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First Comics News - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 14:52

Maria Llovet’s Porcelain #3, $3.99

Story Of Marvel Studios The Making Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe HC, $150.00

Beyond The Breach #4, $3.99
Clans Of Belari #4, $4.99

Avatar The Last Airbender The Kyoshi Novels Box Set, $37.99
Garbage Pail Kids Volume 3 Camp Daze HC, $14.99
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales Cold War Correspondent HC, $14.99
We Are the Smurfs Welcome To Our Village GN, $12.99

Phoebe And Her Unicorn Volume 14 Unicorn Playlist GN, $11.99

Death By Life #7 (Of 8), $3.99
O.B.E. Out Of Body Experience #4 (Of 4), $3.99
Valkyrie Saviors #3 (Of 3), $3.99

Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #324, $7.99
Archie 80 Years Of Christmas TP, $9.99

Chariot TP, $9.99
Fight Girls #4, $3.99
Not All Robots #3, $3.99

Everything Is Super Volume 1 GN, $15.00

Dune House Atreides #11 (Of 12), $4.99
Dune House Atreides Volume 2 HC, $24.99
Eat The Rich #3 (Of 5), $3.99
Just Beyond Monstrosity GN, $10.99
Maw #2 (Of 5), $3.99
Origins TP, $19.99
Something Is Killing The Children Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC (Slipcase Edition), $69.99

Lady Death Luscious Leather Set (3 Count), $34.99
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Death And Sparkles Volume 1 GN, $12.99
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Oksi GN, $14.99

Howling Snow A Kung Fu Fable #1 (One Shot), $4.99
Stud And The BloodBlade #2 (Of 3), $4.99

Lovecraft Cocktails Elixirs And Libations From The Lore Of H.P. Lovecraft HC, $25.00

Art Of Far Cry 6 HC, $39.99
Complete American Gods HC, $124.99
Critical Role The Tales Of Exandria Volume 1 The Bright Queen #1 (Of 4), $3.99
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Delver TP, $19.99
Dragon Age Dark Fortress HC, $19.99
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Halo Graphic Novel TP, $19.99
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Kingdom Hearts Character Files HC, $44.99
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RuneScape The First 20 Years An Illustrated History HC, $39.99
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Batman #115 (Fear State), $4.99
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Batman Last Knight On Earth TP, $24.99
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Catwoman #36 (Fear State), $3.99
Catwoman Lonely City #1 (Of 4), $6.99
Diana Princess Of The Amazons Wonder Woman Day Special Edition #1 (One Shot), AR
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Far Sector TP, $29.99
Flash #775, $4.99
Green Lantern #7, $4.99
Legends Of The Dark Knight #6, $3.99
Nightwing #85 (Fear State), $3.99
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Suicide Squad #8, $3.99
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Superman Son Of Kal-El #4, $3.99

Ordinary People Change The World Volume 25 I Am Oprah Winfrey HC, $15.99

DC Batman’s World Reader Level 2 SC, $4.99

Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (One Shot)(Dan Jurgens Silver Swordfish Signature Edition), $41.00

Bettie Page And The Curse Of The Banshee #5, $3.99
Purgatori #1, $3.99
Red Sonja Black White Red #4, $4.99

Cracking TP, $39.99
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Why Is Everybody Yelling Growing Up In My Immigrant Family HC, $19.99

Horse Trouble GN, $12.99
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Marshmellow And Jordan GN, $15.99
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Star Trek Coda Novel Volume 2 Ashes Of Tomorrow SC, $16.00

Peter Grill And The Philosopher’s Time Volume 6 GN, $13.99
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Manu GN, $12.99
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Ms. Marvel Stretched Thin HC, $24.99
Wings Of Fire Graphic Novel Box Set #1 (Volumes 1-4), $51.96

Banana Fox Volume 2 Banana Fox And The Book-Eating Robot GN, $7.99
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Never Never #4 (Of 5), $3.99

Black Beacon #3 (Of 6), $2.99

Doctor Who TARDIS Police Box Collection Magazine #1 (The 11th Doctor’s TARDIS), $39.95
Game Of Thrones Official Collector’s Models #1 (Rhaegal), $44.95
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Jodorowsky Library Volume 1 HC, $39.99

Bermuda #4 (Of 4), $4.99
Dungeons And Dragons Mindbreaker #1 (Of 5), $3.99
My Little Pony Generations #1, $3.99
Sleeping Beauties #7 (Of 10), $3.99
Star Wars Adventures Ghost Of Vader’s Castle #5 (Of 5), $3.99
Star Wars Adventures Volume 2 #11, $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #122, $3.99
Usagi Yojimbo The Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #5 (Of 6), $3.99

Ant #1, $3.99
Deadly Class Volume 10 Save Your Generation TP, $16.99
Department Of Truth Volume 2 The City Upon A Hill TP, $16.99
Destroy All Monsters A Reckless Book HC, $24.99
Essential Guide To Comic Book Lettering TP, $16.99
Gunslinger Spawn #1, $5.99
Hack Slash Deluxe Edition Volume 2 HC, $49.99
Hellcop #1, $3.99
Ice Cream Man #26, $3.99
King Spawn #3, $2.99
Luther Strode The Complete Series TP, $39.99
Nita Hawe’s Nightmare Blog #1, $3.99
Summoners War Volume 1 Legacy TP, $16.99
Time Before Time Volume 1 TP, $16.99

Art And Soul Of Dune HC, $50.00
Tomb Raider The Official Cookbook And Travel Guide HC, $29.99

