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GIVEAWAY: WIN AN ART COMMISSION FROM SAVAGE ARTIST NATHAN STOCKMAN

First Comics News - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 18:14


SAVAGE #1 artwork by Nathan Stockman

January 4th, 2021 – To celebrate the upcoming release of SAVAGE #1 (on sale 2/17/21), Valiant Entertainment is proud to offer fans the opportunity to win an original art commission by series artist Nathan Stockman!

The rising star artist is packing the panels of SAVAGE with dinosaur-fighting fun, and now he will create a single character commission (11×17, inks and grey tones) for one very lucky and randomly selected winner.

The giveaway is now accepting entries and will close on Monday, January 11th at 12pm EST. The winner will receive an email reply to their entry no later than 5pm EST that day (1/11/21). Entering is simple. See below for details.

Send an email to savage@valiantentertainment.com with the following information…

Email Subject Line: Art Contest

Include the following in the body of the email…

First & Last Name:
Shipping Address:
Single Character Art Request:

In case it helps, here is an example of how an email entry should look.

Email Subject Line: Art Contest

First & Last Name: Ray Garrison
Address: 1234 Dinosaur Dr
New York, NY 10001
Single Character Art Request: X-O Manowar

No purchase is necessary to enter and the single character art request does not need to be a Valiant character (though it would be extra cool if it was). The randomly selected winner will be mailed their commission within three months of being selected. Only one entry per person, entries without all of the information filled out will not be valid.

Feast your eyes on some of Nate’s previous single character commissions, below…

Written by the hit musician and critically-acclaimed Max Bemis, SAVAGE #1 will leap into comic shops this February 17th, 2021, featuring colors by Triona Farrell, letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and covers by Marcus ToChristian WardStacey Lee, and Giuseppe Camuncoli.


SAVAGE #1 promo artwork by Nathan Stockman, colors by Brian Reber

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Z2 COMICS STAFFS UP WITH EXECUTIVE AND SENIOR LEVEL STAFF POSITIONS

First Comics News - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 18:04

Growing Publisher Expands With Full Time Staff Across Departments, Adding Kevin Meek as Chief Financial Officer, Alongside Boss, Cicione, Menard, and Robinson

NEW YORK, NY—Just four days into the new year, and following unprecedented growth in 2020, Z2 Comics announces next wave of hires under their proven business model, and ahead of plans to more than double the company’s output in the coming year.

“This past year has been tremendous, and has proven that our business approach is working, and as a result given us the confidence to continue to grow our fulltime staff” says publisher and cofounder, Josh Frankel. “When you are operating as a startup, one of my personal beliefs is that every hire should be given the same level of consideration; from junior staff to senior executives. We couldn’t be more excited about the direction we are moving in and the people who have now come along for the ride. It is their hard work and dedication that will truly empower us as we prepare for our busiest publishing year yet!”

Kevin Meek

As a recent addition to its executive team, Z2 has hired Kevin Meek as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel. Prior to joining Z2, Meek practiced corporate law at the national law firm Robins Kaplan LLP, where he represented clients in several multimillion dollar transactions and earned recognition from The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

“I could not be more excited to join the incredibly talented group of people that Josh and Sridhar have assembled” says Meek. “With our upcoming collaborations with A-list artists, and our amazing team, the sky is limit for Z2.”

Tyler Boss

After six years of freelance design work for Z2, Tyler Boss officially joins the team full time as the Design Director. Boss is best known for his comic “4 Kids Walk into a Bank” which is set to be made into a motion picture, with Boss attached to executive produce.

“I count myself lucky to be a part of such a great team of people, and the creative opportunities Z2’s slate of titles presents” says Tyler Boss.

Rebecca Cicione

Rebecca Cicione joined the Z2 Comics team this summer, as Senior Digital Marketing Associate. She’s focused her career in the entertainment and nonprofit worlds, most recently coming from the festival marketing team at Danny Wimmer Presents.

Cicione says “I’m beyond excited to to be on such an innovative and growing team at Z2! The growth in just the past few months is mind-blowing and I’m honored to be part of this company that perfectly hits the intersection of music and graphic novels and gives artists and fans such a cool and unique product.”

Courtney Menard

Courtney Menard joins Z2 Comics as the Director of Production Design, focusing on elevating the production value and quality of each book project. Previously she worked as a print shop technician at the School of Visual Arts and spent two years as the Programming Coordinator and Co-Curator of the Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival.

