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Marvel Comics to reboot again in 2018, scrapping Legacy and Now

First Comics News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:08

Marvel Comics has released a video to its YouTube channel announcing a fresh start in 2018 scrapping the previous attempts like Marvel Now and Legacy. Legacy in particular is a very recent initiative which saw fresh starts for a number of books which also reinstated the old legacy numbering. This resulted in historical events, which Marvel cashed in on with their premium “event” cover prices, like The Mighty Thor #700 ($5.99 cover price) and Amazing Spider-Man #800.

Promising “New Creative Teams. New Series. New Directions. New Beginnings.” series will scrap the new numbering system introduced in Legacy and will reboot series back to first issues including a brand new Avengers series by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness. That first issue will see the debut of the new team full of characters appearing in movies including Thor, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Iron Man and Doctor Strange. Better yet this will be the only Avengers book which will see the stopping of Uncanny Avengers, New Avengers, Occupy Avengers, West Coast Avengers, Part-Time Avengers and all the other titles which have diluted the Avengers brand.

Remember that Marvel Legacy, which just rolled out late last year, breathlessly promised “MARVEL LEGACY will usher in the dramatic return of dozens of its most beloved heroes, villains, teams and artifacts in bold stories that will begin the next chapter of the Marvel Universe. A return to original series numbering will serve as a rallying cry for old fans, and a dynamic new trade dress will signal a clean jumping-on point for new readers.”

It is obvious that those efforts were not successful and a serious streamlining of the line was in order. Whether this fresh start will be successful long-term remains to be seen but you have to give Marvel credit for not being afraid to hit the reboot button yet again, although the sales boost from all those new #1’s also won’t hurt. The only question remaining is if Marvel has gone to the well one to many times with repeated reboots and if fans will finally stop caring. Here is a hint: they don’t call them “Marvel Zombies” for nothing.

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AFTERSHOCK COMICS MAY 2018 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:48

BABYTEETH #11 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.23.18
writer: Donny Cates
artist: Garry Brown
color: Mark Englert
letterer: Taylor Esposito
cover: Garry Brown
The story of the Antichrist and the people who love him continues as we enter into the most terrifying chapter of our journey so far: THE TERRIBLE TWOS! Plus, who is our mysterious new storyteller!? And what secrets about the fate of Clark do they hold?! Find out here, as a bold new direction in BABYTEETH begins!
From Donny Cates, the writer of Thanos, Dr. Strange, Buzzkill, Paybacks, Redneck and the breakout hit God Country, comes a pulse-pounding new series with art from THE REVISIONIST’s Garry Brown!
“This book is going to be the most sought after title of 2017” – Rick Shea of Famous Faces & Funnies comic shop

 

BETROTHED #3 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.09.18
writer: Sean Lewis
artist: Steve Uy
letters: Simon Bowland
cover: Steve Uy
The Betrothed’s earth-bound guardians get involved as all hell breaks loose for Kieron and Tamara. After battling Barbarians and having their friends discover the truth about the pair, how can they find a way to cope? Enter an all-night keg party, filled with flirtation, jealousy and a few pranks along the way. Funny, fantastical and full violence—issue #3 arrives with a bang!
From writer Sean Lewis (The Few) and artist Steve Uy (Uncanny X-Men, Avengers Initiative, Grumpy Cat) comes a sci-fi series, with a fun mix of Archie and Saga, that HAD to be told at AfterShock!

 

BRILLIANT TRASH #6 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.30.18
writers: Tim Seeley & Steve Seeley
artist: Priscilla Petraites
color: Marco Lesko
letters: Marshall Dillon
cover: Mike Norton & Addison Duke
Now that the Didi Virus has swept the globe, every one on earth has superhuman powers. But using the superpowers slowly kill the user, and each person must decide whether to use them for good or evil, and whether to burn bright and fast or not at all.
A sci-fi superhuman epic from Tim Seeley, the writer of Revival and Grayson, and breakout art sensation Priscilla Petraites!
“It’s the story of the ‘word of tomorrow,’ torn directly from the headlines, about an America that might be waiting for us. It’s cautionary, but it’s also action packed and fun!” —Tim Seeley

 

BROTHERS DRACUL #2 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.23.18
writer: Cullen Bunn
artist: Mirko Colak
color: Maria Santaolalla
letterer: Simon Bowland
cover A: Mirko Colak w/ Maria Santaolalla
cover B: Szymon Kudranski
Vlad Dracul and his brother Radu are prisoners of the Ottoman Empire. As royalty, though, they are treated with great respect. They are trained in art, music, archery, horseback riding…even vampire hunting! Herein the sorrow-filled truth of Vlad’s descent to the role of the Impaler is revealed!
From writer Cullen Bunn (DARK ARK, UNHOLY GRAIL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Mirko Colak (UNHOLY GRAIL,The Punisher) comes a tale of brothers and blood that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

