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DC’s new Chief Creative Officer and Co-Publisher Jim Lee has shared his thoughts on the company’s recent executive shakeup.
In a series of tweets, Lee explained why he continues to make DC his home after twenty years of working with the publisher. Lee also shared his thoughts on the recent departure DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson last week and former Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns stepping down to launch a new production company and publishing imprint with Warner Bros. and DC, respectively.
“Thank you all for the kind words of support and encouragement the past two days! Working at DC has been a dream job (20 years counting!) and nothing is more thrilling than new challenges and opportunities,” began Lee on his official Twitter account.
“My good buddy @geoffjohns and his awesome team have set the bar high but we are all excited for what’s to come! Geoff’s been a great colleague and collaborator and I know what he has planned and guys—it’s just amazing. A M A Z I N G ! ! !” tweeted Lee about his former Justice League collaborator.
Among Johns’ announced projects with his new role in the company is launching the new DC imprint The Killing Zone, writing and producing a Green Lantern Corps film for the DCEU, and writing a new Shazam! comic for DC.
“I also want to acknowledge and thank Diane Nelson for her many years of leadership and for being a friend, inspiration and mentor,” Lee continued. “She’s the one who brought me into the newly formed DC Entertainment as co-publisher 9 years ago and I literally wouldn’t be here without her.”
After DC Comics’ wider integration with Warner Bros. forming DC Entertainment in 2009, Diane Nelson was named President of the newly formed subsidiary. Nelson then promoted Lee and Dan Didio as Co-Publishers of DC Entertainment with 2011’s linewide relaunch under the New 52 banner as their first major publishing initiative.
Lee concluded his series of tweets thanking Didio for their collaborative partnership as co-publishers, and teasing future projects to come from the publisher moving forward.
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Marvel Comics will reveal the origin of the very first Ghost Rider in the pages of Avengers #7, featuring a flashback tale to 1,000,000 BC from writer Jason Aaron and artist Sara Pichelli.
The prehistoric, woolly mammoth-riding Ghost Rider debuted in 2017’s Marvel Legacy #1 as a member of the 1,000,000 BC Avengers, alongside Odin and new takes on the Black Panther, Iron Fist, Phoenix, Starbrand and Agamotto.RELATED: Domino Will Join Marvel’s Avengers For the First Time
“Fans have been intrigued by the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC and the story they represent since Jason first introduced them in the Marvel Legacy one-shot last year,” Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said in a press release. “So this issue represents the first peeling back of the onion to reveal a little bit more about who they are and what they’re about. And it’s a cool and affecting story all by itself, even if you know nothing about the Avengers of 1MBC.”
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The members of the 1,000,000 BC Avengers will be featured in one-and-done stories illustrated by guest-artists, which will help bridge the gap between story arcs and offer more background on the superheroes that make up the prehistoric version of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.RELATED: Marvel Reveals the Identity of the Greatest Avenger Who Ever LivedAvengers #7, featuring the prehistoric Ghost Rider’s origin, goes on sale September 5 from Marvel Comics.
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Social discourse is becoming more complex all the time, and segments of the population that have been ignored are starting to have their voices heard. Because frank discussions about race and gender have rarely happened in this country, the language of how to discuss those things is underdeveloped, leading people say insensitive things, either intentionally or unintentionally.A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns is what it says — a brief, breezy and fun comics tutorial on gender-neutral pronouns, and why they’re important. As stated in its solicitation text, the 64-page book also includes “what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world.” Non-binary cartoonist Archie Bongiovanni and longtime cisgender friend Tristan Jimerson came up with the idea and crafted the book in a way to welcome any and all readers. After a brief existence as a small-print zine, their book reaches out to the comics world at large this week from Oni Press’ Limerence Press imprint.RELATED: Oni Press Lands Distribution Deal With Simon & Schuster
Archie and Tristan took time out to talk with CBR about the book, why this entire conversation is just a matter of respect, and developing the language needed to have these important social discussions.CBR: How did this idea start to develop into a book?Archie Bongiovanni: I came out as non-binary and was getting really frustrated explaining what that meant. I felt like I was having that conversation daily and I was venting to Tristan about it.Tristan Jimerson: And I was like, “let’s make a zine!” We’d made zines before, so this wasn’t new ground. We wanted something short and cheap.Bongiovanni: Yeah, we wanted it to be really accessible, too. It was important to us that it wasn’t at all academic. We wanted it to be conversational.Jimerson: We printed the zine for years and it was really popular.Did you ever struggle to find a balance between giving people the chance to accept you (example, Archie’s parents) and acknowledging that sometimes you just have to move on without certain individuals?Bongiovanni: Yeah, it’s not easy. It’s such a case-by-case scenario. I personally tend to lean towards being patient and letting people have more time. It’s a really hard thing to establish boundaries and distance with someone you care about that doesn’t respect your pronouns. Usually, I’ll draw the line when someone knows it’s important to me and they’re rude about it. Or someone that makes fun of they/them pronouns at any point. It never gets any easier.You live this, Archie. Beyond that initial introduction phase, what makes this such a contentious topic? Do you feel that it’s basic