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Weird Revisited: Malice in Slumberland

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:00
This post originally appeared in June of 2010. It marked the first foray I believe of Weird Adventures material into more fantastic realms and other planes. This stuff would get brief mention in the book, but the planar stuff was never a big feature of my campaign, nor did it seem to garner as much interest with readers as other things.

All humans (and human-like beings) dream. Like "thought balloons" in a comic strip, clouds of dreamstuff float "upward" from the dreamer into the Astral Plane. There they form bubbles in the Astral substance, tethered to the dreamer until waking. These bubbles are permeable with, and ultimately dissolve into, the Dream Realm--more commonly called Slumberland or Dreamland, or sometimes the "Land of Nod" (but not this one, or this one ;) ). Given their nature, dreams represent the easiest portal for humans to cross the transitive plane of the Astral and move into the Outer Planes.

Slumberland is ruled--or perhaps merely managed--by a being known by many names, but often called the Dream Lord, or Dream King. He appears as a robed humanoid figure wearing a bronze, mirrored mask. He doesn't create dreams--these come from mortal (and perhaps immortal) minds, themselves--but monitors and maintains them. His castle, with its strangely-angled, dream-logic, expressionistic architecture, sits on the border between the material and immaterial worlds, existing both in Slumberland and on the dark side of the Moon. From there, he maintains the oneironic devices, and monitors the content of the flow of dreamstuff. He strives to ensure virulent nightmares don't readily infect other dreams, and that idle fantasies don't spoil and bloat to become perverse obsessions.

It's a big job, and the Dream Lord doesn't do it without help. Gnome-like creatures called "Sandmen" serve him. They carry pouches of silvery, glinting powder made from dessicated and alcehmically treated dreamstuff. They use this oneiric dust to induce sleep in a mortals, or cause waking dreams, or even to cause multiple beings to share the same dream. This is their primary tool for observing or even entering dreams--supposedly for the purposes of monitoring and testing.

"Supposedly" because there is some evidence for the existence rogue Sandmen, or at least breakdowns within their system. Regrettably common are the condensed nightmares called bugbears, or sometimes "bogies" or "bogeymen." These creatures emerge from dark, foreboding places--like "haunted" houses, abandoned subway tunnels, ancient ruins, or even children's closets! They're variable in size, but usually appear slightly larger than humans. Their bodies are described as "bear-like" or "ape-like", but their heads are something like deep-sea diving helmets, albeit with blank face-plates, and strange antennae. Bugbears, as nightmares given flesh, torment humans to feed off their fear. They then employ electronic devices or machinery--with an appearance both nonsensical and menacing--to siphon oneiric potential from the minds of their victims to incubate bugbear pups.

Bugbears aren't the only evidence of corruption in Slumberland. There are persist rumors of Sandmen on the take, selling blue dreams to Hell Syndicate incubi and succubi to slip to unsuspecting marks. There are also rumors of black-market Tijuana bibles produced from the concentrated salacious dreamings of certain celebrities being peddled on the streets of the City, and possibly elsewhere.
Thanks  to G. Benedicto at Eiglophian Press for suggesting a link between bugbears and nightmares.

Your First Look at CODA #2 from Simon Spurrier & Matías Bergara

First Comics News - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 10:01

Coda #2 Main Cover by Matías Bergara

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 16, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to present your first look at CODA #2, the next chapter of the critically-acclaimed broken fantasy epic from Eisner-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (Sandman, The Spire) and Matías Bergara (Cannibal, Supergirl). This all-new series, which sold out at a distributor level before the release of the first issue, reveals the aftermath of an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world, in which an antisocial former bard named Hum seeks a way to save the soul of his wife with nothing but a foul-tempered mutant unicorn and his wits to protect him…but is unwillingly drawn into a brutal power struggle which will decide forever who rules the weird wasteland.

In CODA #2, featuring a main cover by Bergara, along with variant covers by Lee Garbett (Skyward) and Chris Wildgoose (Batgirl), a dangerous person from Hum’s past has returned. Now he’s bound, blindfolded and sent into exile on the back of Nag, his loyal Pentacorn. Things don’t seem like they can get worse for Hum…until they get much worse.

“If you liked the craziness that Si and Matias cooked up in the first issue of CODA, you’re gonna love where they take the story next – though Hum might think otherwise,” said Eric Harburn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “It’s exciting to see readers, retailers, and press all embrace the exciting new world created within the pages of this series, and it’s the team’s goal to make every issue more surprising than the last.”

CODA is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Planet of the Apes, WWE, Abbott, Mech Cadet Yu, Klaus and Grass Kings, which was recently nominated for two 2018 Eisner Awards.

Print copies of CODA #2 will available for sale on June 13, 2018 at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore, though quantities may be limited. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on CODA and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.
Coda #2 Variant Cover by Lee Garbett
Coda #2 Variant Cover by Chris Wildgoose

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Calvin’s Commentaries: This War of Mine

First Comics News - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 09:50

In a world of gaming where fighting aliens and shambling hordes of brain-eating zombies is too often the norm, a dose of reality at times is a welcome change of pace.

Even if, as is the case with This War of Mine the dose of reality is extremely dark, bleak, sad and just a tad depressing.

By saying all that I am not referring to the game which, as you will read, is quite excellent, but rather the atmosphere in which the game is set is far from a play of sunshine and lollipops.

In This War of Mine designers Michał Oracz and Jakub Wiśniewski, both with Awaken Realms the original publisher put players into a war-torn city. That is not unusual in the sense several games have players take on characters in elite military groups and head into similar settings. But with This War of Mine, you are a very ordinary citizen, with very ordinary skills, trying to survive in a place with little food, little water, little to stay warm, and little hope of survival.

And therein lies what makes This War of Mine special, it captures the ‘mood’ of the battle for survival well.

At its heart, This War of Mine is a fully co-operative play experience, allowing for one-to-six players an opportunity to play as a group of civilians trapped in a city torn by a military conflict. I’ll note here that the ability to solo play this one is a nice bonus, with the mood perhaps even more dramatically felt when you are facing the difficult decisions alone.

The game was originally on www.kickstarter for funding, where more than 9,500 backers raised in excess of 60,000 British pounds to get the game into production.

