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First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 05:18

NEW ONGOING SERIES! “Back in the Saddle” – The mightiest team of superheroes are back! A throw-down with a prehistoric terror in the heart of Washington D.C. sets the stage for the dramatic return of a wayward hero! Meanwhile, half a world away, a sinister plan begins to awaken an ancient evil!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art:  Kelsey Shannon, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Mighty Crusaders #1 CVR A Reg: Kelsey Shannon
Mighty Crusaders #1 CVR B Var: Matthew Dow Smith
Ship Date: 11/22
On Sale Date: 12/6
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


They say the Hangman is nothing more than an urban legend. But those who encounter him know different. Join writer Frank Tieri (WOLVERINE, BATMAN) and artist Felix Ruiz (WOLVERINE MAX, HALO) for an ongoing tale of horror, the supernatural and violence… and learn why some men may never be redeemed. Collects HANGMAN issues #1-4.
Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Felix Ruiz, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering
Cover: Mike Huddleston
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 12/20

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First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 04:41

(September 14, 2017 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action thriller “Dunkirk” crosses the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office today, it was announced by Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk” shot to the top of the box office in July. It went on to be one of the biggest hits of the crowded summer season and continues to draw audiences the world over. It is also one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films, earning rapturous praise from critics around the globe.

Kroll stated, “Christopher Nolan has proven why he is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of our time. His ‘Dunkirk’ is an absolute tour de force—a harrowing, emotional and sweeping moviegoing experience that pushes the boundaries of mainstream studio filmmaking. Through Chris’s lens, ‘Dunkirk’ does more than capture this pivotal moment in time; it reminds us of both the heroism and the human toll of war. We are so proud of this film and congratulate Chris, Emma Thomas, the cast, and all the talented people who helped bring this monumental achievement to the screen.”

In making “Dunkirk,” Nolan utilized a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film to capture the action from land, sea and air. Much of the film was also shot on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, where the events unfolded.

From filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy) comes the epic action thriller “Dunkirk.”

The film opens as 400,000 Allied troops are trapped on the coast of Dunkirk, France, surrounded by the German army. Mostly young men, they had their whole lives ahead of them…but now their lives might only stretch as far as that strip of beach. With their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. The story unfolds on land, sea and air. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenseless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army.

“Dunkirk” features an ensemble cast, including Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy and Barry Keoghan, with Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

The film was produced by Emma Thomas and Nolan, with Jake Myers serving as executive producer.

The behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Lee Smith, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson and special effects supervisor Scott Fisher. The music was composed by Hans Zimmer.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Syncopy Production, a film by Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk.” The film is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

This film has been rated PG-13 for intense war experience and some language.

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Valiant’s QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE Brings on Exclusive Covers, Bonus Content, And More – Beginning in December!

First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 03:07

Valiant is proud to announce the QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve the first year of the ALL-NEW and UNTRUSTWORTHY ONGOING SERIES from rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and explosive artist Kano (Daredevil) with their local comic shop by the initial order date (IOD) of October 26th, 2017!

Released monthly from December 20th through March 2018, each PRE-ORDER EDITION 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 and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues – plus an exclusive cover by renowned artist Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects) that can’t be found anywhere else!

Sometimes…you embrace your destiny. And sometimes…you and your trouble-making adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you $@&%ing awesome super-powers. As a result of their accident, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. See, Eric has been keeping a pretty big secret: He knows who Woody’s birth father really is… and where he’s been hiding all these years.

With great power comes great sibling rivalry! Beginning on December 20th, you’ll believe two men and one goat can split a one-bedroom apartment and still be a credible threat to evil and injustice everywhere when QUANTUM AND WOODY makes headlines and take names!

Fans and retailers, take note: The only way to obtain the QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE is to reserve this limited item with your local comic shop by the initial order date (IOD) of October 26th, 2017! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

Available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve the first four issues from deeply untrustworthy writer Daniel Kibblesmith and eye-popping artist Kano, the QUANTUM & WOODY! (2017) #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – four massively expanded editions of Valiant’s next must-read monthly series – can only be ordered as a set and must be requested with your local comic shop by the initial order date of October 26th, 2017!

PLUS: In honor of Quantum and Woody’s upcoming overthrow of comic shops everywhere, Valiant can now “proudly” reveal that each of the new series’ first 12 issues will also feature EXTREME ULTRA-FOIL VARIANTS — a dynamic, new(ish) cover treatment featuring artwork by superstar artist Geoff Shaw (God Country) EMBOSSED and ENHANCED with AUTHENTIC COMICS FOIL FROM THE ‘90s!

Available at the standard cover price with no minimum order qualifications for retailers, relive the face-melting radditude of the era that gloriously birthed Beavis and Butthead Ren and Stimpy Quantum and Woody into comics history with the best foil covers ever produced by a major comics publisher* as Valiant’s EXTREME ULTRA-FOIL VARIANTS kick nostalgia in the nards!

