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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you missed it, Filipino comic inker Jeffrey Huet has died. We also had an interview with Aubrey Sitterson and Fico Ossio for “No One Left to Fight II,” and spoke with writer John Layman about his run on “Detective Comics” for our ongoing series 520 Weeks.
– NASA has created an “extended reality-enabled” graphic novel about the fictional story of the first woman on the Moon. The graphic novel, entitled “First Woman,” was written by Brad Gann & Steven List and illustrated by Brent Donoho with Kaitlin Reid. It follows Commander Callie Rodriguez, who overcomes “setbacks, disappointment, and tragedy” on her trailblazing journey to the Moon alongside her robot sidekick RT. “First Woman: NASA’s Promise for Humanity” #1 is available on NASA’s website, where you can read it for free and download an app for the XR-enabled content.
– Vault Comics and writer Daniel Kraus confirmed that they were in a dispute with Amazon over their inability to promote the collected edition of “The Autumnal.” Via Screen Rant, the dispute hinged on the trade’s cover, which Amazon refused to promote because they felt it was too disturbing. Kraus and Vault Publisher Damian Wassel took to Twitter to air their frustrations and rally fans of the series, directing them to either defy Amazon or to purchase copies of the book from the indie Chicago bookstore Exile in Bookville. Kraus promised to sign any copies ordered from Exile in Bookville as well.
– “Y: The Last Man” artist and co-creator Pia Guerra has created character posters for cast members of FX on Hulu’s television adaptation. Via CBR, the artist illustrated 10 character posters which were shared on Instagram by fellow co-creator Brian K. Vaughan. “Pia Guerra is a god, as evidenced by her portraits of the best ensemble cast on television,” Vaughan wrote in the caption. Y: The Last Man is in the midst of its first season, which is currently streaming on Hulu.
– A long lost unpublished prose novel written by Jack Kirby has been unearthed. Via CBR, Mile High Comics president and CEO Chuck Rozanski posted about his copy of The Horde, which Kirby wrote during the ’60s and ’70s. While the discovery – and the possibility of it being published – is a notable occasion for fans of Kirby’s work, others on Twitter were less enthused about the manuscript, which explores a dystopian future caused by an overpopulation crisis, and features a premise built on Yellow Peril tropes.
– Marvel has released a new trailer for their upcoming podcast series Marvel’s Wastelanders: Hawkeye. The second of five planned podcast series set in the ‘Old Man Logan’ universe created by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, the series began with Marvel’s Wastelanders: Star Lord back in June. The new trailer teases appearances by frequent Hawkeye allies Mockingbird, Kate Bishop, Atlas, Songbird and more, although whether their voices are memories or in Clint’s reality remains to be revealed. Marvel’s Wastelanders: Hawkeye premieres on October 4.
– J. Michael Straczynski is developing a “from-the-ground-up” reboot of the cult classic show he created. Via TVLine, Straczynski is developing a Babylon 5 reboot for The CW that will feature a story familiar to fans of the series: it follows John Sheridan, an Earthforce officer who is assigned to the five-mile-long space station Babylon 5. The original series premiered in 1993 and ran for five seasons, and Straczynski has continued to work on tie-in novels, comics, and other adaptations set in the Babylon 5 universe. While you wait for the reboot, you can check out our ongoing Babylon 5 coverage from our annual Summer TV Binge.
– Emmy winner Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) is set to make a guest appearance on season 2 of Syfy’s Resident Alien, and TVLine has a first look at her squaring off with star Alan Tudyk. Borstein will play Carlyn, Kate’s socially awkward cousin who comes from out of town and is a perfect match for Harry (Tudyk). TVLine also shared the news that Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) and Terry O’Quinn (Lost), who both guested in the first season, would be returning for season 2. Based on the comic of the same name by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, Resident Alien follows an alien who crash lands on Earth, kills and assumes the identity of a human doctor, and becomes the medical examiner of the rural town of Patience, CO. Season 2 will premiere sometime in early 2022.
– Finally, Google honored Superman actor Christopher Reeve with a Google Doodle for his 69th birthday over the weekend. The Doodle was accompanied by a listing of his many accomplishments, from his legendary portrayal of the hero, to his activism around topics related to disability following his paralysis in a horse-riding accident. You can check out the doodle and some unused drafts of the artwork over at the Doodle Archive.