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Ever since his surprise casting in 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, star Johnny Depp and the production has faced controversy following allegations of domestic abuse from ex-spouse Amber Heard. As press on the film’s sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, ramps up, Depp has addressed the controversy while publicly maintaining his stance of innocence in the matter.
“I felt bad for J.K. [Rowling] having to field all these various feelings from people out there. I felt bad that she had to take that,” admitted Depp in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in regards to the Harry Potter creator and Fantastic Beasts producer and writer J.K. Rowling facing criticism for Depp’s casting in spite of allegations of domestic violence which the actor continues to deny. “Ultimately, there is real controversy. The fact remains I was falsely accused, which is why I’m suing The Sun newspaper for defamation for repeating false accusations.”RELATED: Fantastic Beasts 2: What You Need to Know About Newt’s Brother Theseus
Heard officially filed for divorce from Depp amid allegations of domestic violence accompanied by photos of her battered visage as evidence. Depp denied the allegations, stating any altercations between the estranged couple were strictly verbal with the divorce ultimately reaching a $7 million settlement. The divorced couple initially issued a joint statement acknowledging that Heard had not made the allegations falsely for financial gain and there never any intent of physical or emotional harm from Depp. The actor has since filed a lawsuit for libel against The Sun regarding the domestic abuse accusations expected to go to court next month while Heard’s legal team has explored options following continued denials from Depp and allegations that he has refused to uphold the terms of their previous settlement.
“J.K. has seen the evidence and therefore knows I was falsely accused, and that’s why she has publicly supported me,” Depp continued. “She doesn’t take things lightly. She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth.”RELATED: Fantastic Beasts 2 Actor Calls Film ‘the Darkest of the Entire Series’
Arriving on November 16, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is directed by David Yates, with J.K. Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram serving as producers. The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, and Callum Turner.
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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy reboot roster has expanded yet again. While yesterday brought news that Cosmic Ghost Rider would be joined by Moondragon, Gladiator and Beta Ray Bill, a newly-released teaser today confirmed that the four will also be joined by Nova, Darkhawk and Phyla-Vell.
Perhaps the least surprising addition to the roster is Phyla-Vell, who recently appeared alongside Moondragon in Infinity Wars #4 when the two attempted to overpower Requiem, causing them to tumble into the villain’s reshaped reality, their fates left ambiguous. If the teaser released today is to be believed, it seems they’ll be falling straight into a partnership with the new Guardians of the Galaxy.RELATED: Marvel Reveals Three New Guardians of the Galaxy Members
Darkhawk has been through his own ringer as of late. The character’s solo Infinity Wars tie-in series saw Christopher Powell’s Darkhawk armor take on new, terrifyingly powerful properties. Nova also assisted Darkhawk in his struggle against the Raptors Gyre and Dark Darkhawk. Recently, Darkhawk was recruited by Sleepwalker, who informed the hero that Gamora’s dabbling with the Infinity Stones had put the Mindscape in great danger. Their story will likely be picked up in the coming issues of the Sleepwalker solo Infinity Wars tie-in series.
The new Guardians of the Galaxy series is expected to debut in 2019. The series will be helmed by the creative team of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw. The series is expected to tackle the fallout from Thanos’ death, which is likely to be significant.
All of that being said, the teaser today hints that the roster reveal is far from over. Several heroes remain silhouetted in the teaser. Just who could they be?
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Marvel Comics today released a teaser revealing three more members from its upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy roster reboot. The image depicts Cosmic Ghost Rider (who we already knew was attached to the team), Moondragon, Gladiator and Beta Ray Bill.
The image comes with no additional context except for the ominous message, “Who will stand when the last Guardian falls!” Regardless, it seems clear the roster reveal is far from over, as several characters remain silhouetted behind the core four. Cosmic Ghost Rider’s involvement in the reboot was revealed back at the top of the month in a teaser image like the one released today, depicting only the futuristic, slightly insane Spirit of Vengeance.RELATED: Thanos Has Built a Society Based on the Punisher’s Ideology
As for the other three, Moondragon was recently seen crashing into Gamora’s new reality alongside Phyla-Vell in Infinity Wars #4. Gladiator’s addition should come as no surprise, as he appeared prominently in the Thanos series that inevitably spawned Cosmic Ghost Rider. Meanwhile, Beta Ray Bill has played a crucial role in the Death of the Inhumans series.
