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RICH REVIEWS: Nikolai # 2

First Comics News - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 02:41

Title: Nikolai # 2
Publisher: Inverse Press
Writer: John E. Crowther
Artist/Cover: Dell Barras
Colorist: Andrew Pate
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.inversepress.com , www.squaredcirclecomics.com
Comments: Nikolai comes to Canada. In Calgary, Canada Nikolai joined Stu Hart and was trained in the Dungeon. The Dungeon was the place to train to become a professional wrestler.
The art is rough. More detail is needed. The muscles are drawn well.
Nikolai, as he enters professional wrestling, is an instant hit. He is big and talented. Vince McMahon recruits Nikolai himself into the WWWF later to become WWE.
This is the true life story of Nikolai Volkoff and his rise to stardom. He pushes himself to succeed. You can almost feel the hard work he puts into his success.
Nikolai may be a villain as a wrestler but in real life, he is a great man.

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RICH REVIEWS: World War Tank Girl # 3

First Comics News - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 02:40

Title: World War Tank Girl # 3
Publisher: Titan Comics
Written by: Alan Martin
Drawn & Lettered by: Brett Parson
Cover: Brett Parson
Variant Covers: Chris Wahl, Andrew Robinson
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Websites: www.titan-comics.com , www.tank-girl.com
Comments: Our story starts off with Tank Girl in a tank. Where else would she be?
The old style newsprint pages add an amazing look to this comic. Tank Girl is illustrated so cute and so crazy.
Tank Girl along with Jet Girl and Barney are off to face a Battalion of Panzers and rescue Sub Girl.
The way Tank Girl talks is for a mature audience. She does use colorful language.
You will not believe what you see. Tank Girl and a bunch of women take on the Nazi Panzers which is not the strange part. How Tank Girl handles these tanks now you have to see this.
A big kangaroo man, Booga will be joining them as he speeds towards them on a motorcycle.
This is the most fun you can have legally and with Tank Girl involved it might not stay legal.

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RICH REVIEWS: Wonder Wonder ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman # 4

First Comics News - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 02:39

Title: Wonder Wonder ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman # 4
Publisher: Dynamite
Written by: Andy Mangels
Art by: Judit Tondora
Colors by: Roland Pilcz
Letters by: Kathryn S. Renta
Cover: Bill Sienkiewicz
Wonder Wonder Created by: William Moulton Marston
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.dynamite.com
Comments: Wonder Woman, the Bionic Woman and Bionic Dog all team up.
Diana and Jaime are drawn with the most wonderful smiles you will ever see. Both of them are radiant beauties. This comic does captain the essence of the original TV series of both of them.
Paradise Island is a beautiful place and filled with such peaceful women. Diana and Jaime fit in and enjoy the break but they also know they have to return to man’s world and face the evil robot creations.
The action when it happens comes across as subdued.
Wonder Woman gets to play bullets and bracelets only this time the outcome is different. Will Jaime, Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl and Max beat the army of evil robots?
Diana and Jaime are two positive role models that can only bring out the best in others.

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RASPUTIN, KRAMPUS, AND KOSHCHEI THE DEATHLESS: EVIL DESCENDS ON THE MIGNOLAVERSE THIS WINTER

First Comics News - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 02:28

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (July 13, 2017)— From Baba Yaga and Hecate, to the Black Flame and the Queen of Blood, Mike Mignola’s legendary Hellboy and the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense have battled some of the most dangerous and despicable demons and villains in all of comics. In advance of San Diego Comic Con 2017, Dark Horse Comics is revealing three new titles for the strange, shared Mignolaverse of comic books and graphic novels comprised of Hellboy & the BPRD, Abe Sapien, BPRD, Lobster Johnson and Witchfinder, with all three new titles focusing on villains. With stories by Eisner award-winning artist Adam Hughes—who is illustrating his first ever Mignolaverse story, iZOMBIE co-creator Chris Roberson, and acclaimed Mignolaverse artists Christopher Mitten and Ben Stenbeck, the three new titles will explore the secret origins of two classic villains, Koshchei the Deathless and Rasputin, and introduce the Krampus into Hellboy’s odd world of fantasy and folklore.

