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Living Alive or Walking Death? by Mike Bullock

First Comics News - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 09:24

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

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

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

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

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

His answer: “Hope”

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s what faith did for me.

1 Corinthians 13:13 

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

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BOOM! Studios Announces New Original Graphic Novel LUMBERJANES: THE SHAPE OF FRIENDSHIP

First Comics News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 23:21

Discover a Brand New Tale in the The New York Times Best-Selling Series

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 18, 2018) – BOOM! Studios today announced LUMBERJANES: THE SHAPE OF FRIENDSHIP, an all-new original graphic novel reuniting the highly praised Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass team of writer Lilah Sturges (The Magicians: Alice’s Story, Jack of Fables) and artist polterink. LUMBERJANES: THE SHAPE OF FRIENDSHIP will be available in stores in November 2019.

Launched in 2014 under BOOM! Studios’ YA-focused BOOM! Box imprint by series co-creators Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson, Lumberjanes was originally solicited as a limited series, but the overwhelming response from fans transformed it into an ongoing series that has become a New York Times best-seller, earned numerous nominations for prestigious awards including the GLAAD Media Award and the Eisner Awards (which it has won twice), and have even crossed over with heroes from the DC Comics Universe (in Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy). The Lumberjanes have expanded to middle-grade novels at Abrams Books, a diverse array of merchandise from pins to patches, and a feature film in development at 20th Century Fox.

The Lumberjanes are at it again, making trouble and making friends, all at the same time. This time their adventurous rambles take them deep into the woods, to the hiding place of a group of magical creatures known as Pookas. The ‘Janes are delighted to meet these magical beings and make new friends. But what they don’t know is that these isolated magical creatures are actually master shapeshifters and just itching for the chance to see what human life is all about. Everything quickly goes awry as the Pookas decide to try life in the ‘Janes shoes and end up turning Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types upside down. Mal, Ripley, Molly, April & Jo will have to work together, using the power of friendship, in order to reclaim their lives and teach the Pookas that sometimes your best self is your true self.

Lilah Sturges is the Eisner Award-nominated co-writer of acclaimed title Jack of Fables, as well as the writer for well-known series such as House of Mystery, Fables: The Wolf Among Us, Doctor Who, Thor, and Justice Society of America, and the upcoming The Magicians: Alice’s Story original graphic novel set in the universe of Lev Grossman’s best-selling trilogy. This will be her second original graphic novel for the beloved Lumberjanes franchise, including Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass.

“Writing the Lumberjanes has been the most fun I’ve ever had writing comics, and I’m really excited for The Shape of Friendship! It’s such a fun, sweet story with lots of action and laughs, but also lots of feelings, too.” said writer, Lilah Sturges. “In this book, we get to focus on April and Jo’s friendship, and I’m especially excited to write about those two; Jo is such an important character to me and I really want to do her justice!”

Claudia Rinofner, known as polterink, is an exciting new artist and illustrator from Austria and the artist of the first Lumberjanes original graphic novel, Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass, with writer Lilah Sturges, released in October 2018. She is also the innovative creator of the online comic series, Crysalis.

“I’m super excited to return to the Lumberjanes universe with this great story! It’s got more friendship, more shenanigans and more magical creatures, pretty much everything awesome you’ve come to expect from the series!” said artist, polterink.

LUMBERJANES: THE SHAPE OF FRIENDSHIP is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning BOOM! Box imprint, home to groundbreaking original series such as Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; Smooth Criminals by Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Leisha Riddell; Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad; and The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes.

“Friendship has always been the most important element of the Lumberjanes’ stories. No matter what kind of magical, supernatural, or spooky situation they get themselves into, their enduring and heartwarming relationships are what save the day.” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Lilah and polterink do an incredible job of showing fans, young and old, that a hardcore lady-type friendship is all about finding the people with whom you can be your truest self.”

Eisner Award-nominated writer Lilah Sturges will be in attendance as a guest of BOOM! Studios at ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle, Washington. She will be available for signings both Saturday and Sunday, 1/26-1/28, as well as a guest on the BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours panel on Monday, 1/28, where she will join some of the most acclaimed voices in graphic fiction today for a discussion on the diverse, award-winning imprints of BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box and KaBOOM!.

Print copies of LUMBERJANES: THE SHAPE OF FRIENDSHIP will be available in November 2019 at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one), bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

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First Comics News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 23:19

Fissure #4
Author(s): Tim Daniel
Artist(s): Patricio Delpeche
Cover Artist(s): Patricio Delpeche
Letters: Deron Bennett
Avery Lee Olmos and Hark Wright have ventured deep into the fissure
beneath ElSueño, and discovered a darkness teeming with unimaginable terrors. Bound together in their struggle for survival, they scramble desperately toward daylight, in this explosive final issue.


Maxwell’s Demons #4
Author(s): Deniz Camp
Artist(s): Vittorio Astone
Cover Artist(s): Nathan Gooden
Letters: Deron Bennett
Includes Issues 04 & 05 in one special oversized issue!
Love finds Maxwell Maas! But death is close behind! What part do I, FUNGI, RA-MAN, and BATON ROGUE play? Also: Billy Bob Thorton, Erasmus Darwin, and the secret origins of BARNS! Xs & Os, Tic-Tac-Toe, Michel Foucault. TOMORROW finally comes. The game is up. Only boring people are ever board. Confessions and Dilemmas. Max feels like a Neumann. Soil has a secret. Does prison keep us in, or keep them out?

