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FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #1 preview

First Comics News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:13
FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #1 (of 4)
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA and BARRY KITSON
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (MAY171952)
Cover B by KANO (MAY171953)
Variant Cover by MARGUERITE SAVAUGE (MAY171955)
Variant Cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA (MAY171956)
Blank Cover Also Available (MAY171954)

A SPECTACULAR SUMMER EVENT! This summer, every second counts when acclaimed writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Star Wars: Rogue One), explosive artist Stephen Segovia (NINJAK, Action Comics), comics legend Barry Kitson (Fantastic Four), and special surprise guests push Faith into a centuries-spanning fight for existence alongside the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universe…past, present, and future!

Faith “Zephyr” Herbert – former member of Unity, current Harbinger Renegade, and Los Angeles’ #1 superhero – is the universe’s last, best chance at survival! Centuries from today, a devious artificial intelligence has unleashed a blistering attack on the very foundations of time…one that is unwriting history from beginning to end! Now, with her options exhausted, Neela Sethi, Timewalker – the self-appointed protector of what is and will be – has returned to the 21st century to recruit Earth’s greatest champions of today and tomorrow to oppose this existential threat…and she needs Faith to lead them! But why Faith? And why now?

This July, fly to the farthest edges of the future in a death-defying race to save time itself, as Faith leads the charge alongside Valiant’s greatest heroes…and becomes a new legend for the ages!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 26th (7/3/17)

         

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X-O MANOWAR #5 preview

First Comics News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:13
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #5 (“GENERAL” – PART 2)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (MAY171967)
Cover B by DAVE JOHNSON (MAY171968)
Interlocking Variant Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM (MAY171969)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by NEAL ADAMS (MAY171970)

Cosmic coup d’état!

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Dept. H) and blockbuster artist Doug Braithwaite (BLOODSHOT U.S.A.) send X-O Manowar charging into a visceral new battle as “GENERAL” continues to transform Valiant’s master warrior!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale JULY 26th (FOC – 7/3/17)

         

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LEAGUE UP! Contest Announcement – Win Justice League Movie Experience

First Comics News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:12

You don’t need superpowers to win a trip to the Justice League movie premiere. You just need to grab some friends and LEAGUE UP! DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. announce the League Up Contest. First, pull together a team of five friends who embody each of the heroes of the Justice League: Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman and the Flash. Then, put together a fun plan to celebrate the upcoming Justice League movie, and post a video about it on Twitter! If you’re a finalist, you may get a chance to put your plan in action…and win a heroic experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

For full details, visit http://www.dccomics.com/contest

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HEROES & VILLAINS

First Comics News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:10
A Photographic Odyssey into the Fantastic World of Cosplay By Andrew Boyle Photography by Andrew Boyle Hardcover / 5 1/2” x 8” / 272 pages 250 color photographs $19.95 / ISBN: 978-1-9254-1845-3 Smith Street Books / Release Date: October 2017 Meet the spectacular cosplayers of New York’s annual Comic Con. HEROES & VILLAINS: A PHOTOGRAPHIC ODYSSEY INTO THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF COSPLAY is lifelong comic book fan and renowned photographer Andrew Boyle’s homage to the devoted fans of the pop cultural phenomenon that is New York Comic Con. Boyle captures more than 200 cosplayers at NYCC in a series of stunning photographs and interviews taken from 2012 to 2015, celebrating the incredible pageantry of expression, talent, inclusivity, creativity, and fandom that is at the heart of the cosplay community. Featuring chapters on “Capes & Cowls,” “The Assembly of Rogues,” “Legends of Anime and Manga,” “Realms of Screen & Sound,” and “Cartridge Crusaders,” this vibrant collection showcases recreations and reinterpretations of the fearless heroes and diabolical arch-nemeses of comics and cartoons, idols of the illustrated and animated worlds, beloved and despised characters from television and film, and the heroic saviors and unscrupulous plunderers of video games.

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SDCC ‘Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling’ Sneak Peek | Rocko’s Modern Life | Nick

First Comics News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 23:35

Check out an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming movie Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling showcased at San Diego Comic Con!

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Art Of Wrestling #360: Keith Lee

First Comics News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 23:26

Big Man, Keith Lee has burst onto the indie scene in a big way. Colt and Keith talk about getting to a high place in the independents, along with coming up in Texas, matches with Dijak and more.
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THOUGHT BUBBLE 2017 ANTHOLOGY TO BENEFIT CHILDREN’S CHARITY BARNARDOS

First Comics News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:56

PORTLAND, OR, 07/20/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to announce the THOUGHT BUBBLE 2017 ANTHOLOGY #6, which will feature some of the top creators in the industry and will benefit the children’s charity Barnardos. It will be available this September.

The THOUGHT BUBBLE 2017 ANTHOLOGY is a collection of new short stories by some of the best in the business for the UK’s Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival, which takes place in Leeds, Northern England from 18th to 24th September 2017.

The anthology will feature work from such creative comics titans as Jason Aaron, Jen Bartel, Cecil Castellucci, Brandon Graham, Jody Houser, Jason Latour, Emi Lenox, Simon Roy, Marley Zarcone, and many more.

THOUGHT BUBBLE 2017 ANTHOLOGY #6 (Diamond Code JUN178088) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 20th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is this Monday, July 24th.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Comic Book Crossover Sequel Coming

First Comics News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:52

The Pop Culture Juggernauts Re-team for a 5-Week Crossover Series This November

San Diego (July 20, 2017) — This November, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Ghostbusters reunite for an inter-dimensional comic book adventure (and probably a large pizza!) in the upcoming weekly crossover event series from IDW Publishing.

Our story begins when an old adversary traps the Turtles in a ghost dimension, as old adversaries are wont to do. However, all hope is not lost for our Heroes in Half-Shell, as New York City’s resident experts on all things spooky quickly answer the call.

The dream writing team of Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe) and Tom Waltz (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, editor for Ghostbusters) are back to tackle scripting duties and will be joined by lead Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening, whose animated art style has come to define the look of the Ghostbusters comics. An array of multi-talented artists with Turtles credentials are also getting in on the mass hysteria including Pablo Tunica (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe), Tadd Galusha (TMNT: Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything), Mark Torres (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and C.P. Wilson III (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters).