From the Kickstarter page; “to survive, you will need to make tough moral choices, delivered in a role-playing style. You will also scavenge, manage, fight, trade and upgrade your shelter. This tabletop adaptation is based on one of the biggest indie games of recent years. TWOM: TBG offers you an experience that is hard to come by in any other tabletop game. Combined with the highest quality components created by experienced companies, this title will fully engage you with its meaningful story. It is high time for board games to address important topics.”

So the theme is rather dark, and players should be aware of that going in.

The mood is enhanced by the Book of Scripts. The book adds to the game with hundreds of mini-adventures that were written to evoke a range of emotions.

“Some of them will have a direct influence on the gameplay, some not – but all of them will raise your level of immersion, so that you can feel what a group of civilians would feel being trapped in a war-torn city,” detailed the Kickstarter page.

The game has great replay value since players are constantly faced with decisions which if made differently would spin the game in different directions.

Through the rules and storybook, the game adjusts the events you face depending on your current situation, place and time.

So as an example, “at night you will go out and scavenge, searching for food, parts, meds, and weapons. During the day you will try to make the best of your resources. Deadly combat, trading, shelter management, tinkering, building and side events – it is all here and you need to learn fast to reach your ultimate goal; survival,” stated the Kickstarter page.

The game is great, although some things within gameplay are frustrating, or annoying. The need to find weapons, when a piece of pipe or 2X4 with a spike in it would be close at hand is frustrating. So too is the being raided almost every night. Players have limited ability to hide supply stashes or deal with intruders. That is frustrating because it happens a tad too often to seem realistic.

But overall, the mood is one of struggle and hopelessness in a generally realistic setting, a combination which sets this game apart and makes it one well worth exploring.

Thanks to fellow gamers Jeff Chasse, Trevor Lyons and Adam Daniels for their help in running through this game for review.

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Michael Netzer: Starchilde and Ms. Mystic

First Comics News - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 08:17

This story is a continuation of…

Neal Adams’ response to the Ms. Mystic post in Bleeding Cool is disappointing.…/mike-netzer-vs-neal-adams-m…/

No, I did not expect an admission of what he’d done. Not so soon. But I expected a more coherent and defensible statement, not the shoddy piece of work, full of transparent lies and smears, with little, if any, substance.

His entire case rests upon “his” creation of Ms. Mystic for the New Heroes Portfolio, produced by Sal Quartuccio, according to his statement.

In his desperation to misrepresent the evidence I’ve shown in the past, including the Starspawn portfolio (which he mistakenly called Starchilde, another sign of shoddiness), the character that was the springboard for the design of Ms. Mystic – Neal said that after creating Ms. Mystic for the New Heroes Portfolio, he saw me working on a Starchilde character that looked “exactly like Ms Mystic,..super long hair and all!”

So while some elements of this dispute are of the he-said-she-said variety, there also exists documented evidence that would tip the balance of ambiguity. All we need to do is find a copy of my Starspawn portfolio and see what its publication date was.

If The New Heroes Portfolio preceded Starspawn, then Neal’s case would be strengthened.

If, however, Starspawn’s first appearance significantly precedes New Heroes, then we’ll have a better idea as to the lengths Neal would go to; the extent of the lies he will tell, in order to cover up his terrible deed.

The attached image provides the answer. My Starspawn design preceded The New Heroes Ms. Mystic by 2 years. That pretty much shuts the case on where the design for Ms. Mystic came from.

Neal might try to say that he created Ms. Mystic years before the New Heroes Portfolio, but I don’t believe even he thinks everyone is stupid enough to accept such a reckless backtrack from his earlier versions.

This piece of evidence alone reveals Neal’s strategy to cover up his heist of my property for 40 years. Dice up the history between us and toss it all together into a salad. Doesn’t matter what came first and what followed. The main thing is to take incidents that happened much earlier or later and confound the reader with chaos. All he has to say is that I’m crazy, went behind his back, became a messiah – and he thinks he’s off the hook.

Neal Adams puts his darkest side forward with this response. I understand he might not have much of a choice right now.

There’s too much at stake for him. His entire life and career have been geared towards propping up his name and reputation. Drudging up this story is a great threat to his life-work.

So what can he do? Not much except continue to tell lies, mix up the history so as to confuse the issue…and just remind everyone that I’m crazy. This is a big folly.

We are living in a different time than the past we knew. In today’s world, it is no longer possible to hide behind one’s stature and reputation, while performing, and covering up, deplorable and heinous acts.

If Neal continues to misrepresent this story, he will fail – and fall.

Harvey Weinstein’s demise will look like a climb to Mount Everest next to Neal’s. No one wants to see that. All that’s needed is for Neal to step up like a man and tell the truth. He can explain it in such a way that he would come out of it a hero.

Let’s consider, for example, that after saying Frank Miller was “white trash” in The Guardian, he managed to come out of it smelling like a rose.

He can even do much better with this story. All that’s needed for him to do it, is to simply tell the truth.

And there is also the messiah element in the background. Neal says it’s problematic. I don’t really know what he bases that on.

When Richard Johnston spearheaded comic book commentary in Lying in the Gutters, he seemed to feel it was at least comic-book-worthy to look into.

It really should all come out into the open, I agree, especially if it impacts Ms. Mystic’s creation. But it doesn’t. Ms. Mystic was created, and the first issue written and penciled nearly half a year before I had any inclination of the messiah to come. There was no “crazy” in the Ms. Mystic story.

Neal’s confounding of the timeline of events is a shabby sinister ploy, not based in any reality we all experienced.

It is not yet the time for a full disclosure of whether, and why, people thought I thought I was a messiah (or whichever way anyone would like to phrase it).

It might come about sometime soon, but it is presently irrelevant to Neal’s response.

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Your First Look at BY NIGHT #1 from  John Allison & Christine Larsen 

First Comics News - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 19:57

Discover The Perfect Interdimensional Get-Rich-Quick Scheme from BOOM! Studios in June 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 16, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to present your first look at BY NIGHT #1, kicking off an all-new twelve-issue monthly series in June 2018 from Eisner Award-nominated writer John Allison (Giant Days) and artist Christine Larsen (Adventure Time) about coming home, discovering identity, and accidentally smashing a hole to another dimension.