Menard says “It’s been exciting to dive into the intersection of comics and music, and to tackle the unique challenges that putting together these types of books presents!”

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson is the editor behind Marvel’s biggest and most beloved initiatives like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Black Panther, Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men, the Grand Design line of graphic novels, the Marvel Hip-Hop variant program, and the expansion of Marvel’s Voices. He has edited fan-favorite runs for characters like Ghost Rider, Domino, and Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur. Robinson joins Z2 as a senior editor, overseeing multiple tentpole projects to be announced for 2021.

“When Z2 reached out to me about joining the company as full editor, I was really impressed with their game plan to expand readership and adapt to the challenges that 2020 had brought to the industry” says Chris Robinson. “If you were entertained or felt seen by my contributions at the House of Ideas, you won’t want to miss my new slate of graphic novels at Z2!”

Please join us in congratulating the newest members of the Z2 Comics team, who come to the organization following the company’s initial hires of Jeremy Atkins, Rantz Hosely, Anthony Laulletta and Dominique Roses earlier this year.

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‘Mountainhead’ Collector’s Edition

First Comics News - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 17:26

ISSUE #1:

Abraham Stubbs and his father Noah roam America in a nomadic existence. Convinced they are being pursued by sinister government forces, Noah has them living off the grid, burgling houses to survive. Elsewhere, on Mount Rector, the lone survivor of a climbing expedition staggers homeward, covered in blood. Both are on an inevitable collision course with the picturesque Canadian resort town of Braeriach. From writer John Lees (Sink) and artist Ryan Lee (Archer & Armstrong), featuring colors from Doug Garbark and letters from Shawn Lee.

ISSUE #2:

In Braeriach, everyone is happy and strangers smile at you on the street. So why can’t Abraham shake the feeling that this is all a trap? Why does he keep having the same horrific nightmare? And, as Abraham struggles to adjust to his new life, his old life may not be ready to let him go.

ISSUE #3:

Everything in Mountainhead has been building to this chapter! On the road to Canada, a driver makes an ill-fated roadside stop. In Braeriach, the townsfolk are behaving strangely, animals are disappearing, and Theo Halbot seeks to share some good news with his family. And in the skies over Mount Rector, a storm is brewing. In this pivotal, must-read issue, secrets are revealed, blood is spilled… and the other shoe drops. Don’t miss the comic everyone will be talking about!

ISSUE #4:

The most shocking series of the year continues with its most relentlessly suspenseful chapter yet! A snowstorm has fallen over the town of Braeriach, and an onslaught of terror has come with it. For as long as he can remember, Abraham has been raised to run at the first sign of trouble, but this time there may be nowhere to go. Everything changes in this harrowing, unmissable penultimate issue!

ISSUE #5:

The acclaimed horror sensation reaches its devastating conclusion! With no hope of escape, the only option left for Abraham is to fight. And so begins a perilous ascent to the peak of Mount Rector, where it all began. But Abraham and his friends won’t just have to deal with dizzying heights and dangerous terrain… they are being pursued. If you thought you were prepared for the revelations of this explosive finale, you were wrong!

Written by award-winning comic book writer, John Lees, best known for his work on the acclaimed horror series “And Then Emily Was Gone”, “Mountainhead” is part horror, part psychological thriller, with a sinister undercurrent driving fans to devour it from cover to cover. The five-issue series is drawn by artist Ryan Lee (Archer & Armstrong), featuring colors from Doug Garbark and letters from Shawn Lee.

“Mountainhead is a story that means a lot to me, one anchored in character and human drama, but which will also push the envelope with suspense and dread in unorthodox, surprising ways. Abraham Stubbs is a character who has lived in my head for some time, a kid raised from infancy to be a survivor but who could never have anticipated the challenges he’s faced with here.” – John Lees.

“Visceral, suspenseful, unnerving, and at times, absolutely bonkers – Mountainhead has all the trademarks of quality horror. There’s also a pedigree of measured story-craft amidst the havoc and darkness that John brings to this yarn. I want to mirror his original vision with my best work, to give readers a lasting story where the craft and passion we put into it comes through in each and every moment.” – Ryan Lee.

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NEW Silver Goddess Art print by Holly!

First Comics News - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 17:19

Devi
What is a Devi? It is the heavenly, divine, anything of excellence… This Goddess asks you to find all of that within yourself. Who is your Devi…can you face your ego and have her drop away, can you let how others see you, how society defines what you should be as a woman to find your honest essence? Celebrate the undefined and the defined with your Devi, you are forever growing and blossoming. This 18×24″ Goddess is available in a semi gloss laminated unsigned print.18×24″
Artprint $35.00

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Celebrate the Goddess within and I celebrate her Grace in my Devi.