Ascendance Of A Bookworm Official Fanbook Volume 1 SC, $19.99
By The Grace Of The Gods Light Novel Volume 6 SC, $14.99
Her Majesty’s Swarm Light Novel Volume 1 SC, $14.99
I Shall Survive Using Potions Light Novel Volume 6 SC, $14.99
Unwanted Undead Adventurer Light Novel Volume 2 SC, $14.99

White Cat’s Revenge As Plotted From The Dragon King’s Lap Volume 1 GN, $14.99

Attack On Titan Omnibus Volume 1 TP (Volumes 1-3), $19.99
Attack On Titan Volume 34 GN, $10.99
Edens Zero Volume 13 GN, $10.99
Heroic Legend Of Arslan Volume 15 GN, $10.99
Love In Focus Complete Collection GN, $19.99
That Wolf Boy Is Mine Omnibus Volume 2 GN, $14.99
Vampire Dormitory Volume 1 GN, $10.99

Dragon Kingdom Of Wrenly Volume 5 Inferno New Year GN, $9.99
Pup Detectives Volume 6 Mystery Mountain Getaway GN, $9.99
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Small World HC, $29.99

Manga Classics Romeo And Juliet TP (Modern English Edition), $19.99

Alien Volume 1 Bloodlines TP, $17.99
Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Volume 6 The Death Of Captain Stacy TP, $39.99
Death Of Doctor Strange #2 (Of 5), $3.99
Fantastic Four #37, $3.99
Iron Man Volume 2 Books Of Korvac II Overclock TP, $17.99
Marvel Masterworks Tomb Of Dracula Volume 1 HC (Book Market Edition), $75.00
Phoenix Song Echo #1 (Of 5), $4.99
Star Wars The High Republic #10, $3.99
Strange Academy Bright Side TP, $13.99
Thor #18, $3.99
United States Of Captain America #5 (Of 5), $4.99
X-Men The Trial Of Magneto #3 (Of 5), $3.99
Aggretsuko Down The Rabbit Hole HC, $12.99
Aggretsuko Super Fun Special #1, $4.99
Short Order Crooks TP, $19.99

All Of The Marvels A Journey To The Ends Of TheBiggest Story Ever Told HC, $28.00

Marvel Spider-Man Far From Home Die Cut HC, $9.99

Pass Me By Volume 2 Electric Vice GN, $20.00

Christmas Pig HC, $24.99
Harry Potter A Magical Year The Illustrations Of Jim Kay HC, $36.99

Creepy Cat Volume 1 GN, $14.99
Even Though We’re Adults Volume 3 GN, $12.99
Gigant Volume 6 GN, $13.99
Kingdom Of Z Volume 4 GN, $12.99
Kiruru Kill Me Volume 1 GN, $12.99
Monster Guild The Dark-Lord’s No-Good Comeback Volume 1 GN, $12.99

Haunted Bookstore Gateway To A Parallel Universe Light Novel SC, $14.99
Monster Girl Doctor Light Novel Volume 8 SC, $14.99

Nugget And Dog Yum Fest Is The Best HC, $17.99

Fan Fiction A Mem-Noir Inspired By True Events HC, $27.99

Gun Honey #2 (Of 4), $3.99

Her Royal Highness Seems To Be Angry Volume 2 GN, $12.99

Waffle Lot Of Narwhal And Jelly Box Set (Volumes 1-5), $64.95

Charles Addams A Cartoonist’s Life HC, $29.99

Back Issue #131, $9.95
BrickJournal #70, $9.95
Comic Book Creator #26, $9.95
RetroFan Magazine #17, $9.95

Shadowman Volume 1 TP, $14.99
Visitor TP, $19.99

Dracula The Original Graphic Novel HC, $39.95

Hollow Heart Complete TP, $15.99
Unfinished Corner GN, $12.99

Verotika Revenge #1, $4.95

Peanut Butter And Crackers Volume 1 Puppy Problems GN, $7.99

Asadora Volume 4 GN, $14.99
Burn The Witch Volume 1 GN, $19.99
Fullmetal Alchemist A New Beginning GN, $10.99
How Do We Relationship Volume 4 GN, $9.99
No Guns Life Volume 11 GN, $12.99
No. 5 Volume 2 GN, $22.99

Konosuba God’s Blessing On This Wonderful World Light Novel Volume 15 SC, $14.00
Solo Leveling Light Novel Volume 3 SC, $15.00

Czarface A Czar is Born GN, $19.99

Grimm Spotlight Cinderella Vs Zombies #1 (One Shot), $5.99
Grimm Tales Of Terror Quarterly 2021 Halloween Special #1, $8.99
Possessive #3 (Of 3), $5.99

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First Comics News - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 14:33

This week’s Cosplay Girl of the Week Alyssa Loughra

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First Comics News - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 14:31

This week’s Cosplay Dude of the Week

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First Comics News - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 14:29

This week’s Cosplay Team of the Week

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Superman’s New Motto Revealed at DC FanDome

First Comics News - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 03:02

The Man of Steel Will Fight for “Truth, Justice and A Better Tomorrow”

It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s Superman!

With a nod to the past and an eye toward the future, it was announced today at DC FanDome that Superman’s motto is evolving to “Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow.”

“Superman’s new motto of ‘Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow’ will better reflect the global storylines that we are telling across DC and to honor the character’s incredible legacy of over 80 years of building a better world,” said DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee. “Superman has long been a symbol of hope who inspires people from around the world, and it is that optimism and hope that powers him forward with this new mission statement.”

