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SHE COULD FLY SEQUEL SOARS INTO SHOPS IN APRIL 2019

First Comics News - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 01:08

She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot Now Available for Pre-Order

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (January 24, 2019)—Dark Horse and Berger Books are proud to reveal art from She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot, the sequel to the acclaimed series She Could Fly, by Christopher Cantwell, co-creator/showrunner of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire series, and Martín Morazzo (Ice Cream Man, Elektra)! Cantwell and Morazzo are joined by colorist Miroslav Mrva (Ghosted) and letterer Clem Robins (Abe Sapien).

In She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot, Luna has crash-landed back into her life after spending a year in a mental institution… but that might just mean she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been before. After discovering clues about the Flying Woman’s missing family, Luna’s obsession reignites, threatening to unravel her fragile mind again. Meanwhile, a mysterious guru appears in the sewers of Chicago, a Russian mercenary seeks old secret technology, and the specter of violence begins to loom over everyone once more. Luna starts to wonder… will she even survive long enough to go insane?

She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot #1 goes on sale April 10, 2019

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The Past Never Stays Dead in GHOST TREE,

First Comics News - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 23:27

A Haunting Comic Book Series of Love and Loss

SAN DIEGO, CA (January 24, 2019) – In April 2019, IDW Publishing will proudly debut the first chapter of Ghost Tree, a four-issue miniseries that takes readers on a journey from the dark forests of Japan to the ethereal realm beyond. Written by Bobby Curnow (Ward’s Valley, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Ghost Tree is illustrated by Simon Gane (They’re Not Like Us, Godzilla) and colored by Ian Herring (Ms. Marvel).

In Ghost Tree, a young man named Brandt returns to his ancestral home in Japan, seeking a refuge from his unhappy life. There, he discovers a haunted tree and the departed souls that are drawn to it – including his grandfather. Brandt attempts to heal some of history’s wounds, but will he be able to find any measure of peace for himself when someone special from his past returns?

Writer Bobby Curnow says, “A lot of our headspace is trapped in the past: things from childhood, old relationships, how family upbringing made us into who we are today. This creates an opportunity to reflect and learn, but also a chance to become fixated on that past, unable to move forward. Ghost Tree is an opportunity to explore the conflict between past and present… and see some cool and creepy ghosts!”

“I always hoped to work with Bobby again, but when I first read this script I knew I absolutely had to,” says artist Simon Gane. “Not only was it a beautifully written story that I felt a real connection with, but there were a terrific variety of characters to bring to life – the elderly couple, the lead as both an adult and a child, and (of course) a few ghosts, monsters, and headless samurai thrown in for good measure.”

Colorist Ian Herring says, “Looking to capture the sound of walking in the woods with color, I jumped at the chance to collaborate with Bobby and Simon on this surreal story.”

For information on how to secure copies of Ghost Tree, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

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DARK HORSE JOINS THE PRIDE

First Comics News - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 23:22

Disney The Lion King: Wild Schemes and Catastrophes Launches in June 2019

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (January 24, 2019)—Dark Horse is excited to announce Disney The Lion King: Wild Schemes and Catastrophes, a new graphic novel anthology expanding on the all-new Disney movie, The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau. Written by John Jackson Miller, Disney The Lion King: Wild Schemes and Catastrophes takes you into the wild through the vast landscapes of the Pride Lands for a closer look into the life of young Simba and what awaits him as the lion king.

Disney The Lion King: Wild Schemes and Catastrophes is the perfect graphic novel companion to Disney’s The Lion King all-new movie, in theaters July 19, 2019. Journey through Pride Rock and beyond in four stories focusing on Simba as a cub. Young Simba learns being king is not as easy as he would like to believe, fan-favorite duo Timon and Pumbaa find themselves in a peculiar situation, take a trek with young Simba and Nala on a path unknown, and share in the wise words of the one and only Rafiki.

Disney The Lion King: Wild Schemes and Catastrophes goes on sale June 4, 2019, and is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop. This 72-page novel retails for $10.99.

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Behold! Jonboy Meyers’ Awesome FALLEN WORLD #1 Cover!

First Comics News - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 21:52

 

FALLEN WORLD #1 Cover A by Jonboy Meyers As first teased on Valiant’s Twitter and Facebook accounts and then revealed at The Beat, the FALLEN WORLD #1 Cover A by Jonboy Meyers captures all of the intensity and awesomeness that Dan Abnett (Aquaman) and Adam Pollina (X-Force) will deliver in the superb sci-fi epic.

It’s the perfect jumping-on point for comics readers new to Valiant as “it sets up the future of the Valiant Universe moving forward. This is a whole new future world, with major storylines springing out of it, and it all starts here!” Abnett told The Beat.

