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MATT WAGNER’S MAGE SERIES COMES TO EPIC CONCLUSION AFTER 35 YEARS OF ADVENTURE, FINALE ISSUE TO FEATURE 8-PAGE GATEFOLD

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 19:48

PORTLAND, OR, 11/26/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that long-running, cult-favorite series MAGE by Matt Wagner will feature a special, breathtaking 8-page gatefold in the finale issue of the series, MAGE: THE HERO DENIED #15. This highly collectible issue will bring the series to a stunning conclusion after 35 years of adventure.

First premiering as part of the indie comics boom in the ’80s, MAGE tells the story of the classic Hero’s Journey through the lens of a contemporary setting and as an allegorical autobiography of Wagner himself.

Wagner’s fictional alter-ego, Kevin Matchstick, confronts both supernatural enemies as well as his own humanity in his heroic role—a modern-day incarnation of the legendary Pendragon, wielder of the mystic weapon, Excalibur.

A vanguard of the independent comics movement for decades, Wagner is perhaps best known for his epic crime-and-sci-fi noir narrative, Grendel, but it is in the pages of MAGE that his most personal story comes to fruition.

“MAGE has been an utterly unique and rewarding experience for me,” said Wagner. “I’d like to thank both my new and longtime readers, especially those dedicated fans who have stuck with MAGE through the long gaps between the various books of the trilogy. Your continued interest and passion for this story have always served to inspire me. And I’d also like to thank the entire Image Comics crew in their unfailing support and enthusiasm for seeing this project through to completion.”

MAGE: THE HERO DENIED #15 Cover A by Wagner (Diamond Code DEC180259) and Cover B by Wagner (Diamond Code DEC180260) will feature colors by Brennan Wagner and letters by Dave Lanphear as a special oversized issue weighing in at 56 pages.

It will retail for $7.99 and arrives in stores on Wednesday, February 27th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 4th.

MAGE: THE HERO DENIED #15 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

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BETTY & VERONICA #1 unlettered preview

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 19:43

BETTY & VERONICA #1 (of 5)
BRAND NEW SERIES! “Senior Year, Pt. 1: Summer” – Betty and Veronica go where they’ve never gone before—their senior year of high school! Only one school year stands between them and freedom, but when the two BFFs think they’ll be attending the same college in the fall find out that their plans have changed, their senior year—and their friendship—is put to the test!
Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Sandra Lanz, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Sandra Lanz
Variant Covers: Laura Braga, Francesco Francavilla, Audrey Mok, Marguerite Sauvage
On Sale Date: 12/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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IT’S TINTIN MEETS TARANTINO IN THIS 1950’S CRIME NOIR!

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 05:57

San Antonio, TX – November 26, 2018. If Sin City and Tintin hooked up it’s hard to imagine the resulting offspring being anything other than OFFBEATS, a kinetic crime noir set in the jazz-drenched atmosphere of 1950’s New York City. Guardian Knight Studios today announced OFFBEATS #1 kicking off this four-issue limited series.

Created by Tom Sacchi and John Ward, OFFBEATS is the tale of Jim, a lowly mechanic who flees to the Big Apple in search of a new life as a writer but instead finds himself caught between a hard-nosed police force and the mob. Jim must team up with small-time hustler Booker to save Booker’s sister from the mob, and stay one step ahead of the police.

With beautiful artwork from Giles Crawford (FUBAR, Igor: Occult Detective), eye-popping colors from Dan Thompson (Rip Haywire) and Lee Milewski (Hunter’s Lore, The Winter Year) and exquisite lettering from Henry Bajaras (La Voz De M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo), OFFBEATS skillfully blends noir storytelling with a distinctly Franco-Belgian art style to create a uniquely entertaining comic experience.

This unusual juxtaposition of tone was very much a deliberate choice as co-creator Tom Sacchi explains, “I’ve had a love affair with the Belgian comic scene since I was a teenager. I just love how the Belgian creators can use cartoony characters in very real settings, coupled with real-life situations. I really dig this contrast.”

“I love dark, moody tales set in this era, but I felt this was a well-trodden landscape, “said co-creator and writer John Ward. “The challenge was to create something that hit all the familiar story beats but somehow felt fresh, and I think the cartoon style really works in this instance.”