*Seriously, we’re trying pretty hard and they’re going to look even better than that Silver Surfer one from 1991, kids!

Art by KANO
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (OCT171905)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (OCT171906)
Q&W Icon Variant by NEAL ADAMS (OCT171907)
The Most Variant Cover of All Time! by TOP SECRET (OCT171908)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 20th (FOC–11/27/17)

Art by KANO
Covers by NICK PITARRA (OCT171909)
$15.96 [4 issues] | 40 pgs, issues #1-4 | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 20th (IOD – 10/26/17)

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Cover A by Julian Totino Tedesco

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by Geoff Shaw

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Pre-Order Edition by Nick Pitarra

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Pre-Order Coupon

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BOOM! Studios Announces New Full-Color Edition of Pizzeria Kamikaze from Etgar Keret and Asaf Hanuka

First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 02:15

“…a character-filled, caper-enhanced road trip, expertly paced and drawn all the way to its eerie conclusion.” – Austin Chronicle


LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (September 14, 2017) – BOOM! Studios is excited to announce the addition of PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE, the haunting, sometimes surreal graphic novel by award-winning writer Etgar Keret (The Seven Good Years) and Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Asaf Hanuka (The Realist), to its Archaia imprint. The new edition will debut in February 2018 and will be presented in full color and in prestigious hardcover for the first time. This unexpectedly powerful story of love, loss, and escape was first published in black and white by Alternative Comics in 2006 and is based on Keret’s own short story, Kneller’s Happy Campers, which also served as the basis for the independent film, Goran Dukić’s Wristcutters: A Love Story.

In PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE, after committing suicide, narrator Mordy is condemned to an afterlife where he still has to attend a crappy job in a place no less crappy than the place he came from. When he discovers that his beloved ex-girlfriend is there, too, he embarks on a much-needed road trip through an absurdist and fantastical landscape to find her.

“What was both surprising and beautiful, from my perspective, was that the original black-and-white PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE and the film were both amazing adaptations and each had a completely different tone and sensibility but, at the same time, both of them were incredibly moving and loyal to the text,” says Keret, who wrote Kneller’s Happy Campers after an ex-girlfriend tragically passed away. “As a writer, you can meet your reader but will never really know what they’ve experienced when they’ve read your text. These two adaptations were a rare chance for me to take a peek into the mind of two brilliant and talented artists and I feel very lucky and very grateful for that.”

PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE features a new cover by Hanuka, who also has had two volumes of The Realist—curated collections of his semi-autobiographical comic strips—published by BOOM! Studios. The first volume won an Eisner Award in 2016.

“When I first worked on PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE, I was 25 and felt the good times were over and now I’m just going to become old and lonely,” says Hanuka. “The story starts at this point but then goes somewhere magical and full of hope. Working on the book literally made me better. I consider myself lucky to get a second chance to do this book a bit differently. The colors came out beyond anything I could imagine, and with a new cover I feel like this story is finally getting a chance to reach new readers.”

Of the original black-and-white edition, Library Journal said, “[Etgar] Keret creates a compelling journey in a world of the vacant eyed and the pleasure seeking. The tale is perfectly complemented by illustrator [Asaf] Hanuka’s black-and-white noirish ink… PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE stays light-hearted without being funny and is morbid without employing despair.”

Print copies of PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE will be available for sale in February 2018 at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one); booksellers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million; or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play,  and the BOOM! Studios app.

PIZZERIA KAMIKAZE is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint, home to ambitious original graphic novels such as Mouse Guard by David Petersen; Rust by Royden Lepp; Bolivar by Sean Rubin; Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón Pérez; and licensed books like Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.

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First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 02:13

PORTLAND, OR, 09/14/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal four more of the highly anticipated THE WALKING DEAD variants in celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary.

This final month of 25th anniversary theme variants pay tribute to some of the hottest, most jaw-dropping moments from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s long-running, and industry-changing series THE WALKING DEAD which went on to become a pop culture phenomenon.

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 4th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, September 11th):

  • ELSEWHERE #3 by Jay Faerber & Sumeyye Kesgin, cover by Kesgin & Riley (Diamond Code AUG170648)
  • ELSEWHERE #3 by Jay Faerber & Sumeyye Kesgin, B&W cover by Kesgin & Riley (Diamond Code JUL178860)
  • EXTREMITY #7 by Daniel Warren Johnson, cover by Johnson (Diamond Code AUG170650)
  • I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION by Skottie Young, cover by Young (Diamond Code AUG170569)
  • I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION by Skottie Young, B&W cover by Young (Diamond Code JUL178851)
  • POSTAL #23 by Bryan Hill & Isaac Goodhart, cover by Goodhart (Diamond Code JUL178342)
  • POSTAL #23 by Bryan Hill & Isaac Goodhart, B&W cover by Goodhart (Diamond Code JUL178861)
  • REGRESSION #5 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, cover by Luckert (Diamond Code AUG170713)
  • SOUTHERN CROSS #13 by Andy Belanger & Becky Cloonan, cover by Cloonan (Diamond Code JUL178341)
  • SOUTHERN CROSS #13 by Andy Belanger & Becky Cloonan, B&W cover by Cloonan (Diamond Code JUL178862)
  • SLOTS #1 by Dan Panosian, cover by Panosian (Diamond Code AUG170588)

