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X-O MANOWAR #4 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 19:01

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – the FIRST ISSUE of “GENERAL,” an ALL-NEW ARC and EXPLOSIVE NEW JUMPING-ON POINT for the year’s best-selling independent comic book series! On June 28th, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (BLOODSHOT U.S.A., Justice) launch the next phase of X-O Manowar’s galaxy-razing rise to power with “GENERAL” – a three-part juggernaut putting Aric of Dacia in command of his new world’s most dreaded fighting force…and beginning an armor-plated takeover of an alien world that will soon reverberate throughout all corners of the Valiant Universe!

In the fires of victory, a soldier becomes…a general. With the hostile Cadmium army crushed beneath his force’s boots, Aric of Dacia now commands an entire fleet into the final battle for the soul of an empire. But as a new dawn rises across this unrelenting alien world, what vicious new menace will come forth to greet it?

On June 28th, X-O Manowar’s path to domination will shatter the stars themselves as Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite raise the stakes of the year’s #1 best-selling independent comic series right here with a planet-shaking entry point, only in X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – featuring a formidable line-up of covers by Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Dave Johnson (Superman: Red Son), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), and comics legend Bob Layton (Iron Man)!

Then: Don’t miss the next staggering act of the year’s most-talked about new series with the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4-9 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE! Available only as a pre-order set, the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4-9 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – including six, massively expanded editions of X-O MANOWAR’sGENERAL” and “EMPEROR” story arcs by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Dept. H) and superstar artists Doug Braithwaite (Bloodshot U.S.A., Justice) and Clayton Crain (RAI, X-Force) – can only be ordered as a set and must be ordered with your local comic shop by the initial order date of April 27th, 2017! Released monthly from June through November, each installment of this six-issue pre-order bundle comes packed with all-new extras and bonus content, including creator commentary and behind-the-scenes process materials…including AN UNFINISHED DELETED SCENE that won’t be found anywhere else!

But first: Join the battle that has taken the comic book industry by storm on April 26th as Matt Kindt & Tomas Giorello propel Aric of Dacia’s chart-dominating debut forward…and force the unstoppable X-O Manowar onto the front lines of an eons-old extraterrestrial battlefield that will forever shape the future of the Valiant Universe’s greatest hero in X-O MANOWAR (2017) #2 – in stores alongside the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 SECOND PRINTING!

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X-O MANOWAR (2017) #2
Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (FEB172049)
Interlocking Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (FEB172052)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by KAARE ANDREWS (FEB172053)
Blank Cover also available (FEB172051)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale APRIL 26 (FOC – 4/3/17)

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #3
Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (MAR172157)
Interlocking Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (MAR172159)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by J.G. JONES (MAR172160)
Blank Cover also available (MAR172161)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale MAY 24 (FOC – 5/1/17)

Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (APR172114)
Cover B by DAVE JOHNSON (APR172115)
Interlocking Variant Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM (APR172117)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by BOB LAYTON (APR172118)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale JUNE 28th (FOC – 5/22/17)

Written by MATT KINDT
Covers by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (#4–6) and CLAYTON CRAIN (#7–9) (APR172116)
$23.94 US [six issues] | 40 pgs. each | T + | VALIANT PREMUM
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale JUNE 28th (IOD – 4/27/17)
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #5 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale JULY 26th (IOD – 4/27/17)
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #6 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale AUGUST 23rd (IOD – 4/27/17)
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #7 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale SEPTEMBER 27th (IOD – 4/27/17)
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #8 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale OCTOBER 25th (IOD – 4/27/17)
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #9 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale NOVEMBER 22nd (IOD – 4/27/17)
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Cover A by Lewis LaRosa

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Cover B by Dave Johnson

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 PRE-ORDER EDITION – Cover by Doug Braithwaite

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – X-O Manowar Icon Variant by Bob Layton

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Interior Artwork by Doug Braithwaite with Diego Rodriguez

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Interior Artwork by Doug Braithwaite with Diego Rodriguez

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Interior Artwork by Doug Braithwaite with Diego Rodriguez

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Interior Artwork by Doug Braithwaite with Diego Rodriguez

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Interior Artwork by Doug Braithwaite with Diego Rodriguez



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VENOM #150 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 18:58

Eddie Brock is Back – Your First Look At The Oversized VENOM #150!
Oversized Anniversary Spectacular!

New York, NY—April 26th, 2017 — Reunited, and it feels so good! Or, is it bad? Either way you swing it, Eddie Brock is back, and he’s bonding with the symbiote once more in May’s can’t-miss VENOM #150 – the oversized anniversary issue! Series writer Mike Costa is joined by superstar guest artist Tradd Moore for an extended main story featuring Eddie’s return to the pages of Venom. Bonded together again, Eddie and the symbiote are web-slinging their way across New York City. But, is their relationship as harmonious as it once was? Or is their bond more sinister than ever?

But that’s not all! In addition to a brutal main feature from Costa & Moore, VENOM #150 features the return of iconic past Venom creators! First up, because you asked for it – secrets will be revealed! How did Flash Thompson come to lose the symbiote before it found its way to former Army Ranger Lee Price? The Venom: Space Knight creative team of Robbie Thompson and Gerardo Sandoval have the answers! Then, it’s back to the mean streets of San Francisco as fan-favorite creators David Michelinie and Ron Lim present a tale set between the pages of their iconic Venom: Lethal Protector series!

