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Minaria: Muetar

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 10/22/2021 - 11:00
Muetar is the largest kingdom of Minaria in land area and possessed of the largest army. Its rulers are the descendants of the Mueta horse lords who first harried the city-states of the Land of the Great Rivers, then were its foederates, until a chieftain general Oyaro (Old Meuta: Hoyaru), forced the Princes of Methluma to give him the title of Supreme General or Warlord. The word, as borrowed into the Muetarian tongue, eventually came to mean "emperor." Oyaro's line came to be the de facto rulers of the land in a military dictatorship that developed over generations into the current feudal state.

The Empire's current ruler is Herrott (Kheroth) of the Pirostar (Phiroshtar) Dynasty. sometimes called "Golden Helm" for brightly polished helmet he wears in battle. Herrott was the second son and given command of the elite guard of the Emperor, but ascended to the throne upon the death of his older brother in a riding accident. While his father's rule was occupied with internal struggles, Herrott turns his eyes toward expanding the empire, but he is cautious and not prone to rash action. He is an avid falconer as well as rider and pampers his prize animals.

Atata, his Empress, is descended form the old Oyarostar line. She has little taste for court gossip or petty intrigues and is judged as aloof and perhaps even severe by her ladies in waiting. Like all Muetarian elite she takes part in the rituals of the martial cult of Anshar (who has absorbed much of the folio and importance of the supreme god Taquamenau in the Muetarian ascendance), but supports a policy of religious tolerance in the Empire. She is an advocate for the poor and is said to use her influence to protect the more moderate clerics of Huisinga--this despite the peasant uprising blamed on radical members of the Sankari sect during the reign of Herrott's father, Maasa. 
Atata is also a patron of the arts and has even brought Ponian theater to the court of Muetar.

Hearing the Owls Hoot in the Day Time

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 10/21/2021 - 11:00


Owls Hoot in the Day Time & Other Omens was the title of the 2003 collection of Manly Wade Wellman's John the Balladeer/Silver John stories from Night Shade Books. I have long been a fine of these Appalachian-centered fantasy stories (they were an influence on Weird Adventures). Recently I bought the audiobook of this collection for a work trip. I probably have read these stories in nearly 20 years so it was fun to revisit them and the narrator is just right for the material.

Wednesday Comics: DC, January 1980 (wk 2, pt 1)

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 10/20/2021 - 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 October 23, 1980.

Action Comics #515: Wolfman's story here is an interesting alternate history of the sort the X-Men would do a lot in the 80s (in fact, X-Men #141, "Days of Future Past" is out this same week!). We see a world where Vandal Savage is the absolute ruler and Superman is his dedicated enforcer, completely convinced of Savage's beneficence, until undercover rebel agents Lois Lane and Perry White make him see the light. The issue ends with Superman vowing to make Savage pay. It's odd seeing the very Silver Age Curt Swan drawing this sort of "modern" story.
In the Atom backup by Rozakis and Saviuk, an agent of cosmic balance named Mallo (who is drawn so mundanely and specifically, I feel like he has to be a reference to someone but I don't know who) is worried that having an Earth-1 and Earth-2 Atom without the same powers will somehow cause a problematic imbalance. So he switches the Atoms' powers, and Ray Palmer has to go through the issue just being tough and not having shrinking powers. At the end of the issue, Mallo restores Palmer's usual powers and plugs the upcoming "Whatever Happened to the Earth-Two Atom?" feature. This story is logically flawed and a bit silly, but it didn't bore me, which is a win for a backup.

Brave & the Bold #170: Burkett and Aparo bring Batman together with Nemesis, probably to try to build interest in the character who's going to return to the backup feature after this. Nemesis and Batman get to the top of the organization that killed his friend and brainwashed his brother to do the killing. It turns out Head is a guy in an iron lung. Nemesis wants to kill him, but Batman convinces him not to. Still, a dying Nazi scientist does the the job. The story has a nice moment where Batman is examining with professional admiration the quality of one of the masks Nemesis uses as a disguise.