Aspiring documentarian (and actual chemistry major) Jane has recently reunited with her former best friend Heather, amateur urban explorer. When a trip into an abandoned industrial building leads them to another world, their plan begins to unfold—create a documentary about the world and become filthy, filthy rich. The other side of the portal is filled with monsters, magic and a chance for a whole new life. All they have to do is step through…

“I love a good spooky tale, especially in the hands of folks as deft and funny as John and Christine,” said Shannon Watters, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “This is already one of my favorite series to read each month, and I know it’ll be one of yours too.”

BY NIGHT #1, featuring a main cover by Christine Larsen and a variant cover by John Allison, is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed BOOM! Box imprint, home to popular original series such as Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn A. Allen, and Noelle Stevenson; Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh; SLAM! by Pamela Ribon, Veronica Fish & Mar Julia; Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad; and Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams.

Print copies of BY NIGHT #1 will be available for sale at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one) on June 13. Digital copies of BY NIGHT #1 will be available to purchase on digital book marketplaces, including ComiXology, iBooks, Google Books, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For news on BY NIGHT and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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First Comics News - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 18:40


Plus Exhilarating Added Content Including New Featurettes, DC Crossover Event and much more!


Own the Blu-ray™ & DVD August 28, 2018


BURBANK, CA (May 16, 2018) – Just in time for the fifth season premiere of the highest-rated series on The CW, you will be zooming into stores to pick up The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the Blu-ray and DVD on August 28, 2018. With nearly 4.2 million weekly viewers, The Flash is currently The CW’s highest-rated series.* Fans will be able to catch up on the fourth season as they speed-watch all 23 electrifying episodes, including the epic DC Crossover, new featurettes, the series’ 2017 Comic-Con Panel and more. The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season is priced to own at $49.99 SRP for the DVD and $54.97 SRP for the Blu-ray which includes a Digital Copy. The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.


*Source: Nielsen National TV View, 2017-18 broadcast season to date (09/18/2017 – 03/18/2018), Live + 7 Day ratings; excluding movies, sports, repeats, specials, less than 3 telecasts.


In Season Four, the mission of Barry Allen, aka The Flash (Grant Gustin), is once more to protect Central City from metahuman threats. First, he’ll have to escape the Speed Force. With Barry trapped, the job of protecting Central City falls to his family – Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin); his fiancée, Iris West (Candice Patton); and Wally West/Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) – and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs – Dr. Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon/Vibe (Carlos Valdes) and brilliant scientist Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). When a powerful villain threatens to level the city if The Flash doesn’t appear, Cisco risks everything to break Barry out of the Speed Force. But this is only the first move of a life-or-death chess game with Clifford DeVoe aka The Thinker (Neil Sandilands), a mastermind who’s always ten steps ahead of Barry, no matter how fast he’s running.  Shocking surprises come fast and furious in all 23 action-packed adventures featuring The Fastest Man Alive.


“After four seasons on the air, The Flash continues to be the one of the most popular shows on The CW,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “We’re thrilled to offer loyal fans 25 hours of entertainment with the complete fourth season and captivating extra content.”


With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. In addition to featuring all 23 episodes of season four in high-definition as well as a digital copy of the season, the 4-disc Blu-ray will also include all four crossover episodes, a tremendous value and collectors opportunity.


The Flash stars Grant Gustin (Arrow, Glee), Candice Patton (The Game), Danielle Panabaker (Justified, Necessary Roughness), Carlos Valdes (Arrow, Once), Keiynan Lonsdale (Insurgent), with Tom Cavanagh (Ed, The Following), and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order). Based on the characters from DC, The Flash is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale), Todd Helbing (Spartacus, Black Sails) and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, Riverdale, Black Lightning, Supergirl).



  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017
  • Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X
  • The Elongated Man
  • Flash Time on Amunet Black with Katee, Eric and Sterling
  • The Fastest Mind Alive: The Thinker


  1. “The Flash Reborn”
  2. “Mixed Signals”
  3. “Luck Be A Lady”
  4. “Elongated Journey Into Night”
  5. “Girls Night Out”
  6. “When Harry Met Harry…”
  7. “Therefore I Am”
  8. “Crisis on Earth-X: Part 3”
  9. “Don’t Run”
  10. “The Trial of the Flash”
  11. “The Elongated Knight Rises”
  12. “Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash”
  13. “True Colors”
  14. “Subject 9”
  15. “Enter Flashtime”
  16. “Run, Iris, Run”
  17. “Null and Annoyed”
  18. “Lose Yourself”
  19. “Fury Rogue”
  20. “Therefore She Is”
  21. “Harry and the Harrisons”
  22. “Think Fast”
  23. “We Are The Flash




The fourth season of The Flash is also currently available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital is available from various retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.





Street Date: August 28, 2018

Order Due Date: July 24, 2018

BD and DVD Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Running Time: Feature: Approx 1,380 min

Enhanced Content: Approx 138 min


DVD Price: $49.99 SRP 5 DVD-9s Audio – English (5.1) Subtitles – ESDH, Spanish, French



Price: $54.97 SRP

4-Disc Elite 4 BD-50s

BD Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English

BD Subtitles – ESDH, Spanish, French

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First Comics News - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 18:38
It’s Time To Finish What He Started… ARROW:  THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON


Contains All Action-Packed Episodes from the Sixth Season,

Plus a Crossover Featurette, 2017 Comic-Con Panel, and More!


The Crusade Continues On Blu-ray™ & DVD August 14, 2018


BURBANK, CA (May 16, 2018) –The CW’s longest-running DC series will be coming to a city near you on August 14, 2018 as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray and DVD. Averaging 2.3 million Viewers weekly for each original episode, Arrow is the #3 series on The CW season-to-date amongst Adults 18-34, behind only The Flash and Black Lightning.* The release contains all 23 exhilarating episodes from the sixth season, plus the show’s 2017 Comic-Con Panel, the crossover featurette and much more. Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season is priced to own at $44.98 SRP for the DVD and $49.99 SRP for the Blu-ray which includes a Digital Copy. Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.


