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– Archie Comics is bringing back its superheroes this November with “The Mighty Crusaders,” launching under its Dark Circle imprint. Archie Comics regulars, Ian Flynn and Kelsey Shannon, will be writing and drawing. In announcing the title, CEO and Publisher Jon Goldwater took a shot at DC and Marvel saying, “We wanted to create a book that’s accessible, not mired in a million crossovers and part of a bigger, unfolding story.” Goldwater hopes that this series will lead to spinoffs and an expansion of their Dark Circle universe.
– In other Archie Comics news, Betty and Veronica are getting a new series called “B&V Vixens,” where they are reimagined as “badass biker chicks in charge of the meanest gang in town.” I’m sensing a trend here. Archie Comics editor Jamie Rotante will be writing the book, along with Eva Cabrera (“Kim & Kim”) on art duties. This series will also be launching in November.
– DC’s Dark Matter books may be more creator-friendly than their traditional books. In an interview with ICv2, Dan Didio used some interesting language to describe creator participation (emphasis mine), “All these talents are participating in the books, whether that’s creator-owned, or taking equity positions. They have vested value in participating and helping creating this.” If that’s true, DC will start looking a lot more attractive to even more big names.
– Kyle Higgins, Stephen Mooney, and Jordie Bellaire are launching a new series with French publisher Glénat, called “The Dead Hand.” The story follows a group of international spies as they try and stop a terrorist group launching a nuclear attack. The first 64-page collection will release on September 6, 2017 in Europe, with an English version to follow early next year.
– Insight Comics will release its first original graphic novel, ‘M.F.K.’ by cartoonist Nilah Magruder. ‘M.F.K.’ is about “…an adventurous, deaf young hero named Abbie,” and “…introduces readers to a desert planet full of sandstorms, mythical beasts, and villains at every turn.” It was originally published as a web comic starting in 2012, and it won the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award in 2015.
– Dark Horse will republish another Neil Gaiman adaptation, “Only the End of the Word Again.” The story is adapted by P. Craig Russell and Troy Nixey, and was originally published by Oni Press in “Oni Double Feature” #6-8 in 1998. The new deluxe hardcover will add colors by Matt Hollingsworth, new cover art, and other bonus material like high resolution scans of the inks and layouts. It will be available January 24, 2018.
– DC will release a commemorative edition of Justice League: The New Frontier, the animated adaptation of the late Darwyn Cooke’s classic, and one of the first DC Universe Animated Original Movies. A full list of the extra features is not available yet, but so far it includes a mini-documentary on Cooke’s career, and new box art.
– Deadline is reporting that Milla Jovovich has been cast in Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, as the titular Blood Queen. She is just the third casting announcement for the project, after David Harbour as Hellboy and Ian McShane as Professor Bloom.