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Armchair Planet Who's Who: Imp

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 11:00
It's great to come back from out of town and have new art to show off. Here's Libby Knight aka Imp, the Teen Devil, by Dean Kotz.

Sword & Planet Character Name Generator

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:00
Art by Clyde CaldwellAfter way more intensive review of Barsoomian names in Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars books and adding a dash of Gardner Fox's Llarn novels, which pretty closely mimic Barsoomian morphology, I have come up with a series of generators for Martian names, as accurate as I can make it. Well, there's one name from the series it can't generate, but by the time I discovered this, it was too late. Anyway, it's pretty close to getting them all. Check it out.

Note the in the structures given for the names multiple "elements" typical mean a new word for males names, but is more likely to be a multi-syllabic "single" name for females, but since this isn't always the case I've elected to leave the dividing up to you. For example: EES is the structure of Djor Kantos, but also Carthoris and Vanuma.

Wednesday Comics: The Flash Gordon Comic Strip

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 11:00

Flash Gordon first appeared in the Sunday Comics section and was born of King Features Syndicate's desire to compete with Buck Rogers--and only after they had failed to acquire the rights to John Carter of Mars. Alex Raymond is given credit for its creation, though he was partnered with the (uncredited) writer/editor Don Moore.

Until recently Alex Raymond's original run was not fully available in reprint, to say nothing of the work various artists that came after him. Titan Books has been working on their "Complete Flash Gordon Library" and has the most comprehensive reprint series so far (well, at least since Kitchen Sinks' in the 90s) with Austin Briggs, Mac Raboy, and Dan Barry represented, but they are reproduced at a smaller size than the original strips.

For you purists, IDW has a solution, at least for the Alex Raymond years. Their four Definitive Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim volumes carry you through Raymond's entire 1934-1943 run, and the first storyline by Austin Briggs to end up in 1947. The real draw, though, is that they are reproduced slightly larger than original print size. (Some pedantry might come in regarding sizes and definitiveness. Earlier reproductions of only Flash Gordon split  the full pages into landscape pages, so they are not smaller than IDW's, but this comes at the sacrifice of faithfully reprinting the page.) IDW also included the paper dolls that occasional ran with the original strip.


First Comics News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 17:12

PORTLAND, OR, 10/16/2018 — Image Comics is proud to release a special limited edition slipcase for BARRIER, Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin’s acclaimed science fiction miniseries, this March.

To celebrate serialized comic books (and the awesome stores that sell them!), Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin have no plans to ever release a collected edition of their Eisner-nominated miniseries BARRIER. But for everyone looking for a way to store or display all five original issues, look no further than this gorgeous new slipcase—the perfect home for the unconventional sci-fi drama about violence, language, and illegal immigration.

“I am so proud of this series, especially after hearing from readers who happen to be immigrants from around the world,” said Vaughan. “If you’ve already read BARRIER, this classy-ass slipcase from our friends at Image Comics is the perfect way to keep our story on the shelf next to your hard copy of THE PRIVATE EYE. And if you haven’t read it yet, you can pick up a slipcase that includes all five oversized issues in their original first printings. As always, you can still download BARRIER (and more great comics!) at for any price you think is fair.”

BARRIER LIMITED EDITION SLIPCASE SET (Diamond code: NOV180090) and BARRIER LIMITED EDITION SLIPCASE (EMPTY) (Diamond code: NOV180091) will be available on Wednesday, March 27th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 3rd.

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EXTENDED PREVIEW: LIVEWIRE #1 Takes Center Stage in Her First Solo Series on December 19th!

First Comics News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 17:10

Valiant is proud to present an extended look into LIVEWIRE #1, the stunning new ongoing series by rising star writer Vita Ayala (Supergirl) and superstar artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín (SECRET WEAPONS)!

Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable super-powered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served – and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be…or will she be one at all?

On December 14th, one of Valiant’s most significant superstars climbs to the forefront of her first-ever solo series in LIVEWIRE #1 – featuring covers by Adam Pollina (X-Force), Harvey Tolibao (Green Arrow), and Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR)!

Plus: There’s still plenty of time to pre-order the LIVEWIRE #1-8 PRE-ORDER EDITION from your local comic shop retailer before the final order cut-off (FOC) date of November 26th, 2018! Released monthly from December 2018 through July 2019, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras, bonus content, and exclusive covers by a host of amazing artists – beginning with Paulina Ganucheau (The Unbelievable Gwenpool) – all for no extra cost!

And: Don’t miss your chance to snag the ultra-limited LIVEWIRE #1 Glass Variant Cover, printed via a special multi-colored process on a pane of glass with art by Doug Braithwaite (Justice)! Ask your local comic store to contact Valiant’s dedicated sales team at to learn more!