*Source: Nielsen National TV View, 2017-18 broadcast season to date (09/18/2017 – 03/18/2018), Live + 7 Day ratings; excluding movies, sports, repeats, specials, less than 3 telecasts


Following the devastating explosion on Lian Yu, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns home to confront a challenge unlike any he’s ever faced: fatherhood. Oliver is determined to embrace this new role while continuing to serve and protect Star City as both Mayor and The Green Arrow. But enemies past and present, including Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), Vigilante (Johann Urb), Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), Cayden James (Michael Emerson) and others, threaten him on all fronts. And bonds within the ranks of Team Arrow—veteran John Diggle (David Ramsey); tech genius Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards); former police captain Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), plus newest team members Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez) and metahuman Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy)—have become dangerously decayed. The future of Star City is at stake in all 23 of Season Six’s ferociously fast-paced, can’t-miss episodes.


“Just in time for the season seven premiere on The CW, fans can catch up on all 23 gripping episodes from the sixth season,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “Arrow retains a solid fan base who can continue to build their collections with this latest season and enjoy the new behind-the-scenes extras included in the set.”


With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. In addition to featuring all 23 episodes of season six in high-definition as well as a digital copy of the season, the 4-disc Blu-ray will also include all four crossover episodes, a tremendous value and collectors opportunity.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows), David Ramsey (Dexter), Willa Holland (The O.C.), Emily Bett Rickards (Brooklyn), Echo Kellum (Sean Saves The World), Rick Gonzalez (Reaper) and Juliana Harkavy (Dolphin Tale), with Katie Cassidy (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Paul Blackthorne (The River, The Dresden Files) . Based on the characters from DC, Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Marc Guggenheim (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Wendy Mericle (Desperate Housewives) and Sarah Schechter (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Black Lightning).


  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017
  • The Split of a Man: Deathstroke
  • Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X
  • Revenge in Ones and Zeros: The Story of Cayden James



  1. “Fallout”
  2. “Tribute”
  3. “Next of Kin”
  4. “Reversal”
  5. “Deathstroke Returns”
  6. “Promises Kept”
  7. “Thanksgiving”
  8. “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2”
  9. “Irreconcilable Differences”
  10. “Divided”
  11. “We Fall”
  12. “All for Nothing”
  13. “The Devil’s Greatest Trick”
  14. “Collision Course”
  15. “Doppelgänger”
  16. “The Thanatos Guild”
  17. “Brothers in Arms”
  18. “Fundamentals”
  19. “The Dragon”
  20. “Shifting Allegiances”
  21. “Docket No. 11-19-41-73”
  22. “The Ties That Bind“
  23. Life Sentence




The sixth season of Arrow is also currently available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital is available from various retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.



Street Date: August 14, 2018

BD and DVD Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Running Time: Feature: Approx 1,380 min

Enhanced Content: Approx 116 min


DVD Price: $44.98 SRP 5 DVD-9s Audio – English (5.1) Subtitles – ESDH, Spanish, French



Price: $49.99 SRP

4-Disc Elite

BD Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English

BD Subtitles – ESDH, Spanish, French

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First Comics News - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 18:36






Ultra HD BLU-RAY™ combo pack,



BURBANK, CA (May 16, 2018) – The Man of Steel meets his ultimate match when Doomsday comes to Earth – hell bent on destroying everything and everyone in his path, including the Justice League – in the all-new, action-packed The Death of Superman, part of the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting July 24, 2018, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD August 7, 2018.


The Death of Superman will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP), Blu-ray™ Deluxe Gift Set ($39.99 SRP), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP), as well as on Digital ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD). The Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray™ disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray™ disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray™ Deluxe Gift Set includes a collectible Superman figurine; the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition; and the DVD features the movie in standard definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray Combo Pack™ include a digital version of the film.


The Death of Superman ultimately finds Superman in a fight to the finish when the Man of Steel becomes the only hero who can stand in the way of the monstrous creature Doomsday and his unstoppable rampage of destruction.


As the inaugural film in the DC Universe Movies series, Superman Doomsday told an abridged version of “The Death Of Superman,” DC Comics’ landmark 1992-93 comic phenomenon. But with a runtime of 75 minutes, the film focused on a core, singular storyline. The new, animated The Death of Superman, the first of a two-part film experience that will conclude with Reign of the Supermen in early 2019, restores many of the moments and characters that fans hold dear to their hearts.


The all-star cast is led by Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan, Stand By Me), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office) as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. The potent trio is joined by the DC Universe Movies’ returning voices of the Justice League: Jason O’Mara (The Man in High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, Daredevil) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle, ABC’s upcoming The Rookie) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, Matt Lanter (Timeless) as Aquaman, and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty) as The Flash.


The cast also features Nyambi Nyambi (Mike & Molly, The Good Fight) as Martian Manhunter, Rocky Carroll (NCIS) as Silas Stone, Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as Hank Henshaw, Toks Olagundoye (Castle) as Cat Grant, Max Mittleman (Justice League Action) as Jimmy Olsen, Charles Halford (Constantine) as Bibbo Bibbowski, Jonathan Adams (Last Man Standing) as the Mayor, Paul Eiding (Ben 10: Omniverse) as Pa Kent, Jennifer Hale (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Ma Kent, Trevor Devall (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) as Dabney Donovan & Bruno Mannheim, Rick Pasqualone (Mafia II & Mafia III video games) as Turpin, Amanda Troop (Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts) as Sawyer, Erica Luttrell (Salvation) as Mercy, and Cress Williams (Black Lightning) as John Henry Irons.


Producer Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) co-directs The Death of Superman with Jake Castorena (Justice League Action) from a script by New York Times best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights). Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay, Justice League Dark).


“As Superman celebrates his 80th anniversary, we felt the time was right to finally tell the unabridged version of this iconic story,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “This is a landmark tale in comics history, and we wanted to bring the entire story – with all the characters and details the fans have clamored for – to animated life.”


The Death of Superman Enhanced Content

Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Deluxe Gift Set, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Digital


The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All (Featurette) – Experience the battle between Superman and Doomsday like never before as creators of the iconic comic and the new film explore the nuances of “The Greatest Fight” with the help of a martial arts expert.


A Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie, Reign of the Supermen – An exciting look at the next film in the two-part saga that brings the epic and emotional story of a world without the Man of Steel to life.