The Guardians of the Galaxy reboot will be helmed by the creative team of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw. The series is expected to debut in 2019 and will reveal exactly why the galaxy needs guardians in the wake of Thanos’ demise. The last time we saw Cosmic Ghost Rider, after all, was when he stood beside Eros, Thanos’ brother, who had just acquired the Mad Titan’s last will and testament.
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In December, the ever-loving, blue-eyed Thing marries longtime on/off again love interest Alicia Masters in the pages of Fantastic Four #5 by writer Dan Slott and artists Aaron Kuder, Adam Hughes, and Michael Allred.
From the wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 to the marriage of Reed Richards and Susan Storm in Fantastic Four Annual #3, superhero weddings in the Marvel Universe have traditionally brought the villains out to disrupt the festivities and Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters’ special day looks to be no different. To commemorate the event, Marvel is releasing a line of variant covers across their publishing line spotlighting the classic Fantastic Four villains from a whole host of superstar artists including Gabriele Dell’Otto, Adi Granov, and many more.RELATED: Fantastic Four’s Headquarters: A Complete Guide
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With everyone from Doctor Doom to Super-Skrull to Namor present, it looks as like The Thing and Alicia’s wedding may be full of familiarly unwanted guests.RELATED: Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer Cross Paths in Infinite Space
In the meantime, the actual wedding can be seen in the Fantastic Four #5 written by Dan Slott with art by Aaron Kuder, Adam Hughes, and Michael Allred. It is scheduled to go on sale on December 26 by Marvel Entertainment.
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SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Action Comics #1003 by Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook and Brad Anderson, on sale on Oct. 24.
Ever since the Superman relaunch, starting with this past April’s Action Comics #1000, comics’ most iconic couple — Lois Lane and Clark Kent — have largely been separated. In a first look at this month’s Action Comics #1004, that is about to change in a big, emotional way.
In the pages of this week’s DC Comics’ preview magazine DC Nation, the creative team behind the upcoming issue break down the process of the reunion between the couple after being separated for weeks follow the events of Brian Michael Bendis’ miniseries Man of Steel.RELATED: Yes, Bendis’ Batman and Superman Are Still Besties in Action Comics
“This is something we’ve been building towards since revealing Lois’ return at the end of Action Comics #1001,” said Bendis. The writer is joined by penciler Ryan Sook, inker Wade Von Grawbadger and colorist Brad Anderson, with the team providing the original script and step-by-step artwork for the issue.
“This page is all about emotion,” agreed Sook in the interview.
RELATED: Bendis Shares Rebirth Debut of The Question in Action Comics #1005
Lois had left with her and Clark’s son, Jon, on an cosmic adventure with Superman’s estranged biological father, Jor-El. While Lois has since secretly returned to Metropolis, Jon and Jor-El have not yet made an appearance back on Earth.Action Comics #1004 is written by Brian Michael Bendis, drawn by Ryan Sook, inked by Wade Von Grawbadger and colored by Brad Anderson. It is scheduled to go on sale on Oct. 24.
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Eric Powell has announced that a new The Goon comic is coming out in 2019.
Powell’s publishing company, Albatross Funnybooks, will premiere the new series. It will feature the first original Goon story since the character appeared in the Theatre Bizarre Halloween one-shot from Dark Horse in 2015. The new comic will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series. Albatross Funnybooks also confirmed that there will be a national signing tour and limited edition tie-ins next year to coincide with the new series, including special tiki glasses.
Powell expanded on his excitement about bringing the series to his personal imprint in a press release.
“The fact that we feel confident bringing the full library of my flagship title over to Albatross going into our third year of expansion fills me with excitement and a new enthusiastic energy for what’s to come,” said Powell.RELATED: The Goon Launches Kickstarter For Tabletop RPG
Powell also explained how Albatross Funnybooks is the right place to revive The Goon, and why now is the right time.
“I’m returning to the roots of the series with a heavy emphasis on the weird, twisted humor the book has been known for,” said Powell. “The world around us is dark enough right now. I want to make readers laugh and forget their troubles for a little bit.”
