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Wednesday Comics: DC, December 1980 (wk 1 pt 1)

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 09/08/2021 - 11:00
I'm reading DC Comics' output from January 1980 (cover date) to Crisis! This week, I'm looking at the comics at newsstands on the week of  September 11, 1980. 

Batman #330: A gangster on death row sends assassins to make sure Batman dies before he does. Meanwhile, Batman and Robin are trying to find Lucius Fox's son, who's gotten tangled up in a plot by the crime lord Falstaff to get at Bruce Wayne. Wolfman has Batman and Robin disagreeing over how to deal with the the confused, young Fox, an extension of their disagreement over Grayson quitting college. This is consistent with Wolfman's portrayal of their relationship in New Teen Titans, but he doesn't show up outside of his stories. Talia also appears here, but doesn't do much. The last assassin, a guy with an Old West gunfighter theme is an interesting character, but I suspect he doesn't appear again.

DC Comics Presents #28: Wein and Starlin continue the story of Superman's fight against Mongul and Warworld. Here, Superman teams with his cousin, Supergirl. They are presented here as much more powerful than we typically see them portrayed today (this is sporadically true of other Silver Age heroes, like Flash, as well, in this era). The Super-cousins use "microscopic vision" to follow the trail of subatomic particles to Warworld and telescopic vision to surveil it. We get Mongul's tragic origin, which is basically that he's a former dictator kicked out by his people in favor of a dictator who was just as bad (in Mongul's opinion). The Kryptonians hold their own against what Warworld can throw at them until Mongul's brain burns out commanding the station. They finally defeat it by having Supergirl fly at superluminal speeds and smash a path straight through the station, which Superman uses to enter and reprogram its systems at super-speed. But where does Supergirl end ip?
The backup story is perhaps the first genuine "What Ever Happened to..." in the series. Tiefenbacher and Kane have the Old West hero Johnny Thunder and his sometimes competitor, Madame .44 teaming up and revealing their true identities--and true feelings--for each other. Then they get hitched! Kane's not at the top of his game here, but he still draws great Western action.

Flash #292: Either some time has passed since last issue, or Fiona Webb got over her fear that Barry Allen was trying to kill her really quickly after learning the truth, because Bates and Heck have the two on a date at a carnival. A carnival where the Mirror Master gloats over his plans to defeat the Flash. The Flash's foes seem to physically warp/transform his body a lot, and Mirror Master is no exception. He makes Flash uncoordinated by mirror-image reversing his body! The Flash figures this out and manages to save himself then Central City. He outruns a reflected "solaser" beam and has time to paint a building in silver nitrate before the beam arrives. During all this Fiona Webb is on again, off again, based on perceived slights on Barry's part due to his distraction while dealing with Mirror Master. Sometimes she has a point, but it makes her look really high maintenance! Nice to get a "done in one" story.
In the back up story, Conway and Perez have Firestorm tangle with the Hyena, who attacks a police station because they are corrupt and not doing a good enough job, I guess? Then, he heads off to stop a robbery. I had no idea the Hyena was a vicious vigilante until this story.

Ghosts #95: The first story goes back to a schtick Ghosts hasn't played up in a few issues: the idea that the stories are real, but gives it a bit of a "meta" bent has it purports to be the story of why the author (Kashdan) didn't write the story the editor assigned to him about Gurney Castle, which includes a meeting with a ghost in that castle. Clever, but there isn't much to the story beyond the conceit. "Spectral Bullets Cannot Kill!" by Wessler with that distinct Henson art I've come to appreciate is better. A mobster sends a hitman to kill a guy with a gambling debt. The man pleads his inability to pay due to his recent car accident, but the mobster has no pity. In anger, the man puts a curse on the hitman's gun. When the time comes for the deed, the bullets don't hurt him. He taunts the hitman that their "spectral" nature. The hitman returns to the mobster to admit failure to find the man already there. The mobster demands he shoot again, but when the hitman does, the bullets pass through the other man and hit the mobster. The twist: the bullets were ok, but the man was a ghost, having died in the car accident. The next Wessler yarn isn't quite as good. A man plots the murder of his friend in a cave so he can get the girl, but rainwater erases the paint trail he had left for his own exit. The only trail he can find proves to be blood leading him back to the scene of his crime.