“When Erik and I first broached the idea of joining the TMNT with the Ghostbusters way back when, it felt like a wonderfully impossible dream,” said co-writer Tom Waltz. “Well, that dream came true with the first volume in a big way, and now I’m absolutely ecstatic to have the opportunity to once again help bring my two favorite quartets together for another massive comic book crossover event! And, like the first go-around, the events in this story directly flow out of and affect the storylines in both ongoing series.”

“I had such a blast working on the first crossover with Tom, and in the years since, we’ve talked about what we might do if we ever got a crack at a sequel,” said co-writer Erik Burnham. “When the opportunity came up, we didn’t even use a single one of those plans! Instead, we grabbed villains from both universes and mixed them together to form the foundation of a fun story that furthers the ongoing stories of both the Turtles and the Ghostbusters. Even better, we get some more one-on-one scenes, allowing their complementary personalities to shine and we’re beyond excited to share!”

When last the Turtles and the original ‘Busters crossed streams in 2014, the Turtles got stuck in the Ghostbusters dimension… along with a brand-new, all-powerful, all-crazy ghost from centuries past! It was met with enthusiasm from both fans and critics with IGN declaring the mash-up of proton packs and ninjutsu “hugely entertaining.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters 2 #1 hits stores Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Let the ectoplasm fly, dude!

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Kevin O’Neill present The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: THE TEMPEST

First Comics News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:47

Six-issue miniseries will serve as “swan song” not only to award-winning LEAGUE series but also to creators’ careers

San Diego, CA (July 20, 2017) – After an epic seventeen-year journey through the entirety of human culture – the biggest cross-continuity ‘universe’ that is conceivable – Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill will conclude both their legendary League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and their equally legendary comic-book careers with the series’ spectacular fourth and final volume, The Tempest.

 

Tying up the slenderest of plot threads and allusions from the three preceding volumes, The Black Dossier, and the Nemo trilogy into a dazzling and ingenious bow, the world’s most accomplished and bad-tempered artist-writer team will use their most stylistically adventurous outing yet to display the glories of the medium they are leaving; to demonstrate the excitement that attracted them to the field in the first place; and to analyse, critically and entertainingly, the reasons for their departure.

Opening simultaneously in the panic-stricken headquarters of British Military Intelligence, the fabled Ayesha’s lost African city of Kor and the domed citadel of ‘We’ on the devastated Earth of the year 2996, the dense and yet furiously-paced narrative hurtles like an express locomotive across the fictional globe from Lincoln Island to modern America to the Blazing World; from the Jacobean antiquity of Prospero’s Men to the superhero-inundated pastures of the present to the unimaginable reaches of a shimmering science-fiction future. With a cast-list that includes many of the most iconic figures from literature and pop culture, and a tempo that conveys the terrible momentum of inevitable events, this is literally and literarily the story to end all stories.

Commencing as a six-issue run of unfashionable, outmoded and flimsy children’s comics that will make you appear emotionally backward if you read them on the bus, this climactic magnum opus will also reprint classic English super-team publication The Seven Stars from the murky black-and-white reaches of 1964. A magnificent celebration of everything comics were, are and could be, any appreciator or student of the medium would be unwise to miss The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: THE TEMPEST.

— a 6-issue mini-series, each issue 32 pages in (mostly) full color, saddle stitched, 6 5/8” x 10 1/8” (standard comic-book size), $4.99 (US). Issue #1 is scheduled for June 2018.

Co-Published by Top Shelf Productions (US) and Knockabout (UK).

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Boost Beast now out for Switch

First Comics News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:18

Today, Arc System Works has released beat'em-up, puzzle game Boost Beast on the Nintendo Switch Game Store! 

Boost Beast is a defense puzzle game where players defeat the invading horde of zombies by clearing blocks and summoning animals.

A sudden viral outbreak has infected the entire human race and turned everyone into zombies… Only a small group of animals survived the outbreak. In order to restore peace to the world, Alec, the king of the dogs, sets out on a journey with his animal army to exterminate the zombies.

There are many dangers that will stand in your way during your quest to save the world that include cages that traps your animal friends, rocks that block your path, and the grim reaper who will turn your allies into zombies.

Key Features
Simple controls! Match 3 of the same animal blocks to call upon your animal friends and defeat the wave after wave of incoming zombies.
Make use of bombs and chain combos to pave a path to victory!
Unleash your cute animal army and clear over 200 stages!


Title: Boost Beast
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Developer: ARZEST Corporation
Publisher: Arc System Works Co., Ltd.
Release Date: July 20, 2017
Genre: Puzzle
Price: $9.99 USD

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An Interview with Side-Kicked’s Gary Deslauriers

First Comics News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 07:26

Darby Pop Publishing’s sold-out Side-Kicked trade paperback book is back in a Vol 1.5 edition. Featuring two new origin stories created by the winning entries from their most recent “Breaking into Comics” contest.  One of those stories will feature the art of newcomer Gary Deslauriers. I had a chance to chat with Gary about this project.

Sidekicked Vol1.5 Cover

Martin Boruta: Gary, many thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions.

Gary Deslauriers: You’re welcome.

Martin:  You won the 3rd ‘Breaking Into Comics’ contest put on by Darby Pop Publishing. How did you hear about the contest and what motivated you to apply?

Gary: I met the fine folks from Darby Pop at a convention last year. We had neighboring tables. Since then, I’ve kept an eye on them via social media and became aware of the “Breaking Into Comics” contest. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get published work out there.

Martin: I read that your day job is as an elementary art teacher? Do you incorporate comic books and sequential art in your classes? 

Gary: I do a few lessons every year on sequential storytelling.  I also do a few classes in the community. Mostly figure drawing and the like but superheroes are almost always the end result.

Martin: How do your students respond to comics in the classroom?

Gary: The kids love it. The consensus is that it’s more complicated than they thought, but I get great results.

Martin:
You have an MA in Art Education from Rhode Island College so, obviously, being an artist is something you wanted. Was it comic books all along? Or did you have visions of something else for your future?

