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Dogfighters Are In Serious Trouble!

First Comics News - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 14:34

September 2, 2021 – New York, NY – SIGMA COMICS, LLC, a comic book publisher dedicated to fighting animal abuse, today announced the availability of the third issue of their flagship title, Here Comes CALICO. Issue #3 will be available for pre-order on Kickstarter, starting on September 14th for two weeks only. Campaign backers will get early access to Issue #3, along with a multitude of exclusive perks, including signed comic books, posters, caps, shirts and stickers. The much-anticipated third issue will be available for sale in mid October 2021, at Sigmacomics.com and select comic book stores, with a retail price of $2.99 USD.

Issue #3 deals with the topic of dogfighting, a serious problem all across the country, yet with very little media attention. Here’s Sigma Comics’ latest video for the upcoming issue. The new comic book series, which received early guidance from legendary comic book artist, Klaus Jansen, has received rave reviews from comic book experts and pros alike. “This is not Batman. It’s groundbreaking for comic books,” said industry-veteran Wild Bill of Youtube channel Comic Book Geezers. “The whole scenario is something that’s never been addressed before, that I’m aware of. I’ve never seen anything like this in comics, so I think this is pretty cool.”

The highly controversial series, featuring CALICO, New York City’s newest anti-hero, has garnered worldwide support for its bold stance against animal abuse. The series has also attracted the attention and support of world renowned comic book creator Chuck Dixon, who’s legendary Batman and Punisher runs, for DC Comics and Marvel Comics respectively, are widely regarded as some of the very best. After coming across the Kickstarter campaign for Here Comes CALICO #2, Dixon recommended the campaign to his social media audience, an act that led to the campaign achieving its funding goal.

Set in the rough outer boroughs of New York City, Here Comes CALICO follows Hector Gil, a former boxer from The Bronx with a huge chip on his shoulder, created by life regrets. He decides to enter a prestigious boxing tournament, and as he trains, his new Brooklyn neighbors are unaware of the double-life he leads. On choice evenings, Hector Gil becomes the CALICO, to pay unfriendly visits to people who abuse and kill animals. He is supported by a varied network of technically savvy and resourceful data professionals, all bent on making sure CALICO completes his missions without a hitch.

Sign up to be notified on the Pre-order Launch for Issue #3 from September 14-29 at: Kickstarter.com

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A Different West

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 11:00

 Being in sort of a Old West/Frontier mood of late, I got around the checking out a couple of things that had been on my list for a while, but I just kept never getting to.

The Nightingale (2019) is an Australian revisionist Western from the director of The Babadook. In it's basic plot, it's a tale of revenge, not unlike Hannie Caulder (1971), but the resemblance to traditional revenge Westerns, even revenge Westerns based around women, really ends at the plot synopsis. It's more interested (like many revisionist Westerns) in examining the plight of indigenous peoples, but it takes the particular angle of the allowing its oppressed Irish woman protagonist to develop empathy, through recognizes the points of similarity between her experience and that of her Aboriginal guide. While perhaps not as brutal the last Australian Western I watched, The Proposition (2006), it is tough viewing in places, particularly the assault on the protagonist and her family. Still, it's a good film on its own terms, and it's always interesting to see Western film tropes and themes played out in places besides North America.

The Wind Through the Keyhole is the last book (to date) written by Stephen King set in the Dark Tower universe. It's outside the main story of that series proper, but includes those characters in framing device. While sheltering from fantastical storm, part tornado and part polar vortex, Roland relates a tale of his youthful days as a gunslinger to his friends. Embedded in that story is another story, a Mid-World "fairytale," that his mother had read to him as a boy, "The Wind Through the Keyhole." This story within a story tells the tale of a young boy living on the edge of the Endless Wood who must contend with a malign fairy, a swamp (complete with a dragon), and his own encounter with that same sort of storm, in a trek across a dangerous wilderness to get a cure for his mother's blindness from the wizard, Maerlyn. 

King's feel for his fantasy world keeps getting stronger. While there are clear points of intersection with our history, he relies less on characters or incursions from our reality (or realities like ours). The Dark Tower novels that were mostly about Mid-World (Wizard and the Glass, Wolves of Calla) were my favorites of the series, and I think this short novel does what they do even better. I wish King would write a collection of other Mid-World tales.

Murder City Devil Trailer

First Comics News - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 07:21

Trailer promoting the upcoming first issue of Murder City Devil – a horror/ crime comic book series featuring the return of that demonic boogeyman, Spring-Heeled Jack!

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Some Important Things You Should Know About The 2021 PGL Major

First Comics News - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 06:26

As you might already know, PGL CS: GO Major will be back in 2021 after a two-year break, and this only means one thing for fans—more excitement. As expected, the entire community is overjoyed for various reasons, mainly for taking part in the first LAN Major since the beginning of the pandemic.

This year, the event will take place in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, where 24 teams will compete for their share of a $2,000,000 prize pool. The teams that enter the CS:GO Major are chosen through a series of Regional Major Ranking (RMR) events that happen throughout the year. Typically, these events are initially held online and then conclude in at least one offline RMR per region before the Major.

The Swedish government has taken various steps this year to allow the entry of CS:GO professionals within the country. This happened as a result of large esports tournaments being released from the currently ongoing temporary entry ban, which gave them the same status as elite sports competitions, among other things.

It has been a long time since CS:GO last crowned a Major Champion. Currently, the major bookmakers in the US are flooding with odds and lines for the 2021 PGL Major. Hence, the anticipations are high on who will rise to the top and claim the title?

In such a scenario, here is an important thing you should know about the 2021 PGL Major about to happen in Stockholm.

Will a Full Capacity of Crowd be Allowed?

