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In case you missed it, J. Michael Straczynski (“The Amazing Spider-Man,” Babylon 5) and Mike Deodato Jr. (“The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Dark Avengers”) will launch a new shared superhero universe early next year, with Artists, Writers & Artisans’ “The Resistance.” We also have previews of Marvel’s “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” #47 and “Age of Conan: Valeria” #1, both out next week.
– Newsarama focused in on a snippet of Dan Didio and Jim Lee’s recent conversation with ICv2, in which Lee said that DC is seeing a plateau in digital comic sales. “On the digital side, I think it’s been pretty flat in recent years, which is a little disheartening,” said Lee. “A lot is moving to subscription, and that is having a downward pressure on transactional sales. But I think it’s discouraging in general because everyone talks about digital being the future. If there’s anything that should continue to grow year-in, year-out, it should be that channel.” For the full interview, you can click over to ICv2.
– In semi-related news, Regal Movies announced that those who go to see The Kitchen movie this weekend will receive a free digital copy of “The Kitchen” #1 (if they use their Regal Crown Club card). The Kitchen, which currently has an 18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, is on wide release from today.
– In other DC Comics news, Newsarama reported that “Shazam!” #7 has been rescheduled again (marking the eighth time the issue has been pushed back). “Shazam!” #7 is now scheduled for September 11, with the title’s following issues scheduled to release every two weeks afterward.
– Per The Bookseller, Delcourt will publish a graphic novelization of Marcel Proust’s In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower to mark the 100th anniversary of the novel. Stéphane Heuet, who previously adapted Prost’s Swann’s Way, returns for the book, out this December. UK and Commonwealth rights have been snapped up by English language publisher Gallic Books.
– Variety says that Stan Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee, is cutting ties with Camsing International, in the wake of ongoing fraud investigations targeting that company. “I cannot tolerate, nor would [Stan] have ever tolerated, his name, likeness and rights of publicity be associated with such criminality — criminality that apparently was ongoing at the time Stan allegedly entered into a deal with Camsing and POW! [Entertainment],” said J.C.
– And finally, Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter will return once more, during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s final season. FandomWire.com has more details on Atwell’s upcoming guest stint.