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2020 Rescue #1

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend begins, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

How To Love Comics – Blackest Night Reading Order Checklist – This was a fun one worth checking out.

ICv2 – Midtown Comics Opening Outlet Store in Astoria, Queens – Nice!

The Beat – ReedPOP is now offering Emerald City Comic Con Artists Alley exhibitors refunds – As they should. Hopefully, they won’t be hit by travel and hotel costs. You can help by supporting these creators online!

Reviews

CBR – 2020 Rescue #1
Newsarama – Batman #90
But Why Tho Podcast – Batman: Overdrive
CBR – Billionaire Island #1
Talking Comics – Middlewest #15
CBR – Outer Darkness/Chew #1
CBR – Rogue Planet #1

Review: Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1

Blackest Night was one of my first major events reading DC Comics. I was a diehard fan of Green Lantern and the idea of the Black rings and new Corps was something that got me excited to see what would happen. It was a big deal bringing back long-dead characters and delivering some major ones into various Lantern Corps. It was also about hope in many ways. Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1 takes that ionic story and delivers a much bleaker take.

Writer Tim Seeley delivers an interesting story that expands upon events and has Sinestro keeping the power of the White Lantern to himself. It’s his selfishness that causes the heroes to lose and Nekron’s undead army to spread. With just a few heroes left, things don’t look good.

Seeley does a solid job of delivering a story that isn’t just a twist on something we’ve seen but instead expands upon it. Where he takes it has ups and downs and an ending I didn’t see coming. He mixes hope and despair and leaves us an ending that feels very Planet of the Apes.

The art by Kyle Hotz is where I think the comic lacks. There’s something about the style that doesn’t click for me. Dexter Vines, Walden Wong, and Danny Miki provide ink. David Baron and Allen Passalqua provide color. Tom Napolitano handles the lettering. While some might like the visual style of the comic, it’s just not my cup of tea. At times what’s presented is too much and not clear. At its heart, this is a zombie tale and you need to mix scares with gore and this doesn’t deliver that because at times it’s hard to tell what’s going on. Add in familiar characters who look like boardwalk caricatures of themselves and the final result just doesn’t work.

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1 is the weakest of the line of comics released so far. It’s not bad in any way but it also has enough flaws and yawns the comic is a bit forgettable. There was a lot of potential here and while there’s some original concepts the final result is a bit of a letdown.

It does its best to not fall into the zombie tropes but the comic could have used more of it. There’s also some good in Sinestro’s failures. But add in Lobo, Dove, and Mister Miracle and you’ve got a comic that’s not quite sure what it wants to be.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Kyle Hotz
Ink: Dexter Vines, Walden Wong, Danny Miki
Color: David Baron, Allen Passalqua Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Kyle Hotz, Dexter Vines (CA) Lee Weeks
In Shops: Nov 13, 2019
SRP: $5.99

What could be blacker than the Blackest Night? From the pages of Dark Nights: Metal comes a Dark Multiverse retelling of the Green Lantern event that changed the DC Universe forever…only this time, the Black Lanterns win! Now, 23 days after the apocalypse, witness the rise of Sinestro as the Limbo Lantern! Trapped between life and death as a White and Black Lantern, Sinestro seeks to save the universe-or end his miserable life-once and for all! Joined by Dove, Lobo, and Mister Miracle, the last living beings in the universe will put everything on the line to give their world one final chance.

HeroClix Online Releases Two New DC Comics Sets, Unlockable Content “Inside the Box”

Official Press Release

HEROCLIX ONLINE RELEASES TWO NEW DC COMICS SETS, UNLOCKABLE CONTENT “INSIDE THE BOX”

Complete Blackest Night and Superman Fast Forces Collections Available Now

Hillside, NJ – December 7, 2011 – Developers of HeroClix Online today announced the integration of the game’s first DC Comics sets, Blackest Night and Superman Fast Forces, which together add over one dozen new figures to the online experience along with a new map, Sciencells. Additionally, physical Superman Fast Forces HeroClix, released today, now contain codes for the collection’s virtual counterparts.

The Blackest Night collection is now also available as a Starter Set option for new players to the game. Both sets can be used alongside one another in friendly matches and constructed tournaments.

HeroClix Online, currently in Paid Beta, is the digital transliteration of the popular collectible miniatures-focused combat game enjoyed by millions of players and collectors worldwide. Ideal for both casual and tournament game play styles, in HCO players may compete in matches and tournaments, collect and manage their forces and participate in the passionate HeroClix community from anywhere in the world. Anything a player can do in the physical game, he or she can do in HeroClix Online.

For more information on HeroClix Online, visit http://hco.heroclix.com/.

For news updates and announcements, follow HeroClix Online on Facebook and Twitter.