In the last story by Kupperberg and Adams/Blasdell, Dr. Thirteen the Ghost-Breaker returns, having last been seen in 1977. This story also features an appearance by Rutland, Vermont. Thirteen has retired from the fraud-exposing business to write books and make the talk show circuit, but a mysterious man named Kowalski asks him to take a case in a Rutland community theater where unusual occurrences are being blamed on the ghost of a playwright, Tilson. Thirteen quickly discovers it's all being faked by an actress who's trying to get out of her contract, but it turns out that Kowalski was the real name of Tilson.

Jonah Hex #43: Marshall Jeremiah Hart takes a look at the body of the businessman Hex supposedly killed and something doesn't add up. Still, he sets out after the bounty hunter, only stopping to contend with the Spast Brothers who want their sibling out of jail. Instead, they wind of joining him. Meanwhile, Hex is again promising Mei Ling he'll put down his guns as son as he gets this last bounty, the man who shot the banker. On the trail, Hart gets the drop on Hex. He tells him that something about the alleged crime does add up, but he still has to take him in. Unfortunately, Apaches get a drop on them both. They bear a grudge against Hex going back to the incident where his face was scarred. Working together, they manage to escape, but then the Spast Brothers prepare to spring an ambush.

Weird War Tales #95: "The War That Time Forgot" is back for the first time since 1976. This story by Kanigher and Reyes is typical of the WTTF sort in that the dinosaurs are Godzilla-sized, far bigger than they were in reality. The Devil Dinosaur-red tyrannosaurus carries around a Sherman tank for much of the story after the tank crew rescues the native woman that was intended to be a sacrifice to him. The crew booby traps their tank and blow up the monster. This is by far the best story of the issue. 
The next by Kashdan and Ayers/Adkins has an Imperial Japanese experiment to breed a voracious insect to act as a defoliant going wrong when the insects decide to dine on their creators. The next story by DeMatteis and Forton has a wealthy businessman, Geller, hounded by people accusing him of being Nazi war criminal Geisen. A Holocaust survivor claims to recognize from the camp. That night, Geller seems to awaken in the concentration camp. He is beaten and tries to escape, then is taken to the showers. As he screams and cowers in terror, it's revealed that this all has been a bit of theater. He's been drugged and brought to a movie set by the Holocaust survivor to torture him into confessing, but--oops--his assistant comes running in with a message from Israel clearing Geller of being Geisen. He's actually the camp doctor, Reinhart, who was sympathetic to the prisoners and was tortured by his superiors for his actions. The trauma caused him amnesia. Now, the camp survivor remembers why his face was so familiar! The final story by Kanigher and Carrillo is a riff off the "Angel of Mons." Both the Brits and the Germans troops glimpse what they believe to be the flowing robes of an angel leading them to victory, but it turns out to be scythe-wielding death for all.


First Comics News - Tue, 09/07/2021 - 07:10

The Agent is the story of FBI Agent Simon N. Kirby and the world of G-Man Comics. In his world, all superheroes are registered with the government. Under the Super Hero Registration Act, the FBI presses superheroes into service as needed to protect their country. Simon N. Kirby is the man in charge of the FBI’s superhero team, the G-Men. It operates in a “Mission Impossible” style, where he selects the right agents for the right mission.

When you support G-Man Comics, you get not one, but five great comic books.

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COMIC TALK with Dean Juliette

First Comics News - Tue, 09/07/2021 - 07:05

Dean Juliette is a Brazilian comic book artist and he has been working in the comics industry as an illustrator since 2008. He works in all stages of comic illustration, from the basic layouts to the finished art inked, including colors, and lettering. His work has been seen in Nazi Werewolves from Outer Space from #1 to #6 – King Tut Truck Driving Pharaoh #1 and #2 – Kung Fu Satanist #1 and #2 – Grimm Fairy Tales # 27. Dean is working on The G-Man Comics Christmas Special

First Comics News: When did you first discover comics?

