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VAMPBLADE VOLUME 10: BACK IN BLACK preview

First Comics News - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 08:23

VAMPBLADE VOLUME 10: BACK IN BLACK
Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Winston Young, Marco Maccagni, Boo Rudetoons
Cover Artist(s): Brao

New season! New costume! New space-time continuum!!

Thrust into yet another alternate dimension, Katie Carva must not only navigate life in 1994, but also life inside the body of her alternate reality twin!! One thing remains constant for Vampblade… you never know what will happen next!

Collects issues 1-4 from season four (ongoing issues 38-41) of the hit Danger Zone series.

96 pgs./ M / FC                   $14.99

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ZOMBIE TRAMP #67 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 02/08/2020 - 08:19

ZOMBIE TRAMP #67
Writer(s): Vince Hernandez
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover A – Marco Maccagni Regular Cover
Cover B – Marco maccagni Risqué Cover (limited to 2500)
Cover C – Igor Chimisso Variant (limited to 2000)
Cover D – Igor Chimisso Risqué Variant (limited to 2500)
Cover E – Marcelo Trom Artist Variant (limited to 2000)
Cover F – Marcelo Trom Artist Risqué Variant (limited to 2500)

Angel Lynch and allies find themselves at a crossroads of power—do they continue to grow their army of supernatural undead Roman soldiers, or return to a life on the run from three opposing forces trying to kill them? And oh yeah—a mysterious new figure from Angel and Deborah’s past returns—but is he a friend or foe?!
Retailer exclusive covers are available, please contact bseaton@actionlabcomics.com.

 

24 pgs./ M / FC                   $4.99

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Your First Look at Lev Grossman’s THE MAGICIANS #5 From BOOM! Studios

First Comics News - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 21:38

Discover the Shocking Secrets Hidden within the Halls of Brakebills in March 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 7, 2020) – BOOM! Studios is proud to reveal a first look at THE MAGICIANS #5, the final issue of the brand new original series from New York Times bestselling series creator Lev Grossman with award-winning writer Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes), acclaimed artist Pius Bak (Firefly: The Sting), colorist Gabriel Cassata, and letterer Mike Fiorentino, an all-new story in the world of The Magicians, featuring the next generation of magic practitioners and rule breakers, available in March 2020.

As the true reason behind Brakebills welcoming Hedge Witches comes to light, the students realize that they are in even more danger than they realized. With their terrible secret bound in magic and blood, the students and adults are all heading blind into the coming storm.

THE MAGICIANS #5 features a main cover by artist Qistina Khalidah, along with a tarot card variant cover by artist Alexa Sharpe (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

THE MAGICIANS is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ ambitious Archaia imprint, home to graphic novels such as Bolivar by Sean Rubin; Mouse Guard by David Petersen; Girl in the Himalayas and New World by David Jesus Vignolli; Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón Pérez; Persephone by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky; and licensed series including Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation.

Print copies of THE MAGICIANS #5 will be available for sale March 4, 2020exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

For continuing news on THE MAGICIANS and more from BOOM!, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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NOTHING CAN STOP THE JUGGERNAUT IN NEW SERIES FROM FABIAN NICIEZA!

First Comics News - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 21:35

New York, NY— February 7, 2020 —Fabian Nicieza will be launching a new Juggernaut series this May with artist Ron Garney! Amidst all the smashing, Juggernaut will be trying to find his new place in the Marvel Universe and the series will explore his outlook towards mutantkind’s new status quo that Jonathan Hickman introduced last year in HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X.

 

“That basically instigates the entire story. Having been X and lost, what does Cain become now? After years of back and forth and madness and sadness, he had become a member in good standing of the X-Men, and then while he’s away dancing in Limbo, mutantkind gets everything they could have ever hoped for… and Cain can’t be a part of that,” Nicieza told IGN. “How he reacts to that rejection becomes the exploration of who he is going to become without the one thing that — for good and bad — has defined him for most of his life.”

 

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Gretel & Hansel

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:00
Oz Perkins' Gretel & Hansel is based on the fairy tale, but is a different story in many ways. This blogpost will contain some mild spoilers for the film.


Like most fairy tales, Gretel & Hansel takes place in a vague time period that is not the present or recent past. Also like many fairy tales, the place is vague, though it definitely has a old world feel about it. The film has none of the lush atmosphere often present in fairy tales, however. This isn't Sleepy Hollow or even Company of Wolves. Instead, it has the post-apocalyptic spareness of The Road (though it reminds me more of McCarthy's as yet unfilmed The Outer Dark). It's woods are gray rather than verdant. It's habitations are rundown and depopulated. The only place that looks really lived in is the house of the witch, and well, she's a cannibal.