Gary: It was always comics. After I graduated with my BA, I did the convention thing and bombed. I was younger and had a ton to learn about storytelling.  Recently, I was in a good place to try it again. I had instant success this time — or so I thought. Instead, I kept bouncing from editor to editor over various projects and I’ve even done some work that was never published. Needless to say, I’m really thankful to Darby Pop for giving me a chance to draw for them.

Martin:  Your first story for Darby Pop will be included in the Side-Kicked Vol 1.5 trade paperback. I understand it is a story featuring the origin of the Flying Fox and Jolt’s partnership. Were you familiar with the characters before or is this something new?

Gary: I was actually familiar because I scooped up the first printing of Side-Kicked from them at the convention.

Sidekicked Vol1.5 Interior Page

Martin: Was the work in the Side-Kicked Trade Paperback your first published comic book work?

Gary: This will be my first published work.

Martin: Art is typically a solitary endeavour. But in the comic book world you work with writers, sometimes inkers and letterers. Did you enjoy that collaborative process? Did Richard Casey provide you with a full script you just illustrated or was there room for you to express your creative side?

Gary: Richard supplied a pretty complete script, but there were new things that we collaborated on. A new villain and new weapons, for example. I got to create some looks.

Martin: Some of the aspiring comic artists are always asking … pen and ink? Paints? Full digital? What does your art desk look like?

Gary:  Great question. I’m a process junkie. I’m always trying to figure out how my idols do stuff. I actually have two desks. I do my layouts digitally on a drawing tablet. I find the undo button very liberating. Once I have the pages roughly how I’d like them, I print out a light copy and ink by hand. There’s something about that tactile experience I really enjoy. Most of my shading is ink wash on this project; I like the look and “the happy accidents” the wash creates. I then scan them back into my computer and color them digitally.

Martin: What can we look forward to from Gary Deslauriers?

Gary: I don’t have any immediate projects lined-up. I do stay busy with commissions and, of course, teaching. I hope I can use this project to catapult me into steadier work in comics.

Martin: Well Sir, many thanks again for sitting down for this interview.

Gary: The pleasure was all mine. Thank you.

Side-Kicked Vol. 1.5 will be available at your local comic shop July 26th, 2017

Issue: Side-Kicked Vol. 1.5 | Publisher: Darby Pop
Writers: Russell Brettholtz & others | Artists: Miguel Mendonca, Bong Dazo & others
Price: $19.99

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TREASURE VALLEY COMIC CON, SPIDERMAN HOMECOMING & MARVEL SLUT-SHAMING

First Comics News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 06:54

It’s ME. It’s HIM. It’s T-I-M.
So we’re HERE it’s the week of the glorious stupendous and uber exciting SAN DIEGO COMIC CON 2017!

Will I be there? Nope.. First time in around five years I’ve not attended. “..But Tim WHY!?” –you ask me because you care so much.

First off, thanks for asking that sure means a bunch. Second of all you got to understand the last few years I lived as a writer/producer in the City of Angels was hard on me. Spiritually, artistically, emotionally, etc and I desperately needed a break for my financial life and my sanity. So after some soul-searching and bumps in the road I’ve landed in Idaho. I know.. IDAHO! Such a change from Los Angeles’ red carpets and after parties.. and I knew if I was to start over I needed a cold break which meant no CONS for a while. I resigned myself to this, but then I saw an ad: TREASURE VALLEY COMIC CON. Oh snap! A Comic-Con and it’s near me. As a writer for FirstComicsNews I HAD to attend.

The event lasted a weekend but I only attended on Saturday July 8th 2017 because of the drive from where I stay in the mountains (I live/work in a tiny town, think: Northern Exposure) and the drive each way was like hour and a half down a mountain. When I got to the parking garage area and left my car I was excited, I was reminded of all the events and conventions I’d attended over the last few years. Some good, some bad but a constant thrill was always the people I’d meet. Con People are MY People so I was digging meeting the Idaho variation. There was supposed to be a bus that would cart us from the parking garage to the event shuttling free all day back and forth. I was joined by a man and his young anime-obsessed daughter who reminded me she was underage when I asked to take a pic with her. Relax guy. I explained to him its normal for folks to want to take pics with people who dress up. We all didn’t expect the shuttle to literally be a school bus but that’s what it was.

To say the Con was small is an unfair comparison considering this was YEAR ONE for the con. Look back at pictures of the first SDCC events because they were small too. This had booths, pseudo-celebs doing talks and photo ops, comics being sold and writers hocking their wares. It did its job and I had a blast listening to a regular from the first season of THE FLASH and talking with him, Todd Bridges, a live prowrestling event by WRESTLE CLUB, and attending a speaking engagement on all things horror/comedy put on by bestselling author MichaelBrent Collings.

Also just like at the more established ones we had local shithole companies that have nothing to do with comicbook/horror/fantasy/sci-fi culture trying to catch the crumbs from the table – for example: local sweatshop call center SYKES which screws over its employees hardcore and pays them garbage was there as a “sponsor” I had a talk with their rep Aaron about why his company operates out of the 7th circle of Hell. He was kind enough and understood my past experiences with them. I worked there when I first moved to town, so I know firsthand. But I digress as this is par for the course at all cons there’s always a local biz trying to be “cool” but they aren’t anywhere near NERD-culture cool. Attending this event (TVCC) was the sandwich which will hold me over from not eating the full meal (SDCC).

I’m very happy to see it in Idaho and I will support any future events they do. Great job guys!! Also I saw this note in a write-up on the event..

“Some celebrities include Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in the original “Superman” films, Todd Bridges (“Diff’rent Strokes”), Rick Cosnett (“The Flash”); artists Keith Tucker (“He-Man” and “The Real Ghostbusters”) and Bob McLeod (“Wonder Woman” and “Detective Comics”); horror writer Michaelbrent Collings and…”

My friend and fellow Horror Writers Association member MICHAELBRENT COLLINGS said this about being looped in with the others- “I AM A CELEBRITY, ALIKE IN STATUS TO 1978 LOIS LANE, A DEAD GUY ON THE FLASH, AND “WHATCHOO TALKIN’ ABOUT” GUY. FEAR ME AND WORSHIP!”

Haha. Sweet.
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OKAY OKAY OKAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!
So I begrudgingly saw IT. I saw it.. so shut up.
No not Stephen King’s IT but “it” as in SPIDERMAN-HOMECOMING.

