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BOOM! Studios Announces New “LEGACY EDITION” Format

First Comics News - Sat, 06/30/2018 - 01:21

Top Pop Culture Franchises Collected in New Value Priced Format Beginning in Late 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 28, 2018) – BOOM! Studios today announced the introduction of an all-new LEGACY EDITION softcover format, collecting every issue of the most popular BOOM! Studios series in chronological order and in a newly designed, value priced format for the very first time.

The first LEGACY EDITION softcover collections will arrive in late 2018, beginning with a top-secret, currently unannounced series, and then continue into 2019 with top pop culture franchises including:

SONS OF ANARCHY

Kurt Sutter, the visionary behind Sons of Anarchy, delivers the epic outlaw story of Charming’s most notorious biker gang in this official tie in to the hit television series, collected in this all new format for the first time!

With stories taking place between Seasons 3 and 4, and running parallel to Season 6 of the hit show, writers Christopher Golden (B.P.R.D.) and Ed Brisson (Old Man Logan) and illustrators Damian Couceiro (Iron Fist) and Jesús Hervás (Penny Dreadful) weave tales of SAMCRO attempting to keep the family together, while also staying one step ahead of the law.

  • Sons of Anarchy: Legacy Edition Book One, collecting Sons of Anarchy #1-14, on sale in January 2019

  • Sons of Anarchy: Legacy Edition Book Two, collecting Sons of Anarchy #15-25, on sale in April 2019

  • Sons of Anarchy: Legacy Edition Book Three, collecting Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original #1-12, on-sale in July 2019

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

Legendary director John Carpenter returns with Eric Powell (The Goon) and artist Brian Churilla (Secret History of D.B. Cooper) in the continuing adventures of Jack Burton, taking place mere moments after the ending to the cult-classic film.

Jack Burton, a macho, truck-driving adventurer, finds a stowaway demon hiding on his rig, The Pork Chop Express, but that soon becomes the least of his troubles. He helped his best friend Wang save his fiancée from the clutches of an ancient sorcerer, but now the wedding has been invaded by more evil forces with one thing on their minds—revenge against Jack Burton!

  • Big Trouble in Little China: Legacy Edition Book One, collecting Big Trouble in Little China #1-12, on-sale in June 2019

  • Big Trouble in Little China: Legacy Edition Book Two, collecting Big Trouble in Little China #13-25, on-sale in September 2019

  • Big Trouble in Little China: Legacy Edition Book Three, collecting Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #1-12, on-sale in December 2019

“The new LEGACY EDITION format is an important part of BOOM! Studios continued efforts to bring new readers into the world of comics with value-priced collections that attract readers who might be experiencing comics for the first time,” said Bryce Carlson, VP of Editorial & Creative Strategy. “With true seminal pop culture properties like Sons of Anarchy and Big Trouble in Little China, alongside some top secret franchises you’ll hear about soon, these LEGACY EDITION collections are the perfect place to point the new comic book reader in your life.”

For news on LEGACY EDITION collections and more from BOOM!

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KICK-ASS IS BACK WITH NEW VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK THIS SEPTEMBER

First Comics News - Sat, 06/30/2018 - 01:19

PORTLAND, OR, 06/29/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that the beloved KICK-ASS series is back with an all new story arc and the perfect jumping-on point for new readers this September in KICK-ASS: THE NEW GIRL, VOL. 1 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. This trade paperback will collect issues #1-6 of THE NEW GIRL story arc.

In KICK-ASS: THE NEW GIRL, VOL. 1, Kick-Ass returns readier than ever to wipe out the city’s criminal lowlives, destroy its gangs, and save its communities from decay. But there’s a new face beneath the old mask, a new figure wearing that famous green and yellow spandex. Who is this new vigilante superhero? Who can fill Dave Lizewski’s shoes? WHO IS THE NEW KICK-ASS?

KICK-ASS: THE NEW GIRL, VOL. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0832-9, Diamond Code: JAN188525) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, September 12th and bookstores on Tuesday, September 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book stores is Monday, August 6th.

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Dynamite Entertainment Offers Fan Pre-Orders for new Vampirella #1 Box Set!

First Comics News - Sat, 06/30/2018 - 01:01

Check Out the Great Series by Kristina Deak-Linsner and Joseph Michael Linsner!

June 28th, 2018, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Today, Dynamite Entertainment announces the launch of their latest Kickstarter campaign, benefitting fans of Kristina Deak-Linsner and Joseph Michael Linsner’s recent work on Vampirella, with a limited edition, collectible box set. Joe’s artwork continues to be sought after among fans and Dynamite has heeded their words with a complete collection of his #1 issue!

Following the success of the Vampirella/Dawn crossover event, Vampirella is back with a new, solo series, and Linsner is penciling her from a script written by Kristina Deak-Linsner. To celebrate the series’ upcoming launch, Dynamite is offering all five covers of issue #1, and two exclusive prints (one signed by Linsner), collected inside a high-quality, magnetic-closing box, featuring Linsner’s artwork, inside and out. This box set will have an SRP of $199.99 at retail, but fans can pre-order this box set on Kickstarter between now and June 3rd to get perks and additional add-ons that will only be available to Kickstarter backers.

“I’ve always been attracted to characters who are “bad for good” meaning that at first they may look like villains, but they are really heroes,” says Joe Michael Linsner. “Batman is kind of like that. Vampirella, a genuine vampire, is definitely like that. She lives by consuming blood, but she has a mission. She stands up for the innocents of the world and only drinks the blood of the guilty. Hell, they deserve it. I’m also thrilled being the artist chosen to illustrate the first series written by my talented wife, Kristina Deak-Linsner. Over the years, Kristina has told me many of her ideas for stories. I think it is great that she is finally going to be sharing them with the world.”

When asked about what makes her excited about the project, Kristina Deak-Linsner added, “I wanted to write something that harkens back to the Warren days but with a new twist. I think any reader, whether familiar with Vampirella or not, can dive right into this series and instantly get a feel for what is happening. The setting takes place in Philadelphia (my town) and the historical architecture mixed among a modern landscape has such a great schizophrenic feel. I truly hope everyone enjoys it.”

In addition to Vampirella #1, Kickstarter backers will also be able to pre-order their copy of the 2019 Vampirella poster calendar which features 50 years of historical Vampirella artwork, including a piece by Linsner. This over-sized calendar measures 24.5” X 12” and was designed for art fans who want to appreciate great work in a larger format.

