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Solar Trek: The Amok Trigger

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 12:00
These are the voyages of the exploratory vehicle, Enterprise...

In 2262, Dr. Leonard McCoy discovered the continuation of outlawed genetic practices among certain prominent families of Mars. This was revealed when Enterprise's first officer, Commander Spock began experiencing drastic mood swings and neurologic pain. Neurochemical triggers made Spock seek to return to Mars, regardless of his orders to the contrary.

The cause of his condition was an engineered gene sequence, created in the 21st Century by Martian geneticists for the purpose of making arranged marriages among their people compulsory and binding. The small, modified human population of Mars practiced arranged marriage for purposes of genetic diversity and promotion of genes critical for survival in the partially terraformed Martian environment to come over the next century. An unidentified family member of Spock's betrothed had introduced the genetic sequence through use of a viral vector when Spock was in his teens. The reasons are unclear, but may have had to do with Spock's father's diplomatic position.

T'Pring, Spock's betrothed, was absolved of any wrongdoing in regard to the genetic manipulation, but she did instigate a trial by combat that could have resulted in the deaths of one or more Space Fleet officers in order to be free of her obligation to Spock.

Dr. McCoy was able to repair the genetic damage to Commander Spock. His efforts led to a greater understanding of historic Martian gene-engineering techniques.

Wednesday Comics: Storm: Vandaahl the Destroyer (part 2)

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:00
My exploration of the long-running euro-comic Storm, continues with his adventures in the world of Pandarve. Earlier installments can be found here.


Storm: Vandaahl the Destroyer (1987) (part 2)
(Dutch: Vandaahl de Verderver)
Art by Don Lawrence; script by Martin Lodewijk

When last we left our heroes, so kids on the water planet had just released a conqueror from another universe from what was supposed to be his eternal prison. One of his first acts is to zap Ember.

Back in his home universe, scientists inform the Lord Judge than sentenced him, that Vandaahl the Destroyer might well be alive, having slipped through a wormhole instead of being killed in a black hole. They decide the only decent thing to do is retrieve him, rather than let him lay waste to other words.

Vandaahl has already started by laying waste to the tree settlement, though he allowed the people, including Storm  and friends, some time to escape first.


With Vandaahl on the loose, Storm decides they must warn the people of Pandarve. To help him get off world, the Water-Planet people summon dolphin-like creatures that tell them of a waterspout leading off planet.


The vessel the people of the Water-Planet give them isn't made for long space voyages, though. Luckily, they run across a large trading vessel before their supplies run. They're able to get a ride.



TO BE CONTINUED

Carapace

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 02/25/2019 - 12:00

In a fit of waning Google+ generosity, Goblin's Henchman sent me a copy of his zine-size adventure Carapace, available for free on drivethrurpg.

Carapace is an interesting product. The adventure (geared toward AD&D but usuable with any flavor), involving a giant ant-hill near a isolated town has no keyed locations. There is a brief bit of setup, covering not only the situation but what various parties in the community might want done, and what the consequences of the adventure might be. After that, there's section of on not one, but three different methods of procedurally generating the maze of tunnels and rooms in the colony: Pointcrawl, Labyrinth Move, and Hex-Flower. Read the Henchman's brief explanation of them here. Finally, there's a section on random encounters and random "dungeon dressing."

If you really dig new procedural approaches and procedural generation in general, this will definitely be your thing. Even if you are like me and this isn't generally your thing, the alien structure of an ant hill seems to me exactly the place where something like this might be useful. Not only would I run this, I may steal some of its techniques for use in other environments.

A NEW PULP LEGEND’S EARLIEST ADVENTURE NOW ON AUDIO!

First Comics News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 21:38
A NEW PULP LEGEND’S EARLIEST ADVENTURE NOW ON AUDIO!
DERRICK FERGUSON’S ‘YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH’ DEBUTS!

Dillon.
A name that means many things to many people. Adventurer. Hero. Rogue.
Nemesis. Friend.
But even a man who is a legend in his own time started somewhere and the beginning of that legend is now available as a top quality audiobook produced by Radio Archives-YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH.
Even Dillon was young once. YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH back the curtain on the past of a modern-day hero. Many are the tales that have been told about Dillon, but none are stranger than the whispers of his having been raised in the mythical and eternal city of Shamballah and his training by those deadliest of adepts in the martial arts, the Warmasters of Liguria.
Now, at last, the true story behind those legends can be told. This is a story of a Dillon and the events and people who would forge him into the man we know.
This is a story of a Dillon in the days before his feet were set on the path that would lead him to the wildest adventures of them all. And it is itself an incredible adventure in its own right.
This is the story of Young Dillon in the Halls of Shamballah. And, once you’ve heard it, you and Dillon will never be the same.
A Youngpulp! digest novel from Pro Se Productions and Pulpwork Press, now an audiobook performed by Calvin Worthen, YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH is available at https://www.amazon.com/Young-Dillon-Halls-Shamballah/dp/B07NX26CPS/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= and also available via iTunes.
This thrilling young readers adventure is also available in print and digital formats via Amazon.
For more information on and great products from Radio Archives, go to www.radioarchives.com.

