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Wednesday Comics: The Superheroes of the Atlas Pre-Silver Age

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 11:00
In 1953, Martin Goodman the publisher of Interstate Publishing Group (sometimes known as Marvel, and generally referred to as Atlas these days, after the distributor whose mark appears on the cover) noted the success of the Adventures of Superman TV show and figured there might again be a market for superheroes.

Goodman publishing's Timely Comics' flagship heroes--Captain America, Sub-Mariner, and Human Torch--had been popular in the War years, but were all gone by 1950.  In Young Men #24 (1953), they can roaring back.

"The Return of the Human Torch" with art by Russ Heath picks up following the events of his last adventure in 1949. The Human Torch, after a 4 year absence, busts up on the hideout of the crime boss that sprayed him with a Soviet chemical that dosed his fire, and buried him in the desert. Luck for the the Torch, this desert part of the desert would be the site of a atomic test. Resurrected by the bomb, he was more powerful than ever.

He goes looking for Toro who disappeared in Korea. Flying right over, he finds Toro has been brainwashed and is fighting for the commies! Torch defeats him and brings him home to turn him over to doctors to fix him:


The team is back together!


In "Back from the Dead" with art by John Romita, we find the Red Skull has given up his allegiance to Hitler's regime, and is now the head of an international crime syndicate with ties to (you guessed it) "the Reds." Meanwhile, at the Lee School, Professor Steve Rogers tells his student the history of Captain America, but most of the kids think he's just a myth. Bucky (who seems weirdly to have not aged, assuming its the same kid) gets in a fight with the Cap-deniers. Bucky wants Cap back, but Rogers isn't convinced. Then, they hear on the radio that the Red Skull has returned and taken the UN hostage!

Captain America and Bucky are reborn! And the Red Skull is soon defeated...for now.

Bill Everett brings us "Sub-Mariner." Cargo ships keep sinking myteriously near the same small island. An investigation determines the wrecks have been stripped to the bulkhead. Police woman Betty Dean realizes she knows Sub-Mariner and calls up Admiral Saybrook to see if he can get in touch with Namor at the South Pole.

Four days later, Namor shows up at Betty's apartment in a suit. He agrees to look into the strange piracy. He discovers the ships are being sank and looted by robots. Robots he later learns are from Venus. The though Earthmen were weak, but they didn't reckon on Sub-Mariner. He roughs them and saves the day.

And just like that, the greatest Timely heroes are back in action!

Omniverse Vision

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 06/30/2019 - 14:30

No android would cry over these two newly released Omniverse posts from the lost G+ about the Vision!

"Obscured Vision" looks at the weirdness around the origin of the second Vision, and reveals a conspiracy! "Obscured Vision (Reprise)" looks back to the Golden Age Vision, and his ties to the Red Planet.

"I Faced A Tyrannoclops!"

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 11:00

Last year, I posted about an Atomic Age riff on Operation Unfathomable. It was a good enough idea to get a second post--with new art, with illustration by Nik Poliwko.


Wednesday Comics: Storm: Vandaahl the Destroyer (part 2, review)

Sorcerer's Skull - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:00
My exploration of the long-running euro-comic Storm, continues with his adventures in the world of Pandarve. Earlier installments can be found here.


Storm: Vandaahl the Destroyer (1987) (part 2)
(Dutch: Vandaahl de Verderver)
Art by Don Lawrence; script by Martin Lodewijk

When last we left our heroes, so kids on the water planet had just released a conqueror from another universe from what was supposed to be his eternal prison. One of his first acts is to zap Ember.

Back in his home universe, scientists inform the Lord Judge than sentenced him, that Vandaahl the Destroyer might well be alive, having slipped through a wormhole instead of being killed in a black hole. They decide the only decent thing to do is retrieve him, rather than let him lay waste to other words.

Vandaahl has already started by laying waste to the tree settlement, though he allowed the people, including Storm  and friends, some time to escape first.


With Vandaahl on the loose, Storm decides they must warn the people of Pandarve. To help him get off world, the Water-Planet people summon dolphin-like creatures that tell them of a waterspout leading off planet.


The vessel the people of the Water-Planet give them isn't made for long space voyages, though. Luckily, they run across a large trading vessel before their supplies run. They're able to get a ride.



TO BE CONTINUED

Madness in Castle Machina

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 11:00
Our 5e Land of Azurth came continued last night, with a new player: the daughter of two or regulars. Her character, Bellmorae the Dragonkin Sorcerer, joins the party after their visit to the benevolent Frog Temple. The party means to find out how this dark future came to be, and thinks that The Clockwork Princess, if she still is in the castle, may be able to give them the answers they need.

Find the castle isn't difficult. He tends me be crab-walking a wobbly orbit around the ruins of Rivertown. Getting in his a little bit more difficult. They fly up to the courtyard and find the palace doors replaced with an industrial metal one with a mechanical face (that looks something like the Princess) at its center. The face's eyes scan each party member who approaches and demands a pass code. When it scans Dagmar, it declares her a "maker" and allows her to reset the pass code. Inside, the party finds the entry area and throne room replaced with the gigantic gears that power the legs.

Down one hall is a furnace and engine room. Automata shovel coal into a magically warded boiler, where eyes like a void in the white-hot flame watch them. A voice from the fire claims to a prince that was drawn into this cold world and trapped here, asks or demands they free him. The party does not.

Elsewhere they find the elevator shaft empty and blocked 3 floors up. In the turret around the stairwell, 3 scruffy,  gray gnome-like creatures behave like lunatics in an asylum. The party initially plans to avoid them, but with no other exits is forced to engage them in conversation. The think the creatures are perhaps the debased descendants of the gnomes that worked for the Princess in years past.


The madness of the gnomes prohibits meaningful dialogue. Waylon attempts to charm the one they appears to be their leader. The spell fails, and the enraged creature attacks. The party makes short work of the six of them, though they all managed to deliver nonsensical last words as they die. They have nothing of value in their possession.

The party climbs the spiral stair, slowly becoming aware of a curious and unsettling background hum or droning...

Weird Revisited: Over There

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 11:00
The original version of the post appeared in 2015. I still like this idea, just haven't got around to using it in any way.


Take the fairyland across the border of Lud-in-the-Mist or A Fall of Stardust. In between it and the "real world" there is a wall or barrier-- let's say an "Anti-Alien Protection Rampart" in official terminology. Instead of England on the real world side there's East Berlin and the GDR or some subtle Eastern Bloc stand-in. Drüben, indeed.

While "Workers of the World, Unite Against the Faerie!" would be interesting enough, recasting the fairy presence with some Zone phenomena-like details out of Roadside Picnic and a bit of the seductiveness of the Festival from Singularity Sky: "Entertain us and we will give you want you want." Faerie should be weird and horrifying but also weird and wondrous--in a horrific way, naturally. Miracles, wonders, and abominations.

Of course, the authorities don't want anybody having interaction with the faerie, much less smuggling in their reality-warping, magical tech--and maybe they have a point. But if PCs did the smart thing they wouldn't be adventurers, would they?