Powell also teased that some of the biggest creators in the industry will join him in creating new stories within The Goon universe. The last volume of The Goon, “Once Upon a Hard Time,” was released by Dark Horse in 2015.The Goon, with script and artwork by Eric Powell, is scheduled to return in early 2019.
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DC executives regret the much-discussed panels depicting a nude Bruce Wayne in Batman: Damned #1.
The sheer amount of media attention paid to the issue, released last month, has even caused DC to reassess the Black Label imprint the series launched. Announced in March, Black Label is intended to permit the publisher’s premier talent a certain level of creative freedom they wouldn’t receive working on in-continuity DC Universe titles.RELATED: Holy Full Frontal! Batman: Damned Shows a New(d) Side of the Dark Knight
That allowed Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo to create a dark and atmospheric issue about Batman and John Constantine, but the more newsworthy aspect was that the issued included a brief scene of full-frontal nudity from Batman. The panels were censored in digital copies and for future print edition.
“It’s made us, certainly, look at what Black Label is and think about whether these elements are additive to the story … and that’s something that we’ll be mindful of going forward,” DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee told Polygon at New York Comic Con, “because I don’t think we want necessarily a repeat of what happened with the first issue.”RELATED: Batman: Damned’s Digital Release Censors Bruce Wayne’s Naughty Bits
“It’s something we wished never happened,” added Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, “because it really took the attention away from what we thought was quality storytelling, and that’s not the way we see this imprint.”
There are a number of titles set to be released as Black Label series, including Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman: Last Knight on Earth, Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s Superman: Year One, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Jimenze’s Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons, and John Ridley’s The Other History of the DC Universe.
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The resurrected Jean Grey takes center stage on Marko Djurdjevic’s variant cover on the debut issue of next month’s eagerly anticipated Uncanny X-Men relaunch.
The flagship X-Men title will relaunch next month with a ten-part story arc shipping weekly with writers Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, and Matthew Rosenberg along with artists Mahmud Asrar, Mark Bagley, and Mirka Colak at the helm. Djurdjevic’s variant and the full solicitation information for the issue from Marvel is below:RELATED: Uncanny X-Men Annual Teases Return of Major, Long-Missing Character
UNCANNY X-Men #1
ED BRISSON, KELLY THOMPSON & Matthew ROSENBERG (W)
ISSUE #1 – MAHMUD ASRAR, MARK BAGLEY & MIRKA COLAK (A)
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
ISSUE #1 – VARIANT COVER BY JEN BARTEL
ISSUE #1 – VARIANT COVER BY JIM CHEUNG
ISSUE #1 – VARIANT COVER BY CLIFF CHIANG
ISSUE #1 – PARTY ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
ISSUE #1 – PREMIERE VARIANT COVER BY LEINIL FRANCIS YU
ISSUE #1 – HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY DAVE COCKRUM
ISSUE #1 – HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY JOE QUESADA
ISSUE #1 – BLACK AND WHITE HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY JOE QUESADA
ISSUE #1 – VARIANT COVER BY MARKO DJURDJEVIC
ISSUE #1 – VARIANT COVER BY ROB LIEFELD
ISSUE #1 – WRAPAROUND GATEFOLD VARIANT COVER BY DAVID MARQUEZ
ISSUE #1 – VARIANT COVER BY CARLOS PACHECO
ISSUE #1 – VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
ISSUE #1 – BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
THE CHILDREN OF THE ATOM ARE BACK!
New ongoing series kicking off with a 10-part weekly epic, the flagship X-Men series that started it all is back and better than ever! Starting with a mysterious and tragic disappearance, the X-Men are drawn into what might be…their final adventure?! X-Fan favorite writers Ed Brisson (EXTERMINATION), Matthew Rosenberg (PHOENIX RESURRECTION) and Kelly Thompson (MR. & MRS. X) and all-star artists Mahmud Asrar (X-MEN RED), R.B. Silva (X-MEN BLUE), Yildiray Cinar (WEAPON X) and Pere Pérez (ROGUE AND GAMBIT) join forces to bring you…X-MEN DISASSEMBLED?!