Detective Comics #498: The Conway and Newton/Adkins main story starts out a little confusingly as it is a direct sequel to story from 1979, but they don't tell you that until a few pages in. After his last encounter with Batman, Blockbuster falls into the ocean and is presumed dead.  After washing up on a beach, he walks to Bleak Rock, West Virginia, for some reason where he gets involved in the struggle of miners against a corrupt union boss. Batman has been looking for Blockbuster to show up (perhaps a bit guilty over his death) and flies to West Virginia. He is promptly hit in the back of the head by a goon and thrown into a mine. He's found there by Blockbuster who starts to get enraged and wants to kill him. To be continued!
The backup continues the "Barbara Gordon--Murderer" storyline by Burkett, Delbo and Giella. Commissioner Gordon is back to bail Barbara out of jail and the lawyer she's friendly with agrees to represent her, but she doesn't have much time to clear her name--unless she wants to reveal that she's Batgirl. The prosecution has an invoice signed by her for the poison that killed the Congressman, so Barbara knows her administrative assistant must be in on it. She visits her as Batgirl, and the woman admits the part she played, but she didn't want Barbara to go to jail, only to leverage Commissioner Gordon into letting her brother out of jail. She now knows she was duped. Before Barbara can do anything with this information, thugs bust in, and she in knocked out in the ensuing fight. This continues to be a decent storyline.

Green Lantern #136: There's a lot going on in this Wolfman/Staton yarn. Trying to find out what happened to Carol Ferris, Green Lantern and Tom seek out Bruce Gordon who was at Ferris Aircraft the day of the bombing. Bruce Gordon is Eclipso, though, so a fight breaks out that leads to the collapse of the building. As GL flies to save Tom, he is transported away to a future Earth under siege by the Gordanians. The time jump has left him without his memory. The Space Ranger breaks him out of the hospital to enlist his further aid against the invaders. They manage to find a green lantern in an old weapon cache, so Jordan can recharge. Unfortunately, the Gordanians defeat them all and take them captive. While (well, not really since she's in the past, but you know what I mean) all this is going on, Carol is being hunted Most Dangerous Game-style.
Unsurprisingly, the Adam Strange backup by Sutton and Rodriguez is less interesting than the main feature. There's a sort of planetary Olympics going on on Rann. Strange is competing, but the contests keep getting won by the same stranger in suspicious circumstances. Strange figures out the guy is somehow solar powered and confronts him. It turns out he's a shape-shifted alien who for some reason thinks he will conquer Rann by winning the contest, but when Adam Strange defeats him in one on one combat his species gives up the attempted conquest.

House of Mystery #288: The "cover story" hear is a riff on "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by DeMatteis and Speigle. A skeleton in a top hat playing a bone flute shows up in an idyllic town once a year to lead away some mentally challenged townsperson. A young man is determined to get his friend back and tracks the Piper to a cave where he is torturing the man he took away. The Piper shows the young hero the River of Souls, where the dark elements of human nature are held--and kept away from the town--so long as they give up one innocent soul a year to be tortured and corrupted by the Piper. Our hero attacks the Piper to free his friend, then the River of Souls is released. The town begins to destroy itself in a frenzy of concentrated badness. Our hero's uncle joins him and the former victim in leaving town. He explains as they go that he had once confronted the Piper over the hero's father but had been too frightened to do anything after seeing the River.
The other stories aren't as good. Barr and Jodloman deliver a short story about a big game hunter shooting a guide in an argument over shooting an endanger wolf, but then it turns out the guide is a werewolf. "Blood in Sand" is a weird story by Gwyon and Redondo about a young matador who wants to win enough to pay the rent on his mother's grave, but his girl's unhappy with the dangerousness of his chosen profession. She's also being pursued by the wealth bull breeder. An old wise woman warns the matador that the next bull he fights will not be as normal bulls, but doesn't quite believe her. In the arena though, he realizes his rival's spirit is somehow guiding the bull. He manages to kill it but dies in the process. No one pays the rent on his mom's grave or his grave, Cain helpfully informs us. The last story by Kanigher and Cruz  is a tale of doomed love and jealous in an Irish fishing community, and is the sort of bland stuff I expect from Ghosts.

