Secret Identity: Comic book update for week beginning 22nd May 2016

It’s been a big week with a lot of new announcements. Here’s the major stories in the world of comics, thanks to Tash from Brisbane’s Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street)!

The one and only Stan Lee

The one and only Stan Lee

Publisher and industry news

Stan Lee can add another honour to his growing list of achievements, with the 93 year old recently receiving his own day named after him. Over the weekend, Stan was in Kansas City, Missouri as a featured speaker at Planet Comicon, and Kansas City Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James took the opportunity to name Saturday, May 21st, 2016 as Stan Lee Day in the city. I suppose if you’re the creator of some of the most well known characters in comics, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man and the Hulk, you deserve an honorary special day!

On Friday night, the Glyph Comics Awards, honouring the best black comic creators and characters, were announced and Chuck Collins’s webcomic Bounce was the huge winner. Focusing on two New York bouncers, the title earned three awards: Fan Award for Best Work, Best Comic Strip or Webcomic and Rising Star Award. Also taking out awards were Guy A Sims and Dawud Anyabwile who won the Story of the Year award for Revelations: Brotherman – Dictator of Discipline, and Juliana “Jewels” Smith won Best Writer for (H)aftrocentric. A full list of winners can be found here.

Ahead of Rebirth, DC has unveiled a new logo which is said to celebrate DC Brand’s past, present and future. The logo itself will debut on the cover of DC Universe: Rebirth Special #1 releasing May 25th, however the company has already switched its logo on its digital platforms, including its website, social media channels and All Access webseries. According to DC co-publisher Jim Lee, the logo is meant to evoke the insignia of DC’s big three – Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. You can see the new logo and judge for yourself by heading to the DC website here.

Movie and TV tie-in news

Thor fans, take note: Marvel has unveiled the extended cast list for the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, and there are quite a few well known names joining those already confirmed. Fellow aussie Cate Blanchett will be playing Hela, the villain of the film and ruler of the Asgardian underworld. Tessa Thompson steps into the role of Valkyrie, an Asgardian warrior, with Karl Urban playing Skurge, the Executioner. Jeff Goldblum is also joining the cast as the Grandmaster, who is the brother to Guardians of the Galaxy’s Collector (and an Elder of the Universe in his own right). These actors join the already confirmed cast list of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/ the Hulk, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Idris Elba as Heimdall.

For those who have watched Season 1 of Netflix’s Jessica Jones, you’ll be seeing a familiar face in the upcoming Iron Fist TV series. Marvel has confirmed that Carrie-Anne Moss’s Jeri Hogarth will be appearing in the first season of the upcoming Netflix show. Having already guest starred on Season 2 of Daredevil, and given Moss’s character is a gender-flipped version of Iron Fist character Jeryn Hogarth, it’s no surprise that she’ll be featured as part of the cast. She’ll be joining already confirmed cast members Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum and David Wenham as Harold Meachum.

Out this week

Continuing the stories of two members of the team, Deadshot and Katana, Suicide Squad Most Wanted – Deadshot Katana #5 is out this week. Deadshot escapes Belle Reve to take on his imposter, whilst Katana is proven right with Kobra’s villainous plan revealed. This second to last issue is written by Brian Buccellato with art by Mike W Barr.

If you haven’t been reading Gail Simone’s and Tom Derenick’s Secret Six, you really should fix that with Secret Six #14. This issue teases the return of a well-loved DC hero as the Six take on the League of Assassins.

Do you like your superhero guest stars? Then pick up a copy of Superman #52 (final days). This issue features 2 Supermen, Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Batman. Phew! This epic issue is written by Peter J Tomasi with art by Mikel Janin.

The events of Dream Police #10 have been billed to permanently turn the life of Joe Thursday and the Dreamscape upside-down. Lots of questions will be posed in this issue written by J Michael Straczynski with art by Sid Kotian.

The first story arc ends in Monstress #6, so if you’re craving some Mostress action, you’d better grab this issue written by Marjorie Liu with art by Sana Takeda – the comic goes on hiatus until August.

If you’re craving a bit of 1970s vintage comics action, look no further than Spider-Man TP Tombstone Vol 1. Collecting Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #137-150, this trade features the villain tombstone as well as Punisher, Boomerang, Hobgoblin and Tarantula.

Finally, Symmetry TP Vol 1 releases this week, collecting issues 1-4 of the series written by Matt Hawkins with art by Raffaelo Ienco. If you’ve ever wanted to know what would happen if humans created a utopia free from hunger, sickness and work, where all negative emotions, individuality and creativity have been medically suppressed – this is the trade for you.

Weekly pick

Collecting a six-part miniseries by the Eisner Award winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Daredevil Yellow explores the origins and early exploits and adventures of Daredevil via an interesting medium – letters written by Murdock to his lover Karen Page. At its heart, it is a love story, beautifully told with stunning artwork. Grab yourself a copy, but beware viewers of Netflix’s Daredevil – there are spoilers about certain characters in this trade.

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