The Rundown: October 12, 2021

By | October 12th, 2021
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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, as part of National Coming Out Day, DC Comics have announced that November’s “Superman: Son of Kal-El” #5 will reveal Jon Kent, the Superman of Earth, and son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, is bisexual. We also interviewed Stephen Byrne about “Joy Operations,” and Rachel Gluckstern about the New 52’s “Captain Atom.”

'Devil's Reign: Winter Soldier' #1

– Via Syfy Wire, Marvel have announced “Devil’s Reign: Winter Soldier” #1, written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, with art by Nico Leon. The “super-sized-one-shot” follows Mayor Fisk as he gathers information on superheroes, and will show Bucky fighting to steal back his own file with the information he only half-remembers about his time as the Winter Soldier. Marvel’s six-part “Devil’s Reign” event kicks off in December along with “Devil’s Reign: Winter Soldier” #1.

Publishers Weekly reports Graphic Universe has acquired “Unretouchable” by Sofia Szamosi, a YA graphic novel based on the author’s own experiences, about body image, social media, and the invisible forces that shape the way we think about ourselves. The story follows Olive, who is spending the summer before college at a “to-die-for” internship, helping out the digital imaging specialist for a major fashion magazine. Publication is set for fall 2022. Also, Viking has bought graphic novel “Shock City” by Aaron Alexovich. Described as a middle-grade Beetlejuice, the book follows young Milo after he rings the doorbell of the forbidden Shock City castle on a dare, and gets more than he bargained for when Sunny, a peppy young monster, answers the door. Publication is planned for fall 2024. Finally, Holiday House has acquired “Mossy and Tweed: Crazy for Coconuts” and a second untitled book by Mirka Hokkanen in her graphic novel debut. In the first book, two gnomes’ friendship is put to the test as they try to crack a coconut. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023, as part of the ‘I Like to Read Comics’ line.

– Marvel have announced that Chris Claremont will return to the X-Men in “X-Men Legends” #12. Claremont will team up with artist Scot Eaton, to tell a story set just before the writer’s “Excalibur” run. The official description reads, “In the aftermath of ‘Fall of the Mutants,’ the X-Men are dead. Or so the world believes. And Mystique seeks revenge on Forge for his role in the loss of Rogue. In order to stop her partner from making a grave mistake, Destiny will have to recruit Nightcrawler and Shadowcat who, injured as they are, must dig deep to find new strength and do what is right as the last X-Men standing!” “X-Men Legends” #12 will hit stands in February.

– Via, Marvel also announced “Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond” #1, written by Jed MacKay and drawn by C.F. Villa. The comic will see the Black Cat getting kidnapped, and Mary Jane having to save her. “Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond” #1 will feature a cover by J. Scott Campbell.

– Via Anime News Network, Viz Media announced its summer 2022 lineup on Saturday during New York Comic Con, including a new series of Naruto novels, in which Naruto’s allies and enemies take center stage in fast-paced adventures by Jun Esaka. They will begin releasing in the summer of 2022. Check out the full line up here.

– DC have announced DC Dual Force, a new digital trading card game that sees players collecting and battling iconic heroes. Developed by Cryptozoic Entertainment and YUKE’S, DC Dual Force is a “quick to learn and fun to master” collectible card game in which players use Leader cards, Minion cards and Action cards to battle opponents. Leader cards take the form of the universe’s most notable characters, while Minions are recognizable heroes that are less known within mainstream audiences. DC Dual Force will be free-to-play and is currently set to debut in 2022.

– Via Yahoo! News, to mark the release of the manga “Kaiju No. 8,” a gigantic illustration of the comic book hero was put up on the entire facade of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. France is the second largest consumer of manga in the world, and remains a huge market for the Japanese comic book industry. “Kaiju No. 8” by Naoya Matsumoto follows Kafka Hibino, a kaiju corpse cleanup man, who undergoes a transformation into a kaiju. “Kaiju No. 8” Vol. 1 will be available December 7, 2021.

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– Via IGN, the first four minutes of Aquaman: King of Atlantis was released online. The animated miniseries stars Cooper Andrews, Gillian Jacobs, Thomas Lennon, and Dana Snyder, and will premiere on HBO Max on October 14, 2021. You can see the first few minutes here.

– Via CBR, Director Chloé Zhao confirmed that Eternals will be one of the MCU’s longest movies. Zhao acknowledged that the reported 156 minute runtime is correct. The movie will see the ten titular heroes face off against the Deviants. In the comics, Ethe ternals were created by the Celestials to combat the Deviants, a race of mutated proto-humans, also created by the Celestials. Eternals will be released November 5, 2021.

– Finally, Deadline reported that Will Poulter (Midsommar, We’re the Millers) will be playing Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, a piece of casting James Gunn took to Twitter to confirm. Production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is expected to start in November.

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Matt Garza

Matt was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, but is really a Cubs fan. When he's not reading comics , he's most likely sleeping next to his dog. He does not breathe actual fire. Despite several warnings, he will never stop giving the children in his family superhero clothing. You can find him on Twitter here.


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