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Legenderry Red Sonja #1 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:39

Legenderry Red Sonja #1

writer: Marc Andreyko

artist: Igor Lima

covers: Joe Benitez (A)

              Joe Benitez (RI-B/W)

              Joe Benitez (RI-B/W)

              Joe Benitez (RI-Blood Red)

FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |  Teen +  

The last we saw of Red Sonja of the Legenderry world, she was living the pirate’s life aboard her ship, The Nautilus. But times have changed. As she tries to rebuild her life once again, she must save the Big City from two houses divided and the star-crossed love bringing them to the brink of war!

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Swordquest: Realworld TP preview

First Comics News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:39

Swordquest: Realworld TP

writer: Chad Bowers, Chris Sims

artist: Ghostwriter X

cover: Goñi Montes

FC  |  152 pages  |  $19.99  |  Teen +  

COLLECTS ISSUES 0-5 + BONUS MATERIAL

In 1984, Peter Case was on his way to being crowned champion of SwordQuest, set to win the last of four contests and lay claim to a golden sword worth over $50,000! But when the game was discontinued, Peter found himself without a game to finish.

Now, over thirty years later, Peter’s stuck in a different kind of game entirely — the game of life, and he’s losing fast. But when he learns that all the prizes meant for the SwordQuest contest of his youth are on display in the World Arcade Museum, he finds an unknown determination that sees him put together a team of like-minded losers for the ultimate heist job — a real-life sword quest!

The red-hot team of Chris Sims, Chad Bowers, and Ghostwriter X (Down Set Fight) have a new game — and the stakes have never been higher!

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Dejah Thoris #1 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:39

Dejah Thoris #1

writer: Amy Chu

artist: Pasquale Qualano

covers: J. Scott Campbell (A)

              Frank Cho (B)

              Mike McKone (C)

              Sergio Davila (D)

              Mike McKone (RI-B/W)

              Frank Cho (RI-Virgin)

  1. Scott Campbell (RI-Virgin)

              Sergio Davila (D) (RI-B/W)

  1.              Scott Campbell (RI-B/W)

FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |  Teen +  

Dejah Thoris, obsessed with finding the legendary Gardens of Mars, recruits her own expedition team of scientists. But once outside the palace walls, things don’t go as planned, and the Princess learns the hard way just how dangerous Barsoom really is.

 

 

 

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Aspen Comics Returns To Planet Comicon and Celebrates 15 -Year Anniversary

First Comics News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 07:32

Aspen Comics heads back to Kansas City this year for Planet Comic Con 2018 as the start of their yearlong Aspen 15-Year Anniversary Con Tour schedule. Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Overtaken), Peter Steigerwald (Kick Ass, The ZooHunters) and rising talent and new Charismagic series artist, Joey Vazquez will be appearing.

 

The publisher will be exhibiting at the con, booth #1223, all weekend long and will debut a Charismagic #1 Convention exclusive cover by superstar artist Tyler Kirkham, limited to 200 copies. Charismagic #1 is officially in stores on February 14th, 2018.

 

In addition to the world premiere of the con-exclusive comic book, Aspen will be offering their 15-Cent Aspen Legacy issue for free to fans in attendance while supplies last.

 

Also, fans are encouraged to visit the Aspen Comics Booth #1223 to browse all of Aspen’s most recent trade paperback releases, exclusive comics and more.

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VAMPBLADE SEASON 2 #11 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 07:26


VAMPBLADE SEASON 2 #11
Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover A – Winston Young regular cover (unlimited)
Cover B – Winston Young risqué variant (limited to 2000)
Cover C – Jason Federhenn artist variant (limited to 1500)
Cover D – Jason Federhenn artist risqué (limited to 2000)
Cover E – Dan Mendoza 90s variant (limited to 1500)
Cover F – Dan Mendoza 90s risqué (limited to 2000)

With Katie near death and her comic shop in ruins from the latest Glarkian space vampire invasion, it’s up to The Intergalactic League of Vampblades to save the day!!

Features 3 covers (regular, artist, and 90s style), each with a risqué variant – including one by Dan Mendoza (Zombie Tramp, DollFace)!

