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Exclusive preview | Hal heads to Earth in ‘Green Lantern’ #38

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DC Comics has provided ROBOT 6 at an exclusive first look at Green Lantern #38, by Robert Venditti and Admira Wijaya.

Although the third act of the “Godhead” crossover is still playing across the Green Lantern books, this issue finds Hal Jordan returning to Earth for some rest and relaxation. However, judging by the solicitation text — to say nothing of history — he likely has little chance of finding either.

The issue, which features covers by Billy Tan and Doug Mahnke, goes on sale Jan. 7.

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Exclusive preview | Carla Speed McNeil’s ‘Finder: Torch’

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Carla Speed McNeil is about to make Finder fans happy, as she’s at work on a new story arc (tentatively called “Torch”) that will be serialized this year in Dark Horse Presents. To give you an idea of what’s in store, McNeil provided ROBOT 6 with some exclusive pages, freshly colored by Jenn Manley Lee, and a revelation that the new story:

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Schubert’s ‘Blobby Boys’ returns in May from Koyama Press

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“Imagine The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as pot-smoking punks.”

Courtesy of Koyama Press, we’re pleased to offer a look at Blobby Boys 2, the follow-up to Alex Schubert’s award-winning comic. Schubert’s bold, machine-precise images, tell the story of a band of “salacious and slimy Saturday Morning cast-offs,” and the wannabe keyboardist/fan who wants to join them.

Check out the preview and more information below. Blobby Boys 2 arrives in May.

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Archie’s Alex Segura unveils Robert Hack’s Dark Circle variants

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Archie Comics had a lot of surprises for readers in 2014, and if early plans are any indication, 2015 has even more in store. One of the publisher’s major announcements last year was the relaunch of its Dark Circle imprint, spearheaded by editor Alex Segura. With a debut that includes revamped versions of The Shield and The Black Hood, along with a second volume of The Fox, each book has its own style and flavor.

Helping to bring that flavor to the forefront is none other than Chilling Adventures of Sabrina artist Robert Hack, who will contribute three special vintage movie poster variants to the line — and ROBOT 6 has the exclusive first look!

We also spoke with Segura, who revealed how the variants were developed, the mission to make each of the titles unique, resolutions for 2015 and more.

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‘Hawkeye’ merch raises over $2K for anti-violence charity

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Hawkeye merch has been available at the WeLoveFine online store for quite some time — but did you know proceeds were going to an anti-violence charity? Kelly Sue DeConnick announced via Twitter that the Hawkeye-themed merch had raised $2,068.39, which has been donated to Futures Without Violence, which seeks to end violence against women and children worldwide.

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Forget digital piracy, someone’s bootlegging classic comics

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Before trade paperbacks and digital comics, if you wanted to read a classic comic, you — and your wallet — were hard-pressed to find a solution unless the issue was reprinted. But even now, with a large percentage of Golden and Silver age comics available digitally or in collected editions, some fans still want to be able to hold a copy in their hands.

Someone has come up with a way for collectors to do just that, without paying the high prices often asked for the original. However, the approach doesn’t appear to be legal.

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Christmas display reminds us once again that Batman smells

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Although “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” has been making the rounds since at least the mid-1960s, receiving the occasional boost from the likes of The Simpsons and Batman: The Animated Series, the inspired front-lawn display pictured above demonstrates the Christmas song parody is indeed timeless.

“The 7-year-old in the group got it right away,” wrote the Redditor who posted the photo.

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Norm Breyfogle hospitalized after stroke

Norm Breyfogle at his drawing table.

Norm Breyfogle at his drawing table.

Artist Norm Breyfogle — a comics veteran known best for his years on various Batman titles for DC Comics — has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke, according to a post on his Facebook page written Wednesday afternoon by Barbara De La Rue.

This is Barb I’m norm’s ex from California. Norm won’t be answering any txt’s from you friends out there. Norm just had a stroke and is in the hospital. Please keep him in your thoughts and your prayers. At this point norm is expecting a full recovery but time will tell.

A regular fixture on the Batman books from 1987 to 1993, Breyfogle has once again become a regular fixture at DC Comics in recent years, drawing Batman Beyond and Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger. He also illustrated much of the initial run of the Life With Archie series for Archie Comics starting in 2010, widely credited as a major turning point in that publisher’s ongoing evolution.

All of us at Comic Book Resources wish Breyfogle a speedy recovery.

Nate Simpson announces he’s finished ‘Nonplayer’ #2

nonplayerthumbMore than three and a half years after the release of Nonplayer #1, creator Nate Simpson has announced he’s finally completed the second issue of the acclaimed sci-fi/fantasy comic.

