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MARVEL MOURNS THE LOSS OF STEVE DITKO

First Comics News - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 05:24
His legacy will never be forgotten.


Statement from Marvel Entertainment President Dan Buckley:

“Today, the Marvel family mourns the loss of Steve Ditko. Steve transformed the industry and the Marvel Universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with his family, loved ones, and fans during this sad time.”

Statement from Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada:

“Only a small group of individuals can claim that they have effected and redefined not just an industry, but popular culture worldwide. Steve Ditko was one of those few who dared to break molds every time his pencil and pen hit a blank sheet of paper. In his lifetime he blessed us with gorgeous art, fantastical stories, heroic characters and a mystical persona worthy of some of his greatest creations. And much like his greatest co-creation, Steve Ditko’s legend and influence will outlive us all.”

Statement from Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski:

“It’s impossible to put into words the impact that Steve Ditko had not just on comics, but on modern pop culture. With ink and imagination, he thrilled readers with amazing and awe-inspiring adventures. Ditko didn’t just create characters – he built worlds. But today it is our world that is saddened by his loss. While he may no longer walk this mortal plane, Steve’s legacy will continue to endlessly inspire us all.”

Statement from Marvel Executive Editor, Spider-Man Office and VP of Content, Digital Publishing Nick Lowe:

“Steve Ditko’s hands and soul are all over the best character in all of fiction. He was a pillar of the House of Ideas who not only co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, but many of the best villains in comic book history. Steve was the first to make Marvel truly weird, and for that we are forever grateful.”

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Valiant and Phicen Announce the BLOODSHOT 1/6 SCALE ACTION FIGURE – Now Available for Pre-Order!

First Comics News - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 05:20

The figure debuts at the end of this summer

July 5, 2018 (New York, NY) – Valiant Entertainment and Phicen are excited to announce that pre-orders are now open for the BLOODSHOT 1/6 SCALE ACTION FIGURE, based on the likeness of Valiant’s most unrelenting and unstoppable hero!

Brought back from the dead and infused with cutting-edge nanotechnology, Bloodshot is a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon. After defying his programming and escaping his masters at Project Rising Spirit, Bloodshot now fights to rediscover the secret of his true identity…but remains haunted by the past that nearly destroyed him.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Phicen on a line of high-end collector Valiant action figures, starting with Bloodshot,” said Russell Brown, Valiant President of Consumer Products, Promotions and Ad Sales. “Their superbly detailed, 1/6 scale action figures are some of the most sought-after in the world, so we are thrilled to be able to offer these to our fans.”

In addition to being super-poseable and fully articulated, the BLOODSHOT 1/6 SCALE ACTION FIGURE also comes packaged with the following action-packed accessories:

  • Samurai sword and sheath with carrying strap
  • Three handguns with accompanying holsters and thigh strap
  • Assault rifle with underslung shotgun
  • Two pairs of interchangeable hands
  • Belt with two additional magazine pouch sets
  • T-shirt, pants, and boots
  • Naturalistic figure base and fire hydrant

Available starting in September for $159.00 USD, the BLOODSHOT 1/6 SCALE ACTION FIGURE can currently be pre-ordered on Phicen’s website, directly through Phicen by contacting Jenny at sales@phicen.com or gma@phicen.com, or through select retailers like the Big Bad Toy Store before the deadline of July 23, 2018! (For wholesale ordering, retailers should contact Jenny at Phicen at sales@phicen.com.) Fans are highly urged to pre-order the action figure to guarantee obtainment.

Bloodshot currently appears in Valiant’s BLOODSHOT SALVATION comic book series by writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) and artist Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR), and will star in the upcoming BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT comic series by writers Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (Cable) and artist Ken Lashley (Black Panther), launching in November. This summer, Sony Pictures Entertainment begins filming on the BLOODSHOT major motion picture starring Vin Diesel (Fast and the Furious films), Sam Heughan (Outlander), Eiza González (Baby Driver), and Toby Kebbell (Kong: Skull Island).

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More Superhero Art and A Table of Contents

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 07/06/2018 - 11:00

This first piece is still a bit of a work in progress (coloring-wise). It's the Cosmic Knights by Dean Kotz, of which Earth's hero, the Cosmic Knight is but one.

We're playing on two "issues" of characters and stats. Here's the projected contents of the first issue done up in the appropriate style. It may be subject to minor changes.

SUPERHEROES OF INDEPENDENCE DAY

First Comics News - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 07:01

Captain Freedom -AC Comics

Don Wright, a newspaper publisher who adopted a costumed identity to fight agents of the Axis. He was assisted by Young Defenders, four kids who worked for him as deliverymen.

 

Fighting Yank -AC Comics

Bruce Carter was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Given a special mission by General Washington, Carter was killed by British spies, and the information he was carrying fell into enemy hands. His spirit was confined to earth for his failure. Bruce Carter III was the spitting image of his great-grandfather. He was visited by the ghost of Bruce Carter I, who showed him the location of a magical cloak and tri-corner hat that could give the wearer invulnerability and super strength. Only Carter III’s girlfriend, Joan Farwell, knows of his dual identity. She figured it out during their first encounter

 

Miss Victory – AC Comics

Joan Wayne was a Washington D.C. stenographer who grew tired of watching corrupt politicians. She decided to help the FBI by putting on a costume and fighting the crooked politicians as Miss Victory. It seems she has superhuman strength and limited invulnerability because of her abilities to survive explosions, break free of ropes, or knock down walls. Her enemies include the Mad Monster. She is considered the first patriotic heroine.

Yankee Girl – AC Comics

Lauren Mason learns that, just by saying the words “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” she changes into Yankee Girl. As Yankee Girl, Mason has super strength, is bulletproof, and can fly. She appears to be able to remain in her superhuman form for an indefinite period of time. Mason is engaged to Dr. Cory Habot.

 

Captain Flag – Archie Comics

Tom Townsend, the wealthy playboy son of an inventor father. The villain the Black Hand kidnaps him and his father, intending to torture Tom’s father in order to obtain the secret of his latest invention, but Tom’s father dies resisting the questioning. Before Tom, too, is killed, a great eagle crashes through the window and carries Tom off.

Training with the eagle’s aerie at the top of the mountain, the healthy environment and hard living made him an elite physical specimen. When the eagle brings a US flag, he took it on as his namesake and makes a costume out of the flag. He names his animal savior-turned-sidekick Yank the Eagle and went on to successfully thwart the Black Hand.

