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In case you missed it, Marvel is launching “The Immortal Hulk” from Al Ewing and Joe Bennett (with a special prologue in “Avengers” #684), Dark Horse announced volumes 3 and 4 of “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth,” and BOOM! is giving us another Clueless OGN.
– Fox is forging ahead with new Marvel film projects despite the pending Disney acquisition. The latest one is a standalone Silver Surfer film, written by “Saga” writer Brian K. Vaughan. No other details are known at this time. This will be Vaughan’s first film, but he’s previously written for television shows such as Lost and Under the Dome. The article also mentions that New Mutants will have some additional photography to insert a new, unknown character. That film is scheduled for release on February 22, 2019.
– AfterShock Comics has announced that they are releasing a new edition of “The Art of Jim Starlin: A Life in Words and Pictures.” The oversized hardcover collection collects material spanning the Thanos creator’s career, along with retrospective commentary from Starlin himself. The book was previously released by IDW in 2010, but has been out of print ever since. The new version will come out on May 2, just in time for the release of Avengers: Infinity War.
– Disney is launching a huge charity campaign called Marvel: The Universe Unites. The week-long event will have the stars of Avengers: Infinity War doing “a series of hero acts and social media challenges” to raise money and awareness for charities that support children and families impacted by serious illness. Both Hasbro and Funko will each donate $1 million worth of cash and toys for the initiative, and on March 3-4, shopDisney.com and the Disney store will donate 10% of Marvel product sales.
– “The Rocketeer” is making its way back to the screen for a new animated adaptation on Disney Junior. This iteration will feature a young girl named Kit wearing the iconic jet pack, along with her “gadget-minded best friend, Tesh, and airplane-mechanic uncle, Ambrose.” The show is executive produced by Nicole Dubuc (Transformers: Rescue Bots), and will be premiering sometime in 2019.
– Equatorial Guinea authorities will release cartoonist Ramon Esono Ebale, who has been detained since September of last year for money laundering and counterfeiting. The charges, described as “cooked up and outrageous” by advocates, were dropped at a hearing yesterday.
– More details have been revealed about the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi theme park’s Gotham City section. Patrons can look forward to features like Batman, Scarecrow, and Riddler themed rides, the Hall of Doom restaurant, and of course the Joker’s Funhouse and Mr. Freeze Ice Scream Truck (har har).
– “Rurouni Kenshin” mangaka Nobuhiro Watsuki won’t get any jail time after being arrested for possessing child pornography last November. Instead, he will be fined 200,00 yen ($1,864 USD). Watsuki faced a maximum one-year sentence and fine of 1 million yen ($8,800 USD).
– Space Goat Productions has hired Keith Champagne (“Green Lantern,” “JSA”) as Editor-In-Chief, as part of their planned expansion beyond the comics and graphic novel market. Champagne’s previous experience includes being co-owner of 5th Dimension Comics and COO of Sabrage Entertainment.
– Snowpiercer has found a new showrunner in Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson after Josh Friedman left in January. The upcoming TNT show stars Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs.
– Paul De Meo, co-creator of the ’90s Flash TV series, passed away on Monday. No details were given. Along with the original Flash show De Meo also wrote the Tracer films and The Rockeeter with his writing partner Danny Bilson, who broke the news.