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Royden Lepp’s Rust Concludes in February 2018

First Comics News - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:56

from BOOM! Studios

“…the beautiful sepia-toned art gives a strong sense of both windswept wheat fields
and clanking robot battle.” – Publishers Weekly

“…heartfelt and fun…” – IGN

“…a solid work…” – MTV

“…gorgeous…” – GeekDad

  

 

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (September 18, 2017) – BOOM! Studios is proud to announce Royden Lepp’s RUST VOL. 4: SOUL IN THE MACHINE, the final chapter to his critically acclaimed graphic novel series about a mysterious boy who suddenly appears on a farm struggling to survive after a long apocalyptic war and changes the fate of the family who runs it. Debuting in February 2018, this original graphic novel marks the first time the publisher has released both hardcover and softcover editions simultaneously in comic shops and bookstores.

At the center of the Rust saga is Jet Jones, a boy with a jetpack who crashes into the Taylor family farm. As Jet deals with his uncertain future, members of the Taylor family each view his arrival—and subsequent stay—in different ways.

Rust is about loss, loyalty, love, and courage,” says Lepp. “This final volume takes place entirely in the course of one final night on the farm as each member of the family must fight for their lives and choose what they truly believe.”

Developed over the last seven years, Rust is a deeply personal story that echoes Lepp’s own history—in particular, the eldest son, Roman, who grapples with the loss of his father, who went missing during the war.

“As I was drawing and writing the final pages of this last book I realized that not only is it likely my greatest creative achievement thus far, but probably the one that will be the most personal to me,” says Lepp, also known for his successful career as an Art Director in the video game industry. “For some reason, this book happened in a time in my life when I dealt with the repercussions of loss. Each time I sat down to write one of Roman’s letters to his missing Dad, I was really of course writing a letter to my own Dad who died a few months before volume one was released. This story is unique to a time in my life in a way that no other story will be.”

The previous volumes of this acclaimed graphic novel series—Rust Vol 1: Visitor in the Field, Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell, and Rust Vol. 3: Death of the Rocket Boy—are all available in hardcover, softcover, and digital format. An additional release, the Rust Vol. 0: The Boy Soldier softcover, collects the prologues of all four hardcover volumes.

RUST VOL. 4: SOUL IN THE MACHINE is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed Archaia imprint, home to graphic novels such as Mouse Guard by David Petersen; Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy Bastian; Bolivar by Sean Rubin; Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón Pérez; and licensed series like Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.

RUST VOL. 4: SOUL IN THE MACHINE features a cover by Royden Lepp. Print copies will be available for sale at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one); booksellers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million; or through the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

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Hero Initiative Heads to Baltimore Comic-Con

First Comics News - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:47

With Exclusive Creators Joshua Dysart, Dennis O’Neil, Khoi Pham

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 19, 2017 – Hero Initiative, the non-profit that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, is heading to Baltimore Comic Con September 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Dennis O’Neil

And Hero’s booth, #1501, is the ONLY place to find creators Joshua Dysart (Living Level-3: Iraq), Dennis O’Neil (Green Lantern/Green Arrow), and Khoi Pham (Mighty Avengers). This amazing group will be signing and sketching all weekend to support out cause! Don’t miss out!

And Hero Initiative Ambassadors will be collecting for Hero on the con floor. Please swing by and say “hi” to: Reilly Brown, Mark Buckingham, Jim Calafiore, Richard Case, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Brian Haberlin, Phil Hester, JG Jones, Matt Kindt, Barry Kitson, Jay Leisten, Laura Martin, Dustin Nguyen, Jerry Ordway, Steve Orlando, Greg Pak, Jeff Parker, Andrew Pepoy, Brandon Peterson, Keith Pollard, Craig Rousseau, Stan Sakai, Bart Sears, Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Andy Smith, Joe Staton, Mark Waid, Marv Wolfman, and Rich Woodall. Stop on by and do the right thing!

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Dynamite at Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

First Comics News - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:45

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 19, 2017 – Headed to Baltimore Comic-Con this year? Team Dynamite will be there in full force to celebrate the 18th annual event, which hosts a variety of comic creator guests, retailers, exhibitors, panels, and special events!

This year, the Baltimore Comic-Con will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on September 22-24, 2017. Tickets are available online — avoid ticket lines by purchasing now.

While there, be sure to visit the Dynamite team at Booth #2010, and pick up their exclusive Baltimore Comic-Con foil covers of Sheena, Killer Instinct, and The Librarians!

Dynamite Creators & Staff that will be attending Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 include*:

  • Amy Chu (KISS, Red Sonja)
  • Greg Pak (John Wick)
  • Steve Orlando (The Shadow/Batman)
  • Mark Evanier (Grumpy Cat/Garfield)
  • Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn, Bettie Page)
  • James Kuhoric (Army of Darkness, Dead Irons)
  • Walter Simonson (Battlestar Galactica)
  • Louise Simonson (Red Sonja)
  • Frank Cho (Jungle Girl, Red Sonja)
  • Phil Hester (Black Terror, Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet)
  • Nick Barrucci (Dynamite Publisher and CEO)
  • Alan Payne (Dynamite VP, Sales & Marketing)
  • Joseph Rybandt (Dynamite Senior Editor)
  • Pat O’Connell (Dynamite Sales Manager)
  • Janie Mackenzie (Dynamite PR & Marketing Coordinator, Social Media Manager)

+ more!

 

*Note: Guests are subject to change

In addition, Dynamite will be hosting two exciting panels at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con!

 

Dates, times, locations, and focus of Dynamite’s two panels are summarized below:

 

DARE TO BE HEROIC WITH DYNAMITE *

 

Friday, 9/22/17, 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

 

Location: Room 345-346

 

Villains don’t stand a chance this fall as Dynamite unleashes our team of all-star creators and unites some of comics’ most iconic heroes in what’s certain to be some of the hottest releases of the season. Join Steve Orlando (The Shadow/Batman), Greg Pak (John Wick), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), and more as they join forces to discuss the anatomy of crafting a true hero!

 

Panel guests include:

 

Amy Chu (Writer of Red Sonja)

 

Steve Orlando (Writer of The Shadow/Batman)

 

Greg Pak (Writer of John Wick)

 

*Note: Guests are subject to change

 

DYNAMITE: IGNITING IMAGINATIONS *

 

Saturday, 9/22/17, 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

 

Location: Room 343-344

 

Discover where some of comics’ most acclaimed writers find the inspiration behind their creations, and how they translate the first creative spark to the final printed page. Greg Pak (John Wick, Battlestar Galactica), Steve Orlando (Shadow/Batman), Sean Von Gorman (KISS, Toe Tag Riot), and more offer a behind-the- scenes look at the real-life origin stories of some of your most beloved comic creations!

 

Panel guests include:

 

Steve Orlando (Writer of The Shadow/Batman)

 

Greg Pak (Writer of John Wick and Battlestar Galactica)

 

Sean Von Gorman (KISS)

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DARK HORSE COMICS DECEMBER 2017 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:42

Neil Gaiman!

American Gods Volume 1: Shadows HC

Neil Gaiman (W), P. Craig Russell (W/A), Scott Hampton (A/C), Walter Simonson (A), Colleen Doran (A), Glenn Fabry (A/Cover), Lovern Kindzierski (C), Laura Martin (C), Colleen Doran (C), and Adam Brown (C)

On sale Feb 28
FC, 208 pages
$29.99
HC, 7” x 10”

This supernatural American road trip fantasy tells the story of a war between the ancient and modern gods.

Shadow Moon gets out of jail only to discover his wife is dead. Defeated, broke, and uncertain where to go from here, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard—thrusting Shadow into a deadly world where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a god war is imminent.

Collecting the first nine issues of the American Gods comic book series, along with art process features, high res scans of original art, layouts, character designs, and variant covers by Becky Cloonan, Skottie Young, Fábio Moon, Dave MCKean, and more!

 

An angel and a goddess: can they save the world?

Angel Season 11 #12

Corinna Bechko (W), Geraldo Borges (A), Michelle Madsen (C), Scott Fischer (Cover), and Stephanie Hans (Variant Cover)

On sale Dec 20
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

Angel, Fred, and Illyria, back in the present, find they’ve changed history . . . for the worse. There’s a crack in time, and something monstrous, growing beyond control, has become the fount of an insect plague—a harbinger of the end of days! As Dublin is overrun, the trio must figure out how to destroy it, before it destroys . . . everything.

 

The Art of Ratchet & Clank HC

Insomniac Games (W/A) and Sony Interactive Entertainment (W/A)

On sale Feb 21
FC, 184 pages
$39.99
HC, 9” x 12”

Dark Horse Books and Insomniac Games proudly offer a look back at the history of the Ratchet & Clank saga in a Qwark-tastic collection of never-before-seen concept art and behind-the-scenes commentary chronicling eleven amazing games and the brilliant studio that created them!

• The 15-year anniversary retrospective of one of the most influential PlayStation games!

 

Bankshot TP

Alex de Campi (W), ChrisCross (A/Cover), and Snakebite Cortez (C)

On sale Feb 28
FC, 136 pages
$14.99
TP, 7” x 10”

A past betrayal has primed Marcus King for revenge—and now that he has been given enhanced abilities, the fuse is lit! From the mountains of Ukraine to a lush tropical island, no place is safe from his vengeance. God help his enemies! Collects the five issue miniseries.

 

 

B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #5

Mike Mignola (W), Scott Allie (W), Laurence Campbell (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Duncan Fegredo (Cover)

On sale Dec 13
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

A return to the demolished headquarters, the site of Kate’s death, reunites old team members as Abe pursues a demon and Varvara reveals her terrifying plans.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 Volume 2: One Girl in All the World TP

Christos Gage (W), Rebekah Isaacs (A), Georges Jeanty (P), Megan Levens (A), Dexter Vines (I), and Steve Morris (Cover)

On sale Feb 7
FC, 160 pages
$19.99
TP, 7” x 10”

Joss Whedon’s Buffy and the Scooby team conclude Season 11 as they stand up for all witches and demons to thwart a conspiracy against magic and the supernatural. Their mission is less than simple: manufacture a great escape from the Safe Zone camp and follow the obscure trail of the Big Bad to its end. Extraordinarily, the trail seems to lead higher and higher in the ranks of the US government . . . Collects issues #7–#12.

 

Dept. H #21

Matt Kindt (W/A/Cover) and Sharlene Kindt (C)

On sale Dec 13
FC, 28 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

The final will and testament of Roger, Hari’s oldest friend. Roger is willing to die, but will his secret knowledge die with him?

 

The EC Archives: The Vault of Horror Volume 1 HC

Al Feldstein (W), Johnny Craig (W/A/Cover), Gardner Fox (W), William Gaines (W), Richard Connell (W), Harry Harrison (A), Wally Wood (A), Harvey Kurtzman (A), Graham Ingels (A), and Jack Kamen (A)

On sale Feb 14
FC, 216 pages
$49.99
HC, 8 3/16” x 11”

The terrifying opening of the Vault of Horror! This ghastly grimoire collects issues #12–#17 of the classic horror series, including unforgettable stories from the all-star artistic lineup of Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig, Bill Gaines, Johnny Craig, Harry Harrison, Wally Wood, Harvey Kurtzman, Graham Ingels, and Jack Kamen.

• Featuring a foreword by legendary horror writer R.L. Stine.

“The (EC) material was ahead of it’s time and just too sophisticated for the market as it existed.” —Mark Evanier

Art by Carla Speed McNeil!