This May, it’s good to be bad. Be there as a parade of Venom creators past and present take everyone’s favorite symbiote into the future! Don’t miss VENOM #150 – available May 24th digitally and wherever comics are sold!

VENOM #150 (MAR171008)



Remastered Variant by MARK BAGLEY (MAR171013)

Variant Covers by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAR171009), GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (MAR171015),


Remastered Sketch Variant by MARK BAGLEY Also Available (MAR171014)

FOC – 05/01/17, On-Sale – 05/24/17

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JUSTA LOTTA TOYS – FINALLY! Catwoman Comes To Figures Toy Company Batman ’66 Line!

First Comics News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:11

Promo images for FTC’s upcoming Catwoman figures, probably the most wanted character in the Batman ’66 line, are revealed.

The wait is almost over. Figures Toy Company has released promo images of the Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt Catwoman retro-style figures. I have been collecting these 1/9th scale figures in the Batman ’66 line since they first started coming out. The one character that I wanted the most was always the Julie Newmar Catwoman. As many of you already know I’m a huge fan and have cosplayed as her more than a few times.

The figures will be fully articulated and have cloth costumes. This upcoming wave will also contain Alfred as Batman and Alfred Cousin Egbert figures. No release date has been announced for these figures. But I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop.

In the meantime you Catwoman fans can pick up these other versions of Batman’s feline foe available now from FTC.

Batman Retro Action Figures Series 5: Catwoman


Batman Retro 8 Inch Series 2 Action Figure Catwoman


Tanya Tate

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Best Review Ever! FREELANCE #1

First Comics News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:11

PUBLISHER: Chapterhouse
WRITER: Jim Zub and Andrew Wheeler
ILLUSTRATOR: Vaneda Vireak and Cindy Leong
LETTERS:Andrew Thomas
EDITOR: Aaron Feldman
COVER: Alexander Perkins
PRICE: $3.99
SUMMARY: Lance Valiant, John Cabot, and Tasha Kolchak are fearless explorers who delve into hidden secrets of our world and protect us from threats beyond imagination, but the greatest secret of all may be Lance’s own mysterious past…
Pulse-pounding action, wit, intrigue, and globe-trotting romance – One of Canada’s original heroes is reborn for the Chapterhouse era
COMMENTS: Freelance was the second ever Canadian superhero and this is a retelling of a classic Canadian team who’s original adventures were told in the pulp tradition. Originally Lance Valiant was the leader and Natasha was his girlfriend who was a Russian spy. John Collins was pirate and became Lance Valiant’s sidekick. The Chapterverse version of this team is a LGBT friendly version. We start off with tons of action and beautiful are from Vaneda Vireak. Aurora Dawn is Chapterverse version of Hydra and is center stage in Freelance and up to no good. Apollyon is freed by Aurora Dawn and we set up the first story arc. I am left with a lot of questions at the end of issue one. Looking forward to issue two.

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SURGEON X: Digital Special Debuts and Vol. 1 Arrives in Paperback

First Comics News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:50


Now Available for the First Time in Paperback

New “Trial and Error” Digital Special Debuts


SURGEON X Vol 1: The Path of Most Resistance (Image Comics / color / 208 pages / collecting issues #1-6 / $14.99/£13.99 pbk on sale May 2, 2017 everywhere books are sold / $9.99 digital on sale April 26, 2017) is now available for the first time in paperback. Written by debut comics writer Sara Kenney, documentary, factual drama and animation filmmaker (Angels and Ghosts, BBC, Channel 4, Discovery) with art by the late, master storyteller John Watkiss (Sandman, Conan, Deadman) and edited by Karen Berger, editor of Berger Books, an imprint of Dark Horse, and founding editor of Vertigo Comics, Vol. 1 collects the first story arc of the acclaimed medical thriller that incorporates politics and family drama seamlessly. This is John Watkiss’ last published work and also features some of his incredible charcoal development drawings.

Set against the backdrop of a medical apocalypse in near-future London, Kenney weaves a story of ordinary people from all walks of life striving to survive in a society constantly threatened by ever-looming disease and a government headed by the Lionheart Party.

It’s the year 2036 and there are great futuristic advancements available in medicine and surgery, yet a simple infection can kill. Rosa Scott, a brilliant and obsessive surgeon becomes Surgeon X, a vigilante doctor who uses experimental surgery and black market drugs to treat patients. As Surgeon X, Rosa develops a godlike-complex, deciding who will live and who will die. Risking everything to save lives, she believes that to survive in this compromised world her own moral code is the one she must follow, ultimately warping her Hippocratic Oath to suit her own decisions—even if it endangers those closest to her.

The first arc of SURGEON X was funded by a Society Award from Wellcome Trust, an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. They support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.