Dean Juliette: At the age of eight, with Disney comics. But it was at my fourteen when things became serious and, I became a collector after I bought Spider-Man #109, which here in Brazil was a compilation of the issues #143, #144, and #145 of the Spectacular Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-man # 310. That book was amazing and blew my mind.

1st: What attracted you to them?

Dean: At that moment, the stories were illustrated superbly by the art of Sal Buscema and Todd Mcfarlane.

1st: Where did you study art?

Dean: Here in Brazil, our colleges of art are turned to for fashion or graphic design what was not interesting for me. So, I ended up studying the production of comics books for two years (1999-2000) in a school of illustration, currently know as Instituto HQ. There, my teachers were four Brazilians artist whose worked and still work for the American market: Luke Ross, Manny Clark, Fabio Laguna, and Klebs Junior.

1st: What was your first published work?

Dean: Despite two or three illustrations published here in Brazil by the year 2000, my first published work was Grimm Fairy Tales #27 from Zenescope.

1st: How did you get your first break, into comics?

Dean: I had this agent here in Brazil that put me in contact with Zenescope for a test, and they hired me at that moment.

1st: How did you get involved with G-Man Comics?

Dean: Rik, contacted me through Facebook for an illustration of the F.A.L.C.O.N Team.

1st: How much freedom do you have creatively with the comics?

Dean: So far, more than I expected when I started working in this market.

1st: What makes a good comic story?

Dean: For sure, after the basics, story-telling, composition, blah, blah, blah. It’s you really understand and incorporate what the writer wants to express with his text.

1st: What is it like working with Rik and Jim?

Dean: It’s amazing, nice Guys. They are really kind people. And they love what they do.

1st: What else are you working on?

Dean: At this moment, I don’t have any other specific project. What I have is a considerable range of commissioned art waiting to be worked on.

1st: Good luck to you on the current Kickstarter, readers can find it at

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First Comics News - Tue, 09/07/2021 - 07:03
NEW CLASSIC-STYLE STORY: “Riverdale, Love It or Leaf It!” Inspired by Archie and Jughead’s new leaf-blowing business, Betty decides to go into business for herself. Heading up an all-girls leaf cleaning crew! Will the Leaf Ladies give Archie and the boys a run for their money?
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/8
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

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First Comics News - Tue, 09/07/2021 - 07:02
NEW CLASSIC-STYLE STORY: Betty & Veronica are here with some spooky stories to get you into the Halloween spirit, including a BRAND-NEW story! In “Best Witches,” while out shopping for their Halloween costumes, Betty and Veronica find an old witch’s hat at a thrift store. Thinking it would be perfect for her costume, Veronica buys it and puts it on. When she wishes that Archie was there and then he magically appears, they realize the hat is magic! What will Betty and Veronica do next with this newfound power?
Script: Francis Bonnet
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 9/8
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

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Jason Momoa’s New Aquaman 2 Uniform

First Comics News - Mon, 09/06/2021 - 16:23


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COMIC TALK with Victor Raniery

First Comics News - Mon, 09/06/2021 - 16:08

Victor Raniery has been drawing since he was a child. Victor is a native of Fortaleza, Brazil and attended Lourenço Filho Faculdade e Colégio. While taking a course from Leonardo Gondim, Gondim saw his coloring and introduced him to Dan Sehn, who hired him to work at Argo Comics on Argo5. Victor has been a regular contributor to Argo5 for the past 2 years and joined G-Man Comics where he will be providing colors on G-Man United and many other titles.

First Comics News: When did you first discover comics

Victor Raniery: In an uncle’s box during my childhood.

1st: What attracted you to them?

Victor: In the box, I was interested in a very curious black cover, Superman’s death was one of the first comic books I read, and what caught my attention the most were the details of the design.

1st: Where did you study art?

Victor: I had some knowledge in design college, some small courses, and most of it was through video classes on youtube.

1st: What was your first published work?

Victor: The first job was with Argo Comics on Argo 5 #37.