Without a doubt, one of the most distinctive aspects of the book is the gorgeous European style artwork, courtesy of talented Australian artist Giles Crawford. “I try to only work on projects I enjoy in some way,” Giles explains. “… and jazz, gangsters and 1950’s cities are all things I like to draw. It’s a fast-paced, fun story.”

Tom Sacchi describes the book as a “love letter to mid-century Americana and NYC,” adding “I’m a born and raised “New Yorker” and wish I had a time machine so I could go back in time to this fabulous era.”

You can pre-order OFFBEATS #1 using Diamond Code: DEC185164 and print copies will be on sale February 27th, 2019 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the Antarctic Press web store Antarctic-Press.MyShopify.com

OFFBEATS #1
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(W) John Ward (A) Giles Crawford
It’s Tintin meets Tarantino in this 1950’s crime noir!  A young man tries to save a woman from a vicious street gang, but ends up needing to be rescued by a petty crook who introduces him to a whole new world!
In Shops: Feb 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99

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CCL #484 – Remembering Stan Lee

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 02:35

Chris is back after a short 3 month hiatus and is joined by Andy Tom. Chris and Andy discuss the new Crisis On Infinite Earths Companion Volume 1 HC, Daredevil Epic Collection Vol. 18: Fall From Grace TP, Batman: White Knight HC, Doctor Strange: What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen? TP by P. Craig Russell and they reminisce on the passing of Stan Lee and their favorite Stan Lee storyline.

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This podcast direct .mp3 link

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The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 110

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:29
The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 110

Mego action figures were once top of the heap with some awesome comic book characters. Well, Mego is back! The lads also chat about DC Comics’ television shows this season. And the lads even talk a bit about comic books!

If you are interested in older episodes please head to http://heykidscomics.ca !

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An Awkward JUSTICE LEAGUE THANKSGIVING

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 14:51



It’s Thanksgiving at the Justice League of America household and things are just as awkward for them as they might be for your family. Join Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and more as they give thanks.

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COSPLAY GIRL OF THE WEEK!

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 14:49

This week’s Cosplay Girl of the Week Ola Jordan

 

 

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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COSPLAY GUY OF THE WEEK!

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 14:44

This week’s Cosplay Guy of the Week 

Holidays and celebrations, New year, Christmas, sports, bodybuilding, healthy lifestyle – Muscular handsome sexy Santa Claus enjoys fresh baked piping hot donuts left for him as a thank you gift for all the nice presents he brings to good little boys and girls around the world. Santa loves donuts and stuff

If you would like to be the Cosplay Guy 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 Guys!

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RICH REVIEWS: Miraculous: Season Two Bye Bye, Little Butterfly!

Sat, 11/24/2018 - 08:54

Title: Miraculous: Season Two Bye Bye, Little Butterfly!
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Written by: Thomas Astruc, Matthieu Choquet, Frédéric Lenoir, Nolwenn Pierre, Sébastien Thibaudeau, Jeremy Zag
Adaptation by: Cheryl Black & Nicole D’Andria
Art by: Zag Entertainment & Cheryl Black
Cover by: Zag Entertainment
Lettered by: Justin Birch
Price: $ 6.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: http://www.actionlabcomics.com
Comments: “Chapter 1: Despair Bear” Marinette’s dad is giving baking lessons to her class. All but Chloe love having him there.
The art is gorgeously presented. Marinette and all her friends look amazing in this 3-D style animation type art.
Chloe decides she wants to be nice to others or at least appears to be.  At her party, Marinette and her crush Adrien get to dance. She even gets a compliment or two. Marinette is on cloud nine. It is wonderful to see something occur between these two.
Ladybug, when she jumps into action, is pure excitement and cuteness. Cat Noir is not used very much yet Adrien is. Marinette and Ladybug are used about the same amount which works out so well.
“Chapter 2: Reposte” Marinette while trying out for fencing has a young opponent in red step up. Adrien and this challenger put on a great match going back and forth. Than the Akuma takes over making an amazing evil opponent Ladybug is in for a battle.  Riposte is illustrated nice and sleek. Ladybug does use her yoyo well and it does help win the day. Her yoyo is a unique weapon.
Ladybug is a fun super-hero full of excitement. You will never be bored reading a Miraculous comic book.