 

COLD WAR #4 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.16.18
writer: Chris Sebela
artist: Hayden Sherman
colors: Hayden Sherman
letters: Hayden Sherman
cover: Hayden Sherman
With no safe havens left, the splintered sides of the surviving Cryonauts are spinning wildly out of control. On the ground, the least useful members of their ranks — lovesick couple Tikk and Sath — have stepped up to save their fellow soldiers. While deep behind the scenes, LQ’s semi-suicide mission to uncover who’s pulling the strings has hit bloody paydirt.
From Chris Sebela, writer of Blue Beetle, Kiss/Vampirella and Evolution, and Hayden Sherman, artist of The Few and John Carter The End, comes the story that HAD to be told at AfterShock!
“Sebela managed to balance a number of genres, giving us a plate that offers something for just about everyone…Hayden Sherman’s art is a big plus and evokes early Frank Miller. 9 out of 10.” -Stephen Gustafson of 411mania.com

 

DARK ARK #6 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.02.18
writer: Cullen Bunn
artist: Juan Doe
letterer: Ryane Hill
cover “A”: Juan Doe
cover “B”: Nat Jones
Two arks sail the flooded world. On one, Noah tends the animals of the natural world. On the other, the sorcerer Shrae stands watch over the monsters that haunt the night. But in order for Shrae’s charges to thrive in the World That Waits, Noah’s Ark must also survive. And when Noah’s vessel encounters trouble, Shrae’s monsters must work in secrecy to ensure that their would-be prey lives to find land.
From writer Cullen Bunn (X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

 

HER INFERNAL DESCENT #2 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.23.18
Writers: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson
Artist: Kyle Charles
Colorist: Jordan Boyd
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Cover: Kyle Charles w/ Jordan Boyd
Lynn and William Blake confront the anxiety-ridden mad judge of hell, Franz Kafka. Lynn descends further down the fiery depths into the circle of gluttony, where Cerberus awaits with a hunger of his own. Plus, a guest appearance by the world’s most beloved author of suspense and mystery!
From the writers of the break-out hit The Dregs and Marvel’s Cable, and the artist of Roche Limit, this is HELL like you’ve never seen before.

 

PESTILENCE: A STORY OF SATAN #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.30.17
writer: Frank Tieri
artist: Oleg Okunev
colors: Rob Schwager
letters: Marshall Dillon
cover “A”: Tim Bradstreet
cover “B”: Mike Rooth
The second volume of this hit AfterShock series starts here!
The year is 1353. The fugitive Roderick Helms has retreated to a life of hidden seclusion after failing to expose the Church’s role in the Black Death. But something threatens to bring him back into action. Something that has risen which will threaten to transform the waning plague into a far more darker and sinister crisis. And that something is none other than Satan himself!
Written by the master of violence, gore, and mayhem, Frank Tieri (Harley Quinn, Marvel vs Capcom, Wolverine, Deadpool), with spectacular art from illustrator Oleg Okunev, and covers by Eisner Award-nominated artist Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher, Hellblazer)!
“Pestilence is a refreshing new take on the zombie genre. It really drives home the claustrophobic onslaught of the undead.” -James Ferguson of horrortalk.com

 

ROUGH RIDERS: RIDE OR DIE #4 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.09.18
writer: Adam Glass
artist: Patrick Olliffe
color: Gabe Eltaeb
letterer: Sal Cipriano
cover: Patrick Olliffe w/ Gabe Eltaeb
Volume Three of the hit AfterShock Series!
In their final mission together, the Rough Riders are pushed to the brink of their own destruction. Houdini tries to outsmart death one more time while Jack Johnson attempts to save his dear friend. Meanwhile, Teddy Roosevelt must face not only his own sins, but those of his familial line. And in order to save the world from the end of days, Roosevelt must kill his daughter, Alice, who has been possessed by an ancient evil! Don’t miss “The Long Goodbye”, the stunning conclusion of America’s first team of super heroes.
Created and written by Adam Glass (executive producer of Supernatural and writer of Suicide Squad) with artwork by Patrick Olliffe (Untold Tales of Spider-Man).
“The story is exciting and fun, with the characters being faithful and fanciful, and the visuals are epic and thrilling. This is what comic books are all about!” – Patrick Hayes of scifipulse.net

 

