TITLE: RED RANGE
PUBLISHER: IDW PUBLISHING
WRITER: Joe R. Lansdale
ILLUSTRATOR: Sam Glanzman
COLORS: Jorge Blanco & Jok
LETTERS: Douglas Potter
EDITOR: Richard Klaw & Drew Ford
COVER: Sam Glanzman
SUMMARY: Set during the 19th century, and combining an unusual mix of racial unrest, oddball characters, and strange happenings, Red Range is a unique take on “The Western.” During a Klan lynching, a mysterious rider appears, and proves to be a deadly shot! It is the Red Mask, a tough, lethal, black man who wisely keeps his identity concealed, especially while battling his enemies. Through a series of events, the Red Mask continues to thwart the violent and hateful actions of the Klan, while picking up an orphan along the way, and teaching him how to turn his hate into something more positive.
COMMENTS: The story is set in the South just after the Civil War. You start out with the Klan, the “N” word, a man’s eyes gauged out with a wooden stick, and castration by fire and that’s just page 1. If that’s not enough page 2 contains rape and the discusion of if it’s ok to rape a black woman not becasue its bad to rape someone but because their racist and she is black. Then all of a sudden, a masked man rides in it’s the Red Mask. The Red Mask is a black version of the Lone Ranger and the story follows his battle with the Klan leader. Sam Glanzman details an extreme amount of violence. Then their is a dinosaure. Yes in the middle of a western with a black lead charater they come face to face with a T-Rex. WTF? This book is intersting, quirky and off beat at times and you will lover it!
Valiant is proud to announce that the publisher’s best-selling pre-order edition bundles will return this June with two new offerings: the SECRET WEAPONS #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE and the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4-9 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE! Expanding each of Valiant’s seismic releases to a colossal 40 pages packed with exclusive material for the standard $3.99 cover price, orders for each upcoming PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE must be placed with your local comics retailer by the June 2017 initial order date of April 27th, 2017 before they’re gone forever!
“The success of Valiant’s first pre-order bundle for the launch of X-O Manowar in March took everyone by surprise. On every level, from longtime fans to new readers to retailers, it exceeded our internal expectations by several multiples,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Based on that reaction, we’re upping the ante and expanding the program to include two of our biggest series of the summer and creating special features, including a ‘deleted scene’ that otherwise would have never been made available to the general public. This really is a special format and, as a show of thanks to those readers who get their pre-orders in early with their local comic shops, we’re redoubling our efforts to pack each and every Valiant pre-order edition to the gills with exclusive content too expansive for a standard comic.”
First: Reserve each issue of Livewire’s stunning, much-anticipated solo debut with the SECRET WEAPONS #1–4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – spanning the complete, VALIANT PRESTIGE-format limited series from Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (screenwriter of the international hit motion picture ARRIVAL, as well as the upcoming BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER feature films from Sony Pictures) and Harvey Award-nominated artist Raul Allen (Wrath of the Eternal Warrior)! Released monthly from June through September, 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! Available only as a pre-order set, the SECRET WEAPONS #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE can only be ordered as a set and must be ordered with your local comic shop by the initial order date of April 27th, 2017!
The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rexo seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…
Then: In the wake of X-O Manowar’s epic debut, don’t miss the next staggering act of the year’s most-talked about new series with the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4-9 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE! Available only as a pre-order set, the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4-9 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – including six, massively expanded editions of X-O MANOWAR’s “GENERAL” and “EMPEROR” story arcs by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Divinity, Dept. H) and superstar artists Doug Braithwaite (Bloodshot U.S.A., Justice) and Clayton Crain (Rai, X-Force) – can only be ordered as a set and must be ordered with your local comic shop by the initial order date of April 27th, 2017! Released monthly from June through November, each installment of this six-issue pre-order bundle comes packed with all-new extras and bonus content, including creator commentary and behind-the-scenes process materials…including AN UNFINISHED DELETED SCENE that won’t be found anywhere else!
In the fires of victory, a soldier becomes…a general. With the hostile Cadmium army crushed beneath his force’s boots, Aric of Dacia now commands an entire fleet into the final battle for the soul of an empire. But as a new dawn rises across this unrelenting alien world, what vicious new menace will come forth to greet it?
