Secret Identity: Comic book update for week beginning 25th September 2016

Some fantastic news and new releases for this week from Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street, Brisbane). Let’s dive right in!

Publisher and industry news
The biggest publisher and industry news this week was shared between DC Comics and IDW, who announced that they are coming together to publish the anthology Love is Love. Love is Love sees more than 100 comic creators joining together to contribute stories with all proceeds going to Equality Florida and its fund to assist those affected by the Pulse nightclub attack in Florida on June 12th. As reported by The New York Times, the anthology is being organised by Marc Andreyko, a comic book writer and screenwriter, and several creators already announced for the anthology are Phil Jimenez, Patton Oswalt, Damon Lindelof and Olivier Coipel. The anthology itself is over 100 pages (with each of the 100 stories either one or two pages long) and will retail for $9.99, with all proceeds benefitting the survivors of the shooting through Equality Florida.

Love is Love

Love is Love

Movie and TV tie-in news
Five new teaser trailers for the live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell manga series have hit the interwebs, with all five viewable here. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Rila Fukushima and Takeshi Kitano, is directed by Rupert Sanders and releases March 31 next year.

With less than a month to go until its October 23rd premiere, a new teaser for Season 7 of The Walking Dead has been released. Focusing on King Ezekiel and the Kingdom, the teaser trailer wisely focuses only on characters not present during the final few scenes of Season 6, keeping the identity of Negan’s victim a secret. The trailer can be viewed here.

Out this week
The final issue of Leaving Megalopolis Surviving Megalopolis #6, written by Gail Simone with art by Jim Calafiore is out this week and sees the survivors forced to ask the twisted supervillains for help.

In DC Rebirth title watch, here are the issues that will be hitting store shelves this week: Action Comics #964, written by Dan Jurgens with art by Patrick Zircher; Batgirl #3, written by Hope Larson with art by Rafael Albuquerque; Batman Beyond Rebirth #1, written by Dan Jurgens (he’s busy this month!) with art by Ryan Sook; Blue Beetle #1, written by Keith Giffen with art by Scott Kolins; Deathstroke #3, written by Christopher Priest with art by Joe Bennet and Belardino Brabo; Detective Comics #941, written by James Tynion IV and Steve Orlando with art by Andy MacDonald; Flash #7, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Carmine Di Giandomenico; Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #5, written by Robert Venditti with art by Ethan Van Sciver; Hellblazer #2, written by Simon Oliver with art by Moritat; Suicide Squad #3, written by Rob Williams with art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams; Teen Titans Rebirth #1, written by Ben Percy with art by Jonboy Meyers; Titans #3, written by Dan Abnett with art by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund, and Wonder Woman #7, written by Greg Rucka with art by Liam Sharp. If you’re keeping up with all these titles, you’re doing exceptionally well.

Billed as a science-fiction action miniseries, Frostbite #1 releases this week, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Jason Shawn Alexander. In this series, Earth has entered its second ice age, a terrible disease called frostbite is freezing people from the inside out, and two people who believe they have found the key to ending frostbite need to get from Mexico City to Alcatraz to stabilise life across the globe. Simple, eh? Not so much.

Celebrating 50 years of Star Trek, Star Trek Waypoint #1, a bi-monthly anthology, releases this week and features a Next Generation story by Donny Cates with art by Mack Chater, as well as an original series story by Sandra Lanz.

I have no idea what a darkly comic medical thriller looks like, but apparently that description sums up Surgeon X #1, written by Sara Kenney with art by John Watkiss. The issue features a far-right British government, an antibiotic apocalypse and a gruesome murder. Lovely.

Extraordinary X-Men #14, written by Jeff Lemire with art by Victor Ibanez, sees Nightcrawler and Iceman scouring the globe for Colossus in an effort to save him from the influence of Apocalypse, whilst Storm and Magik race across parallel dimensions to try to find a missing mutant.

In Superman TP Vol 1 Before Truth, Superman’s secret identity is revealed, and the consequences are far-reaching. Collecting Superman #40-44 and a story from DC Comics Divergence #1, the trade is written by Gene Luen Yang with art by Scott Hanna.

Collecting the acclaimed six issue horror miniseries, Dark and Bloody TP releases this week. Written by Shawn Aldridge with art by Scott Godlewski, this trade focuses on armed forces veteran Iris Gentry who is convinced an evil presence in the backwoods of Kentucky is punishing him for his past transgressions.

Also releasing this week is All New All Different Avengers TP Vol 2 Family Business, written by Mark Waid with art by Adam Kubert, Mahmud A Asrar and Alan Davis. Collecting All New All Different Avengers #7-12 and material from Free Comic Book Day 2016: Civil War II, this trade continues to follow the adventures of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Vision, Spider-Man, Ms Marvel and Nova who combine to make up the All New All Different Avengers.

Weekly Pick
I love a dark tale of revenge, and they don’t get much darker or… revengier than Dead Body Road, written by Justin Jordan with art by Matteo Scalera. Collecting the entire six issue miniseries, Dead Body Road is a broody tale of one man’s quest for revenge as he sets out to kill all those involved in the death of his wife. There’s not much story here, but the dialogue, artwork and action deliver a healthy serving of car chases, violence and noir styled carnage.

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