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ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR 2 #2 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 04:50
ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR 2 #2 (of 5)
Our trios (new and old) are getting to know each other better—like Classic Betty and Veronica discovering that the newer versions of themselves actually AREN’T both trying to win over Archie’s affections. There’s a lot to take in in this brave, new world, but they’ve got a more pressing issue to deal with: Predator-Archie is quickly turning back into a Predator, and time is running out. Fortunately, the Riverdale Halloween Dance may be just the cover the gang(s) need.
Script: Alex de Campi
Art: Robert Hack, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Robert Hack, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Variant Covers: Howard Chaykin, Bill Galvan, Rebekah Isaacs, Greg Smallwood, Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 8/28
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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The First Appearance of Charles Gunn in ANGEL #4 From BOOM! Studios

First Comics News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 14:49

Discover Your First Look at the Hottest New Issue of the Vampire with a Soul in August 2019


LOS ANGELES, CA (August 1, 2019) – BOOM! Studios, in partnership with 20th Century Fox, revealed today Charles Gunn, the iconic vampire hunter, will make his first full appearance in the next issue of the hit series, ANGEL #4, reimagining the pop culture phenomenon by acclaimed writer Bryan Edward Hill (Batman, American Carnage), artist Gleb Melnikov (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), along with visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel’s The Avengers), available August 28, 2019.

After saving the mysterious and troubled Fred from the demon stalking her in Sunnydale, Angel gets sucked into a twisted realm where he is tortured by visions of past atrocities and a mysterious figure with a stake aimed straight for his heart! In order to escape an eternity under the demon’s power, Angel must battle its insidious illusions and defeat his own fears. But little does he know, a much greater evil is on the horizon and he’ll need every resource and ally he can find to help him save the world, starting with Fred, who’s somehow connected to the dark forces surrounding Angel, and the first appearance of a familiar face from the streets of Los Angeles—vampire hunter Charles Gunn—but is he here to help the vampire with a soul or dust him once and for all?

ANGEL #4 features a main cover by artist Dan Panosian (Slots), as well as variant covers by artists Scott Buoncristiano (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Vision), and series artist Gleb Melnikov.

Created by visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers film franchise), Angel premiered on the WB Network on October 5th, 1999 and was a spin-off from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series ran for five seasons from 1999–2004, starring David Boreanaz as Angel, the tortured vampire destined to walk the earth with a soul who moved to LA to set up shop as a supernatural private investigator. Despite Angel’s best efforts to deal with the sins of his past all by himself, Angel Investigations soon became home to other lost souls searching for redemption and willing to fight by his side.

ANGEL is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once &  Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott from Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury the Lede from Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Grass Kings from Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins; and Klaus from Grant Morrison and Dan Mora. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David Lopez; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Danielle Di Nicuolo.

Print copies of ANGEL #4 will be available for sale on August 28, 2019 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com 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 continuing news on ANGEL and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter. And follow Angel on Facebook.

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Unlikely Heroes Studios Expands Their Comics Empire with the Release of the Elsewhere

First Comics News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 14:47

Anthology – 38 Independent Creators Take Readers … Elsewhere

HAMILTON, MT — Known to indie comics fans for Super!, the quick-witted, double-fisted send-up of all things tights ‘n capes, and for the blood-soaked post-apocalyptic Western, The Surgeon, Unlikely Heroes Studios is proud to announce the release of their genre-spanning anthology Elsewhere. Featuring contributions from seasoned, award-winning pros and indie newcomers alike Elsewhere weighs in at more than 150 pages. Readers will travel between all the realms that comics can do better than any other medium: horror, sci-fi, neighborhood intrigue, ghosts and monsters, and everything in between.

“We’ve never done anything like this before.” says Editor/Publisher Laurie Foster, “We tend to see so much competition in the world of indie comics, but really, we’re stronger if we work together. We decided to put out a call for submissions and we were shocked at the quality and quantity we received. I’m excited that we’ve built relationships with so many new, talented creators that we can collaborate with in the future. Plus, we’re really looking forward to doing this again next year for Volume 2!

“I always love working with Laurie,” says Editor John Pence, who founded the long-running Blotter literary magazine in 2003 and is the author of The Surgeon. “She’s such a pro and brings such good energy to any project, but every step of making this book was really satisfying and fun. Working with so many different creators was like the old days running a magazine, and it reminded me of how great it is to take a pile of submissions, put them together, and see a whole book emerge that’s way more than the sum of its parts. I’ve been needing something like this for a long time.”

Elsewhere is complete and ready to go to the printer. Unlikely Heroes just launched a Kickstarter August 1, and it boasts fantastic premiums from contributing creators.
www.uhstudios.com/kickstarter

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Calvin’s Commentaries: Forest Fighters

First Comics News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 14:37

Personally, I like deck builder quite a lot.

Ditto the group as a whole.

But, as we have now played more than 40 games which have deck-building as at least an element within the game, it’s not so easy to find a game in the genre that really impresses.

But, it happens.

Forest Fighters is such a game.

I’ll cut to the punch line here as they say, and note that the three of us who sat down recently to test drive the pre-production version of Forest Fighters all ended up agreeing it flirts with the top-10 deck builders we’ve played.

In my case, I track that on Board Game Geek where I keep a ‘GeekList’ of deck builders, and after adding Forest Fighters to the database, it’s that new, it ended up number six.

So yes, I like this game a lot.

I’ll start with admitting it plays much like Dominion at its core. Dominion is the granddad of the genre, and some might balk that this plays so much like its foundational ancestor.

But, there is certainly enough different here that the comparison, while natural, is not a steal of concept.

To start the theme is a fun one, focusing on the critters of the forest fighting to secure acorns. The player with the most acorns at the end of the game wins.

From Forest Fighter’s Kickstarter; “The winter is fast approaching and with the cold and snow comes a lack of food. The leaves are beginning to fall from the trees and with them the acorns. All of this means that it is time for the squirrel tribes inhabiting the forest to begin gathering food for the winter. There is just one problem! There is only one oak tree left in the forest making the much-coveted acorns a source of warfare. The squirrel tribes have gathered their forces and have even resorted to hiring other forest animals to help them squirrel away as many nuts for the winter as possible. Gathering acorns is easy; protecting them from bands of raiders sent out by the other squirrel tribes is a different story. In Forest Fighters, you will hire forest animals to help your tribe of squirrels gathers and protect acorns while stealing acorns from your opponents. Once all of the acorns have been gathered, the game ends and the player with the most acorns wins.”

You might gather from the introduction that this game allows for more player-to-player confrontation than a game like Dominion.

Most critters have an attack and defense rating and on your turn, you can attack an opponent. If the attack rating is higher than their defense you get to steal acorns, or send critters back to the supply, or rob them of blackberries, a key resource in the game. Even in a battle win, you face decisions.

Of course if you battle, then you likely won’t have resources left that turn to buy acorns – remember you need them to win or to add other critters to your hands.

Most critters come with special abilities too, all well thought out here. For example, a rabbit attracts another rabbit when played, the old multiplying rabbit theme. Bees get you, honey. Moles can bury acorns.

I like that the abilities fit with the animals.

The game comes with 326 cards: including 21 different characters and 3 items. This allows for a lot of replay as you don’t use all of the animals every game. Different strategies emerge depending on what critters are in play.

The artwork, again this is a prototype has a school student artist appeal that might not please all, but if it is the final art I’d be quite satisfied.

This is a game where cards have neat special abilities and so far we haven’t found a broken combination which detracts from the game.

There are always choices for players to make, and there does appear to be different strategies, based on card combos, that can put you seriously in the race for a win.

If you like deck builders at all this is a game I’d rate a must-have.

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

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Omniverse: The Spirit of '76, or Get Down America!

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 11:00

In 1976, America’s dissatisfaction with the Presidential candidates offered by the major parties went in some strange directions. The All-Night Party, holding their convention in New York City, wound up nominating a security guard working the event. Who was also a talking duck.

The Constitutional question of whether a nonhuman from an alternate earth actually qualifies as an American citizen was never answered, because a photo published on the day of election suggesting inter-species sex destroyed Howard the Duck’s campaign.

The second most unusual candidate of that year was a super-villain, though admittedly, a super-villain in disguise. Ruby Thursday, a pipe-smoking young Californian, was actually ahead in the polls for a time. Her vague but proactive slogan “New Heads for Old” resonated with younger voters. Just when her campaign was gathering steam she was forced to reveal her head was actually a red sphere of flexible polymer circuitry at a public event. Her campaign was effectively over, as was her cabal’s attempt at world domination, thanks to the Defenders.

WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race passes away

First Comics News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 05:42

WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race passed away today at age 76 due to complications from lung cancer.

Harley Race captured the NWA World Heavyweight Championship eight times. To this day, only a handful of Superstars can claim to have won more World Heavyweight Championships than Race.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, Race was the National Wrestling Alliance’s most dominant champion, winning the sport’s oldest World Heavyweight Championship from the likes of Dory Funk Jr., Giant Baba, Terry Funk, Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair.

The tough-as-nails Race was so universally respected that WWE, despite having seceded from the NWA and having its own World Heavyweight Champion, chose to recognize Race’s title status as well. As a result, Race was the first NWA Champion to engage in title unification matchups against WWE Champions like “Superstar” Billy Graham and Bob Backlund.

In what seemed unthinkable at the time, Race, one of the NWA’s most influential figures of all time, joined WWE in 1986 during the company’s national expansion. After winning the King of the Ring tournament, Race was the first to don regal robes and a crown. “King” Harley Race was managed by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and was introduced to a new generation of fans. Race battled all of WWE’s top heroes and pinned Junkyard Dog at WrestleMania III in front of a record-setting attendance of 93,000 fans.

WWE extends its condolences to Race’s family, friends and fans.

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MARVEL UNLIMITED EXPANDS THIS AUGUST

First Comics News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 00:46

Digital Subscription library continues to grow with latest updates

New York, NY—August 1, 2019—Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 25,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app. With classic and newer issues added every week, here are some of the amazing Marvel titles coming to Marvel Unlimited this month:

Week of 8/5

AGE OF X-MAN ALPHA #1

THE AGE OF X-MAN DAWNS…AND THE X-MEN CANNOT STOP IT.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14

BLACK PANTHER VS. DEADPOOL #4

CAPTAIN AMERICA #7

DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON MARVEL DIGITAL ORIGINAL #3 SERIES COMPLETE!

DEAD MAN LOGAN #3

DOCTOR STRANGE #10

EXILES #12 SERIES COMPLETE!

JOURNEY INTO UNKNOWN WORLDS #1

ALL-NEW SCI-FI STORY! In celebration of Marvel’s 80th anniversary and the comic books that captivated hearts and minds across generations, join us for two scintillating sci-fi stories – the first an extraterrestrial adventure by Cullen Bunn the likes of which haven’t been seen in this or any other decade, and the second a tale of terror by Clay McLeod Chapman that could take place in your very own back yard! The secrets of the universe lie waiting to be discovered, True-Believers, on a JOURNEY TO UNKNOWN WORLDS!

MAN WITHOUT FEAR #5 SERIES COMPLETE!

MARVEL KNIGHTS 20TH #6 SERIES COMPLETE!

MS. MARVEL #37

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY ADAPTATION #4

SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #45

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #28

THE PUNISHER #7

THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #4

WEAPON H #12 SERIES COMPLETE!

WEST COAST AVENGERS #7

X-FORCE #2

Week of 8/12

AGE OF X-MAN: THE MARVELOUS X-MEN #1

ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN! The perfect heroes for a perfect world! The X-Men have helped make the world into a utopia where living in fear and hatred is a thing of the past. All people are united under the banner of mutantkind, and all of mutantkind idolizes the X-Men. Jean Grey! Colossus! Storm! X-23! X-Man! Nature Girl! Magneto! And of course, the amazing Nightcrawler! When danger threatens the world, the Marvelous X-Men set things right for the good of all. And no one dares say otherwise.

ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #6

AVENGERS #14

CHAMPIONS #2

DAREDEVIL #1

KNOW FEAR.

DEADPOOL #9

IMMORTAL HULK #13

KILLMONGER #4

OLD MAN QUILL #1

THE FAR-FLUNG SAGA OF THE ONCE AND FUTURE STAR-LORD BEGINS! Meet Peter Quill. He used to be Star-Lord – you know, the legendary outlaw – but it’s been quite some time since he’s gone by that name. Taking over for his father as the Emperor of Spartax, Quill put the life of spacefaring adventure behind him for one of leadership and responsibility. Quill grew up. But things didn’t go as planned. Decades have passed, and Peter is haunted by tragedy. Down and out, Quill’s existence means nothing…until the former GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY drag Peter out of his funk for one last mission! The heist of a lifetime – and Quill’s harrowing quest for redemption – begins here!

STAR WARS #61

STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – ANAKIN SKYWALKER #1

AN UNTOLD ANAKIN ADVENTURE FROM THE HEART OF THE CLONE WARS! A chance to strike a devastating blow to the SEPARATIST cause comes with a high cost. Will ANAKIN choose the darker path, or hold true to the CODE OF THE JEDI? Guest-starring OBI-WAN KENOBI!

THE GUNHAWKS #1

For Marvel’s 80th anniversary, we’ve set our sights on bringing some old titles back into the herd, and we’ve brought in Stray Bullets’ David & Maria Lapham for a bullet-riddled saga of violence, vengeance and Western justice. In the days of the Old West there were plenty of fearsome folk… cowboys, rustlers, lawmen and outlaws…but few were as fearsome as THE GUNHAWKS!

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #8

UNCANNY X-MEN #11

WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT ADAPTATION #2

X-23 #9

Week of 8/19

AGE OF X-MAN: NEXTGEN #1

ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN! In an age of utopia, the Summers Institute for Higher Learning is the premiere school for the mutant community across the globe. Attendance is mandatory for all mutant children, as they learn to become the next generation of marvelous X-Men. But even in a utopian society, teenagers will always find a way to rebel… Follow Glob, Armor, Anole and Rockslide as they discover what it really means to live in an age of peace and harmony!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15

AVENGERS NO ROAD HOME #1

The team that brought you AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER REUNITES for an all-new weekly AVENGERS adventure! Night has fallen across the universe. Now seven Avengers — and one new addition — journey forth to bring back the light. But when the threat they face has destroyed even the gods…will anyone make it home?

CAPTAIN MARVEL #2

DEAD MAN LOGAN #4

IRONHEART #3

MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES: SPIDER-MAN – WEB OF INTRIGUE #1

MARVELS ANNOTATED #1

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series that changed the way we look at super heroes, the landmark MARVELS is back! In the year 1939, young photojournalist Phil Sheldon attends the sensational unveiling of the fiery android Human Torch — little knowing he is witnessing the dawn of the Age of Marvels! Prepare to relive Marvel’s Golden Age from a whole new point of view as Phil covers the superhuman sightings of the 1930s and 1940s — from the terror caused by the Human Torch’s epic clash with the Sub-Mariner to the patriotism stirred by the debut of Captain America and more! Packed with extras and completely remastered, you don’t want to miss this unique look back at the MARVELS phenomenon!

MR. AND MRS. X #8

MS. MARVEL #38 SERIES COMPLETE!

RUNAWAYS #18

SHATTERSTAR #5 SERIES COMPLETE!

SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST-SPIDER #5

SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #46

STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – COUNT DOOKU #1

THE FORMER JEDI BEGINS LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR HIS SITH MASTER! However, an unexpected encounter with an old student threatens his plans. Caught between his old life and his new, will DOOKU be able to protect the secrets of the SITH? And does he control the DARK SIDE, or is he merely its tool?

STAR WARS: HAN SOLO – IMPERIAL CADET #4

THE PUNISHER #8

THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #41

THOR #10

WINTER SOLDIER #3

Week of 8/26

AGE OF X-MAN: THE AMAZING NIGHTCRAWLER #1

ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN! From the Munich circus to Hollywood Boulevard, Nightcrawler is starring in his own solo series! Kurt Wagner is the biggest celebrity slash super hero since Dwayne Johnson! Juggling Kurt’s responsibilities as one of the X-Men and a slate of summer blockbusters would be tough without the best support staff in the business: Stunt coordinator Magma! Personal trainer Kylun! And of course, his leading lady Meggan! But there’s something rotten in Tinseltown…

AVENGERS #15

AVENGERS NO ROAD HOME #2

BLACK ORDER #4

BLACK WIDOW #2

DAZZLER #1 FACSIMILE EDITION

DOCTOR STRANGE #11

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #3

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2

HULKVERINES #1

At last! It’s Weapon H versus his predecessors—Wolverine and the Hulk! Once, the Weapon X program sought to recreate the world’s two greatest hunters. They ended up with Weapon H, a man of Adamantium claws and gamma-juiced blood. Now, Wolverine and the Hulk are back in action — and coming after the dangerous creation made in their name!