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RICH REVIEWS: Holly Jolly

First Comics News - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 17:15

Title: Holly Jolly (HC)
Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing
Writer/Designer: Mark Voger
Artists: various
Price: $ 43.95 US (print), $ 15.99 US (digital)
Rating:  4 out of 5 stars
Website: Twomorrows.com
Comments: This Christmas book visits all the different media and looks at Christmas in them. The art from old time ads is gorgeous. The first color pin-up is breathtaking showing a couple together at Christmas.
“Intitium”
Here Mark Voger tells us about his early memories of Christmas. You will probably recognize parts from your own childhood.
You get a list of all the most important things involving Christmas that have happened through the years.
“Early Media”
The Christmas cards shown here are illustrated to give them a meaningful appeal that is heartwarming. They bring across the true meaning of Christmas.
“Books”
So many books have been made about Christmas and lots about the songs that we listen to and sing along with.
“Decorations”
The older decorations are so beautifully done. The feelings of nostalgia are strong here.
“Toys & Games”
The toys and games now these are real toys and games to hold a child’s interest and imagination.
“Periodicals”
Christmas and Santa Claus have been used to sell pretty much everything. Magazines advertise using it to promote anything they can. Comic books to got in on it big time from Marvel, DC, Archie to Dell and more.
“Music”
In music all most all the famous top singers have songs to do with Christmas. Some of the time greats have had their songs become classics down through the years. They are instantly recognizable. They do bring the feeling of Christmas into you as you listen to them.
“Movies”
So many big name stars have been involved in making Christmas movies. Edmund Gwenn starring in Miracle on 34th Street was one of the best of them. The movie actually made you wonder is Santa Claus really real. There have been so many great movies and more to come.
“Television”
Christmas has influenced TV shows invading every genre of it. Animation for sure as well brought Christmas cheer to so many people.
“‘Til Next Year”
Celebrities ring in about what Christmas meant to them and how they celebrated it.
Mark Voger gives us an inside trip into his childhood Christmas’s.
The art is lavish throughout the entire book. Just flipping through it will bring back so many memories.
This book will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit.

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COMIC CHAT AUTHORITY: Naked Cannibal Campers

First Comics News - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 13:34

David Summey & Vincent Atkins. Talk w/ us about how they are going to turn a movie into a comic…

Kickstarter.com

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ONE THIN DIME: A Super-Sensory Thirty-Second Episode

First Comics News - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 12:46



It’s a new year at the old Five and Dime, and the Comic Book Kid is ringing it in by looking at the history of the MLJ’s Man with the Super Brain, the Wizard.

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The New Old Solar System

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 12:00


The "Old Solar System" with a wet, fecund Venus, and a habitable desert Mars, doesn't have the be the relegated to pulp retreads with gleaming, silver rockets. S.M. Stirling wrote a couple of alternate histories in his Lords of Creation series wherein Venus and Mars just happened to be habitable (well, not just happened to be, but no spoilers), but the stories were otherwise fairly hard sci-fi. The anthologies Old Venus and Old Mars have a few stories in a similar vein.

There's some reason you could put a pulp-derived but more rigorous in its details Mars or Venus in the background of an rpg setting like Transhuman Space or The Expanse or any other nearer future or solar system only sci-fi thing.

A habitable Mars or Venus doesn't require much of a stretch of scientific plausibility, but it might be fun to go full Edmond Hamilton or Leigh Brackett with fungal forests on Saturn or mud-mining on Io. I can't think of any reason why in an rpg you couldn't overlay the trapping of hard/near future science fiction on a completely pulp solar system.

Pop and Rock Legends in Online Slot Games

First Comics News - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 08:02

So far, many online slot games have been inspired by famous pop and rock artists. These music legends include Kiss, Megadeth, Elvis, among other greats who graced the earth. You can find these games online, where you’ll get a feel of some of the most amazing pop and rock sounds. Of course, this development makes mobile casino games interesting and exciting.

Slot machines have helped immortalize many musicians. So, here are some of the pop and rock legends that look out for when playing your favorite free Konami slots or IGT online slot game.

