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First Comics News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 20:56

yeah but just a small part of finger. They managed to save it

— Dr Black (@darewolf333) June 15, 2017

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Don’t Miss His Amazing Adventures … The Atomic Thunderbolt #1

First Comics News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 19:56

There seems to be a trend in pop culture to rehash, reuse, reboot older properties. Old TV shows are becoming movies, sequels are being created decades after the original and in comic books characters are getting rebooted. For the most part, I’m not a fan. They rarely recapture the magic of the original. But in a few cases when the property is in the right hands something great can come from another kick at the can.

Atomic Thunderbolt #1 Cover

William ‘Willy the Wharf Rat’ Burns debuted as the titular character in The Atomic Thunderbolt #1. This first, and only issue debuted in 1946 by publisher Regor Co. Only 15 pages of the character were ever published but that was enough to interest IPPY Award winning writer Kevin Powers some 70 years later. With the character in public domain, Keven set out to revive William Burns and his Atomic Thunderbolt persona with a new comic series initially launched through a Kickstarter project. Recently Kevin distributed the first issue as a digital copy reward from that Kickstarter.

Right off the bat Kevin hits a nice little nostalgic nerve by setting the first story in 1946. Reading the word “mook” brought a sly little smirk to my lips as the post war setting is emphasized with the dialog choices. The story opens with a mysterious super hero saving the day and being brought to the attention of the CIA’s precursor, the Office of Strategic Services. There, Agent McPherson starts the investigation to identify this new hero while dropping a tonne of hints towards a “he isn’t the first superhero” sub-plot. After hitting the streets McPherson gets sufficient info to identify William Burns and a sting operation to draw out the reluctant hero unfolds. And of course, what 1940’s comic book would be complete without an appearance by Nazis? Captain America: First Avenger, ABC’s first season of Wonder Woman … this post war period is very familiar territory for an old comic reader like myself and I liked it a lot.

Atomic Thunderbolt #1 Interior Page

Provided as a backup feature in the comic, the original 15-page story scanned from an original Atomic Thunderbolt #1 was a nice touch giving us the public domain original story to read for ourselves.

Kevin’s story flows well and hits the first issue checklist efficiently. Origin, intro all the characters, set the stage, and leave sufficient clues for future sub-plots. The art from Matt Gaudio is pretty darn good but it does show an artist fairly early in their career. Some of the facial expressions are a tad unrefined and the occasional anatomy issue pops up. The inking is a bit less solid then I would prefer with some black areas not being filled in fully in a style choice that wasn’t my favourite. Aside from this black issue the rest of the colouring from Donna Gregory is great.

So, I’m hooked. I want to read more. I want the next issue.

Issue: The Atomic Thunderbolt #1 | Publisher: TJ Comics
Writer: Kevin Powers | Artists: Matt Gaudio & Donna Gregory
Price: $8.00 – 48 pages Limited Kickstarter Edition

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New biography of Marvel legend Stan Lee

First Comics News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 19:36

Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel (Rowman & Littlefield, September 2017, adult trade, retail $22.95)


First biography of Marvel legend Stan Lee by acclaimed cultural historian and biographer Bob Batchelor.


Batchelor is the author of Mad Men: A Cultural History, John Updike: A Critical Biography, and Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel, among others. He is a noted popular culture commentator and editor.

Endorsements for Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel


“An insightful and candid look at one of the 20th century’s greatest mythmakers.”

— Mark Waid, writer, Kingdom Come


“A brilliant biography of the legendary Stan Lee, focusing on his pioneering role in the development of the comics industry and his impact on American popular culture and society. Stan Lee is must reading for comics fans and anyone interested in the creative process. A great book about a great man.”

— Arthur Asa Berger, author of Li’l Abner and The Comic-Stripped American




Bob Batchelor website:



The Amazing Spider-Man. The Incredible Hulk. The Invincible Iron Man. These are just a few of the iconic superheroes to emerge from the mind of Stan Lee. From the mean streets of Depression-era New York City to recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Lee’s life has been almost as remarkable as the thrilling adventures he spun for decades. From millions of comic books fans of the 1960s through billions of moviegoers around the globe, Stan Lee has touched more people than almost any person in the history of popular culture.

In Stan Lee: The Man behind Marvel, Bob Batchelor offers an eye-opening look at this iconic visionary, a man who created (with talented artists) many of history’s most legendary characters. In this energetic and entertaining biography, Batchelor explores how Lee capitalized on natural talent and hard work to become the editor of Marvel Comics as a teenager. After toiling in the industry for decades, Lee threw caution to the wind and went for broke, co-creating the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, and others in a creative flurry that revolutionized comic books for generations of readers. Marvel superheroes became a central part of pop culture, from collecting comics to innovative merchandising, from superhero action figures to the ever-present Spider-Man lunchbox.