In addition to the collection, also debuting on Wednesday, April 26th is the all-new digital exclusive SURGEON X SPECIAL: Trial and Error (Image Comics / color / 10 pages / $.99 / April 26, 2017) by Sara Kenney with art and cover by Warren Pleece (Incognegro). This standalone story set in Bristol, England in 2037 introduces Sun Walker and asks the question, when someone you love is dying, how far would you go to save them?  Rosa Scott helps her cousin, Sun, a chemical scientist with a risky plan that could kill or cure. Available only on comiXology and Kindle, the Trial and Error Special was funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The SURGEON X comic book series is informed by hundreds of conversations with scientists, physicians, historians, economists, ethicists & philosophers to create this deeply disturbing, yet authentic future world.

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First Comics News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:23

Valiant is proud to announce that the publisher’s limited-edition line of VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES (VVSS) editions will return on June 28th for SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the MUST-READ new series from Academy Award-Nominated writer Eric Heisserer (screenwriter of the international smash-hit ARRIVAL and the upcoming BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER feature films from Sony Pictures) and visionary artist Raul Allen (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) with Patricia Martin (BLOODSHOT REBORN)!


In stores June 28th, the SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES edition will feature virgin cover art by artist Raul Allen and will come hand-signed in gold ink by writer Eric Heisserer. Additionally, each copy of the SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES edition will come complete with a Certificate of Authenticity witnessed and signed by Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani and Publisher Fred Pierce and will feature an official VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES seal embossed on the front cover.

Established in 1993 with the release of RAI AND THE FUTURE FORCE #9, the VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES is a high-end, special treatment given to limited-edition copies of some of Valiant’s most prominent releases – issued and authenticated by Valiant itself and signed by members of each series’ respective creative team. The VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES was a hallmark of the original Valiant Universe and would go on to adorn some of the publisher’s most renowned releases with signatures from legendary industry talents, including Sean Chen, Dick Giordano, Bob Layton, John Ostrander, Don Perlin, Bart Sears, and more.

“It is Valiant’s distinct honor to return to one of our most fondly remembered traditions with the newly revitalized VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “From our very first release, X-O MANOWAR #1 in 2012, the Valiant fans have been demanding the return of the VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES. This summer, SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) will be of the utmost importance to the Valiant Universe at large, making it the perfect title to lead the reintroduction of this line.”

The SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES edition will be strictly limited to the number of qualifying retailer orders. Contact your local retailer today to reserve your copy.

Be there on June 28th as Eric Heisserer, Raul Allen, and Patricia Martin introduce Livewire to a newfound generation of heroes with one of the year’s most consequential and gripping adventures in SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) – an all-new, Valiant Prestige format limited series putting Valiant’s electrifying heroine in command of an extraordinary new team!

The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rex-O seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…

Jump on board here to find out why SECRET WEAPONS #1 – the first game-changing comics collaboration from the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of ARRIVAL and the visionary art team behind WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR – is already being heralded as one of the year’s most stunning new series:

[SECRET WEAPONS] could shake up comics… [Livewire] is the ideal character for [Heisserer] to focus on after his Academy Award-nominated ARRIVAL screenplay.” – The Hollywood Reporter

[SECRET WEAPONS] looks amazing.” – Entertainment Weekly

Some of [Heisserer’s] most ambitious work.” – MTV

[Heisserer] is set to make a splash in the comic book world.” – Blastr

We’re stoked on [SECRET WEAPONS] and can’t wait to see what Eric Heisserer, Raul Allen, and colorist Patricia Martin are cooking up… This is a match made in heaven.” – Nerdist

Featuring covers from Raul Allen (NINJAK), Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (Thor), Roberto De La Torre (Daredevil), and Bryan Hitch (The Authority), masterclass storytellers Eric Heisserer and Raul Allen begin the summer’s most talked-about adventure on June 28th, only in SECRET WEAPONS #1 – presented in the deluxe VALIANT PRESTIGE format!

Plus: Reserve your copies of Livewire’s much-anticipated solo debut in advance with the SECRET WEAPONS #1–4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – spanning the complete, VALIANT PRESTIGE-format limited series! Released monthly from June through September, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues! Available only as a pre-order set, the SECRET WEAPONS #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE can only be ordered as a set and must be ordered with your local comic shop by the initial order date of April 27th, 2017!

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Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN (APR172108)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (APR172112)
Variant Cover by BRYAN HITCH (APR172113)
Blank Cover Also Available (APR172111)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale JUNE 28th

Covers by CLAYTON HENRY (APR172110)
$15.96 US [four issues] | 40 pgs. each | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+



SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) – Cover A by Raul Allen

SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4)  – Cover B by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic

SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Art by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin

SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Art by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin

SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Art by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin

SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Art by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin

SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Art by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin

SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Art by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin

SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Art by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin



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JUSTA LOTTA HORROR: Full Moon Offers Massive Empire Pictures 18 Movie Box Set

First Comics News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:09

The ultimate Horror / Sci-Fi movie collection makes its way to home media May 5th.

My friends over at Full Moon have announced a mega-box set that contains several of the classic 80’s genre films of Empire Pictures. Teaming up with Shout Factory, the limited edition Empire box set will contain 18 films over 15 discs – 14 Blu-ray and 1 DVD.