 

Empowered & Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell #1 (of 6)

Adam Warren (W), Carla Speed McNeil (A/Cover), and Jenn Manley Lee (C)

On sale Dec 20
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Empowered’s “frenemy” Sistah Spooky was once a schoolgirl who sold her soul for hotness, but was granted even more magic than beauty. Now, both superheroines find themselves trapped in a high-school hellscape by Spooky’s Infernal Service Provider—with her blonde ex-classmates plotting ritual murder to claim her magic for themselves!

• First Empowered comic-book series in standard comics format.

• Over 250,000 Empowered volumes in print.

• Artist Carla Speed McNeil is the acclaimed creator of Finder and artist of No Mercy, Queen and Country, and many more. Finder won an Eisner Award, Two Ignatz Awards, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

 

Giants #1 (of 5)

Carlos Valderrama (W) and Miguel Valderrama (A/Cover)

On sale Dec 13
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

A cataclysm of unknown origins unleashed a race of gigantic monsters whose presence has driven humanity underground.

There, two orphans discover that the most dangerous monster is ambition, which unchecked, will grow until it devours you!

• An original vision from two powerful new talents!

• The Valderrama Bros. first American work!

 

Groo: Play of the Gods TP

Sergio Aragonés (W/A/Cover), Mark Evanier (W), John Ercek (C), and Tom Luth (C)

On sale Feb 7
FC, 116 pages
$17.99
TP, 7” x 10”

We had the Fray of the Gods. Now we have the Play of the Gods—a tale of lust for gold, lust for power, and lust for cheese dip. As with all things Groo, it’s brought to you by the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés, ably assisted by the lettering of Stan Sakai and the coloring of Tom Luth. The Gods themselves watch this story from the above so it must be good enough for you. This handsome paperback volume collects the four issues of the original series so in one package, you get a lot of Groo doing real stupid things and causing mass destruction. Just what you wanted!

• Eisner and Harvey Award-winning creators, and an Eisner Award-winning title!

• An all-ages adventure!

 

Halo: Rise of Atriox #5 (of 5)

John Jackson Miller (W), Jonathan Wayshak (A), Jeremy Colwell (C), and Aleksi Briclot (Cover)

On sale Dec 20
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Brute chief, Jovus, believes himself the most dangerous brute in the galaxy. But Atriox’s fearsome legend has reached even the most distant UNSC outpost. When the two brutes come face to face, their clash shapes the future of the Banished.

 

Harrow County #28

Cullen Bunn (W) and Tyler Crook (A/Cover)

On sale Dec 13
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

Emmy finally comes face-to-face with her evil counterpart. With everything that she’s learned from the Family, and the power of her friends’ support, Emmy knows that she’s strong enough to defeat this threat to her home. But is she willing to sacrifice her own integrity for victory in this fight?

 

Mike Mignola! Adam Hughes!

Hellboy: Krampusnacht

Mike Mignola (W/Variant cover) and Adam Hughes (A/Cover/Pencil variant)

On sale Dec 20
FC, 36 pages
$3.99
One-shot

The only thing more exciting than pitting Hellboy against this Satanic spin on Santa is the team-up of Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes.

From legendary editor Karen Berger!

 

Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery HC

Mat Johnson (W) and Warren Pleece (A/Cover)

On sale Feb 6
b&w, 144 pages
$19.99
HC, 6 3/4” x 9”

A tenth anniversary edition of the acclaimed graphic novel!

In the early 20th Century, Zane Pinchback, a reporter for the New Holland Herald, is sent to investigate the arrest of his own brother, charged with the brutal murder of a white woman in Mississippi. With a lynch mob already swarming, Zane, whose skin color is light enough that he can pass for white, must stay “incognegro” long enough to uncover the truth behind the murder to save his brother—and himself.

Suspenseful, unsettling and relevant, Incognegro is a tense graphic novel of shifting identities, forbidden passions, and secrets that run far deeper than skin color.

• Features a new afterword by Mat Johnson, enhanced toned art and other additional material.

“A talented writer of both fiction and creative non-fiction, Johnson’s publications have established him as an important new voice in the African-American tradition.”—Walter Mosley

 

Jenny Finn #2 (of 4)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Troy Nixey (W/A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale Dec 13
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

London’s murderer has been executed . . . but they caught the wrong man. Desperate for answers, a group of Londoners holds a séance to contact the supposed killer, but his story of a young girl born of the sea who has arrived in London with a terrible curse only brings them more questions.

Mike Mignola and Troy Nixey’s acclaimed series, in color for the first time by Eisner Award-winner Dave Stewart!

 

Joe Golem: Occult Detective—Flesh and Blood #1 (of 2)

Mike Mignola (W), Christopher Golden (W), Patric Reynolds (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Dave Palumbo (Cover)

On sale Dec 20
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Occult detective Joe Golem continues to protect New York City from supernatural danger when he investigates a home that has become a hotbed of paranormal activity, but the real danger may be from the person he least suspects.

• First issue in a new arc!

 

Moebius!

Moebius Library: Inside Moebius Part 1 HC

Moebius (W/A)

On sale Feb 7
FC, 216 pages
$49.99
HC, 8” x 10”

Working closely with Moebius Production in France, Dark Horse presents Inside Moebius Part 1, the next volume in the Moebius Library. As he explores a beautiful, expansive desert that represents his mind, Moebius draws himself encountering his favorite characters—creations like Blueberry, Arzak, and Major Grubert—and also meets a younger version of himself! A six-part study, Inside Moebius Part 1 collects the first two chapters in this fantastic exploration of a creator meeting his own creations to discuss his artistic process and the real world issues that encroach into his thoughts.

• Moebius’s final long-form work—now available in English!

• The next volume in Dark Horse’s Moebius Library series!

“Moebius excelled as much in fluidity of his storytelling as he did in the brilliance of his linework.” —Frank Quietly

 

Plants vs. Zombies: The Greatest Show Unearthed HC

Paul Tobin (W), Jacob Chabot (A/Cover), and Matt J. Rainwater (C)

On sale Feb 14
FC, 80 pages
$9.99
HC, 6” x 9”

Dr. Zomboss erroneously believes that all humans hold a secret desire to run away and join the circus, so he aims to use his newly created “Big Z’s Adequately Amazing Flytrap Circus” to lure Neighborville’s citizens to their doom! Once plant-friendly neighborhood defenders Nate and Patrice infiltrate his show, though, Ringmaster Zomboss and his hapless zombies are in for a garden-ful of trouble!

 

Psycho Pass: Inspector Shinya Kogami Volume 4 TP

Midori Gotou (W) and Natsuo Sai (A/Cover)

On sale Feb 28
FC, 186 pages
$11.99
TP, 5 1/8” x 7 1/4″

The manga prequel to the acclaimed anime series! How did rice, once sacred to Japan, become its forbidden food? Division 3 descends into the deepest levels of the Special Sector in search of a lost field under a hidden sun . . . and the woman at the heart of their case, Kirika Nouzen.

• The prequel to the hit anime series Psycho-Pass!

 

Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon #2 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Christopher Mitten (A), Dave Stewart (C), Mike Huddleston (Cover), and Greg Manchess (Variant cover)

On sale Dec 6
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

A séance reveals that Bruttenholm’s mission may be more than he bargained for when the stakes become more dangerous but the enemy only more mysterious.

 

Rebels: These Free and Independent States TP

Brian Wood (W), Andrea Mutti (A), Luca Casalanguida (A), Joan Urgell (A), Lauren Affe (C), Matthew Taylor (Cover), and others

On sale Feb 21
FC, 200 pages
$24.99
TP, 7” x 10”

The War of 1812 and America’s first navy come to life in the second volume of Rebels, from DMZ writer Brian Wood.

In 1775, Seth Abbott fought to win his fellow Americans their independence. In 1794, his son, John Abbott, comes of age as their new nation faces multiple new threats: high seas terrorism, fresh aggression from Britain, and intense political division at home. When Congress authorizes building America’s first navy—the famous “six frigates” that include the USS Constitution—John Abbott signs up.
Collects issues #1-#8.

 

Robotic Existentialism: The Art of Eric Joyner HC

Eric Joyner (W/A/Cover)

On sale Feb 7
FC, 184 pages
$29.99
HC, 8 1/2″ x 11”

In this follow-up to the 2008 Robots and Donuts, San Francisco-based artist Eric Joyner showcases his newest and most impressive pieces. By juxtaposing familiar items with everyday foods, he creates whimsical masterpieces that both comfort and inspire. Robotic Existentialism: The Art of Eric Joyner is a beautiful volume that entices the reader to stop, ponder the meaning of life, and perhaps savor a donut or two.

• Features dozens of new pieces, all of which juxtapose vintage toys and sweet confections.

Gerard Way, Becky Cloonan, and more!

 

The Secret Loves of Geeks TP

Margaret Atwood (W), Patrick Rothfuss (W), Gerard Way (W), Dana Simpson (W), Gabby Rivera (W/A), Hope Larson (W), Cecil Castellucci (W), Marley Zarcone (W/A), Valentine del Landro (A), Becky Cloonan (Cover), and more

On sale Feb 14
FC, 184 pages
$14.99
TP, 6” x 9”

The follow-up to the smash-hit The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, this brand new anthology features comic and prose stories from cartoonists and professional geeks about their most intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring tales of love, sex, and dating. This volume includes creators of diverse genders, orientations, and cultural backgrounds.

Featuring work by Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale), Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy), Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind), Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn), Gabby Rivera (America), Hope Larson, (Batgirl), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Valentine De Landro (Bitch Planet), Marley Zarcone (Shade), Sfé
R. Monster (Beyond: A queer comics anthology), Amy Chu (Wonder Woman), cover art by Becky Cloonan (Demo), and more!

Eisner winner Jeff Lemire!

 

Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #3 (of 4)

Jeff Lemire (W), David Rubín (A/Cover), and Duncan Fegredo (Variant cover)

On sale Dec 20
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

After discovering that Sherlock Frankenstein held a secret super-villain meeting right before Black Hammer disappeared, the trail of clues leads Lucy Weber to one of her father’s greatest archenemies—the Metal Minotaur.

• Variant cover by Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy)!

 

Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade #2 (of 4)

Jackson Lanzing (W), Collin Kelly (W), Ashley A. Woods (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Hannah Fisher (Cover)

On sale Dec 20
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Jonah Maiava has one question for Lara Croft: where the hell have you been? She ran off to Thailand alone, leaving her most loyal ally in the dark . . . And he’s worried about her. As she focuses on tracking down Trinity and discovering the truth about her father’s death, Lara has been isolating herself. If everyone she loves gets hurt, is it even worth having friends?

• A new creative team puts a new twist on Lara Croft’s adventures!

 

 

Tomb Raider Archives Volume 4 HC

Fiona Avery (W), Dan Jurgens (W), James Bonny (W), Brian Ching (A), Michael Lopez (A), Eric Basaldura (A), Drew Johnson (A), Jay Leisten (A), Gerardo Sandoval (A), Joe Jusko (A/Cover), and more

On sale Feb 14
FC, 496 pages
$39.99
HC, 8” x 12”

This volume collects issues #0 and #1/2 of the 1999 Top Cow Tomb Raider series, issues #1–#12 of the 2001 Tomb Raider: Journeys series, and five one-shot stories: Origins, Epiphany, Takeover, Arabian Nights, and The Greatest Treasure of All. Inside this oversized hardcover, find the art of superstars Adam Hughes, Billy Tan, Tony Daniel, Andy Park, Keu Cha, David Finch, Joe Jusko, Scott Benefiel, Brian Ching, and more!