Unknown Solider #247: Haney and Ayers and Tlaloc have the Solider infiltrating the Warsaw Ghetto to get information from a Jewish scientist whose "gas diffusion" work will aid the development of the atomic bomb. The old man is dying, but he will only give up the information if the Soldier takes his granddaughter out of the Ghetto. They are on their way out, but they're captured by Jewish resistance fighters who at first thinks the Soldier is a Nazi spy, but won't let them go even after they find out otherwise, fearing that under torture the girl would give away their hiding place. One of the fighters helps them escape into the sewers for the promise of a lot of money, but a German patrol nabs them. The cowardly fighter turns traitor, but the Solider stuffs a cyanide pill in the guy's mouth! He and the girl get away, hiding in a wagon of corpses being removed from the ghetto. Outside, they are again caught by German troops, but the Soldier fakes a heart attack to grab a soldier's rifle. With help from the resistance fighters on the walls, they kill the squad, and he the girl make good their escape. 
Kanigher and Mandrake follow that up with a tale of ancient Greece. After the Battle of  Thermopylae,  a brave shepherd boy kills a Persian commander. The coda remarks that the Persians are now called Iranians and suggests the possibility that their "fanatical leader" might fall to a single blow from a defiant boy. The last story by Burkett and Ayers/Celardo continues the travails of the "Ruptured Duck" from last issue, where the old, worn out plane keeps somehow saving folks' lives--and still breaking down a lot. Part one seemed kind of pointless and part two definitely was.

RICH INTERVIEWS: Nathan Kempf Curator/Letterer for Adventures Everywhere: A Comic-Book Anthology for Kids

First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 22:20

Rich: How did you get into Lettering comic books?

Nathan: Honestly, it was a “right place, right time” kind of situation. My partner and I went to a local comic-book shop here in France where Mateus Santolouco (TMNT) was signing some books. There, I met the people taking care of localizing comic-books (translating and adapting the lettering) for the French market, and I asked if they had a place for me, to which they answered “yes”. I worked for them for around two years as a localizing letterer, and then had the ambition of working on original stories instead of just localizing them and worked my way up from there. I now letter full-time.

Rich: What one of your published works stands out the most for you?

Nathan: When it comes to French books, I had the chance to work on a 60 issues series telling the entire History of my country, L’Histoire de France en Bande Dessinée, published by Hachette Collection. It was talked about on TV, newspapers, … and it allowed people to learn about this subject in a more accessible way, so I’m very proud to have worked on it.

When it comes to American comic-books, it would be Deadbox, published by Vault. I started lettering US comic-books in early 2020, so getting to work for such a popular publisher after so little time, and on an amazing story like this one feels unreal to me. I also got to letter this series through AndWorld Design. The founder Deron Bennet is a letterer I truly look up to, so working through his studio is incredible.

Rich: Why use an anthology format?

Nathan: I feel like the anthology format fits perfectly with a child’s attention span. On a more serious note, all kids will not relate to the same stories, which is normal, so it felt weird for me to release one story and just be satisfied with it. The anthology format also allows for creators from different backgrounds to come and tell a story they want to tell, and for more kids to be able to relate to this book. It’s important, especially in these times when the future is as unpredictable as ever. Going for an anthology format just felt right.

Rich: What is the theme throughout the anthology and why?

Nathan: Throughout this book, I wanted to show kids that anything can be an adventure (hence the name Adventures Everywhere). Whether you are trying to find an amazing place to eat dessert, moving to the other side of the country, or finding out who you really are, you will be put in a position of learning, growth, self-discovery, doubts, and so much more. I believe it is important to show kids it’s normal to go through those cycles, and that it may take time for them to discover who they want to be and carve their own path. In that way, life is an adventure, and I hope it will give hope to the kids reading this anthology.

Rich: Will this anthology inspire children and children of all ages?

Nathan: I truly believe so. We have stories for everyone: a fire-breathing hamster saving turtles, a child finding the perfect gift to their newborn sibling, the experience of a disabled teenager going to their first pride parade. Most issues faced by today’s youth are showcased in this book, so I’m convinced they will all be able to relate to the stories, find comfort in them, and also find inspiration.

Rich: Who are Jes & Cin and why are they important to “Adventures Everywhere: A Comic-Book Anthology for Kids”?

Nathan: JesnCin (short for Jessica and Jacinta Wibowo) are Indonesian identical twins who write and illustrate their own stories, such as LUNAR BOY under Harper Alley in 2023, and they are the ones who illustrated the cover for the anthology. A cover is so important, because it is the first thing people will see when looking at a book, and I feel like they did the job perfectly. Communication with them was easy and we got on the same foot quickly, which shows in the final product. Them being driven by creating empowering stories for younger readers was a huge bonus. Finding a cover artist was a very long process for me, but I couldn’t be any happier with the result.

