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The Rundown: August 18, 2020

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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, Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel announced “Nocternal,” Marvel revealed its new anthology “Wolverine: Black, White & Blood,” and Brahm Revel will be writing and illustrating “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika II”. We also spoke to writer David Pepose about his new project “The O.Z.,” and had an exclusive look at some of the character designs for “Funny Creek.”

Heavy Metal #300 cover

– Heavy Metal have revealed the full details on their new “Taarna” miniseries featuring writer Stephanie Phillips (“Butcher of Paris,” “Red Atlantis”) and artist Patrick Zircher (“Action Comics,” “Savage Avengers”). Phillips previously announced the series in March, but this is the first time we have had an artist attached. We’ve also learnt that Taarna will be the centerpoint in a new Heavy Metal Multiverse, with her adventure beginning in tomorrow’s “Heavy Metal” #300. The two-part re-introductory story will be written by Heavy Metal’s CEO and Publisher, Matthew Medney and David Erwin, respectively, with art by Butch Guice. “Our version of Taarna is really more of a cosmic character. She’s actually the personification of a universe, which is in the larger Heavy Metal multiverse,” said Heavy Metal Media Executive Editor Joe Illidge. “This is a major relaunch for the company, setting a new direction for the character. We’re really bringing in some of the top talents to bear with the series.” The new six-issue miniseries will feature covers by Christian Ward, and debut in December as the first of many new Heavy Metal miniseries.

– We had a second Heavy Metal announcement this week with a new 10-book prose novel series coming from the publisher. Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance will be the first in a long-line of novels by Matthew Medney, alongside engineer John Connelly and Utku Ozden, who provides interspersed illustrations for the novel. The series is drenched in interplanetary politics and human greed. “We want all readers of the Beyond Kuiper series to journey into exploration and discovery,” said Medney. “We want them to not only travel through a ‘Hi-Fi’ science fiction adventure, but also to engage with the most astronomical questions about our place in the universe.” Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance releases November 11, and also has a prelude in tomorrow’s “Heavy Metal” #300.

– Fantagraphics Books have officially rebranded with a new logo and shortened name, representing the shift into a new era for the company. The company, now just called Fantagraphics, has a logo of the nib of a pen lit like a torch. “We are the torchbearers of art and literary comics, the guiding light through vapid commercialism, and we want to own that so others can look at our books, see the flaming nib and know this is a book that’s been labored over from inception through production,” said art director Jacob Covey. “The mark is a signifier of pure craft, plus it’s something a next-generation cartoonist might actually want tattooed on the inside of their eyelids to stay motivated.”

– It was announced that this year’s Anime NYC has been cancelled. The convention was originally set for November of this year at the Javits Centre, but due to COVID-19, organizers decided to leave the convention until next year. All ticket holders have the choice to either refund their admission or have it traded for an invite to 2021’s Anime NYC. The company did cite the online Anime News Network Presented by Anime NYC as a good alternative for fans. Next year’s convention will be from November 19-21.

– Valiant Entertainment has announced it will be moving and consolidating the company in the near future. During the current socially-distanced work conditions, Valiant has closed its New York office and is opening a new one in NYC, with senior editor David Wohl operating out of L.A. in the office of Valiant’s parent company DMG Entertainment. “The future of Valiant Entertainment will continue to adapt, update, and innovate across all platforms including comics, feature films, novels, and videogames giving fans the very best from our connected universe,” said Valiant. “Fans, new and old alike, should stay tuned as these are just a harbinger to many more announcements from Valiant in the coming months for iconic characters including Shadowman, Savage, and more!” Valiant is set to have new video games releasing from Blowfish Studios, and are returning to the “X-O Manowar” series this November, and “Ninjak” in 2021.

– Actor Jensen Ackles revealed he will be joining The Boys in season 3 as Soldier Boy, a WWII superhero who captured the American zeitgeist. “When I was a child, I had a crazy, impossible dream — to provide Jensen Ackles with gainful employment,” said showrunner Eric Kripke. “I’m happy to say that dream has come true. Jensen is an amazing actor, an even better person, smells like warm chocolate chip cookies, and I consider him a brother. As Soldier Boy, the very first superhero, he’ll bring so much humor, pathos, and danger to the role. I can’t wait to be on set with him again, and bring a bit of Supernatural to The Boys.

We also have confirmation of when Supernatural will be returning for its final seven episodes: Supernatural’s 15th season was delayed in March due to COIVD-19, but fans can finally look forward to its return on October 8 with episode 14. The series finale releasing November 19 will be a two-hour episode. In the meantime, The Boys season 2 debuts September 4, while no release date is set for the confirmed third season.


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