 

Lancelot Strong: Shield – Archie Comics

Lancelot’s scientist father developed a method to create a superhuman by expanding the mind, which he used on his infant son. After his father was killed by foreign agents, Lancelot was adopted by a farm couple and raised as their son. Once he hit his teens, he discovered the truth of his background and his powers: strength, flight, near-invulnerability, vision powers, the ability to generate lightning, and a few more. His father had created a patriotic costume for him, and he started off as the new superhero, the Shield. He soon joined the Army, while leading a double life as the Shield

 

Shield – Archie Comics

Tom Higgins was a scientist who was working on a formula that would grant superpowers. However, he was killed during the Black Tom Explosion set up by the Nazis and was framed for said explosion. Tom manages to tell his son Joe about the unfinished formula called S.H.I.E.L.D., which stood for Sacrum, Heart, Innervation, Eyes, Lungs, and Derma. Joe then became a chemist and completed the formula in order to clear his father’s good name.However before using the formula, his father’s killer goes after Joe. After being badly beaten, Joe crawls back to his lab and uses the formula into his body. He sealed himself into a special white suit and was exposed to “fluoroscopic rays” for 12 hours. This process gave him superpowers, allowing him to become the crime fighter called the Shield. The process also gives his costume its patriotic colors. He joined the FBI with his identity was only known by FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover.

The American – Dark Horse Comics

There have been hundreds of Americas, government operatives genetically altered to make them stronger and faster than normal humans, equipped with Kevlar outfits and working with highly trained special effects people to fake the other powers. A government cover-up was used to convince the American public that there was only one American.

 

Lady Liberty – DC Comics

Lady Liberty, a woman of French or Canadian origin, who channeled her energy-manipulating powers through a vessel shaped like a torch

Miss America – DC Comics

In the late spring of 1941 on Liberty Island, reporter Joan Dale has a dream that the Statue of Liberty comes to life and grants her the power to alter the nature of matter. She creates a colorful costume and becomes Miss America, one of America’s first heroines. In truth, she had been abducted by the top secret government agency, Project M, and her powers were actually the result of a secret experiment. They believed the experiment to be a failure and had returned her to whence she had been taken, leaving her none the wiser.

 

Uncle Sam – DC Comics

In Uncle Sam Quarterly #2, the Will Eisner version of Uncle Sam described his origin. He explained that he was originally Sam, a young man from what was then colonial America. When the colonies declared independence, he volunteered to fight in the burgeoning American army. He was killed in battle, but before he could pass on, a mysterious entity declared that he would become a spiritual embodiment of the new nation. Since then, Sam appeared whenever America needed him, lending his hands in the many conflicts it was involved with.

 

Wonder Woman – DC Comics

Wonder Woman is an Amazon warrior princess. The daughter of Hippolyta, she was given power by the Gods to fight against evil in all of its forms. Although she was raised entirely by women on the island of Themyscira, she is an ambassador to the world of man, spreading their idealistic message of strength and love. She fights crime and acts as a positive role model for women everywhere

 

Liberty Girl – Heroic Publications

Elena Hunter, America’s bronze goddess of freedom, the LIBERTY GIRL! From 1938 through 1956, she fought the good fight, doing battle against the enemies of freedom. Now, half a century later, she’s returned to us at last, just when we need her the most.

 

Super Patriot – Image Comics

Superpatriot was once Johnny Armstrong, a soldier in World War II. Captured by the Germans, Armstrong was used as a guinea pig for scientific experiments and gained superhuman powers. He destroyed the base at which he was being kept so the Nazis could not replicate the process on their troops and donned a American flag-styled costume to become Superpatriot.

 

American Dream – Marvel Comics

Shannon Carter is the daughter of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sharon Carter, who grew up idolizing Captain America. She got a job working as a tour guide for the Avengers Mansion. When the new Avengers team was formed, she was invited to join. She had designed a costume, created disc weapons that looked like miniature versions of Captain America’s shield, and underwent a lot of physical training to make herself as strong and as agile as humanly possible. She joined the team as the “American Dream”. Shannon soon proved herself to be worthy of Cap’s colors, and when the team had to save the original Avengers from a dark parallel reality, she proved that she was worthy of his shield; The original Captain America gave her the alternate Captain’s shield.

 

Captain America – Marvel Comics

Comics In World War II patriotic solider Steve Rogers recipient of the “Super Soldier Serum” became the living symbol of freedom, Captain America. Left for dead while frozen in ice, the star-spangled hero with an indestructible shield awoke years later to continue his never-ending battle for liberty.

 

Miss America – Marvel Comics

Madeline Joyce, the niece of a millionaire who was financing electrical experiments of an unknown nature in a converted lighthouse on the east coast of America. One night, Joyce was visiting the lighthouse during a violent electrical storm. She was caught in a powerful electrical discharge from the equipment triggered by the storm outside. Joyce miraculously survived the accident but lay in a coma for a week. The discharge, however, activated her latent mutant abilities.

 

ShieldMaster – Organic Comix

The Original ShieldMaster who was a hero from another plane of reality, a place named Shield World, that you can reach through black holes. He was the leader of the Shield Heroes, whose mission was to protect their world and their Queen. Until thier world was invaded by Annihilatron, a powerful conqueror, and they lost a desperate fight. Today, an American kid named Jess discovers he has been chosen to carry on the fight — right here on Earth.

 

Fighting American – Titan Comics

Patriotic television newscaster Johnny Flagg, a war hero much given to warning America about the dangers of communism. Those self-same communist agitators promptly beat him close to death, but on his deathbed he asks his feeble brother Nelson, who had been scripting Johnny’s red-baiting speeches all along, to carry on his fight. Days later, the army summons Nelson to a secret lab where Johnny’s revitalized body has been dressed in a stylish red, white, and blue costume. In the ensuing operation, Nelson’s brain is transferred to Johnny’s body and the fearless Fighting American is born

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

First Comics News - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 07:01

The staff of First Comics News wishes you and your families a Happy Independence Day…

Alex Wright, Bob Almond, Dærick Gröss Sr., Miguel Ortiz, Tanya Tate, Tim Chizmar, Holly Golightly, Art Sippo, Chris Marshall, Colt Cabana, Jamie Coville, Chris Squires, Francis Sky, Grant Offenberger, Kevin Noel Olson, Martin Boruta, Phil Latter, Calvin Daniels, Giovanni Aria, Ric Croxton, Wayne Hall, Jez Ibelle, Matthew Szewczyk, Reinhardt Schäfer, Richard Vasseur and Rik Offenberger

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CBS TELEVISION STUDIOS SDCC PANELS

First Comics News - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 05:36

CBS Television Studios presents the exclusive world premiere screenings of its new series CHARMED and MAGNUM P.I. at San Diego Comic-Con. As previously announced, cast and producers of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will beam into HALL H for a look back on season one and tease what’s ahead for season two.

The Studio will also present CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND in its first-ever Comic-Con appearance featuring a tell-all panel discussion with series co-creators to celebrate the final season. Also, CBS All Access will host a special marathon screening event of fan-favorite original episodes from the iconic cult classic THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Additionally, don’t miss a special sneak peek and panel discussion featuring Kevin Williamson alongside cast members of CBS All Access’ new psychological thriller, TELL ME A STORY, from Kapital Entertainment.

DETAILS ON PANELS AND EVENTS (in chronological order):

THURSDAY, JULY 19

“CHARMED” EXCLUSIVE SCREENING AND PANEL, 11:15 AM–12:15 PM, BALLROOM 20 – The iconic CHARMED is back just in time to celebrate its 20th anniversary. This reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who, after the tragic loss of their mother, discover they are powerful witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done. Please join series stars Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock and Rupert Evans, along with producers Jennie Snyder Urman, Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, for an exclusive sneak peek of the first episode of The CW series followed by a panel discussion.