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Written by VITA AYALA
B/W Variant Cover by ADAM POLLINA
Glass Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 19th (FOC – 11/26/18)

Written by VITA AYALA
$3.99 Each US [8 issues] | 40 pgs. Each | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 19th  (FOC – 11/26/18)

LIVEWIRE #1 – Cover A by Adam Pollina

LIVEWIRE #1 – Cover B by Harvey Tolibao

LIVEWIRE #1 – Interior Art by Raúl Allén & Patricia Martín

LIVEWIRE #1 – Interior Art by Raúl Allén & Patricia Martín

LIVEWIRE #1 – Interior Art by Raúl Allén & Patricia Martín

LIVEWIRE #1 – Interior Art by Raúl Allén & Patricia Martín

LIVEWIRE #1 – Interior Art by Raúl Allén & Patricia Martín

LIVEWIRE #1 – Interior Art by Raúl Allén & Patricia Martín

LIVEWIRE #1 – Black and White Variant by Adam Pollina

LIVEWIRE #1 – Glass Variant Cover by Doug Braithwaite

LIVEWIRE #1 – Pre-Order Edition by Paulina Ganucheau


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First Comics News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 17:01

PORTLAND, OR, 10/16/2018 — Award-winning screenwriter Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryThe Book Of Eli) teams with celebrated artist Darick Robertson (HAPPY!, TransmetropolitanThe Boys) for the highly anticipated new dystopian series OLIVER—coming this January from Image Comics.

“OLIVER has been more than 15 years in the making, so it’s a particular thrill to finally see it on its way to a comics store near you, and at a time when it feels more relevant than ever,” said Whitta. “I couldn’t be more excited to be working with my long-time friend Darick Robertson, whose artwork I’ve admired ever since his groundbreaking work on Transmetropolitan.”

In this totally new take on a literary classic, Charles Dickens’ most famous orphan is reimagined as a post-apocalyptic superhero fighting to liberate a war-ravaged England while searching for the truth about his own mysterious origins.

“This project has been a long labor of love for me,” said Robertson. “Co-creating OLIVER has been an opportunity to bring my level best work, with support from Eric Stephenson and Image. It is the essence of what brings me passion for comics and visual storytelling. With OLIVER, I have been able to co-create a rich, emotionally engaging story by my (very patient) friend Gary Whitta, whose career has just surged in the time we have been creating this book. For me, this is what indie comics are all about. I am thrilled to have it scheduled for its January launch at long last.”

OLIVER #1 (Diamond code: NOV180029) will be available in comic book stores on Wednesday, January 23rd. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 31st.

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First Comics News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 16:15


BLOSSOMS 666 #1 (of 5)
BRAND NEW SERIES! Cheryl and Jason Blossom are a pair of seemingly normal kids in Riverdale. They’re wealthy, popular and likeable—but they also harbor a deep, dark secret—one of the Blossom Twins is the Anti-Christ. Both want the title, and no one in Riverdale is safe.
Script: Cullen Bunn
Art: Laura Braga, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
BLOSSOMS 666 #1 CVR A Reg: Laura Braga
BLOSSOMS 666 #1 CVR B Var: Joe Eisma
BLOSSOMS 666 #1 CVR C Var: Francesco Francavilla
BLOSSOMS 666 #1 CVR D Var: Robert Hack
BLOSSOMS 666 #1 CVR E Var: Vic Malhotra
Ship Date: 1/9
On Sale Date: 1/23
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


After months of being on the run as a fugitive, something brings our favorite hamburger eating wolfman back to Riverdale—and that something is an out-for-blood Reggie! Will good ol’ Jug survive this battle of the werewolves? Join writer Frank Tieri (Wolverine) and artists Pat & Tim Kennedy (Death of Archie) and Joe Eisma (Archie) for this horrifying graphic novel that collects issues 4-8 of the ongoing Jughead the Hunger series.
Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Joe Eisma, Bob Smith, Jim Amash, Matt Herms, Ryan Jampole, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Gorham
$17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/23


“How I Wasted My Summer Vacation!” Pt. 3 – Old secrets and new loves threaten to tear Riverdale apart! The whole town is on edge, and that’s before a bombshell hits that will have everyone talking!
Script: Nick Spencer
Art: Marguerite Sauvage, Thomas Pitilli, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE #702 CVR A Reg: Marguerite Sauvage
ARCHIE #702 CVR B Var: Joe Quinones
ARCHIE #702 CVR C Var: Michael Walsh
Ship Date: 1/16
On Sale Date: 1/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE 1941 #4 (of 5)
Archie is headed into action while the world watches and waits. Meanwhile, times are tough at home in Riverdale, while shortages are leading to impending rations, tensions are mounting. However, despite an uncertain future, unexpected relationships begin to form.
Script: Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
Art: Peter Krause, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE 1941 #4 CVR A Reg: Peter Krause, Kelly Fitzpatrick
ARCHIE 1941 #4 CVR B Var: Jon Lam
ARCHIE 1941 #4 CVR C Var: Cory Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 12/19
On Sale Date: 1/2
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The United Underworld has all of Riverdale under their control and it’s up to Batman, along with Archie and the Gang, to save their beloved hometown! It’s going to come down to some ingenuity, a few high tech devices, and the showdown of the century right in the center of town!
Script: Jeff Parker and Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE/ BATMAN #6 CVR A Reg: Michael Allred, Laura Allred
ARCHIE/ BATMAN #6 CVR B Var: Joe Giella, Vincent Lovallo
ARCHIE/ BATMAN #6 CVR C Var: Jerry Ordway, Glenn Whitmore
ARCHIE/ BATMAN #6 CVR D Var: Dan Parent
ARCHIE/ BATMAN #6 CVR E Var: Ruben Procopio
ARCHIE/ BATMAN #6 CVR F Var: Greg Smallwood
Ship Date: 12/26
On Sale Date: 1/9
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