 

Tomb Raider Library Edition Volume 1 HC

Gail Simone (W), Rhianna Pratchett (W), Nicolás Daniel Selma (P), Derlis Santacruz (P), Andrea Mutti (P), Juan Gedeon (I), Andy Owens (I), Pierluigi Baldassini (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Dan Scott (Cover)

On sale Feb 28
FC, 496 pages
$49.99
HC, 8” x 12”

Lara Croft is trying to piece her ordinary life back together after her ordeal in the Lost Kingdom of Yamatai. The other survivors of the Endurance are experiencing horrific visions as they try to put what happened behind them. Follow Lara’s story after the 2013 Tomb Raider game as she embarks on a new globetrotting adventure, discovering a dangerous organization that’s threatening her friends. Can she figure out what’s going on in time to save a life?

This deluxe hardcover collects issues #1–#18 of the 2014 Dark Horse Tomb Raider series, and the never-before-collected prequel story Tomb Raider: the Beginning.

From Guillermo del Toro!

 

Trollhunters: The Secret History of Trollkind TP

Richard Hamilton (W), Marc Guggenheim (W), Timothy Green II (A), Wes Dzioba (C), and Bill Sienkiewicz (Cover)

On sale Feb 14
FC, 72 pages
$10.99
TP, 6” x 9”

From Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation comes a graphic novel with further adventures for teenage Jim Lake, Jr., and the trolls from Netflix’s Emmy Award–winning original series, Trollhunters!

The secrets of the trolls and great troll warriors of the past are crucial tools for the new Trollhunter, and the time has come for Jim to appreciate the battles of Kanjigar the Courageous, who through his own struggles, triumphs, and failures lead the trolls after the Battle of Killahead Bridge through unknown territory, across oceans and continents, and past fearsome foes! With his friends by his side, Jim continues the fight against the Gumm-Gumms and their allies!

• Co-written by Netflix Trollhunters series writer and Executive Producer, Mark Guggenheim and How to Train Your Dragon comics writer, Richard Hamilton!

• Based on Guillermo del Toro’s Emmy Award-winning series!

 

Usagi Yojimbo #164

Stan Sakai (W/A/Cover)

On sale Dec 6
b&w, 28 pages
$3.99
Ongoing

Kidnapping! Embezzlement! Murder!

Usagi is captured by the Black Goblin Gang as an investigation into corruption at the silver mint begins. As if things couldn’t get messier, the head of the mint is also discovered—dead! With Nezumi the thief barely staying one step ahead of the law, will he be able to outlast them and their false accusations?

 

Zodiac Starforce Volume 2: Cries of the Fire Prince TP

Kevin Panetta (W), Paulina Ganucheau (A/Cover), and Sarah Stern (C)

On sale Feb 14
FC, 144 pages
$17.99
TP, 7” x 10”

After defeating a former ZS member and her mean-girl minions the girls thought they’d get a break, but a new big-bad has come out to play and demons are overrunning the town! The UK team’s secrets are causing a rift in the Zodiac alliance and divided they may fall! The series Comics Alliance calls “your favorite new magical girl team” returns with even more laughs, crushes, and monsters in their latest adventure! Collects Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1–#4.

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Marvel Celebrates The Return of Jean Grey With PHOENIX VARIANTS

First Comics News - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:07

Featuring art by Jen Bartel, Kris Anka, RB Silva and more!

 

New York, NY—September 19, 2017—Following on the heels of the recently announced PHOENIX RESURRECTION, Marvel’s new epic featuring the return of adult Jean Grey, Marvel is excited to officially announce it will continue the celebration of Jean Grey’s reappearance in the Marvel Universe with a variant cover program. Featuring acclaimed artists such as Jen Bartel, Kris Anka, David Nakayama, RB Silva and Elizabeth Torque, Marvel welcomes Jean Grey back with the help of some of the most exciting artists in the comic industry.

 

Look for Marvel’s Phoenix variant covers on these select titles this December:

  1. ALL NEW WOLVERINE #28 by Jen Bartel
  2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #792 by Ryan Stegman
  3. ASTONISHING X-MEN #6 by Kris Anka
  4. AVENGERS 674 by Brent Shoonover
  5. BLACK PANTHER #168 by Ken Lashley
  6. CAPTAIN AMERICA #695 by Ron Lim
  7. CHAMPIONS #15 by Elizabeth Torque
  8. DAREDEVIL #596 by David Lopez
  9. DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #290 by RB Silva
  10. FALCON #3 by David Nakayama
  11. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #148 by Erica Henderson
  12. INCREDIBLE HULK #711 by Dan Mora
  13. IRON FIST #74 by TBD
  14. MIGHTY THOR #702 by Kris Anka
  15. OLD MAN LOGAN #32 by Chris Burnham
  16. SHE-HULK #160 by Ben Caldwell
  17. SPIDER-GWEN #27 by Yasmine Putri
  18. SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #3 by Francesco Mattina
  19. THANOS #14 by Rahzzah
  20. THE PUNISHER #219 by Sanford Greene
  21. VENOM #159 by Tyler Crook

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

All-Star Storyteller Marguerite Sauvage Brings Holiday Cheer to FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1 – Sleighing into December!

First Comics News - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 00:02

Valiant is proud to announce FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1 – a lavishly illustrated season’s greeting featuring one of the beloved superheroes in comics today! On December 6th, bundle up as Eisner Award and Russ Manning Award-nominated artistic sensation Marguerite Sauvage (FAITH, DC Comics Bombshells) – one of the comic industry’s fastest rising stars – takes the helm to write and illustrate the fanciful tale of Faith’s very first holiday extravaganza!

As cheer fills the air, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert is about to take a trip down the rabbit hole…and into a mind-bending winter wonderland where every day is something special! But hiding behind the tinsel, all is not what it seems… White rabbit meets red-nosed reindeer as Faith squares off against a realm of make-believe and merriment for a whimsical flight of superhero fancy, featuring the electrifyingly beautiful artwork of Marguerite Sauvage!

“Marguerite’s one of the most talented artists in the industry,” Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons said. “Her work on FAITH has been incredible, and she’s come up with an amazing story that perfectly illuminates why Faith is one of the most beloved characters in the medium.”

On December 6th, ring in the season with a standalone adventure featuring one of the most unique and celebrated heroes in comics today – as featured by The Atlantic, The Guardian, MTV, The New York Times, People Magazine, and hundreds more worldwide! In the aftermath of FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE’s century-spanning conclusion this fall, celebrate the coming of a brand New Year for Los Angeles’ high-flying hero in FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1 – featuring covers by Marguerite Sauvage (Shade the Changing Girl), Paulina Ganucheau (Zodiac Starforce), rising star Sibylline Meynet, and David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man)!

FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1
Written by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Art by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover A by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover B by PAULINA GANUCHEAU
Variant Cover by SIBYLLINE MEYNET
Variant Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 6th


FAITH ‘S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1 – Cover A by Marguerite Sauvage


FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1 – Cover B by Paulina Ganucheau


FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1 – Variant Cover by Sybelline Meynet


FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1 – Variant Cover by David Lafuente

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

IDW DEBUTS WRIGHTSON ARTIFACT EDITION AND OFFERS KIRBY ARTIST’S EDITIONS FOR PRE-ORDER BEFORE NYCC

First Comics News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 23:58

Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition launches at NYCC –
Limited Convention Variant Cover Available for Pre-order Now

San Diego, CA (September 19, 2017) — The highly anticipated Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition will premiere on October 5th at the 2017 New York Comic-Con, exclusively at IDW Booth #1844. The Special Convention Variant of this essential Artifact Edition features Wrightson’s classic House of Secrets #92 cover. The issue itself contained the very first appearance of Swamp Thing!

This Artifact Edition measures 12 x 17 inches, limited to only 100 copies, will be available for $125. Pre-orders are available now for pick up at the IDW booth during New York Comic Con at: http://www.idwpublishing.com/product/bernie-wrightson-artifact-edition-nycc-variant/

IDW will be hosting signings of the book at NYCC with Louise Simonson, who modeled for this iconic image. IDW will bring a limited amount of copies beyond our pre-orders to have for sale at the convention.

Additionally, in celebration of Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday, three very limited Jack Kirby Artist’s Edition variants will be available:

1) Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Variant Artist’s Edition—Featuring Fantastic Four issues #71, 82, 83, 84, and Annual #6 (one of the greatest Kirby FF stories ever, and double-sized to boot), a variant Jack Kirby cover, and an extra bound-in plate unique to this version that is SIGNED and NUMBERED by legendary inker JOE SINNOTT. This Artist’s Edition measures 12 x 17 inches, and is $200.

2) Jack Kirby Forever People Variant Artist’s Edition—Featuring Forever People issues #1, 4, 5, 6, and 7, and a Jack Kirby self-portrait for a variant cover. This Artist’s Edition measures 12 x 17 inches, and is $150.

3) Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four World’s Greatest Variant Artist’s Edition—Featuring Fantastic Four issues #33, 45, 47, and 60, plus more than 20 Kirby FF covers, four fold-outs, and a variant Jack Kirby cover of Fantastic Four #72—arguably the greatest Silver Surfer image of them all! This Artist’s Edition measures a whopping 15 x 22 inches, and is $200.

These books are extremely limited and are ONLY available by PRE-ORDERING (at www.idwpublishing.com/shop/) for pickup at New York Comic-Con.

IMPORTANT: Pre-ordering for these 4 books is only available from now until September 24th

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IMAGE COMICS DECEMBER 2017 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 23:51
RUMBLE (2017) #1

STORY: JOHN ARCUDI
ART: DAVID RUBIN
COVER: DAVE STEWART, DAVID RUBIN
COVER B: DAVE STEWART, MIKE MIGNOLA

DECEMBER 13 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“SOUL WITHOUT PITY,” Part One Rathraq is back! But who is he, exactly? Once an ancient warrior god, he was resurrected as a sword-wielding scarecrow. And now, Rathraq has transformed yet again—or has he? JOHN ARCUDI and new artist, superstar DAVID RUBÍN, give you the new face of Rathraq and a new direction for the series when the critically acclaimed RUMBLE returns!

WITCHBLADE (2017) #1

STORY: CAITLIN KITTREDGE
ART / COVER: BRYAN VALENZA, ROBERTA INGRANATA

DECEMBER 06 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“LIFE AFTER,” Part One

Gunned down and left for dead on a New York rooftop, Alex Underwood’s life should have ended there—but instead, at the moment of death, she became host to the Witchblade, a mystical artifact that grants the woman wielding it extraordinary powers. But the power comes with a heavy cost, and Alex finds herself thrust into the center of an unseen battle raging on the snowy streets of NYC. Demons are real and walking among humans, and every one of them is intent on taking out the Witchblade’s newest host before she becomes too strong to kill. But the artifact chose Alex for a reason, and she’s not going down without a fight.

BONEHEAD #1

STORY: BRYAN HILL
ART / COVER: RHOALD MARCELLIUS

DECEMBER 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

“THE MASK IS WHO YOU ARE”

In a near future, a sprawling megalopolis sees the rise of “Boneheads” parkour-gangs that use neuro-linked helmets to augment their abilities and live for the thrill of physical risk. As a gang war threatens to tear the city apart, a mysterious Bonehead rises, a man with no past that might be the key to saving the city’s future. From writer BRYAN HILL (POSTAL) and artist RHOALD MARCELLIUS ( Marvel’s Contest of Champions ) comes a story about technological and human revolution.

CURSE WORDS HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1

STORY: CHARLES SOULE
ART / VARIANT COVER: MIKE NORTON
COVER: RYAN BROWNE

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Tis the season…but not just on Earth! The Hole World has holidays too, and in this special CURSE WORDS event, you’ll see how Wizord, Margaret, and their pals celebrate the season. With looks into the cast’s pasts and visits from dearly departed wizard-y friends (hey there, Cornwall…), this one’s not to be missed.