manners to respect such a simple request from others?Bongiovanni: Of course I think it’s basic manners. I think it’s a human right to be respected for whatever your sexuality or gender is. While I understand that it’s hard for some folks to change their language, everyone already does it all the time.Jimerson: When people get upset they claim a multitude of reasons, but what it all boils down to is having respect without needing understanding. Which seems like basic human decency to me. It doesn’t seem any different from calling your friend Robert “Bob” if he asks you to.Bongiovanni: That respect is the first part of understanding as well. In a perfect world we’d have both respect and understanding, but at this point I’ll settle for a little respect.Jimerson: I think it’s contentious because people just don’t like being told they need to do something.Bongiovanni: People also don’t like to be wrong. Or to change.Jimerson: I don’t know what to say to those people other than “tough shit.”Bongiovanni: Language changes, whether you choose to change with it or not. It’s not going to stop because you don’t like it.How was it collaborating on this project for the both of you?Bongiovanni: Fun! Easy! Lots of coffee!Jimerson: We’ve been collaborating on things for years, so it felt natural.Bongiovanni: It was really important to me to work with Tristan on this project because I found his take really valuable. I don’t have the perspective of being cisgender and explaining non-binary pronouns to others, either in personal life or in a business setting.Jimerson: To me it’s important to work with Archie and let them take the reins on this project because they understand being non-binary in a way I don’t.Tristan, had you worked in a comics format before this? How was the experience?Jimerson: I’ve worked with Archie on some zines and written scripts for a few comics that never saw the light of day. I like writing for comics because it forces you to be clear and concise without getting bogged down with physical descriptions. It is much easier to work in this medium simultaneously with Archie, as we can plot out jokes and the way the characters look in tandem with writing the script. It feels more collaborative than just writing something in a vacuum and sending it off. I think that’s important when writing something that’s meant to be conversational.How did you end up hooking up with Oni and Limerence?Jimerson: Somehow a copy landed on the Limerence Press editor’s desk and they asked if we would be interested in making it into a full book.Bongiovanni: And we said, “Hell yes!”RELATED: Trans Characters, Comics and the Importance of InclusionWhat’s next for you both?Bongiovanni: I’m working on pitches for other fiction comics and I’m always working on a new zine.Jimerson: The restaurant I run takes up a majority of my time, but I would love to do a more detailed guide for making a business a more non-binary friendly/safe place. I haven’t found a lot of first hand resources on doing that. I’d love to work with Archie on that project as well.A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns is available in bookstores now, and in comic book stores on Wednesday, June 13 from Oni Press’ Limerence Press.
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Nadia van Dyne will team up with her stepmother, Janet van Dyne, and the Agents of G.I.R.L. in a relaunch of Marvel Comics’ The Unstoppable Wasp in October.
The ongoing series from Jeremy Whitley and artist Gurihiru, his collaborator on Secret Wars: Secret Love, will involve Nadia investigating a mysterious connection between her father, Hank Pym, and the super-scientist group A.I.M.RELATED: Unstoppable Wasp Letters Page to Spotlight Real-Life Scientists
G.I.R.L. (Genius In action Research Lab) will be more involved in the action this time around, but Whitley also teases there will be other recognizable guest-stars throughout the series.
“Our goal with the adventures Nadia has are, as in the first volume, to combine the young and vibrant part of the current Marvel Universe with the heritage and fun of the Marvel Universe that she inherits from her family tree,” the writer told Marvel.com. “Between Janet, Hank, Scott, Cassie, and Jarvis, Nadia has a ton of Avengers history around her. Also, Mockingbird’s sticking around as a mentor in the lab, so count on some killer chemistry and things getting hit with sticks!”
Speaking of recognizable faces, a villain from the first volume will also return to plague Nadia. “I think we’ll have some surprising returns from the first volume, as we not only deal with some of Nadia’s history in the Red Room, but with the revitalization of A.I.M. under a familiar face that Nadia last saw inside of a giant robot,” Whitley said. “Beyond that, we want to bring in some family classics and some new blood as well. Nothing is quite as much fun as making new villains to plague the Marvel Universe.”
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“It wasn’t so long ago that Nadia was a part-time Avenger with very few social obligations. Now she’s a Champion, has responsibilities with G.I.R.L., and has a lot more people in her life than she ever has before,” Whitley added when discussing Nadia’s character arc for the series. “A lot of this first story is going to be about how Nadia reacts to having so many more commitments in her life. We’re also going to deal a lot more with what she’s inherited from Hank, both in her civilian life and as the Wasp. Hank’s had more than his fair share of enemies — and right now, he’s off making more.”The Unstoppable Wasp #1 from Jeremy Whitley and Gurihiru goes on sale October 3 from Marvel Comics.
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Originally published as part of DC’s primary line as an eight-issue limited series, writer/artist Sean Gordon Murphy’s alternate-universe story Batman: White Knight will be collected as the first release under the publisher’s newly announced Black Label imprint.
White Knight‘s addition to the Black Label lineup is not entirely unexpected. The Black Label announcement came with a mission statement articulating that the imprint is designed to allow “premier talent the opportunity to expand upon the canon of DC’s iconic superhero comic book characters with unique, standalone stories that are outside of the current DC Universe continuity,” which is effectively what White Knight was, in a nutshell.