These Savage Shores #5
Author(s): Ram V
Artist(s): Sumit Kumar
Cover Artist(s): Sumit Kumar
Letters: Aditya Bidikar
In the aftermath of war, victories and defeats are counted. But there are things lost that can never be regained. And so, a monster now travels to a civilized land for a final confrontation. A clash of ideologies that will leave in its wake a devastation of the soul.
Along These Savage Shores from whence the monsters came to a world full of good men.


Wasted Space #8
Author(s): Michael Moreci
Artist(s): Hayden Sherman
Cover Artist(s): Hayden Sherman
Letters: Jim Campbell
Dust needs an arm; Billy needs redemption. Only one of these quests goes well…




Failsafe Vol. 1 TPB
Author(s): Todd Farmer & F.J. DeSanto
Artist(s): Federico Dallocchino
Cover Artist(s): Federico Dallocchino
When he executed the last nanotech-enhanced super soldier, John Ravane thought that was the end of the haywire Insurgence Program. Ten years later, in the wake of social unrest, its true legacy is revealed. As sleeper agents scattered throughout the country activate, Ravane must stand between a government he cannot trust and the soldiers he once hunted.

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First Comics News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 22:18

Written and Illustrated by Peter Ricq
Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99
Part 2 of 4 of the epic post-apocalyptic tale set in 1839 Germany where creatures from another world have conquered the land. Ingrid, Fritz and Neemo head out in search of ruthless kidnappers that murdered a slew of men in order to kidnap a lady in distress in the woods. The murderers’ trail leads them to what seems to be an impenetrable town with an enormous defensive wall surrounding it. ONCE OUR LAND is afantasy, sci-fi, period and action story rolled into one epic package.


Written and Illustrated by Don Aguillo
Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99
UPC: 85999000266800111
Nine-year-old royal orphan Zakaiah falls heir to the throne of the broken post-apocalyptic kingdom of Pacifica, and must endure the Trials of the House of Jasser, a series of tests designed to prepare her to occupy the seat of the kingdom. Recently orphaned and reluctant to embark on a set of trials to teach and test her on the responsibilities that now rest on her shoulders, she is guided on this tumultuous path by soldiers and strangers, plagued by their own struggles, pasts and hidden agendas. Embarking on the journey on a dark road with strangers who now answer to her and inexperienced in carrying the weight of the world, she’s left the only home she’s ever known to explore the realm she now has the responsibility to rule. Behind them, the empty throne is at the mercy of a ruling class that threatens to usurp it for their own dark agendas, and just beyond the shadows ahead, the emergence of an ancient evil threatens to halt their journey dead in its tracks.
Retailer Incentive for Rise #1: Retailers purchasing (10) ten copies of Cover A will unlock unlimited orders of Cover B. Please reach out to you CS rep with questions about retailer incentives.


Written by Richard Rivera and Illustrated by Clara Meath
Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99
UPC: 85999000262000311
Set in the STABBITY BUNNY universe! Bard and Joy must explore an enormous lake made of shadow.  No outside source of light will penetrate the darkness, but the kids have a creative solution that might succeed.  In the total darkness, magical enemies stalk the duo.  It’s hard to fight a foe you can’t see, but these are the Shadow Play Kids!



Written by Richard Rivera and Illustrated by Ryan Kincaid
Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99
UPC: 85999000260600211
This alternate reality version of Stabbity Bunny takes place nowhere near the world of the regular series.  The story kicks into high gear as Stabbity Bunny and Grace find themselves in Wonderland.  For a little while, it almost appears things might go smoothly, but then the queen of hearts gets involved and decides she wants Grace’s magical powers.  If you thought the carnage in Fairyland was shocking, you better be prepared to say goodbye to a lot of your wonderland favorites.


Written by Andrew Clemson and Illustrated by Jethro Morales
Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99
UPC: 85999000267500111
A foul-mouthed, over-the-top Sci-Fi romp, equal parts Red Dwarf and grain alcohol, STAR BASTARD follows a long suffering mercenary crew as they stumble through the universe under the clumsy command of the loud, obnoxious (and invulnerable) Captain Greeves. Searching for clues to Greeves’ shadowy past, they leave a trail of lizard bounty hunters, angry alien empires and unpaid bar tabs in their wake.
Retailer Incentive for Star Bastard #1: Retailers purchasing (10) ten copies of Cover A will unlock unlimited orders of Cover B. Please reach out to you CS rep with questions about retailer incentives.


Written and Illustrated by Brian Middleton Jr.
Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99
UPC: 85999000264400211
Branwulf the Adventurer travels the Underworld in an attempt to heal his broken heart! With each step the bitter swordsman draws closer to his goal! But why does every traveler he meets seem intent on warning him back? And what’s with all of these monsters trying to smack him around? All this, plus an epic battle with the Lords of the Air!



LONG LOST: BOOK TWO Trade paperback
Written by Matthew Erman and Illustrated by Lisa Sterle
Full Color, 192 pages, $19.99
ISBN: 9781949514094
The second trade collecting Book Two and the conclusion to the critically acclaimed debut series from Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle. Piper and Frances have gone missing in their quest to find their mother. Now lost and alone in a place unknowable, they must work together and survive as they make their way back to Hazel Patch from wherever it is that they may be. Horrifying monsters, dripping moons, sinister cults, surreal dimensions and an ever present mountain that looms over everything — What will Piper and Frances find in the dark? Themselves or something…otherworldly? Experience the ending to what Joey Esdall of Newsarama has called, “Quite possible the best Southern Gothic comic.” Containing the final six issues of Part Two and featuring many extras including fan art, designs, script pages and much more.


