Sam Kieth brings back The Maxx to face the Dark Knight

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Happening soon, as an awesome dream come true for Batman fans who remember well The Maxx, from the classic comics and MTV animated series.

Now both will meet, as Batman / The Maxx: Arkham Dreams is set for comic stands, as a joint venture from IDW and DC.  The original creator of The Maxx and famed artist of many great comic stories, Sam Keith will return to tell this story through his unique visual art style and storytelling.

Batman / The Maxx: Arkham Dreams is set for a five-issue miniseries comics event. The first issue of Batman / The Maxx: Arkham Dreams will debut this September, with covers by Sam Kieth and Jim Lee.

“Doing a Batman and Maxx crossover is like a family reunion with my favorite brother and our really cool cousin,” says Sam Kieth. “You never want it to end… or at least I hope you won’t!”

When a devious new doctor at Arkham Asylum conducts unconventional forays into the human psyche, he kicks off a disastrous chain reaction by experimenting on Arkham’s newest patient: The Maxx! The city of Gotham soon begins to merge with the Outback, The Maxx’s psychedelic mental landscape. It’s up to Batman to save Gotham and all of reality… but only by joining The Maxx on a trip into the darkest depths imaginable: the twisted minds of Batman’s greatest enemies!

“It’s always a pleasure to work with Sam Kieth,” says editor Scott Dunbier. “He puts his heart and soul into his art, and gives you something truly unique in the process. We can’t wait for people to see this!”

Look for Batman / The Maxx: Arkham Dreams #1 in comic book stores everywhere, this September.

IDW rolls out an unexpected STAR TREK vs. TRANSFORMERS comics crossover

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With hailing frequencies open, there is something more than meets the eye to this final frontier.  The classic crew of the USS Enterprise will meet the first classic generation of Transformers in Star Trek vs. Transformers.

From IDW comics publishers, this crossover will indeed happen. Here are further details from a recent press release:

The starship Enterprise finds there’s more to the final frontier when Kirk and his crew come face-to-face with the strangest life forms of all: the shape-changing robots of Cybertron! Prepare to beam up and roll out this September with Star Trek vs. Transformers, a four-issue comic book crossover that is more than meets the eye and is inspired by the continuities of two iconic cartoon shows: Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) and The Transformers (1984).

Two of the most prolific Transformers and Star Trek comic book writers — John Barber and Mike Johnson — team with artist Philip Murphy and colorist Leonardo Ito to tell the story that fans have demanded for decades. At the edge of Klingon space, the Enterprise​ answers a distress call, discovering a dilithium mine under siege by jets and helicopters of vintage 20th Century design. When a red, flat-nosed truck rolls in to save the day, the no-holds barred Saturday morning mash-up truly begins!

Co-writer Mike Johnson, whose vast Star Trek comic book credits include the acclaimed Countdown and Star Trek / Green Lantern storylines, says, “This is a crossover several decades in the making, and we could not be more thrilled to bring it to fans! John and I are having a blast writing the first meeting of Starfleet and Cybertronians, and Phil is the perfect artist to bring these two franchises together on the page.”

“The funny thing is, even though I’m the Transformers guy on this comic (I’ve written a lot of Transformers comics, after all), I’ve always been a huge Star Trek fan, ever since I was a kid,” says John Barber, co-writer and IDW’s newly-minted Editor-in-Chief. “When I was in fifth grade, I remember my teacher joking at the end of the year that maybe someday I’d wind up writing Star Trek… and it’s a thrill to finally get to!”

Philip Murphy, whose IDW credits include The Powerpuff Girls and Star Wars Adventures, says, “This is definitely a dream-come-true project for me. It’s my first time getting to draw Transformers and Star Trek. Not only am I a huge Trek fan, but I was born in the ’80s so I grew up in the golden era of Saturday morning cartoons – and The Transformers was definitely on the top of my list! This comic really means something special to me.”

Chase Marotz, associate editor, says, “Star Trek vs. Transformers is finally giving us the chance to combine two of our most prominent licenses in a style that will delight both fans of the original animated series and new readers. David Mariotte and I are having a great time editing it and we can’t wait until the fans get to see it for themselves.”

Captain’s Note: Both franchises have played an important role in science fiction, though to a very different degree. Star Trek has went beyond its universe as Captain Kirk has already met the X-Men, Planet of the Apes, Green Lantern, and more. The Transformers have encountered GI.Joe and the Avengers. I am not sure how this story here will play out logically, but it will an interesting (and hopefully good) one.

Look forward to Star Trek vs. Transformers #1, this September in comic book retail stores everywhere.

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Kong on the Planet of the Apes, an epic crossover in comics will happen.

BOOM! Studios, DeVito Artworks, and Twentieth Century Fox unite and go full ape, putting Kong on the Planet of the Apes in a new comic series

This new six-issue series will be a first for the two worlds as writer Ryan Ferrier (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Kennel Block Blues) and artist Carlos Magno (Planet of the Apes, Kong of Skull Island) team-up to deliver an epic story starring the best-known primates in pop culture.