What I liked:
The pacing was outstanding, I was reminded of GOTG in how it raced along. It grabs you and moves fast, I appreciate that. Today’s fan base is of a vine generation, we want it fast. Gimme Gimme Gimme. They delivered on that.

It was also really funny in parts, not just lame or try-hard but legit LOL moments I appreciated as a guy that was a touring headlining standup for a decade.

The moments with Spiderman on the airplane legit had me terrified. I know it’s a dramatic reenactment of ritual and the GOOD guy will win but clinging to a plane at that altitude with no parachute was nuts; pure adrenaline.

What I hated:
The name on the marquee is SPIDERMAN not IRON MAN. Now I’m not going to be one of those guys that complain that it was too much Iron Man in the film; no that was tastefully done. I’m saying the ^*%#%!! suit Peter Parker wears has become a damn Iron Man computer suit and this killed my suspension of disbelief. A talking computer in his head and all these web combinations; Pa-leeze.. If it’s this easy then put all the lame avengers in a suit with a talking computer, right Hawkeye?

Hey ah- ever heard of a SECRET IDENTITY I mean by the end of the film 5 people know who his real identity is and one can have him killed anytime he wants. DaFuq? Gawd I hate that about these movies. Has there EVER been a superhero that didn’t blow his secret identity?

Some reviewers said they hated how an underage girl did “F Marry Kill” with the Avengers names but I didn’t care, I chock it up with “Penis Parker” lines or Aunt May’s near F-bomb.. It’s the year 2017 so get with the times. Kids aren’t the Beaver anymore.

Rating out of 10:
I know its fashionable to go with the trends but I don’t agree that this is the BEST SpiderMan movie ever or even since Doc Ock’s appearance, nope I liked Andrew Garfield and I NEVER ever EVER agreed with the hate dishes out on Amazing Spiderman 2. The arguments people hated it for are the reasons I loved it. Too many badguys (it’s a Comicbook movie!), etc.

For this most recent incarnation I give it a good: 7 out of 10, worth seeing, worth taking kids to but its not GREAT and at parts this Parker is behind the times in his thinking. Like a 1970s kid in a 2017 world. Oh and I sincerely hope “Karen” gets a computer virus..
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OVERALL THOUGHTS ON MARVEL TODAY:
Here’s something nobody ever talks about. Let me start out by saying I love MARVEL. I’m a MARVEL fella but there’s always room to improve. Heck- I didn’t move to Idaho to attend therapy, church, and a 12-step program weekly because I’m a saint.

Here’s a major gripe I have with them and it has never been addressed.

Marvel’s female heroes (or villains for that matter) are not allowed to have the same sexual appetite as their male counterparts. Don’t agree? Here are three examples:

1. Marvel films begun really kicking ass with Marvel’s Iron Man in which a rich playboy Tony Stark beds a reporter and in the morning Pepper makes the “taking out the trash” comment. Trash- really? Why, because she decided, as an adult, to engage in consensual adult sexual fun? Why is she the BAD one out the two of them and he’s just cool?

2. GOTG was an amazing film and James Gunn (whom I’ve had the pleasure of hanging with through our mutual friend Lloyd Kaufman) did a rockstar job with it but.. early on if you recall a purple alien girl wakes up on his ship after a night of nookie and he doesn’t even remember her name or that she was there at all. Gee- how cool right? This is how we know he’s the Fonz of the movie, because he treats woman like sperm holders.

3. You may be thinking to yourself, holdup big guy.. maybe you have a point with the Marvel Cinematic Universe but thank goodness there’s the glorious bastion of R that is Netflix for people like Jessica Jones to be free to fuck. Really, Is she? I believe she was used by a mind-controller for his sexual desires and then she had sex with the one black hero (Powerman Luke Cage) that would go on to be her number one love interest. No one-done for fun, no nookie for the sake of nookie.. that’s not equal.

I’d like to see Captain Marvel have some dude wake up at her place and have our heroine not remember who he is. That’s when I’ll know its equal playing ground ladies, just my thoughts.

Til next Time, I’m T-I-M in the land of rednecks, LDS, and potatoes
Saying, “MAKE MINE SEXY MARVEL!”

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BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 preview

First Comics News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 03:12

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – the next bone-breaking chapter of the BLOCKBUSTER ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, Moon Knight) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN!) This October, Ray Garrison – the cutting-edge war machine codenamed Bloodshot – will be wrenched back into the destructive ways he left behind for a soul-shattering mission to save his wife and daughter from a gallery of terrifying new threats… His next target? The technologically augmented powerhouse named Rampage!

Today: Ray Garrison and his true love, Magic, thought they had left their days of tumult and violence behind them as they raise their newborn daughter, Jessie, in the quiet isolation of the countryside… Until Magic’s father – the depraved cultist simply named “Daddy” – seeks to bring his wayward progeny back into his flock by any means necessary. Now, torn between the family that loves him and the rage within, the walking weapon of war once called Bloodshot is about to give in to revenge…

Meanwhile: In the near future, can Magic and the now-adolescent Jessie outmaneuver the killer called Rampage long enough to answer the question that has haunted them for years… Whatever happened to the man they both loved? Whatever happened to Bloodshot?

This October, Jeff Lemire, Lewis LaRosa, and Mico Suayan soldier forward into a heartbreaking tale of villains, vengeance, and vendettas soon to be fulfilled that will define Bloodshot’s future once and for all time, only in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – featuring covers by Kenneth Rocafort (The Ultimates), Monika Palosz (X-O MANOWAR), Philip Tan (Suicide Squad), Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight), and Glenn Fabry (Preacher)!

But first: A new beginning for Jeff Lemire’s Eisner nominated Bloodshot saga begins on September 20th in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the BLOCKBUSTER NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Black Hammer) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN, SAVAGE) and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN)! Violence awaits Valiant’s machine-made soldier as Ray Garrison and his newborn daughter, Jessie, enter an unforgiving gauntlet of punishment that will bleed into the dark future that awaits them both…and will forever redefine the tragic and brutal legacy of Bloodshot for years to come!