BRAND NEW SERIES! “Senior Year, Pt. 2: Fall” – The girls are under stress from their parents and peers—Veronica’s parents want her to attend their alma mater; Betty’s parents are stressing out over the cost of college. Betty and Veronica start to grow apart because of their new hobbies and interests, but they know that one thing will bring them together: Riverdale’s Halloween party.
Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Sandra Lanz, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
BETTY AND VERONICA #2 CVR B Var: Veronica Fish
Ship Date: 1/16
On Sale Date: 1/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Gone in a Flashdrive” Archie has been up all night working on a school report—unfortunately his dog, Vegas, mistakes the flashdrive he saved the work on for a toy! Will Archie be able to save his work or has it gone to the dogs?
Script: Francis Bonnet
Art: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 1/2
On Sale Date: 1/16
128-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.


After 75+ years of humorous tales, the Riverdale gang are still going strong! Archie is proud to present the best stories from 2018 – collected for the first time ever. Don’t miss these modern classics!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Bill Golliher
$9.99 US/$11.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 7 1/2”
256 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/16


BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Lord of the Games” Archie has been spending all his time lately playing the new video game “Forknite” and NOT with Veronica. Upset, Veronica decides to see what the big fuss is all about and quickly catches Forknite Fever!
Script: Francis Bonnet
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 12/19
On Sale Date: 1/2


For 200 issues, Riverdale’s favorite girl-next-door had her own spotlight series. In the first volume of this collection, check out Betty’s adventures alongside the whole gang!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan DeCarlo
$10.99 US/$11.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 8”
224 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/2


Classic Betty and Veronica-style stories are back with this collection of entertaining stories that see the two iconic BFFs get into some (friendly) career competitions and occupational hazards!
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
BFF: GO TO WORK #1 CVR A Reg: Dan Parent
Ship Date: 1/2
On Sale Date: 1/16
24-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.


BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Walkin’ the Dogs!” Betty’s got a new gig walking dogs and Veronica tags along—which is fine until the two and their pack of dogs come across a cat show, and things get wild!
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 1/16
On Sale Date: 1/30
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.


BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Shelter Skelter!” Betty and Veronica decide to volunteer at the local animal shelter—but they soon learn there’s a lot more to the work than just snuggling with puppies and kitties all day!
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 1/9
On Sale Date: 1/23
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.


Archie’s rival, Reggie, got his own book at the tail end of the 1940s. For over 120 issues, he caused mischief for his fellow Riverdale High students in the most hilarious ways possible! We’ll take a look back at that series’ best stories and craziest pranks. Will this class clown have the last laugh?
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
$10.99 US/$11.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 8”
224 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 1/30


BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Food For Thought” Betty and Veronica are fed up with Archie’s noncommittal ways, so Archie decides to embrace the single life. To do it successfully he turns to the master—Jughead Jones.
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 12/26
On Sale Date: 1/9
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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First Comics News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 16:13

A WALK THROUGH HELL #8 / 3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / On Sale 1.23.2019
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Goran Sudžuka
Colorist: Ive Svorcina
Letterer: Rob Steen
Cover: Goran Sudžuka w/ Ive Svorcina
Shaw and McGregor conduct the most crucial interrogation of their FBI careers: on Paul Carnahan, or whatever it is that lurks inside him. He tells them a tale of unimaginable, unequaled depravity—but his horrifying life story may provide the clues the two agents need to make sense of their grim surroundings.
A new kind of horror story for modern America, written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Crossed) and drawn by Goran Sudžuka (Y: The Last Man, Hellblazer)


ANIMOSITY #19 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 1.23.2018
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Rafael De Latorre
Colorist: Rob Schwager
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Rafael De Latorre w/ Marcelo Maiolo
The Animals rest and consider their path. Where have they come from? Where can they go? When they were taken from the wild, how did their fates change humanity forever? What will they become?
From creator/writer Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, DC Comics Bombshells, Batwoman) with artwork by Rafael De Latorre (SUPERZERO).