JESSICA JONES: PURPLE DAUGHTER #2

LOVE ROMANCES #1

LOVE STORIES THAT CAN ONLY BE TOLD IN A COMIC BOOK! Can robots fall in love? Is romance just a fantasy? Can love breach the corridor of death?

MARVEL’S AVENGERS: ENDGAME PRELUDE #3 SERIES COMPLETE!

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #3

OLD MAN QUILL #2

RETURN OF WOLVERINE #5 SERIES COMPLETE!

SHURI #5

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY ADAPTATION #5

THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #5

UNCANNY X-MEN #12

VENOM #11

WOLVERINE: INFINITY WATCH #1

REVEALED AT LAST! HOW WOLVERINE GOT THE INFINITY STONE! Wolverine has finally returned, disentwined from the evil clutches of Soteira…but hang on, didn’t he have an Infinity Stone? How did THAT happen?! And wasn’t he popping up all over the place for a little while? The answers you seek are finally revealed as Logan goes cosmic alongside everyone’s favorite god of lies and stories, Loki Laufeyson!

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Marvel Unlimited members have access to some of the greatest Marvel Comics featuring The Avengers, Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and more! With August’s update, Marvel Unlimited will also be expanding its back catalog with the following issues: MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #2-22, MARVEL PREMIERE (1972) #4-14, AMAZING SCARLET SPIDER (1995) #1-2, MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1971) #12-24, and much more! This amazing service is accessible through Marvel Unlimited on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone®, iPad® and on select Android™ devices.

New to comics, and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! Marvel Unlimited features a curated READING LIST section to help you uncover pathways into the Marvel Universe through events, themed lists, and recommended series featuring your favorite characters and creators!

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With classic and newer issues added to Marvel Unlimited on a weekly basis as early as six months after they’re in stores, you’ll definitely want to join this curated experience that lets you find new favorites to read anytime, anywhere, from the full range of Marvel’s history.

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THE ART OF WRESTLING ROAD DIARIES: 67. Everybody Botches

First Comics News - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 16:37

Guests: Booker T, Tito Santana, Demolition Ax & Smash, Madusa, Honky Tonk Man, Victoria, ODB, RJ City, Mick Karch & Ken Anderston. While at Heavy On Wrestling, I talk to so many stars about times they’ve messed up in the ring or been around some good mess ups. All to promote this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Sponsors:
www.BlueChew.com (code: COLT)
www.SquareSpace.com/COLT (code: COLT)

Music:
www.youtube.com/TheUkuleleTeacher
www.superfunyeahyeahrocketship.com

Image Photo:
www.portraitofawrestler.com/

Image Design:
Jimmy Lee

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New AfterShock OGN – HORDE

First Comics News - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 16:24

HORDE OGN / $19.99 / 72 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 10.16.2019

Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Leila Leiz

Colorist: Guy Major

Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Leila Leiz

After the death of her father, Ruby Ando tries to reconnect with her estranged and isolated mother, whose hoarder house is a nightmare labyrinth of secrets and dangers. All the love Ruby was never shown she sees her mother lavish on her treasures and trinkets, the possessions that possess her. But when Ruby desperately tries to free her mother, the house wages war, ensnaring both women within its maze. Brought to hideous and twisted life by a mother’s love, the “Horde” is determined to purge Ruby from the collection—or see her join it forever.

 

Brought to life by Marguerite Bennett (ANIMOSITY, DC’s Bombshells, Batwoman) and Leila Leiz (ALTERS, Nvrlnd), HORDE is a haunting, housebound horror story about the things we let control us.

 

 

MARGUERITE BENNETT ON THE SUBJECT MATERIAL OF HORDE AND HOW IT HITS CLOSE TO HOME WITH MANY READERS/FAMILIES – AND THE PERSONAL INSPIRATION THAT LED TO EXPLORING THIS PROJECT:

 

“There always is, ha. I think the great evils of the world have always begun with the treatment of people as things. Even in this raw nerve of a familial melodrama, this is the crux – all the suffering, all the frenzy and madness and emotional climax all stem from this. Separate from the tragedy of mental illness is the deliberate dehumanization of human beings. 

 

MARGUERITE ON THE MAIN CHARACTER AND WHAT LED HER TO BE CREATED:

 

“Ruby fears that her mother, Mia, values possessions over everything, including her own child. She feels like an object, a souvenir of her mother’s great love affair with Ruby’s father. She feels like a trinket, exoticized and objectified by a woman who used possessions to feel powerful, special, superior, and important — uses objects as armor, as proof of her success and lifelines to memory.

 

Anyone who has felt “collected,” dehumanized, disposable, tokenized may relate. The struggle to define and then seize your own self-worth, to prove yourself to others but especially to the ones who ought to love you above all things is a vicious battle. Ruby is the fear of every overachieving child desperate for love and recognition, filled with anger and grief and still that longing for one last chance.” 

 

MARGUERITE ON WORKING WITH LEILA LEIZ AND HOW SHE HAS ENHANCED THE BOOK:

 

“Leila is BRILLIANT. The script was so monstrously demanding in its density and emotion and madness, and she absolutely killed it. All the detail, all the loveliness with which she renders even the most grotesque things is what makes the book something special, without question. I crammed in so many reference photos, everything from how fashion informed character to the obscene taxidermies scuttling around Mia’s basement, and Leila made them more elegant and terrifying than I could have ever imagined. SHE is the reason this book exists.”

 

MARGUERITE ON ‘ANIMOSITY’ BEING HER LONGEST-RUNNING SERIES TO DATE THAT SHE HAS CREATED, WHAT THAT MEANS TO HER AS A CREATOR, AND WHY IT’S SO SPECIAL:

 

“ANIMOSITY is my big baby, where one day, all the animals come online, starting thinking, start talking, start taking revenge, and a dog and his human daughter embark on a cross-country road trip amid black comedy talking animal apocalypse. I never imagined we’d come so far, and I am grateful beyond grateful, beyond the confines and definition of the word, to the readers and fans and wonderful people who have made Sandor and Jesse’s journey possible.” 

 

MARGUERITE ON WHAT SHE LIKES MOST ABOUT LONG FORM VS. SHORT FORM WRITING:

 

“I love them both for their different powers – love the tight, complete one-shots that strike like lightning, love the long, elegant twists and turns in the emotional build-up and payoff of a saga. I love the escalating tension of serialized storytelling, and love the closure and completion and bone-deep satisfaction of a book that begins and ends on its own terms. I hope this new format – my first foray into the graphic novel medium – leaves you feeling much the same, though with a bit more horror in your heart and adrenaline in your veins.”

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SPAWN #300 JEROME OPEÑA COVER REVEALED

First Comics News - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 16:14


PORTLAND, Ore. 07/31/2019 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal the breathtaking Jerome Opeña cover—with pencils by Jerome Opeña, inks by Todd McFarlane, colors by Fco Plascencia—for the upcoming milestone SPAWN #300 issue by Todd McFarlane, President at Image Comics and creator of SPAWN. This is just one of many exciting cover reveals to come on the #Roadto300!

The record-setting SPAWN #300 hits stores on Wednesday, September 4. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, August 12.

  • SPAWN #300 CVR A MCFARLANE – Diamond Code JUN190014

  • SPAWN #300 CVR B B&W MCFARLANE – Diamond Code JUN190015

  • SPAWN #300 CVR C CAPULLO – Diamond Code JUN190016

  • SPAWN #300 CVR D CAPULLO VIRGIN – Diamond Code JUN190017

  • SPAWN #300 CVR E CAPULLO & MCFARLANE – Diamond Code JUN190018

  • SPAWN #300 CVR F B&W CAPULLO & MCFARLANE – Diamond Code JUN190019

  • SPAWN #300 CVR G CAMPBELL – Diamond Code JUN190020

  • SPAWN #300 CVR H OPEÑA – Diamond Code JUN190021

  • SPAWN #300 CVR I ALEXANDER – Diamond Code JUN190022

  • SPAWN #300 CVR J PARODY VAR MCFARLANE – JUN190023

Momentum and frenzied buzz surrounding the classic antihero series continues to build leading into historic SPAWN #300 and record-breaking SPAWN #301 when SPAWN becomes the longest running creator-owned comic in the world.

The celebration of SPAWN’s 300th and 301st issues is just beginning. More art and cover reveals will be shared over the coming weeks as the road to comic book history nears its destination.

