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THE SEVENTH DOCTOR IS BACK FOR NEW ADVENTURES IN COMICS!

First Comics News - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 08:30

London, February 16, 2018 – This June, BBC Worldwide Americas and Titan Comics are excited to announce that the Seventh Doctor is back, in comics! This brand-new three-part comic series stars the Seventh Doctor, as played by Sylvester McCoy, alongside classic companion Ace (Sophie Aldred).

Hitting stores and digital platforms in June 2018 with a double-sized first issue, DOCTOR WHO: THE SEVENTH DOCTOR #1, written by Seventh Doctor script editor and showrunner Andrew Cartmel, and writer Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London). Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor expands Titan Comics’ hugely popular and critically acclaimed Doctor Who comics line.

Actor Sylvester McCoy starred as the Seventh Doctor from 1987 to 1989 anchoring hundreds of novels and comic strips before regenerating in the 1996 TV movie. As well as this new comic, the Seventh Doctor’s era lives on in a tremendously successful series of audios from Big Finish. McCoy’s portrayal as the Doctor was, at first, a light-hearted eccentric who darkened into a secretive, mysterious, and cunning planner across the course of his tenure.

In Titan Comics’ new mini-series, an unknown alien intelligence in orbit around the Earth. Astronauts under attack. A terrifying, mysterious landing in the Australian interior. The future of the world itself at stake. Counter Measures activated. The Seventh Doctor and Ace are slap bang in the middle of it all! This is OPERATION VOLCANO!

Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel return to the TARDIS, on the 30th anniversary of fan-favorite episode “Remembrance of the Daleks” with The Seventh Doctor comics, and are joined by illustrator Christopher Jones (The Third Doctor) and colorist Marco Lesko (Robotech, The Ninth Doctor) to bring astonishing twists and turns to the lives of the Seventh Doctor, and his companions, with Titan’s new comic series.

The debut issue comes with four variant covers to collect: three art covers by artists Alice X. Zhang, Simon Myers, and Christopher Jones, and a photo cover by Will Brooks. The Seventh Doctor will also materialize with a back-up strip written by Twelfth Doctor scribe Richard Dinnick, with art by Jessica Martin (Actor: Doctor Who: The Greatest Show In The Galaxy, Voice actor: Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned).

Retailers can order issue #1 of Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor from the April edition of Diamond PREVIEWS. This all-new storyline in the world of a classic will delight longtime fans and freshly converted Whovians alike. Fans can find their nearest comic store at ComicShopLocator.com.

Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1 Cover A: Alice X. Zhang

Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1 Cover B: Photo

Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1 Cover C: Chris Jones

Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1 Cover D: Simon Myers

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Wet Hot American Summer Closes Camp…Forever?

First Comics News - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 08:19

Discover The Most Epic Quest Ever at Camp Firewood in November 2018

Wet Hot American Summer Cover by Joe Quinones

Los Angeles, CA (February 16, 2018) – BOOM! Studios, Enter These Dark Woods, and Creative Licensing are proud to announce the creative team behind the WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER original graphic novel (OGN), arriving in stores November 2018. Writer Christopher Hastings (Gwenpool) and artist Noah Hayes (Goldie Vance) will deliver the first-ever graphic fiction tie-in to the eponymous film, featuring your favorite characters from Camp Firewood in an all-new story. This OGN will feature a cover by Joe Quinones (America).

Camp Director Beth is relieved to have made it through week one of Camp Firewood in one piece…until the cops are called in for a surprise camp inspection! Now Beth, Coop, Katie, Andy, Susie, Gene, Nancy, Victor, Ben, McKinley, J.J., Gary, Gail, and the rest of Camp Firewood have 24 hours to – literally – clean up their act by bringing the camp up to code or this will be the last summer the camp is open! Luckily, the camp counselors are all onboard to pitch in…if they ever come back from partying in town.

“This is such a wonderful and unexpected crossing of my comedy nerdom, and my standard issue comic book nerdom, and I think it will be for readers as well,” said Chris Hastings. “I’ve watched the movie more times than I can count, and I also happen to be a comic book writer who for the life of me, cannot write a somber story. I’ve been looking out for new character interactions that we haven’t seen before, new things to do with spoofing camp movie culture, and I’m also bringing a lot to this from my own time working as a teen camp counselor. I cannot wait for Wet Hot fans to get to read this graphic novel.”

“I’m wildly excited to be a part of the Wet Hot American Summer original graphic novel,” said Noah Hayes. “Surreal, visual humor and vibrant, eccentric characters are some of my favorite things to work with in comics, and such a core part of WHAS itself. It’s a privilege and an honor to be on the team and I’m so psyched to bring Camp Firewood from screen to page for the first time. ”

Wet Hot American Summer is the renowned 2001 cult comedy classic starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Molly Shannon, and many others. Written by Michael Showalter (The Big Sick, Hello My Name Is Doris) and David Wain (Role Models, Wanderlust) and directed by Wain, this iconic film was the launching pad for many comedy greats.

“We’re excited to expand the world of Wet Hot American Summer,” said Chris Rosa, Associate Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Christopher, Noah, Joe and our partners at Creative Licensing and Enter These Dark Woods have created a story that will thrill longtime fans of the series but is also perfect if this is your first visit to Camp Firewood.”

“We love the BOOM! Studios guys’ work and we’re thrilled to be partnering with them on the Wet Hot graphic novel,” said Howard Bernstein, producer of the 2001 film. “ It’s exciting for us to bring to the billions of Wet Hot fans around the globe another way to enjoy the characters.”

Print copies of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER will be available for sale in November 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

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

Wet Hot American Summer Character Designs by Noah Hayes

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The world of PRINCELESS gets bigger with the GIRLS ROCK/GIRLS LEADERSHIP ANTHOLOGY debuting on comiXology!

