Secret Identity: Comic book update for week beginning 29th May 2016

Another week, another batch of news hitting the comic verse. Here’s the latest and greatest, thanks to Tash from Brisbane’s Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street)!

Suicide Squad's Harley Quinn

Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn

Publisher and industry news
Apparently, everything video game is perfectly suited to the comic book world these days, and Dishonored is the latest video game to transition to the pages of comics. Titan has announced that a four issue miniseries set in the Dishonored verse will be coming in August. Written by Gordon Rennie (Judge Dredd and 2000AD) with art by Andrea Olimpieri and Marcelo Maiolo (Batman Beyond and Old Man Logan), the completely new story will be set between the original Dishonored and its upcoming sequel. And if a comic wasn’t enough, Titan is also releasing a trilogy of prose novels set in the world, the first of which is due for a September release.

Movie and TV tie-in news
I’m usually not one to report rumours as news, but this one’s a little too good to keep quiet. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Harley Quinn, one of the main characters in WB’s upcoming Suicide Squad movie, will be getting her own movie. That’s right – the Suicide Squad movie hasn’t even released yet, and there’s already rumors of a spin-off movie. According to the rumor mill, Margot Robbie will not only be reprising her role, but also producing the spin-off, which will allegedly feature ‘several of DC’s female heroes and villains.’ The names Batgirl and Birds of Prey have been mentioned, however, as this is a rumour, nothing is confirmed. Still, it’s good to have hope, right, puddin’s?!

He’s probably not going to mind, but Deadpool is no longer on top… of the box-office highest grossing films of 2016. Captain America: Civil War has unseated Deadpool to claim the title of highest-grossing film of the year in North America. Worldwide, Civil War has grossed $1.1 billion, whilst Deadpool has amassed a total of $736 million. It’s not all bad news for Deadpool, however, with the film still sitting at number 1 for the highest grossing X-Men film and highest grossing R-rated movie. Can I say grossing one more time as part of this news report for good measure? …grossing.

Out this week
Last week’s DC Rebirth Special practically flew off the shelves, and this week it’s Batman’s turn to face the rebirth spotlight, with Batman Rebirth #1 releasing. Written by Tom King and Scott Snyder, with art by Mikel Janin, this one shot teases some evil 365 Calendar Man nastiness.

Speaking of Rebirth releases – for those wanting to keep up to date with all the Rebirth related releases this week, here’s the list (not including Batman already mentioned above): Green Arrow Rebirth #1, written by Ben Percy with art by Otto Schmidt; Green Lanterns Rebirth #1, written by Geoff Johns with art by Sam Humphries; and Superman Rebirth #1, written by Peter J Tomasi with art by Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza.

Also releasing is Paper Girls #6, with a whole new story arc written by Brian K. Vaughan and art by Cliff Chang.

The Walking Dead #155 lurches its way onto shelves, with this week’s issue described with five simple words – the tip of the spear. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard continue to deliver.

Marvel will be hoping you forget all that Rebirth stuff and instead leave your local comic shop with Civil War II #1, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by David Marquez. This double-sized first issue is apparently set to rock the Marvel universe to its very core.

My favourite vigilante duo see releases this week, with Moon Knight #3 and Punisher #2 hitting shelves. If you pick up both, you’ll get a road trip (courtesy of Punisher) and a mind trip (courtesy of Moon Knight). Glorious. Moon Knight #3 is written by Jeff Lemire with art by Greg Smallwood, whilst Punisher #2 is written by Becky Cloonan with art by Steve Dillon.

Finally, Wonder Woman 77 TP Vol 1, collecting Wonder Woman 77 Special #1-2 releases this week, filled with cold war era criminals and Studio 52 disco action. Yep. You read that right. Written by Marc Andreyko with art by Drew Johnson.

Weekly pick
If you’re wanting to know a little bit more about Harley Quinn, Hot in the City is the trade for you. Collecting issues #0 to #8 of the New 52 run of everyone’s favourite slapstick loving ex-shrink, Hot in the City is a light-hearted introduction to the DC Verse featuring all new characters as well as well-known favourites. Grab a copy today and enjoy the complete randomness of our gal Harley.

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