SPAWN is currently being adapted for film—a gritty, R-rated reimagining—which will mark Image President, co-founder and SPAWN creator, Todd McFarlane’s film directorial debut. McFarlane, an Emmy/Grammy-winning producer/director is also on board as screenwriter and producer.

SPAWN sold an unprecedented 1.7 million copies at the time it was released and is one of the world’s best-selling and longest-running monthly comic books, with hundreds of millions sold worldwide in more than 120 countries, and 15 different languages.

The comic became an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO and a New Line Cinema feature film that grossed more than $100 million. McFarlane went on to direct and produce award-winning and critically acclaimed projects for top movie studios and record labels.

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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT OCTOBER 2019 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 16:11

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #1

 

Price: $3.99

Cover A: Joshua Middleton

Cover B: Frank Cho

Cover C: Ben Oliver

Cover D: Lucio Parrillo

Cover F: Cosplay Variant

Writer: Tom Sniegoski

Art: Michael Sta. Maria

Genre: Horror

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 32 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/9/2019

 

Originally debuting in 1994, Vengeance of Vampirella portrayed a more savage and feral look at the Daughter of Drakulon. Now, for the 50th Anniversary of Vampirella, original series writer Tom Sniegoski (joined by the incredible art of Michael Sta. Maria) is back and issue #1 features a host of incredible cover artists.

 

Set 25 years after the initial series, Vampirella is Dead!? Long Live Vampirella!

 

Humanity holds on, but barely, the playthings and slaves of a multitude of supernatural monstrosities that have made the earth their own.  Mistress Nyx continues to rule the planet, her Chaos Lords reigning over the various regions of the world, but she is getting bored – There’s no one to challenge her! That is, until a small, but determined rebellion finds what could be their savior or seal their doom!

 

This new series – and anniversary event – is not to be missed!

 

THOMAS E. SNIEGOSKI is the author of more than two dozen novels for adults, teens, and children. His teen fantasy YA series Fallen was adapted into a trilogy of monstrously successful TV movies by ABC Family Channel. His other books for teens include Sleeper Code, Sleeper Agenda, Legacy, and Force Majeure, as well as the series The Brimstone Network. The author’s first adult novel, A Kiss Before the Apocalypse, developed into a series of novels about the character Remy Chandler.

 

BLACK TERROR #1

 

Price: $3.99

Cover A: Francesco Francavilla

Cover B: Jorge Fornes

Cover C: David Nakayama

Cover D: Erica Henderson

Cover E: Adam Gorham

Writer: Max Bemis

Art: Matt Gaudio

Genre: Superhero Adventure

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 32 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/2/2019

 

Bob Benton has settled into his “boring” life of being a pharmacist. A daily routine, a co-worker he has a crush on…these are the things that keep him happy. But creeping below the surface are his memories of being a hero. Struggling against his urges to fight crime, he is suddenly sent down a path he thought he had left behind, wanting…needing to be a vigilante, ready to once again punch crime in the face and become the Black Terror!

 

Join Max Bemis (Moon Knight, Foolkiller) and Matt Gaudio (John Wick, Bettie Page) as they take you for a ride through the life of superhero and all the weirdness along the way.

 

THE DYNAMITE ART OF LUCIO PARRILLO

 

Price: $29.99

Cover: Lucio Parrillo

Art: Lucio Parrillo

Genre: Art Book

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 200 Pages

ON SALE DATE: November 2019 (Advanced Solicit)

 

For the last decade, artist Lucio Parrillo has crafted some of the most incredible painted images ever seen in comics! For Dynamite Entertainment, Parrillo has painted the most iconic images of the most iconic characters in the company’s library! Now, all of this incredible art is presented in one incredible hardcover collection!

 

Red Sonja: From Barbarian to Queen!

Vampirella: Drakulon and Beyond!

John Carter, Dejah Thoris and Tarzan: From the Jungles of Earth to the Wastes of Barsoom!

Plus: Zombies, Pirates and Chaos! 200 pages of beautiful women and horrific beasts!

 

Also featuring select process and preliminary pieces of art from Parrillo himself!

 

Lucio Parrillo is an illustrator and painter who for the past 15 years has worked for the most reputable companies in the comics and games industry. He has painted many covers for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dynamite Entertainment. He has worked on trading cards and other game productions, including Magic the Gathering and Warcraft.

 

VAMPIRELLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY POSTER BOOK

 

Price: $24.99

Cover: Stanley “Artgerm” Lau

Writer: N/A?

Art: Various

Genre: Pop Culture, Art Book

Format: Softcover

Page Count: 42 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/23/2019

 

2019 is the Year of Vampirella, and Dynamite’s not letting up! Celebrate 50 years of the red-hot Daughter of Drakulon with a showcase of some of Vampi’s best covers EVER.

 

This collection of 20 big and beautiful Vampirella posters features the work of some of the greatest names in comics: Frank Cho, Alex Ross, Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, Adam Hughes, Joe Jusko, Joseph Michael Linsner, Joshua Middleton, J. Scott Campbell, Billy Tucci, and More!

 

Made to show off, each poster is printed on heavy cardstock paper at 12”x16” and easily removed from the body of the book. Line your walls with one of comics’ most bitingly beautiful heroines!

 

VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #1 (1994) – LIMITED REPLICA EDITION

 

Price: $6.99

Cover: Joe Quesada

Writer: Tom Sniegoski

Art: Buzz

Genre: Horror, Action/Adventure

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 36 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/9/2019

 

Ripped (almost literally) from the pages of 1994’s Vengeance of Vampirella #1 comes… Dynamite’s Limited Replica Edition! Dynamite Superstar Vampirella got her start in 1969 as a Horror comic ‘hostess,’ and she’s gone through 50 years of story evolution since to become the iconic character that we all know and love! While we’re celebrating her illustrious career, we’re encouraging you to indulge in your 90s nostalgia!

 

Go back in time to Vampi’s blood-soaked Harris Comics days with writer Tom Sniegoski and artist Buzz. This Replica Edition brings you, panel-by-panel, back to “Bloodshed, Part 1,” tucked in its entirety behind Joe Quesada’s classic, wraparound cover.

 

BETTIE PAGE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL One-Shot

 

Price: $4.99

Cover A: John Royle

Cover B: Reilly Brown

Writer: David Avallone, Erica Schultz

Art: Roy Allan Martinez, Fernando Ruiz

Genre: Humor, Action/Adventure

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 40 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/2/2019

 

Something evil is lurking in the dark woods of Upstate New York, and hunting the student bodies at exclusive and isolated Annandale College. Model Agent Bettie Page investigates the Annandale Horror…and finds herself enrolled in Werewolf 101, for extra credit…plus, Bettie and Lyssa go to the drive-in with a bunch of intergalactic gate crashers!

 

SAVAGE TALES: A RED SONJA HALLOWEEN SPECIAL One-Shot

 

Price: $4.99

Cover: Erica D’urso

UPC: 725130284785 01011

Writer: Mark Russell

Art: Jacob Edgar

Genre: Action/Adventure

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 40 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/16/2019

 

A 28-page special, directly connected to the events of RED SONJA #9. Know this, in a time before, Young Sonja The Red journeyed to the Sorcerers of Wigur-Nomadene. She would attempt to convince them to bring her family and friends back to life. But magic…comes with a cost…

 

By acclaimed writer MARK RUSSELL (Red Sonja, The Riddler: Year Of The Villain) and JACOB EDGAR (James Bond: Moneypenny).

 

BETTIE PAGE: UNBOUND #7

 

Price: $3.99

Cover A: John Royle

Cover B: Scott Chantler

Cover C: David Williams

Cover D: Vincenzo Federici

Cover E: Photo Cover

Writer: David Avallone

Art: Julius Ohta

Genre: Action/Adventure

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 32 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/23/2019

 

A mysterious, invisible enemy is closing in on Model Agent Bettie Page, and she doesn’t know where to turn or who to trust. Can she infiltrate and expose this deadly conspiracy in time to save the world? The Invasion of the Bettie Snatchers continues!

