It’s the first week of my second favourite month of the year! Yay for October! Yay for a fresh batch of news, served to you straight from Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street, Brisbane)!
Publisher and industry news
Upper Deck has announced its next comic themed card collection, and if you like the women of Marvel and diamonds, you’re in for a treat. The 2016 Marvel Gems cards will be an ultra swish, premium collection, the first Marvel set under the exquisite brand, and they will focus exclusively on the women of the Marvel comics, featuring cards made with diamonds. Yep, the cards will feature actual diamonds (or teeny slivers and dust of them, really). The Marvel Gems collection will be a 60 card set, and will feature the usual special cards including variants and premium inserts, with my favourite called Gem-balaya. Challenge of the week: work Gem-balaya into a sentence in your workplace.
Movie and TV tie-in news
I like a bit of CGI as much as the next gal, but the attention to detail and intensive CGI work that went into Black Panther’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War almost beggars belief. A visual effects reel from Cinesite, a VFX company and animation studio who worked on the Marvel blockbuster, shows just how much time was spent animating Black Panther’s costume and claws. The video, which can be seen here, showcases the layer upon layer and detail upon detail that were employed to make Black Panther’s costume appear as realistic as possible, despite the suit being entirely animated.
By now, you’ve probably already marathoned the first series of Luke Cage on Netflix, and whether you’ve enjoyed it or found it not to your tastes, the spoilers for the upcoming Defenders crossover series have already started. Simone Missick, aka Misty Knight, has confirmed that she will be joining the show. Missick joins a growing list of already confirmed supporting cast, including Jessica Jones’ Eka Darville aka Malcolm Ducasse, and Daredevil’s Elden Henson aka Foggy Nelson and Scott Glenn aka Stick.
Out this week
A new series by Brian Buccalleto and Jennifer Young premieres this week with the release of Cannibal #1. Featuring a darn impressive cover, cannibal focuses on the inhabitants of a small Everglades town trying to hold onto their everyday lives at the dawn of a cannibal pandemic.
In DC Rebirth title watch, here are the issues that will be hitting store shelves this week: Aquaman #8, written by Dan Abnett with art by Scot Eaton and Wayne Faucher; Batman #8, written by Tom King and Steve Orlando with art by Riley Rossmo; Cyborg #2, written by John Semper Jr with art by Paul Pelletier and Sandra Hope; Green Arrow #8, written by Ben Percy with art by Otto Schmidt; Green Lanterns #8, written by Sam Humphries with art by Eduardo Pansica; Harley Quinn #5, written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by John Timms; Justice League #6, written by Bryan Hitch with art by Matthew Clark and Sean Parsons; Nightwing #6, written by Tim Seeley and Steve Orlando with art by Roge Antonia; and Superman #8, written by Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason with art by Jaime Mendoza.
This week also sees the release of Moonshine #1, set during prohibition and telling the story of Lou Pirlo, sent from NYC to negotiate a deal with the best moonshiner in West Virginia. Oh, and there’s a bloody supernatural secret thrown in for good measure.
Champions #1 also releases this week, written by Mark Waid with art by Humberto Ramos. Following the fallout of Civil War II, Ms Marvel, Spider-Man and Nova establish a new evil-fighting group, with the assistance of Cyclops, Viv Vision and the Totally Awesome Hulk.
If you’re jonesing for a helping of Jessica Jones action, rejoice, as Jessica Jones #1, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Michael Gaydos, releases this week. Parental advisory recommended. Obviously.
For Green Lantern fans, Green Lantern The Silver Age TP Vol 1 releases this week. Collecting Showcase #22-24 and Green Lantern #1-9, this trade includes the tales that introduced Hal Jordan and also features the debuts of Sinestro, the Guardians of the Universe and more.
Proving me wrong in my belief that adult colouring-in books would be a flash fad quickly forgotten, Serenity Adult Colouring Book TP releases this week. Featuring artwork by Stephen Byrne, Facundo Percio, Fernando Melek and Pablo Churin, this colouring book is filled with 45 black and white illustrations just waiting for you to slap some creative colour onto.
Celebrating Jessica Jones’ return to comic book stores this week, my weekly pick is Jessica Jones: Alias Vol 1, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Michael Gaydos and Bill Sienkiewicz. Collecting Alias #1-9, this trade is not for the faint of heart, and does feature explicit content as it follows Jessica Jones in her life as a private detective and only employee of Alias Investigations. Bendis’ dialogue and writing is on point and Gaydos’ artwork has the perfect amount of gritty, bleak noir.
|Secret Identity Comics is a comic book store in the Brisbane CBD.
Our mission is to create a welcoming and safe space for comic book and pop culture enthusiasts of all identities to share in our love of all things fictional.
Find out more at SecretIDcomics.com.au
or drop in to 7/139-145 Charlotte Street, Brisbane, Australia!