ELEPHANTMEN #80

STORY: RICHARD STARKINGS
ART: AXEL MEDELLIN
COVER: BOO COOK

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

SERIES FINALE

“LAST RITES”

A Death in the Family. The last issue.

PARADISO #1

STORY: RAM V
ART / COVER: DEARBHLA KELLY, DEV PRAMANIK
VARIANT COVER: CHRISTIAN WARD

DECEMBER 06 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The Midnight Event forever changed the world. Now, centuries later, Jack Kryznan arrives on the outskirts of Paradiso City, haunted by fragments of childhood memories and in possession of a mysterious device—one with the power to change the destiny of this living breathing metropolis, the people who dwell within, and the guardians who strive for and against it.

SLEEPLESS #1

STORY: SARAH VAUGHN
ART / COVER: ALISSA SALLAH, LEILA DEL DUCA
VARIANT COVER: JEN BARTEL

DECEMBER 06 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

Lady “Poppy” Pyppenia is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic, but danger is around every corner once the new king is coronated. Writer SARAH VAUGHN (ALEX + ADA, ETERNAL EMPIRE) and artist LEILA DEL DUCA (SHUTTER, AFAR) team up with editor / colorist ALISSA SALLAH and letterer DERON BENNETT for this new fantasy romance.

SPAWN: A HOLIDAY KRAMPUS TALE #1 (ONE-SHOT)

STORY: BEN TIMMRECK, JORDAN BUTLER, TODD MCFARLANE
ART / COVER / VARIANT COVER: JORDAN BUTLER, TODD MCFARLANE

DECEMBER 06 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $2.99

Celebrate the holiday season…SPAWN STYLE with a SPAWN tale that you’ve NEVER heard before. Visit the old world and witness the entanglements of Spawn and holiday demon Krampus.

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE CHRISTMAS ANNUAL #1

STORY: KIERON GILLEN
ART: CARLA SPEED MCNEIL, CHYNNA CLUGSTON FLORES, EMMA VIECELI, KRIS ANKA, MATT WILSON, RACHAEL STOTT
COVER: JAMIE MCKELVIE, MATT WILSON
VARIANT COVER: KRIS ANKA

DECEMBER 13 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

JAMIE said “It’s a shame we never saw any of the gods’ early funtimes,” and KIERON said “Yeah,” and then they looked at each other, and then called all their talented friends to do a Christmas album of (mostly) fan service! Inanna and Baal getting it on! Lucifer and Sakhmet getting it on! Dionysus giving Baphomet a lift in a crappy car! And more! This one has it all.

BITCH PLANET: TRIPLE FEATURE, VOL. 1 TP

STORY: ALISSA SALLAH, ANDREW AYDIN, BASSEY NYAMBI, CHE GRAYSON, CHERYL LYNN EATON, CONLEY LYONS, DANIELLE HENDERSON, DYLAN MECONIS, EYANG NYAMBI, JON TSUEI, JORDAN CLARK, KIT COX, MARC DESCHAMPS, MATT FRACTION, NYAMBI NYAMBI, SARA WOOLLEY, VITA AYALA
ART: ALEC VALERIUS, CHRIS VISIONS, CRAIG YEUNG, DYLAN MECONIS, ELSA CHARRETIER, JOANNA ESTEP, MARIA FRÖHLICH, MINDY LEE, NAOMI FRANQUIZ, RO STEIN, ROSSI GIFFORD, SARA WOOLLEY, SASKIA GUTEKUNST, SHARON LEE DE LA CRUZ, TED BRANDT, VANESA R. DEL REY
COVER: VALENTINE DE LANDRO

DECEMBER 13 / 144 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

DeCONNICK & DE LANDRO PRESENT: THE TRIPLE FEATURE!

Ripped directly from the world of BITCH PLANET, a crack team of creators spin 15 teeth-clenching tales of rage, revolution, and ridicule. Patriarchy beware…this sci-fi kidney punch can’t be stopped…! 100% Grade-A satire. Accept no substitutes. Collects BITCH PLANET: TRIPLE FEATURE #1-5

THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA TP

STORY / ART / COVER: HOWARD CHAYKIN

JANUARY 10 / 160 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

An America sundered.

An America enraged.

An America terrified.

An America shattered by greed and racism, violence and fear, nihilism and tragedy…

…and that’s when everything really goes to hell.

Collects THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1-6

ELSEWHERE, VOL. 1 TP

STORY: JAY FAERBER
ART / COVER: RON RILEY, SUMEYYE KESGIN

JANUARY 03 / 112 PAGES / FC / T / $9.99

COPPERHEAD writer JAY FAERBER teams with rising star SUMEYYE KESGIN to unveil ELSEWHERE: the fantastic story of what really happened to Amelia Earhart. Mysteriously transported to a strange new world filled with flying beasts and alien civilizations, Amelia desperately struggles to return home. Along the way, she forges alliances and makes enemies as she goes from aviator to freedom fighter in a rebellion against a merciless warlord! Collects ELSEWHERE #1-4

GENERATION GONE, VOL. 1 TP

STORY: ALES KOT, ANDRÉ LIMA ARAÚJO
ART / COVER: ANDRÉ LIMA ARAÚJO, CHRIS O’HALLORAN

JANUARY 03 / 176 PAGES / FC / M / $17.99

America, 2020. Three young hackers with nothing to lose. A secretive scientist with a plan. One final job. What happens when you’re young, poor, angry, and get superpowers you never asked for? Multiple trips to the sun, weird black goo, a breakup fight inside a nuclear factory, love, hate, anger, loss—and a struggle for survival. The first chapter of the sci-fi action epic by ALEŠ KOT & ANDRÉ LIMA ARAÚJO.

Collects GENERATION GONE #1-5

GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS TP

STORY / ART / COVER: JIM MAHFOOD

DECEMBER 20 / 176 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

The GRRL SCOUTS (Gwen, Daphne, and Rita) are back in action and involved in their most bizarre adventure yet! Their mission is to figure out the mystery of the Magic Socks, a powerful new weapon that everyone is trying to get their greedy little hands on. Problem is, Daphne’s crazy cousin, Josie, is also after the Socks, and she won’t stop at anything until she is able to harness its deadly power! Action-packed, psychedelic, hilarious, destructive insanity ensues….

GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS collects the entire pulse-pounding six-issue comic book series from superstar artist JIM MAHFOOD. The book is packed with extra goodies, including a sketchbook section, unreleased art, behind-the-scenes comics, and bonus art from some of today’s top creators, including SKOTTIE YOUNG, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, LAUREN YS, ERIC CANETE, ELIZA IVANOVA, and MIKE HUDDLESTON.

Collects GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS #1-6

KILL THE MINOTAUR TP

STORY: CHRIS PASETTO, CHRISTIAN CANTAMESSA
ART / COVER: JEAN-FRANCOIS BEAULIEU, LUKAS KETNER

JANUARY 31 / 184 PAGES / FC / M / $19.99

Athens lost the war to Crete. Now, they pay tribute to King Minos by sacrificing their best citizens to his unearthly labyrinth. Conspirators believe Theseus can be the hero they need, who can end the mad king’s bloody reign…but no one on this world has ever encountered anything like the savage minotaur.

CHRIS PASETTO, CHRISTIAN CANTAMESSA (Red Dead Redemption) and LUKAS KETNER (WITCH DOCTOR) reinvent the most fearsome beast in all of mythology with this horrific tale of heroism. Collects KILL THE MINOTAUR #1-6

MOONSTRUCK, VOL. 1 TP

STORY: GRACE ELLIS
ART: KATE LETH, SHAE BEAGLE
COLORS: CAITLIN QUIRK
LETTERING: CLAYTON COWLES
COVER: SHAE BEAGLE

JANUARY 17 / 120 PAGES / FC / E / $9.99

Werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend go on a date to a close-up magic show, but all heck breaks loose when the magician casts a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it’s up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionist before it’s too late. The first chapter of the brand-new, all-ages, magical, coffee-laden adventure from Lumberjanes creator GRACE ELLIS and talented newcomer SHAE BEAGLE.

Collects MOONSTRUCK #1-5

ANGELIC #4

STORY / COVER D: SIMON SPURRIER
ART / COVER: CASPAR WIJNGAARD

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

“HEIRS AND GRACES,” Part Four

Secrets in the underworld, war in the heavens…and one brave little Nobedient stuck in the middle.

THE BEAUTY #18

STORY: JASON A. HURLEY, JEREMY HAUN
ART: THOMAS NACHLIK
COVER: JEREMY HAUN, NICK FILARDI
VARIANT COVER: ANDY MACDONALD, JOHN RAUCH

DECEMBER 06 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Corporate greed, classic conspiracy, and podcasting collide in the new issue of THE BEAUTY.

BIRTHRIGHT #29

STORY: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
ART / COVER: ADRIANO LUCAS, ANDREI BRESSAN

DECEMBER 13 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

There is a temple buried within a mountain that has never been written about or even dreamed of. Nothing can prepare the Rhodes family for the magic within…but desperate measures must be taken to shift the balance of power against Lore.

BLACK CLOUD #6

STORY: IVAN BRANDON, JASON LATOUR
ART: MATT WILSON, PAUL REINWAND
COVER: GREG HINKLE

DECEMBER 06 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Frank is stuck in the middle as Zelda’s world deals with the aftermath of the disaster she caused…a world that finally has to address how profoundly dangerous Zelda is.

BLACK SCIENCE #34

STORY: RICK REMENDER
ART / COVER: MATTEO SCALERA, MORENO DINISIO
COVER B: MARCIO TAKARA

DECEMBER 06 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“EXTINCTION IS THE RULE,” Part Four

A love so strong that not even the end of all things can destroy it. A shattered family united in the face of infinite futility. A victory in one dimension, a loss in another. The chain is broken here and will never be fixed.

COPPERHEAD #17

STORY: JAY FAERBER
ART: DREW MOSS, RON RILEY
COVER: RON RILEY, SCOTT GODLEWSKI

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Clara’s darkest secret is revealed as Zeke comes face to face with his father.

COYOTES #2

STORY: SEAN LEWIS
ART / COVER: CAITLIN YARSKY

DECEMBER 13 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The Coyotes aren’t done with our girl Red, and neither is Officer Coffey! When Coffey tracks the teen assassin to her underground hideout with the other Lady Victorias, he comes face to face with these women’s real enemy: Coyotes. Like Southwestern werewolves, these beasts pile into the women’s sanctuary looking for retribution. In the end, Coffey and Red are left with more questions and a realization that they might need each other.

DARK FANG #2

STORY: MILES GUNTER
ART / COVER: KELSEY SHANNON

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“EARTH CALLING,” Part Two

Why is Valla’s fang turning black? She ventures back to her old stomping grounds in search of answers. What she finds will drive her towards a destiny she never could have imagined. Also: what does all this have to do with a swimming pool full of grape Jell-O?

THE DYING AND THE DEAD #9

STORY: JONATHAN HICKMAN
ART / COVER: RYAN BODENHEIM

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

“ONE LAST FIGHT”

From the City to the City, the Colonel attempts to rescue Clair.

EXTREMITY #9

STORY: DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON
ART / COVER: DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, MIKE SPICER

DECEMBER 06 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

As Thea and Rollo risk life and limb to revive a fallen friend, Annora proves that the beasts below aren’t the only monsters prowling the Ancient Dark.

EVOLUTION #2

STORY: CHRISTOPHER SEBELA, JAMES ASMUS, JOSEPH KEATINGE, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
ART / COVER: JOE INFURNARI, JORDAN BOYD

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Something is happening to humanity across the world. What ties together a college dropout in Santa Monica, a rogue doctor in Philadelphia, and a nun in the Vatican? The answer already lies dormant within you.