Batchelor examines many of Lee’s most beloved works, including the 1960s comics that transformed Marvel from a second-rate company to a legendary publisher. This book reveals the risks Lee took to bring the characters to life and Lee’s tireless efforts to make comic books and superheroes part of mainstream culture for more than fifty years.

Stan Lee: The Man behind Marvel not only reveals why Lee developed into such a central figure in American entertainment history, but brings to life the cultural significance of comic books and how the superhero genre reflects ideas central to the American experience. Candid, authoritative, and utterly absorbing, this is a biography of a man who dreamed of one day writing the Great American Novel, but ended up doing so much more—changing American culture by creating new worlds and heroes that have entertained generations of readers.

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Bill Messner-Loebs and Jack Kirby to Receive 2017 Bill Finger Award

First Comics News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 19:25

Bill Messner-Loebs and Jack Kirby have been selected to receive the 2017 Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. The selection, made by a blue-ribbon committee chaired by writer-historian Mark Evanier, was unanimous.

“As always, I asked on my blog for suggestions of worthy recipients,” Evanier explains.  “Many were nominated and the committee chose Bill as the worthiest of those still alive and working, and Jack because although his artwork has always been justly hailed, his contribution as a writer has been too often minimized or overlooked. In fact, in the years we’ve been doing this award, Jack Kirby has received many more nominations than anyone else, but we held off honoring him until this year because it seemed appropriate to finally do it in the centennial of his birth, and because members of his family will be at Comic-Con to accept on his behalf.”

The Bill Finger Award was created in 2005 at the instigation of comic book legend Jerry Robinson. “The premise of this award is to recognize writers for a body of work that has not received its rightful reward and/or recognition,” Evanier explains. “Even though the late Bill Finger now finally receives credit for his role in the creation of Batman, he’s still the industry poster boy for writers not receiving proper reward or recognition.”

Bill Messner-Loebs has been a cartoonist and writer since the 1970s. He has worked for DC, Marvel, Comico, Power Comics, Texas Comics, Vertigo, Boom!, Image, IDW, and the U.S. State Department (for which he produced a comic about the perils of land mines). He has written Superman, Flash, Aquaman, Mr. Monster, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Dr. Fate, Jonny Quest, Spider-Man, Thor, and the Batman newspaper strip. He wrote and drew Journey: The Adventures of Wolverine MacAlistaire and Bliss Alley, and he co-created The Maxx and Epicurus the Sage. He has also delivered pizzas, done custom framing, been a library clerk, sold art supplies, and taught cartooning.

Jack Kirby (1917–1994) photo by Jackie Estrada

Jack Kirby has been called “The King of the Comics” for both his dazzling, trend-setting artwork and his innovative ideas and stories, as well as the countless popular characters and comics he created or co-created.  Among those characters and comics are Captain America, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four, The Boy Commandos, The Newsboy Legion, Young Romance, Sky Masters, The New Gods, The Demon, The Challengers of the Unknown, The Silver Surfer, Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, Nick Fury—Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, The Forever People, Kamandi—The Last Boy on Earth, Captain Victory, The Eternals, The Black Panther, Fighting American, and many, many others.  Many readers knew him first as an artist on the Marvel comics of the 1960s, but in prior decades he wrote as much as he drew, and even at Marvel he plotted stories and made other contributions while receiving only an artist credit. His work, with or without other writers, continues to be the most reprinted ever in the history of comic books.

The Bill Finger Award honors the memory of William Finger (1914–1974), who was the first and, some say, most important writer of Batman. Many have called him the “unsung hero” of the character and have hailed his work not only on that iconic figure but on dozens of others, primarily for DC Comics.

In addition to Evanier, the selection committee consists of Charles Kochman (executive editor at Harry N. Abrams, book publisher), comic book writer Kurt Busiek, artist/historian Jim Amash, cartoonist Scott Shaw!, and writer/editor Marv Wolfman.

The major sponsor for the 2017 awards is DC Comics; supporting sponsors are Heritage Auctions and Maggie Thompson.

The Finger Award falls under the auspices of Comic-Con International: San Diego and is administered by Jackie Estrada. The awards will be presented during the Eisner Awards ceremony at this summer’s Comic-Con International on Friday, July 21 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel.

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First Comics News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:58

Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA Police Department Chief Charlie Beck to
Light Bat-Signal in Honor of Beloved Batman TV Series Star

Holy Bat-signal, Batman! In a fitting tribute to pop culture icon Adam West, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Department Chief Charlie Beck will join surprise Bat-guests for a ceremonial lighting of the Bat-signal at City Hall this Thursday evening, June 15.