THE LOLLIPOP KIDS #4 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / On Sale 1.16.2019
Writers: Adam and Aidan Glass
Artist: Diego Yapur
Colorist: DC Alonso
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Cover by Robert Hack
Nick discovers that his missing sister is not only NOT missing, but she’s also the LEADER of the Lollipop Kids. The last thing Mia wants is her little brother in the park tonight, and she orders him to go home immediately. Nick has survived a few monster clashes and wants in, but Mia has no time for this and has him locked him up in the brig until they can lock up all the monsters again…but does one of the most infamous monsters of all time await their emergence from the prison?
Brought to life by Adam Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, THE NORMALS, Teen Titans) and Aidan Glass, with art from Diego Yapur (The Night Projectionist, Priest: Purgatory), THE LOLLIPOP KIDS is an epic tale of the nightmares that haunt Central Park after dark…


BABYTEETH #15 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 1.23.2019
Writer: Donny Cates
Artist:Garry Brown
Colorist: Mark Englert
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover Artists:Garry Brown
Clark’s father has been revealed and he’s…great? Wait, that can’t be right. Right? Well, only one way to find out friends! “Cradle” ends here with one of the biggest moments in BABYTEETH history!
From Donny Cates, the writer of BuzzkillPaybacksRedneck and the breakout hit God Country, comes a pulse-pounding new series with art from THE REVISIONIST’s Garry Brown!


PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE! #5 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 1.09.2019
Writer: Patrick Kindlon
Artist:Marco Ferrari
Colorist: Patrizia Comino
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:Marco Ferrari w/ Patrizia Comino
Old friends better run, because Operation PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE! is underway. Everything goes wrong at once. The plan is falling apart. Renny’s nemesis has anticipated his every move. Any sane person would admit it’s over. But Renny didn’t spend years in the desert building murderbots to settle for“sane.”
Written by Patrick Kindlon (There’s Nothing There, We Can Never Go Home) and drawn by Marco Ferrari (Famous Monsters Presents), PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE! continues Kindlon’s exploration of difficult characters and irreverent themes.


MOTH & WHISPER #5 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 1.09.2019
Writer: Ted Anderson
Artist:Jen Hickman
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover Artist: Jen Hickman
After a stunning revelation about their parents from their unexpected new ally, Niki is ready to take the fight to Ambrose Wolfe once and for all. Taking out the most powerful man in the city won’t be easy when he knows they’re coming — but then, the Moth and the Whisper are known for accomplishing the impossible…
A Young Adult cyberpunk thriller starring a genderqueer super-thief, MOTH & WHISPER is the brainchild of Ted Anderson (My Little PonyAdventure Time) and Jen Hickman (Jem and the HologramsThe Dead) — a socially significant and engaging story that AfterShock is proud to tell.


DARK ARK #13 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 1.16.2019
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Juan Doe
Letterer: Ryane Hill
Cover: Juan Doe
The Ark has landed.
Shrae struggles to maintain order among the beasts. Now that they do not rely on the sorcerer for survival, many of the monsters have designs on killing Shrae and his family. A shocking discovery may bond the monsters together once more. Somehow, they are not the first creatures to set foot on the island.
From writer Cullen Bunn (UNHOLY GRAIL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (ANIMOSITY: THE RISE, AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions!


THE LAST SPACE RACE #4 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / On Sale 1.30.2019
Writer: Peter Calloway
Artist: Alex Shibao
Colorist: Natalia Marques
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Alex Shibao w/ Natalia Marques
Sasha knew sabotage was inevitable.  He expected it from the outside — from the other multi-national coalitions building ships — but when he discovers sabotage is coming from within, Sasha is on a mission. He and Roger must work together — something they’ve never been good at — to try to stop the mysterious saboteur before they destroy everything.
Written by Peter Calloway (TV’s Legion, Cloak & Dagger, American Gods) and drawn by Alex Shibao (Independence Day), THE LAST SPACE RACE is an imaginativeinvestigation into wonder, hope and humankind’s grandest purpose — a truly original story AfterShock couldn’t be more fired up to tell.


DEAD KINGS #4 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / On Sale 1.30.2019
Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith
Colorist: Lauren Affe
Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Cover: Matthew Dow Smith
In the forests of hypermodern folklore, a rusted-out warrior raises her fists and beckons to her enemy…is this the final fight for Maria Kamenaya?
Sasha Vasnetsov finally has the tools for his brother’s liberation: will, drive, and a stolen warsuit capable of decimating legions. The only problem is, he had to abandon the suit’s owner, Maria, to get it. After weeks on the road together, is that betrayal something his soul can handle? Or will he put a pin in his vengeance and turn his guns backward to help a friend…?
From Steve Orlando (Batman/Shadow, Crude, Midnighter, Virgil) and Matthew Dow Smith (October Girl, Suicide Squad, X-Files) comes a vision of humanity after a disastrous World War of Mechs and Magic.


THE LOST CITY EXPLORERS, vol 1: Odyssey TPB / $14.99 / Full Color/ 120 pages / ON SALE 1.16.2018
Writer: Zack Kaplan
Artist: Alvaro Sarraseca
Colorists: Dee Cunniffe & Chris Blythe
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Rafael De LaTorre & Marcelo Maiolo
Lost cities aren’t the stuff of myth! They exist right under our feet.
When her archaeologist father goes missing, teenager Hel Coates rallies her friends and brother to find him. They’ll have to dodge a shady corporation, mercenaries and speeding subway trains while they follow the trail deep into the tunnels under Manhattan—and what they find down there will change their lives forever.
Follow Hel and her friends on a coming-of-age journey through subterranean tunnels, and ultimately to the holy grail of lost cities: Atlantis!
Zack Kaplan (Eclipse, Port of Earth) and Alvaro Sarraseca (Magnus, Turok) bring you an adventure story unlike any other, collecting the whole series (issues 1-5).