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Mapping With New Computer

The Splintered Realm - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 19:26
So my new Surface Pro allows me to draw on the computer, which saves incredible amounts of time... and allows me to quickly create solid-looking maps. These move away from my Dyson-inspired style a little bit and towards a simpler, cleaner style. Here are a few variations of the map I created for the entry to the massive dungeon complex that I will be using for play testing... I am partial to the final one (black with grid) myself, but I'm interested to hear what others think. It's no great shakes to publish several of these. And yes, I know these are missing doors, stairs, and other elements... these are incomplete at the moment.

FYI, this is the upper tier of the dungeons beneath a fallen temple to Yahalla that has gone through several owners over many centuries. Most recently, this area was the home to a spider cult that left behind a lot of spiders, and a few undead. It's a level 1 area, and will be where my solo character starts his forays.







ANTARCTIC PRESS MAY 2019 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 15:38

ULTRABOT GO GO GO ONE SHOT
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(W) John Ward (A) Giles Crawford
in the spirit of Astroboy, Gigantor and Giant Robo comes retro 1960’s manga action for the new age! Kip Fenwick is a secret operative fighting against a nefarious organization bent on world domination. When Kip’s essence is transferred into the body of a giant robot, it’s a now up to Ultrabot Go Go Go! to take on the fantastic enemies of the world in the most action-packed one-shot you’ve ever read!
In Shops: May 29, 2019
SRP: $3.99

 

GOLD DIGGER #266
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(W) Fred Perry (A) Fred Perry
Gina’s last escape route from the Omniverse is cut off by another interdimensional super-scientist who is ALSO trying to make his way back home! Unfortunately for Gina, her rival has brought his entire arsenal of super robots along for the journey, and when Gina deploys a hasty Bluetooth hack, she accidentally activates a suppressed urge to “destroy all humans”!
In Shops: May 29, 2019
SRP: $3.99

 

HORROR COMICS #1
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(W) Bradley Golden (A) Andrey Lunatik, Mickey Clausen
In a small town near Miami, Florida, Thomas Wright, the local ice cream man serves up sweet, delicious new ice cream flavors he makes himself….from the flesh of his murder victims! Timmy LaLa Ice Cream delivers the taste of terror with some ice-SCREAM treats!
Prepare to face terror like never before, as you vie to survive the vicious struggle…for one of these awesome variant covers.
In Shops: May 29, 2019
SRP: $9.99

 

MOBSTER GRAVEYARD #5 (OF 5)
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(W) David Furr (A) Shannon Smith, Donald Hash
Smith If he’s to save his partner from a sadistic killer, Detective Roger Crayton must decide if he can trust the mysterious Ned Hollister and his seemingly insane claims of the supernatural. ‘Dead Ends’ comes to its heart-pounding conclusion in this fifth and final chapter!
In Shops: May 29, 2019
SRP: $3.99

 

OFFBEATS #4
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(W) John Ward (A) Giles Crawford
Jim is cornered as he tries to break Booker out of jail. Luckily, old friends come to their rescue and give them a fighting chance against the mob and a host of corrupt cops.
In Shops: May 29, 2019
SRP: $3.99

 

PUNCHLINE #7
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(W) Bill Williams (A) Matthew Weldon
When Versema chases a bunch of tomb raiders to a sunken city, she is confronted by a dimension-hopping woman with murder on her mind. Meet Rosevera. She wants Versema dead. The question is, why?
In Shops: May 29, 2019
SRP: $3.99

 

TAINTED LOVE #4 (OF 4)
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(W) Arthur Bellfield (A) Flavio B. Silva
The thrilling conclusion from Arthur Bellfield, writer of War’s Chosen (OGN) (Arcana Comics) and God Cell: Gate of the Gods (Advent Comics)! In this last episode of “Secrets & Lies”, we learn the true origin of the man known as America One! Plus, the secrets of the Children of the Cowl are finally revealed!
In Shops: May 29, 2019
SRP: $3.99

 

WILLIAM THE LAST FIGHT AND FLIGHT #4
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(W) Brian Shearer (A/CA) Brian Shearer
William and Ella are reunited and learn the name of their new, mysterious guide. Meanwhile, Magnus and Elias are forced to seek help in their rescue mission as night falls.
In Shops: May 29, 2019
SRP: $3.99

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The Other Side of the Frontier

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 15:30

Much has been made of the themes of colonialism in D&D--perhaps too much, not because they aren't there, but because there are a lot of ways to play D&D, and "taming the frontier" doesn't seem to be the most common approach these days. In any case, it seems to me that it would be easy to reverse the roles and have the PCs and their cultures fighting colonization (or the remnants of colonization) rather than colonizing.

We can image the ur-humanoid species (be they orcs or trolls or something else), arriving at a new world and working to suppress its technology and abducting natives for experimentation like the greph in Vance's The Dragon Masters. The humanoid invaders might be technological or employ magic, but either way their "science" would be origin of many of the monsters of latter times.

The invaders have a weakness (or perhaps several, but one big one): they are from a world with a less bright sun, so they're nocturnal and prefer underground bases. Perhaps due to the magic possessed by the natives, or perhaps due to fractionalization among the invaders, the shock-and-awe conquest becoms a protracted slog that wears down both sides. The invaders borrow in and hunker down, and maybe in some places the original inhabitants think they have been wholly defeated.