ARCHIE COMICS SEPTEMBER 2019 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 22:08

ARCHIE #707
ARCHIE AND SABRINA 3 (of 5)
The saga of how #couplegoals Archie and Sabrina came to be—and like the start of any good love story, it’s filled nervous first date jitters, butterflies and a good amount of supernatural terror! *
Script: Nick Spencer and Mariko Tamaki
Art: Jenn St. Onge, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE #707 CVR A Reg: Jenn St. Onge
ARCHIE #707 CVR B Var: Francesco Francavilla
ARCHIE #707 CVR C Var: Sandy Jarrell, Jack Morelli
Ship Date: 8/21
On Sale Date: 9/4
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 

ARCHIE: 1955 #1 (of 5)
BRAND NEW SERIES from the writing team that brought you ARCHIE: 1941! Can a rocking teenager from a small, sleepy town find fame and fortune through this new phenomenon called “rock and roll”? When Archie Andrews proves to a local DJ that he’s got the makings of a hip-shaking stardom, he begins an ascent to fame that will carry with it both triumph and tragedy.
Script: Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
Art: Tom Grummett, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE: 1955 #1 CVR A Reg: Audrey Mok
ARCHIE: 1955 #1 CVR B Var: Jinky Coronado
ARCHIE: 1955 #1 CVR C Var: Francesco Francavilla
ARCHIE: 1955 #1 CVR D Var: Aaron Lopresti
ARCHIE: 1955 #1 CVR E Var: Pete Woods
Ship Date: 9/4
On Sale Date: 9/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 

ARCHIE AND FRIENDS: BACK TO SCHOOL #1
Class is in session! This new issue of Archie and Friends features Archie being a guide for incoming freshmen at Riverdale High, a lab experiment gone awry, an aptitude test with abnormal results and a new student that raises some eyebrows!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 8/21
On Sale Date: 9/4
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 

ARCHIE AND ME JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #21
ONE BRAND NEW STORY: “Head Games!” Archie and Jughead take a trip to a unique secondhand store where they find Big Moose—no, not their friend, a decorative moose head that causes a whole load of trouble for Archie!
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 9/4
On Sale Date: 9/18
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

 

ARCHIE AND SABRINA’S HALLOWEEN COLORING BOOK (TR)
Archie and Sabrina team-up for a spook-tacularly fun coloring book! It’s the ultimate treat for those looking to get colorful! Everyone’s favorite teenage witch joins the fun as the whole Riverdale gang is back for a Halloween-themed coloring book. There are plenty of costumes, candies, and creatures to customize in this latest entry! Plus, each image has an intricate background pattern to add to your color experience. The possibilities are endless and the fun never stops!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Bill Galvan, Dan DeCarlo, Rosario “Tito” Peña
978-1-68255-789-1
$9.99 US/$11.99 CAN
7 1/4 x 10 7/8”
TR
128 pp, B&W
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/11

 

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #302
ONE BRAND NEW STORY: “Fake ‘N Bake” The Riverdale Fall Festival Bake-Off Contest is here and a competition quickly heats up between Betty and Veronica over who can bake the perfect pie to not only win the contest but Archie’s heart as well!
Script: Francis Bonnet
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 8/21
On Sale Date: 9/4
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

 

ARCHIE: THE MARRIED LIFE – 10th ANNIVERSARY#2 (of 6)
The story that follows Archie’s two possible futures—one where he’s married to Veronica and another where he’s married to Betty—continues! It’s nearly Archie and Veronica’s tenth anniversary—and they’re celebrating it by attending a Moose Mason for Congress rally! And while the action heats up on the political field, things turn dire in the Lodge household. Meanwhile, nearing Archie and Betty’s tenth anniversary, a mysterious call from Dilton Doiley alerts the couple to leave New York immediately and return to Riverdale! Matching or exceeding 80% of final orders of #1 get an extra 5% discount.
Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE: TML – 10th #2 CVR A Reg: Dan Parent
ARCHIE: TML – 10th #2 CVR B Var: Jim Balent
ARCHIE: TML – 10th #2 CVR C Var: Andrew Pepoy, Jason Millet
Ship Date: 8/28
On Sale Date: 9/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 

B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #274
ONE BRAND NEW STORY: “What if… Archie Had an Identical Twin?” The “What if” scenarios continue with a look at what would happen if Archie had an identical twin—will the love triangle problems be solved once and for all?
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 9/11
On Sale Date: 9/25
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

 

THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS 4 DELUXE EDITION (HC)
The fourth volume of Archie’s most popular graphic novel series gets the deluxe treatment in this full-size, remastered hardcover edition collecting over 50 iconic favorite stories from across Archie’s 75+ year history, along with decade-by-decade content and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. The bestselling retrospective of this essential piece of Archie history finally gets the treatment its due in this keepsake bookshelf edition.
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Bob Montana
978-1-68255-787-7
$19.99 US/$21.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
HC
416 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/4

 

BETTY & VERONICA: SENIOR YEAR (TR)
Rising stars Jamie Lee Rotante (Betty & Veronica: Vixens) and artist Sandra Lanz (Star Trek: Waypoint) take Betty and Veronica where they’ve never gone before–their senior year of high school! Only one school year stands between them and freedom, but when the two BFFs think they’ll be attending the same college in the fall find out that their plans have changed, their senior year—and their friendship—is put to the test!
Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Sandra Lanz, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Sandra Lanz
978-1-68255-791-4
$14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/18

 

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA: OCCULT EDITION (HC)
From the author of the New York Times best-selling graphic novel Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale comes the horror sensation Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. This title contains Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s story so far, in addition to never-before-seen comic items and imagery from the Netflix series in a premium, over-sized hardcover format.
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
Cover: Provided by Netflix
978-1-68255-793-8
$29.99 US/$31.99 CAN
7 ½ x 11”
HC
288 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/25

 

JUGHEAD’S TIME POLICE #4 (of 5)
Jughead is stranded on a desolate timeline, one without burgers, or hot dogs, or any meat couched in bread. He’s got to find some way to get back to the future to prevent an all-out war between the time streams—but can he do it alone?
Script: Sina Grace
Art: Derek Charm, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
JUGHEAD’S TIME POLICE #4 CVR A Reg: Derek Charm
JUGHEAD’S TIME POLICE #4 CVR B Reg: Rebekah Isaacs, Matt Herms
JUGHEAD’S TIME POLICE #4 CVR C Reg: Dan Schkade, Matt Herms
Ship Date: 9/11
On Sale Date: 9/25
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 

SABRINA SUPER SPECIAL #1
Join us as we celebrate all things SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH in this special super-sized magazine. As we gear up for part three of the hit Netflix series, we’re celebrating some of the best comic book and TV moments!
Script: Various
Art: Provided by Netflix
Cover: Provided by Netflix
Ship Date: 9/4
On Sale Date: 9/18
128-page, full color comic
$9.99 U.S.

 

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #5 (of 5)
Events have passed a point of no return in Greendale and Sabrina has to take dramatic steps in order to save her family, friends, and the city itself from an out of control threat that isn’t exactly what it seemed to be. But all magic has a price and magic this big has a big price. Just how far will Sabrina go to protect the ones she loves?
Script: Kelly Thompson
Art: Veronica Fish, Andy Fish, Jack Morelli
SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #5 CVR A Reg: Veronica Fish
SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #5 CVR B Reg: Gary Erskine
SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #5 CVR C Reg: Victor Ibanez
Ship Date: 8/28
On Sale Date: 9/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #92
ONE BRAND NEW STORY: “It’s A-‘Maze’-Ing!” The annual Riverdale Corn Maze provides many twists and tricks for Archie and his pals ‘n’ gals. It’s all fun and games until two of the teens go in… and don’t come out!
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 8/28
On Sale Date: 9/11
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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DARK HORSE COMICS SEPTEMBER 2019 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 22:07

Brian Wood!

 

Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat #1

 

Brian Wood (W), Werther Dell’Edera (A), Michael Atiyeh (A), Tristan Jones and Simon Gough (Cover), and TBD (Variant Cover)

 

On sale Sept 18

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

 

Tying into the events from the upcoming Cold Iron Studios video game, this series delves into the formative years of the Colonial Marines. Introducing Olivia Shipp, leader of a squad of battle-weary Marines who have defied orders to rescue the survivors of a refinery under siege.

 

  • Variant cover to be revealed.