THE FAMILY TRADE #3

STORY: JUSTIN JORDAN, NIKKI RYAN
ART / COVER: MORGAN BEEM

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

“THE FAMILY,” Part Three

Betrayed, Jessa Wynn has lost the proof that the Family has a traitor in its midst, AND now she’s on the run from pretty much everyone on the Float. But Jessa has a plan that will either save them all or make things much, much worse….

THE FIX #12

STORY: NICK SPENCER
ART / COVER: STEVE LIEBER
COLORS: RYAN HILL

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Roy has a plan.

GASOLINA #4

STORY: SEAN MACKIEWICZ
ART / COVER: MAT LOPES, NIKO WALTER

DECEMBER 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“LISTO”

There’s a war going on outside that no one is safe from. Families are being taken by Los Queridos while monsters emerge from the soil. Amalia and Randy have lived on the run for too long. Now, they stand and fight…no matter the sacrifice.

GENIUS: CARTEL #5 (OF 5)

STORY: ADAM FREEMAN, MARC BERNARDIN
ART / COVER: ROSI KAMPE

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

MINISERIES FINALE

Having delivered cartel sex slaves to the extraction point, Destiny has now completed the renegade mission left to her by a dead classmate. But her work is far from done. No one—not the Madrasa Institute or her old “friend” Det. Reginald Grey—knows why she refuses to come in or what she has set her sights on next. Did they truly expect to unleash a finely tuned instrument of war on the world and have her play by their rules?

GLITTERBOMB: THE FAME GAME #4 (OF 4)

STORY: JIM ZUB
ART: DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN, K. MICHAEL RUSSELL
COVER: DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN
VARIANT COVER: MIGUEL MERCADO

DECEMBER 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Fame beckons, and the cost must be paid. Kaydon Klay’s life will never be the same.

GOD COMPLEX #3

STORY: BRYAN LIE, PAUL JENKINS
ART: HENDRY PRASETYA
COVER: SAMI BASRI

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Confronted on one side by revolutionaries and coerced into service by the Rulers on the other—Seneca walks the digital city of Delphi in search of clues. But when the leads dry up, he is forced into visiting the one place he had sworn he would never return to: the Church of the Trinity, the very place he is investigating. There is no one to trust. There is nowhere to escape. There is nothing for him but the upheaval of all he has ever known.

THE GRAVEDIGGERS UNION #2

STORY / COVER: WES CRAIG
ART: NIKO GUARDIA, TOBY CYPRESS, WES CRAIG

DECEMBER 06 / 24 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Cole and the boys have to go ask the witch Morphea to help them find the mysterious cult behind the coming apocalypse. One problem: witches and gravediggers do NOT get along. And we’re introduced to Morgan: prophet of the apocalyptic Black Temple cult, and Cole’s estranged daughter!

HACK/SLASH RESURRECTION #3

STORY: TINI HOWARD
ART: CELOR, K. MICHAEL RUSSELL
COVER: TIM SEELEY
VARIANT COVER: ROSSI GIFFORD

DECEMBER 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

With the return of an old friend, Cassie barely has time to figure out who is sending proto-slasher prisoners after her campers or to get busy with a hot camp counselor. Barely.

HAPPY! DELUXE EDITION TP

STORY: GRANT MORRISON
ART: DARICK ROBERTSON
COVER: CHRIS MELONI

DECEMBER 06 / 128 PAGES / FC / M / $14.99

Meet Nick Sax: a corrupt, intoxicated ex-cop turned hitman, adrift in a stinking twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex, eczema, and betrayal. With a hit gone wrong, a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail, and a monstrous child killer in a Santa suit on the loose, Nick and his world will be changed forever this Christmas by a tiny blue horse called Happy…. This deluxe edition of HAPPY! includes 10 extra pages of story by creators GRANT MORRISON and DARICK ROBERTSON. Collects HAPPY! #1-4

THE HARD PLACE #5 (OF 5)

STORY: DOUG WAGNER
ART / VARIANT COVER: CHARLIE KIRCHOFF, NIC RUMMEL
COVER / COVER C: BRIAN STELFREEZE

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

MINISERIES FINALE

Five years ago, it was all about pride and glory for AJ. Tonight, it’s all about survival. Don’t miss the final chapter of THE HARD PLACE!

HEAD LOPPER #8

STORY: ANDREW MACLEAN
ART / COVER: ANDREW MACLEAN, JORDIE BELLAIRE
VARIANT COVER: ALEXIS ZIRITT, SKINNER

DECEMBER 20 / 48 PAGES / FC / T+ / $5.99

At long last, our beaten and battered fellowship draws steel against Ulrich the Twice Damned and his deadly Berserkr. IT’S A BATTLE ROYALE! Few enough will enter the arena. Only one shall emerge as MASTER OF THE CRIMSON TOWER. From the murky depths below, our heroes become GLADIATORS!

HORIZON #17

STORY: BRANDON THOMAS
ART: JUAN GEDEON, MIKE SPICER
COVER: JASON HOWARD

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Lincoln is here to teach the Valians an important lesson: you never know as much as you think you do—a lesson Zhia Malen must learn at a cost.

IMAGE+ #4

NOVEMBER 29 / 80 PAGES / FC / E / $1.99

Volume two of the Diamond Gem Award-winning comics magazine IMAGE+ continues with all the hard-hitting content you love. This issue features another 80 pages of interviews, previews, and in-depth features, plus exclusive comics content.

Things get really scary in the fourth chapter of SCOTT SNYDER & JOCK’s horror series WYTCHES: BAD EGG, we learn even more about ED PISKOR’s youth in his “IMAGE OF YOUTH” strip, and if you thought last month’s ATOMAHAWK was a concentrated blast of everything that makes comics great, DONNY CATES, IAN BEDERMAN & TAYLOR ESPOSITO have such sights to show you.

IMAGE+ remains your number-one source for news and information about Image Comics, and now’s the perfect time to get in on the ground floor. IMAGE+ is once again available for the low, low price of FREE for anyone already purchasing a copy of Diamond’s Previews.

INVINCIBLE #143

STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ART / COVER: NATHAN FAIRBAIRN, RYAN OTTLEY

DECEMBER 20 / 24 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“THE END OF ALL THINGS,” Part 11

This is the one where Mark Grayson learns he has a son he didn’t know about. But the good news is…that son is AWESOME! Holy crap! One more issue after this until the end. We’re as sad as you are.

KINGSMAN: THE RED DIAMOND #4 (OF 6)

STORY: ROB WILLIAMS
ART: SIMON FRASER
COVER / VARIANT COVER: CULLY HAMNER

DECEMBER 13 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The world’s computers have been wiped out. Civilians are rioting in the streets, desperate for food and turning on their neighbors. Meanwhile, somewhere in China, superspy Eggsy’s fighting to stop the Red Diamond from crushing the global economy, and he’s trying to seduce the beautiful agent Kwaito in the process. His cocky British charm can only get him so far, though, and it doesn’t help with his sexual prowess. Issue number four of this action-packed miniseries contains chaos, sex, violence, and crisps.

LAZARUS: X+66 #6 (OF 6)

STORY: ERIC TRAUTMANN, GREG RUCKA
ART: TRISTAN JONES
COVER: MICHAEL LARK

DECEMBER 27 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

MINISERIES FINALE

“ONCE UPON A TIME…”

He is named “the Zmey,” called “the Dragon” and “the Beast.” He wears the bodies of his enemies into battle and has committed atrocities beyond description. Of all the Families, it is the Vassalovka Lazarus who has proven himself Forever Carlyle’s greatest foe. This is the story of the Dragon. Art by TRISTAN “T-Rex” JONES (Aliens: Defiance, Halo: Rise of Atriox, Mad Max: Fury Road), story by RUCKA & TRAUTMANN.

MAESTROS #3

STORY: STEVE SKROCE
ART / COVER: DAVE STEWART, STEVE SKROCE

DECEMBER 13 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The most powerful spell in creation has been stolen. “The Book of Remaking” allows its user to recreate reality in their image, and the new Maestro is the only one who can open it. Now the thieves are coming for him. Willy’s reign might be a short one.

MAGE, BOOK TWO: THE HERO DEFINED, VOL. 3

STORY / COVER: MATT WAGNER
ART: MATT WAGNER, SAM KEITH

DECEMBER 20 / 216 PAGES / FC / T+ / $19.99

The third of six volumes collecting MATT WAGNER’s epic fantasy trilogy. THE HERO DEFINED was the series that first saw WAGNER join the ranks of Image Comics creators and continues the saga of the reborn Pendragon, Kevin Matchstick. Several years after the events of THE HERO DISCOVERED, Kevin finds himself partnered with a posse of comrades who also embody the powers and personas of ancient heroes. Together they confront and battle a litany of supernatural challenges, all seemingly orchestrated by an unseen malevolence from Kevin’s past.

MATT WAGNER’s classic epic of comics fantasy has been beloved by both old fans and new readers for decades. MAGE was at the vanguard of the independent comics scene and continues to be an inspiration for many contemporary creators. With the release of the final part of the MAGE trilogy, THE HERO DENIED, this series will be an essential part of any comics library. MAGE: THE HERO DENIED resumes next month with issue number five.

MOTOR CRUSH #9

STORY: BABS TARR, BRENDEN FLETCHER, CAMERON STEWART
ART: BABS TARR, JAKE WYATT
COVER: BABS TARR
VARIANT COVER: CAMERON STEWART

DECEMBER 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

As tension between Domino and Lola comes to a head, Decimus Wexler returns with a threat to expose Dom’s biggest secret to the world.

NO. 1 WITH A BULLET #2

STORY: JACOB SEMAHN
ART / COVER: JORGE CORONA

DECEMBER 06 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

From computer to car. From state to street. The No. 1 Fan draws near. Meanwhile, Nash learns what the other side of 140 characters feels like as she picks up the pieces to a life post-privacy.

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #32

STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ART / COVER: ELIZABETH BREITWEISER, PAUL AZACETA

DECEMBER 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“INVASION,” Part One The town of Rome, West Virginia has always been a hotbed of demonic activity…but with Kyle Barnes gathering allies to oppose them, the forces of darkness must also rally their forces for the coming WAR!

PAPER GIRLS #18

STORY: BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
ART: CLIFF CHIANG, MATT WILSON
COVER: CLIFF CHIANG

DECEMBER 06 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

The future invades.

PORT OF EARTH #2

STORY: ZACK KAPLAN
ART / COVER: ANDREA MUTTI

DECEMBER 13 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

Aliens have come to Earth with a business deal: a spaceport on our planet. Now Earth’s Security Agents are hunting down a dangerous rogue alien who’s broken loose on the California coast, but one agent’s personal feelings about Earth’s deal with the aliens may push him to defy protocols and threaten the mission.

POSTAL, VOL. 6 TP

STORY: BRYAN HILL
ART / COVER: ISAAC GOODHART

DECEMBER 27 / 128 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

Isaac Shiffron has found his tool of revenge against Laura and the town that betrayed him: The FBI. Agent Bremble is Isaac’s willing tool, seeking to punish both Eden and the corrupt FBI agents that protect it. In order to protect their town, Laura, Mark, Maggie, and Molly have to work together…because Bremble’s strike team is headed their way, and the end of Eden is coming with it.

Collects POSTAL #21-24

THE REALM #4

STORY: SETH M. PECK
ART: JEREMY HAUN
COVER: JEREMY HAUN, NICK FILARDI
VARIANT COVER: MIKE HUDDLESTON

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

The weary adventurers may have found a safe haven hidden away in the savage wastelands of Kansas. Unfortunately, it looks like someone else has found it too….