1st: How did you get your first break, into comics?

Victor: I was in a drawing course with Leonardo Gondim and I colored one of his pices, he liked the result and asked if I would accept to test as a colorist.

1st: How did you get involved with G-Man Comics?

Victor: I was recommended by Dan Sehn at Argo Comics, where I met Rik Offenberger and Eric N. Bennett.

1st: How much freedom do you have creatively with the comics?

Victor: Usually, I receive references for the main characters and I’m free to choose the color of the other elements that make up the page.

1st: What makes a good comic story?

Victor: Fun, tense moments, and epic battles.

1st: What is it like working with Rik and Jim?

Victor: It’s very quiet, they’re both nice guys, willing to debate and answer questions.

1st: What else are you working on?

Victor: I’m currently coloring pages for a Lynx adventure, next I’ll be coloring a Taranis adventure, both for January’s Kickstarter.

1st: Good luck to you on the current Kickstarter, readers can find it at

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First Comics News - Mon, 09/06/2021 - 15:00

The staff of First Comics News wishes Shanna Tova to all our Jewish fans…

Alex Wright, Ben Herman, Bill Black, Bob Almond, Dærick Gröss Sr., Kallie Chris, Katie Salidas, Mat Kaufman, Michael Dunne, Miguel Ortiz, Paul Carberry, Tanya Tate, Tim Chizmar, Art Sippo, Chris Marshall, David Markowski, Colt Cabana, Jamie Coville, Jeff Burton, Chris Squires, Francis Sky, Grant Offenberger, Jez Ibelle,  Jim Burrows, Joeseph Simon, Martin Boruta, Peter Breau, Phil Latter, Eric N Bennett, Calvin Daniels, Francis Garbut, Frank Zanca, Giovanni Aria, Joshua Pantalleresco, Paco X Gonzalez Munoz, Ric Croxton, Thomas Bottoms, Wayne Hall, Matthew Szewczyk, Richard Vasseur, and Rik Offenberger

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First Comics News - Mon, 09/06/2021 - 15:00

The staff of First Comics News wishes everyone a happy Labor Day…

Alex Wright, Ben Herman, Bill Black, Bob Almond, Dærick Gröss Sr., Kallie Chris, Katie Salidas, Mat Kaufman, Michael Dunne, Miguel Ortiz, Paul Carberry, Tanya Tate, Tim Chizmar, Art Sippo, Chris Marshall, David Markowski, Colt Cabana, Jamie Coville, Jeff Burton, Sammy Maynard, Chris Squires, Francis Sky, Grant Offenberger, Jez Ibelle,  Joeseph Simon, Martin Boruta, Peter Breau, Phil Latter, Eric N Bennett, Calvin Daniels, Francis Garbut, Frank Zanca, Giovanni Aria, Joshua Pantalleresco, Paco X Gonzalez Munoz, Ric Croxton, Wayne Hall, Matthew Szewczyk, Richard Vasseur and Rik Offenberger

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Weird Revisited: Herculean Labors on Labor Day

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 09/06/2021 - 11:00
Labor Day is a good time to take a look back at a post I did back in 2013 on the Labors of Hercules (the link there will refresh you on the background) through a science fantasy lens in the Gods, Demi-gods & Strangeness setting I did some blogging about back then.
1: In the first labor, Hercules killed the Nemean lion. Given the Olympians penchant for genetically reviving extinct species, this was probably a cave lion of some sort. Perhaps a specimen of Panthera leo fossilis as big as Panthera leo atrox, the America cave lion: something like 8 ft. long and 4 ft. tall at the shoulder. The being invulnerable thing is probably just fanciful exaggeration--or is it?

2: Next, Hercules and Iolaus took on the Lemaean Hydra. A multiheaded serpent is the sort of creature spawned by Echidna.

3: Hercules only captured the Golden Hind of Artemis (the Cerynitian Hind). This was one of a group of specialized genetically engineered deer of genus Eucladoceros kept by Artemis. They were engineered so (like modern reindeer) the females had antlers.

