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The Boys Collectibles Unleashed for the Holidays!

First Comics News - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 16:21

New Omnibus Volume, Trading Cards, Enamel Pins & Money!


August 29, Mt. Laurel, NJ:
Diabolical! Everyone and their mother has watched The Boys on Prime Video by now! If they haven’t, they need to get on that ASAP! Dynamite is treating new The Boys fans and those going back over a decade to an avalanche of awesome collectibles and merchandise – just in time for the holiday season!

As the new paperback omnibus editions of The Boys sell like crazy, Dynamite is reprinting them as well as making sure retailers have everything they need to satisfy today’s supes-hating Boys. Including trading cards, enamel pins and even some limited edition collectible currency!

Right off the bat, the hotly anticipated fifth omnibus is out right on time for the gift-giving season! The longrunning plot comes to a head in this volume, as the main story reveals backstory on The Boys as an organization and teases the upcoming conflicts. Also included in this book is the essential origin story of Billy Butcher in his spinoff miniseries Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker. Featuring writing front to back by master Garth Ennis and art by co-creator Darick Robertson and co-conspirators John McCrea, Russ Braun and Keith Burns. This penultimate volume is available with a cover by Robertson spotlighting Frenchie or a photo from the show with his crush The Female. Additionally, the first three volumes of The Boys omnibuses art covers are available signed and remarked by artist Darick Robertson, while the photo editions will be available signed by writer Garth Ennis.

  

On the collectibles front, first are two 7-card sets of trading cards. One features the eponymous Boys squad of Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother’s Milk, Frenchie, the Female, The Legend, and Billy’s trusty bulldog Terror. In a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, some have to be watched, controlled, and sometimes even taken out of the picture… That’s when you call in The Boys! Every Butcher card will feature a signature by creator and writer Garth Ennis.

    

 

Joining this set is one featuring The Seven, with cards spotlighting the love-to-hate sensation Homelander, fan-favorite Starlite, body pulverizer A-Train and two connecting cards depicting the entire team. These superheroes are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, but often abuse their powers. Except Starlite, she’s pretty cool. Artist co-creator Darick Robertson will be signing all of the primary Homelander cards. Each set comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity.

    

Fans can wear their love for their new favorite antiheroes on their sleeves! Dynamite is producing the first-ever collectible enamel pins for this iconic “meta” superhero epic. In addition to a standalone pin reproducing the iconic logo, a five-piece set of pins featuring the core members of The Boys. Affix them to your bag and radiate that “F**k Supes!” energy!

   For those Vought bootlickers out there, they can stock up on the new two-dollar bill of the Boys with Homelander’s smug face plastered over it. Dynamite is bringing a piece of that thankfully fictional world into ours with this limited edition collectible bill. Created using a revolutionary, high-definition coloring process and Darick Robertson’s legendary artwork, this $2 bill is authentic U.S. legal tender. Each bill comes with a full-color certificate of authenticity and is handsomely showcased in a two-sided display folio in fresh, crisp, uncirculated condition. Yes, you can buy a soda with it, as long as that soda is less than two bucks!

If your snack run requires more than two dollars, Dynamite has your back with some change as well! Dynamite is continuing their line of collectible coins with four genuine John F. Kennedy Half-Dollars sporting Robertson’s hallmark character designs. These colorized pieces are additionally plated in 24-karat gold to further enhance the artwork. The four coins feature the most beloved characters from the series, including Butcher, Hughie, Homelander and Starlite.

      

The Boys has far exceeded the expectations we had back in 2006 when we picked up this daring, controversial title as a young publisher,” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. “Garth and Darick went on to a colossal achievement of a 90-issue run, practically unheard of in independent comics. The Prime Video show has allowed this inventive take on the superhero genre to reach a whole new audience, and these fun collectibles are the perfect way to engage with all the new fans!”

The Boys Trading Cards, Enamel Pins, Two-Dollar Bill and Collectibles Coins will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ August and September 2019 Previews catalogs, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October and November 2019.
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NEW ARTWORK FOR LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: MILLENNIUM!

First Comics News - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 16:09

Art by Lee, Williams and Sinclair Shines Spotlight on a Future Version of Supergirl

In case you missed it, EW.com  got the first look at new artwork for the upcoming LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES:MILLENNIUM miniseries from the fan-favorite art team of Jim Lee, inker Scott Williams and colorist Alex Sinclair, plus an exclusive interview with series writer Brian Michael Bendis.