The set contains:
Metalstorm (3-d Version)
The Dungeonmaster
From Beyond
Cellar Dweller
Ghost Town
Ghoulies 2
Robot Jox
Arena (Dvd)

Have a look at this promo video:

Unless you find the Full Moon crew at one of the horror conventions they’ll be at, the only way to get the Empire Pictures collection is to grab it at

The must-have box set of the year goes up for pre-order April 28th. Those that get on on the ground floor and order the collection during the pre-order period will also receive a free 11×17 Signature Series poster that features vintage and rare Empire Pictures variant poster art.

Don’t procrastinate though, only 600 sets are being produced. You snooze, you lose.

Tanya Tate

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RICH REVIEWS: The Fourth Planet # 4

First Comics News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:05

Title: The Fourth Planet # 4
Publisher: Chapter House Comics
Writer: Fred Kennedy
Artist/Cover: Miko Maciaszek
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Comments: A battle is going on with three factors involved. The invaders, the city dwellers, and the big creatures.
Ixandra is a huge entity that is protecting her city and people. The coloring on her looks amazing. The city defenders in red and gray are wonderfully illustrated. The invaders are drawn with little detail to them.
Why the big creatures attacked is not made clear. The invaders are stealing from the city.
Overall this story moves very slowly and not a great deal happens.
Ixandra is shown in action. She is a behemoth as she leaps into battle.

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RICH REVIEWS: The Fourth Planet # 3

First Comics News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:05

Title: The Fourth Planet # 3
Publisher: Chapter House Comics
Writer: Fred Kennedy
Artist/Cover: Miko Maciaszek
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Comments: One race of men and one race of plant-based aliens have met and it was not a good meeting. Now one man is a prisoner.
There is an atmosphere of subtle violence just waiting to spring forth. The art as well is subtle and the creatures are colored wonderfully to bring out their personalities as a race.
As representatives meet things go south real fast. Having only two people wanting peace while all the rest are raring and ready to fight and kill is not a good thing. An all out assault on the aliens city ensues. Lots of fighting here. The action does get intense.
Then we see her. The page practical radiates with her power. The Queen plus one have just evened this battle. Things are heating up.

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Wednesday (MIni-)Comics: He-Man and the Power Sword

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:00
Let's take a break from Storm this week to look back at the mini-comic origins of the Masters of the Universe. I don't mean the 80s cartoon with a Captain Marvel in purple tights and a Prince Valiant haircut, a cowardly lion tiger, and a moral for kiddies every episode. I mean the first, more pulpish, post-apocalyptic, sword & sorcery version--before even the 1982 DC comics limited-series. I mean the version appearing in the the four original mini-comics (though technically, these first four were picture books, not comics).

They were written by Donald Glut, who knew how to adapt Sword & Sorcery material for younger audiences with his comics work, including Dagar the Invincible and Tragg and the Sky Gods for Gold Key. Glut talks about the origins of some of the concepts in an online interview. The evocative art for the four stories was by Alfredo Alcala, a comic book artist who's worked for DC and Marvel, on books like Conan, and Kull the Conqueror. What the two gave us was darker, moodier, and more streaked with pulpy highlights, than the decidedly brighter, more superhero-esque cartoon to follow. (I should point out all of the mini-comics are now available in a somewhat larger tome.)

So without further ado, here's my commentary on the first mini-comic, 1981's He-Man and The Power Sword:

We open with a bona fide Hero's Journey "Call to Adventure." He-Man, greatest warrior of his primitve jungle tribe, leaves his people to go defend the legendary Castle Grayskull ("a place of wonders") from the forces of evil. Instead of having a secret identity, He-Man is part of a proud (sometimes) barbaric lineage of Sword & Sorcery characters. He's got a nobler goal than Conan or Brak, but like those forebears he's fascinated by a wondrous elsewhere.

He-Man becomes the first of his people to "trudge the craggy cliffs and quake-torn valleys" outside of the jungle. It's not long before his courage and "jungle-bred stength" is needed. He sights a jade-skinned woman in a cobra headress fighting a purple monster that looks like it might be from a lost in space episode. He-Man rushes into the fray and despite the woman's mystical blasts ("She is a sorceress!" he thought), he pretty much does the monster slaying himself.

Had this not been a kid's book, the shapely Sorceress might have rewarded the warrior other ways, but since it is, He-Man instead gets "Supernatural Aid" (again with the Hero's Journey!). The Sorceress gives him the treasures she's guarded all these years, things made "centuries before the Great War by Eternia's scientists."

Here's one of those cool details. We've got a Great (so great its capitalized) War, and scientists making medieval appearing weapons. One might wonder what kind of scientists those were, but this yarn provides hints but no answers.

He-Man takes the loot which includes a "strange vehicle" (understatement) that's "combination battering ram, catapult, and space-warp device." Those pre-Great War scientists did some out-of-the-box thinking.

Meanwhile, Skeletor, and his minion Beastman, and ogling the "warrior-goddess" Tee-La (it was hyphenated in those early days) who's watering her "unicorn charger." The two villains attack, as Skeletor plans to make Tee-La his bride. We're told she "fights like a demon, her body possessing the spirits of many ancestral champions," but Skeletor's energy blade wins the day.