From the DC Comics Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Dark Victory: Part 1 – After eliminating Imperiex, Brainiac 5 takes over his army and plans to take over the universe. With Superman thought to be dead, the other Legionnaires must stop him before it is too late!


From the DC Comics Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Dark Victory: Part 2” – The Legion faces Imperiex in a final battle, while a traitor lurks in their midst.




A Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie, Reign of the Supermen – An exciting look at the next film in the two-part saga that brings the epic and emotional story of a world without the Man of Steel to life.




The Death of Superman will be supported by a national online, promotional, and publicity campaign.



Street Date: August 7, 2018

Run Time:  72 minutes

Languages: English

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KABOOM! SUMMER BLAST: Your First Look at “RuinWorld #1”

First Comics News - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 18:33

BOOM! Studios Continues Week Long Spotlight on Top Middle Grade Comics

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 16, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to continue KaBOOM! Summer Blast, a week-long spotlight on the best middle grade comic books and graphic novels from the award-winning imprint in the coming months with an extended first look at RUINWORLD #1, the debut issue of writer/artist Derek Laufman’s hit middle grade comics series.

Intrepid adventurers Pogo and Rex are on a quest for fame and fortune. Their discovery of a special map leads them on an epic journey through dangers, demons and old enemies. There’s one tiny problem—they’ve already lost the map. Now they’ll have to survive the greatest dangers of a world where threats hide behind every corner…if they can find a way to first survive each other’s best intentions first!

RUINWORLD #1 features a main cover by Derek Laufman (Adventure Time) and a variant cover by Sean Galloway (Teen Titans Go!).

“If you’re a fan of adventure, comedy or being happier than you can imagine, RUINWORLD was made for you,” said Whitney Leopard, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Derek brings a charm and wit along with a great eye for action that makes this series unlike anything else on the stands. Pogo and Rex will steal your heart from the moment you meet them – but don’t worry, they’re pretty terrible thieves so they’ll give it back to you right away.”

RUINWORLD is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed KaBOOM! imprint, publisher of world-class licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and  Brianne Drouhard, Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes and Selina Espiritu and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

Print copies of RUINWORLD #1 will be available for sale on July 11th at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For more on RUINWORLD and more exclusive previews as part of KaBOOM! Summer Blast, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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ALL THE WAY IN | NWA Ten Pounds of Gold 22

First Comics News - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 17:08

The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) and Cody Rhodes shocked the wrestling world by selling over 10,000 tickets to ALL IN this past Sunday in Chicago.

ALL iN started as bet but became so much more to the cast of Being The Elite. Matt, Nick and Cody took on a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) attitude in promotion a show outside of Ring of Honor Wrestling for September 1st. The BEING THE ELITE Youtube show gave the group the vehicle to speak directly to their audience and brought them to the ALL IN Press Conference day.

What you see happen in this special episode of Ten Pounds of Gold is a behind-the-scenes look at the day, their first reaction and the major announcement of how the NWA and the Worlds Heavyweight Championship will be involved in ALL IN. Including the surprising announcement by Cody Rhodes he would be challenging for the NWA Worlds Championship.

Billy Corgan spoke at the press conference regarding the Ten Pounds of Gold and current NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis is approached after as well.

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Breaking News: Alfred Takes the Stage in New EPIX Series “Pennyworth”

First Comics News - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 17:03

Who would Batman be without Alfred Pennyworth, his loyal butler and constant companion in crimefighting? Considering Alfred’s unyielding assistance to both Bruce Wayne and the Dark Knight, the answer is probably not much. Yet, how much do we really know about Mr. Pennyworth? Where did he come from? How did he meet the Waynes? And how did someone with so many skills end up as a butler?

We’ll get answers to these questions and many more now that EPIX has greenlit Pennyworth, an upcoming ten-part drama series from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, executive producer/writer Bruno Heller and executive producer/director Danny Cannon. Heller and Cannon, for those of you who don’t recognize them, are the team behind Gotham, Fox’s hit #DCTV show that was just greenlit for a fifth season.

Pennyworth is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. It follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s billionaire father, in 1960’s London. Production will begin later this year, with a series premiere slated for 2019.

Said Michael Wright, President, EPIX, “As genuine fans of these classic DC characters, as well as the incredibly talented Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, we couldn’t be more excited to make EPIX the home of this series. We can’t wait to work with Bruno and Danny—along with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner, Brett Paul and the team at Warner Horizon—on this fantastic origin story.”

Heller and Cannon said, “Michael and his colleagues have created the perfect venue for original storytelling, and all of us working on Pennyworth are thrilled to be on the EPIX slate.”

While many might see Alfred as an older, tuxedoed gentleman known largely for tidying up after his extremely secretive employer while providing occasional comic relief, the character’s comic book history has established that he lived quite a fascinating life prior to his employment with the Waynes. As the show description references, Alfred has a pretty well-established background in the British military, though his exact role in it has varied throughout the years—sometimes he’s in intelligence, sometimes he’s a medic, sometimes he’s in the RAF, sometimes he’s in the Royal Marines. The point is that he knows how to fight and lately has been portrayed as something of a scrapper, including in Heller and Cannon’s Gotham. He’s also been shown to have a background in the theater, which has aided in the subterfuge required to keep his boss’s alter ego a secret. Finally, it’s also been revealed that Alfred has an adult daughter named Julia.

It’s unsure which, if any, of these characteristics Pennyworth might keep, but the bottom line is that there’s quite a bit to this character’s earlier life that has so far only been glimpsed in flashbacks and side stories. One recent standout storyline, for anyone interested in learning more about Mr. Pennyworth, is Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque’s Alfred-centric ALL STAR BATMAN VOL. 3: THE FIRST ALLY, in which the butler is revealed to have once been trained as a deadly elite agent.

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Wednesday Comics: Storm: The Living Planet

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:00
My exploration of the long-running euro-comic Storm, continues with his adventures in the world of Pandarve. Earlier installments can be found here.

Storm: The Living Planet (1986) 
(Dutch: De Levende Planeet)
Art by Don Lawrence; script by Martin Lodewijk

Storm and friends have been flying above the clouds in the aircraft they commandeered last adventure for over a day. Storm has been reticent to descend through the cloud cover and attempt a landing as he isn't really familiar with the aircraft or how to read its instruments.

