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CHILLING ADVENTURES IN SORCERY preview

First Comics News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:33

CHILLING ADVENTURES IN SORCERY (TR)
Presented by Sabrina the Teenage Witch, this collection features some of the most horrifying classic stories to ever be published by Archie Comics, collected for the first time in graphic novel. Featuring an all-new cover by comic artist extraordinaire Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife With Archie)!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
978-1-62738-990-7
$19.99/$21.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
192 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/3

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COSMO #1 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:32


COSMO #1
NEW ONGOING SERIES! “Space Aces” – Part One: Get ready for out of this world fun in the ALL-NEW sci-fi adventure series COSMO! Join Cosmo and his Martian crew as they find adventure and dangers in the deepest corners of space! Their latest mission turns into a much larger adventure when they stumble upon their most unique specimen yet: A panicked human!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley
Variant Covers: Derek Charm, Erin Hunting, Ryan Jampole, Vincent Lovallo
On Sale Date: 1/3
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #285 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:31

ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #285
“Ready! Set! Go!” – Even a snowstorm can’t stop the kids in Riverdale from playing the popular phone app Cosmo Go! Will Archie get in on the craze or be left out in the cold?
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 1/3
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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“HELLBOY” CREATOR MIKE MIGNOLA RETURNS TO HELL WITH ACCLAIMED ARTIST BEN STENBECK AND AWARD-WINNING COLORIST DAVE STEWART FOR “ KOSHCHEI THE DEATHLESS”

First Comics News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 22:00

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (January 2, 2018)—Legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is returning to Hell, along with acclaimed artist Ben Stenbeck and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart, for Koshchei the Deathless, a new six issue mini-series from Dark Horse Comics. Sent to kill Hellboy by the Baba Yaga in Darkness Calls, Koshchei the Deathless hinted at a long and tragic life before being enslaved to the Russian witch. Now Koshchei relives every horrible act on his road to immortality and beyond, with none other than Hellboy himself—in Hell. Here Mignola returns to Hell and to the bizarre folklore that’s filled some of his greatest books, reuniting with one of his favorite collaborators, Ben Stenbeck (Frankenstein Underground, Witchfinder: In The Service of Angels, Baltimore) and Dave Stewart. The debut issue of Koshchei the Deathless is on sale on January 3, 2018.

“Top notch.”—HORROR NEWS NETWORK

Koshchei the Deathless #1 (of 6)
Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Ben Stenbeck (A), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Jan 03
FC, 32 pages
$3.99

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Art of Atari Signed Edition preview

First Comics News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 20:30

Art of Atari Signed Edition

writer: Tim Lapatino

artists: Various

FC  |  352 pages  |  $59.99  |   All Ages  

FEATURING A SIGNED TIP-IN SHEET

Now available with a signed tip-in sheet autographed by Tim Lapetino, author and Founder/Executive Director of the Museum of Video Game Art (MOVA)!

The Art of Atari is the first official collection of original artwork specially commissioned to enhance the Atari experience. Sourced from private collections worldwide, this book spans over 40 years of the company’s unique illustrations used in packaging, advertisements, catalogs, and more.

 

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The Shadow / Batman #4 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 20:28

The Shadow / Batman #4

writer: Steve Orlando

artist: Giovanni Timpano

covers: Kevin Nowlan (A)

              Philip Tan (B)

              Brandon Peterson (C-Red/Black)

              ACO (D)

              Giovanni Timpano (E-Sub)

              Philip Tan (RI-B/W)

              Kevin Nowlan (RI-Virgin)

              ACO (RI-Virgin)

              Brandon Peterson (RI-Black/Red)

              Kevin Nowlan (RI-B/W)

FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen +  

The veins of the Silent Seven have borne their way into the very heart of modern society. Their every move can be hidden, and there is no move that can be made in secret from them. And that includes Batman and the Shadow. When one of the Seven invades Wayne Manor, a horrifying revelation casts Batman’s entire mission in doubt. The only one that can save him? The Shadow. But can the Master of Men liberate both Wayne Manor and the Dark Knight’s mind without losing his own?

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BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS #3 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 20:26


BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS #3

NEW ONGOING SERIES! The Vixens are taking matters into their own hands and doing whatever they can to protect their hometown. But are they a match for the dangerous Southside Serpents?

Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Eva Cabrera, Elaina Unger, Rachel Deering
Cover: Eva Cabrera
Variant Covers: Sandra Lanz, Jen Vaughn
On Sale Date: 1/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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One Final Mutant Prepares For Battle In X-MEN: RED!

First Comics News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 20:23

Happy New Year, Gambit fans!