They carry her with them to Castle Grayskull--"a fortress so ancient no one knew its origin." Over the objections of the Spirit of the castle, Skeletor forces open the Jaw-Bridge. Skeletor's after the other half of the Power Sword so that "the magic fires, created by ancient scientists and sorcerers will blaze again." Cool.

It turns out Skeletor is from another dimension. The Great War ripped a whole in the walls between dimensions and threw him into Eternia. He plans to open another rift and bring through an army of conquest. This origin, of course, is ignored in later mini-comics and comics.

Elsewhere, He-Man is visited by Man-At-Arms. What happens next is weird: "'And what brings the famous Man At Arms to my humble house?' He-Man asked sarcastically." Why all the sarcasm, He-Man? Anyway, Man At Arms ("whose people are the masters of all weapons") fills He-Man in on Skeletor's shenanigans. The two set out to stop him, with impulsive He-Man space-warping ahead.

Somehow, in the bowels of Grayskull (sold separately), Skeletor knows He-Man is coming and sends Beastman up to shoot the turrett laser at at him. Beastman proves surprising effective at this, and has He-Man down when the Man-At-Arms cavalry arrives to turn the tide. The He-Man makes the Jaw-Bridge open wide and the heroes head inside to find Tee-La.

Skeletor's had enough time to get the the Power Sword reunited. As the blade crackles with "green fire" he boasts: "I am invincible. There is nothing I cannot do. Nothing!" The best use this power for is apparently making weapons come to life and fight He-Man.

At that moment, the Sorceress reappears glowing with the same green energy as the power sword (Ah hah!). She chastises Skeletor for abusing power and splits the sword again. He-Man, Man-At-Arms, and the just freed Tee-La throw a beating on the two villains, but let 'em cry "mercy!" and run off (it's a kid's book, remember?). The Sorceress again hides the Power Sword and changes the lock on the castle.

"Do you think that's the last of those two or the Power Sword?" Man-At-Arms asks.

Do I really have to tell you He-Man's answer?

There you go, Great Wars, green Sorcereress, extradimensional portals, barbarian heroes, super-science, and sorcery. That's how it started.

Best Review Ever! FOURTH PLANET #5

First Comics News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 21:46

PUBLISHER: Chapterhouse
WRITER: Fred Kennedy
ILLUSTRATOR: Miko Maciaszek
EDITOR: Tony White
COVER: Miko Maciaszek
PRICE: $3.99
SUMMARY: The Fourth Planet, a quarterly series written by Fred Kennedy (Host- Teletoon at Night, The Edge) and brilliantly illustrated by Miko Maciaszek, reaches the epic conclusion of their first story arc! Jump on board with this sci-fi epic that has been described as “A song of Space and Fire”. A sure hit with fans of Sci-Fi with complex political and personal examination!
COMMENTS: Sometimes an artist is perfect for the project. Miko Maciaszek should always be doing aliens and space drama. His work here is amazing. This is a wonderful Sci-Fi space drama. This is a comic that will need to re-read in one sitting when all the issues are out, the story is a big epic and each issue only give us a little slice of the drama each issue. We look for the remnants of Sitris as the alien story prgresses. The only thing less then spectacular is the rendering of the humans who could use more detail.

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First Comics News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 21:45

Excelsior! Marvel Comics’ best-selling heroes are now in the ever-popular digest format! Each digest is a mixture of over 200 pages of the most memorable classic and modern stories, spanning every decade of Marvel history and readership. This first issue spotlights the Amazing Spider-Man, featuring art and stories from comic greats including Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Len Wein, Ross Andru and more. This is a can’t-miss collector’s item that will not be reprinted!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Mike Wieringo and Karl Kesel
On Sale Date: 6/7
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

•Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 38, 156-159;
•Marvel Age Spider-Man 1, 6;
•Marvel Adventures Spider-Man (2005) 2-3;
•Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man 1;
•Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors 8

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Comicpalooza 2017 – Valiant Comes to Houston

First Comics News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:43

From Friday, May 12th through Sunday, May 14th, Valiant’s non-stop convention road show is coming to Houston, TX for Comicpalooza – and we’re bringing along a boatload of merchandise, programming, and panels to celebrate!

All weekend long, join Valiant inside Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center at Publisher’s Pavilion booth #25 to experience the superhero universe that’s taking the comics industry by storm with a selection of paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for critically acclaimed and award-winning titles including BLOODSHOT REBORN, BRITANNIA, DIVINITY, FAITH, HARBINGER RENEGADE, NINJAK, QUANTUM & WOODY, SAVAGE and many more!

Then: Comicpalooza enters the stratosphere as Valiant joins forces with Texas’ own Space Cadets Collection Collection for the FAITH #10 SPACE CADETS COLLECTION COLLECTION VARIANT, featuring a cosplay photo cover by MDR Foto Art with model Korrine Walker! The FIRST ISSUE of “THE FAITHLESS” takes flight here in a sinister new jumping-on point as acclaimed writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Star Wars: Rogue One) and stratospheric artists Joe Eisma (Archie, Morning Glories) and Marguerite Sauvage (Shade, The Changing Girl) send Valiant’s high-flying hero headlong into a deadly gauntlet against unstoppable adversaries hellbent on wreaking revenge and ruin! Exclusive available only at the Space Cadets Collection Collection booth #2711 [$10]. And don’t miss your chance to have Korrine Walker sign your copy at the Space Cadets Collection Collection booth on Saturday, May 13th!

