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DC Announces a Hard-Boiled Plastic Man Noir From Eisner-Nominated Writer Christopher Cantwell and Artist Alex Lins!

First Comics News - Thu, 06/13/2024 - 13:35
Witness Plastic Man like you’ve never seen him before in Plastic Man No More #1! What happens when Eel O’Brien’s powers start giving out? Nothing good! DC announced today a new four-issue…
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Silverline Comics Podcast: Literary comics: Comics without capes!

First Comics News - Thu, 06/13/2024 - 13:11
The crew from That Silverline Show on Tuesday talk about literary comics! Originally aired May 14, 2024. Included in this episode are Tim TK and David Rios.
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Seven Blades in Black

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 06/13/2024 - 11:00

Seven Blades in Black
is the first volume of The Grave of Empires series by Sam Sykes. A scarred, gunslinging bounty hunter with a magical sentient gun seeks the vengeance on the seven mages that betrayed her in the war-torn landscape of a country caught between two powers. 

The plot and some aspects of the setting certainly have a classic Western feel to them (and perhaps a bit of Kill Bill), and the guns and devices (including tanks) employed by the Republic have a Steampunk feel to them. For me, what it has the feeling of more than any Steampunk novel, however, is anime. This is mostly in certain aesthetic details. The gun employed by the heroine, Sal the Cacophony, shoots shells of various magical effects like the caster Gene has in Outlaw Star. The mages are classed by the type of magic they employ, and these tend to work like super-powers or special abilities rather than spells. Then there are little aesthetic things: Sal has a signature long scarf. The wind mage has tall spikey hair when "powered up."

Another thing that might be borrowed from anime is the very cinematic approach to action, which there is a lot of, and I think, very well done. This is the heavy worldbuilding sort of fantasy with a glossary in the back, but the setting is well realized, and a lot of interesting details are dropped. Despite my pointing out references or inspirations above, the setting has a number of unique elements. For instance, mages can hear "the Lady's song" when other mages employ magic--the mysterious voice of the goddess magic is derived from. When a mage dies and the Lady takes them, only ashes are left, which are harvested to make magic items like powerful healing spells.

There is a touch of the, well, Whedonesque to the proceedings. Sal's snarky, first-person narration might grate on some readers, and the telling the story to an interrogator frame could feel a bit precious. Both were deficits to me, but more than made up for by the book's strengths. I intend to continue with the series and perhaps seek out other books by Sykes.

The Science of Fear: A Groundbreaking Journey in Into the Unbeing #1

First Comics News - Thu, 06/13/2024 - 00:20
Into the Unbeing #1 Illustrated by: Hayden Sherman Written by: Zac Thompson Dark Horse Comics 2024 *Spoilers? maybe a little.. A group of climate scientists working in a remote base…
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First Comics News - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 19:10
Meet the Outliers, four uncontrollable and wild mutants, this September in Gail Simone and David Marquez’s UNCANNY X-MEN #2! UNCANNY X-MEN #2 Written by GAIL SIMONE Art and Cover by…
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Ernest Goes to Comics

First Comics News - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 17:48
After over 25 years, we’re bringing Ernest back in his very first graphic novel! If you’re too young to remember Ernest, the Ernest films were Disney films in the 80s…
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Experience one of comics’ most-beloved “A genre-mashup like no other to shift the timeline of music history…” stories…

First Comics News - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 17:43
In this new Mad Cave series beyond space and time, music brings hopeful melancholy and connection with beautiful orchestration JUNE 12, 2024, (PITTSBURGH, PA) — From the avant-garde to the…
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First Comics News - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 17:38
Legendary artist Denys Cowan draws a new Deathlok saga in September’s DEATHLOK 50THANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1.   Cowan will also draw a variant cover for the one-shot that fans can check…
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First Comics News - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 17:36
  A behind-the-scenes look at the multi-award-winning hit video game MILWAUKIE, Ore., (June 12, 2024)— Dark Horse Books and ROUND8 Studio invite readers to explore the mysterious and thrilling world of…
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REVIEW CORNER: The Leopard From Lime Street: Birthright

First Comics News - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 13:06
The Leopard From Lime Street: Birthright Writer: Simon Furman Artists: Laurent Lefeuvre, Nick Roche & PJ Holden Colorists: Laurent Lefeuvre & John-Paul Bove Letterers: Laurent Lefeurve & Sqakezz 1st Printing:…
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First Comics News - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 13:03
Joe Field is a name synonymous with the heart of the comic book community, and his shop, Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff, stands as a testament to his…
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Wednesday Comics: DC, September 1983 (week 2)

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 11:00
I'm reading DC Comics' output from January 1980 (cover date) to Crisis! Today, I've looking at the comics released the week of June 9, 1983. 

