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In case you missed it yesterday, we exclusively revealed the launch of “Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Saturn Returns” in August, as well as the other Mignolaverse solicits for the month, and Valiant Entertainment announced a new “Doctor Mirage” miniseries from Magdalene Visaggio and Nick Robles. We also ran a preview for “Giant-Man” #1, out next week from Marvel.
– Kicking off, the project Marvel began teasing for August 2019 in this week’s comics gained a plethora of new creative teams. Many Marvel writers and artists tweeted out images that stylistically looked the same as the teasers on Wednesday, raising the number of creators involved in the project up to 98. Notable creative pairings include: Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld and Mattia De Iluis, Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung, and more which you can find here. Bleeding Cool claims the project is an anthology akin to “Action Comics” #1000, in celebration of Marvel’s 80th anniversary. We’ll have more news as it comes in.
– More news about the Lion Forge and Oni Press merger was confirmed, with many creators and employees at both companies announcing they have been let go or are leaving their respective companies. Lion Forge Associate Editor Christina “Steenz” Stewart, as well as Oni Press’s Director of Publicity Melissa Meszaros, Associate Editor Desiree Wilson, and Warehouse Assistant Scott Sharkey over at all announced they had been laid off. Many people, including Comicosity Editor-in-Chief Matt Santori, have decried the two companies for seemingly laying off most of the people of color and queer people with visible roles at the two companies. We’ll have more as it comes in.
– Over at DC Comics, the company revealed that the final issue of “Heroes in Crisis” has been delayed a week to May 29th to coincide with a “big reveal” in “Doomsday Clock” #10 when that issue is released the same day. “Doomsday Clock” has been delayed numerous times lately, with the 11th issue pushed all the way to August. Look for both books at the end of the month.
– Marvel announced a new series of variant covers for the month of June featuring different suits that Spider-Man has worn over the years. You can get a look at some of the suits here from artists like Stuart Immonen, Oliver Coipel, Adi Granov, and Ema Lupacchino and David Curiel. Marvel also cancelled their “Summer Special” for the month of July.
– On the entertainment side, Dark Horse Comics and Netflix announced that the two have signed a “first look” deal, meaning that Netflix has the first look at Dark Horse’s property for development for television and film. Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Paul Schwake have signed on to produce all future adaptations. This announcement comes on the heels of the success of the first season of The Umbrella Academy and the film Polar on Netflix’s platform, both based on Dark Horse properties.
– Adult Swim announced yesterday that they were creating a new spinoff of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law in Birdgirl. The new half hour, animated comedy will star Paget Brewster as the titular character, reprising her role from the original series. The synopsis of the spinoff reads, “After being named CEO of the world’s largest and most non-sensical corporation, Sebben & Sebben, Judy Ken Sebben aka Birdgirl (Brewster) has to find a way to maintain her work/superhero life balance.” No release date or other casting information was given.
– Finally, artist Erica Henderson (“The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl”) illustrated a VIP poster for the band Metallica’s recent tour stop in Milan, Italy. You can find the poster here for purchase from Nakatomi Incorporated.