SNEAK PEEK: IDW Publishing for March 27, 2013

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IDW Publishing sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of titles arriving in stores this week. Take the jump for an early look at Doctor Who #7, Judge Dredd #5, Kill Shakespeare: Tide of Blood #2, Love and Capes: What to Expect, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #5, Popeye #11, Star Trek The Next Generation: Hive, Transformers: Robots in Disguise #15, Vitriol the Hunter #2, and more!

Doctor Who #7
Joshua Hale Fialkov (w) • Horacio Domingues (a) • Mark Buckingham (c)
“Space Oddity,” Part 1 of 2: First in a special two-part story written by I, Vampire’s Joshua Hale Fialkov! When a cosmonaut attempts the first space walk in 1965, the rest of his crew watches in horror as he’s swallowed whole by shadow. Only the Doctor can save the spacecraft and the historically important mission.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Cover:
Variant photo cover!

Bullet points:
Penned by Eisner- and Harvey-nominated writer Joshua Hale Fialkov!
Ask your retailer about the photo incentive cover!

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Judge Dredd #5
Duane Swierczynski (w) • Nelson Daniel, David Williams (a) • Zach Howard (c)
“The Long Fail.” Technology is failing all over Mega-City One, causing blackouts, explosions, radiation leaks and other nasty surprises… leaving Dredd stranded in the middle of a vicious block war, with no backup or reinforcements. It’s just a Judge and his Lawgiver against overwhelming odds—that is, until his Lawgiver seemingly becomes sentient, and begins to disagree with Dredd’s judgments!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Cover:
Langdon Foss cover!

Bullet points:
Back-up story and variant cover by David Williams!

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Kill Shakespeare: Tide of Blood # 2 (of 5)
Conor McCreery & Anthony Del Col (w) • Andy Belanger (a & c)
Art fans will be in heaven when they check out this specially-designed story in which the pages of the issue are mirrored! Juliet, Hamlet, Romeo and Othello, guided by the mysterious Miranda, arrive on Prospero’s magical island but must face cannibal monsters, haunted spirits, an old foe and the island itself, which is driving them mad.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Love and Capes, Vol. 4: What To Expect
Thom Zahler (w & a & c)
Mark and Abby, comicdom’s favorite couple is having a baby, and they’re not telling anyone yet. But will they be able to keep the secret from Darkblade, the world’s best detective? And what problems come about when you’re expecting a super baby?
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 148 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-586-8

Bullet points:
• “Love and Capes is warm, witty, clever and lighthearted without being empty—there’s real, satisfying emotion underlying the comedy.” —Kurt Busiek

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #5
Katie Cook (w) • Amy Mebberson (a) • Stephanie Buscema, Mebberson (c)
Attention, everypony! Get ready for another unforgettable adventure in the land of Equestria. Twilight Sparkle and gang are confronted with a perilous new danger in the form of a long-unseen enemy! See how the Magic of Friendship prevails in the start of a brand new story arc!
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Cover:
Andy Price variant cover!

Bullet points:
The My Little Pony sales behemoth starts its 2nd exciting story arc!

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Popeye #11
Roger Langridge (w) • Vince Musacchia (a & c)
When The Segarfeld Follies comes to town, there’s a new performer on the bill – The Great Blutovski! Who is he? Is Olive Oyl safe from his clutches? Why is he punching those kittens? And what on earth did he do with the Bearded Lady? More spinach-fueled adventures with everyone’s favorite one-eyed sailor!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Cover:
Mitch O’Connell variant cover!