ISSUE #1 – 72 PGS./Rated T+ …$7.99
Joining Jean Grey on the cover of the super-sized first issue are Storm, Beast, X-23, Iceman, Psylocke, and Bishop. The relaunch teases the surprise return of several classic X-Men characters with massive repercussions hinted for the Marvel Universe.RELATED: NYCC: Marvel’s Brisson, Rosenberg & More Tease the X-Men’s Uncanny FutureUncanny X-Men #1 is written by Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, and Matthew Rosenberg and illustrated by Mahmud Asrar, Mark Bagley, and Mirko Colak. It is scheduled to go on sale on November 14.
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Stan Lee has opened up about some of the controversies that have erupted in his personal life over the last few years.
During the interview with The Daily Beast, the 95-year-old Lee spoke about many of the controversies that have surrounded him and members of his family. This includes reports of forged checks, accusations of sexual harassment and elder abuse, a lawsuit (later dropped) against POW! Entertainment and a falling out with major members of his staff. It has reached the point where Lee has even taken out a restraining order against his former manager, Keya Morgan.
Lee spoke with the assistance of a voice box and did the interview alongside his daughter, Joan Celia, and her lawyer. Joan Celia has been accused of committing elder abuse against her father, allegations she has vehemently denied.RELATED: Police Investigating Stan Lee Elder Abuse Claims
“There really isn’t that much drama,” said Lee. “As far as I’m concerned, we have a wonderful life. I’m pretty damn lucky. I love my daughter, I’m hoping that she loves me, and I couldn’t ask for a better life… She is a wonderful daughter. I like her. We have occasional spats. But I have occasional spats with everyone. I’ll probably have one with you, where I’ll be saying, ‘I didn’t say that!’ But, that’s life.”
Lee also addressed rumors about his money handling and his daughter’s spending.
“I decided my daughter is no longer a teenager,” said Lee. “This money will be left to her, and instead of waiting until I die, I will give her as much as I can for her to enjoy now. And that’s what I’m trying to do.”RELATED: Stan Lee & POW! Release Statement About His Social Media Accounts
Lee also spoke on the matter of his restraining order against Morgan.
“I can’t do everything,” said Lee. “I thought he’d maybe help [Joan Celia]. It didn’t work. In fact, he turned out to be quite a disappointment.”
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At the Rooster Teeth panel at New York Comic Con, the Austin-based production company revealed it had fresh content on the way for both readers of western comic books and Japanese manga.
Alongside the announcement that the company would be teaming up with DC Comics in 2019 to produce comic books based on the hit animated series RWBY and upcoming animated series gen:LOCK, it was also announced that a brand-new RWBY manga would be hitting shelves in the coming year as well.RELATED: DC Teaming with Rooster Teeth for gen:LOCK and RWBY Comics
The panel also confirmed the previously-announced young adult novel RWBY: After the Fall by E.C. Myers was being slated for a summer 2019 release.
At this time, it is not known exactly when the new RWBY manga will be released or who its creative team will be. However, we do know this new manga will be simultaneously released in English and Japanese, setting it apart from previous RWBY manga releases.
The first manga based on the popular animated series, simply titled RWBY, was written by Shirow Miwa (Dogs, Devil May Cry) and was first released in Japan in November 2015 with the English release coming in January 2018.
Miwa’s manga was followed by the RWBY: Official Manga Anthology, a four-volume manga series featuring a slew of creators, with each volume centered around one of the series’ four main characters. The Japanese version of the first volume was released in May 2017 with the final volume debuting later that year in October. The English release of Volume 1 was then released in May 2018 with the fourth and final volume slated for a February 2019 release.RELATED: Rooster Teeth’s gen:LOCK Sets a Release Date
The significant gaps between the Japanese and English releases of previous RWBY manga series are likely what prompted the company to opt for a more definitive worldwide-style release this time around. Fans can likely expect more information on the new RWBY manga following the English release of the Anthology‘s final volume on Feb. 19.
Created by Monty Oum, Rooster Teeth Animation’s RWBY stars the voices of Lindsay Jones, Kara Eberle, Arryn Zech, Barbara Dunkelman, Miles Luna, Shannon McCormick, Neath Oum, Samantha Ireland, Jessica Nigri, Michael Jones, Vic Mignogna, Aaron Dismuke, Garrett Hunter and Jen Taylor. The series returns for Volume 6 on Oct. 27.
(via Newsweek)
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Marvel has announced that a new Black Widow series will begin in January.