Murphy himself conceded the possibility of the series being absorbed by Black Label in a tweet in March stating that, had the initial series release been held a year or so, it probably would have been given the Black Label treatment from the start.RELATED: The Murphyverse’s White Knight Isn’t Who You Thought It Was
Debuting in October 2017, Batman: White Knight follows a reformed — and sane — Joker, who leads a task force to take down the dangerous vigilante known as Batman.
White Knight will be joined by original graphic novels from such creators as Frank Miller, John Romita Jr, Kelly Sue DeConnick, John Ridley, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Batman: White Knight hits shelves in trade format on Oct. 9.
(via Newsarama)
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Archie Comics has flipped the script once again, and last week announced another bold and surprising reinvention of its classic characters: Archie 1941, co-written by longtime collaborators Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn, who worked together on DC’s The Flash, JLA: Year One and much more; and illustrated by Peter Krause, himself a frequent Waid collaborator on series like BOOM! Studios’ Irredeemable.Archie 1941 takes Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Reggie and the rest of the gang back to the year where Archie Andrews first debuted: 1941 (as you’ve surely guessed by now). Of course, 1941 also marks the real-life start of the United States’ involvement in World War II, and this five-issue series — which will take the place of the flagship Archie series, also written by Waid, during its run — is set to explore the consequences of the conflict on Riverdale, in what aims to be a more serious yet still authentically “Archie” story.RELATED: Archie Goes on Hiatus, World War II-Set Archie 1941 Takes Its Place
CBR talked with Waid, Augustyn and Krause about Archie 1941, how the series developed, what World War II says about Riverdale and vice versa, and how these classic (and often comedic) comic book characters react to the tragedy of “the war to end all wars.”Archie 1941 #1 cover by Peter KrauseCBR: First, I’m curious: Even for present-day Archie Comics, where it’s standard to expect the unexpected, this project feels a bit out of left field. What inspired Archie 1941? How did the project come together?Mark Waid: It was generated in-house. Mike Pellerito called me and asked me if it was something I’d be interested in taking a crack at.Peter Krause: Mike Pellerito contacted me earlier this year about doing the series after I’d drawn some covers and finished some continuity pages for another proposed series. When he told me Mark and Brian were writing it, I was sold.There are certainly a lot of World War II narratives in pop culture — what can the Archie characters say about WWII that’s unique? And what does implementing real-life events into storylines reveal about the Archie characters?Brian Augustyn: Beyond the drama inherent in such a significant historical era, we have a great opportunity to look at the series characters and setting through the lens of that era. How are they essentially the same, how are they different? And also, it gives us a chance to tell the story of the home front. How does the shadow of world war affect the citizens of Riverdale?Is Archie 1941 inspired at least partially by the fact that Archie Andrews first debuted in 1941? Waid: I’m sure that’s where the original idea came from, but once we all realized there was a potential story — a good one — behind the gag, we were off to the races.Mark and Brian, you have a long history of working together, but it’s been a while since readers have seen your names credited together. What’s it been like working together again?Waid: Terrific. Without missing a beat. I’m always better when I run my ideas by Brian and we can talk out plots — he’s not only a friend, he’s a great writer who keeps me honest!Augustyn: In most ways it’s as if we never stopped, so natural and complimentary are our instincts. We’ve done much of our best work over time as a team, and it’s great to “get the band back together,” as Mark says. Mark is one of the best writers in comics, and this is a fantastic project to take on together!Mark and Peter — you’ve collaborated extensively. How have you enjoyed the unique experience of Archie 1941?Waid: We couldn’t have asked for a better artist for this story. Pete’s perfect — his humanity and his attention to detail are key elements.Krause: Mark is one of the people I owe for continuing my comics career. This will be the fourth series we’ve collaborated on, and it’s always a joy and a challenge. The joy is finding the incredible humanity that Mark puts into each of the characters. Brian has amped that up even more so with his contributions — these writers have even made me feel for Reggie!
The challenge is trying to reflect that humanity in the drawing. Hopefully that’s a challenge I’ve met.Peter, what’s it been like illustrating this series? It feels like there are at least two unique challenges — making the Archie characters distinct but recognizable, and also nailing the real-world period element of the story.Krause: Doing the research for the real-world elements has been enjoyable. That era has been extensively recorded. Some library systems have online access to high school yearbooks of the time — invaluable if you’re looking for hairstyles and clothing. Other resources I’ve used have been reprints of Sears catalogs and photos from the Farm Security Administration (FSA) that document small-town life.
As to the characters, some will be easily recognizable — Archie will always have red hair. But there are some changes. For example, I didn’t find ponytails to be in vogue, so Betty will not have one. I went with a newsboy cap for Jughead — I think it fits the character and the times. And for Fred Andrews (Archie’s dad), I riffed a bit off of the Riverdale TV show and made him slimmer than he’s been portrayed in the comics. Drawing my own versions of all of the Archie gang has been a personal highlight.Mark, you’ve been writing the contemporary adventures of Archie and the gang for a few years now. How are they different in Archie 1941? In what ways do they remain constant?Waid: At core, they’re the same kids. Archie’s the big-hearted clumsy nitwit, Jughead’s the best buddy, Veronica’s the eternal debutante, Betty’s the tomboy, and Reggie is Reggie is Reggie. What makes them all different here is the circumstance. World War II is coming at America and it’s coming fast.RELATED: Batman ’66 to Meet Archie Andrews in New CrossoverAlso, the current Archie run has dealt with some serious material, but also retains the inherent Archie Comics playfulness — as you’ve said, Mark, there’s always going to be a “moment where Archie ends up with a paint bucket over his head.” Obviously Archie 1941 deals with somber material, but do you feel it’s of a similar tone as the rest of your run?Waid: Not totally, no. It’s definitely more serious. That said, there still have to be laughs, and even in the thick of the drama, Brian and I have found them.Augustyn: As a co-conspirator, I can take a shot at this: The tone of Archie 1941 is more serious than the regular series, but not without humor, or great human moments. We’re trying to keep a balance even in the face of the obvious tragedy of the war to end all wars.Archie 1941 #1 is schedule for release on Sept. 12 from Archie Comics.
