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The Rundown: July 4, 2022

By | July 4th, 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, Marvel announced a new ongoing “Spider-Man” series by writer Dan Slott and artist Mark Bagley.

Artwork by Mike Del Mundo
and Mike Huddleston

– Jonathan Hickman, Mike Del Mundo, and Mike Huddleston’s ‘3 Worlds / 3 Moons’ universe will be debuting in print with an issue called “Foundations,” which is set for release at San Diego Comic-Con. Joining the creative trio on the issue will be designer Sasha E. Head, letterer Rus Wooton, and editor-in-chief Stephen Wacker. “Foundations” is set to follow a scientist called Doctor Tajo R. Vallar, who works for the Institute, an organization that seeks to maintain the scientific status quo by systematically covering up the existence of magic across the universe. Hickman, Del Mundo, and Huddleston had previously kept the development of the ‘3W/3M’ universe on their Substack, with digital and special editions of “Foundations” having already been made or set to be made available to different tiered subscribers. There will also be a booth and a panel for ‘3 Worlds / 3 Moons’ at SDCC, which takes place on July 21 through July 24. Check out a preview of “Foundations” over at Popverse.

– WhatNot Inc. and Massive Publishing will be launching WhatNot Publishing with two launch titles: “Alpha Betas” and “The Exiled.” The four-part “Alpha Betas” series is based on the animated series of the same name, and was written by Kyle Starks with art by Michael Calero and Trevor Richardson. The series will chronicle four elite-level gamers hired by the government to enter video game worlds, preventing real-world problems from occurring as a consequence of the digital worlds collapsing. “The Exiled” is a sci-fi graphic novel by Wesley Snipes, Keith Arem, Adam Lawson, Gabriel “Eskivo” Santos, and Valentina Bianconi; it will follow Detective Niles “Roach” Washington in the pursuit of “a serial killer five thousand years in the making.” Launched as a Kickstarter project, “The Exiled”‘s preview book was the result of Lawson and Arem teaming with WhatNot Publishing, but this partnership has expanded to see the graphic novel get a full release. “Alpha Betas” #1 is scheduled for release on October 12, with “The Exiled” set for early 2023, though its preview comic will be available at SDCC.

Publishers Weekly reported on six graphic novel deals this week. These included:

  • Little, Brown’s acquiring of “The Library of Memories” by writer Barbara Perez Marquez and artist Lissy Marlin. Aimed at a middle-grade audience, “The Library of Memories” will follow Copenhagen, an 11-year-old who has lost their memories and seeks to fix the Library of Memories to get them back. Copenhagen quickly learns, though, that “there’s someone in the library whose memories may be too painful to recover willingly.”
  • A deal for “League of Littles” by writer Casey Lyall and artist Ken Niimura that was made by Greenwillow Books. It will follow new recruits joining the titular global organization that aims to ensure that the youngest siblings in families around the world have the protection and support that they need.
  • Allida acquired the upcoming autobiographical middle-grade graphic novel, “Secrets,” by Cindy Chang. “Secrets” recounts how Cindy discovered her artistic voice and style in the sixth grade, in the midst of her parents’ taboo separation, as well as her experiences at school as a daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, and an “unexpected trip to Taiwan.”
  • All three graphic novels are set to debut in Winter 2025. You can read the full details about all of the graphic novel deals this week here.

    – Syfy revealed that Resident Alien season 2 is set to return with the second half of its 16 episodes on Wednesday, August 10. In a teaser trailer, we see how the alien intended to wipe out humanity, Harry Vanderspeigle (Alan Tudyk), is adopting more and more identifiable human behaviors despite his insistence that becoming more human is an “awful” thing; regardless of his behavior though, the trailer highlights that the “survival of the world is at stake,” and he is the only individual potentially capable of saving it. The series is based on the comic series of the same name by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. The trailer is available here.

    – Skip ahead if you want to avoid possible Black Adam spoilers: the action figures from the upcoming film have revealed the villain of the Dwayne Johnson-starring film to be none other than Sabbac. By way of the description for the figure, it was revealed that Sabbac will originally be “a military Intergang leader” that has been possessed by a demon, and has powers that “are equal to those of Black Adam;” with these powers, Sabbac intends to “take over Kahndaq and maybe the whole world.” Sabbac first debuted in “Captain Marvel Jr.” #4 by Otto Binder and Al Carreno in 1943. You can check out the action figure for Sabbac, as well as figures for a host of the other Black Adam characters here ahead of the film’s release on October 21.

    – Finally, to celebrate Pride Month, Square Enix released a short story called Marvel Avengers: A Sunset with You by writer Leyla K., with variant covers being provided by artists Paulina Ganucheau, Kris Anka, and Derek Charm. The story is an official expansion of the video game’s lore, and sees a trainee member of the Dora Milaje called Ayo trying to impress and charm her captain and crush, Aneka, with help from Ms. Marvel. Head over to the Marvel’s Avengers website to read or download the story.

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    Luke Cornelius

    Luke is an English and American Literature and Creative Writing graduate. He likes spending his time reading comics (obviously), going out on long walks and watching films/TV series.


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