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DYNAMITE LAUNCHES TARZAN THE BOARD GAME ON KICKSTARTER

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:56

The multimedia legend of Tarzan becomes the next epic board game from Dynamite Entertainment.

July 24, 2018, Mt. Laurel, NJ: 

Dynamite Entertainment and Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. are pleased to announce a partnership with Lynnvander Studios to create the next phase in Tarzan’s legendary history; a new board game starring Tarzan, Jane, and the rest of his friends and foes as an epic, playable adventure! Today, Dynamite Entertainment and Lynnvander Studios will offer this exciting game for pre-order on Kickstarter where gamers and Tarzan fans will get their first opportunity to see this thrilling game in action.

Tarzan is a fictional/literary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Lord & Lady Greystoke were marooned on the coast of Africa. Alone and expecting their first child, they headed inland to the heart of darkest Africa. Lady Greystoke dies in childbirth and Lord Greystoke is soon killed by the Mangani Ape Tribe who adopt the Greystokes son and raise him as one of their own. Now grown into a man, Tarzan is a brave and cunning warrior, using his skills and knowledge of the island to protect the animals and himself from other humans who would seek to exploit the isolated land. First appearing in 1912 as a serialized magazine story, Tarzan was later published as a series of novels which was eventually adapted into nearly all forms of media including movies, television, and even comic books which are currently being published by Dynamite Entertainment under the name Lord of the Jungle and the Tarzan/Red Sonja crossover. TARZAN® and Edgar Rice Burroughs® are owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and used by permission.

Tarzan is a co-operative, choose-your-own-adventure-style tactics board game where you play as Tarzan, Jane, Cecil, Lt D’Arnot, Chowombi, and more, in an attempt to get Jane to her destination safely.  Many enemies are trying to stop you from achieving your goals and you have only a few days and nights to get to your destination. Using the trees as “tools”, you and your friends unleash the power of the jungle to take-down the colonials with the help of your human and ape allies, while collecting items and renown!

“Tarzan has always been synonymous with adventure and that makes it an ideal subject for a game.” says Jay Spence, Director of Product Development for Dynamite Entertainment. “We like to make games that feel as fun and exciting as the comic books, and our comics of Tarzan have always been focused on excitement and adventure, so we’re eager to show gamers what it’s like to play the role of Tarzan.”

View the Kickstarter campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dynamiteent/tarzan-lord-of-the-jungle-board-game

Production on the Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle board game is currently near completion, with an expected shipping date of late 2018. The game will also debut at this year’s GenCon, in Indianapolis, where it will be available for demo with Lynnvander Studios.

Game features include:

•             1-4 possible players

•             Three-dimensional tree models

•             Modular terrain tiles change the game board every time for unlimited re-playability

•             5 playable characters from Tarzan lore (with more scheduled as Kickstarter exclusives)

•             A varied collection of villains and allies to encounter

 

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Calvin’s Commentaries: The Defence of Pictland

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:28

It was a month ago that the review was a game by Jon Hather, and this week we revisit the works of this fine designer with The Defence of Pictland from Gothic Green Oak.

Like Vikings vs Saxons, the game reviewed previously; The Defence of Pictland has a historical basis.

“Northumbria in the seventh century was a powerful kingdom,” details the rules. “It had wealth; promoting culture, education and, through its religious houses, some of the finest art of the period. However, its aggressive foreign policy led to many battles along its borders, not least with the Picts to the north.

“The Picts were first recorded some seven hundred years earlier when the Romans attempted to expand their territory in the north. Hadrian’s Wall was one attempt to defend established Roman occupied territory from the native peoples beyond. The Picts were a clan-based farming society, and though far from warlike they were well able to defend their territory. Northumbrian expansion, in a similar way to the earlier Roman aggression, saw small battles take place in often difficult terrain. This board game sees two equally matched armies fight in a valley with a boggy bottom. Movement and capture in the bog is different to movement and capture on dry land. Such battles were typical during the period between the Northumbrians and the Picts. Eventually, the Picts defended their lands well and Northumbria’s power diminished, overtaken by the Mericans to the south and eventually the Vikings from the north. This is only a game but might give you a flavour of battle strategies on difficult terrain.”

That Hather takes the time to tell some of the history he draws inspiration from for his games is something I very much appreciate. The brief background seems to add a level of authenticity to the feel that the game could well have been created at the time of the battle it mirrors.

In the Defence of Pictland, both sides have 10 warriors symmetrically positioned at the start of the game, so it has that chess/checker ‘feel’ that Hather draws on in many of his games. The board, which is leather, is divided by a stretch of boggy ground, with two armies placed on dry ground on either side.

The board being divided into two terrain types, dry land and bog is really what sets Pictland apart and intrigues as a game player.

On dry ground, all men move by either one or two of the ‘knight’s move’ (think chess). The double knight’s move is made up of two parts and there has to be a vacant position for the first move before the second can take place.

The ability to move twice on dry land provides pieces with a great amount of versatility, although the dry areas are limited too.

“On dry ground, men are captured by replacement,” details the rules. “On capturing, a man must stop if he has moved by only one knight’s move and cannot go on to a second move, or a second capture. He may capture on the second knight’s move so long as there was no capture on the first. Captured men are removed from the board, not to be returned.”

Things change in the bog.

“On boggy ground, capture is by custodial capture on two opposing orthogonal sides, that is two men either side an enemy man,” notes the rules. “One or both of the capturing men can be on dry ground to capture so long as the man being captured is in the bog.”

The different capture rules based on terrain are a huge part of Pictland’s appeal.

A man may not move in between two enemy men in the bog (suicide) unless he is taking part in capture himself.

A man may leave the boggy ground and make a capture but is allowed only one knight’s move on leaving the bog.

This is a fight to the last and the winner is the player who has captured all the opposing player’s warriors.

The wooden pieces, leather board, and historical feel of this game are all major pluses, but it jumps even higher for me in terms of recommending it because of the dual movement and capture mechanics based on the two types of game board terrain. Definitely a game worthy of exploring.

Check it out at www.thehistoricgamesshop.co.uk/gothicgreenoak.html

Thanks to fellow gamer Adam Daniels for his help in running through this game for review.



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IMAGE COMICS OCTOBER 2018 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 18:38
BLACKBIRD #1

WRITER: SAM HUMPHRIES
ARTIST / COVER: JEN BARTEL
VARIANT COVER: FIONA STAPLES

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

An all-new ongoing series from fan-favorite writer SAM HUMPHRIES (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and red-hot artist JEN BARTEL! In this neo-noir fantasy, Nina Rodriguez is positive that a secret magic world ruled by ruthless cabals is hiding just beneath the veneer of Los Angeles. The problem: everyone thinks she’s crazy. The bigger problem: she’s not crazy—she’s right. Can she unravel the mystery before the Great Beast catches up with her?

DEAD RABBIT #1

WRITER: GERRY DUGGAN
ARTIST / COVER: JOHN MCCREA
VARIANT COVER: DAVE JOHNSON

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Back in the ‘90s, DEAD RABBIT was a prolific Boston stick-up man and hoodlum, until he took down one last big score and disappeared. Nobody ever discovered the truth: he retired to be with the love of his life. Now he’s back in the mask to save her, but no one—not his wife, the mafia, or the cops—is happy that he’s out of retirement. From JOHN McCREA, the artist and co-creator of MYTHIC and Hitman, and GERRY DUGGAN, the writer of ANALOG and Deadpool, comes the action-comedy-drama tale of Martin Dobbs, a.k.a. DEAD RABBIT, the man who says he’s descended from one of the original gangs of New York City. Get on board with the oversized first issue of an all-new ONGOING SERIES for mature readers.

ERRAND BOYS #1 (OF 5)

WRITER: D.J. KIRKBRIDE
ARTIST / COVER: NIKOS KOUTSIS
VARIANT COVER: ERIK LARSEN

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

In the future, if you can’t find a decent job, you run errands—the dangerous, often illegal kind. 30-year-old Jace Lopaz is a hard-worn scoundrel and a lifelong solo act—until he’s saddled with his 13-year-old half-brother Tawnk full-time. Now Jace has two mouths to feed while evading the law, running from aliens, and jumping off skyscrapers. The only thing weirder than the vastness of space is family.

EXORSISTERS #1

WRITER: IAN BOOTHBY
ARTIST / COVER: GISÈLE LAGACÉ
COVER B: PIA GUERRA
COVER C: KARI
COVER D: DAVID LAFUENTE

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

Did you sign a deal with the Devil? Has your fiancé been dragged to Hell? Then Kate and Cate Harrow should be the first ones you call for timely soul retrieval at a reasonable rate! But why are these identical twins so different? Is there a darker secret? An all-new ongoing series by Eisner Award-winning writer IAN BOOTHBY (The Simpsons, MAD Magazine), with art by GISÈLE LAGACÉ (Ménage a 3, Archie).

INFINITE DARK #1

WRITER: RYAN CADY
ARTIST / COVER: ANDREA MUTTI

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

The universe ended, but onboard the void station Orpheus, a skeleton crew of humanity survived: the last two thousand souls, waiting for a second big bang that may never come. Now, two years into their voyage, Security Director Deva Karrell investigates the station’s first murder—and the otherworldly motives behind it.

JOOK JOINT #1 (OF 5)

WRITER: TEE FRANKLIN
ARTIST / COVER: ALITHA MARTINEZ
VARIANT COVER: MIKE HAWTHORNE

OCTOBER 03 / 24 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

TEE FRANKLIN (BINGO LOVE) and ALITHA E. MARTINEZ (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) team up for a timely horror series from the Deep South! Mahalia runs the hottest spot in all of 1950s New Orleans. The Jook Joint keeps the jazz popping, people bopping… and the women? The women are to die for. There’s only one rule: “Keep your hands to yourself.” But some men think rules don’t apply to them, and Mahalia and her coven of slain women enjoy reminding them that they most certainly do.