After two years of anticipation, the CS:GO Major will happen in Stockholm. But the catch is that it will be held only if the local authorities lift pandemic restrictions for event players, staff, and fans before the two crucial deadlines. Meaning, the Swedish Government will have to revise the country’s entry ban that has been in effect since March 2020 in a way that it allows the entry of participants into the country for the international “elite” competitions.

It is expected that the indoor restrictions for events put forward by the PGL will be lifted on Sep 15, thereby enabling a considerable lot of “vaccinated audience” to spectate the event in person. The current restrictions in the country only allow 300 live spectators for any occasion.

As far as the significant dates for the PGL 2021 Major are considered, it was announced by Valve and the PGL in January that the next Major Championship would ideally be held between October 23 and November 7. Additionally, it was also stated that Stockholm’s Avicii Arena would act as the primary ground for the event or “heart of Counter-Strike.”

The PGL put forward very clear goals regarding the event this year. As it was the first CS:GO Major being held after the Berlin 2019, the organization was adamant that this year, the event had to be held in full capacity in order to bring out the true passion of players, organizations, and even the fans who are invested in this arena. For this reason, the Major will be held in a specific city this year in order to allow fans the opportunity to attend the event in person.

If Sweden chooses not to change their laws regarding travel restrictions, thereby allowing only a small group of fans to attend the event, the PGL might as well decide to hold the event somewhere else.

From what we know, the pandemic restrictions are pretty stringent in Stockholm, and the chances are really slight for any changes to be made to the laws. Currently, the PGL is also in talks with two other European countries, requesting for a full house. So if either of these two countries or Sweden itself shows a green flag, PGL will be moved to that venue on the same dates in November.

Fans who wish to attend the event can purchase tickets online. The sales for the upcoming fall Major will begin on September 16, 2021, whether or not a decision is reached on where the event will ultimately take place.

Either way, we can be sure that the PGL Major 2021 will be held offline. And we will get to witness the 24 teams battle right in front of our eyes. For those who can’t make it to the offline event, the CS:GO Major will also be streamed in 4K at 60 fps for the very first time.

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The Future of Love in Jeremy Sorese’s THE SHORT WHILE

First Comics News - Wed, 09/01/2021 - 23:52

Discover a Profoundly Moving Queer Sci-fi Graphic Novel from
Acclaimed Cartoonist in November 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 1, 2021) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a new look at THE SHORT WHILE, a new original graphic novel from acclaimed comics creator and Lambda Literary Award nominee, Jeremy Sorese (Curveball), that presents the tragic but redemptive love story of two men who meet, quickly fall in love, and then find themselves falling apart when an unexpected event changes both their lives forever, available in November 2021.

After a party, two men accidentally swap their jackets and are thrust into a most opportune meeting. In each other they find what they’ve been missing all along – love. Companionship. Honesty. And the joy of being able to trust your heart to someone else.

But no love is perfect, and they also find everything they ever feared – loss of self. Loss of freedom. And the tragedy of losing your heart to someone who can’t keep it safe.

THE SHORT WHILE is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning Archaia imprint, home to inspiring graphic novels such as Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Ryan North, and Albert Monteys; The Sacrifice of Darkness by Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne-Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby; Big Black: Stand at Attica by Frank “Big Black” Smith, Jared Reinmuth, and Améziane, We Served the People by Emei Burell, The Realist by Asaf Hanuka, New World by David Jesus Vignolli, About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau, Waves by Ingrid Chabbert and Carole Maurel, The Grand Abyss Hotel by Marcos Prior and David Rubín, and more. 

Print copies of THE SHORT WHILE will be available for sale on November 10, 2021at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.  

For continuing news on THE SHORT WHILE and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Spider-Man’s Debut Comic, 60-yrs old, spins a $2.82 million record @ Heritage Auctions w/ week to go

First Comics News - Wed, 09/01/2021 - 17:24
The best-known Spider-Man debut comic – “Amazing Fantasy #15” – has already surged past the $ 2.82 million mark and all-time record in the Heritage Auctions September Comics & Comics Art event which finishes with a live auction on September 9. This pristine piece of pop-culture history, a 60-year old 1962 Marvel Comic, headlines the 161 comic books in this auction event. Heritage Auctions vice president Barry Sandoval is also available for interviews. Please send available times and dates for an interview.

