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John Wick #1 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:24

John Wick #1

writer: Greg Pak

artist: Giovanni Valletta

covers: Giovanni Valletta (A)

              Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz (B)

              Photo Variant (C)

              John Cassaday (D-Sub)

FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen +  


When a young John Wick emerges from prison and embarks upon his first, epic vendetta, he comes up against a strange, powerful community of

assassins and must learn how to master the Book of Rules that guides their lethal business. What are the Three Bills? Who is Calamity? And who was

John Wick before he became the Baba Yaga? Here for the first time, read the thrilling origin story of John Wick, from “Planet Hulk” writer Greg Pak and “Dark Horse Presents” artist Giovanni Valletta.





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Art of Path of Exile preview

First Comics News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:24

Art of Path of Exile HC

writer: Various

artists: Various

FC  |  152 pages  |  $24.99  |   Teen +  

Dynamite Entertainment and Grinding Gear Games are proud to present Art of Path of Exile, a visual history from the online action role-playing game’s initial development through the five subsequent expansions. With behind-the-scenes concept art for characters and creatures, expansive vistas of vividly colorful environments, and a sneak peak at upcoming content, this all-encompassing retrospective gives millions of fans an insider’s perspective of Path of Exile’s dark fantasy world




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Complete Battlefields Vol. 3 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:12

(Garth Ennis) Complete Battlefields Vol. 3 TP

writer: Garth Ennis

artists: Russ Braun, Carlos Ezquerra

cover: Garry Leach

FC  | 184 pages  |  $19.99  |   Mature 

Two riveting tales of war, as only bestselling graphic novelist Garth Ennis can deliver! In “The Green Fields Beyond,” veteran Sergeant Stiles leads the Tankies on the killing fields of Korea during the Chinese spring offensive of 1951. It’s British steel against massed Communist hordes, as our heroes are cut off and outnumbered ten to one! In “The Fall and Rise of Anna Kharkova,” the USSR’s pilot heroine flies straight into trouble as her aircraft is shot down behind German lines. Anna faces her worst nightmare as a prisoner of the Nazis, and events are set in motion that will see her made an outcast among her own people.

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KISS: The Elder Vol. 2 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 14:59

KISS: The Elder Vol. 2 – Odyssey TP

writers: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham

artists: Kewber Baal, Daniel HDR

cover: Tom Mandrake

FC  |  168 pages  |  $19.99  |   Teen+  


As humanity stands on the precipice of tearing itself apart, the society based around the music of Kiss must find a way to band together with their enemies and make their way back to Earth!

Plus! Kiss: Forever! Go back to the stone age with the Catman! See the Demon visit the Roman Empire! The Starman sails the seas during the age of piracy…and the Spaceman silently witnesses a journey to the moon! It’s four immortal beings interacting with humanity during four distinct chapters of history! 



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Justice Inc: The Avenger – Faces Of Justice #4 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 14:59

Justice Inc: The Avenger – Faces Of Justice #4

writers: Kyle Higgins, Joe Gentile

artist: Alexandre Shibao

cover: Tom Mandrake

FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen+ 

The thrilling series conclusion! The secrets of the Avenger’s past are at last revealed – as is the conspiracy against his good name. And since villains from Benson’s past have come calling – Justice Inc. is ready to give them a strong right cross as an answer!

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Planescape Cold War

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:00

"Intelligence work has one moral law—it is justified by results."- The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, John Le Carre
This is what comes of seeing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2016) and Atomic Blonde in the same weekend.

Take Planescape's Sigil and re-imagine it as vaguely post-World War (it really doesn't matter which one) in technology and sensibility. It's the center of fractious sometimes warring (but mostly cold warring) planes, but now it's more like Cold War Berlin or Allied-occupied Vienna.

Keep all the Planescape factions and conflict and you've got a perfect locale for metacosmic Cold War paranoia and spy shennanigans. You could play it up swinging 60s spy-fi or something darker.

There's always room for William S. Burroughs in something like this, and VanderMeer's Finch and Grant Morrison's The Filth might also be instructive. Mostly you could stick to the usual spy fiction suspects.

CCL #466 – ‘Nuff Said #5

First Comics News - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 09:35

Welcome to the ‘Nuff Said podcast – a joint venture between myself, artist Andy Tom (@AndyCCL) and, Brion Salazar of the Big Geek Show (@biggeekshow). This roundtable will be a discussion of some of the hottest and sometimes most controversial news items in the world of comics and pop culture.

On this episode, Andy, Brion and I discuss Jim Shooter and his remarks on the current state of Marvel Comics, more Aubrey Sitterson and IDW news, and Justice League and if Zack Snyder should release an extended version in theaters.

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The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 79

First Comics News - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 02:44
The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 79

Justice League was not a big steaming pile of crap! But does the negativity towards the movie spell doom and gloom for comic books? Can Marvel Legacy save the industry? Sam, Marty and Chris throw some DC Comics love left, right and centre while discussing this and more … oh, and David Cassidy stars on Hey Kids Comics Comic Book Theatre.

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The Meaning of Good & Evil (Alignments)

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 15:00

I don't use alignment much in my games admittedly, but I do like the idea of alignment as indication of at best only loosely morality-related cosmic teams or alliances. Even with the approach their are times where you might need to articulate in some way what an alignment means on a closer to human level. What follows is a way of looking at it in those situation.

The idea (not original to me) is that Law vs. Chaos is the primary conflict underpinning the multiverse. This works well with both the Appendix N source material and earliest iterations of D&D. The Good vs. Evil can only be understood in relation to that primary axis.  This secondary parameter gives an indication of the zealotry and methods employed to combat the opposing force. Those on the Good side of things believe that the opposing force can be moderated, ameliorated, or dealt with with less violent means. Those on the evil side of things believe the the opposing force can not be tolerated or reasoned with, only destroyed.

So Lawful Good and Lawful Evil agree that Chaos is a threat, but Lawful Good has a more moderate maybe even "hate the sin, love the sinner" view, whereas Lawful Evil feels all chaos must die by any means necessary. Chaotic Good believes that Law is a wrongheaded constraint on freedom, but hearts and minds can be changed without violence in most cases (violence being coercion, after all), whereas Chaotic Evil wants what it wants so intently it's willing to see everything burn.

This way of looking at things has the advantage of showing a way around the rigid, asshole paladin, and also explaining the Dwarf/Elf tension despite the fact they are both Good, and also suggests demons and Devils would never team-up. Neutral Goods become "let's all get along" maybe and Neutral Evil is  perhaps "a pox on all your houses!" True Neutral remains about balance.

Weird Revisited: The Infernal Mob

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:15

The above is Mammon, boss of the Pluton family, ably rendered by Jeremy (that Dandy in the Underworld). He's one of diabolic mobsters that control Hell in the world of Weird Adventures. Check out these posts if you missed them back in 2011:

     Andras: "Hell's Hoods: The Owl"
     Avernus family: "Hell's Hoods: Meet the Avernus Family"
     Belial: "Hell's Hoods: Sin's Queen"
     Bifrons: "Hell's Hoods: Two-Faced Politician"
     Mammon: "Hell's Hoods: The Fat Man"
     Moloch: "Hell's Hoods: The Bull"
     Pluton family: "Hell's Hoods: Casino Infernale"


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