RELAY, vol 1: Reality Denied TPB / $17.99 / Full Color / 120 pages / ON SALE 1.30.2018
Writer: Zac Thompson
Story: Zac Thompson & Donny Cates
Artists: Andy Clarke & Ryan Bodenheim
Colorist: Jose Villarrubia
Letterer: Charles Pritchett
Cover Artists: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
A perfect future of intergalactic travel and community. Every newly discovered planet is unified culturally through a monolithic structure known as the Galactic Relay. Although the towering monument is meant to inspire conformity of ideas, technology, and progress – many resent the foreign structure. Jad Carter, a Relay employee, must keep the peace and act as an emissary to new civilizations. But when he finds the Relay’s mythological creator, Hank Donaldson, his idea of reality and the universe shatters.
RELAY is an exploration of monoculture, identity and the deceptive nature of legend, set in a thriving future where humanity forcibly assimilates new worlds.
Written by Zac Thompson (The Dregs) from a story by Zac Thompson and Donny Cates (BABYTEETH, God CountryRedneck) with art by Andy Clarke (REPLICA, Batman) and Ryan Bodenheim (CREDITS T/K). Volume one contains the entire first arc —issues 1 – 5, plus the #0 origin issue from Free Comic Book Day 2018.

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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Blu-ray Review

First Comics News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:00

With Ant-Man and the Wasp coming to home media this week, here is what viewers can expect as far as exclusive extras on Blu-ray:

  • Director’s Intro by Peyton Reed – The talented creator behind some of Marvel Studios’ funniest and most charming films will invite home audiences deeper into the world of “Ant-Man and The Wasp.”
  • Making-of Featurettes:
    • Back in the Ant Suit: Scott Lang – Hero and all-star dad Scott Lang keeps the laughs coming for the audience, cast and crew.
    • A Suit of Her Own: The Wasp – Highly trained Hope Van Dyne is now the Wasp. See how some of her craziest stunts and action-packed scenes were brought to life.
    • Subatomic Super Heroes: Hank & Janet – Hank Pym’s wife Janet was lost in the quantum realm. Trace the legacy of these characters and the iconic actors who portray them.
    • Quantum Perspective: The VFX and Production Design of “Ant-Man and The Wasp” – Explore the movie’s visual effects and production design from a whole new viewpoint, in which every micro and macro detail counts.
  • Gag Reel and Outtakes – Audiences are treated to the hilarious quips that did not make the film as well as exclusive outtakes from Stan Lee and Tim Heidecker.
    • Gag Reel – Join in the fun with these outtakes from the set.
    • Stan Lee Outtakes – Stan Lee tries out a series of hilarious one-liners for the scene in which his car shrinks.
    • Tim Heidecker Outtakes – Check out Whale Boat Captain Daniel Goobler and his improvised whale-watching riffs.
  • Deleted Scenes (with commentary by Director Peyton Reed)
    • Worlds Upon Worlds – As Janet leads Hank through the surreal landscape of the quantum realm, they encounter an intelligent life form.
    • Sonny’s on the Trail – On the hunt for Hank Pym and his lab, Sonny Burch and his henchmen check the security camera of a neighborhood bookstore.

The following is a review of the content:

Ant-Man and the Wasp film: The film was a needed chance of pace and levity following the heavy and emotional events of Avengers: Infinity War.  Paul Rudd keeps that identifiable feeling of the MCU’s “every man” thrown into extraordinary situations.  However, Michael Pena’s character of Luis continues to steal the comic spotlight with his quick dialog and frantic comic demeanor.  Hannah John-Kamen’s character of the antagonist “Ghost” is convincingly portrayed as both menacing and sympathetic.

The action is a fun thrill ride.  From tiny to super size, it keeps the audience on their toes and wanting more. Also, the special effects are a visual wonder.  Ranging from the micro-sized “Quantum Realm” to the 65 foot “Giant Man,” the effects really add the popcorn movie fun.  Ant-Man and the Wasp is a welcome addition to the MCU, and fits will both with it’s predecessor and in the comedic corner it has carved out in the vast Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Director’s Intro by Peyton Reed: The intro offers a brief but insightful look at Peyton Reed’s acting choices and why he has loved directing these films.

 Making of Featurettes: Three of the four featurettes each feature the main characters of the film (Ant-Man/Scott Lang, Wasp/Hope Van Dyne, and Hank & Janet Pym).  Each one is a fun look at the making of the film and great insight into how the actors bring the characters to life.  Viewers also get a fun look at how the cast and crew felt working with the actors.

The fourth featurette looks into the visual effects and production of the film.  It is a great look behind the curtain for the casual viewer.  The viewer is not overwhelmed with unfamiliar technical terms and techniques.  The featurette really helps answer the question of “how did they do that?”  The viewer also gets a look at some details they may have missed while watching the film.