LONG LOST: BOOK ONE Trade paperback
Written by Matthew Erman and Illustrated by Lisa Sterle
Full Color, 192 pages, $19.99
ISBN: 9781635353006
The first trade collecting Book One of the critically acclaimed debut from Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle, LONG LOST is the story of two estranged sisters who find themselves drawn back to their small southern hometown after an invitation from an otherworldly creature. The pair are compelled to unlock the disturbing mysteries that are hidden in Hazel Patch in the hopes of uncovering the bizarre circumstances surrounding their mother… but they must deal with each other first. A perfect jumping on point for this compelling, harrowing journey through family relationships, trauma, and secrets out of the past. Containing issues 1 through 6 and the featuring the special online-only prologue comics never before seen in print!


MONARCHS: BINGE Trade paperback
Written by A.C. Medina and Illustrated by Fernando Pinto
Full Color, 120 pages, $14.99
ISBN: 9781949514087
The first release in Scout Comics new BINGE! Imprint where Scout releases a World Premiere issue followed by the entire story a few months later in one volume. Game of Thrones meets Dune! MONARCHS is the ultimate game of survival of the fittest as four young geniuses are abandoned on the planet Vida and are pitted against other to create a utopian society. A simple experiment becomes an epic story of war, discovery and leadership as it attempts to answer the age-old questions of what it takes to be the victor and to what means would you go to win to be the last man standing.

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MARVEL SELECT: Your Essential Marvel Reading List is Here!

First Comics News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 22:04

New York, NY—December 19, 2018—Introducing MARVEL SELECT, your essential Marvel reading list – and the volumes that answer the often-repeated question about Marvel collected editions: “Where do I start!?”


A series of graphic novels hand-picked by Marvel Editorial to showcase pivotal storylines and written and drawn by some of Marvel’s most acclaimed creators, MARVEL SELECT provides readers with a collection of entry points into the Marvel Universe. These stand-alone volumes, which also serve as evergreen adventures about Marvel’s most well-known heroes, are perfect for retailers or librarians looking to create a core title offering for their readers!


Look for these 20 essential stories available now wherever graphic novels are sold, including Marvel’s Digital Comics Store:


And don’t stop there – find full listings of Marvel Graphic Novels in print and digital wherever graphic novels are sold!


Be sure to check out the Marvel 2019 Calendar, available in comic shops December 26th, which showcases all these titles over the 12 months of 2019!


  15. THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TPB* (in stores 1/16)

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First Comics News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 21:32

Second “Disney Frozen” Comic Series Coming in March 2019

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 19, 2018)—Dark Horse and Disney are “chilled” to announce the next Disney Frozen comic series—Disney Frozen: Reunion Road. Disney Frozen: Reunion Road is the second installment in the Disney Frozen series at Dark Horse, and is preceded by Disney Frozen: Breaking Boundaries. Disney Frozen: Breaking Boundaries writer Joe Caramagna returns to the world of Disney Frozen alongside Disney Frozen newcomers: layout artist Eduardo Francisco, line artist Eduard Petrovich, colorists Nastia Beloushova and Yana Chinstova, and letterer Comicraft.

In Disney Frozen: Reunion Road, Anna and Elsa are invited to a harvest festival in the kingdom of Snoob! As they wonder about this faraway kingdom, they discover that Kai has a long-lost brother—in Snoob, this sets them on an adventure to reunite the two brothers . . . Join the Arendelle sisters, with Kai, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven, on a road to reunion, where surprises await at every twist and turn!

Before the first issue of Disney Frozen: Reunion Road (of three) goes on sale on March 6, 2019, fans can catch up on more of Elsa and Anna’s adventures in the Disney Frozen: Breaking Boundaries collection, which goes on sale January 29, 2019! Disney Frozen: Reunion Road #1 is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. The

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RICH REVIEWS: Honor of the Damned