“We didn’t set out to publish three stories about bad guys for the holidays, it just worked out that way—and, really, at least one of these guys isn’t ALL bad,” said Mike Mignola. “It’s been a real pleasure working with Chris Roberson and Christopher Mitten again to flesh out more of the history of the Hellboy world—focusing on Rasputin before the arrival of Hellboy. You just knew there had to be more to say about that guy. Just like I’ve always known there was a lot more to say about Koshchei the Deathless, who I’ve loved since Hellboy: Darkness Calls. Now thanks to the great Ben Stenbeck, we get his full, odd, and tragic life story. And then what is there to say about the Krampus? This grim little Christmas story has been gathering dust for years on my mental shelf, apparently just waiting for the right artist to come along and ask to draw it. I just never imagined that the right artist would be Adam Hughes!”

The three new titles are:

● Rasputin: Voice of the Dragon
Mike Mignola (W/Variant Cover), Chris Roberson (W), Christopher Mitten (A), Dave Stewart (C), Mike Huddleston (Cover)

A conspiracy involving the Third Reich and a dead member of a sinister secret society sets Professor Bruttenholm on his first mission—to find the man who’d soon bring Hellboy to earth. The mad Russian sorcerer Rasputin had been thought dead since 1916, when a group of noblemen sought to end his influence over the tsar. Now Rasputin works with the most twisted members of Hitler’s inner circle, and he’s about to cross paths with the man who’ll go on to found the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.

Rasputin: Voice of the Dragon’s first issue (of five) goes on sale November 29, 2017.

●  Hellboy: Krampusnacht One-Shot
Mike Mignola (W/Variant Cover), Adam Hughes (A/C/Cover/Incentive Variant)
The only thing more exciting than pitting Hellboy against this Satanic spin on Santa is the team-up of Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes.

Hellboy: Krampusnacht One-Shot goes on sale December 20, 2017.

● Koshchei The Deathless
Mike Mignola (W/cover), Ben Stenbeck (A), Dave Stewart (C)

Sent to kill Hellboy by the Baba Yaga in Darkness Calls, Koshchei the Deathless hinted at a long and tragic life before being enslaved to the Russian witch. Now Koshchei relives every horrible act on his road to immortality and beyond, with none other than Hellboy himself—in Hell. Mignola returns to Hell and to the bizarre folklore that’s filled some of his greatest books, reuniting with one of his favorite collaborators, Ben Stenbeck (Frankenstein Underground, Witchfinder: In The Service of Angels, Baltimore).

The first issue of Koshchei The Deathless (of six) goes on sale January 10, 2018.

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ETERNITY #1 preview

First Comics News - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 02:24

Valiant is proud to present the first look inside ETERNITY #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of A VISIONARY NEW SERIES coming from the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY, X-Men: Deadly Genesis)! On October 25th, a brand-new expedition into the unknown awaits… Beyond time… Beyond space… And beyond reality itself! At the farthest edge of all that is… Eternity awaits!

This fall, in the sold-out, critically acclaimed footsteps of DIVINITY, DIVINITY II, and DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE, two of Valiant’s most formidable creative minds unveil a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleash a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths… Jump into the year’s most astonishing journey as Abram Adams, the lost cosmonaut known as Divinity, travels beyond the borders of the Valiant Universe to explore the most distant frontier of imagination…to a realm only known as Eternity…

“It’s going to be as big and crazy as we can make it – BUT – with purpose,” series writer Matt Kindt told SyFy Wire. “There are real characters with real heart in this thing, and it’s not weird for weirdness’ sake. There is method and meaning to all of the madness and a sort of larger idea… The themes of fiction and stories and how they impact our thoughts and life decisions – all of that ends up being played out on a large psychedelic canvas in this series. It’s what everything has been building to for the last couple of years.”

On October 25th, go beyond the bounds and into Eternity itself as Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine witness the cosmic ignition of a fantastic new plane! A new pantheon of good and evil awaits, only in ETERNITY #1 (of 4) – featuring transcendent covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (FAITH), Tom Muller (DIVINITY), Trevor Hairsine (Ultimate Six), Matt Kindt (Dept. H) and Felipe Massafera (Shaper)!