Gag reel: The viewer gets a look at some funny outtakes from the film.  It shows how much fun the actors and crew are having while making a film that they hopefully have fun watching.

Outtakes: The outtakes of Stan Lee and Tim Heidecker are fun to watch.  It is interesting to see what one liners they came up with for their cameos.  However, some viewers may be left saying “aww…why didn’t they use that one.”

Deleted scenes (with optional director’s commentary): While only offering only two scenes, it is still great to have the director’s commentary.  That helps to see why the scene was deleted and why it was shot in the first place.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is rated PG-13.  It is now available in digital, DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD formats.



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the Dark Witch Saga continues!

First Comics News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:51

Tarot #9 was first released in 2001, but if you missed this story arc -here’s your chance to know, Raven Hex, the Dark Witch’s past!

The Regular Edition will have Cover A ( on the Front) and Cover B ( on the back) signed Glossy Cover $15

We are also offering a very Special Limited Editions, the Medusa Chrome: Variant, Cover B will have a background all iridescent Rainbow chrome. A High-Quality Cover Limited to only 15 signed and numbered this Edition will be $ 45.

Pearl Blood Drip Shimmer Variant, Cover A -printed on pearl shimmer Heavy paper. Limited to only 15 signed and numbered this Edition will be $ 30.

Golden Medusa Shimmer Variant, Cover B -printed on golden shimmer Heavy paper. Limited to only 15 signed and numbered this Edition will be $ 30.

Save $10 the Variant Edition Bundle!!

Chrome Edition




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First Comics News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:41

PORTLAND, OR, 10/16/2018 — D.J. Kirkbride and Nikos Koutsis’ new series ERRAND BOYS gained critical acclaim upon launch with customers snapping up ERRAND BOYS #1. The series is poised to become a critical darling for those looking to add a high-octane adventure story to their pull-list.

In the future, if you can’t find a decent job, you run errands—the dangerous, often illegal kind. In ERRAND BOYS, readers met 30-year-old Jace Lopaz, a hard-worn scoundrel and a lifelong solo act—until he’s saddled with his 13-year-old half-brother Tawnk full-time. Now Jace has two mouths to feed while evading the law, running from aliens, and jumping off skyscrapers. The only thing weirder than the vastness of space is family.

ERRAND BOYS #1 (Diamond Code AUG180023) is available now. ERRAND BOYS #2 (Diamond Code SEP180161) will hit stores on Wednesday, November 7th.

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First Comics News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:36

PORTLAND, OR, 10/16/2018 — Writer MD Marie and artists Carlos Miko and Dema Jr. team up for VINDICATION, an all-new miniseries coming this January from Image Comics/Top Cow.

In turbulent times, when cops are often portrayed as enemies of the people, Detective Chip Christopher walks the blurred blue line between racism and due diligence in order to do his job. And right now it’s his job to investigate Turn, a young black man with a sketchy past—who was previously exonerated of a similar murder.

VINDICATION #1 (Diamond code: NOV180041) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, January 16th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 17th.

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First Comics News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:02

Insight Comics is pleased to announce The Comet, Vol. 1: Combustion, and as part of the launch, Insight Comics is giving away a free copy to one of our lucky readers.

All you need to do is send an email to with your name and mailing address, to enter the contest.

The contest runs for 2 weeks, from October 16th to October 30th, a name will be picked randomly.

After the contest, all entries will be destroyed, NO information will be saved, distributed or sold.

Winners are encouraged to post photos of themselves with their signed copy of Yellow Submarine to social media

The Comet, Vol. 1: Combustion

A soulless teenager battles demonic forces in this epic new comic, which mixes horror, urban fantasy, and coming-of-age drama to create an exciting superhero origin story.

Fifteen-year-old Kenzie Cook does not have the problems of a normal teenager. Tough classes, bad breakouts, getting a date for the prom? She wishes. Kenzie’s little sister is dying of cancer, and her family is barely holding it together under the weight of their grief and pain. Kenzie will do anything to save them all—even visit her estranged Aunt Emmy, a “healer” who claims to cure her patients by making deals with demonic forces. Aunt Emmy swears she can save Rae. All it will cost is Kenzie’s soul . . .

When Aunt Emmy’s ceremony goes terribly wrong, Kenzie is turned into something monstrous. Now she must battle her own guilt and anger as she attempts to rediscover her humanity—not to mention the vengeful demon unleashed by the ceremony whose only goal seems to be total chaos and destruction. As Kenzie learns to navigate her new powers and the responsibilities that come with them, she begins to wonder: What is the price of love? Does love make monsters of us all? Is this newfound power a gift or a burden? And, most unfathomable of all, what makes us human?

Written by Arianna Irwin

Illustrated by Francine Delgado | Colored by Alba Cardona

96 pages


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The Cultivating and Care of Campaign Mysteries

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 11:00

I wrote a post last week that was a follow-up to a previous posts where I outlined a few mysteries that had come up in our new 4 years-old Land of Azurth campaign. Anne of DIY & Dragons asked if I had in thoughts to share regarding who these mysteries developed and the development of this sort of stuff in general.

