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MERRY CHRISTMAS

First Comics News - Wed, 12/25/2019 - 08:01

The staff of First Comics News wishes our readers a Merry Christmas!

Alex Wright, Bob Almond, Dærick Gröss Sr., Katie Salidas, Mat Kaufman, Michael Dunne, Miguel Ortiz, Tanya Tate, Tim Chizmar, Mike Bullock, Buzz Dixon, Holly Golightly, Howard Chaykin, J. C. Vaughn, Mark Haney, Marwan El Nashar, Naif Al-Mutawa, Scott McDaniel, Art Sippo, Chris Marshall,, Jamie Coville, Chris Squires, Francis Sky, Grant Offenberger, Martin Boruta, Peter Breau, Phil Latter, Calvin Daniels, Giovanni Aria, Harry Sully, Ric Croxton, Wayne Hall, Jez Ibelle, Matthew Szewczyk, Reinhardt Schäfer, Richard Vasseur and Rik Offenberger

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Living Alive or Walking Death? by Mike Bullock

First Comics News - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 08:04

That one little word can make such a dynamic difference in our lives. Without it, we not only accept, but embrace defeat, depression, discouragement. We walk around in a storm cloud of overwhelming negative emotions, dark feelings, eternal night. With it, we overcome obstacles, power through setbacks and dismiss the very notion of defeat; we rise to heights that go beyond our natural limitations and achieve greatness.

As a child, I had incredible hopes and dreams that consumed me nearly every day until the world I lived in slowly eroded their very foundations.

And then, sometime in my teenage years, I lost hope altogether. It didn’t leave with a bang, but more like sand slipping through my fingers, until I was holding on to nothing.

The hole that created in me pulled in any sense of self worth, until there was none left. Without hope, I felt worthless. That led to a decade and a half of self-destructive behavior; smoking, drinking, violence, shattered relationships, emotional pain easily accepted and zealously inflicted. I had no hope, no way to see light at the end of the tunnel, no real reason to live.

Then, something odd happened. A friend, and well respected comic creator, began sharing his faith with me, one tiny tidbit at a time. At first, I didn’t get it; in fact, I made fun of him for it as I had ridiculed the dozen or so others who had tried to show me the light over the course of my young life. But, one day, a switch flipped inside me when I asked him “What exactly do you get out of this whole faith thing?”

His answer: “Hope”

That single word encompassed one of the shortest, simplest answers anyone could give when judged in its brevity, but in its simplicity it was paradigm shifting and life altering.

Looking back over my life to that point, I could see where hope had left and that happened to be exactly when the lights went out. Sure I made a lot of friends in those years, some the best I’ve ever had, but I’d bet if you went and asked most of the people I interacted with from the mid-teens to late twenties, the majority would tell you I was a total jerk – or worse.

That’s what a lack of hope does to you.
Thankfully, that one friend thought enough of me to offer me insight into why I needed hope and how I could get it, and what it did for him, a guy who has struggled with clinical depression his whole life but overcomes it with hope.
Soon after, it was like I’d awoken from a nearly two decade long dream where I was continually drowning. Life became worth living again, and it showed in my work. As hope regained its true place in my heart, I started noticing a change in the letters and emails I received from fans, talking about how my work had made such a positive impact on their lives. The fan mail I’d received prior never talked in such terms, it was basic adoration for the work itself, and never once spoke in terms of spiritual aesthetics. And how could it? It never had hope before.

Hope also did wonders for my marriage, simply because you cannot have real love without hope. With this realization, I discovered I was incapable of truly loving my wife without hope in my heart. But, once I embraced it, we stopped fighting like two spoiled children, and as this lost ingredient mixed its way through our relational recipe, we truly became one, just like we’d vowed to do on our wedding day.

At its essence, hope pushed out the darkness and not only became a light at the end of the tunnel, but turned the tunnel itself into a distant memory.

I had gone from the walking death of a hopeless life, to living alive.

That’s what faith did for me.

1 Corinthians 13:13 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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Once you grow up

First Comics News - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 08:03

Once you grow up — and age doesn’t matter, it’s an emotional maturity thing — once you grow up, the big joy at Christmas comes from seeing how delighted others are with their gifts.  You don’t give them something so they’ll thank you (though that’s nice), you give them something they want because you love them and you want them to be happy.

