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HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 01:34

Valiant is proud to present your first look within the pages of HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4), the FIRST ISSUE of the summer’s most anticipated comics crossover event! On May 30th, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and breathtaking artist Tomás Giorello (NINJA-K) – the best-selling team behind X-O MANOWAR – push the Valiant Universe to its breaking point and beyond with a world-shaking opening volley to begin the senses-shattering clash of 2018!

For the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us…with the potential to become active at any moment…has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…

Armed with new extra-governmental authority, the deep-black military contractor known as Omen has been authorized to identify, evaluate, and, if need be, eliminate all super-normal threats to the homeland. H.A.R.D. Corps units have been deployed into cities and towns across the United States to enforce their orders.

In the East, one of the most powerful minds on Earth, Peter Stanchek, is leading his band of Renegades across the country, activating any potential psiots willing to join them, and building an insurrection force of ultra-powerful and unwieldy new abilities that will soon bring war to Omen’s doorstep…and the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar raging back to Earth…

In the West, Livewire – the telekinetic technopath with the ability to bend machines and computers to her will – will be forced to choose between her former allies…or her newfound team of Secret Weapons. As the situation escalates beyond human control, the United States will be plunged into darkness from coast to coast, launching Bloodshot and Ninjak into a dangerous mission to neutralize their one-time teammate – and setting the stage for the most shocking, most violent, and most consequential clash of powers ever witnessed in the history of the Valiant Universe!

This summer, Valiant’s biggest and most ambitious event yet takes hold…and, on May 30th, all of America will witness the raw, unrepentant power of the Valiant Universe unleashed in HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA), Felipe Massafera (Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern), and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT SALVATION)!

But first: JUMP ON BOARD with HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 – a STANDALONE INTRODUCTION TO THE VALIANT UNIVERSE’s most powerful forces from all-star creators Eric Heisserer, Raúl Allén, and Patricia Martín, the master storytellers that brought you SECRET WEAPONS, on May 2nd!

The Harbinger Renegades have been scattered across America…battered by the brutal MASSACRE that decimated their ranks.

Now, behind them, Livewire – leader of the Harbinger Foundation’s most unusual group of Secret Weapons – is about to incite the coast-to-coast clash that brings them all together in an inescapable collision of power.

Pushed to the brink by the government she once served, Toyo Harada’s former star pupil is about to make an irreversible decision…and deactivate America’s power supply in a last-ditch bid to save the extraordinary individuals called “psiots” from extinction. As a nation goes dark, the paths of our world’s most powerful heroes will soon converge…and the stage will be set for the most cataclysmic confrontation in the history of the Valiant Universe!

On May 2nd, the creative team behind the best-selling SECRET WEAPONS will soon reshape the landscape of the Valiant Universe and plunge its heroes to new depths with a powerful standalone prologue, only in HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 – featuring covers by Raúl Allén (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Michael Cho (Batwoman), Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR), and Felipe Massafera (Flashpoint: Abin Sur)!

 

HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTÍN
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover B by MICHAEL CHO
Variant Cover by CARY NORD
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 2nd (FOC – 4/9/18)

HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by J.G. JONES
Cover B by MICO SUAYAN
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Brushed Metal Variant by LEWIS LAROSA
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 30th (FOC – 5/7/18)


HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – Cover A by J.G. Jones


HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – Cover B by Mico Suayan


HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – Interior Art by Tomás Giorello


HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – Interior Art by Tomás Giorello


HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – Interior Art by Tomás Giorello


HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – Interior Art by Tomás Giorello


HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – Interlocking Variant by Juan José Ryp


HARBINGER WARS 2 Event Checklist

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A New Thrilling Adventure Hour Begins In July

First Comics News - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 01:32

Discover The Comedy Phenomenon in All-New Stories from BOOM! Studios

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 27, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to announce THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR #1, kicking off an all-new series from creators Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, along with rising star artist M.J. Erickson, in July 2018. In this new monthly series, based on the wildly popular Hollywood stage show and podcast, Frank and Sadie Doyle are the toast of the upper crust – headliners on the society pages…and they see ghosts. When one night of having a drink (or ten) with friends goes horribly, and perhaps predictably, wrong at a haunted house, the Doyles find themselves in a situation beyond belief.

THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR #1 features a main cover by Jonathan Case (Green River Killer) and a variant cover by Natacha Bustos (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur).

“We’re utterly thrilled to call BOOM! Studios the new home for Thrilling Adventure Hour comics,” said writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker. “In addition to collecting our previous, heretofore uncollected, TAH comics work, we’re excited to bring new stories featuring married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle, Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, and more. We’re looking at the first arc of this new Thrilling Adventure Hour series as an opportunity to re-introduce these characters and bring forth the fun, the humor, and the grounded storytelling that we love about the show and the podcast. We think new readers, as well as existing Adventurekateers, will fall in love with these characters (all over again).”

“I’ve been a fan of the Bens and the Thrilling Adventure Hour for years, so I’m excited to be a part of the latest addition to the comics,” said artist M.J. Erickson. “The characters are vivid and hilarious, and I love the show’s mash-up, no-limits approach to classic genres. I’m also passionate about history and literature, so I can’t wait to expand on the nostalgic and creative visuals that have been explored in the previous comics.”

Also in stores July 2018, THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR: A SPIRITED ROMANCE DISCOVER NOW EDITION is a comic shop-exclusive collection of The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Beyond Belief limited series (previously published by Image Comics) from Acker, Blacker, and artist Phil Hester (Green Arrow), which introduces readers to Frank and Sadie Doyle for the first time. This collection carries an MSRP of $14.99 and features an all-new cover by Hester.

In October, a standard edition of THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR: A SPIRITED ROMANCE, featuring a different cover and including additional behind-the-scenes material, will be released to comic shops and bookstores worldwide, with an MSRP of $14.99. While this standard version will remain in print, THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR: A SPIRITED ROMANCE DISCOVER NOW EDITION will be strictly limited to the initial print run and then never reprinted again.

“The Thrilling Adventure Hour has a comedic voice and creative vibrancy unlike anything else in comics thanks to the incredible characters created by Acker and Blacker,” said Cameron Chittock, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “We’re thrilled that BOOM! Studios is the home for the latest shenanigans of Frank and Sadie Doyle, and all the lovable character they will bring along for the ride.”

Created in 2005 by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, The Thrilling Adventure Hour is both a popular Hollywood stage show and Nerdist Industry Podcast that pays homage to the timeless Hollywood radio serials. These original and exciting stories crossing a myriad of genres have been performed by actors and comedians such as Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Busy Philipps, Nathan Fillion, Linda Cardellini, Patton Oswalt, Neil Patrick Harris, and more.

THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, WWE, Big Trouble in Little China, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, Mech Cadet Yu, Grass Kings, and Klaus.

Print copies of THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR #1 and THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR: A SPIRITED ROMANCE DISCOVER NOW EDITION will be available for sale in July 2018 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one). Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

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

 

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NEW MS. INKWELL DEBUTS AT THE GARDEN STATE COMIC FEST: ATLANTIC CITY

First Comics News - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 00:35

(New Bedford, MA/USA–March 27, 2018) The non-profit Inkwell Awards will debut a new spokesmodel, Skylar Lauren Godwin, as Ms. Inkwell at the Garden State Comic Fest: Atlantic City Edition on April 7-8, the next stop on their 2018 10th Anniversary show tour.

 

The Ms. Inkwell role is to serve as the advocacy’s public face, meet and greet creators and fans at shows, help with fundraising and raise awareness for their mission of education and promotion for the art of comic-book inking. Skylar, an avid cosplayer from North Carolina, was scheduled to debut at a later show to work beside the current Ms. Inkwell, Hailey Skaza-Gagne, who would train her. Skaza-Gagne had to cancel and Godwin was asked to start early.

 

“Hailey had a private family issue and needed to take a break for at least this appearance,” said Bob Almond, the Inkwells’ founder, and director. “She’s been our exclusive Ms. Inkwell for a record 21 events and nearly three straight years of exemplary service and work ethic. She just hates disappointing the fans and creators whom she truly cherishes, but is confident Skylar can do the job. Skylar has a sincere enthusiasm and passion for this role and can’t wait to start.”