A WALK THROUGH HELL #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 05.16.18
writer: Garth Ennis
artist: Goran Sudžuka
colors: Ive Svorcina
letters: Rob Steen
cover “A”: Andy Clarke & Jose Villarrubia
cover “B”: SOLID BLACK VARIANT
NEW SERIES!
So these two FBI agents walk into a warehouse…
Special Agents Shaw and McGregor handle the routine cases nowadays, which is just the way Shaw likes it. She’s pushing 40, a borderline burnout, the ghastly memories of her last investigation still clinging like shadows. McGregor is younger, more dedicated, hanging onto some measure of idealism whatever the world might throw at him.
When two fellow agents go missing inside a Long Beach warehouse, Shaw and McGregor are sent to investigate. But what they find waiting is far from routine, as the local police have already discovered to their cost. Before the night is out, our heroes will encounter terror beyond their most appalling nightmares—in a place where the night may never end at all.
A new kind of horror story for modern America, written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Crossed) and drawn by Goran Sudžuka (Y: The Last Man, Hellblazer)

 

ANIMOSITY EVOLUTION VOL 1 TP / $14.99 / 128 Pages / on sale 05.16.18
writer: Marguerite Bennett
artist: Eric Gapstur
color: Rob Schwager
letters: Marshall Dillon
cover: Eric Gapstur
One day, the animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking revenge. Now, they’ve started building. In a city by the sea, a new power is on the rise…and they’re making an animal kingdom all their own.
Collecting the first five issue of this captivating ANIMOSITY spin-off series!
From the brilliant mind of creator/writer Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, Bombshells and Batwoman) with artwork by Eric Gapstur–ANIMOSITY: EVOLUTION is an exciting new series that expands upon this already amazing world!
“AfterShock has earned their reputation for putting out some of the most diverse and entertaining comics in the industry. Animosity is a prime example of this.” – Steve Gustafson of 411mania.com

 

THE ART OF JIM STARLIN: A LIFE IN WORDS AND PICTURES HC / $49.99 / 328 pages / 9×12 size / on sale 05.02.18
FIRST AFTERSHOCK PRINTING! There are few creative names in comics whose influence is felt more in pop culture than Jim Starlin, with his creations Thanos, Gamora, and Drax the Destroyer occupying such prominent roles in Marvel’s cinematic universe. The “father of the cosmic soap opera,” Jim Starlin’s name is synonymous with the larger-than-life epic, which is why AfterShock is proud to bring back into print, this epic 328-page retrospective on the career of one of the most popular and prolific comic book artists of the last 40 years! Covering everything from his humble beginnings to his rise as one of the industry’s top creative talents, this oversized volume includes glimpses into Starlin’s files and sketchbooks, as well as images of his personal favorites with insights into his life and creative process. The first edition of this volume sold out instantly. Don’t be caught short this time! Just in time for the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War movie!

 

SHIPWRECK VOL 1 TP / 136 Pages / $17.99 / on sale 05.30.18
writer: Warren Ellis
artist: Phil Hester
color: Mike Spicer
cover: Phil Hester
Dr Jonathan Shipwright, sole survivor of a very unusual and very secret shipwreck, doesn’t know where he is. Seemingly trapped on an endless road, in pursuit of a saboteur who holds the key to his salvation — or doom. Industry legend WARREN ELLIS joins AfterShock comics with this mysterious and captivating tale full of shock, secrets and surprises.
From the co-creator and writer of AUTHORITY, TRANSMETROPOLITAN and PLANETARY.
“SHIPWRECK might not be the first title readers think of when they think of new Ellis works, but…I have a feeling that that could (and should) change!” —Justin Partridge of newsarama.com

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DARK HORSE PROMOTES EDITORIAL STAFF TO NEW POSITIONS

First Comics News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:33

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (February 20, 2018)—Today, Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce the promotion of four editorial staff members!


• Spencer Cushing, Editor

• Shantel LaRoque, Editor

• Ian Tucker, Editor

• Megan Walker, Associate Editor

“I’m incredibly proud of the work our editorial department does on a daily basis,” said Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Dave Marshall. “Spencer, Shantel, Ian, and Megan have all proven themselves as capable and professional members of our editorial team. I’m excited to see what they will achieve in these new roles.”

The new roles are effective immediately. Please join us in congratulating these Dark Horse employees on their well-deserved promotions!

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Battlestar Galactica vs Battlestar Galactica #2 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:25

Battlestar Galactica vs Battlestar Galactica #2

writer: Peter David

artist: Johnny Desjardins

covers: Aaron Lopresti (A), Johnny Desjardins (B)

Michael Adams Galactica Action Figure Cover (C)

Roberto Castro Apollo Split Cover (D-Sub)

Aaron Lopresti (RI-B/W), Johnny Desjardins (RI-B/W), Aaron Lopresti (RI-Virgin)

FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

Two crews, separated by more than mere time and space, meet at last! And for all they share in common, they have just as many differences, which leads to suspicion and trouble. Meanwhile, Captain Cain and the Pegasus continue their quest with a most unlikely ally. Are they headed for home or straight into a trap?