The legendary star of the classic Batman TV series, which aired from 1966-68, passed away on Friday, June 9 at the age of 88. In rememberance of West’s unforgettable portrayal of the celebrated “Bright Knight,” Mayor Garcetti and Chief Beck will light the iconic Bat-signal, which will be projected onto the tower of Los Angeles City Hall at Spring Street. Attending Bat-fans are invited to don their Bat-suits and trusty utility belts in honor of West’s signature role as the true crimefighter.

Here are the details of the ceremony:

When: Thursday, June 15

Time: 9:00 PM PST

Location: Los Angeles City Hall, Spring Street Steps: 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

If fans are not able to join in the tribute Thursday night, the West family encourages Adam’s “old chums” to make a donation to the Adam West Memorial Fund for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Idaho-based charity for children diagnosed with cancer and their families, Camp Rainbow Gold.

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RICH REVIEWS: Faith # 12

First Comics News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:18

Title: Faith # 12
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Joe Eisma
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Kano
Variant Covers: Jen Bartel, Sarah Winifred Searle
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Comments: Chris, Sidney, Dark Star and Murder Mouse make up the evil team of the Faithless. They have actually captured Faith. It would have been nice to see and know how Faith was captured.
Faith uses her brains to manipulate the villains. The whole thing with Faith facing these villains the Faithless is done so lackluster. There is no big battle, there is next to no actual fighting. They basically just stand around talking most of the time.
Faith is not drawn in her super-hero costume. Half of the villains do not have costumes. Sidney’s costume is basically just her regular attire. Murder Mouse is the only one with a real super villain costume.
Faith was set up to look like a criminal but guess what she has faith in herself to clear her name. This faith of hers is something that makes her stand out above other super-heroes. She has faith and you will have faith in Faith.

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Frank Miller Comes to Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

First Comics News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:06

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – June 15, 2017 – You won’t want to miss the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con, taking place September 22-24 at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center. The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to announce the addition of Frank Miller for a Friday-only appearance at our 2017 event.

Frank Miller is a comic book writer and artist, a screenwriter, a film director, and a movie producer. Originally from just down the street in Olney, MD, Frank was raised in Montpelier, VT, and eventually found his way to New York City and the comic book industry in the late 1970s.

Finding work in Gold Key Comics initially, he went on to work with DC and Marvel. At the latter, after recurring fill-in and cover artist gigs, he took over art and, eventually, writing duties on Daredevil.

He co-plotted the Wolverine limited series with Chris Claremont, and would continue working on titles (his own and those of the companies for which he worked) including Ronin, Daredevil: Born Again, Elektra Lives Again, The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, and 300. In addition to his comic book work, Miller wrote the scripts for Robocop 2 and 3, directed the film version of The Spirit, shared directing duties with Robert Rodriguez on the Palme d’Or-nominated Sin City and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and produced the film 300. Eagle-eyed viewers can spot him in cameo roles in Robocop 2, Daredevil, Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and The Spirit. Miller is known for creating Elektra for Marvel Comics’ Daredevil series, and a female version of the Robin character, Carrie Kelley, for DC Comics.

Miller will be appearing on Friday only, and a limited number of tickets are available for fan interaction during his appearance. To purchase tickets to the Baltimore Comic-Con and the Frank Miller events specifically, please see our tickets webpage.