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Classic Popeye #8

Bud Sagendorf (w & a & c)
All of Bud Sagendorf’s covers are brilliant genius, but this sports his greatest of all—one of the classic covers of comics history! And you can judge this comic by its cover… Popeye, Wimpy and Swee’ Pea are the hilarious cast in the rollicking fun comic “On the House.” The backup feature with Sappo and Watasnozzle has to be seen to be believed for it’s astonishing surrealness! Plus two Popeye—and one Swee’ Pea—mini-features. All beautifully reproduced on high-quality paper. You’ll love it! Collect them all!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Star Trek The Next Generation: Hive
Brannon Braga, Terry Matalas, & Travis Fickett (w) • Joe Corroney (a & c)
In the distant future the entire galaxy has been completely assimilated by Borg and it’s king… Locutus! The only hope for the future lies in the past, in the hands of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise—as Picard faces off against the Borg collective in one final, terrifying, and definitive encounter!
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-566-0

Bullet points:
• Brannon Braga is one of the writers most associated with the Star Trek Franchise, including the two-part series finale of TNG, “All Good Things…”

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Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye, Vol. 3
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne, Jimbo Salgado, & Guido Guidi (a) • Milne (c)
The crew of the Lost Light finally reach Crystal City, home to the mysterious Circle of Light, as the origins of the Knights of Cybertron are revealed. In “Shadowplay” follow along as Rewind begins telling his crew mates a pre-war Cybertron story involving Orion Pax!
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 148 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-592-9

Bullet points:
• Collects the 2012 Annual plus issues #9–12!

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Transformers: Robots in Disguise #15
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Griffith, Casey Coller (c)
THE END OF THE WORLD! When Cybertron collapses—who will pick up the pieces? MEGATRON stands poised to triumph—locked in final battle with BUMBLEBEE, STARSCREAM, METALHAWK, and PROWL! One will stand… the rest will fall.
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Cover:
Marcelo Matere variant cover!

Bullet points:
The final fate of Cybertron is about to be decided
Favorite characters return—but will they survive?
You’ll pay for the whole comic—but you’ll only hold on to the edge!

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Transformers Spotlight: Bumblebee
John Barber (w) • David Daza (a) • Daza, Livio Ramondelli (c)
ESCAPE FROM EARTH! Before Cybertron was reborn—BUMBLEBEE lead the Autobots on Earth. In this untold tale, he must take the reigns of command… and he’s got hundreds of rogue Decepticons standing between him and respect!
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Cover:
Clayton Crain variant cover!

Bullet points:
See how Bumblebee first rose to power, even as his control slips in Robots In Disguise!
The first Transformers to be set on Earth in over a year!
These Spotlight stories build toward the biggest event in Transformers comic history… coming in 2013!

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Transfusion #3 (of 3)
Steve Niles (w) • menton3 (a & c)
The twisted conclusion! In a future overrun by out-of-control machines and monsters, a handful of human survivors try to fight their way back to a normal life. But what is normal in a world where both monsters and machines need human blood? Find out in this horrific new series by 30 Days of Night co-creator Steve Niles and menton3, the demented artist behind Monocyte!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant cover:
Variant menton3 cover!

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Vitriol the Hunter #2 (of 6)
Billy Martin & Brent Allen (w) • Martin (a & c)
The plan was to protect an important government objective. But now the Defense Initiative is counting their dead as Vitriol clashes with truths from his past. The vampire vision is shaping up just as Barthus intended. But just how deep can his mind-bending scheme reach? A whole hell of a lot deeper…
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Cover:
variant Billy Martin cover!

Bullet points:
Ask your retailer about the variant Billy Martin cover!

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The Complete Zaucer of Zilk—CERTIFIED COOL
Brendan McCarthy & Al Ewing (w) • McCarthy (a & c)
Get Zaucy! After instantaneous sell-outs of the single issues, IDW is proud to announce this special reprint of the collaboration with 2000 AD and Rebellion Publishing, The Zaucer of Zilk! Brendan McCarthy & Al Ewing’s phantasmagorical psychedelic extravaganza from beyond the fringes of imagination features an inter-dimensional magician who travels across the realms to save his number-one fan from the dank clutches of arch-nemesis Errol Raine, as visualized by the brilliantly surreal artist McCarthy!
FC • 64 pages • $6.99

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