MURDER FALCON #1

WRITER: DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON
ARTIST / COVER: DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, MIKE SPICER

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

From DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, the creator of the Eisner-nominated series EXTREMITY, comes MURDER FALCON! The world is under attack by monsters, and Jake’s life is falling apart: no band, no girl, no future… until he meets Murder Falcon. He was sent from The Heavy to destroy all evil, but he can’t do it without Jake shredding up a storm. Now, with every chord Jake plays on his guitar, the power of metal fuels Murder Falcon into all-out kung fu fury on those that seek to conquer Earth. It’s time to shred!

THE WALKING DEAD #184

WRITER: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ARTIST: CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO, CLIFF RATHBURN
COVER: CHARLIE ADLARD, DAVE STEWART
VARIANT COVER: BILL SIENKIEWICZ

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / BW / M / $3.99

Eugene tinkers… but to what end?

THE WALKING DEAD BOOK 15 HC

WRITER: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ARTIST: CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO, CLIFF RATHBURN
COVER: CHARLIE ADLARD, DAVE STEWART

OCTOBER 10 / 304 PAGES / BW / M / $34.99

Recent events have thrown Alexandria into turmoil, and now Rick, Dwight, Eugene, and Negan all have something to prove. Meanwhile, a new world order awaits… Collects THE WALKING DEAD #169-180

WYTCHES: BAD EGG HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (ONE-SHOT)

WRITER: SCOTT SNYDER
ARTIST / COVER: JOCK

OCTOBER 31 / 80 PAGES / FC / M / $7.99

“BAD EGG” Serving as both a stand-alone story in the WYTCHES world and a prequel to the highly anticipated WYTCHES, VOL. 2, “BAD EGG” tells the story of Seb and Jackson—two innocent teenagers reared on opposite sides of the eternal struggle between good and evil. Sebastian’s mother is a member of “The Irons,” the most ruthless Wytch hunters in history, while Jackson’s family are “High Horn” Wytches. Can these two boys find friendship amidst this age-old blood feud, or are their fates already sealed? Collecting the entire IMAGE+ magazine run and, for the first time, the 13-page, pulse-pounding conclusion plus extra materials, WYTCHES: BAD EGG reunites the Eisner-award winning duo of SCOTT SNYDER and JOCK in a horror-filled romp just in time for Halloween!

NORROWAY, BOOK 1: THE BLACK BULL OF NORROWAY OGN TP

WRITER: CAT SEATON
ARTIST / COVER: KIT SEATON

NOVEMBER 07 / 224 PAGES / FC / T / $14.99

Sibylla has always craved adventure, but she never guessed it would finally arrive in the form of a giant, magical bull. Is he a man, or a monster? And who knew a prophecy could be so literal? With this first book in a new series co-created by sibling writer/artist team CAT SEATON and KIT SEATON, the adventure of a lifetime begins.

BINGO LOVE, VOL. 1: JACKPOT EDITION TP

WRITER: TEE FRANKLIN, MARGUERITE BENNETT, GAIL SIMONE, SHAWN PRYOR, ALYSSA COLE, GABBY RIVERA
ARTIST: JENN ST-ONGE, SARA ALFAGEEH, PAULINA GANUCHEAU, BEVERLY JOHNSON, ARIELA KRISTANTINA, CARA MCGEE, JOY SAN, VIVIAN NG, CARDINAL RAE, JANICE CHIANG
COVER: PAULINA GANUCHEAU

NOVEMBER 07 / 144 PAGES / FC / T / $14.99

When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari reunite decades later at a church bingo hall—and what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage. This Jackpot Edition contains over FIFTY PAGES of bonus material, including the talents of MARGUERITE BENNETT (Batwoman) and newcomer BEVERLY JOHNSON, SHAWN PRYOR (Cash and Carrie) and PAULINA GANUCHEAU (Zodiac Starforce), award-winning historical romance author ALYSSA COLE’s comics writing debut with CARA McGEE (Over The Garden Wall), and GAIL SIMONE (CROSSWIND) with illustrations from SARA ALFAGEEH and ARIELA KRISTANTINA (InSeXts). Plus a sneak peek of BINGO LOVE, VOL. 2: DEAR DIARY, with an afterword from GABBY RIVERA (America).

BINGO LOVE, VOL. 1: JACKPOT EDITION HC

WRITER: TEE FRANKLIN, MARGUERITE BENNETT, GAIL SIMONE, SHAWN PRYOR, ALYSSA COLE, GABBY RIVERA
ARTIST: JENN ST-ONGE, SARA ALFAGEEH, PAULINA GANUCHEAU, BEVERLY JOHNSON, ARIELA KRISTANTINA, CARA MCGEE, JOY SAN, VIVIAN NG, CARDINAL RAE, JANICE CHIANG
COVER: KATIE COOK

NOVEMBER 07 / 144 PAGES / FC / T / $19.99

When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari reunite decades later at a church bingo hall—and what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage. This Jackpot Edition contains over FIFTY PAGES of bonus material, including the talents of MARGUERITE BENNETT (Batwoman) and newcomer BEVERLY JOHNSON, SHAWN PRYOR (Cash and Carrie) and PAULINA GANUCHEAU (Zodiac Starforce), award-winning historical romance author ALYSSA COLE’s comics writing debut with CARA McGEE (Over The Garden Wall), and GAIL SIMONE (CROSSWIND) with illustrations from SARA ALFAGEEH and ARIELA KRISTANTINA (InSeXts). Plus a sneak peek of BINGO LOVE, VOL. 2: DEAR DIARY, with an afterword from GABBY RIVERA (America).

BLACK SCIENCE, VOL. 8: LATER THAN YOU THINK TP

WRITER: RICK REMENDER
ARTIST / COVER: MATTEO SCALERA, MORENO DINISO

OCTOBER 17 / 112 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

The Anarchist League of Scientists is scattered to the cosmic winds. Abuse of the Pillar’s power has gnawed at the very foundation of reality, as all that ever is, was, and will be is falling in on itself. Beaten and dismayed, it falls to Grant McKay and what allies he has left to start a Hail Mary mission to the center of the Onion, and the chance of salvation that rests there. RICK REMENDER and MATTEO SCALERA set their sights on the End of the Eververse, as the Dimensionauts begin their final quest to fix everything that ever went wrong, or damn all of eternity to the void. Collects BLACK SCIENCE #35-38

BLOODSTRIKE: BRUTALISTS TP

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: MICHEL FIFFE

OCTOBER 24 / 96 PAGES / FC / M / $9.99

MICHEL FIFFE, the creator of the indie hit Copra, celebrates Image’s most extreme series as only a comics-auteur can. From revealing the origin of an undead strikeforce to solving the trail of mysteries that plague them, this story shines a light on the classic Image series—and introduces it to new readers. Collects BLOODSTRIKE #0, 23, 24

DEATH OR GLORY, VOL. 1 TP

WRITER: RICK REMENDER
ARTIST / COVER: BENGAL

OCTOBER 17 / 160 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

Meet Glory: a young woman raised off the grid in a convoy of truckers, the last men and women fighting for true freedom on the American open road. Now, in order to pay for her dying father’s surgery, Glory has three days to pull off four dangerous cross-country heists with mob killers, crooked cops, and a psycho ex-husband all out to bring her in—or die trying. New York Times bestselling author RICK REMENDER teams up with legendary French superstar BENGAL to bring you a high-speed chase across the American West that examines our dwindling freedoms, and the price of fighting for an untethered life. Collects DEATH OR GLORY #1-5

THE FADE OUT TP

WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
ARTIST: SEAN PHILLIPS, ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
COVER: SEAN PHILLIPS

NOVEMBER 14 / 352 PAGES / FC / M / $24.99

A bold new paperback edition of the entire Eisner Award-winning tale of Hollywood in the early days of the Blacklist! THE FADE OUT tracks the murder of an up-and-coming starlet from studio backlots to the gutters of downtown Los Angeles, as shell-shocked front man Charlie Parish is caught between his own dying sense of morality and his best friend’s righteous sense of justice. A picture-perfect recreation of a lost era, THE FADE OUT is an instant classic from the bestselling team of ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS, with acclaimed color artist ELIZABETH BREITWEISER. Collects THE FADE OUT #1-12

GASOLINA, VOL. 2 TP

WRITER: SEAN MACKIEWICZ
ARTIST / COVER: NIKO WALTER, MAT LOPES

OCTOBER 24 / 128 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

Randy and Amalia have struck the first blow against Los Queridos, the supernatural cartel. As the couple arms for war, they must also deal with raising a child with a very unique condition: a flesh-eating monster living in his chest. Collects GASOLINA #7-12

GIDEON FALLS, VOL. 1: THE BLACK BARN TP

WRITER: JEFF LEMIRE
ARTIST / COVER: ANDREA SORRENTINO, DAVE STEWART

OCTOBER 17 / 144 PAGES / FC / M / $9.99

Picked up for TV by Hivemind after a multi-studio bidding war with long-time producing partners Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, Bad Robot veteran Kathy Lingg, and former Valiant Entertainment CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. From the bestselling creative team behind Old Man Logan and Green Arrow comes a character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith. The legend of the Black Barn—an otherworldly building alleged to have appeared and reappeared throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake—ensnares and entwines the lives of two very different men. Plus, this collection includes a variant cover gallery from some of comics’ best artists, including CLIFF CHIANG (PAPER GIRLS), JOCK (WYTCHES), SKOTTIE YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND), and more! Collects GIDEON FALLS #1-6