All of these items are extremely limited and may not be available in all comic shops, therefore, fans are encouraged to pledge for their pre-order now, and guarantee delivery, by visiting the Kickstarter campaign at: Kickstarter.com

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SPIDER-GEDDON HAS ARRIVED!

First Comics News - Sat, 06/30/2018 - 00:57

THE REVENGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE!

 

New York, NY—June 29, 2018—Spinning out of the pages of Spider-Man #800, Dan Slott’s epic conclusion to his ten year run delivers you straight into SPIDER-GEDDON #1, where Slott teams with writer Christos Gage and artist Jorge Molina to bring Marvel’s Spider-Heroes together in one of the most epic stories ever!

 

Featuring new villains and old villains, shocking deaths and shocking returns, and all the Spider-Characters you can fit into one larger-than-life tale, this is a Marvel Spider-Event not to be missed!

 

“Spider-Verse took the multitudes of Spider-Characters and put them all on the same stage and we’ve been playing with it ever since,” teased editor Nick Lowe. “SPIDER-GEDDON straps dynamite to that stage and blows it to smithereens. The most dangerous spider-villain ever, Morlun, and his family of INHERITORS were trapped in the perfect prison at the end of SPIDER-VERSE. But like in any super hero story, there’s always a way out and you won’t believe how these Spider-Eaters get out. But they’re out and they want revenge.”

 

“Having had the great pleasure of collaborating with Dan Slott and an all-star array of artists on Spider-Verse, I’m thrilled to be part of SPIDER-GEDDON!” shared writer Christos Gage. “In addition to old favorites, SPIDER-GEDDON will see some new parallel-world Spideys show up…notably the Peter Parker from the world of Marvel’s Spider-Man, the Playstation 4 video game I’ve been working on for the past several years with the great folks at Insomniac Games! Of course, I’d be remiss not to mention how excited I am about once again writing REDACTED, the REDACTED! Is he the hero SPIDER-GEDDON needs…or the biggest threat to our world? Comics should be fun, thrilling, and a little scary. With SPIDER-GEDDON, we’re looking to deliver on all counts.”

Over the next few weeks, keep an eye out for more announcements regarding tie-in titles and other surprises, as Marvel prepares to reveal more about SPIDER-GEDDON!

 

The end of the Spider-Verse is nigh…and the revenge of the Spider-Verse is here in SPIDER-GEDDON!

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Celebrate the Return of the FANTASTIC FOUR with a New Hidden Gem Cover by Joe Quesada!

First Comics News - Sat, 06/30/2018 - 00:55

Dan Slott, Sara Pichelli and Esad Ribic bring you an all-new series this August!

 

New York, NY—June 29, 2018— This August, 57 years to the day of the FANTASTIC FOUR’s original debut, Marvel’s First Family returns as the Fantastic Four make their dramatic homecoming to the Marvel Universe!

 

In celebration of the much-anticipated launch of FANTASTIC FOUR #1, Marvel is excited to reveal a hidden gem variant cover with art from our very own Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, never before seen as a cover!

 

Don’t miss the epic return of Johnny, Ben, Sue, and Reed on August 8th, when FANTASTIC FOUR #1 hits your local comic shop!

FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (JUN180762)

Written by DAN SLOTT

Art by SARA PICHELLI

Covers by ESAD RIBIC

On Sale 8/8/18

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The FANTASTIC FOUR Return! Celebrate with Midnight Releases and Launch Parties!

First Comics News - Sat, 06/30/2018 - 00:53

Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli kick off a new era of fantastic adventures this August!

 

New York, NY—June 29, 2018—This summer, Marvel invites you to celebrate the debut of FANTASTIC FOUR #1, 57 years to the date of the First Family’s original debut! To celebrate this exciting occasion, Marvel will partner with participating retail stores to host FANTASTIC FOUR #1 LAUNCH PARTIES.

 

Retailers can choose to hold their launch parties on Wednesday, 8/8, or they can hold their launch parties during a special midnight release. In addition to exclusive variant covers, free window clings, and a JULY 2018 SPOTLIGHT FREE PREVIEWS issue which will have a preview of FANTASTIC FOUR #1, participating retail stores will receive exciting promotional items.

 

In addition, retailers and readers are advised to be lookout for a nationwide TV spot that will air in prime time the weekend following the release of FANTASTIC FOUR #1 on August 8th!

 

All participating retailers will receive the following incentives as part of the FANTASTIC FOUR #1 LAUNCH PARTY:

 

  • FANTASTIC FOUR LAUNCH PARTY BACKERBOARDS and FANTASTIC FOUR BY ROMITA CLASSIC LAUNCH PARTY PINS (Bundles of 25)

Retailers who choose to opt into the party will also be able to order the following items:

 

  • ADDITIONAL BUNDLES OF 25 FANTASTIC FOUR LAUNCH PARTY BACKERBOARDS (MAY189315 – place orders by 7/16)
  • ADDITIONAL BUNDLES OF 25 ROMITA CLASSIC LAUNCH PARTY PINS (MAY189229 – place orders by 7/16)
  • FANTASTIC FOUR 1 BIANCHI VENOMIZED FF PARTY VARIANT (JUN180777)
  • FANTASTIC FOUR 1 RIBIC PREMIERE VARIANT (JUN180764)

Additional offers celebrating FANTASTIC FOUR #1 are available to retailers and do not require a party opt-in to order:

 

  • FANTASTIC FOUR 2018 BY ALEX ROSS POSTER (MAY181003)
  • FANTASTIC FOUR 2018 BY RIBIC POSTER (MAY181004)
  • FANTASTIC FOUR BY JOHN BYRNE CLASSIC POSTER (MAY180997)
  • FANTASTIC FOUR BY KIRBY CLASSIC POSTER (MAR188169)
  • FANTASTIC FOUR BY PEREZ CLASSIC COVER POSTER (MAY180998)
  • FANTASTIC FOUR BY ROMITA CLASSIC POSTER (MAY180999)

A selection of variant covers are also available to order. In addition, top retailers will receive free FANTASTIC FOUR window clings for use in their store. Retailers can check with Diamond for more information.