And human beings being human, a lot of times that nice new shiny present is smashed or broken or damaged before the day is out.  And your heart aches for the person who lost what they so desperately wanted…

God’s love and God’s grace through Jesus Christ is His great gift to us.  He doesn’t want anything from us, He just wants us to share it freely, the way He shared it with us.

Look out for each other out there.

— Buzz Dixon, Christmas 2016

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BELIEVE WITH LOVE

First Comics News - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 08:02

If you’re an atheist, chances are you won’t continue reading this. Why? Because a true atheist doesn’t believe in an afterlife or the love of God. If you’re an agnostic masquerading as an atheist, you’ll continue reading looking for things to scoff at, argue with and snark upon to whatever sphere of influence you may have.

If you fall into either of those categories, whether you’re indifferent, apathetic, offended, insulted, perplexed or in any other mental/emotional state that is averse to this, God loves you anyway.

For those of you who have children you love with all your heart and soul, that all consuming love that overwhelms you at times when you think of your kid(s) is a small taste of what He feels for you – even when you’re yelling at Him for ruining your life.

For those from dysfunctional families who secretly wish their parents had that same sort of insatiable love for you, He does whether they do or not.

In the end, love is the guiding force that makes this world work.

The feeling of love is the pinnacle of existence. We love all sorts of things, be they comic books, video games, bands, blockbuster movies, Jedi Knights or super heroes. We love all sorts of people; in our minds and hearts through the power of love friends and family become one and the same.

Love cures all, heals all and ultimately wins all.

You can argue against that, tell me I’m wrong, deluded, brainwashed or simply in possession of a defective mentality, but you can’t deny that love wins.

If you try to fight it, the need for it only gets stronger.

What makes love so great is that it can’t be forced, controlled, commanded or demanded. It’s organic, consuming, fulfilling and free.

Free of restraint, obligation, agenda and motive.

Love just is.

While modern society has allowed Christmas to be co-opted into a day of personal pleasure derived from new possessions and things we will eventually return, give up, sell or throw away, the day is really about one simple thing: Love.

So, instead of reading this, scoffing at the idea that some idiot on the interweb is trying to tell you God loves you and then finding places to share the upwelling snark, go find someone you love, tell them you love them, share that feeling, bask in it and forget about all the stuff for as long as possible.

For the few who have no such person to share love with, just remember God loves you and I do too.

Merry Christmas

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Faith Testimony by Scott McDaniel

First Comics News - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 08:01

My name is Scott McDaniel and I am a comic book artist blessed to have contributed to the legacy of Marvel Comics’ characters Daredevil, Elektra, Green Goblin, Spider-Man (and a few others) as well as DC Comics’ characters Nightwing, Batman, Superman, Robin, Green Arrow (and a few others).  My artistic ability is a gift from God for which I am very grateful.  But the greatest gift from God that I am most thankful for is His Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I wasn’t always a Christian.  I wasn’t always a professional artist, either.  I left behind a career in electrical engineering to pursue my passion for comic book stories and art.   As a boy, I loved the action and adventure of comic books as much as I loved the exploration and adventure of math and science.  Those dual passions were always present in my life.  In fact, my college notebooks had as many sketches in them as classroom notes.  As I entered adulthood, my worldview was that math was the true foundation of the universe, and that ultimately, somehow, mathematics and probability were clearly capable of explaining everything that we could ever experience.  I was a good guy, a nice guy, and that surely would have given me a ‘pass’ if there indeed turned out to be some sort of Judgment Day.  Devotion to a grandfather-in-the-sky was for those weak people who needed the comfort Sky-Grandfather offered.  But once I was forced to honestly and critically examine those beliefs, they began to break apart, and even more surprising changes were coming.

I married my high-school sweetheart, and we soon had a son.  Great joy!  My wife, who was much more inclined to the Christian faith than me, wanted to raise our son in a Church setting.  Fine, I thought, nothing wrong with a little morality to get him started down the right path.  We began attending a terrific, small American Baptist Church, and all was well.  But every time she would gently start a discussion about Jesus, I would get ‘creeped out’ and find ways to quickly change the subject!  But then came that day when our son was to be ‘dedicated,’ and that brought me to a crossroads in my life:  do I stand by my wife and promise to raise our son in the spirit and nurture of the Lord (and lie), or do I sit it out and have my wife stand alone?  God was using my wife and son to get my focused attention.  Great dilemma!