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 11th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, September 18th):

  • BIRTHRIGHT #27 by Joshua Williamson, Adriano Lucas & Andrei Bressan, cover by Bressan & Lucas (Diamond Code AUG170606)
  • BLACK SCIENCE #32 by Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera, cover by Harren (Diamond Code AUG170614)
  • BLACK SCIENCE #32 by Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera, B&W cover by Harren (Diamond Code JUL178856)
  • ROYAL CITY #6 by Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire (Diamond Code AUG170721)
  • ROYAL CITY #6 by Jeff Lemire, B&W cover by Lemire (Diamond Code JUL178854)
  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #32 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, cover by McKelvie (Diamond Code AUG170772)
  • Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD #6 by Chad Bowers & Jim Towe, cover by Liefeld (Diamond Code AUG170775)
  • Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD #6 by Chad Bowers & Jim Towe, B&W cover by Liefeld (Diamond Code JUL178850)

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 18th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, September 25th):

  • CURSE WORDS #9 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, cover by Browne (Diamond Code AUG170633)
  • CURSE WORDS #9 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, B&W cover by Browne (Diamond Code JUL178858)
  • DESCENDER #25 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen, cover by Nguyen (Diamond Code AUG170643)
  • DESCENDER #25 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen, B&W cover by Nguyen (Diamond Code JUL178852)
  • GENERATION GONE #4 Ales Kot & André Araújo, cover by Araújo (Diamond Code AUG170654)
  • GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS #6 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood (Diamond Code AUG170662)
  • HORIZON #15 by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon & Mike Spicer, cover by Gedeon & Spicer (Diamond Code AUG170668)
  • KILL THE MINOTAUR #5 by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Jean-Francois Beaulieu & Lukas Ketner, cover by Ketner & Beaulieu (Diamond Code AUG170686)
  • MANIFEST DESTINY #32 by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts & Owen Gieni, cover by Roberts & Gieni (Diamond Code AUG170695)
  • THE REALM #2 by Seth M. Peck & Jeremy Haun, cover by Jeremy Haun (Diamond Code AUG170710)
  • THE REALM #2 by Seth M. Peck & Jeremy Haun, B&W cover by Jeremy Haun (Diamond Code JUL178853)
  • ROCKSTARS #8 by Joe Harris & Megan Hutchison, cover by Hutchison (Diamond Code AUG170718)
  • SPY SEAL #3 by Rich Tommaso, cover by Tomasso (Diamond Code AUG170739)

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 25th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, October 2nd):

  • ANGELIC #2 by Simon Spurrier & Caspar Wijngaard, cover by Wijngaard (Diamond Code AUG170604)
  • COPPERHEAD #15 by Jay Faerber, Drew Moss & Ron Riley, cover by Godlewski & Riley (Diamond Code AUG170627)
  • COPPERHEAD #15 by Jay Faerber, Drew Moss & Ron Riley, B&W cover by Godlewski & Riley (Diamond Code JUL178857)
  • CROSSWIND #5 by Gail Simone & Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs (Diamond Code AUG170630)
  • GASOLINA #2 by Sean Mackiewicz, Mat Lopes & Niko Walter, cover by Walter & Lopes (Diamond Code AUG170652)
  • HACK/SLASH: RESURRECTION #1 by Tini Howard, Celor, K. Michael Russell, cover by Rugg (Diamond Code AUG170559)
  • HACK / SLASH #1: RESURRECTION #1 by Tini Howard, Celor, K. Michael Russell, B&W cover by Rugg (Diamond Code JUL178855)
  • THE HARD PLACE #3 by Doug Wagner & Nic Rummel, cover by Rummel (Diamond Code AUG170666)
  • SPAWN #279 by Todd McFarlane, cover by McFarlane (Diamond Code JUL178340)
  • UNDERWINTER: A FIELD OF FEATHERS #1 by Ray Fawkes, cover by Fawkes (Diamond Code AUG170596)
  • UNDERWINTER: FIELD OF FEATHERS #1 by Ray Fawkes, B&W cover by Fawkes (Diamond Code JUL178859)
  • WAYWARD #24 by Jim Zub & Steven Cummings, cover by Cummings & Royce “Fooray” Southerland (Diamond Code AUG170769)

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First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 02:09

Dragon’s Crown manga arrives from UDON Entertainment in October 2017

TORONTO, ONTARIO – September 14, 2017 – The Fighter, the Sorceress, the Elf, the Wizard, the Amazon, and the Dwarf! These six heroes have come together to quest for riches, for glory, and for the honor of the kingdom of Hydeland! (Though really, it’s mostly for the riches…) Join an epic journey through catacombs, castles, and labyrinths, in the fun and fantastic video game manga – DRAGON’S CROWN!