 

  • Based on characters from the upcoming Aliens video game!

 

  • Written by Brian Wood of Aliens: Resistance!

 

 

 

Anthem

 

From the studio behind the hit franchises Dragon Age and Mass Effect comes the thrilling world of Anthem. Several items are on the roster, and this is just the beginning!

 

On sale Sept 4

 

Anthem Magnet 4-Pack

Four 1.25” magnets in a handy hinged case, which measures 2.75” x 3.5”.

$9.99

 

Anthem Coaster Set

Four cork-backed coasters featuring the Javelins. Packaged in a full-color box.

$9.99

 

Anthem Mug

11 oz. mug with the iconic logo.

$12.99

 

 

 

The Art of Bravely Second: End Layer HC

 

Square Enix (W) and Yoshida Akihiko (A)

 

On sale Nov 20

FC, 256 pages

$39.99

HC, 8 1/2″ x 12”

 

Return to the enchanted world of Luxendarc with a collection of art that celebrates another critically revered entry in the Bravely series! Enjoy in-depth commentary from the creative team, and explore detailed concept art from the ethereal sequel to BRAVELY DEFAULT.

 

Dark Horse Books is proud to collaborate with Square Enix to present The Art of Bravely Second: End Layer, published in English for the first time! This localization of the original Japanese text features gorgeous concept art and extensive commentary from the team behind BRAVELY SECOND. The second of two volumes, this collection intimately explores the concepts and creativity from the next chapter in the fan-favorite Bravely series!

 

  • Presented in English for the very first time!

 

  • Features hundreds of pieces of development art and exclusive commentary from the game’s creators!

 

 

 

 

The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order HC

 

Respawn Entertainment (W)

 

On sale Nov 19

FC, 184 pages

$39.99

HC, 9” x 12”

 

A galaxy-spanning adventure awaits in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the new action-adventure videogame from Respawn Entertainment. Explore the artistic creation of Cal Kestis’s quest to rebuild the Jedi Order as he learns the ways of the Force, travels to exotic worlds, and battles tyrannical foes.

With detailed concept art of all-new characters, exciting weapons and equipment, and locales both familiar and new, this tome offers a behind-the-scenes look at the production of a hit game—all accompanied by intimate artists’ commentary that reveals how this incredible universe is brought together.

 

  • A unique reading experience that chronicles the art and development of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

 

  • The newest interactive addition to the Star Wars universe, exploring the dawn of the Empire.

From the creator of Black Hammer!

 

Berserker Unbound #2 (of 4)

 

Jeff Lemire (W), Mike Deodato Jr. (A/Cover), Frank Martin (C), and Andrea Sorrentino (Variant Cover)

 

On sale Sept 4

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

Ripped from a savage world ruled by magic and dropped at the outskirts of a modern city, feared warrior the Mongrel King is found and rescued by a homeless man who guides him through a new land with new vices and hardships.

 

From the Eisner Award-winning team of Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato Jr., and Frank Martin comes this urban warrior fantasy series!

 

 

 

Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice #3 (of 5)

 

Jeff Lemire (W, Michael Walsh (A/C/Cover), Nate Powell (Variant Cover), Ray Fawkes (Variant Cover), Tradd Moore (Variant Cover), and Evan Shaner (Variant Cover)

 

On sale Sept 11

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics present the ultimate superhero crossover event of 2019!

Dropped into the DC universe, the Black Hammer heroes find themselves captured by members of the Justice League who blame them for the cosmic switch—and on the Black Hammer Farm, the displaced DC heroes search for answers and a way out of their bucolic prison. But Colonel Weird and the Green Lantern discover that the solution to this riddle may not be so simple.

 

“I didn’t think something could be thrilling and sad at the same time but now there’s Black Hammer proving me wrong. Amazing, just flat-out amazing.”—Patton Oswalt

 

“Black Hammer is the maddest, most brilliant comic I’ve read in years.”—Mark Millar

 

Blade of the Immortal Omnibus Volume 10 TP

 

Hiroaki Samura (W/A/Cover)

 

On sale Nov 13

b&w, 704 pages

$21.99

TP, 5 3/4″ x 8 1/4”

 

The harrowing, bone-crunching finale! Disgraced Edo officer Habaki faces the devious Anotsu in a decisive showdown, while Manga, Rin, and only a few others witness the end of an era. Rin’s quest concludes with a violent bang—then things get weirder! Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal finale overflows with heartbreak and bloodshed! Collects volumes 29, 30, and 31.

 

 

 

Bravest Warriors

 

On sale Sept 20

 

Bravest Warriors Magnet 4-Pack

Four colorful 1.25” magnets, featuring the sticker pets in a hinged plastic case that measures 2.75” x 3.5”.

$9.99

 

Bravest Warriors Enamel Pin Set

Four brightly colored pins, ranging from 1” to 1.75”. Represent your favorite sticker pet or wear them all!

$14.99

 

Bravest Warriors Coaster Set

Four 4” x 4” coasters in bold colors depicting your favorite adorable creatures.

$9.99

 

Bravest Warriors Magnet Set

Admire and accessorize your favorite critters with these adorable magnets!

8.25” x 12.5”

$8.99

 

 

 

The Courageous Princess Volume 1: Beyond the Hundred Kingdoms TP

 

Rod Espinosa (W/A/Cover)

 

On sale Nov 27

FC, 248 pages

$14.99

TP, 5 3/4″ x 9″

 

Once upon a time, a greedy dragon kidnapped a beloved princess . . . But if you think she just waited around for some charming prince to rescue her, then you’re in for a surprise! Princess Mabelrose has enough brains and bravery to fend for herself!

 

 

 

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Series II #3 (of 6)

 

Jody Houser (W), Olivia Samson (A), Msassyk (C), and Benjamin Dewey (Cover)

 

On sale Sept 11

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

Not even Pike’s holy healing could remove the scar Grog received during the ritual his friends interrupted under Gatshadow, but reaching people who could provide answers is difficult. As often happens in these situations, a stranger approaches the party with an offer: he’ll get them access to a wizard’s tower in exchange for stealing a magical item while they’re there. Simple enough. What could go wrong?

 

More hijinks are on the way from award-nominated writer Jody Houser (Orphan Black, Stranger Things) and first series artist Olivia Samson.

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Volume 1TP

 

Kuroki Q (W/A/Cover)

 

On sale Nov 13

b&w, 208 pages

$12.99

TP, 5 1/8” x 7 1/4″

 

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is an alternate version of the events told in the manga Danganronpa 2: Ultimate Luck and Hope and Despair. That series told the story through the eyes of “Ultimate Lucky Student” Nagito Komaeda; now Goodbye Despair gives you the perspective of his archrival in the desperate classroom murder game, Hajime Hinata!

 

  • Based on the PlayStation and Windows game Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair from NIS America and Spike Chunsoft.

 

 

 

Disney Frozen: The Hero Within TP

 

Joe Caramagna (W) and Kawaii Creative Studio (A/C/Cover)

 

On sale Nov 6

FC, 72 pages

$10.99

TP, 6” x 9”

 

Olaf’s friend Hedda is a spunky girl with a big imagination and dreams of adventure. But an encounter with some bullies forces Hedda to make a life-changing decision: she runs away to face the world alone in the treacherous Forbidden Land. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf must solve the problem of the bullies and find Hedda before it is too late! Collects the three-issue miniseries.

 

 

 

Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs TP

 

Cecil Castellucci (W) and Gabriele Bagnoli (A/Cover)

 

On sale Nov 20

FC, 72 pages

$12.99

TP, 6” x 9”

 

The classic Disney tale reawakens and expands through the first-person perspective of Snow herself in this comic retelling. Glimpse into the mind and heart of the princess as she experiences love, betrayal, terror, hope, friendship, longing, and sadness before her happily ever after. Collects the three-issue miniseries.