Plus: Be sure to visit the phenomenal Valiant talent that’s storming into Comicpalooza all weekend long, including colorist David Baron (DIVINITY, BLOODSHOT REBORN)!

Then: Blast off from Houston and into the Valiant Universe on Saturday, May 13th at 1:30 p.m. CT with the VALIANT 101: THE STORY STARTS HERE panel presentation! New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes – from BLOODSHOT and DIVINITY to FAITH and HARBINGER RENEGADE to NINJAK and X-O MANOWAR! From The A.V. Club to Buzzfeed and Entertainment Weekly and dozens more, Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel to find out where to start!

Finally: See the action-packed future that lies ahead for your favorite superheroes on Sunday, May 14th at 1:30 p.m. CT with the VALIANT: THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 panel presentation! The road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and impactful comic book event of all time starts right here! Jump on board to find out what the future holds for HARBINGER RENEGADE, X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, FAITH, DIVINITY, NINJAK, and the rest of Valiant’s most powerful heroes… and how the coming of HARBINGER WARS 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe!

We’ll see you in Houston! And don’t miss a moment of the action as Valiant’s one-of-a-kind convention road show marches on through Virginia Beach, New York City, Denver, and more throughout the summer! Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th

George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

Saturday, May 13th – Sunday, May 14th
Tidewater Comicon

Virginia Beach Convention Center
Virginia Beach, VA

Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, May 21st
Five Points Festival

Pier 36
New York, NY

Thursday, May 25th – Sunday, May 28th
Phoenix Comicon

Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, June 24th – Sunday, June 25th
ID10T Music Festival and Comic Conival

Shoreline Amphitheater
San Francisco, CA

Friday, June 30th – Sunday, July 2nd
Denver Comic Con

Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO * Stay tuned for more dates to be announced all year long!* For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, Instagram, and

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit
FAITH #10 – Space Cadets Collection Collection Variant by MDR Foto Art with Model Korrine Walker 
Comicpalooza 2017 – Logo

Valiant Convention Tour 2017 – Poster Artwork by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic

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First Comics News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:36

This month, digests go global! In the NEW LEAD STORY “From India, with Love,” Archie’s friend Raj needs help with a movie he’s making, so Archie travels with him to India!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 4/26
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

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First Comics News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:36

READ THE STORIES THAT INSPIRED THE NEW CW TV SERIES! Road to Riverdale Vol. 2 presents to readers all of the second issues of each of our new series so far, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats, and Reggie & Me, timed to the release of the brand new CW series Riverdale.
Script: Mark Waid, Chip Zdarsky, Adam Hughes, Marguerite Bennett & Cameron Deordio, Tom DeFalco
Art: Fiona Staples, Erica Henderson, Adam Hughes, Audrey Mok, Sandy Jarrell, Andre Szymanowicz, Jose Villarrubia, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/26

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BIG MOOSE #1 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:36

Riverdale’s resident jock gets the spotlight in this special one-shot where everything’s Moose! Stories by Sean Ryan, Ryan Cady and Gorf with art by Cory Smith, Thomas Pitilli and Ryan Jampole!
Script: Sean Ryan, Ryan Cady, Gorf
Art: Thomas Pitilli, Cory Smith, Ryan Jampole, Matt Herms, Glenn Whitmore, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Thomas Pitilli
Variant Covers: Cory Smith, Wilfredo Torres
On Sale Date: 4/26
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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First Comics News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 19:35

Introducing… Cheryl Blossom! The fiery red-head takes center stage as Archie and Veronica’s worlds are torn apart as the two are living thousands of miles away from each other. What will happen to the rest of Archie’s friends in Riverdale? And just what kind of havoc will Cheryl Blossom wreak? All the answers and more in the third volume of the SMASH HIT Archie series! Collects Archie issues 13 – 17.
Script: Mark Waid with Lori Matsumoto
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Cameron Stewart
176 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/26

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Miral Reveals First-Glimpse Of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi Themed Worlds on Yas Island

First Comics News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:52

eveloper confirms 60% progress, on target for 2018 opening

ABU DHABI, UAE, April 25, 2017 /CNW/ – Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of destinations, announced today that Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will feature six immersive worlds: Metropolis and Gotham City, inspired by the universe of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains; Cartoon JunctionBedrock, and Dynamite Gulch, themed after iconic animated brands such as Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera; and Warner Bros. Plaza, reminiscent of old Hollywood, where these seminal characters and stories were originally brought to life.

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, which is located on Yas Island and set to open in 2018, will be a one-of-a-kind, world-class destination home to state-of-the-art thrill rides, interactive family friendly attractions, and unique live entertainment. From the action and adventure of DC to the wacky and wonderful world of Looney Tunes, this immersive and interactive new indoor experience brings some of the world’s most popular stories and characters under one roof.