The new motto, which will be used in main continuity for Clark Kent’s Superman, will be featured across all mediums including comic books, film, TV, video games and more. As comic book fans already know, the DC Multiverse has featured multiple Supermen over the years, sometimes even at the same time. For more information on the DC Multiverse, visit

In honor of the real-world superheroes who are striving to make this world a better place, the next generation of Superman characters like Jon Kent will be fighting for “Truth, Justice and a Better World”, as first introduced in SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL #1.

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PEACEMAKER Premieres January 13 On HBO Max

First Comics News - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 23:31

Official Teaser For The Max Original Written And Directed By James Gunn Released At DC FanDome

HBO Max has released a teaser trailer for the Max Original series PEACEMAKER, written and directed by James Gunn and produced by Peter Safran, at DC FanDome. The DC series debuts THURSDAY, JANUARY 13.

PEACEMAKER will explore the origins of the character that John Cena first portrayed in James Gunn’s 2021 film, “The Suicide Squad” – a compellingly vainglorious man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it.

The series stars John Cena as Peacemaker, Danielle Brooks as Adebayo, Freddie Stroma as Vigilante, Jennifer Holland as Harcourt, Steve Agee as Economos, Chukwudi Iwuji as Murn and Robert Patrick as Auggie Smith.

Gunn wrote all eight episodes of PEACEMAKER and directed five, including the first. Gunn, Safran and Matt Miller serve as executive producers on the series, with Cena as co-executive producer. Based on characters from DC, PEACEMAKER is produced by Gunn’s Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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HBO Max Renews DOOM PATROL For A Fourth Season

First Comics News - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 23:30

New Episodes of DOOM PATROL Season Three Continue To Launch Every Thursday Through November 11

HBO Max announced today at DC FanDome that the Max Original series DOOM PATROL will return for a fourth season and released a mid-season trailer in anticipation of the remaining episodes of season three, which debut weekly on the service every Thursday until NOVEMBER 11.

Full program details are below. •Logline: DOOM PATROL reimagines one of DC’s most beloved groups of superheroes who all suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. In season three, the Doom Patrol is at a difficult crossroads and each member struggles to face who they are and who they want to be. And things get a whole lot more complicated when Madame Rouge arrives in a time machine with a very specific mission, if only she could remember it.

•Cast: Season three stars Brendan Fraser, Matt Bomer, Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Joivan Wade, Timothy Dalton, Skye Roberts and Michelle Gomez.

•Credits: DOOM PATROL is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with showrunner Jeremy Carver, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Chris Dingess and Tamara Becher-Wilkinson serving as executive producers. The series is based on characters created for DC by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani.

•New episodes of season three of DOOM PATROL launch every Thursday through November 11.

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DC’s Monkey Prince: New 12-Issue Comic Book Series to Debut on Lunar New Year 2022

First Comics News - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 23:23
DC’s Monkey Prince will return in February 2022! #DCFanDome fans just learned that @geneluenyang and @thebernardchang are developing a new 12-issue comic book series for @DCComics! Inspired by the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West, DC’s newest shape-shifting Super Hero, the Monkey Prince, a.k.a. Marcus Sun, is returning to headline his own series! The news broke today during DC FanDome when a cover by artist Bernard Chang 張伯納 with colorist Sebastian Chen 鍾偉傑, and a variant cover by artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau 劉丕政, debuted. The first issue of Monkey Prince will also have a special team variant cover by artist Zao Dao 早稻.

Continuing from May’s DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration #1 anthology comic where the character was introduced, DC’s Monkey Prince will return in February 2022 in a new twelve-issue comic book series from writer Gene Luen Yang 楊謹倫 and artist Bernard Chang 張伯納. The series will kick off on the Lunar New Year, February 1.

For fans who can’t wait for February to read more about DC’s Monkey Prince, a new short story, “Apokolips in the Heavenly Realm,” just posted to and In this new tale, available now, you’ll see the classic Journey to the West characters—Sun Wukong, King Bull Demon, Princess Iron Fan, Red Boy, and Erlang Shen—defending the heavenly realm against Darkseid and his parademons!

“Apokolips in the Heavenly Realm” is by writer Gene Luen Yang 楊謹倫, artist Bernard Chang 張伯納, artist (for flashback scenes) Billy Tan of Tan Comics 比利唐 of 唐漫文化, colorist Sebastian Cheng 鍾偉傑, and letterer Janice Chiang 蒋慧珍. DC’s Jessica Chen 陳穎珊 edits Monkey Prince.


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HBO Max Renews TITANS For A Fourth Season

First Comics News - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 23:19

TITANS Season Three Finale Debuts This Thursday, October 21

HBO Max announced today at DC FanDome that the Max Original series TITANS has been renewed for a fourth season and revealed a first look at the season three finale ahead of its debut this Thursday, October 21.

Full program details are below. •Logline: TITANS follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find where they belong. In season three, circumstances draw our heroes to Gotham City, where they reunite with old friends and face new threats.

•Cast: Season three stars Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Conor Leslie, Curran Walters and Joshua Orpin with Alan Ritchson, Minka Kelly, Damaris Lewis and Savannah Welch.

•Credits: TITANS is produced by Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Based on the characters from DC, the series was developed by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns & Greg Berlanti, with Goldsman, Johns, Berlanti, showrunner Greg Walker, Sarah Schechter and Richard Hatem serving as executive producers.