The natives, of course, have paid a price as well, being reduced in number by weird weapons and alien diseases. Their civilization has as has their population, leaving many areas as wilderness filled with ruins.

So then what happens is up to the PCs and people like them. Do they drive the former invaders from their world? Do they make alliances where they can? Is it just recovering the wealth and technology for their on benefit they are after or do they try to restore their cultures to their former greatness?

Art by William Stout

RICH REVIEWS: Manowar # 1

First Comics News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 15:19

Title: Manowar # 1
Publisher: Lucky Comics
Story/Art/Letters: Jay Piscopo
Cover by: Jay Piscopo
Price $ 2.00 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.luckycomics.com
Comments: Here is the origin of Manowar. The first part of the story takes place in the time of ancient Atlantis. The old style art is gorgeously done. Manowar is illustrated as a hero created to protect. His poses are heroic. The robots he battles are menacing.
Manowar is one interesting character. He is unlike other super-heroes.
In 1940 he appears again and here he helps America in the War. Hitler has super android soldiers that he battles. This story is short and over too quickly yet what you do get is a thrilling adventure with beautifully done art to match the times.
Manowar is a super-hero for anyone who loves the old style ones. His white streak power we do not see used much yet when it is it is a stunning show of force.
Pick up this comic for a great hero in thrilling adventures.

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NEW Limited Edition Tarot Witch Oracle Deck!

First Comics News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 15:14

Did you Miss the Kickstarter?!
In 2015 the Tarot, Witch of the Black Rose card deck for Playing & Divination was created.
This NEW deck of Oracle cards, can expand the original deck OR be used on their own!
18 cards that will help you find sure footing on the future’s path.

Why 18? The number 18 is associated with independence and a solid foundation-
two things that will encourage an exciting and secure possible future.
All the cards are Unique and are the bewitching artwork of Jim Balent from his 18 years of creating Tarot, Witch of the Black Rose (another 18!).

The deck will include a full color Guide to interpret the cards and two ways to use them.

You may also ADD ON (At a special Add on Price of $8- reg $10) the 6 card Affirmation deck, featuring the art of Holly G!.

6 wallet sized cards to carry with you. Each card is of an entity that will encourage you those times you need a moment of inspiration.

The deck is intended for a Mature audience.

Order your Deck Now


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ADD ON the Affirmation Deck for Only $8! (reg $10)

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While Supplies Last. Only our Kickstarter Backers will get all the Stretch Goal Perks with their decks.

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BOOM STUDIOS MAY 2019 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 08:30

FIREFLY #6
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Dan McDaid
Cover Artists:
Main Cover A: Lee Garbett
Preorder Cover B: Joe Quinones
Incentive Cover C: Ethan Young
Synopsis: Mal and Zoe relive the worst day of the war as they delve deeper into their past and debate an awful truth:
Are they war criminals?

 

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER VOL. 1 SC
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Jordie Bellaire
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Matthew Taylor
Synopsis:
● Go back to the beginning as the critically acclaimed pop culture phenomenon Buffy The Vampire Slayer is
reimagined under the guidance of series creator Joss Whedon.
● This is the Buffy Summers you know, who wants what every average teenager wants: friends at her new
school, decent grades, and to escape her imposed destiny as the next in a long line of vampire slayers
tasked with defeating the forces of evil.
● But her world looks a lot more like the one outside your window, as Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and Russ
Manning Award-Winner Dan Mora (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers) bring Buffy into a new era with new
challenges, new friends…and a few enemies you might already recognize. But the more things change, the
more they stay the same, as the Gang faces brand new Big Bads, and the threat lurking beneath the
perfectly manicured exterior of Sunnydale High confirms what every teenager has always known: high
school truly is hell.
● WELCOME BACK TO THE HELLMOUTH, FOR THE FIRST TIME!
● Collects issues #1-4

 

THE MAGICIANS: ALICE’S STORY OGN HC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JULY 2019*****
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $26.99
Writer: Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges
Artist: Pius Bak
Cover Artist: Steve Morris
Synopsis:
● Alice Quinn is manifestly brilliant, and she’s always known that magic is real. During her years at
Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, she rises to the top of her class, falls in love with Quentin
Coldwater, and witnesses a horrifically magical creature invade their dimension.
● It’s not soon after graduation when Alice, Quentin, and their friends set their sights on the idyllic setting of
Fillory: a place thought to only live in the pages of their favorite children’s books. A land where magic
flows like rivers . . . But in this magical realm nothing is what it seems to be, and something darker lies
behind the spellbinding facade. It is in the darkness where Alice will discover her true calling and her life,
and those friends, forever changed.
● Acclaimed novelist Lev Grossman teams with New York Times bestselling writer Lilah Sturges
(Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass), and breakout artist Pius Bak for a new look at the smash hit trilogy
The Magicians.

 

THE AVANT-GUARDS #5
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Noah Hayes
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Noah Hayes
Preorder Cover: Cara McGee
Synopsis: The Avant-Guards have been on a roll when it comes to their newly-formed Athletic Coalition, and
Charlie has been getting more comfortable with her new teammates, but when they hit the end of their
winning-streak, will these new friendships survive?