THE GRAVEDIGGERS UNION, VOL. 2 TP

WRITER / COVER: WES CRAIG
ARTIST: TOBY CYPRESS

OCTOBER 03 / 128 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

Writer WES CRAIG (DEADLY CLASS) and artist TOBY CYPRESS (RETCON) bring their weird horror series to its apocalyptic conclusion! The powerful cult known as the Black Temple wants to unleash ancient dark gods on mankind. The only thing that stands in their way is the Gravediggers Union: Cole, Haley, and Ortiz. At the center of the Black Temple’s plan is Cole’s estranged daughter Morgan, who’s destined to free the dark gods. Now the Gravediggers are in a race against time to rescue a mysterious alien monkey before the Black Temple can destroy it. Before it’s over, father and daughter will argue the merits of our species, the secret history of the world will be revealed, and the Gravediggers will make a last stand against the Black Temple’s undead horde, for the fate of us all. Collects THE GRAVEDIGGERS UNION #6-9

HIT-GIRL, VOL. 2 TP

WRITER: JEFF LEMIRE
ARTIST / COVER: EDUARDO RISSO

OCTOBER 31 / 104 PAGES / FC / M / $14.99

HIT-GIRL’S IN CANADA. Our adolescent assassin is locked, loaded, and ready to seriously mess up some Canadians. JEFF LEMIRE and EDUARDO RISSO take on MARK MILLAR’s psychotic 12-year-old Hit-Girl for the next stop on her blood-soaked world tour. No amount of ice, snow, or Mounties will prevent Mindy from slaughtering her latest enemies. Collects HIT-GIRL #5-8

MAESTROS, VOL. 1 TP

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: STEVE SKROCE

OCTOBER 31 / 176 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

The Maestro and his entire royal family have been murdered. Now, his banished son from Earth will inherit the Wizard King’s throne—along with a spell that turns its user into God. With enemies everywhere, will this Orlando-born millennial be able to keep his new magic kingdom? A darkly irreverent fantasy series from STEVE SKROCE, the storyboard artist of The Matrix trilogy, the artist and co-creator of WE STAND ON GUARD and Doc Frankenstein, the writer/artist of Wolverine, and the artist of Amazing Spider-Man and ALAN MOORE’s YOUNGBLOOD. Collects MAESTROS #1-7

MAGE, VOL. 5: THE HERO DENIED BOOK THREE TP

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: MATT WAGNER

OCTOBER 17 / 208 PAGES / FC / T+ / $19.99

The fifth of six volumes collecting MATT WAGNER’s epic, modern-day fantasy trilogy, MAGE: THE HERO DENIED is the long-awaited conclusion to the saga of the reborn Pendragon, Kevin Matchstick. Almost a decade has passed since the events of MAGE: THE HERO DEFINED, and the story finds our reluctant hero having abandoned his role. Now married to the witch Magda and father to two young children, Kevin strives to stay removed from the supernatural struggle that could threaten his family’s safety. Unfortunately, dark and familiar forces conspire to flush him out of hiding, forcing the Pendragon to summon the power that is his legacy and once again draw the mystic weapon Excalibur! Collects MAGE: THE HERO DENIED #0-8

MEN OF WRATH HC

WRITER: JASON AARON
ARTIST / COVER: RON GARNEY

NOVEMBER 14 / 144 PAGES / FC / M / $19.99

Ever since Great-Grandfather Isom killed a man over some sheep, a black cloud has hung over the Raths. Now, a century later, aging hitman Ira Rath takes a job that will decide his family’s fate once and for all. Acclaimed creators JASON AARON (SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Scalped) and RON GARNEY (Daredevil, Wolverine: Weapon X) bring their creator-owned tale of a Southern family whose only legacy is violence to Image Comics with this remastered hardcover edition. Collects MEN OF WRATH #1-5

MIRENDA, VOL. 1 TP

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: GRIM WILKINS

OCTOBER 31 / 168 PAGES / FC / T+ / $17.99

When a jungle-dwelling woman gets a mysterious demon trapped in her leg, she sets off on an extraordinary adventure to get it out. Artist/writer GRIM WILKINS (PROPHET: EARTH WAR) plays with the possibilities of comic storytelling, letting the visuals carry the weight. Originally appearing in ISLAND magazine, MIRENDA picks up the gauntlet left by the works of Moebius and Frazetta and runs with it. Collects MIRENDA #1-5

ROYAL CITY, VOL. 3: WE ALL FLOAT ON TP

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: JEFF LEMIRE

OCTOBER 10 / 96 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

When a new member of the family arrives in the fading industrial town of Royal City looking for answers, the past and present all come together, and the Pike family must face the truths about their youngest brother’s death decades earlier. The concluding chapter of ROYAL CITY, the generation-spanning saga of one family haunted by their own private ghosts from the New York Times bestselling writer and artist, JEFF LEMIRE (GIDEON FALLS, Sweet Tooth, Essex County). Collects ROYAL CITY #11-14

ROYALBOILER: BRANDON GRAHAM’S DRAWN OUT COLLECTION TP

ARTIST / COVER: BRANDON GRAHAM

OCTOBER 24 / 248 PAGES / FC / M / $24.99

This collection spans BRANDON GRAHAM’s (KING CITY, PROPHET, MULTIPLE WARHEADS) twenty-year career, and includes select cover work, illustrations, drawings from his work in animation, and assorted art, along with pages from his sketchbook, showcasing influences from all over the globe that combine into something uniquely personal.

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, VOL. 7: MOTHERING INVENTION TP

WRITER: KIERON GILLEN
ARTIST / COVER: JAMIE MCKELVIE, MATT WILSON

OCTOBER 03 / 168 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

In the past: awful stuff. In the present: awful stuff. But, increasingly: answers. Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #34-39

APHRODITE V #4 (OF 4)

WRITER: BRYAN HILL
ARTIST / COVER: JEFF SPOKES

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The final battle with Basilisk will test Martin, Aphrodite, and Hui-Men. Aphrodite may not be a human being, but she can die like one… and that just might be the peace for which she’s been searching.

THE BEAUTY #24

WRITER: JEREMY HAUN, JASON HURLEY
ARTIST: THOMAS NACHLIK
COVER: JEREMY HAUN, NICK FILARDI
VARIANT COVER: THOMAS NACHLIK, NICK FILARDI

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

With the holidays just around the corner, the Beauty Task Force works to close a brutal new case.

BIRTHRIGHT #32

WRITER: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
ARTIST / COVER: ANDREI BRESSAN, ADRIANO LUCAS

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

As the search for Brennan and Kallista begins, Mikey still has much to atone for. Can he become Earth’s greatest protector, or have his actions already doomed his brother?

BULLY WARS #2

WRITER: SKOTTIE YOUNG
ARTIST / COVER: AARON CONLEY
VARIANT COVER: SKOTTIE YOUNG, MATTHEW ALLISON

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / E / $3.99

The Bully Wars are invitation-only, but with Spencer’s help Rufus may have a real bully’s way in. The pieces are coming together, but getting invited is just the first step. Training day has arrived!

BURNOUTS #2

WRITER: DENNIS CULVER
ARTIST: GEOFFO
COVER: CHRIS BURNHAM

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

After learning aliens are real, Andy goes on the run—from his family, his friends, and especially the Burnouts! But the Burnouts have other plans for Andy: namely, to teach him how to get high and smash aliens. Being wasted is just the price you pay to save the world.

CEMETERY BEACH #2 (OF 7)

WRITER: WARREN ELLIS
ARTIST / COVER: JASON HOWARD

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Mike Blackburn and Grace Moody are trying to get out of the middle of a secret colony on an unknown exoplanet while trying not to make any noise. It’s not working out like that. And the Outerfamilies of Second Stage are waiting for them. Utopia is kind of murdery.

COLD SPOTS #3 (OF 5)

WRITER: CULLEN BUNN
ARTIST / COVER: MARK TORRES

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The unquiet dead gather around a crumbling island mansion, drawn to a quiet young girl who is trapped within the dreary old house. The girl’s father has come to bring her home, but a sinister family with dark and murderous plans stands in his way.

COYOTES #7

WRITER: SEAN LEWIS
ARTIST / COVER: CAITLIN YARSKY

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Battles rage as The Victorias square off with Seff and his brothers, and questions arise about how redemption works in the City of Lost Girls.

CROWDED #3

WRITER: CHRISTOPHER SEBELA
ARTIST / COVER: RO STEIN, TED BRANDT, TRIONA FARRELL
VARIANT COVER: ROSI KAMPE

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

Rebel Wilson has optioned the rights with the goal of starring in and producing the movie adaptation. Wilson will develop the project and produce it via her Camp Sugar production banner. Also producing is Oni Entertainment. Circe and Trotter, two of the heaviest hitters in the private murder industry, have just landed in Los Angeles, looking for Charlie and eager to collect the almost two million dollar Reapr campaign on her life. Charlie, oblivious to the growing danger, tries to carry on her freewheeling lifestyle while under Vita’s lock and key. But even their safest safehouse can’t keep the fame-and-fortune-driven killers off their trail for too long.

CURSE WORDS #17

WRITER: CHARLES SOULE
ARTIST / COVER / VARIANT COVER: RYAN BROWNE

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“THEM BLUE WIZARD BLUES,” Part Two After his epic defeat in the last issue, Jacques Zacques has realized that winning a magical duel isn’t quite as easy as snapping your fingers and saying “abracadabra.” He’s off to wizard school! Meanwhile, Margaret seeks the truth, and Wizord and Ruby get caught up in the hottest new show of the season. Offered with yet another “magical” variant cover!

CYBER FORCE (2018) #7

WRITER: BRYAN HILL, MATT HAWKINS
ARTIST / COVER: ATILIO ROJO

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Ripclaw and Stryker have put aside their differences… for now, but the Tech-Cartels have them both in their sights. Stryker and Ripclaw make a plan to free Columbia from their grip while Aphrodite and Velocity protect a brilliant doctor who’s wanted dead by the cartels… and has technological secrets of her own.

DAYS OF HATE #9 (OF 12)

WRITER: ALES KOT
ARTIST: DANIJEL ZEZELJ
COVER: DANIJEL ZEZELJ, TOM MULLER

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

It’s right around the corner. Fates and furies.

