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COSPLAY GUY OF THE WEEK!

First Comics News - Sun, 11/25/2018 - 14:44

This week’s Cosplay Guy of the Week 

Holidays and celebrations, New year, Christmas, sports, bodybuilding, healthy lifestyle – Muscular handsome sexy Santa Claus enjoys fresh baked piping hot donuts left for him as a thank you gift for all the nice presents he brings to good little boys and girls around the world. Santa loves donuts and stuff

If you would like to be the Cosplay Guy of the Week!
Please send your photo to Giovanni.Aria@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Guys!

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RICH REVIEWS: Miraculous: Season Two Bye Bye, Little Butterfly!

First Comics News - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 08:54

Title: Miraculous: Season Two Bye Bye, Little Butterfly!
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Written by: Thomas Astruc, Matthieu Choquet, Frédéric Lenoir, Nolwenn Pierre, Sébastien Thibaudeau, Jeremy Zag
Adaptation by: Cheryl Black & Nicole D’Andria
Art by: Zag Entertainment & Cheryl Black
Cover by: Zag Entertainment
Lettered by: Justin Birch
Price: $ 6.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: http://www.actionlabcomics.com
Comments: “Chapter 1: Despair Bear” Marinette’s dad is giving baking lessons to her class. All but Chloe love having him there.
The art is gorgeously presented. Marinette and all her friends look amazing in this 3-D style animation type art.
Chloe decides she wants to be nice to others or at least appears to be.  At her party, Marinette and her crush Adrien get to dance. She even gets a compliment or two. Marinette is on cloud nine. It is wonderful to see something occur between these two.
Ladybug, when she jumps into action, is pure excitement and cuteness. Cat Noir is not used very much yet Adrien is. Marinette and Ladybug are used about the same amount which works out so well.
“Chapter 2: Reposte” Marinette while trying out for fencing has a young opponent in red step up. Adrien and this challenger put on a great match going back and forth. Than the Akuma takes over making an amazing evil opponent Ladybug is in for a battle.  Riposte is illustrated nice and sleek. Ladybug does use her yoyo well and it does help win the day. Her yoyo is a unique weapon.
Ladybug is a fun super-hero full of excitement. You will never be bored reading a Miraculous comic book.

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SPILLING INK: The First Odventure Novel: Given to Fly by JD Estrada

First Comics News - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 07:54

Have you ever wanted to read a book that dreams about becoming a Studio Ghibli film? Well now you can. Given to Fly is the 13th book by Puerto Rican indie author JD Estrada and his first full length middle grade fantasy novel. But more importantly, it’s a book with a lot of heart and no violence.

If you see movies, TV, video games, or the news at any given moment, it’s almost as if violence is a required ingredient in whatever medium we enjoy. Given to Fly is a book that avoids the use of violence even when it talks about real issues like death, financial and professional struggles, and life in general in favor of finding joy and life lessons through the fantastical.

At 11 years old, John Rivers is a kind hearted kid who dreams about flying. He’s just moved to the Pacific Northwest with his family to a house that although it’s very lovely and very cozy, it’s not exactly magical. What he doesn’t know is that magic is actually closer than he thinks.

After strolling up a hill near his house, he finds a cliff with a cove at the bottom and a huge tree growing over the water. What’s special about this particular tree is that it currently serves as the resting spot for a house that defies logic while embracing the amazing. As curious as he is kind, one look at Od Manor is all it takes for John to jump at the chance to explore a new world of wonder.

Apart from John Rivers, the other main protagonist in the novel is Fäet Odstein, the literary persona of JD Estrada. Although mainly based on Estrada himself, Fäet probably also has a little bit of Willy Wonka, Cheshire Cat, and many other characters that resonate with JD.  Given to Fly is also the first of what will be a series of stand-alone middle-grade novels with Fäet Odstein as one of its protagonists. The purpose of these books shall be to offer stories without violence that hopefully get more children to read and dream.

