As mentioned on Saturday, Player Attack has teamed up with myself, Tash, from Brisbane’s Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street), to shine a spotlight on the world of comic book news and new releases. Each week, I’ll highlight the major news stories and new releases within the comic book verse, providing you with a front-row seat for all the must-know updates.
So let’s get started!
Publisher and industry news
Originally announced last month at the Image Expo, the Creators for Creators initiative officially went live this week. The brainchild of a bunch of incredibly talented individuals within the comic industry (including Robert Kirkman, Fiona Staples, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Brian K Vaughn to name but a few), the initiative’s main prize is a $30,000 grant, awarded to either a single creator or creative team who produces the most interesting piece of work to the founders. Submission forms are now live and are open to anyone over the age of 18 (inclusive of international applications), who hasn’t had their work previously published by a third party publisher. The submission period started May 1st and is open until November 1st, so if you’re interested in sending through your work, check out this link for more details.
Movie and TV tie-in news
For those keeping up to date with Supergirl news and the will-they-or-won’t-they commit to a second season back and forward, production on the show is considering moving from California to Vancouver, in an effort to reduce costs. Whilst not seen as an ideal solution by everyone, a reduction in production costs may help to alleviate some of CBS’s concerns regarding the return on their investment, which is already proving rather costly due to the hefty $3 million per episode license tag CBS must pay. Other options being considered include reducing the number of episodes ordered by the network, or, should CBS not commit to renewing the show, other networks and/or digital platforms picking up the series instead. CBS is expected to announce its intentions prior to its mid-May upfront presentation.
Out this week
DC Comics Bombshells #12 releases this week, and sees the conclusion of the Battle of Britain. There’s triumph as well as sacrifice, as writer Marguerite Bennett continues to impress.
Also out is Black Panther #2, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates with art by Brian Stelfreeze. Still early enough in the series for new-comers to join the storyline, issue 2 sees T’Challa challenged from within as Wakanda crumbles.
For those of us who grew up in the 90s, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #3 provides a much-needed nostalgia shot. Written by Kyle Higgins and Steve Orlando, with art by Hendry Prasetya and Corin Howell, this issue delivers all the go-go action you’d expect from such a title.
From a trade paperback perspective, All New Wolverine Vol 1 Four Sisters releases this week. Written by Aussie Tom Taylor with art by David Navarrot, this book collects issues 1-6 of the All New Wolverine series.
Finally, this week sees the release of Kingdom Come 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition hardcover. Written by Mark Waid with art by Alex Ross, the original Kingdom Come story won five Eisner and Harvey Awards, and is seen by many to be a must-own title. The new deluxe anniversary edition features sketch material and other nifty additions.
With Captain America: Civil War in cinemas right now, what better time than to read the storyline that inspired the film. After the passing of a Superhero Registration Act designed to ensure heroes are held accountable for their actions, Captain America and Iron Man find themselves on opposing sides – Iron Man supporting the Act and Captain America opposed to it. Exploring the conflict between the ideals of freedom and security, Civil War is one Marvel event not to be missed.
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