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Square-Jawed Justice Returns to Comics in Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive

First Comics News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:19

Fan-Favorite Creators Michael and Lee Allred and an All-Star Creative Team
“Take the Case” with the Pop-Art Event of 2018!

 

SAN DIEGO, CA (June 20, 2018) – One of the most iconic comic-strip heroes of all time is back in action, courtesy of IDW Publishing’s new series, Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive! Reimagined for the 21st century through a retro lens by the superstar team of Michael Allred, Lee Allred, Rich Tommaso, and Laura Allred, the four-issue miniseries launches in September… so criminals had best beware!

In Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive, the All-American detective just made the biggest collar of his career… and it only cost him his job. Now, the honest cop has packed his bags for “the city by the lake,” and its criminal community is firmly in his sights! Featuring cover art and co-written by Eisner Award-winning superstar Michael Allred (Madman, iZombie, Silver Surfer), the new series features strange villains, crooked cops, and gunfights galore.

“Dick Tracy is an instantly recognizable old-school icon, like Mickey Mouse and Superman, but he’s been out of the spotlight awhile and due for a curtain call. We want to shake it up and show the glow in the 21st Century,” says Michael Allred. “I always get a big kick working with my first-ever collaborator and big brother, Lee Allred, as well as my favorite colorist and favorite wife, Laura. But I’m crazy excited about working with Rich Tommaso! He is one of the most innovative and thrilling cartoonists working in comics. I’m lit up with giddy shock that he’s letting me slop ink on his beautifully rendered pencils, keeping me on my toes to do the work justice on this thrilling series!”

Co-writer Lee Allred says, “Dead or Alive pits Dick Tracy, champion of Law and Order, against not only brutal crime bosses but the corrupted forces of the Law itself. Every hand, cop, and crook will be against Tracy as he battles the enemies of true justice. With Rich, Mike, and Laura as the art team, classic crime drama has never looked so good.”

“I am thrilled to try my hand at drawing this legendary, pulpy, hardboiled crime classic,” says penciller Rich Tommaso (Spy Seal, Dry County). “Along with Roy Crane, Milton Caniff, Noel Sickles, Jack Cole, and Alex Toth, Chester Gould is a cartoonist that I am perpetually inspired by when I’m working on my own crime stories. So, this is a project that I feel is well within my wheelhouse. The Dick Tracy cast of characters makes this comic so much fun to draw on a daily basis. I only hope we can all bring something great to the comic ourselves while, simultaneously keeping true to its origins. Not an easy feat to be sure, but I feel it’s damn worth a try.”

Since 1931, Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy has thrilled millions with tales of good guys versus bad guys, while showcasing the latest criminology techniques and old-fashioned values. Throughout the years, the quintessential detective had numerous partners and sent thousands of rogues either to the slammer or their graves, but there were always more bizarre, out-of-this-world villains (with funny names and hideous faces) to pursue.

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TPUB COMICS SEPTEMBER 2018 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:13

TRAVELLER
JUL182226
(W) Neil Gibson, Tasos Anastasiades (CA) Tasos Anastasiades
The Traveller is a steampunk adventure story set at the turn of the 19th century. Made using cutting-edge 3D modelling combined with traditional hand inking, the story focuses on the greater good and the price we are prepared to pay for it.
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

 

 

TRANSDIMENSIONAL
JUL182225
The story focusses on Deacon Price, an emotionally broken underwater archaeologist who charters an expedition, under false pretences, to a downed Soviet submarine that’s been missing for decades. What he and his crew find there will not only put their lives at risk, but also the lives of everyone they’ve ever known!
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

 

LUCKY MAN BRACELET CHRONICLES #3
JUL182224
(W) Neil Gibson, Michael Gordon (A) Asoka Abeywardena (A/CA) Atula Siriwardane
Stan Lee’s Lucky Man follows the story of detective Harry Clayton after he is unwillingly granted the power to control luck – for good and bad!
In Shops: Sep 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

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STORM KING PRODUCTIONS SEPTEMBER 2018 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:03

JOHN CARPENTER TALES OF SCI FI STANDOFF #4 (OF 5)
JUL182152
(W) David Schow (A) Andres Esparza (CA) Tim Bradstreet
The death clock is ticking at Tattersall Prison. Trapped guards. Prisoners with hostages. And alien invaders who want to possess them all. Visitors who like the darkness and use human beings as a chrysalis for their new, Earth-friendly, forms. Tattersall must be contained, and time is running out.
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

 

 

JOHN CARPENTER TALES OF SCI FI STANDOFF AR CVR #1 (OF 5)
JUL182153
(W) David Schow (A) Andres Esparza (CA) Tim Bradstreet
The Standoff #1 Alternate Reality (AR) Cover debuts at San Diego Comic Con 2018 and hits comic shops this September. Download the Storm King Comics App for your smartphone and watch Tim Bradstreet’s new cover literally come alive! Storm King Comics is proud to present the world’s first AR comic book in the reissue of The Standoff #1.
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