This is not the first time JD Estrada has written middle grade fantasy stories. His Daydreams on the Sherbet Shore have been described as whimsical bedtime stories with a lot of heart. That same heart was the main driver for this story. Like most of his works, Given to Fly was written longhand in one of the best gifts Estrada has ever received in his life. A long time ago, his wife gifted him a hard cover notebook. The image on it was particularly special to him. She had asked him what image meant the most to him. Without batting an eye, he looked up the image to the Pearl Jam single by the same name. A couple of months later and with misty eyes, he had a hard cover notebook with that same image and the name could only be Given to Fly. But what to write about…

The question lingered in the air and rumbled in his brain until a trip to Orlando had him and his wife going to Epcot Center and getting on the Soarin’ ride for the first time. As sights, sounds, and smells washed over him in the beautiful flight simulator, an idea was born and by the end, he had soared right into an epiphany. “It’s going to be about a boy who dreams about flying,” he told his wife through tears of joy after getting off the ride.

Several years have passed after that ride and finally Given to Fly is ready for you to read. It is a tribute to things that bring him joy and a song that makes his soul smile. In honor of the band that has inspired his life so much, all proceeds for Given to Fly and all other Estrada books for the remainder of 2018 shall be donated to Actionforjackson.org in support of #EBAwareness. Epidermolysis Bullosa is a family of rare genetic disorders that affect the body’s largest organ: the skin and Eddie Vedder (lead singer for Pearl Jam) has worked hard to support this cause. It is a small token of gratitude for everything the band means to Estrada and aligns with his #Humans4Humans efforts to support different causes and try to make a positive impact through his writing and any other efforts to support good causes that help our fellow humans.

To purchase your very own copy of Given to Fly, visit Libros 787 or Amazon.com.

http://Amazon.com

Book Blurb:

John Rivers is a kind and imaginative 11-year-old who is about to learn that magic not only exists, but is closer than he thinks. As much a dreamer as he is curious, John comes across a house that defies logic while embracing the amazing. Influenced by Hayao Miyazaki, Peter Pan, and dreams of flight, Given to Fly is a book full of heart that skips the violence in favor of the fantastical.

Back Cover:

John Rivers is a kind and imaginative 11-year-old whose new home may be cozy, but there’s nothing magical about it. What he doesn’t know is that magic is actually closer than he thinks. After strolling up a hill near his house, he finds a cliff with a cove at the bottom with a huge tree growing over the water. What’s special about this particular tree is that it currently serves as the resting spot for a house that defies logic while embracing the amazing. As curious as he is kind, one look at Od Manor is all it takes for John to jump at the chance to explore a new world of wonder.

Given to Fly is the 13th book by Puerto Rican indie author JD Estrada. It is a work that shies away from violence in favor of exploring the inner child we all have that is always ready and willing to dream. 

Title:  Given to Fly

Key Words:

#GivenToFly #JDEstradaNovel #OdventureNovel #ODventure #JDEstrada #Flying #FaetOdstein #MiddlegradeNovel #IndieAuthor #IndieNovel #Humans4Humans

Author:  JD Estrada

Cover Artwork: Raphael Tangal

Publication Date:  December 1

Paperback Price: 15.99

Digital Price:  2.99

Pages: 160

ASIN:

Ebook ISBN: 13: 978-1545562758

ISBN-10: 154556275X

Amazon.com

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RICH REVIEWS: The List # 1

First Comics News - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 12:35

Title: The List # 1
Publisher: James Stimpson
Created by: James Stimpson
Written by: James Stimpson
Drawn by: Liana Recchione
Price: $ 2.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.comixcentral.com/products/the-list-1/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_list_comic.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheList_Comic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheListComicBook.com 
Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/blog/thelistcomic.com
Comments: Here we see Santa not being so nice. Actually he is shown as a killing and causing much bloodshed. This Santa is hard-edged and his main job is saving children while other Santas delivers the gifts. This version of Santa Claus is unlike any you have seen before. Sal here is uncouth yet he does do great work. He works for Jesus Christ literally. This Jesus also is not what you would expect.
Not even Jesus can keep the peace among the Santa’s. Cedrick hates Sal and the feeling is mutual. One delivers toys and the other justice.
The art is presented well in showcasing the characters here. This is a unique take on the Santa Claus legend. The elves do have a cute side to their appearance. Jesus is drawn to look to match his job here of running the show so he is a businessman and son of God.
Jesus Christ may promote peace on Earth for the most part but it is great to see him here having Sal take care of those who would hurt children. Those people do need to be punished and feel the wrath of God.