REDLANDS #5

STORY / ART: JORDIE BELLAIRE, VANESA DEL REY
COVER: VANESA DEL REY

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

A new woman has entered the Redlands coven, but the catch is she’s dead. While Casper goes on an adventure to find the stranger’s killer, the witches of Redlands are left alone with their own problems: the dead never stay buried.

REDNECK #8

STORY: DONNY CATES
ART: DEE CUNNIFFE, LISANDRO ESTHERREN
COVER: NICK PITARRA

DECEMBER 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

You never see the thing that gets you in the end. At least, that’s how the saying goes, but with the Bowmans taking on new blood, is the thing that’s going to end up killing them right in front of their very faces? And what does a weird albino boy out in the woods have to do with all this?

RETCON #4 (OF 4)

STORY: MATT NIXON
ART / COVER: TOBY CYPRESS

DECEMBER 13 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

MINISERIES FINALE

“HERE WE GO AGAIN. AGAIN.”

This is where the beginning ends. In the conclusion to this miniseries, the real enemy is revealed, and the unstoppable force meets the immovable object. We’re going to lose, but what does that mean?

RINGSIDE #15

STORY: JOE KEATINGE
ART: NICK BARBER, SIMON GOUGH
COVER: IBRAHIM MOUSTAFA

DECEMBER 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

SERIES FINALE

“SHOOT,” Conclusion

The critically acclaimed ensemble drama comes to its inevitable, tragic end. Nobody wins. Everything goes wrong. Find out just how on point Comic Bastards was when they referred to the series as “like a Steinbeck novel, with frog splashes.”

ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN #6

STORY / ART / COVER: KYLE STARKS

DECEMBER 06 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

CHAPTER 6: “WHERE THE RAIN DON’T FALL”

Jackson, the World’s Toughest Hobo, is on the back stretch of his long haul to find the mythical Rock Candy Mountain, and while he thought mayhaps he was home free, he’s now stuck on a train with a legion of G-Men, led by the vivacious and indomitable Babs Bardoux, who’s looking to put our hero in leg chains and toss him in the jug before he can ever achieve his destiny.

I hope you like train fights, dear readers, because we’re about to ride the blinds into Epic Hobo Action!

Also, Pomona runs into an old friend. Okay, not a friend. It’s the Literal Devil.

ROCKSTARS #10

STORY: JOE HARRIS
ART / COVER: MEGAN HUTCHISON

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“CHILDREN OF THE BEAST,” Part Five

She’s led him to Hell and back, shown him truths about his father’s legacy, and ripped the face off the great demonic Game for Jackie to finally see. Now, Dani Dangerous closes the set with a dark metal climax to wake the Devil himself.

ROYAL CITY #8

STORY / ART / COVER: JEFF LEMIRE
VARIANT COVER: NATE POWELL

DECEMBER 13 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“SONIC YOUTH,” Part Three

The second arc of bestselling JEFF LEMIRE’s critically acclaimed new series takes a major shift as the story jumps back to the year 1993 and we follow the last week in the life of Tommy Pike! Meet the Pike siblings when they were all just teenagers in the ’90s and the tragedy that will come to haunt their family is still in the future.

Each issue in this arc will feature a special variant cover paying homage to some of the best indie rock albums of the 1990s, featuring stellar artwork by JEFFREY BROWN (Jedi Academy), EMI LENOX (PLUTONA), NATE POWELL (March), RAY FAWKES (UNDERWINTER) and DUSTIN NGUYEN (DESCENDER).

SAGA, VOL. 8 TP

STORY: BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
ART / COVER: FIONA STAPLES

DECEMBER 27 / 128 PAGES / FC / M / $14.99

After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.

Collects SAGA #43-48

SAVAGE DRAGON #230

STORY / ART / COVER: ERIK LARSEN

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“CHRISTMAS STALKING” American Nazis track Malcolm Dragon and his family to the Great White North.

SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #4

STORY: SEBASTIAN GIRNER
ART / COVER: GALAAD

DECEMBER 06 / 32 PAGES / FC / E / $3.99

Dorma shines a light on what really motivates her journey into this darkness, and our adventurers decide to press on, down a forgotten river, to an ocean black as midnight.

SLOTS #3

STORY / ART / COVER: DAN PANOSIAN

DECEMBER 13 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

What’s more dangerous than a psychic at a poker table? An angry casino realizing the house doesn’t always win.

SPAWN #281

STORY: DARRAGH SAVAGE, JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER
ART / COVER / VARIANT COVER: JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $2.99

A NEW HERO PREMIERES!

Look for this exciting new character as she makes her heroic debut. Only ONE ISSUE left until the thrilling conclusion of “DARK HORROR!”

SPREAD #24

STORY: JUSTIN JORDAN
ART: FELIPE SOBREIRO, JOHN BIVENS
COVER: FELIPE SOBREIRO, KYLE STRAHM

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

“DAMOCLES,” Part Three

Jack versus everybody. EVERYBODY.

STRAY BULLETS: SUNSHINE & ROSES #31

STORY / ART / COVER: DAVID LAPHAM

DECEMBER 20 / 32 PAGES / BW / M / $3.99

Bumbling, bullets, and bottles bring old enemies back together…and together again.

THROWAWAYS #10

STORY: CAITLIN KITTREDGE
ART / COVER: STEVEN SANDERS

DECEMBER 06 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

NEW STORY ARC As ULTRA’s election machinations enter their final phase, Dean and Abby couldn’t be further from stopping them—Dean is in a psych ward, Abby is on the run, and Kimiko can’t help either of them. But after months of Ostrander and ULTRA being one step ahead, Dean finally gets an ace up his sleeve against Ostrander’s brainwashed Alpha subjects…but playing it will destroy Abby’s life as she knows it.

UNDERWINTER: A FIELD OF FEATHERS #3

STORY / ART / COVER: RAY FAWKES

DECEMBER 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

He stole his magic from the devil’s house, then he used it to steal his children from their mother. She’s hot on his heels and sworn to make him pay…Featuring lush, fully painted artwork by RAY FAWKES, named by Paste Magazine as one of the “Ten best comic artists of 2017.”

VOID TRIP #2 (OF 5)

STORY: RYAN O’SULLIVAN
ART / COVER: PLAID KLAUS

DECEMBER 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

With their ship’s AI now activated, our space hobos finally have the roadmap to the promised land of Euphoria. But what use is a roadmap to those who believe the point of a story is the journey, not the destination?

THE WALKING DEAD #174

STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN
ART: CHARLIE ADLARD, CLIFF RATHBURN, STEFANO GAUDIANO
COVER: CHARLIE ADLARD, DAVE STEWART

DECEMBER 06 / 32 PAGES / BW / M / $2.99

“A SOLITARY LIFE”

The sad, sorry, solitary life of Negan. Face it, true believers, he deserves this.

WARFRAME #3

STORY: MATT HAWKINS, RYAN CADY
ART / COVER: STUDIO HIVE

DECEMBER 13 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

The official comic continues! As the Tenno rescue mission evolves into an investigation of an ancient Orokin mystery, the twice-defeated Captain Vor prepares a desperate but deadly assault. Plus—the return of Excalibur?

YOUNGBLOOD #7

STORY: CHAD BOWERS
ART / COVER: JIM TOWE
VARIANT COVER: ROB LIEFELD

DECEMBER 13 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

“TEAM YOUNGBLOOD,” Part One

Mission accomplished. Now what? Following the events of “Reborn,” the team begins to reevaluate its purpose while lying low in Japan. Elsewhere, a new threat approaches in the form of a Youngblood-obsessed serial killer.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

RICH REVIEWS: Void Trip # 1

First Comics News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 23:45

Title: Void Trip # 1
Publisher: Image Comics
Story by: Ryan O’Sullivan
Art/Cover by: Plaid Klaus
Lettered by: Aditya Bidikar
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.imagecomics.com
Comments: Two thieves are caught stealing fuel. Ana one of them is high on Froot. Gabe the other is a decent guy. These two have unique personalities that you think would clash and they do. A stoner and an old guy.
Ana and Gabe are wanted by someone for something. What it is and why they are wanted is a mystery.
The art on Ana shows us a stoner that does look cute and hot depending on how you look at her. Gabe and she are partners. They do get along great as old buddies.
This issue introduces the characters but keeps a sense of mystery to draw you back. It tells you just enough to peak your interest.
You might even get a craving to Froot.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

[BLOG] Don’t Nick the Bucket: Further Zine Insights into Early D&D

Beyond Fomalhaut - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 20:38
The buckets are not what they seem.” The well-known proverb has never been so right as in the following case of doppelgängers, endless corridors, and wooden buckets. Actually, I stole the topic of this post from a G+ discussion, where Jon Salway posted the front page of a flyer Games Workshop used to promote OD&D in 1976, and Zach H followed it up with the reverse, displaying an example mini-dungeon called The Dungeons of the Ground Goblins, penned by none other but Steve Jackson (the Fighting Fantasy author, not the GURPS designer). Apologies in advance to everyone involved, but theft is a small price to pay for reposting this tiny piece of D&D history – and this is a story about theft anyway.
Readers of this blog might remember a post from March discussing the early days of D&D fandom in Britain, as seen through the scanned issues of Chimaera, one of the country’s many Diplomacy zines. The pièce de résistance is found in issue #18, with an introductory article penned by one Paul Cook, a resident of the Isle of Wight, and containing a sample dungeon level offering a selection of the tricks and encounters you might find in your typical D&D game. I praised the level for its simple ingenuity, complexity and varied challenges, an obscure but cool example of early game design. Was it one of Paul Cook’s levels from Castle Hope, his personal megadungeon? Or was this a one-off to showcase the game for zine readers? Could there be more to it hidden away in an ancient campaign folder? Was Paul Cook still around somewhere to share it? Material like that invites a lot of speculation. Then I came across the post linked above, and it turned my theories right on my head.
Doppelgänger!
Doppelgänger!
Looking at the two sample levels reveals an uncanny resemblance. The first thing I noticed was the endless corridor – “Great! A common trope circulating in British D&D fandom,” I thought. This was followed by another discovery: there was that bucket again. Yes, like the one from Chimaera, this sample level also contains a bucket encounter, its “no special significance” once again sure to terrorise and frustrate the players. Then I started to pay proper attention and look closer, and noted all the other ways the two dungeons mirror each other.
  • The way the level is laid out and the rooms are clustered isn’t identical, but it is eerily similar, with a southern axis connecting two downwards stairs along a linear corridor, and two main branches/room groups to the north. That room complex to the southeast is fairly blatant – you just can’t miss how similar the two versions are. There is something similar going on with a looped corridor to the east, although it leads to different rooms, and has different surroundings.
  • There is something mysteriously described as a “space room” in Cook’s level, dropping the players down to Level 5. It is a fuzzy, irregular kind of place, although not a full-blown cavern – a small grotto off one of the corridors. The explanation is found in Jackson’s level: the transport mechanism is a “space warp”, and it leads to Level 4.
  • The level connections are similar: there is the entrance (from a “house in the village” in Cook’s version, and the “base of a hollow trunk” in Jackson’s), two stairs down to level 2 on opposite sides of Level 1 (this struck me as a really cool feature), a sloping passage to Level 3, the “space room” to Level 5/4, and a trap door/pit to Level 7/5. The only thing that doesn’t map across the levels is a sliding door to Level 3 found in Cook’s version, and there only.
  • The monster encounters are less straightforward to compare, but both levels have a room with a zillion goblins – in Cook’s version, there are 40 of them in room 17, guarding 100 gp and a ring of tree wishes (yikes!), and in Jackson’s, they have a force of 30 in the large room 14, only carrying a measly 150 gp among the lot, and having some information to share. Five orcs guarding 50 gp and a +1 sword become five berserkers carrying 25 gp each, and the leader wielding a +1 sword. A powerful Wizard disguised as a harmless old man in Cook’s version crops up as a “dungeon caretaker” who can answer questions in room 10. Cook’s version has a minotaur guarding 20 gp and a curse scroll, Jackson’s has a gorgon with a pretty damn good treasure horde.