 

Retailers are encouraged to check their Marvel Mailer and Diamond Daily for more information about the FANTASTIC FOUR #1 LAUNCH PARTIES and how to opt-in before Monday, 7/16. Don’t miss out on all the new adventures of Johnny, Reed, Sue, and Ben – head to your local comic shop on August 8th, 2018, to get your hands on FANTASTIC FOUR #1!

 

FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (JUN180762)

Written by DAN SLOTT

Art by SARA PICHELLI

Covers by ESAD RIBIC

On Sale 8/8/18

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RICH REVIEWS: Stitched: Love in the Time of Assumption # 2

First Comics News - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 17:16

Title: Stitched: Love in the Time of Assumption # 2
Publisher: Charmz
Story: Mariah McCourt
Art/Cover: Aaron Alexovich
Lettering: Bryan Senka
Color: Drew Rausch
Price: $ 9.99 US, $ 14.99 (HC) US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.papercutz.com
Comments: Crimson and Simon are having a nice swamp picnic. Quinton takes Crimson away to help in the pet cemetery. Are both Quinton and Simon in love with Crimson? A three-way triangle of love and maybe some hate between the two rivals.
The pet cemetery has ghost pets raising up. Crimson has a natural ability to know just what to do.
Crimson is a cute and lovable patchwork girl in a weird place and surrounded by strange creatures. Simon the swamp guy do make a cute couple.
The different monsters are represented here; werewolf, vampire, Frankenstein’s monster, swamp creature, mad scientist, ghosts and more. A menacing fog has invaded the land so what will they do?
Crimson is on a journey of self-discovery. She does not know who she is but wants to. Crimson finds part of what she is searching for and maybe answers to her questions? Only time will tell. She is a mystery waiting to be solved.
The art style shows off these wonderful characters in its own weirdly unique style. All the characters are wonderful to behold yet Crimson still manages to stand out. She is strange yet someone you will just love from the moment you see her.

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THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR RELIVES HER PREVIOUS INCARNATIONS IN TITAN’S NEW COMIC BOOK!

First Comics News - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 16:46

WITNESS THE MANY LIVES OF THE DOCTOR IN THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #0.

London, June 29, 2018 – Titan Comics and BBC Studios are proud to announce Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #0 – The Many Lives Of Doctor Who – a special primer edition, which celebrates the Doctor’s many lives, and leads directly into Titan’s brand-new Thirteenth Doctor comic series – launching this fall in the U.S. and UK.

It’s said that your life flashes before your eyes when you die, and the Doctor’s had many of them! As the Doctor regenerates from his twelfth incarnation to her thirteenth (as played by Jodie Whittaker), she relives unseen adventures from all her past selves from Classic through to New Who.

Hitting stores in September 2018, The Thirteenth Doctor #0 features a stellar cast of Doctor Who comic creators including writer Richard Dinnick and artists Mariano Laclaustra, Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean, Iolanda Zanfardino, Brian Williamson, Claudia Ianniciello and Rachael Stott, the artist of Titan’s new Thirteenth Doctor series!

This special 64-page edition – the first Thirteenth Doctor comic – comes with two covers to collect: an art cover by Claudia Ianniciello and a photo variant by designer Will Brooks – only available in comic shops.

The Thirteenth Doctor #0 is part of Titan Comics’ larger plans for the Thirteenth Doctor, which includes the launch of issue #1 in October and Doctor Who Comics Day on November 24.

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #0 – The Many Lives Of Doctor Who is available at bookstores and comic shops from September, and is available to read on digital devices.

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Weird Revisited: A Conceptual Tour of the Lower Planes

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:00
This was one of the first things I wrote about planes back in April of 2010, when the blog was less than 6 months old. This is more conventional than the views of the lower planes I'd present later, but it contains some ideas I would revisit. I don't like to ever let a good idea go to waste.

In my current campaign setting, I'm working within the bounds of the traditional AD&D "canon," but trying to wring somewhat novel and interesting (at least to me) interpretations from it. One of these elements is the "standard model" of D&D cosmology--what's sometimes called "The Great Wheel."

As portrayed, it's a bit literal and mechanical, which is a shame because at its core its a crazy enough mashup concept to appear in a mimeographed pamphlet left in public places. Bissociation should be the watchword here. Or maybe multissociation? I think the planes can (and should) be both other realms of consciousness and physicalities. Conceptual overlays on the material world, and places where you can kill things and take their stuff.

To that end, I decided to riff on the concepts of the planes, and see what associations they brought out. Not all of these will be literalized in the version of the planes visited by adventurers from the world of Arn, but all of these associations might inform how I presented the planes and the alignment forces they're of which they're manifestations or vessels. Maybe later I'll get into all the heady faux-metaphysical theory I devised behind all this. Or maybe I'll xerox my on crackpot tract.

Anyway, I figured the best place to start was a trip to hell.


The Abyss: The Abyss is the best place to start as it was probably the first of these planes to exist--the formless, primordial chaos, tainted only by Evil. An Evil that emerged, ironically, only after a material world appeared to be appalled at, and to yearn to destroy. Without creation, destruction would just subside into roiling chaos. AD&D cosmology gives us 666 layers to the Abyss, but I suspect the Abyss is infinite. Maybe its the demon lords that number 666--and the so-called layers are really the lords. Maybe all the other demons are merely extensions of their substance and essences--their malign thoughts and urges accreted to toxic flesh. They're like a moral cancer maybe, seeking to metastisize to other planes and remake them in their image--or maybe madness is a better analogy, if we're talking about the kind of madness that afflicts killers in slasher films. A psychokiller madness on a universal scale.

Tarterus: This plane is later called the Tarterian Depths of Carceri or just Carceri. I'm calling it the Black Iron Prison, because it fits, and because it recalls Phillip K. Dick's VALIS and The Invisibles. It's called the prison plane--which the Manual of Planes interprets a little literally. Not that it isn't all the obvious bad things about prisons, but its also got a Kafka-esque quality, maybe. Most souls don't know why their there and don't remember how they got there. And watch what you say 'cause the bulls have informants all over. You wait and wait for a promised trial that never comes. I suspect souls get "renditioned" from the material plane and brought here for angering a god or an Ascended. The gaolers (as Lovecraft would have it) are the demodand or gehreleths. Demodand is an interesting name as it probably comes from Vance's "deodand" which is a real word meaning "a personal chattel forfeited for causing the death of a human being to the king for pious uses" which may (or may not) hint at some sort of origin for the demodands/gehreleths. It's also interesting that the kinds of demodands--shaggy, tarry, and slime--are all related to things that can sort of be confining or restricting.