Bendis chatted about working with Lee, as well as Supergirl’s role in this two-issue miniseries that ties together multiple threads from the future of the DC Universe, paving the way for his LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ongoing series in November with artist Ryan Sook.

But DC saved some newness for you too; here’s the art from the EW piece, the final cover to issue #1 by Sook, plus some never-before-seen pages by Lee, Williams and Sinclair, featuring our mystery protagonist taking on DC heroes and villains, for reasons that Bendis is still keeping secret…

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES:MILLENNIUM #1 hits comic book stores and participating digital retailers on September 4, with the 2nd issue arriving October 2. LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1, debuts November 6.

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Trailer for ‘Batman: Damned’ Debuts Ahead of Book Release on September 10, 2019

First Comics News - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 16:03

Who Killed The Joker?

The Dark Knight investigates an unimaginable murder mystery in the chilling supernatural horror thriller BATMAN: DAMNED, masterfully penned by New York Times best-selling author Brian Azzarello (DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE, 100 BULLETS), with visually striking illustrations by award-winning artist Lee Bermejo (HELLBLAZER, JOKER). Check out the trailer for the new hardcover, and get ready for BATMAN: DAMNED to hit bookshelves everywhere on September 10, 2019!



When The Joker’s body washes up on the shores of Gotham River, Batman searches for the killer of his archnemesis. But the World’s Greatest Detective can’t remember what happened the previous night, so he turns to John Constantine, the Hellblazer, for help. The problem is that as much as Constantine loves a good mystery, he loves messing with people’s heads even more. But what other choice does Batman have? The duo dive deep into the sordid underbelly of Gotham in a race to uncover the truth.

As Batman continues to dig into this mystery, his psyche begins to unravel, sending him into an existential crisis. Is it possible that he himself committed this brutal crime? Bruce Wayne’s traumatic past comes to light, revealing his horrifying supernatural connection to the demonic Enchantress, who continues to terrorize Batman to this day. Will Batman be able to crack this enigmatic case, or will he lose his mind and soul along the way?

This new hardcover volume from DC’s Black Label imprint collects BATMAN: DAMNED #1-3 and features a behind-the-scenes extras gallery with an afterword by Brian Azzarello. Pre-order yours today!

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THE ART OF WRESTLING ROAD DIARIES: 71. Edinburgh Fringe 2019 (Week Four)

First Comics News - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 16:00

Guests: Seann Walsh, Chris Betts, Emmy Blotnick, Ed Night, Thom Tuck, John Darnelle & John Hastings.
It’s week four at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019. Colt and John welcome different comedians to talk about pro wrestling and more. Learn to love your new favorite comedians!

www.Patreon.com/ColtCabana

Sponsors:
www.WRESTLETALK.com

Music:
www.youtube.com/TheUkuleleTeacher
www.superfunyeahyeahrocketship.com

Image Photo:
www.portraitofawrestler.com/

Image Design:
Jimmy Lee

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SNEAK PEAK OF OVER THE ROPES IS HERE!

First Comics News - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 15:34

Mad Cave Studios is excited to present an early sneak peak of our exciting new title, Over the Ropes!

Writer Jay Sandlin and artist Antonello Cosentino collaborate to explore the world of indie wrestling in the golden age of the sport, the 90’s. Over the Ropes is an underdog story of staying true to oneself in a world where ring personas often time bleed into reality. Sandlin and Cosentino craft a tale in which finding one’s true self may mean crafting a larger than life image inside of the ring.

Set in a fictional world, Over the Ropes dives into sports entertainment’s biggest era. A young high-flyer named Jason Lynn goes off-script in a match to win the world title and sets the southern territory on fire as the face-painted wrestler, Phoenix.

Meet the cast and enjoy your preview!

Over the Ropes, Jason’s battles in the ring are only outperformed by his struggles outside of it. First dates. Crooked promoters. Cage matches. Factions and families. No matter what problems smack him with a steel chair, Jason lives by his catchphrase: “I. Will. Rise.”