Emanon Volume 3 TP

 

Shinji Kajio (W) and Kenji Tsuruta (A/Cover)

 

On sale Nov 6

b&w, 240 pages

$14.99

TP, 5 13/16″ x 8 1/4″

 

What happens when the woman who remembers everything . . . forgets who she herself is? In 1973, Ryozo, a young hiker on a mountain trail in far southern Japan, comes across a disoriented girl who doesn’t know her own name, carrying on her the small change of a dozen different nations . . . and a bag with the initials “E.N.” Haunted by nightmares of primordial seas and forests, she tries to find a new life with Ryozo—and reconnect somehow with her endless past.

Matt Kindt! David Rubín!

 

Ether: The Disappearance of Violet Bell #1 (of 5)

 

Matt Kindt (W), David Rubín (A/Cover), and Paul Azaceta (Variant Cover)

 

On sale Sept 18

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

From New York Times–bestselling Mind MGMT creator Matt Kindt and Black Hammer’s David Rubín comes the third installment of this fantasy adventure that’s Sherlock Holmes meets Dr. Seuss.

 

The Faerie King’s daughter is missing, and only portal jumper Boone Dias can track her down. Jumping from one magical crime scene to another, he uncovers a bizarre plot featuring assassin eggs, weird pirates, ice deserts, and more noir absurdities.

 

  • Pinups by Gabriel Walta, Kevin Nowlan, Paul Azaceta, and more!

 

 

 

 

EVERYTHING #1

 

Christopher Cantwell (W) and I.N.J. Culbard (W/A/C/Cover)

 

On sale Sept 4

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

 

EVERYTHING is a gleaming new mega-department store which arrives to extraordinary thrill—and rapidly escalates to inexplicable mania in the small town of Holland, Michigan.

 

When random hellish fires and unshakable psychic disturbances start to overtake the community, a few—like depressive out-of-towner Lori and a suspicious local named Rick—begin to suspect EVERYTHING and its catalog-perfect manger, Shirley.

 

Who—or what—exactly is in charge here . . . and what insidious plans are in store?

 

From Christopher Cantwell, acclaimed writer of She Could Fly and co-creator of AMC;s Halt and Catch Fire, and celebrated artist I.N.J. Culbard (The New Deadwardians, Brink) comes a new monthly ongoing series. Everything: a truly bizarre story about the most horrifying pursuit of happiness you’ve ever read.

 

 

 

 

Fight Club 3 #9

 

Chuck Palahniuk (W), Cameron Stewart (A), Dave McCaig (C), David Mack (Cover), and Steve Morris (Variant Cover)

 

On sale Sept 25

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Ongoing

 

While Marla Singer enjoys a “girl’s night out,” her son learns about biological warfare, and Tyler joins a whole different kind of club at The Last Round-Up.

 

 

 

Fight Club 2020 Calendar

 

On sale Sept 11

9.5” x 12”

$14.99

 

This is your calendar and it’s ending one day at a time.

 

From the mind of Chuck Palahniuk, with art from Cameron Stewart and cover artist David Mack, comes a twisted way to track all the mayhem of 2020. This 12-month calendar measures 9.5” x 12.”

 

Get a jump on the last year of the world as we know it!

 

 

 

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Saturn Returns #2 (of 3)

 

Mike Mignola (W), Scott Allie (W), Christopher Mitten (A/Cover), and Brennan Wagner (C)

 

On sale Sept 18

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

Hellboy and Agent Kinsley delve deeper into the mystery behind a cache of bodies found in the New Hampshire woods. Possible explanations include werewolves, vampires, and demons . . . but the truth may be even stranger! Meanwhile, a runaway Liz Sherman finds that life on the street comes at a steep cost!

 

 

 

 

Isabellae Volume 2 HC

 

Raule (W) and Gabor (A/Cover)

 

On sale Nov 6

FC, 152 pages

$29.99

HC, 8 3/8″ x 10 3/16″

 

Curious about her origins and in search of long-lost Celtic relatives, Isabellae travels to Ireland. But when the ancient druids of the Emerald Isle make a deal with the monstrous Formorian gods, Isabellae finds herself battling in a war for control with her English and Irish allies! In this epic conclusion to the series, Isabellae battles against ancient Celtic beasts and deities that threaten the destruction of humanity.

 

 

 

Joe Golem: Occult Detective—The Conjurors #5 (of 5)

 

Mike Mignola (W), Christopher Golden (W), Peter Bergting (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and David Palumbo (Cover)

 

On sale Sept 18

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

Felix Orlov, all traces of his humanity gone, reaches toward the heavens as the Outer Dark descends! Dr. Cocteau is convinced he can use Lector’s Pentajulum to make contact with the “gods” who answer Felix’s cries—and is willing to put the entire Drowning City in jeopardy to do it.

 

 

 

Last Stop on the Red Line TP

 

Paul Maybury (W), Sam Lotfi (A/Cover), John Rauch (C)

 

On sale Nov 6

FC, 88 pages

$17.99

TP, 7” x 10”

 

Detective Migdalia Torres investigates a vicious strangling on a Boston subway car with no feasible leads. As potential evidence produces dead ends, Migdalia inadvertently takes in a vagrant named Yusef who may have a supernatural connection to the crime at hand. While Yusef’s plagued by visions and seemingly false memories, both suspect and detective struggle to discover the identity of the phantom killer that stalks the Boston Metro. Collects issues #1-#4 of the miniseries.

 

 

Manor Black #3 (of 4)

 

Cullen Bunn (W), Brian Hurtt (W), Tyler Crook (A/C/Cover), and Greg Smallwood (Variant Cover)

 

On sale Sept 25

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

From the creators of Harrow County and The Sixth Gun comes this gothic horror fantasy about a family of sorcerers in crisis.

 

After Roman Black takes Ari under his wing, his family of powerful sorcerers begin to see the young mage as a threat, and the dangerous magicians on her trail continue to cause chaos in the surrounding town.

 

 

 

The Massive Omnibus Volume 2 TP

 

Brian Wood (W), Garry Brown (A), Danijel Zezelj (P), Jordie Bellaire (C), and J. P. Leon (Cover)

 

On sale Nov 13

FC, 392 pages

$24.99

TP, 7” x 10”

 

The Crash was only the beginning. What remains of civilization is being obliterated by a series of cataclysmic events. The truth about the identity of Captain Callum’s companion Mary, which began as a faint signal, grows louder—and she’s seemingly connected to it all. This second volume of The Massive Omnibus collects The Massive Issues #16–#30.

 

 

 

No One Left to Fight #3 (of 5)

 

Aubrey Sitterson (W) and Fico Ossio (A/C)

 

On sale Sept 4

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

The comic you ALWAYS wanted proudly presents “the Coming of the Hierophant!” This year’s hottest new creative team, Aubrey Sitterson (The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling, G.I. Joe) and Fico Ossio (Spider-Man, Revolution), invite you to immerse yourself in their fantastical world, meeting its iconic heroes and the old nemesis who refuses to remain in the past: the dreaded, enigmatic Hierophant.

 

 

 

The Orville #3: The Word of Avis Part 1 of 2

 

David A. Goodman (W), David Cabeza (A/Cover), and Michael Atiyeh (C)

 

On sale Sept 11

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

When the Orville detects a Union transport headed straight for Krill territory, they hail them and receive no response. Forced to intercept, the Orville is soon playing host to a group of seemingly hapless xenoanthropologists—including an old acquaintance of John’s. But not everything is as it seems.