EAST OF WEST #39

WRITER: JONATHAN HICKMAN
ARTIST / COVER: NICK DRAGOTTA

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

“THESE BROTHERS OF DESTINY” The army of the Prophet masses, preparing to conquer the world.

ECLIPSE #11

WRITER: ZACK KAPLAN
ARTIST / COVER: GIOVANNI TIMPANO

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

In a world where sunlight is deadly, Bax and Valerie sneak back into the city and plan to run away together, but circumstances force them to pick sides as a game of deceit unfolds between Cielo and her father over who will control the Scientist and his sunlight immunity.

EVOLUTION #11

WRITER: JAMES ASMUS, JOSEPH KEATINGE, CHRISTOPHER SEBELA
ARTIST / COVER: JOE INFURNARI, JORDAN BOYD

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

What exactly does Abe’s son have to do with his quest to expose the bug? Will Hannah remain faithful to her religion in the face of Evolution? And a cult is revealed to Claire as EVOLUTION races toward the climax of the second arc!

FARMHAND #4

WRITER: ROB GUILLORY
ARTIST / COVER: ROB GUILLORY, TAYLOR WELLS

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

As the effects of the Jedidiah Seed ripple through Freetown, Andrea Jenkins is about to have the worst day ever. She’ll be chastised and berated, and she’ll punch at least three people by its end. Also: Zeke vs. Coyotes! Seriously!

FLAVOR #6

WRITER: JOSEPH KEATINGE
ARTIST / COVER: WOOK JIN CLARK, TAMRA BONVILLAIN

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

The annual Culinarian tournament has begun and no one sees the real danger boiling over. Meanwhile, is Buster the Dog still a good boy? Oh, yes, he is! PLUS!: Every issue includes exclusive bonus materials by the creative team and famed author of Ingredient: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food, Ali Bouzari!

GIDEON FALLS #7

WRITER: JEFF LEMIRE
ARTIST: ANDREA SORRENTINO
COVER: ANDREA SORRENTINO, DAVE STEWART
VARIANT COVER: TULA LOTAY

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“ORIGINAL SINS,” Part One After the mind-blowing events of the first arc, Norton digs deeper into the mystery of the Black Barn, and secrets of his past begin to come to light. Meanwhile, Father Fred does some digging of his own and learns the hard way that some secrets should just stay buried. Picked up for TV by Hivemind after a multi-studio bidding war. Established in 2018, Hivemind is the new production entity from long-time producing partners Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, Bad Robot veteran Kathy Lingg, and former Valiant Entertainment CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

HACK/SLASH RESURRECTION #12

WRITER: TINI HOWARD
ARTIST: CELOR, K. MICHAEL RUSSELL
COVER: TIM SEELEY, NICK FILARDI
VARIANT COVER: DANIEL LEISTER

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Boobs, butts, blood and guts: Cassie and Vlad encounter a killer obsessed with censoring all the things that makes horror comics so great!

HEY KIDS! COMICS! #3

WRITER / ARTIST: HOWARD CHAYKIN
COVER: DON CAMERON

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Betrayal. Triumph. Sudden death. No talent, but blind rage will do. More adventures and intrigue drawn from real-world stories of the comic book business… And if you want to know which are the closest to the truth, start with the most inexcusable people, exhibiting the lowest, most deplorable behavior… and work your way up from there.

HIT-GIRL #9

WRITER: RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE, RAFAEL SCAVONE
ARTIST / COVER: RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
VARIANT COVER: RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE, LIBERATORE, BENGAL

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

HIT-GIRL’S IN ROME. Mindy races around the ancient city in hot pursuit of an airport cargo thief and their stolen loot. When Hit-Girl finally gets hold of the package, she uncovers a macabre story that leads her deep into the dark, criminal underbelly of Rome.

ICE CREAM MAN #8

WRITER: W. MAXWELL PRINCE
ARTIST / COVER: MARTIN MORAZZO, CHRIS O’HALLORAN
VARIANT COVER: VANESA DEL REY

OCTOBER 31 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“EMERGENCIES” All around town, folks are in crisis. But this ambulance ain’t stoppin’ for no one, baby. ICE CREAM MAN continues with another dreary confection.

KICK-ASS #8

WRITER: STEVE NILES
ARTIST / COVER: MARCELO FRUSIN
VARIANT COVER: MARCELO FRUSIN, DAVID MACK

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Kick-Ass is building her own army in New Mexico. But now her men are being captured and tortured for information, and Hector Santos will stop at nothing until Kick-Ass is unmasked. Can Patience keep her identity—and her family—safe?

THE LAST SIEGE #5 (OF 8)

WRITER: LANDRY Q. WALKER
ARTIST / COVER: JUSTIN GREENWOOD
VARIANT COVER: PHIL HESTER

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

The massive army of the warlord King stands at the castle gates, ready to bring swift retribution against Lady Cathryn and her few remaining defenders. Meanwhile, the mysterious stranger who has encouraged this battle at every turn stands revealed for who—and what—he truly is.

LEVIATHAN #3

WRITER: JOHN LAYMAN
ARTIST / COVER: NICK PITARRA, MICHAEL GARLAND
VARIANT COVER: TRADD MOORE

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“‘TIL DEATH DO US PART,” Part Three Father Baron recalls the unfortunate exorcism at that doomed preschool years ago that went so terribly, terribly wrong… where he got his first look at the Leviathan! Meanwhile, back in real time, sh*t be gettin’ crazy.

THE MAGIC ORDER #5 (OF 6)

WRITER: MARK MILLAR
ARTIST / COVER / VARIANT COVER: OLIVIER COIPEL

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The Moonstone family team up against Albany and her assassin, The Venetian. Can Gabriel overcome the death of his child and save humanity from the forces of darkness? A war is waged between the last members of The Magic Order and the powers of evil that want them destroyed.

MAN-EATERS #2

WRITER: CHELSEA CAIN
ARTIST: KATE NIEMCZYK
COVER: LIA MITERNIQUE

OCTOBER 31 / 24 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

“BLOOD WILL SPILL,” Day Two Maude experiences abdominal cramping and a sudden increased appetite. Her father investigates another mauling.

MAN-EATERS #2 (IRIDESCENT COVER)

WRITER: CHELSEA CAIN
ARTIST: KATE NIEMCZYK
COVER: LIA MITERNIQUE

OCTOBER 31 / 24 PAGES / FC / T+ / $4.99

“BLOOD WILL SPILL,” Day Two Maude experiences abdominal cramping and a sudden increased appetite. Her father investigates another mauling.

MCMLXXV #2

WRITER: JOE CASEY
ARTIST / COVER: IAN MACEWAN

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

If there’s one thing cab driver Pamela Evans knows for sure, it’s that fighting the savage hordes of the underworld is a life-and-death proposition.

NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL #4

WRITER: JOE CASEY
ARTIST / COVER: ULISES FARINAS

OCTOBER 03 / 40 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

This issue: the New Lieutenants of Metal vs. the Beeb! Steppenwulf is unleashed, Manowarrior gets his revenge, The Mighty Krieg’s secret is revealed, and Spike’s as you like him. The mosh pit happens here!

THE NEW WORLD #4 (OF 5)

WRITER: ALES KOT
ARTIST: TRADD MOORE, HEATHER MOORE
COVER: TRADD MOORE, HEATHER MOORE, TOM MULLER
VARIANT COVER: TRADD MOORE, HEATHER MOORE, TOM MULLER, SLOANE LEONG

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Save the kids.

OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #8

WRITER: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ARTIST: LORENZO DE FELICI, ANNALISA LEONI
COVER: LORENZO DE FELICI

OCTOBER 10 / 28 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

Nathan Cole is reminded, once again, that actions have consequences.

OUTPOST ZERO #4

WRITER: SEAN KELLEY MCKEEVER
ARTIST / COVER: ALEXANDRE TEFENKGI, JEAN-FRANCOIS BEAULIEU

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

With one friend dead, Alea confronts Sam about what really happened out there on the Frost… and the fallout will shake the Outpost’s very foundation.

PAPER GIRLS #25

WRITER: BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
ARTIST: CLIFF CHIANG, MATT WILSON
COVER: CLIFF CHIANG

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

In another explosive “season finale,” the time-traveling Paper Girls’ deepest wishes collide with their greatest fears.

PARADISO #8

WRITER: RAM V
ARTIST / COVER: DEV PRAMANIK, ALBA CARDONA
VARIANT COVER: MUKESH SINGH

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“DARK DWELLERS,” Part Four Jack struggles to keep the group together as fear and greed lead them astray. We understand The Pneumas, at last. And, witness the making of a new Guardian as sacrifices are made to protect loved ones. The stakes only get deadlier from here on.

PROXIMA CENTAURI #5 (OF 6)

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: FAREL DALRYMPLE

OCTOBER 17 / 24 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

PROXIMA CENTAURI, Part Five Conditions in the spectral zone are getting unbearable. Shakey, Parasol, Almendra, Gris Gato, and the Proxinauts join forces with many others to fight some malignant deities.

RAT QUEENS, VOL. 2 #12

WRITER: KURTIS J. WIEBE
ARTIST / COVER: OWEN GIENI
VARIANT COVER: OWEN GIENI, JIM VALENTINO

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“THE INFERNAL PATH,” Part Two In a wicked daze, Dee finds herself in the far edges of reality, on a grand, otherworldly stage. Meanwhile, the rest of the team do their very best to either kill or befriend a pack of recently deflowered were-owls. Cover B will be the second of five connected parts.

THE REALM #10

WRITER: SETH M. PECK
ARTIST: JEREMY HAUN
COVER: JEREMY HAUN, NICK FILARDI
VARIANT COVER: MEGHAN HETRICK, SKETCH CVR

OCTOBER 31 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The “dungeon crawl” continues as Molly takes on The Spider King while Will’s life hangs in the balance.

