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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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Comic Review: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Issue #3

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Doctor WhoBy now we’re well into the reign of Time Lord number twelve on Doctor Who, played with swagger and an edge of dickishness by Peter Capaldi. Still, there are likely some, possibly many, of you out there who miss the human cartoon that was Matt Smith’s eleventh incarnation of the character. But fear not, that version of the long-lived, beloved character is still alive and well, albeit in a drastically different form, that of comic books. It does actually seem like a fitting medium for a rendering of Smith, and the newly minted continuing series is back with issue #3, “What He Wants…” and it has what you need.

Over the course of the previous two issues, the Doctor picked up a new travelling companion, a sarcastic, unemployed librarian named Alice, who has, thus far, fit into his adventures rather nicely. She’s shown she can handle herself in a tight spot or two, and that trend continues in this latest outing. Issues #1 and #2 have been more episodic in nature, like standalone installments of the show, but now you start to get a larger narrative arc coming into play, which was something of a worry before. As fun as these separate escapades can be, your attention was going to start wandering before long.

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Comic(s) Relief: 2000AD Hits 1900 Issues, Celebrates With Freebies

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2000ADWhen the name of your magazine is 2000AD and the number of issues is only 1,000 behind your title, that’s an achievement bloody well worth recognizing. Yes, the loooooooooong-running British anthology series is releasing its 1,900th issue tomorrow, a feat that’s pretty unbelievable given how often comics series start over with a new #1 just to fish for extra sales. The publication also just so happens to fall on “Dredd Day,” so if you’re a fan of the movie but have never actually checked out the comic where he originated, this is the perfect excuse. 2000AD #1,900 will feature a new Judge Dredd story from creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, as well as kicking off two new serialized stories: a fantasy tale called Kingdom and a Victorian supernatural romp called Stickleback.

2000AD editor Matt Smith told THR’s Heat Vision blog that this issue was the perfect place for uninitiated readers to jump aboard:

It’s got three bumper episodes of stories from Dan Abnett, Ian Edginton, and John Wagner — all of which are unlike anything else you can pick up today. It’s the perfect issue to discover this powerhouse of comics talent, with its heady cocktail of sci-fi and fantasy action with a mean streak of black humor and dry wit.

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