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From Under Mountains #1 Review

Whether you're fond of Brandon Graham's growing 8house universe, a fan of fantasy comics in general or just looking to support comics from all-women creative teams, From Under Mountains will appeal to you. This series is set in the same world as books like 8house: Arclight and Kiem, but it also manages to stand on its own pretty well. While the trappings are unusual, the character archetypes are immediately identifiable.

Co-writers Claire Gibson and Marian Churchland divide their focus among several groups of characters in the realm of Karsgate. That approach does make the book a little more of a hurdle than necessary right off the bat. Initially it's hard to latch onto any particular character. But as the story progresses and readers become more familiar with the cast, this problem fades away. Before long the reader is plenty invested in the plight of Elena, a noble-born lady who yearns to see the wider world, or that of Tova, a thief who quickly finds herself biting off more than she can chew with her latest mark. Most of the characters fall into one fantasy archetype or another, but with just enough wrinkles so that the books doesn't feel redundant.

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Midtown’s Exclusive Variants For NYCC

Well, they are local…

Here are a few of the exclusive cover comics that Midtown Comics will have at New York Comic Con. See more NYCC exclusives here…. 

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 By Arthur Adams

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Doctor Strange #1 By Dave Johnson

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Grumpy Cat #1 By Steve Yu 

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Invincible Iron Man #1 By John Tyler Christopher

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Secret Wars #6 By John Tyler Christopher

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Spire #1 By Jamie McKelvie

 

Midtown’s Exclusive Variants For NYCC

Dueling Review: From Under Mountains #1

Murder in a medieval time! Matthew and Stephen sit dow to explore the mystery in From Under Mountains #1 from Image Comics. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/majorspoilers/DuelingMountains.mp3 Direct Download Subscribe via iTunes RSS Feed Subscribe to the Major Spoilers Podcast Network Master Feed! Major Spoilers Podcast Network Master Feed RSS Feed Listen to Dueling Review on Stitcher Show your […]

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“I’m Actually On Too Many Books For My Own Good.” – Marguerite Bennett Talks Swords Of Sorrow

Nancy Collins, writer of the Vampirella Annual 2015, talks with writer Marguerite Bennett about Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja/Jungle Girl #3, both on sale now. Cover by Jay Anacleto

SoSRSJG03CovAAnacletoNANCY COLLINS: Were you familiar with Red Sonja and Jungle Girl before you took on the writing chores for this tie-in mini-series?

MARGUERITE BENNETT: I had been a HUGE fan of Gail Simone’s Red Sonja, but had not yet had the pleasure of Jana the Jungle Girl.

NC: Can you get us up to speed as to what is at stake in the final issue?  Why are Sonja and Jungle Girl on a quest together and why are they being pursued by male versions of themselves?

MB: Yes! Mistress Hel seeks to conquer the island and have a frozen hellscape domain of her own. She has made a deal with a sinister Prince, who has provided his lackeys, shape-shifting Shard Men, to do so. As the Shard Men pursue Sonja and Jana, they take on their forms, preparing to replace them. Sonja and Jana hasten to the village of their companion, Bel’lok, to prevent Mistress Hel from taking an artifact that would give her control of the island.

NC: Red Sonja seems to have taken a big sister/mentor role with Jungle Girl. Was this your idea?

MB: It didn’t begin as intentional, but in the first draft of issue #1, they fell in naturally to that rhythm. Sonja is so worldly, so decorated, while Jana is sheltered on her one little island. Jana might feel intimidated by such a person, but she’s naturally frank and affectionate, and Sonja likes being in charge as much as Jana likes learning.

NC: Did you have any contact with your artist, Mirka Andolfo?

MB: Yes! Mirka is an absolute delight. I love her dearly and am delighted to also work with her on DC’S Bombshells series, about all of the DC Comics heroines in an alternate history WWII. Her style is quick and witty — she has a lovely sense of comedic timing and exaggerated charm.

NC: Now that you’ve wrapped up your part of the Swords of Sorrow story arc, what do you have planned next?

MB: Haha, I’m actually on too many books for my own good. At DC, I’m on Bombshells; at Marvel, I’m wrapping up A-Force, 1602: Witch Hunter Angela, and about to transition into Angela: Queen of Hel. I do have another forthcoming project at Dynamite which I am very excited to reveal. And through AfterShock, I have InSeXts, my first creator-owned ongoing, about a pair of Victorian lovers, Lady and Mariah, who go on a vengeful killing spree after discovering a form of shapeshifting body horror. And more announcements to come! Thank you much!

For more on Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja / Jungle Girl #3, click here.

“I’m Actually On Too Many Books For My Own Good.” – Marguerite Bennett Talks Swords Of Sorrow

Batman: Arkham Knight Annual #1 Review

Warning: this review contains spoilers for the events of the Arkham Knight video game!

DC's Arkham Knight prequel comic has already spawned the Arkham Knight: Genesis spinoff mini-series, and now readers are getting another dose of the Knight in this standalone annual issue. If you're craving a little more insight into what makes the villain tick and what drives him in his vendetta against Batman, this issue has something to offer. Just not enough to fill an almost 40-page comic.

