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Blade Runner 2019: Vol. 1: Los Angeles Artist’s Edition preview

First Comics News - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 16:29


Blade Runner 2019: Vol. 1: Los Angeles Artist’s Edition

A 128-page collection of the black and white artwork from the smash-hit, critically acclaimed Blade Runner 2019 comic seris drawn by Andres Guinaldo, collecting together issues #1 – #4 of the Los Angeles arc.

This collection of Andres Guinaldo’s artwork, previously unpublished in this form, includes never-before-seen layouts, roughs, thumbnails, sketches and cover roughs, giving a unique glimpse into the process of the artist. The collection also includes an interview between Andres and the writers Michael Green (co-screenplay writer of Blade Runner 2049, Logan and Murder on the Orient Express) and Mike Johnson (New York Times-bestselling writer of Star Trek, Transformers, Superman/ Batman and Picard).

Authors: Michael Green, Mike Johnson
Artist: Andres Guinaldo
Publisher: Titan Comics
Hardcover, $29.99, £26.99
On sale January 2021
ISBN: 9781787735309

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Assassin’s Creed Bloodstone Volume 2 preview

First Comics News - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 16:26


Assassin’s Creed Bloodstone Volume 2

The second volume of the epic new Assassin’s Creed adventure, set in the Vietnam War!

Tomo, one of the youngest members of the Japanese Assassin cell, has uncovered a conspiracy. In this thrilling sequel, what secrets will Tomo uncover in his ancestor’s memories? What horrific experiments took place secretly during the Vietnam War?

Writer: Guillaume Dorison
Artists: Ennio Bufi
Publisher: Titan Comics
Hardcover, 48pp, $9.99, £8.99
On sale January 2021
ISBN: 9781787734593

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Comic Book Coffee, number 101: The Batman Adventures Holiday Special

First Comics News - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 15:31

Comic Book Coffee, number 101: The Batman Adventures Holiday Special, drawn by Dan Riba, written by Paul Dini, lettered by Richard Starkings / Comicraft and colored by Bruce Timm.

Presenting a special New Year’s Day edition of Comic Book Coffee…

“Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot” sees Commissioner James Gordon and Batman meeting up at 2 AM on January 1st for their annual cup of coffee together to welcome the New Year.

Dan Riba, who drew the opening and closing segments of The Batman Adventures Holiday Special, was a character designer and director on Batman: The Animated Series. He also worked on Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond and Justice League. “Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot” had him collaborating with two of his fellow DCAU team members, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm.

2020 was one hell of an insane year. Let’s hope 2021 is a better one for all of us. To quote Jim Gordon:

“Well, here’s to survival. Hopefully we’ll be doing this again next New Year’s Eve.”

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

First Comics News - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 08:01

The staff of First Comics News wishes our readers a Happy New Year!

Alex Wright, Ben Herman, Bill Black, Bob Almond, Dærick Gröss Sr., Kallie Chris, Katie Salidas, Mat Kaufman, Michael Dunne, Miguel Ortiz, Paul Carberry, Tanya Tate, Tim Chizmar, Art Sippo, Chris Marshall, David Markowski, Colt Cabana, Harry Sully, Jamie Coville, Jeff Burton, Sammy Maynard, Chris Squires, Francis Sky, Grant Offenberger, Jez Ibelle, Joeseph Simon, Martin Boruta, Peter Breau, Phil Latter, Eric N Bennett, Calvin Daniels, Francis Garbut, Frank Zanca, Giovanni Aria, Joshua Pantalleresco, Paco X Gonzalez Munoz, Ric Croxton, Thomas Bottoms, Wayne Hall, Matthew Szewczyk, Richard Vasseur, and Rik Offenberger

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COMING FROM G-MAN COMICS IN 2021

First Comics News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 22:43

Simon N. Kirby, The Agent #3

There is a little trouble coming for Agent Kirby.