Adapted and drawn by artist Yuztan (Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid), the Dragon’s Crown manga captures all the hard hitting action, sexiness and silliness of the beat-em-up RPG. Created by George Kamitani and Vanillaware, the game is known for its gorgeous artwork and designs, and the manga certainly lives up to that visual legacy.

DRAGON’S CROWN Volume 1 arrives in stores everywhere October 2017.  A second and final volume of the series will follow in 2018.

DETAILS: 196 pg, 5.75 x 8.25”, $12.99 USD
RELEASE DATE: October 2017
ISBN: 978-1772940480

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First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 01:50

Created by:

Harry Shorten & Edd Ashe

Real Name:

Not given

Joined Mighty Crusaders:

The Green Falcon in not a member of the Mighty Crusaders

First Appearance:

Blue Ribbon Comics #11, April 1941


The Green Falcon, his wife Marion and his followers Jolly and Tiny are captured by Prince John. They are freed to raise an Army to defend England from the Spanish.


All England has prayed for the return of their good King Richard who was captured by the Saracens while on a Crusade and every Briton has fervently cursed the reign of Richard’s brother, the cruel and tyrannical Prince John… Only one man throughout the length and breadth of the land has dared to oppose him.. The Green Falcon!

Powers & Weapons:

Broad Sword


MLJ Comics:

Blue Ribbon Comics #11-15

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Talk About Being on a Roll … Alien Toilet Monsters #1

First Comics News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 16:03

Aliens. Toilets. And Monsters. What more could you ask for? And yet, if you take the title of this comic at face value you might arrive at some incorrect conclusions about the comic work of creators Carol Zara and Eric Barnett. Yes, the book is adult in nature with some naughty words sprinkled here or there. But this nuanced introduction to the Alien Toilet Monster world is much deeper and as multi-dimensional as the multiple dimensions depicted in the story.

Alien Toilet Monsters #1 FanExpo 2017 Cover

Set in the near future, Alien Toilet Monsters opens with the introduction of Multi-241, an alternate dimensional version of Earth filled with monster-like creatures. Multiple eyes, blossoming faces with row upon row of teeth, the kind of creatures featured in finer science fiction horror movies these days. Great, so the story is about these creatures? Not so fast. Turns out this Multi-241 sequence is a holographic documentary-style TV show being watched in a greasy spoon diner on a safer version of Earth. The diner’s owner, Frankie, lost the love of his life 15 years ago but with the introduction of Multi travel an alternative version of his love, Angel, pops in for a visit. Unfortunately for everyone else, alternative-Angel’s alternative-Frankie shows up. In the world of Alien Toilet Monsters if two versions of the same person meet and touch it sets off a dangerous dimensional rift-like event. So dangerous that the I.M.P.D. was created. The I.M.P.D. is a mysterious police force tasked with the job of enforcing the laws regarding Multi travel so naturally, they also show up at the diner. Needless to say, someone touches someone and zap!

Woven into this story is another diner patron who goes by the online name of 4NDR34, a super fan of the Flying Cockroaches with Werewolf Teeth mascots that shill for a soda pop company. These mascots are so popular that not only do they warrant their own fandom but Hollywood is looking at making a movie. In a moment of meta, real-life Carol Zara casts herself as a character in Alien Toilet Monsters as an “unknown” actress snagging the lead role in the FCWWT movie. 4ndr34 is not pleased upon hearing this news. Not pleased at all. Her little tirade over Carol’s casting is epically drawn as a demonic possession with flaming eyes, vipers on her shoulders and skeletons erupting from her mouth.

Alien Toilet Monsters #1 Interior Page

And I haven’t even touched on the scientists and the creature jumping from Multi-241. It took me a few reads to grasp all the layers but once I did the intrigue of Carol and Eric’s world building hit me hard. Needless to say, I need more Alien Toilet Monsters in my life. The dialog is salty (so not for the young ones) but witty and Eric Barnett’s art is stylish, detailed and well done.

A “zero” issue was released in 2015, a FanExpo Canada exclusive preview issue was released in 2016, an abridged version was released through Nerd/Comic Block earlier this year. The full, first edition was made available at this year’s FanExpo Canada 2017 in a regular Cover A and a limited Cover B that my buddy Harold has dubbed the Zara Kick cover. For a listing of comic shops that are currently carrying Alien Toilet Monsters #1 check out this site Alien Toilet Monsters #1 is also available online bundled with a limited edition print at

Ultimately, Alien Toilet Monsters is way more than it should be and a really satisfying comic if you invest the time and really pay attention when reading the book. I’m in. I’m hooked. Where is issue #2?

