Secret Identity: Comic book update for week beginning 21st August 2016

Thor: Ragnarok is filming in Brisbane at the moment, but even that wasn’t enough to distract us from this week’s news, thanks to Tash from Brisbane’s Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street)!

Thor, the Goddess of Thunder

Thor, the Goddess of Thunder

Publisher and industry news
Robert Kirkman has announced that Invincible, the long running (13 years and counting) Image series by Kirkman, Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker, will be ending with issue #144. In a blog post at Skybound, Kirkman stated that whilst he will miss the characters, he believed that ‘ending the series was the right thing to do’ and that fans were in for a ‘wild ride’ in the lead up to the series conclusion. The series is due to end in just over a year’s time, with issue #144 the conclusion to the 12 part epic The End of All Things.

If you were ever told that comics and education couldn’t go hand in hand, you’ll be pleased to hear that Marvel will be releasing five special variant covers for a range of their titles in November, celebrating the different aspects of STEAM (that’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). The focus on STEAM aims to encourage fans and comic book readers to pursue their educational dreams, regardless of what field they may lie in. The five titles chosen to showcase the STEAM variant covers are The Unbelievable Gwenpool #8 (Mathematics), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #13 (Science), Champions #2 (Arts), Spider-Man #10 (Technology), and Invincible Iron Man #2 (Engineering). Take that, comic-books-can’t-be-educational naysayers!

Movie and TV tie-in news
It’s about time we had a good news story, and they don’t come much good-er than this: Tom Holland, star of Spider-Man: Homecoming, took a break from filming the upcoming movie to pay a visit to some very inspirational kids at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Wearing his spidey suit, Tom was also joined by his co-star Jacob Batalon, who is playing Ned Leeds in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Out this week
The first issue left quite the impression, and this week Snotgirl #2 hopes to continue the trend, written by Bryan Lee O’Malley with art by Leslie Hung.

Set in the fan favourite setting Ravenloft, Dungeons & Dragons #4 releases this week. Written by Jim Zub with art by Nelson Daniel, the issue features characters from the Curse of Strahd.

For this week’s DC Rebirth watch – here are the titles that will be hitting the shelves on Thursday: Action Comics #962, written by Dan Jurgens with art by Stephen Segovia and Art Thibert; Batgirl #2, written by Hope Larson with art by Rafael Albuquerque; Blue Beetle Rebirth #1, written by Keith Giffen with art by Scott Kolins; Deathstroke #1, written by Christopher Priest with art by Carlo Pagulayan and Jason Paz; Detective Comics #939, written by James Tynion IV with art by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira; Flash #5, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Neil Googe; Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #3, written by Robert Venditti with art by Rafael Sandoval; Hellblazer #1, written by Simon Oliver with art by Moritat; Titans #2, written by Dan Abnett with art by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund; and Wonder Woman #5, written by Greg Rucka with art by Liam Sharp.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10, written by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare with art by Natacha Bustos, promises to deliver giant lizards, inhuman heroes and alien armies. Phew!

In trade releases, Omega Men: The End is here TP releases this week. Written by Tom King, this trade collects the entire 12 issue series about a group of intergalactic criminals who are public enemy number one after murdering White Lantern Kyle Rayner.

Also out this week is Pretty Deadly TP Vol 2: The Bear, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by Emma Rios. Collecting issues #6-10 of the Eisner nominated series, the trade picks up where the action left off from Vol 1: The Shrike.

Weekly Pick
With Thor: Ragnarok filming in Brisbane this week, I THOR-t it would be the perfect opTHORtunity to spotlight everyone’s favourite hammer wielder, but with a twist: Thor, the Goddess of Thunder Vol 1 written by  Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman and Jorge Molina showcases a Thor unlike any ever seen before. Collecting Thor (2014) #1-5, a mysterious woman is transformed into an all-new Thor after the God of Thunder is left unworthy to wield Mjolnir. With Frost Giants threatening Earth, it’s up to the new Goddess of Thunder to lift Mjolnir and save the world.

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