Hades: Later called the Gray Waste (a better name, I think), it's a plane of apathy and despair. There's some Blood War nonsense later, but apathy and despair is a theme to conjure with. It makes me think of Despair of the Endless from Sandman and her somber realm of mirrors. The Gray Waste is depression and hopelessness actualized. Not the sort of place for adventures, maybe, but a place good for some creepy monsters to come from.

Gehenna: Later called the Fourfold Furnaces, or the Bleak Eternity of Gehenna. This is the plane of the daemons, later yugoloth--which is suitably Lovecraftian. Daemons I liked in Monster Manual II because they were sort of "the new fiends" that seemed fresher than demons and devils, which were kind of old-hat by that time. As neutral evil, the daemons have nothing to motivate them but evil, really. The various alternate names of the plane make me think of Jack Kirby's Apokolips and its ever-burning fires--Gehenna has an assocation with fire anyway, going back to its origins as the Valley of Hinnom. Like the denizens of Apokolips, I think daemons should represent evil in various forms from banal to sublime. The Bleak Furnances fire the machineries of war. Being close to the realm of lawful evil, they sometimes dress up in the trapping of law, but its just fancy uniform facade. The whole place might appear as an armed camp run by tin-plated fascists. There are secret police, and propaganda bureaus, and sadistic experiments.

The Nine Hells: Later Baator, which doesn't work as well. This is the realm of the fallen--not the romantic, Miltonic rebels, but the fascist generals who tried to stage a junta and got exiled. Sure, they dress it up in decadence and "do as thou wilt" but really they're all oppressive laws and legalistic fine-print. And every one of them thinks they'd be a better leader than their boss, so they plot and scheme while playing it obsequious and dutiful. Some of the devils might say they're still fighting the good fight--that they do what they do to preserve the system from the forces of chaos. A multiverse needs laws after all, they say. That's all just part of the scam.  Still, I like China Mieville's idea of New Crobuzon having an ambassador from hell.  Maybe no city in the world of Arn has an infernal ambassador, but at least Zycanthlarion, City of Wonders, has sort of a "red phone" that can get a high-placed devil on the line.  After all, better the devil you know...

Futura [FASERIP]

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 11:00
FUTURA

STATISTICS
F                 AM   (50)
A                 IN  (40)
S                 IN  (40)
E                 IN   (40)
R                 RM (30)
I                   RM   (30)
P                  IN  (40)
Health: 170
Karma: 100

BACKGROUND
Real Name: Futura, "Eve Hope"
Occupation: Record store employee
Identity: Secret
Legal Status: Undocumented immigrant in the United States of the present era
Place of Birth: Eden-One, North America
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: San Francisco, California
Group Affiliation: Super-Sentinels
First Appearance: FUTURE WORLDS #65

KNOWN POWERS
True Invulnerability : Remarkable resistance to physical, energy, heat, cold, toxins, aging, and disease.
Hyper Running: Typical ground speed.
True Flight: Incredible air speed.
Enhanced Senses: Excellent level sight, hearing, taste and smell.

Talents:Martial Arts: A, B and C, Natural Sciences, Medicine

History: In a possibly alternate future, a war among superhumans devastated the Earth and destroyed most of civilization. So massive were the energies unleashed, the Earth itself was damaged to the core and threatened to break apart.

Some time after the war, perhaps as much as a millennia, intelligent robots lived in a massive, enclosed city known as Eden-One. They had been the caretakers of the last humans they knew to exist, and now sought to preserve human history and knowledge. One of these robots, a bio-specialist name Maia-1A457, engineered a human embyro with the superhuman attributes from stored genetic material. The infant was gestated in an artificial womb. Maia-1A457 named the girl Futura, because she hoped the child would provide a future for humanity.

Futura was raised by the robots, not knowing she wasn't one of them until late in her childhood. In adolescence, she ventured outside Eden-One with the reluctant acquiescence of her robot caretakers and encountered post-human beings and aliens, making some friends among them. Most of her time, however, was spent in training and education so that one day she could make a trip to the past and prevent her catastrophic future from ever occurring.

When she reached womanhood, she asked for her final examinations and proved to Maia-1A457 and the others she was ready for her mission. Using an ancient time machine, she journeyed back to the 20th Century, where she began living among humans in the identity of Eve Hope, observing the culture and way of life of past humans, and protecting them from super-powered threats as Futura.

Wednesday Comics: Underground Comics #1 on Comixology

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 11:00

You can now purchase Underground Comics #1 at Comixology in digital, and of course, it's still available at IndyPlanet in digital and physical copy.

It's 36 pages by some great DIY rpg illustrators. Here are the preview pages that will (eventually) be on the IndyPlanet page:




Weird Revisited: Deals With Devils

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:00
This is more recent that my usual revisited posts, coming as it does from 2015, but it continues the theme from last week of taking the basic concept of Spelljammer (fantasy in space) and doing something different...
Art by Paul HarmonHyperspace works on laws altogether different than the amoral, mechanical physics ascendant in our universe. Some experts theorize that in the bulk in which the multiverse is embedded, forces that could be reasonably described as moral principles are objectively real--or at least as objectively real as anything else. Evil might be tangible and quantifiable. That would go a long way to explaining the Diaboli.

The Diaboli are a clade, a culture, or maybe a corporate entity that despoil worlds and corrupt other cultures—even whole universes—with faustian bargains of advanced technology and metaphysical knowledge. Maybe they've tempted some with miracle cures for disease or solutions for world hunger, but more often they appeal to baser instincts with advanced weapons of war or aids to the pursuit of pleasure. Whatever they offer, the cost is inevitably high--too high. The Diaboli are quick to sell fixes for the problems that arise, which inevitably just make things worse. At every turn, the Diaboli enhance their material wealth and create misery from which they are able siphon metaphysical energy. Some of their victims survive the devastation of their previous culture to become junior Diaboli themselves, and the toxic memeplex propagates like a multiversial pyramid scheme.

