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Disney’s DuckTales and Tangled: The Series Comic Books Coming This Summer

First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 19:08

IDW Publishing Will Launch Comic Stories Based on the Animated Series

San Diego, CA (April 18, 2017) – Disney fans rejoice! DuckTales and Tangled: The Series are Disney’s latest animated TV series to make the leap from the small screen to the printed page with brand-new comics from IDW Publishing, in collaboration with Disney Licensed Publishing, an imprint of Disney Book Group, LLC.

First, DuckTales (woo-oo) returns! Featuring familiar favorite characters like Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck, plus Huey, Dewey and Louie, this comic series will be modeled after the highly anticipated new animated series coming this summer, which has already been picked up for a second season in advance of its premiere. Their comic book tales will kick-off in a #0 issue this July for $3.99, providing the perfect jumping on point for both longtime fans and newcomers. Chances are, you’re already humming along to the catchy theme song as you read this!

This August, Tangled: The Series debuts as an original graphic novel collection titled ‘Adventure is Calling.’ In the novel, Rapunzel will embark on exciting new adventures with Eugene (FKA Flynn Rider), Pascal, Maximus, and her new friend Cassandra in a special adaptation of the series. The collection will feature 72 pages for $9.99, available everywhere comics are sold.
IDW Group Editor Sarah Gaydos said “We’re extremely excited to expand IDW’s relationship with Disney. There’s a lot of buzz surrounding both of these new animated series and we aim to live up to, and exceed, fan expectations.”

IDW’s history of publishing quality Disney Comics has been well established with such core titles as Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge, and more, paving the way for DuckTales and Tangled: The Series to become your next favorite Disney Comic. This summer, Disney begins a new chapter in comics with IDW Publishing!

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Marty’s Kickstarter Pick … The North Shield: A City Under Siege Volume 1

First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 19:06

A little while ago I profiled a Kickstarter for a new Canadian comic book from William Byrne called The North Shield. While that Kickstarter was unsuccessful William’s passion for the project didn’t diminish one iota. So what’s a comic creator supposed to do? Regroup, rethink and relaunch. And that is exactly what William did. Different goals, some modified rewards, more progress on the comic and the launch of an “All-New” Kickstarter campaign. So please find below parts of my original interview with William discussing his creation and a link at the bottom to the new campaign.

The North Shield Vol1 Cover

“The North Shield is Canada’s newest superhero, an ex-Newfoundlander who lives in Toronto. For this superhero trouble is a way of life.” I’ve bumped into William Byrne online here and there so I asked if he wanted to have a chat about his Kickstarter project.

Martin Boruta: William, glad you had the time to talk with me about your Kickstarter. Beyond the opening paragraph of your Kickstarter page, who is The North Shield?

William Byrne: Happy to oblige Marty, North Shield is Phillip Mackenzie from Twillingate, Newfoundland. A small fishing town on the east coast of Newfoundland up here in Canada. Phillip grew up as a boy genius with a love of reading comics and wanting to be a comic book hero after a fall he had.

Marty: Has Phillip appeared in anything before?

William: He appeared as Captain Spider back in the 90’s. I had an artist from Hamilton, Ron Gravelle illustrate the comic but he quit working on the project just prior to it being completed. I managed to print a limited 200 copy run of an ash can with about 10-20 pages from the story. Later on I worked with another artist in Montreal and we completed the origin issue with colour and a second issue. We had some creative differences and parted ways and he tried to publish the origin without my permission. I was able stop him from publishing the comic without me through the legal system.

Marty: What are the origins of the concept?

The North Shield Sketch

William: I was inspired by Captain Canuck when it first came out in 1975. I had picked up issue 3 and having never seen a Canadian comic before I wanted to create my own. In total I created about four superheroes which I’m currently working on reintroducing. When I first wrote the story of Phillip Mackenzie he was Canadian but had no roots to any province. With Ron Gravelle he was just a scientist who worked in a generic lab in Toronto.

Marty: The North Shield is a Canadian from Newfoundland. Why was that important to have your character’s roots Canadian in general and from Newfoundland specifically?

William: My father is from Newfoundland from a small island called Bell Island located off the Avalon Peninsula. We lived there and in a few different towns when I was young. From the age of seven to ten we stayed in Cambridge (Preston) and then moved back to Newfoundland. In the last 5-10 years I wanted to get back in to writing comics and I still believed my original origin story would stand today. I just needed to tweak it a bit. I was watching a Canadian TV show called the Republic of Doyle and seeing the success of the show inspired me to put my heritage into the main character.

Marty: Does the action in the story happen in Newfoundland or elsewhere?

William: No the story takes place in Toronto, Ontario. I live near Toronto in Cambridge and I thought I could have fun with the Newfoundland dialect and the humorous situations that can arise from that. I also thought the threats in a major metropolitan city would be greater and more dangerous. I am working on a story where he travels home and we meet his parents, friends and a marriage of the hero to his lifelong love Shannon Doyle.

