A Google search for the cartoon made me realize that J. Michael Straczynski created my second favorite villain from the series.

Samhain, if you're asking. With the Boogeyman as the distant first choice.

Anyway, after a bunch of minis culminating in the success of the Infestation crossover, Ray, Winston, Ray, and Egon are getting a regular gig starting in September under Infestation writer Erik Burham, with interiors by Dan Schoening and covers by Nick Runge.

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IDW's OGN promises to be one of many versions of the raid to take out America's public enemy number one.

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IDW Publishing and comiXology are teaming up to bring over 200 Transformers comics to the Comics by comiXology app for Android and the Web. Everything from classic 80’s books to Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie prequels will be available beginning tomorrow - Thursday, June 23rd! Read More...

At this rate, by September even we'll be rebooted.

While you wait for your Star Trek 2 fix, IDW will be bringing the continuing adventures of the revamped, reinvigorated, and rebooted Enterprise to comics. The goal of the new series is to "explore the vast implications of the alternate timeline created by the film in a new, monthly, ongoing comics series."

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I'm a regular watcher of ultimate guilty pleasure True Blood and I, up until this moment, had no idea that fans of the series about vampires, werewolves, fairies, and sexy sex are referred to as "Truebies." Nope. Won't stand for it.

Anyway, us fans are getting a new 6-issue mini starting in August from IDW called The French Quarter, bringing together series regulars in a New Orleans murder mystery.

First off, here's the synopsis:

Trubies' favorite characters return, including mind-reading waitress Sookie Stackhouse and vampire Sherif Eric Northman, who join forces to track down a killer in New Orleans. Intrigue and suspense will follow Sookie and Eric, as will Bill Compton, in IDW’s TRUE BLOOD: THE FRENCH QUARTER, based entirely in the supernatural world of the critically-acclaimed HBO hit television show.

As with the previous stories, IDW’s TRUE BLOOD comics offer fans all-new plots with their favorite characters. In this sequel to the first New York Times best-selling TRUE BLOOD compilation, "All Together Now," and the second series “Tainted Love,” Sookie and Eric travel to New Orleans to track down a killer named Guerra, whom Eric and Godric thought they killed in Paris more than 200 years ago. Bill Compton's in town, too, making sure Eric doesn't get too close to Sookie, and investigating a local Hep-D outbreak that may be connected to Guerra's latest victims. Meanwhile, back in Bon Temps, Trubies will wonder why Pam is hanging out at Merlotte's and what it is she wants with Lafayette. Read More...

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Ten great comics! Okay, fine, that was a huge stretch, but it was especially difficult to narrow down the ten best comics this month. Honestly? The top five came easily, and then we spent the next few hours grappling with the bottom five, with fun, well written books like Ruse #3 and Alpha Flight .1 just missing the cut (come on, you know I love you, guys). But since we had to decide on a top ten, a top ten it is. Plus one more. Because, you know, we can’t count:

Honorable Mention: The Nightly News #1

It’s not fair to lump a “best of” reprint of Jonathan Hickman’s first issue of The Nightly News in with the rest of the top ten. But shame on us, this one dollar reprint from Image finally got us to read the series that put Hickman on the map… And now we can see why. The logline – people wronged by the money-grubbers in the news industry fight back by killing ‘em all – barely does the comic justice. Expertly and densely written, the nihilistic text provokes revolution, but remembers to also be very, deeply funny while it does. We’ll definitely be picking up the trades after this.

10. Kirby Genesis #0

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It's been a couple of years with a TMNT book on the shelves (2008, actually), but thanks to IDW, this August we'll be getting a "continuation" of the original series co-written by the creators of the quartet of heroes in a half-shell. Kevin Eastman--the Eastman half of the Eastman and Laird combo that created the Turtles way back in 1984--will be handling writing chores alongside regular IDW writer Tom Waltz.

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IDWs massive crossover event, Infestation, is now infecting another group of unsuspecting characters -- those Pygmies we just love to smite from the Pocket God game on iOS! Just like the Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Trek and Ghostbusters crews, the Pygmies of the Pocket God universe are now being bombarded with legions of the undead!

For those of you not so familiar, Pocket God is a hugely successful game available on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch with over 4 million downloads and 35 free updates! The new Pocket God: Infestation comic is now available for .99 cents, exclusively through the free Infestation Comics app from IDW on the iDevice of choice.

“We're excited to bring out POCKET GOD: INFESTATION,” stated Jeff Webber, IDW's director of ePublishing. “This was a perfect storm of events – Michael Murphey, CEO of iVerse, brought IDW, Ape and Bolt together with the crazy idea of one more universe that needed infesting. POCKET GOD comics have been one of the biggest comics phenomenon of the iOS App Store. By bringing that audience into IDWs INFESTATION event, we are truly exposing comics to millions of Pocket God game fans and potential new comics readers!” Read More...

