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IDW Publishing was kind enough to send along EXCLUSIVE peeks at two comic series based on two of our all-time favorite properties, Godzilla and Ghostbusters!

Click the images below to read the previews exclusive here at MTV Geek!

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Today we’ve got three advance reviews of IDW titles for you - two G.I. Joe titles, and one Doctor Who. Geronimo, yo joe, and mild spoilers ho:

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #175 - Sure, half of the issue is taken up with some sort of thing going on with The Baroness, Destro, and Cobra Commander, but the real draw here? In all but name, you’ve got Ninjas vs. Terminators. And you can’t really get more awesome in comic books than that (okay, maybe if it was in medieval times).

But seriously, folks, what Lara Hama and the rest of the team do so successfully here is continue to do what they’ve done for decades: deliver classic G.I. Joe tales in as fun and simple a manner as possible. Here, you basically have one long fight scene with Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes trying to elude a Terminator-lite robot. Does he have a weakness in the eye area? Will they be triumphant, but probably have to fight a hundred more robots next issue? Sure. And that’s what keeps us coming back. Read More...

Before we get into talking about IDW’s new Magic: The Gathering comic book, and its relative merit as a way of spending your hard earned money, I’m going to tell you about my experience with the franchise:

When Magic first launched, I was in the middle of an avid card collecting phase. I spent most of my money on Marvel Cards, and was looking for something new to pick up, since those only came out once a year or so. I was also, at the time, in the middle of a casual Dungeons and Dragons group, which met once every few weeks to play games and hang out. Point being: I was primed and ready for Magic when the game was first released. I grabbed as many cards as I could, forced my brother to play me constantly (he won, mostly to my annoyance), and still have a giant box somewhere packed with nearly a complete collection of original series cards. Read More...

You've been creating new characters every time you play, so why not share a personal favorite? As part of the new Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms comic book series launching in April, IDW and Wizards of the Coast are teaming up to run a fan-created character contest. This partnership offers fans the chance to see an original creation brought to life in the hands of series writer Ed Greenwood, who will be part of the judging panel alongside representatives from both companies.

Taking a peek into the fine print, we see that potential entrants are specifically instructed not to create a a god, goddess, demigod, or an already-existing Forgotten Realms character. Adherence to this rule constitutes 50% of the potential points an entry can get, with the remaining share split between originality and creativity.

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IDW sends out a simple image with the word "Autocracy" on it and the promise to reveal more details next week.
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Following this month's "Death of Optimus Prime" storyline, IDW's Transformers begins two ongoing titles.
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IDW collects the first seven issues of the Turtles' adventures in an oversized hardcover.
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IDW releases a visually and feature rich package collecting Darwyn Cooke's inspired adaptations of three of Richard Stark's works.
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Wednesday and Thursday were pretty big days for digital comics – First, IDW Publishing landed on Barnes & Nobles' new Nook Tablet with over 15 of their hottest titles, then Marvel released the new Marvel Comics app 3.0 and Dark Horse announced they'd be delivering all of their titles day & date digitally the same day as print. Yea, all of that happened in two days... Head past the break for the lowdown on all of this digital comics madness!
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The Nook Tablet is Barnes & Nobles recent replacement for their popular Nook Color eReader. It runs a custom version of Google's Android OS and gives users access to TV, movies, games, apps, e-mail and best of all full color comics books. To make things even better, IDW recently struck a new deal with the big-time book seller, bringing titles such as Locke & Key, True Blood and Bloom County to the tablet. You can check out the full list of IDW comics now available on the Nook Tablet below. Read More...

Ashley Wood is a one helluva creator and it definitely shows in the designs for his line of World War Robots from ThreeA Toys, based on the IDW comics! The figures produced through the company are more art than action figure, and manage to have a unique feel in an already crowded market. We've been wanting to snag a couple of these for a while, but held off knowing that once the addiction set in for these robotic war machines we'd stay broke from then on! Well, thanks to our local comic shop's distribution of Sideshow Collectibles merchandise, we finally gave into temptation. Today, we're gonna check out the Gerry 1G and Mod 7 1G Armstrongs from ThreeA's WWRP line!