New York, NY—January 2, 2018—When Jean Grey leads her new team in the all-new series from Tom Taylor and Mahmud Asrar, she’ll be joined by a uniquely qualified strikeforce that includes heroes such as Namor, Nightcrawler, All-New Wolverine, her sister Gabby (Honey Badger), the Wakanda mutant Gentle, and a mysterious new character named Trinary.

And now, one more hero will join the fight.

Marvel is excited to reveal the cover to X-MEN: RED #3 featuring fan-favorite Gambit, who will team up with Jean to help battle against mankind and mutantkind’s most dangerous evil!

“Things have heated up with attacks on mutants across the globe,” says series editor Mark Paniccia. “We know that one of the X-Men’s most powerful villains is behind the chaos, but will Jean, Nightcrawler, All-New Wolverine and Honey Badger have a chance to stop the next deadly wave? A favorite Cajun mutant might be able to tip the scales in their favor… but at what cost?”

The adventure begins this February, and Gambit officially joins X-MEN: RED this April!

X-MEN: RED #3

Written by TOM TAYLOR

Art by MAHMUD ASRAR

Cover by TRAVIS CHAREST

On-Sale 4/4/18

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CCL #469 – February 2018 Solicitations

First Comics News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 19:59
Chris goes over select trade paperbacks and collected editions from the February 2018 solicitations including:
  • IDW
    • Haunted Horror: Cry From The Coffin
    • Jim Starlin’s Marvel Cosmic Artifact Edition
  • Dark Horse
    • Reefer Madness TP
    • B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth Volume 2 HC
    • The EC Archives: Extra! HC
  • Marvel
    • Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Vol. 3 HC — Variant Edition Vol. 261
    • Master Of Kung Fu Epic Collection: Weapon Of The Soul TP
    • Cloak And Dagger: Runaways And Reversals TP
  • DC Comics
    • Action Comics #1000: 80 Years Of Superman HC
    • Aquaman: The Legend Of Aquaman TP
    • Batman: Gothic TP
    • Justice League Task Force Vol. 1: Purification Plague TP

LINKS:
CCL Slack Channel – free and open to anyone
CCL Podcast on iTunes
CCL Podcast on Libsyn
CCL Twitter
DGTLcomics Twitter
CCL Tumblr
CCL Podcast RSS Feed
CCL on eBay
This podcast direct .mp3 link

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Overwatch Developer Update

First Comics News - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 19:48

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan gives his first developer update for 2018.  In the video Kaplan gives us a little bit of what to expect in the upcoming year, even the possibility of a new hero. Check out what is in store for Overwatch in the video below:

 

 

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FORCE VOLUME 1: The Wright Time preview

First Comics News - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 21:01


FORCE VOLUME 1: The Wright Time
Writer(s): Shawn Pryor, B. Alex Thompson

Cover Artist(s): Jay Reed
Artist Name(s): Jay Reed

96 pgs./ T / FC
$9.99

Enter the world of F.O.R.C.E. (Football Operations Rated Championship Elite), where readers get to see not only the action on the field but also the personal drama behind-the-scenes. Join Quarterback Terrance Wright, who is about the play the biggest game of his life, Supreme Bowl XXVII. But before he sets foot on the field, Terrance has to deal with his health, finances, scheming agent, a beloved rookie backup quarterback, and his personal relationship with the franchise operations manager.

FORCE is the beginning of a new era of sports-drama series to comics. Writer Shawn Pryor (CASH & CARRIE) comments, “Action Lab Entertainment has allowed us to be trailblazers by letting us represent for an underrepresented genre in American comics. If you enjoy football on the college or professional level, or if you’re not a fan of sports but enjoy 30 for 30 ESPN documentaries, then you’ll enjoy the drama on and off the field that FORCE delivers.”

FORCE VOLUME 1 collects the first three issues of the series. It will arrive in comic book stores on February 28, 2018. Pre-order your copy at your local comic book store with the Diamond Item Code DEC170985.

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Tales of the Splintered Realm

The Splintered Realm - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 19:49
I realized in the last few weeks that it had been several months that I have updated the blog, and I thought it would be a good idea to share what's been going on. I also thought that New Year's Day, since it symbolizes new beginnings and all, would be an appropriate time to launch a new venture of sorts.

1. An Update
Things have been going well for me academically. I received an email two weeks ago from my university that I have completed the first half of my doctoral program; I have earned 30 doctoral-level credit hours towards my degree in Educational Leadership. I have also completed a local program that gives me certification as a building-level administrator in New York State. This means that my transition from classroom teacher to building-level administrator is underway. It's been a great seventeen years as a high school ELA teacher, but I am definitely ready to move to the next phase of my career.

2. A New Venture
That said, I have had the wonderful opportunity this year to teach an elective in poetry and creative writing, with some very talented and insightful seniors. It's been a joy to break down stories to their nuts and bolts from a writer's perspective, and to examine how and why stories work they way that they do.