It is almost certain Jackson’s dungeon level was first – the corruption of the “space room” seems to confirm it, and the dates match: it was first published in the May 1976 issue of the UK Games and Puzzles, in September 1976 in the US People’s Computers, and in February 1977 on the promo fliers seen in Jon’s G+ post. Interestingly, if Paul Cook copied his dungeon from Steve Jackson, he must have done it very quickly, as a first impression: Chimaera #18 is dated June 1976, a mere one month after the dungeon’s original appearance – but not on promo material; rather, in a general gaming magazine. Considering zine production times, it is not impossible (Chimaera had a brisk publication schedule with up to two issues a month), but it is still impressive in its own way.
All in all, it is almost surely Steve’s dungeon. And yet, in an odd way, Paul Cook’s much rougher revision comes out not as a degradation, but as an improvement. Beyond the elements already discussed, Jackson’s dungeon mostly consists of monster lairs with treasure. Cook’s dungeon, on the other hand, has a shrinking room that crushes careless players, an acid fountain, the wizard-as-old-man thing, and unbalanced monster/treasure combinations which are likely the results of random generation, but are bound to be interesting precisely because they raise interesting questions. This time, the goblin lair is not to the side, but it is chock in the middle of the southern section, potentially blocking descent to Level 2 in both directions. The goblins are just numerous enough to pose a genuine risk for low-level parties, but they have an attractive prize in the form of the ring of three wishes. That’s an interesting dilemma right there. The treasures are more random, but they are also more interesting – the minotaur’s curse scroll? The orcs’ fear wand? There is something there that’s not there in the less unbalanced, but more pedestrian Jackson version. I am more interested in learning what lies under Cook’s Level 1 than Jackson’s (granted, there was probably nothing).
It is also odd how this thing happened at all. What was Cook thinking when he appropriated and republished Jackson’s much better circulated dungeon level instead of building a similar one from sketch? Was it because it had the aura of semi-official status since it was published in a real magazine? And then what about the changes he had made to the original design? It is one of the uncanny little mysteries we will probably never learn the answer to, and yet it remains fascinating over 40 years later. It is one story among many, and it is – my sincere apologies – more than just a drop in the bucket.
Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Praise!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 20:03

What a joy is was seeing everyone connect last week over brunch!

Session 1 – Praise!

This Wednesday we begin our first session of 40 Days of Praise.
Please bring your bible or a device with a bible app!  Books will be available before the session ($2 donation is suggested)

Here’s how the morning will look!
We will study together in the Chapel for the next five weeks.  When you arrive you see that each each table will have a leader assigned to that discussion group.  Choose your table!

9:20am – 9:35am – Coffee/Tea will be available
9:35am – 9:50am – Praise & Worship
9:50am – 10:00am – Snacks & more coffee:)
10:00am – 40 Days of Praise Session 1
(Video, Small Group Discussion, Praise)

Each week ladies are welcome to bring a snack to share with others! If ladies bring one item one time over the next few months that would be appreciated and we would have more than enough!

See you Wednesday!  Your WOW Leadership Team
Marcia H, Jen M, Lisa Z, Chicke H, Karen BL, Karen BA, Fay S, Shawna M, Patricia

Categories: Churchie Feeds

OSR Picks for the RPGNow September Setting Sale - 33% off select PDFs - Part III

Tenkar's Tavern - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 19:46
RPGNow is running a September Setting Sale with thousands of titles in the mix. That's a lot to sort through. I'm going to try to pick out some of my personal favorites that are OSR or system neutral over a small series of posts (although one or two may creep in from outside those parameters) Part 1 is here.  Part II is here.

Dungeon Crawl Classics #35: Gazetteer of the Known Realms - I have the boxed set and it is a beast. You literally have a full campaign in this box and then some - note: written for 3x - "Certain adventures only come around once. Like when the grizzled old warrior decides to go after the dragon, and asks who’s coming with him. Or when the dark-eyed sorceress slowly surveys the crowd of peasants, waiting for one to step forward and pull the sword from the stone. This boxed sets contains those adventures. Dungeon Crawl Classics #35: Gazetteer of the Known Realms brings together the Dungeon Crawl Classics modules into one comprehensive world. This magnificent set includes: Gazetteer of the Known Realms, a 120-page book describing the archetypal fantasy world of Áereth. Three 24"x36" poster-sized full-color maps of Áereth ready to host your adventures. GM’s Guide to the Known Realms, a 136-page sourcebook describing deities, equipment, creatures, and NPCs, plus rules for starting campaigns with 0-level characters and adventure paths that you can build from existing DCC modules.  Halls of the Minotaur, a 32-page adventure module for 0-level characters perfectly suited to starting off your campaign in Áereth. The Thief Lord’s Vault, a 32-page adventure module for levels 4-6 that sends the heroes into the legendary treasure vault of Cazül the Chaotic." 29.99  20.99

Wormskin Issue 5 - Note: The entire series in on sale - "Wormskin explores the mythic forest called Dolmenwood, a weird folklore setting for use with B/X or similar tabletop adventure games. Each issue uncovers various elements of this eldritch realm situated on the leafy verges of Fairy, where austere Drunes rub elbows with weird elf-lords and talking beasts, where witches wander skyclad and armed with sinister magicks to bind the spirits of hapless adventurers. Be wary. " 3.99  2.67

Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding - "Roleplaying games and fantasy fiction are filled with rich and fascinating worlds: the Forgotten Realms, Glorantha, Narnia, R'lyeh, Middle-Earth, Barsoom, and so many more. It took startling leaps of imagination as well as careful thought and planning to create places like these: places that readers and players want to come back to again and again. Now, eleven of adventure gaming’s top designers come together to share their insights into building worlds that gamers will never forget. Learn the secrets of designing a pantheon, creating a setting that provokes conflict, determining which historical details are necessary, and so much more. Even take that creative leap—and create dazzling worlds of your own! Essays by Wolfgang Baur, Keith Baker, Monte Cook, David "Zeb" Cook, Jeff Grubb, Scott Hungerford, Chris Pramas, Jonathan Roberts, Michael A. Stackpole, Steve Winter, with an introduction by Ken Scholes."  14.99  10.04

Cthulhu by Gaslight - Halloween is sneaking up on us. What better way to celebrate the holiday than some CoC? - "IN THE 1890s, Cthulhu and his minions share the globe with the mighty British Empire. But they owe allegiance to an empire of their own — a dark and cruel design on ownership of the world and on the dreams of humanity. Even among the green fields of rural England, only thoughtful and energetic intervention keeps the shadows at bay. CTHULHU BY GASLIGHT offers a thoroughly developed Victorian England setting for use with Call of Cthulhu. Character creation has been enhanced with new wrinkles. There are articles on the Victorian world, crime, politics, personalities, and so forth. There are extensive sections on the Cthulhu Mythos in Britain — creatures, cults, and books — and a précis of Ramsey Campbell’s Severn River Valley. Also included are tips on running various types of Gaslight-era campaigns, a gazetteer of intriguing British myths and legends, a selection of friends and foes from Victorian fiction, and a lengthy bibliography /filmography of suggested reading and viewing. Rounding out this edition are a pair of Victorian-era scenarios — one an urban adventure set in London, the other set in rural Dartmoor. Includes a two-color, fold-out map of the City of London."  15.92  10.67

Alpha Blue - "Warning: Alpha Blue contains potentially offensive material in regards to sexual content, adult situations, vulgar language, mature themes, etc. This book is not only a rules light sci-fi RPG (d6 dice pools similar to both Crimson Dragon Slayer and The Outer Presence), but a campaign setting full of tables and scenario seeds.  And what is that setting?  Well, Alpha Blue is one of the most notorious space station brothels in the universe.  I know I'm biased, being the creator and all, but I really love this game!  I've run it many times during the playtest phase, for my home group after its release, at conventions, virtually on Roll20.  It's literally the most fun to GM of all the hundreds of RPGs I own.  Here's a little secret to running Alpha Blue - just borrow bits and pieces from vintage scifi movies and TV shows, add in a bit of sleaze, and sprinkle some funny stuff on top.  Voila! And what makes this different than similar offerings?  Three things!  The first is humor. I've made this a fun read with hilarious, gonzo shenanigans around every corner.  The second is sex appeal.  Plenty of folks won't buy this book.  Hell, they won't even read a free PDF if it was shoved in their face.  Why?  Because some of it is raunchy, disgusting, perverted, and just plain gross.  Your welcome, skeezoids!  Third, I love old school sci-fi.  So much, in fact, that the future is seen through a 1970s and 80s perspective.  Don't forget tables, tables, and more tables!  Mutations, alien quirks, funky fashion, just the right retro color palette, what's inside that asteroid, what are the scanners picking up, did you assassinate your victim, how does your therapy-bot help you cope with life among the stars, is the space station's central computer in a favorable mood, sexual fetish, weird space cocktails, etc.  A third of this book is fricken random tables!" $10.00  $6.70

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MARVEL LEGACY Unveils New Series: MAKE MINE MARVEL! Your first look at The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel and Generation X

First Comics News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:50

New York, NY—September 19, 2017—This fall, a new day will shine on the Marvel Universe with your favorite heroes, your favorite creators…where every story is an event!

Today, Marvel is excited to announce the following creative teams and Legacy titles:


THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #27: THE FORBIDDEN PLA-NUT PART 1
Written by RYAN NORTH
Art by ERICA HENDERSON

MS MARVEL #25: TEENAGE WASTELAND PART 1
Written by G. WILLOW WILSON
Art by NICO LEON

GENERATION X #85: OG GEN X PART 1
Written by CHRISTINA STRAIN
Art by AMILCAR PINNA


For an in-depth look at our return to original numbering, fans can consult Marvel’s renumbering chart – a handy and easy way to jump on board with our Legacy content! Featuring new adventures and dozens of exciting returns, look for more interviews and updates with artists, writers, and editors of these series.

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Midweek Monster Mayhem - "Paper" Ogre & Todie The Bulibug (Swords & Wizardry Light)

Tenkar's Tavern - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:23


There was no Midweek Monster Mayhem post last week so this post is a bit of a twofer. If all goes well, there will be a second post this week.

Todie was a special Bulibug. Unlike his brethren, he had an affinity for languages. He also found himself blessed with a singular talent, the ability to project a semi-solid illusion, which he often used to his advantage within the tribe. That is, until they cast him out.

Now Todie preys on the Bigguns. He has perfected an 8 1/2 foot "Paper" Ogre projection, one that he can throw his voice to, which he uses to shake down travelers and still wet behind the ears adventurers. He doesn't ask for much - usually a silver per person from travelers - and would much rather the show go as planned, because his ogre projection is much more bark than it is bite. The projection is hard to hit but strikes for minimal damage.

Paper Ogre
AC: 1[18]    HD: 4 (4 HP) Attacks: Club (1 Point Damage - no roll needed)   Move: 12
Special: Really an illusion. Anyone who suspects it is an illusion may make a saving throw. If successful, that character gains a + 4 hit bonus against the illusion.


Bulibug
AC: 6[13]    HD: 1 Attacks: Claws (1d6-1) or by weapon   Move: 12
Special: Hide as a thief in wilderness 5 in 6 chance

Note, although written for Swords & Wizardry Light, Paper Ogres and Bulibugs will work fine with other flavors of S&W (and other OSR rulesets) - all you need do is add expo.