•The season three finale of TITANS debuts Thursday, October 21.

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The Sword & Sorcery Paperback Renaissance

Sorcerer's Skull - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 14:00

 Likely touched off by the success of the Lancer (and Ace) Conan paperbacks, the '70s was a Golden Age of Sword & Sorcery paperback fiction. Okay, most weren't that good, admittedly--but there was stuff like Karl Edward Wagner's Kane, Charles Saunders' Imaro, and a number of works by Tanith Lee that were good, just to name a few. Also, even books that weren't all that great were often graced with Frazetta covers.

These gradually disappeared in the 80s. Sword & Sorcery was a genre born in short fiction, and while perhaps workable in slimmer novels, the multi-volume, thick fantasy series was ill-suited to telling tales of wandering swordsmen or rogues. The small press magazines that published this sort of fiction were already rare and soon disappeared entirely.

Amazon and ebooks have provided an avenue for the genre's return in something resembling its 70s glory. A number of small presses (and self-publishers) put out this sort of material with suitable, throwback covers. I confess to not having read many (well, any) of these volumes yet, though I do have a couple on my list. What's more exciting, though, is some new collections of stuff I already like.

Sorcery Against Caesar: The Complete Simon of Gitta Short Stories collects all of Richard Tierney's Sword & Sorcery tales of his version of Simon Magus of New Testament fame. He mostly fights Lovecraftian menaces cloaked in pseudo-historic references. Chaosium had a collection a couple of decades ago, but there's wasn't complete.

Charles Saunders has passed on, but his Imaro novels are back in print, and then there's Nyumbani Tales, a collection of non-Imaro stories in the same setting.


Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 10/15/2021 - 11:00

While traveling some for work, I listened to Vance's Suldrun's Garden as an audiobook. It gave me an idea for a setting:
Westernesse (the historical place, not the one in Tolkien's legendarium) is first mentioned by that name in the 13th Century chivalric romance, King Horn, though there is little truth of the place in that work. The Greeks knew the isles by many names: the Hesperides and the Fortunate Isles chief among them. The unusual apples, tended by priestesses of such power they were believed by the Greeks to be goddesses, were known to the Celts as well. The Irish spoke of their source as Emain Ablach. Geoffrey of Monmouth would call it Insula Avallonis and noted that Arthur's half-sister Morgan was one of nine sisters who ruled there, though Geoffrey's information is a distorted echo of past political arrangements, not the status quo of the 12th Century.
Homer knew it as Scheria or Phaeacia. The Phaeacians were perhaps the isles' original inhabitants, besides the fairy, and were themselves of part fairy ancestry. They would later be called elves, and perhaps still later be mistaken for extraterrestrials, if what is said about the abilities of Phaeacian ships is to be credited.
Greek, Celtic, and Phoenician peoples and religions found the islands at some point and left their mark. Brendan of Clonfert introduced Christianity to them, though only heretical forms chased out of Europe have ever had any real purchase, and they always existed side by side with paganism in a pragmatic pluralism.

Merlin is said to be entombed there, somewhere in the ancient forest of Broceliande, home to fairy creatures and prehistoric animals long extinct elsewhere in the world--though there were persistent accounts of encounters with a living, and mad Merlin in those woods. A certain Duke of Milan was shipwrecked on a smaller island of the archipelago and managed to make of himself a great wizard with the aid of a trove of Merlin's lore.
What became of these wondrous islands in the mid-Atlantic? Certainly they appear on some old maps, though their multitude of names make their identification uncertain and their placement on these charts often fanciful. Irish legends of Hy-Brasil (yet another name for Westernesse) suggests that they are cloaked in a strange mist save for one day every seven years. Stories of the Bermuda Triangle (not the islands location most likely, but not far off either) are full of strange appearances and disappearances. Eventually, like so many other Phantom Islands, Westernesse was merely dropped from the map entirely.

Wednesday Comics: DC, January 1981 (wk 1, pt 2)

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 10/13/2021 - 11:00
I'm reading DC Comics' output from January 1980 (cover date) to Crisis! This week, I'm continuing my look at the comics at newsstands on the week of January 8, 1981. 

New Teen Titans #3: Wolfman and Perez introduce the Fearsome Five. They get together by answering an ad Dr. Light placed in an underworld paper. The Titans take them on twice and get beaten both times in variance with the usual superhero plot structure. They manage to do some infighting before that over Raven's mysteriousness, which Wolfman doesn't handle as well as Claremont would've. In the end, it's revealed that Trigon is using Psimon who is in turn manipulating Dr. Light to Trigon's ends. This title continues to really move. Everybody else this week seems less momentus (even Momentus, see below) by comparison, but I wouldn't say we've had a particularly good issue since the first.