About WIZKIDS/NECA, INC.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA), WizKids/NECA is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. The HeroClix brand is the most successful collectible miniatures games on the market today, with over 250 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games.  Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

All related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

Wizkids, National Entertainment Collectibles Association Introduce DC Comics to HeroClix Online

Official Press Release

WIZKIDS, NATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT COLLECTIBLES ASSOCIATION
INTRODUCE DC COMICS TO HEROCLIX ONLINE

 Announce Two New Sets – Blackest Night and Superman Fast Forces
and Introduce Unlockable Online Content in Physical Products

Hillside, NJ – December 5, 2011 – Leading licensed collectibles maker and game creator, National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA)/WizKids, today announced development on the first two DC Comics sets for HeroClix Online, a digital transliteration of the popular tabletop game. The two new DC Comics sets, Blackest Night and Superman Fast Forces, will add over a dozen new figures to the game along with an accompanying map and are set to be released this Wednesday, December 7.

“We’re thrilled to announce the addition of DC Comics to HeroClix Online players,” said V.P. of Marketing at NECA, Justin Ziran. “We’re also happy to introduce codes for virtual HeroClix Online figures within physical HeroClix products. The codes provide a new, easy way to collect both physical and digital figures while connecting players of both versions of the game together.”

On December 7, Superman Fast Forces HeroClix will be the first physical product to hit the streets that will contain codes for the virtual Superman Fast Forces figures. Superman Fast Forces adds six new figures, including Superman, Supergirl, Steel, Lex Luthor, Kryptonian, Renegade and Bizarro to the game.  A new virtual map, The Farm, will follow the set.

Additionally, the famed Blackest Night collection will add seven figures to the online experience, including characters Green Lantern, Mera, Lex Luthor, Scarecrow, The Flash, The Atom and Wonder Woman, and will also be available as a starter set option for new players entering the game. The collection will bring a sixth map to the game, Sciencells.

Figures from both sets can be used alongside one another in friendly matches and in constructed tournaments in game.

For more information on HeroClix Online, visit http://hco.heroclix.com/.

For updates on upcoming HeroClix with virtual codes, visit: http://wizkidsgames.com/

For news updates and announcements, follow HeroClix Online on Facebook and Twitter.

About WIZKIDS/NECA, INC.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA), WizKids/NECA is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. The HeroClix brand is the most successful collectible miniatures games on the market today, with over 250 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games.  Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

All related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

Origins Awards Winners

Official Press Release

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Announces 37th Annual Origins Awards Winners

COLUMBUS, OH (June 26, 2011) The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design is proud to announce the winners for the 37th Annual Origins Awards.

The Origins Awards are presented annually by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design to recognize outstanding achievement in design and production of games and game-related products.

The winners were voted on by attendees at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH in June 2011 from the nominees in each category chosen by retailers at the GAMA Trade Show. The winners were announced and the coveted Calliope statues were presented at the Origins Awards Ceremony on the evening of Saturday June 25th.

The Academy would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the jury members, GAMA staff, and everyone who submitted a product to the 37th annual Origins Awards.

Best Roleplaying Game – The Dresden Files RPG: Your Story by Evil Hat Productions

Best Roleplaying Supplement – Our World (The Dresden Files RPG) by Evil Hat Productions

Best Board Game – Castle Ravenloft by Wizards of the Coast

Best Traditional Card Game – Back to the Future: The Card Game by Looney Labs, Inc.

Best Family, Party or Children’s Game – Zombie Dice by Steve Jackson Games

Best Gaming Accessory – Cthulhu Dice Bag by Steve Jackson Games

Best Miniatures Rules – DC HeroClix Blackest Knight Starter Game by WizKids/NECA

Best Historical Board Game – Catan Histories – Settlers of America: Trails to Rails by Mayfair Games

Best Game-Related Publication – Shadowrun: Spells and Chrome by Catalyst Game Labs

Best Play-By-Mail – Legends – The One Ring by Game Systems International Limited

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Jonah Hex Heroclix


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DC Jonah Hex HeroclixJudging by the traffic, you like your HeroclixNECA/WizKids has extended their licensing deal with DC and Warner Bros. and will be releasing a few more sets in addition to their already announced Watchmen, Blackest Night and The Brave and the Bold sets.

Soon to be released movie Jonah Hex will be seeing a three figure battle set pack which will be 100% compatible.

Also announced is a Brightest Day action pack in October and a DC 75th Anniversary set in November.

Wondercon Exclusive Black Lantern Jordan and White Lantern Sinestro


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Going to Wondercon this weekend?  Then you’re one lucky person.  It has been announced that there will be two exclusive action figures for the show.  A Black Lantern Hal Jordan and White Lantern Sinestro (just in time for the end of the event).

Even if you’re there, you’re not guaranteed a set.  According to Comics Alliance:

Multiple ticket draws will be held throughout the weekend where winners will receive a color-coded wristband with a purchase time on it. Wristband wearers have an hour from their designated time to purchase an action figure from the Graphitti Designs booth, and that’s it. Prospective buyers can purchase up to two of each exclusive. If you don’t win a wristband on your first try at the ticket draw, you can get back on line and do it again.

Good luck to everyone there.  And anyone that gets me a set, will instantly become my best friend.

Black Lantern Jordan White Lantern Sinestro

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