“If you’re a member of the comics press and I promised you any kind of exclusive upon the occasion of Nonplayer 2’s release, could you DM me?” the artist wrote on Twitter. “Which is a roundabout way of saying Nonplayer 2 is DONE. Woohoo! I’m going to sleep in till 6am for a WHOLE WEEK in celebration!”

Debuting in April 2011 from Image Comics, Nonplayer introduced Dana Stevens, a young woman who retreats from her dull life into the digital-fantasy realm of Jarvath, where she’s a fearless warrior. Soon, however, her video-game adventures begin to intersect with the real world.

That first issue drew widespread attention, earning Simpson, a video-game designer, the Russ Manning award for most promising newcomer. Warner Bros. was also quick to option the film rights.

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Wrestlers converge for a secret war in ‘WWE Superstars’

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DC Comics and Marvel are gearing up for all-out wars next summer involving various versions of their most popular heroes and villains, but the WWE is beating them to the punch.

In the current arc of Papercutz’s WWE Superstars, wrestler-turned-writer Mick Foley is heading up a clash of the champions with modern-day superstars going up against their predecessors in the primes. Hulk Hogan versus John Cena, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin versus Daniel Bryan, the Big Show versus Vader, and the Legion of Doom versus, well …  everyone.

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Mike Perkins homages ‘Giant-Size X-Men’ #1 for ‘Star Wars’ #1 Variant

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Tampa, Florida retailer Heroes Haven is very excited for the release of Marvel’s upcoming Star Wars #1 — so much so that it actually put together a trailer for a special store-exclusive variant cover for its Facebook page. Heroes Haven certainly has reason for excitement — its store-exclusive variant by Mike Perkins is a cool homage to one of Marvel’s most well-known comics of all time: Giant-Size X-Men #1.

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Exclusive: Cliff Chiang joins ‘Hellbreak’ #1 for variant cover

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Oni Press series Hellbreak met a bit of a delay earlier this year, with coloring duties migrating from Eisner-winner Jordie Bellaire to Eisner-winner Dave Stewart, and Terrible Lizard, also written by Cullen Bunn, took the book’s place on the schedule. But the book — written by Oni veteran Bunn and illustrated by The Secret History of D.B. Cooper‘s Brian Churilla, is on track for a March 2015 debut.

“It follows a group called the Kerberos Project, which is working closely with the Catholic Church,” Bunn told CBR of Hellbreak in March of this year. “We find out that when someone is possessed, their soul is actually displaced so a demon or devil takes up residence in the person’s body and kicks their soul into Hell. There are an infinite numbers of Hells out there, each one different, each one ghastly and horrible in its own way.”

ROBOT 6 has the first look at a variant cover for issue #1 illustrated by Cliff Chiang, who recently wrapped an acclaimed three-year stint on Wonder Woman. Retailers can “unlock” the Chiang variant by ordering 100 copies of Hellbreak #1. The issue will have a total of three variants, each with a $3.99 cover price; but the standard cover by Churilla will be sold for the introductory price of $1. Chiang’s variant and Churilla’s standard cover both follow in full below.

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That’s magic? ‘Phonogram’ comes to life in ‘Wolf Like Me’ short

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Kid-With-Knife is set loose in this pretty faithful adaptation by Trinity Players of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Phonogram: The Singles Club #7, backed of course by TV on the Radio’s “Wolf Like Me.”

The short is described as a “video extract” and “the start of ‘Wolf Like Me,'” suggesting there’s more to it, somewhere; the video ends before the full story plays out.

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Jason Aaron and Tony Moore tell ‘6-Pack Stories’ with Arcade Brewery

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Arcade Brewery is taking a slightly different approach to comic book storytelling: the six-pack of beer.

Arcade’s 6-Pack Stories series of beer debuts Wednesday with Festus Rotgut: Zombie Cowboy, a black wheat ale that features a story by Thor writer Jason Aaron and The Walking Dead co-creator Tony Moore that unfolds across all six bottles. The zombie Western beer is the first volume, which suggests more could be on the way. According to Arcade co-founder Lance Curran, the brewery wanted to tell a story first, then brew a beer to match.

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Image’s ‘Tooth & Claw’ gets a new title

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Image Comics has announced that Tooth & Claw, the new series by Kurt Busiek, Benjamin Dewey, Jordie Bellaire and John Roshell of Comicraft, will undergo a title change starting with its second issue. Now called The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw, the series will also receive a second printing of the debut issue with the new title on the front.

“The launch of our new series has gone beautifully,” Busiek said in a statement. “We couldn’t be happier. Well, maybe just a little happier. I’m still not sure how we managed to screw up the trademark search. But as it turns out, the title we thought was clear for use is in fact registered to someone else, which is embarrassing as all hell. Oops.

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