I should say this campaign is not an open sandbox. Most adventures come about by me as the DM laying out the particularly setting and situation, and the PC's confronting the problems as presented, or reframing the problem as something else and confronting that. The applicability of what I say here will of course vary based on how you run your campaign and the degree you care about such things, obviously.

Embed mysteries. I constructed the bones of the Land of Azurth setting to have some deep mysteries. I hinted at these but didn't strongly telegraph them, or push them on the players. They are to this day, not aware of most of them--though they have brushed against them once or twice, and are interested in things that connect to them. You have to be patient, but if you want the player's interested in the mysterious background of your setting it has to be there.

Don't make it all up. Some people feel like the fixed details of the setting are necessary for player's to make maximum meaningful choices about their actions. I advocate a more of a tv series looseness as I've discussed before. So, if one of my initial ideas was "the World Emperor is mad!" or whatever, but as I'm dropping hints to this, the PCs become convinced the "World Emperor is possessed!" well, you know, maybe he could be? Also, you have to leave room for the players' to become interested in things you hadn't thought of yet, and no need to waste all your good adventure seeds on fallow ground.

Recurrent NPCs with their own agendas. My players are suspicious that Viola, the Clockwork Princess of Yanth Country, despite most appearances as a benevolent monarch, may have a sinister agenda. What made them suspicious? Well, the Princess's somewhat callous behavior and general "need to know attitude," and conspiratorial musings of a pirate queen they once interacted with. These things would never have mattered if the PCs hadn't had frequently and suggestive interactions with the Princess for them to start wondering about her.

Treasures with a story. Magic items and treasure serves a utilitarian purpose, but it shouldn't just be --or even mostly--be that. In prepping for the session, I substituted the Book of Doors for a spell book in the original run of Mortzengersturm, and added a portal to 19th Century Earth in Mort's chamber. That has gotten at least one player very interested in portals and incursions from or too other worlds, and given me further references to drop in later adventures. The Projector to the Etheric Zone was another adventure seed lying in wait for the player's to take interest. And potentially valuable mysteries tend to get their interest first!

Work with the Players' creation. Most of my players came up with a little backstory at creation. No multi-page epics, but a paragraph or so, based on the map and campaign intro materials I gave them. Plus, I had asked them all at the outset, "Why are you in Rivertown?" Jim's bard, Kully, for instance had come looking for his missing father. He had initially told me a talking calico cougar had told him to seek his father in Rivertown. I suggested maybe it was a Calico Cat Man, and Jim agreed. Now, part of the setting intro was that their were no cat folk in Azurth. So, now we had a mystery--and a coincidental name connection to the mysterious crime lord I had already named. Then of course, there was the recent return of Kully's father to set off the recent adventure.

So that's it. Or, at least that's all I can think of at the moment. It's been gratifying to run a campaign where the players aren't just interested in the adventures, but in the world behind them.

Frozen Führer [ICONS]

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 14:00


Prowess: 4
Coordination: 4
Strength: 5
Intellect: 5
Awareness: 4
Willpower: 5

Determination: 1
Stamina: 10

Specialties: Military

Needs the Cold
Ruler of the Abhumans
"Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold"

Resistance (Cold): 7
Cold Control Gloves: 6
         Affliction (freezing), Blast (Ice), Binding (ice)

Alter Ego: Arno Kaltmann
Occupation: Professional Criminal, Terrorist
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Hans and Ilse (parents, deceased)
Group Affiliation: Masters of Menace
Base of Operations: The Hidden City of the Abhumans
First Appearance: DOUBLE ACTION #30
Height: 6’ Weight: 180 lbs.
Eyes: Blue Hair: White

Arno Kaltmann was born from a eugenics experiment by the German Thule Society. His parents were selected for their “pure Aryan” heredity, and in the womb, he was exposed to chemicals synthesized from instructions found in a manuscript discovered in the Antarctic in what was believed to be one of the last outposts of the Hyperborean civilization. From birth, Kaltmann exhibited an unusually low body temperature and an aversion to warmth. He was raised in  a special cold room, which suited his metabolism, but kept him isolated.

When the Thule Society disbanded, the Nazi government took over care of the young Kaltmann. Hitler viewed him as embodying a rediscovery of the pure Hyperborean ancestry of the Aryan peoples. The Nazi leadership wanted a army of genetic Hyperborean soldiers, but the Allied forces defeated them before their plans could be realized.

Kaltmann was captured by the U.S. military and moved to a secret facility in Greenland. There he was studied with the goal of replicating his resistance to the cold. A secret prisoner of war, he was kept in a containment cell and given no contact with the outside world.

When Kaltmann was in his early twenties, he took advantage of the guards’ distraction and escaped, killing a particularly callous military scientist as he went. He yearned for revenge against the Americans who had mistreated him and robbed him of the destiny he was promised as the forerunner of a master race.