During the Women of Marvel panel during New York Comic Comic Con, Women of Marvel podcast co-host Judy Stephens announced there will be a new Black Widow comic starting in early 2019. The comic will be written by the sister duo of Jen and Sylvia Soska with art by Flaviano. This is one of the first comic projects by the filmmakers, who have previously worked on movies like American Mary and ABCs of Death 2.RELATED: NYCC: Jason Aaron, Donny Cates & More Tease Marvel’s Next Big Thing
The Soska sisters spoke to Bustle about the upcoming series, their take on Natasha, and the revealed plot details. The series will see Black Widow heading to the island nation of Madripoor. It turns out a criminal ring has been abducting children and posting their deaths on the dark web. In response, Black Widow decides to bring down the entire organization, by any means necessary.
The book will also deal with the fallout from 2017’s Secret Empire story. The event ended with Black Widow killed during a fight with the Hydra-warped version of Steve Rogers. It was revealed in the buildup to Infinity Wars that when Natasha Romanov died, her consciousness was transferred into a clone body.
Jen Soska revealed the circumstances of her death has left Natasha a bit more outwardly angry than the more reserved takes on her in the past. “Our Natasha will be true to the Natasha we all love,” she said, “but she is not in a good mood. You won’t see her feeling bad for putting more red on her ledger. She enjoys what she does. She’s damn good at it. She’s fearless. She’s lethal. She’s unstoppable. She’s the last person you want coming for you. Our Natasha isn’t following anyone’s rules so she’s completely unleashed.”
Sylvia elaborated, explaining how exploring Natasha’s more complicated feelings on going all out shade the character in an interesting (and even frightening) way. “There’s a trend with female characters in entertainment to make them softer, more gentle, have guilt over their actions, be remorseful,” she explained. “And I think it can be damaging to the more complex feelings of a character. This story gets into Nat’s roots, what kind of damage, and I mean real damage, a Black Widow can do and especially when she’s doing things on her own terms. Fans of Widow will be happy to see her be scarier than we’re used to.”RELATED: NYCC: Sana Amanat, Judy Stephens Bring the Women of Marvel to the Center StageBlack Widow #1 by Jen and Sylvia Soska and Flaviano is scheduled to be released in January.
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Marvel has announced that a weekly Man Without Fear series will deal with the fallout of the upcoming “Death of Daredevil” arc.
During the Marvel – True Believers panel at New York Comic Con, creative executive Ryan Penagos revealed that writer Jed MacKay and artist Danilo S. Beyruth will produce The Man Without Fear, a weekly book that will center around the aftermath of Daredevil’s upcoming death. It’s unknown who will appear in the title, which is expected to hit shelves in January. The length of the series is also currently unknown.RELATED: Marvel’s ‘Death of Daredevil’ Arc to Mark Charles Soule’s Farewell
This suggests the death of Matt Murdock will carry the same kind of weight around the Marvel Universe that Captain America’s and Wolverine’s deaths did. Both of those characters also received a series showing how the rest of the world responded to their deaths, which were titled Fallen Son and The Logan Legacy, respectively.
Marvel has been hinting at the upcoming death of Matt Murdock for months, with more details about the event being teased at NYCC. It has since been confirmed that Charles Soule, who has been writing the main Daredevil series since 2015, will pen the event. It will also be his last story before he leaves the series. Before that, Soule was also responsible for The Death of Wolverine.RELATED: Marvel Just Did the Worst Thing You Could Imagine to Iron Fist
Written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Phil Noto, “The Death of Daredevil” begins Oct. 17, running from Daredevil #609 to December’s Daredevil #612. Man Without Fear will hit shelves in in January.
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At New York Comic Con, Women of Marvel podcast hosts Sana Amanat and Judy Stephens held a panel alongside assistant editor Kathleen Wisneski, writer Margaret Stohl, writer Leah Williams, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg and artist Jen Bartel. The purpose of this panel was to discuss what it’s like working in comics from a female perspective and what fans can expect from Marvel in the future.
During the panel’s Q&A session, a young female fan brought up the topic of dipping sales, asking the panelists if they believed decreased sales were due to forced diversity and hiring people without experience.RELATED: NYCC: Sana Amanat, Judy Stephens Bring the Women of Marvel to the Center Stage
“No, absolutely no,” Amanat replied.