 

 

The Perry Bible Fellowship HC (10th Anniversary Edition)

 

Nicholas Gurewitch (W/A/Cover)

 

On sale Nov 6

FC, 256 pages

$24.99

HC, 7” x 10”

 

Celebrate ten years of Perry Bible Fellowship with this comprehensive collection of PBF comics, sketches, and more!

 

This newly formatted 7” x 10” almanac features every PBF comic strip that ran in alternative newspapers between 2004 and 2007—and simultaneously exploded online during the internet’s golden age! In commemoration of ten years since its initial printing, this almanac also contains content that is unavailable anywhere else, including previously undiscovered PBF comics from the era and numerous sketches for comics that never came to be.

 

This Ignatz, Harvey, and Eisner-winning comic strip is “the best thing to happen to cartooning since “Calvin and Hobbes”.” —Matt Inman (The Oatmeal)

 

 

 

 

A New York Times best-selling series!

 

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Volume 3 HC

 

Paul Tobin (W), Jacob Chabot (A/Cover), and Heather Breckel (C)

 

On sale Nov 13

FC, 88 pages

$9.99

HC, 6” x 9”

 

Following up Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare volumes 1 and 2, our plant and human allies strive to survive in a Neighborville ruthlessly occupied by the zombies. Dr. Zomboss creates robots to mimic Nate and Patrice and lead the plants astray, Crazy Dave unleashes new inventions, and some surprising additions to the Neighborville team are introduced!

 

 

 

Starcraft: Survivors #3 (of 4)

 

Jody Houser (W), Gabriel Guzmán (A/Cover), and Michael Atiyeh (C)

 

On sale Sept 18

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

Another Spearpoint worker has disappeared, plunging the base into chaos. As Caleb gets closer to finding the secret lab, he discovers another way to end the dark templar’s reign of terror: the Shadowguard, elite psionic agents sent to guard the Umojan Protectorate against the most dangerous threats.

 

Based on an original story by Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft game team and Jody Houser!

 

 

 

Steeple #1 (of 5)

 

John Allison (W/A/Cover), Sarah Stern (C), and Max Sarin (Variant Cover)

 

On sale Sept 18

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

A supernatural tale of friendship, the devil, and moral gray areas.

Two women with wildly different worldviews become unlikely friends as they navigate the supernatural happenings in a sleepy coastal parish—and soon find themselves forced to choose sides in the war between good and evil, facing demons, curses, and a miniature Rapture!

 

  • New series from John Allison, author of Giant Days.

 

 

Stranger Things Volume 2: Six TP

 

Jody Houser (W), Edgar Salazar (P), Keith Champagne (I), Marissa Louise (C), and Kyle Lambert (Cover)

 

On sale Nov 27

FC, 96 pages

$17.99

TP, 7” x 10”

 

Francine, a teenage girl with precognition, has struggled through a lifetime of exploitation: first by her parents, then by Dr. Brenner of Hawkins Laboratory. Dr. Brenner wants to harness her powers as well as those of the other gifted children that they hold captive at the lab. Wracked by increasingly disturbing visions, she sees an opportunity for her and all the children to escape. But at what cost? Collects the four-issue miniseries.

 

  • A new installment of the popular Stranger Things franchise!

 

 

 

Strayed #2 (of 5)

Carlos Giffoni (W), Juan Doe (A/C/Cover), and Jim Mahfood (Variant Cover)

 

On sale Sept 11

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

Lou the astral-projecting cat’s cosmic findings reveal new truths, new worlds, and new creatures. Unfortunately, his discoveries continue to be exploited for nefarious governmental purposes. Despite ailing health, his hunt presses on as he searches for the beings responsible for creating an energy source of astonishing power.

 

Sword Daughter Volume 3: Cold Rain HC

 

Brian Wood (W), Mack Chater (A), José Villarrubia (C), and Ben Oliver (Cover)

 

On sale Nov 6

FC, 96 pages

$19.99

HC, 7” x 10”

 

Elsbeth Dagsdottir has not forgotten the oath her father made to her on that remote Icelandic beach: to deliver revenge upon the Forty Swords clan that burned their village and murdered her mother. It might take them a lifetime of struggle and suffering and loss, but a promise is a promise. Collects issue #7-#9 of the series.

Christian Ward!

 

Tommy Gun Wizards #2 (of 4)

 

Christian Ward (W/A/Cover), Sami Kivelä (A), Dee Cunnife (C), and Tula Lotay (Variant Cover)

 

On sale Sept 25

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

In their struggle to take down Al Capone and his bootleg-magic operation, Eliot Ness and his Untouchables must navigate corrupt church officials, mystically enhanced bruisers, and ruthless wizards with obscure intentions who pull the strings behind the scenes. But can Ness keep up without succumbing to his own dark side?

 

A new genre-bending comic series from Christian Ward, artist of the acclaimed sci-fi epic Invisible Kingdom. Drawn by Sami Kivelä (Abbott).

Define your existence!

 

Triage #1 (of 5)

 

Phillip Sevy (W/A/C/Cover)

 

On sale Sept 4

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

A dedicated nurse named Evie Pierce awakens to an unfamiliar world alongside two doppelgängers—one, a young and snarky superhero; the other, a hardened rebel military commander of a post-apocalyptic world. When a mysterious figure begins to hunt them down, the three women must work together to survive and discover why they were assembled.

 

  • Phillip Sevy’s authorial sci-fi epic!

 

 

Trout: The Hollowest Knock #4 (of 4)

 

Troy Nixey (W/A/Cover) and Dave Stewart (C)

 

On sale Sept 18

FC, 32 pages

$3.99

Miniseries

 

Trout’s harrowing adventure comes to an earth-drenching conclusion. A huge tsunami has wiped out Giuseppe’s village and along with it any hope he has of rescuing Trout. But a menagerie of fantastical sea creatures comes to the rescue and help our two heroes battle their past and embrace their future.

 

 

 

The Umbrella Academy Library Edition Volume 2: Dallas HC

 

Gerard Way (W), Gabriel Bá (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

 

On sale Nov 13

FC, 232 pages

$39.99

HC, 8” x 12”

The Umbrella Academy is despondent following the near apocalypse created by one of their own and the death of their beloved mentor Pogo. Trouble is—each of them is distracted by their own problems. The White Violin is bedridden. Rumor has lost her voice—the source of her power. Spaceboy has eaten himself into a near-catatonic state, while Number Five dives into some shady dealings at the dog track, and the Kraken starts looking at his littlest brother as the key to unraveling a mysterious series of massacres . . . all leading to a blood-drenched face-off with maniacal assassins and a plot to kill JFK!

 

This deluxe oversized hardcover reprints the 2009 limited edition collection of the complete second series, Dallas, with the short story “Anywhere but Here” and an expanded 36-page sketchbook featuring work by Way, Bá, designer Tony Ong, and Superman’s pal Jim Lee.

 

 

Usagi Yojimbo: 35 Years of Covers HC

 

Stan Sakai (W/A/Cover)

 

On sale Nov 13

FC, 320 pages

$39.99

HC, 9” x 12”

 

Honoring the 35th anniversary of Stan Sakai’s award-winning series Usagi Yojimbo, this deluxe art collection includes hundreds of full-page cover pieces illustrated by Stan Sakai! After 35 years of adventures, Usagi’s lively history is fully represented in this compendium of Stan’s greatest covers.

 

  • A deluxe art collection featuring beautiful full-page cover art!

 

Celebrating 35 years of Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai!

 

 

 

The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt: Regis Vampire Deluxe Figure

 

On sale Nov 13

10.5” tall

$59.99

 

Emiel Regis Rohellec Terzieff-Godefroy, better known simply as Regis, was a very powerful higher vampire, and was more than four hundred years old when he first met Geralt of Rivia. He was the barber-surgeon of Dillingen but surprisingly intellectual for one in such a profession. Regis is featured as an integral part in Geralt and company’s quest to find Ciri.