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ROTHIC COMICS SEPTEMBER 2018 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:58

DIVINICA #1 FALL COLLECTION
JUL182111
(W) J.P. Roth (A) Eric Basaldua (A/CA) Dawn McTeigue
Divinica: legends of the women who embodied beauty, wisdom, and power. We tell of their passions and rages, by which kingdoms rose and fell; of their powers to seduce god and man alike; of the magic worth killing for and loves worth dying for. The tales that made their names immortal. Divinica honors the goddesses of past and present. This issue depicts the battle of Caelus and Cronus and the birth of Aphrodite as set in classical Greek Mythology.
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

 

ANCIENT DREAMS #7 FALL COLLECTION
JUL182110
(W) J.P. Roth (A) Mike Krome (CA) Dawn McTeigue
Cara is drawn deeper into the life of Arias and comes to learn about Hades.
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

 

 

 

SOUTHERN NIGHTGOWN #6 FALL COLLECTION
JUL182112
(W) J.P. Roth (A) Collette Turner (CA) Dawn McTeigue
The four girls discover the chest of nightgowns and meet the Guardian.
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

 

 

 

THEORY OF MAGIC #5 FALL COLLECTION
JUL182113
(W) J.P. Roth (A) Sabine Rich (CA) Tanya C
Selyara offers her life to save Gen, while Lore thinks of betraying Vana.
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

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RED 5 COMICS SEPTEMBER 2018 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:53

RIPTIDE #2
JUL182106
(W) Scott Chitwood (A) Danny Luckert
After the sea rolls back in an unprecedented low tide, a cruise ship is destroyed in the aftermath. Now Hannah and a small group of survivors find themselves stranded on the dry seabed a hundred miles from shore. But in order to find rescue, they must run a gauntlet of undersea dangers that have been brought to the light of day.
In Shops: Sep 05, 2018
SRP: $3.95

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Wednesday Comics: Storm: The Living Planet (part 3)

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:00
My exploration of the long-running euro-comic Storm, continues with his adventures in the world of Pandarve. Earlier installments can be found here.


Storm: The Living Planet (1986) (part 3)
(Dutch: De Levende Planeet)
Art by Don Lawrence; script by Martin Lodewijk

Storm and Ember work at turning the great wheel, paying off their debt to the ship Salamander. Storm asks another man at the wheel where they are headed. His reply:


The ship hunts the great fire worm, a creature from whose glands a spice can be extracted that fetches a high price all over Pandarve. It's used for medicinal purposes but also in the manufacture of a love potion.

An overseer hears them talking and comes over to whip the man back to work. Ember stands up for the man and she trips the overseer.

Meanwhile, the ship has sighted a fire worm. Their bait ships are luring it closer to them with the beat of drums. The bidge wants to know why one wheel sector seems to be slacking in helping steer the ship.

In that sector, Storm and Ember are standing up to the overseer. The man backs up to a bulkhead to talk to his superior on the comm, when he's killed be a splintering wall. The fire worm has emerge next to the ship and heaved its bulk against it!


While the ship's crew frantically try to respond, the fire worm rises up and falls upon the ship again. The rocking of the vessel with the blows allows Storm to grab the dead overseer's keys. The debtors at the wheel all make their escape.

When they make it to the deck, the fire worm is still attacking. Storm sees a girl in the path of the rampaging worm and rushes to the rescue:


He returns the girl to her mother, who recognizes him as a debtor. Storm doesn't have time for any of that. He demands to know why they don't use their harpoons to kill the worm. The woman explains:


Storm realizes their is another place it must be vulnerable. He notices the flyers above, and quickly arrives at a plan:

TO BE CONTINUED

Weird Revisited: The Robots of Rome

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:00
The original version of this post appeared in December of 2013.