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Joel Adams (Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book), Neal Adams (Harley’s Little Black Book), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Scott Ethan Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Toybox Time Machine: A Catalog of the Coolest Toys Never Made), Lee Bermejo (Batman: Noel), Reilly Brown (Slapstick), Mark Buckingham (Everafter: From the Pages of Fables), Dave Bullock (The Rocketeer at War), Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen), Jim Calafiore (Surviving Megalopolis), Chris Campana (The Rhode Warrior), Richard Case (King: Jungle Jim), Elias Chatzoudis (Peepland), Frank Cho (Skybourne), Amy Chu (KISS), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Gerry Conway (Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Dawn/Vampirella), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), Joshua Dysart (Imperium, courtesy of Hero Initiative), G. D. Falksen (The Ouroboros Cycle), David Finch (Batman), Meredith Finch (Catwoman: Election Night), Ramona Fradon (Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters), Bob Fujitani (Doktor Solar), John Gallagher (Underdog), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman), Mike Gold (The Pilgrim), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Daniel Govar (A Year of Marvels: The Uncanny); Scott Hanna (Wonder Woman), Dean Haspiel (Dark Horse Presents), Glenn Hauman (The Whisper Campaign), Marc Hempel (Sandman), Ken Hunt (Talon), Klaus Janson (Dark Knight III: The Master Race), Brian Joines (Bill & Ted Go to Hell), Arvell M. Jones (Marvel Premiere), JG Jones (Batwoman), Justin Jordan (Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern), Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance), Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter covers), Matt Kindt (Ninjak), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (Avengers), Tony Kordos (Batman and Robin Eternal), Evelyn Kriete (Weird Tales), Alisa Kwitney (Convergence Batgirl), Greg LaRocque (Stargate Atlantis: Hearts and Minds), Hope Larson (Batgirl), Mike Lilly (Red Agent), Joe Linsner (Harley Quinn), Nate Lovett (Actionverse featuring Midnight Tiger), Andrew MacLean (Headlopper), Elliot S. Maggin (Superman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Mike Manley (Judge Parker), David Marquez (Civil War II), Billy Martin (X-Men Gold), Alitha Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Ron Marz (Dread Gods), Ed McGuinness (Spider-Man/Deadpool), Mike McKone (Old Man Logan), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Steve McNiven (Secret Empire), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Frank Miller (Sin City), Mark Morales (Deathstroke), Tony Moy (The X-Files: Season 10), Melody Often (Amazing Forest), Denny O’Neil (Green Lantern/Green Arrow, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk), Tom Palmer (The Avengers), Tom Palmer (DC/Looney Tunes 100-Page Super Spectacular), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Dan Parent (Your Pal Archie), Paul Pelletier (Cyborg), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Revolution), Khoi Pham (Teen Titans, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Keith Pollard (Fantastic Four), Lyle Pollard (Scarlet Huntress), Tom Raney (Invincible Iron Man), Afua Richardson (Black Panther), Rafer Roberts (Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe), Don Rosa (Donald Duck), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Andy Runton (Owly), Julie Fujii Sakai (Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Stuart Sayger (Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas), Bart Sears (Dread Gods), Louise Simonson (Faith), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), Megan Sloane (Lark’s Killer), Andy Smith (Earth 2), John K. Snyder III (Suicide Squad), Charles Soule (Astonishing X-Men), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Rob Stull (Executive Assistant: Orchid), Peter Tomasi (Superman), John Totleben (Convergence: Swamp Thing), Billy Tucci (Shi), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Ethan Van Sciver (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Gus Vazquez (Big Hero 6), Mark Waid (Avengers), Michael Watkins (Pantha), Mark Wheatley (Doctor Who), Freddie E. Williams II (Batman/TMNT), Bill Willingham (The Kamandi Challenge), Ron Wilson (The Thing), Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom), Marv Wolfman (Raven, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl), David Yardin (Jean Grey), Kelly Yates (Torchwood), and Thom Zahler (Time & Vine).

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming.

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First Comics News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 16:59

PJ Black/Justin Gabriel has been injured recently in a base jumping accident. Black suffered a broken leg and lost a finger in the accident.

Black won’t be appearing at the Australian House of Hardcore tour as a result of his injuries.

This is the third base jump injury for the Darewolf.

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Captain Canuck Season 3 #1 Andrew Thomas Exclusive Variant Pre-Orders

First Comics News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 16:34



Artist Andrew Thomas, colourist Donovan Yaciuk and Chapterhouse Publishing are just hitting it out of the park with yet ANOTHER new limited edition variant cover for Captain Canuck #1. Exclusively sold directly by artist Andrew Thomas this version portrays a gender-bending Ms. Canuck! This variant is even more limited at only 200 issues printed.

Final Approved Cover

Captain Canuck Vol. 3 #1  features the continuation of the The Chapterverse. “Tom Evans has walked away from Equilibrium, his brother Michael, and the mantle of Captain Canuck, choosing to return instead to a simple life on the reservation near Flin Flon where he grew up. What a terrible time for an extraterrestrial incursion!”

Andrew Thomas is cartoonist and illustrator from Mississauga, Ontario with 5 years of experience in the entertainment, publishing and commercial industries. He has illustrated covers and interiors for books such as Captain Canuck, PostHuman, Auroraman, as well as his co-creation with writer Davis Dewsbury: popular Canadian superhero, Auric of the Great White North. In addition to illustration, Andrew is also the Chapterhouse Comics letterer with credits including Captain Canuck, Northguard, Agents of P.A.C.T, Freelance, Die Kitty Die and more! Andrew is also part of the creative team behind the Captain Canuck Free Comic Book Day edition, co-written by actor Jay Baruchel.

Andrew is offering a free head sketch on the blank rear cover and included shipping for $20 per comic. Contact Andrew on his Facebook to pre-order

Issue: Captain Canuck #1 | Publisher: Chapterhouse Publishing
Writer: Kalman Andrasofszky | Artist: Leonard Kirk

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Valiant Heads to ALA 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition from June 22nd to June 27th!

