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Comic(s) Relief: Marvel To Republish Select Dark Horse Star Wars Comics

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star_wars_the_empire_coverAs part of the whole post-Disney buyout restructuring of pretty much the entire Star Wars media empire, one of the groups left holding a shorts straw was Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse held the Star Wars comics license for over two decades, publishing a ton of memorable series beginning with the Return of the Jedi follow-up Dark Empire all the way back in 1991. But since Disney already owns a major comics company — Marvel — it made good business sense for them to move the Star Wars comics back in house. The good news is that Marvel isn’t just ignoring those 20+ years of Dark Horse/Star Wars history. In addition to publishing new Star Wars comics, Marvel will be republishing select Dark Horse material as well.

This mirrors the approach Disney and Lucasfilm have been taking with the volumes of existing “Expanded Universe” material that has been rendered non-canon as part of their attempts to create a more cohesive Star Wars universe going forward. The old EU material will remain in print and available, but under the banner of “Star Wars Legends,” to denote that it’s not part of the new canon. The comics will follow suit as part of the Legends line, and Marvel will be republishing the Dark Horse Star Wars comics in their “Epic Collection” format, full-color volumes which typically bundle together 20 or so issues of a series.

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Doctor Who May Reference An Obscure Who Comics Character In Upcoming Episode

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DalekBoomLike most of the big science fiction franchises, Doctor Who has been spinning tales of its characters across various media for decades now. If you craved more Doctor Who than the BBC had to offer in any given year, you could dive deep into comics, novels, audio dramas, and the like, and you wouldn’t have to come up for air for quite some time. But, just like the secondaryh media arms of Star Trek and Star Wars, it varies whether those stories actually count as canon. Well, now it looks like a fan favorite from the comics may be putting in a small appearance in its parent TV series.

SPOILERS FOR UPCOMING DOCTOR WHO AFTER THE JUMP!

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Issue #2

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Doctor WhoDoctor Who returned over the weekend with the first brand new episodes of a brand new season 8 with a brand new actor in the lead. Peter Capaldi’s 12th Time Lord is a definite, drastic change from the previous incarnations of the venerable character, but people seem to dig it. However, if you pine for an earlier time where the Doctor a little less dour and a little more lighthearted, not to mention a wee bit more relatable, then Titan Comics has just what you’re looking for with issue number 2 of their continuing Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor comic.

If you read the first issue, you know that the story left us in quite a lurch, with a two-dimensional representation of David Tennant’s Doctor and tough, but under appreciated New Yorker Garbriella Gonzalez on a subway, facing off against a mysterious monster that looks a surprising amount like Gabby. This chapter picks up right where we left off last time, and while that comic was relatively light on the actual Doctor—choosing to focus more on Gabby, her family, and her personal troubles—these fresh pages more than make up for his absence.

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Prometheus: Fire And Stone Trailer Sets Up Epic Comics Crossover

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We’ve been hugely excited about Dark Horse’s upcoming Fire and Stone mega-event for months now, and the newest trailer for the series is only making it worse. Launching in September, Prometheus: Fire and Stone will kick off a multi-series shared storyline that will dive deep into the shared mythology of the Aliens, Predator, and Prometheus franchises. Those worlds have all been linked to varying degrees on the big screen, but Fire and Stone is set to explore the connections more thoroughly than ever before. If you haven’t already, check out the Prometheus: Fire and Stone trailer up top before we go any further.

After the first issue of of Prometheus: Fire and Stone launches in September, the four other series will unfold with an issue per week, setting up an eight-week cycle of the Prometheus book, the Aliens book, the Alien vs. Predator title, and Predator: Fire and Stone. While each of the four series will have its own storyline, characters and events from each will overlap each other, creating a larger narrative structure that will culminate in a standalone wrap-up issue after they’ve all completed their runs.

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Comic(s) Relief: Southern Cross Will Cross Sci-Fi, Horror, And Mystery This Winter

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SouthernCrossAdding a mystery element to a science fiction setting can make for some truly memorable storytelling. What’s the story behind this crashed alien vessel filled with strange leathery eggs? Who destroyed the Scopuli? What are the Reapers? Throw in a dash of good old-fashioned horror and you’ve most certainly got our attention. If the same holds true for you, you might want to check out Image Comics’ Southern Cross, due out this winter from Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger.

Here’s how Cloonan herself describes the series, to go along with the creepy-ass cover above:

Southern Cross is an ongoing Sci-fi mystery, with a healthy dose of creeping horror thrown in for good measure. The first six issues take place on a voyage to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, as Alex Braith uncovers a mystery surrounding her sister’s recent death — one that is ultimately going to change her life, and the lives of countless others.

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By Grabthar’s Hammer, Galaxy Quest To Continue As A Comic Book Series!

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GQFeatIn a perfect world, Galaxy Quest would have been a massive box-office hit and spawned a run of sequels that continue to this day. Alas, ours is not a perfect world, so instead the brilliant sci-fi comedy earned a mere $90 million worldwide and settled in for the long haul as a legitimate cult classic. While we probably won’t get to see the further adventures of the NSEA Protector up on the big screen, there is some freshly announced good news: IDW Publishing has announced an upcoming Galaxy Quest comic book series!

IDW broke the news at Comic-Con, announcing that writer Erik Burnham and artist Nacno Arranz would be teaming up to bring us new stories of the typecast, washed-up TV actors turned reluctant galactic heroes (played in the film by Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, and Sigourney Weaver, among others). Comic Book Resources scored an interview with Burnham, who revealed that all the major characters from the movie will be along for the ride, and that the story of the comic will be set in motion by the events at the end of the film. If you recall, Jason Nesmith used the powerful Omega 13 device to rewind time 13 seconds and thus save his crew, but messing around with time has consequences. Burnham told CBR:

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