#Charmed #SDCC

Facebook: @CharmedCW

Twitter: @cw_charmed

Instagram: @cw_charmed

“TELL ME A STORY,” 12:15–12:45 PM, BALLROOM 20 – Step into the world of TELL ME A STORY, the latest project from the brilliant mind of Kevin Williamson. In this reimagining of the world’s most beloved fairy tales, see “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel” come to life as dark and twisted psychological thrillers interweaving with each other against the backdrop of modern day New York City. Join executive producer Kevin Williamson, as well as series stars Paul Wesley and James Wolk, for an exclusive sneak peek of the CBS All Access series followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by the editor-in-chief of Entertainment Weekly, Henry Goldblatt.

#CBSAllAccess #SDCC

Facebook: @CBSAllAccess

Instagram: @CBSAllAccess

“MAGNUM P.I.” EXCLUSIVE SCREENING AND PANEL, 4:15–5:30 PM, ROOM 6A – MAGNUM P.I. is a modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum has Juliet Higgins and her Dobermans to keep him in line, as well as his trusted buddies and fellow POW survivors TC and Rick when he needs backup on a job. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case! Please join series stars Jay Hernandez and Perdita Weeks and executive producers Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim for an exclusive sneak peak of the premiere episode of the new CBS series followed by a panel discussion.

#MagnumPI #SDCC

Facebook: @MagnumPICBS

Twitter: @MagnumPICBS

Instagram: @MagnumPICBS

“CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND”: THE FINAL CURTAIN CALL, 5:45–6:30 PM, ROOM 6A – As the critically acclaimed CW series enters its final season, come celebrate and take a trip down memory lane with co-creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna as they look back on some of the series’ most memorable moments and talk about what’s ahead for Rebecca Bunch. The panel will be moderated by series guest star Michael McMillian and will include a special performance and never-before-seen footage.

#CrazyExGirlfriend #SDCC

Facebook: @Crazyxgf

Twitter: @CW_CrazyXGF

Instagram: @cw_crazyxgf

FRIDAY, JULY 20

“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” PANEL, 1:30–2:30 PM, HALL H – Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon. “Star Trek” inspired developments in science and technology, broke social barriers, and transported viewers around the globe to new adventures and uncharted frontiers. Last fall, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY continued that tradition and followed the voyages of Starfleet aboard the U.S.S. Discovery. Join the cast and producers of this CBS All Access series to look back on season one and find out where the crew is headed as it transports into its second season.

Cast members scheduled to appear include Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo and Anson Mount alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. The panel will be moderated by series guest star Tig Notaro, who will appear as Chief Engineer Reno.

#StarTrekDiscovery #SDCC

Facebook: @StarTrekCBS

Twitter: @StarTrekCBS

Instagram: @StarTrekCBS

“THE TWILIGHT ZONE” MARATHON SCREENING, 7:15–9:15 PM, ROOM 6A – THE TWILIGHT ZONE new original series will be coming soon to CBS All Access in a modern reimagining of the iconic series that took viewers to another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. It was a journey into a wondrous land of imagination for five years on CBS, from 1959-1964. The godfather of sci-fi series, the show explored humanity’s hopes, despairs, pride and prejudice in metaphoric ways conventional dramas could not. Please join us for a special marathon screening and a look back at some of the fan-favorite episodes from the original series. Concessions and an exclusive giveaway item will be provided.

#CBSAllAccess #SDCC

Facebook: @CBSAllAccess

Instagram: @CBSAllAccess

SATURDAY, JULY 20

“CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND LIVE” STARRING RACHEL BLOOM, 7:30 PM, BALBOA THEATRE – The cast of the CW’s award-winning musical dramedy CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND is taking their show on the road in this live tour. Join Rachel Bloom, the rest of the cast and the CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND songwriters as they bring the show’s songs to life in this very special live concert event. This is a ticketed event and is currently sold out. For more info, please visit: https://sandiegotheatres.org/rachel-bloom/

DETAILS ON ACTIVATIONS AND GIVEAWAYS:

CBS COMEDY CARS – From Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, CBS will offer complimentary rides throughout the Gaslamp District in branded electric cars. Featured shows will include the new fall comedies THE NEIGHBORHOOD and HAPPY TOGETHER. Trailers of the series will be screened for the passengers in those cars as well. Brand ambassadors will distribute giveaways making their debut at Comic-Con, including a variety of collectable emoji squeezies for THE NEIGHBORHOOD and HAPPY TOGETHER.

“MAGNUM P.I.” TAKEOVER – On Thursday, July 19, CBS will cruise the streets of Comic-Con in a branded Ferrari 488 to promote the return of MAGNUM P.I. Brand ambassadors will distribute red sunglasses and Hawaiian leis.

“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” PEDICABS – From Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, CBS will offer free “intergalactic” rides throughout San Diego’s Gaslamp District in pedicabs inspired by the design of the U.S.S. Discovery’s captain’s chair. The pedicabs will feature the chair’s distinctive stitched black seats as well as video monitors built into its armrests, which in this case will screen trailers for the highly anticipated second season of the show. As an added touch, each vehicle will display an illuminated U.S.S. Discovery delta shield on the back.

“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” MIRROR UNIVERSE GALLERY TAKEOVER – CBS is creating a fully immersive STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Mirror Universe experience at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery (363 Fifth Avenue, San Diego); Comic-Con badges are not required for entry. The exhibit, scheduled to run from Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, will feature a photo opportunity with Emperor Georgiou’s throne and will showcase props and costumes from the series’ Terran Empire. The gallery will also house an official “Star Trek” shop with Comic-Con exclusives.

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RICH REVIEWS: Unnatural # 1

First Comics News - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 05:17

Title: Unnatural # 1
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer/Artist/Cover: Mirka Andolfo
Variant Cover: Milo Manara
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.imagecomics.com
Comments: The art is simply gorgeous in this comic and the colors are stunning. Leslie is a pig girl and she even has a cute curly tail. Her pet dragon is so cute. Then it switches to the real world and the art is presented in a more common day style.
There is T&A in this comic so it is a mature one. This issue shows that racism and opinions about gays are still a thing at least in this world of Hybrids.
A proofreader was needed on this comic.
Leslie is an everyday pig girl just living her life and trying to get by in a world that has rules she does not want to follow.
As Leslie dreams the artwork pops out at you. This little piglet enjoys playing with the big bad wolf. Only he is not so bad and has a kind and caring face.
The government here forces its hybrids to procreate in a government program. So they are forced to have sex.
Leslie is such a wonderful pig girl and you will find yourself caring for her. This comic does pull you into her life and you will want only the best for her. Her character is so lovable.

