We’re back! I’m still partying from the Cubs win two Thursdays ago, so here’s the latest comic book news fresh from Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street, Brisbane), with an extra dose of Awww yeah!
Publisher and industry news
It’s always sad when there’s reports of shut-downs in the industry, and this week brought the news that comics publisher Double Take will be closing their doors at the end of the month. Responsible for publishing titles related to Night of the Living Dead, Double Take was a division of video game company Take Two Interactive. The closure of the publisher appears to have been sudden, given the fact that Double Take had a very large presence at the recent New York Comic Con, and was still announcing new titles as of last week.
Movie and TV tie-in news
This first bit of news needs no introduction – A Wonder Woman Trailer was recently released. It’s glorious. You need to see it if you haven’t already.
Staying with the trailer bandwagon news, the first theatrical trailer for the Ghost In The Shell movie adaptation has been released. Starring Scarlett Johansson as Major, a human-cyborg hybrid who leads the special ops elite task force Section 9, whose main goal is stopping dangerous extremists, the trailer provides a good look at Major’s character design as well as the futuristic city in which the movie is set. You can view the trailer here, with the movie to be released on March 17, 2017.
Apparently you’re not somebody unless you’re starring in a comic-verse based Netflix show, and three familiar characters from already existing Netflix shows can now add another ‘also appears in’ line item to their resumes. The Defenders has confirmed that Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Scott Glenn (Stick) and Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker) will reprise their roles in the show. With this announcement, Rosario Dawson’s character Claire Temple has now appeared in every Marvel Netflix series to date, an achievement in its own right.
Unfortunate news for those looking forward to the release of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger tv series, with news this week that the debut for the show has been pushed back to sometime in winter 2018. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the reason for the delay is due to showrunner Joe Pokaski rewriting the original script.
Out this week
Can’t choose between Science and Fantasy? Why not have both with Ether #1, written by Matt Kindt with art by David Rubin. This first issue follows Boone Dias, an interdimensional explorer called upon by the denizens of a fantasy world to solve their toughest crimes.
In DC Rebirth title watch, here are the issues that will be hitting store shelves this week: Aquaman #11, written by Dan Abnett with art by Philippe Briones; Batman #11, written by Tom King with art by Mikel Janin; Cyborg #5, written by John Semper Jr with art by Scott Hanna and Allan Jefferson; Green Arrow #11, written by Ben Percy with art by Juan Ferreyra; Green Lanters #11, written by Sam Humphries with art by Robson Rocha, Cam Smith and Jay Leisten; Justice League #9, written by Bryan Hitch with art by Neil Edwards and Daniel Henriques; Nightwing #9, written by Tim Seeley with art by Marcio Takara; Suicide Squad #6, written by Rob Williams with art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams; Superman #11, written by Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason with art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray; and Trinity #3, written by Francis Manapul with art by Clay Mann.
Things go from bad to worse for Scott Graves in Demonic #4, written by Christopher Sebela with art by Niko Walter. Who needs their soul when corruption and violence is the only way to survive?
The end of the first story arc is revealed in Kill or Be Killed #4, written by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips, as Dylan’s shocking secret collides with his home life.
Unfortunately for Doctor Strange, there’s no sunshine and roses to speak of, as Satanna and Master Pandemonium put Strange through hell in Doctor Strange #14, written by Jason Aaron with art by Chris Bachalo.
If you’ve ever wondered what a Squirrel Girl and Ant-Man team-up would look like, then wonder no more, as the two heroes join forces in Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14, written by Ryan North with art by Erica Henderson. There’s also wrestling and philosophy. Woo.
It was N7 Day just last week (yes, I’m a die-hard Mass Effect fan), and what better way to celebrate Bioware’s space epic than with the Mass Effect Omnibus TP Vol 1. A perfect gift for anyone who loves Mass Effect, this omnibus collects the first four comic-book story arcs: Redemption, Evolution, Invasion and Homeworlds. Perfection.
If you’re looking for a bit of zoom zoom in your life, this week’s release of Flash TP Vol 8 Zoom has you covered. Written by Robert Venditti and Van Jensen with art by Al Garza, Vincente Cifuentes and Bong Dazo, this trade collects The Flash #41-47, The Flash Annual #4 and the Sneak Peek story.
You’re probably familiar with the movie adaptation of this iconic series by Frank Miller – Sin City Vol 1 Hard Goodbye – and if you haven’t read the comic upon which the movie was based, you’re missing out on one of the most atmospheric comics ever written. Telling the often intersecting stories of complex and flawed individuals living in Basin City, the book’s artwork and writing bring the characters and locations to life, where the grit and shadows of Basin City practically bleed off every page. An iconic series, it’s unlikely you’ll stop at just one trade.
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