Marty: You sound proud of Canadian comics and seem to be a big supporter of Canadian comics. Anything in particular that you really are passionate about in terms of Canadian comics? Anything you’d like to see out of the future Canadian Indie/Comic publishing scene?

William: Yes I’m proud of Canadian comics and a big supporter of them. I try to buy any new ones when I can find them. I would love to see the industry grow beyond what is now.

The North Shield Interior Page

Marty: How about you personally? What got you into reading comics? Favourites? Passions?

William: I grew up watching The Adventures of Superman and the Spider-Man cartoons and I have a cousin in Newfoundland who was heavily into Marvel Comics. I’m sure it was his fault that I got into reading comics … lol. I don’t remember my first comic book and every time we moved to a new place to live my Mom would throw them out. I would say my favorite would be Superman and Batman before the New 52 and of course, Captain Canuck #3 (1975).

Marty: What gave you the spark to write the story and create the character?

William: When I saw Captain Canuck issue 3 I saw that it was possible to publish a Canadian comic book in this American comic book dominated market. At the time there was a live action Spider-Man and Incredible Hulk on TV and the town in Cambridge we moved to had a variety store called Lou’s Variety just a few blocks from the house. Lou had a great selection of comics and magazines and I was reading everything comic related that I could get my hands on.

Marty: Can you give me some details and thoughts on the creators you have involved in the project?

William: Marvin Law is working on the art, he’s a fantastic artist. I meet him over a year ago at the Silver Snail in Toronto where he had a table showing his artwork. I had just got back from a disappointing appointment with another artist for drawing the book and I went over and talked to him for about a half hour or more and felt he was the right one for The North Shield.

Marty: Thanks again William for this and I hope all our readers will take a moment to check out your Kickstarter at the following link.

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Fear the Walking Dead Season 3

First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 16:25

– Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 3, Key Art – Photo Credit: AMC

“Fear the Walking Dead” Season 3, which returns on Sunday, June 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, with two back-to-back episodes. The art which features Nick Clark (Frank Dillane), and tagline “Fear What You Become,” work together to represent the idea that the person you become in the new world is more brutal, savage and heartless; and capable of things that were unimaginable before the dead began to walk.

As “Fear the Walking Dead” returns for season three, our families will be brought together in the vibrant and violent region formerly known as the U.S.-Mexico border.  International lines done away with following the world’s end, our characters must attempt to rebuild not only society, but family as well.  Madison has reconnected with Travis, her apocalyptic partner, but Alicia has been fractured by her murder of Andres.  Madison’s son is only a few miles from his mother, but Nick’s first action as a leader saw him and Luciana ambushed by an American militia group – the couple escaped death, Luciana was shot, and Nick no longer feels immortal.  Recovering both emotionally and physically, Strand has his sights set on harnessing the new world’s currency, and Ofelia’s captivity will test her ability to survive and see if she can muster the savagery of her father.

The series is executive produced by showrunner Dave Erickson, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert and stars Kim Dickens as Madison, Cliff Curtis as Travis, Frank Dillane as Nick, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia, Mercedes Mason as Ofelia, Colman Domingo as Strand and Danay Garcia as Luciana.  Joining the cast as series regulars for season three are Dayton Callie (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Deadwood”), Daniel Sharman (“The Originals,” “Teen Wolf”) and Sam Underwood (“The Following”), who will play the Otto family, founders of a survivalist organization who prepared for the fall of democracy, but didn’t anticipate the rise of the dead, as well as Lisandra Tena (“Chicago P.D.”) as Lola Guerrero.

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ARCHIE #19 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 16:20

With Veronica Lodge back in town, everyone’s vying for her hand–from Archie to Toni to Reggie Mantle! Romance runs deep in Riverdale this issue!
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Emanuela Lupacchino, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 4/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 16:20

With the Pussycats arrested for plagiarism, Alexander Cabot is determined to put the band on trial! The girls are shipped to the Cabot family’s sovereign patch of Antarctica, where the Cabots’ word is law! How will the girls get out of this one? (Spoilers: Probably friendship.)
Script: Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Michael Allred with Laura Allred, Ben Caldwell
On Sale Date: 4/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Andy Diggle Writes a Dynamite James Bond Adventure

First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 04:14

Andy Diggle — the British writer who redefined Green Arrow at DC Comics, thrilled readers with an impressive Daredevil run at Marvel, and scripted the critically acclaimed James Bond: Hammerhead — has reteamed with Hammerhead artist Luca Casalanguida to bring fans the next chapter in the James Bond series, entitled Kill Chain. The latest tale of international intrigue and espionage will launch in July, and feature six issues that will run through the end of 2017.

When a counterespionage operation in Rotterdam goes catastrophically wrong, James Bond finds himself in the crosshairs of a plot to smash NATO. Someone is assassinating allied agents, and 007 is the next target in the kill chain. Having kept the peace for decades, the old alliance is collapsing, pitting MI6 against its former ally – the CIA!