The only way to obtain each of these Valiant PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLES is to pre-order both sets with your local comic shop by the June initial order date of April 27th, 2017! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!
Head to your local comic shop and place your orders early to get an exclusive and expanded reading experience like no other! Loaded with new content that fans won’t find anywhere else, now is the time to jump onboard the most talked-about series of the summer, only in the SECRET WEAPONS #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE and the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4-9 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – only available until April 27th, 2017!SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4)
SECRET WEAPONS PRE-ORDER EDITION #1-4 BUNDLE
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTIN
Covers by CLAYTON HENRY
SECRET WEAPONS #1 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale JUNE 28th
SECRET WEAPONS #2 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale JULY 19th
SECRET WEAPONS #3 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale AUGUST 16th
SECRET WEAPONS #4 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale SEPTEMBER 20th
$15.96 US [four issues] | 40 pgs. each | PRESTIGE FORMAT | T+
X-O MANOWAR #4 (ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING ON POINT! “GENERAL” – PART 1)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover B by DAVE JOHNSON
Interlocking Variant Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by BOB LAYTON
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale JUNE 28th
X-O MANOWAR PRE-ORDER EDITION #4-9 BUNDLE
Written by MATT KINDT
Art DOUG BRAITHWAITE (#4–6) and CLAYTON CRAIN (#7–9)
Covers by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (#4–6) and CLAYTON CRAIN (#7–9)
X-O MANOWAR #4 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale JUNE 28th
X-O MANOWAR #5 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale JULY 26th
X-O MANOWAR #6 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale AUGUST 23rd
X-O MANOWAR #7 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale SEPTEMBER 27th
X-O MANOWAR #8 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale OCTOBER 25th
X-O MANOWAR #9 PRE-ORDER EDITION | On Sale NOVEMBER 22nd
$23.94 US [six issues] | 40 pgs. each | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+
SECRET WEAPONS #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – Coupon
SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Pre-Order Edition Cover by Clayton Henry
SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Artwork by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin
SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Artwork by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin
SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Artwork by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin
SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Artwork by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Cover A by Lewis LaRosa
Title: Lumberjanes # 36
Publisher: BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box
Created by: Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson & Brooke Allen
Written by: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Illustrated by: Carolyn Nowak
Colors by: Maarta Laiho
Letters by: Aubrey Aiese
Cover: Kat Leyh
Variant Cover: Slimm Fabert
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: out of 5 stars
Comments: The roller derby game is on its the Sas-Squashers vs the Rumblejanes. The game is not overly exciting. Than things change up as death traps are added to the track. It does not really make the game anymore exciting though.
Things turn out pretty much how you would expect them to.
The track of death is a let down. Even having a ring of fire on it does not make it thrilling. Better faster paced writing and better more fast paced looking art was needed.
The Lumberjanes are still shown as the coolest friends ever. These girls are something special in this area of the world in this campground where so many unexplained things and creatures seem to turn up.
Last time, I began to explain just how much of an influence Batman has had on my life. When I ran out of energy, Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns was coming.
Now, I had given up comics prior to this event, as I pointed out previously. But Batman’s sidekick, Robin, was instrumental in me getting back into buying them again.
The New Teen Titans comics, with Robin as the team leader, was a hot item for DC Comics. My brother Randy never stopped collecting comics even though I had. So, when he had trouble getting New Teen Titans #1, I was recruited to go to a local comics specialty shop to buy one.
That was a significant change for comics fans. Having a store dedicated to comics meant not having to rifle through drug store racks or shelves. It also meant being able to get nearly all the comics you wanted without missing issues, which often plagued and discouraged collectors.
So I went to a local store and asked for New Teen Titans #1. The store owner handed me a copy of the comic already inserted into mylar protection with a backing board. I knew Randy would like that. The bad news was what he wanted $2.50 for what was cover-priced for only fifty cents! Now, my brother was ready for this and had told me to buy it regardless of how much it cost. Grumbling all the way, I paid five times cover price for the comic. Little did I know that it wouldn’t be the last time I would do that.
