Secret Identity: Comic book update for week beginning 24th July 2016

San Diego Comic Con has swept through leaving a trail of tasty news, and below you’ll find a wrap-up of all the important comic-book themed announcements from SDCC 2016, thanks to Tash from Brisbane’s Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street)!

Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

…yes, it’s exactly what it looks like.

Publisher and industry news
Good news for fans of the 6 issue crossover featuring Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles released earlier this year – IDW and DC announced during SDCC that a second crossover between the characters is in the works, and it’ll be set in the animated universes of both characters. In other DC news, fans of Vixen will be pleased to know the character will be featured in the next arc of DC Comics Bombshells, making her debut as a jazzy lounge singer.

The winners of the 28th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were also announced at SDCC. Highlights of the winners list include The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips winning for Best Limited Series, Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour winning for Best Continuing Series, Paper Girls by Brian K Vaughan and Cliff Chiang winning for Best New Series, Nimona by Noelle Stevenson winning for Best Graphic Album – Reprint, and Jordie Bellaire winning for Best Colouring. For a full list of nominees, click here, and for the winners, click here.

Movie and TV tie-in news
There was so much casting news announced as part of SDCC that it’s surprising anything else was able to be talked about. To summarise, here’s what we learned over the last few days: the Black Panther movie confirmed several castings, with Michael B Jordan announced to play Erik Killmonger, and Lupito Nyong’o and Danai Gurira stepping into the shoes of Nakia and Okoye, two of Black Panther’s personal bodyguards. On the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 front, Kurt Russell will be playing Star-Lord’s Father Ego, the living planet (yep, you read that correctly, he’s playing a PLANET) and Elizabeth Debicki has been announced to be playing Ayesha, the leader of a race referred to as The Sovereign. Saving the biggest casting news until last, Marvel Studios confirmed that Brie Larson will be playing Captain Marvel in the character’s upcoming solo film.

Turning our attention onto the silver screen, there were still plenty of cast announcements, with Gabriel Luna confirmed to be playing Ghost Rider in the new season of Agents of SHIELD, and Joe Dinicol announced to be playing the role of Ragman in the new season of Arrow.

In other television news, two Image Comics series are heading to TV, with Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s Black Magick optioned by Groundswell Productions and Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s Deadly Class to be adapted for tv by Joe and Anthony Russo. Michael London of Groundswell Productions hopes to convert Black Magick to an hour long cable drama, whilst Deadly Class will be produced through Getaway Productions, with Rick Remender on the books to co-write the pilot alongside Miles Feld.

Now let’s turn our attention to the multitude of trailers released as part of SDCC. Take a deep breath, count to ten, and here we go… the new Doctor Strange trailer asks you to question reality in this trippy second trailer, and I like what I see. Another trailer for the Suicide Squad movie was also released at SDCC, including new footage alongside scenes we’ve already seen. Perhaps the biggest trailer of the con, however, was the first-look Wonder Woman trailer. If you weren’t excited for the film’s release before, you will be after watching this.

Out this week
For the lovers of sci-fi space action amongst you, Drifter #13 releases this week. Written by Ivan Brandon with art by Nic Klein, this issue sees the Wheeler assault threatening to completely annihilate Ghost Town and all its inhabitants.

For this week’s DC Rebirth watch – here are the titles that will be hitting the shelves on Thursday: Action Comics #960, written by Dan Jurgens with art by Tyler Kirkham; Batgirl #1 by Hope Larson with art by Rafael Albuquerque; Detective Comics #937 written by James Tynion IV with art by Alvaro Martinez; Flash #3, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Carmine Di Giandomenico; Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1, written by Robert Venditti with art by Rafael Sandoval; Nightwing #1, written by Tim Seeley with art by Javi Fernandez; Red Hood and the Outlaws Rebirth #1, written by Scott Lobdell with art by Dexter Soy; Titans #1, written by Dan Abnett with art by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund; and Wonder Woman #3, written by Greg Rucka with art by Liam Sharp. Phew.

Get your ‘I Support Captain Marvel’ or ‘I Support Iron Man’ t-shirts ready, as Civil War II #4 releases this week. Written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by David Marquez, the battle lines are drawn and each hero must make the decision of who to stand behind.

Also hitting shelves this week is Old Man Logan #8. Written by Jeff Lemire with art by Andrea Sorrentino, this issue begins The Last Ronin plot arc and cautions parental advisory.

In trade releases, Dragon Age: Magekiller TP by Greg Rucka with art by Carmen Nunez Carnero and Terry Pallot hits store shelves this week. The trade collects issues #1-5 of the miniseries that follows ‘Mage Killer’ Marius and his handler Tessa and takes place before and during the events of the videogame Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Also out this week is the Suicide Squad The Silver Age Omnibus HC, collecting the original 1960s missions of Task Force X, from The Brave and the Bold and Star Spangled War Stories. Led by Rick Flag, the Suicide Squad tackle everything from missing scientists to rampaging dinosaurs in this impressive omnibus.

Weekly Pick
Celebrate The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’s Eisner Award win for Best Limited Series by picking up the first volume. The story itself is epic noir at its absolute best, set in the extremely thematic world of the backlots and bars of Hollywood at the tail end of its golden era. Brubaker’s storytelling is exceptional, and the book itself is dark, gritty and intriguing.

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