ALSO: Valiant is rewarding fans who pre-order BLOODSHOT SALVATION’s furious first year with the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1–12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE — available only as a pre-order set! The BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1–12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – twelve, 40-page massively expanded editions of the complete first year of Jeff Lemire’s staggering new series – can only be ordered as a set and must be ordered with your local comic shop by the initial order date of July 27th, 2017!

Released monthly, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with eight additional pages of specially expanded bonus content and extra features including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and more at no additional cost!

PLUS: Fans that order this one-time bundle by July 27th, 2017 will also receive the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 RAMPAGE REDUX – a FREE, LIMITED EDITION, and FULL-LENGTH COMIC BOOK – polybagged alongside the series’ first pre-order edition! Featuring the raw, black-and-white interior artwork of powerhouse artists Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan, plus brand-new bonus features – including “Top-Secret Mission Reports,” “The Biology of Bloodshot,” “Bloodshot’s Body Count,” and “The Complete History of Bloodshot” – this expanded encore presentation of BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 is available ONLY as a pre-order bonus and will never be offered for individual sale!

 

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT (JUL172245)
Cover B (Villains) by MONIKA PALOSZ (JUL172246)
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by TOMÁS GIORELLO (JUL172247)
Interlocking Variant by GREG SMALLWOOD (JUL172249)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by DAVE JOHNSON (JUL172250)
Brushed Metal Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (JUL172251)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 20 (FOC – 8/28/17)

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1–12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Covers by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 each [12 issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+ | Issue #1 on sale SEPTEMBER 20 (IOD – 7/27/17)

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B (Villains) by MONIKA PALOSZ
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by PHILIP TAN
Interlocking Variant by GREG SMALLWOOD
Bloodshot Icon Variant by GLENN FABRY
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 25th (FOC – 10/2/17)


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Cover A (Standard) by Kenneth Rocafort


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Cover B (Villains) by Monika Palosz


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Cover C (Violence) by Phillip Tan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1-4 – Interlocking Variant Covers by Greg Smallwood


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Bloodshot Icon Variant by Glenn Fabry


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Lewis LaRosa


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Lewis LaRosa


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Lewis LaRosa


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2 – Interior Artwork by Lewis LaRosa


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Cover A by Kenneth Rocafort


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Pre-Order Coupon

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RICH REVIEWS: Flare First Edition # 5

First Comics News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:22

Title: Flare First Edition # 5
Publisher: Heroic Publishing
Writer: Terrance Griep, Jr., Dennis Mallonee
Pencilers: Alfredo P. Alcala, Sam Payne
Inkers: Alfredo P. Alcala, Mark Morales
Letterers: Jean Simek
Colorists: John Heebink, Dick O’Malley
Flare Created by: Stacy Thain
Price: $ 4.50 US, $ 5.50 Can
Rating: out of 5 stars
Website: www.heroicpublishing.com
Comments: The Divine Intervention” Story by Terrance Griep, Jr., art by Alfredo P. Alcala and colors by John Heebink.
A man confesses to a priest about seeing an angel. Yes, the angel was Flare. He is also a criminal.
The art is rough but brings apart the story well enough. Flare uses her light on the drug dealers. The criminal repents but he is not stupid.
The story does not really have an ending or much of a story.
“Retribution!” Philip and Teresa are brother and sister and as such, they do argue and fight. Philip is jealous of his sister’s abilities. Her brother is a cunning devil while Teresa is a loving soul but one who will only take so much. The art is rough here and the two characters in this rough style do look amazing.
“Fala!” Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Sam Payne, inks by Mark Morales, colors by Dick O’Malley and letters by Jean Simek.

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RICH REVIEWS: Flare First Edition # 4

First Comics News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:21

Title: Flare First Edition # 4
Publisher: Heroic Publishing
Writer: Dennis Mallonee
Pencilers: Mark Beachum, Habagat, Benton Jew
Inkers: Mark Beachum, Lou Manna, Rick Bryant, Benton Jew
Letterers: T. Owen, Jean Simek, Jean Simek, Carrie Spiegle
Colorists: Tom Luth, Travis Walton, Dick O’Malley, Janice Cohen
Flare Created by: Stacy Thain
Price: $ 4.50 US, $ 5.50 Can
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.heroicpublishing.com
Comments: “Revenge!” Writer Dennis Mallonee, artist Mark Beachum, letterer T. Owen and colorist Tom Luth.
The adventures of Flare when she was a girl. Here we see Flare and her siblings while they were growing up and training under the guidance of a Nazi, Professor Gottmann. The art shows off Flare and her sister Olga is some very sexually provocative poses.
Flare aka Teresa does pick on and bully Philip her younger brother. He is sensitive and seeing him bullied is not nice.
Teresa is a pure girl. She though is written with an attitude.
A Bonus Icicle Adventure “Confrontation with Huntsman” Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Lou Manna, inks by Mark Morales, colors by Travis Walton and letters by Jean Simek.
Icicle has a huge crush on the Huntsman but he does not have one on her. So there is drama. No action in this story but lots of interplay between the characters featured.
“Into the Viper’s Nest” Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Habagat, inks by Rick Bryant, letters by Jean Simek and colors by Dick O’Malley.
Flare storms an underwater base. She is all action and posed provocatively. Her womanly attributes shine through. In a battle, we are shown just how tough she can be.
Flare has a unique way of looking at the drug trade. She may be right to.
A beautiful pin-up of Flare ends this story.
“Malice” a Champions story. Story by Dennis Mallonee, artwork by Benton Jew, letters Carrie Spiegle and colors by Janice Cohen.
Malice aka Melissa is a powerful woman but still, she has feelings and needs. She wants to be loved. She does not want to be alone but she is. She is powerful and beautiful and you will pity her.
These stories show us that super-heroes and villains are still just people. The stories as well are done in a more mature vein. These characters are written as real people.

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VALIANT COMICS OCTOBER 2017 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:00
   
ETERNITY #1 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
Wraparound Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Blank Cover Also Available

A VISIONARY NEW SERIES! 

From the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY, X-Men: Deadly Genesis) comes an expedition into the Unknown. Beyond time… Beyond space… Beyond reality itself… ETERNITY awaits!

This October, Valiant unveils a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleashes a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths…

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | PRESTIGE FORMAT | On Sale OCTOBER 25th

ETERNITY #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Covers by TREVOR HAIRSINE

Available only as a pre-order set! 