“There are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes. People try to conflate things at times, and that’s not necessarily the case,” Williams added, referring to how some readers attempt to draw correlations between things that may not actually be related.
Bartel then asked the fan if she would ask male creators the same question, to which the fan responded that she would ask anyone.
Finally, Amanat took the time to address and dispel the “hiring without experience” notion, saying, “We do look at what people do. You have to have experience, and if you’re talented, we will hire you.”RELATED: Marvel Exec Clarifies Comments That ‘People Didn’t Want Any More Diversity
For some time now, those critical of Marvel Comics have pointed the finger at the company’s push for diversity in their books as a reason for falling sales, despite evidence to the contrary. This is something Williams alluded to in her answer, citing all the various moving parts that go on behind the scenes at Marvel.
Marvel has increased its diverse offerings over the years, creating new characters such as Riri Williams/Ironheart, Miles Morales/Spider-Man, Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel and many more.
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Rocket Raccoon will be joining the Avengers for the upcoming Avengers: No Road Home story, which is the sequel to last year’s “Avengers: No Surrender.”
“Quite a while ago, now, Mark and Jim and I were trapped in a room and beaten with a pole,” writer Al Ewing joked during the Marvel – True Believers panel at New York Comic Con, alluding to how “Avengers: No Road Home” came to be. He went on to mention that Rocket Raccoon would become an Avenger for the storyline, while Voyager would return.RELATED: Marvel Announces Weekly Sequel to Avengers: No Surrender
It’s not entirely clear at this time why Rocket will choose to join the Avengers on their mission. However, he’ll likely be a great help to the team as it faces a new cosmic threat.
“Avengers: No Surrender” ran from Avengers #675-690 and combined the rosters of Avengers, U.S.Avengers and Uncanny Avengers. Waid, Ewing, Zub, Pepe Larraz, Kim Jacinto and Paco Medina were the creative team that saw the Earth stolen as a part of the Grandmaster and Challenger’s cosmic game to see who could outwit the other. The weekly event also saw the return of Bruce Banner/Hulk, the Black Order and a new Lethal Legion, along with the debut of the Grandmaster’s daughter, Voyager, who altered the Avengers’ memory to make herself a founding Avenger.RELATED: NYCC: True Believers: Take a Peek Behind the Curtain of the Marvel Universe
“Avengers: No Road Home” is scheduled to debut in February 2019.
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Uncanny X-Men is returning to the Marvel Comics stable this November, and fans have even more drama to look forward to when that book’s first annual launches in 2019, as group editor Jordan White has teased the return of Cyclops.
Speaking at New York Comic Con’s X-Men panel, White announced Uncanny X-Men Annual #1, by Ed Brisson and Carlos Gomez, will arrive in January. The cover art features many versions of Cyclops, with White teasing that the solicit for the issue is, “Cyclops — dead or alive?”RELATED: Joe Quesada Draws Almost Everyone for Uncanny X-Men #1 Variant Cover
Scott Summers aka the leader of the X-Men has endured quite a torrid last few years, having killed Professor Xavier under influence of the Phoenix Force and eventually dying due to Terrigen poisoning in 2016’s Death of X.
Although the character hasn’t yet been resurrected, recent events the X-Men universe — including both Jean Grey and Xavier returning from the dead, Magneto breaking bad and a young Cable hunting the original X-Men in Extermination — may provide the right backdrop to bring the character back into the fold.KEEP READING: Marvel Unveils Uncanny X-Men #1 Cover by Rob Liefeld
If Cyclops does return from the dead, it’s not entirely clear how he will do so at this time. Additionally, whether the character’s experience with death will have changed him for better or worse is also unknown. A younger version of the character joined the Marvel Universe in 2013’s All-New X-Men #1.
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The controversial ending to Batman #50 saw some death threats come writer Tom King’s way, which resulted in him hiring a bodyguard named Dave for Comic-Con International in San Diego. Well, it turns out Dave’s services have once again been called upon, only this time it’s at New York Comic Con and for a very different reason.