First Comics News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 20:00

Title: Honor of the Damned Collected Edition 
Publisher: Hangman Comics
Story/Tones/Letters: Nevin Arnold
Artists: J. Bacsal Monares, Shelton Bryant, Diego Candia
Cover by: J. Bascal Monares & Rudolf Montemayor
Created by: Nevin Arnold
Price: $ 14.95 US, $ 17.95 Can
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Comments: PART 1
  Some KKK members stumble or were lead to a raising of the undead. An undead warrior is raised he is a powerful killer. Who becomes his master not any of those who intended to.
The black and white art is gorgeously presented here.
Steven does put up a friend in this undead samurai killing warrior. Steven is just a young boy yet he does want to be a hero. Can he this undead samurai make it in the big city? On the way to the city ninjas attack and it is fearsome action. Swords are drawn and blood does flow.
Also on the way to the city, the samurai is given a name Sparky, and Steven and Sparky meet Bleesie.  Bleesie right from the first time you see her you can just tell the way she is drawn and how she is written speaking that this is one amazing woman.
  The scene of the train wreck is awesome in its devastation.  Steven and Sparky are doing the hero thing but they get no appreciation.
We see an ancient clan of ninjas lead by the ruthless Master Kurogami. They will stop at nothing to get the undead samurai for their Master’s plans.
As the ninjas attack they have also brought something else with them. The supernatural is strong with them. What grips Steven and Sparky are otherworldly. It has the feel of an ancient evil unleashed.
  A cop shows up to help Steven as Steven, Sparky and Bessie are under attack from ninjas and supernatural forces in the form of the so-called Squid Men. There is all out action as swords and guns and tentacles come into play.
Here we learn who this undead Samurai was in life. He was just a man wanting a family and to live his life in peace.
Steven finds himself in a particularly hard situation. His bravado shows us this is one brave boy.
Sparky’s former leader narrates the tale of Sparky’s life and death. Master Kurogami has plans of his own and they are nothing short of world conquest. all that stand against him are a boy, an undead samurai, a cop, a tough woman and her witch mother. Are they enough?
There is a beautifully done pin-up page showcasing this undead samurai aka Katsuro in a pose that inspires fear.
So it all comes down to Katsuro aka Sparky aka the undead samurai vs the Serpent of Chaos aka a fire-breathing dragon. These two have one glorious battle.
Steven has the adventure of a lifetime and finds a new family. This is a fun rollercoaster ride down the dark side for ten-year-old Steven.

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5 comic book slot games you need to play

First Comics News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 18:34

Slot games have improved a lot since the good old days of ‘one-armed bandits’ in dusty Western saloon bars. Since slot machines were invented by Charles Fey in 1895, they’ve become a casino staple – and as gambling has expanded into the online world, virtual slot games have offered players a whole new level of enjoyment.

Online slots are accessible, easy to play and themed around a variety of popular niches – such as music, movies, and even comic books. Finding the perfect comic based slot to play can be a tricky business though, especially when there are thousands on the market and new ones released every week.

That’s where we come in. We’ve trawled through almost all of the comic book slots online and compiled a list of the top five.

Wonder Woman – The Amazon Goddess

The story of the Amazonian Goddess Diana has captivated audiences since it was created in 1942 by writer Charles Mouton. In recent years Wonder Woman has re-emerged in popular culture thanks to the 2017 film produced by DC Entertainment starring Gal Gadot as the lead.

The film grossed $821.6 million at the box office – not bad considering it had a budget of $150 million. You can make a tidy profit too from the slot game, which goes heavy on the nostalgic graphics – 5 reel and 50 paylines. There is an Aries showdown wild feature and several other bonuses such as free spins with guaranteed wins.

While the act of watching the new Wonder Woman film will help you understand the storyline and get to know the main characters, it won’t make you any more likely to hit the jackpot. However, there are some bits of homework that’ll stand you in good stead for striking it lucky. Find out all the dos and don’ts, plus some tried-and-tested tips, in this guide about how to win at slots.

Justice League

Sticking with the DC Comics and Wonder Woman theme, there’s a Justice League slot for comic nerds to enjoy. Gardner Fox was the man responsible with conceiving the Justice League idea in 1960 when it first appeared in The Brave and The Bold #28. As you’ll undoubtedly be aware, Justice League is an ensemble of superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman to name but a few.

This slot gives players a truly thrilling experience and has the authenticity to satiate even the most astute comic book fan’s eye for detail. It is payable from 30 pence a spin, has 25 paylines and features every member of the Justice League. Free spins, bonuses and a wild round which features superheroes and villains is a real highlight.

The Flash

The first ever Golden Age Flash comics release in January 1940 was another creation of Gardner Fox and featured The Flash – Fastest Man Alive. The Flash has the ability to defy the very laws of physics and move faster than the speed of light to fight crime and put the world to rights.

As one of the earliest superhero creations, The Flash remains one of the most popular of DC’s numerous superheroes. The Flash has often tested his speed against Superman in several races throughout different DC productions, with the races frequently resulting in draws.

A film and several TV shows have been made about The Flash, but unfortunately, they have failed to match the popularity of the original comic. The Flash slot game though has become incredibly popular with punters.

As you’d expect, the main feature of the slot is that it gives you the opportunity to win big and win fast. The 5 reel, 30 payline game features a 5x multiplier round and a bonus bet mode to earn quick cash.


Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were responsible for creating the world’s most famous superhero in 1938. Born on the planet of Krypton, Superman was sent to Earth by his Father in a scientific experiment before his home planet was destroyed.

The superhero was found as a baby in the American countryside and adopted by the Kent family, given the name Clark by his new parents. Clark Kent goes on to make a life for himself as a journalist in Metropolis and fighting crime as Superman by night.

This slot is a must for Superman fans as the bright blue and red graphics hark back to the origins of Clark Kent’s alter ego. It’s a 5 reel, 50 payline slot with plenty of bonuses, wilds, and multipliers to keep you fixated ongoing for the jackpot.


Bob Kane and Bill Finger first introduced the Caped Crusader to the general public in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. After witnessing the murder of his parents as a child Bruce Wayne (Batman’s alter ego) swore vengeance against criminals, assuming the character of Batman to take on his vigilante mission.

Gotham City is Wayne’s crime-fighting playground where he forms a team with his trusty sidekick Robin and butler Alfred. In the latter half of the 20th century, there were a number of TV shows featuring Batman – as well as some notable films starring the likes of George Clooney and Val Kilmer in the 1990s.