REDLANDS #7

WRITER / ARTIST: JORDIE BELLAIRE, VANESA DEL REY
COVER: VANESA DEL REY

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The Eisner-nominated horror series returns! Daddy’s home—and he needs something from the witches of Redlands. The coven is divided, Bridget is still inhabited by another woman, and Casper is finding that Nancy is not at all the innocent victim she claims to be. And soon, she’ll discover that neither is he.

REDNECK #16

WRITER: DONNY CATES
ARTIST / COVER: LISANDRO ESTHERREN, DEE CUNNIFFE

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Let’s go to prison! What does a state penitentiary’s most famous inmate have to do with the Bowman family? And what secret is Greg hiding from his dad?

REGRESSION #12

WRITER: CULLEN BUNN
ARTIST: DANNY LUCKERT, MARIE ENGER
COVER: DANNY LUCKERT

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Gregory Sutter is now in control of both Adrian’s body and the Valgeroti. But he has grown paranoid, fearing those who might send him screaming into the void once more. To protect himself, he launches a bloody campaign to eliminate anyone who dares threaten him. At the top of his murder-list: Molly and Detective Graymercy.

ROSE #13

WRITER: MEREDITH FINCH
ARTIST / COVER: IG GUARA
VARIANT COVER: JAE LEE, JON LAM, PATRICK BALLESTEROS

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

Reunited at last, Rose and her companions face off against the Fallen. Meanwhile, a betrayal from within creates a new threat to Ttereve’s last Guardian.

RUMBLE (2017) #8

WRITER: JOHN ARCUDI
ARTIST / COVER: DAVID RUBIN
VARIANT COVER: DAVID LAFUENTE

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“THINGS REMOTE,” Part Three The corpse of Rathraq’s wife makes an appearance, but the Goddess of memory and thought will make everything better—or much, much worse.

SAVAGE DRAGON #239

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: ERIK LARSEN

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“THE DEADLY DEMONOIDS,” Part One (of Two) The deadly Demonoids resurface in Toronto, and Malcolm Dragon recruits Freak Force, the Dynamic Daredevil, and Battle Girl to face off against their hideous hordes! Mighty Man! SuperPatriot! Dart! Barbaric! Lightning Girl! And more Demons than you can imagine! Comes with our highest possible recommendation!

SEVEN TO ETERNITY #13

WRITER: RICK REMENDER
ARTIST / COVER: JEROME OPEÑA, MATT HOLLINGSWORTH
VARIANT COVER: TOMMY LEE EDWARDS

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

The repercussions.

SHANGHAI RED #5 (OF 5)

WRITER: CHRISTOPHER SEBELA
ARTIST / COVER: JOSHUA HIXSON
VARIANT COVER: ADAM GORHAM

OCTOBER 31 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

The higher-ups in Portland, alerted to her bloody path of revenge, begin to tighten their net around Red, who’s got one last name to cross off her list. As she struggles to decide who she really is—and the cops come down hard on her friends—she’ll have to fight her way through bureaucracy, the tunnels, and her sister to get to the man who put her on that boat three years ago. Revenge is never simple, but Red and Jack are about to find out just how big and complicated it can get.

SKYWARD #7

WRITER: JOE HENDERSON
ARTIST: LEE GARBETT, ANTONIO FABELA
COVER: LEE GARBETT

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

“HERE THERE BE DRAGONFLIES,” Part Two Willa’s alone in the middle of the forest, surrounded by giant insects that want to make her dinner. But here to the rescue comes a badass group of sword-wielding… farmers?

SLEEPLESS #8

WRITER: SARAH VAUGHN
ARTIST / COVER: LEILA DEL DUCA, ALISSA SALLAH

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

Cyrenic must adjust to life without the Sleepless spell, while Poppy prepares for her wedding to the man she believes tried to kill her.

SNOTGIRL #12

WRITER / VARIANT COVER: BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY
ARTIST / COVER: LESLIE HUNG

OCTOBER 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

Lottie’s big sister is here to visit, and she’s taking over Lottie’s entire life. Can a girl get some privacy?! Meanwhile, Sunny tries to get back in the dating game, and John takes a fresh stab at fashion design.

SPAWN #291

WRITER: TODD MCFARLANE
ARTIST: SZYMON KUDRANSKI
COVER: FRANCESCO MATTINA
VARIANT COVER: TODD MCFARLANE, FRANCESCO MATTINA

OCTOBER 31 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $2.99

Spawn continues to build a team made up of his former enemies, including Overt-Kill, Cy-Gor, and more. Could these members of his rogues gallery be his biggest allies?

STELLAR #5

WRITER: JOSEPH KEATINGE
ARTIST / COVER: BRET BLEVINS

OCTOBER 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

A stranger in a strange dimension, Stellar visits the family she never had—and fights for her life, with more on the line than ever before!

STRAY BULLETS: SUNSHINE & ROSES #39

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: DAVID LAPHAM

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / BW / M / $4.99

An ill-advised phone call may spell the end for Beth and Orson. Their only hope might be an in an urgent message… from an imaginary character.

THIEF OF THIEVES #41

WRITER: BRETT LEWIS
ARTIST / COVER: SHAWN MARTINBROUGH, ADRIANO LUCAS

OCTOBER 03 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Conrad and Celia are going to hit the Zubovs where it hurts. But will a familiar face return to ruin everything?

UNNATURAL #4 (OF 12)

WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: MIRKA ANDOLFO
VARIANT COVER: BENGAL

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Murder, betrayal, blood, and a shocking truth: the first story arc of MIRKA ANDOLFO’s dystopian tale concludes with a bang—and a few twists!

WAYWARD #30

WRITER: JIM ZUB
ARTIST / COVER: STEVEN CUMMINGS, TAMRA BONVILLAIN
VARIANT COVER: NOA IKEDA

OCTOBER 31 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $4.99

“BOUND TO FATE,” Conclusion Fate burns as the past and present clash in the final battle. WAYWARD concludes with a special double-sized spectacular that includes an epic 30-page story, pin-ups, and more!

THE WEATHERMAN #5

WRITER: JODY LEHEUP
ARTIST / COVER: NATHAN FOX
VARIANT COVER: MARCOS MARTIN

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Nathan Bright is in the clutches of the Pearl and the clock is ticking. Agent Cross must choose between her own desire for vengeance and protecting a man who, though drenched in the blood of billions, might still be innocent.

WITCHBLADE (2017) #9

WRITER: CAITLIN KITTREDGE
ARTIST / COVER: ROBERTA INGRANATA

OCTOBER 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“GOOD INTENTIONS,” Part Three While Alex and an unlikely ally try to get inside N-GEN, Johnny’s mysterious employer, Alex must also deal with the fallout of Legion’s demise as a host of demons vie for supremacy in NYC.

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RICH INTERVIEWS: Weshoyot Alvitre Artist/Colourer for Sovereign Traces: Not (Just) (An) Other Vol. 1

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 18:33

First Comics News: You worked on the story “Deer Dancer” who is the Deer Dancer?

Weshoyot Alvitre: Deer Dancer is a poem written by Joy Harjo. I envisioned this mythic type spirit as Deer Woman, who goes into this bar, and entrances everyone there, makes them question everything in their lives in how they each react to her boldness. And then she disappears and whats left is the stories of how each person there saw her and reacted to her presence. I think the poem ties directly into Deer Woman mythology, where the concept a deer woman is presented to reflect the things that could pull us from whatever path we are on in life, and also to remember the old ways. I also wanted to touch on the issues of alcoholism, MMIW as a result of alcohol, and the female. So there are nuances of the detrimental effects, the realism of what can happen to native women in rural settings, etc.

1st: What are the symbols you drew on the back of the woman’s hand?

Weshoyot: I actually really wanted to emphasize the authorship of Joy Harjo on this piece. I was given 3 poems to choose from. At that time, I had never read anything by Joy Harjo. I read them and Deer Dancer immediately stayed with me. I couldn’t stop thinking about how she described so many things and the mystery that laid in that poem. That particular page, is a portrait of Joy I found online, and I believe the marks on her hand was a henna tattoo, but I am not entirely certain. She used it as an author photo for a few things. I chose this particular image though, as I felt like she possesses this strong voice, almost masculine in the way she writes about viewing the ‘Deer Dancer’. I imagined her as a patron at the bar, observing, but also knowing that this was not an ordinary woman, but one of myth. The way she writes is almost something of a ceremony. I wanted to add that element to the visuals, so that there was less division between the mythical and the real, as I feel that if you are sensitive enough, you see these nuances in your day to day. The tattoo design is an attempt to tap into that primitive thinking we all have within ourselves and something she’s tapping into in her descriptions. I was hoping it made the reader stop and wonder why I devoted a singular page spread to her, who she was, etc. And hopefully, if they are familiar with Joy’s work, they will realize it is her. And if they are unfamiliar with the work, perhaps a little digging will make them realize its an homage to her as a woman, writer, and storyteller. After working on this project, I dove into her writing and she is one of my favorites because of her truths and eloquent way of expressing herself.

1st: What do you think about to achieve the amazing looking deer that you do?

Weshoyot: I grew up on a large open piece of land with Deer. There were not many people unless we went into town, so I spent my first 5 years or so wandering the open land, trails, etc and really able to observe, listen and have that quiet that no one is allowed these days. I am forever grateful for that time as I feel it heightened the sense I use as an artist, in observations and in translating nuances into my drawings. I remember we would see them at a distance, and often see their tracks, but they were elusive and had sharp hearing. I referenced images of deer and combine them with those memories. I thought about the things a deer would think about out in the snow, looking for small amounts of food to eat, and knowing if they weren’t careful, they could be food. Eat or be eaten. I wanted to bring that sense of heightened anxiety and feeling of life/death that they always have, to the people in the bar and the deer dancer woman. My goal was to parallel the deer and the woman and the sense of fear, juxtaposed with unnatural grace. A deer in its environment is seen as graceful and delicate like a woman can be perceived. And yet, that deer may be on alert, graceful because it’s trying to move silently without being seen or heard by predators, trying to be as careful as possible to preserve its life. I wanted to show that, because I feel like that is what it’s like to be a woman. You may be perceived as one thing when the things going through your mind are completely the opposite. And I think something that we humans don’t pay attention to, or inebriate ourselves from being turned into these acts of self-preservation, of identifying distractions or gut feelings of uneasiness. We are no different from deer.