PLUS: Reserve your copies of Valiant’s visionary new adventure with the ETERNITY #1–4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – spanning all four issues of the must-read VALIANT PRESTIGE format limited series! Released monthly from October 2017 through January 2018, 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 – plus an exclusive cover by interior artist Trevor Hairsine that can’t be found anywhere else!

The only way to obtain these exclusive items is to pre-order all four issues with your local comic shop by the initial order date of August 24th, 2017! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, Instagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com

ETERNITY #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
Wraparound Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale OCTOBER 25th (FOC – 10/2/17)

ETERNITY #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Covers by TREVOR HAIRSINE
$3.99 each [4 issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+  | Issue #1 on sale OCTOBER 25th (IOD – 8/24/17)


ETERNITY #1 (of 4)  – Cover A by Jelena-Kevic Djurdjevic
ETERNITY #1 (of 4) – Pre-Order Edition Cover by Trevor Hairsine

ETERNITY #1 (of 4) – Wraparound Variant by Felipe Massafera
ETERNITY #1 (of 4) – Interior Artwork by Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn, and David Baron


ETERNITY #1 (of 4) – Interior Artwork by Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn, and David Baron


ETERNITY #1 (of 4) – Interior Artwork by Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn, and David Baron


ETERNITY #1 (of 4) – Interior Artwork by Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn, and David Baron


ETERNITY #1 (of 4) – Interior Artwork by Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn, and David Baron


ETERNITY #1 (of 4) – Interior Artwork by Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn, and David Baron


ETERNITY #1 (of 4) – Interior Artwork by Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn, and David Baron

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Quake: Champions #1 preview

First Comics News - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 02:21
Quake: Champions #1  Writer: Ram V Artist: Alan Quah FC, 32pp, $3.99, On Sale August 9, 2017 Brand-new comics based on the best-selling franchise, which leads directly into the upcoming new game – Quake: Champions! COVER A: ALAN QUAH COVER B: FABIO LISTRANI COVER C: GAME ART COVER D: TAZIO BETTIN

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VAMPBLADE VOLUME 4: Con of the Dead

First Comics News - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 02:08

New costume and direction fans and newcomers won’t want to miss!

VAMPBLADE VOLUME 4
Cover Artist(s): Winston Young
Artist Name(s): Winston Young, Marco Maccagni
Writer(s): Jason Martin

VAMPBLADE VOLUME 4 is the beginning of the second season of the series and is the perfect jumping on point for new readers. Fans of ZOMBIE TRAMP and DOLLFACE won’t want to miss comic fan Katie Carva, the mystically mysterious Vampblade, as she fights invisible other-dimensional vampires straight from the 90s comics of her namesake.

This volume features Vampblade in her shiny new chromed-out costume, which was picked by the fans. There will be plenty of other new twists and turns as well when Katie takes the comic shop crew to SoCal Comic Con to hunt vamps. Before you know it, the convention turns into a powder keg of 100,000 vamped out fanboys! Longtime fans and newcomers to the series won’t want to miss this explosive new volume!
Vampblade creator and writer Jason Martin comments, “Season two is a ton of fun! Not only do we get to evolve Katie and her story, but we get to unleash that all in sunny San Diego, in broad daylight, and with the stakes larger than they’ve ever been!”

VAMPBLADE VOLUME FOUR collects the first story arc for the second season of the hit Danger Zone series. Preorder it with the Diamond item code JUN171108 and look for it in comic book stores on August 16.