32 pgs./ M / FC $4.99

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FORCE VOLUME 1: The Wright Time preview

First Comics News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 07:26


FORCE VOLUME 1: The Wright Time
Writer(s): Shawn Pryor, B. Alex Thompson
Artist Name(s): Jay Reed
Cover Artist(s): Jay Reed

Quarterback Terrance Wright is about to play in the biggest game of his life, Supreme Bowl XXVII. However, events leading up to the game could alter his fate. Will Terrance’s health, finances, his scheming agent, a beloved rookie backup quarterback, and his personal relationship with the franchise operations manager take him to his breaking point before the game begins?

Sometimes the battle off the field can be as tough as the battle on it. Welcome to the world of F.O.R.C.E. (Football Operations Rated Championship Elite), collecting issues 1-3 of the breakout sports drama.

96 pgs./ T / FC $9.99

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THE CONSULTANT #2 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 07:25


THE CONSULTANT #2
Writer(s): Jason Sterr
Artist Name(s): Daniel Mainé
Cover Artist(s): Daniel Mainé

After a client’s devastating arrest, Marcus rushes to eliminate any and all evidence that could implicate the rest of his rolodex. While The Guardian’s frantically scour the globe, Arzon investigates the leak that led to Spartan’s incarceration. When another hero is tragically attacked, it results in an epic clash between the team and the authorities.

32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99

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Weird Revisited: Apocalypse Under Ground

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:00
This post first appeared in March of 2012. It was the first of a series of 3 in this setting...


He could barely remember a life before the refugee camp. His family had fled there like the others when their village had been overrun. They were without his two sisters; they had been carried away to fill monsters’ cookpots, perhaps. While he spent his days begging for food to feed his family, the monsters took his father, too. Maimed and in constant pain, his father had died with the beak of some leech-thing in his arm—a drug sold to those without hope by agents of the mind-flayers.

If the cleric was to be believed, the monsters took his mother as well. Even then, boy that he was, he knew enough to be skeptical. The wasting sickness that claimed her seemed all too common in the conditions of the camp—gods know he’d seen it enough. The cleric, evangelizing among the refugees, had claimed it was a magical disease sent by the monsters. The clerics always blamed the monsters. Their gods were as hungry for monster blood as the monsters seemed for the blood of man.

The boy didn’t care about the truth. He found a makeshift club, beat some scavenged nails into it, and joined the new crusade. Down he went, with a few veterans but many more hollow-eyed youths, into the lair of the foes of man, into the underground. The boy had survived. He had watched most of the others die in horrible ways: cut down, rended, chewed, dissolved. He had survived.

That was years ago. He barely remembered how young he had been—how weak he had been. Wounds that would have been fatal before now healed within days. He was strong and fast. The underground changed you. The trick was not to change too much. Some scholars thought that many of the tribes of monsters had once been men, in ages past.

Those same sages said it had always been like this. When a civilization mastered enough magic to discover the undergrounds, the war started. Who built them, no one could say. All the beings fighting for them now were like babes crawling through a grand temple in search of a toy. They understood so little. They knew only that there was treasure to be had: the doors in the depths through which the most ancient monsters traveled, the magic they fought over, and the gold that drew the poor and the greedy.

And no one—not goblins, not trolls, not dragons or men—was inclined to share.

HONORCLUB LAUNCH IMMINENT

First Comics News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 00:38
Ring of Honor is proud to officially announce HonorClub. With the imminent launch of HonorClub, the Ringside Membership will be deprecated to make way for this new and improved HonorClub. In addition to live streaming ROH Pay Per Views and On Tour events, and a vast on demand library, HonorClub will be the destination to connect wrestling fans with exclusive content, offers, and more. LIVE STREAMING & VOD Ring of Honor will begin live streaming ROH On Tour events! Live events will also be accessible anytime as part of the VOD library which also includes complete access to the ROH TV Archive, and the VOD Vault containing historical events, compilations, interviews, and more. Standard Memberships will include a 50% discount on ROH’s major Pay Per Views when bought digitally, however an Annual VIP Membership will include all Pay Per Views for FREE! EXCLUSIVE FEATURES HonorClub memberships also include exclusive access to all ROH event ticket pre-sales and 15% off all ROH-branded products in the ROH Pro Shop, in addition to any other discounts or sales. Many fans have also asked about the ROH Forum, and even though there is a large world of social media, there is nothing like having an intimate ROH community to engage with. The ROH Forum returns as an exclusive to HonorClub members! PRICING & RINGSIDE MEMBERSHIP ROLLOVER Ringside Members will automatically become an HonorClub member until their subscription expires. At that time, previous members can decide how they would like to proceed with their HonorClub membership.  The various plans will include both monthly and annual options for the Standard Membership. Fans can choose whether they would like to pay $9.99 per month or a discounted $99.99 for the entire year. However, for the ultimate Ring of Honor experience, fans will have the option to purchase an Annual VIP membership for just $119.99. This package includes all of the wonderful features of the Standard Membership, but it also gives you free access to all ROH Pay Per Views! HOW TO ACCESS HONORCLUB At initial launch, HonorClub will be available on your computer or personal device through ROHWrestling.com. HonorClub will also be available through the new ROH App on Android and iOS, and channels on Roku, Apple TV, and Android TV as a Beta version for select fans. In an effort to provide fans with a quality user experience, these platforms will be tested thoroughly during this phase with an official launch coming very soon.