The Diaboli are very old; some believe they are the degenerate remnant of the Precursors who built the Ways. The truth, though, (at least as much as can be gleaned from a group as duplicitous as this one) is that the Diaboli fear the apotheosed Precursors. They believe the Precursors' Judgment is coming someday—and they plan to deny that judgment by becoming powerful enough fight back against gods. Only by draining or corrupting all potential rivals do they believe this end to be achievable. They view this as a net good for the entire multiverse and see themselves as defenders of order and civilization, albeit one where their inherently superior culture is in power.

Dungeonmaster [FASERIP]

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 14:00
DUNGEONMASTER

STATISTICS
F                 TY   (6)
A                 GD  (10)
S                 TY  (6)
E                 GD   (10)
R                 EX (20)
I                   EX   (20)
P                  RM   (30)
Health: 32
Karma: 70

BACKGROUND
Real Name: Arnold "Arnie" Francis Dilbert III
Occupation: Former college student; Professional Criminal
Identity: Known to authorities
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with a criminal record
Place of Birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile
Group Affiliation: Masters of Menace

KNOWN POWERS
None.

Equipment:
Icosahedron of Ioum: A roughly soccer ball sized crystalline, two-sided solid of Unearthly material strength that grants Dilbert the following powers:

Reality Manipulation: Dungeonmaster has Illusion Generation Powers of Unearthly ability, such that for most people, indistinguishable from reality. His area of effect is limited to no more than 10 areas, however, otherwise he is unable to maintain fine detail and his creations seem less substantial or fake. Even with concentration, his creations last no more than 4 hours. He can maintain only only 3 effects at a time at full solidity, any others tend to become more insubstantial and are illusions only of Excellent rank. He uses this power in the following ways:

  • Creation of "monsters" he can control
  • Creation of a underground maze environment
  • Creation of "magic items" that can duplicate powers up to Incredible rank

Teleportation: of himself or others with Incredible ability.
Probability Manipulation: Dungeonmaster can attempt to reverse the outcome of a roll not to his liking made by himself or another character with Amazing ability. This requires him to make a power FEAT roll of an equal degree or greater degree of success. He uses this power very sparingly as either he or the Incosahedron considers it cheating, and his worry about the consequences is that he must make a Psyche FEAT roll equal to the degree of success of the of his Probability Manipulation roll, to continue using his powers. A failure means he is without them for 1-20 hours.

History: Dilbert was a capable but poor-performing college student, due to the time he spent planning the role-playing game Monsters in Mazes with his few friends. Unhappy with his real life, Dilbert began to immerse himself more and more into fantasy. He convinced his friends to act out their gaming characters exploits in a small cave system near their university. Annoyed by Dilbert's increasingly demanding behavior, the others left in, and he became lost in the cave.

While in the cave, Dilbert claims to have discovered a hidden run where he found the large, crystalline Icosahedron of Ioum. This artifact obeyed his commands, giving him apparently magical powers, but whether by design or Dilbert's own psychological quirks, it limited him to the mimicking the powers analogous to those wielded by a Monsters in Mazes referee.

Dilbert used these powers to settle scores with his neglectful parents and former classmates, before embarking on a criminal career. His most common modus operandi was to great a "dungeon" in the area the crime was to take place and force bystanders to achieve his goals by coercing them with monsters and traps. His opposed by Rocket early in his career, and considers her his archenemy, though Rocket does not reciprocate.

Weird Revisited: Space Fiends: Marauders from Hyperspace

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:00
This post original appeared in December of 2013. It followed  a post about using AD&D Fiend Folio monsters in a science fiction context. It's not set in any particular sci-fi universe I've presented, any more than the write-up of the monster that inspired it was. This was one of a number of posts over the years of monsters or setting trying to get at something that was Spelljammer but not Spelljammer.

No. Appearing:1-4
AC: 4
Hit Dice: 1 (or better)
Saving Throw: as per class and level
Attack Bonus: +2
Damage: 2d8+2 mag rifle, 1d8+1 monoblade
Movement: 30'
Skill Bonus: +1
Morale: 9

Gathyengi are a xenophobic humanoid species who act as pirates, striking from hidden bases within hyperspace. They are theorized to be descended from humans abducted by the psionic Masters from Earth millennia ago to serve as both labor and food source.

Gathyengi (sing. gathyen) are ectomorphic, almost skeletal in appearance. Their skin is dusty yellow to the color of parchment, and leathery. Their skull-like faces, solid black eyes, and pointed teeth (likely ritually sharpened) give them a fearsome appearance in keeping with their reputation for violence.

A gathyengi raider will have a crew compliment of various classes, similar to any human vessel. A raid will be led by a captain of 4-7th level, depending on the size of the ship. It is likely there will be at least one combat psychic among them.

All gathyengi can shift back into hyperspace at will. Whether this is an innate ability or technological is unclear. Dead gathyengi shift back into hyperspace as well, thwarting attempts at close examination.

Some Art from An Upcoming Superhero Thing

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:00
No stats today, but here's some spiffy new art for a planned supers project:

The villainous Dungeonmaster by Chris Malgrain, and


the Champion's wizardly mentor by Jeff Call.

More to come!

THE INFINITY WARPS!!

First Comics News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 21:22

Rocketing out of the Infinity Wars this September…

 

#WhoGetsWarped

 

 

 

 

INFINITY WARS: IRON HAMMER #1 (of 2)

Written by AL EWING

Art by RAMON ROSANAS

Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS

 

INFINITY WARS: SOLDIER SUPREME #1 (of 2)

Written by GERRY DUGGAN

Art by ADAM KUBERT

Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS

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Los Angeles Comic Con 2018 3-Day Badge Pre-Sale Now Open

First Comics News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 21:05

The Best Deal on The 3-Day Multipass is Now Available For A Limited Time 
Join us for our #Octoversary!  Our 8th year will be bigger and better than ever!

Mark your calendars for L.A.’s biggest Comic Con and pop culture event of the year, the 8th annual Los Angeles Comic Con!  Over 100,000 fans, cosplayers, artists and celebrities are expected for this year’s mega comic book, sci-fi, horror, gaming, fantasy and Beyond extravaganza taking place at the L.A. Convention Center October 26-28.

Faithful fans know that the Early Bird pre-sale tickets go fast, and that this price — $60 for a 3-Day Pass, a $15 Savings – will never be seen again.  It is our best price – and that’s guaranteed!

The coveted 3-Day Pass is available now at www.comicconla.com.