The slot game features Gotham City as the background for the 5 reel, 50 payline game where crime doesn’t pay but matching symbols does. The Descend into Madness feature and the Batman Wild gives you the chance to double your wins and continue the fun of playing in Gotham City. Who knows, you might even end up as rich as Batman himself – the billionaire owner of Wayne Enterprises.


If you have a penchant for comic books and spinning the wheels, there is a huge range of games out there for you. Unfortunately, you won’t get the same crime-fighting action that you would in a comic book, but you will get the thrill.

In all of the games we’ve reviewed here the graphics are second to none and mimic the style and authenticity of the original comics. You can get the buzz of fighting the Joker and Aries while you win big bucks.

Slot games have clearly come on leaps and bounds since the days of old. Today, they’re genuinely engaging ways to indulge in your favorite superheroes, so why not give it a go?

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Wednesday Comics: 80s Moon Knight

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 12:00
Moon Knight is often derided as an ersatz Batman and had sort of an inauspicious beginning as a gimmick villain for Werewolf by Night. The latter point on serves to show how good characters in comics are often only arrived at over time. The former criticism misses the point that Batman himself had antecedents, and comic book are full of completely valid variations on a theme.  Is it interesting, though, that Moon Knight's co-creator and the scribe on his seminal first series, Doug Moench, left the character to write both Batman books for the next three years.

Though the earlier appearances aren't bad, the character only really comes into his own in backup stories in the Hulk! Magazine. (These and other early stories are collected in the first volume of the Epic Collection.) That's where Moench teams up with Bill Sienkiewicz, who gives Moon Knight a silhouette and ghostly presence not unlike Neal Adams' Batman. Moench's stories are less superhero that pulp, with villains lurid for the printed page, but not really for 4 color comic. They are at once mundane and strange for that mundanity. This is the blueprint for the 1980 ongoing series.

Moon Knight finally gets an origin with an ambiguous hint of the supernatural, a set of cover identities, and a group of operatives. These last two schticks come courtesy of the Shadow, only Moon Knight's identities are suggested to be virtual alternate personalities--phases of the moon, perhaps--an idea only barely ever hinted at in the stories.

Most of the issues portray Moon Knight as a premier, perhaps even only, hero of a New York City still recovering from the seventies. Political machines, xenophobic terrorists, educated winos, and disgruntled vets stalk its streets. The rest of the Marvel Universe seems pretty far away, despite an occasional cameo or team-up.

Sienkiewicz's art begins as a bit like a rougher Adams, then looks a bit like Frank Miller (when like Miller, he is inked by Janson), before becoming more expressionistic and stylized. It isn't quite the Sienkiewicz of New Mutants until the very end, but he's on that trajectory. The art also conveys a bit of noir edge in later issues that might make one think of Sin City, but in a comic spinner rack sort of way.

While my favorite story (maybe because I read it as a kid), is the two-parter where terrorists dose Chicago's water supply with hallucinogens in #8-9, the storytelling gets more ambitious in the direct sale only later issues like the meditation on violence in #26 ("Hit It") that sort of reminds me of _The Spirit_ in its artifice.

Not all of the '80-84 series has been collected yet in color (though up to issue #23 has), but the third volume of the Epic Collection, Final Rest, is on it's way the 30th of this month.

Rocket [ICONS]

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 12:00


Prowess: 5
Coordination: 6
Strength: 4
Intellect: 4
Awareness: 4
Willpower: 5

Determination: 1
Stamina: 9

Specialties: Athletics

Queen of Speed
Legacy Heroine
"Let's Go!"

Magic Roller Skates (Super Speed Device): 9
Extras: Air Control: 6, Fast Attack, Defending, Surface Speed

Kelli Cross was a college student, but she preferred to spend her time with her roller derby team. When she discovered her grandfather Walt had been the costumed crime-fighter, Rocket, during World War II, using a set of magical roller-skates that he supposedly come from genie—well, it all sounded pretty hard to believe, but skating and fighting crime just seemed like the thing to do!

Kelli began fighting crime in Southern California as the new Rocket and later became a member of the Super-Sentinels.

Moon Goons (for 5e and Old School Simulacra)

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 12/16/2018 - 15:00
Moon Goons get their name from their heads or masks, large, round, and faintly luminous like the Moon, and their vile behavior. The Moon Goons avoid the real moon, only striking when it is new. Their spindly, bone-white limbs are animated with odd gestures and faintly aglow despite the lack of moonlight. They are forever mumbling and conversing, but their lips never move and their speech is unintelligible.
They arrive in balloons--or what look like balloons--but their gondolas are slung from metal spheres with the appearance of lead. The spheres are hollow, and no one knows from where they derive their buoyancy nor what propels them forward. Perhaps the Moon Goons know, but they don't say. Each gondola carries 2-3 moon goons. They arrive in groups of 2-4 balloons.

They prey on small, isolated villages or farms. The items that interest them are often not particularly valuable at all--at least not in the strict monetary sense. Sentimental value seems the be the primary quality evident in the things they steal.

Moon goons try to put the humans they rob to sleep with the silvery metallic rods they carry. The slumber the rods produce is plagued by weird nightmares. Humans that prove resistant to their rods or harm one of the moon goons raiders, may find themselves on sharp end of their scalpel-like knives.

Old School Stats:

#Enc: 1-3 x 4  AC: 3 HD: 4 Attacks: 1 (sleep on failed saving throw, or 1d6).