Issue: Alien Toilet Monsters #1 | Publisher: Omnimorphic
Writers: Carol Zara & Eric Barnett | Artist: Eric Barnett
Price: $4.99


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RICH REVIEWS: Shinobi: Ninja Princess: The Lightning Oni # 1

First Comics News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 15:36

Title: Shinobi: Ninja Princess: The Lightning Oni # 1
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Illustrations by: Martheus Wade
Written by: Martheus and Janet Wade
Interior Colors by: Martheus Wade and Gene Fayne
Cover by: Martheus Wade & Gene Fayne
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Comments: A woman in red is drawn lovely although her arms and the other characters arms are drawn to skinny. They are not proportional. One panel her legs are drawn super thin. She wants an Oni summoned, a demon.
Then we switch to the Toshigawa Clan. Shianndrea vs Hamasuke
in a sparring match. The poses are impossible ones for real life people. Plus the martial arts for poses these are not illustrated as they should be.
Fujiko is jealous of Shianndrea and angry enough to fight her with both fists and words. Shianndrea needs to learn more control. She is a powerful ninja but controlling that power is important.
Shianndrea does have many friends here and one who dislikes her in their home. She has so much potential.

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The Marvel Universe Expands To Quidd: Collect All Your Favorite Characters Now!

First Comics News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 15:32

Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Jessica Jones, Daredevil and more are now available as limited-edition digital stickers, GIFs and cards.


New York, NY– September 14, 2017– Today, Marvel Entertainment, LLC and Quidd, Inc announced a wide-ranging partnership that brings the best of the Marvel Universe to Quidd’s growing community of superfans and collectors.


“We’re incredibly excited to finally announce this news, bringing the Marvel Universe to the Quidd community has been one of our goals since the very beginning,” said Michael Bramlage, co-founder and CEO of Quidd. “Our user base is growing fast and becoming more diverse every day, but the one thing the entire Quidd community has in common is a love of all things Marvel.”


“This is really unlike anything our fans have ever seen,” said Julie Gerola, VP/GM Marketing & Digital Operations at Marvel. “By allowing fans to connect with each other over the characters they love, Quidd brings Marvel to life in an entirely new way.”


First editions of these limited edition iMessage stickers, GIFs and digital trading cards are available to Marvel fans today in Quidd’s free app ( In the coming months, nearly 100 different Marvel characters will be turned into limited-edition digital items and made available to own on Quidd. Marvel fans can collect and express themselves by trading for sets of cards or stickering them into their iMessage chats, but they should act quickly: each item is individually-serialized and only a limited number will be produced.


Founded in 2015, Quidd’s Blockchain-like approach creates true scarcity and serendipity, bringing real meaning to the ownership of objects in the digital world. “Owning stuff you love is part of being human and at Quidd, we’re increasingly finding that for young people, digital stuff is more important than physical stuff,” said Bramlage. “These items are very personal because they are one of a kind, something that no one else has. Whether it’s a concert poster, a sports jersey, or limited-edition Spider-Man GIFs on your iPhone, our collections are a fun way for us to express ourselves as individuals.”


The Marvel collection is available via the Quidd app:

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Celebrate the Inaugural Ringo Awards with the Comics Industry

First Comics News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:34

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 14, 2017 – The 2017 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards will be presented on the evening of Saturday, September 23, 2017 as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con. This unique evening offers the opportunity to socialize, dine, and network with comic industry professionals, and watch as they celebrate recognition of their peers, co-workers, and competitors. A limited number of tickets are now available for purchase by the public.

Ringo Awards tickets include a full cocktail hour (cash bar), a full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore crab cake), the awards ceremony, and a gift bag, and are now available for $125. Please visit our website to purchase with credit card:

Start your evening at our cocktail hour, meeting industry professionals and other fans, and enjoy our keynote speaker, David Petersen, best known as the multiple award-winning creator of Mouse Guard.

Presenters at the inaugural Ringo Awards include Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Amy Chu, Walter and Louise Simonson, Terry and Robyn Moore, Kazu Kibuishi and Charlie Kochman, and Todd Dezago, Mark Waid, and Matt Wieringo. Additionally, our friends at The Hero Initiative will be presenting their 2017 Hero Lifetime Achievement Award to Marv Wolfman, and their Giordano Humanitarian Award to Joshua Dysart. We are also thrilled to present a fantastic gift bag to our first 300 attendees purchasing tickets for this comic event of the fall. This year’s gift bag is an amazing collection of books, including such treasures as March Trilogy Slipcase Set from IDW, Brom Sketchbook from Flesk Publications, and the brand-new Graveyard Shakes from Scholastic. In addition to these wonderful books, expect contributions from other publishers as well, including Abrams ComicArts, AfterShock Comics, Archie Comic Publications, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Source Point Press, and Valiant Entertainment.

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Gemstone Publishing Gets Ready for Baltimore

First Comics News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:31

The Overstreet Staff Heads to Hometown Show


Gemstone Publishing’s Mark Huesman (Creative Director), Carrie Wood (Assistant Editor), J.C. Vaughn (Vice-President of Publishing), and Amanda Sheriff (Associate Editor). Photo by Richard Ankey.