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Domesticated Animals of Zarthoon

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 12:05
While remnants of advanced technology exist on Zarthoon, a world in Centaurus, it exists side by side with the primitive. Many domesticated animals are relied upon by its people. Here are some of the common ones:

Vastidars are beaked, elephantine creatures, of which several varieties exist. This is a dwarf vastidar native to the sprawling Forest of Dhar on the continent of Thurvan. In addition to being smaller, it has a milder temperament than larger species, but you'd better keep a supply of hard-shelled jumbar fruit at hand.


Zurch are flightless saddle-birds. The males are often favored as mounts due to their bright plummage, but the mightiest warriors go for the plainer, but larger and deadlier females. Zurchs prefer a diet of grubs and the like but are indiscriminate eaters.


The hoon is the most loyal of beasts. They some are pampered pets, prized for the variety of patterns in their sleek fur, but most are working animals, defending their masters and guarding their homes.

First look at Disney’s “The Lion King”

First Comics News - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 23:04

Walt Disney Studios has given something to be thankful for today.  The studio has released the first teaser and poster for the live action adaptation of “The Lion King.”

“From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king must overcome betrayal and tragedy to assume his rightful place on Pride Rock.

Disney’s The Lion King opens in theatres July 19, 2019.”

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ART OF WRESTLING ROAD DIARIES 35. Comedy + Wrestling

First Comics News - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 16:31

Guest: Marty DeRosa joins Colt as together, they do a Midwest tour of both comedy and wrestling shows.

Sponsors:
www.OnYourOwn.org/wrestling
www.ActionHeat.com/COLT

Music:
www.youtube.com/TheUkuleleTeacher
www.superfunyeahyeahrocketship.com

Image Photo:
www.portraitofawrestler.com/

Image Design:
Jimmy Lee

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

First Comics News - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 08:01

The staff of First Comics News wishes our servicemen past and present a Happy Thanksgiving!

Alex Wright, Bob Almond, Dærick Gröss Sr., Katie Salidas, Mat Kaufman, Michael Dunne, Miguel Ortiz, Tanya Tate, Tim Chizmar, Alex Simmons, Mike Bullock, Buzz Dixon, Holly Golightly, Howard Chaykin, J. C. Vaughn, Mark Haney, Marwan El Nashar, Naif Al-Mutawa, Scott McDaniel, Trevor Von Eeden, Art Sippo, Chris Marshall, Colt Cabana, Jamie Coville, Chris Squires, Francis Sky, Grant Offenberger, Martin Boruta, Phil Latter, Calvin Daniels, Giovanni Aria, Joshua Pantalleresco, Ric Croxton, Wayne Hall, Jez Ibelle, Matthew Szewczyk, Reinhardt Schäfer, Richard Vasseur and Rik Offenberger

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RICH REVIEWS: Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion # 1

First Comics News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 22:42

Title: Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion # 1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Gerard Way
Artist: Gabriel Ba
Letters: Nate Piekos for Blambot
Colorist: Nick Filardi
Covers Artist: Gabriel Ba
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.darkhorse.com
Comments: Sir Reginald Hargreeves takes a man to a hotel the Hotel Oblivion. The settings are weird in a old style gothic sci-fi horror appeal. This hotel is in a place you do not want to be. The TV reception is awful.
In the city, we are treated to a super looking car in a firefight and chase that is pure adrenaline.  What is Number 5’s mission?
Then we see a few super-heroes on the street they will grab your attention as they do not look or operate as normal super-heroes.
At the Umbrella Academy is a strange place with strange people.
The story does move around a lot and therefore does not tell you enough about each situation. Characters pop up with little information given about them. So you are left wondering who this is and why should you care?
The average body mass of the common cockroach is 925 kg. The comic is educational as well as one of the strangest ones you will read.

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Dynamite Delivers The Boys Omnibus Publishing Schedule!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 21:51

Volume One of Ennis & Robertson’s Critically-Acclaimed Series Releasing March 2019

November 21, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is releasing Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s Eisner-nominated series, The Boys, in a brand new format for fans and readers looking to jump on board with the critically-acclaimed series before the television adaptation debuts with Amazon Prime Video in 2019.

