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The Rundown: June 20, 2022

By | June 20th, 2022
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Welcome back to The Rundown, our daily breakdown on comic news stories we missed from the previous day. Have a link to share? Email our team at rundown@multiversitycomics.com.

In case you missed it, Everett Peck, the cartoonist who created Duckman and the comic it was based on, died at the age of 71. Meanwhile, Marvel Comics regained the license for Planet of the Apes.

Cover by Dave Johnson

– DC Comics announced a new seven-part series called “Batman: The Audio Adventures” by writer Dennis McNicholas, and artists Anthony Marques and J. Bone. The story is set after the eponymous HBO Max podcast series, and sees a group of assassins attacking the criminals of Gotham to try to find the sword of King Scimitar, and crossing paths with the Caped Crusader. The publisher also announced a new five-part series called “Batman: Knightwatch” by writer J. Torres, and artists Erich Owen and Marcelo di Chiara; the series will see Arkham Asylum inmates escape into Gotham, and Alfred develop a new social network for spies and informants to help track people of interest. “Batman: Knightwatch” is set for release first on September 6, with “Batman: The Audio Adventures” debuting on September 27. You can check out the covers for each title respectively here and here.

– Via CBR, Source Point Press revealed they will be publishing “Okratron: Wrath of Saw-Bot” by voice actor Christopher Sabat and co-writer Garret Gunn, artist Kit Walls, letterer and designer Dave Lentz, and editor Christina Blanch this Fall. The series follows an Okratron 4000 who flees to Earth to find a worthy successor to his title, though the “galactic threat,” Saw-Bot, is on his trail. CBR says that the series will “star” Sabat in the titular role and be set in a “fictionalized world-class recording studio;” it is unclear exactly how Sabat will star in the series, though the recording studio could be a version of his real-life studio, Okratron 5000. Sabat is best known for his roles across the Dragon Ball Z franchise, and the series will be his comic book debut.

Variety reported that Viz Media will be releasing a companion manga for the animated film, Turning Red, by writer Dirchansky and artist KAlfee. Officially titled “Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red: 4*Town 4*Real: The Manga,” it will tell the story of the boy band 4*Town’s day in Toronto ahead of their concert in the city. In the film, protagonist Mei, and her friends Miriam, Priya, and Abby are all avid fans of the band. “Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red: 4*Town 4*Real: The Manga” is currently scheduled for publication in the second quarter of 2023.

– Marvel and Titan Books announced they will be releasing two publications connected to the upcoming Marvel’s Midnight Suns video game, namely Marvel’s Midnight Suns: Infernal Rising by S.D. Perry, and Marvel’s Midnight Suns – The Art of the Game by Paul Davies. Perry’s novel will precede the events of the game, and see the Midnight Suns seek to stop the mysterious Triumvirate from acquiring an object that will grant them control of the demon Mephisto. The Art of the Game will provide readers with a new insight into the development of the game’s visuals. Marvel’s Midnight Suns: Infernal Rising is set for release on October 4, ahead of the game’s release on October 7, with Marvel’s Midnight Suns – The Art of the Game arriving shortly after on October 18.

– “Astro Boy” is set to be adapted into a CGI series by director Thomas Astruc (creator of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir), it was revealed. The series is set to consist of 52 half-hour episodes, and will be jointly produced by Method Animation and Shibuya Productions. Osamu Tezuka’s manga, which tells the story of an adventurous android boy created by a scientist after the tragic death of his son, has previously been the subject of several anime adaptations and a feature film since its 1952 debut; Variety‘s report states that the new adaptation “promises to be timelier than ever as it will address today’s hot-button issues, including the impact of the Internet, social media and the damages caused to the environment by humans.” A release date for the new adaptation has not been specified.

Snowpiercer is set to end with its upcoming fourth season, Deadline announced. The decision was reportedly made at this time as the “cast’s options were coming up and were not picked up;” a spokesperson for the show’s network, TNT, did not comment regarding the circumstances behind the show’s ending, but did confirm the news. The series is based on the 2013 film of the same name, which in turn was an adaptation of the Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette-created French comic series, “Le Transperceneige”/”Snowpiercer.”

– Finally, two actors from the upcoming Netflix series, The Chosen One, Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar, were killed in an accident, whilst two other cast members and four crew members were injured; the individuals with injuries are now in a stable condition. The group were travelling in a van from Santa Rosalía, where filming was taking place, and a local airport when an accident occurred and the van crashed and flipped. Further details about the accident are not known. Production on the series has been halted. The Chosen One is set to adapt “American Jesus” by Mark Millar and Peter Gross.


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