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Baltimore Comic Con is Virtual? You Can Still Get Autographs!

Baltimore Comic Con

This coming weekend is the 1st annual Baltimore Comic-Con Live, a FREE ONLINE EVENT streaming the weekend of October 23-25, 2020! Come check out retailers, exhibitors, artists alley, programming, and the Ringo Awards live! While we won’t gather together in Baltimore and meet our favorite creators, get autographs, or get books certified in person, the convention has enabled some options for a set of this year’s guests that you’ll want to check out for yourself, including autographs, CBCS Authentic Grading, and CGC Autographs and Remarks!

Head to the Baltimore Comic-Con Live website to see what the latest options available to you are. Currently, the following guests are offering options:

  • Chris Cantwell (Iron Man)
  • Howard Chaykin (Marvels Snapshots: Spider-Man)
  • Evil Ted Smith (Cosplay creator)
  • Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment film studio)
  • Donny Cates (King in Black)
  • Tom King (Strange Adventures)
  • Mitch Gerads (Mister Miracle)
  • Ryan Stegman (King in Black)
  • Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine)
  • Matthew Rosenberg (Uncanny X-Men)
  • Evan “Doc” Shaner (Strange Adventures)

Check out the Autographs page for all of the latest details!

Big Names are Coming to the Free Baltimore Comic-Con Live

Take advantage of the 1st annual Baltimore Comic-Con Live, a FREE ONLINE EVENT streaming the weekend of October 23-25, 2020! Come check out retailers, exhibitors, artists alley, programming, and the Ringo Awards live! The free virtual convention also features a slew of programming that fans won’t want to miss!

ARTISTS, WRITERS & ARTISANS: Creative Inspirations for Winter 2020 Line Up

Panelists: Axel Alonso, Cullen Bunn, Kaare Andrews, Nelson Blake II, Ethan Sacks and Dalibor Talajic
Host: John Siuntres
Friday, October 23, 2020 – 5pm ET / 2pm PT

Creators AWA Studios Discuss Their Creative Inspirations for Winter 2020 Line Up: AWA Studios’ Axel Alonso has given creators the support they need to create the stories that need to be told. These stories range from graphic journalism, the NBC Syndicated webcomic turned graphic novel, COVID Chronicles by Ethan Sacks and Dalibor Talajic to E-Ratic, a teenage superhero found in The Resistance universe by Kaare Andrews, and Byte-Sized, a Transformers-meets-Pixar story that will warm the hearts of the entire family by Cullen Bunn and Nelson Blake II. Find out what inspired the creators and why they brought their passion to AWA Studios.

Cullen Bunn

SUPERMAN’S FUTURE STATE

Panelists: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Host: TBD
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 1pm ET / 10am PT

Join us for an exclusive interview with writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson on DC Comic’s Future StateHouse of El,  Superman: Worlds of War, and more!!!

Superman: Worlds of War

HERE COMES THE BOOM!

Panelists: Ross Richie (Founder) & Filip Sablik (President)
Host: Robert Meyer Burnett
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 2pm ET / 11am PT

With the 1.5 million dollar success of their Kickstarter campaign for Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR comic, BOOM! Studios has made some game-changing decisions in the way they publish. Join BOOM’s CEO and Founder Ross Richie and President Filip Sablik in conversation with Robert Meyer Burnett discussing their ground breaking strategies for the present and Future of BOOM!

BOOM! Studios

STREETS OF MARVEL: Q&A Panel

Panelists: Ryan Stegman, Becky Cloonan, Matthew Rosenberg, Ed Brisson, Phillip K. Johnson
Host: Amy Dallen
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 5pm ET / 2pm PT

Some of the top names in Marvel Comics (Ryan StegmanBecky CloonanMatthew RosenbergEd Brisson, and Phillip K. Johnson) sit down with Amy Dallen to discuss everything going on in the House of Ideas.

Matthew Rosenberg

BITTER ROOT: Creator Spotlight

Panelists: David Walker, Chuck Brown and Sanford Greene
Host: Shelly Bond
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 5pm ET / 2pm PT

The men behind the runaway success of the year. An exploration of The Harlem Renaissance, through the actions of a family of supernatural monster hunters. Starring the creative team of David WalkerChuck Brown, and Sanford Greene.

KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD (Remixed)

Panelists: Tom King and Cecil Castellucci
Host: Robert Meyer Burnett
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Writers Tom King (Mister MiracleRorschach) and Cecil Castellucci (Female Furies) discuss their reinterpretations of Jack Kirby’s strangest creations.

Tom King

MARK WAID / TOM BREVOORT: Marvel Age

Panelists: Mark Waid and Tom Brevoort
Host: Mark Waid
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 8pm ET / 5pm PT

Take a deep dive into the wonderful world of Marvel Comics with two of its biggest names.

Mark Waid

CRIME ALLEYS OF GOTHAM

Panelists: Tom King, Joelle Jones, Bryan Hill, and Cecil Castellucci
Host: Amy Dallen
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 9pm ET / 6pm PT

Join Tom KingCecil CastellucciJoelle Jones, and Bryan Hill talking about playing in the alleyways of Gotham City with the Bat Family.

Cecil Castellucci

POWERS: 20th Anniversary Reunion

Panelists: Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
Host: John Siuntres
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 11pm ET / 8pm PT

Join Powers creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming as they take a look back at 20 Years of Powers.

Review: Strange Adventures #6

Strange Adventures #6

Strange Adventures has been an interesting comic series examining war and the lies we tell ourselves surrounding heroism. War is messy. It’s dirty. And, even when the reason is just, it involves horrors and acts that haunt those who commit them and may seem to be evil to those judging from the outside. History may be written by the victors but it doesn’t mean that those writers don’t feel guilt or know they’re spinning fiction from fact. Strange Adventures #6 examines the internal guilt of war and more in a haunting issue that’s emotionally raw.

Writer Tom King continues to explore his experiences in war through comics and this issue might be one of the most truthful and honest things written. Strange Adventures #6 features Mr. Terrific, Michael Holt, talking with Alanna, wife of Adam Strange. They discuss their actions and the loss they’ve both seen and suffered bonding to some extent over the loss of a daughter.

Through each character King examines different aspects of being a person. Alanna admits the actions she and Adam took during the battle with the Pykkts at times were over the line and horrific acts. Though their battle was “just” and in defense, they still went on to commit what was likely crimes. Alanna admits what they did was “cruel.” They were the “good guys who weren’t always good.” The cheering on of Adam and his adventures are tainted though the masses are unaware since Strange and his allies were the victors and the ones writing the history.

Through Holt, King explores fatherhood. We know he lost a child and his wife and here we get a stunning admission. We learn the truth about the loss of both and how they impacted Holt to become Mr. Terrific. To some extent the guilt drives him but the guilt isn’t of the loss, it’s the loss of the responsibility. Holt admits the coldness we’ve been seeing concerning the topic is real, he never wanted to be a father. The loss of his child was a relief to him. What’s interesting to me though is Holt’s slide in his discussion. In the beginning he refers to his child as “the kid,” then “the baby,” then back to “the kid,” and finally “it.” Not a “they,” he uses “it.” There’s an emotional distance to this event that King uses towards the end.

What King has put together is a dance between the two. As we get flashes of the Strange’s battles Holt and Alanna we get another battle, a battle of wits. Alanna hides her intelligence and we know Holt is one of the smartest individuals in the DC universe. In their sharing their scars they’re also playing a game with each other. Alanna is attempting to manipulate Michael while Michael is interrogating Alanna. That becomes clear with Michael’s final questions to Alanna as they depart from their get together. It’s a pointed question that takes an touching issue and delivers the cross-examination question that’s like a dagger.

As expected, Mitch Gerads and Evan Shaner deliver gorgeous art also dancing between the two settings. The cold discussion between Alanna and Michael is juxtaposed with the heat of war. The colors reflect the flicker of the dance between reds and blues depending on the setting. The shift of colors are interesting as well as Michael and Alanna’s discussion goes from a warm yellow to eventually a cold blue. It’s all well worth examining and contemplating as each detail feels thought out as to their deeper meaning.

The lettering by Clayton Cowles continues to stand out too. The text changes between the civil conversation and the yelling of battle. The language of the Pykkts takes center stage too during one scene. Again, like the art itself, the lettering feels like it’s well thought out and every decision was thought of as far as how it fits into the greater meaning and impact to the story.