The ETERNITY #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – four 40-page, massively expanded editions of Valiant’s all-new visionary series – can only be ordered as a set and must be ordered with your local comic shop by the initial order date of August 24th, 2017! Released monthly from October 2017 through January 2018, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind the- scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues – plus an exclusive cover by interior artist Trevor Hairsine that can’t be found anywhere else!

The only way to obtain these exclusive items is to pre-order all four issues with your local comic shop by the initial order date of August 24th, 2017! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

$3.99 each [4 issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+| PRESTIGE FORMAT | Issue #1 on sale OCTOBER 25th      BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B (Villains) by MONIKA PALOSZ
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by PHILIP TAN
Interlocking Variant by GREG SMALLWOOD
Bloodshot Icon Variant by GLENN FABRY
Blank Cover Also Available

Salvation through sacrifice!

Today: Ray Garrison and his true love, Magic, thought they had left their days of tumult and violence behind them as they raise their newborn daughter, Jessie, in the quiet isolation of the countryside… Until Magic’s father – the depraved cultist simply named “Daddy” – seeks to bring his wayward progeny back into his flock by any means necessary. Now, torn between the family that loves him and the rage within, the walking weapon of war once called Bloodshot is about to give in to revenge…

Meanwhile: In the near future, can Magic and the now-adolescent Jessie outmaneuver the nanite-infused killer called Rampage long enough to answer the question that has haunted them for years… Whatever happened to the man they both loved? Whatever happened to Bloodshot?

New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Descender) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) soldier forward for a heart-wrenching, revenge-fueled firefight!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 25th

   
SHADOWMAN/RAE SREMMURD #1
Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by RENATO GUEDES
Cover B (Interlocking) by LEIF JONES
Cover C (Interlocking) by LEIF JONES
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN

The comics crossover event of 2017! Valiant’s superhero icon meets Rae Sremmurd, the multiplatinum hip-hop superstars behind the #1 hit “Black Beatles,” for an unforgettable showdown at the crossroads of life and death!

Before they were dominating the music charts and selling out stages worldwide, Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee were just a pair of talented, but otherwise ordinary, brothers…until a twist of fate delivered them fame and wealth beyond their wildest imagination. Now, years later as hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, the brothers are bound for New Orleans…and an otherworldly encounter with the supernatural guardian called Shadowman, the lone line of the defense between our world and the Deadside that lies beyond…

The Valiant Universe collides with two of the most influential artists in hip-hop today as Shadowman and Rae Sremmurd come face to face to forge a new legend of fame, fortune, and magic – as told by rising star Eliot Rahal (BLOODSHOT’S DAY OFF) and renowned artist Renato Guedes (Wolverine)!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 4th

   
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #8
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover B by ADAM POLLINA
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by J.G. JONES

Besieged!

War has returned to the world of Gorin – but, this time, the planet’s ravaged armies face a threat from the stars, not within! Now, as the intergalactic assault reaches a critical peak, it falls to Gorin’s newly coronated emperor, Aric of Urth, to fortify not just a kingdom, but an entire world! With his sentient armor to aid him, the earthborn warrior once known as X-O Manowar will confront the conquering force known as the Mono Men on the field of battle…but if he doesn’t act fast, his reign will end just as quickly as it began!

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.) let loose the cosmos’ fiercest dogs of war for the next punishing chapter of “EMPEROR” – and bring the best-selling independent comic debut of 2017 to a white-hot crucible of unimaginable brutality!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale OCTOBER 25th

   
WAR MOTHER #3 (of 4)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover A by DAVID MACK
Cover B by ADAM GORHAM
Variant Cover by MEGHAN HETRICK
Variant Cover by VERONICA FISH

Into the badlands…

As the only force standing between her tribe and total extinction, War Mother must protect every man, woman, and child…no matter the cost…as she braves the long journey across the mutant-infested jungles and irradiated steppes once known as South America. But when this sworn guardian discovers that the new homeland she seeks might not be the haven it was promised to be, she’ll have to save her people from the one thing she never could have anticipated: themselves!

Join New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and explosive artist Stephen Segovia (NINJAK) as they send War Mother on her darkest mission yet…and bring her first high-powered solo series to a brutal breaking point!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 18th     
HARBINGER RENEGADE #8
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover B by BALDEMAR RIVAS
Cover C by KANO
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
B&W Sketch Variant by DARICK ROBERTSON

Massacred!

As “MASSACRE” continues to tear the Harbinger Renegades apart, the battle lines reveal themselves… On one side, the fugitive psiot named Alexander Solomon and the concussive killers of the H.A.R.D. Corps…and on the other, the Harbinger Renegades and a growing army of newly activated recruits – untrained, unpredictable and potentially unstable. As their paths converge toward an inescapable confrontation, Peter Stanchek will be forced to make an impossible decision that will change the destiny of everyone in the Valiant Universe…and lay the fault lines for HARBINGER WARS 2!

“MASSACRE” seeks its final victim as Harvey Award nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan) prepare for the biggest, bloodiest confrontation in Valiant history!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 11th

   
FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #4 (of 4)
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by CARY NORD
Cover A by BARRY KITSON
Cover B by JEN BARTEL
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Variant Cover by CHRYSSY CHEUNG

The final countdown!

Bloodshot was a bust… Divinity didn’t work… Ninjak was nixed… No matter which of the Valiant Universe’s greatest heroes she recruits to her aid, Faith still can’t save the time stream! With time literally running out all around her, does L.A.’s sky-soaring superhero have what it takes to defend the entire universe…or will the secret key to saving existence itself come from the most darkest and most unexplored avenue of all?

Eisner Award nominee Jody Houser (FAITH) is joined by Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR) to bring Valiant’s spectacular standalone event to an unfathomable finale…and when the clock reaches zero, no amount of time travel can ever undo the damage done!

$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 18th 


RAPTURE TPB 

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU with ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover by MICO SUAYAN

On a scarred landscape, two otherworldly armies prepare to battle one last time, vying for control of a massive tower named from an ancient language no longer permitted to be spoken.

