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– Marvel announced a six-issue comic book adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written by Gary Whitta (Rogue One, “Death Jr.”) and drawn by Michael Walsh (“Hawkeye”), with colors by Mike Spicer (“Shirtless Bear-Fighter”). The comic will offer additional moments not seen in the film, possibly including deleted scenes that director Rian Johnson has shed light on. The first two issues are out in May.
– The Super Bowl LII brought the first footage from Solo: A Star Wars Story – a full trailer of which will be released later today – as well as more glimpses of Avengers: Infinity War. There was no TV spot for Deadpool 2, but the character did live-tweet the whole event from his official account.
– DC announced two new imprints aimed at young readers set to start in the fall: DC Zoom, for middle school readers, and DC Ink, for young adults. The DC Super Hero Girls franchise is being folded into DC Zoom with “DC Super Hero Girls: Search for Atlantis” (by Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat), while DC Ink will begin with two graphic novels: a Harley Quinn book written by Mariko Tamaki and drawn by Steve Pugh, and a “Mera” one written by Danielle Paige. Gene Luen Yang is writing a book titled “Superman Smashes the Klan,” while Ridley Pearson is writing a “Super Sons” OGN: other recruited creators include Laurie Halse Anderson (“Speak”), Melissa de la Cruz (Descendants), and Michael Northrop (TombQuest).
– Artist changes are afoot at DC, with Stephen Byrne (“Green Arrow”) filling in for Rachael Stott on “Motherlands” #2, out February 28. Meanwhile, “Batgirl” artist Christian Wildgoose has stepped away to work on another project, with previous guest artist Sami Basri taking over on this month’s “Batgirl” #20. A permanent replacement for Wildgoose has yet to be named.
– Image Comics announced that in conjunction with the first trade paperback of “The Realm,” indie rock group Me Like Bees will release a companion EP, titled Songs from The Realm. The album, consisting of five tracks, and the trade, collecting the first five issues of Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun’s ongoing, will be released March 28.
– Tom Scioli (IDW’s “Transformers vs. G.I. Joe”)’s webcomic “Kirby” – an ongoing biography of Jack Kirby – has been picked up for publication in time for the King’s 101st birthday later this year. And in more Instagram news, Harry Hambley told the BBC he is in talks with publishers about a print edition of “ketnipz.”
– Nippon Shuppan Hanbai revealed the results of the 2018 Zenkoku Shotenin ga Eranda Osusume, an annual survey to determine the manga most recommended by Japanese booksellers. First place went to Kamome Shirahama’s “Tongari Boushi no Atelier” (“Witch Hat Atelier”), followed by Ryousuke Takeuchi & Hikaru Miyoshi’s “Yuukoku no Moriarty” (“Moriarty the Patriot”), and Shou Aimoto’s “Kemono Jihen.” For the full list, visit Manga Tokyo.
– Wednesday will mark the release of the third in Shequeta Smith and Dennis Saputra’s “Rayven Choi” graphic novel series. The books follow a black woman living in Seoul investigating the assassination of her parents twenty years ago. “Rayven Choi Chapter 3” will be available digitally, and physical copies can be ordered through Shero Comics (Smith’s publishing company)’s store.
– 2017 was a bad year for many comic book stores, but San Francisco’s Mission: Comics shop isn’t going down without a fight, having started a Patreon account. At the time of writing, the store has gained $1,975 of the $3000 needed to stay open every month. As the Beat notes, “this sort of arrangement is not without precedent in San Francisco and customers coming together to buy store memberships in a similar fashion kept the science fiction bookstore Borderland Books from shutting their doors a couple years ago. Will this technique work for Mission Comics? Time will answer that question.”
– Finally, we asked if you were excited that Brian Bendis is taking over “Action Comics” and “Superman” in July. 30% responded you were currently reading the titles and were excited about him, 20% responded you would drop them, and another 20% said they weren’t reading the Superman books but would now Bendis was writing them.