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Star Wars Humble Bundle Will Net You Tons Of Comics Awesomeness

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SWHumbleWe’re excited to see what the future has to hold in Marvel’s new Star Wars comics that are launching early next year, which will spin new stories of Han, Luke, and Leia (not to mention Darth Vader himself). But if the wait until January just seems unbearably long and you need a Star Wars comics fix stat, why not dive into the past? Specifically into Dark Horse’s extensive back catalog of Star Wars titles. Now you’ve got a perfect way to do so, as this month’s Humble Bundle includes nearly $200 worth of Star Wars awesomeness…and you can decide how much you want to pay for the lot of it.

If you’re not familiar with the whole Humble Bundle concept, here’s how it works. This month’s Humble Bundle includes 89 comics from a dozen different Star Wars series, each giving you the first few issues so you can get a feel for which series you might want to read further. All the titles are available in a variety of formats, and all are DRM free. As I said above, you get to decide how much you want to pay for the Bundle. So you could technically pay $0.01, but only if you’re a dick, because this thing benefits charity. Specifically the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which fights censorship and defends the first amendment rights of comic creators. You can even decide how you’d like your donation to be divided between the Dark Horse creators and the CBLDF.

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Comic(s) Relief: Marvel’s Star Wars #1 Gets A Gorgeous Alex Ross Cover

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Star-WarsDark Horse held the Star Wars comics license for almost 25 years, giving fans countless stories of George Lucas‘ galaxy far, far away, including Dark Empire and Legacy. In the aftermath of the Disney/Lucasfilm buyout, however, it’s a whole new era for the franchise. With the Disney-owned Marvel launching multiple new Star Wars comics series beginning next year, all part of the new and more closely policed Expanded Universe. But this won’t be unfamiliar territory for Marvel — they published a line of popular Star Wars comics back in the late ’70s and ’80s. The first issue of Marvel’s new Star Wars ongoing will be embracing that legacy with a gorgeous photorealistic cover by artist Alex Ross, seen above.

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Doctor Who Comics Mini-series Will See The Return Of A Beloved Doctor & Companion

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WhoControlRoomSince landing the Doctor Who comics license earlier this year, Titan Comics have been anything but idle. They’ve already launched ongoing comics series focusing on the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors (David Tennant and Matt Smith, respectively), and just last week they launched a Twelfth Doctor series as well. Well, their commitment to spinning new tales of Doctors both old and new continues with the news that an upcoming mini-series will focus on a previously untold adventure of the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and fan-favorite companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper).

Bleeding Cool’s Hannah Means-Shannon live-blogged the Diamond Retailer Appreciation Breakfast at New York Comic Con earlier this month, and among the various announcements were the first details about Titan’s Ninth Doctor mini-series. Scheduled to hit shelves in March 2015, the miniseries will be timed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Doctor Who’s modern revamp, which premiered on March 17, 2006 with the episode “Rose.” According to ScienceFiction.com, the series will be set somewhere sometime around the events of the episode “Boomtown” and will also feature another popular character from the Russell T Davies era: Captain Jack Harkness (played on the show by John Barrowman).

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Comic(s) Relief: Guardians Of The Galaxy Movie Writer To Pen Gamora Series

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GamoraRemember when people were convinced that Guardians of the Galaxy would be a huge failure, the flick that finally broke the back of Marvel’s big-screen dominance? With the worldwide box office totals currently sitting around $687 million, that cynicism seems like a distant memory. And the movie success of Star-Lord and company has come full circle and made the Guardians a hot ticket back where they originated in the comic-book world. Star-Lord and Rocket both have new comic series currently ongoing, and now Marvel has revealed that Gamora will be getting her time in the spotlight as well, in the character’s first ever solo title. The cover art for the first issue is up top, courtesy of Comic Book Resources.

The Gamora series has an even more direct connection to its big-screen cousin: it’s being written by Nicole Perlman, who co-wrote the Guardians movie with director James Gunn. It’ll be the first time she’s written for comics, but I’d say working on the Marvel Cinematic Universe was probably a decent boot camp for that sort of thing. Can a Groot solo series be far behind? We can but hope. Gamora will hit stands sometime in spring 2015.

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Comic(s) Relief: The Twelfth Doctor Takes His Adventures To The Comics Page

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12prevCovDoctor Who has a long history of telling stories of the Doctor and his companions beyond just the show, weaving a broad expanded universe across novels, comics, games, and even audio dramas. We’ve only been following the adventures of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor who a few episodes now, but he’s about to make his comics debut as well. Titan Publishing, new holders of the Who comics license, debuted ongoing series for the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors earlier this year, and their Twelfth Doctor series is set to release its first issue a week from today. But like the Doctor taught us, why wait around when you can just skip ahead? Check out a synopsis and preview of the first six pages of Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1 below, courtesy of Comic Book Resources!

Freshly regenerated and with a new head full of unanswered questions, the Doctor (as played by Peter Capaldi) whisks Clara Oswald (as played by Jenna Coleman) away to a strange and distant world.

Clara thought she was in for an evening of marking essays on the Metaphysical Poets, followed by going out on a date — or at least trying to. You know, normal stuff.

Instead, she’s facing down exotic flora and fauna in her best dress, backing up the Doctor on a trek through traumatically alien undergrowth — and she doesn’t even know what the Doctor is searching for, or what will try to kill them should they find it!

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Star Wars #1 Comic Preview Teases New Adventures Of Luke, Han, And Leia

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SW1Star Wars Rebels kicks off tomorrow night, launching one of the first major slices of the new, stripped-down Star Wars continuity. Last month another puzzle piece arrived in the form of Star Wars: A New Dawn, the first novel set in the new Expanded Universe, and a direct prequel to Rebels. While we’ve still got over a year to wait before the arrival of Episode VII, there are still more novels to come in that time, and beginning this January Marvel will relaunch the Star Wars comics universe with three new series. The straightforwardly titled Star Wars #1 will be the first of the bunch, and StarWars.com has shared the above variant cover art, as well as some interior previews and some insights from writer Jason Aaron.

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