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RICH REVIEWS: Elvira Mistress of the Dark # 1

First Comics News - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 05:09

Title: Elvira Mistress of the Dark # 1
Publisher: Dynamite
Writer: David Avallone
Artist: Dave Acosta
Colorist: Andrew Covalt
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Joseph Michael Linsner
Variant Cover: J. Bone, Kyle Strahm with Greg Smallwood, Craig Cermak with Brittany Pezzillo, Robert Hack with Francesco Francavilla
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.dynamite.com
Comments: Elvira is making a movie when something in her trailer is going on. Elvira is presented from the start just as you have come to expect, she is fun and exciting with a touch of the supernatural. She is illustrated as one spooky beauty. She is still the woman with the mostest, especially up top.
Her adventure does land her in a place most unexpected. She gets to meet a literary great. The setting is gothic and creepy.
A warrior makes his appearance. He is a striking figure in armor.
Having Elvira breaking the fourth wall is great. It does add humor to the issue. The sexual innuendo is fun and it is so out of place in the time period makes it even more fun to see.
Elvira and her magic time traveling coffin, that is certainly new and it takes her on to another literary great.
This comic has a few nice new twists and keeps the parts of Elvira, you all love. No not those two parts. Her personality is so enjoyable.
Elvira is back and she is still the mostest.

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MARVEL COMICS RETURNS TO SDCC WITH EXCITING PANELS, REVEALS, EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAYS AND MORE!

First Comics News - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 21:11

New York, NY—July 3rd, 2018—In a few weeks, Marvel Comics will be blasting into San Diego Comic Con – and you won’t want to miss what we’ve got in-store for fans! Join all-star Marvel creators such as Donny Cates, Nick Spencer, Margaret Stohl, Skottie Young, Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, and Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski for an exciting line-up of panels that you won’t want to miss, featuring breaking news, exciting reveals, exclusive giveaways, and more!

 

Catch all the action later this month at San Diego Comic-Con and check out the full schedule of Marvel Comics panels below!

 

 

MARVEL: Making Comics the Marvel Way

Thursday 7/19/18, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Room 25ABC

Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Talent Scout Rickey Purdin join a multitude of Mighty Marvel Guests to take you behind-the-scenes and show you how a Marvel comic book is made! Learn about every aspect of production including writing, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering, editing, and more – with creators on hand to offer personal insights and anecdotes. If you’re interested in the ins-and-outs of the comic book industry, this is the one panel you can’t miss!

 

 

MARVEL COMICS: Spider-Man

Friday 7/20, 12:30-1:30pm

Room 5AB

Editor Nick Lowe with his Amazing Friends Nick Spencer (Amazing Spider-Man) and Donny Cates (Venom) swing into SDCC with all the hottest spider-news! Nick Spencer ushers in a new era for Spidey that takes the web-head back to basics, while all-new Venom writer Donny Cates lays out what’s in store for the symbiotic hero in both the past and present in his definitive take on the character. PLUS, learn the latest about your favorite spider-heroes from across time and space as they crawl closer and closer towards the Edge of Spider-Geddon!

 

 

MARVEL: Cup O’Joe – Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary

Friday 7/20, 1:30-2:30pm

Room 5AB

Join Joe and fellow comics legend Jimmy Palmiotti as they reflect on the industry-redefining MARVEL KNIGHTS imprint as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.  What was it like to pioneer this bold new storytelling style for Marvel’s heroes, and how has it impacted Marvel comics, movies, and television series over the last two decades?  Learn about all this and more at this must-attend retrospective – and bring your own burning questions!  NOT to be missed by any fan of the Mighty Marvel Manner!

 

 

MARVEL COMICS: Next Big Thing

Saturday 7/21, 1:45-2:45pm

Room 6A

Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and star Executive Editor Nick Lowe are joined by Donny Cates (Cosmic Ghost Rider, Death of Inhumans) and Margaret Stohl (Life of Captain Marvel) to discuss the startling stories and initiatives that are truly the NEXT BIG THINGS in the Marvel Universe!  In Fantastic Four, the Richards family is heading back to Earth, but they still have one more cosmic obstacle to overcome. Meanwhile, the specter of death hangs around the Inhumans and the Ghost Rider of a dark future in Donny Cates’ Death of Inhumans and Cosmic Ghost Rider. And as the Infinity Wars ignite, are any characters truly safe? All this, plus learn more about the definitive origin of Captain Marvel as Margaret Stohl opens up about Life of Captain Marvel!  If you want to learn about the biggest Marvel stories of 2018, this is THE panel not to miss!

 

 

MARVEL COMICS: Meet the Editor-in-Chief!

Saturday 7/21, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Room 6A

This is your chance to meet the new head of editorial at Marvel! In this exclusive one-on-one interview led by Skottie Young (Deadpool), freshly-minted Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski will talk about anything and everything involved in what’s next for Marvel. Want to know where to search for the Infinity Stones? Dying to find out what’s next for Wolverine? What does Forbush Man really look like without his helmet? Ask C.B. these questions and more in the Q&A!  PLUS – don’t miss a surprise exclusive giveaway variant comic!

 

 

MARVEL: True Believers*

Sunday 7/22, 10:00am-11:00am

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Join Executive Editor Nick Lowe along with creators Ryan North (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), Robbie Thompson (Spider-Man/Deadpool), and Jeremy Whitley (Unstoppable Wasp) for a private panel discussion of what’s happening inside the Marvel Universe.  Get FREE merchandise, never-before-seen sneak peeks of upcoming comics, Q&A session and more!  Not to be missed! Open only to Marvel Unlimited Plus members and Marvel MasterCard cardholders.

*Panel line-up is subject to change. Free items available while supplies last.  Must have valid ID and one of the following for entry: Marvel MasterCard Member – Event Invite, Marvel MasterCard, or event RSVP confirmation; Marvel Unlimited Plus Members – membership card, or MU+ order confirmation email.

 

 

MARVEL COMICS: X-Men

Sunday 7/22, 11:15am-12:15pm

Room 5AB

Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, Sina Grace (Iceman), Seanan Maguire (X-Men Gold Annual), Matthew Rosenberg (Astonishing X-Men), and Tom Taylor (X-Men Red) take you through the full spectrum of current X-Men madness! The Red, Blue, and Gold teams confront Atlanteans, uncertainty, and Extermination, and the secrets of a NEW X-team are revealed! Deadpool and X-23 both rediscover their roots, and the Astonishing team faces ever stranger challenges! PLUS- Stay for the whole panel for an exclusive giveaway variant comic!

 

Don’t miss your chance to hear all the news and excitement from Marvel Comics at San Diego Comic Con!

 

 

 

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Marty’s Kickstarter Pick … The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck

First Comics News - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 20:36

Canadian Comic Book Alliance member  Mark Allard-Will has recently launched his latest Kickstart Project, The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck. Below are all the juicy details from the Kickstarter page.

What’s in the story?

Tudor-era England, the deeply rural county of Suffolk, to be specific. Queen Elizabeth I is on the Throne. In the small village of Bungay, life sits in an undisturbed status quo; Peasants labour over backbreaking work tilling the fields by hand, the Merchant Class preside over looms and textile traders and Bungay Castle lays peacefully dormant as it has for the centuries passed since Hugh Bigod was pulled from it by Royal Guard to face execution after a failed rebellion against King Henry II…

…but one fateful early August night in 1577, peace is disturbed in this unassuming village, when a Beast tears through the Church doors; leaving claw marks that appear to be scorched into the Wood with an intense heat, claw marks that can be seen to this very day. Inside the Church, the Beast is said to have feasted upon four unsuspecting worshippers.

