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The Twilight Zone Invades TV And Comics: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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TZHeaderThere are a lot of folks having a lazy afternoon right about now, enjoying a vacation day and nursing that hangover from the New Year’s Eve celebrations last night. If that hangover is substantial enough that you’re having trouble even deciding how to while away your time, GFR has got your back. Syfy is continuing the second day of their Twilight Zone marathon, airing classic episodes such as “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” where William Shatner has a nasty encounter with a gremlin on the wing of his passenger plane. The marathon runs into the wee hours of the night, so set the DVR for eps you might wanna watch later. (Or just watch them on Netflix or Hulu.)

Meanwhile, The Twilight Zone is also infiltrating the comics page. Today sees the launch of Dynamite Comics’ new TZ comic series, penned by no less than Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. TZ creator Rod Serling is one of JMS’ idols, and Joe also has some experience in the Zone, having worked on the underrated ‘80s relaunch of the series. You can find out more, and purchase the issue, right here. Here’s the official synopsis:

The Twilight Zone, Issue One: Trevor Richmond is a Wall Street investor who embezzled millions and is about to tank the economy. Again. Desperate to avoid the consequences for his actions, he goes to Expedited Services, Inc., which offers to help him disappear and enjoy a life of leisure in a new life. But what exactly is this new life, how much is freedom worth, and what happens to the old life when someone else shows up to claim it? This is the first installment of three interlocking stories that will push the boundaries of The Twilight Zone into new and uncharted territory, a journey that will travel into the past and the future, into murder and revenge and the sunrise of nuclear Armageddon. From J. Michael Straczynski, Hugo-winning creator of Babylon 5, writer for Thor and Changeling and World War Z as well as the 1988 Twilight Zone.

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Meanwhile, AMC’s Walking Dead marathon also continues, all the way through midnight. As I type this, one of the show’s best episodes, “Clear” is just about to begin. From there, the marathon will continue through the end of the third season and into the first batch of episodes from the most recent fourth season. Granted, they’re going to stop at a weird and arbitrary point, so this isn’t the best way to play catch-up if you haven’t watched the show in a while. But hey, it’s something to do that doesn’t require you to get up off the couch.

Today in Comics

Clone #13 (Image Comics)

‘Have you considered the moral and ethical ramifications of cloning?’ The balance between Luke’s resistance and the anti-clone movement shifts here…in what is sure to be the most intense issue of CLONE yet.

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Guardians of the Galaxy # 10 (Marvel Comic)
“Angela and Gamora go hunting.”

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Jupiter’s Legacy: Giant-Sized Edition #1 (Image Comics)

Millarworld joins forces with Image to give you the greatest Christmas gift of all time – the first three issues of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s smash-hit superhero epic for the incredible price of just $3.99!! The children of the world’s greatest superheroes struggle to live up to their parents incredible legacy. Can they ever fill their shoes or do they have other plans for the world entirely? Jump onto the series everyone’s talking about before JUPITER’S LEGACY #4 hits the stands.

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Rocket Girl #3 (Image Comics)

‘DOUBLE REAGENT’ Changing the future is hard to do. Sparks fly when DaYoung becomes Most Wanted in two different New York Cities. Police in battling timestreams — 1986 and an alternate 2013 — want to get their girl.

But bringing her in is going to take a coordinated effort from a mysterious player who straddles both worlds.

‘This is Amy and Brandon firing on all cylinders. I’m blown away by all the life and energy in this book (and the mind-boggling backgrounds!).

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The Star Wars #0 (Dark Horse)

A companion to the eight-issue adaptation of The Star Wars, this is an exclusive peek behind the scenes at the designs that have brought a new — yet incredibly familiar — galaxy to life.

Included in this volume are the never-before-seen comics sequences that were used in Dark Horse’s pitch to George Lucas!

* Previously unpublished designs and comics pages!

* Companion to the official eight-issue adaptation of George Lucas’s original rough-draft screenplay for Star Wars!

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Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #2 (Dark Horse)

As John Connor prepares for the final destruction of Skynet, the malicious computer intelligence devises its most terrifying plot ever. Reaching into the past to find psychotic killers whose intelligences can be uploaded into the most lethal Terminators yet, Skynet may finally have the tools to destroy Connor!

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