dark Horse Comics' "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic" editor Dave Marshall, who explains why the series offers a foot in the door for anyone curious about Star Wars' extended universe.

You are a Star Wars fan.

Maybe you don’t know it. Maybe you think you’ve outgrown it, or maybe you think it’s outgrown you. There's so much Expanded Universe to keep track of -- everything from movies to video games, spanning thousands of years of galactic history.

Well, "Knights of the Old Republic" is a comic for you, Star Wars fans, the ones who know it -- and especially the ones who don’t.

'Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic' #37

Click on the image above for a sneak peek at "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic" #37

And for anyone intimidated by the #37 on the cover of this month’s issue, let me remind you that Star Wars began with “Episode IV.” Read More...


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