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In case you missed it, Joshua Williamson and Jorge Molina are taking over “Batman” in December.
– Pantheon Books confirmed to Anime News Network that they will be releasing an English translation of “Our Colors” by Gengoroh Tagame (“My Brother’s Husband”) next year. The book, which will be translated by Anne Ishii, follows an aspiring 16-year-old painter named Sora Itoda, who experiences his world in synesthetic hues of blues and reds. Although he lives quietly as a young gay man in high school, his life changes when he develops a platonic friendship with a middle-aged coffee shop owner who is unapologetically out of the closet. The manga originally launched in Futabasha’s Monthly Action magazine back in March 2018, ending its run in May 2020, and releasing its third and final compiled volume in September of that year. The English release of “Our Colors” will release in an omnibus hardcover volume on May 24, 2022.
– A new Stranger Things one-shot special has been announced as part of Dark Horse Comics’s November solicitations. “Stranger Things Winter Special” comes from writer Chris Roberson and artist ABEL. Per the solicitation, the issue will see the kids of Hawkins as they recall stories from their childhood to help teach Eleven about Christmas; meanwhile, tensions run high when Dustin swears he saw something lurking in the forest outside. “Stranger Things Winter Special” gets into the holiday spirit on November 3.
– The Ringo Awards have unveiled their nominees for 2021. “Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx” picked up the most nominations, earning nods for Best Presentation in Design, Single Issue or Story, and Cover Artist and Colorist for creator Joe Todd-Stanton. Also earning multiple nominations were Derf Backderf’s non-fiction work “Kent State,” the much-lauded “The Department of Truth,” Stan Sakai’s long-running “Usagi Yojimbo,” N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell’s “Far Sector,” and Rachel Smythe’s popular webcomic “Lore Olympus.” You can find a full list of nominees – and vote for the winners, if you’re a comics professional – at the Ringo Awards website.
– Firaxis Games, the studio known for the XCOM and Civilization franchises, is teaming up with Marvel for the upcoming game Marvel’s Midnight Suns, a tactical RPG featuring the titular supernatural super team. Via CBR, the game’s plot finds the Avengers enlisting the Midnight Suns to combat an unholy alliance between HYDRA and Lilith, Mother of Demons. 12 iconic heroes will be featured in the game, including the already announced Blade, Doctor Strange, Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Magik, Ghost Rider, Wolverine, and Nico Minoru, but the playable character will be the Hunter, the entirely customizable child of Lilith. Marvel’s Midnight Suns launches March 2022 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. You can watch the announcement trailer here.
– The Flash is picking up speed towards its next crossover event, bringing in guest stars from across The CW’s DC universe to combat “Armageddon.” Via Entertainment Weekly, the five-part event will find Team Flash taking on a powerful alien threat, and they’ll be enlisting some old friends into the battle: Black Lightning (Cress Williams), the Atom (Brandon Routh), Arrow’s Mia Queen (Kat McNamara), Batwoman (Javicia Leslie), Supergirl‘s Sentinel (Chyler Leigh), and Ryan Choi (Osric Chau). Also set to return for the crossover are former franchise Big Bads Eobard Thawne (reportedly played by Tom Cavanagh) and Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough). The crossover will kick off the eighth season of The Flash when it returns on November 16 at 8 pm on The CW.
– Actress Letitia Wright has been hospitalized following an accident on the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever set. Via Variety, the star reportedly sustained minor injuries while filming a stunt for the film in Boston, and is receiving care at a local hospital. A spokesperson for Marvel said she is expected to be released soon. Wright’s injury is not expected to impact the film’s shooting schedule, and it is still set to reach theaters on July 8, 2022.Continued below
– Following the release of the new anime My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission in Japan this month, fans have been wondering when the film would be getting its overseas release. Via ComicBook.com, Funimation will be handling the film’s global release, which is set for later this year. Per Funimation, the film “continues the journey of the young heroes-in-training as they try to save the world in a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat addition to this global phenomenon franchise.” Set during season five of the anime series during the Endeavor’s Agency arc, the plot finds U.A. High School students Izuku Midoriya, Shoto Todoroki, and Katsuki Bakugo during their internship with the number one Pro Hero Endeavor Agency. When Deku finds himself wanted for a crime he didn’t commit, he and his friends must team up to stop Humarise’s global plans to eliminate all Quirks. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission debuts in theaters in the U.S. and Canada on October 29.
– Netflix will be holding a fan event that may sound very familiar, even if you’ve never seen it written out before. Via CBR, the fan event TUDUM (named after the sound that accompanies Netflix’s logo on the streaming service), will feature stars and creators from over 70 Netflix series, films, and specials. Among the featured programs are Stranger Things, The Witcher, Cobra Kai, The Old Guard, and The Umbrella Academy, as well as the highly anticipated new adaptations of The Sandman and Cowboy Bebop. The three hour virtual livestream kicks off at 12 pm EST / 9 am PST on September 25.
– Paramount has set a course for a live streamed celebration of Star Trek Day. Via Deadline, Paramount+ released a trailer for the second annual Star Trek Day celebration, which will be hosted by Wil Wheaton and Mica Burton. The event comes on the 55th anniversary of the premiere of the original series, and will feature conversations with cast and creatives from across the Star Trek universe, including from the Paramount+ shows Star Trek: Prodigy, Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and Star Trek: Lower Decks. The celebration kicks off on September 8 at 5:30 PST.
– Finally, the long-anticipated fourth Matrix movie finally has a title. Via Empire, the new film will officially be called The Matrix Resurrections, keeping it well in line with the previous Reloaded and Revolutions entries in the franchise. The title reveal comes courtesy of a screening of the first trailer for attendees of CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Lana Wachowski will be running solo in the director’s chair for this film, directing from a screenplay she co-wrote with Aleksandar Hemon and Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, and Daniel Bernhardt are all confirmed as returning for the new film, joined by a host of newcomers including Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Priyanka Chopra, and Christina Ricci among others. The Matrix Resurrections opens December 22.