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In case you missed it, Marvel announced “The Punisher vs. Barracuda” and “Children of the Atom.” Also, DC unveiled “The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular.” We also have an exclusive preview of the first issue of “Betty and Veronica Friends Forever: What If.”
— Marvel will release a one-shot starring Hulkling as part of its ‘Empyre’ event this April. “Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling,” created by Chip Zdarsky, Anthony Oliveira, and Manuel Garcia, explores the character’s ascent, from his origin to his present-day.
— Marvel also announced two more ‘Empyre’ tie-ins for April: “Empyre: Avengers” #0 by Al Ewing and Pepe Larraz, and “Empyre: Fantastic Four” #0 by Dan Slott and R.B. Silva. The comics will see the Avengers head to battle on the “Green Area of the Moon,” while the Fantastic Four will witness the final battle of the Kree-Skrull War, and meet the Profiteer, a previously unknown Elder of the Universe.
— DC has postponed the series finale of “Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds” #7. Originally scheduled for a January 29 release, it will now be moved back to February 26.
— Humanoids announced “Metal Hurlant: Selected Works,” a 240-page color collection to be released in March. It includes work from an early ’00s iteration of the magazine from creators like Geoff Johns, Kurt Busiek, Guy Davis, and Jerome Opena.
— DC is partnering with the Los Angeles Zoo on February 8, 2020, for an interactive reading event. According to the release, “DC Presents: Reading with Zoo-per Heroes at the L.A. Zoo” is an all-day event featuring “interactive presentations with live animals, signings, author/artist meet and greets, as well as free giveaways, photo ops with a costumed Batman, and much more.” Participating authors/artists include Shannon and Dean Hale (“Diana: Princess of the Amazons”), Michael Northrop (“Dear Justice League”), Ridley Pearson (“Super Sons”), Kirk Scroggs (“The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid”), Agnes Garbowska (“DC Super Hero Girls”), and Victoria Ying (“Diana: Princess of the Amazons”).
— Game studio Camoflaj announced on Twitter that it’s pushing back its Iron Man VR PlayStation game to a May 15, 2020 release. Camoflaj cites the need to deliver on the company’s vision for the game, as well as high expectations as the main reasons for the change.
— Disney is rebranding some of the assets it acquired from Fox back in March. According to Variety, 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures will now be known as 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures. No word yet on 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios, though Variety notes that discussions are underway.
— Oscar Isaac will produce and star in The Great Machine, the movie adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris’s Eisner Award-winning “Ex Machina.” Isaac will play Michael Hundred, a former super hero who becomes the mayor of New York City after 9/11.
— According to Publisher’s Weekly, this week’s book deals includes “Haylee and Comet” by Deborah Marcero, a graphic novel early-reader title described as “E.T. meets ‘Narwhal and Jelly.'” Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham have also sold their “Itty Bitty Kittycorn” picture book to Abrams, set for a March 2021 release.
— Finally, Joaquin Phoenix won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role at last night’s Screen Actors Guild Motion Picture Awards for his lead role in Joker. You can watch Phoenix’s acceptance speech (where he pays tribute to The Dark Knight‘s Heath Ledger) here, and read the full list of this year’s SAG Award winners (which include the Avengers: Endgame stunt team) here.