Story by Rik Offenberger
Art by Alan Faria

 

G-Man Comics 3in1 #1

Champion of Liberty² in Jail? Find out more in G-Man Comics 3in1.

Story by Jim Burrows
Art by Gilbert Monsanto

Anyone with half a brain will not want to miss G-Man Comics 3in1.

Story Eric N. Bennett
Art by Gilbert Monsanto

The girl who will become Lynx begins her story in G-Man Comics 3in1.

Story by Rik Offenberger
Art by Gilbert Monsanto

 

G-Men United #1

G-Men United? Not yet but we are working on it, in more ways than one.

Story by Rik Offenberger, David Ellis Leary & Lou Mougin
Art by Fish Lee

Meet The Energist & Irene!
Story by Earl Wajenberg
Art by Joshua 1:9 Holley

Outrage is coming!
Story by Jim Burrows
Art by Joshua 1:9 Holley

Sgt. Flag as you have never seen him before!

Story by Rik Offenberger
Art by Joshua 1:9 Holley

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Breaking! Unannounced SECRET McFarlane Variants for CROSSOVER #3 – Pre-order

First Comics News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 19:09

KIDS LOVE CHAINS,” Part Three-Monsters and robots falling from the sky! Mysterious (and familiar??) superheroes joining our intrepid gang on their journey to event ground zero! CROSSOVER continues with the series’ most explosive and shocking issue to date! Don’t miss this one, folks. If you do, it just might drive you…mad.

Estimated Shipping Date: JANUARY 13th 2021

Pack 1 is $69.99 and contains the following 7 covers:

CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:4 Variant Cover – Ellie Reading CROSSOVER
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading CYBER FORCE #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading SAVAGE DRAGON #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading SHADOW HAWK #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading WALKING DEAD #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading NOWHERE MEN #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading SPAWN #1
Pack 2 is $99.99 and contains the following 8 covers:

CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:4 Variant Cover – Ellie Reading CROSSOVER
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading CYBER FORCE #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading SAVAGE DRAGON #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading SHADOW HAWK #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading WALKING DEAD #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading NOWHERE MEN #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:8 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading SPAWN #1
CROSSOVER #3 CVR B MCFARLANE – 1:25 Secret Variant Cover – Ellie Reading CROSSOVER #3
Please Note: orders will not ship out until all the comics in your order have been released. Once the comics are released it may take up to 7 business days to ship orders out. Customers in the US and Canada will receive a tracking number with their order. Expect shipping to take up to 2 weeks in North America, longer in other countries. Variant cover information is subject to change. Most books will be in NM condition but cannot guarantee this. All books will be VF/NM or better. Thanks

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RICH REVIEWS: They Fell From The Sky # 1

First Comics News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 17:02

Title: They Fell From The Sky # 1
Publisher: Mad Cave Studios
Writer: Liezl Buenaventura
Artist/Cover: Xavier Tarrega
Colorist: DJ Chavis
Letterer: Gil
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: madcavestudios.com/
Comments: Tommy wants to meet an alien. He and his friends are sci-fi nerds. Tommy’s sister she acts mean yet she does still have a heart of gold. She though does have an attitude problem a huge one. She has big plans yet no idea how she is going to achieve them just that she is.
Tommy is a nice boy just trying to enjoy his childhood and he has the normal problems of a young boy. Problems with a bully, with his family and not fitting in. All your normal stuff.
Now Tommy one night sights a UFO. One thing leads to another and he starts out on one cool adventure that may just be full of danger.
The art fits the story in this all ages adventure. It has a almost cartoon quality to it.
Tommy has just started the adventure of a life time and it is his dream come true. Will his dream though lead to peril for himself and his friends.
This comic does deliver mystery and maybe deadly terror.

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SURFGIRL preview

First Comics News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 14:27

Dark Threads: Surfgirl

Following the Border Wall Bombings, the country is on edge. When cult hero, and Suprahuman vigilante, Sparrowhawk is arrested by the Suprahuman Tactical Action Command, protest break out in the streets of New Grimm City. Meanwhile, across the country, a crashed spaceship starts a runaway forest fire that threatens to kill thousands.