 

CHARLIE’S ANGELS VS. THE BIONIC WOMAN #4

 

Price: $3.99

Cover A: Cat Staggs

Cover B: Jim Mahfood

Writer: Cameron DeOrdio

Art: Soo Lee

Genre: Action/Adventure, Media Tie-In

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 32 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/2/2019

 

What’s a hero to fight for? In this arc’s thrilling conclusion, the Angels have made an unlikely ally in their quest to steal the powerful adrenalizine formula from Naris Corp. — but will it be enough to overcome the military contractor’s upgraded security? They’ll need a bold plan, incredible feats of espionage and a little luck if they want to stop the possibility of a bionically enhanced war machine in its tracks. But OSI alumni The Bionic Woman and Oscar Goldman may be none too eager to allow such powerful technology outside of Naris control, despite potential medical applications. Allegiances will be tested, values will be questioned, and punches will be thrown in CHARLIE’S ANGELS/BIONIC WOMAN #4! 

 

CHASTITY #2

 

Price: $3.99

Rating: Mature

Cover A: Catherine Nodet

Cover B: Ale Garza

Cover C: Jay Anacleto

Writer: Leah Williams

Art: Daniel Maine

Genre: Horror

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 32 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/16/2019

 

Chastity finds herself part of a group of kidnapped women. But why were they taken, and who’s behind this?  Escaping imprisonment is one thing—escaping where that prison is, is another!  Then again, kidnapping normal women is one thing—kidnapping a half-vampire is another!

 

THE DEATH-DEFYING ‘DEVIL #3

 

Price: $3.99

Cover A: Inhyuk Lee

Cover B: Lucio Parrillo

Cover C: Riccardo Federici

Writer: Gail Simone

Art: Walter Geovani

Genre: Superhero Adventure

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 32 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/9/2019

 

The siege of Winslow House continues! Devil is up against the thugs trying to invade and possibly the house itself. What makes this seemingly rundown building so special and will its tenants survive to find out?

 

JAMES BOND 007 #12

 

Price: $3.99

Rating: Teen +

Cover A: Dave Johnson

Cover B: Khoi Pham

Cover C: Ben Caldwell

Cover D: Robert Carey

Writer: Greg Pak

Art: Robert Carey

Genre: Action/Adventure

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 32 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/30/2019

 

“Goldfinger” concludes. From GREG PAK (Agents Of Atlas, Star Wars) and ROBERT CAREY (Aliens: Resistance).

 

ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK VOL. 2 Trade Paperback

 

Price: $17.99

Cover: John Royle

Writer: David Avallone

Art: Dave Acosta

Genre: Humor, Action/Adventure

Format: Softcover

Page Count: 104 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/2/2019

 

Elvira’s temporal adventures land her in hot water – so hot — one more time, and it may be the last. Her new nemesis sends her to the worst place in the universe, and we’re not talking about Encino! See it all go to Hell in the fifth exciting chapter of ELVIRA: TIMESCREAM, brought to you in Elvirascope (no special glasses required) by artist Dave Acosta (TWELVE DEVILS DANCING) and written in Elviravision by David Avallone (BETTIE PAGE), the team who brought you DOC SAVAGE: RING OF FIRE and TWILIGHT ZONE: THE SHADOW.

 

RED SONJA #9

 

Price: $3.99

Cover A: Amanda Conner

Cover B: Joseph Michael Linsner

Cover C: Khoi Pham

Cover D: Michael Walsh

Cover E: Cosplay Variant

Writer: Mark Russell

Art: Bob Q

Genre: Sword and Sorcery

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 32 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/9/2019

 

War wages on. Sonja The Red and her Hyrkanian army travel to the mysterious Sorcerers of Wigur-Nomadene, in the hope that they will intervene on her behalf. But elsewhere…treason in Sonja’s War Council…

 

By MARK RUSSELL (The Riddler: Year of The Villain, Wonder Twins) and BOB Q (James Bond Origin).

 

RED SONJA & VAMPIRELLA MEET BETTY & VERONICA #6

 

Price: $3.99

Cover A: Fay Dalton

Cover B: Robert Hack

Cover C: Laura Braga

Cover D: Dan Parent

Cover E: Cat Staggs

Writer: Amy Chu

Art: Maria Sanapo

Genre: Crossover Adventure

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 32 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/23/2019

 

Will Betty and Veronica ever consider journalism as a career again or be tempted by the darker, more lucrative path as social media influencers?  Is this the first and last time Vampirella and Red Sonja journey to Riverdale, or will they team up with The Punisher next? Indeed, will Riverdale ever be the same again? Stay tuned!

 

QUEEN SONJA OMNIBUS VOL. 1 Trade Paperback

 

Price: $39.99

Cover: Lucio Parrillo

Writer: Luke Lieberman, Arvid Nelson, Joshua Ortega

Art: Mel Rubi, Jackson Herbert

Genre: Fantasy, Action/Adventure

Format: Softcover

Page Count: 396 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/16/2019

 

You may have heard the stories of a certain barbarian at the tail end of life living as a king, now it’s time to read about the Queen! Before she was a warrior, Red Sonja was a wild child in the Hyrkanian wilderness, before she ruled the empire of Emora, she thieved the streets of Pah-Disha. Running from the the pain of her bloody origins she gambles her life recklessly. Surviving these rough years taught her to fight, to hunt, to steal and to kill. They taught her one more thing, that her gift is her doom, and there is no escaping it. Pick up this terrific tome to read these tales of a mature battle-hardened Sonja atop the throne, dealing with threats from the outside and within.

“Know also, O prince, that in the selfsame days that the Cimmerian did stalk the Hyborian Kingdoms, one of the few swords worthy to cross with his was that of Red Sonja, warrior-woman out of majestic Hyrkania. Forced to flee her homeland because she spurned the advances of a king and slew him instead, she rode west across the Turanian steppes and into the shadowed mists of legendry.” — The Nemedian Chronicles

Collecting Queen Sonja #1-15, previously collected as three volumes.

 

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: TWILIGHT COMMAND Trade Paperback

 

Price: $19.99

Cover: Brent Schoonover

Writer: Michael Morici

Art: Breno Tamura

Genre: Science Fiction, Action/Adventure

Format: Softcover

Page Count: 120 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/9/2019

 

It’s a dangerous time for the last remaining humans. Captured by the Cylons on New Caprica, the colonists live in fear of what every new day will bring. As the Cylons press their oppressive–and life-threatening agenda—the survivors grow more desperate to reclaim their freedom.

 

But there’s hope. Out in the wilds of New Caprica, beyond the Cylon boundaries, is a band of human freedom fighters.

 

They answer to no one. They fear no Cylons. They are Twilight Command–and they have a plan.

 

From writer Michael Moreci (Wasted Space, Archie Meets Batman ’66) and artist Breno Tamura (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey) comes the untold tale of Twilight Command!

 

VAMPIRELLA #4

 

Price: $3.99

Cover A: Stanley “Artgerm” Lau

Cover B: Guillem March

Cover C: Fay Dalton

Cover D: Ergun Gunduz

Cover E: Cosplay

Writer: Christopher Priest

Art: Ergun Gündüz

Genre: Horror, Action/Adventure

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 32 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/16/2019

 

Seduction of The Innocent Book Four of Twelve: While several of Vampirella’s classic enemies gather under mysterious circumstances, Vampirella is goaded into committing a heroic act which may thrust her into the public eye, a place she’s definitely not comfortable in!  By the ever-unpredictable Christopher Priest and taking-the-US-by-storm Ergun Gunduz!

 

VAMPIRELLA/RED SONJA #2

 

Price: $3.99

Cover A: Tula Lotay

Cover B: David Mack

Cover C: Babs Tarr

Cover D: Leonardo Romero

Cover E: Drew Moss “Then and Now” Variant

Writer: Jordie Bellaire

Art: Drew Moss

Genre: Action/Adventure

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 32 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/2/2019

 

LET THE TEAM-UP BEGIN! In this issue: Vampirella takes a potion. Red Sonja gets hung upside-down by magic. A magical mystical mysterious gem begins to reveal its secrets. And many, many, SO many hamburgers are consumed.

The ongoing sensation continues courtesy of JORDIE BELLAIRE (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and DREW MOSS (Star Wars)!

 

WARLORD OF MARS ATTACKS!! #5 (of 5)

 

Price: $3.99

Cover A: Greg Hildebrandt

Cover B: Sebastian Piriz

Cover C: Gleb Melnikov

Cover D: Ben Caldwell

Writer: Jeff Parker

Art: Dean Kotz

Genre: Science Fiction

Format: Comic Book

Page Count: 32 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/30/2019

 

“The Future Of Worlds”

 

FINAL ISSUE! The grand battle for Barsoom! John Carter! Dejah Thoris! Tars Tarkas! Woola! And many many many many many many many many many many many many many MANY MANY MANY LITTLE GREEN MEN! From JEFF PARKER (Aquaman, James Bond Origin) and DEAN KOTZ (Dungeons & Dragons)!

