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Tanith Lee's SILVER METAL LOVER gets graphic novel

from the official IDW Publishing press release . . . . . The IDW Publishing Imprint Successfully Kickstarts Second Trina Robbins Graphic Novel San Diego, CA (December 30, 2017 ) – IT’S ALIVE! has just passed its initial goal of $10,000 to bring  Tanith Lee ’s THE SILVER METAL LOVER back to print! However, there’s still time left in the  Kickstarter campaign  (see link below)  for more fans to pledge to this exciting collection which already blew through its two stretch goals. That includes a SILVER METAL LOVER sticker featuring  Trina Robbins ' artwork from the book after the pledges passed 200 backers. Plus, now that the campaign has hit $11,000, all backers will also receive a mini print which showcases Trina Robbins' art.   Originally published in 1985, this work has never been reprinted in any form. This new edition will feature a new variant cover by  Colleen Doran  (A DISTANT SOIL), who will also provide the afterword, a new foreword by  Gail Simone  (BIRDS OF PREY), a

Looking Ahead: Update on HARBINGER WARS 2 from Valiant

Valiant Deploys Exclusive HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 Prelude by Matt Kindt & Doug Braithwaite to Eager Fans Worldwide  Valiant is proud to announce that copies of  HARBINGER WARS 2 #0  – a limited-edition prelude to the seismic 2018 crossover event, available  EXCLUSIVELY  to fans that redeemed a select set of mail-away coupons in  HARBINGER RENEGADE #1-4  – have now shipped directly from Valiant's New York City headquarters and will soon be arriving in thousands of households worldwide! Limited-Edition Mail-Away Introduction to 2018's Seismic Comics Event Expands with Second Feature from SECRET WEAPONS' Eric Heisserer, Raúl Allén & Patricia Martín In addition to a standalone lead story written by New York Times best-selling writer  Matt Kindt  (X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY) with artwork from comics superstar  Doug Braithwaite  (X-O MANOWAR, ARMOR HUNTERS), Valiant is also proud to reveal that  HARBINGER WARS 2 #0  comes with a previously unannounced seco

Sneak Peek: ARCHER & ARMSTRONG one-shot coming in February

from the Valiant Entertainment press release . . . . . First Look: Fred Van Lente & CAFU Uncork ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1 – In Stores February 7th! Get ready to meet the man behind the legend as Armstrong tells all! Valiant is proud to present your first look inside  ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1  – an all-new standalone special spotlighting the first landmark solo adventure in the very (very, very) long life and times of Valiant’s disorderly immortal!  On February 7th , New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente  (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and rising star  CAFU  (RAPTURE) cordially invite you to a party hosted within Armstrong's own private reserve...where five millennia worth of secret revelations – the sword-shattering battles, the epic-inspiring love affairs, and the head-spinning hangovers – from the never-before-explored chronicles of Earth's eternal hedonist are about to come bursting forth!   Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive b

Sneak Peek: QUANTUM AND WOODY #3 in February 2018

from the official Valiant Entertainment press release . . . . . It's real! It's happening! The Goat is having a baby! Valiant is proud to present your first look inside  QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #3  –  A SPECTACULAR "GOATACULAR"  celebrating 50 issues of the world's worst superhero team with a momentous milestone for the ages: The long-awaited birth of the Goat's offspring! (Ew.)  On February 21st , from the twisted minds of rising star  Daniel Kibblesmith  ( The Late Show with Stephen Colbert ) and special guest artist  Francis Portela  (FAITH), the Valiant Universe will never be the same again as Eric and Woody Henderson bear witness to the hugely anticipated coming of this titanic new force with a staggering  100   72   64   48  32-page baby shower of power...and once this bundle of joy ventures forth, there won't be any KIDDING around! (Sorry, had to.) If you add them all up, this would be Quantum and Woody’s 50th issue! What

Review: QUANTUM & WOODY #1 from Valiant

QUANTUM & WOODY #1 (Valiant Entertainment, December 20, 2017 release date) Writer: Daniel Kibblesmith.  Art & Colors: Kano.  Letters: Dave Sharpe.          One thing you can always count on with Valiant books is that the contents page will include a summary telling you everything you need to catch up, even if it’s your first time reading the title.        I believe the re-cap in this issue is the best yet. Clear, complete and concise:  “Adoptive brothers Eric & Woody Henderson, while investigating their father’s murder, fall victim to a scientific accident gone wrong.  Now, they must KLANG their wristbands together every 24 hours or else they’ll be pulled apart by the quantum forces that empower them.  Together they fight crime - - when they’re not fighting each other.”  Well done .       Next, let’s move onto the main item of anticipation for former readers of Quantum and Woody, as well as fans of humorous  superhero books:  is the book funny?        Superhero book