Secrets of Haunted House #32: That guy, Judge Kobold, who escaped Mister E last issue was a werewolf and a vampire. Rozakis and Spiegle give his origin this issue, and it turns out he was a witch-hunting judge of colonial Boston who got cursed by a witch. Kobold attacks Kelly O'Toole who has now taken a job with Mister E. After making a disconnected telephone ring, E shows up to shoot the judge with a silver bullet. Mrs. Charlie Seegar and June Lofamia open this issue with an old Chinese man imparting a story about prejudice to some kids excluding a kid on crutches. It seems that a noble in ancient China was brought a paw cut from a marauding tiger by a warrior. The paw had transformed into a woman's hand with a ring the noble recognizes--his wife's! He confronts his now one-handed wife, and she admits she's a shapeshifter and pleads not to be cast out, but the husband condemns her to death. Before she is executed she curses him, and he wakes up the next day with a tiger paw in place of a right hand. The children now let the boy with crutches play with them thanks to this morally muddled story, and we see the old man has a tiger paw for a right hand.
The final story is a goofy yarn by Kelley and Sparling about vampire pirates. They're defeated when they break into a cabin full of nuns all brandishing crosses.
Secrets of the Legion of Super-Heroes #1: This seems like an excuse to retell the origins of the Legion and many of its members, but Bridwell/Kupperberg and Janes have wrapped a story around it. R.J. Brande, the Legion's inspiration and benefactor, is dying. While the Legionnaires are distracted, a man and woman dressed in black break into their headquarters to review their records (providing a recap on their history). When the Legion confront them, we find the man is Brande's assistant. He's convinced that the Legion files contain a clue to helping Brande. Brainiac 5 jumps to the conclusion that this means one of the Legion is suspected of killing Brande, which seems a bit of a leap, but I guess makes a good issue-end cliffhanger.

Superman #355: Bates and Swan have dared to imagine Isaac Asimov as a super-villain. Well, not technically Asimov, but a writer named Asa Ezaak with Asimov-sideburns who gives a lecture called "Science Says You’re Wrong If You Believe That–." It turns out he's used some dubious theories about gravity to give himself powers. He's into sort of an orange Clayface in appearance and calls himself Momentus. He kidnaps Jimmy so the "ace reporter" can't reveal his doings. Luckily, Jimmy finds a way to summon Superman. At first, it appears the Man of Steel has met his match, but Superman's super-dense body (being from Krypton and all) adds to Momentus's power until he overloads and explodes. Superman did try to warn him.
Bates and Swan are also on the Superman 2020 backup. We see the entirety of the Midwest is a desert waste, so that's one way their fictional 2020 is worse than ours. Anyway, human purists trap the young Superman in a way that if he breaks out it will set off a bomb and destroy New Metropolis. Young Superman gets wise to their scheme and summons Superman I and II to save the day. Crisis averted, he's ready to get the symbol on his chest, too.

Superman Family #205: Harris and Mortimer/Coletta continue with the return of the now villainous Enchantress. The Enchantress taunts Supergirl into coming to see her latest magical feat on Miami Beach. Just like last time, she's using the Moon, and Supergirl plans to just kick it slightly out of orbit. When she does, know, Enchantress casts a spell that stops her from moving it back! It also gives the witch the power she was looking for to become the premier crusader against evil in this Florida beach town. Anyway, Supergirl tricks her into using her magic in a way that gives Maid of Might the means to break her spell and depower her. She's also figured out the Enchantress is June Moone, but a quick spell remedies that, and the Enchantress is again free to swear she'll get Supergirl next time.
In the "Mr. and Mrs. Superman" story by Bridwell and Schaffenberger, the mop-topped Earth-2 Luthor pulls a hunk of kryptonite to Earth in an elaborate plot to eliminate Superman by pretending to be a statue of himself made out of kryptonite. He's foiled by a kick to the shin and a hotfoot. "The Private Life of Clark Kent" is as boring as ever with Clark surreptitiously helping the annoying Steve Lombard save his aunt the mystery writer from a kidnapper. 
The Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen multi-part stories by Wolfman and Saviuk finally come together. Lane knows her name now and begins the process of reconstructing how she lost her memory, which leads her to Al Diamond, crooked would-be Congressman. She manages to make a pretty badass escape, all action hero-style, and runs into Jimmy Olsen. Olsen has been busy disguising himself as Diamond to dust his office for Ryan's prints, then scaling the side of a building with suction cups (do these two even need Superman?). Lois doesn't know Jimmy at first so she fights him like superheroes are wont to do upon meeting. The two manage to escape and make it to safety. Ryan is revealed as a HIVE agent, Jimmy and Lois save Diamond from a HIVE base and escape in a helicopter before it explodes. In the end, Lois calls Superman with Jimmy's signal watch and sits him down for a talk.

Weird War Tales #95: This issue is kind of bland. Kashdan and Carillo open it up with a diminutive alien showing up on a Crimean War battle field. He takes command of a Russian force--the actual general is eager to get ahold of his advanced weaponry. Soon it's revealed that the Turks have an advanced weapons benefactor too, and the humans are all slaughtered. The two aliens congratulate each other on the game and remark on how war is all humans seem to want to do. Mishkin and Cohn and Infante deliver a short tale of Native Americans who become centaurs to avenge their tribe against the white man. Kanigher and Ditko have the statues of Easter Island (when they had bodies not just heads) avenging the slaughter of their people by another tribe. 
Finally, DeMatteis and Zamora deliver the best tale of the issue, though that's damning with faint praise. In WWII, A cornfed country boy full of violent fantasies from pulp barbarian stories beats up a Romany soldiers who dares disparage his affinity for violence. The aggrieved soldier takes revenge via "gypsy magic" to show the Texan the error of his ways. The Texan finds himself transported to a barbaric land where he is attacked by his barbarian hero. The Romany solider wakes up in a hospital to find they were both injured in an attack, but the Texan was killed--presumably by the illusions he intended to teach a lesson. He feels remorse, but soon finds himself assaulted by the fictional barbarian himself for being guilty of the crime of wanting bloody revenge.