Rich: How did you go about getting others involved in the making of “Adventures Everywhere: A Comic-Book Anthology for Kids”?

Nathan: Honestly, just an open call on Twitter. I have no prior experience in curating an anthology and I’m not well known in the comic-book world, so I was honestly not expecting people to answer the call, but it seemed like the easiest way for me to reach other creators. I ended up with hundreds of submissions and a lot to review, but it gave me the chance to find the stories and artists I truly believed in the most.

Rich: Who are a few of the talented people involved with this anthology?

Nathan: I’m lucky to have amazing creators working on this anthology! We have a foreword by Stephanie Cooke (Oh my Gods!), and stories by people such as Shadia Amin (Spider-Ham: Great Power, No Responsibility), Jordan Alsaqa (Raise Hell!), Brittany Matter (Into the Sunset), Quade Reed, and so many more.

Rich: How did you find the job of Curator challenging?

Nathan: The hardest part was reviewing and selecting stories. I think I went through 6 rounds a trimming down until I had a satisfying number of stories left. Curating the anthology was challenging as a whole, but I think it is mostly due to it being my first time. If there is a next time, I know the entire process will be easier, I already learned a lot about what I could have done better.

I’m also very lucky to have experienced people helping me on the backend before the anthology launches (Brittany Matter helped me a lot setting up the Kickstarter campaign page, and James Emmett is taking care of PR, which is a huge relief).

Rich: After this anthology what will you be working on next?

Nathan: I will be lettering, mostly. I have also written a mini-series called The Gaia Theory, that I am currently pitching to publishers. If it doesn’t work, it will go to Kickstarter early in 2022.

I am also working on two kids’ graphic novels, Ahoy! and The Road of the Dandelions, whenever I have the time, hoping to have them out there in the next few years.

Also, if this anthology’s campaign is a success, I already know the theme of the next one (and yes, it will still be for kids).

Rich: What other comics would you recommend?

Nathan: Oh, that’s a tough one! Lately, I’ve been binge reading (again) Saga and Locke & Key, they’re amazing stories that I could read repeatedly. I’m also a big fan of Tom Taylor’s Nightwing and Superman: Son of Kal-El.

When it comes to middle-grade / young-adult books the Marvel stories published by Scholastics are truly great (Miles Morales: Shock Wave, Spider-Ham: Great Power, No Responsibility, …). Actually, comic-book wise, I feel like kids can’t go wrong with Scholastic’s books.

Rich: Why use kickstarter and what is the url for this one?

Nathan: Kickstarter is a great way for projects like this anthology to actually see the light of day. Between paying creators, printing costs, and all the different expenses, such a book can very easily cost more than $10K to create. Funding it through Kickstarter is an amazing way to connect with fans and peers, while making sure there will be people to support the book when it’s out there.

You can find the campaign at

Rich: Why do you love comic books?

Nathan: This medium is truly amazing, I feel like it has the best parts of all other storytelling mediums. It’s kind of a like a novel, but you’re not limited to words to tell your story. Your visual storytelling is also not limited by a budget like movies can be. To me, comic-books are the absolute best way to tell compelling stories and have it easily available to everyone. I mean, just look at how popular Webtoon is, and how many people are creating stories for this platform only.

Rich: Any words for the fans who support this anthology?

Nathan: Thank you, from everyone involved. Your support matters so, so much, and we couldn’t make this project without you. If the campaign succeeds, I cannot wait to have all your feedback, and I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy creating it.

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DC Fandome DC  Reveals: Direct Statues and THE BATMAN MOVIE  Action Figures!

First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 22:13

Check out McFarlane Toys reveals from DC Fandome!

DC FanDome 2021 raised the bar and revealed for the FIRST TIME EVER spectacular
NEW McFarlane Toys DC Direct Statues!

Plus the launch of the first wave of THE BATMAN Movie Action Figure collection!


Legendary Comic Artist and McFarlane Toys CEO Todd McFarlane shared new details about McFarlane Toys recently announcing a partnership with DC Direct to create new DC collectibles and revealed the FIRST LOOK of the McFarlane Toys DC Direct lines!