Out this May, FALLEN WORLD is one of the four brand-new titles included in the BREAKTHROUGH lineup. Check out the full solicit for the first issue below.

FALLEN WORLD #1 (of 5)
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by Adam Pollina
Cover A by Jonboy Meyers
Cover B by Koi Turnbull
Cover C by AJ Jothikumar
Glass Variant Cover by Doug Braithwaite
Pre-Order Edition Cover by David Mack
Format 32 pages, full color
Price $3.99
On sale May 1, 2019

Synopsis A cyborg samurai named Rai struggles to find his morality in the year 4002. Can he become the inspirational figure that humanity desperately needs, or will he resort to solving his problems with a sword? A nanite-filled supersoldier named Bloodshot is also on a mission to save the citizens of Earth. Will the brutal Bloodshot and the peaceful Rai work together for the greater good? All signs point to no. Oh, and did we mention there are also dinosaurs on the loose and powerful animal-human hybrid mutants? Good luck with that, Rai. Love smart sci-fi and engrossing world-building? Dan Abnett (Aquaman) and Adam Pollina’s (X-Force) FALLEN WORLD has you covered! Plus, pick up Valiant’s Free Comic Book Day issue on May 4th for an exclusive FALLEN WORLD prelude story!

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IDW Celebrates the Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary with Weekly Comic Book Event in April

First Comics News - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 21:49
Four One-Shot Spooktaculars, Guaranteed to Cause Mass Hysteria!

SAN DIEGO, CA (January 24, 2019) – Are you troubled by strange noises in the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or your family actually seen a spook, specter, or ghost? If the answer is yes, then four fearless Ghostbuster teams are here to serve your supernatural elimination needs, courtesy of IDW!

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of Ghostbusters, IDW Publishing will release a different Ghostbusters comic weekly in April, each focusing on a different team, including the original “Prime” team from the classic film, the Real Ghostbusters of 1980s cartoon fame, the all-female team that “Answered the Call” in 2016, and the next generation of Extreme Ghostbusters!

“Since 2008, IDW has published an amazing library of ‘Busters from multiple dimensions and times, written and illustrated by a diverse crew of mega-talented creators… so what better way is there to celebrate this special anniversary than by showing off the eclectic cast from Ghostbusters projects far and wide?” says Senior Editor Tom Waltz. “Fans, old and new, can again expect the best of the best in full four-color, SLIMERRIFIC glory!”

IDW Editor-in-Chief John Barber says, “Ghostbusters has been an important part of IDW Publishing for more than a decade, and thanks to everybody at Sony and Ghost Corps, it’s been an amazing eleven years. With Ghostbusters hitting such a milestone anniversary, it’s time to celebrate every facet of the team’s history… and to get ready for everything that’s coming next!”

April 2019’s Ghostbusters one-shot specials include:

Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Ghostbusters
by Erik Burnham (writer) and Dan Schoening (artist)
First out of the Firehouse are the original ‘busting team of Peter, Winston, Egon and Ray, who have seen a lot of things during their time as paranormal investigators, but the latest case might just turn history on its head! Could it be that they’ve found proof of… Atlantis?

Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Real Ghostbusters
by Cavan Scott (writer) and Marcelo Ferreira (artist)
The Real Ghostbusters keep losing business to a flashy new rival ghost-catching company: SPOOKS AWAY! But there’s something sinister in the neighborhood, and it’s up to Ray Stantz to go undercover to find out who—or what is behind these new supernatural elimination superstars!

Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Answer The Call Ghostbusters
by Devin Grayson (writer) and S.L. Gallant (artist)
Do demons get visitation rights? A harried young mother tries to accommodate a stream of otherworldly visitors, intent on paying their respects to her half-demon toddler, and Erin, Abby, Patty, and Holtzman find themselves mediating the custody battle from hell!

Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Extreme Ghostbusters
by Jim Beard and Keith Dallas (writers), and Tim Lattie (artist)
Ever wish you could talk to animals? Well, when the furry, feathered, and finny inhabitants of the Central Park Zoo star demanding their release, the people of New York just wish they’d shut up! It’s up to Egon and his Extreme Ghostbusters to free the beasts from their fiendish possession!

The announcement of IDW’s Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary comic book event follows news of a planned Ghostbusters film sequel slated for 2020, set within the continuity of the original two films. Fans of IDW’s “prime” Ghostbusters line should take heart that the original team will return in new adventures leading up to the motion picture.

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Solar Trek: Troublesome Tribbles

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 12:00
In 2262, Federation authorities became aware of a potentially invasive synthetic organism known as the tribble. The origin of tribbles is unknown. They contain no bio-engineering markers that betray their origins. They appeared among the wares of a trader, Cyrano Jones, on Deep Space Station K-7 (located at 10 Hygiea). All known specimens were obtained from Jones's stock or are their descendants.