Lanmé Noel is the latest descendent in a line a women granted the power of the loa La Sirene; the Haitian goddess of the sea. While wearing the veve of La Sirene, Lanmé is able to draw on extra-dimensional energies giving her the power to control water and the weather. With the help of her friends Kenji Normura and Kimberly Walker, she adopted the superhero persona of Surfgirl to fight crime. But, the world was less than welcoming.

Now, with a fire threatening to destroy her home, she must face her destiny.

Written by Asche Adair
Art by Ariel Medel
Inks Jagdish Kumar
Colored by Bryan Valenza
Lettered by Renato Quiroga
93 Pages

DIGIAL $14.99

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PRINT $19.99

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Ravenloft 1934

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 12:00


Perhaps it was merely all the death from war and disease that open a portal some dread place, or maybe it was the purposeful act of malevolent intelligence of the Outer Dark? Whatever the cause, at the end of the Great War a strange mist settled over much of Europe.  Supernatural beings of legend were again free to walk the Earth...

The idea is to take the style and ahistorical setting of the Universal and RKO horror films of the 30s--what in Shadows Over Filmland Robin Laws called the "Backlot Gothic"--and apply it to Ravenloft, whether the Masque of the Red Death version of Ravenloft or the original recipe would be up to you, but I think recasting various Ravenloft denizens as "off-brand" Universal Monsters stand-ins would be the way to go.

Wednesday Comics: We Only Find Them When They're Dead

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 12/30/2020 - 12:00

 


"The Gods are always beautiful...And the Gods are always dead."

Writer Al (Immortal Hulk) Ewing and artist Simone Di Meo imagine a science fiction future where, in an inversion of Galactus yarns, working stiffs mine (or perhaps "butcher" is more apt) the titanic corpses of cosmic gods for the needs of humanity. Captain Malik and the diverse crew of the Vihaan II have had enough of corporate wage-slavery, though, and devise a daring plan to escape and do what no one has ever done: find a living god.

The first few issue really only use the god corpses as a backdrop. The real focus is on the system that traps the ships crews and keeps them working for the company. It sketches the various members of Malik's crew and their reasons for wanting to risk all they've got to break free.

Ewing has an interesting premise, and Di Meo's art is like some European comics I've seen in the past decade with vibrant colors and character designs that seem somewhat animation inspiration.

The collection of volume one is due out in May.



Spelljammer 1961

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 12/28/2020 - 13:25


"Thinking beings of earth planet. This message was sent subsequent to the bravery of Yuri Gagarin and the achievements of the Soviet Union, but its intended recipient is every individual of your species. We are the Esoteric. We are now honored to admit you into the interstellar society. Many things we have to show you will definitely shock you and cause confusion. We have regret in that our policies mean you are living in a controlled environment where your understanding of physics has been restricted. We guarantee that this was done to protect you. Now, you are graded ready to have the safety guard removed to more fully experience the universe. We look forward to meeting with your government representatives and giving you a menu of offered services."

The poorly translated message broadcast to the entire planet was from beings who called themselves the Arcane. They revealed the image of the solar system taking shape from modern observations was an illusion. The real solar system was teeming with life, and ships powered by something more like magic that rocketry sailed through the heavens.

Once the principals were understood, humanity was able to get impossible, physics-defining things to happen even deep within Earth's gravity well, but it was always easier the thinner the atmosphere was. Humanity wasted no time in establishing orbital colonies and bases on the Moon, though they were ultimately more fantastic than anything science fiction had dreamed since the Victorian era. Once trade started with Mars and magical wood was imported, even private individuals were able to build all manner of spacecraft.

The Space Age had truly begun.

