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– Image and Skybound announced “Arcade Kings,” a new series by writer/artist Dylan Burnett (“Ant-Man,” “Weavers”), with colorists Walter Baiamonte and Sara Antonellini. The comic revolves around “Joe, a mysterious new face in Infinity City, has suddenly become the hottest new player at the Round House arcade. Anyone can challenge him, but no one can win. Joe’s secret past is about to catch up to him when his most formidable challenge yet rolls into town, forcing Joe to combo his powers with a joystick, his fists… and his fighting family legacy.” Issue #1 releases May 17.
– Titan Comics announced “Rivers of London: Here Be Dragons,” the next comic book installment of the Rivers of London series, by writers Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel, and artist Lee Sullivan. The miniseries will be written with author/screenwriter James Swallow, and see protagonist Peter Grant uncover “the link between police helicopters, green parakeets, Jimi Hendrix, and famous London skyscraper Centre Point.” Swallow adds, “Some say that a dangerous monster is at large over London.” It was not said when the comic will be released.
– James Mangold is in talks to direct DC Studios’ newly announced Swamp Thing movie. The film was one of ten movies and HBO Max series announced as part of the studio’s Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters slate on Tuesday, although it is unknown when it would be released. Mangold, who previously helmed The Wolverine and Logan, is currently preparing to release Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, and also has a Bob Dylan biopic, A Complete Unknown, lined up next.
– In further shake-ups to the post-Gunn and Safran DC landscape, HBO Max has canceled Pennyworth after three seasons. The series ran for two seasons on Epix (now MGM+) beginning in 2019, before moving to HBO Max for what was ultimately its final season last year. A spokesperson said, “We are very thankful to creator Bruno Heller and executive producers Matthew Patnick, Danny Cannon and John Stephens, along with Warner Bros. Television, for their brilliant, unique, gripping depiction of the origin of Alfred Pennyworth, one of the most iconic characters in the Batman world.”
– Via ICv2, the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced the year’s list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The top ten consists of “Free Speech Handbook: A Practical Framework for Understanding Our Free Speech Protections,” “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End,” “Frizzy,” “Huda F Are You?,” “Mamo,” “Other Ever Afters: New Queer Fairy Tales,” “Our Colors,” “Scout is Not a Band Kid,” “Superman Son of Kal-El, Vol. 1: The Truth,” and “Welcome to St. Hell: My Trans Teen Misadventure.” You can check out the full list here.
– Popverse revealed Eisner Award-winning comics criticism magazine PanelxPanel will go on hiatus after its 70th issue in April, before returning with a modified schedule later in 2023. Editor Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou said, “After nearly six years of monthly issues, it feels right to take a break and have a look at the format and the future of the magazine.” Subscribers will be contacted regarding refunds over the coming weeks.
– Finally, Ryan North celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Dinosaur Comics” with a new installment, in which he actually changes the art to show T. Rex visiting an art gallery. “Dinosaur Comics,” which began February 1, 2003, always consistently used the same six panels of dinosaur clip art, only changing the dialogue for whatever topic North wants to explore that day. North, who explains he had to run layers upon layers of old Windows software to create the new images below the post, says, “After 20 years I’m allowed to change the images BRIEFLY. And only once!!”