“Miral is proud to confirm that one year after announcing its plans to bring Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi to Yas island, we’re making great progress with our partners where we’re 60 percent complete and on track to launch in 2018,” said Mohamed Abdullah Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral. “We’re excited to reveal new details about the six unique immersive worlds at Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, which is a key part of our ambition to make Yas Island a top-ten global destination for family fun.”

Guests will be swept away in Hollywood-style when they enter Warner Bros. Plaza, a celebration of all that is the Golden Age of Hollywood. Upon entering the park through the Warner Bros. Shield archway, guests will be transported to Hollywood where Art Deco architecture lines the streets and authentic, Tinseltown details evoke the rich history of Warner Bros.

For the first time in the Middle East, Super Hero fans will be able to stroll the streets of Superman’s Metropolis, a modern-styled city of towering skyscrapers, and prowl the dark alleys of Batman’s Gotham City in this larger-than-life land where heroic exploits and action-packed family fun wait around every corner.

The vibrant Cartoon Junction will bring together Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, and other famous characters under a stylized cartoon sky that will immerse guests in the wonderful world of animation. From the fun and frenetic to the out of this world, Dynamite Gulch will take you to the stars and deep into the canyon. Lastly, guests can explore Bedrock, a prehistoric world powered by birds and dinosaurs, where the modern stone-age family can have a “yabba dabba doo” time like The Flintstones.

“Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will be a state-of-the-art themed experience that authentically brings some of the Studio’s most iconic characters and stories to life under one roof for the first time in the Middle East,” said Pam Lifford, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “We have been closely collaborating with our partners at Miral to faithfully construct immersive worlds that resonate with precise details and are thrilled to share these unique experiences with fans next year.”

Situated on Yas Island, one of the world’s leading business, leisure and entertainment destinations, construction of the park is well underway, surpassing production expectations. The project has engaged 5,500 specialist engineers, workers and craftsmen to build a park that will span 1.65 million square feet. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will be a fully immersive experience of six worlds comprised of 29 rides, shows, and attractions.

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, developed in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment will complement Miral’s Yas Island destination portfolio of themed parks. This includes Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, CLYMB, and opening in 2022, the recently announced SeaWorld Abu Dhabi. Yas Island also offers a wide range of sporting and entertainment experiences including Yas Marina Circuit, seven hotels, year-round events, a live performance and concert arena, 18-hole championship golf course, marina, beach, and the increasingly popular shopping destination, Yas Mall.

“ميرال” تكشف عن تفاصيل جديدة لعالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي في جزيرة ياس


أبو ظبي – مينا هيرالد: أعلنت ميرال، الشركة الرائدة في تطوير الوجهات في أبوظبي، اليوم أن المدينة الترفيهية “عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي” ستضم ستة عوالم غامرة وهي “متروبوليس”، و”غوثام سيتي”  ، المستوحاة من عالم “دي سي”  و”سوبر هيروز”  و”سوبر فيليانز” ، بالاضافة الى “كارتون جانكشن”  و”بيدروك” ، و”ديناميت غالتش” ذات التصميم المستوحى منشخصيات الرسوم المتحركة الشهيرة مثل “لوني تونز” ، و”هانا باربيرا” . كما ستضم المدينة الترفيهية عالم “وارنر براذرز بلازا” الذي يتميز بتصميمه المستوحى من استوديوهات “هوليوود”، حيث تم إنتاج هذه الشخصيات والقصص المشوقة.

تقع المدينة الترفيهية عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي على جزيرة ياس، حيث سيتم افتتاحها عام 2018، لتكون وجهة فريدة من نوعها ذات مستوى عالمي. وستضم المدينة الترفيهية أحدث الألعاب المشوّقة، ومرافق ترفيهية عائلية تفاعلية، بالإضافة إلى عروض ترفيهية حيّة فريدة من نوعها. ومن خلال عنصر التشويق والمغامرة الذي توفره “دي سي” والمرح والبهجة التي توفرها شخصيات “لوني تونز”، ستجمع هذه المدينة الترفيهية الداخلية الغامرة والتفاعلية أكثر القصص والشخصيات شهرة في العالم تحت سقف واحد.

وفي هذا الصدد، قال محمد عبدالله الزعابي، الرئيس التنفيذي لشركة ميرال: “نحن فخورون في ميرال أنه بعد عام من إعلاننا عن عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي في جزيرة ياس، أن نؤكد بأننا نعمل على قدم وساق مع شركائنا حيث وصلت أعمال التطوير إلى 60%، ما يمكننا من افتتاح هذه المدينة الترفيهية في عام 2018 حسب المخطط. كما يسعدنا أن نكشف عن تفاصيل جديدة حول ستة عوالم فريدة من نوعها في عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي، والتي تمثل جزءاً أساسياً من طموحنا بجعل جزيرة ياس من بين أفضل عشر وجهات عالمية للترفيه العائلي.”

