Awhile back I visited The Source, our go-to comic book shop of the Twin Cities. The purpose of the visit was to catch up on Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man comics before this year's crossover, but I stumbled upon another new series: Mars Attacks. I loved the Tim Burton film, and this goofy new series was an instant buy for me. I was surprised to see a slew of Mars Attacks crossovers waiting for me today when I picked up my fresh batch. Publisher IDW has mashed up a series of one-off what-ifs with their biggest brands. The martians harass The Transformers, The Ghostbusters, and more.

I had to read through Mars Attacks The Transformers, which was particularly exciting for me following my new-found appreciation of the classic series. The book has a great sense of humor and isn't afraid to make self-deprecating jabs. The dubiously skilled human, Spike, is the butt of several jokes. I also liked seeing the Insecticons battling giant insects and Blaster and Soundwave uniting their auditory powers. It's short, dumb, and a lot of fun.

I can't wait to dig into the rest of the books. The full list of one-offs includes Mars Attacks Popeye, Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters, Mars Attacks KISS, Mars Attacks The Transformers, and Mars Attacks Robots Vs. Zombies. Don't worry about the chronology of the existing, standard Mars Attacks series, these are entirely independent from that storyline. All you have to understand is that its fun watching martians waging war on a bunch of cool stuff. I'm especially curious to see how The Ghostbusters pull their wait. Ghost martians? Spooky!

Check out all the rest of the entertaining covers here.