One army is led by a primeval force named Babel, whose goal is singular: to breach “Heaven” no matter the cost. The only thing standing in his way is a gray-haired barbaric warrior, filled with rage and regret, a man who sees this battle as his last chance for redemption. But he knows his depleted forces have little chance of victory unless aid comes.

Enter Tama: A 12-year old girl on the crest of a hill overlooking the battle, who has just become humanity’s only hope. The last in an ancient line of mystics who protect the Earth, she has foreseen this battle and knows millions will perish if she’s unable to stop it. Now Tama and her ragtag team of malcontents – Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo – must somehow defeat an elder god hell bent on piercing the heavens.

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR) and artistic sensation CAFU (RAI) lead a Tolkien-esque journey into the space between life and death…through the Deadside… and into the many worlds that lie beyond right here with a spellbinding and horrific standalone volume!

Collecting RAPTURE #1–4.

$9.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 4th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-225-6


BLOODSHOT REBORN DELUXE EDITION BOOK 2 HC
Written by JEFF LEMIRE with RAY FAWKES, MICHEL FIFFE & BENJAMIN MARRA and ELIOT RAHAL
Art by MICO SUAYAN, DOUG BRAITHWAITE, KHARI EVANS, TOMÁS GIORELLO and RENATO GUEDES, with RAY FAWKES, KANO, and BENJAMIN MARRA
Cover by TOMÁS GIORELLO

New York Times best selling writer Jeff Lemire (Descender) is joined by acclaimed artists Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS), Mico Suayan (Moon Knight), Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) and many more, as they continue the epic saga of Valiant’s nanite-enhanced hero right here in the next deluxe volume of the most-nominated series of the 2016 Harvey Awards!

Stranded on a mysterious desert island, Bloodshot is running for his life! But as he tries to make sense of his surroundings, he’s quickly discovering that this is no ordinary tropical getaway… Surrounded by decommissioned relics of the same bloodstained project that created him – World War II Bloodshot, Cold War Bloodshot, Vietnam Bloodshot, and other antiquated experiments – Bloodshot is about to find out where Project Rising Spirit sends its old soldiers to die. Can this seasoned band of killers trust each other long enough to survive the threats that lie in the jungle around them…and unlock the secret at the heart of the island’s existence before they’re each permanently retired? And who or what is the sinister force called DEATHMATE that now hunts them at every turn?

Collecting BLOODSHOT REBORN #14–18, BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1-4, BLOODSHOT REBORN #0, BLOODSHOT REBORN 2016 ANNUAL #1, BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1, 4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1 and BLOODSHOT’S DAY OFF #1 along with 20+ pages of rarely seen art and extras!

$49.99 | 400 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 18th
DELUXE HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-227-0

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Morphite Blasts off for Switch, PS4, Xbox One on September 7

First Comics News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:04

Morphite, the atmospheric exploration sci-fi shooter with platforming elements from Crescent Moon Games, We’re Five Games, and Blowfish Studios, will come to Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, in addition to the previously-announced PC and iOS versions. Morphite will simultaneously launch across all platforms Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. It is now available for pre-order for PlayStation 4 in Europe.

Set in a distant future where humanity has colonized the far reaches of space,
Morphite follows the story of Myrah Kale, a young woman whose life takes a sudden turn when a routine mission develops into an interstellar adventure revealing her mysterious past and connection to the coveted substance Morphite.

Myrah will voyage to the furthest corners of space to explore uncharted planets with diverse landscapes teeming with exotic flora and fauna. With the help of a scanner, Myrah can sell the biological information of organic lifeforms she comes across to purchase upgrades for her ship, suit and weapons.

Inside Myrah’s vessel, players will face random encounters in real-time combat, trade with other space travelers and utilize an easy-to-use Starmap to navigate a galaxy full of hand-crafted worlds where the fully-voiced main story takes place as well as procedurally-generated planets brimming with side quests.

“Morphite is an atmospheric sci-fi shooter with inspiration drawn from classic console games including Ratchet and Clank, Metroid Prime and Turok,” said Ben Lee, CEO, Blowfish Studios. “With those roots, bringing Morphite to Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is a natural fit, and we look forward to sharing our universe with everyone this September.”

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Death Squared (Switch) is now available worldwide

First Comics News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:56

Death Squared, the co-op puzzler where up to four players guide a team of robots through a deadly obstacle course, is now available for Nintendo Switch.

The Switch release features exclusive Nintendo-themed Vault challenges to test players who make it through the Story Mode and/or Party Mode’s treacherous puzzles.

Check out the video below for gameplay footage and check the Switch shop to grab the game!

FEATURES
* The perfect puzzle gateway game for you to play with your “non-gamer” partner
* 1 or 2 Player ‘teamwork’ story mode with 80 challenging levels
* 2 or 4 player party/chaos/family mode with 40 insane levels
* 10+ hrs of puzzling co-op gameplay
* Includes 30 “Vault” 2 and 4 player levels for those who want an even bigger challenge. Deemed too hard for the main game with more coming post launch for FREE!
* Best enjoyed in couch co-op with a friend or three sitting by your side, enabling you to cover each other’s back or simply just trash talk them when they die unnecessarily.
* Play by yourself in “Lonely Co-Op” mode if you can’t find a co-op partner. It’s definitely a harder challenge, like patting your head and rubbing your belly at same time!

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RICH REVIEWS: Side-Kicked Vol 1.5 Expanded Edition

