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In case you missed it, Dark Horse announced “Death Orb” and “Dragon Age: Deception” both coming in October, the creator of CSI Anthony Zuiker and his wife Michelle are launching Zuiker Press to create graphic novels about real world issues, and Marvel revealed that Morlun and his family are back for round two as the villains of “Spider-Geddon.”
– Kicking off, The New York Times yesterday ran an article with the details of the Bat/Cat wedding from “Batman” #50 out this Wednesday July 4th. The article COMPLETELY SPOILS THE ISSUE SO DON’T READ THE ARTICLE UNLESS YOU WANT THE ISSUE SPOILED. Seriously, read at your own risk.
– Legendary Entertainment has acquired the film rights to the Aftershock series “Animosity” written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Rafael de Latorre. The series follows an 11-year old girl Jesse and her dog Sandor on a cross country advernture where animals suddenly obtain the power of speech and seek revenge on humanity. AfterShock Media president Lee Kramer and CEO Jon Kramer will produce the film and Legendary’s Jon Silk will oversee production.
– Grant Morrison will be co-writing an upcoming annual of the New Age of Heroes title “Sideways” with series writer Dan DiDio with art by Andy Kubert. The cover art for the annual depicts what appears to be the Superman from Morrison’s New 52 run on “Action Comics,” jeans, cape and all. Back at NYCC, DiDio mentioned that Morrison would be co-writing some issues with him, and this appears to begin the collaboration. The issue has not yet been solicited, but is assumed to be out in October.
– In Marvel comic news, the finale to Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Gorham’s “New Mutants: Dead Souls” miniseries has been pushed back from August 8th to August 29th. Another Rosenberg title, the upcoming “Punisher” Fresh Start relaunch, will be changing first-issue artists from Ricardo Burchielli to Szymon Kudranski. Finally, several upcoming issues have seen their page count and price go from 32-pages at $3.99 to 40-pages at $4.99. These issues include “Spider-Geddon” #0, “Domino Annual” #1, “Star Wars: Poe Dameron” #31, and “Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual” #2.
– The graphic novel “Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts” from historian and writer Rebecca Hall and artist Hugo Martinez has been acquired for printing in the North American Market by Dawn Davis and her 37 Ink imprint. The graphic novel follows the story of women who led slave revolts in New York City and seeks to reconstruct the historical past where the records are less clear. The project began on Kickstarter and, following a successful campaign, led to agent Anjali Singh from Ayesha Pande Literary repping the book. 37 Ink is a part of the Atria Book Publishing group which is a division of Simon & Schuster.
– In casting news, actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is joining Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen series over at HBO in a series regular role. Abdul-Mateen is set to appear in the upcoming Aquaman movie as the villain Black Manta and joins the likes of Jeremy Irons, Tim Blake Nelson, and Regina King on the project.
– In more casting news, Netflix’s Raising Dion has found its main character in newcomer Ja’Siah Young, as well as Alisha Wainwright (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments) as his mother Nicole Reese. Raising Dion, based on Dennis Liu and Jason Piperberg’s comic/short film, follows Nicole as she raises her young, superpowered son Dion. Executive producer Michael B. Jordan will also star as Mark Reese, Nicole’s late husband. The show’s release date is unknown.
– The upcoming Men in Black reboot has added Rafe Spall (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) as well as Laurent Nicolas Bourgeois and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, the street dancing duo Les Twins, to the cast. They join Chris and Liam Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Kumail Nanjiani. The film is being directed by F. Gary Gray and starts production in July with Sony eyeing a June 14, 2019 release date.
– eBay has teamed up with up with digital comic book platform Madefire to offer some exclusive digital and motion comic discounts. In eBay’s current “Deals” section you can get discounts on the likes of the first two years of DC’s “Injustice” and Image’s “Saga.” You have to have the Madefire app in order to read the comics.
– Finally, another track for the upcoming “Dark Nights: Metal” soundtrack has been released from The Fever 333 front man Jason Aalon Butler called “Fact Check.” The song joins Deftones front man Chino Moreno’s “Brief Exchange” and “Red Death” from Mastodon drummer/vocalist Brann Drailor. No release date for the album has been announced. You can find the track here.