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Publisher and industry news
J Michael Straczynski has announced that he is retiring from comics, as a result of a rare eye disorder which has impaired his sight. A prolific writer across a bunch of publishers, Straczynski has written The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, Fantastic Four, Squadron Supreme, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as being the author of the Superman: Earth One trilogy of graphic novels. He has created his own original comic book series, including Dream Police, Rising Stars, Midnight Nation and Ten Grand. If his name seems familiar and you aren’t a comic reader, it may be because Straczynski was also the creator of sci-fi television series Babylon 5 and more recently, the television show Sense8.
Movie and TV tie-in news
The CW has confirmed two big pieces of news for fans of Flash and Supergirl: there will be a two episode musical crossover for the shows, and Sharon Leal will be playing Miss Martian on Supergirl this season. Apparently the two musical episodes will feature towards the back half of the season, and will consist of mostly already existing songs, with a possibility for some original songs as well.
Emily Carmichael will be directing the upcoming live action adaptation of Boom Studios’ Lumberjanes, the story of a group of girls spending summer at a scout camp, who encounter a bevy of strange creatures and supernatural occurrences. The first draft of the script has already been written by Will Widger, so it’s expected that we’ll see Lumberjanes on our screens sooner rather than later (and by that I’m meaning years, rather than decades).
Out this week
This week sees the release of Demonic #1, the first issue in a six issue series written by Christopher Sebela with art by Niko Walter. The story centres around New York Detective Scott Graves as he bargains away his soul to protect his family.
Also out this week is Black Widow #6, written by Chris Samnee and Mark Waid with art by Chris Samnee, promising to pit Natasha on a collision course with the Invincible Iron Man.
For this week’s DC Rebirth watch – here are the titles that will be hitting the shelves on Thursday: Aquaman #5, written by Dan Abnett with art by Philippe Briones; Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1, written by Julie Benson and Shawna Benson with art by Claire Roe; Batman #5, written by Tom King with art by David Finch and Matt Batt Banning; Green Arrow #5, written by Ben Percy with art by Juan Ferreyra; Green Lanterns #5, written by Sam Humphries with art by Ardian Syaf; Harley Quinn #2, written by Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Chad Hardin; Justice League #3, written by Bryan Hitch with art by Sandu Florea; Nightwing #3, written by Tim Seeley with art by Javi Fernandez; Suicide Squad #1, written by Rob Williams with art by Jimm Lee and Scott Williams; Supergirl Rebirth #1, written by Steve Orlando with art by Ray McCarthy; and Superman #5, written by Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason with art by Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza.
All roads lead to Rome in Xena Warrior Princess #5, written by Genevieve Valentine with art by Julius Gopez. The Warrior Princess isn’t winning any fans after her rescue of the captive Harpies has made her Rome’s newest public enemy #1.
In trade releases, Lucifer TP Vol 1 Cold Heaven releases this week, collecting the first 6 issues of the new series. Written by Holly Black with art by Lee Garbett and Stephanie Hans, Lucifer tells the tale of….unsurprisingly, Lucifer, as he is accused by Gabriel of murdering God.
Amelia Cole Versus the End of Everything, written by Adam P Knave and D.J Kirkbride, with art by Nick Brokenshire, also releases this week. The trade is the final volume of the Amelia Cole saga, featuring everyone’s favourite characters: Amelia, Hector, Lemmy and the nefarious Council.
With news that the live action movie of Lumberjanes has signed a director, why not pick up a copy of the hardcover edition: Lumberjanes to the Max. Collecting the original 8 issue story arc of the Eisner award winning series, in addition to extra content, this series is perfect for anyone wanting to dive into an all-ages, female-led storyline. Featuring 5 ass-kicking best pals spending summer at a scout camp, who come face to face with a bunch of supernatural beasties, the series has received critical praise for its pro-LGBT themes in addition to its positive message and inclusivity.