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SPILLING INK: The First Odventure Novel: Given to Fly by JD Estrada

Sat, 11/24/2018 - 07:54

Have you ever wanted to read a book that dreams about becoming a Studio Ghibli film? Well now you can. Given to Fly is the 13th book by Puerto Rican indie author JD Estrada and his first full length middle grade fantasy novel. But more importantly, it’s a book with a lot of heart and no violence.

If you see movies, TV, video games, or the news at any given moment, it’s almost as if violence is a required ingredient in whatever medium we enjoy. Given to Fly is a book that avoids the use of violence even when it talks about real issues like death, financial and professional struggles, and life in general in favor of finding joy and life lessons through the fantastical.

At 11 years old, John Rivers is a kind hearted kid who dreams about flying. He’s just moved to the Pacific Northwest with his family to a house that although it’s very lovely and very cozy, it’s not exactly magical. What he doesn’t know is that magic is actually closer than he thinks.

After strolling up a hill near his house, he finds a cliff with a cove at the bottom and a huge tree growing over the water. What’s special about this particular tree is that it currently serves as the resting spot for a house that defies logic while embracing the amazing. As curious as he is kind, one look at Od Manor is all it takes for John to jump at the chance to explore a new world of wonder.

Apart from John Rivers, the other main protagonist in the novel is Fäet Odstein, the literary persona of JD Estrada. Although mainly based on Estrada himself, Fäet probably also has a little bit of Willy Wonka, Cheshire Cat, and many other characters that resonate with JD.  Given to Fly is also the first of what will be a series of stand-alone middle-grade novels with Fäet Odstein as one of its protagonists. The purpose of these books shall be to offer stories without violence that hopefully get more children to read and dream.

This is not the first time JD Estrada has written middle grade fantasy stories. His Daydreams on the Sherbet Shore have been described as whimsical bedtime stories with a lot of heart. That same heart was the main driver for this story. Like most of his works, Given to Fly was written longhand in one of the best gifts Estrada has ever received in his life. A long time ago, his wife gifted him a hard cover notebook. The image on it was particularly special to him. She had asked him what image meant the most to him. Without batting an eye, he looked up the image to the Pearl Jam single by the same name. A couple of months later and with misty eyes, he had a hard cover notebook with that same image and the name could only be Given to Fly. But what to write about…

The question lingered in the air and rumbled in his brain until a trip to Orlando had him and his wife going to Epcot Center and getting on the Soarin’ ride for the first time. As sights, sounds, and smells washed over him in the beautiful flight simulator, an idea was born and by the end, he had soared right into an epiphany. “It’s going to be about a boy who dreams about flying,” he told his wife through tears of joy after getting off the ride.

Several years have passed after that ride and finally Given to Fly is ready for you to read. It is a tribute to things that bring him joy and a song that makes his soul smile. In honor of the band that has inspired his life so much, all proceeds for Given to Fly and all other Estrada books for the remainder of 2018 shall be donated to Actionforjackson.org in support of #EBAwareness. Epidermolysis Bullosa is a family of rare genetic disorders that affect the body’s largest organ: the skin and Eddie Vedder (lead singer for Pearl Jam) has worked hard to support this cause. It is a small token of gratitude for everything the band means to Estrada and aligns with his #Humans4Humans efforts to support different causes and try to make a positive impact through his writing and any other efforts to support good causes that help our fellow humans.

To purchase your very own copy of Given to Fly, visit Libros 787 or Amazon.com.

http://Amazon.com

Book Blurb:

John Rivers is a kind and imaginative 11-year-old who is about to learn that magic not only exists, but is closer than he thinks. As much a dreamer as he is curious, John comes across a house that defies logic while embracing the amazing. Influenced by Hayao Miyazaki, Peter Pan, and dreams of flight, Given to Fly is a book full of heart that skips the violence in favor of the fantastical.