One of the revelations to me personally in this process has been that I am not a novelist. I have attempted to write a few novels now, and they have never found completion in a way that I have found satisfying. While I want to be a Tolkien, I am more of a Sir Doyle. My wheelhouse is short stories, where I can mine a single idea or follow a leaner narrative to its conclusion. I have realized that this gives me the flexibility to tell a wide range of stories across the Splintered Realm, and that over the course of time these would become a larger narrative. In effect, I am embracing a more episodic than climactic story form, where the sum total of the short stories may ultimately tell a larger, albeit circuitous, story.

This story is going to be about Mim and Rand, and their various adventures across the Splintered Realm. These are not going to be released in a chronological fashion, and I am going to jump back and forth across their story as the whim strikes me. I have posted the first of these tales, a story I wrote almost four years ago but recently revised. This is going to be the template I follow, aiming for 2,500 to 5,000 words per story.

I have published the first of these installments, and will update as I get stories done. My goal is to publish a new story at the beginning of every month, but that will depend on how life goes. This is definitely a side project, so time will tell...

Happy New Year all, and thanks for reading.

- Mike

RICH REVIEWS: The Resurrected # 1

First Comics News - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 19:06

Title: The Resurrected # 1
Publisher: Carnouche Productions
Writer: Christian Carnouche
Penciller/Inker/Cover: Crizam Zamora
Colors: Salvatore Aiala
Letterer: Cardinal Rae
Edited by: Erica Schultz
Price: $4.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.carnoucheproductions.com
Comments: It is the year 2032 Australia. Australia was attacked and then attacked once more to stop the first attack. Australia has changed and years later it is still changed. People can get a second chance by coming back.
Detective Cain Duluth is a man in pain. He suffered a great loss and is still dealing with it.
The Island of Sydney is inhospitable. Why are we told this?
The story does drag on and it needs more focus. The Aboriginal Australians are mentioned but only for a second.
The story you are left wondering what is it? What is this comic about? A sad cop yes but what else?
The resurrected are mentioned but not really explained or shown roaming around. How were they created?
What is the purpose of this comic? Why should people read it?
The art could use more focus as well. It is flat looking and has a rough look to it.
There is some mystery here and the story does just start to get interesting as it ends.

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Canadian Independent Comic Book Wiki 2017 Awards

First Comics News - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 18:48

In a recent fan ballot on the Canadian Independent Comic Book Wiki, 340 votes were cast between December 13 and December 31, 2017. Winners were determined by most number of votes.

“The Canadian Independent Comic Book Wiki wishes to congratulate all of this year’s winners on their excellent work. Creating independent comic books is a constant struggle so we wish to let all creators know that we appreciate their work and this is just one way for fans to show their appreciation. We hope that these awards can help grow awareness for Canadian indie comics. For accountability purposes, the anonymous votes will be provided to any nominated creator who wishes to inspect them by emailing cancomicswiki@gmail.com”

Best Comic Book of 2017

Awarded to the Canadian indie comic book published in 2017 which was most enjoyed by fans …

Winner Auric of the Great White North Issue 3

Runner Up Auroraman Issue 1

Best Graphic Novel

Awarded to the Canadian indie graphic novel published in 2017 which was most enjoyed by fans.

Winner The Adventurers: Love You So Very Much

Runner Up Toronto Comics Anthology Yonge at Heart

Favourite Creator

Awarded to a Canadian comic book creator who’s independent comic work and fan engagement was most enjoyed by fans in 2017.

Winner Kelly Tindall

Runner Up Davis Dewsbury

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

If you are interested in checking out the Canadian Indie Comic Book Wiki pop on over to http://canadiancomicbooks.wikia.com and feel free to add an entry or two yourself.

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Weird Revisited: New Year's Day

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 12:00
And here's part 2 of a Weird Adventures New Year's yarn from 2012...


Then the weird codger just smiles under his beard and says:

“Take it easy, fella. It’s just a yarn.”

And that’s when you realize you were holding your breath. As you let it out slow, it occurs to you that there’s a murmur of “happy new years” around and somewhere the pop of a champagne cork, and there’s a dame standing close with a creased brow and disappointed pout because you didn’t kiss her at the appointed moment. The moment you just missed ‘cause you were listening to some old man’s story about the end of the world.

You take a glass of champagne from a passing waiter. The strange spell seems to be fading with the old year, but you still have to ask: “So what happened. How’d the world get saved, anyway?”
The old man strokes his beard. “It just so happens that Father Time prepares for this eventuality. He knows that the agents of entropy will try to take advantage of the changing of the year, to try and force a premature end to time. He has a plan...”