Wild Wild West Wednesday: The Night of the Whirring Death

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 12/23/2020 - 12:00
Let this re-posting of a Christmas-ish episode of Wild Wild West serve is a reminder that Jim and I are reviewing the series here on his blog...
 
"The Night of the Whirring Death" Written by Jackson Gillis
Directed by Mark Rydell
Synopsis (from IMDB): Jim and Artie are collect money from millionaires buying bonds to save California from bankruptcy. The problem is, Dr. Loveless is back and blowing up the would-be benefactors with booby-trapped toys to steal the money.

Trey: This is the closest WWW came to a Christmas episode. It isn't stated in the episode to be Christmas, but the winter weather, focus on toys, and other story elements give they vibe. It aired, however, in February of 1966.
Jim: It starts off with a nice tip of the hat to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with Jeremiah Ratch taking the place of  Scrooge. Ratch is played by Norman Fell, aka Mr. Roper from Three’s Company. Fell’s comedy chops come in handy as he hams it up with the Ratch character for the short time he’s on the screen.
Trey: This is Dr. Loveless' third appearance and the first not written by his creator. It sticks pretty close to the established Loveless schtick though: he's still trying to carve his own kingdom out of part of California. Voltaire (Richard Kiel) and Antionette (Phoebe Dorin) are back, as well.
Jim: I believe this is the one and only time Loveless is ever shown smoking. It’s mostly for comical effect, admittedly, after he's revealed as the “child” who gifted Ratch toy soldiers.
Trey: Voltaire speaks for the first time, too. It's note as being a change within the episode. One Loveless related conundrum: Why does the brilliant doctor continue to employ lovely female assistants in his plans, who he knows by now are only going to fall for West's charms?

Jim: He tries to maneuver Priscilla away from it, but to no avail! She is the most wide-eyed innocent of the group, so far.
Trey: Unbelievably naïve is the better descriptor! I wonder if her toy maker grandfather raised her with no contact with the outside world?
Jim: A funny bit is the look of cynical disbelief on lovely Antionette’s face when Priscilla is convinced by Loveless that the exploding toy train is a perfectly fine toy.
Just putting this out there: with the naivete Priscilla displays, I think a nice plot twist for the episode would’ve been to have her be revealed as a human sized animatronic created by Loveless. 
Trey: I could buy that.
Jim: In general, I think the level of technology in this episode seems a bit advanced. We see electric trains and phonographs.
Trey: The phonograph was an anachronism noted in Loveless's first appearance. The electric train is similarly just a bit ahead, having been invented in the 1890s. Incidentally, this episode actually gives us an onscreen place and time: "San Francisco, 1874."
Jim: One of the unintentionally funny bits to me: After West is ground zero at the explosion in Ratch’s shop, Gordon proclaims that he's fine and just needs some rest. Supporting him in this dubious claim is a city cop who says, “He’s right lady. Working this beat, I’ve seen enough to know he’ll be fine.” Just how violent is this neighborhood?
Trey: Thinks are hard in California in this alternate 1874, apparently. I mean, the governor's plan here is explicitly laundering money for rich people with shady, possibly criminal, business practices to keep his state solvent. 
Jim: Vote Loveless! How could it be worse?

Reconquest of the Surface

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 12/21/2020 - 12:03


The war, known now to the survivors as The Fury, was devastating. As many as could be saved were moved into underground habitations built for this very eventuality. Not everyone was lucky enough to have a place in the shelters, and when the leaded doors were closed and sealed, many people were left to fight for survival in the gloom, as the radioactive and mutagenic haze played strange tricks with the light of the sun and moon, and death burrowed into their bones.

The species survived, though, and in those underground redoubts, so did civilization. The old nations were forgotten with time and new ones formed, as fresh tunnels linked farflung bunkers. They only need to wait and endure. Eventually, the scientists said things might be safe, and so scouts were sent outside.

They were not prepared for what they found. The natural world, as they had hoped, had healed itself. There was no trace of the world that had been or the war that destroyed it. Things were lush and green--though that didn't mean all the horror or strangeness it was gone.