Some say the Beast is a big Demon Dog, eight-feet-tall when on all-fours with fur as black as tar. Others say its Eyes burn with the white-hot flames of Hell itself. Rumours abound and before you know it perhaps the most legendary of all British mythical beasts are born: Black Shuck

What makes the book unique?

Many people have told the story of Black Shuck before, but it’s usually compounded into a mere retelling of the professed events and sighting in St. Mary’s Church, Bungay, Suffolk on the 4th of August 1577. In The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck, Suffolk born and bred Comic Book Writer, Mark Allard-Will, attempts to do the impossible and give Black Shuck a back story set against the backdrop of England’s long-rooted history of Christian suppression of the Pagan cultures that once roamed the lands in a relative peace; turning the story of Black Shuck from simple retelling into a tense, edge-of-your-seat Historical Fiction with all the Horror trimmings you’d expect.

Beginning in the long and hard-fought battle for supremacy over Britain’s shores between the pagan Vikings and the devotedly Christian Saxons of the late 800s and ending in the Tudor-era of 1577, Mark’s reimagining of the story of Black Shuck will take you on a journey from the Horrors of War to the echoes of a simpler past, all set to the backdrop of a Beast that has come to define storytelling in rural England and around the English-speaking World.

What happens after you’ve chosen to support The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck?

ART: Ryan Howe, the Artist is best known for his adventure Graphic Novel series Daisy Black: Pilot for Hire (Soaring Penguin Press), is currently several pages in to the Artwork of The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck; BUT that’s why we need you, as a career Artist Ryan needs to get paid to continue working. With the money generated from the Kickstarter, Ryan will be able to finish the project’s Artwork and hand it over it the Colourist and Letterer.

COLOURING AND LETTERING: Once Art is complete, all finished Comic Pages are handed over to the project’s Colourist and Letterer, Elaine M. Will. Elaine is best known for her work on Look Straight Ahead and Dust-Ship Glory (Renegade Arts Entertainment). The completion of Colouring and Lettering will see the project be ready for Book Layout and Proofing.

BOOK LAYOUT/DESIGN AND PROOF-READING: Once Elaine has all the Colours and Lettering finished, the Book will then be ready for the process of preparing the Book into its finalised layout for both Print and Digital Downloads. After completing the layout/design of the finalised Book, a proof-reading process will occur to be sure that no errors remain before sending the finished Book off to the Printers.

PRINTING AND FULFILMENT (APRIL 2019): Once proof-reading is completed, the Book will be sent off to the Printers for printing; once received back we will begin the process of mailing out your pledges to you (estimated April 2019).

Physical copies of the graphic novel are available at the $20CAD reward level so super affordable. Check it out and pledge HERE

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Delilah S. Dawson and Matias Basla Debut “SPARROWHAWK” at BOOM! Studios

First Comics News - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 18:32

The Road To San Diego Announcement #2: Discover The Teen Victorian Fairy Fight Club in October 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 28, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to continue The Road to San Diego, a ten-day spotlight on the most exciting comic book and graphic novel news in advance of Comic Con International in San Diego (July 18-22), with the announcement of SPARROWHAWK #1, kicking off a new five issue limited series in October 2018 from the acclaimed writer Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny) and rising star artist Matias Basla (The Claw and Fang).

As the daughter of a Naval Captain born of two very different worlds, Artemesia has never fit in with her father’s family, nor the high-class life to which they belong in the complicated time that is London, 1851. However, when she is targeted by the Faerie Queen and pulled into another realm with even deadlier threats than she’s experienced in the Victorian Era, Art finds she has no choice but to try and save the world that has always hated her.

“Dark and twisted but alive with hope, SPARROWHAWK plunges you into a savagely beautiful world where I hope you, too, will want to earn your wings,” said Delilah S. Dawson. “You’ll meet a heroine who will spit her own blood in a fairy’s face to survive; her mentor who happens to be a flying jackalope who can’t lie… and yet still doesn’t quite tell the truth; an evil fairy who refuses to kill; and the monstrous twin of Pumbaa from The Lion King. Get ready to join the fairy fight club that’s one part Labyrinth, another part Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty and married to the beautiful visual landscape that Matias has created.”

SPARROWHAWK is one of the most of the inspiring stories I’ve read in a long time – I knew I had to work on this after reading Delilah’s amazing script,” said Matias Basla. “As an artist, the series leaves me a lot of room to experiment in creating the look for a new, rich fantasy world that evolves in exciting ways with each issue.”

SPARROWHAWK #1 features a main cover by Miguel Mercado (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers) and a variant cover by Stephanie Hans (Star Wars).

“Delilah and Matias have crafted a beautiful, gripping story that takes readers on a journey to magical worlds and into combat with fantastic creatures, all with a special Victorian flair,” said Chris Rosa, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “But, at the heart of it, SPARROWHAWK is about the timeless struggle to find acceptance in a world that so often defines us, and tries to confine us, by our appearance, or identity, what happens once someone pushes back against those oppressive structures.”

SPARROWHAWK 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, Planet of the Apes, Big Trouble in Little China, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, Mech Cadet Yu, Grass Kings, and Klaus.

Print copies of SPARROWHAWK #1 will be available for sale in October 2018 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 the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on SPARROWHAWK and more from BOOM! Studios’ The Road To San Diego, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.



 





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THUNDER from Two Gargoyles Comics

First Comics News - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 15:02

HALF NORSE GOD. HALF CANADIAN. SUPER POLITE.

Half-mortal, half Norse God, Devon Wells returns home to Canada after a youth spent in Asgard and steps onto the path to becoming a hero.

A terrorist is threatening to blow up a dam. Called to action, Devon arrives as Thunder, setting in motion a world-changing chain of events that include a villain in technological armour, old gods, magical powers, monkey-faced computer geeks and beings from other dimensions!
THUNDER is an ongoing series focussing on a young man’s journey to herohood, re-acclimatizing to life on Midgard (Earth), and overcoming the obstacles to being whole again.

Written by Michael McAdam – www.twogargs.com
Art by Mark Marvida

THUNDER is available in print or digital format from indyplanet.com at: http://www.indyplanet.us/comics/134854/

In Calgary, at the following fine comic stores:
Words & Pictures – 2610 Centre St NE, Calgary, AB Phone: (403) 282-8870
Another Dimension – 424 10 St NW, Calgary, AB Phone: (403) 283-7078
Redd Skull Comics – 720A Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB Phone: (403) 230-2716

For more information about THUNDER and other Two Gargoyles comics visit our website: http://www.twogargs.com!