He escaped into the Arctic, where he believed his enemies could not easily follow. There, he was discovered by a hidden offshoot of humanity known as the Abhumans. Some of the Abhuman community worshipped the extinct Hyperboreans, and recognizing Kaltmann’s link to them, hailed him as a messiah of sorts. Opportunists used the cult to overthrow the Abhuman royal family and install Kaltmann, with the idea that he would be their puppet. Kaltmann carried little for ruling the Abhuman city, but saw the Abhumans as allies in his plan for revenge against the United States.

To this end, Kaltmann had a cryosuit and cold projectors built by Abhuman engineers. As the Frozen Führer, he and his lackeys attempted to gain control of an ICBM silo in North Dakota. He planned to start a nuclear war to bring about “Fimbulwinter” and a new Ice Age, but his scheme was foiled by Thunderhawk and the female motorcyclist troubleshooters known as the Avenging Angels.

Though defeated, Frozen Führer was not deterred and as clashed with various heroes in his attempts to start a new, cold Reich.


First Comics News - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 21:39

PORTLAND, OR, 10/12/2018 — Image Comics is thrilled to announce that the first issue of Sam Humphries (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and Jen Bartel’s (The Mighty Thor, America) magical mystery series BLACKBIRD is being fast-tracked for a second printing in order to keep up with customer demand.

In BLACKBIRD, there exists a secret cabal of ruthless magic users hiding just out of sight in the neon lights of L.A.—and Nina Rodriguez knows it. She’s determined to see it for herself, even if everyone else thinks she’s crazy. But can she unravel this mystery before the Great Beast catches up with her?

BLACKBIRD #1 will remain available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (, the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (, iOS, Android, and Google Play. 

BLACKBIRD #1 2nd printing (Diamond code: AUG188950) and BLACKBIRD #2, Cover A by Jen Bartel (Diamond code: SEP180143) and Cover B by Mingjue Helen Chen (Diamond code: SEP180144), will be available on Wednesday, November 7th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, October 15th.

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First Comics News - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 21:36

Detective Pitor Wyrd is on the case!

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (October 12, 2018)—There are some cases that are simply too weird for law enforcement to solve. Enter Pitor Wyrd, an un-aging, invincible detective with a penchant for the strange who steps in to assist…for a fee. Between a botched attempt at recreating a certain US supersolider, a monster roaming the countryside, and a trail of bodies, there is no case too big, too small, or too weird.

Writer Curt Pires (The Fiction, The Forevers, Pop, The Tomorrows) joins forces with artist Antonio Fuso (G.I. Joe: Cobra, James Bond, The Girl Who Played with Fire) for Wyrd, a four-issue comics series that’s James Bond meets The X Files. The series is colored by Stefano Simeone and features variant covers by Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Rafael Albuquerque (Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald), Gabriele Dell’Otto (X-23), and Danijel Zezelj (Starve).

Wyrd #1 (of four) goes on sale January 30, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

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Who Will Stand…

First Comics News - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 21:33

When The Last Guardian Falls




Written by DONNY CATES



On Sale 1/23/19


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RICH REVIEWS: Submerged # 3

First Comics News - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 21:31

Title: Submerged # 3
Publisher: Vault Comics
Writer: Vita Ayala
Illustrator: Lisa Sterle
Colorist: Stelladia
Letterer: Rachel Deering
Covers by: Jen Bartel, Triona Farrell & Lisa Sterle
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: The fact that Elysia is gay is brought up it is to show who she is. Her father is not shown but only mentioned he is the one the family wants to impress. She and her brother Angel do not get along yet still she looks out for him. Is it obligation or love that drives her?
Things are never as they seem here.
It is raining and there is lots of flooding going on, now you know this has something to do with the story, but what?
Elysia has been protecting her little brother all her life. He does not seem worth it though. So why does she protect him so? Her last talk with him she interpreted wrongly. So what does that mean? What trouble is he in?
Who is that kingly figure Elysia sees? From the way the story has been going you are lead to believe it is one person. Is it really though.
Where is this journey taking Elysia? As you read this story you will be so drawn into it that you must know what is next.

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RICH REVIEWS: Submerged # 2

First Comics News - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 21:29

Title: Submerged # 2
Publisher: Vault Comics
Writer: Vita Ayala
Illustrator: Lisa Sterle
Colorist: Stelladia
Letterer: Rachel Deering
Covers by: Jen Bartel, Triona Farrell & Lisa Sterle
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating:  out of 5 stars
Comments: Elysia had a very difficult relationship with her mother growing up. In the subway now though she is having trouble with a woman/ghost or something. Elysia finds a boy not her brother and the two of them are found. They must run to escape the thing after them.
Elysia has the woman/ghost after her as well. Elysia does do a lot of running. She does not seem overly scared of this woman/ghost you would think she would be.
The art is good and gives Elysia a normal ordinary everyday look to her and the boy. The creatures they encounter are given a spooky terrifying look. These things you would not want to encounter anytime but especially not at night underground in an empty subway station.
This comic does have a way of creeping up on you. Elysia is on a journey not just to find her brother but one of self-discovery.

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