I seriously wrestled with my own personal faith at this crossroad.  That small church we attended was strongly grounded in Scripture, God’s Holy Word, and over time I learned a great deal about this “Sky-Grandfather” that I didn’t know before.  I read the Bible more on my own, and what impressed me most in those early days was the honesty with which it represented the human condition, and MY human condition to be specific – my secret passions, my hidden greed, my base selfishness.  God’s Word made no secret of the things we do to hurt one another – it revealed them with perfect clarity.  It was honest.  It accurately represented all the darkness I had experienced in my own life.  It showed me that what I had previously thought was ‘good enough’ was truly ‘filthy rags.’  It showed me that, despite my attempts to be good, I had that darkness in me.  I was truly a sinner.  And sinners need a Savior.  I was out of my league.  I was not wrestling with a weak and elderly Sky-Grandfather.  I was wrestling with Almighty God.

So one night, quietly in bed as I wrestled with my faith, I surrendered my life to Christ.  I prayed what people call “The Sinner’s Prayer.”  It’s not a formal thing, but it goes something like this:  “I am a sinner.  A real price has to be paid for that sin.  Jesus Christ has already paid that price by his suffering, death on the cross and his resurrection into eternal life.  I accept Jesus as my Lord so that his payment covers my sin, and that I can share in his eternal life.”   Then I peacefully fell asleep.

When I woke the next morning, I was still the same guy.  No lightning heralded my conversion.  No angelic choir appeared to sing glorious songs.  I still had most (if not truly all) of the faults I had before I surrendered to Christ.  However, I was now on the path of sanctification.  I now had Christ’s promised Counselor, the Holy Spirit of God, indwelling me, guiding me.  Slowly, oh so slowly, over time, my life was, and still is, being redirected into a life that mirrors the perfect life of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The best evidence of the reality of my salvation is this (and I can think of no other way to explain this):  when I thought of myself, I imagined myself as a darkness in the void.  After my surrender to Christ, whenever I think of myself, I imagine a light is within me.  And it’s not my light, but it is the light of Christ that is shining in my life.

My relationship with Jesus Christ is an active and growing one.  My faith in Jesus Christ grows continually.  I’m not talking about ‘religion’ and its formal structures and institutions.  I’m talking about ‘faith,’ a vibrant and real personal relationship with my Savior Jesus.  I share everything with Jesus:  all my joys, all my thanksgivings, all my sorrows, all my failures, all my secrets.   And I try to listen closely to his inspiration and guidance.  Real relationships are two-way streets, and this one is no different.

What impresses me most now in my walk with Christ is His teaching that love is the true foundation of the universe.  We are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and we are to love our neighbors as ourselves.  Beautifully simple.

My name is Scott McDaniel.  I am a fallen man.  I am a sinner.  And I am utterly thankful to our Sovereign, Almighty Father God that He gives us a righteousness we could never achieve on our own, and that is the righteousness of His Son, Jesus Christ.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16)

 

I wish you all a very blessed Easter.  Jesus is risen!

 

Scott McDaniel

Comic book artist.  Sinner redeemed by the Lamb of God.

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Against the Weasels

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 12/23/2019 - 12:00

The occupation of Toad Hall in Wind in the Willows by the weasels, ferrets, and stoats would make a good setup for an adventure of anthropomorphic animal characters in a low-level D&Dish fashion. In fact, if you make Toad Hall more of a castle and put a village around it, you'd have a nice setting for a Beyond the Wall sort of things focused on exploring the dangers of the Wild Wood.

5e Santa Claus

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 12/22/2019 - 15:00

'Tis the season for 5e interpretations of that jolly old elf, Saint Nick. Several different versions are already wrapped and under the tree:

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Skywalker is Risen

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 12/20/2019 - 13:28

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has not exactly been embraced by critics, though this is unlikely to blunt its box office draw much. Stars Wars fandom is ever hopefully that the dark times are over and what they love above Star Wars will finally be restored (when the fall from grace occurred, depends on who you ask, and probably what point in their life you ask them).