Superman Annual #9: The stories here seem like they may have been sitting around a few years waiting for the place to publish them. The first has a Silver Age-y (really perhaps more of a cinematic story of the era) by Elliott S. Maggin where Lex Luthor supposedly exposes Superman to Red Kryptonite, causing the hero to be changed into a duplicate of Luthor, so he gets arrested in Luthor's place. Batman guest stars, though, and the heroes are one step ahead of Luthor. The portrayal of Luthor here seems very Superman: The Movie informed. To the extent this story works, I think it all comes down to the great art by Toth. The Kane cover is great, but it's a shame Toth didn't do that as well to match.
The second story sees Earth-Prime Curt Swan visiting Earth-One and meeting the Superman he draws. It's pretty much for what you would expect for these sorts of stories.

Batman #363:  Moench and Newton/Alcala pick up where last issue left off, with the newspapers proclaiming Batman's continued failure to catch the Thief of Night. We're introduced to Nocturna, a beautiful woman as dramatic as she is pale, whose lifestyle the smitten Thief is supporting with his thefts. As Natasha Knight, Nocturna is invited to a Wayne corporate event where she meets and does a little flirting with Bruce, until the Thief of Night shows up and robs everybody there. Still, Bruce notices the connection between the two, and later, as Batman, confronts her. Nocturna reveals her origins as the adopted daughter of a criminal who taught her to value the high life. The Thief shows up and knocks Batman out, but Nocturna doesn't let him kill the Dark Knight. When Batman wakes up, Jason is there, having followed the Thief from Wayne Manor. Bruce scolds him and sends him home, so Jason calls up his friend Waldo the Clown.
Batman tracks Nocturna and the Thief of Night to the Gotham Observatory, where Nocturna is collecting her things preparing to leave her job. Batman confronts the Thief and flips on a light to keep his shadow-blending from giving the Thief an advantage. Batman captures his enemy, but Nocturna manages to escape during the fight in a hot-air balloon. I don't know that they ever had staying power, but Nocturna and Thief of Night seem a decent addition to Batman's Rogue's Gallery.

Flash #325: In the aftermath of the Reverse Flash's death, Barry Allen is still absent as the Flash goes into full heroic mode to distract himself from thinking about what he's done. Members of the Flash's Rogue's Gallery steal Professor Zoom's body from the morgue to hold their own memorial where they eulogize him then condemn his failure. Fiona is admitted to the hospital due to acute stress and spends most of the issue unconscious. As the media coverage continues, the Flash is summoned to the police station where he is placed under arrest. This was a pretty good story from Bates/Infantino/Jensen. I particularly liked the sequence with the Rogues.
Bates and Saviuk/McLaughlin also provide a Kid Flash backup. In Blue Valley, Kid Flash learns that his new girlfriend Jill Manners has psychic powers (what is it with Kid Flash and girls with psychic powers? He's really got a type) that warn of impending danger, which goes in handy with the day they have.

G.I. Combat #256: The first Haunted Tank story is a bit of a rarity for Kanigher as it contains fantastic elements beyond a ghostly Civil War general giving commentary. Attila the Hun is apparently the guiding spirit of a panzer, so he rushes the Haunted Tank and slashes it with his ghostly sword, somehow throwing them back in time rescue a warrior girl, Zeena, from a Hun onslaught. Finding their advanced tech doesn't work, they make common cause with Zeena and try to journey to safety. The story is continued next issue. The other Haunted Tank story involves prejudice toward Algerian immigrants in a French town and an Algerian boy they bravely rides along with the tank crew to help them navigate, when the bigoted French townsfolks approval.
There's an O.S.S. story by Kanigher and Cruz where Control is (again) haunted by all the agents he sends to their deaths, so he goes into the field himself and is only saved from a bomb strike by Allied forces thanks to an underground stream. Drake and Redondo have perhaps the best story of the issue about a bomb disposal squad reunited by a ceremony honoring them in the French town they saved. They must overcome their lingering irritations with each other, and the frailties time has brought to each to disable an uncovered bit of unexploded ordinance from the war.