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The Heart of the Matter

The Splintered Realm - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 17:52
Okay, so I started rambling about symbolism and iconic heroes… so let’s ramble some more.
I guess we have to start with what makes a character iconic? It seems like the simpler the better for iconic characters, and in many ways that is true. You want to be able to describe a character in one sentence, and have everyone get it. That’s great. However, I think that the reason iconic characters resonate and endure is because of something beyond simplicity. I think the answer is conflict.
The most iconic characters represent conflicts between opposing forces by their very natures. Superman endures in part because he was the first superhero. In part, he endures because his basic power set (without all of the extras) is pretty simple: he is strong, bulletproof, and can fly. Everything else is gravy; those are his powers. You take away heat vision and he’s still superman. You take away strength, and he’s something else. But, he’s also a character who embodies a wide range of conflicts. How can you be both impenetrable yet sensitive and caring? How can you be both a farmer and a big city slicker? How can you be both an alien and a human? You are immune to everything, but one green rock that glows makes you the weakest person in the world. You are brave and daring, but your alter ego is bumbling and awkward.
And this extends to your foil characters. These are part of the mix. Superman needs Batman to be in full balance. He is light, Batman is dark. Superman is hope, Batman is grim reality. Superman is above the dirty details; Batman makes that his wheelhouse. Superman relies on his own abilities; Batman has a veritable armory he carries into battle every day.
It’s his villains, too. Superman is strong; Luthor is smart. Superman pushes aside fame and glory; Luthor craves these.
So, you don’t create an iconic character like Superman by taking superman and filing off the serial numbers. You have to get to the heart of the matter.
For Marvel, this character is Captain America. And, we see a different but equally effective parallelism happening; Is Cap in the past or the present? He lives in the fringe between idealism and reality. His American dream comes directly against the tyranny of the Red Skull. His dogged belief in the good of the individual and trust in your own two fists comes directly into conflict with Iron Man’s need to keep tabs on everything and rely on increasingly powerful battle suits. Cap is a poor kid from the Bronx; Iron Man is one of the richest men in the world. Heck, they are born out of different wars: Cap comes from the World War that most clearly defined good and evil. Iron Man comes from the war that generated profound disagreement about what was good, and who would decide.  

The first character needs to be designed with his or her primary foil. They need to balance. They are the first team up, and they need to set the gait. They are brothers in a very real sense (and maybe literally… we will see).

3 Pitches 4-Colors 1: OMEGA TEAM!

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:00
This is the first in a series of posts with brief campaign pitches for superhero games. The others to follow are written by some other gaming bloggers you might know...


All of the world, individuals with anomalous and fantastic powers are increasing in number: mutants or victims of strange accidents, these individuals are feared and ostracized. A secret organization located beneath a governmental office building has need of these so-called freaks. The voice of Control describes the coming threat: The work of a brilliant Dr. Rankin has clearly indicated the danger. The ever-increasing number of “freaks,” extraterrestrial contacts, and weird phenomena, can be plotted on a curve showing inexorable progress nothing less that the destruction of humankind as we know it, if it’s trajectory is not altered. A team of special individuals--freaks--can bend this curve. They are the last line of defense: the Omega Team!

Style: Silver Age veneer on Modern Age construction; like Arnold Drake writing Grant Morrison’s  Doom Patrol, or maybe Steve Gerber writing Drake’s Doom Patrol.
Inspirations: Doom Patrol, Challengers of the Unknown, Atlas-era  monsters/horror, Xombi, Thriller, Outer Limits, X-Men.

DC Remembers Sam Glanzman (1924 – 2017)

First Comics News - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 02:34

In his “USS Stevens” stories for DC, Sam Glanzman’s time as a U.S. Navy sailor and WWII veteran put the kind of touch on war and combat that you can only get by actually being there. His stories were an important part of DC military titles, including Sgt. RockOur Army At WarStar-Spangled War StoriesG.I. Combat and Weird War Tales, and later Joe Kubert Presents. Glanzman showed all different sides of war and the authenticity of these tales made them that much more fascinating to read. Even his war stories for Charlton Comics drew from his experience as a WWII vet, further showing the different ways that people can view war and combat.

“In a career that spanned over 70 years, Sam Glanzman chose to focus on the humanity of everyday people thrust into extraordinary circumstances,” said Jim Lee, DC Publisher. “His own service aboard the USS Stevens gave birth to his seminal work about life as a sailor in WWII and informed many of his harrowing and heartfelt stories about soldiers in conflict. The industry will miss the authenticity of his unique voice.”

