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In case you missed it, Penguin Random House have acquired “Neverlanders,” a young adult graphic novel series by writer Tom Taylor and artist Jon Sommariva; and Heavy Metal magazine will be rolling out “original and sophisticated genre fiction” under the newly announced creator-owned imprint, Magma Comix. We also have an exclusive preview of Marvel’s “New Mutants” #13, out next week.
– HarperCollins’ I Can Read! line of early reading children’s books will be expanding to include comics in Summer 2021. The ‘I Can Read Comics!’ line will debut in June with “Clark the Shark and the School Sing” by writer Bruce Hale and artist Guy Francis (a Level 1 reading book); “Fish and Sun” by Sergio Ruzzier (Level 1); “Friendbots: Make a Wish,” by Vicky Fang (Level 2); and “Tiny Tales: Shell Quest” by Steph Waldo (Level 3). All four books will be released under the HarperAlley imprint in hardcover and paperback, and you can visit the official site here.
– A brand new chapter in the “Beastars” manga saga is coming in March 2021. The new mini-series from creator and manga artist Paru Itagaki, “Beast Complex,” is described as “the origin of ‘Beastars.’” VizMedia, which licenced the original manga, described the new comic as about “a tiger and a beaver who grew up together defy peer pressure to end their friendship and join forces to fight injustice. A camel journalist who spent his career passing judgment on carnivores spends a life-changing night with a seductive wolf. A saltwater crocodile and a gazelle must find a way to work together as chef and assistant on a cooking show with flagging ratings. A fox and a chameleon wrestle with stereotypes about each other — and themselves. And much more…”
– IDW will relaunch their “Marvel Action: Captain Marvel” series in 2021. The current creative team of writer Sam Magg and artist Sweeney Boo are scheduled to return as well. Both were nominated for the respected 2020 Joe Shuster Awards, in The Dragon Award (Comics For Younger Readers) category for their work on the original “Marvel Action: Captain Marvel” series. Newcomer Isabel Escalante will assume art duties for the first two issues with Boo returning for the third issue. The first story arc for the relaunched series will see Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, teaming up with Ghost-Spider, aka Spider-Gwen.
– Fan favourite comic book scribe Gail Simone and artist Jim Calafiore joined forces with the “Travelers’ Unfinished Stories” project to immortalise a young superhero fan tragically snatched from the world far too soon. The one-shot comic book, titled “Zaadii: The Legend of Z-Hawk,” was announced by Simone Thursday on her Twitter account in an emotional thread. The comic book is the latest in a series of projects by Travelers Insurance Company that tell the stories of those who have lost their lives to distracted driving. Three-year old Navajo boy Zaadii Tso was struck and killed by a distracted driver while crossing the street with his sister and mother in February 2015. The comic book, created in memory of the young superhero fan, is available to read for free on the New York Comic-Con Twitter page.
– Benedict Cumberbatch is joining Jamie Foxx and Tom Holland for the Spider-Man: Far from Home sequel. Cumberbatch will return as Dr. Stephen Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While there has been no official confirmation of the plot for the third Spider-Man film, Cumberbatch’s inclusion – along with Foxx’s return to the role he previously played in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 back in 2014 – suggest multiversal shenanigans. The film is slated to begin shooting in October. Jon Watts, who helmed both previous installments in the series, will return to the director’s chair. Expected to join Cumberbatch, Foxx, and Holland are Zendaya (MJ), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), Tony Revolori (Eugene “Flash” Thompson) and Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds).
– Amazon dropped the first trailer for the upcoming Amazon Prime Video series Invincible. The adult-oriented animated series is adapted from Robert Kirkman’s second-longest running comic book series, also titled “Invincible.” The Amazon Prime Video series, slated for release sometime in 2021, boosts a bevy of stars including Steven Yeun as Mark Grayson/Invincible, J.K. Simmons as Nolan Grayson/Omni-Man, Sandra Oh as Debbie Grayson, Mark Hamill as Art Rosebaum, Seth Rogen as Allen the Alien, Gillian Jacobs as Samantha Eve Wilkins/Atom Eve, Andrew Rannells as William Clockwell, Zazie Beetz as Amber Bennett, and Walton Goggins as Cecil Stedman – among others.Continued below
– TNT released a trailer for Snowpiercer season 2, revealing the show will return on January 25, 2021. Snowpiercer is based on the Bong Joon-ho film of the same name, which was also based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige,” and stars Daveed Diggs as Andre Layton, Jennifer Connelly as Melanie Cavill, and Sean Bean as Mr. Wilford. You can read our reviews of the first season here.
– Champion pugilist and Samaritan actor Javon “Wanna” Walton will replace Finn Wolfhard in the MGM animated sequel The Addams Family 2. Joining Walton will be three-time Emmy winner Bill Hader; Hader will be voicing a new character, Cyrus. Both newcomers will join the returning voice cast that includes Charlize Theron (Morticia), Oscar Isaac (Gomez), Chloë Grace Moretz (Wednesday), Nick Kroll (Fester), Bette Midler (Grandma) and Snoop Dogg (It). The Addams Family 2 is scheduled to be released on October 8, 2021.
– The rapidly expanding Star Trek universe will see the return of a fan favourite. Kate Mulgrew will reprise her iconic role as Captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Prodigy, a new CG-animated series coming to Nickelodeon exclusively sometime in 2021. Star Trek: Prodigy will follow the voyages of a group of lawless teenagers who discover a derelict Starfleet ship, and boldly go in search of adventure, meaning, and salvation. Emmy Award-winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters and Ninjago) will serve as showrunners, with Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth as executive producers.
– Finally, Alita: Battle Angel will return to big screens in North America October 30, 2020. The sci-fi film adaptation of Yukito Kushiro’s graphic novel series “Gunnm” was directed by Robert Rodriguez and penned by James Cameron, and first graced cinemas in 2019; the film underperformed domestically, pulling in a mere $85.7 million on a $170 million budget, though it was well received outside of North America, grossing $404 million worldwide. Alita: Battle Angel starred Rosa Salazar as the cybernetic protagonist, along with Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Jackie Earle Haley, Ed Skrein, and Lana Condor.