First Comics News - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 08:14


PRINCELESS GIRLS ROCK/GIRLS LEADERSHIP ANTHOLOGY #1
Writer(s): Kelly Sue Deconnick, Kit Cox, Alicia Whitley, Bri Rudd
Artist(s): Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, Jason Strutz, Kyle Latino
Cover by: Katie Cook
32 pgs./ E / FC
$2.99 (Digital)

PRINCELESS is expanding into a new charity anthology! Most of the proceeds for this anthology will go toward two organizations: Girls Rock NC and Girls Leadership.

The anthology features original stories featuring or inspired by Adrienne, Raven, and Bedelia. The fantastic comic creators in the first issue include Kelly Sue Deconnick, Kit Cox, Alicia Whitley, Bri Rudd, Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, Jason Strutz, Kyle Latino, and a cover by Katie Cook!

Creator/writer Jeremy Whitley comments, “PRINCELESS has always been about providing an empowering message to girls. Now, through the proceeds of this anthology, we look forward to giving to organizations that directly empower girls. We’re thrilled to be working with this slate of superstar creators and can’t wait to share more of our world with you!”

Later on this year, the anthology will be collected into a physical edition you can purchase. Digital issues will be coming out starting February 16, 2018 with the first issue.

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Dark Horse Announces Emerald City Comic Con 2018 Programming Schedule

First Comics News - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 08:07

DARK HORSE COMICS

EMERALD CITY COMIC CON 2018

BOOTH #1708

Visit Dark Horse Comics at Emerald City Comic Con to meet some of your favorite creators and get your hands on some free swag, such as comics, pins, posters, and more! Get colorin’ on our communal coloring wall! The wall will feature pages from the #DHColors Coloring Book line! Canvases will vary throughout the weekend but include pages from The Legend of Korra Coloring Book, Avatar: The Last Airbender Coloring Book, The Witcher Adult Coloring Book, and the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Adult Coloring Book. Check out our signings and panels, too!

Special appearance in the Dark Horse booth from our friends at Happymatic Photo Booth! Come by with your friends or in cosplay and get your picture taken as a souvenir – for FREE!

We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.

SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

12:00-12:45 PM: FEMINA AND FAUNA: THE ART OF CAMILLA D’ERRICO, RAINBOW CHILDREN, HELMETGIRLS: Camilla d’Errico

1:00-1:45 PM: JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE: Patric Reynolds

2:00-2:45 PM: BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover

PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, COLDER: Paul Tobin

3:00-3:45 PM: ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

4:00-4:45 PM: ABE SAPIEN: Max Fiumara, Sebastián Fiumara

5:00-5:45 PM: THE VISITOR: HOW AND WHY HE STAYED, RASPUTIN: THE VOICE OF THE DRAGON, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1955: Chris Roberson

6:00-6:45 PM: HALO: RISE OF ATRIOX: Jonathan Wayshak, John Jackson Miller

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

11:00-11:45 AM: TOMB RAIDER: Phillip Sevy

12:00-12:45 PM: HENCHGIRL: Kristen Gudsnuk

TBA: Kristen Gudsnuk, Rafer Roberts

1:00-1:45 PM: THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN: Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride

2:00-2:45 PM: LOBSTER JOHNSON, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1954: Stephen Green

2:00-2:45 PM: ETHER, DEPT. H, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt

DEPT. H: Sharlene Kindt

3:00-3:45 PM: STARCRAFT: SCAVENGERS: Jody Houser

4:00-4:45 PM: AMERICAN GODS, KABUKI, FIGHT CLUB 2: David Mack

5:00-5:45 PM: THE LEGEND OF KORRA: TURF WARS: Irene Koh

6:00-6:45 PM: THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS: Hope Nicholson, Patrick Rothfuss, Amy Chu, Vita Ayala

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

11:00-11:45 AM: ETHER, DEPT. H, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt

DEPT. H: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt

12:00-12:45 PM: ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

1:00-1:45 PM: EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

2:00-2:45 PM: TREKKER: Ron Randall

3:00-3:45 PM: ANGEL CATBIRD: Johnnie Christmas, Tamra Bonvillain

4:00-4:45 PM: HENCHGIRL: Kristen Gudsnuk

TBA: Kristen Gudsnuk, Rafer Roberts

5:00-5:45 PM: DOCTOR STAR & THE KINGDOM OF LOST TOMORROWS: Max Fiumara

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

11:00-11:45 AM: SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Jose Pimienta

12:00-12:45 PM: USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai

1:00-1:45 PM: PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan

PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, COLDER: Paul Tobin

*Not for the public or reposting: Press members attending Emerald City Comic Con may contact pr@darkhorse.com for potential interview opportunities with Dark Horse creators attending the show.*

PANEL SCHEDULE

Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit https://www.emeraldcitycomiccon.com/Content/Panels-And-Screenings/Panels/# for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators and guidelines for attending panels.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

12:15-1:15PM: Seriously, What’s Up With Editors

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

Have you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to be one? Dark Horse, BOOM! Studios, IDW, and Oni Press want to give you insight on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher! Join Dark Horse’s Katii O’Brien, BOOM! Studios’ Cameron Chittock, IDW’s Sarah Gaydos, and Oni Press’ Desiree Wilson for a rare behind the panels look at the secrets to building successful comic and graphic novel programs.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

12:15-1:15 PM: Geeking Out On Secret Loves

(Location: WSCC 604)

The Secret Loves of Geeks is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join speakers Hope Nicholson, Priya Huq, Levi Hastings, Amy Chu, and Harris O’Malley AKA “Dr. Nerdlove” for personal stories of modern love across the gender and sexual identity spectrums.