Baltimore, Maryland – Gemstone Publishing, home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, marks the publisher’s return to the Baltimore Comic-Con at the Baltimore Convention Center, on Friday-Sunday, September 22-24, 2017.

Creative Director Mark Huesman, Associate Editor Amanda Sheriff, Director of Operations Mike Wilbur, Assistant Editor Carrie Wood, and Vice-President of Publishing J.C. Vaughn will all be on hand at different times during the show at Booth #2203.

“We’re excited to be back at the Baltimore Comic-Con, our hometown show. Attendees at this convention have rightly come to expect one of the most comic-centered conventions with a tremendous guest-to-attendee ratio. We’re looking forward to talking with everyone at this year’s con,” said Associate Editor Amanda Sheriff.

With The Big, Big Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #47 already sold out and the standard editions marching in that direction, the Gemstone team will be talking with fans and retailers about their upcoming projects, including The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Horror (due out October 4) and The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #48 (July 2018). The company also expects to announce at least one new project during the Baltimore Comic-Con.

On Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 347-348 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Gemstone and the Guide will host their popular panel, “LICENSED! Overstreet Looks at Licensed Comics.” From the Disney work of Carl Barks to Zorro by Alex Toth, from Planet of the Apes to Star Wars, and from The Micronauts to G.I. Joe, licensed titles have been an exciting part of the fabric of comics. Join The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide for a lively discussion of licensed comics with Mark Wheatley (Doctor Who, Jonny Quest, Tarzan), James Kuhoric (Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, Hatchet), Joseph Rybandt (Editor – Dynamite Entertainment) and Overstreet’s own J.C. Vaughn (24, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe).

Amanda Sheriff, who led the Gemstone team and other contributors through The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Movie Posters and The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Concert Posters, and Carrie Wood, who similarly pulled together The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Video Games and The Overstreet Guide To Cosplay, will both be available to sign copies of those books (those titles and others will be on sale at the Gemstone booth).


They’ll also be more than happy to talk about the upcoming release The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Horror, the latest in Gemstone’s “How To” line and the company’s first genre-specific book. It turns the spotlight on action figures, statues, comics, toys, premiums, movie posters, screen-used items, autographs, games, and other items. It showcases actors, directors, and collectors, first edition books and out-of-print VHS and DVDs. It looks at The Walking Dead, Universal Monsters, Hammer horror, EC Comics, Friday the 13th, Godzilla, video games, ’60s TV shows, sci-fi horror such as Alien, and more. Scream Queen Linnea Quigley wrote the book’s foreword.

“Like all of our books, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Horror is designed to inform newcomers and offer experienced collectors new insights and possibly new ways to look at their collections and collecting habits,” Sheriff said. “I’m personally looking forward to talking with the fans at the Baltimore Comic-Con about it and our other upcoming projects.”

Gemstone will also have copies of this year’s Free Comic Book Day offering, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting, available free of charge at the booth while supplies last. Cover artist Billy Tucci (Shi, Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion) and interior artists Brendon and Brian Fraim (The Flight, Starring Sonya Deveraux) are also scheduled to be at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

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First Comics News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:16

All-new dystopian sci-fi series launches this December

“The sort of comic where every panel contains a world. Savour it.” —Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE)

PORTLAND, OR, 09/14/2017 — Writer Ram V (Grafity’s Wall, Black Mumba), artist Dev Pramanik (Nightbloom, Black Mumba), colorist Dearbhla Kelly (James Bond: Moneypenny), and letterer Aditya Bidikar (MOTOR CRUSH, Black Mumba) team up for the mind-bending science fiction tale PARADISO this December.

“I’ve always been fascinated by cities,” said Ram. “They are a reflection of the people within them, and yet they have influence over their citizens. We build them to outlive us, but they are human places, tied in with our understanding of beauty and mortality. Architect and urban designer Rajiv Bhakat and I first conceived the idea of a city trying to understand its place in the world by understanding those who live within it. And, much like a real city, the story has grown and evolved into this crazy, dangerous, romantic, and magical place called PARADISO.”

The Midnight Event forever changed the world.

Now, centuries later, Jack Kryznan arrives on the outskirts of Paradiso City, haunted by fragments of childhood memories and in possession of a mysterious device—one with the power to change the destiny of this living breathing metropolis: the people who dwell within, and the guardians who strive for and against it.

“I’ve been in love with the desolate, melancholy aesthetic of dystopian landscapes for as long as I can remember,” said Pramanik. “PARADISO was a dream-come-true project for me. Every design and set piece in this comic is something that I’ve put a piece of my soul into. I hope that will resonate with the readers!”

“PARADISO has been a labour of love,” said Kelly. “Between its weird and fantastic sci-fi concepts and the lush, textured artwork that I get to paint, I couldn’t be more excited to be involved. We’ve created this strange new world and it’s been so much fun getting to play in it.”

“There are pages in PARADISO that come from a hive-mind of writer/artist/colorist/letterer that any one of us just couldn’t have planned on our own,” added Bidikar. “PARADISO is everything comics should be.”

