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UPCOMING SCI-FI/FANTASY LAUNCH—CONVERT—A FEAST FOR THE EYES LAUNCHING THIS AUGUST

First Comics News - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 19:55
PORTLAND, Ore. 05/17/2024 — Veteran writer John Arcudi (Rumble, B.P.R.D.) and illustrator Savannah Finley bring readers a sci-fi/fantasy comic like no other in the upcoming miniseries, Convert. This four-issue tale is…
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THE FINAL CHAPTER OF “THE MAGIC ORDER” BEGINS AT DARK HORSE COMICS

First Comics News - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 19:54
  From bestselling, award-winning creator Mark Millar, the end begins now MILWAUKIE, Ore., (May 17, 2024)— Prolific writer and storyteller Mark Millar (Civil War, Kingsman) and Dark Horse Comics present the…
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IDW PUBLISHING EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT GROWS WITH TWO NEW HIRES AND SEVERAL PROMOTIONS

First Comics News - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 19:51
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 17, 2024) – You can’t make great comics without great editors, and IDW Publishing is incredibly proud to announce the addition of two talented new hires in…
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STORM GETS AN ELECTRIFYING WELCOME TO THE AVENGERS IN NEW VARIANT COVERS

First Comics News - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 17:54
Storm joins Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #17. Check out all-new variant covers for the highly anticipated issue coming this August!   New York, NY— May 17, 2024 — There’s…
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SKOTTIE YOUNG & JORGE CORONA’S AIN’T NO GRAVELAUNCH RUSHED BACK TO PRINT THIS WEEK, LIMITED ISSUE #2 VARIANT COVER REVEALED

First Comics News - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 15:15
PORTLAND, Ore. 05/16/2024 — Eisner Award winning writer Skottie Young and Eisner Award nominated artist Jorge Corona—the team behind Eisner Award nominated Middlewest and Bram Stoker Award nominated The Me…
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RICH REVIEWS: Handbook of the G-Man Universe # 9

First Comics News - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 07:36
Title: Handbook of the G-Man Universe # 9 Publisher: G-Man Comics Story by: Rik Offenberger Art by: Cody Conyers, Gilbert Monsanto, Travis Cardenas, Joe Davis, Stefani Rennee Cover by: Gilbert…
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RICH REVIEWS: Handbook of the G-Man Universe # 8

First Comics News - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 07:35
Title: Handbook of the G-Man Universe # 8 Publisher: G-Man Comics Story by: Rik Offenberger Art by: Gilbert Monsanto, Mike Cody, Cody Conyers Cover by: Gilbert Monsanto Superheroes Created by: Paul Monsky,…
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Wayne’s Worlds: ‘Crocodile Black’ and the Effects of the Pandemic

First Comics News - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 00:50
I think we’ve hopefully reached the place where we can talk about the recent COVID-19 pandemic and explore its effects on us! MORE ABOUT ‘CROCODILE BLACK’ Never one to shy…
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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 2024 WILL EISNER COMIC INDUSTRY AWARDS

First Comics News - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 00:08
COMIC-CON IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE NOMINEES FOR THE WILL EISNER COMIC INDUSTRY AWARDS 2024. THE NOMINATIONS ARE FOR WORKS PUBLISHED BETWEEN JANUARY 1 AND DECEMBER 31, 2023 AND WERE…
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Godzilla 70th Anniversary Baseball Collection Released

First Comics News - Thu, 05/16/2024 - 23:14
Get ready to knock it out of the park! As part of its ongoing celebration of Godzilla’s 70th anniversary, Toho International has launched a special limited-release Godzilla baseball collection today,…
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TODD MCFARLANE’S SPAWN #1 ORIGINAL/DIGITAL AUCTION BREAKS RECORDS!