After pretty sporadic publication throughout 2010, Eric Powell's hillbilly horror swamp comedy/drama The Goon is returning to Dark Horse starting in June. Powell has, of course, been keeping busy between two-fisted adventures of tough guys wrecking swamp monsters, but some of us have been missing his most famous creation.

Powell talked to MTV Geek recently about the return of the book, what he's been up to, and provides a (mini) update on the status of the much-anticipated movie.

MTV Geek: So where’ve you (and The Goon) been, man?

Eric Powell: Well, I was working on the Goon screenplay, my self published all ages book Chimichanga, Billy the Kid's Old Timey Oddities, The Buzzard mini-series, and Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters.

Geek: Now that you’re back at it, what’s the overall plan for The Goon? It felt like a lot of last year was about clearing out the decks.

EP: Yep, I don't want The Goon to ever get stagnant. I try to change up the tone so no one knows what to expect. That's definitely the plan for the next few issues. Between Chinatown and the monthly run of "The Return of Labrazio" the book took on a more serious somber tone. I feel like doing some crazier stuff now.

Geek: You’ve mentioned in the past that you’re taking the Mignola route with your book, focusing on one universe. Will that ever mean bringing in other creators to expand the world of the Goon?

EP: I doubt it. When I mentioned Mignola, I believe I actually mentioned Mignola and Jeff Smith, [and] I was referring to maintaining focus on one project in order to build it's momentum. I've succeeded at that. Now I just have to maintain it! Mike has spread his characters out successfully to build his own little universe. I don't think that's the way for me to go. I don't want The Goon to have a universe.

Geek: What kind of schedule are you planning for the return of the book?

EP: We're going back to the original bi-monthly schedule.

Geek: Chinatown was, for me, the most incisive look at the character and how his mind works. When can we expect more looks at Goon’s past?

EP: I have a fun story planned in the next few issues about his teenage years. But that's all I can tell you.

Geek: Along the same lines, any plans for more spin-offs like last year’s Buzzard story?

EP: Nope. Buzzard needed some closure. That's why he got a mini-series. I might return to him, but nobody else needs their own book. Sometimes a supporting character is best used as a supporting character. Read More...

April saw its fair share of Big Events (Fear Itself launched from Marvel, Superman’s defection from America generated mainstream press, we finally found out what happened after Blair kissed Dan Humphrey*), but it was the smaller books, or side looks at those Events that really had us buzzing this month. From some stunningly good art, to a story that had us dizzy with suspense, these are the ten best comic books of April, 2011:

10. Annhilators #2

There’s the kick-arse lead story to this book, which teams Marvel’s physically strongest cosmic characters together to battle a seemingly unstoppable threat – and features what might be the only time the Silver Surfer has acted like a TV detective – but it’s the back-up that put a giant smile on our faces. Well, my face. I won’t claim I have any clue what’s going on with your face. The full-length story features honorable tree-alien Groot teaming up with Indiana Jones-esqu fuzzball Rocket Raccoon as they battle evil clowns from outer space. Not only that, but it might feature the most purely enjoyable resistance movement in comics history, consisting of rebellious mushroom people and armed-to-the-teeth woodland creatures. Kudos to Marvel for publishing a book that shows off everything a cosmic comic story can – and should – be.

9. Fear Itself: The Home Front #1

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Pumped for the sure-to-be massive, robo-tastic Transformers threequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon? Us too. Do you guys think there will be any explosions in this one?

IDW Publishing has sent along some info about the prequel comics to the massive blockbuster that they'll be rolling out starting on May 25th.

Get pumped, gang!

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IDW Publishing, in partnership with Nickelodeon, will be bringing the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to a new generation of readers. The publishing plan will start in the Summer of 2011, leading into the launch of the new TMNT CG cartoon from Nickelodeon next year.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles launched as an independent black-and-white comic in 1984, the brainchild of Mirage Studios founders Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Since then it has been nothing but far-flung success for Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael, as their adventures have been continued in everthing from animation to movies to toy lines. IDW seems committed to bring back that old magic that made the original turtles so special, while at the same time bridging the gap with the new series from Nickelodeon.

More news on the new TMNT series as it comes at MTV Geek!

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G.I. Joe: Cobra Civil War #0 is hitting stands April 13th, but you can read your free preview of the issue right here on MTV Geek! G.I.Joe Cobra Civil War #0 will be featuring three ten-page stories - one for each of the new G.I. Joe ongoing series from IDW starting in May. You can check it all out below!