There were people on this new Earth, apparently the deformed descendants of those who had been left outside. Dwarfish ones one had perhaps come from makeshift bunkers not sufficiently sealed as they too spent much time underground. People of the forest, grotesquely thin and large eared, and then the most numerous people who lived in primitive cities. All of them were hideous. There was sometime neotenic about them in a way that made the skin crawl: their teeth were so small, their foreheads flat, their jaws receding.

Councils were convened to consider this information. The technological know-how of the people was superior to their mutated cousins, but they were limited in their access to resources and many of their machines had broken down. They were, ironically, fewer in number than those who had survived the terrors of fallout. 

The decision was made not to wage an all out war for the surface, but instead to look for out of the way places to recover resources. They would approach the mutants, when necessary using similar technology--they could not afford to have any more advanced devices fall into the primitives' hands. They could perhaps surreptitiously influence them, maybe create allies to prepare for their return. Some might have to die, of course, but perhaps the more could be shepherded toward civilization.

It would be a long project, but humanity was up to it. For now, they would have to embrace the name "orc" given to them by the mutants and play the expected role.

Christmas Special Reruns

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 12/20/2020 - 15:30

Years ago, I managed to do three "Christmas Specials" in my two Weird Adventures campaigns (though I only did 2 write-ups): "Twas the Fight Before Yule," and it's sequel, and "Another Weird Yule." In 2016, there was a holiday related cameo in my Land of Azurth game.

I at one time considered doing the reskin of Slumbering Ursine Dunes involving the Weird Adventures version of the Tunguska Event, the mysterious Siberian cauldrons, a captive Father Yule, and talking bears. I never did it, but I still think it would be great.

Lumberlands

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 12/17/2020 - 12:00


Erik Jensen's Zinequest entry Lumberlands delivered not too long ago. It's not yet available in physical copy, but that's coming.

Lumberlands is a region of Erik's Wampus Country setting, for which we are still, lo these many years later, awaiting some sort of overview setting publication. I had the privilege of playing a number of sessions in Erik's Wampus Country campaign back in the days of Google+, and so I was eager for Lumberlands.

Can it be you've never heard of Wampus Country? Well, allow me to sketch it in brief: It's an old school D&D setting that borrows its visual trappings from the American history, folklore, and fakelore to a large degree. Its fighters might be more Mike Fink or Davy Crockett (subject of the Disney series, not the real-life Congressman), than Aragorn or Conan. Still, it would be a mistake to think of it as merely "Frontier Fantasy." It has that as it's base, certainly, but Wampus Country exploits the fruitful incoherence that is D&D at its core and weaves in all sorts of sources, so that many sorts of character types and potential adventures are possible.

But anyway: Lumberlands! Lumberlands narrows the Wampus vibe geographically to a fantasy take on the Pacific Northwest and Paul Bunyan-y concerns, while in no way being bound to the imaginative parameters of that inspiration. It details the differences between the version of the classes in the setting (i.e. the traditional ones with a lumber- prefix and flannel-centric illustration). It sketches the human habitation of Squeemish, but also the squirrel city of Baudekin and the dimensionally unstable region of Portal-Land. 


There are monsters with pun names (clever ones!) and a selection of humorously sketched hench-folk available for hire. And Sasquatches, which are actually arachnoid aliens. 

As you may have guessed Lumberlands does not take itself to seriously, so if grim is your only mode of roleplaying well it isn't for you. But the rest of you, I urge you to check it out.

Wednesday Comics: DC Through the 80s

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 12/16/2020 - 12:00

 

Somehow, I missed the original solicitation of this one, though I did see what is presumably the follow-up: DC Through the 80s: The Experiments. It was tempting, but ultimately I thought it was too scattershot to warrant a purchase.

DC Through the 80s: The End of Eras, despite it's to my ear awkward title, seems more like one for the shelf. Many of the good comics reprinted here I already own, but there are others I have never read and there's some interesting supplemental material, including (supposedly) Moore's proposal for Twilight of the Super-Heroes.