PARADISO #1, Cover A by Dev Pramanik (Diamond code: OCT170582) and Cover B by Christian Ward (Diamond code: OCT170583), hits comic book shops Wednesday, December 6th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 13th.

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French Talislanta Art

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:00
While the English language Talislanta books are (currently) out of print (but official available for free here) the French translation of the game is still going strong, and apparently has some pretty cool art. Check these out:

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Art Of Wrestling #366: Ken Anderson & Daivari

First Comics News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 06:35

Minnesota has a state of the art training facility and it’s ran by Mr Anderson and Shawn Daivari. Join this fun rountable talk between friends and hear about WWE & TNA culture along with the business of a wrestling school.
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“Bob’s Burgers” presents BEEF RELIEF comedy event – Thurs., Sept. 21 at LA’s Largo – Benefit for International Rescue Committee

First Comics News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 06:31






Tickets Available Now Through and

Hosted by Kristen Schaal, the Comedy Event Features Stand-Up and More from

Bob’s Burgers Performers Dan Mintz, Andy Kindler, Will Forte, Ron Funches,

Zach Galifianakis, Laura Silverman, and Featuring Pod Save America’s Jon Lovett



LOS ANGELES, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 – Emmy® Award-winning series Bob’s Burgers is serving up BEEF RELIEF, a special benefit for the International Rescue Committee (, with all proceeds going to famine relief in Yemen and refugee resettlement right here in L.A.  Hosted by Bob’s Burgers Kristen Schaal (Louise Belcher), the live comedy event will feature many performers from the popular animated FOX series, including Dan Mintz (Tina Belcher), Andy Kindler (Mort), Will Forte (Mr. Grant), Ron Funches (Horseplay), Zach Galifianakis (Felix/Chet), and Laura Silverman (Andy), along with a special appearance from Jon Lovett (popular political podcast Pod Save America)It will all take place at L.A.’s Largo at the Coronet next Thursday, Sept. 21, beginning at 8pm.  Tickets – on sale at three tiers, from $100-$500 – are currently available at and


“There’s a real immediate need for help in Yemen – not someday, but right now,” says Bob’s Burgers Co-Executive Producer Wendy Molyneux. “There are also refugees coming here to Los Angeles with very little who need a helping hand. The IRC serves both functions, and so we just wanted to harness the power of the show to help out in whatever way we could. Also, it’s just fun to say Beef Relief. Beef Relief. You get it.”


A 20th Century Fox Television production, Bob’s Burgers was created by Loren Bouchard (Home Movies) and won its second Emmy® for Outstanding Animated Program earlier this week.  Bouchard and Jim Dauterive (King of the Hill) serve as executive producers and writers, with animation produced by Bento Box Entertainment.  Fans can “like” Bob’s Burgers on Facebook at, follow the series on Twitter and Instagram @BobsBurgersFOX, and join the discussion using #bobsburgers.


The eighth season of Bob’s Burgers debuts on Sunday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX, with episodes later available on Hulu.   For more information, visit

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Supergirl | Official Season 3 Trailer | The CW

First Comics News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 06:24

Supergirl premieres Monday, October 9 at 8/7c on The CW!

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Arrow | Hero Trailer | The CW

First Comics News - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 06:24

Arrow premieres Thursday, October 12 at 9/8c on The CW!

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Athena Voltaire gets back to her roots with ATHENA VOLTAIRE PULP TALES

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 21:58

Editor(s): Chris Murrin, Steve Bryant
Artist Name(s): Steve Bryant
Cover Artist(s): Steve Bryant, Jason Millet
320 pgs./ T / BW

1930s adventuress Athena Voltaire is admittedly inspired by Doc Savage, the Shadow, and other giants of the pulp era, and now she’s starring in her own collection of pulp-style stories. This November, Action Lab Entertainment unleashes Athena Voltaire Pulp Tales—a collection of two-fisted stories that send the aviatrix across the globe and back again!

Contributors to this volume include Tom King (Batman, Vision), Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman (Invisible Republic), Genevieve Pearson (TBS’ King of the Nerds), Dirk Manning (Nightmare World), and over a dozen more. They take Athena Voltaire around the globe, battling supernatural creatures, power-hungry occultists, and, of course, Nazis. Along the way she rubs elbows with the most famous figures of the 1930s and becomes part of some of the most pivotal moments in history.

“It’s amazing to see the different takes on the character,” said creator Steve Bryant. ”It’s a real pleasure—and challenge—to tackle what each author has come up with.”

According to co-editor and writer Chris Murrin, the book has something for everyone. “While the stories are action-packed in the pulp tradition, each author brought their own influences to the table as well, so there are elements of horror, romance, mystery, suspense, and even some philosophy in the mix,” he said.

In addition to penning one of the stories, Bryant illustrates the entire volume, providing seventeen stunning black and white images, as well as collaborating on the cover with digital painter Jason Millet.