Gretel and her little brother stumble through this wasteland, accidentally take psychedelic mushrooms, and are eventually bedeviled by a witch or witches--a child, a mother, a crone. Where this version differs from the traditional tale (well, besides all the stuff described above) is that this is Gretel's tale, or the tale of how the Gretel & Hansel duo split. The Witch sees something of herself in Gretel and is looking for an ally. There is no gingerbread house. No trail of breadcrumbs to lead our heroine back home.

Like Perkins' previous horror films it is a bit of a slow burn, so it may seem sluggish if you are looking for more jump-scares. Fans of The VVitch should find a lot to like.

Weird Revisited: Spacehunters

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 01:07
A variety of real life stuff has led to little time to prep the next installment of my Talislanta series. Instead, enjoy this post whose original version was presented in February of 2017.

Luis RoyoWatching The Expanse brought to mind a game I ran in GURPS perhaps decade ago. A "hard" science fiction thing using a lot of stuff from Transhuman Space put giving it more of a Cowboy Bebop spin: a little bit cyberpunk, a little bit 70s action film.

Howard ChaykinIf I ever ran a similar game again, besides using a system besides GURPS, I think I would draw more visually from '80s and 80's sci-fi, borrowing some elements from things like American Flagg! and 80s cyperpunk rpgs. The players' would still be ne'er-do-well, planet-hopping bounty hunters/troubleshooters but with a different skin.

Janet Aulisio

A Day in the Life in the Danube Arcology

Dungeoncomics - Mon, 02/03/2020 - 13:00
Adrian and Jeremy Osborne live in the Danube Arcology. Both are current employees of the Danube Corporation. They’re entitled to a The Smartment™: a product of the Danube Corporate Family.

Thunder Bunny!

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:00
I new episode of the Bronze Age Book Club podcast dropped yesterday, this one about the Archie Red Circle comic Thunder Bunny #1! Hear it below or on your podcast app of choice.


Listen to "Episode 13: THUNDER BUNNY #1" on Spreaker.

Omniverse: Birds of A Feather

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 12:00

There is a lost city, hidden by the clouds, drifting slowly above the modern world, every bit as silent as the tomb it has become. This was the city of an ancient civilization of winged humanoids, the Bird People. It had existed for eons before the future king of Aquilonia, Conan, came to it some 12,000 years ago. It was called Akah Ma’at, and its people were at war with the bat-winged humanoids of Ur-Xanarrh, something Conan helped them with.

The Hawkmen of Mongo may well be the descendants of an abducted group of Bird People. The cannibalistic hawkmen Travis Morgan encounters in Skartaris are certainly of the same lineage.

It may be that Akah Ma’at meant “Sky Island” and eventually came to mean “Aerie,” because when they clouds recede again, and the city appears in the modern historical record, those are the names it is given in translation. In the 1920s, an airplane because lost in a storm and crashes into the Sky Island. A young boy was the only survivor. He was taken in by the Bird People and would be the costumed hero Red Raven1.

It is possible that the hero Black Condor (Quality Comics) represents the same individual, since the Black Condor’s origin as related in the comics of being raised by condors in the Gobi seems implausible--and not just because condor's are native to the Americas. Perhaps the Bird People were in the habit of taking in foundlings?

Red Raven eventually had to turn against his adoptive people when their warrior class, under the influence of the Bloodraven Cult of demon-worshippers, sought to make war on the surface world. The ensuing civil war destroyed part of the city and ended with population either fleeing or placing themselves in suspended animation. The city was left in the charge of two android Bi-Beasts who would later encounter the Hulk.

There is some confusion regarding the origins of the Bird People. Accounts suggest that are an offshoot of the Inhumans, but this ignores the prior existence of Akah Ma’at. Rather, there is an Inhuman offshoot people with more avian features. These are the Feitherans, the people of the superhero Northwind, who lived in a hidden city in the Arctic Circle, and also probably the Aerians that live near the South Pole in the Savage Land.


1Red Raven’s flight costume was made with Cavorite, which may or may not be the same thing as nth metal, but certainly as similar properties.

Wednesday Comics: Barbarian Life

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 01/29/2020 - 12:00

I can't believe I haven't mentioned it before, but I couldn't find it in a search, so here goes Roy Thomas's Barbarian Life is subtitled: "A Literary Biography of Conan the Barbarian," but what it is a sort of a "director's commentary" on Marvel's Conan the Barbarian series.  It's two volumes, both now available in Kindle and soft cover. The first volume covers the inception and first 51 issues of the title, while the second goes up to #100, and Thomas and Buscema's final issue together.

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