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Something is Killing the Children Becomes an Ongoing Series

BOOM! Studios has announced today that Something is Killing the Children, the brand new horror series from GLAAD Award-winning author James Tynion IV and artist Werther Dell’Edera, has been promoted to an ongoing series due to the overwhelming early support from retailers and fans in advance of its debut on September 4, 2019 at comics shops.

Something is Killing the Children is about a close-knit community rocked by a series of murders and the sudden appearance of Erica Slaughter, a mysterious figure who rides into town claiming she can stop the brutal murders turning their lives upside down. 

But the local police and authority figures don’t know what to make of this dangerous outsider who claims to believe the local kids and their rumors of monsters in the woods. Can they trust this so-called “monster” hunter with their children’s lives? Or is Erica Slaughter an unhinged killer who’ll only bring more tragedy into their midst?

Something is Killing the Children
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Marvel’s 80th Anniversary Celebration Continues

With just weeks until Marvel kicks off its official birthday festivities, they’ve announced even more 80th anniversary celebrations with limited-time content with your favorite Marvel games; limited-time merchandise; and retailer events in honor of Marvel’s legacy!

Marvel announced plans to celebrate its birthday on August 31: the day Marvel Comics #1 gave the world its first look at the Marvel Universe. To celebrate the worldwide impact that followed, there will be activations and retailer events around the globe. Events include:

  • D23 Expo (August 23-25) – Taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center, attendees can shop, snap Marvel-themed photos with friends, and discover hidden surprises around every corner in the Marvel section of the “Uptown Disney” booth on the show floor. Don’t miss Marvel’s exciting lineup of film, television, animation, and comic book guest appearances, panels, stage events, and more!
  • Marvel Comics #1000 Releases (August 28) – Soon to be available at your local comic shop, don’t miss the historic debut of this massive, oversized special-edition book featuring luminaries from both classic and current comic books (and beyond!), revealing a long-kept secret of the Marvel Universe and some startling discoveries along the way.
  • Marvel Birthday Celebration at Dragon Con (August 31) – Dragon Con and Marvel will be celebrating Marvel’s 80th anniversary this year on August 31, Marvel’s official birthday! Attendees can join the party during the annual Dragon Con Parade, on Dragon Con’s social media channels, and a cosplay meet-up complete with birthday cake provided by DecoPac and Kroger, candles, and photo opportunities!
  • Commemorative Merchandise (August – December) – Fans will be able to get their hands on limited-time Marvel 80th anniversary apparel, accessories, collectibles, books and more from Hasbro, Funko, LootCrate, Diamond Select, Mattel, DecoPac, Mad Engine, Bioworld, C-Life, Citizen, Disney store|shopDisney and many more!
  • Retail Activations for Marvel’s Birthday (August – December) – Visit retailers around the country including Amazon, Walmart, Target, Party City, Box Lunch, Hot Topic, Uniqlo, GameStop, FYE and more for in-store activations, new merchandise, special offers, and celebratory fanfare. On August 31, be sure to stop by your local participating FYE for an in-store Marvel birthday party celebration; Amazon for special items celebrating Marvel’s anniversary; participating comic shops for exclusive Marvel birthday party events and a free Marvel Universe Magazine (while supplies last); and Disney stores for in-store activities throughout the day. Disney stores will also launch a new product line this fall in stores and online at shopDisney.com.
  • Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes! (ongoing) – Take a tour of the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes! The exhibition, currently extending its run through September 11 at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA, showcases more than 300 artifacts from Marvel’s past and present. The exhibition will reopen on October 19 at the Telus World of Science Edmonton in Canada.
  • Global Experiences (ongoing) – Look for Marvel 80th anniversary merchandise at pop-up shops throughout China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Also, keep an eye out for special events at Disney Parks & Resorts, Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. locations and exciting displays and exhibits in Australia, Mexico and Brazil. And don’t miss the exhilarating Marvel Universe Live! show with Feld Entertainment, now touring internationally!

Throughout the month of August, Marvel fans will also be able to celebrate Marvel’s 80th anniversary through their favorite Marvel Games! Marvel will be collaborating with its partners to bring limited-time in-game activations to celebrate key characters, stories, costumes, and other extras from Marvel history in MARVEL Strike Force, MARVEL Future Fight, MARVEL Puzzle Quest, and MARVEL Contest of Champions.

Commemorative art – drawn exclusively by legendary comic book artist Adam Kubert to celebrate Marvel’s birthday – will be available as featured on select merchandise and t-shirts through the Marvel Design Vault on Amazon, shopDisney, and other retailers. Symbolizing decades of the Marvel Universe, Kubert’s art is the perfect way to celebrate the expansive roster of classic and iconic Marvel Super Heroes such as Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Thor, Shuri, Wolverine, and many more.