Back Cover:

John Rivers is a kind and imaginative 11-year-old whose new home may be cozy, but there’s nothing magical about it. What he doesn’t know is that magic is actually closer than he thinks. After strolling up a hill near his house, he finds a cliff with a cove at the bottom with a huge tree growing over the water. What’s special about this particular tree is that it currently serves as the resting spot for a house that defies logic while embracing the amazing. As curious as he is kind, one look at Od Manor is all it takes for John to jump at the chance to explore a new world of wonder.

Given to Fly is the 13th book by Puerto Rican indie author JD Estrada. It is a work that shies away from violence in favor of exploring the inner child we all have that is always ready and willing to dream. 

Title:  Given to Fly

Key Words:

#GivenToFly #JDEstradaNovel #OdventureNovel #ODventure #JDEstrada #Flying #FaetOdstein #MiddlegradeNovel #IndieAuthor #IndieNovel #Humans4Humans

Author:  JD Estrada

Cover Artwork: Raphael Tangal

Publication Date:  December 1

Paperback Price: 15.99

Digital Price:  2.99

Pages: 160

ASIN:

Ebook ISBN: 13: 978-1545562758

ISBN-10: 154556275X

Amazon.com

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RICH REVIEWS: The List # 1

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 12:35

Title: The List # 1
Publisher: James Stimpson
Created by: James Stimpson
Written by: James Stimpson
Drawn by: Liana Recchione
Price: $ 2.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.comixcentral.com/products/the-list-1/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_list_comic.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheList_Comic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheListComicBook.com 
Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/blog/thelistcomic.com
Comments: Here we see Santa not being so nice. Actually he is shown as a killing and causing much bloodshed. This Santa is hard-edged and his main job is saving children while other Santas delivers the gifts. This version of Santa Claus is unlike any you have seen before. Sal here is uncouth yet he does do great work. He works for Jesus Christ literally. This Jesus also is not what you would expect.
Not even Jesus can keep the peace among the Santa’s. Cedrick hates Sal and the feeling is mutual. One delivers toys and the other justice.
The art is presented well in showcasing the characters here. This is a unique take on the Santa Claus legend. The elves do have a cute side to their appearance. Jesus is drawn to look to match his job here of running the show so he is a businessman and son of God.
Jesus Christ may promote peace on Earth for the most part but it is great to see him here having Sal take care of those who would hurt children. Those people do need to be punished and feel the wrath of God.

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First look at Disney’s “The Lion King”

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 23:04

Walt Disney Studios has given something to be thankful for today.  The studio has released the first teaser and poster for the live action adaptation of “The Lion King.”

“From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king must overcome betrayal and tragedy to assume his rightful place on Pride Rock.

Disney’s The Lion King opens in theatres July 19, 2019.”

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ART OF WRESTLING ROAD DIARIES 35. Comedy + Wrestling

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 16:31

Guest: Marty DeRosa joins Colt as together, they do a Midwest tour of both comedy and wrestling shows.

Sponsors:
www.OnYourOwn.org/wrestling
www.ActionHeat.com/COLT

Music:
www.youtube.com/TheUkuleleTeacher
www.superfunyeahyeahrocketship.com

Image Photo:
www.portraitofawrestler.com/

Image Design:
Jimmy Lee

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 08:01

The staff of First Comics News wishes our servicemen past and present a Happy Thanksgiving!

Alex Wright, Bob Almond, Dærick Gröss Sr., Katie Salidas, Mat Kaufman, Michael Dunne, Miguel Ortiz, Tanya Tate, Tim Chizmar, Alex Simmons, Mike Bullock, Buzz Dixon, Holly Golightly, Howard Chaykin, J. C. Vaughn, Mark Haney, Marwan El Nashar, Naif Al-Mutawa, Scott McDaniel, Trevor Von Eeden, Art Sippo, Chris Marshall, Colt Cabana, Jamie Coville, Chris Squires, Francis Sky, Grant Offenberger, Martin Boruta, Phil Latter, Calvin Daniels, Giovanni Aria, Joshua Pantalleresco, Ric Croxton, Wayne Hall, Jez Ibelle, Matthew Szewczyk, Reinhardt Schäfer, Richard Vasseur and Rik Offenberger

