Secret Identity: Comic book update for week beginning 11th September 2016

There’s been a bunch of news in the comic-verse over the last week – but before we get to that, celebrations are in order! Happy birthday, Secret Identity Comics! The little comic shop that could opened its doors (at 7/139-145 Charlotte Street, Brisbane) one year ago, and we’re so very, very glad they did. Drop in and see the team for your comics fix next time you’re in the neighbourhood!

…meanwhile, here’s the latest comic news, thanks to Tash!

Happy birthday, Secret Identity!

Happy birthday, Secret Identity!

Publisher and industry news
The winners of the 2016 Harvey Awards have been announced, and if you were Image’s Saga, you’re a huuuuge winner, but if you were Valiant, well, you didn’t win zip. Saga took out Best Cover Artist, Best Continuing Series, Best Writer and Best Artist, whilst another of Image’s series, Paper Girls, took out Best New Series. Most Promising New talent was won by Tom King for The Vision from Marvel, and Best Inker went to Klaus Janson for Dark Knight III: The Master Race from DC Comics. The full listing of winners can be found here.

Movie and TV tie-in news
We’re getting close to the September 19th premiere of the third season of Gotham, and what better way to celebrate than to release ALL THE TEASER TRAILERS. Oh yes, there’s trailers on top of trailers, with a new promo featuring Bullock’s return here, as well as promo’s from Oswald Cobblepot’s perspective, an ominously titled ‘nothing else matters’ promo, and the moody ‘James Gordon does what he wants’ promo.

If you’ve been wondering just how long the upcoming Doctor Strange movie will run for, wonder no more: in addition to announcing that the movie will have a UK premiere date of October 25, a full week and a half ahead of the US release date of November 4th, it has also been announced that the movie will run for 130 minutes. That’s more than Deadpool’s 108 minutes, but less than Batman V Superman’s 151 minutes.

Out this week
If you like your murder mysteries with a space theme, check out Hadrian’s Wall #1, out this week and written by Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel, with art by Rod Reis.

In DC Rebirth title watch, here are the issues that will be hitting store shelves this week:  Action Comics #963, written by Dan Jurgens with art by Patrick Zircher; All Star Batman #2, written by Scott Snyder with art by Declan Shalvey; Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2, written by Julie Benson and Shawna Benson with art by Claire Roe; Deathstroke #2, written by Christopher Priest with art by Carlo Pagulayan and Jason Paz; Detective Comics #940, written by James Tynion IV with art by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira; Doom Patrol #1, written by Gerard Way with art by Nick Derington; Flash #6, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Carmine Di Giandomenico; Green Lanterns #6, written by Sam Humphries with art by Jackson Herbert; Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #4, written by Robert Venditti with art by Ethan Van Sciver; New Superman #3, written by Gene Luen Yang with art by Richard Friend; Red Hood and the Outlaws #2, written by Scott Lobdell with art by Dexter Soy; Suicide Squad #2, written by Rob Williams with art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams; Superwoman #2, written by Phil Jimenez with art by Matt Santorelli; and Wonder Woman #6, written by Greg Rucka with art by Nicola Scott. Is your wallet hurting yet? Phew.

Season 2 of Southern Cross begins with Southern Cross #7, written by Becky Cloonan with art by Andy Belanger. In this issue, searching for the Southern Cross ends in murder. Nasty.

In Scarlet Witch #10, Wanda travels to Kyoto, Japan in her hunt for the murderer, written by James Robinson with art by Kei Zama.

In trade releases, The Violent TP is out this week, written by Ed Brisson with art by Adam Gorham. Collecting The Violent issues #1-5, this trade tells the story of ex-con and former drug addict Mason who, when threatened with losing his daughter, commits a string of criminal acts with deadly repercussions.

Also shambling its way onto store shelves this week is the juggernaut that is The Walking Dead TP Vol 26 Call to Arms. Collecting The Walking Dead #151-156, this trade focuses on Rick Grimes’ dealings with the Whisperers. Spooky.

For Punisher fans, Punisher War Journal by Carl Potts and Jim Lee TP is out this week, collecting Punisher War Journal (1988) #1-19 and material from Punisher Annual #2. Continuing his unending mission, Frank crosses paths with Daredevil, Spider-Man and Wolverine, as well as Doctor Doom and Kingpin.

Weekly Pick
If you’ve ever googled ‘Best Batman Comics’ you’ll have no doubt found this week’s pick on pretty much every list. Batman: The Long Halloween was initially published as a 13 issue run in 1996 and 1997. Written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale, the story takes place in the early years of Batman’s crime fighting, focusing on the murders of a killer called Holiday, who kills their victims, one every month, on holidays. The Long Halloween features some of Batman’s most well-known enemies, such as Scarecrow, the Riddler and the Joker, and also recounts the origin story of Two Face. It’s a wonderful exploration of Batman’s better known villains, and a must-have for fans of the Bat.

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