4: Next Hercules captured the Erymanthian Boar. I've written about these "giant boar" previously.

5: The stables of Augeas were really, really disgusting. Why were his livestock immortal?

6: After that, Hercules slayed a group of Stymphalian birds--which of course aren't birds at all.

7: Hercules captured the rampaging Cretan Bull. As previously established, this creature wasn't the father of the Minotaur. Instead, it was a large auroch as enraged and violent as that big buffalo in White Buffalo (1977).

8: Capturing the Mares of Diomedes was difficult because they were carnivorous. They must have been some mad creation of Olympian science.

9: Next Hercules stole the belt of the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. This belt was a gift of Ares and a symbol of her authority, but didn't have any particular powers. Probably.

10: For his next labor, Hercules does a little cattle-rustling. He goes to an island of Erytheia far the the West (probably modern Spain) and steals special cattle (likely bioengineered to produce something for the Olympians--perhaps a component of nectar or ambrosia?) from Geryon. Geryon is said to have three bodies, which probably means his consciousness runs in three duplicates. He also had a 2 headed dog.

11:Returning to the far west and still messing with Olympian pharma, Hercules stole the Golden Apples of the Hesperides. He had to kill a dragon (or a guardian of some sort) and dealt with Atlas, who was the artificial intelligence of an installation that protected against threats from space.

12: Finally, he captured Cerberus. This guardian of Hades is a nanite swarm often taking the vague form of a large three headed dog.

Have a good Labor Day!


First Comics News - Mon, 09/06/2021 - 07:18


Jurassic Express, Best Friends def. Hardy Family Office & The Hybrid 2


TNT Championship
Miro(c) def. Eddie Kingston

Jon Moxley def. Satoshi Kojima

AEW Women’s Championship
Britt Baker(c) def. Kris Statlander

AEW Tag Team Champions
Lucha Bros def. Young Bucks(c)

Casino Battle Royale
Winner Ruby Soho

Chris Jericho def. MJF

CM Punk def. Darby Allin

Paul Wight def. QT Marshall

AEW Championship
Kenny Omega(c) def. Christian Cage

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First Comics News - Mon, 09/06/2021 - 07:12

If you’re a fan of comics, you may aspire to publish one yourself someday. Luckily, we live in an age in which it’s not necessary to get a job at one of the major comic book publishers to realize your goal. You can now self-publish a comic book fairly easily. While you will need to distribute it yourself, that might not be a deterrent if you simply want to turn your ideas into an actual comic that others can read. Additionally, many self-published comics have gone on to become massively successful.

That said, you should keep a few tips in mind when self-publishing a comic. They include the following:

Come Up With an Idea That Excites You

You may consider this to be a basic tip. Obviously, you need an idea for a comic book to self-publish one. 

However, what’s most important is that you remember to come up with an idea that you find so exciting you can’t wait to draw and write your comic. This is simply because writing a comic can actually be much more demanding and time-consuming than many realize. You don’t want to get involved in a project, only to quit halfway through because your idea started to grow boring in your mind.

Granted, if you plan on selling your comic, you should also consider what will appeal to others when coming up with an idea, but if you are enthusiastic enough about the work, it’s likely others will be too.

Write the Comic’s Scenes

Many first-time comic book writers mistakenly assume that writing a comic involves drawing the frames and writing the dialogue at the same time.

That’s not the case. Usually, a comic book writer will write a description of each frame and the dialogue it may feature first. Then they can draw the individual frames.

Consider Crowdfunding

Depending on your goals, you may want to set up a crowdfunding campaign through a popular platform such as Kickstarter to generate money for your project. This is an option to keep in mind if you plan on distributing your comic to customers and retailers throughout the world. However, you may skip this step if you only plan on giving copies of your book to family and friends.

Choose the Right Software

You technically have the option to write and make copies of your comic book without the use of software. That said, many find the process is much easier with the help of certain digital tools.

For example, a program such as Adobe InDesign can help you format your comic properly, improve the color and resolution of your images, and more.

You may use this software during the actual drawing stage of the comic. If you don’t, you can draw your comic first and use software to format and enhance it later.