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Road to SDCC 2017 Announcement #6 – Kong: Gods of Skull Island

First Comics News - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 01:59

– NEW PROJECT ALERT –

Dear Member of the Press, You can download a zipped folder of the information and images below here

BOOM! STUDIOS ANNOUNCES

KONG: GODS OF SKULL ISLAND

Road to San Diego 2017 Announcement #6: New one-shot
explores the Tagatu civilization’s relationship with Kong

 

Kong: Gods of Skull Island
One-shot
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Chad Lewis
Cover Artists:
     Main Cover: Jeremy Wilson
     Variant Cover: Tyler Jenkins
Format: 48 pages, full color
Price: $7.99
On sale: October 2017
Synopsis: 

  • In this stand-alone Kong story, the year is 1912, and a wealthy humanitarian has traveled to Skull Island with the purpose of civilizing the native Tagatu living there. Although the Tagatu accept his gifts and allow his team to live among hem, they’re devoted to their god… and the team soon discovers that Kong is very, very real.
  • “Somehow, the Tagatu survived for generations at the bottom of the food chain in the harshest, deadliest environment on Earth, and they worshipped Kong as a living god. I always wanted to see more of that tribe’s culture in the films—specifically the ‘Church of Kong’ and their relationship with Kong himself—but that wasn’t the story they were telling. Now, it’s the story we’retelling.” – Phillip Kennedy Johnson
  • BOOM! Studios’ Kong comics are based on Joe DeVito’s Skull Island and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong. The publisher recently completed a 12-issue series, Kong of Skull Island, set thousands of years in the past, written by James Asmus (All-New Inhumans) and illustrated by Carlos Magno (Lantern City).

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MLJ:The Archie Heroes: Lost Hero of the Golden Age Ep.15

First Comics News - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 01:21

MLJ is better known as the publisher of Archie Comics, but they have a superhero universe that is often forgotten by comic book fans. This is a documentary about their heroes and the creative people who created them.

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THE ARCHIES hit the open road in a new ongoing series from Segura, Rosenberg, and Eisma

First Comics News - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 01:08

Real bands to guest-star in new series in the spirit of ARCHIE MEETS RAMONES and ARCHIE MEETS KISS!

The all-star team of co-writers Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg (ARCHIE MEETS RAMONES) and artist Joe Eisma (ARCHIE, RIVERDALE) reunite the teenage rockers known as THE ARCHIES this October for a new ongoing series spinning out of the fan-favorite THE ARCHIES ONE-SHOT!

After successfully playing their first real show together as a band, Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, and Reggie leave Riverdale as they begin their first tour across the country – and meet real-life bands along the way!

Segura & Rosenberg, the writing team behind hit one-shots ARCHIE MEETS RAMONES and THE ARCHIES, are no strangers to mixing the real-life world of music with the colorful fantasies of Archie Comics.

“When we jammed on THE ARCHIES ONE-SHOT, it was always in the hopes of having the book become an ongoing, so it was great to see the positive response that made it possible,” said Segura. “Adding real bands in the mix gives the series a must-read twist and opens the door for Matt, Joe and I to get our favorite bands into Riverdale.”

“We’re taking The Archies out of Riverdale and sending them on tour across the country to experience everything a touring band goes through,” said Rosenberg. “So whether you grew up with Archie or you’ve never read a comic, here’s a great chance to hop in the van with these 5 old friends and experience something totally new.”

Artist Joe Eisma, colorist Matt Herms, and letterer Jack Morelli, the art team from March’s hit one-shot, will reunite to bring all the drama and excitement of THE ARCHIES to life in the new series.

“What Alex and Matt have cooked up pretty much defines the ultimate comic for me, said Eisma. “I can’t wait for readers to see the great stuff we have in store!”

The new series debuts in comic shops and on digital platforms just in time for New York Comic Con on October 4th, 2017 and features covers by Joe Eisma, Matthew Dow Smith, Sandy Jarrell with Kelly Fitzpatrick, and Thomas Pitilli.

A new rock and roll adventure with The Archies is about to begin – are you ready to sing along?

THE ARCHIES #1

What’s next for the teenage rockers The Archies? When someone makes a decision that leaves the rest of the band scrambling, can the group keep it together? It’s friendship vs. fame in this must-read #1 issue to the new, ongoing THE ARCHIES series!

Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Joe Eisma
Variant Covers: Matthew Dow Smith, Sandy Jarrell with Kelly Fitzpatrick, Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 10/4
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Lark’s Killer #1 Fried Pie Comics Variant

First Comics News - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 01:00

1First Comics is very excited to announce that Lark’s Killer #1 will have an exclusive Fried Pie Comics Variant by Jen Bartel! Lark’s Killer – the upcoming series by Bill Willingham (Fables) from 1First Comics – will be in stores August 2nd. Find out how you can get a copy of the Fried Pie Comics Variant here!