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comics.ha.com “Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white pages. In the running for the most desirable comic we’ve ever offered is this pristine copy of the origin and first appearance of Spider-Man. No 9.8 has ever been certified by CGC, and as you see below, just three others have hit 9.6. This is an image we think you’ll be staring at for some time, and we certainly did the same. The cover is a familiar sight, but with nary a blemish, chip, or color break? That’s a remarkable sight indeed. This issue had what is surely the best-known Marvel story — the many movie adaptations have seen to that — and one of the best-known origin stories in the entire comic book medium, featuring Peter Parker gaining his spider-powers and the death of his beloved Uncle Ben. That story was by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and the unforgettable cover was by Jack Kirby. Spider-Man was such a hit that he was next seen in his own book, Amazing Spider-Man #1, and the rest was history.
Heritage has been auctioning comic books for 20 years, and in seemingly every one of those 20 someone has reached out to us asking if we knew the whereabouts of one of the 9.6 copies of this book. Well, now we do and so do you — this is your chance! Overstreet 2021 NM- 9.2 value = $450,000. CGC census 8/21: 4 in 9.6, none higher. From the #1 Amazing Spider-Man Registry Set Collection.” Best-Known Copy of Spider-Man’s Debut Comic Spins a New Auction Record – One Week Before Its Auction Amazing Fantasy No. 15 is one of several Spidey centerpieces in Heritage Auctions’ September Comics & Comic Art event DOWNLOAD DIGITAL PRESS KIT DALLAS, Texas  – Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man has already swung past an all-time auction record. And that auction doesn’t even close for another week. The finest-known copy of Amazing Fantasy No. 15, which features Peter Parker’s debut as the Web-Slinger, is a centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ Sept. 8-12 Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction. Graded CGC Near Mint+ 9.6, the 1962 Marvel comic is one of only four copies ever to receive such high marks, and there is not a single known copy in better condition. As such, bidding on this pristine piece of pop-culture history has already reached $2.82 million, including the buyer’s premium. That makes this work by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko the most expensive comic book ever sold at Heritage Auctions – and one of the world’s most valuable superhero stories ever told or sold. “In my opinion the real bidding hasn’t even started yet,” says Heritage Auctions Executive Vice President Ed Jaster. “The comic-book market has gone to a new level during the last year and a half, and this is the finest comic to come to market since our Batman No. 1 earlier this year. It’s stunning to look at – as close to a flawless copy as you will ever find. Given the fact this is graded 9.6, and the fact Spider-Man is the most important character created after the Golden Age, I think we’re only getting started.” The book will be sold during a live auction on Sept. 9 that begins at 11 a.m. CDT. The session will take place at Heritage Auctions’ world headquarters in Dallas and at HA.com. Until now, the most expensive copy of Amazing Fantasy No. 15 was the CGC Near Mint 9.4-graded copy Heritage sold in March 2020. The copy sold for $795,000, including the buyer’s premium. But with days to go, Spider-Man has pushed Batman from his record-holding rooftop perch. Heritage’s previous comic-book record was set last January, when the only known Batman No. 1 graded CGC Near Mint 9.4 sold for $2.22 million. That book shattered the previous $1.5-million world record set for a Batman title in November 2020, when Heritage sold a copy of 1939’s Detective Comics No. 27 for $1.5 million. At the time that was the highest price ever realized for any Batman comic book. Previously, the most title of most expensive comic book sold at Heritage belonged to the CGC 9.4 copy of Marvel Comics No. 1 that sold in November 2019 for $1.26 million. Perhaps most notably, Amazing Fantasy No. 15 is also closing in on the all-time record, which currently belongs to the Action Comics No. 1 that sold privately for $3.25 million earlier this year. Amazing Fantasy No. 15’s price tag should not surprise. Yes, Spider-Man is certainly at the center of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe; the recently released trailer for the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home became the most-viewed video on YouTube over a 24-hour span. But he was beloved and significant long before he ever took a swing across the big screen. As his longtime Spider-Man artist John Romita wrote in Fantastic Firsts, Amazing Fantasy No. 15 “was obviously different in every way, and comics have never been the same since.” In Lee and Ditko’s story, the embittered, selfish wallflower is bitten by that radioactive spider, climbs on walls and into the wrestling ring, then bears the responsibility when his beloved Uncle Ben is killed as a result of his willful inaction. And here, for the first time, are the words that would become a catchphrase that morphed into a mantra: “With great power there must also come great responsibility!” Spidey’s record-shattering debut is among the 161 books offered in this auction from The #1 Amazing Spider-Man Registry Set Collection, which features one of the most amazing Amazing Spider-Man comics in existence. That includes a CGC NM 9.4-graded copy of 1963’s The Amazing Spider-Man No. 1, which is also nearing an auction record with bidding currently at $228,000 with the buyer’s premium. This auction is a landmark event for Spider-Man fans, as not only does it include this history-making collection, but several signature pieces of original Ditko art, including Page 12 from Amazing Spider-Man No. 18, featuring Spidey and Sandman. Here, too, are more than two dozen Amazing Spider-Man books from Ditko’s private collection, offering an extraordinary chance to own books once owned by the man who made them. With great auction come great opportunities.
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Wednesday Comics: November, 1980 (wk 2, pt 2)

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 09/01/2021 - 11:00
My goal: read DC Comics' output from January 1980 (cover date) to Crisis! This week, I'm looking at the comics at newsstands around August 28, 1980. 

Legion of Super-Heroes #269: This is one of the best Conway/Janes issues so far, which is not to say it's spectacular, but it's better than Space Genies. It's approaching election time for Earth's new President, and Colossal Boy's mother gets drafted to run. There's the relationship stuff LSH is known for, but as Shadow Lass and Mon-El are pitching woo, others are celebrating with Colossal Boy's family, and Timber Wolf is moping, the Fatal Five (in league with the mysterious Dark Man) attack. I'm looking forward to the next issue of Legion for the first time in this experiment, I think.

Mystery in Space #113: This continues to be pretty good. The first story by Kashdan with art by Michael Golden and Bob Wiacek has 3 earthlings answering a want ad for computer specialists on a mysterious world. They find the planet to be a paradise, but something about it seems almost to good to be true--and sure enough it is. The inhabitants all have computer brains so they can be immortal, but for some reason they need old fashion human brains to direct their society. When the computer specialists (now prisoners in a gilded cage) have to get computer brains to keep from dying of old age, they place an ad for new specialists. 
The next story by DeMatteis and Grandenetti, has a 2000 AD sort of vibe. The absurdly violent General Windsinger looks into the eyes of a strange alien on the battlefield and is transported to an alien menagerie and what he takes to be a gladiatorial contest. He slaughters his opponents, but then discovers he was the one that lost. The aliens were offering souls ready to leave violence behind in an eternal paradise, but despite his subconscious yearnings, his actions prove he isn't ready. He's returned to the battlefield where he sheds a single tear. "Gremlins" has great Kubert art and a script by Wein. It involves stranded spacemen mistaking the intentions of creatures that look like small, neotenic versions of xenomorphs. The final story by Kashdan and von Eeden, has mankind discovering a species of four-limbed ape-creatures that are highly trainable. They plan to have these creatures replace robots as domestic servants and menials. You know this is going to end badly, but the how is surprising. When the creatures rebel and start killing their masters, they are regrettable exterminated. It turns out the robots used a poison to make the creatures violent because they didn't want to be replaced!