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BOOM! Studios Introduces Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY Comics

First Comics News - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 14:23

The Road To San Diego Announcement #1: BOOM! Studios Takes The Crew of The Serenity Back to The War of Unification in November 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 2, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to kick off The Road to San Diego, a ten-day spotlight on the most exciting comic book and graphic novel news in advance of Comic Con International in San Diego (July 18-22), with the announcement it has acquired the comic book and graphic novel publishing license to Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY, the iconic worldwide pop culture phenomenon. BOOM! Studios will release new monthly comic book series, limited series, original graphic novels and more that officially expand the rich mythology created in television, film and beyond in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products.

Created by visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and set 500 years in the future in the wake of a universal civil war, FIREFLY centers on the crew of Serenity, a small transport spaceship that doesn’t have a planet to call home. Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds, a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the totalitarian governed Alliance, will undertake any job — legal or not — to stay afloat and keep his crew fed. Thrust together by necessity but staying together out of loyalty, these disparate men and women are seeking adventure and the good life, but face constant challenges on the new frontier, such as avoiding capture by the Alliance, and evading the dangers you find on the fringes of the universe.

Beginning in November with the release of FIREFLY #1, from New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak (World War Hulk, Mech Cadet Yu), artist Dan McDaid (Judge Dredd), and story consultant Joss Whedon himself, BOOM! Studios will take you back to the battleground where it all began…and reveal a secret history that might end it all. Fans have demanded it for years and now the definitive story of the Unification War—the intergalactic civil war that divided friend and family alike—is told at last!

“It’s high time we got to see the full story of Mal and Zoe’s meeting and mission in the War of Unification—the good and bad that the pressure of war brings out in them, and the unforeseeable consequences,” said Joss Whedon. “Greg Pak and Dan McDaid are bringing a unique voice to the world of Firefly. It’s an important story for any dedicated browncoat to read, but more importantly, it’s a big gorram adventure.”

Firefly is such a special show, formative for so many of us today in the kinds of stories it told and the kinds of characters it created and we’re so lucky to be able to continue Mal and Zoe and the rest of the crew’s story here,” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Exploring the Unification War allows us to show you a side of the Firefly universe you’ve never seen before, while still wrestling with the same themes that make the show as resonant today as it was when it first aired: loyalty, identity, and the price of redemption.”

Mal thought he could outrun his past, but when a simple heist goes wrong, he’s forced to confront it in the form of the Unificators, mercenaries deputized to hunt down war criminals…and they’ve got Mal and Zoe at the top of their list! War can make villains of even the best men, and Mal’s quest for redemption will put him at odds with his own crew, forcing him to make a choice: fix the past or fight for the future.

“I was a sci-fi nerd who grew up in Texas, so Firefly’s space western vibe had me from howdy. I also just love the show’s combination of humor and action with honest emotional storytelling,” said Greg Pak. “That’s a real sweet spot for me as a fan and a creator, and I’m thrilled to be able to join in on the fun. These characters are a dream to work with—they’re all so well defined and interestingly matched with such great relationships and rivalries that putting any two of ’em together almost immediately results in a great scene. And the fact that the worldbuilding and big themes of the series are so compelling but still leave miles of room to explore means that the door’s wide open for fantastic new stories. I’m honored and thrilled to join the crew and can’t wait ’til you see what we have planned.”

Firefly the show kind of passed me by the first time, but I adored the feature film Serenity (it was a first date movie for me and my partner!) and I’ve since gone back and devoured that one brief, beautiful season,” said Dan McDaid. “It’s amazing to be able to bring you even more from that world and to work with Greg Pak, the guy who wrote the best run of Hulk comics in the modern age! That’s so huge for me and it’s still sinking in. I honestly can’t wait for you to see what we’ve got lined up; this comic book is going to be—in the truest sense—epic.”

FIREFLY #1 is available exclusively in comic shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) on November 14, 2018 with a main cover by superstar Lee Garbett (Skyward), along with variant covers by Jock (Batman), J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Bill Sienkiewicz (Daredevil), Joe Quinones (America) and more.

Arriving in stores the same day, FIREFLY: LEGACY EDITION BOOK ONE collects previously released Serenity comics for the first time under one cover in a new value-priced format as Mal & the crew ride again in these official sequels to the critically acclaimed Firefly television series and Serenity film.

FIREFLY 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, Planet of the Apes, Abbott, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, Mech Cadet Yu, Grass Kings, and Klaus.

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

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Weird Revisited: Stone Walls; Iron Bars

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 11:00
This post is loosely a follow-up to one my one on the lower planes last week, in that it continues to riff on ideas for Taterus/Carceri. It first appeared in 2011. This would pretty much become the Weird Adventures view of the plane.

The Black Iron Prison is the Plane of Confinement. Despite it’s name, the prison is not always as apparent as iron bars and stone walls (though it has plenty of that, carved as it was from ancient bones of some demonic titan)--its evil is more subtle than that. Restriction and imprisonment of various forms permeate it.

Portals to the plane are sometimes found on the Material Plane in the form palm-sized, rusted, black iron boxes, heavier than they appear.  Visitors to the plane describe an "outer" desert of squalid intern camps, stretched arond and inner, three (or more) dimensional Escher maze of cell-blocks, isolation chambers, and interrogation rooms.

The plane is the home (and the prison) of the deodands, a vile race sentenced to serve as the guards and administrators of the apotheosis prison as punishment for ancient crime. Demonologists have cataloged three primary castes or species of these creatures (though there are undoubtably more):

The lowest caste of deodands are tall, emaciated, scabrous creatures with frog-like mouths. Their bare skins weep a tarry ichor from numerous injection sites. They're junkies and dealers; they mix the astral excreta of despair, callousness, and resignation that oozes from the souls that fall into their hands with the bile of arthropodals that make their homes in the prison’s substructure and inject it beneath their skin. The tarry substance--and a brief respite from their paranoia in a cold, sneering high--are the result. The tar is packaged and sold (to the prisoners to be smoked or injected) in exchange for pleasant memories or dreams or hopes--anything that defines the former self-hood of the soul. When not engaged in commerce, these tar demodands are the menials of the prison.  On the Material Plane, their shadows have the same viscous consistence as their tar, but no psychoactive properties.

The middle caste are the color of a fresh bruise.  Their limbs are swollen like blood sausages, and their tick-like bellies appear filled to near bursting, sloshing loathesomely as they waddle or fly drunkenly on ridiculously small wings. Their bloated faces are unpleasantly human-like and wear expressions of volutuous satiety, complete with drool running from the corners of their mouths and down their double (or triple) chins. Always their skins appear to glisten as if oiled; this is due to a slime they secrete.  They sweat even more when they eat, and they eat almost constantly. They fancy themselves gourmets, and there is nothing they consider so refined as dining on astral substance of souls. They prefer fatted souls, though, and always expose victims to their slime before dining on them.  Under the slime's influence, the poor souls become grossly corpulent. At that point, they're ready for the slime deodands to drain them to emaciation but never destruction. The they restart the slime feeding and the process begins again. Slime deodands are torturers and interrogators in the deodand hierarchy.