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James Bond: The Body #2 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:25

James Bond: The Body #2

writer: Ales Kot

artist: Antonio Fuso

covers: Luca Casalanguida (A)

Luca Casalanguida (RI-B/W)

FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

PART TWO – THE BRAIN

James Bond leads the interrogation of a scientist who allowed a lethal virus to be stolen. But when the investigation takes a surprising turn, Bond begins to question whether he is enough.

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James Bond M One-Shot preview

First Comics News - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:25

James Bond M One-Shot

writer: Declan Shalvey

artist: PJ Holden & Dearbhla Kelly

cover: Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire (A)

FC | 40 pages | $4.99 | Teen +

James Bond’s superior, code-named M, scrambles MI6’s secret agents across the globe. Sometimes, he knowingly sends them to their deaths, for the greater good. But a traumatic event from M’s early days in the field returns to haunt him, forcing M to return to the scene of a crime…HIS crime.

An exhilarating spy standalone from superstar DECLAN SHALVEY (Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan, All Star Batman) and PJ HOLDEN (2000 AD, Judge Dredd).

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NINJA-K #6 preview

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 18:28

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside NINJA-K #6 – the FIRST ISSUE of “THE COALITION,” AN ALL-NEW ARC and SENSES-SHATTERING JUMPING-ON POINT from acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA)! On April 11th, as MI6 plunges toward the precipice of an international crisis, it’s down to master super-spy Colin King to assemble a seasoned team of specialists from across the Valiant Universe to counter an all-new threat comprised of Valiant’s hardest-to-kill villains!

A once-loyal agent has defected from the ranks of MI6’s most elite espionage unit…and Ninjak has been dispatched across the globe to prevent his secrets from plunging the world into chaos. But, in the shadows of Mexico City, Colin King is about to discover something far more deadly… The Ninja Programme’s own former sensei, the Jonin, has assembled a conspiratorial circle of enigmatic enemies – the Dying One, Kostiy the Deathless, Linton March, and The United’s Ultimo – for a purpose so sinister that even Ninjak can’t risk engaging them alone. Enter: Livewire, Punk Mambo, Dr. Mirage, and GIN-GR – Ninjak’s brand-new black ops team with a very specific set of skills…and a license to kill the unkillable!

On April 11th, five of Valiant’s brightest heroes must form “THE COALITION” to save the world from the shadows as Christos Gage and Juan José Ryp plot the ultimate clash of superteams in NINJA-K #6 – featuring covers by Tonci Zonjic (Who Is Jake Ellis?), Alan Quah (Orphan Black), Clayton Crain (Carnage), and comics legend Neal Adams (Green Lantern/Green Arrow)!

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

NINJA-K #6 (NEW ARC! “THE COALITION” – PART 1)
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC (FEB181894)
Cover B by ALAN QUAH (FEB181895)
Interlocking Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (FEB181896)
Ninjak Icon Variant by NEAL ADAMS (FEB181897)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale APRIL 11th (FOC – 3/19/18)

NINJA-K #7 (“THE COALITION” – PART 2)
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by ALAN QUAH
Interlocking Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN
Ninjak Icon Variant by DAS PASTORAS
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 16th (FOC – 4/23/18)


NINJA-K #6 – Cover A by Tonci Zonjic


NINJA-K #6 – Cover B by Alan Quah


NINJA-K #6 – Interior Art by Juan José Ryp


NINJA-K #6 – Interior Art by Juan José Ryp


NINJA-K #6 – Interior Art by Juan José Ryp


NINJA-K #6 – Interior Art by Juan José Ryp


NINJA-K #6 – Interior Art by Juan José Ryp


NINJA-K #6 – Interior Art by Juan José Ryp


NINJA-K #6 – Icon Variant by Neal Adams

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Doctor Who The Lost Dimension trailer

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 17:58

The most epic Doctor Who event ever, as every incarnation of the Doctor – and friends and enemies old and new – unites to push back the threat of the Void: the empty space between universes that has inexplicably become sentient… and hungry!

Written and illustrated by a stellar line-up including Nick Abadzis (The Tenth Doctor, Laika), Cavan Scott (The Ninth Doctor, Star Wars: Adventures), George Mann (The Eight Doctor, Warhammer), Rachael Stott (The Twelfth Doctor), Adriana Melo (Ms. Marvel), Mariano Laclaustra (The Eleventh Doctor), Leandro Casco (The Eleventh Doctor), Iolanda Zanfardino (The Punisher) & Cris Bolson (Red Sonja).

Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Book One – on sale February 20.

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WWE Survivor Series Tickets Available Friday, March 16

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:25

Travel Packages Available Monday, March 5

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that tickets to Survivor Series will be available on Friday, March 16 starting at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Survivor Series will take place Sunday, November 18, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be streamed live around the world on WWE Network.