Jones sold his tribbles as exotic pets, a role they were perhaps designed for, given that their mild vibration, soft purring, and warmth are considered pleasing by many. Despite their superficial mammalian characteristics, tribbles are invertebrates, perhaps derived from echinoderm genetic stock. They are, however, endothermic with a high metabolic rate and frequent parthenogenesis, leading to tribbles consuming large amounts of food. All tribbles are able to adhere to surfaces and tribble newborns small size allow them to spread virtually everywhere not environmental sealed.

The tribble infestation on K-7 consumed food stores and cultures destined for outer colonies in a surprisingly short period of time. Luckily this revealed tampering by Klingon agents that might have lead to deaths and certainly food shortages otherwise. It is ironic that tribbles seem to become agitated with proximity to genetic Klingons.

The Klingons are rumored to have engineered a tribble predator called a glomer, but local authorities are strongly cautioned against viewing a second synthetic organism as an easy solution to any tribble infestation.

Cyrano Jones with a tribble in 2262

Solar Trek: Underside of the Clouds

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:00
In the middle of the the 23rd Century, a cluster of aerostat colonies floating over 50 km above Venus were known for their achievements in the arts and sciences. What was not known until the Disrupter revolt of 2263 was that the innovation and productivity of the self-styled creative class depended on  workers who lived in relatively poor conditions in the industrial areas of the cities' underside.


 Analysis by the Medical staff of the Federation vessel, Enterprise, revealed that the chemical exposure among the workers and their families led to impaired cognitive function and, in some cases, propensity for violence. Popular theories among the upper class of the cities, particularly in the unofficial capital of Stratos, attributed these impairments to genetic rather than environmental issues. Citing safety concerns, the undersiders' movements were restricted on visits to the upper level, and they were often under surveillance by security personnel.

Pressure from the Federation after details of Enterprise's report were made public, ultimately led to increased freedom for the people of the under city and environmental clean-up.

Capt. Kirk of Enterprise observed the torture of a captured Disrupter insurgent by Stratos security forces 

Abhumans: Kobold [ICONS]

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 01/20/2019 - 15:00
Art by Agus CalcagnoThis is a continuation of this post.

KOBOLD

Abilities:Prowess: 5Coordination: 4Strength: 7Intellect: 3Awareness: 4Willpower: 5
Stamina: 12Determination: 2Specialties: Wrestling
Qualities:The only giant gnome
Steadfast as rock
Powers:  Blend into Rock (Transformation Rock, Disguise Only) 7
Rocky Integument (Damage Resistance) 7
Rock Phasing (Burrowing, Rock Only) 6


History:
Kobold is unusual among his kind (the Abhuman subrace known as gnomes) for his large size. He is a staunch supporter of the royal family in exile and an opponent of the Abhumans supporting the Frozen Führer.

Tholian Web

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:00
This is a follow-up to this post.

The Tholians are a group claiming much of the orbit of Mercury with bases on Mercury itself. The beings have offered no name nor communicated more than their willingness to defend what they view as their territory. Their Federation designation is derived from tholos, the Ancient Greek world for "dome," due to the appearance of their clustered structures observed in the rim-shadow of North Polar craters.

The Tholians came to Federation attention in 2263, due to their construction of solar energy collector arrays in the orbit of Mercury. Defiant was sent to investigate and either by accident or Tholian aggression became tangled in the semi-elastic diamondoid filaments the Tholians use to string the arrays together. Her distress call was answered by Enterprise, who was warned off by the Tholians, then attacked by what appeared to be autonomous vehicles that "spun" the filaments in an attempt to form a web around the vessel. Enterprise was able to escape before the web was completed, and Federation vessels have been advised to avoid the region since.

It is unclear if the Tholians are biological beings or robots of some sort. As individuals they appear crystalline and vaguely mantid in form. They are either able to withstand Mercurian conditions unsupported or these bodies are environmental suits. A paper from the Martian Science Academy has put forward the theory that the Tholians are actually either non-sophont or (more intriguingly) post-sophont. The paper points out that their observed movements on Mercury's surface resemble the probabilistic movement of ants. Their communications with Enterprise are not necessarily indicative of any more intelligence than the expert systems frequently used as digital assistants.