 

In the continuing series of our wildly popular Witcher figures, Dark Horse is excited to bring Regis the Vampire to life! This deluxe, hand-painted plastic figure is the very first of our Witcher figures that features interchangeable parts! His head, left arm, and right hand are removable and allow you to change Regis from his human form to his vampire form. Add this to your Witcher figure collection now!

 

 

 

Witchfinder Omnibus Volume 1 TP

 

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), John Arcudi (W), Kim Newman (W), Maura McHugh (W), Ben Stenbeck (A), John Severin (A), Tyler Crook (A), Dave Stewart (A), and Others

 

On sale Nov 27

FC, 440 pages

$34.99

TP, 7” x 10”

 

The collected adventures of England’s greatest occult investigator!

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FCN Podcast #42: Superman: Year One, Usagi Yojimbo, Warlord of Mars Attacks, Critical Role

First Comics News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 21:31
First Comics News Podcast #42

This episode we will talk about:

Superman: Year One, Frank Millers new controversal origin story

Usagi Yojimbo #1 from IDW and the worst review you will find on the internet

Warlord of Mars Attacks #1 which is the craziest crossover of the week

Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins #1 based on the hit D&D live streamers adventures

 

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The Bold New Era of TRANSFORMERS Expands with Monthly GALAXIES Series

First Comics News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 21:16

SAN DIEGO, CA (June 20, 2019) – Beginning in September, IDW Publishing proudly builds upon the success of 2019’s bold new era of Transformers comic books with its first spin-off series: Transformers: Galaxies! Featuring story arcs that delve deeper into the origins, motivations, and world-shattering machinations of the extended Transformers cast, Galaxies launches with a story arc dedicated to the fan-favorite crew, the Constructicons!

Written by Vox Media co-founder and lifelong Transformers devotee Tyler Bleszinski, with luscious artwork by longtime Transformers artist, Livio Ramondelli, Transformers: Galaxies #1 uncovers the hidden secrets of Cybertron’s vast beauty and extraordinary cityscapes. Long ago, after the War Against the Threefold Spark ended, the Constructicons emerged to help rebuild the decimated planet in grand fashion. But what happened to them in the years since? Why had they been erased from Cybertron’s history… and what have they been planning for their devastating return?

“I’ve dreamed of the day that I could somehow be involved in the Transformers universe,” says Bleszinski. “Humanizing the Constructicons in a refreshed origin story with Livio Ramondelli – one of the most talented Transformers artists ever – will be one of the highlights of my life and will give me the opportunity to share my passion for these incredible creations with my kids’ generation. This is truly a dream come true.”

Transformers: Galaxies delves into what’s happening away from Cybertron,” says editor David Mariotte. “Tyler and Livio are working on a story about broken promises and lost futures — about those who fall by the wayside to maintain a utopia.”

To commemorate the debut of Transformers: Galaxies, IDW will offer multiple variant covers, including Cover A by Livio Ramondelli, Cover B by Nick Roche, and two Retailer Incentive covers by George Caltsoudas and Casey W. Coller, respectively.

For information on how to secure copies of Transformers: Galaxies, as well as the parent series Transformers (now shipping monthly), please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2019 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Licensed by Hasbro.

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VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT SEPTEMBER 2019 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 20:23

LOODSHOT #1
Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by BRETT BOOTH
Cover A by DECLAN SHALVEY
Cover B by DAVE JOHNSON
Cover C by HANNAH TEMPLER
Cover D B/W/R Variant Cover by JONBOY MEYERS
Carbon Fiber Variant Cover by JONBOY MEYERS
Pre-Order Edition Cover by TIM SALE
Blank Cover Also Available
A brand-new ongoing series!
Bloodshot is a nanite-fueled supersoldier forever at war. What happens to the world when he starts picking his own battles?
Will this one-man army be able to end the fighting—or just leave more destruction in his wake?
Bloodshot’s missions have made waves, as now the shadowy BLACK BAR has their sights set on him—but what do they have planned for this unkillable hero?
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 25th

DOCTOR MIRAGE #2 (of 5)
Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
Art by NICK ROBLES
Cover A by PHILIP TAN
Cover B by COLLEEN DORAN
Cover C by CLAUDIA IANNICIELLO
Pre-Order Edition Cover by ZU ORZU
Death was no obstacle for Doctor Mirage, who could speak to the departed. But what happens if she’s one of the deceased?
Her new ally, Grace, claims to be in the same dead boat, but can you really trust someone so young and inexperienced?
How did Doctor Mirage end up in this spot? Find out here!
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 25th

KILLERS #3 (of 5)
Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Cover A by JONBOY MEYERS
Cover B by LARRY STROMAN
Cover C by YANNICK CORBOZ
Cover D by CULLY HAMNER
Pre-Order Edition Cover by WHILE PORTACIO
The unstoppable marksman, Sights, joins the carnage! But where does his allegiance lie?
Can you trust a superninja with a mind broken by MI6? Just ask the Undisciple.
The high-octane battle royale continues as the Killers tear each other apart in a competition like no other!
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 18th

PSI-LORDS #4
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by RAHZZAH
Cover B by TULA LOTAY
Cover C by MICHAEL WALSH
Pre-Order Edition Cover by PAULINA GANUCHEAU
Are the Psi-Lords real? Or are they just a myth? Get a first glimpse at the world beyond our own!
After suffering a dramatic loss, the cosmic Quartet continues on with their mission to honor the memory of a fallen ally.
The ultimate enemy revealed!
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 18th

FALLEN WORLD #5 (of 5)
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Cover A by ADAM POLLINA
Cover B by HARVEY TOLIBAO
Cover C by RAÚL ALLÉN
Pre-Order Edition Cover by DAVID MACK
It’s all-out war between Rai and Bloodfather!
Can Bloodshot be saved from his ultimate fate?
What does the future of 4002 hold for these characters? The first answers to what comes next starts here!
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 4th

LIVEWIRE #10
Written by VITA AYALA
Art by TANA FORD
Cover A by STACEY LEE
Cover B by KATIE COOK
Cover C by IRENE KOH
Pre-Order Edition Cover by ELSA CHARRETIER
Amanda McKee—a.k.a. technopath psiot “Livewire”—fights to clear her name.
But when she teams up with a politician to repair her image and make herself a hero again…
…Will the public be able to forgive her?
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 11th

 

LIVEWIRE VOL. 2: GUARDIAN TPB
Written by VITA AYALA
Art by KANO
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Investigating the disappearance of a young girl, Livewire stumbles upon an OMEN facility where young psiots are taken and taught to control their powers.
Is this the safe haven Livewire’s dreamed of or is there something more sinister to this sanctuary?
One of the Valiant Universe’s most powerful heroes continues down her road to redemption with rising star writer Vita Ayala (Supergirl) and artist Kano (Gotham Central)!
Collecting LIVEWIRE #5–8, the “Guardian” story arc.
$14.99 | 112 pages | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 11th | TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-326-0

 

PUNK MAMBO TPB (Advance solicited for October release)
Written by CULLEN BUNN, PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ADAM GORHAM, ROBERT GILL
Cover by DAN BRERETON
In her first-ever solo series, hard-living voodoo priestess Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans gutter punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti.
From writer Cullen Bunn (Venom) and artist Adam Gorham (New Mutants: Dead Souls) comes this hilariously horrifying breakout adventure for Valiant’s fan-favorite mystic malcontent.
Collecting the complete PUNK MAMBO five-issue limited series, along with PUNK MAMBO #0 from writer Peter Milligan and artist Robert Gill.
$14.99 | 144 pages | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 23rd | TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-63215-709-6