Ticket prices for Survivor Series range from $25-$500. All fans who purchase a $450 or $500 ticket will take home a commemorative Survivor Series chair. Tickets can be purchased at the STAPLES Center box office, www.AXS.com or by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX (888.929.7849) / 925-357-4228 (outside U.S. & Canada). All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees.

In addition, Survivor Series Travel Packages will be available Monday, March 5 starting at noon ET at www.survivorseriestravel.com, allowing fans the opportunity to purchase NXT® TakeOver®, Monday Night Raw®, and SmackDown® Live tickets ahead of the general public.

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Valiant Presents THE COMPLETE HARBINGER WARS 2 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – Spanning Six Oversized Issues from May to September!

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:15

Valiant is proud to present THE COMPLETE HARBINGER WARS 2 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve the summer’s SEISMIC, SIX-ISSUE EVENT with their local comic shop by the initial order date (IOD) of March 29th, 2018! 

Beginning this May and continuing all summer long, the most powerful Valiant event ever attempted erupts in full force as X-O Manowar, Livewire, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, the Secret Weapons, Ninjak, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines in HARBINGER WARS 2 – uniting New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR, NINJA-K) with Academy Award nominee Eric Heisserer (SECRET WEAPONS, Arrival) and visionary artists Raúl Allén (SECRET WEAPONS) and Patricia Martín (BLOODSHOT REBORN) for an epic conflagration at the epicenter of the Valiant Universe!

Released monthly from May 2018 through September 2018, 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 Valiant superstars Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) and Khari Evans (HARBINGER) that can’t be found anywhere else!

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

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

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

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

Fans and retailers, take note: The only way to obtain these exclusive items is to pre-order all six issues with your local comic shop by the initial order date of March 29th, 2018! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

Available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve all six issues from blockbuster creators Matt Kindt, Eric Heisserer, Tomás Giorello, Raúl Allén, and Patricia Martín, THE COMPLETE HARBINGER WARS 2 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – including HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1, HARBINGER WARS 2 #1-4, and HARBINGER WARS 2: AFTERMATH #1 – is the only way to get six massively expanded, 40-page editions encompassing the whole of Valiant’s cataclysmic summer event…so be sure to reserve yours with your local comic shop by the initial order date of March 29th, 2018!

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

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

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

THE COMPLETE HARBINGER WARS 2 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by MATT KINDT with ERIC HEISSERER
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO with RAUL ALLÉN and PATRICIA MARTÍN
Covers by TOMÁS GIORELLO & KHARI EVANS
$3.99 each [6 issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+ |
HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 On Sale MAY 2nd; HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 On Sale MAY 30th (IOD – 3/29/18)


THE COMPLETE HARBINGER WARS 2 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – Pre-Order Coupon


HARBINGER WARS 2 PRELUDE #1 – Pre-Order Edition by Khari Evans


HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – Pre-Order Edition by Tomás Giorello


HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 – Cover A by Raúl Allén

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


HARBINGER WARS 2 Event Checklist – Art by Lewis LaRosa

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RICH REVIEWS: BLACK PANTHER (2018)

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:13

BLACK PANTHER (2018)

After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as King — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

Cast:
Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther
Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger
Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia
Forest Whitaker as Zuri
Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue / Klaw
Danai Gurira as Okoye
Angela Bassett as Ramonda
Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu
Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross
Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi
Florence Kasumba as Ayo
Winston Duke as M’Baku / Man-Ape
Letitia Wright as Shuri

Director: Ryan Coogler

Screenplay: Joe Robert Cole & Ryan Coogler

Comic Book: Jack Kirby & Stan Lee

Cinematography: Rachel Morrison

Music: Ludwig Göransson

Editor: Michael P. Shawver & Claudia Castello

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller

Rated PG-13

Trailer: 

Run Time: 134 min.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Comments: We are given a wonderfully told history of Wakanda and vibranium plus the Black Panther. It is short and to the point but not rushed as it flows so smoothly the narration.
If your a fan of the Black Panther from the comic books you will notice right away there are differences. Major differences in the storylines.
The technology in Wakanda makes it a technological wonder. The special effects are amazingly well done.
The humor does fit nicely between brother and sister with T’Challa and Shuri.
A battle rite for rulership of Wakanda gives you insight into the character. King T’Challa shows what it is to be a king. He fights for his people and with honor. Chadwick Boseman does deliver as an actor. The supporting cast fit right in as well.
Letitia Wright as Shuri is so much fun in the movie. The Back Panther suit is a technological wonder. It incorporates vibranium into its design. The things it can do are astonishing.
Yes, Stan Lee appears in this movie. He is always such a delight to see.
Danai Gurira as Okoye delivers she is amazing in battle. She is a gorgeous warrior.
The car chase scenes will leave you in stunned silence. The excitement and thrills plus the uniqueness of it will have your eyes glued to the screen.
Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger makes a great foe for the Black Panther as well as Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue / Klaw. They fit nicely into the story.
Killmonger challenges T’Challa the Black Panther it is a fight to the death for rulership of Wakanda. As one man falls your heart will break.
T’Challa’s family and friends do what they can. The Black Panther does not surrender. The Black Panther fights on and he fights for what is right. As a warrior falls you will shed a tear but she is replaced by more.
The movie is filled with so much emotion. You find yourself caring so much for the characters. The loyalty of the Royal Guard is without question. The Black Panther’s loyalty to Wakanda is even more so.
The movie embodies both tradition and technology.
The Black Panther is hope. Hope for all the world. That the world can be a better place to live in.
This is a must-see movie.