Writer Andy Diggle says, “I’m thrilled to be assigning James Bond his next mission. His exploits have been an inspiration from my earliest years, and Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. have proved to be the perfect creative partners.”

Regarding the context of the new series, Diggle says, “The decision to update the stoic Bond of Ian Fleming’s original novels from the moral certainties of the 1950s to our shifting, complex, present-day world was inspired – and inspiring. We live in treacherous times, and James Bond is the hero we need to navigate them. I have many more stories to tell, and I’m having the time of my life telling them. Working with Luca Casalanguida on James Bond: Hammerhead was one of the most creatively satisfying and enjoyable collaborations of my career, and his art for Kill Chain raises the bar even higher. Greg Smallwood’s stunning covers perfectly capture the blend of suave and brutality that has made Bond one of the century’s most enduring icons. Ably backed up by Chris Blythe on colors and Simon Bowland on lettering, we have the perfect tight-knit team to continue bringing you the exploits of the world’s greatest secret agent.”

Artist Luca Casalanguida says, “Andy is fantastic to work with. While partnering on 007, we were able to establish a great working relationship that I believe comes across in the work. Andy is doing an excellent job transporting the world of Bond in to comics. I think Bond fans will find a lot of what they like here.”

“Andy Diggle is one of the best,” Dynamite Entertainment Executive Editor Joseph Rybandt added. “Andy Diggle on Bond is some of the best writing he’s ever done, and amongst the best Bond adventures in any medium.”

In 2014, Dynamite Entertainment made headlines across the comics industry and beyond with the news that the New Jersey publisher had secured the license from Ian Fleming Publications Ltd to produce the first James Bond comics in 20 years. The first series, written by Transmetropolitan writer Warren Ellis, launched the following year to widespread critical acclaim, and was a breakout success in the comics specialty market. Subsequent James Bond story lines include Diggle and Casalanguida’s Hammerhead, James Robinson and Aaron Campbell’s Felix Leiter, Benjamin Percy and Rapha Lobosco’s Black Box, and Kieron Gillen and Antonio Fuso’s Service.

The debut issue of James Bond: Kill Chain features a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of choice! The cover artwork features the talents of Greg Smallwood (Archie, Moon Knight), interior artist Luca Casalanguida’s, and Juan Doe (Guardians of the Galaxy) respectively. Limited variant editions in “Black & White” and “Virgin Art” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds.

James Bond: Kill Chain #1 will be solicited in the May 2017 PREVIEWS catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in July. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers. James Bond: Kill Chain will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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Dynamite Announces ‘Centipede’, The Latest in Their Atari Comics

First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 04:13

Dynamite Entertainment continues its partnership with Atari®, one of the world’s most recognized producers of interactive entertainment, to create a new comics line based on beloved Atari® video game titles. The two entertainment juggernauts are pleased to announce that Centipede will join the recently released Swordquest as the latest title in the retrogaming series. Launching in July, Centipede #1 will bring a tale of survival and vengeance to comic book and gaming fans everywhere, courtesy of writer Max Bemis (Worst X-Man Ever, Foolkiller) and artist Eoin Marron (Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original).

Sci-Fi, horror, and action collide in a comic for fans of Aliens, The Thing, and Predator. When a terrifying creature from beyond the stars attacks his planet, protagonist Dale’s journey begins, but he is not out to save his world; its already much too late for that. As the lone survivor, the only thing Dale wants is revenge.

Writer Max Bemis says, “I’m honored to be a part of bringing Centipede to life and to be allowed to do it in a somewhat less than conventional and dangerous way. Expect many mushrooms.”

Artist Eoin Marron says, “My favorite aspect of working on Centipede: Game Over is being able to take the core concept and expand on it in a way the original couldn’t at the time. That means developing a whole new world – one that’s similar to ours but not quite – and tearing it all down again from the very first issue. So, if you like your post-apocalyptic, last-man-on-Earth scenarios to be dripping with a tongue-in-cheek self-awareness and dry sense of humor, you’re going dig what we’re doing on this.”

“When Dynamite announced the launch of the Atari comic line, fans widely shared their excitement across social media, reminiscing over their fondest memories of hours spent in the Arcade and in front of their favorite Atari games,” says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. “With the addition of Centipede to our Atari line, we’ll be able to bring that same excitement to the die-hard fans that worked hard to bring down the evilest of insects! And thanks to the massive success of Atari’s Flashback console, an entirely new generation will be able to enjoy both their catalogue of groundbreaking games, as well as the complementary comic series!”

The debut issue of Centipede features a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of choice. The cover artwork features the talents of Francesco Francavilla (Detective Comics, Zorro, Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpse-Makers), interior artist Eoin Marron, and Dan Schkade (Will Eisner’s The Spirit). A special classic game art cover will also be available. Limited variant editions in “Black & White,” “Homage,” and “Virgin Art” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds. Fans will also be excited by the Classic Atari mini-comic incentive, a remastered reissue of the whimsical 32-page mini-comic (measuring 5″ x 7.75″) which was originally packaged with the Atari cartridge of its namesake.