“On the surface, Over the Ropes may seem like another Saturday morning wrestling show, but in reality, it’s about the underdog in all of us fighting and clawing for one moment in the spotlight. The characters grew out of my desire to write the kind of wrestling story I gravitated to the most; where the predetermined nature of in-ring action and backstage drama blends with shades of reality until the two are indistinguishable.”

– Jay Sandlin


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Combat as (Blood) Sport

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 11:00

A common reframe in the old school landscape is "Combat as War vs. Combat as Sport," often used to negatively contrast elements of 5e and particularly 4e concerned with encounter balance an "the encounter" as a fundamental unit of game action in general with the old school. Without getting into the merits of how this argument is typically framed, I think that even if we accept this as true, there is a way to lean into those elements of modern D&D and come out with something cool. Instead dungeoncrawling for treasure (mainly), maybe the dungeon environment could be the battleground of a big tournament.

X-Crawl deals with some of this territory, I guess, but from what I read of it, it is set in the modern day, and seems very much concerned with the celebrity aspect of things, bringing in a lot of professional athlete cliches. All well and good, but I'm more interested in something more like Dragonball Z. The fighters are in it often for the personal betterment--a personal betterment that is practically apotheosis, which dovetails nicely with D&D advancement. What if the gods or Immortals or whatever design the dungeons as tournament grounds, and foundries to forge new Immortals to join there ranks?

In this context, the lack of XP for gold makes perfect sense. Also, "levels" of dungeons are likes brackets of a tournament. In order to give a good spectacle, you don't want scrubs advancing to take on the contenders too soon. Mainly playing this sort of setting would just mean thinking about the game differently. The only change might be that there would be fewer nameless rabbles or humanoid tribes with young and the like. Everybody in the dungeon is playing the game.

Geek Picks for August 26th, 2019!

Stash My Comics - Thu, 08/29/2019 - 02:05
By the Outright Geekery Staff… With pumpkin spice, everything also comes back to school time, but we’re STILL doing the Geek Picks For August 28th, 2019. Some friends down south already have gotten to ship their kids back to school, … Continue reading →
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Wednesday Comics: House of X/Powers of X

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 11:00

Jonathan Hickman has a penchant for "big idea" comics, often with an epic scale and science fictional overtones. All of those things I like, but for me there is a lack of focus on character, and perhaps a Kubrickan coolness that has made it difficult for me to love his Avengers or Fantastic Four runs. Maybe with the X-men, he's finally won me over.

House of X and Powers of X (actually pronounced powers of 10, a reference to its logarithmically remote future stories) tell of an interlocking tale of the world's mutants under Xavier embarking on a radical plan to save the future from....well, yet another mutant-related dystopia, then one takes "Days of Future Past" to a transhuman extreme, with the Nimrod controlled Man-Machine Empire facing off against the surviving mutants under Apocalypse.

I'm not sure how Hickman will bring this all to a satisfying close. It feels so much like an ender, its hard to see how the inevitable return to some sort of superhero status quo won't seem like something of a let down, maybe even a cheat.

So far, though, it's a fun ride.

Between Planar Stations

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 14:00

It doesn't have a name. Not really. This is intentional; names are power, after all, and power that can be used against you. When whoever instantiated the original version of the city did so, they fixed and compressed its noumenal building blocks into a potent glyph, a sigil. And that is what its inhabitants and its visitors from myriad plane-aware worlds have called it every since.

Only rubes get duped by maps hawked in Sigil markets or the orreries venerated by mundy cargo cults, the city is not at the center of anything physical or even metaphysical. It's just that it embodies the concept of nexus, and so it's the most stable router or gateway for astral bodies shooting through the howling conceptual metric.  From Sigil, you can get to anywhere, whether you should or not.

A lot of travelers get to Sigil and never leave. Some, the trafficked, press-ganged, fearful, or injured, have no choice. Others stay out of business interest, boredom, inertia or laziness. Why endure the vicissitudes of travel when all the worlds will come to you, eventually?

