We may be 75% through the year, but I’m still providing 100% of the comic verse news, fresh from Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street, Brisbane). Yeah! Percentages.
Publisher and industry news
A big win for Penguin Random House, and another blow to Diamond Book Distributors, with IDW announcing that starting in April 2017, it will move its book distribution from Diamond to Penguin Random House. Penguin has already partnered with DC Comics, Archie and Dark Horse, so to add another publisher to its growing stable is a huge achievement going forward. Diamond will still continue to distribute Image, Valiant, Dynamite and Oni, amongst other companies.
Movie and TV tie-in news
Exciting news for Spawn fans, with ComicBook.com breaking the exclusive that a new Spawn movie may actually be on its way soon-ish. According to a video clip from Spawn creator himself, Todd McFarlane, the new movie script has already been written by McFarlane, who’s currently in the process of editing the script to cut down its page length. McFarlane also stated the film won’t be a continuation of the 1997 film. More details can be found in the link above.
One of the great selling points of the movie and TV Marvel verse (in my opinion of course) is that the two link in with one another, where events happening in the blockbuster movies make their way into and impact on the tv shows. We’ve seen this before with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and now it has been confirmed that Season 4 of S.H.I.E.L.D will explore “some of those same ideas” as the upcoming Doctor Strange movie. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, executive producers of S.H.I.E.L.D Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon indicated that whilst the movie and the show won’t interweave plots per se, the ties between the two will be “at times very direct” and “more thematic”.
Out this week
It’s the series that keeps on keeping on, with Aliens Life and Death #1 releasing this week. Written by Dan Abnett with art by Moritat, and following the aftermath of the battle with the Engineers, the humans remaining on LV-223 are easy prey for a horde of gathering Aliens.
In DC Rebirth title watch, here are the issues that will be hitting store shelves this week: Aquaman #7, written by Dan Abnett with art by Scot Eaton and Wayne Faucher; Batman #7, written by Tom King and Steve Orlando with art by Riley Rossmo; Cyborg #1, written by John Semper Jr with art by Will Conrad; Green Arrow #7, written by Ben Percy with art by Stephen Byrne; Green Lanterns #7, written by Sam Humphries with art by Jackson Herbert; Harley Quinn #4, written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Joseph Michael Linsner; Justice League #5, written by Bryan Hitch with art by Sandu Florea; Nightwing #5, written by Tim Seeley and Steve Orlando with art by Roge Antonia; Superman #7, written by Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason with art by Jorge Jimenez; and Trinity #1, written by Francis Manapul with art also by Francis Manapul.
In Raven #1, written by Marv Wolfman with art by Alisson Borges, Raven attends High School but discovers it to be her most perilous challenge yet, as classmates go missing under mysterious circumstances.
The Revolution begins with…well…Revolution #1, written by Cullen Bunn and John Barber with art by Fico Ossio. This is the start of the unprecedented bi-weekly event that draws the Transformers, G.I. Joe, Action Man, M.A.S.K, ROM and the Micronauts together.
In Agents of SHIELD #9, it’s Coulson versus his teammates in an epic showdown written by Marc Guggenheim with art by Ario Anindito.
When the Terrigen Cloud threatens to wash over a prison housing mutant inmates in The Extraordinary X-Men Annual #1, written by Ollie Masters and Brandon Montclare with art by Carlo Barberi and Rosi Kampe, the Extraordinary X-Men take matters into their own hands and stage a prison break.
In trade releases, Constantine the Hellblazer TP Vol 2: The Art of the Deal releases this week. Written by Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV with art by Travel Foreman, Joseph Silver, Eryk Donovan and Brian Level, this trade collects issues #7-13 of the new Hellblazer run, and also includes Hellblazer: Rebirth #1. Featuring Swamp Thing and Deadman, John Constantine gets up to his old tricks of breaking into demonic nightclubs and travelling to Hell. Of course.
Also out this week is Captain America Epic Collection TP – Coming of Falcon, collecting Tales of Suspense (1959) #97-99 and Captain America (1968) #100-119. Featuring appearances by Baron Zemo, Nick Fury, the Black Panther, Sharon Carter, the Red Skull and Sam Wilson, there’s action aplenty when the world believes Steve Rogers is dead.
Following on from the news that another Spawn movie is in the works, why not revisit some excellent storytelling from the creator of Spawn, Todd McFarlane. Spawn: The Satan Wars, written by Todd McFarlane and Erik Larsen and collecting Spawn #256-262, sees the return of the original Spawn Al Simmons as he tries to save the woman he loves from the clutches of Satan himself.
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