The Lokapannatti (an 11th-12th Century Pali cosmological text) tells the story of Ashoka obtaining Buddhist relics from the underground vault of King Ajatasatru. Like all good dungeon treasures, this one is guarded--by robots; bhuta vahana yanta, literally "spirit movement machines."  What's more, these robots are based on stolen Roman technology!
The thoroughness of this ancient text is such that it just doesn't drop a bomb like "Roman robots" and leave it at that. No, we get an origin story. See, Roma-visaya ("The Kingdom of Rome") has a class of skilled bahulayantakara ("machine-makers") who build these wonders for "commerce, agriculture, capturing, and executions."  These engineers are kept under close watch so that Roman technological secrets don't fall into the wrong hands. If they leave the city, they're chased down by a flying beheading machine!
An Indian entrepreneur from Pataliputra wants to get ahold of these marvels so bad he vows on his deathbed to get reincarnated as a Roman. Amazingly, that is exactly what happens! He then marries the daughter of a Roman inventor and when the time is right, snags some blueprints from his father-in-law. This is where his plan gets really complicated: he writes the secrets down and has the paper sewn into his thigh. Then, he tells his son to have him buried back in India when he dies. He leaves Rome and the robot executioner gets him.
His son takes his body (and the stolen secrets) back to Pataliputra and goes into the robot-making business for the king. The robots are still active a hundred years later when Ashoka shows up to reclaim the lost treasure. Lucky for Ashoka, the Roman that built them is somehow still alive and tells him how they can be disabled.
I got this story from Relics of the Buddha by John S. Strong, and with further details from here. Not that something so rife with gaming potential needs solid academic sourcing! It's just one step from this legend to a robot arms race between India and Rome and mecha battles across Afghanistan! 
Bhuta vahana yanta, go!

Professor Fright [FASERIP]

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 14:00

PROFESSOR FRIGHT

STATISTICS
F                 TY   (6)
A                 GD  (10)
S                 TY  (6)
E                 GD   (10)
R                 EX (20)
I                   EX   (20)
P                  EX   (20)
Health: 32
Karma: 60

BACKGROUND
Real Name: Zachary Graves
Occupation: Former psychology professor, former television personality, criminal
Identity: Known to authorities
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with a criminal record
Place of Birth: Erie, Pennsylvania
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile
Group Affiliation: Masters of Menace

KNOWN POWERS
None.

Equipment:
Mind Control: Professor Fright has the ability to manipulate and control individuals made susceptible by his broadcast with Remarkable ability. Since a victim's suggestibility arises from their fear, His mind control is limited to the sort of actions a fearful person might make.
Fear Broadcast: Monstrous rank, requires a person to see or hear a powerful broadcast. Victims must make an Intuition FEAT or suffer neuro-muscular spasms, cardiac arrhythmia and panic attacks. The effects last 1-10 turns per exposure.
Hallucinations: Monstrous ability to fill a victim’s mind with fearful illusions with lower exposure to the fear broadcast. The hallucinations will be particular to a victim, unless Professor Fright has suggested otherwise (see below).Victims may dispel the illusion by making an Intuition FEAT.

History: Zachary Graves was fascinated with fear from a young age. He pursued a career in psychology  was a specialty in research into fright. Though concern about the direction his studies were taking drove him from academia, he found work as a horror movie host on a local television station, creating the character "Professor Fright." There he perfected his broadcast device for causing frightening hallucinations in the viewer, but was he fired when an intern was injured tampering with the device. Graves attempted to sell this invention to a defense contractor, but reputation as a television personality led them to dismiss him as an eccentric. Angered at the world he perceived as failing to reward his genius, Graves used his device to get revenge on those who wronged him as Professor Fright/

Diamond Announces Top Products for May 2018

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:00

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 15, 2018) —Peter Parker and his allies battle Norman Osborn and the Carnage symbiote in Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen, and an all-star roster of artists’ Amazing Spider-Man #800, an oversized landmark issue from Marvel Comics and the best-selling comic book of May 2018 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was May’s top publisher with a 42.64% dollar share and a 38.35% unit share. DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 25.71% dollar share and a 37.87% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 10.83% dollar share and a 9.67% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 3.65% dollar share and a 3.07% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.54% dollar share and a 1.63% unit share, BOOM! Studios with a 1.96% dollar share and a 1.58% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.64% dollar share and a 1.30% unit share.

Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten. In addition to Amazing Spider-Man #800, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s Venom #1 ranked #2, Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness’ Avengers #1 ranked #4, and Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuña’s Black Panther #1 ranked #5. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten: Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock #5 ranked #3; Tom King and Tony S. Daniel’s Batman #47 ranked 6; King and Daniel’s Batman #46 ranked #7; Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, and Francis Manapul’s Justice League: No Justice #1 ranked #8; and Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, and Jason Fabok’s The Man of Steel #1 ranked #9. Also in the top ten, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #179 ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27 was their top book at #133, Frank Miller’s Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #2 was Dark Horse’s top book at #129, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja/Tarzan #1 ranked #142, and IDW Publishing’s TMNT: Urban Legends #1 ranked #159.

The misadventures of two rebels during the Galactic Civil War are recounted in Kevin Rubio and Lucas Marangon’s Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here from Marvel Comics, the best-selling graphic novel of May. Marvel had five titles in the top ten including Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’s The Infinity Gauntlet at #2, Amazing Spider-Man/Venom: Venom, Inc. at #7; and, tied at #10, Black Panther: Long Live the King and Infinity War. Image Comics had three titles in the top ten: Where We Live: A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas ranked #3, Snotgirl Volume 2: California Screaming ranked #3, and Black Magick Volume 2: Awakening II ranked #9. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten: Dark Days: The Road to Metal ranked #5 and Wonder Woman Volume 5: Heart of the Amazon ranked #6. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1: Seed of Destruction ranked #8.