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RICH REVIEWS: Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion # 1

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 22:42

Title: Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion # 1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Gerard Way
Artist: Gabriel Ba
Letters: Nate Piekos for Blambot
Colorist: Nick Filardi
Covers Artist: Gabriel Ba
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.darkhorse.com
Comments: Sir Reginald Hargreeves takes a man to a hotel the Hotel Oblivion. The settings are weird in a old style gothic sci-fi horror appeal. This hotel is in a place you do not want to be. The TV reception is awful.
In the city, we are treated to a super looking car in a firefight and chase that is pure adrenaline.  What is Number 5’s mission?
Then we see a few super-heroes on the street they will grab your attention as they do not look or operate as normal super-heroes.
At the Umbrella Academy is a strange place with strange people.
The story does move around a lot and therefore does not tell you enough about each situation. Characters pop up with little information given about them. So you are left wondering who this is and why should you care?
The average body mass of the common cockroach is 925 kg. The comic is educational as well as one of the strangest ones you will read.

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Dynamite Delivers The Boys Omnibus Publishing Schedule!

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 21:51

Volume One of Ennis & Robertson’s Critically-Acclaimed Series Releasing March 2019

November 21, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is releasing Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s Eisner-nominated series, The Boys, in a brand new format for fans and readers looking to jump on board with the critically-acclaimed series before the television adaptation debuts with Amazon Prime Video in 2019.

At a massive 344 pages, the fan-favorite series draped in controversy is now presented in an omnibus edition as Dynamite releases the first 14 issues of the acclaimed series in one oversized trade collection! Join the most brutal government operatives ever assembled in tales of mayhem and dark humor, as chronicled by Garth Ennis, Dennis Robertson, and Peter Snejbjerg. Meticulously restored, The Boys Omnibus Edition Volume 1 also features bonus art materials, the script to issue #1 by Garth Ennis, a complete cover gallery with iconic artwork by Darick Robertson, and much more.

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Some superheroes have to be watched. Some have to be controlled. And some of them — sometimes — need to be taken out of the picture. That’s when you call in The Boys! In a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, someone’s got to make sure the “supes” don’t get out of line. Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother’s Milk, The Frenchman, and The Female are The Boys: A CIA-backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most dangerous force on Earth – superpower!

“The Boys has long been one of our proudest achievements in our 14 years of publishing,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “Garth and Darick poured blood, sweat, and tears into the project for six years and 72 issues and we’re excited to see new, affordable, collected editions for fans on stands in time for the much awaited Amazon Prime Video adaptation. There’s never been a better time to read this series.”

The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 will be released in stores everywhere March 2019. The Boys Omnibus Volume 2 and The Boys Omnibus Volume 3 are expected to see May and July release dates, respectively.

The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ December 2018 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in February 2019. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve a copy of The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 with their local comic book shop or pre-order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or retailer of their choosing.

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Love Town #0 in stores NOW!

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 21:41

The very first issue of Matt and John Yuan’s (Serving SupesInspector OH) latest series Love Town #0  is now available at a fine comic retailer near you!

Love Town follows Detective Allie Saxon who is not only the first female on the Los Amores police force; she’s also the department’s only vampire. On her first case, Allie learns that on the mean streets of Love Town, money, power, and magic can make anything happen if you’re willing to pay the price. Magic in Love Town isn’t the usual witch or magician casting a spell that we’re all accustomed to. Magic consumes the user in profound ways. Once a fraction of your being is spent, there’s no getting your soul back.

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First Look: LIVEWIRE #1 Glass Variant to Feature UV Ink!

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 21:38

Under a black light, Livewire’s technological powers seemingly come to life!

Valiant Entertainment is thrilled to reveal a first look at the LIVEWIRE #1 Glass Variant, which features a captivating image illustrated by superb artist Doug Braithwaite and a design created by Valiant Director of Design and Production, Travis Escarfullery. The cover will include a special UV ink printing process that will allow the cover to virtually glow under black light!