5e stats:

medium aberration, neutral evil
AC 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points: 22 (4d8+4)
Speed: 30 ft.
STR 11(+0) DEX 13(+1) CON 12(+1) INT 13(+1) WIS 12(+1) CHA10(+0)
Skills: Stealth +6
Senses Darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 11.
Languages Understands any language but don't speak any of them

Magic Resistance. A Moon Goon has an advantage against spells and other magical effect.

Rod. Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, one target in a 30 foot range. Hit: On a failed DC 12 Constitution save, the target falls to sleep.
Scalpel-like Knife. Melee Weapon Attack. +4 to hit, 5 ft. reach, one target, Hit: 1d8.

ERIC M. ESQUIVEL’s politically divisive BORDER TOWN cancelled!!!

First Comics News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 18:19
Eric M. Esquivel is a HORRIBLE HUMAN.

I knew this weeks ago when on Facebook it was advertised he’d be appearing at a Comic-Con in AZ and I commented on the post that his comic is *READ: “politically divisive” and that I felt its a shame on account that I’d met him following a panel and he seemed nice enough and full of passion for comics, I’d just been disappointed when I read his magnum opus “Border Town” and found that it was full of SJW propaganda.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a few examples of the BS he had inserted into a demon book:

So yeah, the racist killers are hurling the comments of our current president. So if you voted for Trump how are you supposed to feel about reading his book. That was on page ONE. Then a little further in a beast shows people their greatest fears… well for white people that fear is apparently Trayvon Martin. Wow… just: WoW. I found garbage like this not just insulting but as I stated, divisive. Obviously. I stated as such on Facebook and he blasted me and showed the factual post I made on his personal page to rile his fans up instead of discussing it. He only plays to one side of the isle. Politically Divisive was correct. Fuck this guy.

Because Eric M. Esquivel is a HORRIBLE HUMAN.

I saw that he was a smiteful garbage human but I took my post down and decided against going public further on my feelings about him. Today I saw the NEWS. FirstComicsNews has confirmed that DC Comics has cancelled the final fifth and sixth issues of the mini-series Border Town, published by DC Comics and Vertigo to much acclaim this year. Not only that, but all listings on Diamond’s website for previous issues have been removed, scorching earth that this comic ever existed there or that retailers could reorder issues. (Update: upcoming issues have since returned, been removed, and returned again, but previous issues are still removed. This could be a cache issue, it should resolve soon.)

On the 9th of December,  toy designer Cynthia Naugle posted an in-depth account of alleged sexual, mental and emotional abuse on Blogspot, regarding someone in the comic book industry, living in Tucson who had a Vertigo comic book launch this summer.

The person in question was identified on Twitter as my old poltically divisive nemesis and HUGE ASSHAIR Eric Esquivel, whose Border Town series launched from Vertigo Comics this summer. Others wanted to back her account up. While Naugle did not name “X” in her blog post, the details matched only one person: writer Eric Esquivel. Naugle later confirmed his identity with other sources. According to her post, she had written to Esquivel to confront him about his actions, but his reaction was to write a hasty and trivial apology. He then deleted all of his social media accounts except his Twitter, which he turned private. It was after this that Naugle took her account public.

As the account circulated on Twitter, several other people stepped up to say they also had had inappropriate interactions with Esquivel and that rumors had been circulating about him for a while. In addition, several incidents involving misconduct by Esquivel were posted on Facebook, adding to the picture of someone whose troubling behavior had been circulating for some time.

Border Town launched earlier this year to general acclaim. Drawn by Ramon Villalobos with colors by Tamra Bonvillain, the series dealt with racial tensions, a supernatural invasion and the Latinx experience. While Esquivel has been on the comics scene for quite a while, the book was seen as a huge break for him. As year-end lists were compiled, he was being named a future star because unfortunately our industry rewards pieces of shit like him. Thank god all of that has ended with the growing list of misconduct by Esquivel.

Subsequently, colourist on the series Tamra Bonvillain stated that she would stop working on the book.

With artist Ramon Villalobos following – issuing the following statement.


Out of respect for all parties involved, I wanted to stay quiet about this situation the last few days but I feel like I should take a moment to say my piece. I have made it my practice to believe women, full stop. The bravery and strength it took for her to write that letter is probably not strength or bravery I may ever have. There had been vague rumors about Eric and his treatment of women and although I was given no real specifics, I insisted to Eric that he come clean to me and our team about any inappropriate interactions he may have had. I think now that I did not give enough weight to those rumors and I can’t state enough how much I regret that. To the best of my abilities, I took the matters through the proper channels and DC/Vertigo handled it in a way that felt responsible and direct. I probably can’t get into detail allowed me to get back to my job. I want to be clear that neither me, Tamra, or anyone in editorial knew about what came out and it’s very disheartening to se information come out. Border Town meant a lot to me because it was a confluence of so many of my interests. Elements of horror, comedy, teenage rebellion, latino culture, etc. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that I’ve poured everything I had into this and it is the best work of my relatively young career. It has made my life better having done it. But this is not about me. Whatever this person felt and experienced is what matters the most and I want to be clear that I think dealing with abuse and making the comics industry a safer place is the most important thing to come from this. To know the art that I’m so proud of, and the world I have lived in and created for the last year of my life had brought so much pain to individuals frankly outweighs the joy I know it brought others and that is going to be something that is hard to reconcile. There is no way to really make up of my shortcomings in this situation, but I hope in future actions I can find a way to show this is important to me. Thank you.” They left because Eric M. Esquivel is a HORRIBLE HUMAN. I hope his career is over. I do. He’s trash, his work was trash and he is as a person. I knew Devin Faraci was GARBAGE before anyone listened and this TURD is the same. Facts are facts, on the page and in real life he’s a disaster. HEY, Comic book industry WAKE UP; stop backing shitheads. Dammit.