At a massive 344 pages, the fan-favorite series draped in controversy is now presented in an omnibus edition as Dynamite releases the first 14 issues of the acclaimed series in one oversized trade collection! Join the most brutal government operatives ever assembled in tales of mayhem and dark humor, as chronicled by Garth Ennis, Dennis Robertson, and Peter Snejbjerg. Meticulously restored, The Boys Omnibus Edition Volume 1 also features bonus art materials, the script to issue #1 by Garth Ennis, a complete cover gallery with iconic artwork by Darick Robertson, and much more.

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Some superheroes have to be watched. Some have to be controlled. And some of them — sometimes — need to be taken out of the picture. That’s when you call in The Boys! In a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, someone’s got to make sure the “supes” don’t get out of line. Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother’s Milk, The Frenchman, and The Female are The Boys: A CIA-backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most dangerous force on Earth – superpower!

“The Boys has long been one of our proudest achievements in our 14 years of publishing,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “Garth and Darick poured blood, sweat, and tears into the project for six years and 72 issues and we’re excited to see new, affordable, collected editions for fans on stands in time for the much awaited Amazon Prime Video adaptation. There’s never been a better time to read this series.”

The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 will be released in stores everywhere March 2019. The Boys Omnibus Volume 2 and The Boys Omnibus Volume 3 are expected to see May and July release dates, respectively.

The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ December 2018 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in February 2019. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve a copy of The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 with their local comic book shop or pre-order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or retailer of their choosing.

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Love Town #0 in stores NOW!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 21:41

The very first issue of Matt and John Yuan’s (Serving SupesInspector OH) latest series Love Town #0  is now available at a fine comic retailer near you!

Love Town follows Detective Allie Saxon who is not only the first female on the Los Amores police force; she’s also the department’s only vampire. On her first case, Allie learns that on the mean streets of Love Town, money, power, and magic can make anything happen if you’re willing to pay the price. Magic in Love Town isn’t the usual witch or magician casting a spell that we’re all accustomed to. Magic consumes the user in profound ways. Once a fraction of your being is spent, there’s no getting your soul back.

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First Look: LIVEWIRE #1 Glass Variant to Feature UV Ink!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 21:38

Under a black light, Livewire’s technological powers seemingly come to life!

Valiant Entertainment is thrilled to reveal a first look at the LIVEWIRE #1 Glass Variant, which features a captivating image illustrated by superb artist Doug Braithwaite and a design created by Valiant Director of Design and Production, Travis Escarfullery. The cover will include a special UV ink printing process that will allow the cover to virtually glow under black light!

Following in the footsteps of their ultra-successful run of Brushed Metal Variants, Valiant first broke new ground with November’s BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 Glass Variant, becoming the first-ever publisher to print a comic book with a tempered glass cover. The initiative was a tremendous success, helping to make the issue the highest-selling Bloodshot issue in the modern era. Now, Valiant will prove once again why it leads the industry in unique innovations when the LIVEWIRE #1 Glass Variant makes its debut!

“I started to think how can we really take this next cover up a notch,” explained Escarfullery. “I started by breaking down Livewire’s technological powers and how I could translate that to the cover. I pictured the graphic of ‘The Matrix’ computer code raining down the screen and it hit me: Years ago my son had a toy drawing board that when you pressed a button, the drawing or text would glow in the dark. This was perfect.”

Livewire is finally getting her very first chance to shine in her own solo series after years as an integral supporting character within the Valiant Universe, featuring a brand new jumping-on point for longtime Valiant fanatics and new readers alike! On December 19th, 2018, rising star Vita Ayala (The Wilds) is joined by the fan-favorite art team behind WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR and SECRET WEAPONS – Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín – to go deeper into the complex psyche of Valiant’s technopathic titan, and explore exactly what it means to be a hero…especially in a world where your reputation is defined by your last big mistake!