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The Official Dungeons & Dragons Acquisitions Incorporated Sourcebook Available in Stores Now

First Comics News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 19:41
Acquis itions Incorporated , the first-ever official third-party property Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook from Penny Arcade and Wizards of the Coast , invites adventurers to maximize their plentiful profits and enhance their awe-inspiring exploits today. Due to a recent surge of deceased workers open positions, Acquisitions Incorporated is currently offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create Fan-chises™. The Acquisitions Incorporated sourcebook, compatible with the Forgotten Realms or anywhere else in the Multiverse, has everything a budding replaceable cog valued employee needs to keep themselves both profitable and alive. This manual contains 224 pages of insider secrets including a never-before-seen adventure for characters levels 1-6. Franchisees can learn the ropes with this gripping tale that is 100% 2 safe. Discover completely new content including new spells to master, an introduction to an all-new race, and our patented character positions to help anyone join the company and push us well into the black. “Seeing our Acquisitions Incorporated campaign enter the canon of the Forgotten Realms is a dream come true,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of Penny Arcade. “The book is stuffed with content for Dungeon Masters and players alike, and I can’t wait to hear about their adventures.”

When you’re just starting out in the adventuring business, it might be nice to have a leg up. It can be a big help to have access to the powerful artifacts, expertise, and jobs that Acquisitions Incorporated (Acq Inc) has to offer a new franchise. Join Omin Dran, Jim Darkmagic, and Viari like never before with the new Acquisitions Incorporated campaign book for Dungeons & Dragons!

Set yourself up for success when pursuing your own fantasy-business endeavors, using all the ingredients you need to include Acquisitions Incorporated in your D&D campaign, to establish your own franchise, and take on specialized roles therein. Plus, there are always openings coming available… Just try not to think about why.

  • Learn everything you ever wanted to know about starting your own fantasy business as you begin your career today, as a proud member of Acquisitions Incorporated.
  • Acquisitions Incorporated has everything you need to play a D&D fifth edition game just as if you were on stage with the crew at PAX! New backgrounds, character options, franchise information, and more!
  • Start up your own Acquisitions Incorporated franchise in the Forgotten Realms or anywhere in the multiverse.
  • Acquisitions Incorporated is a different flavor of D&D full of madcap heists and hilarious moments, and it’s one of the new ways to tell fantastic D&D stories.
  • Includes an adventure that will take characters from levels 1 through 6, establishing your party’s claim on a world they’ve just begun to explore—and to strip-mine for profit.

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Pawarumi – Neo Aztec Shooter arriving on Nintendo Switch & Xbox One July 24th!

First Comics News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 19:34

A shoot’em up like no other

Pawarumi is a tactical shoot’em up inspired by the likes of Ikaruga or Radiant Silvergun. Players have to defeat waves of colored enemies using a system inspired by the age old classic rock-paper-scissors. Twisting the classic concept, the team created a game system called the Trinity Mechanic. By shooting with one of the three colored weapons on the adequate colored enemy, it allows the player to choose between maximizing damages, charging a devastating super attack or healing the shield protecting its single life.

This system offers plenty of emergent strategies and a lot of learning opportunities leading to a huge replay value. It’s up to the players to find their playstyle to beat the game and fight their way up the leaderboard!

With a unique artistic direction

Pawarumi is set in what the developers call a Neo-Aztec universe. Taking inspiration in the aztec & mayan mythologies and architecture, the artists of Manufacture 43 blended those references with aesthetics reminiscing of the 90s pop culture. This unexpected mashup creates vibrant 3D visuals, reminding the Dreamcast era, and supports the immersion in the parallel world of Pawarumi. The game is filled with plenty of easter eggs with allusions to Indiana Jones, Dune or even Stargate.

The audio side of things is not left behind as the game is served by an epic soundtrack mixing world music instrumentations, electric guitars and synthesizers. This, exotic blend as been called by some journalists “Electro Peruvian Metal”, a totally fitting name. With the help of G4F Records, the soundtrack will be available on Youtube and Bandcamp at launch, and will come to many streaming platforms.

Respecting the legacy of arcade codes..

Pawarumi offers five dense, carefully crafted levels with plenty of enemies and secrets to unravel. Obviously, each level ends with epic fights against huge bosses that will challenge the player nerves. The game’s three difficulty settings play the levels in different orders to give a refreshing experience to the more adventurous players.

Players keen to discover more about the Pawarumi Neo-Aztec universe were not forgotten. The dramatic story of Axo, the female hero of Pawarumi, will be told during level transitions and non-invasive in game dialogs. Each difficulty mode will unravel more of the story, always pushing the player to challenge its skill to discover the three different endings!

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Rolling Gunner – Bullet gun hell is out now for the Nintendo Switch

First Comics News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 19:24

The year is 2061 and nearly three decades have passed since the new metallic element “Busterium” was discovered by the Lerman Matsunaga corporation at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Utilizing this new alloy, Lerman Matsunaga developed a new clean energy engine called the Buster Engine, which was globally adopted and quickly replaced fossil fuel and nuclear-based engines. With nearly all of the world’s engines now being centrally powered and controlled by a fully automated computer system called BAC, the unthinkable has happened: BAC has gained intelligence and has turned against humanity.

With humanity on the verge of extinction, a secret internal division of Lerman Matsunaga had the foresight to design a special weapon against BAC: the Rolling Gun. Operated and controlled via brain implant, humanity’s fate now rests in the hands of a courageous RF-42R STORK pilot who must set out to destroy BAC at the old Lerman Matsunaga building, which has been turned into a near impenetrable BAC fort. This is the last hope for humankind.

And now the final hope takes flight…

Key Features

Navigate across 6 stages blanketed in a hail of bullets from an unceasing onslaught of enemies and screen-filling bosses
Choose from 3 different STORK ships to pilot, each with unique attributes and firing patterns
Multiple difficulty settings allow players of all skill levels to jump in and enjoy a true bullet hell experience
Save Replays and use Training mode to master the Rolling Gun and learn the intricacies of each stage
A pulse-pounding, high-energy original soundtrack composed by COSIO (Space Invaders Extreme, Groove Coaster) perfectly complements the gameplay
Beautifully animated cutscenes marry gameplay and story
A challenging risk v reward point system will have seasoned players shooting for the top of the in-game leaderboard

Rolling Gunner
Nintendo Switch – $19.99

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Dynamite Releases Vampirella Tarot Pins!

First Comics News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 19:17

Vampirella Enamel Pins & Tarot Cards Combine!
Dynamite Releases Vampirella Tarot Pins for 50th Anniversary!

June 20, Mt. Laurel, NJ: As 2019 rolls on with Vampirella’s 50th Gold Anniversary, Dynamite gives fans even more reason to celebrate! A blockbuster new ongoing series written by Christopher Priest, another ongoing featuring Vampirella with Red Sonja by Jordie Bellaire, reprints and collections of new and classic stories, statues, posters and more! The perfect item to continue this cavalcade is enamel pins!

The fast selling Vampirella Tarot Deck was only the beginning! Following the success of Dynamite’s first tarot set, Vampirella fans can now display their twin passions for Vampi and tarot with this premium set of enamel pins. One incredible image was selected from each of the five suits (Trump, Cups, Swords, Pentacles and Wands) and reproduced for these 1.5″ diameter pins. The perfect addition to fans’ growing collections of Dynamite enamel pins!

    
  

The VAMPIRELLA PREMIUM TAROT ENAMEL PIN SET will be advance solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ July 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October 2019. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies with their local comic book retailers.

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Red Sonja Commemorated With Custom Currency!

First Comics News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 19:08

Dynamite Unveils Collectible Coins!

