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RICH REVIEWS: Minnie & Daisy: Best Friends Forever # 2

First Comics News - Sat, 06/10/2017 - 21:28

Title: Minnie & Daisy: Best Friends Forever # 2 (GN)
Publisher: Papercutz
Contributors: various
Price: $ 7.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.papercutz.com
Comments: “Fashion Passion”
Script: Silvia Gianatti
Art: Stefano De Lellis
Ink: Santa Zangari
Color: Angela Capolupo
The girls have fun designing and dressing up. They do such a great job they make it as magazine cover girls. The art is fun and the characters do have fun. Girls will love reading this story. It could though use a bit more excitement to it.
“Roughing It”
Script: Silvia Martinoli
Art: Davide Baldoni
Ink: Cristina Giorgilli
Color: Lucio De Giuseppe, Angela Capolupo
and Mario Perotta
Minnie and Daisy along with some others go on a camping trip. The story has everyone having fun but it could use more excitement. The girls are shown enjoying themselves even when they thought they would not.
“All For One”
Script: Riccardo Pesce
Art: Davide Baldoni
Ink: Francesco Abrignani, Roberta Zanotta
Color: Lucio De Giuseppe
Daisy and Minnie learn that friendship is more than just hanging out. You treat your friends as friends. When they make a new friend they soon learn she is not much of a friend. It is great making new friends but be careful with who.
“The Wheels Of Fortune”
Script: Valentina Camerini
Art: Davide Baldoni
Ink: Michela Frare
Color: Angela Capolupo
Graphic Illustrations: Gianluca Panniello
Daisy tries biking. Which leads to her making a new friend. We see Daisy may fall down trying but she gets right back up and tries again. Plus Daisy is illustrated wearing some nice outfits.
“A Ribbitting Challenge”
Script: Silvia Gianatti
Art: Stefania Fiorillo
Ink: Roberta Zanotta
Color: Gianluca Barone, Dario Calabria
Graphic Illustrations: Stefania Fiorillo, Gianluca Barone
Macy has a fear and she faces it with some help. Anyone can conquer their fears if they face them and try. Having friends to help just makes it all the easier. It is good to see the characters supporting each other.
“Preview of Ariol #10”
Script: Emmanuel Guibert
Art: Marc Boutavant
Lettering: Bryan Senka
Ariol is a cute little donkey who has all kinds of adventures in his normal life. He has an interesting life.
“Hi-Tech Horoscope”
Script: Silvia Lombardi
Art: Paolo Campinoti
Ink: Barina Baggio
Color: Roberta Zanotta
Graphic Illustrations: Gianluca Panniello
Minnie’s horoscope does come true just not in the way she hoped.
Minnie and Daisy are BFF and they are drawn and written as the cutest friends ever.

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Wayne’s Worlds: Hardcover Heaven!

First Comics News - Sat, 06/10/2017 - 19:50

Every once in a while, some trend comes along and changes how I buy comics—most likely, forever.

It wasn’t that long ago we started seeing trade paperbacks in the “mainstream” bookstores. I was worried that the local comics shops would go under when the “trades” (as we call them in comic-book fandom) caused a mass exodus to the nearby Borders or Barnes & Nobles. I was happy to discover that my fears had been unfounded. Instead, the local stores did better because readers who hadn’t read some issues could catch up by reading this compilation. Also, those folks who preferred to read these “extended stories” would stop by every few months to pick up their “trades” and catch up with those of us who are weekly addicts. I even could sample comics I hadn’t read before, so I bought my share of “trades.”

But there has been a new development in the last few years that has significantly altered how I buy comics, and for the better, I think.

What is this new phenomenon? Well, comics companies discovered that if some of us really, really liked a storyline, we’d shell out the extra bucks to buy an edition that would last longer than the “trades.” Thus was born the comics hardcover!

I know this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but to me, it was a revolution! Imagine knowing you have the stories you enjoyed so much in a format that will last longer than the paperback editions, which could go yellow on you in a few years. That alone makes the hardcover edition worth buying.

However, hardcovers provide other benefits as well.

They look like “real” books. I wish I could count the number of times someone has picked up a hardcover and remarked how wonderful it was that I was reading novels and the like. However, their expression changed when they actually started flipping through the pages, causing them to remark, “Hey! This is only a comic!” I combat this problem by not letting people actually open the books any longer!

Ultimate or slipcover editions are tremendously cool. When some story is hot as molten lead, that company will release a larger-size, square-bound edition of the book with extra material. It will have a slipcover there to apparently keep the cover clean. DC Comics calls them “Ultimate” editions, but other companies make them, too, including the release of Dave Steven’s The Rocketeer in slipcover edition.

They don’t slide around in cabinet drawers like “trades” do. Don’t laugh—this has happened to me. I loaded several prized “trades” into a drawer in one of my cabinets, but didn’t open the drawer again until I had to move. When I was getting ready to pack these valuables, I opened the drawer to find that I hadn’t filled it as full as I thought I had, and the books has slid into “less-than-mint” condition. Hey, I bought those because I LIKED the story, so they better stay in good shape. Hardcovers avoid all that.

I don’t have to worry so much about condition when I buy my comics. For years, some of us had to give our comics the “three-finger salute,” putting two fingers on the outer spine and one on the inner, to make sure we got primo, mint copies. If I’m going to buy a hardcover, I don’t have to fret about things like that as much. And if I don’t like the story enough to buy a hardcover, why should I care how the individual issues look? This trend has taken a lot of the stress out of my comics buying!