Retailers should note that one copy of the LIVEWIRE #1 Glass Variant Cover can be obtained for every qualifying order of 250 copies of LIVEWIRE #1. There is no limit per store – 250 copies ordered will net one glass cover, 500 will net two glass covers, and so forth. Final orders are due to Diamond Comics on Monday, November 26th, but please note the Glass Variant Cover will ship directly from Valiant Entertainment. For any questions, please contact Valiant’s dedicated sales team at sales@valiantentertainment.com.

Plus: Don’t miss the LIVEWIRE #1-8 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – eight massively expanded editions of Valiant’s pulse-pounding ongoing series that can only be ordered as a set through your local comic shop by the final order cut-off (FOC) date of November 26th, 2018!

Released monthly from December 2018 through July 2019, 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! Plus, exclusive covers by a host of amazing artists – beginning with Paulina Ganucheau (The Unbelievable Gwenpool) – that can’t be found anywhere else!

For more information about Valiant, visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

LIVEWIRE #1
Written by VITA AYALA
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN & PATRICIA MARTÍN
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by ADAM POLLINA (OCT181980)
Cover B by HARVEY TOLIBAO (OCT181981)
B/W Variant Cover by ADAM POLLINA (OCT181983)
Glass Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (OCT181984)
Blank Cover Also Available (OCT181982)

All-new ongoing series! For the first time, Livewire takes center stage!

Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable superpowered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served – and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be…or will she be one at all? From rising star Vita Ayala (Supergirl) and astounding artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín (SECRET WEAPONS) comes an electrifying new series that will launch the Valiant Universe into a new age of champions!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 19th (FOC – 11/26/18)

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LIVEWIRE #1-8 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by VITA AYALA
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN & PATRICIA MARTÍN
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Covers by PAULINA GANUCHEAU & MORE (OCT181985)

$3.99 Each US [8 issues] | 40 pgs. Each | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 19th (FOC – 11/26/18)


LIVEWIRE #1 – Cover A by Adam Pollina


LIVEWIRE #1 – Cover B by Harvey Tolibao


LIVEWIRE #1 – B/W Variant Cover by Adam Pollina


LIVEWIRE #1 – Glass Variant Cover by Doug Braithwaite


LIVEWIRE #1 – Pre-Order Variant Cover by Paulina Ganucheau


LIVEWIRE #1 – Blank Cover

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Wednesday Comics: Cosmic Tales!

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 12:00

I'm proud to announce friend of FtSS Michael "Aos" Gibbons has released his long-anticipated space-faring superhero comic Cosmic Tales Quarterly, available in a limited print run.

It's 48 pages of story and 3 pin-ups in glorious black and white with a cover colored by yours truly. Head over to Michael's blog, The Metal Earth, to secure your copy while supplies last!


Champion [ICONS]

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 11/19/2018 - 12:00
art by Chris MalgrainCHAMPION
Abilities:
Prowess: 6
Coordination: 5
Strength: 9
Intellect: 4
Awareness: 5
Willpower: 6

Determination: 1
Stamina: 16

Specialties: Journalism

Qualities:
Earth’s Mightiest Man
Powers Granted by Otherworld Magic
Big Boy Scout

Powers:
Damage Resistance 3
Otherworld Shield Belt Buckle (Device):

  • Flight 7
  • Damage Resistance 6
  • Life Support 4 
  • Super-Senses 4 (Extended Hearing, Enhanced Taste, Enhanced Smell, Extended Vision)
  • Super-Speed 6
Notes: Deprived of his magic shield belt buckle, the powers it confers disappear in 2 pages (Damage Resistance drops to 3). His Strength drops a point a page until it reaches 6.

Background:
Alter Ego: Thomas Trent
Occupation: Reporter/Radio Personality
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Ethan and Sarah Trent (aunt and uncle, deceased)
Group Affiliation: Super-Sentinels
Base of Operations: Empire City
First Appearance: CHAMPION COMICS #1
Height: 6'2"  Weight: 220 lbs.
Eyes: Blue  Hair: Blond

History:
While hiking in the woods near his home with his dog Galahad, young Tom Trent fell into the opening to a cave. Unable to climb back up the way he came, Tom discovered light coming from a narrow passage. He passed through it and came into another cave where strange monsters seemed to menace a gnomic figure, apparently asleep on a stone slab. Believing the little man to be in danger, Tom bravely ran through the circle of creatures, evading their talons and jaws. When he reached the stone slab, the monsters dissolved away.