 

THE AVANT-GUARDS VOL. 1 DISCOVER NOW EDITION
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Noah Hayes
Cover Artist: Veronica Fish
Synopsis:
● Giant Days meets Check, Please, from the creator of Heavy Vinyl!
● Welcome to the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, an historically all-female school
whose population is decidedly more drama geek than jock.
● Liv, aspiring actor and basketball enthusiast, doesn’t understand why she can’t be both, but she seems alone
in that belief…until Charlie.
● Charlie is a recent transfer, a star basketball player, and the answer to all of Liv’s problems. She’ll stop at
nothing to get Charlie to join the ragtag group of misfits that make up their fledgling basketball team.
● Carly Usdin (Heavy Vinyl) and Noah Hayes (Wet Hot American Summer) present a touching tale about
finding what you’re looking for… on and off the court.
● “Collects issues #1-4 in an exclusive comic shop release

 

BAGS (OR A STORY THEREOF) OGN SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JULY 2019*****
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $12.99
Writer: Patrick McHale, Gavin Fullerton
Artist: Gavin Fullerton
Cover Artist: Gavin Fullerton
Synopsis:
● This is the tale of John Motts. He is a man who had a dog, but now that dog is gone. John searches his
house, his street, and his town, but the dog is nowhere to be found. John soon realizes that he must travel
further, past the road and into the trees if he’s ever to find out the truth of what happened to his dog.
● BAGS (or a story thereof) is a journey of love and suspense as John Motts searches through the world he
knows, and a world he doesn’t, woven together beautifully by Patrick McHale, creator of the Emmy
Award-winning Cartoon Network series Over The Garden Wall™ , and Gavin Fullerton (Disney’s Space
Chickens in Space).

 

BEN 10 OGN: FOR SCIENCE! SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JULY 2019*****
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $7.99
Writer: C.B. Lee
Artist: Mattia di Meo
Cover Artist: Mattia di Meo
Synopsis:
● Ben Tennyson isn’t your average 10-year-old…he’s also the wielder of the the Omnitrix, an alien device
that allows Ben to shift into ten different alien forms from around the galaxy. Together with his cousin
Gwen and Grandpa Max, they protect the world from alien incursions.
● When a science camp is attacked by a mysterious threat, Ben and Gwen must go undercover as campers to
find out who or what is responsible. To have any chance of saving the day, they’ll need to follow the grisly
trail of science experiments gone wrong.
● Written by Rainbow Award-winning author C.B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick) and illustrated by Mattia Di Meo
(Adventure Time™/Regular Show™), Ben 10™: For Science! is an action-packed adventure based on
Cartoon Network’s hit TV series.

 

STEVEN UNIVERSE™ ALL-IN-ONE EDITION HC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JULY 2019*****
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $74.99
Writer: Jeremy Sorese, Josceline Fenton, Melanie Gillman, Grace Kraft, and others
Artist: Coleman Engle, Lamar Abrams, Chrystin Garland, Katy Farina, Rii Abrego, and others
Cover Artist: Design
Synopsis:
● They are the Crystal Gems and they always save the day. Defending Beach City and planet earth from evil,
no one love deeper, fights harder than Steven Universe.
● BOOM! Studios presents the first All-In-One edition! With over 500 pages of content, this hardcover book
collects three different Steven Universe ™series and is a perfect collectors item for long-time fans or new
readers alike!
● This one-of-a-kind collection brings together over thirty stories set in Cartoon Network’s Emmy
Award-winning series Steven Universe™, including a short by series creator Rebecca Sugar and storyboard
artist Lamar Abrams.
● Collects Steven Universe™ (2014) #1-8, Steven Universe™ & the Crystal Gems #1-4, and Steven
Universe™ (2017) #1-12.

 

RONIN ISLAND #3
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Giannis Milonogiannis
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Giannis Milonogiannis
Preorder Cover: Ethan Young
Synopsis: Though the Island’s shelter provides protection, Hana can no longer watch the slaughter on the mainland
and leaves her home with General Sato to save the Shogunates’s civilians. Kenichi reluctantly joins her, with his
own motivations for the island’s protection in mind.

SABAN’S GO GO POWER RANGERS #20
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Eleonora Carlini
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Marcus To
Intermix Cover: Miguel Mercado
Preorder Cover: Audrey Mok
Homage Incentive Cover: Gleb Melnikov
Synopsis: With Rita on the hunt and the students of Angel Grove High in danger, the Rangers are forced to make
fast choices to protect their friends. With the clock ticking, Zack must decide whether he will listen to Zordon, or
disobey direct orders if it means helping the others.

 

GO GO POWER RANGERS VOL. 4 SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JULY 2019*****
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $16.99
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Eleonora Carlini
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Synopsis:
● In the aftermath of the bestselling Shattered Grid event, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers must stop
Rita’s sinister plan to acquire a new weapon. But when Jason and Trini follow Rita into a magic portal,
they get more than they bargained for when their connection to the Morphin Grid gets crossed and their
powers become transposed.
● Written by Ryan Parrott (Star Trek: Manifest Destiny) and illustrated by Eleonora Carlini (Batgirl), this arc
of Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers gives the Power Rangers a new look like never before!
● Collects issues #13-16

 

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #39
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Simone di Meo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jamal Campbell
Preorder Cover: Jordan Gibson
Incentive Cover: Xermánico
Synopsis: After the shocking revelations of last issue, the new team of Power Rangers make their final stand – and
none of them will escape unscathed!

