Secret Identity: Comic book update for week beginning 4th September 2016

Welcome to September! Yay spring! Yay more comic book news! Let’s get right into it, thanks to Tash from Brisbane’s Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street)!

Amelia Cole

Amelia Cole

Publisher and industry news
According to Comics Beat, there’s rumours afoot that Image may be moving from its current base of operations in the Bay Area to Portland, OR. If true, Image would be joining Dark Horse and Oni who already have established presences there.

In happy award nomination news, the Joe Shuster Award nominees have been announced for 2016. The Joe Shuster Awards, named after Superman’s Canadian co-creator, are Canada’s national comic book awards, and are a celebration of all things Canadian comics, recognising Canadians who create comics at home or abroad. Included in the this year’s nominees are Jeff Lemire, Chip Zdarsky and Kathryn Immonen for Writer, and Fiona Staples, Andy Belanger and Cameron Stewart for Artist. This year’s ceremony will take place in Fall 2016 at a venue still to be announced. A full list of nominees can be found here.

Movie and TV tie-in news
Superhero tv shows that are based on famous comic-verses but don’t actually feature their famous characters seem to be all the rage these days, and this week we have new information regarding casting details for Krypton. You’ve heard of Krypton, right? It’s that new Syfy show set on Krypton 200 years prior to the events of Man of Steel and focusing on Superman’s grandfather. The series itself has David Goyer attached as executive producer, and as reported by Deadline, Georgina Campbell has scored the role of Lyta Zod, the daughter of general Alura Zod and a member of Krypton’s military caste. Campbell is an English actress best known for her roles in One Night and Murdered by My Boyfriend.

Out this week
The first issue of Rise of the Black Flame is out this week, written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson with art by Christopher Mitten. In this five issue series, from the pages of Hellboy, young girls are going missing from Siam, and the trail leads to the jungle hideout of a vicious cult.

In DC Rebirth title watch, here are the issues that will be hitting store shelves this week:  Aquaman #6, written by Dan Abnett with art by Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy; Batman #6, written by Tom King with art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado; Cyborg Rebirth #1, written by John Semper Jr with art by Paul Pelletier, Sandra Hope and Tony Kordos; Green Arrow #6, written by Ben Percy with art by Stephen Byrne; Harley Quinn #3, written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Chad Hardin; Justice League #4, written by Bryan Hitch with art by Jesus Merino; Nightwing #4, written by Tim Seeley with art by Javi Fernandez; Supergirl #1, written by Steve Orlando with art by Brian Ching; and Superman #6, written by Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason with art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray.

Image’s Eclipse #1, written by Zachary Kaplan with art by Giovanni Timpano, focuses on the near future where a killer is taking advantage of a mysterious solar event that has caused the sun’s light to become deadly immolating rays.

In The Walking Dead #158, written by Robert Kirkman with art by Charlie Adlard, Stefano Guadiano and Cliff Rathburn, the war rages on. The war on what? Spoilers – it’s probably zombies.

Three cheers for the release of Moon Knight #6 this week, written by Jeff Lemire with art by Greg Smallwood. In this issue, ‘incarnations’ starts, where bodies have been broken to free minds. Oooooh.

Out this week in trade releases is Supergirl Friends and Fugitives TP New Edition where childhood friends Supergirl and Flamebird must work together to find Kara’s father’s assassin. Written by Sterling Gates and Greg Rucka, this trade collects Supergirl #43 and #45-47 along with Action Comics #881-882 and Superman Secret Files 2009 #1.

Also out this week is Doctor Strange and Secret Defenders TP, where Doctor Strange uses magical tarot cards to select the perfect team for missions to save the world from threats most people will never know existed. Written by Roy Thomas and Ron Marz, this trade collects Secret Defenders #1-11 and features Wolverine, Punisher, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man and the Wand of Watoomb. Heh. Watoomb.

Weekly Pick
If you’re after a bit of whimsy and magic in your life, look no further than one of my favourite stories, Amelia Cole and the Unknown World. Written by Eisner and Harvey award winners Adam P Knave and DJ Kirkbride and illustrated by Nick Brokenshire, this story tells the tale of Amelia Cole, who lives in two words, one with magic and one without. When the door that Amelia uses to travel between the two worlds begins to break down, Amelia finds herself trapped in a completely different world, one full of new friends and foes. The writing is whimsically glorious, with a perfect mix of drama and humour, and the artwork is expressively vibrant. This is an all-ages tale that’s the perfect balm for anyone tired of the broody, tortured superhero trope.

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