4:45-5:45 PM: ElfQuest – 40 Years of Pointy Ears

(Location: TCC L3-R2)

February 2018 wraps up 40 years of Elfquest with the biggest bang ever. Celebrate the longest-running indy fantasy comic with Wendy and Richard Pini, co-creators, writers and artist. Learn behind the scenes secrets that have been hidden since 1978. The newest – and final – issue of the Final Quest series will hit the stands the day before ECCC opens, so you’ll be able to bombard Wendy and Richard with all the questions you’ve been saving up for years! Moderated by Tia Vasiliou of comiXolgy.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

10:45-11:45 AM: Dark Horse Manga

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

2018 marks Dark Horse’s 30th anniversary of publishing manga! From last year’s Eisner-nominated Wandering Island, to legendary series Lone Wolf and Cub, Berserk, Blade of the Immortal, Astroboy, and Oh My Goddess!, to contemporary titles such as I Am a Hero, Fate/Zero, Danganronpa, Drifters, and Hatsune Miku, we’re proud to release a wide spectrum of works from Japanese creators. Join translator Zack Davisson and Dark Horse editor Carl Horn for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

1:15-2:15 PM: Artists Who Write

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

Whether it’s the adventures of a teen bandit, a villain with a heart of gold, a rabbit ronin, a superhero girl, or anything in between, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join Colleen Coover (Bandette), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), and Adam Warren (Empowered) as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh. Joe Golem: Occult Detective artist Patric Reynolds will moderate this star-studded panel!

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Real Life Travellers

Jeffro's Space Gaming Blog - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 04:16

I flew across the country today and experienced three random encounters:

  • Saw an older lady on the bus with this almost zen-like look of beaming contentment. I broke in remarking on how beautiful a day it was. (It was dark and rainy, natch.) This developed into a wide-ranging conversation covering what we especially liked about each of the Northwest, Alaska, and the South. We consoled each over on having to do without coleslaw and butterbeans. When she mentioned she was from Texas, I remarked that only people from the South really grasp how to have a talk. When we changed buses, I went out of my way to mention to her how much I’d enjoyed meeting her. (To not do so would have been tacky, of course.)
  • Guy next to me on the plane turns out to be a Microsoft developer. He tried to feel me out on how much I might despise the company when I said positive things about particular open source tools. I misread this, thinking he wouldn’t care for any flak on this point. But when I later mentioned which Microsoft products I currently get paid to use… he went cold on me. It’s like I suddenly became persona non grata to him. Later I noticed he was a musician and we had a fair discussion about jazz and so forth, but he never made eye contact or even any sort of facial expression. There is evidently a fair scene for that sort of thing in Seattle, but I could never get the emotional energy up to go check it out. The preponderance of people of his sort in the area would defeat the purpose of going out in the first place.
  • Getting closer to my old stomping grounds, I expected my luck to change. It didn’t. A thirty-something woman sits next to me and I give out the minimal amount of pleasantries, but she turns out to be a scientist. A physicist delving into materials science. She really wants to talk about that, so I ask her a few questions. At some point I remark that it really is unfortunate how physics turned out during the twentieth century. “The more strange and counter-intuitive results would seem to undercut the very philosophy and mindset that gave rise to science in the first place,” I said. “Honestly, the entire enterprise has been all downhill ever since Newton.” She looks back at me and says, “you mean you prefer science when it was white and male.” Needless to say, this was the worst repartee I’ve ever witnessed in my life. All you can really say in response to something like that is, “well I nevah!”

One thing I will say about such pronounced regional and cultural differences is that we really have not been well served by filtering the bulk of our culture through two or three urban centers. American science fiction and fantasy from before 1940 has a much greater range of tone, style, accent, and feel because of its greater amount of regional diversity. And the people that created it had much more in common with the sort of people I enjoy spending time with.

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Holmes Basic Testimonials

Zenopus Archives - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 03:30


2018 update: This year we celebrate Holmes' birthday in the middle of the 40th anniversary year of Holmes Basic (July 2017-July 2018). As a tribute, I'll be running two session of Return to the Tower of Zenopus at Gary Con in a few weeks.

There will also be a "Ruined Tower of Zenopus - 40 years later" event, by a different author, at the North Texas RPGCon this year in June!

And Beyond the Door to Monster Mountain - a Holmes Basic mini-scenario available here - will be run for the second year in a row at Dundracon this coming Sunday.

If you missed it, last July Chris Holmes was on the 3rd season of the short podcast Tell Me About Your Character, talking about his third favorite D&D character (after Boinger and Zereth) in the games he played with his father in the '70s.

And since Holmes' birthday last year we've seen a lot of great releases:

Tales of Peril, a gorgeous hardcover compilation of Holmes' stories of the adventures of Boinger the Halfling and Zereth the Elf, debuted at North Texas last June and shortly thereafter was available for direct order from Black Blade Publishing. I've been slowly blogging my way through the book in a series called the Tales of Peril Book Club, although at the moment it is on hiatus while I prep my con scenario.

The Blueholme Journeymanne rulebook was released by Dreamscape Design, and expands the Blueholme Prentice rules up to 20 levels. It is chock-full of evocative art thanks to all of the Holmes fans out there who funded the Kickstarter for the art.

Jon of Appendix M released two issues of his zine Fantastic! Exciting! Imaginative!, which is inspired by the art found in the Holmes Basic rulebook. The content is by various members of the Holmes Basic groups on G+ and Facebook, including one article in each by myself. Join up if you want to contribute to the next one! These can be found at DTRPG: Vol 1 (free pdf) and Vol 2 ($4 pdf).

On Free RPG day I released Holmes Ref 2.0 an expanded compilation of my reference sheets for Holmes Basic referees. I hope to release a further expansion this year.

Each year I bring this post forward and invite you to add new testimonials. I've moved my posts from previous years to an archive page on the Holmes Basic site, but everyone else's comments from previous years remain below. Feel free to comment again if you've commented before.