 

FAITHLESS #2
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Maria Llovet
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Paul Pope
Preorder Cover: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Synopsis: Faith is drawn into a new world when she attends a party at the home of renowned artist Louis Thorn.
It’s a world of opulence, excess, and sensuality—and something darker that she can’t put her finger on. There is
something . . . curious about these people, a darkness or shadow just at the edge of reason . . . and maybe it is
exactly what Faith is looking for.

 

BONE PARISH #9
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Cover Artist: Jonas Scharf
Synopsis: The walls continue to close in on the Winters family, as they are assaulted by foes on all sides.

 

THE EMPTY MAN: RECURRENCE SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JULY 2019*****
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jesús Hervás
Cover Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Synopsis:
● Horror sensation Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, Bone Parish) returns to the world of Empty Man with
artist Jesús Hervás (Lucas Stand, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser) in this new ongoing series.
● The nation is in the grip of a terrible pandemic. The so-called Empty Man disease causes insanity and
violence. Government quarantines are mandatory.
● One of the afflicted is Melissa Kerry, and the next step should be to quarantine her—but those who enter
quarantine are never seen again. Melissa’s family won’t let that happen. All they have to do is care for her,
keep her worsening condition a secret—and they’ll do anything, trust anyone, to keep her safe.
● Recurrence is the second installment in The Empty Man franchise and explores the psychological horror of
a family member in decline, and the depths one will go to protect those they love.
● Collects issues #1-4.

 

THE EMPTY MAN #7
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jesús Hervás
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Preorder Cover: Jesús Hervás
Synopsis: After the return of someone long thought dead, Jensen and the Kerry family might finally have the
reinforcements needed to stave off the Empty Man’s advances once and for all.

 

GRASS KINGS VOL. 1 SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JULY 2019*****
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $17.99
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Cover Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Synopsis:
● From The New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and artist Tyler Jenkins (Peter
Panzerfaust) comes the Eisner Award-nominated rural mystery series chronicling the tragic lives of the
Grass Kings, three brothers and rulers of a self-sufficient trailer park kingdom – a fiefdom of the hopeless
and lost seeking a promised land.
● The grass kingdom is run by middle brother Robert, who has been grief-stricken since losing his daughter
years ago. When a mysterious young woman flees to their community in search of safety, Robert takes her
in. As her true identity comes to light, Robert must decide if his chance at atonement is worth risking the
entire Kingdom.
● Collects issues #1-6

 

BLACK BADGE #10
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Matt Kindt
Intermix Cover: Tyler Jenkins
Synopsis: The Badges continue to unravel the mysterious history of the program, learning the secret history of their
parents…and their role in the threats the Badges must now face!

 

SONS OF ANARCHY LEGACY EDITION BOOK THREE SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JULY 2019*****
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $29.99
Writer: Ollie Masters
Artist: Luca Pizzari, Eoin Marron, Lucas Werneck
Cover Artist: Robert Sammelin
Synopsis:
● BOOM! Studios presents the the third and final of the Sons of Anarchy Legacy Editions! Collecting the
previously released Sons of Anarchy comic for the first time under one cover in an all-new value priced
format that no fan can afford to miss.
● The ride begins here. Jax Teller has always had one dream: to follow the family legacy and join the Sons of
Anarchy. But at eighteen, still reeling from his father’s death and just starting out as a prospect, Jax is about
to discover just how hard the life of an outlaw can be.
● Collects Sons of Anarchy Redwood Original #1-12

 

WWE: THE PHENOMENAL ONE SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JULY 2019*****
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $19.99
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Serg Acuña, Kendall Goode
Cover Artist: Marco D’Alfonso
Synopsis:
● Before he became The Face That Runs The Place, AJ Styles spent nearly twenty years traveling the world,
making sacrifices, all with one goal: proving himself as the best in-ring performer, bar none. Now, for the
first time ever, see how the Phenomenal One’s quest led him to WWE, and how he took the biggest stage in
sports entertainment and made it his own.
● Dennis Hopeless (Cloak & Dagger, All-New X-Men) and illustrators Serg Acuña and Kendall Goode (Maze
Runner: The Death Cure) team up for this tale of overcoming challenges and striving to be the best.
● Collects WWE #21-25.

 

CODA #12
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $19.99
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: Matías Bergara
Intermix Cover: Chris Visions
Synopsis: The story of Hum and the Nag comes to a close.

 

JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JULY 2019*****
Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $24.99
Writer: Jim Henson
Artist: Ramon Perez
Cover Artist: Ramon Perez
Synopsis:
● Tale of Sand is an Eisner Award-winning original graphic novel adaptation of an unproduced,
feature-length screenplay written by Jim Henson and his frequent writing partner, Jerry Juhl.
● Tale of Sand follows scruffy everyman, Mac, who wakes up in an unfamiliar town, and is chased across the
desert of the American Southwest by all manners of man and beast of unimaginable proportions. Produced
with the blessing of the Henson family, Tale of Sand will allow Henson fans to recognize some of the
inspirations and set pieces that appeared in later Henson Company productions.