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RICH REVIEWS: House of Demons

First Comics News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 00:13

Four estranged friends reunite and spend the night in a remote country house that was once home to a Manson Family like cult. As the night goes on, the strange rituals in the house’s past open connections between the past, the present, and the subconscious, forcing all the characters to confront their deepest secrets and darkest demons, or be destroyed by them. It’s a blend of The Shining style freaky horror with the emotional character focus of a film like Magnolia. The film stars a number of prominent geek culture personalities including Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Chloe Dykstra (Heroes of Cosplay), Tiffany Smith (DC All Access), etc.

Director: Patrick Meaney

Writer: Patrick Meaney

Cast:

Amber Benson  … Maya
Kaytlin Borgen  … Gwen
Morgan Peter Brown  … Spencer
Dove Meir … Frazer
Whitney Moore  … Katrina
Jeff Torres  … Matthew
Tiffany Smith  … Samantha
Chloe Dykstra  … Nancy
Taliesin Jaffe  … Dave
Alexia Dox  … Dawn
Jeff Berg  … Jeff
Paradox Pollack  … Demon
Brian Townes  … Derek

Trailer:



Run Time: 1 hr, 30 min
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Comments: Some friends while driving have an accident. One of the friends gets seriously hurt.
Things start to happen much later on. The flashes of images are confusing. The vampire-like creature is made up to scare you.
The movie does move along slowly. We get glimpses into the characters pasts. Gwen does come across as a mess.
The four friends are just hanging out at a house. Weird things keep happening every so often. What is the purpose of this movie?
There is some nice imagery. The actors do show some skill at their craft.
The characters needed to have had more focus on getting to know them so you would care more about them.
Well after the way the story goes and the way it jumps around it is actually nice to see the way it ends. It gives one hope.

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RICH REVIEWS: Savage Dragon # 231 

First Comics News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 00:07

Title: Savage Dragon # 231
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer/Artist/Cover: Erik Larsen
Letters: Ferran Delgado
Colors: Nikos Koutsis
Flats: Mike Toris
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Website: www.imagecomics.com
Comments: Malcolm Dragon does have one interesting or rather a weird family. His half-brother may become his father-in-law. His wife is so small. The way she talks to her mother is forthright with no holding back.
Rapture is up to no good. Wherever she is there is one big surprise that appears. This surprise is long overdue.
A sex-doll commits a crime. She does get very violent.
This issue has full nudity so it is a mature title.
Then a whole bunch of sex-dolls attack Malcolm. They are all dressed sexy and they gang up on Malcolm. The fight though ends just as it is getting started so tune in next issue to actually see it.
Nothing is explained. Why are these sex-dolls attacking? Who is controlling them or are they now alive? What is Rapture up to? There is very little fighting art, for the most part, the characters are just standing or sitting around.
The backup story features Aquaria in “Mer-Made In America” with a script by Adam McGovern, art by Paolo Leandri, color by Dominic Regan, design Steve Price and Aquaria was created by McGovern & Leandri with Dean Haspiel.
Aquaria does save a woman from drowning. A woman that may be a mermaid? This story has three women sitting around talking and that is it. It needed more to it. The art was done ok but again it was only used to show three women sitting around. Aquaria is certainly a character that deserves to be explored more.