Following in the footsteps of their ultra-successful run of Brushed Metal Variants, Valiant first broke new ground with November’s BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 Glass Variant, becoming the first-ever publisher to print a comic book with a tempered glass cover. The initiative was a tremendous success, helping to make the issue the highest-selling Bloodshot issue in the modern era. Now, Valiant will prove once again why it leads the industry in unique innovations when the LIVEWIRE #1 Glass Variant makes its debut!

“I started to think how can we really take this next cover up a notch,” explained Escarfullery. “I started by breaking down Livewire’s technological powers and how I could translate that to the cover. I pictured the graphic of ‘The Matrix’ computer code raining down the screen and it hit me: Years ago my son had a toy drawing board that when you pressed a button, the drawing or text would glow in the dark. This was perfect.”

Livewire is finally getting her very first chance to shine in her own solo series after years as an integral supporting character within the Valiant Universe, featuring a brand new jumping-on point for longtime Valiant fanatics and new readers alike! On December 19th, 2018, rising star Vita Ayala (The Wilds) is joined by the fan-favorite art team behind WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR and SECRET WEAPONS – Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín – to go deeper into the complex psyche of Valiant’s technopathic titan, and explore exactly what it means to be a hero…especially in a world where your reputation is defined by your last big mistake!

Retailers should note that one copy of the LIVEWIRE #1 Glass Variant Cover can be obtained for every qualifying order of 250 copies of LIVEWIRE #1. There is no limit per store – 250 copies ordered will net one glass cover, 500 will net two glass covers, and so forth. Final orders are due to Diamond Comics on Monday, November 26th, but please note the Glass Variant Cover will ship directly from Valiant Entertainment. For any questions, please contact Valiant’s dedicated sales team at sales@valiantentertainment.com.

Plus: Don’t miss the LIVEWIRE #1-8 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – eight massively expanded editions of Valiant’s pulse-pounding ongoing series that can only be ordered as a set through your local comic shop by the final order cut-off (FOC) date of November 26th, 2018!

Released monthly from December 2018 through July 2019, 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 a host of amazing artists – beginning with Paulina Ganucheau (The Unbelievable Gwenpool) – that can’t be found anywhere else!

For more information about Valiant, visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

LIVEWIRE #1
Written by VITA AYALA
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN & PATRICIA MARTÍN
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by ADAM POLLINA (OCT181980)
Cover B by HARVEY TOLIBAO (OCT181981)
B/W Variant Cover by ADAM POLLINA (OCT181983)
Glass Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (OCT181984)
Blank Cover Also Available (OCT181982)

All-new ongoing series! For the first time, Livewire takes center stage!

Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable superpowered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served – and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be…or will she be one at all? From rising star Vita Ayala (Supergirl) and astounding artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín (SECRET WEAPONS) comes an electrifying new series that will launch the Valiant Universe into a new age of champions!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 19th (FOC – 11/26/18)

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LIVEWIRE #1-8 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by VITA AYALA
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN & PATRICIA MARTÍN
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Covers by PAULINA GANUCHEAU & MORE (OCT181985)

$3.99 Each US [8 issues] | 40 pgs. Each | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 19th (FOC – 11/26/18)


LIVEWIRE #1 – Cover A by Adam Pollina


LIVEWIRE #1 – Cover B by Harvey Tolibao


LIVEWIRE #1 – B/W Variant Cover by Adam Pollina


LIVEWIRE #1 – Glass Variant Cover by Doug Braithwaite


LIVEWIRE #1 – Pre-Order Variant Cover by Paulina Ganucheau


LIVEWIRE #1 – Blank Cover

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DC Celebrates 80 Years of Batman with Two Tentpole Anniversary Books

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 06:47

DC CELEBRATES 80 YEARS OF THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR SUPER HERO WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF TWO TENTPOLE BATMAN ANNIVERSARY BOOKS IN 2019

DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN THE DELUXE EDITION

This Oversized Hardcover Will Feature the Best of the Best from the Dark Knight’s 80-Year Publishing History

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000

The Landmark Comic Book to Introduce New Version of the “Arkham Knight”;

Original Story by New York Times Best-Selling Writer Peter J. Tomasi and Acclaimed Artist Doug Mahnke; Bonus Stories from All-Star DC Lineup, Including Geoff Johns, Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini and More

Leading into Batman’s big 80th celebration next year, DC announced today the World’s Greatest Detective will be honored with two milestone book releases in March 2019. DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN THE DELUXE EDITION will be a spectacular oversize hardcover book, and DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 will be a collector’s edition of the 1,000th issue of the periodical comic that launched the high-flying adventures of the world’s most popular Super Hero. Retail orders for these books will be available soon.