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Looking through our picks for the best comics of 2011, I've been trying to divine some kind of theme among the Geek staff's choices. Without really going out of our way to do so, the list of books we all gravitated towards ran the gamut from creator-owned to long-running franchises, from big, superhero fiction in revamped universes, to quietly personal dramas about relationships.

What I'm saying is, I guess: keep making things different, diverse, and strange in 2011 comic books, and we'll keep reading you.
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IDW held a conference call with their Chief Creative Officer and Editor, Chris Ryall and IDW editor Bobby Curnow detailing their big 2012 crossover, Infestation 2, a follow-up to this year's Infestation (naturally). That event saw a zombie outbreak across time and space conveniently intersect with many of the publisher's major properties, including Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Dungeons and Dragons.
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Get ready to sink your teeth into a new True Blood comic book series!

Not only are evil Martians getting a regular series at IDW, Charlane Harris's sexed-up vampires, witches, werewolves, and fairies are getting their own monthly book starting next year. That means between this announcement and Dynamite's Game of Thrones series, HBO has doubled its comic presence in the last year. Now, if only someone could greenlight that Boardwalk Empire series featuring Chalky White that we all want.

"Sookeh." You'll have to just read it aloud that way to get the completely broad southern-fried accent adopted by actor Bill Moyer to get it just right.

Here's IDW's pitching the series:

“The comics are a great way to continue telling True Blood stories off screen,” said show creator, Alan Ball. “With this new ongoing series, Truebies will be able to find a new comic in stores every month. We’ll also have even more room to create in-depth drama and further explore the world of Bon Temps.”

Added IDW chief operations officer, Greg Goldstein, “IDW could not be happier than to move to this next step with our HBO partners. Since we originally launched TRUE BLOOD comics in 2010, fans have been asking for an ongoing series, and we’re happy to be able to work with HBO and offer it.”

Currently, no creative teams have been announced or attached,

The True Blood ongoing comic will begin in the spring of 2012.

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IDW plans to provide a regular dose of alien menace starting next year.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mars Attacks, IDW has announced that they're teaming up with playing card makers Topps to release a monthly comic based on the alien invasion series. The original 1962 trading cards by artist Wally Wood told the story of a martian invasion and human efforts to repel the extraterrestrial incursion. Many of you may remember it though, from the mind-bogglingly terrible Tim Burton movie from '96 which played up the camp of the concept so thoroughly, there wasn't any camp left for the rest of that year and early '97. Read More...

Womanthology Co-Editor Bonnie Burton: "We all love comics, whether we are men or women."

If you can't find the comics you want, make your own: that was the message that came through loud and clear at the Womanthology panel at New York Comic Con last week!

Womanthology is a comics phenomenon, having raised over $100,000 with their Kickstarter drive, and about 200 people came to the panel (after waiting in a line that doubled over itself five times) to hear what they were doing right.

The panel was moderated by Laura Morley and featured Womathology editors Renae de Liz, Bonnie Burton, Mariah Huehner, Nicole Falk, and Suzannah Rowntree. The project paired more experienced writers and artists with others who were new to the field to create a variety of comics stories.

The Womanthology panel. Left to right: Bonnie Burton, Mariah Huehner, Nicole Falk, Suzannah Rowntree, Renae de Liz. Not shown: Laura Morley.

“I take Joss Whedon’s approach: We all love comics, whether we are men or women, and we want to see stronger women characters,” said Burton. “There is a market for the superhero feminine character who keeps her costume up by defying gravity with the Force—maybe she made a deal with the devil to keep her tube top up, I don’t know—but there are characters who rely on their brains rather than cup size… You're going to see a lot more diversity, and that is what is missing in comics that have women characters. We want to see all the things they bring to the table.”

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