First Comics News - Thu, 05/16/2024 - 19:53
Phoenix, AZ – May 16th, 2024 – Todd McFarlane, creator of SPAWN, co-creator of Marvel’s Venom, President of McFarlane Toys, and co-founder of Image Comics, has once again made history. His recent auction…
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The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Recognise Rebellion With 2024 Nominations

First Comics News - Thu, 05/16/2024 - 19:51
Today it was announced that Rebellion Publishing and 2000 AD have been recognized by the committee for the 2024 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards in two categories. The Awards are…
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STORM IS EARTH’S MIGHTIEST MUTANT HERO IN NEW SOLO SERIES!

First Comics News - Thu, 05/16/2024 - 19:49
Set in the X-Men’s upcoming From the Ashes era, an all-new solo STORM comic book series from Murewa Ayodele and Lucas Werneck launches in October.   New York, NY— May…
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ROB LIEFELD’S FINAL DEADPOOL EPIC TEAMS WADE WILSON UP WITH AN ECLECTIC GROUP OF MARVEL STARS!

First Comics News - Thu, 05/16/2024 - 19:39
New York, NY— May 16, 2024 — Just in time for Deadpool’s return to the big screen, creator Rob Liefeld returns with his final Deadpool saga that is sure to…
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Roaming the Mind of Gob

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 05/16/2024 - 11:00

After a hiatus we returned to the Land of Azurth last Tuesday and picked up where we left off in an adaptation of the Role-Aids adventure Swordthrust. The party was roaming the labyrinth inside the mind (or at least brain) of the giant, crystalline gnome, Gob. They were trying to collect all the pieces of a magical suit of armor.

This time, they avoided some fights with some Rat folk cultists, a dining troll, and a kobold Necromancer:

This, and their previous expressions of solidarity with some goblin revolutionaries made their job of exploring the dungeon easier because it allowed them to backtrack through controlled territory. This was particularly useful then they wanted to move from one "hemisphere" of Gob's brain to the other. 

They didn't negotiate their way around everything, though. They had to kill an irate cockatrice and 3 disagreeable harpies:

Like these guys but more birdy

No armor pieces discovered this session, so the quest continues!

MARVEL COMICS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF IRON FIST WITH A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY ONE-SHOT!

First Comics News - Wed, 05/15/2024 - 15:24
This August, celebrate 50 years of the Immortal Protector of K’un-Lun in IRON FIST 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1!   New York, NY— May 15, 2024 — Marvel Comics proudly marks…
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STREET FIGHTER 6: DAYS OF THE ECLIPSE HARDCOVER

First Comics News - Wed, 05/15/2024 - 14:41
The official prequel to the smash-hit video game is collected in a gorgeous oversized hardcover! 2024/05/15: UDON Entertainment today is proud to announce the release today of Street Fighter 6:…
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VAULT EXPANDS FREE-TO-RETAILER PROGRAM TO INCLUDE SOMETHING CRAWLED OUT #1

First Comics News - Wed, 05/15/2024 - 14:34
Through its Free-to-Retailer program Vault has given comic book retailers over $1,750,000 worth of comics with more than 350,000 single issues MISSOULA, MT (6/15/2023) – Vault Comics has announced an…
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REVIEW CORNER: Raise Hell # 1

First Comics News - Wed, 05/15/2024 - 13:20
Raise Hell # 1 (2024) Writer: Jordan Alsaqa Artist: Ray Nadine Rating: This week I will look at “Raise Hell #1” from ComiXology Originals. It’s a teen comedy with a…
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Wednesday Comics: DC, August 1983 (week 2)

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 05/15/2024 - 11:00
I'm reading DC Comics' output from January 1980 (cover date) to Crisis! Today, I've got the comics released the week of May 12, 1983. 

Justice League of America Annual #1: This Levitz/Wein story with art by Hoberg/Giordano is notable mainly for having appearances by Dr. Destiny and the Bronze Age Sandman, both of whom will appear in the early issues of Neil Gaiman's Sandman in 1989. Beyond that, it's a classic JLA story of the team splitting up to deal with dream-related menaces before entering the Dream Dimension where Destiny has imprisoned Sandman and stolen his supply of sleep sand. Mention is made of the crisis in Markovia and Batman being on the outs with the League which will occur in Batman and the Outsiders #1.