See also:
Testimonal Thread at OD&D Discussion
Testimonial Thread at Knights & Knaves Alehouse  
Testimonial Thread at Dragonsfoot
Testimonial Thread at the Acaeum

(DTRPG links include this blog's affiliate # which gives us a 5% credit for each purchase)
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Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 18:10

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DC COLLECTIBLES REVEALS NEW 2018 SLATE AHEAD OF NEW YORK TOY FAIR

First Comics News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:42

DC COLLECTIBLES CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY AT NEW YORK TOY FAIR
REVEALING STAR-STUDDED COLLABORATIONS FOR 2018 SLATE

Oscar-Winning Special Makeup Effects Artist Rick Baker Brings to Life
The Clown Prince of Crime in New Life-Size The Joker Bust

Musician and DC’s Young Animal Mastermind Gerard Way Designs Batman: Black & White
Statues Set to Debut in 2018

First-Ever “Doomsday Clock” Action Figures Will Strike Stores in 2018

 

DC Collectibles, the award-winning line of collectibles from DC Entertainment, will celebrate 20 years of toy-making at this year’s American International Toy Fair in New York. To commemorate this milestone anniversary, DC Collectibles revealed huge plans for its 2018 lineup, including several high-profile collaborations such as a life-size bust of The Joker designed by one of Hollywood’s most celebrated special makeup effects artists, Rick Baker.

DC Collectibles also recruited My Chemical Romance frontman and DC’s Young Animal curator Gerard Way to put his own spin on DC’s iconic Batman and The Joker characters for the company’s longest-running statue line, Batman: Black & White. Other collectibles on tap for 2018 include new action figure sets based on Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s hit DOOMSDAY CLOCK comic book series and new variants for DC Artists Alley designer vinyls, plus several new additions to popular statue and action figure lines.

Best known for his work on Hollywood blockbusters such as An American Werewolf in London, Men in Black, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Planet of the Apes, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Star Wars, and the Thriller music video, among others, luminary special makeup effects artist Rick Baker has brought his monster-making talent to one of DC’s most iconic Super-Villains, The Joker.  The Joker Bust by Rick Baker is designed, sculpted and painted by Baker and features the same spine-chilling attention to detail that can be expected from the Academy Award winner. Measured at 22.5″ tall, only 200 of these limited-edition busts will be produced, and each will be numbered. Fans can bring home this high-end collectible from DC Collectibles in October 2018 at a suggested retail price of $1000.00.

“DC Collectibles is always seeking out interesting artists from different industries to bring their unique art styles to DC’s popular characters, and we are thrilled to partner with Rick Baker on this sculpture,” explained Jim Fletcher, executive creative director of DC Collectibles. “From the disturbing eyes to the sinister smile, Rick did a masterful job capturing The Joker’s psychotic demeanor.”

“When DC Collectibles approached me about this project, I jumped at the chance to do something with The Joker,” said Baker. “The Joker is one of the most notorious Super-Villains of all time, and I had a blast depicting his twisted and demented personality through this bust. The DC Collectibles team was great to work with and gave me complete creative freedom to bring my version of the character to life.”

DC Collectibles has also tapped acclaimed musician and writer Gerard Way to design original iterations of The Joker and Batman for the company’s best-selling Batman: Black & White statue line. The eccentric character designs are based on sketches Way created for a past story idea and will now be brought to life as 7″ statues in 2018.

“I am extremely excited to have teamed up with the wonderful people of DC Collectibles to bring fans these visions of Batman and The Joker in physical and wonderfully monochromatic form,” said Way. “My ink and wash drawings of these two characters come from a pitch I had created, called ‘Kingdom of The Mad,’ which, in my opinion, is a very dark take on the characters– so seeing them in gorgeous black, white, and grey seems very fitting. I hope fans enjoy these different takes on the characters, and I am honored to now be a part of the Batman: Black & White family.”

“Our Batman: Black & White statue line has always been a great avenue to try new ideas and welcome new artists into the DC Collectibles fold,” said Fletcher. “Gerard’s indie art style is a perfect fit for this series and offers a fresh take on Batman and The Joker that we’ve never seen before.”

DC Collectibles will also debut new DOOMSDAY CLOCK action figures in 2018, based on Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s critically acclaimed comic book series. The 7″ figures will release in sets of two and will include fan-favorite WATCHMEN characters Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Rorschach and the Comedian, plus two new DC universe characters – Mime and Marionette-created in DOOMSDAY CLOCK.

Capitalizing on excitement for the upcoming DC Artists Alley designer vinyl line, DC Collectibles also revealed new variants for the Hainanu “Nooligan” Salque and Sho Murase waves of figures. Black-and-white editions will be offered for Nooligan’s standard designs of Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn, and special holiday designs will be offered for Murase’s Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Catwoman characters. These new variants join the already-announced standard and black-and-white versions of the Chris Uminga wave that debuts in June. Uminga’s wave will be followed by Nooligan’s vinyls in September and Murase’s in November.

“The feedback for our upcoming DC Artists Alley line has been fantastic,” noted Fletcher. “The first few Chris Uminga figures have already sold out at the retailer level, and we can’t wait for them to hit stores this summer. We hope fans embrace the different variant editions for each artist and collect them all!”

Additional collectibles debuting in 2018 include new DC Bombshells offerings, such as a Batman and Catwoman Deluxe statue, a statue featuring The Joker’s Daughter and a Nurse Harley and The Joker action figure 2-pack. There will also be new character additions to the highly anticipated DC Essentials action figure line and best-selling DC Designer Series statue series.

Check out the DC Collectibles NY Toy Fair sizzle video and the complete list of new items from DC Collectibles debuting in 2018 below:



 

DC GALLERY

  • The Joker Bust by Rick Baker
  • Reissues: Green Lantern Battery Prop, Yellow Lantern Battery Prop

BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE STATUES

  • The Joker by Gerard Way
  • Batman by Gerard Way

DOOMSDAY CLOCK 7 ACTION FIGURE 2-PACKS

  • Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias
  • Rorschach and Mime
  • The Comedian and Marionette

DC ARTISTS ALLEY DESIGNER VINYL FIGURES

  • Hainanu “Nooligan” Salque: Black-and-white variant editions of Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn
  • Sho Murase: Holiday variant editions of Catwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy

DC BOMBSHELLS

  • Statues: The Joker’s Daughter, Batman and Catwoman Deluxe
  • Action Figures: Nurse Harley and The Joker 2-Pack

DC DESIGNER SERIES STATUES

  • Red Hood by Kenneth Rocafort
  • The Joker by Brian Bolland mini statue
  • Supergirl by Michael Turner
  • Jim Lee Collector 3-Pack Statue Set: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman

DC ESSENTIALS ACTION FIGURES

  • Black Manta
  • Brainiac

HARLEY QUINN RED, WHITE & BLACK STATUES

  • Philip Tan
  • Michael Turner

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Irish Fling Clutch

Moogly - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:20

The Irish Fling Clutch is the perfect little project to start thinking Spring with – snowy white bursts forth with bright green vines and frivolous fringe! Add a wristlet strap and you’ll be ready for that first sunny day adventure! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Red Heart Yarns and Brittany. The [...]

