Halfway through the year, and yet the news just keeps on rolling. Lots to get through this week, thanks to Tash from Brisbane’s Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street)!
Publisher and industry news
Exciting news this week with the announcement that the first ever Indigenous Comic-Con will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico this year from November 18-20. Inviting those to get their ‘indigenerd’ on, the comic-con, directed by Laguna Pueblo member Dr Lee Francis IV, already boasts an impressive guest list, with keynote panelists Jeffrey Veregge (a member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and artist for Marvel Comics’ Red Wolf) and Arigon Starr (a member of the Kickapoo Creek Nation and creator of Super Indian Comics) already announced. The event will also include cosplay contests and live music. Tickets are available now from the Indigenous Comic-con website, and start at USD $45 for a three day pass.
Movie and TV tie-in news
Last week was fantastic news for comic book movies, with Captain America: Civil War unseating Deadpool to claim the title of highest-grossing film of the year in North America. This week, it’s 50/50 news for Fox, with X-Men: Apocalypse earning mega international bucks for the studio, but not doing as well within the U.S. Debuting recently in China, the film earned $59 million, making it the second-highest opening weekend ever for the studio in China. When combined with the release earnings from other countries, the film has now grossed $286 million. Unfortunately, the news isn’t as good for the film’s domestic release in the U.S, as its second weekend take home figure of $22.32 million saw it tumble down the charts. Not X-actly what Fox wanted to hear, I’m sure.
Onto some music-related movie news – rumor is Jared Leto’s Joker from the upcoming Suicide Squad movie will be featured within a music video for a single appearing on the movie’s soundtrack. According to the rumor, Rick Ross and Skrillex will be collaborating on the as yet untitled track, which allegedly references well known DC characters and settings. The hype train just keeps on chugging along for this movie, releasing August 4. Toot toot!
Out this week
The DC Rebirth juggernaut continues to steamroll its way onto shelves with another three Rebirth-related titles releasing this week. For those keeping a list, here’s the titles you should look out for: Aquaman Rebirth #1, written by Dan Abnett with art by Oscar Jimenez, Flash Rebirth #1, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Carmine Di, and Wonder Woman Rebirth #1, written by Greg Rucka with art by Paulo Siqueira. Each title comes with a warning not to read them until you’ve read DC Universe: Rebirth #1. Because spoilerz.
Action Comics and Detective Comics return to their original numbering with Action Comics #957 and Detective Comics #934 releasing this week, so don’t be concerned at the massive numerical increase if you’ve been following both series’. Action Comics #957 is written by Dan Jurgens with art by Patrick Zircher, and kicks off the ‘Path to Doom’ plotline, whilst Detective Comics #934 is written by James Tynion IV with art by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira. This issue begins the ‘Rise of the Batmen’ plotline.
Writer Michael Moreci and artist Kyle Charles are back with Roche Limit Monadic #3, the second last issue of this four part series. Gorgeous artwork paired with a critically-acclaimed sci-fi setting makes this one to check out if you haven’t already.
Two Civil War II tie-in’s see releases this week, with Civil War II Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Civil War II Gods of War #1. Civil War II Amazing Spiderman #1 is written by Christos N Gage with art by Travel Foreman, whilst Civil War II Gods of War #1 features Hercules and is written by Dan Abnett with art by Emilio Laiso.
If you’re looking for some silver vintage action, Supergirl The Silver Age Omnibus HC releases this week. Collecting Action Comics #252-257, this omnibus includes tales about friendship, school and time-travel escapades.
Alternatively, if burly, legendary Gods are more your thing, Hercules TP Vol 1 Still Going Strong also releases this week. Collecting issues #1-6 of the 2015 run (not so vintage), Hercules is back in the present day, dealing with age-old enemies.
If there’s one series that is on almost everybody’s recommended list, it’s Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Expertly blending fantasy and science-fiction and featuring amazingly memorable characters, Saga is the sweeping tale of a young family trying to find their place in the universe. Volume 1 collects the first arc of the continuing space opera series, and is a perfect entry-point for those who are new to comics and wanting to read something a little different.
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