Batman #362:  Moench and Newton bring back the Riddler who was last since seen in Detective #526, but outside of that cameo, hasn't had a story since '81. He's up to his same old schtick, but Moench throws in some decent wordplay for the Dark Knight to unravel. Meanwhile, Bullock decides to abandon his false charges against Gordon after...well, I'm not really sure how we're supposed to read what happens, unless it's a veiled threat by the Batman against Bullock made by giving him an egg with his name on it similar to ones the Riddler had employed in his caper.

Flash #324: Bates and Infantino/Jensen officially kick off the "Trial of the Flash" saga (or I guess you could say last issue did sorta), though that name is not, of course, used in the issue since there isn't any trial yet. With Fiona waiting at the altar and his family and friends gathered expectantly, The Flash engages in a round-the-world chase to stop Professor Zoom killing Barry's bride to be. He succeeds--just barely--but apparently the Reverse Flash loses his life in the process.

G.I. Combat #256: The first Haunted Tank story is mostly from the ghostly Stuart's point of view, as we see how he came to be watching over a "yankee" tank crew (Alexander the Great's orders!) and how he is unable to warn the crew of an ambush coming. Naturally the Haunted Tank makes it through. The second story is told from the perspectives of the Sherman and a German Tiger II tank. It's better than the first though not improved by Kanigher's "equipment's perspective" gimmick.
There's a "Silent Service" submarine story about the crew of the U.S. sub, Barracuda, willing to do whatever it takes to sink a Japanese sub-hunting destroyer, and another story of the Pacific Theater where a G.I. hides a gun in his bandages to get the drop on a Japanese ambush. 
The Mercenaries are back, and Kanigher and Catan have them in a mythical African micronation, Zamora, where their plan to get work with the king is sunk when his son kills him in the name of American petroleum interests. In a surprise turn, the king names Prince his successor, but once they've thwarted the coup planners, he turns over leadership to a teacher and political revolutionary--whose first act as president is (wisely) to tell the Mercenaries politely to leave the country.

New Teen Titans #34: Wolfman and Perez deliver something better than the last couple of issues, though mostly for set-up. Terra is grumbling that the Titans don't seem to trust her as they haven't shared their identities or anything. The Titans have reasons for not doing so, but all those are forgotten after the Terminator attacks and Terra plans a big part in defeating him. A staged part, it turns out, as the reveal at the end shows she is infiltrating the Titans on Slade's orders. Meanwhile, Adrian Chase's vigilante tactics (which he dragged Robin into) has consequences as a bomb comes off in his apartment. Also in this issue, Donna says yes to Terry's proposal, but wants to wait to marry him until she finds her parents, and it turns out Sarah (the woman Cyborg was into) isn't engaged after all.

Superman #386: Bates and Swan/Hunt continue Luthor's quest for revenge against Superman as he (wrongly) blames him for the destruction of Lexor. Despite the overall more serious approach to Luthor in this arc, this issue shows hints of characterization inspired by Hackman's Luthor in Superman: The Movie. Luthor discusses his plans with minions as one of them shaves and buffs his head. When he comes to believe killing Lois won't have the same impact on Superman since the two have broken up, he muses on working to get them back together then killing her. For right now, he settles for tricking Superman with a sham device similar in appearance to the one that destroyed Lexor and taunting the hero. He promises to strike for real when Superman least expects it.

Saga of the Swamp Thing #16: Pasko is back and joined by Bissette and Totleben on interior art, an artist team destined to make their mark on this character. After finding Linda Holland's grave empty, Swamp Thing and friends are on their way to Washington, D.C. to uncover the roots of the Sunderland Corporation conspiracy against them. On the way, Swamp Thing finds himself in an eerie small town where a form costume shop operator gives him a mask that appears to transform him back into Holland. He romances a local girl but doesn't feel right about his deception. In the end, it's revealed that everyone in the town is wearing a mask to hide some mutation or deformity. They invite Swamp Thing to stay with them, but he declines, feeling he can't abandon his mission.

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