New Teen Titans Annual #2: In TV terms, this would be called a "back door pilot." Following up on the events of issue 34, Adrian Chase is seriously wounded, his family is dead, and Robin his having to answer questions he'd rather not in front of the media and ultimately on a witness stand. He wants to bring down Scarapelli, but thanks to a restraining order, he can't get near the guy and has to convince the reluctant Titans to help him. Scarapelli is making unwise decisions too as it goes against the advice of his capo, the Godmother, and hires some quasi-super-powered mercenaries through the mysterious Monitor in a satellite above the Earth. This turns out bad for the Titans, but they have a mysterious helper, too, who only Robin ever meets: the Vigilante, Adrian Chase's new crime fighting identity. In the end, Scarapelli gets justice and there's a new crime fighter with more lethal methods in New York City.
As is not uncommon with introductions of new characters, the Titans are sort of made to look weak to give Vigilante some spotlight but given he's just a DA who I guess works out some, it seems forced. Much is made of his willingness to kill like it's something new when the Punisher is sitting right over there
Anyway, this issue has some other introductions. While the Monitor technically back in issue 21, he wasn't named in this issue, I don't think. Also, one of the mercenaries he calls in to fight the Titans is Cheshire, who will go on to play a significant role in Titans lore.

Superman #387: This issue has a groovy Kane cover, but the interior feels like a throwback to at least Superman stories of a couple of years ago, if not the 70s. So much so, I wonder if it was an old story they just dusted off to use here. Anyway, it's Rozakis plotting and Kupperberg scripting. In Egypt, eight heads of state are kidnapped and imprisoned in force filed cube by the Planeteer, who claims he's a reincarnation of Alexander the Great from the stars or something. His force fields are strong enough to give the Man of Steel a hard time, but as always, through ingenuity Superman prevails--only (in a plot twist we've seen before) maybe that's what the Planeteer wanted to he could use Superman's actions to generate energy. In an end of the issue development, a couple shows up at Global Broadcasting asking for help, claiming the Planeteer is their son.

Ron Frontier talks about JIN & TONIK

First Comics News - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 07:45
First Comics News: So what’s “Jin and Tonik” about? The basic premise? Ron Fortier: It’s a modern-day spy thriller that deals with two very different assassins; one Chinese, Sammy Jin,…
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Lenovations Press Announces an Exciting Collaboration with Antarctic Press: Tomorrow Girl

First Comics News - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 06:19
 from Antarctic Press crosses over with Section 12 in a three issue Mini-Series June 11, 2024 – Lenovations Press, a long-standing indie comic publisher, is thrilled to unveil their first…
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Risk Everything in Your First Look at ANIMAL POUND #4

First Comics News - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 06:00
Animal Farm for the 21st Century Continues this June LOS ANGELES, CA (June 11, 2024) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at ANIMAL POUND #4. From the minds of the…
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First Comics News - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 05:59
PORTLAND, Ore. 06/11/2024 — Ghost Machine has set up the Ghost Machine Scholarship in collaboration with The Joe Kubert School, the iconic graphic arts educational institute founded by legendary comic book artist Joe…
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Evil Awakens in Broadacres: Prairie Gods

First Comics News - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 05:58
PRAIRIE GODS Shane Connery Volk takes a shake at his first creator-owned supernatural B-horror miniseries, featuring 5 strange stories and one ghost town to unite them JUNE 11, 2024, (PITTSBURGH,…
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Roddy Piper teams up with the USAssassin team for an epic adventure! 

First Comics News - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 05:56
Haunted Pizza Presents: Graveyard Shift writer/co-creator, Mark Poulton (Avengelyne, Savage Hawkman) and artist Mike McMahon (Graveyard Shift Supplemental) bring the biggest USAssassin adventure to Indiegogo! Joining them on USAssassin IV: Dogs of War is the legendary Roddy Piper (They Live)! CMLL wrestling star, “The…
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First Comics News - Wed, 06/12/2024 - 03:33
First Comics News: How does writing enrich your life? Pat O’Malley: Writing allows me to explore creative universes and ideas that otherwise would be stuck in my head, but writing can also…
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Just Wanted to Share

The Splintered Realm - Tue, 06/11/2024 - 22:55
I feinally designed Null the Devourer today, and put him with all kinds of Kirby Crackle. This feels like if Ditko and Kirby did a Doctor Strange/FF crossover back in the day. I think he's nifty. Appropriate for a game I am calling 'the world's niftiest superhero RPG'...


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