Strange Adventures #6 is the high point of the series showing of the cerebral nature of it all. Like discussed above, it’s a dance between two highly intelligent people as they figure each other out. The investigation continues as Michael still searches for the truth and we the reader are continued to be forced to question everything we’re shown in the past.

Story: Tom King Art: Mitch Gerads, Evan Shaner Letter: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Rorschach #1

Rorschach #1

Rorschach #1 is a fascinating start to the already controversial series. Set in the world of Watchmen, what you think of that might already be swayed one way or another. But, as we’ve seen from the television series, we can get quality continuations and other stories told in that world. It looks like Rorschach #1 might be another example of a quality story being told. It’s just set in that controversial modern classic comic world.

Written by Tom King, Rorschach #1 is a political thriller. The comic, so far, hasn’t felt like it needed to be set in the world of Watchmen. But, it’s been just one issue. The story revolves around the attempted assassination of a Presidential candidate. From there an investigation begins as to what happens which opens so many questions and a lot of mystery.

Rorschach #1 might be set in the world of Watchmen but its heart is squarely set in the political thrillers and noir films of the 1960s and 1970s. From the tone to the look, this is a crime comic that just so happens to feature someone dressed as Rorschach.

Someone wearing a Rorschach mask has attempted to assassinate the candidate running against President Robert Redford. Taking place 35 years after the events of Watchmen, we’re left with questions. Who? Why? And, what the hell!? There’s a lot set up in this issue and for those who love a good crime story, it’s a solid read. Really solid read.

Now, here’s where I have some issues, the art. The comic takes its queues from thrillers from the 60s and 70s and looks like the 70s early 80s… but it’s 2020!? There’s a slight disconnect for me with the visuals where the most shocking thing was finding out it was 2020 at the end. There’s a reference to “Oklahoma” which clued me in the television show is cannon, but the clothes, a beeper, the comic looks very early Dirty Harry.

Despite that, the art by Jorge Fornés is fantastic. Fornés doesn’t attempt to put his own spin on the “Watchmen style” like Doomsday Clock did. Instead, this comic is its own thing with a clear voice in its pacing and style. Dave Stewart‘s colors add to the visuals of the comics delivering a coloring that just fits perfectly for its noir/crime story roots. While the outfits and haircuts might betray when the comic takes place the visuals are still fantastic and the combo of them with King’s dialogue and pacing is damn near perfect.

As a fan of this type of story, Rorschach #1 is a home run for me. I found myself going back to count shots and matching up blood spurts. I looked for clues as I went along. It sucked me in attempting to unravel the mystery as the comic progressed. I’m a crime/noir comic fan and this is up there. For those who might be turned off because it involves Rorschach and/or Watchmen, you’re missing out on a hell of a debut and a comic I’m dying to read the second issue of.

Story: Tom King Art: Jorge Fornés Color: Dave Stewart
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Strange Adventures #6

Strange Adventures #6

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Evan “Doc” Shaner, Mitch Gerads

How determined is Mr. Terrific to find the truth? The answer becomes more challenging as the whole world starts to turn against him. Adam Strange is a hero who can save the Earth from alien invasion, and who is Mr. Terrific to say otherwise? The extent of the denial only makes the man more suspicious. Not that the warmongering Pykkts care one way or the other. If Strange is to be believed, they only have one thing on their minds: taking over the planet. Adam and his wife beat them back once before, and the key to doing it again is to dig into the past that Mr. Terrific is so hell-bent on destroying. Read the series IGN calls one of the most anticipated comics of the year!

Strange Adventures #6

Preview: Rorschach #1

Rorschach #1

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Jorge Fornes

It’s been 35 years since Ozymandias dropped a giant interdimensional squid on New York City, killing thousands and destroying the public’s trust in heroes once and for all. And since that time, one figure in a fedora, mask, and trenchcoat has become a divisive cultural icon. So what does it mean when Rorschach reappears as an assassin trying to kill a candidate running against President Robert Redford? Who is the man behind the mask, and why is he acting this way? It’s up to one detective to uncover the true identity of this would-be killer—and it will take him into a web of conspiracies involving alien invasions, disgraced do-gooders, mystic visions, and yes, comic books. Writer Tom King joins forces with artist Jorge Fornés for a new miniseries that explores the mythic qualities of one of the most compelling characters from the bestselling graphic novel of all time, Watchmen.