New Adventures of Superboy #11: Lex plots revenge against Superboy, but his device malfunctions and just causes Superboy to develop the power of "bio-magnetism," which really just means he attracts objects to himself he wants to attract (so more selective bio-gravity, but anyway). Eventually, the power grows beyond Superboy's control, and he steals Lex's notes to see how to stop it. Flying out into space to a "cosmic whirlwind" or "space vortex," which pretty much a black hole, but it looks like a whirlpool in space. He uses it to siphon off the "bio-magnetic" energy, but then it traps him--just like Lex always intended. Superboy escapes, of course, by going limp and riding waves of swirling gas. Lex is so angry he says he would rip his hair out--if he had any! In the backup written by Rozakis, Lana's father seems to have found a real genie, but it's really only a over-helpful Superbaby making the wishes come true. Pa Kent instructs his son on how to set it right. This is one of those stories where the toddlers (Superbaby and Lana) talk like fictional cavemen not actual children.

Sgt. Rock #346: This lead story is one of those Kanigher yarns that drives home the point over and over. He also engages in some parallelism between the wisdom of Sgt. Rock and the German unit commander, which is another thing Kanigher falls back on a lot. The conceit here is you don't see the enemy, but he's always there, and a few new recruits learn that lesson the hard way.  The other stories are all over the place, uncredited and often not particularly good. We get "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the narration to a battle with aliens, a former "Water Boy" finally getting the chance to man the machine gun in War World II, a Confederate cavalryman and his horse from artillery fire, and finally (best of the bunch) "Detour" by Kelley and Bissette, where a German tank commander takes out a U.S. bomber and tank in North Africa, only to fall prey to carelessness when his cigarette butt ignites the oil on the ground, and immolates both sides in a funeral pyre.

Super Friends #38: The alien Grax is back and he's teaming up with criminals and helping them commit crimes by using a device to make the Super Friends insubstantial. Soon, our heroes are insubstantial enough they risk floating away. Luckily, the Wonder Twins figure out a way to utilize their powers and with Wonder Woman's lasso, come to the rescue. These stories have more to them than the cartoon episodes, but not much more. Fradon's art helps, though.
The backup story by Bridwell and Oskner is actually more interesting. It's a solo story for Seraph, hero of Israel from the Global Guardians. He's visiting a settlement when it's attack by bikers posing as "Arabs." They are actually thieves after a treasure of Solomon, but they figure the PLO will take credit for the attack anyway. Seraph stops them but gets so worked up that he almost kills one of them after the guy surrenders. God takes away his powers and speaks to him in a booming voice (or either Fourth World Source writing, it's not clear). Seraph has to go and pray and repent to get his powers back.

Unexpected #204: The first story by Case and Calnan is an unusual (for DC horror titles) psychological horror piece. A child star is pushed by her overbearing stage mother to appear and stay child-like even as she becomes a teen. Eventually the girl snaps and kills her mother, then retreats into child-like fantasy. The next story by Ms. Seegar, Newton and Blaisdell has a philandering magician casting spells to woo a young woman away from her beau, but the magician's witch girlfriend has other ideas. In "The 13 Hex" by Wessler and Payne a man's date to a carnival is troubled by the continued reappearance of the number 13, convinced it harbingers bad luck. The man is too pre-occupied with his debt to organized crime and the hitman that's after him to worry about that. In the end, the date is the assassin, and the number 13 is unlucky for her, but not for her intended victim!  

Unknown Soldier #245: Kanigher and Ayers have the Unknown Soldier in occupied France trying to protect a blind Allied agent who knows the whereabouts of German missiles armed with a deadly chemical agent. The agent's beauty and kindness has the Unknown Soldier lamenting his own disfigured features. They are captured, but when the Unknown Soldier escapes and goes to rescue the woman, he discovers she's really German agent, and essentially a female version of himself, her face having been scared by Allied incendiary raids. Next comes a chase down snowy mountainside. The Soldier's toboggan jump across a crevasse fortuitously allows him to drop explosives on the German rockets below. The German agent dies in the explosion presumably, and despite her attempt to kill him, the Unknown Soldier feels regret.
In the backup story "The Vanishing American" by Kanigher and Yeates, a cavalry patrol, eager to wipe out an Indian tribe whose warriors they have already killed in reprisal for Custer's Last Stand, is led into an ambush by the tribe's women. In the Dateline: Frontline story by Burkett and Estrada, the reporter, Wayne, makes the decision to take an assignment in Bataan, while the woman he's been dating decides she has to volunteer to become a nurse in the European Theater.

Warlord #38: Read more about it here. The OMAC installment continues the battle between the IC&C and Verner Bros. I don't know if my supposition last month regarding these being Marvel and DC stand-ins is right, but it's amusing in the light of our era where AT&T owns Warner Bros. Anyway, Starlin definitely delivers the action in this installment.

Shakespeare Deathmatch Game Overview: Part 2

The Splintered Realm - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 00:52

I knew that beyond the four basic attack cards, I wanted something that would change play; I wanted there to be unexpected events, twists, and turns that could snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. I didn't want this to be random, but I wanted there to be a bit of strategy and luck combined. I ended up with two things: trickster cards and when revealed effects.
Trickster cards are kind of like wild cards, but they allow you to do something else on your attack, in addition to attacking. These allow you to do things like improve your hand, get a card you really need, or even to completely flip damage with another player. Sometimes, you know that a particularly good trickster card is out there, and the pressure is on to take a player out before they get a chance to use it. It puts a clock on the game, increasing intensity as you try to out-maneuver your foes.
"When Revealed" are strategic effects you choose to activate. You can play the entire game without ever revealing your character - but you get a perk when you do. It allows you to evade imminent doom, or to strategically move damage to another player (depending on the effect your character has). I have found that these also are a big matter of play style; my wife routinely waits as long as possible to reveal her character (and sometimes never does), while I look for opportunities to reveal, and jump on the first chance I get that makes sense. Neither option seems to be particularly more effective than another, but both are strategic, and both cause other players to adjust their strategies in response. 