I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so I carefully opened the comic and read it. It was actually pretty good—no Spider-Mobile or Superman sand duplicates! It had great art (George Perez remains my favorite artist to this day), interesting stories and intriguing characters. So I started to buy that comic on a regular basis.
Soon I began picking up other comics as well again. But I recoiled at what my favorite hero was going through in those days.
Among other things, Batman was lip-locking a slinky creature of the night called Nocturna and fighting nutty villains like the Calendar Man. Since it was all silly stuff to me, I couldn’t bring myself to see my hero wallowing in the mud like that.
One week, the guy who owned the store I bought my comics in told me I just needed to add two more comics to my list and I’d get a higher discount. I looked at the Batman books, swallowed hard and added them to my monthly order.
I wish I could say they were enjoyable. They weren’t. The best part was getting to watch Nocturna in a hot air balloon float off into a red sky. I hoped she never be seen again, but she has had a pretty unimportant return recently. That’s all she deserves, in my opinion. No more!
In 1986, my brother and I had the opportunity to go with the guy who owned the store to a local meeting of comics distributors. Among the displays intended to intrigue the owners of comic-book stores was a xeroxed copy of pages from something called The Dark Knight Returns, and it featured a much older Bruce Wayne who had retired from crime fighting. I was impressed by what I saw of Frank Miller’s plot and art, so I told the store owner to be sure to order five copies just for me.
Instead, he placed the order for the usual monthly number of Batman comics he ordered, a whole three of them.
Luckily, my brother and I had started buying comics at more than one store, and we had gotten to be regular customers with another owner. This guy, unlike the first one, actually read the comics he sold, so he ordered plenty of The Dark Knight Returns. I told him I wanted five copies just to cover my bases.
The day the book came out, my brother reached the second store before me, and he held up the unique cover that featured Batman’s silhouette against a blue background and white lightning bolt. I called out from across the room, “Okay, give me ten!”
When I returned to the first comics store, the owner was on the phone with his local distributor. He was yelling, “I NEED MORE OF THIS COMIC OR MY STORE WILL GO UNDER!” They managed to get him a few more copies, of which I got one. Whoopee.
That began my search across the state looking for more copies of The Dark Knight Returns. I went to every Waldenbooks I could find, buying any first printings I saw. Still, when I found second or third printings, I still bought them … just to be sure.
And the books were hot. My brother and I checked around, and first printings of the first issue sold for three times the cover price.
Eventually, the owner of the second store found out how much The Dark Knight Returns was selling for, and he approached my brother about buying back some of the copies of Dark Knight we had acquired from him. “I just feel badly for taking advantage of you both and selling you so many copies,” he said.
My brother replied, “Well, we’d do that, but then we’d feel badly for taking advantage of YOU by making you have to buy back what you have already sold us.” The store owner was crestfallen.
Then I said, “Besides, you’d just sell them for three times cover.”
He actually smiled.
He looked at us differently after that. Yes, we DID know what we were talking about, at least when it came to comics.
The only comics-related statue I bought for years was the one released in conjunction with Dark Knight. It cost $195, which was astronomical for me. But it was Batman, and I had to have it. I made payments for weeks to get it. When I took it home, it took me weeks to open it up and actually look at it.
I still have that statue, by the way. You can see an image of it to the right.
And Batman had returned to the front burner of my consciousness.
It wasn’t long after when word came that the first Batman film since Adam West ran holding a bomb was in the works.
I was terrified. I had heard rumors of Bill Murray playing the Dark Knight and Eddie Murphy portraying Robin. I had reason to be concerned.
Then Michael Keaton, the actor who played the title role in Mr. Mom, was chosen for the title role in Batman. I was absolutely horrified.
Finally, in 1989, just before release of the film, the novelization came out. I bought it and read the first few chapters. When I reached the line when Batman told a criminal he was holding over the side of a tall building, “I AM THE NIGHT,” I was relieved.
A local comics store had arranged for a group of fans to get a special preview of the film on Thursday night late. I was lucky enough to be among them.