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RICH REVIEWS: Black Betty # 1

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:55

Title: Black Betty # 1
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Written by: Shawn Gabborin
Art by: Michela Da Sacco
Colors by: Rosa “Rosakaz” Rantila
Cover: Michela Da Saccco
Variant Covers: Michela Da Sacco, Marco Maccagni, Dan Mendoza
Price: $ 4.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.actionlabcomics.com
Comments: Black Betty is fighting an Enenra a smoke monster. How does one fight smoke? Betty better figures it out fast.
Betty is illustrated as a woman who is built with a few extra pounds that it looks like she knows how to use to pound with. The Enenra is drawn as a deadly smoke creature. Betty has a trick though for fighting it.
If you have a problem with a monster and lots of cash you to get hire Black Betty to rid you of your problem. Even if it is a big ugly troll. Betty is confident in her ability to take down any monster. She is one tough lady. Plus carrying a gun helps with that confidence.
It is pointed out a few times that she only works if paid to kill monsters. There is some mystery as we are told very little about Betty.
The attitude of the comic is fun, Betty is tough and the monsters scary.

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Tarot#109: A Dark Union

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:47

Raven Hex confronts her two greatest foes in the Realm Beyond the Mist. The only way to save her Mother’s life, Raven Hex must return the severed arm to Azure so he can release Lord Thornwic from the book of curses. But will it cost her more than she thinks?! Celebrate 18 years of Jim Balent’s Smart, Sexy, & Strong Spellbinding Witch, Tarot.

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The Unfathomable

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00

Our 5e Land of Azurth game continued last night with the party undertaking a journey to Subazurth and the uncharted region of chaotic, wild magic called "The Unfathomable." This was an adaptation of Jason Sholtis's Operation Unfathomable with a modification of backstory as presented yesterday.

The party journeyed via boat on an underground river from Rivertown in Yanth Country to Troglopolis in Subazurth. From there, they were guided to the entrance to the Unfathomable, separated the Troglopolitan region by a chasm spanned by a tongue bridge from the devil-visaged entrance. The took the admission for stealth and monster-avoidance to heart. They were also, pretty lucky with random encounter rolls.

The crossed the seemingly never-ending googlopede. Everyone but Waylon the Frogling demured from trying the fungal offerings of the mushroom folk, and he got a gray growth that made him decidely less charismatic until it healed. They met a strange, depressed cyclops, who they tried to counsel. Then, Kully the Bard and Shade the Ranger fought three brain-bats, but made quick work of them.


They found a strange floating vessel and soon discovered it belonged to Major Mungo Ursus, a werebear in Her Majesty's Special Bureau. He explained he was here in this alternate future or past to stop Doctor Hugo Zunbar Gorgomza, the self-styled Robot-Master, who planned to utilize the Null-Rod to create a magic-free future where his robots could rule. Ursus planned to destroy the rod so Gorgomza couldn't get his hands on it.

Not entirely trusting of what Princess Viola would do with the Null-Rod, the party agreed to let Ursus destroy it--if he would give them his gamma ray pistol. Ursus agreed, and the he joined the party in going toward the west where his instrument readings had said the rod might be.They found a cave with a minature ice-city, and tiny beings who were worshiping the Null-Rod.


The party stole it. The Major destroyed it with his pistol, then handed the pistol over to the party. He admitted he had permanently set the power setting low so they wouldn't destroy civilization. The party agreed this was probably wise. Then, the werebear left in his saucer, and the party returned to the surface, mission accomplished.

Calvin’s Commentaries: Lackadaisy

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 06:09

Webcomics can be a pure joy to read, and none more so than Lackadaisy.

This isn’t a new entry in the webcomics field, it dates back to around 2007 when Lackadaisy’s creator Tracy Butler was winning Web Cartoonist’ Choice Awards as outstanding newcomer, and outstanding artist among others.