Weird Revisited: Comics' First Barbarian

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 08/30/2021 - 11:00
I've revisited Crom several times over the years. Jason Sholtis and I talked about doing a revival oneshot at one time...
Before Claw, Wulf, and Ironjaw--even before Conan--there was a barbarian Sword & Sorcery hero in comics. Though there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of this particularly mighty-thewed sword-slinger, he’s got a famous name: Crom the Barbarian!


Crom was the creation of Gardner Fox and first appeared in Out of this World #1 (1950) from Avon. Fox tells us that Crom’s adventures come to us courtesy of “long-lost parchments recovered in an underwater upheaval, translated by a lingual expert,” but I suspect he made it all up.  He also took a lot of inspiration from Howard's Conan yarns.
Anyway, Crom’s a yellow-haired Aesir living in an age forgotten by history, and he’s got a problem. His sister Lalla have been kidnapped by ape-men called Cymri (which may or may not tell us how Fox felt about the Welsh). Crom makes short work of the ape-men, but he and Lalla wind up adrift.


They end up on an island. Good news: It’s full of lovely women. Bad news:


The wizard is named Dwelf, and he’s got a job for Crom. Dwelf wants him to bring back water from the fountain of youth which was built by “people from the stars" and will one day be lost “under what men will call the Sahara desert.” Dwelf threatens Lalla if Crom doesn’t get the stuff for him--and then hypnotizes him to make double sure.

Crom sails to fabled Ophir. He sneaks into the city and while he’s casing the tower that houses the fountain, he meets a girl who doesn’t really get the concept of sword & sorcery tavern-dancing:


Crom takes the girl (Gwenna) dancing and formulates a plan to get into the tower by first being thrown in jail. It works, but once at the tower, he’s got to fight panthers and some guards. He dispatches them all with his sword “Skull-cracker.”

When he gets to the fountain he finds he guarded by a giant snake! He kills it, too, but is almost done in by the queen of Ophir, herself, Tanit. He takes her hostage so he can get out of the city:


By the time they’ve escaped though, Tanit has warmed to Crom and is asking him to come back and be her king! She and Crom deliver the water to Dwelf, who suffers the ironic fate of being turned into an infant.
Not really into childcare, apparently, Crom leaves the wizardling and decides he and Tanit should head back to that kingdom she’s promised him--with his sister Lalla, too, of course. They don’t make it back without adventure, but that ends this particular issue.

Crom goes on to have two more improbable adventures in the pages of Strange Worlds.

POWERS SQUARED SIGNING AT GOLDEN APPLE COMICS RESCHEDULED

First Comics News - Sun, 08/29/2021 - 17:50

Los Angles (Sept 18). Persistence sometimes pays off. Last March, Powers Squared’s signing at Golden Apple Comics had to be cancelled due to COVID. “We were scheduled for March 14th and the world shut down on Friday the 13th,” said David Hankins, one of the co-creators of the book along with his twin sons, Paul and Trevor. “Like everyone else, our plans for 2020 were derailed.”
In the effort to get things back on track, a new signing has been schedule at Golden Apple for September 18th at 1 pm. The appearance is scheduled for two hours.
The signing will also come three days after the release on September 15th of Issue #12 of the series, “What’s in a Name?” Part 3; see https://powerssquaredcomicbook.com/the-campus-store for where to buy.
Powers Squared is a series about Marty and Eli Powers, twin brothers who discover they were granted super powers when they were young. “In this story arc, the brothers start to drift when they become involved in relationships,” says Paul. “At the same time, they become the targets of The Convincer, a villain who gets other people to do their dirty work.”
In addition to the most current issue, they will have copies of all the issues, as well as a special trading card that they’ve designed for the occasion. “The goal is to introduce ourselves to new people and get them as excited about Powers Squared as we are,” says Trevor.
Images of the cover and first pages for Issue 12 can be found here:
https://powerssquaredcomicbook.com/issue-%23-12
Information about the creative team can be found here:
https://powerssquaredcomicbook.com/creative-team

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CAPTAIN PARAGON #1 LIMITED EDITON signed by Bill Black

First Comics News - Sun, 08/29/2021 - 16:22

CAPTAIN PARAGON NO. 1- 1972- 2021 full color, LIMITED EDITION signed by Bill Black

50th ANNIVERSARY Limited edition! Only 60 copies were printed. Near Mint unread Signed and numbered copy. This is a facsimile reproduction of the Captain Paragon Publication printed in B&W in 1972. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this classic book (1972- 2022), Bill Black has recreated this book in full color printed on white paper. Art and story by Bill Black. This book introduced the character MISS MARVEL and the Paragon version of PHANTOM LADY. It also contains the illustrated article “Those Fabulous Females Of The Fighting 40s!” by comics historian, Raymond Miller, who covers SHEENA, ROCKET GIRL, PHANTOM LADY, BLACK CAT & SKY GIRL. This book is magazine size, 36 pages, full color throughout. The book is signed by Bill Black who created Captain Paragon and wrote and drew the story.