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Stan Lee’s business manager, whom the 95-year-old creator said is the only person who represents him, was arrested Monday on suspicion of filing a false police report.
Keya Morgan, a collector of pop-culture memorabilia who rubs elbows with celebrities, was taken into custody Monday afternoon by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His bail was set at $20,000.RELATED: Stan Lee Reiterates He’s Only On Twitter, Other Social Media Has Been Hacked
Although no details were released regarding the charge, but the website speculates it may be related to reports from early this month that Lee was confronted by two gunmen outside his home.
It’s only the latest twist in a bizarre series of circumstances surrounding Lee, who in April angrily denied allegations that he’s the victim of elder abuse, and threatened to sue anyone who made such claims. However, it’s obvious there’s a behind-the-scenes struggle, marked by a report that a former business associate stole vials of his blood and used it to sign comics, and a $1 billion lawsuit filed by Lee against his former entertainment company POW! Entertainment.RELATED: Stan Lee’s Daughter Accused of Physical, Psychological Elder Abuse
Although Lee has long maintained a robust social-media presence, he announced on May 12 that he had only then begun writing Twitter posts himself; he maintained that someone else has control of his Facebook account.
Lee signed a declaration stating that three men, including Morgan, had attempted to take advantage of his daughter J.C. Lee in an attempt to “gain control over my assets, property and money.” But in April, Lee denied the allegation in a video recorded by Morgan, whom he’s described as “my only partner and business manager.” In his Twitter profiles, Morgan characterizes himself as “co-creator with Stan Lee.”
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Of all the unlikely and unexpected things to spiral out of this spring’s conclusion of the Dark Nights: Metal cosmic event, a major resurgence of Plastic Man, one of DC Comics’ most famous slapstick ne’er-do-wells, ranks pretty high on the list. From his pivotal role in the last stand of Earth’s heroes against the Dark Multiverse to his currently running stint on the interstellar team The Terrifics, Eel O’Brien has found himself a brand new Rebirth-era spotlight — and it’s only getting brighter.
Legendary writer Gail Simone is primed and ready for her latest venture in the DC Universe with Plastic Man #1 alongside artist Adriana Melo and colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick, the first in a six-issue limited series kicking off this week and the first solo Plastic Man book in 12 years.RELATED: Why Plastic Man is an Egg in Dark Night: Metal, Revealed
CBR caught up with Simone to get the details on the famously flexible anti-hero, and some teases of what might be coming in the future. Plus, keep reading for a preview of this week’s Plastic Man #1!Plastic Man #2 cover by Bilquis EvelyCBR: When I think of Plastic Man, my immediate thought is always something about physical comedy. Eel is a funny guy all around but his physicality (or lack thereof) is always such a major part of his comedy — can you talk about your process with Adriana Melo in scripting and nailing those physical beats and sight gags? What is it like to write a character who can literally take on any shape at any moment?Gail Simone: You and I are in the same kayak in this regard, I always feel like, if you have Plas and he’s not doing something weird or funny or creepy, it’s like an issue of Fantastic Four where Johnny never fires up. One of the funnest elements of the original stories wasn’t Plas as the Goodyear Blimp, but just quietly being a vase or a rug, that stuff always cracked me up, people walking on a rug with goggles and no one notices. I loved it.
I’m pretty used to writing physical comedy, and I try to be super-specific about the choreography and science of it. But Adriana is always encouraged to bring her own genius to the dance floor. It’s a surprisingly tricky thing to write, but I love it, and we have such a great rapport that there’s no worries on my end at all.Speaking of Eel’s humor, where do you think the line gets drawn for him between sincerity and irreverence? How do you sell earnestness and personal development for a character so famously slapstick?
My least favorite kind of humor for characters like this is “zany.” I love Ambush Bug, I feel he has zany covered. But when you take crime-background characters like Deadpool and Plastic Man and you cross that line into Daffy Duck territory, I feel like it’s a detriment to the characters. Both of these characters are born in pain and want, and humor is how they deal with it.
So some people cry all day over a broken fingernail and some laugh at a funeral for a beloved family member. It’s how you deal with life that’s meaningful. There’s no right way or wrong way. Plas is the guy who doesn’t understand his current life, but he’s going to enjoy it, dammit.Plastic Man #3 cover by Alex RossOne thing I’m personally really focused on in comics is female writers taking on male characters which, bizarrely, has become a really rare phenomena in the last 10 years or so. By my count, you’re the first woman to write Eel in any kind of spotlight — what are you hoping your voice can add to the character’s legacy? What do you hope readers, some who might be meeting Eel for the first time, take away from the series?
