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There was a flurry of activity from this year's Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), that I decided to break down the updates by publisher.  I recently reported on the Dark Horse Comics horror announcements and now I bring you IDW Publishing's plans for spooky books. You can thank me later.

Fresh off attacking everything from Popeye to KISS, the Martians are turning their attention to Mega-City One in Mars Attacks Judge Dredd.  Have the bug-eyed aliens met their match in this fully loaded lawgiver?  

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Mars Attacks Judge Dredd will be written by veteren Dredd writer Al Ewing and illustrated by series regular John McCrea.  Covers will be handled by Greg Staples, but I'm sure there will be a few variants to choose from.

The first issue is due out this September.

Next up, IDW plans to address what happens to some of the other species on Earth when the zombie apocalypse begins in The Other Dead.  Instead of humans turning into shuffling brain-eaters, it's the animals.  Can you stop your adorable house cat from eating your flesh?  Every member of the animal kingdom is affected, from mice and dogs to lions and tigers.  

Joshua Ortega and Digger T. Mesch have teamed up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman to tell the tale of The Other Dead.  The series will be written by Ortega, based on a film treatment by Mesch, with covers by Eastman.  Qing Ping Mui will be handling interior art with colors by Blond.  

Characters range from a demon-obsessed death metal band to a paranoid survivalist to the President of the United States.  None of them are safe when mankind is knocked off the top of the food chain.

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"I'm incredibly honored to be working with such an amazing and talented team on a book with such a fun and unique premise, said Ortega. “I mean, who wouldn't want to work with the legendary Kevin Eastman on a story about zombie animals!? It's an incredibly awesome and over-the-top opportunity, and we're all having a blast with it. Readers are in for one unforgettable ride, I can promise you that!"

The Other Dead is planned as a six issue mini-series.  The first is due out in September.

Next up is the official conclusion to Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's Locke & Key.  The current series, Omega, is wrapping up with six issues instead of the originally solicited five.  The story will be done in two 48-page issues called Locke & Key: Alpha.

“We hadn’t wanted to reveal the direction this finale was going to take until now in order to maintain necessary secrecy over how Locke & Key wraps up,” said series editor and IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall. “But after Omega, there can only be Alpha. And the series will end much the way it began, in the form of an extra-length issue. Two, in this case. Hard to fit this much death and destruction into just a regular-sized issue…”

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Ryall added “It’s been an incredible rewarding six years of Locke & Key, and we’ve loved seeing Locke & Key build a larger and more rabid audience with each volume of the series. Add to that the fans who’ve liked the series enough to tattoo it on their bodies, the actual keys built by Israel Skelton’s Skelton Crew Studios, the Fox pilot, the Eisner Awards and everything else we’ve experienced, and it’s been one of the more rewarding series IDW has ever published. And now it’s time to close this storyline in a way that will be as equally memorable as everything we’ve seen over nearly 40 issues from Hill, Rodriguez and colorist Jay Fotos.”

I'm a horrible fan because I've yet to read the first volume, Welcome to Lovecraft, despite owning it digitally.  I've heard nothing but fantastic things about Locke & Key and I'm excited to dive into it soon.

The beginning of the end of Locke & Key starts in August.

Finally, IDW Publishing has announced the return of Zombie War, this time in color.  Jina, a tough-as-nails fighter pilot sets out to discover the truth behind the heavily armed reanimated monsters and what will stop them.  Imagine the military cemeteries across the country creating a horde of trained soliders of the undead.  This was a series of two giant-sized comics created by Kevin Eastman with interior art by Eric Talbot.  IDW is re-releasing the series in full color thanks to Ronda Pattison.  

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“When longtime friend Tom Skulan and I created the concept of Zombie War it was purely and completely out of LOVE of the genre, and when it came to bringing the vision to life, Eric Talbot was the only artist we wanted to work with!” said co-creator Kevin Eastman. “Man—what a great time we had with this story!”

“Personally this event is VERY exciting to me,” continued Eastman. “More than twenty years after the original series came out in black and white, we get the chance to remaster the piece with my favorite colorist on the planet, the most AWESOME Ronda Pattison! I can’t wait to see what the fans think of one of most near and dear blasts from the past!”

Look for the re-issued Zombie War #1 in October.

That concludes IDW Publishing's horror announcements from C2E2.  Which one was your favorite?


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James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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