Abhumans [ICONS]

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:00
Art by Agus CalcagnoABHUMANS
First Appearance: FANTASTIC TALES #56

History:
The Abhumans are a hidden human subspecies created around two hundred thousand years ago as a result of exposure to an accidental dumping of Otherworldly toxic waste. An archaic human tribe was genetically altered by the wastes, developing superhuman abilities and extended lifespans.  Certain traits common among them—such as severe allergies to iron and silver and sunlight sensitivity—led them to a more nocturnal and subterranean lifestyle, further separating them from the rest of humanity. Brief encounters with these hidden folk gave rise to legends of fairies, trolls, dwarfs and the like among primitive humans.

By the end of the European Middle Ages, a group of Abhumans decided to withdraw as far as possible from human civilization. They trekked into the Arctic where they discovered an abandoned city that appeared to be made of ice. This was the former domain of another offshoot of humanity, the Hyperboreans, whose civilization had fallen into decadence, then died out. The Abhumans took refuge in the abandoned city and made it their own.

In 1950, the Abhumans discovered young Arno Kaltmann (see Frozen Führer) in the Arctic after his escape from the custody of the United States government. Kaltmann had been genetically modified through use of Hyperborean technology and was adapted to extreme cold. Curious, the Abhumans took him back to their city and nursed him back to health.

When Kaltmann’s link to the Hyperboreans was discovered, a group of disaffected Abhumans (who believed they were heirs to the Hyperboreans and destined to plunge the world into a new Ice Age) came to view him as a messiah-like figure. Aided by power-hungry members of the Abhuman elite, the cultists staged a coup and installed Kaltmann as their ruler, though in fact, he was mostly a figurehead.

The previous monarchs, King Oberon and Queen Titania were forced to flee with their close allies the trickster Hobgoblin, the dwarf engineer Brokk, and the lumbering gnome, Kobold. Later, with the help of the Kingdom of Sub-Atlan the exiles were able to establish an underground community beneath the British Isles with other Abhuman refugees. Though Kaltmann, as the Frozen Führer, has been defeated and imprisoned at various times, his adherents still maintain power over the Hyperborean Abhumans.

KING OBERONAbilities:Prowess: 3Coordination: 4Strength: 4Intellect: 6Awareness: 7Willpower: 7
Stamina: 11Determination: 1Specialties: Leadership, Occult Expert, Magic Expert
Qualities:Abhuman Leader in ExileMore Scholar than Warrior
Powers:Magic (Extras: Blast, Force Field, Illusions, Phasing): 7
Telepathy: 6
Nullification (Magic Only): 7

Wednesday Comics: Martian Manhunter #2

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:00
The first thing you might notice  about Martian Manhunter #2 (in a 12 issue maxi-series, a name I have not heard in a long time) is the word balloons on the cover. This bit of retro contrasts with the art itself that is slightly cartoon and tinged with some photoshoppy sort of effects. I don't know how this relates to the books contents other than it suggests you ought to expect something different.
The first issue intrigued me with its imagining of Mars as a place familiar enough, but very alien. Though it synthesized elements of J'onn Jonzz Silver Age origin, the 1988 DeMatteis/Badger "most everything you know is a lie" limited series, and the Ostrander/Mandrake ongoing from 1998, it add new stuff to it, and looked it the old continuity from a new angle. It also revealed that J'onn J'onzz on Mars was a dirty cop.

I am happy to report the first issue was not a fluke. The second continues to be just as interesting with its parallel stories on a murder investigation on Earth and J'onzz's life on a doomed Mars. As life continues mostly as normal for the "manhunter" and is family, tension has begun to creep in. The deadly Curse of H'ronmeer is spreading. Rossmo's art really adds to the alien sequences, but is adequate in the more True Detective Earth-bound portion of the story. The coloring style seems to shift a bit between the two sections as well.
It gets bonus points for providing an explanation for J'onzz's bettlebrow: a brief Martian Neanderthal-mania.

Shatter Empires and Shape the World with Sons of Chaos

First Comics News - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 18:20

Immersive Graphic Novel Unearths the Hero of the Forgotten War That Defined Western Civilization

San Diego, CA (January 14, 2019) — IDW Publishing proudly presents Sons of Chaos, a lavishly illustrated graphic novel written by Chris Jaymes and illustrated by Ale Aragon. Slated for release in June 2019, this oversized hardcover relates the real-life, heartrending story of the war that quietly shaped Western civilization.

Sons of Chaos – with its nearly 200 pages and measuring 13.5” by 10.5” – provides an immersive, panoramic experience for readers, harkening them back to the Mediterranean shores of 1821, where Marcos Botsaris, a child raised within the dungeons of an Ottoman Pasha, escapes captivity, falls in love, and fiercely leads Greece to bloody revolution.

Writer Chris Jaymes says, “Nearly a decade of work has gone into creating Sons of Chaos, and the masterfully gifted, international individuals involved have created an experience that I’m eternally blessed to be a part of. It’s epic, it’s vulnerable, it’s vicious… and it brings pivotal events from our recent past to light, exposing the circumstances responsible for shaping our present-day conflicts.”