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RICH REVIEWS: Long Lost # 4

First Comics News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 00:01

Title: Long Lost # 4
Publisher: Scout Comics
Co-Creators: Matthew Erman & Lisa Sterle
Writer: Matthew Erman
Artist/Cover Artist: Lisa Sterle
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.scoutcomics.com
Comments: The two sisters are settling in. The girls take a walk into town. The art is done in a nice simple style. Hazel Patch is a small rural town and it is laid back. Not much ever changes.
The sisters reminisce about their childhood. Their mother had a lot to do with them being messed up and now not being really close.
Then in a restaurant as the sisters are eating something strange happens.  Some more weird things happen and the sisters and their aunt meet a pale woman in the forest. There is a mystery here and you will be intrigued by it. Something has been going on here for a long time and it involves the two sisters and their mother. The suspense is built up more this issue. You will want to know what is going on.
Piper and Frances are going in deeper into whatever is going in Hazel Patch.

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First big game look at “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

First Comics News - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 23:56

During tonight’s “Superb Owl” Lucasfilm and Disney has released a first look teaser at “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” A full trailer will be released tomorrow morning during “Good Morning America.”

Official synopsis:

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany.

 

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WAYNE’S WORLDS: Dollar Comics!

First Comics News - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 15:03

I’m not sure how many comics fans even remember what “the quarter box” is anymore.

Many shops sold older comics that didn’t sell for just 25 cents in order to move them out of inventory. I’ve read many a good story after rifling through such boxes!

However, not all comics that end up there stay there. If DC or Marvel revive a character found in one of those books, like Rocket Raccoon, for instance, then those books might make a huge leap to the collectibles, and fast!

Companies like Marvel take note that the local stores can make money that way, and for a long time, they were content to let that happen.

Not any longer, apparently!

COMICS HERE FOR A DOLLAH!

Marvel recently made ten previous stories of the Phoenix available for only a dollar each to sell in conjunction with their current storyline dealing with Jean Grey.

It wasn’t all that long ago that I’d find these stories up on the wall with big price tags on them. (In fact, some places still do that.) But with new, re-colored versions on the stands for just a buck, that practice is fading away.

After all, you’d have to keep every comic produced by Marvel or other companies to be ready should such a revival occur. Most stores don’t have nearly that kind of storage space.

Now, of course Marvel would love it if you do keep multiple copies of their previous issues around just in case such a thing happens. It’s called show business, after all!

However, these days of limited budgets and restricted shelf space don’t really work well with that business plan. And, truth be told, Marvel wants to take in as much of the profits from comics as possible today, even though they dearly love the local shop owners and their businesses! It’s a matter of survival.

WHY DOLLAR COMICS?

Besides the profit angle, why else would Marvel want to reprint classic stories?

For one thing, not all of us buying books today have read all these tales. I haven’t read every Phoenix story in this group, for example, and I’ve been buying comics for decades!

What this practice does is help newer readers better understand the nuances of upcoming storylines. I have often joked that if I had a million dollars, I still couldn’t afford to buy all the previous X-Men titles. I also don’t have the time to read them all so I can figure out what happened to Colossus in issue such-and-such and why that’s important to the latest issue.

If I’m a collector, though, that’s a big concern! I’ve worked hard to get and store all those comics for just such an occasion! The sad thing is that people who buy each and every X-Men released these days are a much smaller group than they used to be. People who can afford ten $1.00 comics, however, are a potentially bigger number.

Another good reason to do this is, if you already have all these issues in pristine condition, slabbed and such, you don’t want to crack open the containers to read them. Having a new reprint that you don’t have to worry about condition as much and maybe actually just read could fill the bill. (Yeah, I know – how unlikely is THAT?)

BLACK AND WHITE VERSUS COLOR

It wasn’t that long ago that both Marvel and DC provided collections of previous comics that were published on newsprint and only black-and-white to make them more affordable.

The cool thing about these books was that you got to read many of the issues in the original sequence. I’ve bought a few of them in my day, and it was great to re-explore the books as they were originally available.

These days, though, people tend to want color versus black and white. After the not-so-recent craze of B&W comics, that printing scheme has fallen on hard times. Only certain of these books, like Bone, Batman: Black and White or Cerebus, have stood the test of time. Otherwise, I hear most people say, “Oh, they couldn’t afford to print color! Never mind!”