King tweeted out Dave’s duty for the event this time around after fans kept asking about the bodyguard, revealing he’s guarding Frank Miller’s original cover for The Dark Knight Returns. In his playful tweet, King warned potential thieves about stealing the cover, which has become a cornerstone for the entertainment industry, influencing tons of comics, cartoons and movies, including Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of JusticeRELATED: Thanks to Death Threats Over Batman #50, Tom King Has a Bodyguard at SDCC

People been asking me where body guard David is. He’s busy keeping watch over the original DKR cover.
“I have come for the cover!”
“No, my friend. You have come for your death!” pic.twitter.com/dZeOGs30xo
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) October 6, 2018

With @Jock4twenty and… The… Original… Actual… Cover for Dark Knight Returns #1!!!! (Appraised at 1.5 million!!) pic.twitter.com/tUJbxl69Lv
— Scott Snyder NYCC Booth L35 (@Ssnyder1835) October 6, 2018
Earlier, King’s frequent collaborator on books like Mister Miracle and The Sheriff of Babylon, Mitch Gerads, tweeted out his awe at the process Miller went through to create one of the most iconic covers of all time. It’s safe to say Dave might not be just on the lookout for rabid fans, but for comic industry professionals too who are all gawking over Miller’s fine craft.

The original of the DKR #1 cover. I honestly always thought Frank inked a silhouette and the lightning was a dropped in photo. It is not. It’s rad paint and airbrush work.
Anyone spot me a cool couple million? #NYCC pic.twitter.com/CplogF3ngM
— Mitch Gerads @NYCC K-34 (@MitchGerads) October 5, 2018
King is currently the writer on a number of comics for DC, including Batman, Heroes in Crisis and Superman: Up in the Sky. King won an Eisner Award for Best Writer in 2018.KEEP READING: DC May Have Made the Wrong Decision to Spoil The Batman/Catwoman Wedding
 
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During his New York Comic Con spotlight panel, DC writer Brian Michael Bendis provided some insight into what readers can expect from his and Patrick Gleason’s upcoming Young Justice series and Wonder Comics in general.
Joining the likes of Robin, Superboy and Impulse on the new Young Justice roster will be Amethyst of Gemworld. “Everytime a Crisis happens in the DC Universe, something weird happens in Gemworld, and now they know whose fault it is,” Gleason said of the character.RELATED: Young Justice First Look Reunites Tim Drake, Conner Kent and Bart Allen
Additionally, Jenny Hex, an ancestor of Jonah Hex who will first be introduced in Bendis and Nick Darington’s Walmart-exclusive Batman series, and a “Green Lantern hacker” will join the team’s new iteration.
A character named Naomi will also debut in her own solo book as a part of the Wonder Comics imprint. She is described as a “young woman of color who’s growing up in an all-white town who begins to look into her own pre-adoption past to discover a secret that will introduce a whole new mythology to the DC Universe with ripple effects stretching across Wonder Comics and other books.”
Finally, the upcoming Dial H for Hero, written by Sam Humphries and illustrated by Joe Quinones, will take inspiration from various different types of comic books, from classic manga to ’90s Image books. Bendis described the comic’s powerful dial as being “the greatest MacGuffin in the DCU” and stated that everyone will be chasing after its new owner Miguel. Furthermore, he confirmed that the new series will fill readers in on the fate of the Dial’s previous owner Robbie Reed.RELATED: Static Shock Was Almost A Member of Bendis’ Young Justice Team
Wonder Comics will launch with Young Justice in January 2019.
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Writer Brian Michael Bendis is well-known for his efforts to bring more diversity and inclusivity to the comics industry, having created characters such as Riri Williams and Miles Morales. Now, he’s poised to do the same at DC Comics through his upcoming miniseries Naomi, which will star a young woman of color set to affect the entire DC Universe.
Bendis, speaking at his spotlight panel at New York Comic Con, said Naomi will focus on a young woman of color growing up in an all-white town and looking into her own pre-adoption past to discover a secret. It turns out this is a secret that will introduce a whole new mythology to the DC Universe with the aftershock stretching across Wonder Comics and other books too.RELATED: DC Reveals Full Wonder Comics Title Line-Up, Creative Teams
The book’s co-writer David Walker and artist Jamal Campbell were also in attendance for the panel. Walker revealed that the character was conceived when Bendis was severely ill and hospitalized last year.
