Secret Identity: Comic book update for week beginning 7th August 2016

We’re into the 8th month and the back half of the year, but the news hasn’t slowed! Here’s the latest, thanks to Tash from Brisbane’s Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street)!

Captain Marvel - Higher Further Faster More

Captain Marvel – Higher Further Faster More

Publisher and industry news

For those of you enjoying the Star Wars Marvel line-up, prepare for some bad news: Marvel has announced that 3 titles in its star wars line have been delayed from their original release dates. Darth Vader #25, the final issue of the current series, has been delayed by five weeks, with its new release date sitting at October 5. Similarly, the release of Han Solo #4 will suffer a five week delay, to release October 12, and a three week delay to the release of Han Solo #5 will see it now release on November 9. Poe Dameron #7 will also be delayed three weeks, releasing on October 26.

More sad news for the industry, with the announcement that letterer/designer Gaspar Saladino passed away on Wednesday August 3. With a career that spanned across 6 decades, the Brooklyn-born artist was best known for his lettering work on Arkham Asylum and the 1970s Swamp Thing. Saladino also designed the logo’s for DC’s Swamp Thing, Vigilante, Phantom Stranger, House of Mystery and Adam Strange among others, and for Marvel, Saladino either created or updated the logos for The Avengers, Sgt Fury and his Howling Commandos and Captain America and the Falcon, among others.

Movie and TV tie-in news
Last week I covered a lot of Suicide Squad news preceding the release of the movie, and surprise surprise, this week, following the release of the film, I have…opening weekend US box office figures! Although the movie suffered a steep 41% drop-off in ticket sales between Friday and Saturday, it still managed to haul in a whopping $135.1 million buckaroos on its opening weekend. That’s a pretty impressive take, and for some perspective, Guardians of the Galaxy managed to take in $94 million across its opening weekend back in 2014. It’s a strong start for the movie, however given the very steep decline in ticket sales across two days, it may yet suffer the same fate as Batman V Superman, which opened to strong figures but practically dropped away into the low earning abyss by its second weekend.

It was first announced last month at SDCC that Brie Larson would be playing Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and Captain Marvel movies, and the actress seems to have jumped head first into her ‘research’ for the role. Larson recently released a photo on her Instagram page which shows her reading Kelly Sue DeConnick’s ‘Captain Marvel, Vol 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More’ whilst wearing a Captain Marvel zip-up jacket. An excellent volume to start with, if I do say so myself!

Out this week
If you’re looking for something different, Black Monday Murders #1 releases this week, written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Tomm Coker. The series is described as ‘crypto-noir’ and ‘classic occultism’ which features clandestine banking cartels, vampire Russian oligarchs, enchanted aristocrats and schools of magic. Magic-y, mind trippy action aplenty.

For this week’s DC Rebirth watch – here are the titles that will be hitting the shelves on Thursday: Action Comics #961, written by Dan Jurgens with art by Stephen Segovia and Art Thibert; All Star Batman #1, written by Scott Snyder with art by Declan Shalvey; Deathstroke Rebirth #1, written by Christopher Priest with art by Carlo Pagulayan and Jason Paz; Detective Comics #938, written by James Tynion IV with art by Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez; Flash #4, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Neil Googe; Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #2, written by Robert Venditti with art by Rafael Sandoval; New Super Man #2, written by Gene Luen Yang with art by Richard Friend; Red Hood and the Outlaws #1, written by Scott Lobdell with art by Dexter Soy; Superwoman #1, written by Phil Jimenez with art by Phil Jimenez; and Wonder Woman #4, written by Greg Rucka with art by Nicola Scott.

Everybody loves a tie-in, and this week sees the release of The Accused #1, following the trial of Hawkeye after the events of the current Civil War II storyline. Written by Marc Guggenheim with art by Ramon Bachs and Garry Brown, the spotlight is on Matt Murdock as prosecutor as he digs into the case and uncovers secrets aplenty.

Out this week in trade paperback is Batman The Golden Age TP Vol 1, collecting stories from Detective Comics #27-45 and Batman #1-3. Featuring the origin of the Dark Knight (for the 5 people in the world who don’t know it) as well as the debuts of Hugo Strange, Joker, Catwoman, Robin and Commissioner Gordon, this is a great Batman 101 book for those wanting to brush up on their Bat History.

In keeping with the retro theme, also hitting shelves this week is Thor Epic Collection TP Runequest, collecting Thor (1966) #320-336. Featuring Storm Giants, Loki, Sif, the Warriors Three and even the Lord of Darkness, Dracula, this trade also includes a rare black and white Thor adventure.

Weekly Pick
I can’t go past Brie Larson’s choice this week – Captain Marvel Vol 1 Higher Further Faster More by Kelly Sue DeConnick is an exceptional entry point into Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel’s world. Featuring wonderful artwork and fantastic writing, Danvers is a cosmic hero whose quirky humour, quick wit and stubborn determination will have you cheering for her with every page.

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