Zenescope Entertainment’s Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book Volume 2 was May’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Overwatch Anthology Volume 1, a collection of stories and background details on the popular video game from Blizzard Entertainment, returned to the top ten at #7.

A PREVIEWS Exclusive variant of the first figure in Mezco’s trio of One:12 Collective figures that interpret different eras of Batman’s career, the One:12 Collective: DC Comics: Ascending Knight “Blue” Action Figure, was May’s best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten: the DC Designer Series: Metal Batman by Greg Capullo Statue at #2, the Batman vs. The Joker: Laff-Co Battle Statue at #8, and the DC Rebirth: Justice League Action Figure 7-Pack at #9. Funko had two PREVIEWS exclusive POP! vinyl figures in the top ten: the POP! Rick and Morty: Pickle Rick “No Limbs” Vinyl Figure ranked #3, and the POP! Heroes: DC Death Vinyl Figure, based on Neil Gaiman’s character from The Sandman, ranked #4. Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Gallery: X-23 PVC Statue ranked #6. Also in the top ten, McFarlane Toys’ Stranger Things: Demogorgon Deluxe Action Figure ranked #10.

Taking the HeroClix game to the depths of space, WizKids/NECA’s Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Infinity Colossal Booster Brick was May’s best-selling game product. Paizo Publishing also had a strong month in May, with eight products from the Starfinder and Pathfinder role-playing game lines among the month’s top ten products.

 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

42.64%

38.35%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.71%

37.87%

IMAGE COMICS

10.83%

9.67%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.65%

3.07%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.54%

1.63%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.96%

1.58%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.64%

1.30%

VIZ MEDIA

1.12%

0.40%

ONI PRESS

1.03%

0.48%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

0.84%

0.90%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.03%

4.75%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2018 VS. APRIL 2018

COMICS

7.00%

2.99%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.94%

4.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.98%

3.13%

TOYS

4.95%

23.84%

MAY 2018 VS. MAY 2017

COMICS

6.23%

-8.63%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.04%

-13.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.84%

-9.06%

TOYS

-28.63%

-30.85%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

COMICS

0.22%

-9.80%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.31%

-10.56%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.67%

-9.85%

TOYS

-12.06%

-17.25%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

92

42

0

134

DC ENTERTAINMENT

74

30

0

104

IMAGE COMICS

65

22

0

87

IDW PUBLISHING

39

24

0

63

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

12

0

35

DARK HORSE COMICS

17

16

0

33

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

20

5

0

25

VIZ MEDIA

0

22

0

22

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

8

3

0

11

ONI PRESS

3

2

0

5

OTHER NON-TOP 10

131

208

32

371

TOTAL

472

386

32

890

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800

$9.99

MAR180826-M MAR

2

VENOM #1

$4.99

MAR180796-M MAR

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5

$4.99

MAR180233-M DC

4

AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR180776-M MAR

5

BLACK PANTHER #1

$4.99

MAR180786-M MAR

6

BATMAN #47

$2.99

MAR180256-M DC

7

BATMAN #46

$2.99

MAR180254-M DC

8

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$3.99

MAR180228-M DC

9

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$3.99

APR180145 DC

10

THE WALKING DEAD #179 (MR)

$3.99

MAR180767-M IMA

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

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$9.99

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2

VENOM #1

$4.99

MAR180796-M MAR

3

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$4.99

MAR180233-M DC

4

AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR180776-M MAR

5

BLACK PANTHER #1

$4.99

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6

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$7.99

FEB180142-M DC

7

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$5.99

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8

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$4.99

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9

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$5.99

MAR180837-M MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1

$3.99

MAR180228-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1

$7.99

MAR180947 MAR

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

3

WHERE WE LIVE: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP

$19.99

MAR180600 IMA

4

SNOTGIRL VOL. 2: CALIFORNIA SCREAMING TP

$15.99

MAR180757 IMA

5

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC

$29.99

DEC170376 DC

6

WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5: HEART OF THE AMAZON TP

$16.99

FEB180292 DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM, INC TP

$19.99

FEB180936 MAR

8

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP

$24.99

JAN180104 DAR

9

BLACK MAGICK VOL. 2: AWAKENING II TP (MR)

$16.99

MAR180642 IMA

10

BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING TP

$14.99

FEB180931 MAR

10

INFINITY WAR TP

$29.99

JAN062102 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

2

PUNISHER MAX BY GARTH ENNIS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC (MR)