Sons of Chaos brings the real-life history of the Greek War of Independence to the comics page in a thrilling, ‘sword and shooter’ epic that marries Mediterranean history with the sensibilities of Game of Thrones,” says Justin Eisinger, Editorial Director of Graphic Novels & Collections for IDW Publishing. “Like me, many readers will find themselves considering this 19th Century war for the first time!”

The Greek Revolution, fought during the pinnacle of the Romantic Period, drew impassioned fighters from throughout the world (commoners and celebrities alike) to the battlefield. The war shattered the Ottoman Empire and, even as we now approach its 200th anniversary, its lingering tensions yet plague the Eastern and Western worlds.

Sons of Chaos is now available for pre-order via online booksellers and comic book specialty retailers.

Sons of Chaos
by Chris Jaymes & Ale Aragon
ISBN 978-1-68405-479-4
$49.99 (US)
192-page, full-color hardcover graphic novel, 13.5” x 10.5”

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RICH REVIEWS: Faith’s: Winter Wonderland Special # 1

First Comics News - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 18:16

Title: Faith’s: Winter Wonderland Special # 1
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Writer: Marguerite Sauvage
Artist: Francis Portela, M.J. Kim
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover Artist: Marguerite Sauvage
Variant Covers: Paulina Ganucheau, Sibylline Meynet, David Lafuente
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Website: www.valiantentertainment.com
Comments: This starts out like a fairy tale with Faith following Mr. Rabbit down the rabbit hole. Faith still has a mind/soul/spirit of a child. She has not been totally made into an adult. Faith still dreams. Which makes her perfect to help save a Wonderland in turmoil due to a crazed Queen.
The Pink Candy for Girls and the Blue Candy for Boys these two protectors of the Queen are something else. This is a story with imagination.
Faith uses the power of faith and imagination to get through to the evil Queen and to Alice as well. Both are so alike and more than they know.
Faith if you have not read her comics or know who she is you are in for a treat with this book. It will bring out the child in you and maybe a tear of joy to.

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Primark Stores Launch “Rick and Morty” Collection

First Comics News - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 18:03

Turner’s Cartoon Network Enterprises has partnered with international retailer Primark to launch an exclusive collection featuring the critically-acclaimed Adult Swim series Rick and Mortywhich has taken the pop culture zeitgeist by storm around the world.

The Rick and Morty line for Primark spans menswear, womenswear, fashion accessories, homeware, drink ware and bedding, all featuring exclusive designs inspired by the illustrious 1950s B movies and sporting fan-favorite characters from the series such as Pickle Rick, Mr. Meeseeks, and of course Rick and Morty themselves. It launches at Primark stores in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the US on January 13th.

The launch of the collection will be celebrated with 40 of Primark’s stores and window displays branded Rick and Morty, as well gifts with purchase and in-store competitions for the Rick and Morty super fan.

Rick and Morty is the half-hour animated hit comedy series on Adult Swim that follows a sociopathic genius scientist who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. Rick Sanchez is living with his daughter Beth’s family and constantly bringing her, his son-in-law Jerry, grand-daughter Summer, and grand-son Morty into intergalactic escapades.

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Diamond Announces Top Selling Comic Books & Graphic Novels for 2018

First Comics News - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 17:10

 

  • Marvel Comics Top Comic Book Publisher of the Year; The Infinity Gauntlet Bestselling Graphic Novel of the Year
  • Action Comics #1000 Bestselling Comic Book of the Year; DC Comics Ranked #2 Publisher
  • Image Comics ranked #3 publisher; Leads Graphic Novels Chart with 6 out of the Top 10 Titles

(HUNT VALLEY, MD) — (January 9, 2019) — DC Entertainment hit a celebratory landmark with its publication of Action Comics #1000, the best-selling comic book published in 2018, based on total unit sales to comic book specialty retailers, according to Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop-culture merchandise.

An all-star line-up of top talent led by Jim Lee, Brian Michael Bendis, and Geoff Johns paid tribute to the legendary Man of Steel. The special, oversized landmark issue presented the best in Superman stories, spanning the 1930s to today..

Annual comic book sales to the comic book specialty market increased in 2018, up +3.3% for the year, while graphic novel sales dipped -6.6% from 2017. Combined, annual sales of comic book and graphic novels to comic book shops were up slightly in 2018, by .6%.