In 2022, McFarlane Toys will start releasing  BRAND NEW DC statues and figures, including:

  • The first-ever created The Batman Movie Statues of the  BATMAN and THE RIDDLER in time for its theatrical release.
  • A new statue, Joker: Purple Craze, based on superstar artist Greg Capullo’s The Joker from Batman: Death in the Family
  • Continue the incredibly popular Batman Black & White line with a stunning statue by Mike Mignola that offers a unique companion piece to the other Black and White Statues
  •  McFarlane Toys The BATMAN Movie DC Multiverse action figures featuring Batman, Catwoman, The Riddler and the Batcycle.  All figures sold separately.

You can NOW pre-order some of our VERY FIRST figures from The Batman movie DC Multiverse line and PRE-ORDER the FOUR DC Direct Statues revealed during DC Fandome!

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First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 22:09

Creators George Mann and Aleta Vidal Explore the End of The World in New Graphic Novel’ MOTHERBRIDGE

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (October 19, 2021)Dark Horse Comics is pleased to announce a new original graphic novel that explores motherhood and myth in the dystopian fantasy MOTHERBRIDGE: Seeds of Change. This new, emotionally rich epic from Sunday Times bestselling creator of Newbury & Hobbes George Mann and rising artist Aleta Vidal arrives May 2022.


In the aftermath of a failed utopia, an exiled woman fights to be reunited with her children by harnessing the mythic power that changed the planet forever.


Twenty years ago, the World Mother awoke, forming an enormous “worldbridge” from manmade ruins and knotted vegetation that spanned the globe. Borders fell, millions migrated, and legendary creatures returned to the forests. But recently, the World Mother has gone silent, and the worldbridge has begun to wither. Borders are being reinstated. Now, one woman, cast out by her adoptive nation, must assemble a team of outcasts to reawaken the World Mother and bring down the wall separating her from her family.


“Motherbridge is a story very close to my heart, and one that’s been bubbling away in my subconscious for many years. In some ways it’s a reaction to the global difficulties we’re all living through at the moment—climate change, species extinction, isolationist politics—but it’s also very much a story of hope and love. At its heart, this is a tale about family, both biological and found, and about how even the smallest acts of compassion can change the world for the better. It’s been a joy to work on this book with Aleta and watch her bring Hayley and her world to stunning, vivid life.” – George Mann


“It took a second from when I received the proposal to work on this project until I accepted it, I felt it was for me from minute one.  This story is a tribute to diversity and love for our world, with a family finding each other in the middle and enlarging it along the way.  this is a great love story.  Working on things that I believe in, teaming up with people who share those beliefs like George, gives me the strength to carry them out. I’ve draw from the soul every line.” – Aleta Vidal


MOTHERBRIDGE: Seeds of Change arrives in comic shops May 18, 2022 and bookstores May 31, 2022 and is available for pre-order now through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local comic shop for $19.99.

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First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 22:07

Title: ANT # 1
Publisher: Image Comics
Story/Art/Color: Erik Larsen
Flats: Mike Toris
Letters: Jack Morelli
Harworking Farm Boy: Josh Eichhorn
Based in part on the work of: Mario Gully
ANT created by: Mario Gully
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: The villians ANT faces are Randy Dandy, Pussyfoot, Yuck-It-Up, Quizmaster, and Half-Black and ANT is a action packed hero diving into these villians. Hannah a young girl is shown drawing ANT’s adventure. The villains she imagines are what you might expect from a young girl.
Hannah’s life growing up is a hard one. Her dad busy with work, her mother not in her life, and a bully harrassing her. Then things get really bad. As ANt is born in blood and death she is not someone you ever want to mess with.
The art showing ANT posing as an ant might is stunning. This origin is one amazing story wonderfully told.
This new series of ANT does make use of parts from the previous ones and improves on it. Hannah is starting her career as a super-hero and she has the right attitude. She is strong willed yet she used to be weak of body well not any more. Her new antennae are a deadly weapon. This new improved Hannah is ANT and evil better run.
The costume design makes use of black to hi-light the costume which does fit Hannah like a second skin. The visuals of it make it and ANT jump out at you.
ANT is a hero for those who need one.