1st: What type of person do you draw the Deer Dancer as?

Weshoyot: I wanted to draw her as someone who walks in that place, disrupting the day to day normalcy that’s settled. So many of the people are there to either escape the day, escape the responsibility in their lives, so they drink to get a break. I wanted to have her as a figure who saw past all this from the minute she walked in, and got straight to the point and shocked everyone, making everyone take a look in the mirror. I feel like that’s what this poem does, and how its created in the character of the deer dancer.

1st: How do you think the expressions on the bar’s occupants are seen as?

Weshoyot: I feel like some are angered, some are shocked, some are reveling in it. Everyone has a different reaction to unexpected boldness, and I hope those individual reactions are shown in the bar occupants.

1st: The coloring is subdued was this on purpose for a reason?

Weshoyot: Yes. Ultimately I was trying to capture that cold, desolate feeling of a bar out in a rural place. I imagined this bar far north, in the snow. Where it’s not just a place to drink, but a rare place of socialization…a place to find warmth, in alcohol, in companionship. I imagine living in a place, such as Alaska or Canada, makes one long for the company of people sometimes, to break the open space and silence, that draws so many people there. I also wanted a strong bold palette of the woman’s red dress, amongst neutral tones in the bar, and also the stark white of the snow. This, partially to tie into the sexuality, and to potentially tie it into a dialogue of Native woman, sacredness, and MMIW. So yes, the coloring was very purposefully done.

1st: What was “The Moon of Letting Go” about and how did you illustrate the main character to look?

Weshoyot: ‘The Moon of Letting Go’ is a story by Richard Van Camp. It was imagined as a graphic novel, and the pages in existence were for a publication pitch. Its currently on hold but something we would like both like to finish in the future. Richard gave me some wonderful reference photos of his to use for characters, so there was a lot of guidance on his behalf for the look.

1st: How do you feel your work on the “Tenth Muse” influenced your comic book career?

Weshoyot: I feel like my experiences on that book showed me what not to do. While on that book, I got the experience of sexism at San Diego Comic-Con, of a project that despite a contract, would never pay me for my work, of how people may wine and dine you, but self-preservation is key. I learned a lot in a small amount of time, and glad I removed myself from that company. It is the textbook example of how new talent in comics are taken advantage of with disillusion of grander, and how many are chewed up and spit out and bitter because of it.

1st: What comic book that you have not worked on would you most like to?

Weshoyot: I always say that I would love to work on an ECHO storyline, with David Mack writing. The character he created struck a chord with me when Native Female representation in comics was non-existent. Hellboy or Umbrella Academy would also be dream projects

1st: What are you currently working on?

Weshoyot: I am currently working on a video game called “When Rivers Were Trails”, a book for Penguin’s new imprint KOKILA, written by Cherokee author Traci Sorell and a few side projects with Lee Francis & Native Realities.

1st: What is the tattoo of on your right arm and why did you decide to get it?

Weshoyot: The tattoo on my lower right arm is of a petroglyph called the ‘Hemet Maze Stone’. It is located in Hemet, Ca. and has been attributed to the tribes in an around the area, including the Tongva and Cahuilla. My dad used to have a photo of it framed in our home growing up, and I used to sit and trace it over and over again. It is believed to be tied into the creation story and the universe. I had wanted to get it as a tattoo since I was a teenager.

1st: What does your being Tongva/Scott-Gaelic mean?

Weshoyot: My dad is Tongva, and my mom is Gaelic and Scottish. So while I relate to my Native heritage and ID as Tongva, I always make a point of saying I am mixed and that my mom is Scottish.

1st: Would you like to encounter the Deer Woman?

Weshoyot: I ‘m not sure. And I am not sure that I haven’t already encountered her, or many like her.

1st: What would you like to say to those who have enjoyed your comic book work?

Weshoyot: Just to thank them for taking the time to read the work, and that I hope my images and writing allow for stories to come across. Thank you for being supportive of my voice and art.

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RICH REVIEWS: MAD GENIUS

First Comics News - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 18:22

The Matrix meets Mr Robot in the most captivating and topical science fiction film of the year, MAD GENIUS, available on VOD July 3 from Film Mode Entertainment.

Mad genius and hacker, Mason Wells (Chris Mason, ”Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists”) have a mission to “hack the human mind” in order to save humanity but first must reconcile his multiple alter egos. His most threatening alter ego, Finn (Scott Mechlowicz, Euro Trip) pushes Mason to do whatever is necessary to accomplish their mission including theft, bribery, and intimidation.

As their mission reaches the brink of danger, they become hunted by a nihilistic madman named Eden after they steal his technology and discover that he is working on the exact same project that they are. Ultimately, Mason discovers the only way to defeat Eden may be the ultimate hack, one he never thought imaginable.

Featuring a superlative cast, including Spencer Locke (Insidious: The Last Key) and Farin Tahir (Iron Man, Charlie Wilson’s War), MAD GENIUS is a visually-arresting and exhilarating depiction of the modern-day geniuses who risk everything to change the way society lives through science and technology.

From visionary new director Royce Gorsuch, a film that captures the voice of the ultra-connected generation, MAD GENIUS.

Available on VOD and on Demand July 3, 2018, from Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment.

Trailers:



Directed by:
Royce Gorsuch

Writing Credits:
Royce Gorsuch … (writer)

Cast:
Spencer Locke … Sawyer
Scott Mechlowicz … Finn
Faran Tahir … Eden
Gbenga Akinnagbe … Sun Moon
Levy Tran … Nicola
Chris Mason … Mason
Tehmina Sunny … Angel
Brandon Scott … Zip
Klement Tinaj … MA Trainer
Johnny Otto … Protester
Derek S. Orr … Parker
Noah Gildermaster … Protester
William Riedmann … Partier
Teddy Rodriguez  … Protester
OBie Sho … Asian Patron (as Obie Sho)
Keisuke Akizawa … Protester
Nicole Fahel … Protestor
Daye Smith … Party DJ
Matthew Paul William Smith … Protester

Produced by: 
Jared Tate Johnson … co-producer
Roxy Shih … producer
Sean Vawter … associate producer

Website: www.themadgeniusproject.com/
Run Time: 90 min
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Comments: One man wants to hack the human mind. The way he thinks to himself is done well and makes for interesting watching. Mason is unbalanced. He goes so far as to talk to himself but he actually sees other people that he knows are not real he just does not care.
The movie does need to explain itself more. it does get hard at times to tell what is real and what is in his mind. Somehow Finn Mason imaginary friend comes to life. Mason meanwhile is becoming more unhinged.
Eden is not explained either who he is. He seems to want the death of humanity.
Mason and the pink haired girl who for some unknown reason cares for Mason are together. She is helping him. Only briefly though. She is gorgeous.
Mason’s quest may not have been to fix humanity but himself.
The ending starts to get good and then it does not. This movie had such high aspirations yet it did not meet any of them.

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Quake Alley Mayhem!

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 11:00

David Lewis Johnson has released the first adventure for his Gathox The Vertical Slum setting (read about it here): Quake Alley Mayhem. It's design for use with Swords & Wizardry, which means it will fit most retroclones well enough, and interestingly its a tournament module, so it's good for running at your local con, so people can see the sort of wild creative the OSR is about.

The setup is simple: The leader of the Purple Rockets has had a magical artifact (the Holy Driver--a big drill-thing like something a Dreadnok might use) by these cyclopean alien ne'er-do wells and he wants it back. They've hidden it in their trap-laden and dangerous "inverted tower" safehouse. Get it back, and you'll reap a reward, but you have to make it out alive.

Dave tells us the fatality rate in the playtests was well over 80%, so "mayhem" is well put. Further reason it would be perfect for a con or oneshot, though it obviously can be dropped into an ongoing campaign. The gonzo setting and weird gangs gives the whole enterprise a Heavy Metal magazine feel, or at least a Heavy Metal gloss on a grindhouse film. It's a very fitting approach and a strong answer to the question "what do you do with Gathox?"

Dave's artwork is rough, but never sloppy. It at once invokes an old school feel, but also a bit of a punk aesthetic that complete fits the material. The aesthetic continues to the pregen record sheets, but not to the map which is sensibly business-like and readily. The single column layout reads well in pdf.

If any of this sounds interesting to you, you should check out Quake Alley Mayhem. It's available at fine digital rpg sites everywhere (well, two of them).

Thrilling Locations

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 14:00

My ebay buying out of print game spree continued last week with me picking up most of the modules for the Indiana Jones rpg and getting a lot of James Bond stuff. The James Bond rpg has been justifiably praised, but one thing I don't seem people mention too much (at least not as much as the Q Manual) is the book Thrilling Locations.

Thrilling Locations is the equivalent of a very detailed "setting book" for the world of James Bond, or perhaps it's more the equivalent of the Flying Buffalo City Guides. It is very detailed, but it is also completely full of practical information of interest to players and GMs alike. Need to know the minimum bet on the roulette wheels in the American Room at the Casino de Monte Carlo? It's got you covered. How about the nightly rate for a suite at the Hotel de Paris when the Grand Prix is going on? It's got that too.

There are descriptions of how various gambling diversion work in the real world, a floorplan of the MGM Grand Hotel, a section on the features of luxury yachts, and the whole skinny on the Orient Express. While I can't vouch for the accuracy of all of this information, copyright notices in various places make me modern if this is a fairly accurate representation of the places and things covered circa 1985. If so, it makes it an interesting time capsule.