Marvel Comics finished the year as the comic book specialty market’s top publisher, leading in both Dollar and Unit Market Shares, with a 38.24% Dollar Market Share and a 40.4% Unit Market Share. Marvel Comics top comic book, Amazing Spider-Man #800, the ten-year landmark issue led by Dan Slott and Stuart Immomen, charted at #2 for the year. Overall, Marvel had seven titles in the top ten comics of the year, including the preceding Amazing Spider-Man #798 and #799, as well as Fantastic Four #1, Amazing Spider-Man #1, Return of Wolverine #1, and Venom #1. Marvel Comics also had the top graphic novel of the year with The Infinity Gauntlet, the epic crossover event from Jim Starlin, George Pérez, and Rom Lim that helped form the storyline for Marvel’s blockbuster Avenger’s Infinity War movie.

DC Entertainment was the comic book specialty market’s number two publisher in 2018 with a 30.04% Dollar Market Share and a 33.82% Unit Market Share. DC Entertainment had three of the year’s top ten comics; in addition to Action Comics #1000, Batman #50 and The Batman Who Laughs #1 were among the top ten.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ award-winning science fiction epic, Saga from Image Comics once again dominated the top ten graphic novels chart and solidified Image Comics as the year’s third largest comic book publisher, with a 9.93% Dollar Market Share and a 9.9% Unit Market Share. Image Comics took six of the top ten graphic novel spots, with Saga Volume 9 charting as the #2 best-selling graphic novel for 2018. Saga Volumes 1 and 8 also placed in the top ten, along with The Walking Dead Volume 29 Lines We Cross (#6), Paper Girls Volume 1 (#7), and Monstress Volume 1 (#10).  The best-selling comic book for the year from Image was Mark Millar’s The Magic Order #1 at #18.

IDW Publishing was the comic book specialty market’s fourth largest publisher, propelled by its licensed titles from Hasbro, Disney, and Lucasfilm. The company’s Dollar Market Share was 3.83% for the year. Marvel Action: Spider-Man  #1, was IDW’s top-selling comic book, landing at #460 for the year.

Dark Horse Comics’ mix of creator-owned and licensed titles helped the company to be the fifth-ranked publisher in the comic book specialty market in 2018 with a 2.92% Dollar Market Share. Dark Horse’s top comic book for the year Stranger Things #1, based upon the popular Netflix series, at #184.

BOOM! Studios was the sixth ranked publisher at 2.24%, and Dynamite Entertainment was seventh at 1.86%. Viz Media, Titan Comics, and Oni Press rounded out the top ten comic book publishers for 2018.

 

2018 TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 38.24% 40.40% DC ENTERTAINMENT 30.04% 33.82% IMAGE COMICS 9.93% 9.90% IDW PUBLISHING 3.83% 3.30% DARK HORSE COMICS 2.92% 2.10% BOOM! STUDIOS 2.24% 1.90% DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.86% 1.73% VIZ MEDIA 1.22% 0.46% TITAN COMICS 0.87% 0.61% ONI PRESS 0.83% 0.54% OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.01% 5.25%

2018 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

QTY

RANK

RETAIL

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

1

ACTION COMICS #1000

$7.99

FEB180142-M DC ENTERTAINMENT

2

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800

$9.99

MAR180831-M MARVEL COMICS

3

3

BATMAN #50

$4.99

MAY180450-M DC ENTERTAINMENT

4

4

FANTASTIC FOUR #1

$5.99

JUN180771-M MARVEL COMICS

5

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1

$5.99

MAY180784-M MARVEL COMICS

6

6

RETURN OF WOLVERINE #1

$4.99

JUL180968-M MARVEL COMICS

7

9

VENOM #1

$4.99

MAR180803-M MARVEL COMICS

8

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #798

$3.99

FEB180832-M MARVEL COMICS

9

8

BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1

$4.99

OCT180464-M DC ENTERTAINMENT

10

13

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799

$3.99

FEB180836-M MARVEL COMICS

2018 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

QTY

RANK

RETAIL

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

1

INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MARVEL COMICS

2

4

SAGA TP VOL 09 (MR)

$14.99

JUL180297 IMAGE COMICS

3

19

SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR)

$9.99

AUG120491 IMAGE COMICS

4

6

SAGA TP VOL 08 (MR)

$14.99

OCT170715 IMAGE COMICS

5

2

ACTION COMICS 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN HC

$29.99

DEC170241 DC ENTERTAINMENT

6

8

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 29 LINES WE CROSS

$16.99

JAN180844 IMAGE COMICS

7

38

PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 01

$9.99

JAN160645 IMAGE COMICS

8

7

BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT TP

$19.99

JUL180733 DC ENTERTAINMENT

9

3

DARK NIGHTS METAL DELUXE ED HC

$29.99

JAN180379 DC ENTERTAINMENT

10

33

MONSTRESS TP VOL 01 (MR)

$9.99

APR160803-M IMAGE COMICS

 

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during 2017, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.  The category tables in this press release are ranked by units sold by Diamond to its accounts for the comic books and graphic novels categories.