More about Lark’s Killer:
The series follows Lark who is a runaway living rough on the streets of LA, when suddenly she’s transported to an alien world of swords, dragons and magic, where everyone wants her dead. And, she likely won’t live long enough to find out why. Written by Bill Willingham and art by Mark Dos Santos.

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Soft Reboot

The Splintered Realm - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 23:51
Since I had a little time in the last two weeks between classes and projects, I pulled out the good ‘ol Echo City rules and rolled up a few characters for fun. And then, as they always do, the wheels started turning. As I was reading through, I realized that I really, really, like this game. Sure, it’s got a small wart here or an odd turn of phrase there, but by and large this is a great little game.However, the area where I was less pleased with the overall game was in the presentation of the game world. For every solid character with a great background, there is a weaker character or (worse yet) a character who is simply a surrogate from a well-known property with the serial numbers filed off.
In thinking about the game world, I have two competing schools of thought.
1) The game world should provide a rich roleplaying opportunity for the players; the setting’s characters (especially the heroes) should fade to the background. Games are about the PCs, not the system’s default heroes. This is one of the problems with playing in established universes; why is my level 3 hero needed when the Justice League is literally living in a bunker around the corner?
2) The game world is defined by the main characters. This one is trickier. Gotham City is not just a setting for comics… it is an extension of Batman’s entire persona. You have to understand Batman in order to really understand Gotham.

While I want #1 to be true, I think you have to embrace #2 at least in part for the setting to really pop.
In effect, we are talking about the inherent symbolism of characters, and what they can communicate. The best characters carry powerful symbolism with them, and that symbolism extends into their adventures, their adversaries, and their environment. If you want to create an iconic setting, you need to create iconic characters who inhabit it. So, if I’m going to reboot the world of Echo City, I need to start with the characters who live there. So, I’ll be posting (as time permits) my thoughts about Echo City’s characters, rebuilding them from the ground up.
In effect, I get to play a fun minigame for the game… if I am designing a cinematic universe for my own unique superhero world, what goes into it, and why?

MARVEL LEGACY Unveils New Series: MAKE MINE MARVEL!

First Comics News - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 23:50

MARVEL LEGACY Unveils New Series: MAKE MINE MARVEL!
Your first look at Mighty Thor, U.S. Avengers, & Spirits of Vengeance!

 

New York, NY—July 12, 2017—This fall, a new day will shine on the Marvel Universe with your favorite heroes, your favorite creators…where every story is an event!

 

Today, Marvel is excited to announce the following creative teams and Legacy titles:

 

MIGHTY THOR #700: DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR PART 1

Written by JASON AARON

Art by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN, WALTER SIMONSON, OLIVIER COIPEL, CHRIS BURNHAM, JAMES HARREN AND MORE

 

U.S. AVENGERS #11: CANNONBALL RUN PART 1

Written by AL EWING

Art by PACO DIAZ

 

SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #1 (of 5): WAR AT THE GATES OF HELL PART 1

Written by VICTOR GISCHLER

Art by DAVID BALDEON

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DOCTOR ENDLESS TO DEBUT IN SUICIDE SQUAD BLACK FILES #1

First Comics News - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 23:43

SUICIDE SQUAD BLACK FILES #1
Written by MIKE W. BARR and JAI NITZ • Art by PHILIPPE BRIONES and SCOT EATON • Cover by FRAZER IRVING
Two members of Task Force X are back in these all-new adventures! First up: “REVENGE OF KOBRA” by writer Mike W. Barr and artist Philippe Briones. To oppose the terrorist Kobra is to earn his undying hatred, and that’s what the samurai Katana did when she killed his beloved Eve. Now, Kobra stalks Katana beyond the bounds of the Earth itself, to a supernatural world where he will steal from her everything that she has—including her very soul! And in “SUICIDE SQUAD BLACK,” by writer Jai Nitz and artist Scot Eaton, Sebastian Faust, the U.S. government’s top arcane operative, has gone rogue! To track down America’s most dangerous magician, Amanda Waller assembles a special ops team unlike any other: an expendable coven of dark arts experts including El Diablo, Enchantress and Gentleman Ghost. They are Suicide Squad Black, and they will take you to places where even the dead can die!
On sale AUGUST 2 • 48 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $4.99 US • RATED T+