 

JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: SIRENS #2
Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Chan Chau
Artist: Chan Chau
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Cory Godbey
Preorder Cover: Chan Chau
Synopsis: This tale explores the Chinese mythology of Nuwa. Long ago before mankind, Nuwa traveled through
vast fields and mountains of the earth in awe of its beauty. The planet was beautiful, but lonely and she decided to
fill the earth with human beings. But while life filled the Earth and Nuwa’s heart, creation was only the beginning of
the story.

 

JIM HENSON’S BENEATH THE DARK CRYSTAL #9
Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Adam Smith
Artist: Alexandria Huntington
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: Benjamin Dewey
Preorder Cover: David Petersen
Synopsis: Thurma and Kensho are struggling on their chosen paths. Divided from their respective allies by betrayal
and loss, both heroes must put their trust in the powers of Thra and Mithra, which work to bring Kensho and Thurma
together for a much needed reunion.

 

LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $7.99
Writer: Seanan McGuire
Artist: Alexa Bosy
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Alexa Bosy
Preorder Cover: Veronica Fish
Synopsis:
● When Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley stumble upon several muddy, spiky, cactus kittens in the woods,
they take on the sacred mission of bringing the kittens back to their home.
● However, when they reach the garden menageries and its Dryad tender, they find that there is a deeper
problem at the heart of the garden—and the Roanokes are the only ones who can help!
● Writer Seanan McGuire (Spider-Gwen) and artist Alexa Bosy team up for an entirely new Lumberjanes
story! PLUS an all-new short story from Mariana Costa (Peritale)!

 

LUMBERJANES VOL. 12 SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JULY 2019*****
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Ayme Sotuyo
Cover Artist: Kat Leyh
Synopsis:
● In the aftermath of the time shenanigans set off by Jo’s Mysterious Time Thingy, the Roanoke scouts are a
little bit uneasy on their feet. It’s up to Counselor Jen to rally the ‘Janes, and she’s got just the thing to help
get them back up and off adventuring again: a quest to seek out the most mysterious mythological monster
of all…the mighty JACKALOPE!
● This New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner and GLAAD Award-winning series features danger,
adventure, and life-long friendships. Get in on the fun with this brand-new adventure written by Shannon
Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) and illustrated by Ayme Sotuyo.
● Collects issues #45-48.

 

LUMBERJANES #62
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: AnneMarie Rogers
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kat Leyh
Preorder Cover: Chan Chau
Synopsis: In her quest to face her fears, Mal has stumbled into the most frightening place of all: the Land of Lost
Things. In this pocket dimension, time moves faster than in the real world, and dinosaurs still rule supreme. None of
the Roanokes have ever gone dimension-tripping by themselves before, much less accidentally! It’s up to Jo, April,
Ripley, and Molly to find a way to get Mal back home, safe and (hopefully) sound!

 

SMOOTH CRIMINALS VOL. 1 SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JULY 2019*****
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Kurt Lustgarten & Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith
Artist: Leisha Riddel
Cover Artist: Audrey Mok
Synopsis:
● There are certain things Brenda expects to find while hacking: money, secrets, occasional pictures of cats.
She is NOT expecting to find a cryogenically frozen master thief from the 60s.
● Mia is everything Brenda is not—cool, confident, beautiful. And utterly unprepared for the digital age.
Despite their differences, the two will need to team up to find out what happened to Mia—and how to pull
off the heist of the century.
● Writers Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith (Legally Blonde) and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City) and illustrator Leisha
Riddel swing into action and steal the show with this daring and hilarious caper of time-melding suspense.

 

SMOOTH CRIMINALS #7
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Kiwi Smith & Kurt Lustgarten
Artist: Leisha Riddel
Cover Artist: Audrey Mok
Synopsis: Brenda and Mia, having pulled off the ultimate heist but lost the prize, are pulled back in for one more
round in the fight for the Net of Indra! It’s all or nothing as they take on Mia’s arch-nemesis from the 1960s: the
nefarious, notorious, ignominious Hatch Leonard.

 

GIANT DAYS #50
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: John Allison
Artists: Max Sarin
Cover Artist: Max Sarin
Synopsis: In times of a disastrous norovirus outbreak in McGraw’s for-fun cricket team, Susan, Esther, and Daisy
are called upon to defend McGraw’s sportly honor. Taking up the bats of his fallen mates and donning their cricket
whites, it’s a sporting adventure the girls had literally never anticipated! Can Susan be genteel and sportsmanlike?
Can Esther stop goofing off? Will Daisy prove the greatest cricketer of all time?

 

BY NIGHT #11
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Christine Larsen
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: Christine Larsen
Preorder Cover: Sarah Stern
Synopsis: Jane and Heather confront Chet Charles, the mysterious inventor thought missing for over a decade! All
that remains is to discover the sort of thing that could drive you crazy enough to want to live inside a mountain for
twenty years and pretend to be the most powerful being in a dimension.

 

ADVENTURE TIME™ : MARCY & SIMON #5
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Olivia Olson
Artist: Slimm Fabert
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Brittney Williams
Marcy Preorder Cover: Danielle Chuatico
Simon Preorder Cover: Jamie Loughran
Synopsis: Marceline, Simon, Finn, and Jake are on a quest through the multiverse to free Betty from Golb’s control
and resolve Simon’s greatest guilt. They’ll have to fight through lots of obstacles—including some aliens—before
they eventually find Betty.