I was transfixed. It had action, thrills, great characters and even some comedy for comics geeks. As long as he didn’t turn his head, Batman’s outfit was amazing. Wow! A Batman fan’s dream come true!
I saw that movie in the theater 10 times, a personal record. I bought T-shirts, toys and action figures related to the film. I bought every comics version of the film they made. I was home again.
And the comics had improved as well. I was actually glad to be buying and reading them again. Batman was kicking butt and taking names. I was loving life.
Little did I know that it was about to get even better.
Next time: Batman hits animation.
Publisher: BOOM! Comics
Writers: Dennis Hopeless, Tini Howard
Illustrated by: Serg Acuna
Colored by: Doug Garbark
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
Cover by: Dan Moira
Variant Covers by: Dylan Burnett, Frank Zerilli, Felipe Massafera, Adam Riches, Brent Schoonover with colors by Nick Filardi, Scott Newman
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: Here we get a realistic look at what happens when a WWE super star is injured. Seth Rollins is going through it here and the presentation in both story and art will give you a great idea of what these athletes go through and how hard it is.
Here Seth’s determination is clearly shown. He is a man who just will not quit. He comes back stronger and better than before.
Other wrestlers are also shown the New Day has some fun. Roman is shown as the new Champion. The wrestlers are all shown as they are on TV but with a touch of reality to them. These are wrestlers but they are also real people to.
“The Brawler and the Beast” Finn Balor, the Demon King walks a lonely stretch of road. This is the tale of how Finn Balor became the Demon King. It is a short story bursting with action as two being fight and only one comes out on top
Ember is making her triumphant return, joining up with the Lookers, this summer! But we have so many more Boundless fans now than when we released the first issue of Ember several years ago, we wanted to do something special to give everyone a chance to be caught up with the story. Christian Zanier, the creative mastermind behind Ember, is re-mastering all the pages from #0 for a Beautified edition, and even adding a couple red hot NEW pages!
“Beautified” is our name for variant INTERIOR ARTWORK, with less clothes and more erotic! So the story just got more nude. Every page is different than the standard edition, not just variant covers! Beautified are a new product we are trying out, but they are very expensive to create, so we could use your orders. These editions have not been offered anywhere else, exclusively here! Christian Zanier has created an amazing four-part connecting cover set for this issue reflecting all the key parts of Ember’s story – Fashion, Fame, Ignition and Inferno!
There are clothed and nude covers for each as well as ultra-limited Century Adult covers, that are not just limited to 100 copies, but all-new images! A total of 12 covers, three versions for each of the four key scenes. All covers are very limited, the Clothed and Nude covers (four of each) are limited to 500 copies each and the Century Adult cover (four) just 100 copies each!
To top it off, we are offering a limited number of bundles for 40% off! Only 50 are available, and based on the Jungle Fantasy Annual Beautified sales, we expect to sell out promptly. So grab one now, and thanks for your support!
First Comics News: In “Dark Creations” which story do you work on and what is it about?
Gabriel Smith: Well dark creations is a showcase book. Which features 10 artists 5 pieces of artwork a piece for each artist. Dark creations is a showcase book for people who like to see their artwork published otherwise might not.
1st: Which creature or creatures do you draw in “Dark Creations”?
Gabriel: I would have to say creatures are all about dark creations from the look of the page to artwork in the book.
1st: What was most challenging for you about working on “Dark Creations”?
Gabriel: Dark creations is a fun book and we like to keep it that way.
1st: How did you get so good at drawing monsters?
Gabriel: Getting good at drawing monsters for me started when I was young. Practice practice practice.
1st: Which is the most fearsome monster you have created?
Gabriel: The warebat probably the most fearsome monster to date that I’ve created More to come.
1st: Why do people love to see monsters?
Gabriel: I think monsters are something that people wish were real. And when something comes close to being one. They say that’s fncool.
1st: Which comic book besides “Dark Creations” would you most like to work on?
Gabriel: Well if I work for dark horse maybe Hellboy or Aliens, Marvel maybe Spider-Man. As far as horror goes anything from Hellraiser to Ash vs Evil Dead. Maybe a mutant fish man like Creature from the Black Lagoon.