Nomad suggests the blinking light on the console might be a low fuel indicator. He's right. They are forced to descend rapidly through the clouds:

The thermal updraft from the lava provides a little extra lift, enabling Storm to pull out of the nosedive. Still, they have to find a place to land, and the air is difficult to breath. Storm manages to put the plane into a gentle climb to cooler altitudes before passing out.

They awaken to a surprise:

Gnomish men are disassembling their aircraft as salvage! Their foreman makes comments about "making quota" and "tight schedules." Storm protests and tries to stop them:

The little men keep dismantling the plane, unconcerned when Storm points out it will drop his friends and him into the lava below. "What do you expect me to do about it?" the foreman asks nonchalantly.


Superhero Logos

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 11:00
I've been working on a supers project with a couple of collaborators that will hopefully be a comic and rpg thing. It's necessitated (or at least allowed) me making logos for the various characters in a Bronze Age/early Modern Age style. I thought I would share a few of the ones I have made for the heroes, the Super-Sentinels. Unlike the villians, these needed to look like they might have been on the cover of a comic.

Ray Logan would have burned alive on re-entry when his spacecraft malfunctioned, if he hadn’t been saved by the COSMIC ARCHONS. Their power healed him and bonded him to a suit of armor, making him one of their paladins for intergalactic justice, the COSMIC KNIGHT!

This one uses a font by Iconian fonts (one of my go-tos) as a pass, but then I gave it a perspective reminiscent of one of the Legion of Super-Heroes logos or Neal Adams' iconic X-Men design. It seemed fitting it should have Starlin-esque cosmic telescoping.

Kelli Cross was a college student, but what she was really into was roller derby. When she discovered her grandfather had been a costumed crime-fighter during World War II with a set of magical roller-skates that supposedly came from an extradimensional imp—well, it all sounded pretty hard to believe, but skating and fighting crime just seemed like the thing to do!
This one was inspired, obviously, on the classic Ira Schapp logo for the Flash. I am not completely happy with the speed-lines. Schapp made it look so easy!

Son of a spelunker and an exiled princess of the underground city of Sub-Atlan, Roy King uses the technomagical harness and gauntlets to swim through rock like it was water. He protects the underground from the surface world—and the surface world from the dangers of the underground—as the SUB-TERRAN!
This one was inspired by the logo of a DC Hercules series, but with roughened, rocky letters as seen on a number of Marvel 70s logos. There are a lot of rocky or stone fonts out there, but none worked well with the extreme perspective, so I had to use a plainer font (by Blambot, I think) and roughen it myself. It had to be done in stages to get the final thing. 
This character was originally going to be called the Subterranean, but that was too long to fit on anything but the plainest "book style" logos, so I had to shorten it.

Return to Wermspittle

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 14:00

If you like early modern/modern fantasy cities like Jack Shear's Scarabae or Umberwell or the City of my Weird Adventures (if you recall back to 2012 and before), then you will want to check out Hereticwerk's Wermspittle. I did an introduction to that setting once upon a time. Go read it. We'll wait.

After a several year hiatus, new Wermspittle posts have begun to appear, including some actual play reports. Slowly, admittedly, but proof of life. Check it out.

Steranko Joins Comic Luminaries at the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con

First Comics News - Sat, 05/12/2018 - 16:09

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – May 12, 2018 – Baltimore’s Inner Harbor comes to life this September 28-30 as the Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets are now on sale. The Baltimore Comic-Con is thrilled announce the return of Jim Steranko to the Baltimore Comic-Con! Jim is joined by comic luminaries Joe Giella, Paul Levitz, and Hero Initiative guest Denny O’Neil.

Jim Steranko has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts, with a dozen successful careers to his credit: author, magician, illustrator, escape artist, historian. He is cited as one of the prime architects of Marvel Comics and the co-creator of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. He also wrote and drew Captain America, The Hulk, Superman, and The X-Men (for which he designed the classic title logo); generated more than 150 original storytelling devices and techniques that changed the direction of the comics medium; and evolved a devoted cult of followers who have nicknamed him The Innovator. Wizard magazine credits Steranko as the 5th Most Influential Artist in the history of the form. He has painted a multitude of movie posters, record albums, and

book covers; and in 1975, created Red Tide, the First Modern Graphic Novel. As the editor-publisher of the international newsstand entertainment magazine Prevue, he conducted hundreds of superstar interviews and penned more than three million words. He numbers among his friends and associates writers Mickey Spillane, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury; the animation giants Ralph Bakshi and Shamus Culhane; and directors Federico Fellini, John Huston, and Orson Welles. As a musician, he gigged with Bill Haley in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll; as a pop-culture icon, he has appeared at more than 350 international events and exhibited his work worldwide, including at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and the Louvre in Paris; his two volumes of The History of Comics have sold more than 100,000 copies each; as an escape artist, his death-defying performances inspired the character Mister Miracle and, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, he was the man upon which the protagonist of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay was based; and more-photographer, ad agency art director, sideshow fire-eater, male model, typographer, designer…the list goes on. As a filmmaker, he collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas – for whom he created the look of Indiana Jones – and Francis Ford Coppola on some of their most popular films. He served as Creative Consultant for the History Channel’s two-hour documentary Comic-Book Superheroes-Unmasked; shook up Twitter with his innovative TNT technique (visit his live Sunday-night sessions by typing in iamsteranko); and is currently prepping An Evening with Steranko for theatrical venues across the country.

His recent Captain America covers topped Marvel sales charts; the IDW SHIELD Artist’s Edition sold out before publication (and won an Eisner Award); and the 2017 Overstreet Price Guide – with his Batman cover – had record-breaking sales. His covers on the record-setting Action 1000 and Captain America 700 have polled as fan favorites. Over the past several decades, he has amassed more than 100 highly-commercial Intellectual Properties, his Theatre of Concepts, which range from children’s interactive-learning entertainments to high-action adult digital gaming, from science fiction to superheroes. His vision is to shape, structure, and synthesize character-driven projects with state-of- the-art technology for the World of Tomorrow. And he’s still the best-dressed man in comics.