I can have a copy to keep, and one to read. That’s assuming the company publishes a “trade” of the same story after I buy the hardcover, which they usually do. And that also makes my local comic-shop owner happy because I now buy three versions of the same story instead of one–original comics, hardcovers and “trades.” Smart guy!

The first time I saw a hardcover was when a comic-shop owner in northeastern Pennsylvania (“Dave,” I’ll call him) decided to give gifts to his friends that couldn’t be bought. He sent several comics off to a binding company that returned them, bound in story-completing sets, as hardcovers. His friends were thrilled! (Maybe he’s the originator of this trend—who knows?)

Why am I discussing this right now? Because Richard Rivera recently compiled the first six issues of his Indie comic Stabbity Bunny into a hardcover edition, and you can find them at conventions we’re attending! It’s a very cool book, so don’t miss it! More info coming soon at stabbitybunny.com!

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CORNETTE VS. RUSSO

First Comics News - Sat, 06/10/2017 - 17:03

Jim Cornette offers to shoot fight Vince Russo for $5,000

“So not only will I come to you, not only will I meet you in a neutral location with no cops, no guns, no knives — just the two of us. But I’m gonna have $5,000 in cash with me because I got that Vince unlike you. You don’t have to bring anything. You don’t even have to bring a ham sandwich. I’m gonna have $5,000 in cash with me and you can have it if you can take it away from me”

“But I’m making you a legitimate offer. I swear on my mother’s grave if you give me a date, a time, and an address I will meet you there and I will bring five grand in cash. As long as the rules are no cops, no guns, and no knives and what happens, happens!”

 

Vince Russo turned down the offer to fight but issued the following apology…

“Jim, I apologize. And I apologize for a lot of things,”

“First and foremost, I want to apologize for you blowing out your knees when you fell off that scaffold because you are a mark who didn’t know how to take a bump. I want to apologize Jim for you putting Smoky Mountain Wrestling out of business. I want to apologize Jim for you being fired from Ring of Honor for a public emotional outburst. I want to apologize Jim for being fired from WWE for assaulting another employee. I want to apologize Jim because I’m from New York. I want to apologize Jim because in my entire life I was never fixin’ to do anything. I want to apologize Jim that I don’t believe the Dukes of Hazard is a reality show.

“I’d like to apologize that I never went on national television and dressed like the village idiot,” Russo continued. “I want to apologize that I never asked a wrestler to chew on an Alka-Seltzer so it would appear like he’s foaming at the mouth. I want to apologize that even the great Terry Funk didn’t get over when you had him come out of a box.

“But Jim, perhaps the two most important things,” Russo said. “I want to apologize for setting ratings records at both the WWE and TNA and also raising the ratings at WCW the whole nine months that I was there. I sincerely apologize for that. And last but not least, Jim, from the bottom of my heart, I apologize for both Dixie Carter and Vincent Kennedy McMahon for choosing me over you. Because at the end of the day, 18 years later, that is what this is all about.

“It sticks in your craw because no matter what you do, no matter what you say, no matter what asinine promo you cut, it does not go away. From a creative standpoint, the numbers clearly dictate I was better than you,” Russo determined. “And I know that is hard for you to accept and I know that is hard for you to deal with so that is why from the bottom of my heart, I apologize, I am sorry, and I hope from this point on we can move forward.”

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JP RICHARDS PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, WORLDWIDE MARKETING AND CHIEF DATA STRATEGIST, WARNER BROS. PICTURES

First Comics News - Sat, 06/10/2017 - 16:32

JP Richards has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing and Chief Data Strategist, Warner Bros. Pictures, it was announced today by Blair Rich, President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures, to whom Richards will report.

In his new role, Richards will work closely with Rich on the development and execution of Warner Bros. Pictures’ marketing efforts. Additionally, Richards will further support Rich who works with Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, on setting marketing strategy for the division’s releases. Richards will implement an innovative and collaborative approach to his new areas of oversight within Warner Bros. Pictures, including Worldwide Promotional Partnerships & Alliances, Integrated Marketing, Digital Marketing, Multi-Cultural Marketing and Marketing Services.

He will also add the job of Chief Data Strategist to his responsibilities, overseeing data strategies, data-driven media, audience intelligence and new approaches to the use of data in marketing for all of the Studio’s film releases, including Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema titles.

“JP is a born collaborator, dynamic marketing strategist and recognized leader, not only in the digital arena where he has led ground breaking campaigns over the past two years, but across all of marketing,” said Rich. “This promotion will allow us to tap into—and benefit from—his broad marketing expertise. We’ll look to him to help us understand, adapt and create strategies to the changing ways people are interacting with content, media and marketing activations at every touch point of our global campaigns.”

Kroll added, “Now more than ever, our campaigns need to be fully integrated and customized around the new ways audiences connect with and are motivated by marketing activations. JP has a skill set that brilliantly combines strategic and innovative thinking with data driven media to deliver creative, effective results. I’m excited he’ll be taking an expanded role on our marketing team.”

Prior to his promotion, Richards served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures. In this role, he oversaw the domestic and international digital teams and led ground breaking campaigns for “Wonder Woman,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Suicide Squad,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “San Andreas,” “Lights Out,” “Creed,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “The Conjuring 2,” “Central Intelligence” and “The LEGO Batman Movie.” In this role he has established new and strategic relationships with key partners such as Google, Snap, Facebook, Oracle and other key marketing and technology partners. He has also spearheaded data driven marketing efforts across Warner Bros and Time Warner, serving as a key leader in this area of opportunity and growth for the Studio.

