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In case you missed it, “2000 AD” announced Garth Ennis and artist Kevin O’Neill are bringing back the giant, gluttonous alien Bonjo in ‘Bonjo from Beyond the Stars: Solids in the Bile Tube.’
– Via AIPT, Dark Horse have announced “Past Tense,” a new sci-fi graphic novel written by Jason McNamara (“The Rattler”) with art by Alberto Massaggia, and colors from Paul Little (who both previously created “The Cicada” with McNamara.) The book follows Ashley, a tour guide at the titular Past Tense, a company that sends camera drones into the past to show brutal historical events. When Ashley discovers an unknown serial killer, Silas Green, she begins to give tours based around his murders. The only catch is: he’s still alive in the present. “Past Tense” will debut June 7, 2023.
– Via Kickstarter, BOOM! Studios have announced “The Complete Giant Days Library.” The new library edition will collect all 54 issues in seven hardcover tomes. “Giant Days” ran from 2015 to 2019, and was created by writer John Allison with a number of artists including Max Sarin, Lissa Treiman, and Julia Madrigal. With a number of stretch goals listed, you can check out the details here. “The Complete Giant Days Library” is slated to ship out to backers in August 2023 and is available now for pre-order.
– Via ComicBook.com, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez released a pair of “La Borinqueña” comics with special covers by Alitha Martinez, honoring the five-year anniversary of Hurrican Maria in Puerto Rico. Miranda-Rodriguez stated, “We must hold local and mainland U.S. leaders accountable for the harmful delays in distributing promised resources and services to the island in the aftermath. Puerto Rico – the island itself and especially the people who call it home – deserve more.” The books with commemorative covers are available for pre-order now.
– In an update video, Ryan Reynolds revealed that Hugh Jackman will once again suit up as Wolverine in Deadpool 3. Reynolds also announced the release date for the sequel, September 6, 2024. Jackman, 53, last portrayed Wolverine in 2017’s Logan, which depicted a dying version of the character in what was supposed to be his final performance. Deadpool 3 will be directed by Shawn Levy, and mark the MCU debut of both Wade Wilson and Logan.
– Meanwhile, Bassam Tariq has stepped down as the director of Marvel Studios’ Blade reboot. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel said, “Due to continued shifts in our production schedule, Bassam is no longer moving forward as director of Blade but will remain an executive producer on the film. We appreciate Bassam’s talent and all the work he’s done getting Blade to where it is.” Blade, starring Mahershala Ali, is currently scheduled for release on November 3, 2023.
– In more Marvel movie news, The Hollywood Reporter states the official runtime for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is two hours and 41 minutes. This will make the film Marvel’s second longest theatrical release behind Avengers: Endgame. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11, 2022.
– Via Deadline, Paul Bettany has joined the cast of Robert Zemeckis’s Here, based on the graphic novel by Richard McGuire. Here will take place in a single location in New England, and depict the lives of the generations who lived there over the years. It will be something of a Forrest Gump reunion for Zemeckis, as it will also feature Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and a screenplay by Eric Roth. No release date has been given at this time, but Sony will release the film in theaters.
– In more Hanks-related news, via The Guardian, actor Tom Hanks will write his first novel, The Making of Another Motion Picture Masterpiece. The novel’s story will take place over 80 years and culminate with the release of the titular film, a comic book superhero movie. Published by Penguin Random House, The Making of Another Motion Picture Masterpiece is set for release on May 9, 2023.
– Via Deadline, Grendel will not be moving forward at Netflix. The series is based on Matt Wagner’s award-winning Dark Horse comic book series of the same name. Grendel had an 8-episode order and cast members were already locked down. The series had partialy completed filming and now has the option of being shopped elsewhere and is part of Netflix and Dark Horse Entertainment’s “first look deal.”
– Finally, Netflix have revealed more of the cast for the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series. The newly announced members include Amber Midthunder as Princess Yue, A Martinez as Pakku, Irene Bedard as Yagoda, Joel Oulette as Hahn, Nathaniel Arcand as Chief Arnook, Meegwun Fairbrother as Avatar Kuruk, Arden Cho as June, Utkarsh Ambudkar as King Bumi, Danny Pudi as the Mechanist, Lucian-River Chauhan as Teo, Momona Tamada as Ty Lee, Thalia Tran as Ma, Ruy Iskandar as Lt. Jee, Hiro Kanagawa as Fire Lord Sozin, C.S. Lee as Avatar Roku, François Chau as the Great Sage, Ryan Mah as Lt. Dang, George Takei as the voice of Koh, Randall Duk Kim as the voice of Wan Shi Tong, and James Sie as the Cabbage Merchant. (Sie also voiced the Cabbage Merchant in the original show.) For more, check out Netflix’s announcement.