Secret Identity: Comic book update for week beginning 31st July 2016

We’re still recovering from all the SDCC news from last week, but there’s still plenty of news to get through, thanks to Tash from Brisbane’s Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street)!

Jack Davis - It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Jack Davis – It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Publisher and industry news
Titan has revealed the first title in its upcoming Hammer Horror Line – The Mummy. The all new story will be written by Peter Milligan and Ronilson Freire, with cover art by John McCrea. Cue excited, evil, supernatural laughter.

Sad news this week, with the death of iconic artist Jack Davis, known for his work on MAD Magazine and Tales from the Crypt. Davis was the recipient of multiple awards across his decades long career, including the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996, and the National Cartoonists Society’s Advertising Award in 1980. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2003, and was a finalist for inclusion in the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990. Davis died from complications of a stroke at the age of 91.

Movie and TV tie-in news
It’s the week that the Suicide Squad movie releases, and for those of you who will be seeing it, here’s a heads up: according to, there will be a mid-credits scene, but no post-credits scene. Whilst this is based on advice following advanced press screenings and therefore may change, it’s probably a safe bet that if you leave mid-credits, you likely won’t be missing anything. No spoilers regarding the content of the mid-credits scene, but given both Batman and The Flash are apparently featured in cameos within the movie, it’s no stretch to assume the mid-credits scene may involve them. Or it could involve someone completely different. Who knows.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is in initial talks to reboot the 90s film The Rocketeer. Apparently the studio has already hired Max Wrinkler and Matt Spice as writers for the film, and whilst some may see this move as yet another attempt at making something old new again, Disney has indicated there will be some clear differences to the original film.  The new Rocketeer film will take place six years after the original film’s events, and will also feature a black female as its lead character.

Out this week
It’s double the helping of the colour black with Black Science meeting Black Magic in Black Science #23, releasing this week. Grant McKay goes in search of a witch in order to make amends with his daughter in this week’s issue written by Rick Remender with art by Matteo Scalera.

The first issue of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips new series, Kill or Be Killed #1 is out this week, and if those names weren’t enough to get you interested in this series, perhaps its promise about being a ‘deconstruction of vigilantism’ will. Kill or Be Killed tells the story of a young man forced to kill terrible people, and his struggle to keep his secret as it slowly ruins his life.

For this week’s DC Rebirth watch – here are the titles that will be hitting the shelves on Thursday: Acquaman #4, written by Dan Abnett with art by Philippe Briones; Batman #4, written by Tom King with art by David Finch and Matt Batt Banning; Green Arrow #4, written by Ben Percy with art by Juan Ferreyra; Green Lanterns #4, written by Sam Humphries with art by Ardian Syaf; Harley Quinn #1, written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Chad Hardin; Justice League #2, written by Bryan Hitch with art by Sandu Florea; Nightwing #2, written by Tim Seeley with art by Javi Fernandez; Suicide Squad Rebirth #1, written by Rob Williams with art by Philip Tan and Jonathan Glapion; and Superman #4, written by Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason with art by Mick Gray and Patrick Gleason.

Daredevil Annual #1 also releases this week. Written by Charles Soule and Roger McKenzie with art by Vanesa R. Del Rey, this issue promises the return of one of my favourite characters, Echo. Woo!

My favourite vigilante duo are also seeing new releases this week, with Moon Knight #5, written by Jeff Lemire with art by Greg Smallwood, and Punisher #4, written by Becky Cloonan with art by Steve Dillon hitting store shelves. If you haven’t already started reading these series, pick up these two issues, and then track down the previous releases. Worth it.

In trade releases, it’s almost as if there’s a new movie coming out, with Suicide Squad Most Wanted Deadshot TP, Harley Quinn Book and Mask Set and Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad An Adult Colouring Book TP all releasing this week. Shocking right? Suicide Squad Most Wanted Deadshot TP collects Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot/Katana issues #1-6, and Harley Quinn Book and Mask Set collects issues #0-8 of Harley’s solo run, as published in Harley Quinn Vol 1: Hot in the City TP. The colouring book is…well…a colouring book. Make sure you have lots of black and red pens for that one.

Weekly Pick
The Suicide Squad movie is releasing this week, so of course this week’s pick is Suicide Squad themed: Suicide Squad Vol 1 Kicked in the Teeth. This collects Suicide Squad issues #1-7 of the New 52 run, which features my favourite roster of characters on Task Force X. Featuring Harley Quinn, Deadshot and King Shark, this trade is a great read for anyone who enjoys the movie and wants to know more about the perfectly imperfect group of death-row super villains.

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