$100.00

NOV171043 MAR

3

STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1

$7.99

MAR180947 MAR

4

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC

$29.99

DEC170376 DC

5

WHERE WE LIVE: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP

$19.99

MAR180600 IMA

6

WOLVERINE GOES TO HELL OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

NOV171044 MAR

7

INFINITY WAR TP

$29.99

JAN062102 MAR

8

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL. 3 HC

$75.00

NOV171039-M MAR

9

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP

$24.99

JAN180104 DAR

10

WEAPON X: THE RETURN OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

NOV171045 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOL. 2

$12.99

APR181912 ZEN

2

OVERLORD VOL. 7 LIGHT NOVEL HC

$20.00

MAR188458 YEN

3

THE ART OF JIM STARLIN: LIFE IN WORDS & PICTURES HC

$49.99

MAR181077 AFT

4

BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC

$44.99

MAR172148 UDO

5

DOCTOR WHO TARGET COLLECTION: CITY OF DEATH MMPB

$9.99

APR181367 PEN

6

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 129 SC

$14.95

FEB182112 SAN

7

OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 HC

$19.99

JUN170080 DAR

8

WOLF & PARCHMENT VOL. 2 LIGHT NOVEL SC

$14.00

FEB181982 YEN

9

DEATH MARCH TO THE PARALLEL WORLD RHAPSODY VOL. 5 NOVEL SC

$14.00

MAR182083 YEN

10

NEIL GAIMAN: NORSE MYTHOLOGY SC

$15.95

DEC178273 WW

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC: ASCENDING KNIGHT BATMAN “BLUE” FIGURE JUL178556 MEZ

2

DC DESIGNER SERIES: METAL BATMAN STATUE BY CAPULLO NOV170394 DC

3

POP! RICK & MORTY: PICKLE RICK “NO LIMBS” VINYL FIGURE DEC178162 FUN

4

POP! HEROES: DC: DEATH VINYL FIGURE DEC178161 FUN

5

OVERWATCH: GENJI 12-INCH STATUE DEC178061 BLI

6

MARVEL GALLERY: X-23 PVC STATUE NOV172443 DST

7

OVERWATCH: D.VA 20-INCH STATUE AUG178473 BLI

8

BATMAN VS. THE JOKER: LAFF-CO BATTLE STATUE OCT170396 DC

9

DC REBIRTH: JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION FIGURE 7-PACK AUG160372 DC

10

STRANGER THINGS: DEMOGORGON DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SEP178832 TMP

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS INFINITY COLOSSAL BOOSTER BRICK DEC172935 NEC

2

STARFINDER RPG: PACT WORLDS HC JAN182863 PAI

3

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

4

PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE MAGIC POCKET EDITION FEB182807 PAI

5

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PATHFINDER RPG: BOOK OF THE DAMNED HC JUL173377 PAI

 

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Your First Look at CODA #3 from Simon Spurrier & Matías Bergara

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:57

Coda #3 Variant Cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 14, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to present your first look at CODA #3, the newest chapter of the critically-acclaimed broken fantasy epic from Eisner-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (Sandman, The Spire) and Matías Bergara (Cannibal, Supergirl).

This all-new series, which sold out at a distributor level before the release of the first issue, reveals the aftermath of an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world, in which an antisocial former bard named Hum seeks a way to save the soul of his wife with nothing but a foul-tempered mutant unicorn and his wits to protect him…but is unwillingly drawn into a brutal power struggle which will decide forever who rules the weird wasteland.

In CODA #3, featuring a main cover by Bergara, along with variant covers by Eisner Award nominated cover artist Julian Totino Tedesco (Hawkeye) and artist Toni Infante (Sons of The Devil), Hum returns to Ridgetown, only to find the city under siege by Thundervale, a bandit city that rests on the back of the last living giant. Hum manages to get back inside, but when an outerwall is breached by the enemy, all seems lost.

“Hum continues to find—or is it cause?—more trouble than he bargained for, and CODA #3 is our wildest issue yet,” said Eric Harburn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Si and Matías continue to pull out all the stops each and every month.”

CODA is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Planet of the Apes, WWE, Abbott, Mech Cadet Yu, Klaus and Grass Kings, which was recently nominated for two 2018 Eisner Awards.

Print copies of CODA #3 will available for sale on July 11, 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore, though quantities may be limited. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on CODA and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.