June 20, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite announces its foray into a fresh new sphere for fans – collectible coins! Featuring the She-Devil with a Sword herself, Red Sonja, as depicted by two of her most iconic artists, Lucio Parrillo and J. Scott Campbell!

These two limited edition coins are produced using a revolutionary, high-quality colorization technique. The base coins are authentic US John F. Kennedy Half-Dollars, which have then been plated in genuine 24-karat gold.

Each coin comes with a full-color Certificate of Authenticity and a protective acrylic coin capsule. Best of all, they are in fact legal tender!

The Lucio Parrillo coin design is taken from Queen Sonja #24. While the matching J. Scott Campbell coin is based on his Red Sonja (2016) #2 cover.

Each coin carries a recommended retail price of $29.99, but are being offered at a special introductory price of $19.73 for these inaugural editions, representing the year of Red Sonja’s first comic book appearance. Though their value as collectibles in the future, especially with the gold elements, is untold! So don’t buy a soda with them!

“At Dynamite, we continue to release some of the best comics in the market, and also some of the coolest collectibles,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher. “In addition to our best-selling statues, fine art, trading cards and other great comic related limited items, we’re always looking for new ways to brand our properties and characters, and these cool Gold Coins are a new venture, and we couldn’t be prouder to start with Red Sonja.”

     

The Red Sonja Lucio Parrillo Collectible Coin and Red Sonja J. Scott Campbell Collectible Coin will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ July 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September 2019.

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Heroic Headshots!

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:00
I've been busy with real-life stuff, projects have been backburnered for a bit now, but looking back over art done for the Armchair Planet Who's Who I've posted to the blog before makes me eager to get back to it. Just take a look at these team headshots done by Agus Calcagno:

Branded as anomalies--beings who were dangerous simply because they were outside their proper timestream--they were imprisoned in an extra-temporal prison. They escaped and now survive as crosstime soldiers of fortune... The Tempus Fugitives!


They are the source of our legends of fairies, trolls, and goblins, but the truth is they are a genetically altered subspecies of humanity with incredible powers. They are the Abhumans, and they have remained hidden...until now!

Wednesday Comics: Captain Fear

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 11:00

Captain Fear is an obscure DC character who's first (of two) runs was as a feature in Adventure Comics with art by Alex Niño, written by first Robert Kanigher and then Steve Skeates. Captain Fear appears in issues #425-427, 429, 432-433 for this first arc in 1973.

The titular Captain Fear is Fero, a young member of the Carib tribe from what is now Haiti. He enters the story as part of a fishing expedition that encounters a Spanish ship. The Spanish seek to capture the Caribs, who fight back. Fero's father is killed, but he gives a last admonition to his son:


The remaining tribesmen swim to land, where they are captured by the Spanish. They are taken to a mine at put to work. Under Fero's leadership, they escape, killing the sleeping Spaniards, and stealing their ship. Unfortunately, they are struck by a storm. The ship is destroyed, though Fero survives, adrift on flotsam.

He must drift a really long time, becauses he's picked up by a ship that looks like a Chinese junk, crewed by Asian pirates. Fero challenges the pirate captain and easily beats him, assuming the captaincy, with the other pirates quickly proclaiming they will "follow him to hell."

The next installment begins with Captain Fear and his men saving a young woman from sacrifice to the god Thu in the jungles of "Indochina." (The year in this installment is given as 1850, which seems unlikely, given the vibe of this story. The later run places him in the 17th Century.) After a tense escape in the jungle, Captain Fear's ship is attacked by another group of pirates. No sooner are they defeated, than the woman, Denise, threatens him at gunpoint to return her to her father--though she reveals he is not a rich plantation owner as Fear had hoped, since he wanted to ask for a ransom.

Her father is a pirate who's ship is fast approaching. In a pitch battle, Fear's ship is destroyed and he and his men are taken captive. Later, Denise has a change of heart and frees him. He fights Denise's father and kills the pirate. Now, Denise is Captain and offers Fero a position as her second in command.


Fero rejects her offer and jumps into the ocean to swim away. Denise vows revenge.

The next installment, Denise is as good as her word. Her men capture Fero when he reaches land. She has him sold into slavery. You can't keep Captain Fear down, though, because at the first oppurtunity, he stages a mutiny. Which fails--but soon after a storm strikes the ship, and it hits a reef. Fero is able to escape.

He reaches shore and is quickly captured by the Spanish. He's back in the Carribean--on his home island! Horrifyingly, he is told his tribe is now gone. They died fighting the invaders. They intend to make Fero a slave.

He is purchased by a Senora Fernandez. When he refuses her offer to be her personal bodyguard, he rebuffs her, and she calls her suitor, Captain Gomez to dispatch him. Fero bests Gomez and escapes. In the jungle, he is rescued by a group of black men who take him to a fellow Carib and friend.  He finds that all of them are escaped slaves from the Hernandez plantation.


The men take the plantation, but then enacts the rest of Fero's plan. They take a ship, determined to be pirates. Captain Fero sails over the horizon, and won't appear again for 7 years, and then in the hands of a new creative team.

Another Visit to the Alex Toth Casting Agency

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:00
Need a different look for an NPC or a weird monster of some sort? Check out the model sheets and concept art created for Hanna-Barbera by the late, great Alex Toth:

Cyclops:


Dragon, Four-eyed:


The rulers of the cat people:


A wizard and his pets:



A wizard with a nose piercing and fairy lackeys:


Weird Revisited: Waterfront Rogues

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 11:00
This post originally appeared in 2014. I think I will have to add a few more of these sorts of operators to the environs of Rivertown in the Land of Azurth.

Ocean-going pirates and landlubber thieves are common rpg archetypes, but there's another group, less dear to the pop culture imagination, that sort of bridges the gap between the two. The river pirate lurks in that gap, connecting the urban, wilderness, and sea-going adventures into one larcenous tapestry.

This sort of thing has gone on as long as there have been boats and things to steal, of course, but there are some great examples of this from American history. The Cave-In-Rock game operated out of this place on the Ohio River:


The 1790s were the high point of the piracy there. Samuel Mason and his gang robbed flatboats carrying farm goods to markets in New Orleans.

Still, the Cave-In-Rock gang aren't near as colorful as their urban counterparts. Consider Sadie Farrell (also known as "Sadie the Goat" for her modus operandi of headbutting male victims so her accomplice could mug them), a leader of the Charlton Street Gang. In 1869, the gang stole a sloop on from the waterfront on Manhattan's West Side. They embarked on a piratical spree, reading up and down the Hudson and Harlem Rivers, even going as far as Albany, supposedly. They robbed small merchant vessels, and raided farm houses and Hudson Valley mansions, occasionally kidnapping people for ransom. Sadie was said to have made male captives "walk the plank" on occasion. Eventually, the villagers organized and began to fight back. The gang was forced to abandon the sloop and return to street crime. One assumes it was fun while it lasted.


The Swamp Angels had an even more innovative approach. Based in a Cherry Street tenement named Gotham Court (also called "Sweeny's Shambles"), the Swamp Angels had a secret entrance to the sewers. There they made their lair and launched their nocturnal raids on the East River docks. Here's what the chief of police said about them in 1850:

"[they] pursue their nefarious operations with the most systematic perseverance, and manifest a shrewdness and adroitness which can only be attained by long practice. Nothing comes amiss to them. In their  boats, under cover of night, they prowl around the wharves and vessels in a stream, and dexterously snatch up every piece of loose property left for a moment unguarded."

The police tried waterfront snipers then sewer raids to fight the bandits on their own turf. Only regular sewer patrols drove the gang from its subterranean lair. Even those didn't end their piratical ways.

More interesting and game-inspiring tales of riverside criminality can be found at your local library. Or the internet.

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