 

WOLFCOP Trade Paperback

 

Price: $9.99

Cover: Arcana Studios

Writer: Max Marks

Art: Arcana Studios

Genre: Humor, Horror, Media Tie-In

Format: Softcover

Page Count: 88 Pages

ON SALE DATE: 10/16/2019

 

Ever since hard-drinking, local Woodhaven police officer Lou Garou had a late-night bender and stumbled onto dark magic, his life has been turned upside-down. Now he moonlights as WolfCop, a rage-fueled, bourbon-swilling, magnum-toting, rabid warrior for justice!

 

Everyone’s favorite lycanthropic lawman tears out of the big screen and into this comic to fight bigger, badder and meaner monsters! WolfCop gets caught up in a bit of small-town hospitality when a bordello with dark secrets traps him with his two favorite vices – women and booze. Then when black magic leaves him alone and wolfed-out full time, WolfCop must return home, only for unfamiliar faces to have a surprise party planned for him. Not the fun kind either!

 

ARTGERM VAMPIRELLA COLLECTIBLE BUST

 

Price: $129.99

Art: Steve Kiwus (sculptor) Artgerm (inspiration)

Dimensions: 7.5” H, 2.75” W base
ON SALE DATE: Advance for December 2019

There will be blood when Stanley Lau (aka Artgerm) gets ahold of Vampirella! Based on his haunting cover to Vampirella #2, this 7.5” tall resin bust is Dynamite’s most unique rendering of Vampi to date! This very limited-edition bust is meticulously hand-painted, right down to the bloody “outfit!”

 

VAMPIRELLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY ULTRA-PREMIUM TRADING CARDS – INDIVIDUAL FOIL PACK

 

NET Price: $50.00

Art: Various

ON SALE DATE: July 2019

 

Hot on the heels of the red-hot July Vampirella launch and the introduction of the ELITE-PREMIUM TRADING CARD SET, Dynamite proudly presents a very-specialVAMPIRELLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE ULTRA-PREMIUM TRADING CARD SET for discerning collectors featuring a large selection of the iconic and seductive siren’s fan-favorite art and artists. This specially culled set with rare art portrays five decades of the world-renown raven-haired beauty in all her majestic, blood-curdling glory! This set will be the center-piece of any Vampirella collector and includes an 18 Card Base Set, PLUS Dynamite chase cards that include: 12 Signed Cards, 12 Line Art Cards, 9 Puzzle Cards, 2 Box Topper Cards, and thousands of one-of-a-kind hand drawn original art signed Sketch Cards. Every signed card features a color ink or ultra-rare, gold ink signature!

 

Every individual Mini-Box w/ Foil Pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 Sketch Cards, 1 Line Art Card, 1 Puzzle Card, and 1 Signed Card. Every specially designed, 4-color Display Box includes 12 Mini-Boxes w/ Foil Packs, PLUS 2 Box Topper Cards!

 

Featuring art from: Joe Jusko, Joseph Michael Linsner, Jae Lee, Mike Mignola, Bill Sienkiewicz, Adam Hughes, David Mack, Tom Mandrake, Nei Ruffino, Maria Sanapo, Joe Quesada, Philip Tan, Billy Tucci, Terry Dodson, Jimmy Palmiotti, Luis Small Jr., Mark Texiera, Mike Mayhew, Tyler Kirkham, Joe Chiodo, Dorian Cleavanger, Kevin Lau, David Finch, Jose H. Williams, Greg Hildebrandt, Brian Stelfreeze, Gary Frank, Nelson, Beck, Michael Golden, Mike Choi, Mike Lilly, Amanda Conner, Alex Horley, Arthur Suydam, Steven Segovia, Dan Brereton, Al Rio, Jenny Frison, Bruce Timm, Neal Adams, Mike Deodato Jr., Rudi Nebres, Pablo Marcos and many, many more!

 

This set includes an 18-card base set, PLUS Dynamite chase cards that include:

  • 18 Base Cards
  • 12 Line Art Cards
  • 9 Puzzle Cards
  • 12 Autographed Cards
  • Thousands of hand-drawn original art Sketch Cards
  • 2-Box-Topper Special Cards

 

JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER’S DAWN BLACK & WHITE ARTIST PROOF STATUE

 

Price: $349.99
Art: Steve Kiwus (sculptor), Joseph Michael Linsner (art)

Dimensions: 12.5” H, 3.75” W base
ON SALE DATE: October 2019

Dawn, the goddess of rebirth, has been one of the most enduring characters in independent comics since her creation by artist, Joseph Michael Linsner, in the late 1980s.With sculpting by RVCKVS International, and continued guidance from her creator, Dynamite has spared no detail in bringing this iconic comic book idol to life. This rare “artist proof” edition has been strictly limited to just 49 units and each is hand numbered with a certificate of authenticity.

 

WOMEN OF DYNAMITE 1/6 SCALE SHEENA: QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE J. SCOTT CAMPBELL STATUE “NIGHT STALKER” VARIANT

 

Price: $275.00

Size: 10.25” H x 7.25” W

Art: J. Scott Campbell (Art), Steve Kiwus (Sculpt)

ON SALE DATE: November 2019

 

There’s something thrilling emerging from the jungle! For years, Dynamite has been the “home” of Sheena, publishing her greatest adventures to date, and now, the “Queen of the Jungle” makes a new home on collectors’ shelves. Inspired by the legendary artwork of superstar artist, J. Scott Campbell, Sheena comes to life in 3-D with her very first limited-edition statue developed by Dynamite Entertainment and sculpted by Steve Kiwus. This 1/6 Scale statue, standing approximately 10” tall and featuring a beautifully detailed jungle environment, is Campbell’s unique interpretation of Sheena and a one-of-a-kind piece. It makes a striking addition to Dynamite’s collection of other, amazing J. Scott Campbell statues. The “NIGHT STALKER” variant design features Sheena’s alternate look for hunting at night and is extremely limited to just 250 units worldwide!

 

VAMPIRELLA STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU COLLECTIBLE COIN

 

Introductory Price: $19.69

Art: Stanley “Artgerm” Lau

ON SALE DATE: 10/30/2019

 

Featuring the art of the phenomenal Stanley “Artgerm” Lau! Produced using a revolutionary, highest-quality colorization technique on an authentic U.S. John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar, each plated in genuine 24-karat gold, these commemorative coins each come with a full-color Certificate of Authenticity and a protective acrylic coin capsule.

 

Born and bred in Hong Kong, the multifaceted Stanley wears different hats as an illustrator, designer, concept artist, creative director and co-founder of Imaginary Friends Studios — a world acclaimed digital art studio that produces high quality artworks for the likes of Capcom, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dynamite and other giants in the entertainment and gaming industry.

 

VAMPIRELLA LUCIO PARRILLO COLLECTIBLE COIN

 

Introductory Price: $19.69

Art: Lucio Parrillo

ON SALE DATE: 10/30/2019

 

Featuring the art of Fantasy painter extraordinaire Lucio Parrillo! Produced using a revolutionary, highest-quality colorization technique on an authentic U.S. John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar, each plated in genuine 24-karat gold, these commemorative coins each come with a full-color Certificate of Authenticity and a protective acrylic coin capsule.

 

Lucio Parrillo is an illustrator and painter who for the past 15 years has worked for the most reputable companies in the comics and games industry. He has painted many covers for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dynamite Entertainment. He has worked on trading cards and other game productions, including Magic the Gathering and Warcraft.

 

THE BOYS TEAM COLLECTIBLE ENAMEL PIN SET

 

Price: $49.99

Art: Darick Robertson

SIZE: ~1.5” diameter each

ON SALE: October 2019

 

The Boys premieres on Amazon July 26th and Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, and the rest of the agents are ready to serve in one complete set featuring all 5 members of the core team! Don’t miss the VERY FIRST official enamel pins based on comics’ greatest “meta” superhero comic.

 

THE BOYS LOGO COLLECTIBLE ENAMEL PIN

 

Price: $9.99

SIZE: 2.5”

ON SALE: October 2019

 

The Boys premieres on Amazon July 26th and fans of the comic and show finally get to literally wear their love of the series on their sleeve with this logo pin! Don’t miss the VERY FIRST official enamel pins based on comics’ greatest “meta” superhero comic.

