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– Kicking off, Geoff Johns teased on Twitter that the Doom Patrol would be coming to DC’s live-action Titans series, set to debut sometime this year on DC’s exclusive streaming service. The picture was of a script for episode five of the series, which is written by Johns and titled “Doom Patrol.” The streaming service is set to debut with Titans as well as a third season of Young Justice, with later additions of a Harley Quinn animated series and a live-action Metropolis show. No premiere date has been revealed yet.
– Disney has revealed more details about their upcoming streaming service set to debut in fall 2019. The service will feature only all-ages content and debut exclusively in the U.S. before expanding overseas. Disney is in the process of developing several movies specifically for the service and a number of live-action television series including both Marvel and Star Wars properties. The Marvel Netflix shows are set to remain where they are for now.
– Actor Reg E. Cathey of The Wire, House of Cards and Fantastic Four fame passed away this weekend at the age of 59 after a battle with lung cancer. Marvel Television offered their condolences on his passing while also revealing that Cathey filmed scenes for Luke Cage season two as Cage’s father, meaning it will be his final performance.
– The New York Times last year dropped 11 of its bestselling charts for books, including the list for graphic novels – hardcover and paperback – and manga. This move was also paralleled a 5% drop in graphic novels sales. Graphic novels make up around 6% of the book market in the US. Over 400 industry creators crafted a petition that was sent to the Times on Monday morning, which has yet to receive a response. You can read the full letter here.
– Writers Brian Wood and Justin Giampaoli and artist Andrea Mutti’s OGN “Rome West” is being published by Dark Horse this summer. Originally published by Stela, the book tells an alternate history of the Americas in which the Romans arrived before Columbus. The book is due out (appropriately) July 4th, 2018.
– Archie Comics are set to publish a new series returning to the “classic Archie” mold called “Betty and Veronica Friends Forever.” The series is coming by way of Archie mainstays Bill Golliher and artist Dan Parent, with inks by Rich Koslowski, colors by Glenn Whitmore and letters by Jack Morelli. The series will be $2.99 each issue and have a different theme each month. Look for the series come May and check out an interview here with Parent.
– Black Panther premieres in theaters this Friday February 16th, and director Ryan Coogler revealed in an interview with Yahoo! Movies that he really wanted to use Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter in the movie but was told no. Kraven appeared as a part of Christopher Priest’s “Black Panther” run in the 90’s, which Coogler holds in high regard. Does this mean that Marvel has other plans for Kraven, perhaps in Spider-Man: Homecoming 2?
– DC revealed that Brian Michael Bendis would be taking over the “Superman” line of comics and moving all his Jinxworld creator-owned series to DC as well as curating his own Young Animal-like imprint. Bendis revealed on the Word Balloon podcast that the Jinxworld line, both reprints and new content, would be revealed at Emerald City Comic-Con, which takes place March 1-4. Bendis also revealed on the same podcast that he turned down both “Deadpool” and a new “Wolverine” book at Marvel before leaving.
– 1First Comics has removed all their comics from digital services like Kindle and Comixology, and are developing an app for their comics and company specifically. 1First Comics and Devil’s Due share a Diamond solicitation spot, but are indeed two separate companies, and Devil’s Due’s comics are still on Comixology. You can still purchase 1First Comics’ issues from their website.Continued below
– Nunatsiaq News interviewed German artist Kristina Gehrmann about her graphic novel trilogy “Icebound” (“Im Eisland”), which tells the story of Royal Navy officer John Franklin’s ill-fated 1845 expedition to the Arctic. An English translation of the award-winning books began being serialized at Tapas last month.