Centipede #1 will be solicited in the May 2017 PREVIEWS catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in July. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers.

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New ‘Green Hornet ’66 Meets The Spirit’ Series Coming From Dynamite

First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 04:13

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that classic television’s incarnation of The Green Hornet is set to make his return with an unexpected new partner in the pulp character’s latest cross-over mini-series, The Green Hornet ’66 Meets The Spirit, featuring revered comic writer/artist Will Eisner’s famous two-fisted crimefighter. Written by Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong, Cowboys and Aliens), with art by Bob Q (Kings Quest), The Green Hornet ’66 Meets The Spirit #1 arrives in stores this July!

The Green Hornet is back and on the case! With his aide Kato and their rolling arsenal, The Black Beauty, by his side, The Green Hornet is ready to face the toughest of challenges! On police records a wanted criminal, The Green Hornet is secretly Britt Reid, owner/publisher of The Daily Sentinel. Reid and Kato have traveled to Central City to participate in the futuristic World’s Fair, and to get the skinny on the new and potentially dangerous “Newspaper of Tomorrow”, a device capable of predicting headlines before events happen.

Writer Fred Van Lente says, “I’m very excited to link these two iconic characters. The Spirit has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid, and the opportunity to pair Will Eisner’s legendary creation with a character that has an actual year in its name allowed me to age The Spirit cast fourteen years forward. In our world, the Spirit hasn’t been seen since 1952 (the year the strip ended) but suddenly this new guy has appeared in the mask and hat — one who will look pretty familiar to longtime fans. Who is this guy, and why has he returned? This is the mystery Green Hornet and Kato must solve.”

Fred Van Lente is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning writer of comics like Dynamite’s The Mocking Dead and Magnus: Robot FighterArcher & Armstrong (Harvey Award nominee, Best Series), Action Philosophers! (American Library Association Best Graphic Novel for Teens), and Cowboys & Aliens (with Andrew Foley), the basis for the feature film.

Artist Bob Q says, “I’m incredibly excited to be working with Fred Van Lente who has written a script that’s fun all the way through. Artistically, my plan is to capture that spirit as best I can with a series of ham-handed pencil and brush strokes. What I’m really striving for, though, is to shake up masked-vigilante fashion. It’s time to trade in spandex onesies, capes, and pouched belts and get back to some nicely tailored suits and fedoras. If you’re going to fight crime, do it with some class.”

The Green Hornet and Will Eisner’s The Spirit have been incredibly successful properties for us, thanks to these characters’ dedicated and eternal fan base,” says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. “We’re thrilled that after many decades in print, the characters are still able to resonate with fans – both old and new – across the globe, and now courtesy of a titanic team-up of their trademark trench coats!”

The debut issue of The Green Hornet ’66 Meets the Spirit features a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of choice! The cover artwork features the talents of the award-winning husband and wife team, Mike and Laura Allred (Batman ’66X-Force, iZombie), Ty Templeton (Batman 66, The Simpsons) and Javier Pulido (The Amazing Spiderman, Robin: Year One), respectively. Limited variant editions in “Black & White” and “Virgin Art” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds.

The Green Hornet ’66 Meets the Spirit #1 will be solicited in the May 2017 PREVIEWS catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in July. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers.

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Kyle Higgins and Joe Gentile Bring Back Justice, Inc.: The Avenger

First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 04:02

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Justice, Inc.: The Avenger is set to return in a brand-new six-issue mini-series, Faces of Justice, courtesy of co-writers Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Magnus) and Joe Gentile (Zorro, The Green Hornet), and artist Alexandre Shibao (Independence Day). With the debut issue set for release in July, Justice Inc.: The Avenger – Faces of Justice will serve-up a scorching good read for fans to add to their summer reading list.

When the FBI discovers evidence that incriminates Richard Benson in a brutal murder, the Avenger finds himself arrested and subjected to an intense investigation by the Bureau’s best agents! Now the Justice, Inc. team must spring into action to save their leader, and discover if there’s a sinister plot at play; or could the Avenger actually be guilty of such a heinous crime?

Writer Kyle Higgins says, “The Avenger is one of those great, classic pulp characters who has both an incredibly rich history as well as a long list of modern superheroes who owe their creative inspiration to him. I love pulp, noir, and superheroes, so when Dynamite asked if I’d have any interest in telling a new Avenger story, it was a pretty easy sell for me. I’ve known Joe Gentile for as long as I’ve been reading comics. In fact, it was his publishing company, Moonstone Books, that first introduced me to how comics are made, and ultimately set me on the path to becoming a writer. Joe and I have wanted to do something together for years, so when Dynamite called and asked if I’d have any interest in telling a story with The Avenger, the first person I thought of was Joe. Justice Inc. and The Avenger are some of his all-time favorite characters, and I could think of no one better to build a bad-ass pulp story with.”

