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In case you missed it, The New York Times have announced they will be dropping daily political cartoons from the international edition of the paper next month; AfterShock announced a new title,“Midnight Vista”; Marvel announced two new series beginning in September, “Strikeforce” and “The Web of Black Widow”; and finally, Graphic Comics announced Graphite, a new, free digital service, that offers works from big name publishers like BOOM! Studios, Dynamite, Papercutz, Tokyo Pop, IDW, popular webcomics, and more.
– Among the slew of Marvel news also includes several tie-ins to “Absolute Carnage” this September. New tie-ins include “Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance,” “Absolute Carnage: Avengers,” “Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool,” and “Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Spider-Man.” These books will join “Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors,” “Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales,” and “Absolute Carnage: Scream,” as well as the main “Absolute Carnage” #3 and “Venom” #18. Marvel also revealed a teaser image with what appears to be Ghost Rider’s Hellfire Chain with the slogan “Sinners Beware.”
– Brian Michael Bendis took to Instagram to reveal a teaser image for his “Millennium” project. The image features an unlettered page from an unannounced artist depicting a “Batman Beyond” story. Meanwhile, artist Clay Mann tweeted an image from his upcoming “Batman/Catwoman” featuring The Phantasm, or Andrea Beaumont from Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. The image teases “She Awaits You,” while Mann says “January 2020.”
– DC will continue celebrating 80 years of Batman by bringing murals to different cities across the country. According to a press release a mural was unveiled in Seattle last week, and will remain there until the end of June. The mural was painted by locally celebrated artist, Joey Nix. The next mural appeared in Bentonville and was created by local muralist Octavio Logo. Murals will also appear in Dallas and at the Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank later this summer.
– In an exclusive, The Beat reports that independent publisher Arledge Comics will open submissions for creator-owned work beginning Friday June 14, 2019. Founded by Jenn Arledge and based out of Washington, Arledge Comics has committed to elevating queer voices, creators and stories in comics. The brand has developed as an all-ages hub since it first launched in 2016, which Arledge aims to continue with creator-owned submissions. For more info head on over to The Beat.
– Skybound and Universal Pictures announced they will adapt Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici’s sci-fi comic “Oblivion Song” into a movie. Sean O’Keefe, who wrote the upcoming Mark Wahlberg movie Wonderland, will pen the script. Begun in 2018, “Oblivion Song” follows Nathan Cole, a man who makes daily trips into the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion, a part of Philadelphia that disappeared a decade ago along with 300,000 citizens, whom Cole is trying to retrieve.
– Variety reports that at the Annecy International Animation Festival, Netflix revealed the first character art for the rebooted Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 from Ultraman directors Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama. There was also a tweet regarding Ultraman‘s second season, which was also confirmed at the festival.
– Lion Forge’s highly praised graphic novel “Upgrade Soul,” by Ezra Claytan Daniels will now be accompanied by a vinyl release of the soundtrack for the project. Previously, the soundtrack was exclusively available via the multimedia “Upgrade Soul” app. “Upgrade Soul” tells the story of an elderly couple who volunteer for an experimental procedure that results in the creation of disfigured, yet intellectually superior, duplicates of themselves. The soundtrack, composed by noted artist, composer and performer Alexis Gideon, is currently available for pre-order via FPE Records, with purchase options including a bundle for both editions of the vinyl that include copies of the “Upgrade Soul” graphic novel.
– During E3 2019, Nintendo revealed a new trailer for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and unveiled an expansion pass that costs $19.99, in addition to a bundle that includes the expansion for $79.99. The expansion pack will include new DLCs packed with content and playable characters, The first of these DLC packs won’t release until fall though, while the second was only given a 2019 release, and the third is expected to be released in 2020. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order releases exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on July 19th. For more info head on over to Comicbook.com.Continued below
– And finally, TVLine reports that Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has promoted two of its cast members. Beginning in Season 3, Gavin Leatherwood, who portrays Nick Scratch, and Lachlan Watson (who portrays Theo Putnam), will both be series regulars. While a return date for the new episodes has yet to be announced, the cast is currently filming in Vancouver.