I do spend less time worrying about this than people might think, and I believe that’s because I have been so fortunate in the work I am offered. I mean, yes, I get offered every female character from Lara Croft to She-Hulk, but I am also routinely on the want-list for characters like Conan and Tarzan and Deadpool and other manly manly guy characters. And I love those characters. If I’ve focused on female characters more, it’s because there just seemed to be a greater need, and more unexplored territory.
With Plas, I feel that I was chosen specifically because people think it’s a good fit, and that books like Deadpool and Secret Six made a decent audition to tell stories for Eel. I like writing characters of all genders, and it’s fun to write a guy’s guy like Plas and see his view of the world!
Page 2: Paying tribute to Plastic Man history, pairing him with the broader DC Universe
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Batman and Catwoman are getting married, so it only makes sense that some of comics’ biggest artists would celebrate the once in a lifetime event. And that’s exactly what’s been happening, as a seemingly endless series of special variant covers have arrived online over the past several weeks.
J. Scott Campbell is the latest A-list artist to throw their hat in the wedding issue ring, offering a series of five connecting covers through his official website. They may be less wedding-centric thematically than the other variants, but with an image that stretches across five comics, it’s no less impressive.RELATED: Ale Garza’s Batman #50 Variant Reveals Catwoman’s Bridal Party
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A number of comics’ biggest artists have already debuted their variant cover contributions to Batman #50, including Campbell’s onetime Cliffhanger partner Joe Madureira, Joe Jusko, Mark Brooks, Frank Cho, Josh Middleton, Francesco Mattina and Dave Johnson, and Ale Garza, who created a cover showcasing Catwoman’s bridal party.
RELATED: Joe Jusko’s Batman Wedding Variant Cover Is Absolutely Breathtaking
The solicitation for the issue reads, “It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages.”Batman #50, written by Tom King and illustrated by a host of artists, including Mikel Janin and Joëlle Jones, goes on sale July 4 from DC Comics.
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Steampunk mystery novel series Newbury & Hobbes will make the leap to comic books in September at London-based Titan Comics, with series creator George Mann on board. CBR has the first details.Newbury & Hobbes will launch as a comic coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the novel series, which started in 2008 with The Affinity Bridge. The series stars the titular Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Victoria Hobbes, special agents solving crimes in Victorian England.RELATED: Titan Comics August 2018 SolicitationsNewbury & Hobbes: The Undying will be written by Mann, who has contributed extensively to Titan’s Doctor Who comics, and illustrated by Dan Boultwood. Notable for fans of the franchise, the Newbury & Hobbes comic will reintroduce the character of Dr. Aubrey Knox, a “rogue agent and occultist” thought to be dead after the events of 2009’s The Osiris Ritual.
“I’m delighted to be bringing Newbury & Hobbes to comics, and even more excited to be working with the excellent Dan Boultwood and the team at Titan Comics, who have worked wonders in bringing their world and its people to life,” Mann said in a statement. “It seems particularly apt that on their 10th anniversary, Newbury and Veronica are about to embark on a brand new adventure, filled with creeping horrors, eerie mysteries, terrifying chases and the sinister return of one of the most dangerous villains they’ve ever encountered, from The Osiris Ritual, Dr. Aubrey Knox…”
Each issue of the comic book series will contain a section of a new serialized Newbury & Hobbes short prose story, also written by Mann.
“Monsters, foggy old London town, steam-powered vehicles, masked subterfuge, fine suits and ladies bustles, all the things I love to draw are in Newbury & Hobbes,” Boultwood is quoted in Titan’s press release. “This book has been a lot of fun to work on. As a fan of the novels I’ve loved being able to be a part of bringing one of their stories to visual life, and it’s a great story!”Newbury & Hobbes #1, scheduled for release in September, will ship with three covers, illustrated by Boultwood, Chris Wildgoose and Arianna Florean. The fifth chapter of the novel series, The Revenant Express: A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation, is scheduled for release in Feb. 2019.
Page 2: Keep reading for a preview of Newbury & Hobbes #1
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Captain Marvel is poised for new adventures, thanks to the team-up of Margaret Stohl and Carlos Pacheco in The Life of Captain Marvel, which launches this July. However, ahead of the five-issue miniseries’ release, readers can get their first look at Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada’s beautiful variant cover for Issue #3.
The artwork features Carol Danvers hovering against a dark backdrop. Interestingly enough, though, her hands appear to be fading away, much like what happened to those who fell victim to Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers: Infinity War.
RELATED: Life of Captain Marvel Redefines Carol’s Origin as a (Super) Family Drama
In the five-issue arc, Carol’s strength will be tested — not that of her body, but of her emotional fortitude — as a traumatic event compels her to take a closer look at her relationship with her biological family.
“The understanding of Carol as a hero is fundamentally tied to her strength, but being strong is not entirely the same as having Kree powers,” writer Margaret Stohl told CBR in a recent interview. “So it’s been a really interesting journey looking into the nature of Carol’s strength; what makes her strong as a person and as a hero? Where is that all coming from?”