Thrilling Locations is an interesting read, and would be an indispensable research for a game set in the era dealing with the lifestyles of the wealthy and jett-setting.

Kim Dwinell Announces Surfside Girls Sequel for 2019

First Comics News - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 13:24

Second Volume of Acclaimed Middle-Grade Graphic Novel Series Brings
Supernatural New Adventures for California Tween Sleuths

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 20, 2018) — Top Shelf Productions announced today that Surfside Girls, Kim Dwinell’s celebrated graphic novel series for middle-grade readers about friendship, fun, and lost mysteries of the local landscape, will receive a full-length sequel next summer.

Surfside Girls (Book One): The Secret of Danger Point introduced readers to best friends Sam and Jade, who put together clues ranging from suspicious beachcombers to spooky ghosts to baby dinosaurs in order to save their town from an unexpected threat. Surfside Girls (Book Two): The Mystery at the Old Rancho, scheduled for June 2019, presents even more beautiful beaches, hidden secrets, distracting cuties, and wild adventures:

When one of the ghosts from Danger Point gets… spooked, it’s time for Sam and Jade to pull out the Journal of Weird and jump into action! Trying to solve this two-hundred-year-old mystery takes the girls all over their town and beyond, all while Surfside’s Annual Surf Competition is going on. Add to the mix a cute surfer boy, a mysterious mustached man with a guitar, and a very jealous Sam — can the surfing sleuths save the day again?

“I’ve had so much fun this last year watching readers of all ages discover Sam and Jade’s world,” says author Kim Dwinell. “I packed Surfside Girls with Southern California sunshine, and I hope everyone enjoys spending time with it as much as I do. I’m absolutely stoked to show you what the girls get up to in Book Two!”

Kim Dwinell will meet fans and sign Surfside Girls at Comic-Con International today, Friday July 20th, from 10am-11am and 4pm-5pm in booth 2743 (Top Shelf / IDW Publishing).

“Kim Dwinell’s Surfside Girls has a timeless quality. With its likable characters, sunny colors, and supernatural mystery, it’s a perfect summer read.” — Brigid Alverson, School Library Journal’s Good Comics for Kids

“Kim Dwinell supplies a great-looking world of infinite potential… Anyone fondly remembering the tenacious and good-hearted Nancy Drew adventures from their youth can locate a spiritual successor for their own children in Surfside Girls.” — Slings & Arrows

Surfside Girls (Book One): The Secret of Danger Point is now available wherever books are sold. Surfside Girls (Book Two): The Mystery at the Old Rancho will be published in June 2019 by Top Shelf Productions,

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SDCC 2018: JOSS WHEDON ANNOUNCES NEW “DR. HORRIBLE” ONE-SHOT

First Comics News - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 13:16

Dark Horse and Dr. Horrible are “Best Friends Forever”

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (July 20, 2018)—Announced by writer/director/producer Joss Whedon himself during today’s Hall H Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog 10th Anniversary Panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Dark Horse is thrilled to reveal art from the upcoming Dr. Horrible one-shot written by Joss Whedon! The horribly fantastic comic will feature art by José Maria Beroy (Versus) and Sara Soler (Red & Blue) with colors by Dan Jackson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), cover art by Fábio Moon (Two Brothers) and a variant cover by Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle).

Upon its release in 2008, the Emmy and Hugo Award-winning Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog became a pop culture sensation. Created by Joss Whedon and written by Whedon, his brothers Zack and Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, this made-for-web movie musical tells the story of Dr. Horrible (played by Neil Patrick Harris), an aspiring supervillain; Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion), his nemesis; and Penny (Felicia Day), a charity worker and their shared love interest.

In Dr. Horrible: Best Friends Forever, the time temptress herself, HOURGLASS, is in dire trouble and turns to that team of famous best friends, Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer, who are best friends, yes they’ve always been best friends why are you giving me that look?

“What a pleasure it is to be back in this world, putting words into these characters’ mouths and saying, ‘say these words, mouths’ and then they do,” said Whedon. “Each member of the Hammerverse—sorry, Doc, that’s what it’s called, he registered it—is a delightful, bigger than life character, but more importantly, on a very human level, they’re idiots. You will thrill to their adventures and weep for their pain, or maybe not weep, maybe just, I don’t know, itchy nose. Based on Actual Events.”

Whedon has proven to be a Comic-Con favorite since his first visit in 1997. He is the writer/director of the first two films in Marvel’s “Avengers” franchise, and wrote the acclaimed horror film “The Cabin in the Woods” and animated classic “Toy Story,” the latter of which earned him an Academy Award® nomination. On the television side, Whedon is the creator/producer of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” its spinoff “Angel,” cult hit “Firefly” and Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Earlier this month, HBO announced that the network landed Whedon’s upcoming high profile series “The Nevers,” which Whedon created and will write, produce and direct.

Dr. Horrible: Best Friends Forever goes on sale November 14, 2018, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

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HEROES IN CRISIS WRITER TOM KING GETS PERSONAL AT SDCC

First Comics News - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 13:13

Creative Team of King, Mann and Gerads Confirmed for Limited Series

King Takes Dozens of Reporters Through a Therapeutic Sanctuary Experience Amidst the Chaos of Comic-Con

“Our Pain is Our Strength”

Burbank, CA (July 20, 2018) – There’s a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by New York Times bestselling author Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD? How do DC’s Trinity – Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman – handle massacres and mass shootings? This September, King explores these themes in HEROES IN CRISIS with artists Clay Mann (BATMAN) and Mitch Gerads (MISTER MIRACLE).

“I want to speak about, and to, this New War generation, the millions of people who have fought bravely overseas and have come home to try to return to their normal lives,” said King at an intimate press conference this morning at Comic-Con International: San Diego. “I want to talk about their hopes, their pains, their triumphs; I want to use DC’s heroes to tell their stories.”

At the core of HEROES IN CRISIS is Sanctuary, an ultra-secret space to help superheroes who’ve been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. King described the heroes walking the halls of Sanctuary — heroes like Aquaman, Superman, Lagoon Boy, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Arsenal, Batman, and more — as anonymous, wearing robes and gold masks to hide their identities from each other. In the debut issue, something goes inexplicably wrong and heroes wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects.

“But this book isn’t actually about Sanctuary,” said King. “It’s about the failures of Sanctuary. In that way, I’m writing about this moment in our history. We felt safe. We had security. Then something went horribly wrong. Is it possible to repair that? To fight that?”

King served overseas as a CIA counterterrorism operations officer post-911 before changing careers to write critically acclaimed comics populated with themes of war and violence, notably THE OMEGA MEN, THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON and MISTER MIRACLE. King, Mann and Gerads will continue these themes in HEROES IN CRISIS. While Mann will draw the main issues of the limited series, Gerads will draw standalone issues strategically placed to give a deeper look into the overall story.

“HEROES IN CRISIS is about heroes who have to live through violence to save the world, and what that violence does to them,” concluded King. “They make a sacrifice every time they go out to fight the bad guys. That sacrifice is at the heart of the series.”

HEROES IN CRISIS #1 arrives on September 26, 2018.

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ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ‘66 #2 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 13:12


ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ‘66 #2

The historic crossover mini-series continues! Batman’s received a panicked call from Riverdale and he sends Robin and Batgirl with one caveat—they must disguise themselves as high school transfer students!

Script: Jeff Parker, Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Michael Allred, Laura Allred
Variant Covers: Rick Burchett and Rosario “Tito” Peña, Matthew Dow Smith, Robert Hack, Wilfredo Torres and Kelly Fitzpatrick, Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 8/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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SCOTT SNYDER ANNOUNCES ‘THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS’ MINISERIES

First Comics News - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 13:01

Six-Issue Miniseries to Feature Art by Jock

Today’s DC Justice League panel at San Diego Comic-Con featured a host of talent from the “New Justice” family of titles: JUSTICE LEAGUE, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSSEY, TEEN TITANS and TITANS. New Justice architect and JUSTICE LEAGUE writer Scott Snyder was on hand to talk with fans about his current run, including the creation of the Legion of Doom, Sinestro’s discovery of the Ultraviolet Spectrum and Lex Luthor dispatching Vandal Savage with a doorknob.

But he really stirred the crowd’s interest with the announcement that he would be teaming up with artist Jock to create a six-issue miniseries based on the popular character from DARK NIGHTS: METAL, The Batman Who Laughs. Scheduled for November, this is a story Snyder has been eager to write, featuring two of his favorite characters. This six-issue miniseries pits Batman against the culmination of all his fears from the Dark Multiverse, an evil amalgamation of himself and his greatest nemesis, The Joker.

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STAR TREK DISCOVERY SEASON 2 TRAILER

First Comics News - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:25

Discover the next adventure of Starfleet in this first look at the season 2 premiere, coming early 2019. Season 1 is now streaming on @cbsallaccess: https://t.co/bsr8pO1vnM #StarTrekDiscovery pic.twitter.com/1Ir7vc00bH

— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) July 20, 2018

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SDCC 2018: Life Is Strange comic creative team announced!

First Comics News - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 00:58

(July 20, 2018, San Diego Comic Con) Titan Comics and SQUARE ENIX® are delighted to announce the creative team of the all-new comic book series set in the world of the acclaimed videogame series, LIFE IS STRANGE™.

The first issue of the four-part comic miniseries launches in November 2018.

Titan Comics’ LIFE IS STRANGE returns readers to Arcadia Bay in the company of fan-favorite characters Max Caulfield and Chloe Price, charting the shocking course of a possible future after one of the two endings of the game.

The first game in the series, LIFE IS STRANGE, which connects directly to this new comics series, follows the story of Max Caulfield, a senior majoring in photography who discovers that she can rewind time when trying to save her best friend Chloe Price. The pair investigate the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, and uncover a dark side to the life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max quickly learns that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.