Joe Giella returns to the Baltimore Comic-Con for a rare appearance. The oldest living artist to have worked on Batman, this Golden and Silver Age creator worked at Timely, Marvel, and DC Comics as a penciller and inker. In addition to working on the comic, Giella provided pencils and inks on the Batman syndicated strip, as well as the syndicated Flash Gordon, The Phamtom, Mary Worth, and Sherlock Holmes comic strips. The United States Postal Service honored Giella by using two of his pieces of art for their 2006 “DC Super Heroes” collection of postage stamps. He has been honored with an Ink Pot Award, as well as being presented with the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement award at the 2016 Harvey Awards ceremony.

Paul Levitz has been a mainstay at DC Comics since 1972, serving as a writer, editor, and President (2002 – 2009) over the tenure of his career. His name is synonymous with the Legion of Super-Heroes, which he wrote from 1977-1979 and 1981-1989, and he created such notable characters as the Stalker, the Earth-2 Huntress, and Lucien the Librarian. Levitz has since returned to writing the Legion of Super-Heroes for the New 52, as well as the Earth-2 centric book, World’s Finest. After ending his career as DC Comics employee, Levitz moved onto the next phase of his career, accepting a Board of Directors position with BOOM! Studios. He has recently contributed Brooklyn Blood to Dark Horse Presents from Dark Horse Comics and guest edited and contributed an essay to DC’s Action Comics #1000.

A board member of Hero Initiative, retired writer and editor Denny O’Neil spent much of his career making an indelible mark at Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Initially brought on as a writer at Marvel, he had a hand in writing or scripting diverse titles including Strange Tales, X-Men, Millie the Model, and Rawhide Kid. After a year at Charlton Comics, he followed editor Dick Giordano to DC Comics, where he assumed writing duties for Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman, Justice League of America, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and, perhaps most notably, Batman. On that title, he embraced the dark roots of the character, creating and defining the tone for numerous characters from the series. He returned to Marvel in the 1980s, assuming writing chores on Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Iron Man where he once again created numerous recurring characters in the respective titles’ mythos. He also served as an editor during his Marvel stint on numerous titles and runs before returning as Batman Group editor at DC, where he also wrote The Question, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, and Batman: Sword of Azrael.

“We’re still months away from the show, and our guest list is already incredible,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “These four guys are amazing — we haven’t had Jim to the show since 2001, so we’re excited to have him rejoin us in 2018, and adding Joe, Paul, and Denny to the mix just knocks the ouevre of the room out of the park.” TICKETS
General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are now on sale! Visit for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult General Admission! In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Arthur Adams (Guardians of the Galaxy), Joel Adams (Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book), Neal Adams (Deadman), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Wreck-It Ralph 2), Mark Buckingham (Scooby Apocalypse), Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen), Greg Capullo (Dark Knights: Metal), Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown), Howard Chaykin (Captain America), Joyce Chin (All-New Wolverine), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (Thanos Annual), Paris Cullins (WWE Superstars), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Todd Dezago (Tellos), Garth Ennis (Jimmy’s Bastards, Friday and Saturday only), David Finch (Trinity), Meredith Finch (Rose), Jenny Frison (Wonder Woman), Steve Geiger (Web of Spider-Man), Joe Giella (The Flash), Bob Hall (Squadron Supreme), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Clinton Hobart (Disney fine artist), Tony Isabella (Black Lightning), Todd Johnson (Tribe), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (The Flash), Hope Larson (Batgirl), Leo Leibelman (Heavy Metal), Paul Levitz (Brooklyn Blood), Joseph Michael Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Shawn Martinbrough (Shadowman), Ed McGuinness (Avengers), Bob McLeod (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Dawn McTeigue (Divinica), Frank Miller (Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, Saturday and Sunday only), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Michael Moreci (Nightwing), Denny O’Neil (DC Universe Holiday Special, courtesy of Hero Initiative), John Ostrander (Suicide Squad, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Tom Palmer (Avengers), Dan Parent (Betty & Veronica Friends Forever), Jeff Parker (Future Quest Presents), Paul Pelletier (Titans Special), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Green Lanterns), Richard and Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), David Proch (Quarter Moon), Frank Reynoso (Garbage Pail Kids: Fables, Fantasies and Farts), Afua Richardson (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Startup), Andy Runton (Owly), P. Craig Russell (Salome and Other Stories), Stuart Sayger (GI Joe: A Real American Hero vs. The Six-Million Dollar Man), Louise Simonson (Action Comics #1000), Walter Simonson (Thor), Dan Slott (Tony Stark: Iron Man), John K. Snyder (Fashion in Action), Scott Snyder (Justice League, Saturday only), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Jim Steranko (Action Comics), Larry Stroman (Tribe), Rob Stull (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Peter Tomasi (Superman), David Trustman (God Slap), Sarah Trustman (The Memory Arts), Gus Vazquez (Sunfire and Big Hero Six), Rick Veitch (Rick Veitch’s The One), Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl), Mark Waid (Captain America), Larry Watts (Evil Dead 2: Cradle of the Damned); Rich Woodall (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), and Thom Zahler (Time & Vine).

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The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 93

First Comics News - Sat, 05/12/2018 - 15:33
The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 93

It’s the Comic Arts Festival show. The lads debrief after the wildly successfulish Peterborough Comic Arts Festival. They move on to last years experiences at the Whitby Comic Arts Festival and discuss the upcoming Toronto Comic Arts Festival. That’s a lot of CAFs!  Sam reminisces about his comic book yard sale while Chris tries desperately to get some foot traffic out to Lakefield to buy his comics. All in all a fun little episode.

If you are interested in older episodes please head to !