 

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ASPEN COMICS APRIL 2019 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:24

ASPEN MLT Inc.

April 2019 Solicitation Copy

THE ZOOHUNTERS #4

Peter Steigerwald – Art & Story

 

THE ZOOHUNTERS is back!

 

There is life on other planets—THEY find it. After their encounter with the villainous Quarec, Abros is in a race to save his son Ty from death. Can he and Minalara keep Ty alive or will Abros lose the only family he has left? The critically acclaimed series makes its long-awaited return as creator and artist Peter Steigerwald presents to you Aspen’s most out of this world hit series – THE ZOOHUNTERS!

 

THE ZOOHUNTERS #4 is in stores April 24th, 2019!

 

FC                            32 pages                              $3.99

 

RETAILER NOTE: THE ZOOHUNTERS #4 will ship with two different covers by series artist Peter Steigerwald and artist Joe Benitez. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

 

THE ZOOHUNTERS #4 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 6 copies of THE ZOOHUNTERS #4 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate THE ZOOHUNTERS #4 cover by artist Billy Tan, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Tan alternate THE ZOOHUNTERS #4 Covers at net $4 each.

 

THE ZOOHUNTERS #4 EXPANDED RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 12 copies of THE ZOOHUNTERS #4 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate THE ZOOHUNTERS #4 cover by artist David Finch, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Finch alternate THE ZOOHUNTERS #4 Covers at net $8 each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Benoist, Hoechlin Added To Wizard World Portland

First Comics News - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:16

‘Supergirl’ Star Melissa Benoist, ‘Teen Wolf’ Standout Tyler Hoechlin Added To Wizard World Portland

 

Benoist To Appear Saturday, Feb. 23, Hoechlin Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 23-24, Joining Momoa, ‘Buffy’ Stars, More At Oregon Convention Center

PORTLAND, Ore., January 14, 2019 – Melissa Benoist, who headlines the CW series “Supergirl,” and Tyler Hoechlin, who had a key role in MTV’s “Teen Wolf” as well as a recurring spot on ‘Supergirl’ as Superman, are among a few popular celebrities added to the lineup at the seventh annual Wizard World Portland at the Oregon Convention Center, February 22-24. Benoist, making her first Wizard World appearance, will attend on Saturday, February 23, while Hoechlin will appear on Saturday and Sunday.

Benoist first portrayed the “Kara Danvers/Supergirl” character in episodes of the DC series “Legends of Tomorrow” before reprising the role in “The Flash” and “Arrow.” Now in its fourth season, the acclaimed show chronicles the adventures of Superman’s cousin. Benoist’s other roles include the 2018 Paramount TV miniseries “Waco,” feature films Patriots Day and Lowriders and the Oscar-winning movie Whiplash.

Hoechlin made his first big splash in the 2002 film Road to Perdition before a regular role as “Martin Brewer” in “7th Heaven” helped land him the part as “Derek Hale” in “Teen Wolf.” He will also be seen in the upcoming Netflix sci-fi drama “Another Life.”

In addition, several other notables have been added, including Ray Fisher (Justice League, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice), Stella Maeve (“The Magicians”), Iyari Limon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). They join a standout roster that already features Aquaman headliner Jason Momoa and eight “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” stars including Alyson Hannigan, Alexis Denisof, James Marsters, Juliet Landau, Julie Benz, Amber Benson, Clare Kramer and Charisma Carpenter, plus Hale Appelman (“The Magicians”), Matt Ryan (“Constantine,” “Legends of Tomorrow”) and Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rookie of the Year, American Pie). Additional celebrities may be announced closer to the event.

Wizard World Portland will also feature non-stop live entertainment, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities, movie screenings hosted by stars and directors and more. Details to follow soon. Details on additional Artist Alley guests, programming and entertainment stage schedules and more will be announced closer to the event.

Wizard World events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The second event scheduled on the 2019 Wizard World calendar, Portland show hours are Friday, February 22, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, February 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Portland is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

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THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1-6 Pre-Order Bundle Puts the Most Powerful Man on the Planet to the Spotlight This March!

First Comics News - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:12

Valiant is excited to announce that THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA – the much-anticipated limited series by Eisner Award-nominated writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER, HARBINGER WARS) and a lineup of all-star artists – including CAFU (RAI), Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT SALVATION), Butch Guice (Captain America), Adam Pollina (SECRET WEAPONS), Diego Yapur (Priest: Purgatory), Kano (QUANTUM AND WOODY!), and Doug Braithwaite (INCURSION) – is available to pre-order now at comic book stores everywhere in advance of its March 13, 2019 premiere date!