 

Said Godwin,”I was so excited when Bob Almond asked me to be apart of the Inkwell family this year as they celebrate their 10th anniversary. Heroes Con 2014 was actually the first time I met Bob and was introduced to the Inkwell organization. Little did I know that 4 years later I would be asked to be a part of this wonderful non-profit and have the great opportunity to work with such amazing people.”.

 

One or both Ms. Inkwells will also appear at the East Coast Comicon in Secaucus, NJ, on April 27-29 and at the organizations’s eighth annual live awards ceremony at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC, on June 15-17.

 

The character of Ms. Inkwell was created by Almond and Randy Green to garner more attention for their booth at shows. Since the spokesmodel’s first live appearance in April 2010 at the Pittsburgh Comicon, the role has been taken up by over a dozen talented women at various venues. The Inkwell Awards recently published the fundraiser “Ms. Inkwell Gallery Book,” featuring the character’s history along with exclusive pinup art from many contributing artists.

 

The Inkwell Awards is the only existing official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize the best ink artists and their work. Now celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and contributors from within the comics community. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

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KISS / Army of Darkness #2 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 14:33
KISS / Army of Darkness #2

writers: Chad Bowers, Chris Sims

artist: Ruairí Coleman

covers: Kyle Strahm (A)

Goñi Montes “Starchild Necronomicon” (B)

Ken Haeser “Demon Ash” (D)

Kyle Strahm (RI-Virgin)

Goñi Montes (RI-Virgin)

FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

Ash Williams is late to the party. And by party, we mean traveling back in time to fight the Army of Darkness. Things look pretty bleak for the Chosen One until he finds out he has some new allies…the rock’n’roll warriors known as KISS!

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Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #7 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 14:32

Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #7

writers: Marguerite Bennett, Christina Trujillo

artist: Maria Sanapo

covers: Maria Sanapo (A)

Jan Duursema (B)

Diego Galindo (C)

Cosplay Photo Variant (D-Sub)

Maria Sanapo (RI-B/W)

Jan Duursema (RI-B/W)

Diego Galindo (RI-B/W)

FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

Past and present collide as Sheena goes up against the formidable huntress! Long forgotten secrets of Sheena’s past are revealed while, across the forest, the mysterious head of Cadwell Industries readies himself to take revenge against Sheena by targeting the one she holds most dear…

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What Do You Want to See?

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:00

Hopefully, everyone who reads this blog is aware of (and enjoying) the two Land of Azurth products on the market. I have two more planned currently: a second issue of the Azurth Adventures Digest and the adventure The Cloud Castle of Azurth. Both are running behind schedule due to real life stuff, but I still intend to bring them out.

Blog comments are exactly profuse these days, but I thought it was worth asking both here and on social media: What particularly would those who appreciate Azurth material like to see in the future? More adventures, maybe something in the other countries of Azurth beyond Yanth? A pure setting book? While I can't promise I will go with suggestions, the content of the second Azurth Adventures Digest was at the suggestion of Enworld's Chris Helton. So I do listen sometimes!

A Day When Titans Walk the Earth!

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 12:00
I saw Pacific Rim: Uprising yesterday. My short review: If you liked the first Pacific Rim, you will probably like this one, though I missed some of the del Toro quirkiness. If you didn't like the first one, this one probably won't change you mind about the series.

Anyway, vaguely tentacled blob things from another dimension taking over the minds of those who make contact with them, driving them mad, and monsters rising from the ocean depths made me think of the Cthulhu Mythos. The first movie had me distracted with the name "kaiju" and all that, but it really is a sort of Lovecraftian (in a way Lovecraft himself would have never, ever wrote it) setup.

Now, I know there is a game called CthulhuTech which is mecha vs. Lovecraftian monsters/aliens, but what I think would be cool is something a bit less Neon Genesis Evangelion and more 70s Shogun Warriors! That would be a cool setting, I think.


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