Coda #3 Main Cover by Matías Bergara


Coda #3 Variant Cover by Toni Infante

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RICH REVIEWS: Demi-God # 2

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:56

Title: Demi-God # 2
Publisher: IDW/Ominous Press
Written by: Ron Marz
Art by: Andy Smith
Color Art by: Michael Atiyeh
Letter Art by: Steve Dutro
Cover Art: Andy Smith/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh
Variant Cover Art: Rick Leonardi/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh, Darryl Banks/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh
Demi-God Created by: Bart Sears
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.idwpublishing.com , www.ominouspress.com
Comments: Demi-God starts off by talking to you the reader. The fourth wall is broken here well shattered is a better word for it. It is fun to have the character talking to you as you read the comic.
Jason aka Demi-God is in a battle against a dog man with three heads Cerberus. Jason dishes it out and he takes it to. His new form has invulnerability. Then he jumps right into another battle as Hera and the legions of Lord Insidious attack him.
Jason is a bit full of himself. He knows he is strong and handsome and will be the first to brag about it. Well, he is naturally good in battle.
Insidious is show here he is an imposing figure.
Jason gets his hero name here Hercules which fits him so well since he has Hercules powers. Hercules is so humble, NOT! His character comes across as fun and you will have fun reading this. Jason acts how any ordinary guy might if given the powers of Hercules. He is a common man put in uncommon circumstances and he enjoys it. This is the best day of his life and this comic will definitely improve your attitude in a positive humorous way.

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Dine with Joe Jusko at San Diego Comic-Con

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:54

IDW Welcomes Fans to a Memorable Evening with a Comic Book Legend,
Featuring a Marvel Masterpieces Exclusive to Commemorate the Event

SAN DIEGO, CA (June 14, 2018) – IDW Publishing is hosting a very special evening with artist Joe Jusko during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Strictly limited to just 25 attendees, the event will take place in a private room at an upscale restaurant in the San Diego Gaslamp district, a short walk from the convention center on Friday, July 20th, from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM.

Each guest will receive an extremely rare Captain America variant cover edition of Joe Jusko’s Marvel Masterpieces, the highly-anticipated complete collection of painted trading card art from the 2016 Upper Deck set. Featuring a unique embossed gold foil stamp created especially for the dinner event, the 336-page hardcover collectible will be autographed by Joe Jusko, and expressly limited to the number of attendees.

Additionally, each attendee will receive an original 11” x 14” piece of original artwork featuring the character of their choice, drawn by Jusko in advance of the dinner event. The character must be selected by each confirmed guest within 24 hours of purchase to ensure readiness. Representative examples of Jusko’s original illustrations can be found at the official Eventbrite site.

“I’m very much looking forward to schmoozing with friends and fans at this event, away from the distracting madness of the con,” says Joe Jusko. “A collectible and rare version of my new book will only be available there, as well as great food and drink — what could make this any more special? Well, tigers. Tigers would do it.”

Featuring fine dining in an intimate atmosphere, this very special evening is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is extremely limited to 25 attendees. Tickets are $500 per person and can be purchased here.

Join one of the comic industry’s true luminaries for a memorable and insightful evening, and enjoy two keepsakes to commemorate the event. Don’t delay!


Creator Bio: Joe Jusko is one of the best-known fantasy, pin-up, and comic book artists in the world today. His career has spanned more than 40 years, starting with the sale of his very first cover to Heavy Metal Magazine in 1977 at the age of 17. Since graduating that year from New York City’s High School of Art & Design, Joe has worked for nearly every major comic book publisher, producing hundreds of covers and story pages. His work has appeared on paperback book covers, calendars, posters, T-shirts, toy packaging and innumerable trading cards, most memorably the multi-award-winning 1992 Marvel Masterpieces trading cards. His work has earned him myriad awards and honors, including two “Favorite Painter” Wizard Fan Awards, multiple trading card awards, a Golden Lion Award from the Burroughs Bibliophiles, and a Chesley Award nomination for best cover in 2001. He was awarded an Inkpot Award at the 2012 Comic-Con International for his contributions to the comic industry.

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RICH REVIEWS: Replicator # 1

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:47

Title: Replicator # 1
Publisher: Robert Arnold
Writer/Creator: Robert Arnold
Art: Armin Ozdic
Colourist: Ross A Campbell
Letterer: Jamie Me
Price: free online
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.facebook.com/replicatorcomic/
Comments: London, England a virus has decimated the people of England. The Red Death is lethal and relentless. We see how the world reacts and also the people of England.
There are some exciting action-packed scenes of fighting but why are these two fighting? It is skill vs power.
In England, there is a sanctuary for the disease-free. Things do start happening just that they are not explained. Who are these people, what are they doing and why?
The art is good and does show off at the start one person with the Red Death very well. The black assassin as she fights looks great. The guy whoever he is with the huge sword is great in battle.
The story needs focus and we need to know more about the characters. The idea is a good one and the art as well is good.