Available only as a pre-order set, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – six massively expanded editions of the most powerful man on the planet’s campaign to better humankind, no matter what the cost – can only be ordered together and must be reserved with your local comic shop by the final order cut-off date of February 18th, 2019!

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA will place the menacing mastermind in the spotlight as he strives to control the course of history. But with his resources dwindling after the downfall of the Harbinger Foundation and a target on his head, will the formidable psiot re-emerge as humanity’s greatest hero…or its most dangerous villain?

Released monthly from March 2019 through August 2019, each 48-page PRE-ORDER EDITION issue comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content – including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs, first looks at upcoming issues, and exclusive covers by interior artist CAFU that can’t be found anywhere else – and for no additional cost!

The only way to obtain these exclusive items is to pre-order all six issues with your local comic shop by the final order cut-off date of February 18th, 2019! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1 (of 6)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CAFU, MICO SUAYAN
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (JAN192176)
Cover B by BEN HARVEY (JAN192177)
Cover C by DAVID MACK (JAN192178)
Blank Cover (JAN192179)
Glass Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (JAN192180)
$4.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MARCH 13th (FOC – 2/18/19)

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1-6 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CAFU, MICO SUAYAN, BUTCH GUICE, ADAM POLLINA, DIEGO YAPUR, KANO, DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Covers by CAFU (JAN192181)

$4.99 each [6 Issues] | 48 pgs. each | T+ | Issue #1 On Sale MARCH 13th (FOC – 2/18/19)

 


THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1 – Pre-Order Edition Cover by CAFU


THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1-6 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE Coupon


THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1 (of 6) – Cover A by Mico Suayan


THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1 (of 6) – Cover B by Ben Harvey


THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1 (of 6) – Cover C by David Mack

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‘Battle’ reborn: Rebellion Publishing to publish best-selling French graphic novel series for the first time in English

First Comics News - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 15:54

Rebellion Publishing is proud to present the international best-selling French graphic novel series Operation: Overlord for the first time in English – under the banner of Battle, one of the UK’s most cherished comic book properties.

Written by Michaël Le Galli and with fantastic art by Star Wars and Hellblazer artist Davide Fabbri, part one of the series set in World War Two is being published with this month’s Judge Dredd Megazine.

The series is being published under the new ‘Battle presents…’ banner, reviving the name of one of the greatest comic books in UK publishing history.

The acclaimed bandee desinee series tells four extraordinary tales of heroism set during the Normandy landings on D-Day, June 6th 1944, and is being reprinted in a series of reprint editions bagged with the Megazine. Each 48-page issue is a stand-alone story, set in separate locations such as Saint-Mere-Eglise, Merville, and of course Omaha Beach.

Part one comes with Judge Dredd Megazine #404, on sale in newsagents, comic book stores and online on 16th January.

Launched in 1975, Battle Picture Weekly was the groundbreaking war comic from IPC that published series such as Rat Pack, Major Eazy, Johnny Red, El Mestizo, Fighting Mann, and the critically-acclaimed World War One epic Charley’s War. Lauded for its no-nonsense heroes and gritty action, Battle fundamentally altered the comics landscape – readers lapped up its modern sensibilities and no-holds-barred attitude, and it led to the creation of both the ill-fated Action and global industry game-changer 2000 AD.

Rebellion graphic novel editor Oliver Pickles said: “It’s a great feeling to be able to publish Operation: Overlord under the Battle banner, much like the recent Sniper Elite series, and helps bring back the spirit of that classic British war comic title but with a modern sensibility.

“I am really looking forward to bringing Operation: Overlord to an Anglophone audience for the first time. The series has been hugely popular in France, with each book focusing on a different event of the D-Day landings, for instance there is a whole 48 page issue dedicated to the Omaha Beach assault by Easy Company. And the whole series has been drawn by Davide Fabbri, who comic readers will know from his Star Wars comics for Dark Horse, and more recently his Hellblazer run at DC Comics.”

The further volumes of Operation: Overlord will be collected with Judge Dredd Megazine numbers 405 (on sale 20th February), 406 (on sale 20th March) and 407 (on sale 17th April)

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PRINCELESS VOLUME 7 #4 preview

First Comics News - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 15:44

PRINCELESS VOLUME 7 #4
Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Emily Martin, Christine Hipp, Brett Grunig
Cover A – Emily Martin, Brett Grunig
Cover B – Malia Knight

This is it! Adrienne vs. The Black Knight for the fate of her sister! Everything has led up to this and the world of Princeless will never be the same. And finally, the identity of the Black Knight will be revealed. Meanwhile, Devin and company are in too deep.

32 pgs./ E / FC $3.99

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