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– Kicking off, Fox Studios has acquired a “a significant minority stake” in comics publisher Boom! Studios. Boom! has been seeking new investors since February in order to increase its operating capacity and hire more creators and develop more comics. Fox already had a first-look deal with Boom! to adapt it’s comics for television and cinema and is currently in the early stages of adapting series like Mark Waid’s “Irredemable”, James Wan’s “Malignant Man”, Cullen Bunn’s “The Empty Man” and Justin Jordan and Ariela Kristantina’s “Deep State.”
– Marvel released a press statement confirming that their upcoming “Generations” series of 10-issue one-shots will tie in to the teased “Vanishing Point” in “Secret Empire” #10. They also released all of the covers and creative teams for the one-shots, finally naming an artist in Paolo Villanelli for the G. Willow Wilson penned “Generations: The Marvels” featuring both Ms. Marvels. These “Generations” one-shots will supposedly set the stage for Marvel’s Legacy relaunch in the fall and “Marvel Legacy” #1 which is believed to be out in September. This will continue Marvel’s trend of relaunching in the midst of an event as they have the past two relaunches, as “Generations” starts the beginning of August before “Secret Empire” concludes.
– The frontman for the band Starset, Dustin Bates, is set to partner with Marvel mainstay Peter David for an OGN out in September called “The Prox Transmissions.” The band Starset is a very heavily sci-fi inspired group and in their alternate universe cosmology the band was crated by The Starset Society. The graphic novel will feature art from Mirko Colak, SKAN, and others and tell a story set in the band’s alternate universe.
– Metal covers appear to be in as Valiant has revealed that September’s “Bloodshot Salvation” #1 will receive a “brushed metal” cover. This follows a metal cover of Valiant’s “X-O Manowar” #1 relaunch earlier in the year as well as the metal covers of DC’s upcoming, aptly named, summer event “Dark Nights: Metal.” The cover is by one of the series’ artist Mico Suayan and is available to retailers who order 250 copies of the issue or more. Check it out here.
– Award winning horror novelist Brian Keene has been teasing some Big 2 work and put out four of eight promised teasers on Twitter today featuring an image of a horror novel cover next to a comic book panel. Most of the comic images were DC, perhaps narrowing down which company his work would be at. He also stated that his work would be listed in next month, July’s, PREVIEWS magazine which would mean these one-shots would be out in October. Is Keene writing some DC horror pieces just in time for Halloween?
– Forty years after the original comic adaptation, Titan Comics will revive “Hammer Comics: Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter.” The movie Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter was a 1974 British horror film that was adapted into a three-issue series called “The House of Hammer” in 1976/77. This new series will launch in September from writer Dan Abnett and artist Tom Mandrake. Does this mark the end of Abnett’s DC exclusive contract?
– Marvel released the trailer for the second season of their webseries TL;DR which stands for Too Long; Didn’t Read. The series aims to recap many of Marvel’s series and events in a cartoonish comical fashion. Season 2 will see the likes of “Runaways,” “World War Hulk,” and “Avengers vs. X-Men” adapted to the series. The new season launches today and you can check out the trailer here.
– Following his role in the recently released “Dark Days: The Forge” #1, Bat-family supporting character Duke Thomas will finally get some direction soon. Created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo as a part of their “Batman” run in The New 52, Duke has evolved from his “We Are Robin” days into a supporting character in both Snyder’s “All-Star Batman” and Tom King’s main “Batman” title. The hero has no codename, but by the end of “Dark Days: The Casting” #1, the second “Metal” prelude out July 12, we’ll know Duke’s codename, direction, and he’ll have a new series, whether that be solo or team, announced by then.Continued below
– Finally, in more Snyder and “The Forge” news, we ran in The Rundown yesterday part 1 of CBR’s in depth analysis of the issue, and part 2 came out today which you can find here. Also, Scott Snyder did an interview with Newsarama about his struggles with anxiety and depression in the midst of the most successful time of his comic book career. As someone who struggles with both those things I appreciate Snyder’s candor, and the ways in which these things are apparent in his work. You can find that interview here.