Secret Identity: Comic book update for week beginning 19th June 2016

Lots of new release comics this week, but first – the news, thanks to Tash from Brisbane’s Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street)!

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur TP Vol 1 BFF out this week!

Publisher and industry news
2017 marks the second biennial Queers & Comics Conference to be held in San Francisco, CA in April. Presented by California College of the Arts, the conference is the first-ever university-based LGBTQ comics conference. The aim of the conference is to bring LGBTQ comics writers, artists and cartoonists together to explore and discuss the history and importance of queer comics. The 2017 conference will be spotlighting both local and international LGBTQ cartoonists, with panels, workshops, readings and presentations all planned for the event. The event will be live streamed, and proposal submissions are due July 1. To learn more, visit the official website.

Movie and TV tie-in news
After looking at the CW premiere roster, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was DC’s commercial tv outlet. The network has confirmed that Flash, Season 3 will premiere October 4th, followed by Arrow Season 5 on October 5th. Supergirl Season 2 will release October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 will follow on October 13th. Phew. That’s a lot of DC shows in October.

In other CW DC TV show news, Arrow has announced the addition of Josh Segarra to its cast for the upcoming season, playing the character of Adrian Chase, better known as Vigilante. Also added to the vigilante mix is Rick Gonzalez, playing Wild Dog. Meanwhile, Supergirl has cast Tyler Hoechlin to play Superman for two episodes in the upcoming Season 2.

Spoiler alert for Walking Dead fans – if you haven’t seen the season 7 finale, skip this news item! In this era of social media and technology at everyone’s fingertips, it’s often hard for show runners to keep things under wraps prior to season finale’s. The Walking Dead producers know this all too well, and in an effort to keep the identity of Negan’s victim in the Season 7 cliffhanger a secret, producers apparently filmed death scenes for all 11 stars of the show. According to information obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, with all the death scenes shot, the producers of the show and the episode director will then work with editors and choose the character who’s been….well…struck out of the show. Whether the identity of Negan’s victim will stay secret until the show’s October premiere, however, is anyone’s guess.

Out this week
Back to the Rebirth watch and here are the titles you need to look out for if you’re grabbing the DC Rebirth titles – Rebirth continues with: Aquaman #1 written by Dan Abnett with art by Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy; Action Comics #958 written by Dan Jurgens with art by Patrick Bircher; Detective Comics  #935 written by James Tynion IV with art by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira; Flash #1 written by Joshua Williamson with art by Carmine Di; and Wonder Woman #1, written by Greg Rucka with art by Liam Sharp.

If you’ve been following the Suicide Squad Most Wanted miniseries, the finale issue is out this week. In Suicide Squad Most Wanted Deadshot Katana #6, enemies may need to work together to save the world. The final issue is written by Mike W Bar and Brian Buccellato with art by Diogenes Neves.

TMNT Amazing Adventures #11 kicks off a new story arc, with the turtles and Muckman facing a new trash-collecting invention from Baxter Stockman. The issue is written by Matt Manning and Caleb Goellner with art by Chad Thomas and Jerry Gaylord.

Black Road #3 also releases this week, and if you haven’t heard of this series, let me sum it up for you – it’s Vikings and wolves and cold weather and death, with artwork that makes you feel cold just by looking at it. Written by Brian Wood, the issue features art by Garry Brown.

Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum..sorry, I mean Deadpool and Gambit team up in Deadpool V Gambit #1, to pull off one last con job. The issue is written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (no, really) with art by Danillo Beyruth.

The Last Days of Magic plotline continues in Doctor Strange #9, written by Jason Aaron with art by Chris Bachalo. Can Stephen Strange fend off the magic destroying Empirikul? I’m going to take a guess and say yeah, but maybe not completely in this issue.

Continuing the Arkham series, Batman Arkham Killer Croc TP releases this week, collecting all the best stories of one of Batman’s most well-loved (or is that well-despised) physically intimidating enemies – Killer Croc.

Comics these days aren’t all about brooding and doom and gloom, and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur TP Vol 1 BFF proves this. If you’re looking for a magical, feel-good, marvellous team up story, this trade, written by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare with art by Natacha Bustos, is for you.

Weekly Pick
If you like your leading characters to have attitude and independence, skill and sass, showing dedication to the pursuit of both paying back a blood debt and a little bit of pleasure on the side, this week’s pick is just right for you. Red Sonja Volume 1: Queen of Plagues  perfectly re-introduces the character for a new audience and writer Gail Simone gives Red Sonja a fresh new attitude. The story is heavy on violence, swordplay, dark deals, lust and vengeance, and it is the perfect read for anyone who likes medieval fantasy, weapon wielding, take-no-prisoners warriors and expertly written dialogue.

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