First Comics News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 16:23

From Thursday, June 22nd to Tuesday, June 27th, Valiant is joining the ALA 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition – and we’re bringing along an armada of trade paperbacks and programming for a can’t-miss Valiant experience!

Join Valiant inside Chicago’s McCormick Place at booth #1118 for a fun-filled, universe-spanning introduction to your new favorite superheroes and comic book epics with a selection of trade paperbacks for critically acclaimed and award-winning titles including BLOODSHOT REBORN, BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE, FAITH, HARBINGER RENEGADE, NINJAK, QUANTUM & WOODY, RAPTURE, SAVAGE and many more!

Then: Travel to the farthest edges of the galaxy with Valiant’s record breaking, cosmos-crushing debut of the year in X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL.1: SOLDIER TPB – the FIRST VOLUME of the EPIC NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, NINJAK, Mind MGMT) and a rotating cast of powerhouse artists – including Tomas Giorello (4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER, BLOODSHOT REBORN), Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS, BLOODSHOT U.S.A.), Clayton Crain (RAI, Carnage), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN ) – that will push Aric of Dacia beyond the farthest limits of our galaxy…and into the brutal opening salvo of the ultimate X-O Manowar tale ever told!

Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day.

But that was a lifetime ago.

Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.

But the machinery of death marches his way once again. Conscripted into an alien army and thrown into an unforgiving conflict, the fury inside him finds voice as he is forced to embrace the armor once more. With it, he will decimate armies, topple empires and incite interplanetary warfare as he rises from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!

Critics and fans everywhere are hailing Valiant’s star-smashing debut as the runaway hit of the year! Now, at ALA 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition, experience the interstellar epic for yourself…and see why X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL. 1: SOLDIER TPB is the comic to beat in 2017!

We’ll see you in Chicago! And don’t miss a second of the action as Valiant’s cross-country convention road show marches on through New York, San Francisco, Denver, and several more all summer long!

June 16th
Vans Warped Tour® ’17 presented by Journeys®

CenturyLink Field North Lot
Seattle, WA

June 22nd – June 27th
ALA 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition

McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

June 24th –  June 25th
ID10T Music Festival and Comic Conival

Shoreline Amphitheater
San Francisco, CA

June 30th –  July 2nd
Denver Comic Con

Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

July 8th
Vans Warped Tour® ’17 presented by Journeys®

Northwell Health Jones Beach Theater
Wantagh, NY

July 9th
Vans Warped Tour® ’17 presented by Journeys®

Xfinity Theatre
Hartford, CT

August 5th
Vans Warped Tour® ’17 presented by Journeys®

Qualcomm Stadium at Jack Murphy Field
San Diego, CA

August 6th
Vans Warped Tour® ’17 presented by Journeys®

Fairplex Pomona
Pomona, CA

Stay tuned for more dates to be announced all year long!

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X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL. 1: SOLDIER TPB – Cover by Lewis LaRosa

X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL. 1: SOLDIER TPB – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL. 1: SOLDIER TPB – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL. 1: SOLDIER TPB – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL. 1: SOLDIER TPB – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL. 1: SOLDIER TPB – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL. 1: SOLDIER TPB – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

X-O MANOWAR (2017) VOL. 1: SOLDIER TPB – Interior Art by Tomas Giorello with Diego Rodriguez

VALIANT 2017 CONVENTION TOUR – Poster Artwork Paulina Ganucheau

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SDCC Exclusives: First Look at Tarot#105 Photo Foil & More!

First Comics News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 16:22
At look at our SDCC Exclusives!

Here’s a peek at what will be at our Booth #1715 this year!

Below you’ll see Jim’s Back Cover Art, that I coloured, for our ‘Drawn Together Book Eleven”
After that, you’ll see our Exclusive Tarot# 105 Foil PhotoCover and it features BroadSword VP, Holly Golightly-ME!

It’s Super shiny, Limited to a Print Run of 100. It’s our Very First Photo PhotoCover!

Next is a glimpse of what Faerie Sticker will be found at SDCC with your purchase of a Faerie Realm Passport-or presenting of one owned! since we’ll be near the harbor, The Little Mermaid decided she’ll like to say Hello!

And Lastly and most Fluffy, The Prince Pangur Ban the Fluffy: Refluffed Ed. 2 Pangur CosPlay Stickers! The Little MEOWmaid & Doctor MEW!- And Kickstarter Backers- look for tracking email tomorrow…the basic pledge package of the Graphic novel will start going out Friday!


Can’t Visit us at SDCC?
Click Here or on the item you desire for more info!

Drawn Together Book Eleven

Our very 1st Foil PhotoCover!