1st: What do you have to say to the readers of “Dark Creations”?
Gabriel: Fncool has some more book in store for its audience be on the look out for fncool entertainment.
Tarot#103: Coven of the Nameless Ones :Tarot discovers the Coven that was responsible for her kidnapping. She decides not to tell her husband, for she fears it would be too dangerous for him to follow. It is a decision she may soon regret for the Coven of the Nameless Ones’ lair will become her tomb!
In stores March 29th 2017
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This June, fans can experience the world of Wonder Woman on more than just Hollywood’s silver screen as DC announces a special one-shot story WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR #1. This tale from writer Tim Seeley (NIGHTWING, GRAYSON) and artist Christian Duce (DETECTIVE COMICS, BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL) introduces a new adventure for the first man who stepped into Wonder Woman’s world in Themyscira.
“Steve and Diana’s longtime friendship, despite their coming from separate worlds, is inspiring. But in this story, we’ll get a chance to see Steve come face to face with a villain from Wonder Woman’s past, who he’ll have to overcome without her help, ” says Seeley. “I’m excited to dive back into the life of Steve Trevor, and give him a new and crazy adventure of his own.”
They have been friends and lovers, but more importantly they have been there for each other over the decades. From Steve’s first moments on Paradise Island to the day that Diana left her home to join Man’s World, they have worked together and fought to protect humanity. But now, Steve Trevor will be forced to face an ancient foe, and he’ll have to do it alone. Where is Wonder Woman? And what will become of Steve Trevor? Find out in this thrilling, action-packed story.
WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR #1 is on sale June 7.
(March 17, 2017 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Russell Arons, has been named General Manager of Machinima, Warner Bros. Digital Network Group’s multi-platform programming service with a global community of gamer, comic, and hero fans. This announcement was made today by Craig Hunegs, President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group and President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group. Arons will work with Chad Gutstein, Machinima’s current CEO, on a multi-week transition plan, after which he’ll leave the company to pursue entrepreneurial projects.
In her new role, Arons will lead all of Machinima’s creative, marketing services, data analytics, business development and operations, as well as the Machinima MCN.
“Russell is a terrific creative executive with exceptional audience experience and brand building capabilities. With deep knowledge in gaming, she speaks the same language as our Machinima creators, community and team, and has the proven ability to build and unlock strong consumer relationships,” said Hunegs. “In her new role, Russell will deepen Machinima’s relationship with an audience that’s important to many Warner Bros. divisions to further optimize our marketing and direct-to-consumer activities and serve as a hub for social video across the company.”
Machinima became part of Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group in November 2016; prior to that, the Studio was an investor in the programming service. A global programming service and production operation delivering popular programming to millions, Machinima runs a full-service production studio and has premium content partnerships with key platforms, including Playstation Vue, Amazon Prime, Verizon’s go90, China’s Sohu and The CW Network. According to comScore (January 2017), Machinima is the 10th largest digital video entertainment media company in the U.S. ranked by total unique viewers. Globally, Machinima has 3.8 billion monthly video views for a total of 19 billion minutes of video watched per month.
“I’d also like to thank Chad for his many contributions over the last three years,” Hunegs continued. “He’s done a great job leading Machinima’s team as they’ve strengthened their creator network, improved audience engagement and launched a content studio. I know he’s eager to take on a new venture, and everyone at Warner Bros. wishes him great success.”
Arons joined Warner Bros. in 2009 as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. She has been a key member of the leadership team responsible for building WBIE into a top-tier video game publisher with global franchises and multiple studios.
Before WBIE, Arons served as head of marketing for Electronic Arts’ EA Play division which included “The Sims” and “MySims” franchises, “Harry Potter” and the Hasbro portfolio, based on popular toy brands and board games. Prior to joining EA in 2007, Arons served as Vice President of Marketing at InfoSpace and, before that, she spent a decade at Mattel. Arons is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Lake Forest College in Illinois with degrees in Business and Philosophy.
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This week’s cosplay girl of the week is Vlada
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