The highest caste are strutting, sadistic martinets--the wardens and senior guards of the prison. They’re vaguely human-like in form, but with pale, wrinkled skin that seems ill-fitted to their bodies. They’re androgynous with bald heads and unfeminine faces, but pendulous breasts and high-pitched voices. They have a penchant for dressing in uniforms, the more elaborate the better. Sagging deodands (as they’re called) are found of searches, interrogations, and tortures. They foster paranoia not as a hobby, or even a vocation, but simply due to their natures. Infractions are always found, and prisoners are encouraged to inform on others--but only after they themselves are questioned to the breaking point.

It’s a good thing for Prime Material Plane that deodands seldom arrive on it unbidden. Sadistic sorcerers have been known to arrange “renditions” for enemies, though the price for such a service is rumored to be steep.

RICH REVIEWS: The Immortal # 1

First Comics News - Sat, 06/30/2018 - 21:10

Title: The Immortal: Deja Vu # 1
Publisher: 215 Ink
Art and Story by: Darryl Knickrehm
Price: $ 2.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.215ink.com
Comments: Z is a man with a mystery. He is also some kind of bounty hunter. The hook to the story is when he regenerates he loses his recent memories. So Z decides to find his bounty by going through the steps of his past day.
The black and white artwork is beautifully rendered. The one page into the temple showing how vast it is drawn with so much attention to detail. The depth as well makes it seem like a 3-D picture.
The story is confusing. It takes about Z’s dreams and mixes this with the real world so your not sure for a bit which is which. Then the story focuses on Z going after a Princess.
Spider parakeets with guns that is something new.
The story does have some twists and turns and a mystery. What exactly is going on here we need some clues and answers.
Z is one cool character and his life is one that is not for everyone. He is a guy though you will come to like and look forward to seeing him come back and come back again and again.

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Wayne’s Worlds: Whatever Happened to the Trunks of Tomorrow?

First Comics News - Sat, 06/30/2018 - 16:27

Superman’s red trunks are back! It happened in Action Comics #1000.

However, not everyone is happy this is taking place.

Let me give my two cents on this subject!

IT’S DANGEROUS TO CHANGE A CLASSIC

First thing, do we really call them “trunks” as in “swimming trunks?” I’ve seen them referred to as “shorts” (as in “boxer shorts”) or even “pants,” the latter of which I have preferred. When statues and figures came out with Batman in his new duds, I would tell people I don’t like the Dark Knight without his pants on. I got the strangest looks when I’d say that… .

Back when the New 52 was coming around, DC thought that might be a good time to implement some changes to the costumers their heroes were wearing. Jim Lee was recruited to come up with more modern takes on the heroes’ uniforms. After all, a visual change is often one that lets people know something new is happening.

Now, I have to say that I do like the new outfits he came up with. It makes total sense to me that heroes would want to wear armor to protect themselves, especially given the weapons the bad guys have at their disposal today.

The only exception to that rule was Superman, who is himself invulnerable and has worn a costume woven from the threads in the ship that brought him to Earth. (Okay, John Byrne liked him wearing a cape that could get torn at times. It was a thing.)

It might be – just might be – that one of the reasons the Man of Steel got a wardrobe change had to do with what was going on with the Siegel and Schuster families. DC may have wanted to make just enough changes to show they could go on with a Superman costume that was different enough that the fans would be okay with it and they didn’t need to pay the families so much. I don’t know for sure on that, I’m just guessing here. Someone might know much more about this than I do!

The trick is that Superman wore those duds for decades. He wore them in comics, in TV, in movies and on clothes from underwear to winter coats. People got really attached to that image. It represented “truth, justice and the American way,” after all. To some, changing his outfit was even thought of as unpatriotic.

BACK WE GO

However, I was okay with the change. And I’m okay with going back to the original.

I know that makes me sound wishy-washy, but I actually like them both. I guess if I had to say which one I prefer, I’d go with the classic one with the trunks. Maybe he could switch to the Lee armor if Kryptonite was around?

I have seen people look at the guy wearing the New 52 armor and wonder just who that was. They didn’t think it was Superman, so maybe it was a brother or a cousin or something. They couldn’t figure it out. After all, Superman wore the red trunks, they’d say!

On one level, it makes sense to go back to the classic outfit because there are literally millions of promotional items with that costume on it. Granted, the New 52 outfit hasn’t been around long enough to get out in the public as much.

And given that DC actually changed Supermen during the New 52, it can be kind of confusing.

I applaud DC in that they can realize when something new isn’t working as well as something older. They returned Barbara Gordon to Batgirl when it became apparent that none of her replacements held a candle to her.

One of the great things that DC can now do is use that old familiar phrase – “Back because you demanded it!” Whenever a comics company makes a change and they need to return to the way it was done previously, that catchline resurfaces. Did fans really demand it? Maybe, maybe not. But it sounds good, anyway!

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN

It’s ironic to me that Marvel is also bringing back some of their classic characters. Of course, their changes seem to have been much more significant. I mean, after all – a woman hero instead of a man compared to shorts versus no shorts. Really.

Still, I’ve enjoyed a lot of the New 52 and Rebirth. The returning of focus back to the core of the characters has been really worthwhile, I feel.

I also have conflicting feelings about Batman. I really like the new Greg Capullo-designed costume. In fact, I just got the action figure wearing it. But I still would like to see the Dark Knight back in the blue trunks and the big black bat across his chest. That was really classic to me.

Who knows what classic hero or costume will come back next? I can’t wait to find out!

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BOOM! Studios Announces New “LEGACY EDITION” Format

First Comics News - Sat, 06/30/2018 - 01:21

Top Pop Culture Franchises Collected in New Value Priced Format Beginning in Late 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 28, 2018) – BOOM! Studios today announced the introduction of an all-new LEGACY EDITION softcover format, collecting every issue of the most popular BOOM! Studios series in chronological order and in a newly designed, value priced format for the very first time.

The first LEGACY EDITION softcover collections will arrive in late 2018, beginning with a top-secret, currently unannounced series, and then continue into 2019 with top pop culture franchises including:

SONS OF ANARCHY

Kurt Sutter, the visionary behind Sons of Anarchy, delivers the epic outlaw story of Charming’s most notorious biker gang in this official tie in to the hit television series, collected in this all new format for the first time!

With stories taking place between Seasons 3 and 4, and running parallel to Season 6 of the hit show, writers Christopher Golden (B.P.R.D.) and Ed Brisson (Old Man Logan) and illustrators Damian Couceiro (Iron Fist) and Jesús Hervás (Penny Dreadful) weave tales of SAMCRO attempting to keep the family together, while also staying one step ahead of the law.

  • Sons of Anarchy: Legacy Edition Book One, collecting Sons of Anarchy #1-14, on sale in January 2019

  • Sons of Anarchy: Legacy Edition Book Two, collecting Sons of Anarchy #15-25, on sale in April 2019

  • Sons of Anarchy: Legacy Edition Book Three, collecting Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original #1-12, on-sale in July 2019

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

Legendary director John Carpenter returns with Eric Powell (The Goon) and artist Brian Churilla (Secret History of D.B. Cooper) in the continuing adventures of Jack Burton, taking place mere moments after the ending to the cult-classic film.