The little man awakened and explained that the monsters were the embodiments of fears, and through courage, Tom had conquered them. The little man was Zyrd, an ancient wizard (later revealed to be one of many from the extradimensional realm of Otherworld) tasked with identifying and empowering champions against the forces of evil. Zyrd declared Tom worthy of being such a champion. In ages past, Zyrd had bestowed swords upon his champions, but he declared the age of the sword passed, so instead he gave Tom a shield, which he magically shrank down to the size of a belt buckle. This shield would be a source of magical strength and power for the boy.

When Tom placed his hands on the shield and mentally called upon its power, he found himself dressed in a strange uniform. Zyrd bid him go forth and use the powers for good. Tom did so, earning the name the Boy Champion, then later simply the Champion, as he grew up.

Zyrd would continue to act as an advisor to Tom, but the irascible and absent-minded wizard perhaps caused trouble as much as he helped. Later, Galahad also gained powers, including heightened intelligence, through a magical shield on his collar, but eventually retired to mind Zyrd full-time.

Tom moved to Empire City and became an investigative reporter and radio host, seeking to root out public corruption and champion the common man. He often worked with investigative reporters Grace Gale and Billy Dolan—and the Champion often rescued them from danger.

Wings Between Worlds

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 15:00

Because space-faring sailing ships are so 80s, let's have genuine aircraft flying between worlds, perhaps open cockpit, certainly of the bat-winged, Frazetta variety. Space will have to have air, of course. Let's say the system is enclosed in a big Dyson Sphere--a crystal sphere, if you like. With a sphere full of air, the temperature of the worlds at the various orbits will be of less concern, though where the warmth and the light comes from will have to wait.

The technology of the primary society might be what we would call Dieselpunk, except it isn't particularly punk or Diesel, but it's that between the Wars era sort of art deco stuff filtered through science fiction. Automobiles out of Flash Gordon and that sort of thing. And, of course magic.


Might as well port in a little bit of Planescape and have the worlds be more a more pulp planet version of the Gygaxian planes. The full compliment of D&D races would be necessary for a Star Wars Cantina vibe. Flash Gordon will help there, too.  The worlds might move in very eccentric orbits. Travel between them might mostly be by sight rather than map.


DC Celebrates 80 Years of Batman with Two Tentpole Anniversary Books

First Comics News - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 06:47

DC CELEBRATES 80 YEARS OF THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR SUPER HERO WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF TWO TENTPOLE BATMAN ANNIVERSARY BOOKS IN 2019

DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN THE DELUXE EDITION

This Oversized Hardcover Will Feature the Best of the Best from the Dark Knight’s 80-Year Publishing History

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000

The Landmark Comic Book to Introduce New Version of the “Arkham Knight”;

Original Story by New York Times Best-Selling Writer Peter J. Tomasi and Acclaimed Artist Doug Mahnke; Bonus Stories from All-Star DC Lineup, Including Geoff Johns, Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini and More

Leading into Batman’s big 80th celebration next year, DC announced today the World’s Greatest Detective will be honored with two milestone book releases in March 2019. DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN THE DELUXE EDITION will be a spectacular oversize hardcover book, and DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 will be a collector’s edition of the 1,000th issue of the periodical comic that launched the high-flying adventures of the world’s most popular Super Hero. Retail orders for these books will be available soon.

Since his debut in DETECTIVE COMICS #27 in March 1939, Batman has been the most popular DC Super Hero in the world, resulting in repeated waves of pop culture “Bat-mania” for many generations of fans. Whether known as the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader or simply Batman, his appeal is global, and he has headlined comic books consistently since 1940, representing thousands of comics titles that have regularly been industry best-sellers no matter the comic book era.

“The enduring popularity of Batman over the past 80 years speaks to the character’s multi-generational appeal,” said DC Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio. “We’re proud to celebrate Batman’s cultural impact with these special releases and look forward to a year of commemorating this milestone anniversary with fans across the globe.”

DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN THE DELUXE EDITION will feature an all-new cover by Jim Lee and several unpublished treasures, including a story about a traumatic early moment in Bruce Wayne’s life by Paul Levitz and acclaimed artist Denys Cowan and an extraordinary look at a work in progress—Bob Kane “ghost” Lew Sayre Schwartz’s original layouts for the Batman tale from DETECTIVE COMICS #200. In addition, the celebratory book will include essays looking at Batman from extraordinary perspectives including Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Glen David Gold, Denny O’Neil, former San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman and pulp historian Anthony Tollin.

The collectible hardcover book follows the best-selling ACTION COMICS: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN and again features guest editor Paul Levitz. Classic reprints of the Dark Knight’s most memorable adventures will also be highlighted, from his first appearance to peak moments and the debuts of Robin, Batwoman, Bat-Mite, Batgirl and Super-Villains such as Two-Face, the Riddler, Clayface and Man-Bat. Plus, the must-have book will include the first tales of Slam Bradley, Air Wave, the Boy Commandos and the Martian Manhunter.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 periodical commemorates the anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in DETECTIVE COMICS, the title from which the DC brand itself was born. The 96-page landmark issue will feature an original story written by New York Times best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN AND ROBIN, DETECTIVE COMICS, BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT) with stunning artwork by Doug Mahnke (BATMAN: THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, BLACKEST NIGHT). Paying tribute to the Caped Crusader’s 80-year legacy, the book will also include a series of supporting stories by top DC talent, including Geoff Johns, Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini, Christopher Priest, Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Kelley Jones, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Maleev and more.

Marking eight decades of crime-fighting, the oversize 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS will reveal a never-before-seen iteration of the Arkham Knight, as well as original stories by some of the biggest names in comics. To further celebrate the cultural legacy of the iconic Super Hero, DC will present a special hardcover release, DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN THE DELUXE EDITION, including new artwork, all-star contributors and thrilling untold stories.

These two special publishing exclusives, available in March 2019, are certain to become collector’s items as part of DC’s yearlong plans to honor 80 years of Batman storytelling.

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RICH REVIEWS: Northstars Volume Two: Yeti Wedding

First Comics News - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 06:34

Title: Northstars Volume Two: Yeti Wedding
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Art, Colors & Letters: Anna Liisa Jones
Story and Flatting: Jim and Haigen Shelley
Inside Cover Art: Kata Kane
Price: $ 5.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.actionlabcomics.com
Comments: Santa and Mrs. Claus and Holly Claus their daughter are going to Yetisburg. Holly meets up with her yeti friend Princess Frostina. Frostina’s Aunt Brrronica is getting married. Holly is quite the detective as we see. Her deductive skills would impress Sherlock Holmes.
The Gryla is mentioned yet not shown at first. It does pique your interest getting you wanting to see her. To know what she looks like. When you do see her she is not what you might expect.
Holly and Frostina do get into some adventurous fun. They also attend a wedding. A yeti wedding is like any ordinary wedding just with lots of yetis there.
Holly and Frostina do know how to enjoy themselves and how to solve problems. These girls are cute and fun. You will enjoy spending time with them.

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RICH REVIEWS: Princeless: Raven The Pirate Princess: Year Two # 13

First Comics News - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 05:49

Title: Princeless: Raven The Pirate Princess: Year Two # 13
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Written by: Jeremy Whitley
Pencils & Colors by: Xenia Pamfil
Inks by: Christine Hipp
Lettered by: Justin Birch
Cover by: Elsa Charretier
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.actionlabcomics.com
Comments: Sunshine is practicing with her trident. Her and Quinn are in a battle against two ninja-like opponents. Why? Raven is fighting some Dracula lookalike called Magpie. Why? How did he and Raven get together?
Raven and members of her crew are talking about things that happened in the last issue or two so if you did not read them you will not be able to totally follow what is going on.
How did Raven set up for her to become Captain of the Fleet? It is a nice direction for the comic.
The female pirates are all cementing their relationships. Some are going great and others are strained and there is stuff going on that is a mystery.
Now when it is all said and done Raven and Ximena are the perfect couple. They are both so in love with the other. No matter what is going on around them this is a stable part of their lives. Love is grand and for these pirate girls, it gives this comic a nice warm fuzzy feeling as you watch the cute couple just enjoying each others company.