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First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 20:18

Brand-new She-Hulk ongoing comic series launches in January


New York, NY— October 18, 2021 — Marvel’s sensational powerhouse returns! One of comics’ most beloved heroes, Jennifer Walters, A.K.A. She-Hulk, will star in a new ongoing comic series starting in January. Written by acclaimed author Rainbow Rowell (RUNAWAYS) with art by Rogê Antônio (X-MEN: RED, HELLIONS), SHE-HULK will see the character embark on a journey that heralds back to her fan-favorite solo adventures of the past while embracing a fresh new future for the character. Promising to be a delight for fans as well as newcomers to She-Hulk’s saga, the series will once again prove why Jennifer Walters is the greatest character around!


Following her transformative time in Jason Aaron’s AVENGERS, She-Hulk is eager to put her rage-filled days behind her and return to practicing law in defense of the innocent. She’s got a career to rebuild, friends to reconnect with (and maybe represent in a court of law) and enemies to…well, she may not want to connect with them, but they are DEFINITELY going to connect with her. And when a friend from her past comes knocking with a mystery she can’t resist, she’ll quickly be back to bashing. The last page of this debut issue is going to send Jen down a road she’s never traveled, one that will shake up her life and possibly the whole Marvel Universe.


“She-Hulk is the best of the best,” Rowell said. “She’s smart, she’s funny—and she’s really and truly heroic (all that and she has the best hair in comics). Jen has always been at the top of my Marvel wishlist, and I’m thrilled to be writing her next chapter.”


“I’m very excited and feel honored to be a part of this exciting new phase of She-Hulk,” Antônio said. “Working with Rainbow Rowell has been inspiring and it’s amazing how she lets her passion for the character shine through on every page. I hope the fans have as much fun reading as I’m having illustrating these new adventures.”


A premiere issue so big it’ll have not one but two dazzling main covers—one by astounding cover artist Jen Bartel and another by comics legend Adam Hughes! Check them out below and be there when She-Hulk smashes her way into a new era on January 12!









On Sale 1/12

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First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 17:29

AVAILABLE ON 4K Ultra HD™ BLU-RAY combo pack,


BURBANK, CA (October 16, 2021) – Everyone’s favorite felonious feline takes action, adventure and theft to new heights – and in an entrancing anime style – in Catwoman: Hunted, an all-new DC Animated Movie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the feature-length animated film is set for release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $29.99 SRP; Canada $34.99 SRP), Blu-ray (USA $24.99 SRP; Canada $29.99 SRP) and Digital on February 8, 2022.

Catwoman: Hunted kicks off an impressive slate of DC-centric animated films coming in 2022 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Following Catwoman: Hunted, the 2022 releases include two new entries to the popular DC Universe movies and DC animated movies canons – Green Lantern: Beware My Power and Battle of the Super Sons – as well as a film for younger fans, Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse. The year will also see the presentation of DC Showcase – Constantine: House of Mystery, the latest compilation of animated shorts anchored by a story involving the Hellblazer himself; and the highly anticipated 4K Ultra HD release of Batman: The Long Halloween – Deluxe Edition, which ramps up the R-rated action across both halves of the acclaimed film, now melded together as one dynamic thriller.

In the all-new original Catwoman: Hunted, Catwoman’s attempt to steal a priceless jewel puts her squarely in the crosshairs of both a powerful consortium of villains and the ever-resourceful Interpol, not to mention Batwoman. It might just be enough to contain her. Or not.

Elizabeth Gillies (Dynasty, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Vacation) and Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, In The Heights) lead the cast of Catwoman: Hunted as the voices of Catwoman and Batwoman, respectively. Also featured is Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) as Black Mask, Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop, Star Wars Rebels) as Solomon Grundy, Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as Julia Pennyworth, Keith David (They Live, The Thing, Gargoyles) as Tobias Whale, Zehra Fazal (Young Justice) as Talia al Ghul and Nosferata, Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: the Next Generation) as King Faraday and Boss Moxie, Kirby Howell-Baptiste (The Good Place, Barry) as Barbara Minerva/Cheetah, Kelly Hu (Arrow, X2: X-Men United) as Cheshire, Andrew Kishino (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Mr. Yakuza and Domino 6, Eric Lopez (Madagascar: A Little Wild) as Domino 1, Jacqueline Obradors (Bosch, NYPD Blue) as La Dama, and Ron Yuan (Mortal Kombat 11) as Doctor Tzin.

Catwoman: Hunted is directed by Shinsuke Terasawa (Gintama, Yo-kai Watch) from a script penned by Greg Weisman (Young Justice, Gargoyles). Producer is Ethan Spaulding (Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms) and Executive Producer is Sam Register.