Wonder Woman #275: Wonder Woman and the new Cheetah have their first confrontation, and it's underwhelming. Conway and Delbo have the Cheetah moving swiftly and stealthily in her high-heeled catsuit. She manages to sabotage a dam and flood a town for her radical environmental agenda. She also beats Wonder Woman in their first fight despite the fact we've been given no indication as to how she got super-powers. Wonder Woman figures out that Debbi is Cheetah, and they fight on Debbi's yacht-- which explodes in a collision with a ferry and Cheetah is presumed killed. Kobra is angry at the loss of an operative and ready for a confrontation with Wonder Woman. I wonder if Conway planned Cheetah as a one off villain? This issue certainly makes it appear so.
In the backup, Power-Girl and Huntress deal with The Thinker's crimewave. They attempt to visit the D.A. again, but the Thinker's got him in a closed-door session. Soon he's having him jump out the window, and the duo save him, but he recognizes Huntress as Helena Wayne!

Minaria: Immer

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 10/11/2021 - 00:12
Immer is a hinterland compared to the grander, more civilized nations to the south like Mivior and Muetar. However humble its settlements, simple its castles, or rustic its lords, it still serves an important strategic purpose both as a buffer against the elves and goblins and as a rich source of natural resources.

The kingdom of Immer has its origins in the Vidvarnii adventurers who traveled north from Lake Lorimer to hunt and trap and trade with natives of the wilderness. They supplied the lands to the south with furs, honey, and beeswax. Eventually a stockade fortress and trading post was established at Muscaster, which would grow into the town as settlers followed the woodsmen north.
The nominal king (or Grand Prince, more accurately) of Immer is Euwint I, often called "Euwint of the Marshes" which he fancies as a byname to commemorate his dubious victory over a Muetarian sortie in the Wrogga Lowlands, but his detractors imbue his sobriquet with a different meaning entirely. Euwint is of the line of Hrorvikid warlords who beat back the encroaching Muetarians and subdued the northern tribes, establishing modern Immer. However, his upbringing was entrusted to the wizards of the Invisible School in the modern custom. They fostered him in the household of his more tractable cousin, a border lord of the Lowlands. The lords of the north and west consider him a bit effete, perhaps even soft. 

None would ever make such a claim regarding his wife, Igweena. Though she comports yourself in the required courtly fashion, she is the daughter of the Duke of Monen who holds Gap Castle and defends the land from the approach of the goblins of Zorn through the mountain pass. Igweena, it is known, has been counselling her husband in reinforcing the North, possible in preparation of seizing the land beyond the River Rapid to secure access to the gold found therein. 
It is also whispered that Igweena, like the peasantry of her mountain home, still holds to the tripartite goddess in secret--in fact, some claim she is even a priestess--despite public allegiance to the official Ansharite cult. 

“Draw the Animated Nexus” with bonus “Thuneworld” ashcan!

First Comics News - Fri, 10/08/2021 - 22:06

Master artist Steve Rude shows how to draw Nexus the animated way! Bonus crowdfunding EXCLUSIVE “Return to Thuneworld” ashcan.

Spiral bound for easy drawing board access!

This volume of “How-to draw Nexus” was first published in 2006, as a way to promote my longtime goal of seeing Nexus as an animated series.

With this new expanded edition, along with it’s modified title of “How-to Draw the Animated Nexus”, you’ll see many of the same model sheets from the previous volume, now in color, with added comments as to their creation, the same spiral bound format to make drawing from it easier, and the many new additions fresh off the animation table. With so much added to realize my one-day goal of a Nexus animated series, we thought a new expanded edition would be the way to go.

To date there is no TV series. And if there ever is…? My two minutes of completed animation along with model sheets, layouts and storyboards contained in this book would certainly be the blueprint for it.

Ever forward,

Steve Rude

  • Royal Blue plastic spiral binding for durability and easy drawing board access
  • Clear vinyl cover and royal blue vinyl backing for added protection
  • 110 pages
  • 8½” x 11″
“Nexus Newspaper Strips Vol 2: RETURN TO THUNEWORLD” Ashcan EXCLUSIVE to Kickstarter & Indiegogo. This collectors edition ashcan will feature the first installment of “Return to Thuneworld”, and will include:
  •  Some inked and some penciled pages depending on where Steve is with the page
  • Script pages which includes pages not found within the story
  • Introduction by Steve Rude
  • Bonus pages including giving you a look into the process of creating a comic book page.


  • 8½” x 11″
  • 40 pages (page count approximate)
  • Color cover and black and white interior
  • 100# cover stock, 70# interior stock (GOOD QUALITY PAPER)
  • Acid free, archival safe
  • Saddle stitch binding (stapled)

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First Comics News - Fri, 10/08/2021 - 21:34

(W) Mark Russell
(A) Richard Pace, Leonard Kirk
(C) Richard Pace
SEASON FINALE of the book The Hollywood Reporter calls “a surprisingly subtle and sensitive exploration of faith, hero worship, and the way both exist in today’s popular culture.” Stung by a painful failure, Jesus contemplates quitting Earth and moving back to Heaven. Meanwhile, an old enemy attacks Sunstar as Sheila goes into labor.
All AHOY titles feature bonus prose stories and illustrations.
October 13, 2021

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Karl the Viking

First Comics News - Fri, 10/08/2021 - 21:19

A sweeping historical fantasy. Stunning art from one of British comics’ undisputed masters. The collection of Don Lawrence’s stunning Karl the Viking is now available for review.

Following its best-selling reprints of his The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire series, the Treasury of British Comics is bringing one of master artist Don Lawrence’s most popular and enduring comic book strips back into print.

