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At this year's C2E2, "The Walking Dead" and "The Wire" star Chad Coleman told us that if Marvel ever gets the long-rumored Luke Cage movie off the ground, he'd love to play the "Hero for Hire."

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If "Hellboy: The Midnight Circus" wasn't enough for you, then you're going to love what's next for our demon superhero. Announced at C2E2, Dark Horse Comics will bring Mike Mignola’s Hellboy in a brand new all-ages title. Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, the creative team-up of "Tiny Titans," will take on Mignola's cast of characters in the fun and ageless "Itty Bitty Hellboy." Read More...

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What would happen if you mixed the wizardry of "Harry Potter" and the outrageousness of "Trainspotting?" Announced at C2E2Dark Horse Comics is pleased to bring back Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) and the supernatural superhero series, "The Occultist," for an all-new story arc. Launching in October, the follow-up to the hugely successful 2011 miniseries will have interior art done by  artist Mike Norton ("Battlepug") and covers by Steve Morris ("Serenity"). Read More...

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This September, "X-Factor" is finished. During C2E2 over the weekend, Marvel announced that issue #262 under writer Peter David would be the last of the long-running title. Of all of the publisher's mutant books in the wake of M-Day (has it been that long?) David's "X-Factor" has survived and thrived under the weight of major events, a rotating stable of artists, and more importantly, the fickleness of a comic market that not be keen to support a series that was essentially an evolving, long-form mystery.

The road to the end begins this summer, and while Mr. David didn't promise that all secrets would be revealed or anything as grand as all that, he does hint that there will be some finality to his run--and as a reader, I can only hope that mutant sometimes detective Jamie Madrox and mystery girl Lyla Miller will arrive at the end of all of their enigmas.

After the jump, Mr. David offered us a few words on his time with the book, and bringing it to this seemingly sudden finale.

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Have you ever wondered what would happen to the animal kingdom during the zombie apocalypse? Announced at C2E2, IDW Publishing is bringing readers a different kind of infestation in "The Other Dead." Launching in September, creators Joshua Ortega ("Gears of War"), Digger T. Mesch ("Agent 88"), and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" creator Kevin Eastman have banded together to tell the tale of a sudden outbreak turning every single animal into a flesh-eating monster. Read More...

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By Jorge Solis

With the finale bigger than ever, two giant-sized issues of the critically acclaimed "Locke & Key" will end the series in August. Announced at C2E2, IDW Publishing will now split up the epic finale and run "Locke & Key: Omega" in five issues, instead of six. "Locke And Key: Alpha" will now wrap up the story's conclusion in two forty-eight page issues. Read More...

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By Jorge Solis

Even after taking on The Ghostbusters, Transformers, and Popeye, the Martians from "Mars Attacks" are still hell-bent on taking over the world. Announced at C2E2, IDW Publishing will bring readers an intergalactic crossover between "Mars Attacks" and "Judge Dredd." Launching in September, the angry army of green men continue their invasion at Mega-City One. Read More...

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By Jorge Solis

A whole new generation of fans are about to be introduced to Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose, the lovable forest animals who live in Frostbite Hills, Minnesota.  Announced at C2E2, IDW Publishing, along with DreamWorks Classics and Bullwinkle Studios, have teamed up to bring Jay Ward's classic cartoon characters back to comics. Launching in early 2014, the Pottsylvania spies, Boris Badenov & Natasha Fatale, are still going to be chasing after our duo in a brand new "Rocky and Bullwinkle" series. Read More...

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By Jorge Solis

Have you ever wondered what Walker and Pilgrim from "Powers" would look like as figurines? Announced at C2E2, Dark Horse Deluxe, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics, will create collectibles based on the comic book series from writer Brian Michael Bendis ("Guardians of the Galaxy") and artist Michael Avon Oeming ("The Victories"). Collectors should be on the lookout for a limited-edition statue of Retro Girl, a central figure in the first "Powers" story arc, and a boxed set of four-to-five-inch vinyl figures, which will include protagonists Walker and Pilgrim as centerpieces of the ensemble. Read More...