 

Preview For G.I. Joe: Cobra Civil War #0

 

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Locke & Key is the best comic book you may not be reading right now, but will be soon. Why’s that? Well, because like The Walking Dead before it, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s insanely creative gothic horror comic will be heading to FOX as a TV series (read all about that today in MTV Splash Page with Hill and Rodriguez).  

So before all your friends are talking about Locke & Key, and how they’re big fans of the show, why not jump into the series? A new issue hits this Wednesday, so to get you all caught up, we chatted with Rodriguez and Hill about how they collaborate, just what they think about pop star Jesse McCartney’s casting on the show, and also threw a few possible keys by them, just to see what they think:

MTV Geek: Okay guys, for those who aren’t up to speed – where are we now in Locke & Key? What’s happened so far?

Joe Hill: In the largest possible sense, Locke & Key is the story of a New England mansion filled with impossible keys. Each key has a unique power which is usually switched on by opening a particular door. The oldest of all the keys, the Omega Key, opens something called the Black Door, located in the caves below the house. And this is a door that’s better off left shut. There’s something very bad on the other side.

Gabriel Rodriguez: Locke & Key is also a story about growing. About discovering death, leaving childhood behind, and shaping your own self. It’s about secrets and guilt, but also about love and friendship. It’s about empty people who become enraged because they can’t deal with their pain. It’s about facing fear. It’s a story in which magic is the key to new possibilities, but never the answer to problems that matter. And a story about opening scary doors, and taking responsibility for the consequences…

JH: On a more micro sense, right now Locke & Key is about three kids, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, who have moved to Keyhouse following the murder of their father. In the first storyline, little Bode discovers a beautiful young girl living in the wellhouse behind the mansion, a girl with incredible powers. This is Dodge, the reincarnation of a murderous teenager who tried to open the Black Door about thirty years before.

By the end of that first story, Dodge is free, and has used a key to change to a guy… His original gender. In the stories that follow, Dodge takes an assumed name, Zack Wells, and befriends the Locke kids, staying close to them in an attempt to find the Omega Key. In the process of looking for the thing, a lot of people get killed. Now, in the most recent issues, Tyler Locke, the oldest, has begun to suspect his good old buddy Zack has been playing him. We’re about to drop the curtain on the second act of what has been a very big three-act story.

GR: We’ve just finished establishing our mythology and our characters. So it’s time to start tying things up, resolving conflicts, and getting some answers. Time to find out what’s behind the mysteries, even though we may not like what we would find there. Getting the answers has a price, and for some it’s going to be really hard to pay…

Geek: You’ve always embraced the comic book form wholeheartedly in the book, but this mini – Keys to the Kingdom – in particular seems like it’s playing with the format. Why was that important to do at this point in the series?

JH: After KEYS TO THE KINGDOM concludes, there's only a dozen issues left before we'll be done telling this story. So KEYS felt like our last chance to do some standalones, and explore the possibilities of all the different keys. Each key is a story; and each story wants to be told a different way. Read More...

Getting into a comic book mid-way through its run is hard! So we’ve made it easy for you: in just five short minutes (or less), we’ll get you caught up on a comic book you need to pick up tomorrow… Today! Oh, and in case it wasn’t clear: spoilers on.

There’s good news and bad news on this one, folks. Locke & Key is an incredibly intricate, twisty horror/mystery series that rewards readers with huge revelations, and great character pay-offs, particularly if you’ve been reading since the beginning. The good news is, though, that writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez’s award winning series – which will soon be a TV show on FOX – is written for the single issue, so you can easily pick up any issue and start there.

That said, this Wednesdays issue, Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom #5 is a little bit of an exception, in that it’s the pay-off of a number of storylines, as well as a rare Part 1 of 2 story. No worries though, broheim: the Five Minute Recap is here to help.

The Locke family, hoping to put the horrible murder of their patriarch behind them, traveled to Keyhouse in Lovecraft, Massachussts – which is pretty much the same as the Stabbed family moving into Knifehouse is DeathTown, USA – and soon discovered all was not as it seemed. The house was home to a malevolent spirit who wants something called The Omega Key, a vastly powerful artifact with the power to open something we’ll get to in a second. But first, our major characters!

Oh, actually, before that: Daddy Locke was part of something much bigger, we think, trying to prevent this evil being from getting its hands on the Omega Key. Throughout the house, there’s other keys with fantastic powers, some which aid the enemy, other that can be used to stop it. The Locke Kids are the ones who are engaged in this struggle.

Okay, okay, characters:

Tyler Locke:

The oldest, a high school student who has taken his father’s death the hardest. He constantly works to protect his siblings, often at his own expense.

Kinsey Locke:

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