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OMINOUS PRESS OFFERS EXCLUSIVE DEMI-GOD GRAPHIC NOVEL ON KICKSTARTER!

First Comics News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:16

DEMI-GOD KICKSTARTER
TONAWANDA, NY (February 16, 2018): The next Ominous Universe title is here! With great power comes great… wait, how does that go again? DEMI-GOD is a contemporary superhero tale like no other. When irresponsible slacker Jason McAndros suddenly gains the power of a god, the fourth wall isn’t the only thing he breaks! As Jason revels in his newfound might, he begins calling himself Hercules and indulging his every whim.

From the creative powers of Ron Marz (writer), Andy Smith (artist), Michael Atiyeh (colorist), and Steve Dutro (letterers), and Bart Sears (creator), DEMI-GOD offers new-school storytelling with an old-school superhero. Blending comedy and action, DEMI-GOD gives readers the chance to see Ron Marz and Andy Smith cut loose and unleash Jerkules… uh Hercules… into the world.

The DEMI-GOD:My Kick-Ass Graphic Novel Kickstarter campaign has launched, offering an exclusive 64-page hardcover edition. The hardcover features Demi-God’s origin story, a brand-new cover from Andy Smith, a sketchbook and cover gallery, an advice column from Hercules himself, and previously unreleased story content! Along with the hardcover book, there are plenty of awesome rewards, including the limited-edition Black Book: The Art of Andy Smith.

The Kickstarter campaign even features an animated Demi-God talking directly to you about the campaign and himself (mostly himself).

A wide array of rewards are available for this campaign, which runs through March 8. Backer levels range from digital copies of the book, to exclusive dust jacket variant covers from series artist Andy Smith, acclaimed artists Ian Churchill and Bart Sears, to original art by Andy Smith, and even a chance to appear in the comic! Below are some awesome pages from Demi-God!

Pledge to the campaign and share the project with your friends. You’ll certainly be our hero!

With the help of supporters, this special, limited-edition project will be ready for delivery the second half of 2018.

Ominous Press has published the comics series Dread Gods and Demi-God via IDW Publishing, the classic series Legendary, the books Drawing Powerful Heroes and Black Book: The Art of Bart Sears, and the graphic novel Beasts of the Black Hand.

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Uncovering Krevborna

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 12:00

Krevborna: A Gothic Blood Opera is a system agnostic setting book released this week by Jack Shear of the Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque blog. The world detailed is the sort of place Jack deals with in much of his rpg writing: an early modern setting with more than a hint of the Gothic.

Full disclosure before I delve into the review proper: I am listed in the credits of the book as I have been a player in Jack's online game (Tobias Rune, Scientific Occultist!), and Jack has done some editing for me on my stuff in the past. We have been blogosphere friends since long before that. My view, then, is perhaps biased.

Krevborna is 109 pages plus an index. In that space it vibrantly evokes a certain type of setting, and gives you locales, NPCs, organizations, and conflicts with which to populate it. It is fashionable in many circles to say setting books should always be short or deliver things very lightly. This is an understandable reaction given the bloat that has afflicted many a "major" rpg company setting book. My opinion is this: A setting book should have exactly as much verbiage as it needs to achieve its goal (and that goal should in part include usability). This will inevitably mean that no setting book is for everybody. some people will want the exotic cultural detail of the Empire of the Petal throne or Glorantha, and some want a setting heavy on new mechanical tidbits, but otherwise interchangeable with any number of faux-Medieval worlds. Having written a couple of setting books myself, I can say that there are always people that think you gave just the right amount of detail and then those who want more. (There are probably also those who think I wrote too much, but they don't send me emails.)

I don't think I'm off base when I say that Jack isn't concerned with you being able to replicate his Krevborna in  minute detail; he wants you to be able to create your own Gothic-tinged, dark fantasy setting that may happen to also be named Krevborna. He is light on many details, focusing his time on directly addressing theme, tone, and atmosphere, and how you leverage these things in a fantasy game as a DM. Jack is very good at delivering these elements flavorfully but briefly.  Maybe it's his college educator background, but he's able to bullet-point and not be at all dry!

I don't mean to suggest there is no setting detail, because there are plenty of Krevborna-specific information and tools, and plenty of stuff to help players get into the mood, too: sample names by region, appropriate backgrounds, tables of dark secrets, and NPCs to be patrons, acquaintances, or antagonists. The great supernatural powers are briefly described, allowing DM's and players to flesh out the details as they will.

The last section of the book is a brief summary of Jack's approach or "house rules" for running Krevborna in 5e. This is light enough that no OGL is required, but meaty enough that those versed in the 5e rules will know what he is doing. The strength of the system agnostic approach is this can be easily ported to old school simulacra or DungeonWorld or whatever.

In summary, I think this is a great setting, but also a great demonstration of a way to present a setting, and is well worth the price of purchase.