Famed Musicians in Online Slot Games 
  • Dean Martin
  • Megadeth
  • Kiss
  • Elvis
  • The Monkees
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • MotorHead
  • Guns & Roses

Dean Martin

Many people call him the King of Cool. Other members of the band include Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, and Sammy Davis Jr. This famed actor and musician brought life to the crooner music era sound. Surprisingly, it’d be hard to find such an artist today; hence, his immortalization through the Pool Party slot game. According to Billboard, Dean Martin’s song Let It Snow is still on its chart even five decades after his death. The Pool Party relives the happiness that follows Dean Martin’s performance. This slot game indicates the inner coolness of the King of Cool. The pool theme reflects the Hollywood glitz, which was always there in Martin’s successful career.

 

Megadeth

Many believe Megadeth is the most controversial among the list of band legends. The band was created in 1983 by the famous guitarist Mustaine Dave, paving the way for many great rock artists. The Megadeth band won the hearts of many rock enthusiasts and got many Grammy nominations. Some of their greatest hits were ‘Rust in Peace’ and ‘Count Down to Extinction.’

The Megadeth slot game came into the limelight in 2012. The games feature forty pay lines, including five reels and three rows. Besides, players can bid up to $480 per spin, along with free spins and cash rewards. Some of the band’s top names appear on the slot, along with drums, guitars, picks, and amps.

 

Kiss

Kiss is likely the most well-known rock band ever. They came into existence in the ’70s and rose into popularity. The band had a great rock sound, spectacular costumes, and face paint. Some of their typical stage performances have smoking guitars as one of their characteristics.

Also, they feature pyrotechnics, rocket shooting, and fire breathing. To date, Kiss is one of the best-selling rock bands that ever existed. And, they’ve sold more than 75 million albums, including lots of gold and platinum-selling tracks.

The branded Kiss slot came into the limelight through the WMS. And that was in 2013 with five reels and 100 pay lines. Meanwhile, WMS also replicated several band components, including real video clips from the group’s live concerts. For example, Starchild, Demon, Catman, and more appeared on the reels with their outstanding performances.

Watching them on the reels is almost like real-life entertainment. The existence of an enormous reel makes gameplay more thrilling. With multipliers, piled symbols, and free spins, this online slot game provides a maximum earning of 125,000 coins.

 

Elvis

Elvis Presley started playing the guitar at the age of eleven. His first blow was in 1955 in the manner of the music Heartbreak Hotel. It soon followed the list of the top songs in the chart. Thus, his self-debut album became the first rock ‘n’ roll track to get to that stage in music history. Elvis Lives heeds back to his Vegas sessions. 

Recommendations to the King’s greatest blows littered the slot through the Jukebox feature. Again, it includes four hits from Elvis, such as Hound dog, and Blue Suede Shoes. The remaining ones were the Big Hunk O’ Love and Teddy Bear. For the person that brought these great hits to Vegas and the entire world, having an exclusive slot game is an ideal tribute.

 

The Monkees

The Monkees were created for a television satire because of how successful the Beatles were. Yet, they still went on to have a noteworthy music career. Recently, many are backing them to be inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Features of this slot game include their biggest blow, which is the daydream believer. Meanwhile, another renowned personification in conjunction with the Monkees was the double wild car.

Other characteristics in the game include the faces of the group members. Of course, they’re one of the most popular bands in music history. The general theme of this slot is a riff on the actual Monkees TV show.

 

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix enrolled in the army in 1961. After that, he met his collaborator, Billy Cox. He started moving from one city to another before he created the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966. 

His debut album ‘Are you experienced’ that came out made him grow into stardom. He performed one of his best hits at Woodstock in 1969 with his band, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows. His electro music and unique record make him the perfect icon to inspire slot games.

His legacy lives on as his songs are being used, including his imagery. To this day, the singer’s performance at Woodstock is remembered for its impact on music history. Even though he was not a rock band, the music star stood alone to perform wonders. Unfortunately, his music career lasted for only four years. Yet, his legacy still lives on after his demise.

 

Guns N’ Roses

Another greatest band that inspired lovers of rock globally is Guns N’ Roses. Since their emergence in 1985, they have produced great songs, including ‘Welcome to the jungle,’ ‘November rain,’ Paradise city, and more. This slot game was released in 2015 by NetEnt to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary.

Firstly, the developer has numerous popular slot hits. Therefore, he was able to create a safari-themed masterpiece. One of them is the Serengeti Kings slot demo that helped iconic bands like GNR.