Paper Ogre art by Eric Quigley. Bulibug art by Forrest Imel.

OGL
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How to tell if your Mac is infected

Malwarebytes - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:00

There are a lot of reasons Mac users don’t sweat getting infected. One: They’ve got a built-in anti-malware system called XProtect that does a decent job of catching known malware. Two: Macs are not plagued by a high number of attacks. (Most cybercriminals are focused on infecting PCs.) And three: There’s just not a lot of Mac malware out there.

But that’s changing, and fast: Mac malware has increased by 230 percent in the last year alone. Most Mac users don’t know this, and assume their Mac is fine. For those folks we have one word: adware.

Your Mac is infected…with adware

Adware is software that’s designed to display advertisements, usually within a web browser. Most people don’t willingly download programs whose sole purpose is to bombard you with ads, so adware has to sneak its way onto your Mac. It either disguises itself as legitimate or piggybacks on another program in order to be installed.

Once in your system, adware changes the way your browser behaves by injecting ads into web pages, causing pop-up windows or tabs to open, and changing your homepage or search engine—all in the name of funneling advertising dollars away from companies who pay for online ads and into their own accounts.

Your Mac is infected…and not protected

Sounds pretty shady, right? So why doesn’t the Mac anti-malware program catch these guys? Typically, the makers of adware are hiding in plain sight, operating as actual corporations who claim to sell software on the level. They get away with it because their adware is often hidden in the fine print of a long installation agreement that most people skip over. Is it technically legal? Yes. You accepted the terms of the installment so they can spam you all they want. But is it right? So far, Apple hasn’t stepped in to crack down on it. But if you ask us, the answer is an emphatic “no.”

In addition to adware, other potentially unwanted programs, such as so-called “legitimate” keyloggers, scammy “cleaning” apps, and faux antivirus programs that don’t actually detect anything are skirting the Mac protections in place. (Because XProtect doesn’t detect and block adware or potentially unwanted programs—only malware that it has seen before.) So if a new form of malware makes its way onto your computer before Apple has a chance to learn about it and write code to protect against it, then you’re out of luck.

So if you ask us, it’s time to start taking a closer look at your Mac. Is it acting the way your sturdy, reliable Mac has always behaved? Or is it exhibiting classic signs of guilt? If something seems a little off, you just might have a problem. Let’s take a look at the telltale signs that your Mac is infected.

Signs of adware

Advertisements are displayed in places they shouldn’t be, literally popping up everywhere. Your web browser’s homepage has been mysteriously changed without your permission. Web pages that you typically visit are not displaying properly, and when you click on a website link, you get redirected to an entirely different site. In fact, even your search engine has been replaced with a different one. If your web browser, search engine, or websites are acting in funky, unpleasant ways, you’ve likely got yourself an adware infection.

Signs of PUPs

Maybe you downloaded a new program to monitor your family’s behavior online. All of a sudden, new icons are appearing on your desktop for software you don’t remember installing. New toolbars, extensions, or plugins are added to your browser. A pop-up appears telling you your Mac may be infected, and you need to install the latest antivirus immediately to get rid of it. Frightened, you do so, and now your computer has turned the corner from automatically installing apps to slowing to a crawl. What’s going on? These are PUPs, and your Mac’s anti-malware system is not going to get rid of them.

Signs of malware

Mac malware making its way onto your system is, right now, relatively rare. But if it does, you may look out for similar behavior as an infected Windows operating system: your computer’s processing power seems diminished, software programs are sluggish, your browser redirects or is unresponsive, or your ole-reliable starts crashing regularly.

In some cases, you may not be aware of an infection at all. While your computer hums along, info stealers operate quietly in the background, stealing your data for an attack on your bank accounts or identity.

And in the worst case scenario, your Mac can even be infected with ransomware. In March 2016, the first Mac ransomware was spotted, and it was downloaded by thousands of users before Apple had a chance to shut it down. A ransomware attack would be quite obvious to Mac users. Files would be encrypted and cybercriminals would deliver a ransom demand (usually via pop-up) in order to return your data.

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar to you? If so, there are a few steps you can take to remedy the infection. First, back up your files. Next, download a (legitimate) anti-malware program such as Malwarebytes for Mac that’s designed to search and destroy adware, PUPs, and any new forms of malware lurking on the scene. Run a scan and, if there are any nasties hiding away in your pristine Mac OS, it’ll bag, tag, and dump them for you. Then you can finally get your Mac back.

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Cryptozoic Will Showcase Upcoming Collectibles at Fall Toy Preview 2017

Cryptozoic - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:00

Cryptozoic Entertainment today announced that it will show several upcoming collectibles at Fall Toy Preview 2017, October 3-5 at the World Trade Center in the Dallas Market Center. In Room #8400, Cryptozoic will display prototypes of early 2018 releases such as Cryptkins, an original line of vinyl figures based on legendary creatures, and the Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman vinyl figure. In addition, it will showcase DC Pumps and DC Teekeez, two new lines of vinyl figures that are scheduled to be released later in 2017. 

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How to Start a Sandbox Campaign

DM David - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:34

Dungeons & Dragons players don’t love sandbox adventures as much as they think, but such adventures can still offer fun. After I took aim at sandbox adventures, some dungeon masters running thriving open-world campaigns offered counterpoints. Michael S has run such a campaign for 9 years, outlasting the West Marches campaign that inspired him by 7 years.

Sandboxes can work. This post and my next will reveal the secrets. Once you read all these requirements, you may decide a fully-realized sandbox demands more time and energy than you can spare. Michael’s “crazy” world uses a database just to track NPCs and a “big” wiki for bookkeeping. (Of course, rather than filling your sandbox in advance, you can cheat. More on that next time.)

The hardcover adventures published for 5th edition have all tried to include some of the freedom of sandbox adventures. None of the hardcovers check all the requirements on this list. If the hardcovers proved frustrating to run, the missing requirements explain why. If they played fine for you, then you, as a good DM, improvised and reworked to fill in the gaps. You may have enjoyed the extra effort or, like me, you may have done it reluctantly. I have a D&D blog to write.

The sandbox archetype casts characters as explorers on the verge of a unmapped frontier, perhaps the shore of The Isle of Dread or descending from the Yawning Portal into the Undermountain megadungeon. When Out of the Abyss stranded the party in the Underdark, the hardcover followed the exploration model. The authors of the other hardcover adventures touted sandbox-like design, which ranged from player-led tours of the Sword Coast to simply including dungeons that could be visited in different orders.

My advice starts with this exploration model in mind, but these requirements apply to campaigns that stray from the prototype.

Set long-term aims

In the sandbox archetype, players start with a incomplete hex map like the ones in The Isle of Dread or Tomb of Annihilation and explore to fill the blanks. Such games can become unsatisfying grinds. The Angry GM explains, “The only rewarding part of the exploration is when you actually find anything. And the vast majority of the hexes have nothing to find. There is nothing interesting about yet another forest of hexes. And random encounters—dinosaurs waiting to jump out of the forest and kill you—are interesting, but they are the painful, dangerous kind of interesting. That’s not a reward.

The 5E hardcovers all avoid this pitfall by setting a campaign objective from the start. In Tomb of Annihilation, players seek the source of a world-spanning curse. In Out of the Abyss, players explore to find an escape from the Underdark. The other adventures reveal some overarching menace in the opening scene.

Most players want to aim for an ultimate campaign goal. Throughout the game, they want clear options that take them closer to achieving their long-term aim. In Curse of Strahd, the players start far from defeating Strahd, but they can explore Barovia and gather the magic items they will need.

Not every campaign leads to some ultimate villain. Instead, for instance, a party could aim to find a lost heir and put her on the throne.

D&D adventures either set an ultimate goal for characters or assume they quest for treasure. (An adventure that omits any goal becomes a campaign setting.) Players seldom mind adopting a goal so long as they get to do D&D things like collecting treasure and smiting evil. When I ran Murder in Balder’s Gate though, my players rebelled. The adventure assumed characters would support one of three patrons who vied for power. The patrons start unsavory and, as they gain power, become worse. My players wanted no part of it. My Murder In Baldur’s Gate became something entirely different from the book.

If you introduce a long-term aim before character generation, your players can craft characters tied to a chosen aim. For example, Princes of the Apocalypse suggested players tie their character to an adventure-specific hook.

In a homebrew campaign, you start with the players’ characters and invent a long-term aim just for them. Perhaps a someone wants to play a member of a hiding royal family. Who can say how close she is to the lost heir?

Give enough information to start

Imagine a party shipwrecked on the coast of a lost continent. If they know nothing, they can only trudge inland and explore aimlessly. Perhaps a wandering monster will interrupt the drudgery.

Robert Conley’s Bat in the Attic blog focuses on sandbox play. He writes, “Picking one of the six surrounding blank hexes is not a choice with meaning. So work on the initial situation so that it is interesting and give the players enough information to make some valid decision of what to do.

If that shipwrecked party has an explorer’s letter, a ciphered treasure map, rumors a lost city on a plateau, and so on, then the group knows enough to plot a course. Once you tie the lore into the characters’ goals, the clues will inspire action. Remember though, if you give one player a clue, they might not share it. Spread any secrets that you need players to share.

You can also launch a sandbox with a conventional adventure that starts with a patron in a bar. No one said your campaign requires a consistent model.

Out of the Abyss launched the characters’ explorations by pairing them with Underdark natives to serve as guides. See The surprising benefits of giving an adventuring party a guide.

Next: Running a sandbox campaign

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Doctor Who Magazine Issue #517 Cover Revealed

Blogtor Who - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:11

The team over at Doctor Who Magazine have revealed the cover for issue #517. Gracing the cover is seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy as his 30 years are celebrated in a new interview. Also included is a special feature focusing on Deborah Watling who sadly passed away earlier this year. Watling played Victoria Waterfield, companion to Patrick […]

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‘Trust Me’ Starring Jodie Whittaker Now on DVD

Blogtor Who - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 09:19

If you enjoyed the excellent 4-part BBC drama series ‘Trust Me’ starring new 13th Doctor Jodie Whittaker you can any enjoy it all over again by watching on DVD. The 2-disc region 2 boxset is now available from Amazon.co.uk, priced £12.99. About Trust Me Driven to desperate measures, nurse Cath Hardacre (Jodie Whittaker, Doctor Who, Broadchurch) steals […]

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ART FROM THE TOM DeFALCO / RON FRENZ MIGHTY CRUSADERS PITCH

First Comics News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:24
  Ron Frenz added 7 new photos.

Hi Gang!

Way before The Legendary Tom DeFalco and I were invited to do that short story for The Shield we teamed up to pitch a re-vamp of the Archie Comics Super-Heroes!

At the time I was unaware of the majority of these oft-forgotten arbiters of justice so we decided that Tom would provide me with only a list of the character names and we would see where the flow of ideas would take us.

Some were obvious, as in the meaning of the term “the web” now as opposed to the original creation’s era. Most just became a springboard for fresh takes and hopefully fun ideas!

After initially entertaining the possibility of launching our newly minted versions as digital first episodes,part of their budding(at the time)on-line presence,Archie ultimately passed on the pitch.

One more “that woud’ve been fun!” in an ever growing list of such attempts. It can be a difficult thing to convince a publisher to take a chance and spend money on an idea by a couple of dreaming knuckleheads!

Anyway,here are a few of the re-jiggered characters we pitched!
Please keep in mind that if you were indeed a big fan of the original concepts and dislike the idea of changing anything about them IT DIDN”T HAPPEN SO KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!

If you’re not familiar with the original versions,I’ve included an old house ad from an Archie publication of the 1960’s!

Enjoy!

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