Higgins is a #1 New York Times Best Selling author whose past work includes Nightwing, Batman Eternal, Gates of Gotham, and Batman Beyond 2.0. After spending two years at the University of Iowa, Kyle transferred to Chapman University, where he directed a superhero noir titled The League, about the 1960’s superhero labor union of Chicago. In addition to opening doors at Marvel and DC Comics, the film served as a creative launch point for Kyle’s 2014 Image Comics series, C.O.W.L.  At present, Kyle is writing the critically acclaimed series Hadrian’s Wall at Image, plus the #1 selling monthly title in Boom Studios history, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Writer Joe Gentile says, “The Avenger has always appealed to me because, while his whole reason to fight crime centers on the loss of his wife and daughter, the incident was mainly his fault. Finding peace with that has been such a challenge for him, and really permeates everything he does with Justice Inc. Physically, he isn’t built like Superman. As a matter of fact, he’s fairly-average sized. But when he walks into a room, his energy commands respect and turns heads. Who doesn’t want some of that?”

Gentile has written and edited comics and prose for Zorro, The Green Hornet, Kolchak the Night Stalker, Buckaroo Banzai, The Spider, and many more. Currently he is working on a steampunk novella while teaching bass guitar.

“We’re lucky to have a talented crew like Kyle Higgins, Joe Gentile, and Alexandre Shibao on this book,” Dynamite Entertainment Senior Editor Matt Idelson added. “The story they’ve put together is full of everything you’d want from an Avenger series: clever villains, complex mysteries, brilliant investigative work, courage in the face of long odds – and of course, death-defying feats of bravery – but it’s also more than just that. The scenario they’ve created is one that will challenge all the principles that the Avenger and his team of stalwart allies stand for, and all I’m going to say is, it’s a lot more complicated than you might think.”

The debut issue of Justice Inc.: The Avenger – Faces of Justice features several cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of choice! The cover artwork features the talents of Tom Mandrake (Batman, New Mutants) and Alexandre Shibao (Batman/Superman), respectively. Limited variant editions in “Black & White” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds.

The Avenger originally debuted in September 1939 as the lead character in an eponymous pulp magazine, published by Street and Smith Publications. Writer Paul Ernst is credited with creating many of the earliest Avenger tales (published under the house writer pseudonym “Kenneth Robeson”), blending the qualities of contemporary pulp heroes like Doc Savage and The Shadow, as well as his own creations that included Seekay, The Wraith, Dick Bullitt, Old Stone Face, the Gray Marauder, and Karlu the Mystic. The Avenger appeared in numerous prose novels, radio programs, and comic books throughout the decades, most recently in Dynamite Entertainment’s 2014 revival of the Justice, Inc. series written by acclaimed author Michael Uslan and illustrated by Giovanni Timpano.

Justice Inc.: The Avenger – Faces of Justice #1 will be solicited in the May 2017 PREVIEWS catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in July. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers.

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First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 03:35

Rick Remender’s Genre-Bending “New York Times” Bestseller Soon Available in a Deluxe Oversized Format

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (April 17, 2017)—Originally published by Dark Horse in 2008, The End League was a smash success and a New York Times bestseller! Dark Horse is proud to give this beloved series a superhero treatment befitting its legendary creative team with a deluxe oversized-format edition.

The End League Library Edition collects all nine issues (two volumes) of the series. The End League follows the last remaining superheroes on a devastated Earth as they embark on a desperate quest to find the one artifact that can save humanity—the Hammer of Thor. Superstar writer Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Tokyo Ghost) is joined by comics legends Mat Broome (X-Men, Batman) and Eric Canete (Iron Man, Martian Manhunter) on a perilous journey to save the world!

The End League Library Edition goes on sale September 20, 2017.

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Greatest Adventure #1

First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 03:03
Greatest Adventure #1 writer: Bill Willingham artist: Cezar Razek covers: Cary Nord (a), Rags Morales (b), Roberto Castro (c) incentive cover: Roberto Castro (B/W art), Rags Morales (B/W art), Cary Nord (B/W art), Rags Morales (“virgin art”),  Cary Nord (“virgin art”) Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice! FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+  In ancient days, Jason gathered the greatest heroes of his age and set out on the ultimate sea voyage. Now, in Tarzan’s era, Jason Gridley does the same. The greatest heroes of the Edgar Rice Burroughs universe come together as the crew of the good ship Venture, with none other than Tarzan as their captain. It’s a race this time, against a battleship of dark hearted villains, and the fate of many worlds hangs in the balance.

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Red Sonja #4 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 03:03
Red Sonja #4 writer: Amy Chu artist: Carlos Gomez covers: Mike McKone (a) Jonboy Meyers (b) Cosplay Photo Variant (c) Jason Meents “Funko Variant” (d) subscription cover: Mel Rubi (e) incentive covers:  Cosplay Photo Variant (“virgin art”) Mike McKone (B/W art) Mel Rubi  (B/W art) Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice! FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+  Deep in the heart of New York City, it’s a showdown between Sonja and the megalomaniac Kulan Gath and his rabid followers. When Max’s secret past is revealed, Sonja must decide between pursuing her revenge and the fate of her new friend.