The solicitation details for the variant cover issue are as follows:
THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #3 (of 5)
Written by MARGARET STOHL
Art by CARLOS PACHECO
Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
On Sale 9/19/18
KEEP READING: LOOK: Joe Quesada’s ‘Life of Captain Marvel’ Variant
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Step aside, Disneyland, there’s a new most magical place on Earth. Writer Jackie Ball (Goldie Vance) and artist Maddi Gonzalez have teamed for an all-new four issue miniseries, Welcome To Wanderland, under BOOM! Studios’ BOOM! Box imprint. CBR has the first details.
The series follows Bellamy Morris, a young girl with a passion for her local theme park, Wanderland — that is, until she accidentally stumbles through a magic portal and winds up in the real Wanderland, a place that might not be quite as innocent and fun as the theme park she loves. Inspired by Ball’s career in theme park design, Welcome to Wanderland is “a hilarious, gleeful exploration into creativity and what happens when you let something you love define your identity instead of illuminating and informing it,” according to senior editor Shannon Watters.RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: BOOM!’s Low Road West Takes the Fight to an Irradiated Oklahoma
CBR sat down with both Ball and Gonzalez to get the inside scoop on the new story — as well as a closer look at the personal details that inspired the book.CBR: Now, I’m a bit of a theme park fan myself so I’ve got to know before we even get started — what sort of park are we dealing with here? A full-on Disneyland affair or something more like a Six Flags or a Knott’s? Or is it a special blend?Jackie Ball: Wanderland Park is definitely heavily themed. It takes a lot of cues from places like Disneyland, and small European parks like Efteling, with deeply immersive environments, and story-based rides. Disneyland is unique even among Disney parks in its connection to Walt and a very specific time period of time in American history. There’s a kitschy, rose-colored historical side to Wanderland and its relationship with its creator that allows us to explore some mystery in the connection between Wanderland Park and the Kingdom of Wander.Maddi Gonzalez: Wanderland is huge! Vast, sweeping lands stretching numerous themes, styles, and genres — I’d liken it to an old platformer game. Y’know, one of those where there’s the ice level, the fire level, the water level, the city level, the cowboy level — it’s like you can hop from place to place and see all kinds of wonderful nonsense all under that Wander umbrella, which, in my opinion, translates wonderfully to a real magic world.And of course, the obvious follow up: Are you both theme park fans yourselves? Can you share your earliest or your favorite park memories?Ball: [Laughs] I guess you could say that! I’ve been working for various theme park design firms for the past decade. But before I started working in the industry, I was a much more casual fan. I was mesmerized by the rich theming, and the feeling of stepping so completely into another world, but I had no idea that there was so much that went into the conception and realization of a park, or that there was such a rabid fanbase. We didn’t have any big parks near us growing up, so on my first trip to California at age 9, I just about lost my mind. My strongest memories are of walking into Toontown, and being just blown away that there was a place where I could step into a Disney Afternoon cartoon. E.T. was also a big one for me, because not only was there a forest inside (and it was just the line! WHAAAT???), but flying over a miniature Los Angeles on our bikes remains to this day the memory I return to when I need to evoke wonder.Gonzalez: Jackie’s deeper in the trenches of theme-park-ery than I am just by nature of her being behind the curtain, but I love being a tourist. Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley, the closest park to us was a waterpark at South Padre Island: Schlitterbahn. I very fondly recall being a child and having a grand old time on one of those lazy river dealies, chillin’ in a big inner tube, not a care in the world — then suddenly getting trapped under a gigantic waterfall! I thought I was going to drown right there. But I lived.
My second favorite memory was a moment when I went to Disney World with my family. I had this lanyard with these beautiful official pins of the characters from the Hercules movie. I got them in the ’90s when the movie opened, so they were fairly rare for a kid to have. A very well-dressed man saw me, stopped me right in the middle of the park, got down on one knee, and wordlessly opened a huge specialty briefcase stuffed with tons and tons of the most beautiful Disney pins! His intention was clear: he was looking to do a pin trade, which is a common Disney park thing. I politely turned him down, because the Herc pins rule. If you’re out there, Pin Trader Briefcase Guy, bless your hustle.When it comes to big theme parks and fandom, things can get pretty intense here in the real world, even for adults. There are a lot of people who take their parks very, very seriously. In this world you’ve created, is that something Bel has to deal with? Does she have a community in her love of the park, or is it something more personal to her?Ball: I think it’s a bit of both, In the beginning, the Wanderland Fandom (the Wanderlandom? No.) is Bel’s only non-familial social outlet. She spends much of her time on The Forums discussing the park with people she’s never met before, often roundly criticizing the park for changes and flaws, but she is still struggling to connect. Even though the fandom shares her passion, she still hasn’t found her people, and that’s a big part of her journey once she starts walking through portals and whatnot.Gonzalez: In my research for Wanderland, I’ve discovered the wild and wacky subculture of theme park bloggers that go to parks 50,000 times a month and know the minutiae of every single speck of dust on park grounds. Bel is absolutely one of these people! Unlike a lot of these bloggers that have get-togethers and online friend groups and meet-ups and such, though, she’s a little shy about it. She prefers to stick to a general forum rather than go out of her way to make any personal connections through it.
Once she is thrust outside of her comfort zone, though, the world starts to open up for her and she starts to really “get” why everything about the parks means so much to her, deep down.
Page 2: Building Wanderland, exploring the complicated world of theme park fandom
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Long live the Prince of Saiyans.