Athena Voltaire launched as part of the Modern Tales family of webcomics in 2002 and was nominated for a Best Digital Comic Eisner Award in 2005. The feature was included in St. Martin’s The Year’s Best Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga (2004 edition), and it has subsequently garnered Manning and Harvey Award nominations as well.

Athena Voltaire Pulp Tales is a 320-page illustrated prose collection, joining the 96-page trade paperback Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess and the 224-page hardcover Athena Voltaire Compendium in the Action Lab library. This will be followed by the ongoing Athena Voltaire comic series, which kicks off in early 2018 with Athena Voltaire and the Sorcerer Pope. With its period setting, rapid-fire action, and strong female lead, the series is sure to appeal to fans of Indiana Jones, the Rocketeer, and Wonder Woman.

ATHENA VOLTAIRE PULP TALES will be available on November 29. Preorder it with the Diamond item code SEP171036.

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NINJA-K #2 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 21:26

Who is hunting the agents of MI-6’s most elite intelligence unit? 

Valiant is proud to present your first look at NINJA-K #2 – the next adrenaline-fueled issue of the EXPLOSIVE NEW ONGOING SERIES charging out of Valiant’s “ICONS” initiative! On December 20th, renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and Valiant’s latest superstar artist, Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), dive deep into the top-secret archives of the black-budget spy network that initiated Colin King into the Ninja Programme…and ignite a global manhunt for the relentless killer bent on eliminating all of Her Majesty’s ninja super-spies, past and present!

One by one, the operatives of MI-6’s covert Ninja Programme are being murdered by an unseen threat that is as mysterious as it is deadly. But who could possibly have the knowledge and expertise to eliminate the lethal men and women of Britain’s most secret service… and why are they hellbent on reaping revenge against Colin King and his predecessors? As the walls close in around him, Ninjak must confront the bloodstained legacy that spawned him… before his own name gets crossed off the list…

“[The] Ninja Programme dates back to World War I, as we’ll see,” writer Christos Gage said. “But it’s a dangerous job with a high casualty rate. If you think professional athletes have short careers, try being a super-spy! Some lasted longer than others. But ending their career as the top ninja agent didn’t always mean their story ended. That’s what we’re delving into. Colin himself has been Ninjak for a few years, but he’s the first one to be a freelancer… and he’s so good at it, MI-6 let him. But now he’s about to learn about those who came before…and perhaps uncover some things he didn’t know about himself.”

High-octane storytellers Christos Gage and Tomás Giorello bring the walls of history crashing down around Valiant’s deadliest international operative, as Valiant’s next essential new ongoing series dares onward in NINJA-K #2  – featuring covers by Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY), rising star Lucas Troya, Kenneth Rocafort (The Ultimates), and Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night)!

PLUS: Get your first taste of Colin King’s new assignment with an EXCLUSIVE PRELUDE TO NINJA-K #1, available only in NINJAK #0 in comic shops everywhere today! Before NINJA-K #1 slashes its way into stores on November 15th, follow the impeccably precise killer at the center of the Ninja Programme’s century-old regiment of sabotage and subterfuge with an essential introduction to the winter’s most anticipated new series from writer Christos Gage and artist Tomás Giorello!

THEN: Ninjak’s deadliest mission yet begins on November 15th in NINJA-K #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the all-new series launching Colin King into the fight of his life!

Cover A by DAVID MACK (JUL172260)
Cover B by CLAYTON HENRY (JUL172261)
Cover C by YAMA ORCE (JUL172262)
Variant Cover by PETER BAGGE (JUL172264)
Variant Cover by JAVIER PULIDO (JUL172265)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (JUL172263)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ON SALE NOW!

Cover A by TREVOR HARISINE (SEP172019)
Cover B by LUCAS TROYA (SEP172020)
Interlocking Variant by KENNETH ROCAFORT (SEP172021)
Ninjak Icon Variant by DAVID MACK (SEP172022)
Brushed Metal Variant by MICO SUAYAN (SEP172023)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 15th (FOC – 10/23/17)

$19.95 [5 issues] | 48 pgs, issue #1; 40 pgs, issues #2-5 | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 15th (IOD – 9/28/17)

Interlocking Variant by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Ninjak Icon Variant by BEN TEMPLESMITH
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32. pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 20th (FOC–11/27/17)

NINJAK #0 – Cover A by David Mack

NINJAK #0 – Interior Artwork by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

NINJAK #0 – Interior Artwork by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

NINJAK #0 – Interior Artwork by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

NINJAK #0 – Interior Artwork by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

NINJAK #0 – Interior Artwork by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

NINJA-K #1 – Cover A by Trevor Hairsine

NINJA-K #1 – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

NINJA-K #1 – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

NINJA-K #1 – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

NINJA-K #1 – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

NINJA-K #1 – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

NINJA-K #2 – Cover A by Trevor Hairsine

NINJA-K #2 – Cover B by Lucas Troya

NINJA-K #2 – Variant Cover (Interlocking) by Kenneth Rocafort

NINJA-K #2 – Variant Cover by Ben Templesmith

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