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First Comics News - Sun, 08/29/2021 - 14:34

215 INK
Kodoja Volume 3 LeviathansTP, $14.99

AARDVARK VANAHEIM
Swords Of Cerebus In Hell Volume 5 TP, $19.95

ABLAZE
Versus Fighting Story Volume 1 GN, $12.99

ABSOLUTE COMICS GROUP
Resilient #1, $9.99

ACME INK
Rock And Roll Biographies #18 (Judas Priest), $3.50

AFK
Hello Neighbor Volume 2 The Raven Brooks Disaster HC, $22.99

AFTERSHOCK COMICS
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Phantom On Scan #5, $3.99

AHOY COMICS
Second Coming Only Begotten Son #4, $3.99

ANDREWS MCMEEL
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Bright Family Volume 1 HC, $13.99
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ANTARCTIC PRESS
Exciting Comics #14, $3.99

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
Archie 80th Anniversary Jumbo Comics Digest #4, $7.99

ASYLUM PRESS
Warlash Bioburden #1 (One Shot), $3.99
Warlash Cold Metal Mayhem #1 (One Shot), $3.99

AVATAR PRESS
Escape Of The Living Dead Fear The Gore Covers Set, $19.99
Nightmares Of Providence #1 (Christian Zanier Deep Green Leather Variant Cover), $19.99
Providence Compendium TP, $29.99

AWA STUDIOS
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BAD IDEA
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Pyrate Queen #1 (Of 4), $7.99

BEHEMOTH COMICS
You Promised Me Darkness #5, $3.99

BHP COMICS
Killtopia 3 GN, $13.95

BLACK MASK COMICS
Alice In Leatherland #5, $3.99

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer #29, $3.99
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We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #8, $3.99

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Helina Scythe #1, $9.99
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Comic Shop News #1776, AR

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EC Archives The Vault Of Horror Volume 1 TP, $19.99
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Lucky Devil #2 (Of 4), $3.99
Parasomnia #3 (Of 4), $3.99
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Worst Dudes #4 (Of 5), $3.99

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Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (One Shot), $9.99
Batman Adventures Cat Got Your Tongue TP, $9.99
Batman Fear State Alpha #1 (One Shot), $4.99
Batman Superman 2021 Annual #1, $5.99
Batman Zero Year TP, $29.99
Harley Quinn 2021 Annual #1, $5.99
Infinite Frontier #5 (Of 6), $4.99
Midnighter 2021 Annual #1, $5.99
Preacher The 25th Anniversary Omnibus Volume 2 HC, $125.00
Static Season One #3 (Of 6), $3.99
Swamp Thing New Roots TP, $16.99
Teen Titans Academy #6, $3.99
Wonder Girl #3, $3.99

DK PUBLISHING
LEGO Harry Potter Holidays At Hogwarts With Mini Figure HC, $16.99

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Red Sonja #1, $3.99
Vengeance Of Vampirella #21, $3.99

FAB PRESS
Blaxploitation Cinema The Essential Reference Guide SC (2nd Edition), $29.95

FAIRSQUARE COMICS
Noir Is The New Black Volume 1 TP, $25.00

FANTOONS
Motorhead The Rise Of The Loudest Band In The World GN, $29.99
Official Marillion Coloring Book The H Years SC, $17.99

GHOST SHIP
Yuuna And The Haunted Hot Springs Volume 15 GN, $12.99

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Batman Batbot Little Golden Book HC, $5.99
Scooby-Doo That`s Snow Ghost Little Golden Book HC, $5.99

GRAPHIX
I Survived Volume 4 The Attacks Of September 11 2001 HC, $24.99

GREEN CARD VOICES
Our Stories Carried Us Here GN, $25.00

HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE
Suneater Volume 1 TP, $19.99
Taarna Elements #1 (One Shot), $2.99

HERO TOMORROW COMICS
Bloom #3 (Of 4), $3.99

HORRORHOUND
HorrorHound #90, $6.99

HUMANOIDS
Space Bastards Volume 1Tooth And Mail TP, $19.99

IDW PUBLISHING
Crime Comics Confidential TP, $39.99
Marvel Action Origins #3 (Of 5), $4.99
Sonic The Hedgehog #43, $3.99
Star Wars The High Republic Adventures #8, $3.99
Transformers #34, $3.99
Transformers King Grimlock #2 (Of 5), $4.99

IMAGE COMICS
Beauty All Good Things #1 (One Shot), $4.99
Commanders In Crisis #12 (Of 12), $3.99
Fire Power By Kirkman And Samnee #15, $3.99
Geiger #6, $4.99
Hey Kids Comics Volume 2 Prophets And Loss #5 (Of 6), $3.99
Inkblot #12, $3.99
Jules Verne’s Lighthouse #5 (Of 5), $3.99
Lady Mechanika Volume 1 HC, $29.99
Mirka Andolfo’s Sweet Paprika #2 (Of 12), $3.99
Savage Dragon #260, $3.99
Spawn #321, $2.99
Undiscovered Country #15, $3.99
Walking Dead Deluxe #22, $3.99

IMPACT BOOKS
Mark Crilley’s Ultimate Book Of Drawing Hands SC, $23.00

INSIGHT EDITIONS
Harry Potter Magical Creatures A Movie Scrapbook HC, $19.99
Night Before Christmas The Official Cookbook And Entertaining Guide HC, $29.99

INSIGHT KIDS
Barnstormers Volume 1 GN, $14.99

IT’S ALIVE
Strange Attractors #4, $5.99

JY
W.I.T.C.H. Part 8 Teach 2B W.I.T.C.H. Volume 3 GN, $15.00

KEENSPOT ENTERTAINMENT
God Mode #4 (Of 4), $4.99

KENZER AND COMPANY
Knights Of The Dinner Table Bundle Of Trouble Volume 67 TP, $15.99
Knights Of The Dinner Table Bundle Of Trouble Volume 68 TP, $15.99

