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The Rundown: October 12, 2020

By | October 12th, 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

In case you missed it, Archie Comics announced a Webtoon partnership, the new “Transformers: Beast Wars” comic will be marking the toyline’s 25th anniversary, and the manga OGN “Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness” will be releasing alongside the upcoming Netflix series.

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– Marvel have begun to reveal their plans for “Venom” #200 following the event ‘King in Black’ by writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman. The anniversary will similarly feature the work of Cates and Stegman. “It’s gonna be the beginning of something you’ve never seen from Eddie, or from the dynamic of him and his family and his symbiote,” said Cates. “It’s a really special issue that will hopefully set the stage for the next 200 to 2,000 to 2,000,000 issues of this amazing character going forward.” “Venom” #29 (Legacy #194) releases next week on October 21, “King in Black” #1 releases December 2, and “Venom” #200 is on track to release some time in April 2021.

– Kieron Gillen and Esad Ribic’s “The Eternals” #1 will officially be delayed until January 6 2021, pushing the series debut back from its original November 11 release date. While the series was originally set to debut alongside the 2020 Eternals movie, it will still be released ten months before the delayed film. Fans can expect further details in the upcoming January 2021 Marvel solicitations.

– Artist Ryan Ottley, best known for his work on “Invincible” with Robert Kirkman and Kev Walker, has announced that he will be leaving his position as main artist on “The Amazing Spider-Man” after issue #850. “‘Amazing Spider-Man’ was my first comic I ever bought as a kid, it was what I thought was the best superhero ever made. So I always wanted to fulfill that fantasy to be the ASM artist one day,” said Ottley. “Now with around two years on ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ and 20 issues under my belt, I feel like I’ve gotten my fill and want to have other projects to work on, other characters I’d like to play with.” Ottley has revealed that he will be continuing to work with Marvel Comics for his next project.

– The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has just named retailer Stephen Holland as their 2021-23 UK Comics Laureate. The owner of UK-based comic shop Page 45 will be occupying the biennial comics laureate position, previously held by author Hannah Berry from 2019-2021, and artist Charlie Adlard from 2017-2019. The holder of the honorary educational position is meant to raise awareness of the literacy and creativity comics can bring to young audiences.

Heavy Metal magazine announced “Starward,” a comic strip by writer Steve Orlando and artist Ivan Shavrin debuting in February 2021’s issue #305. Described as a modern “Sailor Moon” or She-Ra story, the comic follows Stephanie Cohen, a new pre-med student who discovers “she’s the reincarnation of a stellar warrior tasked with guarding the cosmic door to chaos!” A standalone version of the story will also be released at an undetermined point.

– Writer Sterling Gates, who worked on “Supergirl,” recently commented on the flippancy towards the character’s 60th anniversary from DC executives. “At SDCC last year, I approached a bunch of DC execs I know and asked if they were going to celebrate Supergirl’s 60th. A comic, a book, a video, a blog post, anything,” said Sterling. “One of them looked me square in the eye and said, ‘Well, she’s got a TV show. That’s celebration enough.'” Gates has written on the CW The Flash series from 2017-2020, and was the writer on the Supergirl episode “Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk.”

– The Berserk anime series will be getting its own museum exhibition at Ikebukuro Sunshine City in Tokyo this January. In addition, the producers at Studio GEMBA have launched a Kickstarter campaign to have a statue of Nosferatu Zodd built in Tokyo. The exhibition will run from January 30, 2021 to February 15, 2021.

– The Netflix series The Magic Order, based on the comic by Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel, has been officially dropped by the studio. While originally set to contribute to a Netflix film and TV ‘Millarverse’ alongside shows like Jupiter’s Legacy, Netflix have decided not to proceed with The Magic Order. There is apparently hope of coming back to the series in the future however, with other possible ‘Millarverse’ titles, including a TV adaptation of “American Jesus,” and film adaptations of “Empress,” “Huck” and “Sharkey The Bounty Hunter.” Jupiter’s Legacy is set to release in 2021.

– The Green Lantern TV series will be officially moving forward at HBO Max with writers Seth Grahame-Smith and Marc Guggenheim attached. The show will feature a variety of main stars from the Green Lantern Corps including Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, Sinestro, Kilowog and Alan Scott. The first season will consist of ten one-hour episodes, with Grahame-Smith acting as showrunner as well as co-writer and co-producer alongside Guggenheim. The series will sit alongside other HBO Max DC original series like Peacemaker, Strange Adventures, Justice League Dark and a Gotham PD series, as well as DC Universe carryovers like Harley Quinn, Doom Patrol and Titans. Green Lantern has no set release date as of yet.

– Finally, Syfy have just released the first seven minutes of footage from the Resident Alien TV series starring Alan Tudyk, debuting January 2021; Entertainment Weekly. released the first look at Hulu’s stop-motion M.O.D.O.K. series, starring Patton Oswalt; and Netflix uploaded the first trailer for the live-action series based on Haro Aso’s shōnen manga series, “Alice in Borderland,” out December 10, 2020.

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