You’ll find a list of their popular songs that plays all through gameplay. Players receive five reels, three rows, and 20 pay lines, including numerous in-game characteristics and a 96.98% RTP. With the free spins, you can gain up to 2,000x your bet on a spin. This was a spectacular release that has met the expectations of many.

 

Motorhead

Motorhead is an English heavy metal band. They had the best music careers that ran through 40 years. Their popular song ‘Aces of Spades’ dwelled on LemmyKilmister’s way of life as a stunt gambler.

 

This slot was launched by NetEnt in 2016, shortly after the group scattered. It emerged as a living legacy to pay tribute to Lemmy Kilmister, who just died.

 

Spin With the Best Soundtracks

It is a great thing to have a slot game that is named after you. And, players enjoy slot games that depict stars and have a story to tell. Also, they enjoy exciting components that are being offered by a rock band. Spin the reels for a taste of fulfillment using the best guitar riffs. You’ll enjoy the metal vocals of the 20th century when you opt for pop and rock legends in online slot games.

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Which Legends Have The Best Abilities in APEX Legends

First Comics News - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 08:01
Apex Legends: Which legends have the best abilities?

If there’s a game out there that has revolutionized the battle-royale gameplay, it has to be Apex Legends. Developed by Respawn Entertainment, Apex Legends is an exceptional first-person shooting game in which you, along with your squad, square up against other teams to see which squad wins the battle and goes all the way till the end.

The game level of competitiveness is extremely high on Apex Legends mainly due to the fact that it’s played by millions of players from all over the world. The game features a variety of talented legends, all of whom have their own strengths so, through this article, we’ll let you know about the legends who have the best attributes in the game.

“To help you skill up your game so that you win almost every time you play, we recommend that you use Apex hacks that are provided by Battlelog.co. The platform features a humongous variety of unplayable cheats for you to help you to take your game to the next level. No matter which legend you choose, there are hacks for each one of them on Battlelog”

Which Legends Have the Best Abilities in Apex Legends

There’s no denying the fact that battle royale shooter games are among the most famous and loved games in the gaming industry right now and Apex Legends is arguably the best among them. It’s fighting mechanics and overall combat has received massive praise from the critics and the fans which is why you’ll find this game really hard to master. 

Since all legends come with their own pros and cons, it can be hard to identify the ones who suit your game best but, if you’re planning on going big and want to know about the legends who can help you take your game to the next level, then scroll through the article and find out about the best legends.

If you’re a true Apex fan and have been playing this game for a long time, you wouldn’t deny the fact that Wraith tops the legends list in terms of attributes and skills. How would you feel if you had the ability to disappear during a battle? Great, right? Well, Wraith’s Into the Void ability allows her to go invisible for a significant amount of time which means you cannot be seen by your enemies if you use this skill and it works as an ultimate lifesaver in intense situations. 

Along with this amazing attribute, Wraith also has a few more talents that are not only helpful in defense but can also prove to be useful if you’re on the offense so overall, Wraith is a great choice. The most popular legend among Apex players, Bloodhound, is another spectacular choice to make if you’re planning on enhancing your game. 

What makes this legend so great and famous is his ability to track the movement of your enemies around the map. If your opponents are somewhere close to you, you can either watch them through walls with the help of this skill or, you can look for enemy footsteps on the ground with this ability. Either way, you’ll have a good choice of tracking down your opponent through this attribute.

Season 7 has seen a new addition in the list of legends and the one who has taken the game by storm is none other than Horizon. What makes this legend so exceptional is that she’s really fast and agile so when you’re in the thick of things, you can get to the top of buildings instantly and can escape damage. Combining her tactical abilities with her ultimate, Horizon is definitely one to look for if you’re planning to improve your overall game.

Last but not the least, Caustic is another legend of the game that can single-handedly win you games with his talents on his own if used right. His ability to trap enemies and cause them damage with his gas traps makes this legend a huge asset so if you see a bunch of enemies in a closed space, you’ll have a big chance of taking them down if you have Caustic on your team.

How to Get the Most Use out of Any Legend’s Abilities

As mentioned earlier, due to the extreme popularity of this game, the level of competitiveness in Apex Legends is enormously high which means it can get really hard for you to win games frequently. Whether you’re a top player who has been playing the game for a long time or you’ve mastered all the abilities of your favorite legends, you’ll still end up losing a lot of games because you’ll be facing skilled players from all over the world.