Richards joined Warner Bros. Pictures in January 2015. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at Universal Pictures, most recently as Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing where he led digital campaigns for the “Bourne,” “Fast and Furious” and “Despicable Me” franchises, to name a few.

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ADAM WEST September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017

First Comics News - Sat, 06/10/2017 - 16:22

William West Anderson, who performed under the stage name Adam West past away today at the age of 88.

His acting career began in films in 1959. He played opposite Chuck Connors in Geronimo (1962) and The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming (1965). He has also appeared in the science-fiction film Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), opposite Paul Mantee.

He is best known and loved for playing Batman and Bruce Wayne in the ABC series Batman from 1966 to 1968.

He has had a second career as a voice actor on The Fairly OddParents, The Simpsons, Family Guy and Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.

Adam West died in Los Angeles on June 9, 2017, aged 88, following a short battle with leukemia. He is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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THE ADVENTURES OF MIRU TPB A Message from Writer Rick Laprade

First Comics News - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 18:20

THE ADVENTURES OF MIRU TPB
Writer(s): Rick Laprade (script), Rick Laprade & J. McClary (story)
Artist Name(s): J. McClary (pencils, inks),
Elenora Dalla Rosa (colorist), Rick Laprade (lettering)
Cover Artist(s): J. McClary (art) & Elenora Dalla Rosa (colorist)
128 pgs./ A / FC
$17.99

Miru, a mild mannered dragon living in NYC, discovers he is at the center of a universal conspiracy set to destroy all realities and existence.

The Adventures of Miru tells the tale of a group of outcasts overcoming their differences, facing their own personal demons, and finding the powers within themselves to save the day.

The series has serious heart. Given, I’m biased. We cover a slew of issues ranging from acceptance to mental illness, and we tackle it in a cross between high fantasy and hardcore sci-fi. It’s easily the most fun I’ve ever had writing, and I feel like the series can speak for itself. While we are only five issues deep, we have over a hundred planned. The breadth of the series, however, has a thousand tales to tell.

The Adventures of Miru is a classic quest of the hero tale, defining the true essence of good and evil in the most magical of ways. Vast in scale and with endless possibilities, Miru’s world of Gaia is the literal nexus of all dimensions, promising all sorts of technology, magic, and fantastical creatures. The presiding themes are trust and friendship, as outsider Miru is generally hated because of how his species ravaged the world for generations.

If a reader gets anything out of the series then I’m a happy camper. If they enjoy it, it inspires them, it helps them in some way, or even if they don’t like it and it pushes them to do something better… mission accomplished.

This series is a huge passion project. It comes from many sleepless nights, social anxiety, and playing Dungeons & Dragons for 25 years. The world we created is very important to me, and it’s huge. I know the characters are important to the whole team, especially Jemal, who created Miru years ago. Thankfully, he let me run with it and create a ton of supporting characters to populate the universe.

The Adventures of Miru collects issues #1-5 of the series. It will be available in a comic book shop near you on August 30th, 2017. Order you copy with the Diamond item code JUN171080.

Enjoy a preview of these grand adventures from The Adventures of Miru #2, pages 9-14:

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What Is The Vanishing Point?

First Comics News - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 18:03

Coming in Secret Empire 10

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Valiant Reveals Second Wave of NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE Covers – Striking Into Shelves This Summer!

First Comics News - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 17:15

Valiant is proud to reveal its second wave of NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE variant covers – the next in an all-new line of steel-shattering shelf covers spotlighting the battle-hardened heroes of the upcoming VALIANT DIGITAL webseries! Arriving on shelves in comic shops everywhere throughout the summer, get your first look at the hotly anticipated live-action debut of Valiant’s most iconic and renowned heroes – including Ninjak, Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Livewire, Archer & Armstrong, and more – as realized by the series’ star-studded cast.

Announced last year at New York Comic Con, NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE is a first-of-its-kind, live-action digital series. Premiering online in late 2017, the bone-shattering, six-episode series will pit MI-6’s master assassin, Ninjak, against a gauntlet of Valiant’s most formidable heroes for a bloodstained battle royale torn from the pages of the largest independent superhero universe in comics. The series will be the first project from VALIANT DIGITAL – a new division of Valiant Entertainment committed to producing original content in live-action, animation and emerging media created specifically for the digital arena.

Colin King is Ninjak, MI-6’s deadliest intelligence operative and weapons expert. When the ruthless assassin Roku exploits his greatest weakness, Ninjak will be forced to betray his closest allies. Now, on the run, he must face off against the most powerful heroes known to man for a high-octane, take-no-prisoners trial by fire more perilous and more unpredictable than any he’s faced before. In 2017, the world’s most dangerous super-spy goes to war with the Valiant Universe…

All summer long, get ready for a steel-shattering battle royale between the world’s most feared super-spy and a deadly gauntlet of the world’s most formidable warriors with the NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE line of variant covers – returning to comic shops this summer on the following releases from Valiant Entertainment:

RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1
Written by Rafer Roberts; Art by Francis Portela
On Sale JUNE 14th

RAPTURE #2 (of 4)
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by CAFU and Roberto De La Torre
On Sale JUNE 21st

BLOODSHOT’S DAY OFF #1
Written by Eliot Rahal; Art by Khari Evans
On Sale JULY 5th

RAPTURE #3 (of 4)
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by CAFU
On Sale JULY 19th

DIVINITY #0
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by Renato Guedes
On Sale AUGUST 16th

RAPTURE #4 (of 4)
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by CAFU
On Sale AUGUST 30th

Each NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE variant cover is available as a standard “order all” shelf cover and will be available for retailers to order in unlimited quantities at the standard suggested retail price.