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KISS: The Demon #4 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 03:01
KISS: The Demon #4 writer: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham artist: Eman Casallos covers: Kyle Strahm (a) Tom Mandrake (b) Michael Adams 8-bit cover (c) Photo Variant (d) incentive covers:  Kyle Strahm (B/W art) Tom Mandrake (B/W art) Kyle Strahm (“virgin art”) Order the cover of your choice! FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+  Sam Blackwell battles his own demon while taking over the world. Milo and Kimi try to figure out how to save it. The suspenseful conclusion to the ongoing KISS series prequel.

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James Bond: Felix Leiter #4 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 03:00
James Bond: Felix Leiter #4 writer: James Robinson artist: Aaron Campbell cover: Mike Perkins incentive cover: Mike Perkins (B/W art) FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+  In the aftermath of a major terrorist attack in Tokyo by an Aum Shinrikyo-like cult, Felix Leiter finds himself unwittingly drawn into the investigation. And under the oversight of Tiger Tanaka—the Japanese James Bond—and with a squad of Tanaka’s elite operatives, Leiter himself helps to bring down the cult’s leader! But now it’s up to Leiter and Tanaka to work desperately against the clock: they must discover the secret of the cultist’s deadly bio-weapon – especially if they’re going to try and avert another terrorist attack!

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SOULFIRE #2 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 02:52

SOULFIRE #2 (vol 6)

JT Krul – Story / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art / Wes Hartman – Colors


Aspen’s premiere action-adventure fantasy epic returns in this all new jumping-on point for new readers!


Malikai has come to enjoy his life in the spotlight. Being the ward of a powerful titan of industry like Rainier will have that effect. But, something else is stirring in the air – some strange and unlikely forces are being drawn to him. Are they friends? Enemies? Both? As his true destiny comes knocking on the door, will Malikai be prepared to handle the truth about the universe and his place in it?


Nearly fifteen of the best-selling series created by superstar artist, the late Michael Turner, have culminated in this brand-new SOULFIRE adventure by Aspen’s talented creative team! Please join writer JT Krul, artist Giuseppe Cafaro, and colorist Wes Hartman as they bring readers back to the magic, myth, and everything you loved about SOULFIRE!



SOULFIRE #2 is in stores April 19th, 2017!

FC                               32 pages                                 $3.99

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Classic Archie is back with a twist: YOUR PAL ARCHIE launches in July from Parent, Templeton

First Comics News - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 16:29

Legendary artist celebrates 30 years with Archie by reinterpreting beloved look


Classic Archie is back with a fun twist in YOUR PAL ARCHIE, a new all-ages comic book series launching in July from artist Dan Parent and writer/inker Ty Templeton.

Parent, in his 30th year drawing Archie and the gang, continues his legendary run at the company with a tweak on the hugely popular Archie look, keeping his iconic style fresh and vibrant.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to be drawing in the classic style for so long, that I eventually formed my own style based on the Dan DeCarlo/Bob Montana model,” said series artist Dan Parent.

“In addition to drawing lots of classic Archie stories for the digests, I’ve been working on the digital first series LIFE WITH KEVIN, starring Kevin Keller. I had a feeling a classic monthly title might come back into the fold. So here it is!”

Parent’s artwork will be influenced from the styles and fashion of The CW’s hit new RIVERDALE TV series, but will remain familiar for fans of the classic style.

“The influence from the show is more of a fashion makeover for me. I’ve changed the hairstyles a bit, and the clothes. And the faces are a little more detailed, but the line work is still the simple classic lines I’ve always used.”

Comics mainstay Ty Templeton will be making his Archie Comics debut with YOUR PAL ARCHIE, joining Parent as the series writer and inker.

“This made me a hero to my children,” said Templeton. “I consider it an honor to write Archie’s latest adventures and a big responsibility that I take very seriously until I remember that it’s my job to dump Archie in a bucket of squid now and then or it won’t be fun.

Speaking of fun, I get to work with the legendary Dan Parent! He’s given the characters a new updated look, but they still feel like group we’ve all grown up with. I could not be happier for this opportunity and I hope the fans are as happy with the result.”

Victor Gorelick, Archie Comics Co-President/Editor-in-Chief, will edit the new series. Gorelick, whose tenure at Archie Comics will hit 60 years toward the end of 2017, is excited to be working on the new series.

“Archie and I have been real close pals since October 6, 1958. That’s when I started working at Archie Comics. My goal is to make Archie your pal, too. Your Pal Archie will have stories filled with humor. The kind of stories that have, over the last 75 years, made Archie an American icon,” said Gorelick.