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RICH REVIEWS: Demi-God # 1

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:44

Title: Demi-God # 1
Publisher: IDW/Ominous Press
Written by: Ron Marz
Art by: Andy Smith
Color Art by: Michael Atiyeh
Letter Art by: Steve Dutro
Cover Art: Andy Smith/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh
Variant Cover Art: Bart Sears/Color Art by Nanjan Jamberi, Jeff Johnson/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh, Bob Layton/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh
Demi-God Created by: Bart Sears
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.idwpublishing.com , www.ominouspress.com
Comments: This Demi-God is a tall muscular being. Here we are given the origin story of Demi-God. It is wonderful the way Jason McAndros aka Demi-God talks to the reader.
Jason may be a bit of a nerd or geek but when push comes to shove he does the right thing. There is a lot of time spent on the scene with Daphne and her b/f. Her b/f Tommy is shown as a grade A jerk and loser it will have you wondering why she is even with him. Daphne is illustrated as a gorgeous blonde haired girl with a killer body.
Jason is acting like a hero when something truly amazing happens to him. He is transformed and has the strength of Hercules. So there is a Greek tie-in. The villains we see lined up for coming issues will have you wanting to see more.
This is a fun exciting introduction to a new super-hero. Demi-God is mythological and updated for the modern world. He comes across as a bit stuck up which fits perfectly with his character.
Jason has just traded up in his life. Demi-God is the new and improved version.

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RICH REVIEWS: Vengeance, Nevada # 1

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:43

Title: Vengeance, Nevada # 1
Publisher:  Earth’s Temporary Solution
Cover Art: Isidore Koliavras
Interior Art and Letters: Peter Czaplarski
Story and Characters: B.J. Mendelson
Price $ 2.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: bjmendelson.com/
Comments: A woman appears to be some kind of a cop. You see the word zombie mentioned a  few times but what it has to do with Jacobs or the story who knows? She is shown fighting some super-powered people. Why?
For some reason, the comic has parts in black and white and then ones in color.
The woman, maybe her name is Kristen, but it is hard to tell. Yes finally at the end of the issue yes her name is Kristen.
Who or what is a Cyntharian. An alien, so are there alien zombies here? What does Death have to do with them?
Who was that mysterious woman that shows up for a panel? There are way too many questions and no answers or hints at them. Some mysteries are good but not the whole issue.
Some interesting characters are here but who are they what is their purpose? What is the storyline of this comic? Who is the team shown on the last page? They certainly do look like a team you would want to know about.
The reader needs more information to enjoy this comic. By knowing a little about the characters the reader will be to care about them and care about what happens to them.
Great characters and the art shows them well enough. A nice variety of people and beings too. Kristen’s place with them and her place in this comic would be great to know.

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Halloween ComicFest 2018 to Feature Exclusive Star-Lord Funko POP!, Deadpool Mini Egg Attack Figures

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:21

(Baltimore, MD) — (June 14, 2018)— Halloween ComicFest is proud to announce the upcoming release of this year’s Halloween ComicFest PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) collectible figures, available only during the event on Saturday, October 27th.

The new Star-Lord PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) Funko POP! Figure (APR188339; SPR $11.99) leads a team of intergalactic warriors! In the aftermath of the Phalanx invasion of the Kree, Star-Lord decides to form a team of interstellar heroes that will be proactive in protecting, rather than reacting to crises: The Guardians of the Galaxy! Based on his appearance in the Guardians of the Galaxy series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, this exclusive POP! figure features Peter in his signature full-face mask with his laser guns drawn and ready.

Beast Kingdom has paired up with Marvel and Diamond to offer fans a line of mini Egg Attack figures inspired by the merc with a mouth, Deadpool! The PREVIEWS Exclusive Deadpool Servant X-Force Figure (MAY188578; SRP $16.99) features a sassy, subservient Deadpool figure finished with exclusive paint deco of Deadpool in his X-Force outfit with a pink maid uniform over top! The PREVIEWS Exclusive Deadpool Day Dream X-Force Figure (MAY188577; SRP $16.99) features a cheerful, daydreaming Deadpool figure, with both Deadpool and all his little Deadpools finished with exclusive paint deco of his X-Force outfit.

These PREVIEWS Exclusive figures will only be available in extremely limited quantities on Saturday, October 27th from participating Halloween ComicFest stores.

Fans are encouraged to visit their local comic shop to pre-order their own Star-Lord Funko POP! And Deadpool mini Egg Attack figures. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com.

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Calvin’s Commentaries: Dwarven Miner

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:54

Dwarven Miner was one of those games where the expectations were not overly high, and the game experience ended up as rather satisfying.

The game comes to us from the mind of designer Mike Richie and through Rather Dashing Games allowing for two-to-four players. You may recall Rather Dashing Games brought us the great game Element reviewed here earlier this year.

Off the hop Dwarven Miner is not nearly as good a game as Element, but it does offer some fun in its own right.

“In Dwarven Miner, your job is to collect resources from your mine which are used to craft items for your patrons,” noted www.ratherdashinggames.com.” Roll six custom dice in a push-your-luck style to see what can be pulled out of your mine. Craft those resources into all types of gear from armor to magic wands to mithril swords.