Comic book artist Brett Booth (Teen Titans, Backlash) has tweeted a sketch of Vegeta, the proud Saiyan warrior prince from Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball Z. Booth’s sketch shows the fan-favorite character preparing for battle as he powers up to earth-shattering effect while wearing his signature Saiyan armor.

Here’s a better image of that Vegeta from the other day. pic.twitter.com/pw8uZxXm5A
— Brett Booth (@Demonpuppy) June 9, 2018
First appearing in 1988’s Dragon Ball Chapter 204: Farewell, Son Goku, Vegeta served as the first major antagonist facing Goku and the Z Fighters after the manga transitioned into what would later be rebranded as Dragon Ball Z for the anime.RELATED: James Marsters Talks Runaways and Where Dragonball Evolution Went Wrong
As the manga series continued, Vegeta would later become a begrudging ally to the cast while maintaining his feud with his arch rival, Goku, with occasional descents into villainy. By the end of the initial manga run, Vegeta settles down on Earth with his wife, Bulma, and has two children, Super Saiyan warrior Trunks and a daughter, Bulla.
Instantly a hit with fans of the manga and anime, Vegeta has appeared in both DBZ follow-up series Dragon Ball GT and the recently concluded Dragon Ball Super, as well as the majority of the spin-off animated films and video games, including this year’s Dragon Ball FighterZ. Booth’s sketch catches the Saiyan Prince in all his unbridled fury that has endeared him to millions of fans worldwide.
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DC Comics has officially announced the artists and release dates for its upcoming launch of young reader graphic novels under the DC Ink and DC Zoom banners. In a press release, the company detailed the full lineup of titles to debut in spring 2019, and also shared the covers for each book.
DC Zoom, which targets middle grade readers ages 8-12, will debut in April with Super Sons: The Polarshield Project by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez. DC Super Hero Girls: Spaced Out, by Shea Fontana and Agnes Garbowska, will be out in May.RELATED: DC Comics’ Embrace of Young Readers Is Key to Its FutureBatman: Overdrive by Fontana and Marcelo Di Chiara will see release in August. Meg Cabot and Cara McGee will launch Black Canary: Ignite in October.
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DC Ink, which targets young readers ages 13 and up, will debut in April with Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige and Stephen Byrne. Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart will be on Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale for release in May.Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh will see release in June. Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo is schedule for release in July.
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Geoff Johns is returning to his comic book roots in a big way with a new pop-up label from DC Comics called The Killing Zone.After stepping down from his position as DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer, Johns will dive back into DC’s stable of characters. The imprint will focus on both new and obscure DC properties. No further details are known about the imprint’s titles or when they would see release at this time.RELATED: Geoff Johns To Write Green Lantern Corps Movie, Shazam Comic Series
This announcement is just the latest in DC’s growing line of pop-up labels. The publisher has previously launched Young Animal under Gerard Way, and will soon debut Sandman Universe, as curated by Neil Gaiman. Part of the initial deal that brought Brian Micahel Bendis over to DC Comics also included a curated imprint as well.
Johns had been CCO since 2010 and president since 2016, but his increase in responsibilities took him away from what he wanted to be doing most. “I’m thrilled to get back to a more hands-on creative role, Johns said in a statement about the change, “It’s a dream job on dream projects, reaching even deeper into DC’s vast pantheon of characters.”
Johns will be working on other comic book projects outside the imprint, including a new Shazam series and Three Jokers, drawn by Jason Fabok. He has also been announced as the screenwriter for a Green Lantern Corps movie, tentatively scheduled for 2020.
 
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Geoff Johns has stepped away from his executive position at DC Entertainment to focus on creative projects at Warner Bros. and DC including the Green Lantern Corps film, the company announced on Monday.
Johns has signed an exclusive writer/producer deal with Warner Bros. and DC, and as a result will leave his current job as President and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. Jim Lee will take over as DC’s Chief Creative Officer, while remaining as DC Publisher alongside Dan DiDio, a position they’ve both held since 2010.RELATED: Johns & Fabok to Explore DC Rebirth’s Three Jokers Mystery
Under his new deal, Johns has launched a new production company called Mad Ghost Productions, and will write the screenplay for Green Lantern Corps, as well as produce. It’s specified in DC’s announcement that the film will be specifically based on Johns’ run on the Green Lantern comic book series, which stretched from 2004 to 2013.
On the publishing side, he’ll launch a new DC Comics imprint called “The Killing Zone,” dubbed in the press release “a new pop-up slate of comic books,” which is set to feature “new and lesser known DC characters and titles.” Additionally, Johns will write a new Shazam! comic book series, the first in a decade, and continue on the currently unfolding Doomsday Clock 12-issue series, illustrated by Gary Frank, and the previously announced Three Jokers, illustrated by Jason Fabok.
“I took on a role at DCE because I love the characters and this universe more than anything,” Johns said in a statement. “But, I want to spend my days writing and on set. I’m thrilled to get back to a more hands-on creative role. It’s a dream job on dream projects, reaching even deeper into DC’s vast pantheon of characters.”
Johns has already had a significant creative role in DC’s live-action projects, including writing and executive producing the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman sequel, due in Nov. 2019, and co-writing and executive producing the James Wan-directed Aquaman, which is out Dec. 21. Additionally, DC’s press release confirms the 2019 Shazam! movie is based on Johns and Gary Fank’s revitalization of the character in DC’s “New 52” era.