The multi-award winning LIFE IS STRANGE, is available on PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation, XBOX, iOS, and is releasing on Android via the Google Play Store in July. THE AWESOME ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN SPIRIT, a 100% free narrative experience demo that links to LIFE IS STRANGE 2, is available now on XBOX ONE, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC/Steam.  LIFE IS STRANGE 2 will release on September 27th for XBOX ONE, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC/Steam and is available for pre-order now

Titan’s new comic series is written by Emma Vieceli (Olivia Twist, Breaks, Doctor Who, Back to the Future) with interior art and covers by Claudia Leonardi of IHQ Studios, and colors by Andrea Izzo. The series will launch with a cover by superstar Manda Schank, with more to be revealed.

“Like so many players all over the world, I fell hard for Max and her story from the release of episode one, and every chapter brought more heartache, tears and emotional rollercoasters,” said Life Is Strange writer Emma Vieceli, “One of the wonders of the series is that every player may have taken Max and Chloe on a unique journey, and so distilling their possible futures into one mini-series is a huge thing. Importantly, as with the game, it must always be remembered that what we’re creating here is one possibility out of many. I’m excited with the story we’ve opted for, and I hope readers will be too!”

LIFE IS STRANGE #1 will be available to order from the September Diamond Previews catalogue, listings for which go live August 22.

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GO-BOTS Return in All-New Comic Book Series

First Comics News - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 00:56

IDW Celebrates the 35th Anniversary of Classic Toy line with a Sci-Fi Epic Written and Drawn by Tom Scioli

 

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 20, 2018) – IDW Publishing is proud to announce that Tom Scioli, the visionary creator that brought you Transformers vs. G.I. Joe, will unleash his imagination on the wonderful world of Go-Bots! Launching in October, Go-Bots will be the first story to feature classic toy and cartoon characters like Leader-1, Scooter, Turbo, and Cy-Kill’s Renegades in over three decades!In the new five-issue series, the existence of Go-Bots on Earth has changed humans’ way of life. They chauffeur us around. They protect us from harm. They do the jobs that are too boring or dangerous for us. They fight our wars for us. They are friends for the lonely. The only thing they don’t do is dream for us… but that could change any day now. For a generation, Leader-1 and the Guardians have said that they were here to help us… but as they become more integrated into our society, the question must be asked: Are they here to replace us?“This is a dream project – I’m writing, drawing, coloring, and hand-lettering this book. It’s a labor of love,” says Scioli. “When these characters were conceived of in the ’80s, the idea of robots with human personalities was science fiction. Now, it’s history. The world of living machines is here – we’re living it. The time is right for Go-Bots!”“Avant-garde creator Tom Scioli has been pushing the comic book storytelling medium for nearly two decades now and his work on Go-Bots is yet another watershed moment in his career,” says IDW Associate Publisher David Hedgecock. “It is a testament to the strong collaboration between IDW Publishing and Hasbro, that projects like this can exist on licensed properties.”

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Tales from Vader’s Castle Celebrates Spooky Stories in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

First Comics News - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 00:22

Campfire Ghost Stories Get a Star Wars Adventures Spin in Weekly October Event

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 18, 2018) – IDW Publishing invites readers of all ages to explore the creepiest corners of the Star Wars universe in Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle, a thrilling five-part comic book event with new issues hitting stands every Wednesday in October. Fan-favorites Cavan Scott and Derek Charm team up with an incredible roster of guest artists for this special miniseries, just in time for Halloween.“I’ve always loved scary stories, and where better to tell them than the lair of Darth Vader himself?” says writer Cavan Scott. “Being asked to write any Star Wars character is a joy, but tackling the Dark Lord of the Sith? That’s a childhood dream… or should I say, a nightmare! Vader terrified me growing up, and I can’t wait to add to the legacy of Star Wars’ villain, providing frightening new scares for the next generation.”The weekly series features beloved characters from throughout the galaxy, including Rebels stars Hera, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; and the Ewoks! What frights and scares await them in Darth Vader’s castle?Artist Derek Charm says, “Since this is a spookier story about these characters stranded on this nightmarish planet, it’s been fun really pushing the horror aspect in the art. The shadows are heavier, the colors are harsher, and everything has this apocalyptic vibe… like things may not work out for our heroes!”Eisner Award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla provides cover artwork for each Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle issue, while different renowned creators (Kelley Jones, Chris Fenoglio, Corin Howell, Robert Hack, and Charles Paul Wilson III) lend their distinctive styles to spooky tales over the course of the five weeks.“We’re thrilled to welcome the creepy Cavan Scott, the frightening Francesco Francavilla, and an array of eerie artists into the creepiest corners of the Star Wars universe for Tales from Vader’s Castle,” says Michael Siglain, Creative Director of Publishing for Lucasfilm. “There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than with these spooky stories from a galaxy far, far away.”

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SDCC 2018: Long-Awaited Official The Prisoner Sequel To Be Published By Titan!

First Comics News - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 00:20

(July 20, 2018, San Diego Comic Con) Cult classic THE PRISONER has been captivating audiences and firing imaginations since it first aired in the UK in 1967 and in the US the following year. Now fans can go even deeper into The Village with this official graphic novel sequel set twenty years after the events of the iconic TV series.

Originally published in 1988, SHATTERED VISAGE tells the story of former secret agent Alice Drake, whose round-the-world solo voyage is interrupted when she is accidentally shipwrecked and washes up on the shores of The Village. There she encounters Number Six, finds out what has become of Number Two, and discovers the true purpose of The Village.

Titan Comics, a licensee of ITV Studios Global Entertainment, are delighted to release this long out-of-print classic with new material, including character sketches and notes from writer/artist Dean Motter . Fans can finally get their hands on the unmissable next chapter in THE PRISONER saga for the first time in years.

Writer/Artist Dean Motter says:

“When I was approached to do a series based on The Prisoner, I leapt at the chance. It was one of my favourite TV shows when it first aired … My thinking turned to doing it as a post-modernist fable – one that took place in the current era, but that would re-open the questions from the original saga.

However, doing the research was going to take more resources than I had – so I drafted my friend and colleague Mark Askwith to help me with that aspect of the project. It became a collaboration almost instantly. I am honoured to see it re-presented as part of Titan’s ongoing celebration of The Prisoner‘s ongoing 50th anniversary.”

SHATTERED VISAGE joins Titan’s line of titles based on THE PRISONER, which includes the previously unavailable masterpiece THE PRISONER ART EDITION, showcasing never-before-seen artwork from graphic novel legends Jack Kirby and Gil Kane – as well as THE PRISONER: THE UNCERTAINTY MACHINE, a brand new mini-series by writer Peter Milligan and artist Colin Lorimer.

SHATTERED VISAGE will be available to order through the Diamond PREVIEWS catalogue later this year.

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More Armchair Planet Who's Who Art

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 11:00
I just got these pieces this week, and I have been too busy to color them, so here they are in their line art glory:


These representatives of that race extradimensional dealmaker and powerbrokers known to superstitious folk as the Devils as rendered by Jason Sholtis.


And here are members of the hidden race of variant humanity that inspired the legends of elves, dwarves, goblins, and the like: the entourage and exiled royals of the astonishing Abhumans! Art by Agustin Calcagno.

Wednesday Comics: Batman by Grant Morrison

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 11:00

I'm laid low by sinusitis, but I wanted to at least nominally honor my (self-imposed) Wednesday comic book duties. Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus Volume One is out now. It promises to be the first of three collecting Morrison's work with the character, though I assume that means his run including Batman & Robin and Batman Incorporated, but not older stories he wrote with the character (like "Gothic"), since the first omnibus dives right in with the "Batman & Son" storyline.

While I've always liked the character, I've never been a big reader of Batman comics, but Morrison's run was really enjoyable. It's often a bit like Silver Age or goof Bronze Age with a modern sensibility, similar in goal if not in presentation to All-Star Superman. It is dark in spots, true, but it brings back a lot of elements from earlier eras that have largely been tossed from continuity, and once the "event tie-in" stuff is out of the way, it gets much tighter and, I think better. In fact, the ending of his entire saga, made me feel that the "R.I.P" portion of the storyline had faltered less than when I first read it.

Total Party Jam Kills the Blue Meanie

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:00

Our 5e Land od Azurth game continued last night with the party re-united (after the explosive ending of last session) in the strange Blue Pagoda on the Misty Isle of the Meanies. They were faced with a door which they had been told would lead to the chamber of the Supreme Blueness. Inside, they found yet more of the guards, who they slaughtered pretty quickly after the obligatory attempt at deception, spoiled once more by the Meanies noting the musical instruments carried. The Meanies hate music.

Beyond that when was another door, and a larger Blue Meanie sitting in a floating egg chair. Again, the party tries to get information from his  and deceive him, and again the fact that the bard is still carrying his guitar visibly spoils the deal. The Meanies (again) hate music!

So, the party goes about killing the few guards here. A giant flying glove emerges from behind the throne to smack down Erekose a couple of times. Shade's rain of arrows softens up all their foes for the rest of the party to finish off. In the end, their is only the Supreme Blueness and his right hand Meanie, Max.


The leader laughs at calls for his surrender. He assures the party reinforcements are on the way. He also proclaims that he is utterly immune to their attacks and magic. The party claims to discount this, yet no one attacks him to prove otherwise. For a few rounds, their is a stalemate while the party tries to figure out what to do.

Then, Waylon the Thief, acting on a hunch, whips out his banjo and starts planning. His Supreme Blueness cries out and writhes in pain. Kully the Bard starts playing his guitar and Shade the Ranger her flute. Dagmar and Erekose begin singing (probably badly), and Kairon casts Thaumaturgy to create music at an amplified volume. Under this assault, the Supreme Blueness withers to nothing.

With his passing, the mists recede from the isle, and the people who were turned to stone are restored. The party finds a fancy, handle-bar mustache in a velvet box, and hope to locate someone who can point them in the way of the Land of Under Sea.

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