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In case you missed it, DC Comics released the first of three prelude comics to “Batman #92” on Instagram Stories,
– Marvel announced “Valkryie: Jane Foster,” “Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider,” and “Scream: Curse of Carnage” will be moving to a “digital-first” format for the duration of their runs, with print copies available in the future via collections. This is the second wave of series that have moved from print to “digital-first” in response to the shifting dynamics of the comic book industry recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
– Publishers Weekly wrote that Kate Leth has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster for “Mall Goth,” a young adult original graphic novel, scheduled to be released in Spring 2022. From the article, “The YA graphic novel, set in the early 2000s, follows angsty teen goth Liv as she navigates the highs and lows of firsts—first out queer kid at school, first dead-end job as a store mascot, and first love that garners the unwanted attention of her teacher.” Other graphic novel deals announced include Ridley Pearson and Berat Pekmezci’s “Indestructibles” trilogy, and Coni Yovaniniz and Rodrigo Vargas’s “The Do-Over.”
– CBR reports writer Louise Simonson, artist Jan Duursema, and colorist Sian Mandrake have launched a comic at Webtoon called “King’s Ransom.” A historical fantasy set in England in 1192, the comic follows a knight returning home after the end of the Third Crusade. “It was a time of War. It was a time of Magic. It was a time of Heroes,” the synopsis states.
– From ICv2, NBM Publishing announced new graphic novels for their fall lineup including “Willie Nelson: A Graphic Novel History” by T.J. Kirsch, Adam Walmsley, et al.; “The Disney Bros.: The Fabulous Story of Walt and Roy” by Alex Nikolavitch and Felix Ruiz; “Michael Jackson in Comics;” “The Louvre Collection: Leonardo 2” by Stephan Levallois; and “Plutocracy” by Abraham Martinez.
– Comics Kingdom is bringing a new volume of “Popeye’s Cartoon Club” back for a limited run with webcomic creator Randy Milholland. The series was revived in 2019 in celebration of Popeye’s 90th anniversary. Milholland’s run begins today at Comics Kingdom.
– From GameSpot, Square Enix announced video game adaptations of “Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai,” a Shonen Jump manga that ran in the anthology from 1989-1996. Infinity Strash – Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai – Spirit of Bonds, and Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai – Xross Blade are slated for release in Japan next year, with no announcement for Western localizations. A trailer for Infinity Strash was released in celebration of the Dragon Quest franchise’s 34th anniversary.
– Newsarama previewed an upcoming interview with “Power Rangers” writer Kyle Higgins about his tenure on BOOM! Studios’s relaunch of the comic book, and the plans for a prestige-format television show set in the Coinless timeline of the ‘World of Coinless’ arc he wrote. According to Higgins, actor Jason David Frank was set to reprise the role of the Drakkon persona introduced in the comics, after working with Higgins on a live-action teaser for the ‘Shattered Grid’ crossover event. However, the acquisition of the Power Rangers franchise by Hasbro abruptly ended plans for the show. A full interview with Higgins will be available later in the week.
– From The Hollywood Reporter, Disney/Marvel is set to re-release Iron Man 3 and The Avengers in Hong Kong as movie theaters are attempting to attract customers after the coronavirus lockdowns in the region. From May 28 to June 10, the movies will be screened and may be followed by other Marvel films. This continues a trend of Asian countries and movie studios re-releasing blockbusters to resurrect cinemas.
– From Newsarama, Redbubble has reinstated “The Trump Cult” cartoon by Nick Anderson after previously removing the satirical political cartoon at the request of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. Following the news of its removal, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) launched a campaign to protest the decision. Anderson said, “It was only after the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund intervened on my behalf – and the letter written by CBLDF started getting viral attention on social media – that Redbubble reversed their decision. In the end, I recognize that Redbubble did the right thing. But it must be pointed out; the President of the United States is a hypocrite who complains about the ‘violation’ of his free speech on Twitter, then tries to actively suppress the free speech of others. These are actions of an adolescent, wannabe-authoritarian.”
– Finally, James Gunn tweeted that John Murphy will scoring The Suicide Squad. Murphy has previously worked on 28 Days Later and Sunshine. The Suicide Squad is scheduled for August 6, 2021.