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BOOM! STUDIOS ANNOUNCES 2017 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON PROGRAMMING AND BOOTH APPEARANCES

First Comics News - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 23:16

Los Angeles, Calif. (July 12, 2017) – BOOM! Studios is excited to unveil its booth appearances and programming it will be hosting and participating in at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, to be held July 19-23 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. The lineup includes a mix of talent tied into the diverse array of comics and graphic novels the publisher produces, including a WWE Superstar, two former Power Rangers, and the first Comic-Con appearance in over 10 years of celebrated cartoonist, John Allison.
Booth Appearances

Wednesday, July 19
6:6:50pm John Allison (Giant Days)
8-8:30pm Costumed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Thursday, July 20
11-11:50am Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna)
12:12:50pm Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Marcus To (Joyride)
12:30-1pm Costumed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
1-1:50pm Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert (The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV)
2:15-2:50pm David F. Walker (War for the Planet of the Apes)
3-3:50pm John Allison (Giant Days)
4pm WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair (WWE)
5-5:50pm Ryan Parrott, Dan Mora (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers)
6-6:50pm Dennis Hopeless, Lynne Yoshii (WWE)

Friday, July 21
11-11:50am David F. Walker (War for the Planet of the Apes)
12:12:50pm Sanford Greene (Adventure Time/Regular Show SDCC Exclusive)
12:30-1pm Costumed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
1-1:50pm Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Dan Mora (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), Ciara Hanna (Power Rangers Megaforce)
2-2:30pm Costumed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
2-2:50pm John Allison (Giant Days)
3-3:50pm Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes)
4-4:50pm Tyson Hesse (Tyson Hesse’s Diesel)
5-6:45pm Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)

Saturday, July 22
11-11:50am Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert (The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV)
12:12:50pm Jim Campbell, Kiernan Sjursen-Lien, Cara McGee (Over the Garden Wall)
12:30-1pm Costumed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
1-1:50pm Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes)
2-2:50pm John Allison (Giant Days), Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)
3-3:50pm Ryan Parrott, Dan Mora (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers)
4-4:50pm Kurt Sutter (Sons of AnarchySisters of Sorrow), Courtney Alameda (Sisters of Sorrow)
5-5:50pm Dennis Hopeless, Lynne Yoshii (WWE)
6-6:50pm Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna)

Sunday, July 23
11-11:50am Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City)
12:12:50pm Grace Kraft (Steven Universe)
1-1:50pm Arlene Daley, Matt Daley, Ellen Crafts, Trevor Crafts (The Not-So Secret Society)
2-2:50pm John Allison (Giant Days)
3-3:50pm Jim Campbell, Kiernan Sjursen-Lien, Cara McGee (Over the Garden Wall)
Programming Schedule

Thursday, July 20, 2017

12:00-1:00 Discover Breaking into Comics and Staying There—Everyone wants to know how to break into comics, but once you do, how do you stay there? Join Matt Gagnon (BOOM! Studios, Editor in Chief) and Bryce Carlson (BOOM! Studios Managing Editor) as they lead a discussion with some of the biggest personalities from every corner of the comic book industry to discuss their paths into comics, describe how they overcame roadblocks, and offer tips and advice to get your foot in the door and later, enjoy an enduring career. Featuring Felipe Smith (All-New Ghost Rider), David F. Walker (War for the Planet of the Apes), John Allison (Giant Days), Dan Mora (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), and more! Room28DE

1:00-2:00 Discover the Impact of the Web on Mainstream Comics—Thanks to publishers like the BOOM! Box imprint of BOOM! Studios, Fantagraphics, First Second, Top Shelf, Oni Press, and others, some creators who got their start making webcomics have been able to cross over and work on mainstream print titles, whether their own or licensed. Meet some of the folks who have made that transition, and listen to their stories about how you can make the jump, too! Featuring John Allison (Scary Go Round), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Lost Boys of the U-Boat Bremen), Meredith McClaren (Hinges), and Molly Ostertag(Strong Female Protagonist. Moderated by Kim Horcher (Host, Creator – Nerd Alert).  Room 28DE