New Collection of BLOOM COUNTY announced for 2018

from the IDW Publishing press release . . . . . The Latest Collection of Strips from the  Bloom County  Revival begun in 2015  is now available for pre-order San Diego, CA (December 20, 2017) – Picking up right where the previous volume left off,  Bloom County: Shenaniganary  collects year three of  Berkeley Breathed ’s newest  Bloom County  strips.    The residents of Bloom County are back to put their trademark tragi-comic spin on the horrors of the previous year, so lock all your worries in the anxiety closet for a bit. Who knows? When you come back they may be just the tiniest bit funnier. The stakes are higher, the punchlines are sharper, and the laughter is more desperate! This marks the third volume in an ongoing series collecting the  Bloom County  series relaunched in 2015 and fans of political satire will not want to miss it as we need Opus, Bill the Cat, and all their friends more than ever before to make sense of today’s increasingly nonsensical world!   Bloom County: S

One Day Left for THIS IS HORROR public nominations

EDITOR’S NOTE: There is just one day remaining to make your nominations for the THIS IS HORROR 2017 Awards.  As promised, here’s my list. I’m hoping some of these make it to the final ballot. If nothing else, you can use this as a list of books you might want to check out.  Go to  —   — for rules and instructions to enter your nominations.  . . . . . . .   NOVEL OF THE YEAR: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Volume 1  by Emil Ferris, writer and artist.  (Fantagraphic Books). Graphic novel --. A compelling and charming story with great art that works together with words to convey a sad tale of growing up, loneliness, persecution, hardship and abuse. Narrated with drawings in spiral bound notebook format  by a young womanl with a fascination for classic horror movies, monster mags, and pulp fiction who envisions her self as a teen werewolf. Final Girls by Riley Sager --  Fast paced read and absorbing psychological thriller of women who must carry

New Comics Wednesday Review: SINK #3

SINK #3  (Comix Tribe, December 20, 2017 release date) “A Head Full Of Wasps”.  Story by John Lees. Art and Colours by Alex Cormack.  Letters by Shawn Lee.  Logo by Tim Daniel.           Sink #3 will make you see red.  Blood red.  It’s splashed all over the pages of this story, seeping into each and every panel, even before the violence begins. “A Head Full Of Wasps” speaks to the buzzing that occurs in so many brainpans in these troubled and violent times - - and the red that is visualized when some of us experience injustice, brutality, cruelty, or abuse and then seek retribution, revenge, and bloody justice.           If only everyone could read this story, and then remember it whenever their cheeks flush with anger - - and think before they act.         Yeah, I’m a pipe dreamer.  I also just set out to write a review.  Don’t know why I’m treating SINK #3  like this is a morality fable.  Have you ever read a simple but well-written story that leads to your thinking outside th

New Comic Wednesday Review: 30 DAYS OF NIGHT #1

30 DAYS OF NIGHT #1 of 6 (IDW Publishing, December 20, 2017 release date) Writer: Steve Niles.  Artist: Piotr Kowalski.  Colorist: Brad Simpson.  Letters: Tom B. Long.          Back in 2002, the original 30 DAYS OF NIGHT helped launch the careers of writer Steve Niles and artist Ben Templesmith. The successful 3-issue mini-series spawned several sequels as well as a movie adaptation. Upon its’ 15th anniversary Niles returns to re-tell the story, this time with 6 monthly issues and a new artist. Templesmith returns just to contribute a cover, but it’s one of his absolute best covers ever.         The story centers on a vampire infestation of a small Alaskan town.  Barrow, Alaska is the northernmost community in North America, with temperatures averaging below zero and a good part of the year spent living in 24-hour darkness. The sun never rises between November 18 - January24 every year. That makes it ideal for sunlight-sensitive vampires to have an extended vacation.      Issue

New Comics Wednesday Review: NINJA-K #2

NINJA-K #2 (Valiant Entertainment, December 20 release date) Writer: Christos Gage.  Main Story Art: Tomas Giorello with Roberto de la Torre (pages 1-5).  Colors: Diego Rodriquez.  Backup story art: Ariel Olivetti.  Letters: A Larger World Studios.          You should be reading this book, especially if you like action adventure, ninjas, mystery and characters that will remind you of the best aspects of James Bond.  If you haven’t picked up Issue #1 yet, here’s a quick re-cap to help catch you up . . . . .       Colin King a.k.a. Ninja-K is the current agent for MI6 as well as a freelance mercenary/assassin.  Past agents of the Ninja program are being killed, most recently Ninja-D (from the 1950’s), and King is seeking answers to help end the murders.      I love the way this story is being told, both for Gage’s character insights and dynamic dialogue, the mystery elements of his tale - - and for Giorello’s expressive art style.  This book is a pure joy to read.      The story