Rorschach #1

Preview: Legend of the Swamp Thing Halloween Spectacular #1

Legend of the Swamp Thing Halloween Spectacular #1

Written by: Tom King, , Vita Ayala, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Ram V., Cullen Bunn, Julian Lytle
Art by: John Timms, Emma Rios, Christian Ward, Mike Perkins

It’s Halloween, and DC invites you to welcome Swamp Thing to your witching-hour festivities. In this 48-page collection of all-new stories, the Guardian of the Green reveals past lives and the unforgettable horrors that befall those who cross his path. From ancient Rome to present day, Swamp Thing stalks these ghostly and ghastly tales-all of which are best read by the light of a jack-o’-lantern!

Legend of the Swamp Thing Halloween Spectacular #1

Preview: Detective Comics #1027

Detective Comics #1027

Written by: Matt Fraction, Brian Michael Bendis, Peter J. Tomasi, Grant Morrison, Dan Jurgens, Mariko Tamaki, Greg Rucka, Scott Snyder, Marv Wolfman, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Tom King
Art by: Jim Cheung, José L. García López, Lee Bermejo, Dan Jurgens, Jamal Campbell, Dan Mora, Ivan Reis, Emanuela Lupacchino, Riley Rossmo, Eduardo Risso, Chip Zdarsky, David Marquez, Chris Burnham

Light the Bat-Signal, because Detective Comics #1027 is here! In honor of Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27, this special, book-size celebration brings you the biggest names in comics as they chronicle the most epic Batman adventures Gotham City and the DC Universe have ever seen! The World’s Greatest Detective has a mountain of cases to crack: Who murdered Gotham’s most corrupt police officer? What does The Joker’s annual visit mean for Bruce Wayne? And most importantly, what WayneTech mystery will sow the seeds of the next epic Batman event? All this and more await you within the pages of the biggest Batman issue of them all!

Detective Comics #1027

It’s the Bat and the Cat in Batman/Catwoman #1 in December

After lots of anticipation, DC has announced that Batman/Catwoman #1 arrives December 1 from Tom King, Clay Mann, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles.

The series is told across three separate timelines and continues King’s story from his run on Batman.

Gotham City. Today. Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle have rekindled their long-running, on-again, off-again relationship. Believing all obstacles are removed from their path, they once again begin operating as a duo in their secret lives: Batman and Catwoman working together to fight crime.

There’s the past, when The Bat and The Cat first fell in love. Did they meet on the street? Or was it on a boat? Rooftops, ramparts and gargoyles, and over 80 years of fans that have read their comics, are their only witnesses.

There’s the distant future, where after a long and happy marriage Bruce Wayne has passed away. Selina Kyle decides to settle an old score without having to worry about the Batman objecting. Catwoman is serving a very cold dish: Revenge.

The series is also the hotly wanted debut of Andrea Beaumont, a.k.a. Phantasm to the DC Universe. Beaumont’s return questions how each character operates in their costume and personal lives and threatens Bruce and Selina’s future.

But what about the Joker? He robber Batman and Catwoman of their wedding. Any change in the Dark Night’s life will be result in more chaos from the Clown Prince of Crime.

Batman/Catwoman, by Tom King, Clay Mann, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles, edited by Jamie S. Rich and Brittany Holzherr, will launch a 12-issue run on December 1, 2020, with a cover by Mann and Morey and a variant cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair with a main cover by Travis Charest. New issues will ship monthly with a skip month planned for a Batman/Catwoman Special in June 2021, and the series will carry DC’s Black Label content descriptor, indicating content appropriate for readers ages 17+.

Preview: Strange Adventures #5

Strange Adventures #5

(W) Tom King (A) Evan “Doc” Shaner, Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Sep 01, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Mr. Terrific is back on Earth, and he’s making things hot for Adam Strange-but he also might get a little burned himself! The conflict is out in the open now, and the court of public opinion doesn’t play fair. Mr. Terrific was picked to investigate the accusations against Adam Strange because he was the most impartial member of the Justice League-but can even he keep all of this from getting personal? Plus, as we witness more of Adam’s adventures in outer space, will his version of events jibe with the facts, or will they continue to drift further apart? Find out in the series everyone is talking about by one of the most acclaimed creative teams in comics!

Strange Adventures #5
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