For fans of Marvel’s animated series and family content, visit Marvel HQ to dive into decades of Marvel content! Find your favorite episodes of Marvel Mash-Ups including redubbed moments from Marvel Super HeroesFantastic FourSpider-ManThe Incredible Hulk, and more, along with more recent series like The Super Hero Squad ShowUltimate Spider-ManMarvel’s Avengers AssembleMarvel’s Guardians of the GalaxyMarvel’s Spider-ManMarvel Rising, and Marvel Super Hero Adventures

To learn more about Marvel’s Super Heroes and keep up with the ever-expanding Marvel Universe, pick up the new edition of DK’s best-selling Marvel Encyclopedia! And be sure to scoop up three brand new flavors from Ample Hills Creamery inspired by Black Panther, Captain America and Spider-Man – the perfect treat to celebrate this Marvel milestone and cool off this summer.

For 80 years, Marvel has reflected the world outside your window – inspiring millions of fans with iconic characters and timeless stories that brought the Marvel Universe to the forefront of pop culture today. Celebrate Marvel’s historic 80th Anniversary all year long with your favorite Marvel comics, games, shows, collectibles, fashion, and more!

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Preview: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #4 (of 6)

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #4 (of 6)

(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Freddie Williams II
In Shops: Aug 07, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Batman and the Turtles grapple with the laws of Krang’s combined universe, desperate to return their two worlds to their original states. But there are some who do not want things set right. In this reality, the Laughing Man runs the Smile Clan, the most dangerous criminal organization ever to strike New Gotham City-and that’s how he wants things to stay! He’ll kill anyone who gets in his way…even the Shredder!

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #4

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Underrated: The Death Defying Doctor Mirage

Another rerun for you this week of a series that I enjoyed just as much when I reread it this week.


This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: The Death Defying Doctor Mirage



dddm.jpgDoctor Mirage real name Hwen Mirage, first appeared in Shadowman #16 during Valiant’s first run at publishing comics, eventually getting an eighteen issue series in the form of The Second Life Of Doctor Mirage that ran from 1993-1995. The character was a parapsychologist along with his wife Carmen Ruiz who ran afoul of Master Darque a few times.   After the relaunch in 2012, Doctor Mirage reappeared, quite fittingly, in Shadowman #5 as Shan Fong, a scientist and paranormal investigator searching for the spirit of her deceased husband Hwen.

All of that is more than I knew going into The Death Defying Doctor Mirage, a trade that I got in a buy one get one deal at my LCS (the one I intended to buy was Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado). I was on the fence with this one as I had tried reading an issue of The Death Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives but struggled to get into the story (probably because it was the second issue of the sequel story, if I had to make a guess). With a TV series recently commissioned, I figured I’d best give the series another shot.

So what’s the story about?

Doctor Mirage talks to the dead… but the only spirit Shan Fong can’t find is that of her late husband, Hwen. Instead, America’s favorite semi-retired paranormal investigator is haunted and raw, using her gift to solve homicides and bring peace to the recently bereaved. But when a big-time occultist with a classified military past hires her for a special job, Shan discovers a lead that might close the greatest mystery she’s ever tackled – how to get Hwen back! Now, Doctor Mirage must enter the undiscovered country and cross all the realms of the underworld if she has any hope of rescuing the man she loves…or be forever lost beyond the earthly plane.

I was hesitant when going into this book, but I needn’t have been. The Death Defying Doctor Mirage is perfectly suited to  new readers, whether you’re familiar with Valiant or not, and for those of you who  enjoy reading a complete story in one go, you’ll be super happy with this. Although there is room for a sequel, there isn’t one of those obnoxious cliff hanger endings that drive you bonkers in a miniseries.

No, what you get with The Death Defying Doctor Mirage is a really engaging story with a lot of supernatural elements that shouldn’t deter you if that isn’t your cup of tea because they end up allowing Roberto De La Torre and David Baron the opportunity to run absolutely wild with some fantastical colours and environs to bring Jan Van Meter‘s story to life. Shan Fong is a brilliant character, and the glimpses I had seen of her in other issues as she made cameo appearances didn’t prepare me for how much I enjoyed her snark, her heart and an innate sense of Indiana Jones style of gambling and reckless sense of abandon that brings the story together into a crazy mix of the supernatural adventures, a gentle horror element all set against the underlying love story between Hwen and Shan.

I really enjoyed this book – far more than I expected to. So why is it today’s subject? Because I hear very few people talk about Doctor Mirage with the enthusiasm the character deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

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SDCC 2019: Hasbro Reveals More Power Rangers Including Wave 2 Lightning Collection Figures

POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” BEAST MORPHERS GOLD RANGER Figure

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2019)

It’s Morphin Time! Introducing a new era of POWER RANGERS collectibles with Hasbro’s POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” Figures! The LIGHTNING COLLECTION features over two decades of iconic characters from this storied franchise, and Hasbro is excited to bring its own take to this premium line. The LIGHTNING COLLECTION’s highly-articulated, 6-inch figures will have best-in-class detailing and design, and will feature Photo Real technology for realistic actor likenesses. The BEAST MORPHERS GOLD RANGER Figure features over 20 points of articulation for high poseability and includes two different heads that can be swapped, one of the Ranger in his mask, and another unmasked as Nate Silva, as seen in the POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS Series; figures also include extra hands and 3 accessories. Nate Silva is a genius inventor at Grid Battleforce who joins the BEAST MORPHERS as the beetle-powered Gold Ranger. Look for other collectible figures in this series, including BEAST MORPHERS RED RANGER, MIGHTY MORPHIN PINK RANGER and LOST GALAXY MAGNA DEFENDER. Each sold separately. Available for pre-order on Hasbro Pulse and all major retailers.

POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” MIGHTY MORPHIN PINK RANGER Figure

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2019)

It’s Morphin Time! Introducing a new era of POWER RANGERS collectibles with Hasbro’s POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” Figures! The LIGHTNING COLLECTION features over two decades of iconic characters from this storied franchise, and Hasbro is excited to bring its own take to this premium line. The LIGHTNING COLLECTION’s highly-articulated, 6-inch figures will have best-in-class detailing and design, and will feature Photo Real technology for realistic actor likenesses. The MIGHTY MORPHIN PINK RANGER Figure features over 20 points of articulation for high poseability and includes two different heads that can be swapped, one of the Ranger in her mask, and another unmasked as Kimberly Hart, as seen in the original MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Series; figures also include extra hands and 4 accessories. Kimberly Hart calls on the power of the pterodactyl to morph into the original MIGHTY MORPHIN PINK RANGER. Look for other collectible figures in this series, including BEAST MORPHERS RED RANGER, BEAST MORPHERS GOLD RANGER and LOST GALAXY MAGNA DEFENDER. Each sold separately. Available for pre-order on Hasbro Pulse and all major retailers.

POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” MIGHTY MORPHIN PINK RANGER Figure
POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” MIGHTY MORPHIN PINK RANGER Figure

POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” LOST GALAXY MAGNA DEFENDER Figure

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2019)

It’s Morphin Time! Introducing a new era of POWER RANGERS collectibles with Hasbro’s POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” Figures! The LIGHTNING COLLECTION features over two decades of iconic characters from this storied franchise, and Hasbro is excited to bring its own take to this premium line. The LOST GALAXY MAGNA DEFENDER Figure is inspired by the POWER RANGERS LOST GALAXY series and features over 20 points of articulation for high poseability; figures also include extra hands and 3 accessories, including the Magna Defender’s Magna Blaster. The MAGNA DEFENDER is the lone warrior seeking vengeance for his family and planet and won’t let anyone get in his way, not even the POWER RANGERS. Look for other collectible figures in this series, including BEAST MORPHERS RED RANGER, BEAST MORPHERS GOLD RANGER and MIGHTY MORPHIN PINK RANGER. Each sold separately. Available for pre-order on Hasbro Pulse and all major retailers.

POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” LOST GALAXY MAGNA DEFENDER Figure

POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” BEAST MORPHERS RED RANGER Figure

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2019)

It’s Morphin Time! Introducing a new era of POWER RANGERS collectibles with Hasbro’s all-new POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” Figures! The LIGHTNING COLLECTION features over two decades of iconic characters from this storied franchise, and Hasbro is excited to bring its own take to this premium line. The LIGHTNING COLLECTION’s highly-articulated, 6-inch figures will have best-in-class detailing and design, and will feature Photo Real technology for realistic actor likenesses. In the BEAST MORPHERS TV series, the laid-back Devon Daniels prefers a life of video games and no responsibility, but steps up as leader of the BEAST MORPHERS as the Cheetah-powered Red Ranger. The BEAST MORPHERS RED RANGER Figure includes two different heads that can be swapped—one of the Ranger in his helmet, and another without as Devon Daniels from BEAST MORPHERS. Look for other collectible figures in this series, soon to be announced. Each sold separately. Available for pre-order on Hasbro Pulse and all major retailers.

POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” BEAST MORPHERS RED RANGER Figure

POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS BEAST-X ULTRAZORD ULTIMATE COLLECTION Pack

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $159.99/Available: Fall 2019)

IT’S MORPHIN TIME! From the BEAST MORPHERS back to the original MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, the POWER RANGERS have brought teamwork, action, and adventure to generations of fans. The legacy continues with figures, vehicles, collectibles and roleplay toys from Hasbro, celebrating Ranger teams from MIGHTY MORPHIN to the BEAST MORPHERS. Imagine all the action of POWER RANGERS with toys from Hasbro! POWER RANGERS products each sold separately. With the POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS BEAST-X ULTRAZORD ULTIMATE COLLECTION Pack, kids can imagine the ultimate team of POWER RANGERS, as they combine their Zords to take on the toughest enemies. The Pack includes all 5 Converting Zords inspired by the POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS series, so kids and collectors can build any available combination, including the BEAST-X MEGAZORD. Pack includes Beast Wheeler Zord, Beast Chopper Zord, Beast Jet Zord, Beast Racer Zord and Beast Wrecker Zord, along with 5 POWER RANGERS mini figures, plus an elevator platform accessory. Each Zord can change between two or three modes so kids and collectors can display and play. Available exclusively on Amazon.com.

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