Directed by Aaron & Sean Schoenke of Bat in the Sun Productions – the creators of the massively popular YouTube sensation Super Power Beat Down – and written by Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke, and Joe Harris, NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE stars Michael Rowe (The CW’s Arrow and The Flash) as Colin King aka Ninjak; Jason David Frank (Power Rangers) as Bloodshot; John Morrison (WWE, El Rey’s Lucha Underground) as the Eternal Warrior; Chantelle Barry (90210, Entourage) as Roku; Kevin Porter (Dodgeball) as Armstrong; Ciera Foster (Two and a Half Men) as Livewire, and Derek Theler (Freeform’s Baby Daddy) as X-O Manowar; among others yet to be revealed. The series will be produced by Dinesh Shamdasani, Josh Johns, and Gavin Cuneo for Valiant Entertainment.

This year, Ninjak goes to war with his former allies – Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, Livewire, Archer & Armstrong, and more – for a razor-tipped whirlwind of grueling combat and relentless punishment! As VALIANT DIGITAL‘s much-anticipated webseries prepares to launch the best of Valiant’s most battle-hardened icons into live action, prepare yourself for the epic battles that await with the next round of NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE variant covers — coming soon to a comic shop near you!

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com

RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR172125)
Cover B by CLAYTON HENRY (APR172126)
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL (APR172128)
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE (APR172129)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (APR172127)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On Sale JUNE 14th (FOC – 5/22/17)

RAPTURE #2 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (APR172119)
Cover B by J.G. JONES (APR172120)
Character Design Variant by KANO (APR172122)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR172123)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (APR172124)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (APR172121)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 21st (FOC – 5/29/17)

DIVINITY #0
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (JUN172060)
Cover B by IBRAHIM MOUSTAFA (JUN172061)
Cover C (Wraparound) by CLAYTON HENRY (JUN172062)
Variant Cover by PETER BAGGE (JUN172064)
Variant Cover by KANO (JUN172065)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (JUN172063)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 16th (FOC – 7/24/17)


RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1 – NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE Variant Cover


RAPTURE #2 (of 4) – NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE Variant Cover


DIVINITY #0 – NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE Variant Cover

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AMIGO COMICS SEPTEMBER 2017 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:03

THE APOCALYPSE GIRL #1 (of 4)

Author(s): El Torres
Artist(s): Ramiro Borrallo
Cover Artist(s): Ramiro Borrallo

Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Format Comic book, FC, 32 pages
Price: $3,99
UPC Code: 732030830837—00111

Most common teenage issues are self-esteem, stress and pressure, dating, appearance and those worries and teen angst that won’t go away. Metis is 16, has all these problems and some more… Because, on top of that, the End of the World happened and she has to cope with blood-thirsty demons and a 4000-years old, critical, undead mom!

 

THE LAST HUNT #4 (of 4)

Author(s): Hannu Kesola & Ken Janssens
Artist(s): Paul Moore & Beth Varni
Cover Artist(s): Paul Moore & Beth Varni

Genre: Science Fiction
Format Comic book, FC, 32 pages
Retail Price: $3,99
UPC Code: 732030830820—00411

It all comes down to this: the thrilling conclusion to the hit, blood and oh-so-many guts, sci-fi miniseries. Witchcraft and evilness can thrive in the cold, empty space. As the Last Hunt ends, who will be the final ones standing, the hunters of the prey?

 

PLANET OF DAEMONS #4 (of 4)

Author(s): Kevin Gunstone
Artist(s): Paul Moore, Stefan Mrkonjic
Cover Artist(s): Paul Moore and Stefan Mrkonjic

Genre: Action/Supernatural
Format: Comic book, FC, 32 pages
Retail Price: $3,99
RESOLICITED OCT161144 > STKCODE: STL026059
UPC Code: 603803997920—00411

In the labyrinth of Sathariel, Amos Deathridge faces the disturbing truth behind his arrival in the Qliphoth and the real identity of the Succubus Queen, Heinous. Shocking revelations that threaten to break his spirit before his showdown with Count Elig

 

The Westwood Witches TP

Author(s): El Torres
Artist(s): Abel García, Angel Hernández
Cover Artist(s): Ángel Hernández

Intended Audience: Mature Themes
Genre : Horror
Format : Comic book sized, FC, 116 pages
Retail Price: $19,99
ISBN: 9788416074761- 51999
RESOLICITED JUN150913 > STKCODE: STK678832

Jack Kurtzberg is a successful writer of witch-romance bestsellers… and he hates it so very much.

Suffering from writer’s block after the death of his brother, he decides to move back to his hometown, not knowing that his new neighbors are a coven of beautiful, blood-thirsty, demon-worshipping witches hiding in plain sight.

This volume reprints the critically acclaimed horror miniseries written by prestigious Haxtur & ExpoComic award-winning El Torres.