“I have two of the most talented people in the industry, Dan Parent, who has been writing and drawing Betty & Veronica, Archie and Jughead stories for almost 30 years and Ty Templeton, who is new to Archie. He’s a terrific writer and artist. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

YOUR PAL ARCHIE launches on July 26 in comic book stores and digital platforms. Issues #1-5 will feature a special connecting variant cover by artist Les McClaine that forms a giant image of Pop’s Chock’lit Shop featuring Archie Comics’ most beloved characters!

Classic-style Archie makes his return in this ALL-NEW, ALL-AGES comic from Ty Templeton and Dan Parent! Issue 1 features one of five connecting variant covers by Les McClaine. Collect them all to create one giant image of Pop’s Chock’lit Shop!

Script: Ty Templeton
Art: Dan Parent, Ty Templeton, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover: Les McClaine
On Sale Date: 7/26
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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IDW Makes Its First Appearance At C2E2

First Comics News - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 15:41

Join us in the windy city for special signings and exciting panels!

San Diego, CA (April 17th, 2017) – This weekend from April 21st to April 23rd join IDW at McCormick Place in Chicago for the annual fan-favorite convention, C2E2! Marking the first year of exhibiting at the show IDW is bringing big names and special surprises to the fans in Chicago including cast and crew from the hit SyFy TV show Wynonna Earp. Located at Booth #609, IDW can be found all weekend long stocked with must-have books and signings that you won’t want to miss!

Make the IDW booth  your first stop on the show floor and get our newest convention variants and a deluxe Wynonna Earp pack including signed comics, digital download codes, and more!

  • My Little Pony #53 Sara Richard Variant – $5 each
  • Wynonna Earp “Deluxe Pack” of comics – $25 each

Mark your calendars with our signing schedule now so you don’t miss any of the action!

Friday April 21st

12:00 – 1:00 Aw Yeah Revolution! – Art Baltazar
1:00 – 2:00 The Wind in The Willows David Petersen
2:00 – 3:00 Helena CrashFabian Rangel Jr.
2:00 – 3:00 Yakuza Demon KillersAmit Chauhan, Eli Powell
3:00 – 4:00 The X-Files Deviations Amy Chu
4:00 – 5:00 America’s Best Comics Artist’s Edition – Chris Sprouse
5:00 – 7:00 Wynonna Earp Shamier Anderson, Emily Andras, Tim Rozon,
                   Varun Saranga, Brendon Yorke
                  (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)

Saturday April 22nd

11:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles UniversePaul Allor
12:00 – 1:00 Wynonna Earp Tim Rozon, Varun Saranga
                     (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
1:00 – 2:00 Aw Yeah Revolution Art Baltazar
1:00 – 2:00 MicronautsCullen Bunn
2:00 – 3:00 GhostbustersErik Burnham
3:00 – 4:00 Atomic Robo Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener
4:00 – 5:00 Jem and the Holograms Gisele Lagace, Jason Millet, Sara Richard
5:00 – 6:00 Star Trek Donny Cates, Marc Laming
6:00 – 7:00 Helena Crash Fabian Rangel Jr.

Sunday April 23rd

11:00 – 12:00 My Little Pony – Sara Richard
                      (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
12:00 – 1:00 Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham
1:00 – 2:00 Jem and the Holograms Gisele Lagace, Jason Millet
2:00 – 3:00 Edward Scissorhands Kate Leth, Drew Rausch
3:00 – 4:00 Love is LoveJason Aaron, Steve Orlando

Additionally, we’ve teamed up with the CBLDF to host two special signings for the very special anthology collection, Love is Love on Friday, April 21st. Head to booth #409 to grab a copy and get it signed!

Friday 3pm – 4pm, featuring Jason AaronJonathan Hickman, Jason Latour
Friday 4pm – 5pm, featuring Matt Wagner

All that, and be sure to come by our panels throughout the weekend to hear all of the biggest news first!

Title: IDW Entertainment Spotlight On: Wynonna Earp
Description: Find out the what’s in store for the acclaimed SyFy series’ second season straight from the cast and crew!
Date: 4/21/2017
Time: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: S404

Title: The Latest and Greatest from IDW
Description: Join IDW’s Greg Goldstein and Dirk Wood to be among the first to find out about IDW’s next big event! Surprise guests, prizes, and an open Q&A make this one panel you won’t want to miss!
Date: 4/21/2017
Time: 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Location: S405a

Title: Jaws Will Drop, Sides Will Ache… SUPER WEIRD HEROES!
Description: A hilarious multimedia show of the kookiest, kraziest most bizarro leotard-clad bad-guy bashers of the Golden Age! The Hand (a giant hand!), Madam Fatale (an old lady cross dresser!), Kangaroo Man (yes!) and tons more are held up to reverence and ridicule. Based on the best selling book, “Super Weird Heroes”, the stand-up comedy presentation is by the former Creative Director of the Muppets and now editor of IDW/Yoe Books, Craig Yoe.
Date: 4/23/2017
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: S405a

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First Comics News - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:40

Dynamite Entertainment Proudly Announces the Creative Team, Release Date, and Spine-Tingling Premise of the All-New Bettie Page Comic Book Series

April 10, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce that the iconic Pinup Queen Bettie Page, who lit the pop culture world on fire more than sixty years ago, is returning in comic book form courtesy of writer David Avallone (Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire, The Twilight Zone: The Shadow) and artist Colton Worely (The Shadow, Project Superpowers: Blackcross). With the debut issue set for release in July, Bettie Page #1 will bring the heat to fans this summer.