Like Abrams' first Star Wars film, RoS feels like it's trying to jam several movies into one, though the finale draws mostly from Return of the Jedi. It all moves very fast, and largely that's to its benefit, though that means no location develops a sense of place beyond set-dressing and character development is pretty shallow. (This film and the short run-time of the Mandalorian episodes, which are like hour dramas with most of the non-action excised, make me wonder if perhaps SW works best as a modern serial. Certainly the Clone Wars animated series played to those tropes as well to good effect.) It's fine, but it has the upshot of only occasionally (for me) wringing any real feeling from the proceedings, even failing to evoke any appreciation of it on a toyetic level. I saw nothing in this one that makes me want to buy the art book to delve into the design.

None of this is to say I didn't like it. It was a pleasing experience, though the enjoyment was pretty shallow. Only in a couple of places did it evoke any nostalgic feelings for the series' passing (I won't say which scenes for the sake of spoilers), and then only on the level of say the recent finale of The Deuce. Nothing on the level of the death of Spock (to evoke it's closest cultural competitor).

I am curious about the future of Star Wars, which will  probably get me in a theater to see at least one more.

Exclusive Marvel Mystery Boxes from Funko Lead Free Comic Book Day 2020 Merchandise Selections

First Comics News - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 22:48

(Baltimore, MD) — (December 18, 2019)— Free Comic Book Day is proud to announce the upcoming release of this year’s Free Comic Book Day PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) collectible merchandise available only during the event on Saturday, May 2, 2020!

Funko leads the way for Free Comic Book Day 2020 exclusive collectibles with their first-ever PREVIEWS Exclusive Mystery Box (JAN200050-64; SRP: $34.99)! The mystery box features a brand-new Marvel Comics POP! PX bobble-head figure, an exclusive PX Marvel Funko Variant Comic Book (title TBA) and a PX Funko POP! Character Tee! POP! figure comes in standard Funko window box packaging for easy display, while the Marvel comic book features cover art in the Funko style, depicting the Mystery Box’s featured POP! character in three randomly distributed designs: Main Variant Cover (65%), No Logo Variant (25%), Gold Logo Cover (10%)! There are three Mystery boxes to choose from, A, B, and C, each with its own exclusive T-Shirt design of the featured POP! character. The featured character in the box is a mystery for now, but Funko and Free Comic Book Day will be announcing the featured character in mid-March!

Try to keep your mind clear when you look at FCBD’s Diamond Select Toys sculpture of the X-Men’s resident Femme Fatale, Emma Frost (OCT190014; SRP $49.99)! Shipping exclusively to stores participating in Free Comic Book Day, this approximately 12-inch PREVIEWS Exclusive PVC diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box for display.

Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man, thrilled audiences in the animated blockbuster Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Now, this PREVIEWS Exclusive 1.2″ hard enamel pin of Miles Morales (OCT190015; SRP $10.00) from Mondo Tees will be just as exciting to your customers on Free Comic Book Day! The butterfly clutch pin comes on an Into the Spider-Verse backing card.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Black Widow HeroClix Figure from Wizkids/NECA is based on Marvel Studios’ upcoming Black Widow movie! The Exclusive FCBD 2020 Marvel HeroClix Exclusive Figure will include an exclusive HeroClix figure and character card in a polybag with a hangtag.

WizKids/NECA! have also paired up with Marvel and DC to offer fans a selection of PREVIEWS Exclusive Dice Masters Team Packs. The Dice Masters Marvel and DC FCBD 2020 promotion offers gamers deal pricing on three backlist Dice Masters Team Packs, giving retailers an opportunity to introduce the Marvel and DC Dice Masters game to their customers at a low price point. The Dice Masters Team Pack from Marvel (OCT190017; SRP $11.25) includes the Dark X-Men Team Pack, Defenders Team Pack, and the Kree Invasion Team Pack. The Dice Masters Team Pack from DC (OCT190016; SRP $11.25) includes the Harley Quinn Team Pack, Mystics Team Pack, and the Doom Patrol Team Pack.

These PREVIEWS Exclusive collectibles will only be available in extremely limited quantities on Saturday, May 2, 2020 from participating Free Comic Book Day stores.

Fans are encouraged to visit their local comic shop to pre-order their own Marvel Comics Funko Mystery Box, Emma Frost statue, and other exclusive Free Comic Book Day merchandise. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com.

Retailers interested in placing wholesale orders for these items are encouraged to contact Diamond’s New Accounts Department at newaccounts@diamondcomics.com.