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Weird Revisited: The Slime Emotional Spectrum

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:00
This post appeared almost five years ago to the day. Multi-colored ring wearers were a new thing in comics at the time. Since the time it originally appeared, I've wondered what infrared and ultraviolet slimes might feed on, but I haven't yet come up with a satisfying answer.

If power rings can come full spectrum, so can slimes.  Let's run the list:

Red: The color of blood, these slimes are drawn to violence or displays of anger. They show up just after battles to absorb victor and victim alike. As they dissolve prey, their color deepens.
Orange: In some ways, these slimes (which have the look and consistency of pulped oranges) are the most sinister. Drawn to cheerful moods, they wait to take adventurers leaving dungeons after successful delves. Chemicals in their substance cause uncontrollable laughter in those they attack.
Yellow: Timid in their movements, these slimes feed off cowardice and fear. Fleeing adventures or monsters will draw their attention.
Green: Greed and avarice bring this species oozing out of the darkness. They tend to lie in wait around treasure troves.
Blue: Sadness and depression are the lures for these. They tend to try to trap creatures in a room for which there is no escape. They move in slowly, seeming to savior the despair as it builds.
Indigo: More rarefied in their appetites than others (if a slime can be said to be rarifed) these slime seek to absorb magic-users and others seeking transcedence through knowledge. Magic tomes and ancient inscriptions draw them. They may wait quiescent for years for a victim in the right mindset.
Violet: These slime do something positive on their own perverse way.  As they flow over victims they bring calm and soothe negative emotions.  This is no doubt a solace to the person so consumed.

RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1 preview

First Comics News - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 07:25
RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR172125)
Cover B by CLAYTON HENRY (APR172126)
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL (APR172128)
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE (APR172129)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (APR172127)

It is the year 4002 A.D…

Rai, the spirit guardian of Earth, has uncovered an ancient tome filled with history’s greatest tales and civilization’s darkest moments. Charting the dawning days of ancient Mesopotamia, all the way to the rise of New Japan, the history of the Valiant Universe is laid bare in shocking and revelatory detail. From X-O Manowar to Bloodshot to Faith to Divinity…history will reveal untold revelations for Valiant’s greatest heroes and antagonists!

In the tradition of the original RAI #0, Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (HARBINGER RENEGADE) and acclaimed artist Francis Portela (FAITH) unleash a celebration of Rai’s 25th anniversary with the third of four standalone specials honoring the most famed Valiant stories ever told!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On Sale JUNE 14th (FOC – 5/22/17)

         

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RICH INTERVIEWS: Sukanya Basu Mallik Writer/Author “Shards of Ink”

First Comics News - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 07:16

Sukanya Basu Mallik, is an alumnus of Auxilium Convent school, that loves to write poems and short-stories. She was a creative writer for many popular journals and magazines in India like The Telegraph in Schools, Indian Sahitya Academy bimonthly, Reader’s Digest & The Teenager Today. She is a co-author of 7 anthologies till date including an anthology of “30 best stories” by Future publishers and distributors, Kolkata & ‘divérsé-city youth anthology (Austin International Poetry Festival ). She’s also looking forward to publishing her debut by the end of this year

First Comics News: Why do you love to write?

Sukanya Basu Mallik: Well… it’s like asking, “Why do you live?”. Writing is natural to me. People often ask me how I write, or what I exactly try to convey through my poems, but the truth is, there is something … that makes me write, that makes those words flow through my fingertips. I don’t really put in any extra effort. It just happens

1st: What genre stories do you write for The Pen Man’s Diary Publishers?

Sukanya: It was a sort of moral fiction. It revolves around the themes of promise, faith & parental love.

1st: In “Shards of Ink” who is the main character and what are they like?

Sukanya: The father, he is separated from his child & leaves no stone unturned to keep up the promise he made unto his khokon

1st: Why will people enjoy reading “Shards of Ink”?

Sukanya: It is a collection of stories from different writers and that makes if diverse. Eclecticism is much admired by the modern generation.

1st: Will you do more writing for The Pen Man’s Diary Publishers?

Sukanya: That depends upon their future projects & mine too.

1st: Which piece that you have written is the most emotional for you?

Sukanya: I wrote a poem named “Turning of the fortune wheel” while I was suffering from some ambiguous disease last year. It was already 3 months of pain & the byproduct of disgust. “Taws the final year, of my high school and I was kind of devastated. I just wanted things to get better. That’s it!

1st: What did you contribute to “Dream Catchers: New Beginnings Vol. 1”?

Sukanya: It was a poem named “I dream to touch the sky one day”. I simply wrote down my thoughts based on the theme & it got selected.

1st: What was the most important thing you learned at Auxilium Convent School?

Sukanya: English! Creative writing in English is probably the only thing I do that I am proud about & that wouldn’t be possible without Auxilium. Also, A.C.B. owes the credits for all the hidden messages that I incorporate within my moral fiction pieces. The moral science classes at the lovely missionary school greatly influenced my personality.

1st: You are skilled in computer animation will you pursue this as a career at all?

Sukanya: You never know what life has in store. I could totally shift over from a creative writer to an animation or content writer. And if I don’t, I can still use my limited web designing skills for blogging and maintaining my own website.

1st: What did you write to win the Youth Anthology contest?

Sukanya: “Turning of the fortune wheel”

1st: What is Fame Compendium?

Sukanya: It’s an online global community for creative people. The community promotes writing, art & photography as of now.

1st: What is life like in India?