Jack Burton, a macho, truck-driving adventurer, finds a stowaway demon hiding on his rig, The Pork Chop Express, but that soon becomes the least of his troubles. He helped his best friend Wang save his fiancée from the clutches of an ancient sorcerer, but now the wedding has been invaded by more evil forces with one thing on their minds—revenge against Jack Burton!

  • Big Trouble in Little China: Legacy Edition Book One, collecting Big Trouble in Little China #1-12, on-sale in June 2019

  • Big Trouble in Little China: Legacy Edition Book Two, collecting Big Trouble in Little China #13-25, on-sale in September 2019

  • Big Trouble in Little China: Legacy Edition Book Three, collecting Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #1-12, on-sale in December 2019

“The new LEGACY EDITION format is an important part of BOOM! Studios continued efforts to bring new readers into the world of comics with value-priced collections that attract readers who might be experiencing comics for the first time,” said Bryce Carlson, VP of Editorial & Creative Strategy. “With true seminal pop culture properties like Sons of Anarchy and Big Trouble in Little China, alongside some top secret franchises you’ll hear about soon, these LEGACY EDITION collections are the perfect place to point the new comic book reader in your life.”

For news on LEGACY EDITION collections and more from BOOM!

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KICK-ASS IS BACK WITH NEW VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK THIS SEPTEMBER

First Comics News - Sat, 06/30/2018 - 01:19

PORTLAND, OR, 06/29/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that the beloved KICK-ASS series is back with an all new story arc and the perfect jumping-on point for new readers this September in KICK-ASS: THE NEW GIRL, VOL. 1 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. This trade paperback will collect issues #1-6 of THE NEW GIRL story arc.

In KICK-ASS: THE NEW GIRL, VOL. 1, Kick-Ass returns readier than ever to wipe out the city’s criminal lowlives, destroy its gangs, and save its communities from decay. But there’s a new face beneath the old mask, a new figure wearing that famous green and yellow spandex. Who is this new vigilante superhero? Who can fill Dave Lizewski’s shoes? WHO IS THE NEW KICK-ASS?

KICK-ASS: THE NEW GIRL, VOL. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0832-9, Diamond Code: JAN188525) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, September 12th and bookstores on Tuesday, September 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book stores is Monday, August 6th.

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Dynamite Entertainment Offers Fan Pre-Orders for new Vampirella #1 Box Set!

First Comics News - Sat, 06/30/2018 - 01:01

Check Out the Great Series by Kristina Deak-Linsner and Joseph Michael Linsner!

June 28th, 2018, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Today, Dynamite Entertainment announces the launch of their latest Kickstarter campaign, benefitting fans of Kristina Deak-Linsner and Joseph Michael Linsner’s recent work on Vampirella, with a limited edition, collectible box set. Joe’s artwork continues to be sought after among fans and Dynamite has heeded their words with a complete collection of his #1 issue!

Following the success of the Vampirella/Dawn crossover event, Vampirella is back with a new, solo series, and Linsner is penciling her from a script written by Kristina Deak-Linsner. To celebrate the series’ upcoming launch, Dynamite is offering all five covers of issue #1, and two exclusive prints (one signed by Linsner), collected inside a high-quality, magnetic-closing box, featuring Linsner’s artwork, inside and out. This box set will have an SRP of $199.99 at retail, but fans can pre-order this box set on Kickstarter between now and June 3rd to get perks and additional add-ons that will only be available to Kickstarter backers.

“I’ve always been attracted to characters who are “bad for good” meaning that at first they may look like villains, but they are really heroes,” says Joe Michael Linsner. “Batman is kind of like that. Vampirella, a genuine vampire, is definitely like that. She lives by consuming blood, but she has a mission. She stands up for the innocents of the world and only drinks the blood of the guilty. Hell, they deserve it. I’m also thrilled being the artist chosen to illustrate the first series written by my talented wife, Kristina Deak-Linsner. Over the years, Kristina has told me many of her ideas for stories. I think it is great that she is finally going to be sharing them with the world.”

When asked about what makes her excited about the project, Kristina Deak-Linsner added, “I wanted to write something that harkens back to the Warren days but with a new twist. I think any reader, whether familiar with Vampirella or not, can dive right into this series and instantly get a feel for what is happening. The setting takes place in Philadelphia (my town) and the historical architecture mixed among a modern landscape has such a great schizophrenic feel. I truly hope everyone enjoys it.”

In addition to Vampirella #1, Kickstarter backers will also be able to pre-order their copy of the 2019 Vampirella poster calendar which features 50 years of historical Vampirella artwork, including a piece by Linsner. This over-sized calendar measures 24.5” X 12” and was designed for art fans who want to appreciate great work in a larger format.

All of these items are extremely limited and may not be available in all comic shops, therefore, fans are encouraged to pledge for their pre-order now, and guarantee delivery, by visiting the Kickstarter campaign at: Kickstarter.com

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SPIDER-GEDDON HAS ARRIVED!

First Comics News - Sat, 06/30/2018 - 00:57

THE REVENGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE!

 

New York, NY—June 29, 2018—Spinning out of the pages of Spider-Man #800, Dan Slott’s epic conclusion to his ten year run delivers you straight into SPIDER-GEDDON #1, where Slott teams with writer Christos Gage and artist Jorge Molina to bring Marvel’s Spider-Heroes together in one of the most epic stories ever!

 

Featuring new villains and old villains, shocking deaths and shocking returns, and all the Spider-Characters you can fit into one larger-than-life tale, this is a Marvel Spider-Event not to be missed!

 

“Spider-Verse took the multitudes of Spider-Characters and put them all on the same stage and we’ve been playing with it ever since,” teased editor Nick Lowe. “SPIDER-GEDDON straps dynamite to that stage and blows it to smithereens. The most dangerous spider-villain ever, Morlun, and his family of INHERITORS were trapped in the perfect prison at the end of SPIDER-VERSE. But like in any super hero story, there’s always a way out and you won’t believe how these Spider-Eaters get out. But they’re out and they want revenge.”

 

“Having had the great pleasure of collaborating with Dan Slott and an all-star array of artists on Spider-Verse, I’m thrilled to be part of SPIDER-GEDDON!” shared writer Christos Gage. “In addition to old favorites, SPIDER-GEDDON will see some new parallel-world Spideys show up…notably the Peter Parker from the world of Marvel’s Spider-Man, the Playstation 4 video game I’ve been working on for the past several years with the great folks at Insomniac Games! Of course, I’d be remiss not to mention how excited I am about once again writing REDACTED, the REDACTED! Is he the hero SPIDER-GEDDON needs…or the biggest threat to our world? Comics should be fun, thrilling, and a little scary. With SPIDER-GEDDON, we’re looking to deliver on all counts.”

Over the next few weeks, keep an eye out for more announcements regarding tie-in titles and other surprises, as Marvel prepares to reveal more about SPIDER-GEDDON!

 

The end of the Spider-Verse is nigh…and the revenge of the Spider-Verse is here in SPIDER-GEDDON!

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