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RICH REVIEWS: Rainbow Bright # 2

First Comics News - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 05:44

Title: Rainbow Bright # 2
Publisher: Dynamite
Writer: Jeremy Whitney
Artist: Brittney Williams
Colorist: Valentina Pinto
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Paulina Ganucheau
Variant Cover: Classic Art
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.dynamite.com
Comments: Wisp and Twink are in danger of losing their colors to a Shadow Hound. This issue just starts off into the story with no explanation as to how Wisp is where she is or how this Shadow Hound found her.
The Shadow King is out to steal all the color from different words.
Now in the land of Rainbow Bright Wisp who may or may not be Rainbow Bright along with Twink are on an adventure to save color.
The Rainbow Bright wand is a beautifully drawn item. Overall the art is done for a younger reader audience in this all-ages book. The characters are cute even the bad ones. As Wisp faces a frightened monster yes frightened not frightening. He is cuddly looking. She faces him and then grabs the wand and is transformed. The colors are brightly done and they do make her pop out at you.
This comic is written as well as drawn for a young female audience but readers of any age and gender can and should still enjoy it.
Wisp is showing that she is a fighter and just maybe a hero.

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RICH REVIEWS: RetroFan # 2 Fall 2018

First Comics News - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 05:40

Title: RetroFan # 2 Fall 2018
Publisher: John Morrow
Contributors: Terry Collins, Robert V. Conte, Michael Eury, Dan Johnson, Andy Mangels, Elizabeth Millsted, Ian Millsted, Scott Saavedra, Scott Shaw!, Michael Soloff, Mark Voger
Price: $ 8.95 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.RetroFan.org
Comments: “Monsters in the House: Bewitching, Munsterific Sitcoms of the Sixties” by Scott Saavedra. In the sixties there were lots of monsters on TV shows such as Bewitched, I Dream of Jeanie, The Munsters, and the Addams Family. These shows brought lots of enjoyment to many fans.
“Halloween Costumes” an interview with Ira J. Cooper by Ben Cooper. Ben Cooper and Nat Cooper ran an affordable costuming business supplying masks and costumes for Halloween.  The company made tons of Halloween costumes that provided so much fun for children. They could dress up as whoever they wanted to be.
“Haunting the Airwaves” by Dan Johnson. There have been so many horror hosts for TV. Vampira was one of them as well as Elvira. They provided so much and often times they were more entertaining to watch than the movie they hosted.
“Elvira Mistress of the Dark” by Mark Voger. Elvira just saying her name makes you think of her and her sexy black look and her obviously huge assets. She is and always will be the Hostess with the Mostest. Her personality really brings the character of Elvira to life.
“Groovie” by Andy Mangels. The Groovie Ghoolies was a cartoon show. This series was a cool funny monster cartoon. It had great voice overs and a wonderful collection of characters.
“Fun For The Entire Family” by Scott Shaw! Dinosaurs are very cool even if it is only statues of them. They roamed the world in the past and now we can only imagine what they were like. They were magnificent beasts. Scott Shaw brings across the wonder on them.
“Sindy” by Elizabeth & Ian Millsted. Sindy was the UK’s version of Barbie. She was the fad in the UK in the 60’s and 70’s.
“Moody Rings” by Michael Eury. Mood Rings were a passing fad that did not last long. People had fun with them which was the most important part.
“Super-Duper View-Master” by Robert V. Conte. The View-Master has gone through some changes in its history. Here the facts are presented in a fun entertaining manner for this toy that has stood the test of time.
“Geppi’s Entertainment Museum: The Final Tour” by Michael Solof. Steve Geppi did provide a wonderful place to enjoy pop culture in its various forms. This was a great collection before some of it was donated and it closed down.
“A Hunger for Yesterday: Collecting Metal Lunch Boxes” by Terry Collins. Collecting lunch boxes is a fun hobby and there are so many different ones.
This magazine is a wonderful collection of stories and facts that are sure to delight any true collector or hobbyist of fun fades and retro items.

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