Sukanya: Interesting, but I definitely want to become a resident of the UK or US sometime soon.

1st: What are your career goals for your future?

Sukanya: I surely want to become a full-time writer, with a major influence in the industry. Seems too much aye? But then that’s my dream & I’m dreaming the hardest (with my eyes open!)

1st: What would you like to say to those who have read your work and enjoyed it?

Sukanya: I love reading your feedback, it might take some time if you text me on social media, filling up the contact form through my website can expedite this process though. I also receive a good number of emails from my dear juniors & followers asking me to critic their work, I actually do that! I know how it feels during the initial stages, always ready to help, just fill in the contact form or drop me an email at sukanyabasumallik@gmail.com.And do not forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to remain updated.

Happy Scribbling…

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BABYTEETH #1 giveaway contest for FANS and RETAILERS!

First Comics News - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 20:24

FOR FANS:

A) DAILY WINNER: One of the BABYTEETH #1 retailer variants:

B) GRAND PRIZE WINNER: A copy of each BABYTEETH #1 retailer variant, 30 comics total (announced at the end of contest)

Any member of our AfterShock Army newsletter list are eligible to win! Not a member? Sign-up for FREE between June 8th and July 5th 2017 here: http://bit.ly/ASarmy

Fan Contest Rules:

  1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
  2. One daily winner will be selected from the existing and new newsletter members, starting June 8th ending July 5th 2017.
  3. One grand prize winner will be drawn on July 6th 2017.
  4. Only one email per person. Daily winning email address will be verified to owner’s name. Multiple entries with variable accounts will be disqualified, and a new daily winner will be selected.
  5. All non-duplicate entries, including daily winners, are eligible for the grand prize.
  6. As a winner of an AfterShock Comics contest, your voice, name and/or picture may be used for promotional, broadcast, or internet purposes without compensation.
  7. Prizes awarded are not redeemable for cash. No prize is transferable. No substitution for a prize will be made at the request of the winner.
  8. All winners are responsible for shipping cost. All comics are bagged and board, and will be shipped flat rate USPS priority (Domestic) and FedEx International (International).
  9. Winners will be expected to claim prize by contacting CustomerService@aftershock.ninja within 15 days notified that they are winners. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited and returned to AfterShock Comics to do with as they see fit.
  10. The following are specifically related to E-contests and E-Mail promotions for AfterShock Comics:
    1. All appropriate information in required fields must be entered correctly and completely or you will be disqualified.
    2. Duplicate entries or use of multiple emails for same contact will be disqualified.
    3. Any problems with the internet or email are not AfterShock Comics’ responsibility.

FOR RETAILERS:

A) TWO GRAND PRIZE WINNERS: Each retailer winner receives an original sketch cover by Garry Brown and an original sketch cover by Mike Rooth

Any member of our Retailer newsletter list are eligible to win. Are you an official Diamond Retailer but not a member of our AfterShock mailing list? Signup for FREE between June 8th and July 5th 2017 by emailing your Store Name, Diamond Store Number, and physical address to: Retailers@aftershock.ninja

Retailer Contest Rules:

  1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
  2. One daily winner will be selected from the existing and new newsletter members, starting June 8th ending July 5th 2017.
  3. One grand prize winner will be drawn on July 6th 2017.
  4. Only one email per person. Daily winning email address will be verified to owner’s name. Multiple entries with variable accounts will be disqualified, and a new daily winner will be selected.
  5. All non-duplicate entries, including daily winners, are eligible for grand prize.
  6. As a winner of an AfterShock Comics contest your voice, name and/or picture may be used for promotional, broadcast, or internet purposes without any compensation to you.
  7. Prizes awarded are not redeemable for cash. No prize is transferable. No substitution for a prize will be made at the request of the winner.
  8. All winners are responsible for shipping cost. All comics are bagged and board, and will be shipped flat rate USPS priority (Domestic) and FedEx International (International).
  9. Winners will be expected to claim prize by contacting Retailers@aftershock.ninja within 15 days notified that they are winners. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited and returned to AfterShock Comics to do with as they see fit.
  10. The following are specifically related to E-contests and E-Mail promotions for AfterShock Comics:
    1. All appropriate information in required fields must be entered correctly and completely or you will be disqualified.
    2. Duplicate entries or use of multiple emails for same contact will be disqualified.
    3. Any problems with the internet or email are not AfterShock Comics’ responsibility.

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CW Fall 2017 Premiere Dates

First Comics News - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 20:22

The CW set fall premiere dates for its new and returning series…
Monday, October 9
8/7c: Supergirl (Season 3 Premiere)
9/8c: Valor (Series Premiere)

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 10
8/7c: The Flash (Season 4 Premiere)
9/8c: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 3 Premiere)

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 11
8/7c: Riverdale (Season 2 Premiere)
9/8c: Dynasty (Series Premiere)

 

 

 

Thursday, October 12
8/7c: Supernatural (Season 13 Premiere)
9/8c: Arrow (Season 6 Premiere)

 

 

 

Friday, October 13
8/7c: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season 3 Premiere)
9/8c: Jane the Virgin (Season 4 Premiere)

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

BATMAN’s Shocking Proposal & More News From the DCU

First Comics News - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 20:10


Thirty years, three series and it all comes down to this. In this DC All Access news roundup, we take a look at the final issue of Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Plus, we dive into the LEGO Batman Movie Blu-ray, preview this week’s new issues of Batman, Cyborg and Everafter, and say goodbye to The Flintstones, which ends its acclaimed run today with issue #12.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE: Watchtower on Lockdown

First Comics News - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 20:10


The Justice League has fought alien invaders, rogue armies and evil gods, but what good are super strength, heat vision and power rings against a virus? In this DC All Access comics clip, we talk to Justice League guest writer Shea Fontana about her debut this week on the bestselling title, which finds the League struggling to rid the Watchtower of a mysterious alien contaminant the Green Lanterns accidentally brought on board. We’re guessing it’ll take more than a dose of antibiotics…

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GOTHAM: Scarecrow Coming in Season 4?