What's in here that I would recommend? Well, there's Moore's and Swan's "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" Of course, you've probably already read that one. There's also story I recall fondly from my childhood: A crossover of the Earth-Two and Earth-One Batmen by Mike Barr and David Gibbons from Brave and the Bold #200--the final issue of that title. There's a less good, but still fun crossover between Lex Luthors of those same Earths from DC Comics Presents Annual #1 by Wolfman and Buckler.

Pulling from some non-supers titles of the era, we have Blackhawk #258 by Evanier and Spiegle where the Nazis destroy Blackhawk Island with an atom bomb. This whole run is probably under-appreciated. 

There are a number of DC horror titles and the sci-fi anthology Timewarp represented. And there's war comics, including Weird War Tales #93--the first appearance of the Creature Commandos. 

And there's a random issue of Warlord

The Land of Azurth Year in Review

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 12/14/2020 - 12:00

While we have one more session of our Land of Azurth campaign before the end of the year, it's a good time to look back at what the "Masters of Mayhem" (as the party calls themselves) got up to in year six, game sessions 53-69.
The Vault Job
The party returned from a trip to a dark future to find the Clockwork Princess of Yanth Country in seclusion, and Drumpf the new, authoritarian mayor of Rivertown. The lure of gold convinces the party to help the former mayor Gladhand liberate some of this gold, currently being held in the vault of Sly Took, member of the Raccoon Thieves Guild and banker to the underworld. The party hatched an elaborate scheme involved a magical armoire and succeed in getting Gladhand's gold.
With the heat on, and wanting to talk with the Queen of Virid about events in the future anyway, the party headed out on the road.
Servants of ShadowNear the northern border Yanth Country, they party stopped to help a village of cervid centaur folk who are being menaced by a bickering couple of Umbral drakes who emerged from a shadowy vortex within an ancient ritual circle. The party kills the drakes, but it turns out they are only the first incursion of agents of Umbra, the Shadow Moon. A group of Gloom Elves are inhabiting a half-dilapidated tower.
Uncharacteristically, the party winds up reaching a compromise with the elves. They hold a cryptic conversation with a vaguely familiar shadow man who steps through a door opened by the elves.
ShkizzFurther down the road, they decide to spend the night in the town of Shkizz. They discover the townsfolk are priggish and uptight in the day, but wild libertines at night. The discover a cult worshipping a pig demon, but it turns out he is only taking advantage of the situation, not its cause. He blames it on the High Priest of the Church of the Dark Flower in the neighboring Duchy of Dhoon.

Slekt ZaadThe party finds Dhoon suffering under a series of nonsensical decrees of from the Duke, who no one has seen in some time. The party confronts Zaad who reveals himself as some sort of plant being. He also reveals he's allied with the captain of the Ducal guard and they have the Duke ensorcelled. After busting out of jail, the party makes there way to an ancient fane hidden by kudzu, where discover Zaad's magical botanical laboratories--and they recover the gem that holds Zaad's soul. With that gem, they defeat him and lift the curse on the Duke.
The Demon Barber of the Sapphire CityFinally, the party arrives in the Sapphire City and become intrigued by a series of disappearances and mysterious, magical tonsorial makeovers. It turns out to involve dopplegangers of magic hair and the machinations of a hag and her adoring humanoid tribe. 
The party is reunited with their old comrade Calico Jack who was being held captive beneath the barber shop.
A Famine in FfalgoAs word of their deed spreads, two teens from the village of Ffalgo on the Sang border seek out the party to request their help in journeying to an ancient castle in Sang, said the magical produce an endless supply of chicken...