So what makes Lackadaisy worthy of mention here as a web spot worth wandering too?

Well frankly just about everything to do with this one.

The story is set in a prohibition-era 1927 St. Louis with a population of anthropomorphic cats. In case you aren’t sure what that is athropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities, so think Bugs Bunny, Scrooge McDuck and Top Cat.

The use of cats as the main characters may not be to everyone’s taste, but this is a light-hearted, fun romp for the most part, so it works.

In the FAQ section of the website the creator addresses why cats?

“When dealing in sociopathic criminalism and gratuitous violence, how could it not be cats? Don’t take it too literally, though. It’s mostly just a device I like to use for characterization. The mobile ears, tails, and big eyes help me emphasize gesture and expression more than I could with human characters, they allow me to be as ridiculous as I like, and, well, they’re just plain fun to draw,” she states.

The plot chronicles the fortunes of the Lackadaisy speakeasy after its founder is murdered. Yes murdered, so there is a serious side to the story, but the general atmosphere is lighter. The comic mixes elements of comedy, crime and mystery.

So the story quickly draws you in.

But the art will be what grabs you and holds on to you.

The style of the comic is highly detailed. The art is fantastic because Butler takes the time to infuse each panel with the emotion of the characters.

Adding to the sense of the 1920’s era is Butler use of sepia-tone. The result reminds of old photographs, and gives the book an added level of realism you might not expect with cats as the main characters.

The story has been added to though several years, with the work available as a published graphic novel, but is also collected and still available for enjoyment at Lackadaisycats.com, so make sure to check it out.

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ZOMBIE TRAMP’S DAN MENDOZA DOES VAMPIRONICA

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 05:06

VAMPIRONICA #1 Abbas Discount Exclusive Dan Mendoza Variant
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
(W) Greg Smallwood, Megan Smallwood (A) Greg Smallwood (CA) Dan Mendoza
NEW ONGOING SERIES! When Veronica is bitten by a centuries-old vampire, her thirst for blood threatens to turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead. Will she put an end to the vampire threat or give in to her blood lust?
Limited to 500
$13.99

 

VAMPIRONICA #1 Abbas Discount Exclusive Virgin Variant
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
(W) Greg Smallwood, Megan Smallwood (A) Greg Smallwood (CA) Dan Mendoza
NEW ONGOING SERIES! When Veronica is bitten by a centuries-old vampire, her thirst for blood threatens to turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead. Will she put an end to the vampire threat or give in to her blood lust?
Limited to 100
$49.99

 

VAMPIRONICA #1 Abbas Discount Dan Mendoza Exclusive Variant SET – Virgin and Trade Dress
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
(W) Greg Smallwood, Megan Smallwood (A) Greg Smallwood (CA) Dan Mendoza
NEW ONGOING SERIES! When Veronica is bitten by a centuries-old vampire, her thirst for blood threatens to turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead. Will she put an end to the vampire threat or give in to her blood lust?
Limited to 100
$54.99

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RICH REVIEWS: Baby Badass # 1

First Comics News - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 00:00

Title: Baby Badass # 1
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Written by: D.E. Schrader
Art/Color/Letters by: Tim Larsen
Story by/Created by: D.E. Schrader, Kristen Horn
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Websites: www.actionlabcomics.com , www.babybadass.com
Comments: Joey a cocktail waitress and stripper-in-training is in cute pigtails and a cute outfit. She comes across as not overly bright. She is drawn with a cute butt and big breasts.
Now Joey finds a baby and things do not go that well for Joey.
When Baby Badass jumps into the fray you know its On! This baby can kick butt and a whole lot more. He is bad ass and then some.
Shiver and his friends take on Baby Badass and it is a gore fest. This baby is so strong. The body parts fly.
Next the big boys of M.O.T.H.E.R. attack Baby Badass. They have big guns and Baby Badass has a bad attitude.
The motorcycle glider vehicle is so cool looking.
Joey and Baby Badass start their adventure together here and it is going to be one killer of a time. This is the birth of a new and totally unique anti-hero of the future.

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The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 85

First Comics News - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:47
The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 85

Funko Pops are a virus, worse than the flu. But they just keep coming out with cooler and cooler characters. Sam, Dan, and Chris discuss Mr. Rodger’s Pops. As par for the course, Sam insults yet another celebrity. Chris is lost reading DC Metal and questioning what’s the point of these convoluted event books. Convention season is beginning to kick off so expect a tonne of talk about upcoming shows. Finally, making its grand return after almost two months … Luann Update!

If you are interested in older episodes please head to http://heykidscomics.ca !