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A New Era of MS. MARVEL Starts Now!

First Comics News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 17:56

All-new ongoing series from Eisner Award-winning writer Saladin Ahmed!


I New York, NY—December 14, 2018—Marvel is excited to announce that this spring, Eisner Award–winner Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt, Exiles) and rising star Minkyu Jung (Batgirl, Nightwing) will take the reins of one of Marvel’s most beloved new characters in THE MAGNIFICENT MS. MARVEL #1!


“I think she’s really the face of everything that’s new and fresh and exciting and ‘21st century’ at Marvel, and with superheroes in general. To be given stewardship of that is a big deal to me,” Ahmed told Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive announcement. “It’s always thrilling being given responsibility over a beloved character. It’s particularly meaningful for me to be taking over from Willow.”


“It just seems so incredible that this character, who was just going to be a fun project for both of us loosely influenced by Sana’s own experiences growing up, had become a cultural phenomenon that was going to outlive us both,” current Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson also toldEW. “Given that was true, I really wanted to be cognizant of the fact that superheroes thrive with a multiplicity of voices telling their stories. I wanted to leave on a high note.”







Variant cover by ELSA CHARRETIER

Variant cover by BABS TARR

On Sale 3/13/19

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RICH REVIEWS: Loading Penguin Hug

First Comics News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:11

Title: Loading Penguin Hugs (HC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Author/Artist: Jacqueline Chen
Price: $ 10.99 US, $ 14.95 Can
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: The drawings here are so cute and the sayings beautiful. They are inspiring and motivational. The sayings give you a positive outlook on life.
Each page greats you with a delightful illustration of the cutest animals ever.
Yes, this book will make you laugh and smile. It will also let you know it is ok to just be you and that you are awesome.
This is the most adorable book you will ever set eyes on. This will make your day a better one.

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RICH REVIEWS: Monsterella # 2

First Comics News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:09

Title: Monsterella # 2
Publisher: Hangman Comics
Art: various
Story: various
Cover Art by: John Gallagher
Price: $ 5.00 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: “Monsterella: Into the Belly of the Beast” Art & story by Nevin Arnold.
Monsterella wants to take back her prison. She finds many beings in her way but she does keep going. The art does show Mosterella as a tough woman.
“The Last Woman on Earth” Art by Lawrence Denvir and story/letters by Matt Smith.
Monsterella is the narrator of this tale. What is worse being alone or being something you are not? Both are hard but being alone you can still be true to yourself. The way Monsterella appears in this tale is an unexpected touch.
“Monsterella Centerfold” Art by Nevin Arnold. Monsterella stands ready for battle against one monstrous creature of doom. This creature is a nightmare come to life. Monsterella does have her little sidekick ready to help too. He is a weird looking thing.
“Graelin: The Devil’s Due” Art & story by Dan MacKinnon.
An elf meets a troll and this troll follows his nature. The elf is smart or lucky and she deals with him in a nice smooth manner. She leaves the troll paying his toll.
“Dreams of Monsterella” Art & story by Matt Smith.
This is a really short story and over before you know it. The art is simple no frills. The story there is next to nothing to it.
“The Book of Emma: Chapter 1” Art & story by Julien Pilon.
Emma is walking home one night. Emma is followed and what happens next is exciting and will get your blood pumping. The looks gorgeous on Emma and on the creature it seems lacking as it is not scary at all.
The back is filled with wonderfully illustrated wanted posters of Kickstarter backers.
Monsterella is the face of exciting challenges.

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It Ain't Over

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:00
A professional trip followed by a family medical emergency left it quiet hereabouts for a little bit. Expect a return to the regular posting schedule soon.

To tide you over, here's a piece of art for the Armchair Planet Who's Who by Anna Liisa Jones: Zota, the evil extradimensional wizard, responsible for the creation of the Aberration:


First Comics News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:43

Guests: Young Bucks, Tommy Dreamer, Jimmy Jacobs, Shane Helms, Marty DeRosa & Sarah Shockey. Live from ALL IN weekend at the Starrcast in front of a live studio audience. This was taped the day AFTER ALL IN, enjoy the stories and the energy from the historic wrestling weekend.



Image Photo:

Image Design:
Jimmy Lee

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Inkwell Awards Announces David Finch Spotlight Challenge

First Comics News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 02:34

(New Bedford, MA/USA—December 14, 2018) The non-profit Inkwell Awards, the only organization devoted to promoting the art of comic book inking, announces its fourth annual Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight focusing on the pencil art of a legendary comics creator. This year features artist David Finch’s take on DC‘s iconic Batman. The artwork will be auctioned afterward for fundraising.

“With the ongoing success of our original Joe Sinnott Challenge, we expanded the program to include the Spotlight Challenge in 2015, with even better results,” said Bob Almond, founder, and director of The Inkwell Awards (AKA “The Inkwells”). “For this event, we showcase other contemporary, fan-favorite talents on a more limited scale with veteran published inkers who may or may not have participated in other challenges. Our last three pencillers included Jim Lee, Neal Adams, and Erik Larsen.”