The paperback collection from the Treasury of British Comics will be published in January 2022.

The work by Lawrence, whose work on Trigan Empire revolutionised painted comic art, on these fast-paced and enthralling stories represents not just a classic of British comic books but also the pinnacle of black and white comic book art.

Originally serialised in the pages of Lion in the 1960s, this is the story of Karl – born a Saxon but orphaned when his father dies fighting Viking raiders. Impressed by his fallen foe’s bravery, the Viking leader Eingar adopts Karl as his own and raises him to be a mighty and noble warrior.

When he comes of age, Karl succeeds Eingar and leads his tribe on wild adventures across the world, from the continent that what would one day be called America, to Egypt and even Atlantis!

in Britain, battling against wild tribes of Picts, Karl discovers with his old Saxon family, gaining an ally in his cousin Godwulf, and making an enemy of the Earl of Eastumbria!

Created by Lawrence and writer Ken Bulmer, Karl the Viking debuted in Lion in October 1960 as Sword of Eingar, which followed chieftain Karl and his rival Skurl both having pledged to recover a weapon stolen by a Saxon lord, Earl Gyrth of Eastumbria. Karl’s popularity saw the strip continue after the end of his quest – now retitled Karl the Viking – for four years until September 1964.

Extensively reprinted in Europe for many years, so strong was the series that it regularly enjoyed a new lease of life years after it finished. It was commonly believed in British comics publishing that a title’s readership would grow out of comics and be replaced by a new audience about every four or five years, so in 1966 a series of reprints of Karl’s early adventures began in Lion – but he was renamed ‘Rolf’ and the strip was re-titled Swords of the Sea Wolves. Karl’s stories made another appearance, under the title Eric the Viking, in Smash! a few years later.

ISBN: 9781786184627
Publication date: 20 January (UK) 15 February (US)
Paperback, with limitied edition hardcover available from the Treasury of British Comics webshop
Price: £19.99 (limited ed. hardcover £35)
Page count: 240

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First Comics News - Fri, 10/08/2021 - 21:09

THE FUTURE OF ARCHIE COMICS STARTS HERE IN AN ALL-NEW ANTHOLOGY-STYLE ONE-SHOT! Madam Satan is our tour guide into this horrific world exploring the underbelly of Riverdale and its surrounding areas! Madam Satan is trying to escape Hell. She goes through the circles of Hell in reverse. Along the way she meets lost/tortured souls who tell their stories—like that of Archie Andrews, who accepted a seemingly normal job as the nighttime security shift at Riverdale’s local pizzeria and children’s mascot entertainment venue. Only to learn that the venue harbors a deep, dark, robotic, monstrous secret! And then there’s Jughead Jones, a teen who never met a food he didn’t like. Until now. What is that eerie noise coming from the kitchen…? All that plus more bonus frightful content sure to delight all Archie horror fans!
Script: Eliot Rahal, Amy Chu, Evan Stanley
Art: Vincenzo Federici, Derek Charm, Evan Stanley, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Main Cover: Julius Ohta
Variant Cover: Francesco Francavilla
On Sale Date: 11/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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First Comics News - Fri, 10/08/2021 - 21:08

PORTLAND, Ore. 10/08/2021 — Kurt Busiek, the bestselling writer of Avengers, Superman, Thunderbolts, Iron Man, JLA, and more, is returning to Image in a big way in 2022, with new entries in fan-favorite series, including Astro City, Arrowsmith and others, plus new creations and more, as he brings his creator-owned work to Image Comics as his primary publisher.

“I’m thrilled to be back at Image and glad to be working with Eric Stephenson and the whole crew here,” said Busiek. “Image is the best comics publisher for creator-owned work, so it’s very nice to be bringing my books together here, where they can be available as a group, supported by the team here—and sitting alongside such great series as Saga, The Walking Dead, Criminal, Savage Dragon and so many more. And not just because Image is only about twenty minutes from where I live, so I can actually drop by the place, once the pandemic is in the rearview. My creative partners and I are looking forward to a having a home for the work we’re doing now and lots of new ideas to come.”

Chief Creative Officer and Publisher at Image Comics, Eric Stephenson, is just as excited Kurt is making the move to Image. “When I was editing comics for Extreme Studios back in the ’90s, one of my big regrets was that I couldn’t close the deal on getting Kurt Busiek to write Supreme, so working with Kurt to make Image the home for all of his creator-owned work—from Astro City to Arrowsmith to Autumnlands and more—has been nothing short of a thrill. In addition to being one of comics’ finest writers, Kurt is also a magnet for equally talented artists, and we couldn’t be happier to see the Image ‘i’ on work by the likes of Carlos Pacheco, Brent Anderson, Alex Ross, Ben Dewey, Stephen Mooney, Jordie Bellaire, and Alex Sinclair.”

First up, Busiek and superstar artist Carlos Pacheco (Fantastic Four, Avengers Forever, Final Crisis, X-Men, Superman) bring fans the much-anticipated return of Arrowsmith in Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines. This six issue miniseries launches from Image Comics in January 2022—followed in February by an oversized, fully re-mastered hardcover collected edition of the original series.

In March, Arrowsmith will be joined by the return of Astro City, Busiek’s collaboration with Brent Anderson, Alex Ross, and Alex Sinclair, first with an Astro City one-shot special introducing new characters and setting the stage for upcoming dangers for the city and the world, plus new collected editions that will make the entire Astro City backlist available again.

