Secret Identity: Comic book update for week beginning 11th December 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or something. News! (Thanks to Secret Identity Comics – 7/139-145 Charlotte Street, Brisbane!)

Batman TMNT Adventures #2 - this is really happening!

Batman TMNT Adventures #2 – this is really happening!

Publisher and industry News
If you’re old enough to remember the Goosebumps series by R.L Stine, and you’re also a comic book fan – this news might pique your interest. R.L Stine has announced that he will be writing a five issue Man-Thing miniseries, teaming up with artists German Peralta, Daniel Johnson and Rachelle Rosenberg. As reported by The New York Times, the series will see Man-Thing heading to Hollywood to find out why he’s not as beloved to Hollywood as other Marvel mainstays such as The Avengers. Stine has stated that his portrayal of Man-Thing will be more sarcastic than other recent portrayals. There series will debut March 2017.

The Marvel NOW range has been hitting store shelves for quite a while now, and next year there will be another new addition to its stable of titles, with Iron Fist NOW set to premiere. Capitalising, no doubt, on the Netflix show to be released next year, the series will be written by Ed Brisson with art by Mike Perkins, and sees Danny Rand discovering there’s a whole lot he doesn’t know about Iron Fist’s history.

Movie and TV tie-in news
Spiderman Fans rejoice! The first Spider-Man: Homecoming movie trailer is finally here. And even more excitingly, there’s two versions of the trailer. A domestic version, as well as an international version with a touch more content. The trailers feature Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes, aka The Vulture, as well as a sneaky appearance of Tony Stark and some hilariously fake Avengers.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has acquired the film rights to AD: After Death, the recently released Image title by Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire. Set in a world where a ‘cure’ for death has been found and therefore everyone lives forever, only one issue of the series has been released so far, so Sony must see some major promise in the idea. Apparently, the movie will be produced by Josh Bratman, and Lemire and Snyder will both be executive producers.

Out this week
Where can you find the Joker, Harley Quinn and…Donatello together? In Batman TMNT Adventures #2, written by Matthew K Manning with art by Jon Sommariva. The Joker and Harley Quinn escape Arkham Asylum and head straight for the turtle’s NYC home where they meet Shredder.

Mark Millar, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion’s sci-fi fantasy story continues with Reborn #3, where Bonnie is captured by Dark Lands gangsters during her quest to find her missing husband. Is all lost, or does Bonnie have a surprise in store for evil General Frost and Lord Golgotha?

For the DC Rebirth title watch list, here’s what’s hitting store shelves this week: Action Comics #969, written by Dan Jurgens with art by Patrick Zircher; Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #5, written by Julie Benson and Shawna Benson with art by Role Antonia; Deathstroke #8, written by Christopher Priest with art by Carlo Pagulayan and Jason Paz; Detective Comics #946, written by James Tynion IV with art by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira; Flash #12, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Carmine Di Giandomenico; Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #10, written by Robert Venditti with art by Ed Benes; New Superman #6, written by Gene Luen Yang with art by Richard Friend; Red Hood and the Outlaws #5, written by Scott Lobdell with art by Dexter Soy; Suicide Squad #8, written by Rob Williams with art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams; Supergirl #4, written by Steve Orlando with art by Brian Ching; Superwoman #5, written by Phil Jimenez with art by Matt Santorelli; and Wonder Woman #12, written by Greg Rucka with art by Nicola Scott.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1, hitting store shelves this week. Written by Paul Dini, James Tynion IV, Steve Orland, Vita Ayala, Cullen Bunn, Tim Seeley, James Asmus, Heath Corson and Kate Perkins with art by Rabbi Rodriguez and Gustavo Duarte, this special features….a lot: Huntress has a Chanukah crisis, there’s a family christmas for Flash, Wonder Woman interrupts John Constantine’s hellblazing pagan party and Detective Chip returns. That’s a lot of…stuff.

The next evolution of Transformers is here with Optimus Prime #1, where Optimus Prime’s past on Cybertron haunts his present on Earth, written by John Barber with art by Kei Zama.

In Drifter #15, written by Ivan Brandon with art by Nic Klein, a new story arc begins as Abram Pollux plots revenge on the man named Bell Emmerich.

Kate Bishop returns in Hawkeye #1 NOW, written by Kelly Thompson with art by Leonardo Romero, and she’s heading west to LA, meaning the City of Angels has a new resident guardian angel.

In trade releases, Punisher Max TP Complete Collection Vol 4 releases this week, with the skull-chested vigilante making Riker’s prison his own personal playground. Written by Garth Ennis with cover art by Tim Bradstreet, this trade collects Punisher Presents: Barracuda #1-5, Punisher (2004) #50-60, Punisher: The Tyger, Punisher: The Cell and Punisher: The End. Explicit content, obviously.

Weekly Pick
If you’re looking for something a little bit different to the usual run of the mill superhero story, you might like The Wicked and The Divine Vol 1: The Faust Act. Written by Kieron Gillen with art by Jamie McKelvie, this trade tells the story of 12 gods, who, every 90 years, incarnate as humans for two years before dying and being reborn again. And what form do these gods take? Pop stars, of course! Collecting the first five issues of the acclaimed series, this trade has beautiful artwork and a unique story that will leave you wanting more.

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