Granted, there are many storytellers who utilize black and white to its fullest potential, and I love to see that happen. But today’s younger readers, I was told during a printing seminar, expect color. They avoid black and white like the plague! And I work at a paper that prints many of its pages in black and white, but the owner believes the audience skews much older, so she doesn’t care. Oh, well!

DID IT WORK?

It’s something of a gamble to print dollar comics these days. In fact, I hear rumblings every once in a while that Marvel’s about to increase their general cover prices from $3.99 to $4.99. I think fan reaction has been mostly negative to that, but I feel it’s inevitable. If you want Marvel, you’ll pay more to get it is the rationale I keep hearing those in support of this policy.

I wonder if the creators of the dollar comics will see any new money from the reprints. I doubt it, but it would be nice. Of course, costs are kept low by reprinting existing stories and only recoloring them, but I’m sure they still lose money on every individual issue they print. They hope to make up for that with higher sales of the new books, I’m sure!

I hope it did work because there are some classic stories I’d like to dive back into again after several years. And I hope more readers means higher sales, which can translate into more comics. And I always want that to happen!

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Babylon Berlin

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 15:00

I've been enjoying the German crime drama Babylon Berlin on Netflix. It's location and time period (the 1920s) is always one I've found interesting--and I have the old posts to prove it!

For some nonfiction recommends to make your cities even more decadent: Urban Decadence Made Easy.

Here's a post on the Weird Adventures analog of Weimar Berlin, Metropolis: Desolation Cabaret

RICH REVIEWS: The XII: The Father Vol 1

First Comics News - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 14:33

Title: The XII: The Father Vol 1
Publisher: Sol Comics
Writer: Patrick Trahey
Artist: Luis Suarez
Letterer: Martin “Magnus” Perez
Pages: 174
Price: $ 1.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: sol-comics.com/
Comments: This collects the four-issue series into one book.
We see Caleb a father and husband showing he cares about his family. He knows in this world that having food to eat is the most important thing that and family.
After an attack and looting, Caleb and his son Eli and Alvin must make an unknown and dangerous ride into the city along the deadly roads. This story takes place in a hard world where survival is the hardest thing of all.
After a long hard journey on the road, they do finally make it to Chicago. The Promised Land does not look all that promising. Who are the Twelve and do they exist?
We see the Twelve in action here and Caleb fights for his family. He loves them and will do anything to protect them.
we are given a look back at how Caleb and Anna Belle first got together. It was not pretty.
The black and white art throughout this comic is perfect for the rough setting in this future post-apocalyptic world.
What would you do to protect your family? Here Caleb finds out and he does it. This story is powerful in showing the love a father has for his children. Any father would be able to sympathize with Caleb. The characters here all have powerful emotions that we see brought out.
The Twelve yes they are very real.

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COSPLAY DUDE OF THE WEEK!

First Comics News - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 10:36

This week’s Cosplay Dude of the Week

If you would like to be the Cosplay Dude of the Week!
Please send your photo to Alex.Wright@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Dudes!

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COSPLAY GIRL OF THE WEEK!

First Comics News - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 10:34

This week’s cosplay girl of the week Blizzard Terrak

If you would like to be the Cosplay Girl of the Week!
Please send your photo to Giovanni.Aria@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Girls!

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Unfathomable Azurth

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 12:00
Following up on my Operation Unfathomable in other genres post, this was to be about how I would adapt Jason Sholtis' awesome adventure to my current setting, the Land of Azurth. But busy work week, baby, and all that... So instead, this is my brainstorming for what I what things the adventure makes me think would be good Azurth tweaks. I am thinking mostly of how I responded to it in play, which was a version in length like the Knockspell original, but with some elements closer to their final concept in the Hydra edition.

So, the Azurth version will muddy Jason's conception with Oz, Fleischer Studios cartoons (and possibly Cuphead), and different comic books than the ones that likely inspired Jason. The Operation Unfathomable Underworld will be a dangerous "wildernes" region of Subazurth.

First, off "Worm Sultan" makes me think of this guy from the The Yellow Knight of Oz, so he's in:


The final version has several types of dwarfs...

Then, there are some religious factions:



That's all I've got for now.

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