 

OVER THE GARDEN WALL™: HOLLOW TOWN SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JULY 2019*****
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Celia Lowenthal
Artist: Jorge Monlongo
Cover Artist: Miguel Mercado
Synopsis:
● When Greg loses a shoe, Wirt must find a way to replace it, and fast if they want to avoid a repeat of the
summer camp splinter incident. Luckily, it’s not long before they stumble upon Hollow Town, a hamlet
populated entirely by wooden doll people, where Wirt finds work as a babysitter for the enigmatic Mrs.
Clemence. However, the longer they stay in Hollow Town, the more it becomes clear that Hollow Town
holds a sinister secret…
● The Emmy Award-winning series continues further into the Unknown with this brand-new Over the
Garden Wall™ graphic novel. Join writer Celia Lowenthal (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Fairies) and
artist Jorge Monlongo (Adventure Time™ Comics) on a new adventure-filled journey with Wirt, Greg, and
Beatrice.
● Collects the complete 5-issue series

 

STEVEN UNIVERSE™ VOL. 5: FIND A WAY SC
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR JULY 2019*****
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Grace Kraft
Artist: Rii Abrego
Cover Artist: Missy Peña
Synopsis:
● Head on down to Beach City and see what’s shakin’ with Steven Universe and the gang! You can check out
what happens when Steven introduces Peridot to her first video game and her competitive side completely
takes over (seriously, it’s scary), or you can take a trip down memory lane as the Crystal Gems tell the story
of building their Beach City home…and how it almost came crashing down. Everywhere you turn, there’s
summer fun for everyone!
● Writer Grace Kraft (Ornithia) and artist Rii Abrego (Rick & Morty) deliver nonstop fun and adventure,
expanding the world of Cartoon Network’s hit show Steven Universe™.
● Collects issues Steven Universe™ #17-20.

 

STEVEN UNIVERSE™ #28
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Terry Blas
Artist: Gabriele Bagnoli
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Missy Pena
Preorder Cover: Francesca Perrone
Synopsis: When the Off Colors are trapped in a world of their own fears by an evil gem, it’s up to Lars to confront
his own insecurities and rally his crew to get free!

 

ROCKO’S MODERN AFTERLIFE #2
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Anthony Burch
Artist: Mattia Di Meo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Ian McGinty
Preorder Cover: Joey McCormick
Synopsis: Rocko and Spunky must brave the zombified landscape of O-Town to make it to Filburt’s house, who has
taken up quite a few odd survivalist habits.

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SUNDAY SUPER CINEMA: Origin – Ep 1 “The Road Not Taken”

First Comics News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 07:47



The passengers wake up on board the Origin, abandoned in space. They search for other survivors but find something else entirely.

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COSPLAY GUY OF THE WEEK!

First Comics News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 07:42

This week’s Cosplay Guy of the Week 

If you would like to be the Cosplay Guy of the Week!
Please send your photo to Giovanni.Aria@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Guys!

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COSPLAY GIRL OF THE WEEK!

First Comics News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 07:35

This week’s Cosplay Girl of the Week

If you would like to be the Cosplay Girl of the Week!
Please send your photo to Giovanni.Aria@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Girls!

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VINTAGE COSPLAY

First Comics News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 07:29

Vintage Cosplay is the best of last century’s cosplay when it was just called masquerade.

If you would like your old family photos to be featured in Vintage Cosplay!
Please send your photo to Alex.Wright@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Vintage Cosplay!

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SHIPPING THIS WEEK (…and next week too)

First Comics News - Sun, 02/24/2019 - 07:26
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Magic Redux

The Splintered Realm - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 15:59
One of the things that has generated the most push back from the TSR core rules is the idea that your spells reset every turn. I assume that many people are house ruling out of this… I didn’t want a complex spell chart (if one chart that goes 6-5-4-3-2-1 is all that complex), but it was one more level of logistics and charts in a game that is working hard to eschew those.
However, let’s try some options. What if you get a number of daily spells at each tier equal to your attribute modifier?
The warden is a secondary spell caster. At level 5, with a starting WIS of 12, the warden is going to have WIS 15 (+4 modifier), with access to tier III nature magic. This gives the warden 5 a total of 12 spells per day, with 4 each at tiers I, II, and III.
The wizard is a primary spell caster. At level 5, with a starting INT of 12, the wizard is going to have INT 17 (+5 modifier), with access to tier V arcane magic.  This gives the wizard 5 a total of 25 spells per day, with 5 each at tiers I, II, III, IV, and V. By comparison, a SSR  magic user 10 (the rough equivalent) has 15 spells per day…
This feels like too many.
If we go with the declining number of spells (you have a number of tier I spells per day equal to your level modifier, -1 spell per available tier thereafter, with a minimum of 1 spell per tier regardless of attribute rating/modifier)... we end up with:
The warden 5 has (4/3/2) for a total of 9 spells per dayThe wizard 5 has (5/4/3/2/1) for a total of 15 spells per day.
This is spot on with the SSR magic user, but also allows secondary casters to be useful. I am thinking that the primary casters (druid, wizard, cleric) are going to get 1 free tier 1 spell per turn as a compromise on that spells per turn mechanic I like … so they get virtually unlimited small heals, minor spells, and the like. A wizard can detect magic, cast charm, and cast sleep all day long. This offsets a relatively light spell assortment.

