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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #32Last week, we checked in with previous "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight" writer Jane Espenson about the grand finale of her arc on the popular comic book series that has brought the adventures of Sunnydale's finest slayer from television to comics. With Buffy left hanging (literally) upon discovering some new powers (she's flying!), it was only right to check in with the author who will be taking up the scripting duties upon Buffy's return to comic shop shelves: celebrated novelist and comics writer Brad Meltzer.

Meltzer kicks off his run on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight" with February's issue #32, the penultimate arc of the series before "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon takes over and brings "Season Eight" to a close. The biggest questions on everyone's minds, however, have yet to be answered — namely, what's up with Buffy's new powers and the identity of the mysterious masked villain, Twilight, who has caused so much trouble for Buffy and her allies.

I picked Meltzer's brain to see if we could get any clues.

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Gossip GirlEarlier this week, we told you about the upcoming "Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only" manga based on the bestselling novels by Cecily von Ziegesar (which were subsequently adapted into the hit CW television series).

Published by Yen Press, the "Gossip Girl" manga is written and illustrated by HyeKyung Baek and will be serialized monthly in "Yen Plus" magazine. The series kicks off in the upcoming January issue, which should hit shelves in the next week or so.

Yen Press has given Splash Page readers the first, exclusive preview of the "Gossip Girl" manga with a four-page peek at "For Your Eyes Only." Read More...

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Ellen Degeneres comic bookBluewater's "Female Force" comics have already put the spotlight on "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, among other notables, and now the much-publicized line of biography comics will turn its attention to popular comedian and talk show host Ellen Degeneres.

Hitting shelves in March 2010, "Female Force: Ellen Degeneres" promises to follow the entertainer "from her youth in Louisiana, through the endless smoke-filled comedy club circuit, to her breakthrough sitcom and finally as an Emmy-winning daytime talk show host."

The issue will be written by Sandra C. Ruckdeschel with art by Pedro Ponzo, and will feature many of the touchstone moments from Degeneres' career — including her recent addition to the "American Idol" judging panel. Bluewater Productions has provided Splash Page readers with an exclusive preview of "Female Force: Ellen Degeneres" (featuring uncolored, unlettered pages) as well as the official announcement of the title.

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Ghostbusters Holiday SpecialIt's that time of year again, folks. Special holiday-themed issues of comics will start appearing on shelves, and Santa Claus will start making cameos in every story you read. Heck, even the Ghostbusters are getting in on the Christmas action.

In IDW Publishing's "Ghostbusters Holiday Special: Past, Present, and Future" (hitting shelves next week), Peter Venkman and the rest of the gang will face off against some familiar spirits as they skip out on holiday parties for a chance to do some very lucrative ghost-busting. Yes, the team will be taking on the spirits of Christmas past, present and future at the behest of a grumpy (but insanely wealthy) client who's had enough of being shown the error of his ways.

Written by Rob Williams with art from Diego Jourdan and Nick Runge, the one-shot story will arrive on shelves December 9. IDW Publishing has provided Splash Page readers with the first exclusive look at "Ghostbusters Holiday Special: Past, Present and Future."

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Transformers: ContinuumA new chapter begins in the Transformers universe this month as IDW Publishing launches a regular, ongoing "Transformers" comic book series featuring Optimus Prime, Megatron and the rest of the robots in disguise.

However, before the new series can kick off, there's a lot of "Transformers" history to make sense of and fit into the property's comic book history. That's why IDW is releasing "Transformers: Continuum" this week, featuring a 32-page, ad-free take on the key players in the next stage of Transformers lore, covering everything from "Infiltration" to the recent "All Hail Megatron" series.

IDW has offered Splash Page readers an exclusive preview at "Transformers: Continuum," featuring a story by Andy Schmidt and art by Ken Christensen. Read More...

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BatgirlComic book fans who have a passing familiarity with current events in DC Comics already know that Bruce Wayne is dead—or, more accurately, trapped in prehistoric times—and Dick Grayson, the first Robin, has assumed the cape and cowl to become the new Batman.

What those casual fans might not be aware of is that there's also a new Batgirl running around. "Smallville" writer Bryan Q. Miller is the author of the new "Batgirl" comic book series, which thrusts former vigilante Spoiler into the role of Gotham City's latest Bat-clad hero.

In an interview with MTV News, Miller said that Batgirl's alter ego, Stephanie Brown, has had several mishaps in her vigilante past, including familial ties to a super-villain, inadvertantly setting off a gang war in Gotham and also, well... dying... for a short period of time. Read More...

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Dr. HorribleWe all know last year's award-winning online musical "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" is getting a sequel at some point, but just in case you can't wait for the next chapter of Nathan Fillion and Neil Patrick Harris' hilarious (and occasionally heartbreaking) battle, a prequel of sorts arrives this month courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.

Written by Zack Whedon (who co-wrote the "Dr. Horrible" musical with brothers Joss and Jed and Jed's wife, Maurissa Tancharoen), the one-shot "Dr. Horrible" comic tells the tale of Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer's first encounter.

I spoke to Whedon about his plans for the project and received an exclusive preview for Splash Page readers. Read More...

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LoboIn the Anthrax song "King Size," which also happens to mention the Hulk, the Devil lives in California. In November's "Lobo: Highway to Hell" miniseries, however, Anthrax lead guitarist Scott Ian has written a new version of Satan just outside of the DC Universe. For his cosmic horror/action tale, Ian wanted a villain as big and evil as he could make him—and that required building Satan from scratch.

"Totally new," Ian told MTV News when asked which version of the Devil he'll put DC's moviebound bounty hunter up against when the first issue hits shelves November 4. "[The story] has nothing to do with anything really from the DC Universe."

DC's Lucifer has long been established as the ruler of Hell for the DCU, but taking the story outside of continuity allowed Ian to develop a less dainty interpretation of the Prince of Darkness. Read More...

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Michael JacksonBack in August, we gave you the first look at the upcoming "Tribute: Michael Jackson, King Of Pop" comic book with a five-page preview. Now, just two days before it hits shelves—right alongside the premiere of the Michael Jackson movie event "This Is It"—we have six more pages to show you from the comic.

Promising to chronicle the entertainer's life and many contributions to music and pop culture, "Tribute" features a wraparound cover and forward by Giuseppe Mazzola, a member of "The Official Michael Jackson Fan Club" and a personal friend of the musician. Wey-Yuih Loh ("Political Power: Colin Powell") and Giovanni Timpano ("Vincent Price Presents") will write and illustrate the book, respectively. Read More...

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DetahlokIt's been a busy year at the movies for robots big and small, from blockbusters like "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Terminator: Salvation" to this week's significantly more tame "Astro Boy." This November, Marvel Comics’ classic, semi-robotic antihero Deathlok heads back to print in a big way, too—with a new seven-issue miniseries from Marvel’s mature label, MAX.

Originally created in the '70s by Rich Buckler and Doug Moench, Deathlok is the name adopted by Luther Manning, an American soldier in a post-apocalyptic future who is killed in action then resurrected as an experimental cyborg. And it all happened years before "Robocop."

Marvel has provided Splash Page readers with a preview of "Deathlok" #1, featuring a story by acclaimed novelist Charlie Huston (“Moon Knight”) and artist Lan Medina (“Foolkiller”). Read More...

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