First Comics News - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 20:09


Is this the end of Gotham? Well, hopefully not, but it IS the end of Gotham’s third season. In this #DCTV clip, we talk to the cast of the Fox series about what we can expect from tonight’s two-hour season finale and as well as next year’s highly anticipated new season. Gotham fans may have nothing to fear when it comes to their favorite show, but the same can’t be said for Gotham’s residents.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

IMAGE COMICS CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY BY LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE WITH IMAGES OF TOMORROW VARIANT COVERS

First Comics News - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 19:27

PORTLAND, OR, 06/08/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal the first six of 18 variants planned for July’s 25th anniversary theme—“Images of Tomorrow.” After 25 years of ushering in waves of bestselling, award-winning, and groundbreaking comics, these variants will celebrate the longevity of Image Comics’ series with covers speculating possible future events in their storylines.

Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants.

Available in stores on Wednesday, July 5th (final order cutoff deadline Monday, June 12th):

  • RAT QUEENS #4 by Kurtis Wiebe & Owen Gieni, cover by Jim Valentino & Chance Wolf (Diamond Code APR178255)
  • SEVEN TO ETERNITY #7 by Rick Remender & James Harren, cover by Farel Dalrymple (Diamond Code APR178975)
  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #29 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, cover by McKelvie (Diamond Code APR178260)

Available in stores on Wednesday, July 12th (final order cutoff deadline Monday, June 19th):

  • CURSE WORDS #6 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, cover by Browne (Diamond Code APR178258)
  • THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #2 by Howard Chaykin, cover by Chaykin (Diamond Code APR178246)
  • REGRESSION #3 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, cover by Luckert (Diamond Code APR178254)
  • ROSE #4 by Meredith Finch & Ig Guara, cover by Guara (Diamond Code APR178259)

Available in stores on Wednesday, July 19th (final order cutoff deadline Monday, June 26th):

  • DESCENDER #22 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen, cover by Nguyen (Diamond Code APR178248)
  • GENERATION GONE #1 by Ales Kot & André Lima Araújo, cover by Araújo (Diamond Code APR178245)
  • I HATE FAIRYLAND #14 by Skottie Young, cover by Young (Diamond Code APR178244)
  • ROYAL CITY #5 by Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire (Diamond Code APR178249)

Available in stores on Wednesday, July 26th (final order cutoff deadline Monday, July 3rd):

  • CROSSWIND #2 by Gail Simone & Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs (Diamond Code APR178257)
  • POSTAL #21 by Bryan Hill & Isaac Goodhart, cover by Linda Sejic (Diamond Code APR178252)
  • SHUTTER #30 by Joseph Keatinge & Leila Del Duca, cover by Del Duca (Diamond Code APR178256)
  • SPAWN #276 by Todd McFarlane, cover by McFarlane (Diamond Code APR178250)
  • UNDERWINTER #5 by Ray Fawkes, cover by Fawkes (Diamond Code APR178247)
  • WAYWARD #22 by Jim Zub & Steven Cummings, cover by Cummings (Diamond Code APR178253)

Available in stores on Wednesday, August 2nd (final order cutoff deadline Monday, July 10th):

  • SAMARITAN: VERITAS #3 by Matt Hawkins & Atilio Rojo, by Stjepan Sejic (Diamond Code APR178251)

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products Launches ‘Join The League’ Global Initiative

First Comics News - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 19:23

WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS LAUNCHES IMMERSIVE PLATFORM TO PROVIDE FANS AROUND THE WORLD EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO HIGHLY ANTICIPATED JUSTICE LEAGUE FILM WITH

“JOIN THE LEAGUE” GLOBAL INITIATIVE

 

#JoinTheLeague to Debut Exclusive Content, Sneak Previews of Film-Inspired Products, Sweepstakes, Cast Interviews and More

 

Burbank, CA – June 8, 2017 – In a first-time global consumer initiative, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment are giving fans a chance to join forces with iconic DC Super Heroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg and stand alongside the Justice League via the #JoinTheLeague platform that kicks off  worldwide this week. Located at www.jointheleague.com, #JoinTheLeague will recruit fans to an exclusive, free membership experience delivering content, product sneak-peeks, digital and retail exclusives, sweepstakes, fan-engaging experiences and user-generated content, and so much more, inspired by the highly anticipated, epic action adventure Justice League, coming to cinemas worldwide beginning November 17, 2017, from Warner Bros. Pictures. This global initiative, which first kicked off in the U.S. in April as part of the film’s “Unite the League” campaign, will now expand to include 13 languages – and will include a special “#JoinTheLeague Saturday” on August 12 – and run into 2018.