The Octopus has been our faithful mascot from the beginning, so 2018 marks our 8th show — our #Octoversary! October 26, 27 and 28 will be days filled with the greatest and most beloved stars and creative talent in comic books, publishing, gaming, film, broadcast, cable and streaming entertainment, plus amazing, unique and exclusive product from over 700 artists and vendors.

By getting a 3-Day Pass you’ll be sure not to miss any of the exciting events and happenings, including:

  • The 4th Annual Cosplay National Championship
  • The revamped Tabletop Gaming Hall, featuring Magic tournaments, miniature painting, open gaming, demos, and more.
  • L.A.’s Ultimate Trick-or-Treat, the best, safest, FREE indoor trick-or-treat in L.A.
  • Geek Fest and the Geek Fest Awards, showcasing the best fan films and shorts from across the country
  • The Best Collection of Cosplayers in the known Universe
  • Shopping, Celebrity Autographs and Photographs, over 200 panels and so much more!

So, don’t wait, get your 3-Day Pass at this amazing Early Bird rate before they sell out.  Head over to L.A. Comic Con’s official website www.comicconla.com and lock down your advance badges now!

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Kelly Thompson and Oscar Bazaldua Introduce MR. AND MRS. X! 

First Comics News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 20:55

Marvel’s biggest comic twist in years revealed in X-MEN GOLD #30!

 

New York, NY—June 20, 2018—It was the wedding of the century, but not the wedding anyone expected – and it all culminated in Marvel’s most shocking twist in comics in years! For months, fans waited, ready to read about the fateful day that Kitty Pryde would finally wed Colossus…only to find out that the much-hyped-about wedding simply wasn’t meant to be!

 

But for another longtime couple, it was…

 

We won’t spoil X-MEN GOLD #30 and tell you the couple who said “I do” – go to your local comic shop today to pick up a copy of the issue everyone will be talking about, and see the surprise for yourself! Then, this July, join Kelly Thompson (Hawkeye, Rogue and Gambit) and Oscar Bazaldua (Spider-Man, Star Wars: Rogue One) for MR. AND MRS. X, a new ongoing series that takes the X-team on some of the greatest superhero exploits known to husband and wife!

 

Don’t miss the fan-favorite mutants as they embark on new adventures – MR. AND MRS. X starts this July!

 

 

Please note: This title was previously listed as X-Classified in Marvel Previews. Retailers, please check the Marvel Mailer or Diamond for more details on how to increase any orders and to find updated listings.

 

MR. AND MRS. X #1 (MAY180898)

Written by KELLY THOMPSON

Art by OSCAR BAZALDUA

Cover by TERRY DODSON

On Sale 7/25/18

 

 

MR. AND MRS. X #2 (JUN180928)

Written by KELLY THOMPSON

Art by OSCAR BAZALDUA

Cover by TERRY DODSON

On Sale 8/22/18

 

 

MR. AND MRS. X #3 (JUL181125)

Written by KELLY THOMPSON

Art by OSCAR BAZALDUA

Cover by TERRY DODSON

On Sale 9/19/18

 

 

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VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT SEPTEMBER 2018 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 20:46

FAITH: DREAMSIDE #1 (of 4)
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by MJ KIM
Cover A by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover B by SIBYLLINE MEYNET
Variant Cover by ADAM POLLINA
Blank Cover Also Available

ALL-NEW SERIES! Faith enters a realm previously unseen!

Even before Faith Herbert, AKA Zephyr, gained the power of flight, joined the Harbinger Renegades, and soared through the skies of the Valiant Universe, deep down she was always a hero at heart. But what’s a hero to do in the face of a foe that exists only in nightmares? Face them head-on, of course! To protect the dreams of her teammate, Animalia, Faith must venture into a fantastical new realm the likes of which we’ve never seen…and she’ll need some help from the world’s premiere parapsychologist, Dr. Mirage, to make it back with her subconscious mind still intact!

This fall, uncover the secrets of the Dreamside as writer extraordinaire Jody Houser (FAITH, Star Wars: Thrawn) and rising star MJ Kim (FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1) continue the adventures of the high-flying icon that Uproxx calls “A joy to read!”

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 26

 

FAITH: DREAMSIDE #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by MJ KIM
Covers by JENNY FRISON, DAVID LAFUENTE, MEGHAN HETRICK, and STÉPHANE ROUX

Available only as a pre-order set!

The FAITH: DREAMSIDE #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – four 40-page, massively expanded editions of the next fantastic adventure of L.A.’s highest-flying hero – can only be ordered as a set and must be reserved with your local comic shop by the final order cut-off date of September 3rd, 2018! Released monthly from September 2018 through December 2018, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues – plus exclusive covers by Jenny Frison (Revival), David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man), Meghan Hetrick (FAITH), and Stéphane Roux (Zatanna), that can’t be found anywhere else!

The only way to obtain these exclusive items is to pre-order all four issues with your local comic shop by the final order cut-off date of September 3rd, 2018! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

$3.99 Each [4 Issues] | 40 pgs. Each | T+ | Issue 1 On Sale SEPTEMBER 26

BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #3 (of 4)
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ROBERT GILL
Cover A by DAVID MACK
Cover B by MJ KIM
Cover C by ANDRES GUINALDO

Where have the eagles landed?

Antonius Axia has survived the wilds of Britain and witnessed the horrors of his own homeland…and now, the trail of Emperor Nero’s stolen eagles relics has led him and gladiatrix Achillia to the newly annexed province of Egypt! But, those who once held power in the Fertile Crescent might not be so quick to welcome them…or any other nosy Romans, for that matter!

Renowned writer Peter Milligan (Detective Comics) and fan-favorite artist Robert Gill (X-O MANOWAR) follow the LOST EAGLES OF ROME into dangerous territory – and unleash a terrible new threat on the ancient world!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 19

HARBINGER WARS 2: AFTERMATH #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover B by LEWIS LAROSA
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA

The Valiant Universe will never be the same!

The power’s back online and the fighting is over…but who are the real victors of HARBINGER WARS 2, and what was truly lost in the carnage? For those who survived the terrible onslaught – and who must now witness the devastating aftereffects of their actions – will there ever be peace again?