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RICH REVIEWS: Compu-M.E.C.H. # 3

First Comics News - Sat, 05/12/2018 - 11:43

Title: Compu-M.E.C.H. # 3
Publisher: Monolith Comics
Writer/Artist/Letters/Cover: Theodore Raymond Riddle
Editor Monolith Comics: Richard Vasseur
Assistant Editor: Melissa Riddle
Colors: Eli Jansen
Price: $ 13.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: The wildlife at the North Pole is illustrated well giving the reader a sense of the wilderness. Something is happening there and M.E.C.H. is sent to investigate.
The M.E.C.H. body is a powerfully illustrated one. He looks ready for action. The big muscles make him appear strong especially his leg muscles. Tommy the human side of M.E.C.H. is drawn lumpy he could use more definition to his body and face.
The Polar Bear drawings make it look almost like a wolf as much as it does as a bear. M.E.C.H. is drawn in a great pose flying at the North Pole. Now, something extremely unusual happens to M.E.C.H. at the North Pole he is attacked and by what you will not believe.
The art between the chapters is awesome. M.E.C.H. is illustrated as a superhero that looks like a warrior.
Tommy and Lesa start to fall in love here. You can feel the connection forming.
The colors throughout the comic are all so beautifully done.
A villain unleashes three vile monsters on the city. These things are big strong, green and very destructive. They have a target.
As M.E.C.H. Tommy has a multitude of powers and access to many weapons. Teleporting is one of them and very useful.
A thief is illustrated on one cool motorcycle. This thief has a good heart he just does not know what to do. Still, a thief is a thief.
Tommy aka M.E.C.H. is a superhero unlike any other. M.E.C.H. will thrill you with his exciting adventures.

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RICH REVIEWS: Compu-M.E.C.H. # 2

First Comics News - Sat, 05/12/2018 - 11:43

Title: Compu-M.E.C.H. # 2
Publisher: Monolith Comics
Creator/Writer/Artist: Theodore Raymond Riddle
Edited by: Melissa J. Riddle
Colors by: Eli Jansen
Price: $ 12.99 US, $ 19.99 Can
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Comments: Mr. Koshido plans to conquer the US and the world. Mr. Koshido has a several pronged attacks going. His body armor bulks him up into a muscle-bound powerhouse.
Spelling and grammar needed to be checked.
M.E.C.H. goes into action. Against an army of robots and the armored Mr. Koshido, he is being hard pushed. The backside of Mr. Koshido’s armor is drawn wobbly, as metal, it should be more curved with rounded lines.
Working with Dr. Green Tommy aka M.E.C.H. takes on the Kobots the robots being used for conquering. There is action just it does not come across as exciting as you would expect from a world-conquering villain and his army facing a super-hero.
As M.E.C.H. is returning home he is attacked. The two-page spread is a great action shot.
The President’s eyes are drawn off with one centered and one off to the far side. Neither Tommy or Dr. Green are given full names and we learn nothing about either outside of the M.E.C.H. program. Do they have lives outside of it? What did they do before the program?
The M.E.C.H. robot is being flown by Tommy and then its shot and then they are in the lab safe. How did that happen?
Tommy gets a last name here.
Here we see a different battle taking place inside the M.E.C.H. robot as Tommy fights a virus.
M.E.C.H. makes for a great hero as he stands for what is right.

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Can Steven Universe Find His Harmony?

First Comics News - Sat, 05/12/2018 - 05:20

Discover The Quest To Save The Earth in August 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 11, 2018) – BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network announced STEVEN UNIVERSE: HARMONY #1, kicking off an all-new five limited series from writer S.M. Vidaurri (Iron) and artist Mollie Rose (Weeds) set in the world of the Emmy® Award-nominated Cartoon Network animated series Steven Universe. As Steven helps Sadie cope with quitting her job at the Big Donut and losing Lars, Steven and the Gems must work together to deactivate an old Diamond Authority artifact called the Harmony Core before it destroys Earth.

STEVEN UNIVERSE: HARMONY was inspired by the beautiful world that Rebecca Sugar created, and the incredible music,” said S.M. Vidaurri. “I was in bands in middle school and high school, and I remember how high-stakes things felt. So when Sadie Killer and the Suspects was introduced, I was smitten. I wanted to write a story that balanced Steven’s gem related capers with his playing in a band. Because both feel like they could be the end of the world if something goes wrong.”

“I’ve been following Rebecca Sugar’s work for nearly a decade and Steven Universe since the beginning,” said Mollie Rose. “Rebecca’s work was really influential for me when I was a teen, especially her comics (I have a treasured copy of Pug Davis), so working on this is definitely a really cool opportunity. I’ve always admired Steven Universe‘s dedication to creating complex and diverse characters and worlds, and getting to be a part of that universe is really exciting!”

STEVEN UNIVERSE: HARMONY #1 features a main cover by Marguerite Sauvage (Faith), along with variant covers by Savanna Ganucheau (Lumberjanes) and Veronica Fish (SLAM!). Each issue will be formatted in a special 8”x8”.

“I’m really excited about this upcoming adventure in STEVEN UNIVERSE: HARMONY,” said Whitney Leopard, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “We have a chance to explore what is going on in Sadies’s life now that Lars is in space while Steven and the Crystal Gems have to deal with a dangerous artifact from the Gem War, something that is going to cause all the characters a lot of trouble. Shane brings a lot of heart to this story and Mollie’s art is going to make you wish this series was an ongoing.”

STEVEN UNIVERSE: HARMONY is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed KaBOOM! imprint, publisher of world-class licensed series such as Adventure Time, Over the Garden Wall, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and  Brianne Drouhard, Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes and Selina Espiritu and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

Print copies of STEVEN UNIVERSE: HARMONY #1  will be available for sale at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one) in August 2018  or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For further news on STEVEN UNIVERSE: HARMONY and more exciting BOOM! Studios series, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Celebrate The Return Of The Fantastic Four with Special Line-Wide Covers!

First Comics News - Sat, 05/12/2018 - 05:13

Featuring art by Adam Kubert, Steve McNiven, Phil Noto, David Aja and more!


New York, NY—May 11, 2018—The Fantastic Four have returned, and what better way to celebrate the homecoming of Sue, Reed, Ben and Johnny than with a collection of variant covers highlighting the different iterations of Marvel’s beloved first family? This August, some of the industry’s most acclaimed creators will bring you the Fantastic Four through the years, highlighting the team during their many different and memorable eras in Marvel Comics!


Look for Marvel’s RETURN OF THE FANTASTIC FOUR variant covers on these select titles:

  2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 by CHRIS SPROUSE (not final art)
  12. SENTRY #3 by PHIL NOTO
  15. THOR #4 by BRYAN HITCH
  19. X-23 #3 by CARLOS PACHECO

Don’t miss your chance to collect all 20 variant covers, coming to comic shops this August!

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