Following the events of the first Planet of the Apes film (1968), Dr. Zaius and General Ursus lead a small group of soldiers to the Forbidden Zone to destroy any remaining evidence of Taylor’s time among them. To their surprise, they discover… a KONG! Now they must travel to Skull Island to discover the truth, but they may not survive the deadliest journey of their lives!

BOOM! Studios’ Kong comics are based on Joe DeVito’s Skull Island and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong. The publisher recently completed a 12-issue series, Kong of Skull Island, written by James Asmus (All-New Inhumans) and illustrated by Carlos Magno. BOOM! Studios continues to publish Planet of the Apes comics since 2011, the longest-running comic book adaptation of the property (with comics produced on both the original and current series of films). War for the Planet of the Apes is currently out, as a four-issue series by David F. Walker (Luke Cage) and Jonas Scharf (Warlords of Appalachia), set before the Fox film.

“There’s such a deep mythology to both properties, especially if you consider all of the amazing Kong and Apes comics that have come out in recent years,” said Ryan Ferrier. “With this series, we’ve found a coherent, meaningful way of having these two worlds and their legacies fold into each other. The implications of the Ape civilization discovering the Kong world are huge, and that’s certainly on the forefront of the series.”

Covers for Kong on the Planet of the Apes #1 are illustrated by Mike Huddleston (The Coffin), series artist Carlos Magno, and movie poster artist Hans Woody.

Kong on the Planet of the Apes #1 hits the comic book shops and popular comic digital apps in November.

TMNT, Ghostbusters together again for a comics crossover sequel

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This November, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Ghostbusters reunite for a new inter-dimensional adventure! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters 2 brings back of the modern fab fours in an upcoming weekly five-issue crossover event series from IDW Publishing.

When last the Turtles and the original ‘Busters crossed streams in 2014, the Turtles got stuck in the Ghostbusters dimension.  Now the story carries on in 2017 when an old adversary traps the Ninja Turtles in a ghost dimension. However, all hope is not lost, as New York City’s original paranormal investigators answer the call to action in saving our Heroes in a Half Shell.

The dream writing team of Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe) and Tom Waltz (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, editor for Ghostbusters) are back to tackle scripting duties and will be joined by lead Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening, whose animated art style has come to define the look of the Ghostbusters comics. An array of multi-talented artists with Turtles credentials are also getting in on the mass hysteria including Pablo Tunica (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe), Tadd Galusha (TMNT: Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything), Mark Torres (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and C.P. Wilson III (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters).

“When Erik and I first broached the idea of joining the TMNT with the Ghostbusters way back when, it felt like a wonderfully impossible dream,” said co-writer Tom Waltz. “Well, that dream came true with the first volume in a big way, and now I’m absolutely ecstatic to have the opportunity to once again help bring my two favorite quartets together for another massive comic book crossover event! And, like the first go-around, the events in this story directly flow out of and affect the storylines in both ongoing series.”

“I had such a blast working on the first crossover with Tom, and in the years since, we’ve talked about what we might do if we ever got a crack at a sequel,” said co-writer Erik Burnham. “When the opportunity came up, we didn’t even use a single one of those plans! Instead, we grabbed villains from both universes and mixed them together to form the foundation of a fun story that furthers the ongoing stories of both the Turtles and the Ghostbusters. Even better, we get some more one-on-one scenes, allowing their complementary personalities to shine and we’re beyond excited to share!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters 2 #1 hits comic stores on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Wonder Woman and Conan will crossover in a tale of epic proportions

Diana of Themyscira and the Cimmerian barbarian will team up in a crossover of epic proportions for a new comic miniseries this fall, titled Wonder Woman/Conan. This sensational and savage tale is a joint DC and Dark Horse Comics team-up, written by Gail Simone and art by Aaron Lopresti.

Our tale begins as Conan the Barbarian arrives on the shores of an unknown land, and soon meets the world’s most fearsome arena fighter—Wonder Woman. Ill-fated circumstances force them both into slavery. As they attempt to free themselves from the grips of the rich and powerful slave-owner Dellos, a dark magic descends upon their land, a presence that wants to destroy them both. But who has the might to stop the most talented gladiators who have ever existed?

“I love crossovers, I love Wonder Woman, and being able to bring the undisputed greatest warriors of the DCU and Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age together for the very first time is a dream come true,” says Simone. “A major draw is getting to reunite with the great Aaron Lopresti, whose very favorite things to draw are Wonder Woman and barbarians. Its blades and bracelets, wizards and wonder and I couldn’t be more delighted.”

The first of the six-issue miniseries will arrive with art by Darick Robertson (The Boys). Also available is a variant cover by Liam Sharp (Wonder Woman). The saga begins on Wednesday, September 20, in comic stores everywhere.