Wonder Comics is an upcoming teen-focused, in-continuity imprint curated by Bendis. In addition to Naomi, Bendis will team with artist Patrick Gleason on Young Justice. Writer Mark Russell (The Flintstones) and artist Stephen Byrne (Justice League/Power Rangers) will serve as the creative team on the new Wonder Twins comic, while writer Sam Humphries (Harley Quinn) and artist Joe Quinones (Black Canary/Zatanna) will work on Dial H For Hero.KEEP READING: NYCC: Bendis Brings New Series & Old Friends To DC
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The new Dial H For Hero comic, which was announced during this year’s New York Comic Con, will see Robby Reed’s magical dial find a new home with Miguel, a young Hispanic motorcycle rider looking to become a superhero. At a spotlight panel on Brian Michael Bendis this weekend, series artist Joe Quinones shared a first look at the new Dial H and Miguel.
In addition to the cover art for the first issue, Quinones also shared concept illustrations on Twitter. Miguel wears a yellow and black long-sleeved baseball shirt, a motorcycle helmet, a backward cap and a jacket adorned with Superman’s logo on the left sleeve. An unknown female character in a grey coat and tie-dyed knotted shirt will seemingly join Miguel in this story. Classic Superman also features prominently on the cover art, which might mean a cameo from the Last Son of Krypton.RELATED: NYCC: Bendis Brings New Series & Old Friends To DC

Some peeks at DIAL H FOR HERO, coming from @BRIANMBENDIS @samhumphries and I next year! pic.twitter.com/m7ywRhYXZE
— Joe Quinones (@Joe_Quinones) October 6, 2018
According to Bendis and Quinones, this iteration of Dial H For Hero is inspired by nearly every form of comic book imaginable, from indie comics to classic manga, and ’90s Image titles. Bendis dubbed the dial the greatest MacGuffin in the DC Universe and that all focus within this world will now be on Miguel. The comic series will also explain what happened to original owner Robby Reed, who once played both hero and villain to his own journey.Dial H For Hero was created in 1966 by artist Jim Mooney and writer Dave Wood for House of Mystery #156. The original series revolved around Robert “Robby” Reed, a young man who falls into a cave and stumbles upon a magical dial by accident. By dialing in H-E-R-O, Robby can transform into any superpowered being he wishes. The ability is not regulated by any governing body and there are no limits to the dial’s power, making Robby a force to be reckoned with. Over the years, the dial has taken on many forms — sometimes a watch and a necklace, but usually an old school rotary telephone, as in the upcoming version.RELATED: NYCC: DC Announces Bendis-Curated Imprint, Wonder Comics
Published by Wonder Comics, Sam Humphries and Joe Quinones’ Dial H For Hero is scheduled for release March 2019.
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By Crom! A second ongoing Conan the Barbarian comic book, Savage Sword of Conan, was announced by Marvel at New York Comic Con on Saturday during the Marvel: Next Big Thing Panel.
Debuting in February, Savage Sword of Conan will comes from the creative team of writer Gerry Duggan, artist Ron Garney, colorist Richard Isanove and a first issue cover by Alex Ross. The story will follow Conan across the high seas, and promises treasure, fighting, romance, and as Duggan told Marvel.com, “Conan swinging all kinds of weapons at death cultist’s heads.”RELATED: NYCC: Jason Aaron, Donny Cates & More Tease Marvel’s Next Big Thing
Each issue, along with the previously announced Conan The Barbarian by Jason Aaron, Mahmud Asrar, and Esad Ribic, will run serialized novellas as a nod to Conan’s pulp fiction past.
Duggan, in particular, is a longtime fan of the character. “My first job was in 7th grade, working part-time at a comics shop that needed help going through their inventory,” he said. “I fell in love with the classic Conan material that year. To be able to play in this sandbox now is a dream come true.”
He added, “I wrote my first ‘By Crom!’ into a script the other day, and I stopped for a moment to say, ‘Oh… That feels as good as a SNIKT or a THWIP!’”
Savage Sword of Conan #1 Cover by Alex RossRELATED: How Conan the Barbarian Became a Marvel Comics Phenomenon
Savage Sword of Conan, written Gerry Duggan, with art by Ron Garney, and colors by Richard Isanove, arrives on shelves in February 2019.
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