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The Rundown: August 17, 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, Jason Aaron is teaming up with several artists at BOOM! Studios for “Once Upon a Time at the End of the World;” and AfterShock announced “A Foulness in the Walls.” We also have an exclusive preview of A Wave Blue World’s “Crash & Troy” #3, due out this October.

– Mad Cave Studios have acquired children’s graphic novel imprint Papercutz, giving it oversight of the publication of titles like “Asterix,” “The Smurfs,” “Nancy Drew,” “The Loud House,” “Casagrandes,” and many more. The acquisition marks the first for Mad Cave, and is a major coup for the Florida-based publisher, which was founded in 2014. Papercutz, formerly an imprint of NBM Publishing, was started by NBM co-founder Terry Nantier, and editor-in-chief Jim Salicrup in 2005: both men will remain with the company in the meantime to supervise the transition.

– The nominees for the 2022 Ignatz Awards, honoring the year’s best indie and small press comics, were announced. Books with the most nominations include Black Josei Press’s queer anthology “Arrive In My Hands,” Reimena Yee’s “Alexander, the Servant, & the Water of Life,” and K Czap’s “Four Years Collected.” The winners will be announced at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland, over the weekend of September 17-18.

– ComiXology will launch “New America,” a three-part dystopian series from writer Curt Pires and artist Luca Casalanguida. The book is set ten years after the secessionist state of the title broke away, and follows military veteran Wyatt as he is reunited with his brother, Corey Walker, the President of New America, as events turn violent in the newborn country. The first chapter will be released Tuesday, August 23.

– Image announced “Gospel,” a five-part historical fantasy series by British writer/artist Will Morris (“The Silver Darlings”). Set during the reign of King Henry VIII of England (1509-1547), the Miyazaki-inspired adventure follows protagonist Matilde when “the devil” (in the form of a giant boar) appears. “Thrust into action by the hellish arrival, Matilde and storyteller Pitt will quest for answers — answers that threaten to tear them apart and trigger the toughest question of all: ‘Who am I?'” Issue #1 releases November 9.

– The role of Jonathan Kent is being recast on Superman & Lois. Per a statement from Warner Bros. TV, Jordan Elsass, who portrayed the character on the first two seasons on the show, has left for unspecified “personal reasons.” Per ”Variety”, his departure is not a workplace-related issue. Filming on the third season is due to begin soon, but Elsass had not been able to return to Vancouver for pre-production before the intended deadline. Multiversity wishes Elsass, who is only 20, all the best.

– Marvel released a first look at November’s Captain America comics, which revealed there will be a “Captain America & the Winter Solder Special,” written by “Sentinel of Liberty” scribes Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing with art by Kev Walker. The special will shed more light on the history of the evil Outer Circle, and reveal what their plans mean for Bucky Barnes’s future. It will be released on November 16. Furthermore, Marvel revealed which version of Nomad will return in that month’s “Symbol of Truth” #7, due out the following week.

– Meanwhile, “The Flash” writer Jeremy Adams made his Marvel Comics debut with “Avengers Unlimited” #7, the latest issue of the Infinity Comics series exclusive to Marvel Unlimited. Featuring art by Stefano Raffaele with colors by Carlos Lopez, Adams’s issue stars Hawkeye (Clint Barton), who, “in answer to the wish of an alien child, […] finds himself in a dangerous situation!” Adams previously wrote the WHiH Newsfront series for Marvel Studios, but his comic book credits have otherwise been entirely at DC.

– On Twitter (via ScreenRant), writer Dennis Culver revealed he will collaborate with artist Hayden Sherman, colorist Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Pat Brousseau on a three-part “Batman: Urban Legends” arc, beginning in this November’s issue #21. It will introduce Arkham Academy, where teen villains like Enigma, Scorn, Lil’ Kitten, Deathtrap, the Noise, and Wannabe Wilson are enrolled to scare them straight. Most of the characters are newcomers designed by Sherman, although Enigma — the supposed daughter of Riddler — was introduced during Geoff Johns and Carlos Ferreira’s “Teen Titans” run in 2006.

– Opus Comics unveiled their next series based on a Frank Frazetta painting, “Dawn Attack.” Written by Jody Houser and Eric Campbell (Geek & Sundry) with art by Diego Yapur (“Death Dealer”), the series will envision the adventures of a scantily clad space warrior woman. The first issue will be released on November 30. “Death Dealer,” the first Opus series based on a Frazetta painting, began in May of this year.

– Finally, legendary German film director Wolfgang Petersen died on Friday, August 12, from pancreatic cancer. He was 81 years old. Petersen’s credits included Das Boot, The NeverEnding Story, Outbreak, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, Troy, and Poseidon. He was also attached to direct the Batman vs. Superman film in 2001, a project that didn’t come to fruition after Warner Bros. chose to prioritize separate movie reboots for both characters. He is survived by his wife, his son, and two grandchildren.


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Christopher Chiu-Tabet

Chris is the news manager of Multiversity Comics. A writer from London on the autistic spectrum, he enjoys tweeting and blogging on Medium about his favourite films, TV shows, books, music, and games, plus history and religion. He is Lebanese/Chinese, although he can't speak Cantonese or Arabic.

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