To change that, and to help you skill up your game so that you win almost every time you play, we recommend that you use Apex Legends hacks that are provided by Battlelog. The platform features a humongous variety of unplayable cheats for you to help you to take your game to the next level. No matter which legend you choose, there are hacks for each one of them on Battlelog.co, and this way, you can make any legend almost invincible since your opponents won’t stand a chance against you if you use these enhancements.

Another great thing about hacks from Battlelog is that these cheats cannot be detected no matter what happens so while using them, you’ll have this peace of mind that you won’t ever get banned or caught.

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The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 164

First Comics News - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 03:42

Episode 164 – MMXXI

Marty, Dan, Chris and Adam ring in the New Year with tales of auction scores and rants of auction scores. We also talk some scuttlebutt that more comic book publishers are following DC Comics’ lead with a focus on trade paperbacks and monthly anthologies. What will this year yield as the changes of 2020 start to play out? And Supergirl is better than Venom … just sayin’!

If you are interested in older episodes please head to … http://heykidscomics.ca !

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RIVERDALE PRESENTS: SOUTH SIDE SERPENTS preview

First Comics News - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 23:28

RIVERDALE PRESENTS: SOUTH SIDE SERPENTS ONE SHOT
FP Jones is worried for the future of the South Side Serpents. The biker gang is getting old and finding it hard to attract fresh blood. But FP has a plan, and it revolves around his son, Jughead. Hunted by the most fearsome biker gangs in the state, an unwilling Jughead has to step up into the role of leader to guide the Serpents on a perilous journey. There will be adventure, there will be thrills, there will be chases, and there will be death in this special one-shot event featuring fan-favorite characters from the CW Riverdale series.
Script: David Barnett
Art: Richard Ortiz, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Richard Ortiz
Variant Cover: Tyler Boss
On Sale Date: 1/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Wayne’s Worlds: Recognizing Bill Finger

First Comics News - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 18:02

Maybe some of us have now gotten used to this, but when the Dark Knight appears, you’ll now see credit being given to Bill Finger, often referred to as “the co-creator” and “co-architect” of the Batman mythology.

When the announcement via the Hollywood Reporter that this was going to happen was released a while back, I was overjoyed… and I still am!

WHO IS BILL FINGER?

“I must admit that Bill never received the fame and recognition he deserved.” That’s what Bob Kane, the well-known creator of Batman, said in Batman and Me, his 1989 autobiography.

Finger had a lot to do with laying the groundwork for the character we often refer to as the Dark Knight, according to many sources. For instance, when Kane had created his first drawings of Batman, he asked Finger to look them over. Instead of having him wear reddish tights and a small domino mask, Kane took Finger’s suggestions and removed the red portions of his costume as well as giving him a cowl and a cape, as noted in Wikipedia.

Finger wrote the script for the first appearance of Batman, and he would go on to co-create Robin, come up with Batman’s secret identity as Bruce Wayne, and play important roles in forming Catwoman and, most importantly, the Joker. He also would go on to come up with the name of Gotham City, then help develop the Batcave, the Batmobile, Ace the Bat-Hound, Lana Lang, and Bat-Mite, among others.

Probably not so well known were his contributions to Alan Scott/Green Lantern. Finger wrote scripts based on that character developed by Matt Nodell, artist for the hero.

Finger passed in 1974. When Marc Tyler Nobleman’s biography of Finger, Bill the Boy Wonder, was released in 2012, he referred to Finger as “Batman’s Biggest Secret,” something many fans of Batman had felt for years was sadly true and needed to be corrected.

DC’S RELEASE AND OTHER UPDATES

Recently, during Batman’s 75th anniversary celebration, DC released a re-issue of Batman’s first appearance. What caught many fans’ attention was that Finger was given cover credit for his work on that issue.

And then, more recognition! The aforementioned Hollywood Reporter article contained an exclusive release, which you can read below:

DC Entertainment and the family of Bill Finger are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement that recognizes Mr. Finger’s significant contributions to the Batman family of characters. “Bill Finger was instrumental in developing many of the key creative elements that enrich the Batman universe, and we look forward to building on our acknowledgement of his significant role in DC Comics’ history,” stated Diane Nelsonpresident of DC Entertainment. “As part of our acknowledgement of those contributions,” Nelson continued, “we are pleased to confirm today that Bill Finger will be receiving credit in the Warner Bros. television series Gotham beginning later this season, and in the forthcoming motion picture Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Personally, I was overjoyed when I saw this! I see this kind of credit on a regular basis now, but I still delight in it!