Johns has had a significant hand in much of DC’s television projects, including the upcoming Titans, which will debut on the DC Universe streaming service. His involvement in DC’s TV efforts pre-date his time as Chief Creative Officer, including writing episodes of Smallville and Justice League Unlimited.
“Geoff is one of DC Comics’ most prolific writers, and we can’t wait to see what he does next now that he will be dedicating 100 percent of his time to telling the best DC stories possible across all media,” DiDio and Lee said in a joint statement. “The new publishing projects we are working on together will be instant fan-favorites.”
Johns has been a significant presence at DC for nearly 20 years, with the launch of his first comic book series, 1999’s Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.. At the publisher, he’s had notable runs on The Flash, Green Lantern, JSA, Teen Titans, Justice League of America and Aquaman, among others. He was named Chief Creative Officer of DC in 2010, and moved to President and Chief Creative Officer in 2016.
This news comes fives days after the announcement that DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson had left the company.
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With a slew of artists debuting variant covers for Batman and Catwoman’s wedding already emerging, we now have a full glimpse at one from veteran artist David Mack.
Mack, known for his water-color effects on books like Kabuki, and also for his work with Brian Michael Bendis on books like Daredevil and Alias, treats fans to a very disturbing take on the matrimony with the presence of The Joker looming large. His cover uses the silhouettes of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle — both in costume — with the splash colors of Joker’s face filling in the negative space. It’s all the more chilling that the cover acts as a cordial invitation to the wedding writer Tom King has planned for Batman #50.

I made a cover for #Batman #50. The wedding of #Catwoman & Batman issue.You can order it starting at noon today PST here: https://t.co/n4uQfe9z4e…/@surprisecomics @DCcomicsLarger image here: https://t.co/NpY408ARyt pic.twitter.com/G2n9CZ4v6o
— David Mack (@davidmackkabuki) June 8, 2018
RELATED: Mark Brooks’ Batman #50 Variants See Harley Quinn Attend the Wedding
Several others have already debuted their variant covers for the celebratory event, including Joe Madureira’s epic interlocking variant, Mark Brooks, Frank Cho, Josh Middleton, Francesco Mattina and of course Ale Garza, who has already created a classic cover by showcasing Catwoman’s rather amazing bridal party.
Here is DC Comics’ official solicitation fo the issue:
It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages.
Batman #50, written by Tom King and illustrated by a host of artists, including Mikel Janin and Joëlle Jones, goes on sale July 4 from DC Comics.
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Batman’s hunt for a missing young boy into the subterranean tunnels of Gotham City leads him directly into the crosshairs of Deacon Blackfire in CBR’s exclusive preview of Detective Comics #982.
The creative team of writer Michael Moreci, artist Sebastian Fiumara, colorist Dave Stewart and letterer Clem Robins send the Dark Knight into the sewers of Gotham City, where Deacon Blackfire makes his return after a brush with the Spectre. The ghost/metahuman has taken charge of a group of homeless citizens to use in his crusade, but what evil plans does Deacon Blackfire have in store for Gotham and Batman? The spirit has the power to control the homeless, but will his powers work on the Caped Crusader?RELATED: Detective Comics Teases a Big Development For The Entire DC Universe
Check out the solicitation text for Wednesday’s Detective Comics #982 and CBR’s exclusive preview below:
Detective Comics #982
Written by Michael Moreci
Art by Sebastian Fiumara
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Clem Robins
“The Cursing of Gotham City!” The abduction of a child by a strange, militant, religious sect of Gotham’s homeless takes Batman into the city’s darkest subterranean tunnels… and into the upside-down world of the vicious spirit Deacon Blackfire!
32 pages… $2.99
On sale 6/13/18
KEEP READING: Does Detective Comics Confirm Batman’s Legacy Isn’t Eternal After All?
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With the countdown to Batman and Catwoman’s wedding on, a slew of artists have been releasing variant covers for Tom King’s upcoming union. Now, artist Dave Johnson has joined the artistic chorus with a take of his own, as revealed by King himself.
Johnson’s cover pits Selina Kyle in an elegant light, albeit a sinister one as she rocks her black and white formal wear. As expected, it marries both aspects of Catwoman and Batman, with bats on the gown as well as lifting the dress; something Selina’s crew of black cats take offense to in a delightfully playful concept.RELATED: Ale Garza’s Batman #50 Variant Reveals Catwoman’s Bridal Party

In my rush, put out a stunning in progress @Devilpig666 cover for Batman 50.
Here is the final even stunninger piece. Wow. pic.twitter.com/CHbvu3vJwF
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) June 7, 2018
Several artists have already debuted their variant covers for the celebratory event in Batman #50, including Joe Madureira’s epic interlocking variant, Mark Brooks, Frank Cho, Josh Middleton, Francesco Mattina and Dave Johnson, and of course Ale Garza, who has already created a classic cover by showcasing Catwoman’s rather amazing bridal party.RELATED: Mark Brooks’ Batman #50 Variants See Harley Quinn Attend the Wedding
The solicitation for the issue reads: “It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages.”Batman #50, written by Tom King and illustrated by a host of artists, including Mikel Janin and Joëlle Jones, goes on sale July 4 from DC Comics.
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