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Matt Kindt on the end of Mind MGMT, a comic that might be trying to brainwash you

This is going to sound crazy.

For the past three years, a comic book series named Mind MGMT has been thrilling readers with a story about espionage and psychics. It has also been working very, very hard to make its readers paranoid conspiracy theorists.

It starts in a way that feels familiar. It starts a bit like Lost.

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Peek behind the scenes of Weird Al's Mad Magazine takeover

The last year has been pretty good to Weird Al Yankovic—his last album, Mandatory Fun, was his first No. 1 album in the U.S., and it was preceded by a string of music videos that were viral hits. But that was last year. This year, Weird Al is making a splash at a place that gave birth to plenty of weird over the years—as Mad magazine’s first-ever Guest Editor. 

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Guitar Hero Live: Is the new game in or out of tune?

Guitar Hero is back, but not in the way you remember it. It has shed the rebellious iconography of its youth, instead adopting mature, cool mannerisms—careful not to veer into Dad Rock, but evocative of The Man nonetheless. Funny thing, though: The shift just might work.

By the time you read this, Activision and Freestyle Games have taken the stage at the The Best Buy Theater in New York City to kick off Guitar Hero’s comeback tour. But in a hotel room one week prior to that, EW was one of several outlets invited to get a close-up first look  at the franchise’s big revival.

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Here is why the comics world is fighting over a Batgirl cover

On Tuesday, DC Entertainment announced that it would be pulling a variant cover for this June’s Batgirl #41. The cover—which features a terrorized Batgirl in the Joker’s clutches, in an homage to the popular graphic novel The Killing Joke—is one of several commissioned by the publisher, for a month full of alternate covers featuring the Joker. 

In a statement released to Comic Book Resources, DC made it clear that the cover was being recalled at the artist’s request after a significant number of fans spoke out against it. 

Good for DC. Case closed. Right? After all, a big comic book company is listening to its fans!

Well, no—turns out some people are not happy about this at all. A group of very vocal fans are upset about DC’s decision—mostly because the publisher is listening to fans who aren’t them. Just look at the description for this petition to get the canceled cover back on shelves:

“Due to a small majority of easily offended people who have taken the role of a collective Watchdog group, DC have agreed to pull a Batgirl Joker Variant cover at the artist request. This is not about the cover but about the importance of not allowing a minority to control the choices of the majority. It’s about irrational censorship. It’s about not allowing art to be made into something evil.” 

There’s a lot to unpack there. 

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Archie Comics announces Archie Horror imprint, teases a third series following return of Sabrina and Afterlife

In October of 2013, Archie Comics shocked the world with the launch of Afterlife with Archie, a series that featured the classic Riverdale High cast of characters you know and love from Archie Double Digests—only with zombies. Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and illustrated by Francesco Francavilla, Afterlife became an overnight sensation, both for the sheer audacity of its concept and the fact that it was a genuinely great (and genuinely scary) comic book. Last October, Archie launched a companion series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a full-on occult horror story set in the ’60s. 

Both series have been missing from stands for some time—Afterlife’s last issue was in December, and Sabrina hasn’t come out with its second issue yet—but Archie is planning to have both series return in a big way. This spring, the publisher will release Afterlife with Archie #8 and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2 under a dedicated Archie Horror imprint—and they’ll be joined by a third. 

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It feels strange to call an episode where so many things happen “slow,” especially on a show like The Americans, where slow is very much the point. But that’s how “Divestment” feels, mostly because it spends its time moving a number of this season’s plots forward just the slightest bit, without much in the way of that fraught tension the show is known for. Nonetheless, the moves made tonight are important ones—all things to add to the powder keg at the end of a very long fuse. 

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We Can Never Go Home comic trailer promises a punk-rock tale of teens on the run

Described as a teenaged True RomanceWe Can Never Go Home is a new comic book series about two misfit teens who discover they have strange abilities and decide to go on a crime spree. Of course, they quickly discover they’re in over their heads—and that they hardly know each other at all.

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