  

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Your First Look at HAPPINESS WILL FOLLOW From BOOM! Studios

First Comics News - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 22:45

Discover For the First Time the Heartwrenching Personal Story of Acclaimed Comic Book Artist in July 2020 

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 18, 2019) – BOOM! Studios is proud to reveal a first look at brand new graphic novel HAPPINESS WILL FOLLOW from Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated cartoonist Mike Hawthorne (Deadpool, Superior Spider-Man) as he tells the true and tragic story of enduring abuse and discovering a love of art that helped him to build the home he never had in this graphic memoir about family, survival, and what it means to be Puerto Rican in America.

Mike Hawthorne’s mother Blanca Otero, was a proud though atypical Puerto Rican woman from Santurce, San Juan who moved to the mainland, where she became a single mother and struggled to raise her son alone in New York City, a place that tormented them both with its unforgiving nature. But when Mike falls victim to a death curse—a haunting sign of the old country that his mother could never truly escape—she begins a series of events that drive him away from her both physically and emotionally, leaving him to grapple with his complicated relationships with his mother, identity, and heritage.

HAPPINESS WILL FOLLOW is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ ambitious Archaia imprint, home to graphic novels such as Mouse Guard by David Petersen; New World by David Jesus Vignolli; Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón Pérez; About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau; and the upcoming Big Black: Stand at Attica by Frank “Big Black” Smith, Jared Reinmuth, and Améziane; and We Served the People: My Mother’s Stories by Emei Burell, as well as licensed series including Lev Grossman’s The Magicians: Alice’s Story by Lilah Sturges and Pius Bak; Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation.

Print copies of HAPPINESS WILL FOLLOW will be available on July 15, 2020 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), on July 21, 2020 at bookstores, or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

For more news on R.L. Stine’s JUST BEYOND and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter. 

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CAN HISTORY BE ERASED?

First Comics News - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 22:43

“Starship Down” Lands at Dark Horse March 2020

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (December 18, 2019), Creators Justin Giampaoli (Thirteen Minutes), Andrea Mutti (Rebels), alongside colorist Vladimir Popov (Relics of Youth), and letterer Sal Cipriano (Invisible Kingdom), bring you the new sci-fi miniseries Starship Down.

Starship Down follows cultural anthropologist Jocelyn Young after the earth-shattering discovery of an extraterrestrial ship buried deep under the ice of Siberia.

As she consults with US Naval Intelligence on the investigation, meddling Russians, Vatican officials, media spotlight, and her own insecurities threaten her efforts to keep the fabric of society from crumbling as mankind discovers its startling origin.

“Starship Down is a sci-fi drama that was truly an exercise in “write the type of story you want to read.” The heart of the story is really about finding your true place in the world, in a way that’s not bound by what’s come before.

Dark Horse is such a welcoming publisher, home of so many daring and off-beat genre mashups. It seemed like the perfect place for a fun thriller full of rich social issues to examine and Andrea is a dream collaborator with a true eye for sci-fi. He understands that attention to detail helps sell the world, but he also delivers the type of raw emotion and humanity that readers need to connect with in order to care.”—Justin Giampaoli

“Starship Down is the sum of many narrative aspects that I love: history, science fiction, technology, myths, legends and religion … joined with adventure and the solid presence of non-two-dimensional characters. It remains pure entertainment but touches very profound social and emotional aspects, a fine example of how a comic can range and touch themes of a certain level.”—Andrea Mutti

Starship Down #1 (of four) arrives March 18, 2020 and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop now.

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X-O MANOWAR #1 LAUNCHES WITH STUNNING COVERS

First Comics News - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 22:09

New York, NY (December 18th, 2019) –  X-O MANOWAR #1 launches this March with stunning covers by all-star artists!

The debut issue by Harvey Award-winner DENNIS “HOPELESS” HALLUM (Star Wars: Darth Vader – Dark Visions) and breakout star artist EMILIO LAISO (Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity) will feature captivating covers by CHRISTIAN WARD, JEFF DEKAL, ROD REIS, and RAÚL ALLÉN! Take a look at the cool covers below.

“There’s nothing quite as intimidating as following up a defining run of a flagship character with a new #1. Which is why for 2020’s launch of X-O Manowar, I wanted to pull out all the stops,” said series editor HEATHER ANTOS. “From Christian Ward to Jeff Dekal, Rod Reis, Greg Smallwood and more, the industry’s top talent have joined forces to kick off Dennis Hopeless and Emilio Laiso’s take on the Alien Armor-donning Visigoth warrior!”