The Catwoman: Hunted 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film.

Catwoman: Hunted – Special Features
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and Digital

When The Hunter Becomes The Hunted (New Featurette) – When does the hunter become the hunted? In this case it’s when Selina Kyle steals the “Cat’s Eye” emerald and Batwoman informs her, “Congratulations, Selina, you just became Leviathan’s No. 1 target.” Those targeting Catwoman include wave after wave of assassins, ninjas, and Super-Villains – from Tobias Whale, Black Mask, Cheshire and Nosferata to Solomon Grundy, Talia al Ghul and Cheetah. In this all-new featurette, our experts break down the backstory of each integral villain.

Catwoman: The Feline Femme Fatale – Watch the documentary on Catwoman’s history.

Looking for a refresher course on animated Super Hero entertainment before seeing Catwoman: Hunted? HBO Max has a rich catalog of DC-centric films and series readily available for viewing!

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Iron Circus Comics Launches a Kickstarter for Kendra Wells’s REAL HERO SHIT 

First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 16:40

Adventure Awaits in This Funny, Sexy, and Queer Fantasy Graphic Novel

(October 18, 2021) Iron Circus Comics has launched a Kickstarter campaign for REAL HERO SHIT, a 120-page original graphic novel by acclaimed cartoonist Kendra Wells about a mismatched group of adventurers. The quirky fantasy adventure tale follows a demonic playboy prince, a stoic half-elf, a short-fused mage, and a compassionate cleric as they go forth to protect the innocent, fight injustice, and show off how cool they look.

“Real Hero Shit is the most self-indulgent comic I have ever created,” said Kendra Wells, the acclaimed cartoonist of Tell No Tales: Pirates of the Southern Seas, who has contributed to The Nib and designed characters for Dimension 20’s The Unsleeping City. “I found myself looking at the stories I loved, like the Dragon Age video game series and D&D shows like Critical Role, and was like ‘what’s stopping me from making a story like this? One that is silly and sexy and gay?’ I decided that this would be the kind of story that I wanted to read because if I’m looking for this, other people must be as well. Very ‘if you build it, they will come’, but instead of a baseball field, I’ve made a queer little medieval fantasy book with dick jokes in it.”

In REAL HERO SHIT, people are going missing in a small mountain town, and the city guards are blocked from a real investigation. The notorious Underguild has assigned Michel a secret mission: find the missing villagers and bring whatever kidnapped them to justice. Unfortunately for Michel and his fellow adventurers, Ani and Hocus, they’re short a fighter and need one more party member to foil this plot. Even more unfortunately, the only volunteer seems to be the arrogant, ostentatious, purple playboy Prince Eugene looking to cure his boredom.

Covert is not a concept that Prince Eugene is familiar with, and let’s just say his commitment to the mission is questionable. Every day is basically spring break for Eugene, but outside the palace walls he crashes into a hard reality: the system that kept him safe in his silk-sheeted bed isn’t particularly concerned with the well-being of anyone who isn’t him. Eugene will have to level-up his awareness if he means to be a real hero, and time is running short!

“Real Hero Shit is EVERYTHING we look for in an Iron Circus title,” said Iron Circus Publisher Spike Trotman. “Beautifully-drawn, hilarious, and moving. I straight-up consider it our 2022 flagship title.”

“If you like your fantasy stories chock-full of sharp character writing and queer representation, don’t miss REAL HERO SHIT by Kendra Wells,” says editor Kel McDonald, “It’s a true gem. The demon prince playboy, Eugene, is an especially endearing flirt.”

To support the campaign, head to

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BUMP Returns!

First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 16:13

After the success of the first issue, earning 247% of the required funding thanks to over 160 backers, BUMP is back for issue two with another Kickstarter campaign. The second issue will feature bigger stories and bigger names, but also still feature some of the best up-and-coming comic book artists in short 3-page horror stories.

Written by Joseph S. Farrar, BUMP is a black-and-white horror anthology that features a number of artists for each issue, coming from a number of different backgrounds and showcasing many different art styles. For issue two, there are six incredible artists on board for interior art.