As the seismic summer event of 2018 comes to a close, Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, ETERNITY) and legendary artist Adam Pollina (X-Force, SECRET WEAPONS #0) sort through the rubble of the most brutal confrontation ever felt in the Valiant Universe – and discover what lies beyond the bloodshed!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 26

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #19
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by ALAN QUAH
Cover C by MICO SUAYAN
Interlocking Variant by RENATO GUEDES
X-O Manowar 75th Issue Variant by MICO SUAYAN

NEW ARC! NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “AGENT” – PART 1! Celebrating the 75th issue overall of X-O MANOWAR since 2012!

Beyond time, space, and reality, there lies the Unknown…and now it’s coming here! When soldiers from a mysterious foreign realm arrive on Earth, it’s up to the armored Visigoth known as X-O Manowar – newly returned to the planet and now the leader of his own elite G.A.T.E. unit – to deal with the intrusion. But are these otherworldly emissaries truly the threat they appear to be, or does a larger danger loom over the Valiant Universe still?

Worlds collide as Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (ETERNITY, Grass Kings) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA) bring a new plane of existence crashing down upon our own in a brand-new jumping-on point for 2017’s best-selling series!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 26

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #19-22 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Covers by WHILCE PORTACIO

Available only as a pre-order set!

The X-O MANOWAR (2017) #19-22 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE –  four 40-page, massively expanded editions of X-O Manowar next action-packed arc, “AGENT” – can only be ordered as a set and must be reserved with your local comic shop by the final order cut-off date of September 3rd, 2018! Released monthly from September 2018 through December 2018, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues – plus exclusive covers by Whilce Portacio (Uncanny X-Men) that can’t be found anywhere else!

The only way to obtain these exclusive items is to pre-order all four issues with your local comic shop by the final order cut-off date of September 3rd, 2018! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

$3.99 each [4 issues] | 40 pgs. Each | T+ | Issue 19 On Sale SEPTEMBER 26th

NINJA-K #11
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover A by KANO
Cover B by LEO COLAPIETRO
Ninja Programme Variant by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE

NEW ARC! NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “FALLOUT” – PART 1!

The Coalition may have been defeated…but the mission’s not over yet! Now, Ninjak must use all the super-spy skills at his disposal to save Gilad from the clutches of his friend’s erstwhile nemesis, the Dying One. But stopping an immortal genius – especially one armed with the full might of the Eternal Warrior – is a fight that not even MI6’s best and brightest secret agent can prepare for!

It’s a face-off between fist and steel as acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and spectacular artist Roberto de la Torre (THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE) bring “FALLOUT” to Colin King’s doorstep!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 12th

SHADOWMAN (2018) #7
Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by DAVID MACK
Cover C by PAULINA GANUCHEAU
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE

Who is Shadowman? It’s a question Jack Boniface has asked himself ever since he was called to protect our world from the demonic forces that lie beyond… Now, as he rides backseat in the body of a Paleolithic hunter, eons before his own birth, he will finally learn the shocking true identity of the loa spirit bound to his soul! And, as a shadow begins to spread across West Africa, Jack must defend his fellow tribesmen…or else be trapped in 40,000 B.C. forever!

“DEAD AND GONE” reaches a monumental climax as renowned writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) and superstar artist Renato Guedes (BLOODSHOT SALVATION) lay the building blocks that will define the Shadowman mythos for years to come!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 19th

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #10
Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE EISMA
Cover A by KYLE SMART
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW
Interlocking Variant by JOE EISMA

When most people go on a journey, they bring back a souvenir…but most people usually stick to t-shirts and keychains, not unearthly creatures like the ones Quantum and Woody brought back from the “Otherverse”! Now, a giant monster is wreaking havoc on Washington D.C., and another anomaly – known only as “The Screaming Man” – is slowly getting acquainted with our reality. Is the world’s worst superhero team going to do anything about it? Hopefully, or this would be a really weird comic!

Red-hot writer Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and Eisner-nominated artist Joe Eisma (Archie) attach themselves to the underdogs of the Valiant Universe as “SEPARATION ANXIETY” reaches new heights!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 19th

X-O MANOWAR VOL. 5: BARBARIANS TPB
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA

A battle-scarred mission from Aric of Dacia’s youth…

Before space… Before the armor… Return to the apex of the Visigoth conquest as a younger, brasher Aric and a sword-wielding grifter set off on a continent-spanning quest for fortune, glory, and power! From the bloodstained sands of the gladiatorial arena to the dunes of the Arabian Desert, meet the man who would become the warrior-king of an alien civilization – and our own world’s most powerful hero – as he sets out to seize his destiny once upon a time in a land of faraway kings and unrepentant conquerors!

Jump on board one of the most acclaimed series in comics here as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (HARBINGER WARS 2, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (ETERNITY) – the best-selling team behind the DIVINITY trilogy – reunite for a thrilling, melee of blood and steely-eyed daring at the height of  the barbarian age with a brutal new chapter in the epic saga of X-O Manowar!

Collecting X-O MANOWAR (2017) #15–18.

$9.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 26th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-283-6

VALIANT HIGH TPB
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by DEREK CHARM
Cover by DEREK CHARM

Valiant proudly presents its first ALL-AGES escapade with a pitch-perfect entry point for new fans and longtime readers alike!

Before they became legends, the world’s most formidable heroes were roaming the halls at Valiant High – a super-powered preparatory academy where Aric “X-O Manowar” Dacia is a record-setting running back, Colin “Ninjak” King is a debonair foreign exchange student, and Coach Bloodshot is way, way too into dodgeball. Now, Amanda “Livewire” McKee and her best friend, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, are taking it all in for the first time at the one high school where power trumps popularity!

From rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and Eisner Award-winning artist Derek Charm (Jughead), get ready for your first day of school inside a hilarious reimagining of Valiant’s award-winning superhero universe – one where the next world-ending cataclysm will have to wait until after prom night!

In the tradition of Archie and DC Super Hero Girls, this side-splitting adventure takes place outside of Valiant’s standard continuity and comes packed with all-new incarnations of virtually every Valiant hero and villain! You’ve never seen the heroes of the Valiant Universe quite like this before!

Collecting VALIANT HIGH #1–4.

$9.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 5th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-279-9

NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE TPB
Written by AARON SCHOENKE and ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE BENNETT
Cover by KEVIN WADA

A blistering battle royale!

Watch the live-action digital series, then jump headlong into the fight-fueled showdown of the century as acclaimed writer Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and red-hot artist Joe Bennett (Teen Titans, Deathstroke) reveal the full scope and adrenaline-drenched intensity of NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE!