KODANSHA COMICS
Battle Angel Alita Volume 2 GN, $12.99

MAD CAVE STUDIOS
Honor And Curse Volume 2 Mended TP, $17.99

MARRS MEDIA
Rue Morgue Magazine #202 (August 2021), $12.95

MARVEL COMICS
Amazing Spider-Man By Nick Spencer Volume 14 Chameleon Conspiracy TP, $17.99
Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus Volume 5 HC, $125.00
Avengers #48, $3.99
Black Cat Volume 5 I’ll Take Manhattan TP, $15.99
Captain America By Ta-Nehisi Coates Volume 5 All Die Young Part Two TP, $15.99
Captain Marvel #32, $3.99
Dark Ages #1 (Of 6), $4.99
Demon Days Cursed Web #1, $4.99
Doctor Strange Epic Collection Volume 9 The Vampiric Verses TP, $39.99
Eternals Volume 1 Only Death Is Eternal TP, $17.99
Hellions #15, $3.99
Heroes Reborn America’s Mightiest Hero Companion Volume 1 TP, $19.99
Last Annihilation Wiccan And Hulking #1, $4.99
Marauders By Gerry Duggan Volume 1 HC, $34.99
Marvel Masterworks Marvel Team-Up Volume 6 HC, $75.00
New Mutants #21, $3.99
Sinister War #4 (Of 4), $4.99
Star Wars The High Republic #9, $3.99
Thor And Loki Double Trouble TP, $13.99
Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 (Facsimile Edition), $3.99
W.E.B. Of Spider-Man #4 (Of 5), $3.99
What If? The Original Marvel Series Omnibus Volume 1 HC, $100.00
Wolverine By Benjamin Percy Volume 2 TP, $15.99

MOONSTONE
Kolchak And The Night Stalkers The Faceless God Prose Novel HC, $23.99

NON-SPORT UPDATE
Non-Sport Update Volume 32 #4, $5.99

ONE PEACE BOOKS
Multi-Mind Mayhem Volume 1 Isekai Tensei Soudouki GN, $12.95
Rising Of The Shield Hero Volume 16 GN, $11.95

ONI PRESS
Kaijumax Season Six #3, $3.99

PIXEL + INK
Cardboardia Volume 1 The Other Side Of The Box GN, $10.99
Cardboardia Volume 1 The Other Side Of The Box HC, $20.99

RANDOM HOUSE GRAPHIC
Witches Of Brooklyn Volume 2 What The Hex GN, $12.99
Witches Of Brooklyn Volume 2 What The Hex HC, $20.99

SCHOLASTIC
Epic Tales Of Captain Underpants Comic Reader The Xtreme Xploits Of Xplosive Xmas SC, $6.99

SECOND SIGHT PUBLISHING
Dirty America GN, $9.99

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Accomplishments Of The Duke’s Daughter Light Novel Volume 2 SC, $14.99
My Status As An Assassin Obviously Exceeds The Hero’s Light Novel Volume 1 SC, $14.99

SMART POP
Star Trek Starfleet Is HC, $16.00

TALOS PRESS
Liu Cixin Volume 3 The Village Teacher GN, $17.99

TITAN BOOKS
Alien The Official Cookbook HC, $34.95

TITAN COMICS
Life Is Strange Coming Home #2, $5.99
Lone Sloane Volume 2 Delirius HC, $24.99
Monday Monday Rivers Of London #3, $3.99

TOHAN CORPORATION
Hobby Japan July 2021, $20.00
Megami June 2021, $20.00
Newtype June 2021, $20.00

TOR NIGHTFIRE
Living Dead Novel SC, $20.99

TUNDRA BOOKS
Narwhal And Jelly Volume 6 School Of Awesomeness HC, $12.99

TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING
Alter Ego #171, $9.95
Back Issue #130, $9.95
BrickJournal #69, $9.95
RetroFan Magazine #16, $9.95

VAULT COMICS
Money Shot #14 (Cover A Caroline Leigh Layne), $3.99
Money Shot #14 (Cover B Caroline Leigh Layne Black Bag Variant), $5.99

YEN ON
Devil Is A Part-Timer Light Novel Volume 20 SC, $15.00
Do You Love Your Mom And Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks Light Novel Volume 10 SC, $15.00
Genius Prince’s Guide To Raising A Nation Out of Debt Hey How About Treason Light Novel Volume 7 SC, $15.00
Meikyuu Labyrinth A Tactical Fantasy World Survival Guide Light Novel Volume 1 SC, $15.00
You Call That Service Light Novel Volume 4 SC, $15.00

YEN PRESS
Black Butler Volume 30 GN, $13.00
Dead Mount Death Play Volume 6 GN, $13.00
If Witch Then Which Volume 3 GN, $13.00
Kiniro Mosaic Volume 11 GN, $17.00
Laid-Back Camp Volume 10 GN, $13.00
Little Miss P The Second Day Volume 3 GN, $15.00

Z2 COMICS
Lore Of The Havamal TP, $19.99

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT
Robyn Hood 2021 Annual The Swarm, $7.99

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Beneath the Crooked Hills

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 08/29/2021 - 14:30


A week ago, we had another session of our Land of Azurth 5e campaign. The party had become much more interested in the trinkets and where they might come from. The townsfolk really didn't know, but mentioned a mage who had been looking into the mystery. Unfortunately, she had disappeared.

The party searched her old residence and found some cryptic notes they couldn't make much of. There was also some sort of design or pattern imprinted on a rectangle of an unknown, transparent material. They did discover she had gone into the Hills and never came back.

Knowing there's nothing for it but to explore their selves, they look around until they stumble upon some fissures with foot prints around it. It's a tight squeeze, but they are sure that's where the strange sleepwalkers came from. The party goes in, but it takes a bit of time because Dagmar gets stuck. With they seem a weird glass wall and hear ethereal music. In the next room, they fight a nest of oversized snakes from a pile of debris, before figuring out how to open a door into an octagonal room. There, each wall is adorned with a symbol, and there's a wooden ball in the middle of the room. 

With some investigation, they find a hidden panel that seems to provide some sort of control over what the room does. They eventually decide to put the ball under a symbol matching what the "control panel" shows, and a another, secret door opens.

SUNDAY SUPER CINEMA: Big Barda Origin

First Comics News - Sun, 08/29/2021 - 14:16

Who is Big Barda?
Raised to be an elite warrior on the harsh planet of Apokolips, Barda eventually learned of her tragic origin and turned against her home planet.