The hub will host all things Justice League from exclusive product reveals and spotlights from brands like Funko, and New Era, as well as DC Collectibles, to film news, including exciting information on events and exclusive in-store opportunities. Among the hub’s array of activities are games and sweepstakes, which invites fans to enter for a chance to win never-before-seen film product culminating in an epic grand prize: their own personal invitation-only advanced screening of Justice League. The first sweepstakes contest announced – is in celebration of Wonder Woman – and timed to the DC Super Hero’s highly anticipated solo film opening as one lucky fan will win one of several Wonder Woman prizes.  Additional Justice League character-themed sweepstakes will follow in the months leading up to the release of the film. Fans can also experience brand new video content, images and much more, before public release, as well as get sneak previews of toys and collectibles before they hit store shelves. In addition to web-based touch points, weekly email updates will also be sent to League members.

Debuting this fall, exclusive Augmented Reality (AR) experiences will be available for fans that answer the call to #JoinTheLeague.

In addition to activations on the #JoinTheLeague global platform, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and its worldwide partners will be rolling out a number of Justice Leaguethemed products at top retailers around the world, including apparel and accessories, toys and collectibles, and home goods.  In support of this initiative, global retailers have developed tailored activations and exclusive elements to offer their customers, including Augmented Reality (AR) / Virtual Reality (VR) experiences, digital activations, unique sweepstakes, exclusive product reveals, and custom retailer landing pages on the #JoinTheLeague hub.

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BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1-12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE

First Comics News - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 19:21

This fall, Valiant is rewarding fans who pre-order the most bloody and brutal new series of the fall with specially expanded, limited editions spanning BLOODSHOT SALVATION’s furious first year!

Valiant is proud to announce the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1–12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve the first year of the blockbuster new ongoing series by New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, Moon Knight) and explosive artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) with their local comic shop by the initial order date (IOD) of July 27th, 2017!

Released monthly, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with eight additional pages of specially expanded bonus content and extra features including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and more at no additional cost!

PLUS: Fans that order this one-time bundle by July 27th, 2017 will also receive the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 RAMPAGE REDUX – a FREE, LIMITED EDITION, and FULL-LENGTH COMIC BOOK – polybagged alongside the series’ first pre-order edition! Featuring the raw, black-and-white interior artwork of powerhouse artists Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan, plus brand-new bonus features – including “Top-Secret Mission Reports,” “The Biology of Bloodshot,” “Bloodshot’s Body Count,” and “The Complete History of Bloodshot” – this expanded encore presentation of BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 is available ONLY as a pre-order bonus and will never be offered for individual sale!

“Jeff Lemire is a true master of his craft, and he’s built a spectacular first year for BLOODSHOT SALVATION,” said Hunter Gorinson, Valiant’s Vice President of Marketing & Communications. “It’s a truly gut-wrenching tale of vengeance that showcases a massive new cast of villains and the classic, violent Bloodshot action that fans love. Work is already underway across the series’ first 12 issues, and Bloodshot’s journey over the coming year has already broken the hearts of everyone at Valiant. That is why we’re raising the bar even higher and creating our biggest set of 40-page, Pre-order Edition exclusives to date. Plus, we’re adding the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 RAMPAGE REDUX – a specially manufactured, pre-order bonus that’s only available as a ‘thank you’ to fans who make it into stores to reserve this limited-run Bloodshot bundle by July 27th, 2017.”

From New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Moon Knight) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) & Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), a bloody and vengeful new era for Valiant’s Eisner Award-nominated Bloodshot saga begins this September as Ray Garrison escapes his violent past to build the one thing he never thought he’d earn: a family. But when a hateful secret from his true love’s past threatens their fragile peace, Bloodshot will be forced to run headlong into a barrage of blood, bullets, and broken bones for a revenge-fueled assault that will have crushing consequences for those he holds most dear…

His sacrifice will be her salvation.

Now: In the arms of his beloved girlfriend Magic, Bloodshot has finally found hope for the future…in the form of the couple’s unborn child. But when Magic’s estranged family – a cruel and sadistic clan of homegrown criminals – re-emerge to lay claim to their lost daughter, Bloodshot will be pushed back to the brink of madness, mayhem, and warfare…

Soon: Eight years from today, Bloodshot’s daughter has inherited her father’s incredible abilities. Hunted by a high-tech kill squad called Omen, Jessie must hone her powers…and learn how to survive before the world is swallowed whole by the darkness that now pervades America…

Get a double-barrel blast of Valiant’s most dangerous hero when Jeff Lemire, Lewis LaRosa, and Mico Suayan unleash the full fury of the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1-12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE, available only in comic shops beginning this September!

Fans and retailers, take note: The only way to obtain the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1-12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE is to reserve this limited item with your local comic shop by the initial order date (IOD) of July 27th, 2017! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues – including the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 RAMPAGE REDUX bonus issue – will not be offered in later solicitations!

Jump on board with a punishing new introduction to Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award-nominated epic…and get the fully loaded Bloodshot experience that no true fan can afford miss with 40 pages packed with exclusive content each and every month, only in the BLOODSHOT #1–12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – available only to fans who pre-order with their local comic shop by July 27th, 2017!

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1-12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Covers by RYAN BODENHEIM
$3.99 each [12 issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+  | Issue #1 on sale SEPTEMBER 20


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Pre-Order Edition Cover by Ryan Bodenheim


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2  – Pre-Order Edition Cover by Ryan Bodenheim


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 RAMPAGE REDUX – Cover by Kenneth Rocafort


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1-#12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – Coupon


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa

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