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By Jorge Solis

Remember in "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army," we saw a Hellboy as a little boy being told a bedtime story about elves and other magical creatures. Announced at C2E2, Dark Horse Comics is bringing readers a brand new adventure about our young demon in, "Hellboy: The Midnight Circus." Launching in October, this original graphic novel will be written by creator Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo returns to do the artwork. Read More...

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Ever wonder what it must have been like for Sarah Palmer to start out as a rookie? Announced at C2E2, Dark Horse Comics is bringing readers an exciting new miniseries, "Halo: Initiation." Launching in August, this miniseries will be written by Brian Reed ("Halo: Fall of Reach") and with art by Marco Castiello ("Star Wars: Purge"). Read More...

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As you can see in our exclusive video below, at this year's WonderCon in Anaheim and C2E2 in Chicago, DC Collectibles will have on hand a new 3.75" PVC Green Lantern two-pack featuring bowl-cutted former cop Guy Gardner (with projected baseball bat) and man (thing?) of the hour, Larfleeze (with little buddy Glomulus). The set will be $30 at the Graphitti Designs booth.

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Normal? Normal's overrated. That's what Cursed Pirate Girl writer and artist Jeremy Bastian would probably say, particularly given the choice between hanging out in the normal real world and the strange and magical realm of the Omerta Seas. Bastian's ornate art work and whimsical storytelling will adorn this summer's Cursed Pirate Girl collected edition from Archaia, as well as four-page story in Archaia's FCBD hardcover.

We spoke with Bastian about creating the world of Cursed Pirate Girl and taking the book from its crowdsourced roots to quitting his job and making comics full-time.
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In August, the end begins for Avengers Academy, as the students we’ve known - and loved - are about to take their “Final Exam,” during a four part arc by writer Christos Gage and artists Tom Grummett and Andrea Di Vito. Starting in issue #34, shipping twice a month through September, the arc will take the core roster of students, lock them in a building with arch... Enemy? Friend? Benefactor? Well, arch something or other The Alchemist, and force them to choose sides, as the billionaire industrialist gives them the opportunity to be free of their powers forever.

Though this isn’t the end of the series by any means, we will find out once and for all who in the Academy will go on the path to becoming a hero, and more importantly, who’s headed to becoming the next great Marvel villain. We chatted with Gage about all of this, how long he’s had this plan in place, and whether the next arc will have any special guest stars (you may be surprised):

MTV Geek: The title of this arc set off little alarm bells in my head…Is this the end of Avengers Academy? Or just the roster we know and love (which would also, of course, make me very sad)?
 
Christos Gage: It’s not the end of the book. But it may be the end of Avengers Academy as we know it! After all, we have a history of big changes following big events.

Geek: Now that you’re in the thick of it, is this the end-game you’ve had in mind for the kids since you started? Or have you found that where you’ve taken them over the last thirty-odd issues has changed their individual journeys? Striker, for one, seems far less likely to turn out to be a villain now than he did back in issue one…
 
CG: For a while now, certainly the past year to year and a half, I’ve had a definite end point in mind for where I would want to leave these characters as a group. It allows for specific character journeys to change, and characters to come in and out, but in a general sense, I’ve known where I’d end things if the time came…Which, in today’s market, for a title that hasn’t been around since the sixties, is something I think you have to at least consider. I’ve also had specific thoughts on where I’d leave each character. Some of those points will be reached in “Final Exam.” Read More...

For the past six years now, writer and artist David Petersen has been weaving tales of adventure, of action, of intrigue, and mice in his epic (in the proper sense of the term) Mouse Guard. Its current arc, Black Axe will be collected later this year by Archaia, and we spoke to the Eisner Award-winning creator about bringing this new era of characters to life, what's next for the series, and putting together talent for another volume of the anthology Legends of the Guard.

MTV Geek: Tell our readers a little about The Black Axe.

David Petersen: Black Axe is the third major Mouse Guard story arc. It's prequel which takes place roughly forty years prior to the events of the first book. It follows a character named Celanawe (pronounced Khel-enn-awe) who discovers he is the last in the bloodline of the original forger of the ancient and mythic Black Axe. The Axe is a weapon created to defend all mice and was to be wielded by a champion of mice who then takes on the neame of the weapon as his title. The series follows Celanawe's quest off the known mouse maps to a kingdom of Ferrets where he must recover the Axe and how to live up to the title of it.
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