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COSPLAY GIRL OF THE WEEK!

First Comics News - Sun, 08/29/2021 - 14:08

This week’s Cosplay Girl of the Week Anna Shakhovskaya

If you would like to be the Cosplay Girl of the Week! Please send your photo to Giovanni.Aria@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Girls!

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COSPLAY DUDE OF THE WEEK!

First Comics News - Sun, 08/29/2021 - 14:06

This week’s Cosplay Dude of the Week Jonathan Vela

If you would like to be the Cosplay Guy of the Week! Please send your photo to Alex.Wright@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Dudes!

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COSPLAY TEAM OF THE WEEK!

First Comics News - Sun, 08/29/2021 - 13:53

This week’s Cosplay Team of the Week

If you would like to be the Cosplay Team of the Week Please send your photo to Alex.Wright@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Team!

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NXT REVEALS NEW LOGO

First Comics News - Sat, 08/28/2021 - 15:27

WWE NXT’s new logo appears to have been revealed.

In a change from NXT’s previous branding, the logo features many colors instead of the brand’s traditional black and gold color scheme.

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Archie POP ART book goes METAL! On sale Sat 8/28 at 11am ET!

First Comics News - Sat, 08/28/2021 - 04:20

On sale Saturday 8/28 at 11am ET – our next POP ART variant featuring Archie Comics’ VERONICA! Only 250 copies

Arriving just in time for Halloween is our next cover in our line of exclusive Archie “POP ART” variants. This one features a costumed VERONICA! Illustrated by artist Nuno Pereira, Veronica is presented in classic pin-up style. And as a special first for our books with Archie Comics, a METAL version of this cover will be available as part of a 3-cover pack!!

There will Only be 250 copies printed! and Stadium Comics is the only place to get this cover for only $14.99! 

There will ONLY be 25 copies printed of the exclusive metal cover and it is only available in our 3 cover pack.

On Sale Saturday August 28th at 11am Eastern Time at StadiumComics.com!

3 Cover pack is $49.99 and includes the following books:

  • ARCHIE HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR #1 POP ART VARIANT
  • ARCHIE HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR #1 POP ART METAL VARIANT
  • ARCHIE HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR #1 BY DAN PARENT

2 Cover pack is $17.99 and includes the following books:

  • ARCHIE HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR #1 POP ART VARIANT
  • ARCHIE HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR #1 BY DAN PARENT

ORDERS WILL SHIP AROUND OCTOBER 20th 2021!

These books will be in VF/NM condition or better.

We’re kicking off this hauntingly hilarious collection of Archie tales with a BRAND NEW STORY! In “Pumpkin Problem-o,” when Archie unknowingly rebuffs a witch friend of Sabrina’s he wakes up Halloween morning with a Jack-o-lantern head complete with the cross hatching on the side! Even worse, he can’t convince anyone it’s real and not a costume! Will our pumpkin-headed friend turn back to a teen before midnight-or will he forever be stuck as an Arch-o-lantern? All that and more in this frightfully fun Halloween special!

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The CW’s Heroes and Villains Unite for a Five-Part Flash Premiere

First Comics News - Fri, 08/27/2021 - 21:48

Eight seasons in and The Flash still knows how to surprise.

While Grant Gustin’s speedy superhero only wrapped up his seventh season a month ago, we’re not too far from the launch of his eighth, which The CW announced today will kick off with a five-part epic event that will bring more than a half-dozen heroes and villains from throughout the Arrowverse to Central City for a massive storyline called “Armageddon.”

According to the event’s logline, a powerful alien threat arrives on Earth under mysterious circumstances and Barry (Grant Gustin), Iris (Candice Patton) and the rest of Team Flash are pushed to their limits in a desperate battle to save the world. But with time running out, and the fate of humanity at stake, Flash and his companions will also need to enlist the help of some old friends if the forces of good are to prevail.

Those allies come from The CW’s other DC shows and include more than a few surprises—Javicia Leslie as Batwoman, Brandon Routh as the Atom, Cress Williams as Black Lightning, Chyler Leigh as Sentinel, Kat McNamara as Mia Queen and Osric Chau as Ryan Choi. In addition, Tom Cavanagh and Neal McDonough will return as two of the small screen’s biggest bads, the Reverse-Flash and Damien Darhk.

While The CW’s Chairman and CEO Mark Pedowitz has said that “Armageddon” isn’t technically a crossover event—it’ll be limited to The Flash, after all—it’s clear that it’s much bigger than your standard season premiere.

“Simply put, these are going to be some of the most emotional Flash episodes ever,” shared Flash Executive Producer Eric Wallace. “Plus, there are some truly epic moments and huge surprises that await our fans. And we’re doing them on a scale that’s bigger and bolder than our traditional Flash episodes. So yes, ‘Armageddon’ is a lot more than just another graphic novel storyline. It’s going to be a true event for Flash and Arrowverse fans, old and new. Honestly, I can’t wait for audiences to see what we’ve got planned.”

The Flash wrapped up its most recent season with another large-scale event, albeit a bit smaller in scale than “Armageddon.” The two-part season finale, “Heart of the Matter” (above), introduced Jordan Fisher as Bart Allen and brought back the villain Godspeed, as well as John Wesley Shipp’s Jay Garrick, Cavanagh’s Reverse-Flash, Carlos Valdes’ Vibe and Jessica Parker Kennedy’s XS. However, big as the finale was it ended rather definitively suggesting that fans are unlikely to find any narrative threads that set up “Armageddon” there. (Not that you shouldn’t go and rewatch “Heart of the Matter,” anyhow. You totally should.)

The Flash’s eighth season, along with the five-part “Armageddon,” kicks off on Tuesday, November 16th at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CST).

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