The new year is born at the center of a maze--almost a giant puzzle box, really-- outside of time and the material plane. Here the new born year can’t be strangled in its crib before temporal custodianship changes hands. All sorts of nefarious forces send their champions to seize it or kill it, true, but Father Time has his champions, as well. He can choose anyone, but it’s often adventurers that make his list. His temporal champions must brave the challenges of the achronal labyrinth and present Father Time's hourglass sigil to the multidimensional titan that guards the neonate year.

Finishing your second glass of champagne, you say, “Guess the good guys won again, huh? I’d be glad to meet one of those guys that saved the world. I’d by ‘em a drink.”
The old man shrugs and puts on his hat like he’s going to leave. “Well, the thing about that is, none of those brave souls ever remember what they did. The maze is outside of time. Everything that happens there occurs in less than an instant and outside of causality as we know it here. No, I’m afraid none of them has any idea what they accomplished.”

With that he turns to walk for the door. He’s only gone a couple of steps when he stops and half-turns. “Unless, of course, someone tells them.” And then he winks.

“Happy New Year, friend.”

RICH REVIEWS: Riverdale # 9 

First Comics News - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 11:20

Title: Riverdale # 9
Publisher: Archie Comics
Writer: Greg Murray
Artist: Thomas Pitilli
Colors: Andre Szymanowicz
Letters: Janice Chiang
Photo Cover: Cheryl – Madelaine Petsch
Photo Cover: Archie & Jughead – KJ APA & Cole Sprouse
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.archiecomics.com
Comments: There is a hands-on contest to win a car with ten contestants. Archie, Cheryl, Ethel, Moose, Jughead plus five others are in it. The other five are the first to go of course.
The art is nondescript. It does need to be more defined and show more details.
Cheryl shows she does actually have a heart. Her and Ethel may just be at the beginning of a new friendship.
Ethel does get what she wanted from the contest. It was not to win but it was about not losing. Ethel certainly is no loser and never was.
This story is heartwarming and will be sure to give you a good feeling as we watch Ethel doing what she knows is right.

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RICH REVIEWS: Planet of the Apes: Ursus # 1

First Comics News - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 11:17

Title: Planet of the Apes: Ursus # 1
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Written by: David F. Walker
Illustrated by: Chris Mooneyham
Colored by: Jason Wordie
Lettered by: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Paolo Rivera & Joe Rivera
Variant Cover: Michael Allred with Colors by Laura Allred
Subscription Cover: Becca Carey
Classic Variant Cover: Bob Larkin with Designs by Kez Wilson
Virgin Classic Variant Cover: Bob Larkin
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.boom-studios.com
Comments: General Ursus is illustrated perfectly as a gorilla with intelligence. His being a soldier comes through. It is great to see a series focusing on the General that was seen so often in other series.
The look on General Ursus’s face shows full well his anger at being told soldiers will be trained as farmers. This is a look you have to see for yourself.
Ape City is low on food due to humans feeding off the crops. So what will be done?
This issue touches on the very first movie of The Planet of the Apes. Here we see how apes act to an intelligent human that can talk. They view him as a threat to their entire way of life.
You are left wondering where will this story go next?

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RICH REVIEWS: Vampblade Season 2 # 10

First Comics News - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 16:25

Title: Vampblade Season 2 # 10
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Created & Written by: Jason Martin
Artwork by: Marco Maccagni
Colored by: Marcelo Costa
Lettered by: Adam Wollet
Cover A-B: Winston Young
Cover C-D: Mark Whitaker
Cover E-F: Danielle Gransaull
Price: $ 4.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.actionlabcomics.com
Comments: Detroit is being invaded my aliens. Pink and purple colored ones that are illustrated beautifully. The huge one is destroying the city. The smaller ones Katie is dealing with one on one.
Katie’s costume and the blades want to just feed. While Katie does not want to kill. Katie also does not want to battle the huge aliens only the small regular sized ones.
The art is unique illustrating Katie as Vampblade the colors are amazingly well done. The poses though could use work. She is drawn in poses that just have her standing there.
Lots of swearing in this issue.
Katie is unsure what to do. She can fight or run or maybe both. She never wanted to be a hero, all she wanted was to be a geek girl running a comic book store. Now the fate of the world may hang on what she does. Lots of excitement is building here. Where will it go next?
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SUNDAY SUPER CINEMA: The Laughing Man

First Comics News - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 16:22



A fan film about the comic book character The Joker, by The Hallivis Brothers.

The video is NSFW and its inspired by Scott Snyder’s ‘Death of the Family’ comic.

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COSPLAY GIRL OF THE WEEK!

First Comics News - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 16:18

This week’s cosplay girl of the week Jessica Nigri

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

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