Like the main series, this issue takes place during the lead-up to the game, as the Knight and Scarecrow continue preparing for their assault on the city. The opening pages are interesting in how they showcase Jason returning to his vigilante roots, even if his motives are far less noble. These pages do sort of beg the question as to how he kept the Arkham Knight's existence so perfectly shrouded in mystery when he's running around in broad daylight and interacting with police officers.

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Prison Break’s Robert Knepper To Travel To Twin Peaks

Robert_KnepperDeadline hears tell that Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper will be joining the cast of Showtime’s revived Twin Peaks. Though unconfirmed, his role will be recurring.

As Deadline notes, only Kyle MacLachlan has been confirmed as part of the new series, but other notables from the original series are expected to return. Amanda Seyfried and Balthazar Getty are also reported to be part of David Lynch and Mark Frost‘s return to the northwestern town where demonic spirits toy with humans and crave creamed corn. The site also hears rumors that David Patrick Kelly and Richard Beymer will return as scheming brothers Ben and Jerry Horne.

Which … is surprising to me. Though Jerry was great whenever he appeared, he wasn’t integral to the show. Ben was left on one of the show’s more soap opear-esque cliffhangers. I always assumed if the show ever came back, he’d be left for dead. Of course, the show always had the soaps in its roots, so maybe Ben was always meant to survive his apparent death at the end of the second season.

Twin Peaks returns in 2016.

Prison Break’s Robert Knepper To Travel To Twin Peaks

Another New Marvel’s Jessica Jones Teaser

The ad campaign for Marvel's Jessica Jones may have taken awhile to begin, but with the show's debut less than two months away, we're now getting a lot of new material. Just a few days after a teaser gave us our first footage from the series, yet another new teaser has been released.

This time out, we see what happens when superhero turned private eye Jessica (Krysten Ritter) visits a bar, all set to Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation."

Marvel's Jessica Jones debuts all thirteen episodes November 20th on Netflix.

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A Look Inside Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #1

Well ahead of it’s November release, Valiant has sent us a lettered preview for the first issue of Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1. The new on-going series from Robert Venditti and Raul Allen is meant to make Gilad Anni-Padda and series a tentpole for the publishers line of comics.

For five millennia, the Eternal Warrior has shaped history at the end of his sword. He’s razed empires, toppled civilizations, and broken armies as an immortal soldier in service to the Earth. But now, the Eternal Warrior has been torn from the world he once protected and finds himself stranded in a hostile alien landscape unlike any he’s ever faced. Separated from his earthly environs, can history’s deadliest soldier survive a realm far older, far deadlier, and far more ruinous than anything he’s ever encountered before? Beyond Earth lies eternity…

Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 features covers by David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man), Raul Allen (Ninjak), Cary Nord (X-O Manowar), Marcos Martin (The Private Eye), Pere Perez (Archer & Armstrong), and Lewis LaRosa (Bloodshot).

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A Look Inside Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #1

Super Mario Maker Has Sold 1 Million Copies Worldwide

MARIOMAKERSuper Mario Maker has been everywhere of late. You can’t go two clicks on Twitter or YouTube without getting tons of digitised codes for created levels thrown in your face. And that is great. It’s amazing to see people getting so creative with game design.

That is why I’m not surprised to hear the the game has sold over a million copies since its release on September 11th. That’s not bad going for an exclusive on a console that is genuinely struggling.


Creativity seems to be selling a lot at the moment, and Mario Maker contextualises it in a classic trapping. It really is a fascinating game, and hopefully it keeps charging the Wii U platform.

Super Mario Maker Has Sold 1 Million Copies Worldwide

Today’s Savage Dragon Out Sex Criminalizes Sex Criminals (SPOILERS)

STK677433Ba-Goom, the dictator of Dimension-X’s Glum World travelled to Earth to challenge the Savage Dragon to combat, but was a little bit smaller that Dragon. Unable to return, he befriended Dragon’s daughter, Angel, who treated him as her toy. And that was the status quo, until Glum got control of the God Gun which forced all of mankind to obey his command, enslaved them and put them to task remaking the Earth so it resembled his face. He left, taking Angel with him who had fallen in love with Glum. In later battles, both Angel and Glum died, something Dragon is able to prevent in another dimension.

Savage Dragon has recently pushed the expectations of the sexuality of the comic, specifically with Macolm Dragon’s polyamorous life.

Well, this time Erik Larsen does it again. He takes that situation to it’s logical conclusion, with issue #207 going there.
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Because, in space, no one can hear you scream. But they can hear you…

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Oh Mr Glum… you were her toy. I guess, you still are?

Is everyone reading Savage Dragon yet? You really should be…

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. Who will be hosting the  2015 Jonathan Cape/ Observer/ ComicaGraphic Short Story Prize exhibition, with a private view on October 15th, and an exhibition through till the end of the month. 

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Today’s Savage Dragon Out Sex Criminalizes Sex Criminals (SPOILERS)