Secret Identity: Comic book update for week beginning 27th November 2016

Welcome to another week of delightful comic book news fresh from Secret Identity Comics (7/139-145 Charlotte Street, Brisbane)! Let’s jump right in, shall we?

DC Comics' New Talent Showcase #1

DC Comics’ New Talent Showcase #1

Publisher and industry News
If you’re a fan of Inhumans, then this week has been your Christmas. Alongside announcements of two new Inhumans titles (that’s Royals and Black Bolt for those playing at home), Marvel has announced a third new title in the Inhumans lineup – Secret Warriors. The series, by Matthew Rosenberg and Javier Garron, will feature Daisy Johnson as Quake recruiting a team of Inhumans including Moon Girl and Ms Marvel. Sounds like it has potential.

Movie and TV tie-in news
Next year sees the release of the hotly anticipated Wonder Woman movie, but this week there’s casting news about a different Wonder Woman movie – a movie about the characters creation origins. Connie Britton and Oliver Platt have been cast in a film about Wonder Woman’s origins, entitled Professor Marston & The Wonder Women. The film, also starring Rebecca Hall, Luke Evans and Bella Heathcoate, focuses on psychologist Dr William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman, his wife, fellow psychologist Elizabeth, and their relationship with a former student of Marston, Olive Byrne, who served as the model for Diana Prince.

In Justice League news, the new Cartoon Network series, Justice League Action, will be premiering on December 16 with ‘Shazam Slam’ – a special four-part storyline which features Shazam and Black Adam, with Batman turning into a bat-monster. Sean Astin will be voicing Shazam, with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill returning to voice Batman and the Joker. The series will also feature Booster Gold, a favourite character of mine. After the December 16 special, Justice League Action will broadcast every Saturday starting December 24.

Out this week
To Browncoats everywhere – Serenity No Power in the Verse #2 releases this week, written by Chris Roberson with art by Georges Jeanty and Karl Story, continuing the adventures of Mal and the Serenity crew. (Vale, Shepherd Book.)

If you’re after some DC Annuals, this week is practically bursting with them, with the following titles out this week: Batman Annual #1, written by Tom King, Scott Snyder, Paul Dini, Steve Orlando and Scott Wilson with art by Riley Rossmo and Neal Adams; Injustice Gods Among Us Year Five Annual #1, written by Brian Buccellato with art by Mike S Miller, Marco Santucci and Xermanico; and Superman Annual #1, written by Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason with art by Jorge Jimenez.

As it’s the week of Annuals, it’s rather light on the DC Rebirth title watch list, with a single title hitting store shelves this week: Suicide Squad #7, written by Rob Williams with art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams.

In New Talent Showcase #1, recent graduate writers from DC’s Talent Development workshop showcase their writing skills, spinning tales about Wonder Woman, Superman, Hawkgirl, Carol Ferris and Kyle Rayner in this one-shot special.

The spirit of vengeance makes his return in Ghost Rider #1 NOW, written by Felipe Smith with art by Danielle Beyruth and Trade Moore, where Robbie Reyes comes face to face with Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk.

If you’re wanting to follow the upcoming Inhumans vs X-Men mega event, make sure you pick up a copy of IVX #0, written by Charles Soule with art by Kenneth Rocafort, which introduces the major players and sets the scene for the events that will unfold in IVX #1.

An all new arc, ‘Monster War’ starts in Old Man Logan #14, written by Jeff Lemire with art by Filipe Andrade, where Logan must team up with the Howling Commandos to unravel why Jubilee has gone missing.

My favourite comic book character, Moon Knight, is featured in a trade release this week, with Moon Knight TP Vol 1 Lunatic hitting store shelves. Collecting issues #1-5 of the 2016 run, by Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood, Marc Spector awakes in an insane asylum bereft of his powers, with his identity called into question. He knows he needs to escape, but can he?

Brush up on your big blue knowledge with the release of Superman The Golden Age TP Vol 2, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster, Jack Burnley and Wayne Boring. Collecting material originally printed in Action Comics #20-31, Superman #4-7 and New York World’s Fair Comics #2, the Man of Tomorrow takes on slumlords, crooked politicians, socialites and more.

Weekly Pick
If you like the glamor of Hollywood and the swift justice of the Old West, you’ll love Vigilante: City Lights, Prairie Justice, written by James Robinson with art by Tony Salmons and Brett Blevins. Collecting the four-issue miniseries from 1995, this trade features Greg Saunders as The Vigilante, and is set in 1940s Hollywood, where Greg travels to the glamour city to appear in a Western shoot-’em-up, but is forced into action as the Vigilante after his sidekick is killed by mobsters.

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