Since his debut in DETECTIVE COMICS #27 in March 1939, Batman has been the most popular DC Super Hero in the world, resulting in repeated waves of pop culture “Bat-mania” for many generations of fans. Whether known as the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader or simply Batman, his appeal is global, and he has headlined comic books consistently since 1940, representing thousands of comics titles that have regularly been industry best-sellers no matter the comic book era.

“The enduring popularity of Batman over the past 80 years speaks to the character’s multi-generational appeal,” said DC Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio. “We’re proud to celebrate Batman’s cultural impact with these special releases and look forward to a year of commemorating this milestone anniversary with fans across the globe.”

DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN THE DELUXE EDITION will feature an all-new cover by Jim Lee and several unpublished treasures, including a story about a traumatic early moment in Bruce Wayne’s life by Paul Levitz and acclaimed artist Denys Cowan and an extraordinary look at a work in progress—Bob Kane “ghost” Lew Sayre Schwartz’s original layouts for the Batman tale from DETECTIVE COMICS #200. In addition, the celebratory book will include essays looking at Batman from extraordinary perspectives including Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Glen David Gold, Denny O’Neil, former San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman and pulp historian Anthony Tollin.

The collectible hardcover book follows the best-selling ACTION COMICS: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN and again features guest editor Paul Levitz. Classic reprints of the Dark Knight’s most memorable adventures will also be highlighted, from his first appearance to peak moments and the debuts of Robin, Batwoman, Bat-Mite, Batgirl and Super-Villains such as Two-Face, the Riddler, Clayface and Man-Bat. Plus, the must-have book will include the first tales of Slam Bradley, Air Wave, the Boy Commandos and the Martian Manhunter.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 periodical commemorates the anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in DETECTIVE COMICS, the title from which the DC brand itself was born. The 96-page landmark issue will feature an original story written by New York Times best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN AND ROBIN, DETECTIVE COMICS, BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT) with stunning artwork by Doug Mahnke (BATMAN: THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, BLACKEST NIGHT). Paying tribute to the Caped Crusader’s 80-year legacy, the book will also include a series of supporting stories by top DC talent, including Geoff Johns, Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini, Christopher Priest, Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Kelley Jones, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Maleev and more.

Marking eight decades of crime-fighting, the oversize 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS will reveal a never-before-seen iteration of the Arkham Knight, as well as original stories by some of the biggest names in comics. To further celebrate the cultural legacy of the iconic Super Hero, DC will present a special hardcover release, DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN THE DELUXE EDITION, including new artwork, all-star contributors and thrilling untold stories.

These two special publishing exclusives, available in March 2019, are certain to become collector’s items as part of DC’s yearlong plans to honor 80 years of Batman storytelling.

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RICH REVIEWS: Northstars Volume Two: Yeti Wedding

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 06:34

Title: Northstars Volume Two: Yeti Wedding
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Art, Colors & Letters: Anna Liisa Jones
Story and Flatting: Jim and Haigen Shelley
Inside Cover Art: Kata Kane
Price: $ 5.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.actionlabcomics.com
Comments: Santa and Mrs. Claus and Holly Claus their daughter are going to Yetisburg. Holly meets up with her yeti friend Princess Frostina. Frostina’s Aunt Brrronica is getting married. Holly is quite the detective as we see. Her deductive skills would impress Sherlock Holmes.
The Gryla is mentioned yet not shown at first. It does pique your interest getting you wanting to see her. To know what she looks like. When you do see her she is not what you might expect.
Holly and Frostina do get into some adventurous fun. They also attend a wedding. A yeti wedding is like any ordinary wedding just with lots of yetis there.
Holly and Frostina do know how to enjoy themselves and how to solve problems. These girls are cute and fun. You will enjoy spending time with them.

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