Our Faerie Realm Passport!

The Return of Prince Fluffy Butt!

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First Comics News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 16:03


Writer: Fabien Nury
Artist: Thierry Robin
Publisher: Titan Comics
HC, 120pp, $24.99
ISBN: 9781785863400
Comic shop on sale date: July 5, 2017
Bookstore on sale date: July 25, 2017

The graphic novel that inspired the new Armando Iannucci movie which includes an all-star cast – Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor.

Fear, corruption and treachery abound in this political satire set in the aftermath of Stalin’s death in the Soviet Union in 1953.

When the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, has a stroke – the political gears begin to turn, plunging the super-state into darkness, uncertainty and near civil war. The struggle for supreme power will determine the fate of the nation and of the world. And it all really happened.

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Art Of Wrestling #355: Jeff Cobb

First Comics News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 15:51

Former Olympian and Hawaiian Jeff Cobb has burst onto the Independent scene. Colt and Jeff talk growing up hard and trying to make a name for yourself on scene when you live far from everything.
Sponsor: (CODE: COLT30)

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Making Fantasy of History

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:00

"I am Zorro. I have come to return King Arthur to the throne."- The Simpsons, "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)"
This post is a callback to my post yesterday (or actually the previous post it linked to), so for a full appreciation,  you might want to catch up. So DC's Beowulf bore very little resemblance to the real world of the sixth century and not just in the fantastic elements. It cheerfully dispenses with any actual history (or legend, for that matter) with things like a contemporaneous-to-Beowulf Dracula harassing lost tribes of Israel. Ahistoricity of fiction is hardly anything new--it shows up everywhere from Arthurian legend to Hercules and the Masked Rider--but for some reason in rpgs anything really crazy gets safely placed in Hyborian world-esque fantasylands. In Mystara, you can have your Not early modern France in the same world with your Not Vikings, but you can't have the real thing together, it seems.
Why that is, I don't know. Maybe it's the historical wargame roots of the hobby or the pedantry that is not uncommon in the world of geekery. There's the off-repeated GM fear of being called out for inaccuracy in any sort of game where the players might have deep knowledge. But I think the advantage of a obviously gonzo, ahistorical game (or "stupid ahistorical game" ) is that it's so obviously wrong that questions of historical accuracy are sidestepped.
I think it's time to stop being held back by the shackles of chronology, ahistory awaits!

Valiant Presents NINJAK #0 – A Star-Studded Jumping-On Point from Matt Kindt, Francis Portela & Special Guests Galore in September!

First Comics News - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 17:36

Valiant is proud to announce NINJAK #0 – an all-new jumping-on point for the Valiant Universe’s most dangerous intelligence operative, and a massive 40-page milestone, arriving in comic shops everywhere this September!

FIRST: New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) brings his masterful, record-setting run to a close as he puts Ninjak’s past and present in the crosshairs with a shocking and revelatory tale – as illustrated by fan-favorite artist Francis Portela (FAITH) and an all-star cast of comics luminaries, each detailing a different moment in Colin King’s bloodstained path from boyhood to international infamy…

Behind the years of training… Underneath the high-tech gadgetry… MI-6’s most experienced operative is still flesh and blood. So just how is a mortal man like Colin King able to survive in a world filled with telekinetic psiots, eternal warriors, and sentient suits of alien armor? The key to Ninjak’s survival is buried deep in the past…and today the world’s most dreaded super-spy prepares to reveal his most closely guarded secrets!

THEN: Before Ninjak launches into a riveting new ongoing series this November in the pages of NINJA-K #1, the torch is passed to acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and blockbuster artist Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) as they prepare a startling introduction to Colin King’s next mission with a shocking prelude to the winter’s most anticipated new series!

This September, discover how the man behind the sword fortified his mind, body and soul as Francis Portela and an all-star arsenal of special guests celebrate the final chapter in Matt Kindt’s adrenaline-addled run on NINJAK…and then, get ready for a startling introduction to Colin King’s next mission as Christos Gage and Tomas Giorello present an essential prelude to November’s NINJA-K #1! The past, present, and future bleed together here with an unstoppable 40-page jumping-on point, only in NINJAK #0 – featuring a blockbuster lineup of covers from David Mack (Daredevil), Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS), rising star Yama OrcePeter Bagge (Hate), and Javier Pulido (She-Hulk)!

Plus: Ninjak strikes again this November with a deadly new beginning in NINJA-K #1 – A NEW CAN’T-MISS ONGOING SERIES! Coming this fall from acclaimed writer Christos Gage and superstar artist Tomas Giorello, the United Kingdom’s most dreaded intelligence operative delves into the cold, calculating world of espionage and international intrigue!