The original Joe Sinnott Challenge, which features pencils by the inking legend inked by various professionals, semi-professionals and amateur inkers, began in 2010 but is being postponed for next year due to scheduling reasons. “Our annual Inkwell Awards show has been moved up two months due to a venue change and Joe’s own schedule is full so we thought it best to take a break,” said Almond. “Plus it gives us more time to focus on the Spotlight.”

The Challenge Spotlight furthers the inking advocacy’s dual mission of promoting the artform and educating the public. Blue-lined art boards featuring a tightly pencilled David Finch Batman pinup will be sent to just 24 artists to finish and/or embellish in ink. Each inked page will be signed by Finch and the inker, and include a certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by Almond. All pages will then be auctioned off at a later date as a fundraiser. Fans will be able to see the difference in the pencilled and inked versions to better understand how much inkers contribute to the artform.

The list of participating inkers will be named later. “On behalf of the Inkwells,” said Almond, “our kindest thanks to DC, David and all involved for their cooperation, support of our program, and appreciation of ink artists.”

The Inkwell Awards is the only official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and educate regarding the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize the best ink artists and their work. Established in 2008, the Inkwells are overseen by a volunteer committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

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First Comics News - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 00:02

Lela Gwenn and Matthew Dow Smith’s “Bad Luck Chuck” Arriving in March 2019

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 13, 2018)—Some people have all the luck…and others have none! In Bad Luck Chuck, Lela Gwenn and Matthew Dow Smith bring a twisted noir tale full of anti-heroes, smartass outlaws, and oddball villains to comic shops on March 27, 2019. Gwenn (Ladies Night Anthology: Eat It Up, Hellraiser Bestiary) and Dow Smith (Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, X-Files) are joined by colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick (Bedtime Games, Bitch Planet) and letterer Frank Cvetkovic (Artful Daggers, The Hero Code).

Cursed at birth, Charlene “Chuck” Manchester hires out her own bad luck, providing disaster where someone else can profit. She can get you that insurance payout fortune—for a price. But bad luck doesn’t always go as planned, an​d when Chuck gets stuck between a dissatisfied crime boss client​, a cult leader, ​and a dogged insurance-fraud investigator, things get…explosive. Everything that could go wrong does—and only about half of it by accident. She’ll need more than a rabbit’s foot to get through this.

Bad Luck Chuck #1 (of four) goes on sale March 27, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

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Your First Look at ADVENTURE TIME: MARCY & SIMON #1 by Olivia Olson and Slimm Fabert

First Comics News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 23:59

Discover The Future of Your Favorite Vampire Queen & Former Ice King in January 2019 

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 13, 2018) – BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network today revealed a captivating first look at ADVENTURE TIME™: MARCY & SIMON #1 (of 6), the start of an all-new limited series in January 2019. Writer Olivia Olson (voice of Marceline on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time™) and artist Slimm Fabert (Adventure Time™ comic series) unveil the exciting official comic book continuation of the Emmy® Award-winning Cartoon Network animated series by revealing what’s next for the reformed Ice King and Vampire Queen Marceline in comic book form.

Marcy and Simon’s friendship has endured over 900 years and through bouts of insanity and amnesia. After the events of Adventure Time™ Season 10, we get to see the Vampire Queen and former Ice King rediscover themselves and their ever-evolving relationship as they tour the Land of Ooo in order to make amends for Simon’s past misdeeds. But the transition from evil Ice King to gentle Simon isn’t without its consequences, and Marcy will have to face her greatest fear once again: losing Simon.

A modern day fable, the Emmy® Award–winning animated series Adventure Time™ has become a global success since its premiere in 2010, attracting adult and kid viewers in their millions over the course of 10 seasons. It follows unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants. The best of friends, our heroes always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades. Finn, a silly kid with an awesome hat and Jake, a brassy dog with a big kind heart, depend on each other through thick and thin. Adventure Time™ is created by Pendleton Ward and produced at Cartoon Network Studios.

BOOM! Studios has been publishing the New York Times bestselling Adventure Time™ comic books and graphic novels through their KaBOOM! imprint for middle grade readers since 2012 and been honored with Eisner, Harvey, and Diamond Gem Awards for the series.

ADVENTURE TIME™: MARCY & SIMON #1 is Olson’s third writing contribution to the expanded literary world of the eponymous franchise, previously collaborating with her father Martin Olson (the voice of Hunson Abadeer) on The Adventure Time™ Encyclopedia. The two also co-authored Adventure Time™: The Enchiridion & Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook, written from a first person perspective through Marceline’s diary entries about when she and Simon first met. Both Adventure Time™ books, published in partnership between Abrams and Cartoon Network, are available now everywhere books are sold.

ADVENTURE TIME™: MARCY & SIMON #1 features a main cover by Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance), along with variant covers by Lisa Dubois (Rugrats), Sofie Drozdova (Regular Show) and Ashley Morales.

ADVENTURE TIME™: MARCY & SIMON is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Over The Garden Wall, Regular Show, Steven Universe, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and  Brianne Drouhard, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt, Ruinworld by Derek Laufman, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

Print copies of ADVENTURE TIME™: MARCY & SIMON #1 will be available on January 16th, 2019 at local comic book shops (use to find the one nearest you), or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on ADVENTURE TIME™: MARCY & SIMON and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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