RICH REVIEWS: Mata Hari # 1

First Comics News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 05:03

Title: Mata Hari # 1
Publisher: Darkhorse Comics
Writer: Emma Beeby
Artist: Ariela Kristantina
Colorist: Pat Masioni
Cover: Ariela Kristantina
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.darkhorse.com
Comments: We start off with Mata Hari in prison. She stands proud. Than we go back four years to 1913. We keep going back in time seeing different aspects of Mata Hari’s life.
Margaretha Geertruida Zelle-Maclead is Mata Hari’s real name. We see her trial begin.
Mata Hari is treated like a criminal, as one of the lowest of the low. As a whore who used her body to get what she wanted. Is this what really happened? Here Mata Hari recounts what her life was like and what really happened from her point of view.
She does not think she did anything wrong. In this issue it is up to the reader to decide and future issues.
The art does show off the era wonderfully. There is no action and the drama just starts to build up a little.
Mata Hari here is brought across as a human woman that is going to stand up for herself.

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TITAN COMICS TO PUBLISH HOWLING NEW CREATOR-OWNED SERIES OF THE SUPERNATURAL – BROTHER NASH!

First Comics News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 04:45

WEREWOLVES! TRUCKERS! MONSTROUS CICADAS! THE UNQUIET DEAD! IT’S ALL HERE!

Titan Comics is thrilled to announce Brother Nash – a three-part supernatural comic series from creator, writer/artist Bridgit Connell.

If American Gods met Teen Wolf and Hellboy on the midnight road to Sacramento… they may well make something a little like Brother Nash, which tells the story of Nash, a haunted trucker who can see ghosts, talks with spirits, senses evil and – oh yes! – is a werewolf.

When the moon is on the rise and violence threatens his friends, he struggles to keep the beast in check, even as he strives to meet his obligations to those he loves.

And when Nash takes on a mysterious hitchhiker heading for Tucson, he and his friends are dragged headfirst into their most dangerous adventure yet.

So grab your shotguns, prime your shortwave radio, warm up the cab, flex those lupine claws, and join the crew for what may be the strangest and deadliest cross-country haul of all time!

According to writer/artist Bridgit Connell, “Brother Nash is about a mysterious trucker out West who gets lost in a supernatural adventure with his two friends, a bumbling sweetheart and fellow trucker named Ray, and a strong-willed ranch owner named Billie. On the road they encounter tricksters, motorcycle gangs, zombies, creepy ghost kids, high-speed chases, giant monsters, redneck shaman, witches… and find out that the lore behind astronomy is alive and roaming the earth.”

Debuting in comic book stores and on digital devices in a staggering, triple-sized 72-page issue, Brother Nash #1 also features a stunning A cover by Sanford Greene (Power Man & Iron Fist, Royals, Uncanny Avengers), and an astounding B cover from Bridgit and colorist Luis Guerrero (Rivers of London, Mycroft Holmes).

Completely remastered from Bridgit’s self-published editions, and newly relettered throughout, this gripping, heartfelt tale of supernatural Americana

Fans and retailers can order the first issue of Brother Nash through the April edition of Diamond’s Previews catalogue, with an on sale date of 6 June.

Visit Bridgit in person at HeroesCon Charlotte from June 15-17 to celebrate the launch of the comic, and stay tuned for more information about this title!

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HERO CATS SEASON FINALE: The Hero Cats and friends go on their craziest adventure yet!

First Comics News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 04:30

HERO CATS OF STELLAR CITY: SEASON FINALE (VOLUME 7)
Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Andy Duggan
Cover Artist(s): Andy Duggan
Inks: Brandon Page & Andy Duggan
Colors: Sigi Ironmonger, Meg Daunting, Daniel Hooker
Letters: George Gant
96 pgs./ E / FC
$11.99

Avengers and Justice League move over! The cutest heroes on the planet are ready to save the city one more time. This Season Finale delivers as the Hero Cats and friends go on their craziest adventure yet. A winter storm has Stellar City in it’s icy grip and the snow won’t let up! Ace, Cassie, Belle, Midnight, Rocket and Rocco have to solve one more cool mystery.

“Hero Cats of Stellar City is everything you love about comics, with the added awesomeness of cats!” creator/writer Kyle Putkammer comments. “Four years ago, Hero Cats of Stellar City #1 hit comic book store shelves nationwide. Since then, I have had the honor of traveling the country and meeting thousands of Hero Cats fans. My art team set lofty goals and achieved each one of them. I’m proud of the incredible stories we’ve been able to tell together.”

He goes on to say, “This is the first comic series I’ve ever written! So after seven graphic novels and two mini-series, it’s time for a Season Finale and a much deserved cat nap. Find out what the future holds for the Hero Cats of Stellar City. Don’t miss this book! And as always, Stay Stellar!”

The season final of HERO CATS will be available in a comic book store near you on April 4th, 2018. Preorder the book with the Diamond item code FEB180971.

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So Say We All

Jeffro's Space Gaming Blog - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 04:29

First off, don’t teach your kids to play D&D.

But if you do… at least teach them to play correctly. And I mean every jot and tittle: d4 thieves, 3d6 in order, clerics with no spells at first level, player characters with a single hit point, magic-users with a single spell, elves that never make it to second level, morale checks, monster reactions, henchmen and hirelings. ALL OF IT! As Moldvay intended.

Demented genius E. Reagan Wright follows up his bombshell post with a tour de force of correct gamethink:

There are plenty of reasons to teach your kid D&D.  The table is a place where you can teach them about risk and reward.  You can let them roam freely in the game world in a way you can’t at a D&D convention (without fear of some creeper making passes at them).  You can even sprinkle a little cultural roots into their life by using folklore tales like Baba Yaga or Little People or Firbolgs or Odin into the game.  Logistical planning, knowing when to fight and when to run, learning how to save your GP for plate mail, all of these are skills that will serve them in good stead later in life.

But you can’t impart these valuable life lessons if you play D&D the way Kevin Makice suggests.  Play an OSR game, and play it straight, and you won’t have to fear your kids growing up to waste their life writing free D&D articles or joining some death cult like Antifa.  Metaphorically speaking, that vapid teen girl Mike Mearls will always be out there checking texts on quiet suburban roads, but at least your kids will have some thin veneer of protection between their mushy little heads and the hot, steamy blacktop.

That’s the way I roll, and my wives’ boyfriends’ kids are turning out pretty good.