 

The blockbuster adventure begins in X-O MANOWAR #1 on March 25th, 2020, featuring colors by Ruth Redmond and letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

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KURT BUSIEK ASSEMBLES AN ALL-STAR TEAM FOR FANTASTIC FOUR: MARVELS SNAPSHOT

First Comics News - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 22:01

THE LANDMARK SERIES CONTINUES WITH A FANTASTIC FOUR TALE BY EVAN DORKIN, SARAH DYER, AND BENJAMIN DEWEY!

 

New York, NY— December 18, 2019 — Last week, Marvel announced MARVELS SNAPSHOT, a new series from MARVELS co-creator Kurt Busiek that brings together incredible creative teams to tell new tales showcasing Marvel’s greatest heroes! The series debuts in March with a golden age romp by Alan Brennert and Jerry Ordway before this epic tour through the Marvel Universe continues later that month with MARVELS SNAPSHOT: FANTASTIC FOUR! This second installment will take readers into the zany silver age, turning the spotlight on the Fantastic Four’s own Human Torch in a story by comic book creators Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer. Known for books like Beasts of Burden as well as writing credits on animated series like Space Ghost: Coast to Coast and Superman: The Animated Series, this duo feels right at home penning this classic tale rooted in the Marvel mythos!

“I’m still blushing that Kurt chose Sarah Dyer and I to tell one of the MARVELS SNAPSHOT stories, especially this one, because the Fantastic Four was my favorite super hero team book as a kid, and MARVELS did a great job of showing how the larger-than-life Marvel characters affect the average person on the street,” says Dorkin. “We’re trying to do right by both series, packing the story with as much heart, wonder and fun as we can for both older and newer fans to enjoy.”

FANTASTIC FOUR: MARVELS SNAPSHOT reunites Dorkin and Dyer with artist Benjamin Dewey who brings this tale to life with the acclaimed art he’s known for from books like The Autumnland and Beasts of Burden.

“Teaming up with Kurt, Evan, and Sarah is delightful, challenging and a real education in the deep-cuts lore of characters I thought I knew! I’ll do my best to bring the same spark of joy and enthusiasm to the art that has clearly gone into the writing process,” says Dewey. “Ultimately we want to offer a story that gives fans a different angle on a beloved comics universe that they might not get from any other project.”

All curated by industry legend Kurt Busiek, this extraordinary series is sure to be a modern classic! Here’s what Busiek had to say about the passion project:

“I was thrilled to get the chance to do MARVELS SNAPSHOTS — to get a look at the Marvel Universe through a variety of eyes, from people who know the super heroes personally to people inspired by them, scared by them…even one who eventually joins them.

“In MARVELS SNAPSHOT, we range through time, getting a look at the Marvel Universe from the very early days (as in Alan Brennert and Jerry Ordway’s Sub-Mariner story), through the dawning days of the Marvel Age, up through events of the 1970s, 80s, all the way up to today. And I went out looking for a wide variety of creators to do a wide variety of perspectives. I wanted lots of different approaches, and I was delighted that so many creators I admire were willing to join in, from longtime pros to relative newcomers, and from Marvel mainstays to those who’ve done very little with Marvel before.

“In the second MARVELS SNAPSHOT, I asked Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer to write about the Human Torch’s ten-year high-school reunion as seen through the eyes of his ex-girlfriend Dorrie Evans, because they’ve done such warm, human, affecting work on material from Superman: The Animated Series to the awesome Beasts of Burden to Evan’s pop-culture-obsessed Eltingville Club stories, and I knew they’d embrace the crazy minutiae of comics history but bring that sense of heart and emotion to it. And I couldn’t get anyone better to draw it than Benjamin Dewey, bringing his impeccable craftsmanship and rich sense of character to the story.

And this is just the start — we’ve got plenty more to come!”

This eight-part series will be released twice per month over the course of four months and will feature new painted covers by the legendary Alex Ross. Be on the lookout for news about upcoming titles in this landmark series. Which of Marvel’s many great moments will readers get to dive into next?