 

THE BOYS BILLY BUTCHER COLLECTIBLE COIN

 

Price: $29.99

Art: Darick Robertson

ON SALE DATE: 10/30/2019

 

Prime’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s “The Boys” brings the brutal take on the superhero genre to life like never before, and Dynamite’s working to keep pace with brand new, limited-edition collectibles to celebrate this auspicious event!

 

Featuring the art of co-creator and fan-favorite Darick Robertson! Produced using a revolutionary, highest-quality colorization technique on an authentic U.S. John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar, each plated in genuine 24-karat gold, these commemorative coins each come with a full-color Certificate of Authenticity and a protective acrylic coin capsule.

 

THE BOYS WEE HUGHIE COLLECTIBLE COIN

 

Price: $29.99

Art: Darick Robertson

Genre: Superhero, Collectible

ON SALE DATE: 10/30/2019

 

Prime’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s “The Boys” brings the brutal take on the superhero genre to life like never before, and Dynamite’s working to keep pace with brand new, limited-edition collectibles to celebrate this auspicious event!

 

Featuring the art of co-creator and fan-favorite Darick Robertson! Produced using a revolutionary, highest-quality colorization technique on an authentic U.S. John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar, each plated in genuine 24-karat gold, these commemorative coins each come with a full-color Certificate of Authenticity and a protective acrylic coin capsule.

 

THE BOYS STARLIGHT COLLECTIBLE COIN

 

Price: $29.99

Art: Darick Robertson

ON SALE DATE: 10/30/2019

 

Prime’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s “The Boys” brings the brutal take on the superhero genre to life like never before, and Dynamite’s working to keep pace with brand new, limited-edition collectibles to celebrate this auspicious event!

 

Featuring the art of co-creator and fan-favorite Darick Robertson! Produced using a revolutionary, highest-quality colorization technique on an authentic U.S. John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar, each plated in genuine 24-karat gold, these commemorative coins each come with a full-color Certificate of Authenticity and a protective acrylic coin capsule.

 

THE BOYS HOMELANDER COLLECTIBLE COIN

 

Price: $29.99

Art: Darick Robertson

ON SALE DATE: 10/30/2019

 

Prime’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s “The Boys” brings the brutal take on the superhero genre to life like never before, and Dynamite’s working to keep pace with brand new, limited-edition collectibles to celebrate this auspicious event!

 

Featuring the art of co-creator and fan-favorite Darick Robertson! Produced using a revolutionary, highest-quality colorization technique on an authentic U.S. John F. Kennedy Half-Dollar, each plated in genuine 24-karat gold, these commemorative coins each come with a full-color Certificate of Authenticity and a protective acrylic coin capsule.

 

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RICH REVIEWS: The President Killed My Dog # 1

First Comics News - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 15:28

Title: The President Killed My Dog # 1
Publisher: Bad Aura Media LLC
Writer: Chris Kostecka
Art by: Dietrich Smith
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Price: $ 6.99 US
Website: badaura.com/
Comments: Mary has a dog named Cindy and Mary is a hoarder. Cindy was and still is having a hard time over the death of her husband. The story does make it clear she loves her dog, Cindy.
Cindy is referred to as a female dog. Yet she goes to the bathroom like a male dog.
Mary and Cindy do enjoy their time together. Mary treats her dog almost like a person.
Then the unthinkable happens and Mary is upset/worried/scared/frustrated all in one. As any dog owner would be. The story and what happens in it will break your heart. You will feel for Mary and Cindy both.
The art is simple yet it does convey the feeling of Mary well. The people are illustrated as ordinary as people that could be you or me.
Any dog owner will sympathize with Mary. Mary has a plan but really her plan is crazy. A true dog owner would never do it. A slightly different plan yes but not hers. You will not expect this.
Mary does come up with a way to vent her anger. To see how it works out you will have to get the next issue. After reading this book you will definitely want to pick up the next one.

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American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944 examines comics’ Golden Age

First Comics News - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 15:16

(RALEIGH, NC) Now shipping is the latest volume in TwoMorrows Publishing’s groundbreaking series of full-color hardcovers, where top authors document every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today.

American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944 examines the World War II Golden Age of comic books, a period that presented the earliest adventures of such iconic super-heroes as Batman, Captain Marvel, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Author Kurt Mitchell and collaborator Roy Thomas composed this volume about the era when America’s entry into World War II was presaged by the arrival of such patriotic do-gooders as Will Eisner’s Uncle Sam, Harry Shorten and Irv Novick’s The Shield, and Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Captain America. It was when teenage culture found expression in a fumbling red-haired high school student named Archie Andrews. But most of all, the first five years of the 1940s was the age of the “packagers” when studios headed by men like Harry A Chesler, Will Eisner, and Jerry Iger churned out material for a plethora of new comic book companies that published the entire gamut of genres, from funny animal stories to crime tales to jungle sagas to science-fiction adventures.

These are just a few of the events chronicled in this exhaustively researched book. Taken together with other volumes on the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, the American Comic Book Chronicles forms a cohesive, linear overview of the entire landscape of comics history, sure to be an invaluable resource for any comic book enthusiast.

The publisher is currently running a highly successful Kickstarter campaign to fund new printings of the sold-out 1950s and 1980s volumes (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/twomorrows/american-comic-book-chronicles-the-1980s). It was fully funded in less than 12 hours, guaranteeing the entire series of comics history books will stay in print as the company readies the final volume on 1945-49 for release in Spring 2020.

 

American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944

(288-page full-color Hardcover) $45.95

(Digital Edition) $15.95

ISBN-13: 978-1-60549-089-2

Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: FEB192024

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Weird Revisited: Zyrd

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 11:00
The original version of this post appeared in 2016. I've reused the name Zyrd at least twice since.
Someone fucked up. Wizards blame the gods--who are dead or gone and can't defend themselves. It's official church policy to blame the hubris of man and unofficially to suggest that means wizards. Whoever did it fucked up. Whoever did it opened a rent in the fabric of the universe and chaos poured in and the world was dissolved.

Gods, Wizards, or devils, somebody made a last ditch effort to save something. Gods were sacrificed, either willingly or unwillingly, and a haven was created: a hypercube hewn from the bodies of titans left to drift in amundic chaos. Zyrd.
Buried deep in the center of Zyrd is a cross of land, the Crux. Once civilization was more than the Crux, but over time, things have broken down. Beneath the Crux is the Underworld--any direction from the Crux is the Underworld. It holds out the chaos and traps the monsters spawned by it in its labyrinthine depths. 
But the chaos keeps creeping in. The only way to save Zyrd is to clear it. To reclaim the dungeon depths and the riches of ages lost there.

That's where you come in.

SEAFOAM: A FRIEND FOR MADISON VOLUME 1 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 20:17


SEAFOAM: A FRIEND FOR MADISON VOLUME 1
From the heart of a 90’s kid who grew up on Saturday morning cartoons, and strives to bring that excitement and creativity to young readers.

SEAFOAM: A FRIEND FOR MADISON VOLUME 1
Writer(s): Jeanine-Jonee, Emily Brigolin

Artist Name(s): Jeanine-Jonee (Pencils, inks, color), Kyle P. Holland (Additional colors)

Cover Artist(s): Jeanine-Jonee
128 pgs./ T / FC
$14.99

Excitement and fun calls with SEAFOAM: A FRIEND FOR MADISON! Follow the adventures of spunky 9-year-old Madison O’Brien, who travels by narwhal to a magical island filled with mystical and nautical themed creatures. Each issue of Volume One features Madison and her island friends Blue and Alabaster encountering a different island inhabitant such as: the mind controlling Hypnoctopus, the devious Djinn Matir, unruly island natives, and the foreboding Grindylow.

While magic, adventure, monsters, and mermaids are the norm on the island, what is special is how Madison’s perspective and presence slowly changes Blue and the island around him, for the better. This series comes from the heart of a 90’s kid who grew up on Saturday morning cartoons, and strives to bring that same excitement and creativity to the hands of young readers. The series thus far has been compared to a show that would run alongside some Cartoon Network classics like Dexter’s Lab, in a style that’s somewhere between Kyle Baker and Genndy Tartakovsky. It’s a book that’s new, but familiar. Give SEAFOAM: A FRIEND FOR MADISON a read and you will be delighted by the art, characters, and the world they live in.

Order the first SEAFOAM trade paperback, which collects the first four issues of the series, with the Diamond item code JUL191399. Check it out in a comic book store near you on September 4, 2019.