وسوف يستمتع ضيوف المدينة الترفيهية بتجربة فريدة على نمط “هوليوود” بمجرد الدخول إلى ساحة “وارنر براذرز بلازا”، التي تمثل احتفال بكل ما هو متعلق باستوديوهات “وارنر براذرز” والعصر الذهبي لهوليوود. و عند دخول الضيوف إلى المدينة الترفيهية من خلال شعار “وارنر براذرز” الشهير، سينتقلون إلى عالم “هوليوود”، حيث يظهر أسلوب الهندسة المعمارية “آرت ديكو” في الشوارع، إلى جانب تفاصيل “تينسلتون” التي تتحدث عن تاريخ “وارنر براذرز” الغني والعريق.

ولأول مرة في الشرق الأوسط، سيتمكن محبي أبطال “السوبر هيرو” التجوّل في شوارع “متروبوليس” لسوبرمان، وهي مدينة عصرية أنيقة تتميز بإحتوائها على ناطحات السحاب الشاهقة، كما سيتمكنون من أخذ جولة في الأزقة المظلمة في عالم نابض بالحياة في “غوثام سيتي” لبات مان، حيث سيكون بانتظار الضيوف مغامرات بطولية ومجموعة ممتعة من الفعاليات العائلية في جميع أركان هذا العالم المميز.

أمّا بالنسبة لعالم “كارتون جنكشن”، فسيضم شخصيات “باغز باني” و”سكوبي دو” وغيرها من الشخصيات الكرتونية الشهيرة، وذلك تحت سقف يحتوي على رسومات كرتونية، حيث سيستمع الضيوف بتجربة غامرة في عالم رائع من الرسوم المتحركة. في حين، سيأخذكم عالم “دايناميت غالتش” برحلة إلى النجوم ويغوص بكم في وادي “كانيون” المذهل. وأخيراً، فإن عالم “بيدروك” سيقدم للضيوف تجربة غامرة تحوي أشكالاً من الطيور والديناصورات، وذلك وسط أجواء عائلة عصرية رائعة تذكرنا بالمسلسل الكرتوني الشهير “فلينستون” الذي يحاكي العصر الحجري.

ومن جانبه، قال بام ليفورد، رئيس قسم منتجات المستهليكين في “وارنر براذرز: “سيكون عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي تجربة فريدة من نوعها، تشتمل على الشخصيات الأكثر شهرة في استوديوهات “وارنر براذرز” لتقريب القصص المفضلة لدى الضيوف الى الواقع لأول مرة وتحت سقف واحد لأول مرة في منطقة الشرق الأوسط. لقد تعاونا بشكل وثيق مع شركائنا في شركة ميرال لتطوير عالم غامر بتفاصيل دقيقة. ويسرنا أن نشارك هذه التجارب الفريدة مع زوارنا في العام المقبل”.

ومن المتوقع أن تتخطى هذه المدينة الترفيهية الواقعة على جزيرة ياس، إحدى الوجهات الرائدة في العالم في في مجال الأعمال والترفيه والتسلية، جميع توقعات الخاصة بالمراحل الإنشائية. ويشارك في تطوير هذه المدينة الترفيهية 5,500 مهندساً متخصصاً وعمال، وحرفيين، حيث ستغطي مساحة 1.65 مليون قدم مربع، وستضم تجربة لست عولم ترفيهية فريدة تشمل 29 لعبة وعروض ومرافق ترفيهية تفاعلية ضمن جوٍ غامر مليء بالتشويق.

ومن الجدير بالذكر، أن عالم وارنر براذرز أبوظبي، التي يتم تطويره بالتعاون مع “وارنر براذرز إنترتينمنت” سيتم افتتاحه عام 2018، إلى جانب المشروع الترفيهي “كلايم” و”دي سي إنترتينمنت” . وسوف تسهم المشاريع بتعزيز محفظة “ميرال” من المشاريع الترفيهية التي تقوم بتطويرها في جزيرة ياس، والتي تشتمل على مدينة “عالم فيراري أبوظبي”، و”ياس ووتروورلد”، ومدينة “سي وورلد أبوظبي” المقرر افتتاحها في عام 2022. كما توفر جزيرة ياس مجموعة واسعة من المرافق الترفيهية والرياضية بما في ذلك؛ “حلبة مرسى ياس”، وسبعة فنادق، وجدول حافل بالفعاليات على مدار العام، وحفلات غنائية حية، وميدان للحفلات، وملعب للغولف يحتوي على 18 حفرة وياس مارينا وشاطئ ياس وياس مول وهو أكبر مركز للتسوق في أبوظبي

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RICH REVIEWS: The Fourth Planet # 5

First Comics News - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:12

Title: The Fourth Planet # 5
Publisher: Chapter House Comics
Writer: Fred Kennedy
Artist/Cover: Miko Maciaszek
Price: $ 4.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Comments: Ixandra is illustrated wonderfully. The use of colors on her black form works. She is a Queen. The story is not made clear enough.
The visuals are stunning. The ships at sea are beautifully colored with the use of minimal color.
Why these people are doing what they are doing is a mystery. Nothing at all is explained.
The females are vaguely illustrated. Their features need to be brought out more.
There is a war going on between different factions. You can see they look different but what else is different about them? Why are they at war?
This issue does offer some nice visuals that you will enjoy seeing.

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