For nearly a century, MI-6, the most elite branch of Britain’s clandestine intelligence service, has honed a ruthlessly effective, top-secret division – THE NINJA PROGRAMME – into one of its nation’s most finely wielded weapons. Tasked as the first and last line of defense for queen and country, this small shadow army of agents and assassins has produced a succession of notable assets, including NINJA-A, the Queen’s silent weapon of World War I; NINJA-E, the globetrotting secret agent that pulled the Cold War back from the brink of armageddon; and, most recently, NINJA-K, aka Colin King, a brash but fearless instrument of lethality that has saved the world from madmen and terror at every turn.

But now…an unknown enemy is hunting and killing members of THE NINJA PROGRAMME one by one – and NINJAK is next on the list.

Out of the aftermath of Matt Kindt’s NINJAK, Colin King’s next mission begins in NINJA-K #1 – coming this November from razor-sharp creators Christos Gage and Tomas Giorello!

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Cover C by YAMA ORCE
Variant Cover by PETER BAGGE
Variant Cover by JAVIER PULIDO
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 13


NINJAK #0 – Cover A by David Mack

NINJAK #0 – Cover C by Yama Orce

NINJAK #0 – Variant Cover by Peter Bagge

NINJAK #0 – Variant Cover by Javier Pulido

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First Comics News - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 15:08

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Mexico’s biggest wrestling promotion to make UK television debut on Front Runner

First Comics News - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 14:52

Mexico’s biggest wrestling promotion Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide is set to be broadcast on UK television for the first time in its history, exclusively on the free-to-air sports channel FrontRunner.

The first show will be aired this Wednesday (14th June) at 9pm to 19 million homes across the UK and Northern Ireland on SKY ch469, Freesat ch250, Freeview ch91, Talk Talk/ BT ch91. It will then be aired weekly every Wednesday night.

The fast action wrestling style of Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, which is celebrating its 25-year anniversary this year, offers wrestling fans the chance to see some of the world’s greatest luchador wrestlers such as Johnny Mundo, Angelico, La Parka, Super Fly, Drago and luchadora Taya.

The Mexican promotion showcases the best ‘lucha libre’ style wrestling, focusing on rapid sequences of chain and grapple wrestling manoeuvres as well as high-flying offence from the top ropes. Many of the international competitors wear masks when competing.

Ross Ravago, from Front Runner said: “We are thrilled to be able to broadcast one of the biggest wrestling company’s to UK wrestling fans and believe that it is a fantastic alternative to similar programmes already shown in the UK.

He added: “Wrestling has a long heritage both here in the UK and in Mexico and we are delighted to be able to gain the rights to broadcast this world renowned weekly episodic show, every Wednesday night from 9pm.”

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The Bullet Clubs Paid Advertisement for G1 Specials in the USA

First Comics News - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 14:45

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Jay Baruchel Joins Chapterhouse Publishing As Chief Creative Officer

First Comics News - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 14:33

Chapterhouse Comics is proud to announce its latest super team-up with Canadian actor, writer and director Jay Baruchel (Goon: Last of the Enforcers, How To Train Your Dragon), as he joins the Chapterhouse family as an investor, owner, and Chief Creative Officer.

Founded in 2015, Chapterhouse is Canada’s largest comic book publisher. The company, headed by CEO Fadi Hakim, has been making leaps and bounds promoting Canadian talent and flagship superhero Captain Canuck, along with more than 16 other monthly titles in addition to archive classics, graphic novels, and prose novels.

Chapterhouse is proudly Canadian, flying the flag for diversity, with an appeal to comics fans worldwide – something that Jay and founder Fadi first bonded over.

“What started with a conversation about bringing Captain Canuck to the big screen very quickly evolved into my asking Fadi if I could invest in Chapterhouse,” says Jay. “As both a patriot and a lifelong nerd, the breadth of vision and daring that Chapterhouse had already displayed in their two short years was nothing short of staggering.

“This was the kind of thing we’d talk and dream about as Canadian kids – a homegrown Canadian extended comic book universe. This was both an adventure and holy mission, and one I knew I had to be a part of.” Chapterhouse and Jay are planning to take the company and their characters to new heights, as Jay succinctly puts it: “We want to be the home for superheroes the big publishers don’t have the balls to create.”

Canadian superhero Captain Canuck, created by artist/writer Richard Comely and illustrator Ron Leishman, first appeared in Captain Canuck #1 in 1975. Since his inception, he had fallen off the radar but, Chapterhouse has given life to the character once more.