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BOOM! Studios Announces Joss Whedon’s BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: LEGACY EDITION BOOK ONE

First Comics News - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 20:13

Discover the Official Continuation of Joss Whedon’s Emmy Award-Winning Hit Show in April 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 31, 2019) – BOOM! Studios, in partnership with 20th Century Fox, today announced a new graphic novel program collecting out-of-print and rare stories officially set in the world of Joss Whedon’s hit television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Beginning in April 2020 with BUFFY: LEGACY EDITION BOOK ONE, BOOM! Studios will collect every issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer from previous publishers in chronological order, including hard-to-find and out-of-print stories in this value-priced Legacy Edition format.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on the WB Network on March 10th, 1997. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated series, which ran for seven seasons from 1997–2003, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers. Chosen to battle vampires, demons and other forces of darkness, Buffy is aided by a Watcher who guides and teaches her as she surrounds herself with a circle of friends called the “Scooby Gang.”

Set during the third season of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series and featuring stories by acclaimed writers including Andi Watson, Jen Van Meter, Christopher Golden and Dan Brereton, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: LEGACY EDITION BOOK ONE allows fans to discover untold stories of the Scooby Gang and their fight against evil in Sunnydale—all while trying not to fail their exams! As Buffy faces the consequences of saving the world—by killing the man she loved—the rest of the team faces their own challenges, such as Angel returning to life without a soul and Willow helping Oz confront the beast inside of him, all while Xander and Cordelia kiss, make up, kiss, make up…you probably get the picture.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: LEGACY EDITION BOOK ONE features a stunning new cover by illustrator Nimit Malavia.

Buffy is such a beloved television series and it’s managed to build an amazing legacy of game-changing stories in comic book format over the years,” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “We’re excited to collect all those stories in a deluxe set of softcover editions for fans who are looking to enjoy all that the Buffyverse has to offer—including essential stories about favorite characters they might have missed when they were first released.”

Fans can also collect every issue of Angel from previous publishers in chronological order, including hard-to-find and out-of-print stories in the value-priced Angel: Legacy Edition Book One, featuring work by the Emmy Award-winning writer of Angel David Fury, New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden, and five-time Eisner Award-winning artist Eric Powell, available in October 2019.

Available now everywhere books are sold, Firefly: Legacy Edition Book One collects previously released Serenity comics for the first time under one cover in a new value-priced format as Mal and the crew ride again in this official sequel to the critically acclaimed Firefly television series and Serenity film.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: LEGACY EDITION BOOK ONE is available April 8, 2020 exclusively in comic shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one),, April 14, 2020 at bookstores, or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

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Wednesday Comics: Bronze Age Book Club

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 11:00

I started a podcast with fellow Hydra heads Jason Sholtis and Robert Parker, and my friend and fellow blogger, Jim Shelley (though he couldn't make the first episode). Take a listen! We discuss Destructor #1 form Atlas Comics. Check it out:

Listen to "Episode 1: DESTRUCTOR #1" on Spreaker.

Random Supers Thoughts

The Splintered Realm - Mon, 07/29/2019 - 20:40
1. I am mulling over what to do with The Stalwart Age #3. The draft of it is done, but I ran into a problem with it in terms of alignment with the core rules; I have something happening about 10-15 years earlier than it is suggested in the core rules; I suppose it could take a decade for the effects of an event to reach the masses, but I don't know... I don't want to give anything away, but I'm not sure if I want to go ahead as it is, make some major edits, or just rework the story completely. I'm at a bit of a crossroads with it.

2. Someone left a 3-star review on Echo City Sentinel #1... since it is free, and one page, and doesn't promise to be more than it is, I'm not sure why it gets a 3-star rating; but it's all good. I do wonder about 3-star ratings sometimes; many of the 3-star ratings have been with no review. I would welcome the feedback to know why people thought a product was lacking. Oh well.

3. I've been toying with some alternate character generation rules, and I really like where they are going. In thinking about how battlesuits work, I was thinking of a modified set of rules for character templates; if you want to roll up a character who is a bruiser, I could easily create a simple set of rules that makes sure you will get a bruiser, but also leaves the opportunity open for random things as well. It would allocate dice in different ways, and change the odds of getting certain abilities. For example, here's the brick archetype I'm thinking of:

Brick:

Origin: Roll normally. You could theoretically be a prodigy with a biomech suit that makes you a brick...

Traits: You have 1d6 random traits. Roll 1d10 below for your traits. You automatically receive either invulnerability or imperviousness, in addition to the 1d6 other traits.

1. Body Armor
2. Weapon, Melee
3. Pummel
4. Shockwave
5. Large
6. Alter Ego
7. Leaping
8. Tolerance
9. Energy Body
10. Roll randomly using the tables in the core rules

Attributes: When rolling for attributes, roll the following dice (either re-roll 1s or roll 1 additional die and keep the best dice allocated):

STR - 4d6
INT - 2d6
PWR - 3d6
DEX - 3d6
CON - 4d6
CHA - 2d6

So you want to roll up a character 'like' the Thing? Good news: use this quick guide and you'll get something like what you want... with probably a surprise or two you didn't expect.

So, to play test this:

I roll for origin and get 3. My character is a construct. I'm already thinking golem... and those +1d6 hit points are going to be useful.
Roll 1d6 for imperv (1-3) or invuln (4-6), and get 3; imperviousness it is. I roll and get 5; 1d8 imperviousness is going to be nice.
I roll 1d6 for total traits and get 6! Wow. That's a lot of traits; I roll and get:
4 shockwave
5 large
6 alter ego
8 tolerance
9 energy body
10 random trait (11 channel, 5 matter conversion)

He's a brick... and so much more. This is a lot to process, but it's still pretty unified feeling. As for traits:

STR - 4d6 and get 20 (!)
INT - 2d6 and get 7
PWR - 3d6 and get 13
DEX - 3d6 and get 13
CON - 4d6 and get 13
CHA - 2d6 and get 8

Dang. This boy is going to be pretty tough. No pummel, so he's going to be using found weapons. I'm going to min/max the CHA 8 to 6 to bump CON up to 14.

Okay, I've got my theme; he's basically an ice elemental. His matter conversion allows him to turn anything inorganic he touches into ice. This allows him to create a lot of found weapons, and to use these in combat (since his pummel is lame at the default 1d4).

He has tolerance to cold; it's not complete immunity, but it's close with his imperviousness stacked on top.
He is a big boy, roll d8 for hit points.
His energy body is going to be an ice body. His shockwave is actually a roar.

Ymir's Fist, Hero 2
AC 15; HD 4d8+1d6+8 (hp 35); Feat +8; Melee attack (+9/1d4+7)
STR 20 (+7); INT 7 (-); PWR 13 (+3)
DEX 13 (+3); CON 14 (+4); CHA 6 (-)
Traits: Alter Ego; Energy Body (deals 3 cold damage vs. melee); Large; Matter Conversion (inorganic to ice); Shockwave (1d6+7 to 30'; Feat for half); Tolerance (cold)
Talents: Focused (+10% xp); Second Wind (recover 1d6+2 hp once per turn, 2x per day) 
Drawback: Fear of fire (complex)

He's a magical creation generated by an ancient Norse ritual that bound a northern spirit into the body of a random dude who was part of an archaeological expedition, trying to get undergrad credit. He got a little more than he bargained for... the spirit comes out when it wants to, against the will of the student.

So, I get to play a character kind of like the Thing... but in a lot of ways, not really :)


Mysterious Map

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 07/29/2019 - 11:00
In the long overdue moving of some of my stuff from my parents storage shed, I found this old map that came with a video game. I think I kept the map long after the gaming system that played it was gone, because I thought to use it in an rpg. I never have though, but hey, there's still time!


(Turns out the map is from Quest for the Rings for the Odyssey2, released in 1981. Thanks, internet!)

Weird Revisited: Planet of the Elves

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 07/28/2019 - 14:30
This post from 2012 takes us to a future world where Man is only a dim memory...

Many young elves heed the call to adventure, despite the fact their simple and pleasure-loving society sees their actions as odd--perhaps even aberrant.  The elvish word for "hero" carries the connotation of "fool."

The shimmering sprites are sometimes found in old forests.  These beings claim to be visitors from metal cities which circle the earth like the moon. Right-thinking dwarves don't believe such foolish tales.

Though their numbers are few, ancient dragons know many secrets and will impart them--for a price.

Mutated cultists haunt subterranean ruins.  Not only are they dangerous, but their ideas are theologically suspect.

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