Print Your Comic

Once your comic book is complete, all you have to do is contact a printing company and order prints of it. Choose one that specifically offers comic book printing services, as they’ll have access to the right ink and paper to deliver something that actually feels like a real comic.

Most importantly, have fun! Writing your own comic book and self-publishing it should be a pleasant experience. It’s more likely to be if you keep these tips in mind.

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I Love Comics (Blah, Blah, Blah…)

First Comics News - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 15:12

*All comics will be rated on a scale from 1 to 10*

Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular # 1
Avengers # 48
Batman/Superman 2021 Annual # 1
Captain Marvel # 32
Dark Ages # 1
Fire Power # 15
Geiger # 6
Harley Quinn 2021 Annual # 1
Sinister War # 4
Static Season One # 3
Teen Titans Academy # 6
Thor # 16
Wonder Girl # 3

Aquaman 80th Annnivesary 100-Page Spectacular # 1-Yes, he’s been known to be the butt of many jokes and yes, he can talk to fish but thanks to some of the recent series (Especially the stories written by Dan Abnett) and the 2018 movie starring Jason Momoa, Aquaman is right on par with Batman and Superman so it’s no surprise that DC came out with this special celebrating his 80 anniversary. The stories here are top-notch with some all-star talent and presents the best Aquaman stories from the silver age to the present, this is a special that will please any Aquaman fan and at the same time, will no doubt remind anyone who hasn’t read comics in a while just show terrific Aquaman is.

Batman/Superman 2021 Annual # 1– The golden age Batman and Superman both get separate stories in this annual that serves as a flipbook but what’s really cool about this annual is how different yet unique the stories are; From the noir and eerie setting of the Superman story (Drawn by Francesco Francavilla which feels so much like a 1940’s horror movie but brought to life by Francavilla’s art, to The Batman & Robin story drawn by Paul Pelletier and Mick Gray which is very bright and brings in elements from the silver age which really makes this story feel dynamic. It’s a really fun annual with a familiar concept that works very well, so it’s an annual that I highly recommend.

Dark Ages # 1– This is a story of what happens when a deadly threat comes to earth and when earth’s mightiest heroes fail in stopping it. I know a story like this has been told over and over but Tom Taylor (Who has a knack for writing such epic stories)
presents a tale that shows the human side of the heroes as well as bringing together the emotional depths of his script and making them work well within the story. I feel like this will truly be a memorable story for anyone who’s a Marvel fan because it taking its own path instead of taking the overwhelming premise of “Avengers: Endgame” for inspiration.

Wonder Girl # 3– So this issue sees Yara falling for Eros and right off the bat it feels like a boring rom-com with no payoff so I’m hoping that Joelle Jones will get things rolling soon, but the sub subplot featuring the Cassie Sandmark and Artemis team up is entertaining but even with Jones and Adriana Melo dividing up the art chores the plot itself feel very flat which is sad seeing as how Wonder Girl got off to a great start, but if things don’t pick up then I think that Yara Flor’s solo series is in serious jeopardy.
Well, that’s it for me. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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First Comics News - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 14:50

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(W) Ivan Plaza (A) Matteo Illuminati
(L) Carlos M. Mangual
(CA) Pow Rodrix

The Mystic Moutains of El Yunque (PART ONE). A new superhero is born! Axel Alvarado was looking forward to a new stage in his life with his fiancée Carmen until a fatal accident changed his life forever. Evil is brewing in Puerto Rico, and something is about to be unleashed on the island! Axel decides to use his newfound powers against a new terrifying menace as Puerto Rico’s superhero, Coquí!

“Coquí” is an exciting, action-filled superhero story that comic fans will enjoy. When Puerto Rico needs a hero, Axel is asked to rise when it matters most.