On Momentum, and Blogs, and Community (oh...my...)

The Splintered Realm - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 22:20
Hey there! I suppose I should give an update, especially because you all are very patient with me when I simply disappear for months at a time. I'm still deep (deep, deep) into my doctoral program in Educational Leadership. I have finished all of my course work, and I'm now on to the dissertation phase. I have written (and revised about ten times) the draft of my proposal. It weighs in at 185 pages right now, and includes about 80 references in the bibliography. It is called "How Veteran Teachers Understand and Leverage Grit: A Case Study". So, I have been reading and writing. A LOT. I just haven't done any of it in the world of gaming.

I've also been applying for and interviewing for jobs. I've been a high school ELA teacher for eighteen years now, but I'm working towards school administration, so I've applied for about 40 positions as either principal or assistant principal , and have interviewed for a dozen. I've been a finalist a few times, but have yet to land an administrative position. To be honest, it's been a pretty mentally exhausting few years, and I have not had the time or the mental energy to put into gaming.

However, my wife has been encouraging me to get back into it, and every once in a while (like the last few weeks) I get a flurry of activity with people contacting me about gaming stuff. I designed Tales of the Splintered Realm last year as a way to re-connect with gaming, and to do so in a way that is manageable. Then, everything kicked into the next gear and I got really moving on my dissertation, so gaming moved to the furthest back burner. I'd like to correct that. I have written some great games that I really love (especially Sentinels of Echo City), and it makes sense for me to support them. So, I'm going to try and do that. Let me know how that goes...

I had a considerable setback last month where my laptop died, taking everything that I hadn't backed up in several months to the grave. Then I realized that Google+ is going away, and taking a whole lot of community stuff with it. I realized today that every comment posted to my blog for the last five years is gone... so it's a bit... um. Wow. Yeah. Okay.

That said, here's something of a plan going forward:

  • This blog will remain my central hub. I like it here. So that's good.
  • I'll be updating the rules for Tales of the Splintered Realm with any mechanical fixes or little things I find that I want to clean up.
  • I'm going to make getting a few supplements for that game a priority. I'd like to get a monster book, a treasure book, and at least two character expansion books (all about 8 pages long, so no great shakes for any of those) out in the next little bit. The game desperately needs some rounding out.
  • I've wanted to publish a regular newsletter for Sentinels of Echo City that resembles the old Marvel Phile updates in Dragon Magazine. That's in the works.
  • I've set up a new community on MeWe. It will be evolving over the next few days and weeks. Stop by there and say hello if you are so inclined.





Bgtzlian [5e Race]

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 12:00

In the DC Universe, Bgztlian are human-like beings inhabiting a world that occupies the same location as Earth, but at a another vibrational plane. All Bgtzlians possess the ability to become incorporeal. Here's a "Phantom Folk" race for 5e based on them:

Bgtzlian Racial Traits
Ability Score Increase. A Bgtzlian can improve one ability score of their choice by 2 points and another by one point.
Age. Same as humans.
Alignment. Any.
Size. Bgztlians are Medium.
Speed. Base walking speed is 30 feet.
Languages. Bgtzlians can speak, read, and write Bgtzlian and Common.
Phasing. As a bonus action, a Bgtzlian can become incorporeal, either entirely or only a part of their body. While incorporeal their movement becomes flight, and they move through other creatures and objects as if they were difficult terrain. They takes 5 (1d10) force damage if it ends its turn in side an object. They are immune to nonmagical damage while entirely incorporeal. Anything nonliving they are carrying or wearing becomes incorporeal as well, but they are unable to manipulate any new objects, or make attacks or cast any new spells.

Omniverse: Teen Titan Edition

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:00

I've released a few more Omniverse posts, rescued from Google Plus. All of these have to do with the Teen Titans. One shines the spotlight on the older Barton brother, Speedy. Another looks at the villain turned hero, Nighthawk, and the teen that would assume his mantle. And finally, I look at the formation of the original team.

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Wednesday Comics: Outer Darkness

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:00
Outer Darkness from Skybound and Image is a blend of science fantasy, space opera, horror, and a bit of humor. It's written by John (Chew) Layman and drawn by Afu Chan and tells the story of the voyages of the USS Charon on its mission beyond known space into the titular Outer Darkness. It's sort of like Star Trek, if the crew were mostly scheming bastards of various sorts, the Captain a disgraced mutineer with a hidden agenda, and the Enterprise's warp drive was a Sumerian god that demanded periodic human sacrifice.

The Charon's compliment includes a ship's oracle and various quantum mages among the usual space opera crew positions. Threats its crew will face include a demonically possessed sun, undead aliens, and hidden threats from within.

"Magitech" is something I find pretty cool when done well precisely because it is not typically done well. It works best when it isn't the fantasy equivalent of the Stone Age tech on the Flintstones, but instead holds on to a degree of the fantastic rather than making the fantastic mundane. A flying carpet that acts just like a car is bad, but a car that obeys rules of magic is potentially interesting. So far, Outer Darkness as more of the latter than the former.

The art and the story are pretty good too, though the art style doesn't particularly say horror, to me. That's probably to the book's advantage, because the story seems more darkly humorous than horrific, at least in the first 3 issues.



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