CREATORS DESERVE TO RECEIVE CREDIT

I know that this is a thorny issue, giving comics creators recognition. For instance, there was a rumor several years back that, after his reworking of the character, John Byrne wanted his name included with Siegel and Schuster any time Superman appeared, being listed as “co-creator” or something. I didn’t think that was warranted since the Man of Steel gets changed on a semi-regular basis. Just look at the last few years, for instance, with the New 52 and now in the upcoming Infinite Frontier.

I do see a lot more recognition being presented, such as in DC’s direct-to-disc videos. You’ll often find Marv Wolfman and George Perez listed as creators of any of their characters from the New Teen Titans. I agree with that!

I have some friends who are royally miffed at Stan Lee when it comes to giving Jack Kirby credit. Yes, I wish “The King” had received more notice than he had, but I’m not completely sure that “Stan the Man” intentionally grabbed more credit than he deserved.

What would really be terrific would be giving credit when the creators are alive instead of after they’ve passed. As great as it has been for Mr. Finger’s family to see this happen, I imagine how wonderful it would have been if Bill himself had seen this take place.

The thing I puzzle over is exactly how to recognize creators fairly. Maybe some of you have ideas on how to accomplish that? If so, please share your thoughts! I’d really like to hear them! And if you feel some creators need more credit, be sure to list them as well!

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Blade Runner 2019: Vol. 1: Los Angeles Artist’s Edition preview

First Comics News - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 16:29


Blade Runner 2019: Vol. 1: Los Angeles Artist’s Edition

A 128-page collection of the black and white artwork from the smash-hit, critically acclaimed Blade Runner 2019 comic seris drawn by Andres Guinaldo, collecting together issues #1 – #4 of the Los Angeles arc.

This collection of Andres Guinaldo’s artwork, previously unpublished in this form, includes never-before-seen layouts, roughs, thumbnails, sketches and cover roughs, giving a unique glimpse into the process of the artist. The collection also includes an interview between Andres and the writers Michael Green (co-screenplay writer of Blade Runner 2049, Logan and Murder on the Orient Express) and Mike Johnson (New York Times-bestselling writer of Star Trek, Transformers, Superman/ Batman and Picard).

Authors: Michael Green, Mike Johnson
Artist: Andres Guinaldo
Publisher: Titan Comics
Hardcover, $29.99, £26.99
On sale January 2021
ISBN: 9781787735309

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Assassin’s Creed Bloodstone Volume 2 preview

First Comics News - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 16:26


Assassin’s Creed Bloodstone Volume 2

The second volume of the epic new Assassin’s Creed adventure, set in the Vietnam War!

Tomo, one of the youngest members of the Japanese Assassin cell, has uncovered a conspiracy. In this thrilling sequel, what secrets will Tomo uncover in his ancestor’s memories? What horrific experiments took place secretly during the Vietnam War?

Writer: Guillaume Dorison
Artists: Ennio Bufi
Publisher: Titan Comics
Hardcover, 48pp, $9.99, £8.99
On sale January 2021
ISBN: 9781787734593

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Comic Book Coffee, number 101: The Batman Adventures Holiday Special

First Comics News - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 15:31

Comic Book Coffee, number 101: The Batman Adventures Holiday Special, drawn by Dan Riba, written by Paul Dini, lettered by Richard Starkings / Comicraft and colored by Bruce Timm.

Presenting a special New Year’s Day edition of Comic Book Coffee…

“Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot” sees Commissioner James Gordon and Batman meeting up at 2 AM on January 1st for their annual cup of coffee together to welcome the New Year.

Dan Riba, who drew the opening and closing segments of The Batman Adventures Holiday Special, was a character designer and director on Batman: The Animated Series. He also worked on Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond and Justice League. “Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot” had him collaborating with two of his fellow DCAU team members, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm.

2020 was one hell of an insane year. Let’s hope 2021 is a better one for all of us. To quote Jim Gordon:

“Well, here’s to survival. Hopefully we’ll be doing this again next New Year’s Eve.”

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

First Comics News - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 08:01

The staff of First Comics News wishes our readers a Happy New Year!