Chapterhouse and Jay Baruchel want to tell stories that Canadians can be proud of, and that the rest of the world is excited about as well. Fadi explains, “We are one of the most ethnically and socially diverse countries in the world. I want our writers and artists to write and draw what they see, and not have to be apologetic for it, as Canadians often are. I want to see the Pitiful Human-Lizard ride through Parkdale atop the 504 streetcar to get around; I want to see Captain Canuck and Northguard back-to-back in a throw-down that levels Toronto’s Dundas Square, I want to see Redcoat and Kebec split a Donair in Halifax. I want to lionize the land I live in; I want its people to have a pipeline for their stories and ideas that are distinctly ours; I want the world to read them and wish they lived here… or at least visit!”

Chapterhouse founder Fadi Hakim’s love of comics all started with Canuck himself. Perusing the Dixie Fantastic Flea Market in Mississauga, Ontario, as a kid in the late 70s, skimming past the more mainstream choices of the era, his eyes were instantly drawn to Captain Canuck #1 – a bold cover with the Captain standing heroically in front of a hopeful, yellow sunset, hands placed on his hips, with the red and white Canadian flag waving majestically behind him. “It was like candy to my eyes, I had to have it and collected any Captain Canuck that I could get my hands on thereafter.”

Recently, Jay co-wrote the Free Comic Book day edition of Captain Canuck: Year One with Chapterhouse Editor-In-Chief and series writer Kalman Andrasofszky. The comic is first of a three-part series illustrated by Marcus To (The Flash, Red Robin), featuring a cover by David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight).

Now, after just two years, Chapterhouse has announced a partnership with Diamond Books, which means its titles will be distributed throughout North America and Europe. The Canadian publishing powerhouse intends to expand into other territories and to reach brand new fans. The announcement is well timed, as the world could use a hero like Captain Canuck right now; someone who stands for all that is good and pure, and who is proud of his country, but concerned for people all around the globe, and who represents the Canadian spirit and the best of us all.

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First Comics News - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 14:22

(June 13, 2017 – Burbank, CA) – Rev up your engines! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media today announced that “Cars 3: Driven to Win” is now available in the Americas for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch and Wii U. Developed by Avalanche Software, “Cars 3: Driven to Win” is the world-class competitive racing game inspired by the upcoming Disney•Pixar “Cars 3” film providing an entirely new interactive experience that is thrilling to play alone or with friends and family. Players can race as Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, Jackson Storm and other beloved characters while mastering the tricks, skills and combat techniques needed to become the Ultimate Champion.

“Cars 3: Driven to Win” picks up after the final big race in the upcoming “Cars 3,” and offers an all-new high-speed competition that is filled with both familiar and new faces. Players will be able to take the driver’s seat and set out in action-packed adventures as they join Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez in preparation to take on rival racer Jackson Storm. With over 20 customizable playable characters to choose from, including popular heroes from the “Cars” franchise and next generation racers, and more than 20 unique tracks across 13 iconic race environments from the film, “Cars 3: Driven to Win” allows players to customize their racing adventure and discover a variety of possible experiences through its replayability.

“With ‘Cars 3: Driven to Win,’ we created a game that extends the excitement of the film with thrilling competitive racing experiences for players of all ages and levels,” said John Blackburn, Vice President and Studio Head, Avalanche Software. “We know how much fans love the ‘Cars’ brand and characters, and we are proud to make the game available across all current and previous gaming consoles so that more families can enjoy it together.”

“Cars 3: Driven to Win” is a game that empowers players to master their driving skills for the ultimate world-class competitive racing experience. With six thrilling modes for gamers to train and advance their abilities, the gameplay is designed to encourage players to learn and build experience, earning rewards for each of their improvements along the way. Race Mode puts players onto the tracks to race against Lightning McQueen and the gang and rev up for the ultimate challenge, while Battle Race allows players to collect and use power-ups, putting their cars to the test in races against family and friends to become the Ultimate Champion. To turn up the competition, Takedown Mode allows gamers to collect and use a variety of power-ups to eliminate as many crash karts as possible, and when time runs out, the player with the most points wins. In Best Lap Challenge, players can race against their own best time, as they attempt to set a new track record. For maximum fun and creativity, players can visit the Playground where they can go racing, perform stunts and engage in challenges, or simply drive around for fun at their own pace, and with Stunt Showcase they can race off of ramps to catch air and perform as many tricks as possible before time runs out, earning points for successful tricks and safe landings. “Cars 3: Driven to Win” provides an exhilarating, action-packed experience where training and skill give players an edge in a racing experience that anyone can win.

Players will be able to experience “Cars 3: Driven to Win” with their friends or on their own to perfect the various racing styles and modes available to them. For maximum fun, the game will include local split-screen cooperative play, allowing players to compete or team up and play at home together, making it easy for friends and family members to join the race – and the fun – at any time.

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