  • Joe Eisma (Morning Glories, Engineward, Archie, The Flash)
  • Morgan Beem (Swamp Thing: Twin Branches, Wonder Woman: Black & Gold)
  • Colleen Palmer (Crow and the Eternal Night)
  • Cat Parra (Dates)
  • Spencer Davis (Source Jammer Tezca)
  • Dann Franco (If On A Winter’s Night)

The six artists will be working on six different stories, ranging from creepy tales of inhuman beings to realistic stories of dread and terror. Each story has a style that is enhanced by the specifically chosen artist working on it.

Issue two also features cover art by three of the best contemporary artists in the comic book industry, with main covers by Vasco Georgiev and Juni Ba, with a special Pumpkingirl variant by Caspar Wijngaard. BUMP #2 will feature lettering by Haley Rose-Lyon and design work by DC Hopkins.

The Kickstarter campaign will launch on the 29th of October, with early bird reward tiers and all-in-one cover bundles for collectors, as well as stretch goals that aim to increase pay for the creators and attract a greater breadth of artists for future issues. The campaign can be found here.

BUMP #1 is currently available for purchase on Comixology, where it was featured in the Bestsellers list during its week of release and has a 4-star rating, as of writing. It will also be available physically through the issue #2 campaign.

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Lost in Space Teaser Trailer | Final Season | Netflix

First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 14:41

Official teaser trailer for the third and final season of Lost in Space. All episodes drop December 1, 2021, only on Netflix.

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DUNE Hero Paul Atreides Comes to Life in New Upcoming Highly Detailed Statue

First Comics News - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 14:38

Dark Horse Direct and Legendary Entertainment Partner for Highly Detailed Figure

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (October 18, 2021)Dark Horse Direct, in partnership with Legendary Entertainment, is proud to announce the Dune: Paul Atreides Statue! Poised for action, Paul wields his sacred crysknife, ready to defend his honor and his people. Inspired by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ highly anticipated epic action-adventure film Dune from Academy AwardÒ-nominated filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, based on the acclaimed novel by science fiction author Frank Herbert, this statue will have you ready to fight alongside the Fremen because: “only together can we stand a chance.”

Measuring 9 inches tall by 9.2 inches wide, this highly-detailed statue is meticulously sculpted and painted by the artists at Gentle Giant Studios. Featuring the intricate likeness of Dune actor Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides in stillsuit, none stand a chance against the combat agility of the young hero. And none can resist the draw of this outstanding statue.

Limited to an edition size of 500, pre-order yours today to prepare for the coming crusade at for $219.99.

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Dark Sun: The Bandits of the Crimson Oasis

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 11:00

The last two sessions of our Forbidden Lands Dark Sun campaign saw the party (now having made the acquaintance of the dune peddler Egon the Honest) taking yet another job from the dwarf merchant Urum ath Wo. Urum believes he has reliable information regarding the rumored treasure of the merchant prince Darom Madar said to be hidden in the remote Canyon of Golothlay.

Urum plans to do this deal separate from his work for House Zawir, hoping to strike out on his own. Egon negotiates the party not just decent pay, but a share in future profits.

The arrangements made, the small caravan heads out for the Silver Springs Oasis with the party acting as guards and scouts. At Silver Springs they plan to palaver with Chief Toramundi of the Silver Hands, the elven tribe that holds the Springs. Urum believes he has specific knowledge of the desert that might be helpful.

Along the way, they avoid an erupting swam of baazrag, and notice a halfling spying on them. Eowen the Elf tracks the halfling back to a small oasis, but finds whoever was there has already left. Fearing an attack, she heads back to the caravan, but is waylaid by the halfling. She kills the halfling, but hears that a fight has begun in the arroyo the canyon the caravan was passing through. 

The others are set upon by a dwarf ornamented like a sun priest, and three human bandits. After a short battle, the dwarf and one of the humans are dead. The other two surrender. Looting the bodies, they take studded leather armor and find a pouch with two potion fruit.

Putting some distance between themselves and the canyon, they decide to stop for the the night and make camp.

Doc Stalwart Issue 258

The Splintered Realm - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 00:55

 I had a little trouble getting this one right; it's a transitional issue, and I didn't want it to fall flat. I'm happy with how it turned out, even though it is far more character development and setting things up than it is straight-up adventure. I figure there's a lot of straight-up adventure I'm setting up...

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

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

This week’s Cosplay Girl of the Week Alyssa Loughra

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

This week’s Cosplay Dude of the Week

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

This week’s Cosplay Team of the Week

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