Longtime fans will also be treated to a new urban-fantasy graphic novel, The Gods on Sunday Morning, from the whole Astro City team, after which they begin a new ongoing run on the acclaimed series.

Also in the works is Free Agents, a new series launch from Busiek with co-writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Stephen Mooney and the return of Autumnlands from Busiek with Benjamin Dewey and Jordie Bellaire, all planned for late 2022.

In addition to all the exciting new content from the mind of Busiek, there will also be re-releases of his popular backlist gems like Shockrockets and Superstar: As Seen on TV, both with Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger and Jeromy Cox, and The Wizard’s Tale with David Wenzel.

In the upcoming Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines, it’s World War I—but a war of wizards and dragons as much as bullets and barbed wire. Young airman Fletcher Arrowsmith plunges back into the heat of war—and finds himself behind enemy lines, facing a threat that could doom the Allied Powers. Old friends and new favorites will appear, and the world of Arrowsmith will be deepened, as previously-secret history and machinations are revealed.

For the re-mastered hardcover, Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms, readers are introduced to young Fletcher Arrowsmith who learns the true cost of war in an alternate history where dragons and magic spells are as much a part of World War I as bullets and barbed wire. This edition, deluxe-sized and in hardcover for the first time, will present the art as Pacheco originally intended, and will feature ancillary material about the creation and history of Arrowsmith.

Of the return of Arrowsmith, Busiek said: “Stepping back into this universe at long last, and writing these characters again feels like coming home, and visiting with old friends—admittedly, old friends we do dangerous, stressful things to in the name of adventure. And the art, by Carlos, Rafael, and Jose, is just astounding. Arrowsmith fans have been very patient, but have never been shy about letting us know they want more—and I can’t wait for them to see both the new series and the re-mastered original in the kind of hardcover edition we think it deserves.”

Carlos Pacheco added: “It seems like only yesterday Kurt and I were dreaming of creating a book about WWI and magic. It’s been a long trip since then. We kept hoping to bring the world of Arrowsmith back to life, but the stars didn’t line up properly until now. And maybe the stars didn’t help, but the readers have. I feel like we’ve had an unwritten agreement with all the people who’ve supported Fletcher and Hilda since the day they both took flight, and pushed us to bring them back. We’re very happy to say here they are, after all these years.”

“It’s also wonderful to be back in the world of Astro City,” said Busiek. “Alex, Brent, and I have been planning this for a long time—we’re introducing a teen-hero team, The Jayhawks (and more), in the special, and setting off a mystery as important to Astro City as what happened to the Silver Agent or the story of the Broken Man. Alex has designed a cornucopia of new characters, and Brent is going to town on the artwork. It’ll be a very fun ride—and yes, longtime readers, we will get to the story of the N-Forcer, I promise! Plus, I think The Gods on Sunday Morning will be a treat, both for Astro City readers and others. It’s a standalone urban fantasy graphic novel about a group of long-forgotten gods in the world today, taking a similar approach to fantasy as what Brent, Alex, and I have done with superheroes, and it’s looking just gorgeous.”

Artist Brent Anderson added: “Twenty-seven years ago Kurt Busiek offered me the chance-of-a-lifetime to co-create an entire universe filled with super-powered heroes, crazy villains, wizards, sorcerers, mad geniuses, monsters of all stripes, and extraterrestrial aliens, a universe the center of which is Astro City. Originally published by Image in 1995, these are comic book stories I am proud to see on my bookshelves, and I look forward to creating many more. Like I said, chance-of-a-lifetime! Over the years, Kurt has asked me to draw several non-Astro City stories—The Spirit, Green Lantern, the Avengers, but the most recent is The Gods on Sunday Morning, an excitingly original graphic novel published exclusively through Image Comics by Kurt Busiek. Drawing it made me feel young again.”

On future projects, Busiek said: I can’t wait to start telling you about what’s coming for Dusty and Learoyd in Autumnlands, what the Free Agents are all about, and beyond. We’ve been cooking up a lot, and it’s great to finally get to see it becoming a reality.”

Ben Dewey said of Autumnlands, “Kurt is one of my favorite creators. He can invent captivating stories that have a grand, high-concept cosmological scale or get a reader deeply invested in the details of a simple fireside conversation between two regular people. He understands characters and why we love or despise them. His work is proof that comics can be magical.”

“Working with him on Autumnlands pushed me to be my best and it’s a world that has many exciting frontiers ready to be explored. When it returns I think it’ll be just as big a challenge for me as it was when we started off because the scale of the world demands it. I treasure every project I’ve gotten to work on with Kurt; as his collaborator there’s always opportunities to learn more about the craft of storytelling in comics. He never fails to inspire me with his boundless  imagination, enthusiasm and wit. I’m a fan and I’m looking forward to seeing what new worlds he’s going to show us. I’m lucky because I get to see them first!”

“Kurt and I have always had fun working together,” said Fabian Nicieza. “I’ve been waiting 30 damn years to have an Image book! Free Agents hits all our strengths and sweet spots, and Stephen and Tamra only add to my excitement.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining such a top-notch team,” added Stephen Mooney. “Kurt and Fabian put together some incredible concepts, and I’m eager to show what Tamra and I can bring to the party. Teaming up with Image again just makes it all the sweeter.”

Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 19:

Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms (Diamond Code: NOV210098, ISBN: 978-1-5343-2206-6) will be available on Wednesday, February 23 and in bookstores on Tuesday, March 1. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.

Busiek’s upcoming releases will all also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.

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