Astonishing.

I am reliably informed that 2018 is going to be just plain lit.

But this is only the beginning!

 

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Dabel Brothers Publishing To Join The Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Family Of Partners

First Comics News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 04:27

ATLANTA, Feb. 15, 2018 — Zac Brown’s Southern Ground is pleased to announce the addition of Dabel Brothers Publishing to the Southern Ground family of partners. Dabel Brothers will become the publishing arm for the company and already have several upcoming books in the works.

Collaborating and producing work with Brown, Dabel Brothers Publishing will roll out a full line of licensed, high-visibility graphic novels, adult coloring books, comics, and specialty publications to book trade and specialty markets, as well as new intellectual properties including ones created by Brown himself.

“We are very excited to be part of the Southern Ground family! Zac Brown is an amazing talent and businessman with some incredible ideas, and I am thrilled to have a chance to bring his big ideas to life visually,” said Les Dabel, Senior Vice President of Business Operations for Dabel Brothers Publishing.

The Dabel Brothers have worked with George R.R. Martin, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jim Butcher and Stephen King. Their first piece of work published with Southern Ground is a coloring book featuring Southern Ground Brand Ambassador, Retired Staff Sargent Johnny “Joey” Jones, and is based on his time in the military and as a Veteran. Blown Away is currently available on Amazon.

“We’re excited to welcome Dabel Brothers Publishing into our family of partners. We think these guys are super talented and look forward to adding our Southern Ground magic to what they do to make them even more successful. Through their work in graphic novels and comic books they give us an amazing outlet for the creative minds at Southern Ground to reach a new audience,” said Jeff Willard, Southern Ground CEO.

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Make Way for HELM: An Eisner-Nominated Fantasy Comic Series

First Comics News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 04:23

HELM #1

Writer(s): Jehanzeb Hasan

Artist Name(s): Mauricio Caballero, Miguel Angel Reyes

Cover Artist(s): Mauricio Caballero
32 pgs./ T / FC
$3.99

Action Lab Entertainment is proud to announce that it will be publishing HELM, an Eisner-nominated fantasy comic series, starting with HELM #1 in April 2018.

Inspired by the likes of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, and the classic animated films of yesteryear, HELM is a globe-trotting adventure set in an ancient fantasy world that has undergone an industrial revolution. Racism and riots run rampant, “magick-makers” are mercilessly hunted, the elves have all but been eradicated, and rumors of rebellion stir amongst the half-breeds and downtrodden peoples of the Commonwealth.

Pursued by the ruthless Legion, the mysterious witch Luna Lumere seeks out Eldrick Spellsong, Jr., a college dropout who unknowingly holds the key to unlocking an age-old secret. Together, along with a sundry gang of adventurers, villains, and scoundrels, they will traverse the dark and dangerous world of HELM, in search of the legendary Bastard King, and rouse him from his slumber.

“When I started working on HELM, I mostly just wanted to create something I would personally enjoy as a reader,” remarks Jehanzeb Hasan, writer/creator of the series. “The comic is a fun and loving tribute to the kind of old school epics that I was brought up on, and based on the kind of response we’ve seen so far, it seems like there’s a lot of people out there with a hunger for this type of adventure story, too.”

HELM #1 will be available in a comic book store near you on April 4th, 2018. Preorder the book using Diamond item code FEB180970.

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The First Look Inside Power Rangers: Shattered Grid

First Comics News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 04:08

BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands Unveil New Art From Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 Main Cover by Goñi Montes

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 15, 2018) – BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands revealed today new covers and a first look at interior art from MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #25, the official beginning of the historic POWER RANGERS: SHATTERED GRID comic book event. Arriving in comics shops worldwide on March 28th, this issue begins the first comic book event in the twenty-five-year history of the global franchise as writer Kyle Higgins and artist Daniele Di Nicuolo deliver a story so shocking that the issue will be sealed in a black polybag to prevent spoilers!

Now, fans can get their first look as Lord Drakkon—a twisted alternate-reality version of Tommy Oliver (the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger)—and his newly reformed deadly army cross dimensions in order to execute on a plan that threatens the very existence of every Power Ranger ever. For the first time in comic book history, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers join forces with many iconic Power Rangers teams to face the threat.

SHATTERED GRID is the biggest, most impactful Power Rangers story I’ve ever written,” said Kyle Higgins. “It’s an honor to be a part of the 25 year legacy of Power Rangers. Everyone working on this event has been floored by the response from fans and this first look is just a taste of the surprises that await them. Trust me, you’re not going to want to have the ending of this issue spoiled for you.”

POWER RANGERS: SHATTERED GRID will unfold in issues from both Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers and include three special one-shots.

“This is the comic that no Power Rangers fan should miss—because it has the ending that everyone’s gonna be talking about!” said Dafna Pleban, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Everything in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers has been leading to SHATTERED GRID—and it’s only going to get bigger from here!”

“Developing the POWER RANGERS: SHATTERED GRID event with the writers and BOOM! Studios has been an incredible journey and we believe the fans are in for some shocking surprises and morphinominal storytelling. It’s definitely an event that fans will not want to miss!” said Brian Casentini, Executive Producer, Power Rangers Franchise.

Polybagged editions of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #25 will be shipped with six (6) main covers illustrated by Goñi Montes, randomly assorted in equal quantities, featuring Drakkon holding one of the Mighty Morphin Power Ranger helmets. Montes helped launch the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic series from BOOM! Studios with a series of iconic covers on issue #0. A special chase variant by Montes will also be available and mixed in randomly within the polybagged editions. This landmark issue will also feature variants (shipping without polybags) by superstar artist Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), Jordan Gibson (Howard the Duck), and a stunning wraparound cover featuring every Power Ranger ever by Scott Koblish (Deadpool).