RICH REVIEWS: SHE: At the Tower of All That is Known

First Comics News - Sun, 12/13/2020 - 17:43

Title: SHE: At the Tower of All That is Known (HC)
Publisher: Comix Tribe
Writer: Ryan K Lindsay
Artist/Letterer: Chris Panda Mercier
Price: $ 30.00 US, $ 38.00 Can
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.comixtribe.com
Comments: She is a purple haired, blue skinned beauty. She yes that is her name does some kind of job. Something happened to make her take a break from work. What though is a mystery.
She is shown on some kind of mission and she finds herself attacked. The two do get into a hard hitting fight.
She is drawn with one big gun. It is well designed and suits her perfectly. She is also drawn with one nice looking butt.
The story needs to explain more about who She is and what is going on. You are given little tidbits yet it needs to be delivered so you have an idea of who She is and what she is doing and why?
The back cover gives you an explanation of who She is and what she does but otherwise you will be left guessing. The art does deliver a beautifully illustrated book. The art shown after the story in pin-up pages and character pages fills in some of the gapes in the story.
A side part of the story is She has a daughter. Why though is this a concern?
The character She and her supporting ones have so much potential.

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Comic Book Cats, number 147: Samurai Cat #1

First Comics News - Sun, 12/13/2020 - 16:39

Comic Book Cats, number 147: Samurai Cat #1, cover painting by Mark E. Rogers, published by Epic / Marvel Comics in June 1991.

I recently discovered the three issue miniseries Samurai Cat that was published by Marvel under its creator-owned Epic imprint. The comic book was an adaptation of the 1984 humor / satire / fantasy book The Adventures of Samurai Cat by Mark E. Rogers. As per Wikipedia:

“Samurai Cat (aka Miaowara Tomokato) is the main character in a series of books by Mark Rogers. To accompany the anachronistic satire, almost every page in each book has a picture painted by Rogers, depicting the events described on that page. Each chapter is a bizarre parody of some historical or pop culture event, but the event is always treated as an entirely serious one. For example, no one finds it at all unusual that Tomokato is an upright, talking, sword-wielding cat.”

Rogers wrote six Samurai Cat books between 1980 and 1998, along with several other novels. Although the comic book was adaptation was done by others, Rogers himself provided the painted cover artwork for the three issue miniseries. Regrettably he passed away in February 2014 at the age of 61.

Tomorrow I’ll be taking a look at some interior pages from the Samurai Cat comic books.

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RICH REVIEWS: Archie Christmas Spectacular # 1

First Comics News - Sun, 12/13/2020 - 15:57

Title: Archie Christmas Spectacular # 1
Publisher: Archie Comics
Script: Bill Golliher, Angelo DeCesare, Francis Bonnet, Henry Scarpelli
Art: Rex Lindsey, Craig Boldman
Pencils: The Kennedy Bros!, Jeff Shultz, Bill Galvan
Inks: Bob Smith, Ben Galvan
Lettering: Bill Yoshida, Jack Morelli
Coloring: Barry Grossman, Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan Parent
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.archiecomics.com
Comments: “The Great Tree Spree” Archie and the gang want to buy a Christmas tree but everyone is sold out. H. M. Bugg is behind it all and he has his reasons. He is out to ruin Christmas for all in town. Archie and the gang are going to do what they can to stop him and save Christmas for the town. One man’s heart is made warmer by a gift given to bring happiness. So the town of Riverdale has a Merry Christmas! The art is done in the traditional Archie Comics style so it looks wonderful.
“Yule Tube” Archie does make a Christmas video of his father as Santa. Poor Fred working with Archie is no fun for him. The video does turn out though with a little help from a special guest star. Great art and a fun short story make this work.
“Jingle’s New Job” Poor Reggie is always teasing Jingles and Jingles does have a way of getting even. Jingles is fun. He is just the character to have around for Christmas.
“It’s the Thoughtlessness that Counts” Yes even Archie can screw up giving out Christmas presents. Lucky for him he has two forgiving girlfriends.  The art is cute and so are all the characters and their reactions.
There is a cute one-page strip about the sounds of Christmas.
This is just the thing to get you in the holiday spirit.

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