In this latest telling, Ms. Page is more modest than Ms. Blaise, but peels more than Ms. Emma. She out-vamps Vampirella, but she’s sweeter than Honey West. She puts the mod in model, and the bangs in bang-bang. Now the world can know the truth: her classified adventures back in 1951 Hollywood have officially been declassified.

Writer David Avallone says, “Like a lot of people my age, I ‘discovered’ Bettie Page through comics, when Dave Stevens used her to inspire the ingénue starlet of The Rocketeer. She’s such a compelling, iconic figure, with such a fascinating life story, that I was thrilled when Dynamite Senior Editor Joe Rybandt asked me if I could build a comic book mini-series around her. After a lot of research into the life and times of Bettie, I chose to put her in Hollywood at the start of the fifties and the beginning of her modeling career. It’s all fictional, of course, but it’s built on some corners of her real biography, and the real history of the time. I hope I’ve made my fictional Bettie as funny, as sweet, as sharp, as tough, and as delightful as the real one.”

Artist Colton Worely says, “It’s just a fun, kooky story. Fun characters, a crazy story, and oh, hey, it stars Bettie Page. What’s not to like?”

Dynamite Entertainment Executive Editor Joseph Rybandt said of the new project, “Creating a compelling narrative for Bettie Page was a bit of a challenge; we wanted to embrace the setting, the time, and add something extra to it, but weren’t quite sure what. Enter David Avallone who nailed the tone, spirit, and overall adventure we wanted, and which Bettie truly deserves.”

Ms. Page has long been a staple in the comics, dating back to her debut in the 1980’s when Dave Stevens based the Rocketeer’s girlfriend “Betty” on the iconic leading lady. Subsequently, Ms. Page was seen in the anthology series from Black Cat Comics, a limited pinup series, and lastly in Dark Horse’s Bettie Page Comics written and illustrated by Jim Silke.

The debut issue of Bettie Page features a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of choice! The cover artwork features the talents of Terry Dodson (Marvel Knights: Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Uncanny X-Men), interior artist Colton Worley’s, Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn, Harley Quinn), and Scott Chantler (Three Thieves, Two Generals), respectively. Limited variant editions in “Black & White” and “Virgin Art” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds. Fans will also be excited by the limited-edition “Black Bag” edition, reminiscent of the pinup star’s era.

Bettie Page #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ May 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in July. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers. Bettie Page will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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Meet Mortzengersturm in pdf!

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 11:00

The wait is over! Mortzengersturm, The Mad Manticore of the Prismatic Peak for 5e is out today on pdf. The adventure's got eight pregenerated characters (the one's I used in the convention game), about a dozen new(ish) monsters, and a center spread boardgame map!  The digital version contains some exclusive extras: Gus L's map of Yanth Country and a brief gazetteer, and a short excerpt from The Cloud Castle of Azurth.

Go get it!

RICH REVIEWS: Flare # 46

First Comics News - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 17:17

Title: Flare # 46
Publisher: Heroic Publishing
Story by: Lou Mougin
Artwork by: Rob Jones and Larry Farrel
Colors: Ashley Lanni
Letters: Dick O’Malley
Cover Illustration by: Phil Simpson
Flare Created by: Stacy Thain
Price: $ 4.99 US, $ 5.75 Can
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Comments: “Police Story” The art is done in light colors. Flare is drawn so skinny. Her legs are like toothpicks. She is drawn with nice expressions. The Tigress she is drawn beautiful and sexy in the first panel we see her in and then she to is drawn extra skinny and with a huge head. As the comic goes on Flare is drawn more in normal human proportions.
Flare wants to be deputized. She is told no so of course, she does not stop.
Impulse and Planar two villains are drawn wonderfully. The writing sets them up as minor league henchmen. The writer forgets Impulse is the name of one of the villains, not Power Pulse as his employer mistakenly calls him.
The main villain stays a mystery. You are not really given any clue as to who he is.
The story overall is slow. There is little action. What action there is is not all that exciting.
We do see how headstrong Flare is she does get what she wanted from the start.
“Kickin’ Back With Zeus” Mister Madison meet Zeus. These two sit down over drinks to discuss Flare.
The art is pasty. It could use more definition and focus.
Mister Madison a mere mortal stands up to Zeus King of the Gods. He tells him no. You can tell Zeus is so jealous of him. Well, he does have Flare and Zeus does not.
Flare is a wonderful character but in this issue, the characters around her are as much the focus.
The comic is named Flare so make her the focus. Flare is a hero that can carry a comic and shine her light on us all.

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