Colin King is Ninjak, MI6’s deadliest intelligence operative and weapons expert. When the ruthless assassin Roku exploits his greatest weakness, Ninjak will be forced to betray his closest allies. Now, on the run, he must face off against the most powerful heroes known to man for a high-octane, take no prisoners, trial by fire more perilous and more unpredictable than any he’s faced before. In 2018, the world’s most dangerous super-spy goes to war with the Valiant Universe…

Guest-starring X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Livewire, Archer & Armstrong, Shadowman, and more, don’t miss the ULTIMATE JUMPING-ON POINT for the most acclaimed and hotly followed publisher anywhere in comics today as Ninjak leads an all-star introduction to the most brutal fighters the Valiant Universe has to offer!

Collecting NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1-4.

$9.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 19th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-273-7

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RICH REVIEWS: Lucia Fasano Writer for All We Ever Wanted Published by: A Wave Blue World 

First Comics News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:53

First Comics News: How did you get involved with the anthology of “All We Ever Wanted”?

Lucia Fasano:
 I was working on a story with Tess Fowler for the Image Comics anthology “Where We Live”, and, while working on it, she thought of me for All We Ever Wanted. She called me and I was worried she was going to say, “I’m sorry but I can’t make this”. Instead, she was asking if I’d want to work on a sci-fi story (a dream come true!).

1st: In “All We Ever Wanted” what is the title of your story and what is it all about?

Lucia: My story is called “The Inventor’s Daughter” and it’s about a young woman whose famous inventor mom has passed away and become put on display in a traveling museum. She has to take charge of her grief and break out her mom’s body.

1st: How does your story inspire thoughts of a better tomorrow?

Lucia: A better tomorrow is the backdrop of my story– we see a future where my character’s mother has reversed effects of global warming and helped spur on peace in the world. It’s a world with visionary heroes, where the people feel ownership over those heroes and put them on a pedestal, literally.

1st: Who is the main character and supporting characters in your story in “All We Ever Wanted”?

Lucia: We follow Ariada, the inventor’s daughter. She’s in her twenties and an inventor herself– inventing a neck collar that helps her communicate with her cat, Más. Más is an overly confident cat and her bestie. Ariada’s mother, who passed, was Vera, an iconic inventor superstar.

1st: Why should people read your story in “All We Ever Wanted”?

Lucia: I think my story is exciting and otherworldly while also relatable, personifying the way grief and loss can feel, especially when the person you lose is a beloved public figure or has a relationship with others that is outside of your control.

1st: You have worked with Tess Fowler before what do you think of her art style?

Lucia: Having worked with Tess on Image Comics’ Where We Live anthology, I got to see Tess’ skills at bringing an autobiographical story to life, drawing real people (my family), bringing them to life, and using her intuition to fill in the gaps. She handled flashbacks so well, and each panel is filled with emotion. I knew she would bring incredible style and feeling to this future story.

1st: How does writing songs compare to writing a comic?

Lucia: They both write very differently for me. I don’t outline my songs the way I have to outline a comic script. A song for me doesn’t have to follow any specific structure or chronology– it’s more about the poetry combined with the sound. But a comic script still has to have a story structure to me.

Both of them are storytelling– my songs often tell a story but are laced with metaphor and a punk ethos, while my comic writing is more literal and has a clear narrative. In order to not get too fixated on structure with my comics writing, I try to step back and think of it like a song and bring the vulnerability and interpretive-ness to it, so it doesn’t come out too literal.

The fact that a panel can show one thing and say something completely different lends itself to some real experimentation.

1st: Why were you behind helping to make “Where We Live”?

Lucia: I grew up in Hollywood gun culture (doesn’t seem like a thing, I know), but my dad (who was like my best friend and passed away a few years ago) was in the film industry (he wrote Tombstone, Universal Soldier: The Return, and other films that feature guns), and he hung out with folks in Hollywood that love to shoot, too. It was pretty normal for me. As I grew older I saw guns from different political POVs and that contributed to a divide between my dad and I. He raised me to fear and respect guns, and I came out pretty paranoid about the dangers of the world. When approached to write something about guns and America, my story with my dad was what I was compelled to write about, as I felt it unlocked how I respond to all of these tragedies.

1st: How did you feel when you completed “Radio Silence”?

Lucia: When I completed Radio Silence I felt a sense of catharsis and accomplishment, to finally get down many of the songs I had been writing since moving out on my own. Many of the songs were about the fear of losing my dad and my obsession with mortality. I think the album captured that point in my life really well, and has helped me with my trauma and to move on to new songs and feelings.

1st: Do you prefer webcomics or printed ones and why?

Lucia: I love webcomics but I prefer a sleek, light-weight comic that I can fit in my bag and take out to lunch with me! I used to read a lot more webcomics but the scrolling and clicking can be tedious and leave me on my computer for hours. I love seeing people’s webcomics on Instagram and Twitter now, inaccessible small doses.

1st: Will you be writing more comic books in the near future or would you like to?

Lucia: I would definitely like to and am planning on it! It’s a dream come true. I’ll always draw cartoons and some autobiographical stuff, too.

1st: What has been the most rewarding experience in your career from either writing, music or comedy?

Lucia: It’s still early on in my career, but kickstarting and touring with my first album, Radio Silence, was an experience like no other. And it helped me move on to keep recording in the studio with The Thermals’ Hutch Harris and Summer Cannibals’ Jessica Boudreaux, and brought people into my life that are touched by my songs. That and the publication of Where We Live have been tremendous. They’ve all connected me to people that have been impacted or helped by my art, which is what I want most.

1st: Are you a dog or a cat person?

Lucia: I’m primarily a dog person but I love a good cat, too (as long as they’re cuddly). I’m currently living with one dog and two cats so I can say that I like ’em both.

1st: What would you like to say to all the fans of your work?

Lucia: I’d like to thank them so much– support on Patreon, Twitter, Kickstarter, etc, has really helped me do what I love, even when I’ve had self-doubt. I’d want anyone reading to know that they too can accomplish what they want to, if they believe what they’re doing is worth it, if you just set out to finish something, to do something, then you never know where you’ll end up. I’d also like to say that I have lots more songs and projects to come, so keep an eye out for them!

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