Alex Wright, Ben Herman, Bill Black, Bob Almond, Dærick Gröss Sr., Kallie Chris, Katie Salidas, Mat Kaufman, Michael Dunne, Miguel Ortiz, Paul Carberry, Tanya Tate, Tim Chizmar, Art Sippo, Chris Marshall, David Markowski, Colt Cabana, Harry Sully, Jamie Coville, Jeff Burton, Sammy Maynard, Chris Squires, Francis Sky, Grant Offenberger, Jez Ibelle, Joeseph Simon, Martin Boruta, Peter Breau, Phil Latter, Eric N Bennett, Calvin Daniels, Francis Garbut, Frank Zanca, Giovanni Aria, Joshua Pantalleresco, Paco X Gonzalez Munoz, Ric Croxton, Thomas Bottoms, Wayne Hall, Matthew Szewczyk, Richard Vasseur, and Rik Offenberger

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COMING FROM G-MAN COMICS IN 2021

First Comics News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 22:43

Simon N. Kirby, The Agent #3

There is a little trouble coming for Agent Kirby.

Story by Rik Offenberger
Art by Alan Faria

 

G-Man Comics 3in1 #1

Champion of Liberty² in Jail? Find out more in G-Man Comics 3in1.

Story by Jim Burrows
Art by Gilbert Monsanto

Anyone with half a brain will not want to miss G-Man Comics 3in1.

Story Eric N. Bennett
Art by Gilbert Monsanto

The girl who will become Lynx begins her story in G-Man Comics 3in1.

Story by Rik Offenberger
Art by Gilbert Monsanto

 

G-Men United #1

G-Men United? Not yet but we are working on it, in more ways than one.

Story by Rik Offenberger, David Ellis Leary & Lou Mougin
Art by Fish Lee

Meet The Energist & Irene!
Story by Earl Wajenberg
Art by Joshua 1:9 Holley

Outrage is coming!
Story by Jim Burrows
Art by Joshua 1:9 Holley

Sgt. Flag as you have never seen him before!

Story by Rik Offenberger
Art by Joshua 1:9 Holley

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Breaking! Unannounced SECRET McFarlane Variants for CROSSOVER #3 – Pre-order

First Comics News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 19:09

KIDS LOVE CHAINS,” Part Three-Monsters and robots falling from the sky! Mysterious (and familiar??) superheroes joining our intrepid gang on their journey to event ground zero! CROSSOVER continues with the series’ most explosive and shocking issue to date! Don’t miss this one, folks. If you do, it just might drive you…mad.

Estimated Shipping Date: JANUARY 13th 2021

Pack 1 is $69.99 and contains the following 7 covers:

CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:4 Variant Cover – Ellie Reading CROSSOVER
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading CYBER FORCE #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading SAVAGE DRAGON #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading SHADOW HAWK #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading WALKING DEAD #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading NOWHERE MEN #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading SPAWN #1
Pack 2 is $99.99 and contains the following 8 covers:

CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:4 Variant Cover – Ellie Reading CROSSOVER
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading CYBER FORCE #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading SAVAGE DRAGON #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading SHADOW HAWK #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading WALKING DEAD #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading NOWHERE MEN #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading SPAWN #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:25 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading CROSSOVER #3
Please Note: orders will not ship out until all the comics in your order have been released. Once the comics are released it may take up to 7 business days to ship orders out. Customers in the US and Canada will receive a tracking number with their order. Expect shipping to take up to 2 weeks in North America, longer in other countries. Variant cover information is subject to change. Most books will be in NM condition but cannot guarantee this. All books will be VF/NM or better. Thanks

stadiumcomics.com

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RICH REVIEWS: They Fell From The Sky # 1

First Comics News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 17:02

Title: They Fell From The Sky # 1
Publisher: Mad Cave Studios
Writer: Liezl Buenaventura
Artist/Cover: Xavier Tarrega
Colorist: DJ Chavis
Letterer: Gil
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: madcavestudios.com/
Comments: Tommy wants to meet an alien. He and his friends are sci-fi nerds. Tommy’s sister she acts mean yet she does still have a heart of gold. She though does have an attitude problem a huge one. She has big plans yet no idea how she is going to achieve them just that she is.
Tommy is a nice boy just trying to enjoy his childhood and he has the normal problems of a young boy. Problems with a bully, with his family and not fitting in. All your normal stuff.
Now Tommy one night sights a UFO. One thing leads to another and he starts out on one cool adventure that may just be full of danger.
The art fits the story in this all ages adventure. It has a almost cartoon quality to it.
Tommy has just started the adventure of a life time and it is his dream come true. Will his dream though lead to peril for himself and his friends.
This comic does deliver mystery and maybe deadly terror.

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