 

FANTASTIC FOUR: MARVELS SNAPSHOT #1

Written by EVAN DORKIN & SARAH DYER WITH KURT BUSIEK

Art by BENJAMIN DEWEY

Cover by ALEX ROSS

Variant Cover by BENJAMIN DEWEY

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Marcelo Trom’s Infinite Punishment: Shadows of War #3 to be released posthumously

First Comics News - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 18:23

The third issue of Infinite Punishment will arrive in comic shops, several months after Marcelo Trom’s death. On October 20th, creator Marcelo Trom passed away suddenly, leaving the fate of the third of the three issue series in limbo. Publisher FantaCo Enterprises, in conjunction with Marcelo’s wife, Juliana, are releasing the third and final issue of the series.

“Marcelo had roughed out the book, and being the talent he is, even his roughs are great art. We felt there was enough here to get to the end of the third issue and wrap up the series. This clearly is what he would have wanted, and Juliana has been instrumental in helping us gather up the material to make this happen. Marcelo’s breakdowns are very tight, so it you don’t lose a beat in the story,“ states James Whiting, co-writer on the series. “We are also in the early stages of planning on a coffee-table book of his good-girl art later in the year, but this just felt right to get the last issue out there and end the series as a tribute to Marcelo. He was a great talent, and a good friend, he will be missed.”

The Infinite Punishment: Shadows of War miniseries tells the story of Lilith the succubus and her escape from hell and the clutches of the devil. The third concluding issue arrives in comic shops in January.

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ROBERT KIRKMAN & MARC SILVESTRI’S ACTION-PACKED MINISERIES STEALTH IN DEVELOPMENT WITH UNIVERSAL & SKYBOUND, PERFECT FOR FANS OF BLACK PANTHER & IRON MAN

First Comics News - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 18:16

PORTLAND, Ore. 12/18/2019 — Image/Skybound Entertainment presents an action-packed, six issue vigilante miniseries this March—Stealth—from the minds of Robert Kirkman (Oblivion Song, The Walking Dead) and Marc Silvestri (Cyber Force, Witchblade), written by Mike Costa, drawn by Nate Bellegarde, and colored by Tamra Bonvillain.

The series features covers by Jason Howard (Cemetery Beach, Trees) and is concurrently in development with Universal Pictures and Skybound entertainment.

Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby will write the script for the forthcoming Stealth adaptation. The writing duo’s credits include Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens. Oscar-nominated Lee Daniels will direct and produce along with his partner Pam Williams. The film will be produced by Skybound’s film team—including Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst—and Universal Executive Vice President of Production Matt Reilly will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

For decades, Stealth has waged war on crime in Detroit, but now he’s taken his pursuit of justice too far. Only reporter Tony Barber knows that behind Stealth’s reckless behavior is an older man battling Alzheimer’s—his father. A father unwilling to accept that he’s no longer the hero this city needs…with enemies all too eager to force his retirement.

This pulse-pounding new series is Black Panther meets Iron Man and is a must-read for Dead Eyes fans.

Stealth #1 (Diamond Code JAN200138) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 11.

Stealth #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

 

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iZombie writer rises again with new series Last Rites

First Comics News - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 18:15

The best-selling creator behind iZombie is back and this time he’s brought a whole army!

In January, New York Times best-selling writer Chris Roberson returns to the undead with a new comic series, Last Rites.

Zombie Army: Last Rites cover by Andrea Mutti

This spine-chilling new series ties into the forthcoming release of the latest episode in Rebellion’s number one best-selling video game series, Zombie Army!

In the crossover between comics and video games that only a company like Rebellion can pull off, Last Rites tells the story of a squad of deadhunters led by Efram Schweiger, and includes characters from the best-selling Zombie Army series of games.

Drawn by Italian artist Andrea Mutti, Last Rites debuts in Judge Dredd Megazine #416, on sale 15 January 2020, ahead of the release of the new Zombie Army 4: Dead War game on 4 February.

This new five-part story introduces comics readers to Schweiger and his squad of Marie Chevalier (from Zombie Army Trilogy), engineer Shola (from Zombie Army 4), and new characters Sikh Regiment Major Haripal Singh and former SOE operative Reginald Patterson.

World War Two is over and Hitler is dead … but the Dead War is just beginning! As the team pushes through Southern France, clearing out what they believe to be the last of the dead, they encounter a town in which a new zombie threat is emerging, and must fight for their lives…

The series will appear alongside Zombie Army: Fortress of the Dead, Chris’ new action-adventure novel also set in the world of Zombie Army. Fortress of the Dead from Rebellion Publishing will launch alongside Zombie Army 4: Dead War in the US on February 4 and in the UK on February 6.