Rated T+ (for readers age 13 and older)
Pages: 44
Format: 6″x9″ Paperback
Interior: Black & White
ISBN: 9781098373740


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First Comics News - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 14:45

Title: Verge # 1
Publisher: Red 5 Comics
Script: Bryce McLellan
Art: Silvio dB
Color: Louie Joyce
Letters: Sean Rinehart
Cover: Dexter Wee
Price: $ 3.95 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: Detective Connie Liu a cop knows how to deal with Vikings. Bolverk is a Viking with honor.
Now in this universe, something called the Verge occurred. People from other time periods exist in the modern world. The mixture of different cultures is a sight: Romans, Mayans, Vikings, Pagans, Egyptians all co-existing.
Connie and her partner Lucy get a no experienced wannabe detective Ravi Burns to ride along with them as they patrol the area of the people from the Verge.
One thing leads to another and Connie finds herself in a fight. Then she finds herself with the only person who knows about the Verge. Jack Curious is drawn as a strong man. He knows about the Verge.
The story here is done in a way that gives it a fresh take on time travel. The characters are interesting especially Connie who jumps out at you or anyone else she feels like jumping out at.
Connie and Lucy have a hard job of keeping all these different cultures in line. They have to make sure they are abiding by the law.

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First Comics News - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 14:43

Sneak a peek at early preview pages

PORTLAND, Ore. 09/02/2021 — The fan favorite fantasy epic Adventureman by Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals, November) artist Terry Dodson (X-Men/Fantastic Four) with Rachel Dodson (X-Men/Fantastic Four) will embark on an all new story arc this month with the release of issue #5 from Image Comics.

“We’re very excited to unveil the next chapters of Adventureman so everyone can see what we’ve been cooking up—to get the chance to explore the depth of the world and characters we’re creating in this story,” said Terry Dodson.

Fraction added: “It’s high time to unleash more of the never-ending adventures of Adventuremom—MAN—and her whole family on the world. Their tale, and ours, has only just begun. We’re thrilled to be back.”

In Adventureman #5, as New York City teeters on the brink of a strange armageddon, Claire tries the Adventureman mantle on for size just in time to face the monstrous evil that vanquished her predecessor—only he didn’t have a family like hers.

Everyone knows the story of Adventureman. The greatest pulp hero of all time’s story ended in a heartbreaking cliffhanger with our hero facing his very execution…now, learn the startling truth about how, 80 years after his seeming demise, single mother Claire and her Adventurefan son Tommy light the spark of RESURRECTION! Can these inheritors of the Adventureman legacy rise up to face down the evil that bested the original?

Adventureman #5 (Diamond Code JUL210036) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 29.

Adventureman #5 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.

Adventureman Vol. 1 hardcover edition (ISBN: 978-1534317123, Diamond Code AUG200064), collecting issues #1-4 of the ongoing series, is available now at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore and via AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-a-Million, and Indigo.

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First Comics News - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 14:39

Jonathan Hickman’s INFERNO #1 arrives on September 29

New York, NY— September 2, 2021 — On September 29, the X-Men’s world will go up in flames in INFERNO #1! Crafted by visionary writer Jonathan Hickman, this four-issue limited series will serve as the climactic finale of Hickman’s bold X-Men era that began with 2019’s transformative House of X and Powers of X. Hickman will team up with a different superstar artist on each giant-sized issue, starting with Valerio Schiti, known for his acclaimed work on titles such as S.W.O.R.D. and Empyre.

A high-stakes mutant drama, INFERNO will provide the startling payoff to long-running plotlines including Mystique’s quest to be reunited with Destiny, startling shakeups to the Quiet Council, and the looming threat of Nimrod. Alliances will be broken, secrets will be revealed, and the once-bright future of mutantkind will be endangered like never before. Fans can get their first look at this revelatory saga in the all-new INFERNO trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork.

“I’m very excited that we’re finally getting to share with everyone the follow-up to House of X/Powers of X,” Hickman said. “The story is 160 pages over four issues drawn exquisitely by Valerio Schiti, R.B. Silva and Stefano Caselli. I cannot wait for people to read it.”

A day of reckoning is upon mutantkind. Be there for this game-changing story when INFERNO #1 hits stands on September 29!

INFERNO #1 (JUL210520)




On Sale 9/29!

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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 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.

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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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