Secret Identity: Comic book update for week beginning 10th July 2016

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The Unworthy Thor

The Unworthy Thor

Publisher and industry news
New Thor news this week with the announcement that The Odinson is returning with his own title. Odinson hasn’t been in the titular role since 2014, having been unworthy to wield the mighty Mjolnir since Nick Fury whispered something in his ear during the events of Original Sin (the comic, not the movie). The series, entitled The Unworthy Thor, will be written by Jason Aaron with art by Olivier Coipel. Fans of the current Thor title need not be worried that this Thor will replace that run – The Unworthy Thor will run alongside the current Thor title, The Mighty Thor.

Collecting and comic reading seem to go hand in hand, so it is no surprise that Comixology has announced a run of collectible comic creator trading cards as part of its presence at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). As announced by Entertainment Weekly, the ‘Comic Book All Stars’ line of collectible trading cards will be an SDCC exclusive set of cards showcasing some of the most talented creators in the industry. The cards will be available from the Comixology booth at the convention, and Comixology will also be offering creator signings throughout the weekend for those wanting a special signature across their fancy all star collectable trading card.  There’s 26 cards to collect, and as we all know, you gotta catch em all! No, wait, that’s a different collector craze sweeping the nation….

In more SDCC news, and as part of the 75th anniversary of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Captain America Comics #1, Marvel has announced that a bronze statue will be erected in homage to Captain America himself. As reported by USA Today, the statue will be unveiled at SDCC, but will find a permanent home at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, ol’ Cap’s hometown. The impressive bronze statue will stand 13 feet tall and will weigh one tonne, and its journey from SDCC to Prospect Park will be covered via social media.

Movie and TV tie-in news
Season 7 of The Walking Dead now has four more series regulars, bringing the series regular count on the popular AMC show to 20. Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character Negan, Austin Amelio’s character Dwight, Tom Payne’s character Jesus and Xander Berkeley’s character Gregory have all been promoted to series regular in the lead up to Season 7. That’s going to be one loooong opening title list, but hey, when the inevitable death of a season regular occurs in the Season 7 premiere, at least the producers now have a larger list to choose their victim from. Yay?

Out this week
Releasing this week is New Super Man #1, introducing readers to the new Super-Man in China, Kong Kenan. The title is written by Gene Luen Yang with art by Viktor Bogdanovic.

For this week’s DC Rebirth watch – here are the titles that will be hitting the shelves on Thursday: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1, written by Roberth Venditti with art by Ethan Van; Nightwing Rebirth #1, written by Tim Seeley with art by Yanick Paquette; Flash #2, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Carmine Di and Wonder Woman #2, written by Greg Rucka with art by Nicola Scott.  Also out this week is Action Comics #959, following Superman’s epic battle with Doomsday, written by Dan Jurgens with art y Tyler Kirkham, and Detective Comics #936, where Batwoman takes centre stage, written by James Tynion IV with art by Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez.

Civil War II #3 written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by David Marquez also hits comic book store shelves this week, and Marvel is promising that this issue will be the ‘one everyone will be talking about.’ Hail Hydra! No, no, wrong series again…

Who doesn’t love a good medieval questing tale? Dungeons & Dragons #3 releases this week, featuring heroes struggling against the forces of evil. Of course. Written by Jim Zub with art by Nelson Daniel.

If you prefer sci fi to fantasy, Horizon #1 also releases this week. Written by Brandon Thomas with art by Juan Gedeon, the title promises to showcase survival, lies and retaliation, all set within a backdrop of spacey goodness.

If you’ve ever wished for more wild west in your Justice League title, you should take a look at DC Elsewords Justice League TP Vol 1, written by Ed Hannigan. If the wild west isn’t your thing, this collection also features Wonder Woman fighting Jack the Ripper in Victorian England. Why? Because it’s Elseworlds.

Speaking of Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka TP Vol 1 also releases this week. This trade collects Rucka’s critically acclaimed run on the series, and is one of the best places to start if you’re wanting to know more about the Amazon Warrior. The trade collects Wonder Woman #195-205 and the graphic novel Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia.

Weekly Pick
Looking for a Superman story that isn’t yet another retelling of his origin? A story that focuses on the man rather than the powers or the destiny? Superman For All Seasons, written by Jeff Loeb with art by Tim Sale, is a coming of age story which follows the experiences and adventures of an adolescent Clark Kent as he develops into the man that will become the superhero. Told through the course of four seasons via narration by four of the most important people in Clark’s life, Superman for All Seasons remains one of the best Superman stories told.

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