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BOOM! Studios Announces Black and White Limited Edition of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1

First Comics News - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 16:58

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 17, 2019) – BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. and in partnership with IDW and Nickelodeon, announced today the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 BLACK AND WHITE LIMITED EDITION, a brand new black & white edition of the acclaimed limited series debut written by Ryan Parrott (Power Rangers: Necessary Evil), illustrated by Simone di Meo (Venom Annual), and lettered by Ed Dukeshire (The Red Mother).

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 BLACK AND WHITE LIMITED EDITION features a black and white variant of Dan Mora’s main cover art and Simone di Meo’s stunning original line art laid out in contrasting shades of black and white, available exclusively in select comic book stores on January 29, 2020. Fans should inquire with their local comic store for details on availability.

The Power Rangers arrive in New York City to find Tommy Oliver – AKA The Mighty Morphin Green Ranger – but soon discover he’s joined forces with the villainous Shredder and the Foot Clan! As the Rangers are sent reeling by this betrayal, they’re confronted by another (fr)enemy – the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Can these heroes find a way to work together to defeat the bad guys and save the world from total destruction?!

“The enthusiasm and support for this series has been so overwhelming that we decided to commemorate it with a unique item to celebrate the launch,” said Filip Sablik, President, Sales and Marketing, BOOM! Studios. “When you pick up this exclusive and limited black and white edition, which harkens back to the black and white indie explosion of the Eighties that birthed TMNT, you’ll get an unfiltered view of Simone di Meo’s incredible action and dynamic art! It’s a truly one-of-a-kind experience for fans and something we’ve never done before.”

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; and Folklords by Matt Kindt and Matt Smith. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David López; Angel from Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Daniele Di Nicuolo.

Print copies of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 FIRST PRINTING is available for sale now exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

Softcover collections of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, SABAN’S GO GO POWER RANGERS, and other Power Rangers releases from BOOM! Studios, including original graphic novels such as the upcoming Saban’s Power Rangers: The Psycho Path, are available everywhere books are sold.

IDW’s extensive library of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles graphic novels – new stories tied into the Rise of the TMNT cartoon, remastered Eastman & Laird classics, IDW’s critically-acclaimed ongoing saga (now approaching its landmark 100th issue and available as the TMNT: The IDW Collection), and more – are available now at comic book shops and booksellers everywhere.

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The Thirteenth Doctor Comic Teaser Trailer – Tenth Doctor Returns!

First Comics News - Wed, 12/18/2019 - 16:52

DOUBLE THE DOCTOR | DOUBLE THE VILLAINS | DOUBLE THE STAKES

As the Weeping Angels and the Autons descend on 1960s London, it will take both the Thirteenth and Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) to save Earth from becoming an alien battleground!

Time Lords and timelines cross paths in this reimagining of the iconic TV Episode ‘Blink’, by Eisner award winning writer Jody Houser and Witchblade artist Roberta Ingranata.

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Year 2 #1
On sale in comic shops Wednesday, January 8 2020.

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Weird Revisted: Fiend Folio...In Space!

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 12/16/2019 - 12:00
If your looking for some alien monsters for any traditional science fiction game you could do a lot worse than starting with the original Fiend Folio, I think. I'm not even talking about things like reskinning undead as nanotech animates or victims of exotic plagues (though you can certainly do that); I think there are a lot of creatures in there that are just straight up science fiction.

The first creature listed are aarokocra, which are just straight up birdmen--like the Skorr of the Star Trek Animated Series and a bunch of other places. The algoid is a psionic algae colony; the CIFAL a colonial insectoid intelligence. (It even has an acronym name!) Osquips are pretty much ulsios from ERB's Barsoom stories. The grell already looks like a pulp sci-fi monster: I think there was one in Prometheus, wasn't there?


Yeah, there it is.

Anyway, demon, devils, and elemental princes are out without substantial overall, but some less interesting monsters for fantasy purposes might be made a bit more interesting in a science fiction context. Lava children might be a silicon-based lifeform that (like the horta) needs to be contacted rather than killed. Yellow musk creepers and zombies (undead also-rans) would work great in a horror scenario on a deadly jungle world. Even the much maligned flumph is less silly when it's a weird alien (maybe).


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