“Your patrons are great and powerful dwarves who have chosen you to outfit them in their adventurous, mystical, and often dangerous professions. Ranging from warriors to rune singers, alchemists to chieftains, each will earn you points and reward you with a special ability that affects the game.

“Featuring gameplay that is both strategic and addictive, beautiful artwork, and high-quality components, Dwarven Miner will have you mastering your craft and dodging orcs as you come back to mine again and again!”

In terms of disappointments, the D6 dice come with stickers you need to apply, and at least they provide extra stickers in case any come off. But stickered dice are aesthetically lacking, and since you roll continually you are reminded of that throughout the game.

It is obvious stickers are cheaper in terms of production than engraved dice, but still disappointing.

The rest of the components are very nice, with very nice art involved throughout.

As mentioned you throw the dice a lot in this one trying to get certain combinations with ‘busting’. It is, in the end, a game with the core mechanic akin to Yahtzee, with the results then used to ‘purchase’ items in a fantasy dwarven-flavored kingdom.

The overall result is a game heavily reliant on the luck of dice rolls, a usual turn off for me which is mitigated at least partially here by the art and quick play.

The manufacturer suggests up to an hour to play and that would be with four players once you know the simple rules. As a game that is a one and done on a given gaming night, it works. A second playthrough on the same night would push the games welcome.

Not a game I’d clamour to get to the table, but if somebody pulls it to play – once – I’m in.

Thanks to fellow gamers Jeff Chasse, Trevor Lyons and Adam Daniels for their help in running through this game for review.

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Rocket [FASERIP]

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:00
Art by Dean KotzROCKET

STATISTICS
F                 EX   (10)
A                 RM  (30)
S                 GD  (10)
E                 RM   (30)
R                 GD (10)
I                  GD   (10)
P                 EX (20) 
Health: 90
Karma: 40

BACKGROUND
Real Name: Kelli Cross
Occupation: College student, roller derby player
Identity: Secret
Legal Status: Citizen of the U.S. with no criminal record
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Walter Rush (grandfather)
Base of Operations: Sparkle City, California
Group Affiliation: Super-Sentinels

KNOWN POWERS
Hyper Speed. The magic roller skates increase her reaction time to an Unearthly degree, allowing the following abilities:
  • Delivering one hundred Good blows per turn.
  • Perceiving an catching high velocity objects with Unearthly ease
  • Airskating: Remarkable speed by rapidly fanning her feet and arms.
  • Waterskating: Unearthly speed by skimming along on surface tension
  • Extra attacks with Unearthly ability or multiple attacks that inflict up to Unearthly damage, ignoring body armor (only one to hit roll is made).
  • Create cyclones for Excellent damage and Unearthly stunning or slamming
  • Wallskating (500 feet with a 1000-foot approach)
  • Invisibility by moving extremely fast, Red intuition FEAT to notice
  • One must make a Red FEAT to hit Rocket with anything other than an area effect or Psychic attack. If he is making multiple attacks against the same target the FEAT is reduced to Yellow.
  • Considered Amazing rank for Fighting for multiple attacks and evading.
  • Considered Amazing rank for Agility for dodging and catching projectiles.
  • Considered Monstrous rank for Intuition for initiative.
  • She may perceive any object's momentum as though it were 14CS slower than it's actual movement speed. E.g: Arrows and bullet sized objects appear moving at 5 m/ph
  • Rocket is considered to have Unearthly Endurance for movement and tiring purposes, while wearing her skates.
  • Unearthly resistance to friction
History: Kelli Cross was a college student, but what she was really into was roller derby. When she discovered her grandfather Walt had been a costumed crime-fighter during World War II with a set of magical roller-skates that supposedly came from an extradimensional imp—well, it all sounded pretty hard to believe, but skating and fighting crime just seemed like the thing to do!

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

Wednesday Comics: Comic Book Kickstarters

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:00
Kickstarter doesn't make it easy to find stuff just browsing, so as a public service, here are a few Kickstarters that I have backed in the past week or so that might be of interest to comics fans:


Aztec Ace: The Complete Collection: Eclipse originally published these adventures of a Native American time traveler doing the sort of Doctor Who save the timeline thing back in the 80s. This is the first time this Doug Moench/Dan Day work has been collected, as far as I know.


Cosmic Master Jim Starlin's Art Book and Illustrated Novella: Readers of this blog likely know I am a big fan of Jim Starlin and his Bronze Age of Comics cosmicism. It's great to see he's getting a nice artbook. The illustrated Hardcore Station novel interests me less, but it's a nice extra.


Scout:Marauder: Scout was another Native American hero published original by Eclipse. It was set in a dystopian future where the United States had been crippled after its ecological excesses led other nations to turn against it. Scout was the creation of Timothy Truman. He promises this adventure is standalone, so familiarity with the previous series isn't necessary.

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