First Comics News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:58

Sidekicked Vol1.5 Cover

Title: Side-Kicked Vol 1.5 Expanded Edition
Publisher: Darby Pop
Created by: Russel Brettholtz and Miguel Mendonca
Written by: Russel Brettholtz
Art by: Miguel Mendonca, Bong Dezo
Inks by: Glauber Matos, Miguel Mendonca, Rick Ketcham
Colors by: Sara Machajewski
Lettering by: HdE
Trade Design by: Steve Blackwell
Credits Page Art by: Kirk Van Wormer
Cover by: Douglas A. Sirois
Price: $ 19.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.darbypop.com
Comments: “Chapter One” A group of Side-Kicks gets together kind of as a support group for each other. Being a Side-Kick is not all about the glory of hanging out with a super-hero. They feel under appreciated and they are.
With Mr. Marvelous and Phantasm the divide between hero and side-kick is obvious. The Scepter and Atlas also shows us that heroes are not as good at being heroes as some side-kicks are.
Captain Celebrity and Mustang shows us that a hero does not care so much about being a hero as being a celebrity.
Phantasm aka Richard and Mustang aka Dan are both fed up with how Side-Kicks are treated and they decide to do something about it.
The heroes and side-kicks are all illustrated to show them to best effect. They are all drawn heroic in action. The Side-Kicks in their civilian identities are drawn as just ordinary guys and gals.
“Chapter Two” The heroes without their side-kicks who are on strike find they need their side-kicks. They were not there just to hang out, they were a vital part of the team. The city and the heroes are finally starting to realize it.
The attacks on the heroes lead by the Board of Directors a super villain group works well without the side-kicks around. The attacks are drawn great and with wonderful scenes of the bad guys.
“Chapter Three” A lot of the side-kicks time is spent in a bar. It is a good meeting place. They are staying firm.
Meanwhile, the villains continue to take out the heroes.
Finally, the heroes realize as well as the people of the city that they need their side-kicks.
The side-kicks are back and ready to make a difference again.
“Chapter Four” Here the Side-Kicks take charge and lead an assault on the super villains. Teamwork works. Side-Kicks can be heroes too.
It is great seeing the Side-Kicks united and taking down the big bad guys. The action is drawn great in the scenes of battle.
“Pick (UP) A Card” Written by Richard Casey, art by Gary Deslauriers, letters by Troy Peteri and associate editor Kristine Chester.
The Flying Fox and Jolt take on Trick Deck. The way the Flying Fox treats Jolt his side-kick is awful. The Flying Fox does have an attitude. He does make a good hero though. The art is done in a rough style. The use of powers here is shown off well.
“Gauntlet” Written by Adam Breen, pencils and inks by Steven Defendini, colors by Juancho Velez, letters by Troy Peteri and associate editor Kristine Chester.
Atalanta and Frostbite’s first meeting happens here. She is a superhero and she wants a partner. She gets one in more ways than one. As she tests him he passes and the action is fast and furious. Atalanta puts him through her paces. She picked a winner. Both these characters come across as heroes. The giant boar is amazingly illustrated. It is a creature to be feared.
Side-Kicks are just as good as the heroes they work with not for. They deserve respect and to be treated like a hero too. That is the message here and it is right.

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ACTION LAB – DANGER ZONE OCTOBER 2017 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:38

AMERIKARATE #7
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(W) Brockton McKinney, Corey Kalman (A) Daniel Arruda Massa
Roll over, RoboChump, there’s a new cyborg in town! Cynthia and Sam finally confront the mastermind behind the cybertheft crime wave that has left the city’s knees shaking in its city-boots – but the shocking revelation of who it is shocks their karate-socks off! It’s robo-kills versus karate-skills the most action-packed issue of the comic book that critics are calling “the most action-packed yet!”
In Shops: Oct 04, 2017
SRP: $3.99

 

DANGER DOLL SQUAD #1
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(W) Jason Martin, Dan Mendoza, Bryan Seaton (A) Winston Young
Our three most popular Danger Zone titles – Zombie Tramp, Vampblade, and DollFace – come together to form the all-new Danger Doll Squad! When each girl’s deadliest foes merge together, our terrible threesome must enter “the black room,” a virtual reality inside cyberspace, to do battle against Necro Magic AI! The biggest Danger Zone crossover event starts here, with covers by the artist of each series (each with their own risqué variant as well)!
In Shops: Oct 04, 2017
SRP: $4.99

 

DOLLFACE #10
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(W) Dan Mendoza, Bryan Seaton (A) Dan Mendoza
Lila continues her self journey as she comes across a good witch, hidden in a deep fog.
In Shops: Oct 11, 2017
SRP: $4.99

 

INFINITE SEVEN #8
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(W) Dave Dwonch (A) Arturo Mesa
This is it! The issue you’ve been waiting for! War has been declared, and the Infinite Seven are under siege!
In Shops: Oct 04, 2017
SRP: $3.99

 

MEDISIN #5
AUG171099
(W) Jeff Dyer, Mark McKeon (A) David Brame
“First Do No Harm,” Chapter 5. Ethan Sharp knows the true identity of Malady, and now he faces his adversary face to face. As the secret history of medicine and super heroes is revealed, Dr. Linden struggles to save one of the doctors and Olivia’s fate is decided by the reckless Crimson Crow. The penultimate chapter is here as Medisin races to its thrilling conclusion!
In Shops: Oct 11, 2017
SRP: $3.99

 

MISBEGOTTEN RUNAWAY NUN #2
AUG171101
(W) Caesar Voghan, Eric Granger (A) Chris Bailey (CA) Justin Case
The Pope orders the kidnapping of the Lord’s body double from the Harlequin Island. Father Elano makes his way to the Domus Mariae, the carrier-turned-abbey. Motley gladiators and augmented Steampunk Templars clash. And Klaudette: the one-eyed geisha blood trafficker from the replica ghetto enters the mix.
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

 

PUPPET MASTER CURTAIN CALL #1
AUG171102
(W) Shawn Gabborin (A) Daniel Jay Logan
The final chapter of Action Lab’s epic Puppet Master story starts now! Everything from the past two years comes to a head as the demon god Anapa makes one final play at world domination… with Andre Toulon’s puppets standing by his side! With the new, big budget film set to be released in 2018, this is the perfect jump on point for new and old fans alike! Variant covers limited to 1,500 copies each.
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

 

VAMPBLADE SEASON TWO #8
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(W) Jason Martin (A) Marco Maccagni
Vampblade’s adventures with Zombie Tramp and DollFace conclude… wait, no they don’t! This issue leads directly into the new Danger Doll Squad crossover mini-series, also out this month! This Danger Doll Squad tie-in features 3 covers (regular, artist, and 90s style), each with a risqué variant as well!
In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $4.99

 

ZOMBIE TRAMP #40
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(W) Dan Mendoza (A) Celor
Janey’s biggest battle yet comes to a close. Can she survive her mentor Xula’s might? Can Xula survive Janey’s wrath?? Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including two covers from series creator Dan Mendoza (DollFace)!
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $4.99

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