Friday, July 21, 2017

11:30-12:30 ‘Go Go Power Rangers’ Comics—On July 26, BOOM! Studios launches a second Power Rangers ongoing comic book series, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, to pair with its current series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Join writers Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), artist Dan Mora (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), BOOM! Studios Editor Dafna Pleban, and Saban Brands Director, Power Rangers Content Melissa Flores as they preview the new series, tease what’s to come in the current series, and share behind-the-scenes secrets. Plus, Steve Kuroki, Creative Director of nWay, will be on hand to announce something special for fans of their mobile game, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars! Moderated by former Yellow Power Ranger, Ciara Hanna (Gia Moran in Power Rangers Megaforce). Room 5AB

5:00-6:00 Discover What’s New with ‘Mouse Guard’—Mouse Guard, one of the most successful and popular indie comics in the past decade, reminds us that, “It’s not what you fight, but what you fight for“! Join creator David Petersen as he talks about the recently released coloring book; the new, original short story in BOOM!’s Free Comic Book Day issue; new Mouse Guard merchandise; and how in September, fans can enjoy the Mouse Guard Alphabet Book. David will also be sharing a sneak peek of and discussing the fourth chapter in the Mouse Guard saga, Mouse Guard: The Weasel War (2018)! Plus, a live reading of a Mouse Guardshort story and a few prize giveaways. Moderated by Cameron Chittock, BOOM! Studios Associate Editor. Room 32AB

Saturday, July 22, 2017

12:30-1:30 BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours—There’s a comic at BOOM! Studios for everyone, from longtime fans to brand-new readers, and this is the panel to discover YOUR favorite new series! Join BOOM! Studios’ editors and creators as they explore the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession. Featuring Matt Gagnon (BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief), John Allison (Giant Days), Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), Carly Usdin (Hi-Fi Fight Club), David F. Walker (War for the Planet of the Apes), and James Tynion IV (The Backstagers). Moderated by Filip Sablik (BOOM! Studios President, Publishing & Marketing.) Room 24ABC

5:30-6:30 Discover Why YA Is the Future of Comics—One of the hottest genres in pop culture, YA books, movies, and comics aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences are creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Join Sierra Hahn (BOOM! Studios, Senior Editor) and some of the most popular new voices in comics as they discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment. Featuring Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), Tillie Walden (Spinning), Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone), and Kiwi Smith Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City). Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal; contributor to CBR, Publishers Weekly, ICv2, and Smash Pages). Room 7AB

Sunday, July 23, 2017

10:00-11:00 Friendship to the Max with Lumberjanes!—Calling all Lumberjanes fans! With the comic series entering its fourth year of publishing, plus a new series of novels from Amulet Books debuting this Fall, there’s plenty to talk about around the campfire! Join Lumberjanes co-creator and co-writer Shannon Watters, along with Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! author Mariko Tamaki, and Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! artist and Lumberjanes co-creator/original artist Brooke Allen, as they discuss the title’s legacy thus far; what’s in store for Mal, Molly, April, Jo, and Ripley in the comics and the novels; and the importance of hardcore lady types! Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal; contributor to CBR, Publishers Weekly, ICv2, and Smash Pages). Room 25ABC

11:00-12:00 Discover Creating Comics with Kids: An Interactive Workshop—Comic books are for everyone and that includes the youngest readers just learning about the world of four-color fantasy! Join the creators of BOOM! Studios’ hotly anticipated The Not-So Secret Society graphic novel (Matt DaleyTrevor CraftsArlene Daley, and Ellen Crafts) for an interactive workshop where you and your school-age children will get hands-on experience in making their own comic…and leave with some fun surprises, too! Room 11

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CABLE #150

First Comics News - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 22:19

CABLE #150

(W) ED BRISSON
(A/CA) JON MALIN

THE NEWER MUTANTS!
The time-traveling mutant known as Cable has made it his one-man mission to preserve all of time itself. But when a disturbance in the timestream sends Cable back to the recent past, he’ll find a mutant killer he won’t be able to handle alone. Cable’s led teams of X-Men before and he’ll have to turn to some old allies and new friends to stop this deadly threat. Get ready for the newer New Mutants!

Look for it in the August Marvel PREVIEWS!

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