Print copies of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #25 will be available for sale on March 28th at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on POWER RANGERS: SHATTERED GRID and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

For more on Saban’s Power Rangers, please visit www.powerrangers.com and follow Power Rangers on http://rangernation.com/, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 Interior Art by Daniele Di Nicuolo


Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 Main Covers by Goñi Montes

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 Subscription Cover by Jordan Gibson

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 Variant Wraparound Cover by Scott Koblish

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 Unlockable Cover by Humberto Ramos

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HARBINGER WARS 2 – A SEISMIC, SIX-PART EVENT

First Comics News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 04:07

Valiant is proud to unveil the complete battle plan for HARBINGER WARS 2A SEISMIC, SIX-PART EVENT uniting New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR, NINJA-K) with Academy Award nominee Eric Heisserer (SECRET WEAPONS, Arrival) and visionary artists Raúl Allén (SECRET WEAPONS) and Patricia Martín (BLOODSHOT REBORN) for an epic conflagration at the epicenter of the Valiant Universe in May!

This summer, the most powerful Valiant event ever attempted erupts in full force as X-O Manowar, Livewire, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, the Secret Weapons, Ninjak, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines in HARBINGER WARS 2 – the ultimate, action-fueled entry point into the most acclaimed superhero universe anywhere in comics today! Spanning six essential issues between May and September 2018, the complete HARBINGER WARS 2 saga will encompass the four-issue main series, as well as a self-contained, new-reader-friendly prelude introducing the main players behind the conflict, and a standalone aftermath special chronicling the scarred landscape of the post-HW2 Valiant Universe:

  • HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 | ON SALE MAY 2nd
  • HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) | ON SALE MAY 30th
  • HARBINGER WARS 2 #2 (of 4) | COMING IN JUNE
  • HARBINGER WARS 2 #3 (of 4) | COMING IN JULY
  • HARBINGER WARS 2 #4 (of 4) | COMING IN AUGUST
  • HARBINGER WARS 2: AFTERMATH #1 | COMING IN SEPTEMBER

“What I love about these events with Valiant is they grow organically…” series writer Matt Kindt told CBR. “I don’t want to be writing some big, sprawling story with no real heart to it, and it’s just about connecting different books and characters. I think the thing that attracted us all to this idea was the heart of the story and the characters driving it, and telling a good story with heart. Eric had a great idea with Livewire, and really makes it about these character moments. The big event just happens around it.”

“It’s not as much about the event as it is about spotlighting these amazing characters, and pulling back a bit and showing how the universe is shared, and the friction that comes from the sharing of it,” he added.

FIRST: Before HARBINGER WARS 2 begins, JUMP ON BOARD with HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 – a STANDALONE INTRODUCTION TO THE VALIANT UNIVERSE’s most powerful forces from all-star creators Eric Heisserer, Raúl Allén, and Patricia Martín, the master storytellers that brought you SECRET WEAPONS, on May 2nd!

The Harbinger Renegades have been scattered across America…battered by the brutal MASSACRE that decimated their ranks.

Now, behind them, Livewire – leader of the Harbinger Foundation’s most unusual group of Secret Weapons – is about to incite the coast-to-coast clash that brings them all together in an inescapable collision of power.

Pushed to the brink by the government she once served, Toyo Harada’s former star pupil is about to make an irreversible decision…and deactivate America’s power supply in a last-ditch bid to save the extraordinary individuals called “psiots” from extinction. As a nation goes dark, the paths of our world’s most powerful heroes will soon converge…and the stage will be set for the most cataclysmic confrontation in the history of the Valiant Universe!

On May 2nd, witness the ground zero moment for the future of the Valiant Universe with a startling, self-contained initiation into the senses-shattering clash of 2018, only in HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 – featuring covers by Raúl Allén (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Michael Cho (Batwoman), Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR), and Felipe Massafera (Flashpoint: Abin Sur)!

THEN: On May 30th, X-O Manowar, Livewire, Bloodshot, the Harbinger Renegades, Faith, Ninjak, the Secret Weapons, H.A.R.D. Corps, and all of Valiant’s most enduring icons draw fire in HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the world-shaking comics event from creators Matt Kindt and Tomás Giorello, the superstar creative team behind the chart-topping rise of X-O MANOWAR!

For the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us…with the potential to become active at any moment…has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…

Armed with new extra-governmental authority, the deep-black military contractor known as Omen has been authorized to identify, evaluate, and, if need be, eliminate all super-normal threats to the homeland. H.A.R.D. Corps units have been deployed into cities and towns across the United States to enforce their orders.

In the East, one of the most powerful minds on Earth, Peter Stanchek, is leading his band of Renegades across the country, activating any potential psiots willing to join them, and building an insurrection force of ultra-powerful and unwieldy new abilities that will soon bring war to Omen’s doorstep…and the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar raging back to Earth…

In the West, Livewire – the telekinetic technopath with the ability to bend machines and computers to her will – will be forced to choose between her former allies…or her newfound team of Secret Weapons. As the situation escalates beyond human control, the United States will be plunged into darkness from coast to coast, launching Bloodshot and Ninjak into a dangerous mission to neutralize their one-time teammate – and setting the stage for the most shocking, most violent, and most consequential clash of powers ever witnessed in the history of the Valiant Universe!

This summer, Valiant’s biggest and most ambitious event yet takes hold…and, on May 30th, all of America will witness the raw, unrepentant power of the Valiant Universe unleashed in HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA), Felipe Massafera (Green Lantern/Planet of the Apes), and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT SALVATION)!

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTÍN
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover B by MICHAEL CHO
Variant Cover by CARY NORD
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 2nd (FOC – 4/9/18)

HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by J.G. JONES
Cover B by MICO SUAYAN
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Brushed Metal Variant by LEWIS LAROSA
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 30th (FOC – 5/7/18)

HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – Cover A by J.G. Jones

HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – Cover B by Mico Suayan


HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – HW2 Icon Variant by Felipe Massafera


HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 – Cover A by Raúl Allén


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HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1 – HW2 Icon Variant by Felipe Massafera


HARBINGER WARS 2 Event Checklist – Art by Lewis LaRosa

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