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In case you missed it, Marvel announced a new “Thanos” miniseries from Tini Howard and Ariel Olivetti exploring the origins of the Mad Titan and Gamora’s relationship.
– First Second Books has revealed the cover of “The Castle in the Stars: The Knights of Mars,” the third installment of “The Castle in the Stars” series, series on Twitter. The graphic novels, written and illustrated by Alex Alice, are an alternate history fantasy that imagines a world where humans discover space travel in 1869. The book will be part of First Second’s Fall 2019 catalog.
– In Indonesia, 17-year-old student Rizka Raisa Fatimah Ramli won UNICEF and Comics Uniting Nations’ second worldwide comic contest winner for creating “Cipta,” a character who helps keep children safe from school-related violence. In a statement accompanying the news, Ramli said she “created ‘Cipta’ to draw attention to the violence and bullying that children in Indonesia and around the world face every day.”
– Bleeding Cool reports artist Glenn Fabry (“Preacher”)’s tuberculosis has gone into remission. Fabry, who was originally misdiagnosed as having lung cancer last year, was quoted as saying, “My next scan is in 3 months, if it works out okay, the one after that in 6 months, if that works out, then cushty. Thank you for all of your good wishes and support, it’s been a really difficult experience for the last year.” Multiversity Comics wishes Fabry all the best.
– Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Animated Film, while Black Panther received Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Visual Effects. Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Lisa Hanawalt’s BoJack Horseman was also named Best Animated Series, marking the fourth time it has won the award. You can read the full list of winners here.
– Aquaman crossed the $1 billion mark, grossing a worldwide total of $1.02 billion this weekend. It has surpassed The Dark Knight (which grossed $1.005 billion) to become the most successful DC Comics film adaptation after The Dark Knight Rises. In contrast, the film has so far grossed just $287.9 million in North America, making it the second least successful DCEU film domestically after Justice League.
– Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced their two part The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen Direct-to-DVD animated features will be expanded and combined into one film entitled The Death and Return of Superman, due to be released with a “collectible item” in a box set later this year. This announcement complements the previously revealed double feature screenings of The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen at select theaters January 13th and January 14th.
– In further DC Comics adaptation news, Deadline is reporting that Hong Chau has been cast as “Lady T.” in HBO’s upcoming Watchmen series. The ever-expanding cast for the Damon Lindelof-written production includes Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, Jeremy Irons, and Jean Smart.
– Fans of the CW’s DC Universe have cause to celebrate: TV Line has announced Flash’s Jesse L. Martin (“Detective Joe West”) is back on set filming after an extended hiatus for medical leave.
– And finally, the CW superhero news continues to roll in, this time courtesy of Comicbook.com: actor Louis Ozawa Changchien (The Man in the High Castle) will play the role of “The Hat” in Supergirl, taking on Kara Zor-El with help from Manchester Black, Menagerie and The Morae.
– Also, on Friday we asked, “What is the Best Monthly Value in Comics Subscriptions?” 32.6 percent responded Marvel Unlimited, 30.4 percent thought that comiXology Unlimited was best, 26.1 percent said Shonen Jump, and 10.9 percent chose DC Universe.