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RICH REVIEWS: Marvel Comics Digest # 5

First Comics News - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 15:00

Title: Marvel Comics Digest # 5 Avengers w/ Black Panther
Publisher: Archie Comics
Written by: Stan Lee
Illustrated by: Jack Kirby
Inked by: P. Reinman
Lettered by: S. Rosen
Price: $ 6.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.archiecomics.com
Comments: “The Avengers meet.. “Submariner!””
Iron Man tries to enlist help in finding the Hulk. There are lots of guest stars. Than the Avengers: Iron Man. Thor, Ant-Man and Wasp find him. The art and story telling are classic. The art will simply blow you away. The story keeps you reading wanting to get to the next page. Seeing the Avengers battling it out with Namor and the Hulk is more action and excitement then you will be able to stand, so have a seat and enjoy this story to its fullest.
“Captain America joins…The Avengers!”
This story is about the Avengers finding and reviving Captain America. Than the Avengers need rescuing and Captain America goes into action. This is how he was meant to be illustrated.
Namor makes an appearance and puts up a fight. The Avengers working together as a team battle Namor and his forces. The story just flows so smoothly and the art is stunning.
“Behold…The Vision!” The Vision attacks the Wasp. Hawkeye and Black Panther are in this story as well. The story though does focus on the Vision. The Vision makes his choice on whether to be a hero or villain. Ultron makes his move and we are shown he is one evil android.
“Even An Android Can Cry” Here the Vision petitions for membership in the Avengers. Ultron sure has changed a lot in appearance since he was first created. The Vision may not be flesh and blood but here we see that even an android can cry. It is a touching scene of acceptance. The Vision is so well illustrated here it is a pleasure to look upon him.
“All The Sounds and Sights of Death!” Both Mantis and the Scarlet Witch have a crush on the Vision. While the Swordsman loves Mantis. The romantic problems of an Avenger.
Now Klaw and Sonarr attack the Avengers. The Black Panther steps up and uses his mind as much as his brawn to fight these foes. The art is gorgeous and showcases all the heroes and villains in glorious detail.
“The Replacements” The Avengers in this tale are Captain America, Storm, Hulk, Spider-Man, Giant-Girl, Iron-Man and Wolverine. They face the threat of Utron. The art has our heroes in some great poses. In this younger age comic the Avengers have fun battling Ultron.
“Finding Zemo” Baron Zemo looks impressive in his big robot war machine. As the Avengers assemble Baron Zemo unleashes his War-Walker Omega robot. This thing is a deadly drawn machine of death. Great art and a great fun story make for a amazing time for those reading this.
“Enter the Mandarin” The art here is a more cartoon style as fits for a younger reader audience. Fin-Fang-Foom the dragon is attacking the Avengers Tower. The Avengers find using brains works better and makes the task easier than using brawn. The Mandarin makes for a great foe though.
“King Solomon’s Frogs” Hawkeye and Black Panther have fun with Kang and Ravonna. This is a simple story with simple art. Hawkeye we find out does not like time travelling. It is funny to see his reactions to it.
“The Serpent Crown” The Serpent Society lead by Viper face the Avengers. Set the giant serpent demon decides Viper is an enemy to. So we get a free for all against Set while the Avengers still battle the Serpent Society. The battle comes down to a battle of wills and no will is stronger than Captain America’s. The art again has a cartoon style to it.
“Ghost of a Chance” by Man of Action & Paul Giacoppo and adapted by Joe Caramagna. A dimensional breach leads to a invasion from another dimension. The Avengers as usual stand ready with their newest member the Falcon being their best hope of victory. The Falcon fits right in with his new team the Avengers. The story line has some fun moments to it that will make you smile.
The Avengers are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and they stand ready to fight any evil that threatens the planet.

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Operation Subazurth

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 15:00

My 5e Land of Azurth campaign will continue this afternoon and I'm playing on running the Knockspell version of "Operation Unfathomable"(with a few things borrowed from the Hydra version--now on sale!). This will require a few modifications to fit the campaign and will likely have a few more because, why not?

The set up is this: Viola, the Clockwork Princess of Yanth Country, asks the party to help out Indigon XI, Prince of Troglopolis and curator of the Museum of Eldritch Wonders. It seems his ne'er-do-well adventurer of a third son, Hokus, has stolen a device called the Null Rod and he and a group of mercenaries went into a prohibited underground zone, their to wrest new territory for Troglopolis to settle. This area has been prohibited due to its exceeding high levels of chaotic wild magic.

Hokus and his party appear to have been killed, but the Troglopolitans want the Null Rod returned, and Princess Viola (believing they are too incompetent to hold on to it) wants it brought back to the surface.

The bones (and most of the meat) of Jason's adventure will remain intact, because why change it? But many of the monsters and encounters will get an Azurthian veneer--by which I mean a veneer borrowed from cartoon model sheets, Silver Age comic books, and Oz stories.

Should be fun!

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