Strayed #1 (Review) Not Your Average Kitty

Stash My Comics - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 23:52
Review by William Pace Strayed #1 Written by Carlos Giffoni Drawn and Colored by Juan Doe Lettered by Matt Krotzer Edited by Chas! Pangburn Cover A by Juan Doe Cover B by Dustin Nguyen Published by Dark Horse Comics ***1st … Continue reading →
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The Omega Rangers Secret Mission Revealed in MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #42

Stash My Comics - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 23:42
Preview by Gaumer Here’s a early and brief look at the next chapter of the amazing Power Rangers saga BOOM! has created. The Omega Rangers Secret Mission Revealed in MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #42 The Power Rangers Face Enemies on … Continue reading →
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Archie Andrews Seeks Rock Stardom in ARCHIE 1955 #1 (First Look)

Stash My Comics - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 23:33
Preview by Gaumer First is was 1941, now we move a decade into the future as Archie Comics gives us a history lesson with ARCHIE 1955 #1. Here’s a first look. Pre-order this ish by August 26th for the September … Continue reading →
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Family Comic Friday- Dear Justice League

Stash My Comics - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 01:51
Review by Tony Dillard Family Comic Friday is thrilled to present to you a graphic novel that has been on top of our wish list ever since it was first announced earlier this year! Have you ever wondered why Green … Continue reading →
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Eberron & the Jackelian Sequence

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:00

The announcement of a 5e Eberron book got me thinking about a similar setting that I like better than Eberron: Stephen Hunt's Jackelian series. I wrote about it back in 2011. Hunt wrote a few more novels in the series after that point, but it's a shame there has never been an rpg.

Anyway, the novels are well work checking out.

Wednesday Comics: A New Episode of Bronze Age Book Club

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 11:00
Here's the latest episode, taking on Adventure Comics #462. Oh, and we're now on Google podcasts and Apple podcasts. Like! Subscribe!


Listen to "Episode 3: ADVENTURE COMICS #462" on Spreaker.

Geek Picks for August 21st, 2019!

Stash My Comics - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 23:37
From The OG Staff… With school starting back for millions of college students, the comic shops are going to be packed! This might be an important week to get in an early call to your favorite store and request a … Continue reading →
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RAGNA ROK ! B.P.R.D. : THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, VOLUME 3 review

Stash My Comics - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 18:14
Review by A.J. Jones Mike Mignola and Scott Allie – writers Laurence Campbell – artist Dave Stewart – colorist This is the conclusion to the B.P.R.D. series’ master story arc, 15 years in the making – and another conclusion of … Continue reading →
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New Comics for August 21st, 2019 #NCBD

Stash My Comics - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 18:06
Another Wednesday is right around the corner and that means another new comic book day is nearly here. We’ve got the entire list of new comics for August 21st, 2019 #NCBD via PreviewsWorld. Discuss these new releases and more over … Continue reading →
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Weird Revisted: The Weird Frontier

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:00
The original version of this post first appeared in 2010. I've revisited it from slightly different angles a couple of times since.
 

This cover deserves to be the basis of an rpg setting.

Well, maybe not just this cover all on its own, but the crazy idea it and the series (Tomahawk) it's a part of suggests (at least to me)--namely, combining the James Fenimore Cooper-style frontier tale with fantasy. Transplanting the whole civilization-against-the-wilderness thing to a colonial pseudo-America.

It’s almost completely unmined territory. It’s only been sort of attempted once, as far as I know--Orson Scott Card’s Alvin Maker series does early nineteenth century fantasy in an alternate North America. Sure, one could point to novels (and even an rpg or two) with a kind of “Illuminati/Masonic magic behind the revolution” or a “Ben Franklin cavorts with the Hellfire Club” sort of deal, but all of that pseudo-historical “hidden magic” speculation fails to deliver a moment of rpg inspiration Zen like:


Wilderness adventures wouldn’t be the only way to go. Surely things like Mystery Hill, and the rampant speculation such sites inspired (even at the time) ought to suggest plenty of ancient American civilization to provide honest to goodness dungeons. There might not be demi-humans (though there could be), but all the other standard D&D ingredients are easy to find.

Warren Ellis and Jason Howard’s TREES Returns in September; PREVIEW

Stash My Comics - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 19:19
Preview by Gaumer TREES RETURNS WITH THREE FATES STORY ARC & TEASES INTERIOR PAGES AHEAD OF SEPTEMBER RELEASE “A uniquely exciting read.” —IGN “A mystery that’s creepy and wondrous, the best of science fiction.” —Graphic Policy “Pick it up and … Continue reading →
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