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In case you missed it, Dark Horse Comics announced a new four-part detective comic called “Wyrd” that will launch in January. We also interviewed Marguerite Bennett and with “The Adventure Zone” creators Clint McElroy and Carey Pietsch at NYCC.
– First up, in a series of tweets, Chuck Wendig announced that he was fired from Marvel as well as taken off of a yet-to-be-named Star Wars project. Wendig was curating the next Darth Vader miniseries, “Star Wars: Shadow of Vader.” Wendig claims that Marvel editors were displeased at what they called “vulgar” tweets in recent weeks, and attributes his firing to the ‘Comicsgate’ movement. He also says that after the release of his Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy, he was consistently harassed online and received poor reviews before the books’ “official” releases. Wendig said he felt it was a decision made by Marvel, not Lucasfilm. Marvel have not announced a new writer for “Star Wars: Shadow of Vader” # 4 & 5 and “Shadow of Vader” #1 has not yet been solicited.
– Bleeding Cool has issued an apology for interviewing Vox Day, a noted white supremacist who has expressed some “abhorrent” views, as Bleeding Cool states. Because of this divisive interview, Bleeding Cool has instated Kaitlyn Booth as the website’s new Editor-In-Chief. In her letter, Booth states “We do not, in any way, agree with the ideology of Vox Day. We do not support divisiveness in the fan community, or in our culture at large. We do not support those that try to bring down others. We support diversity in all aspects of pop culture.” She promises, “We will do better.” The Beat attempts to sort through the muddled hierarchy over at Bleeding Cool and how this will affect Rich Johnston’s role at Bleeding Cool moving forward.
– Hannah Berry, the new UK comics laureate, and award-winning creator of graphic novels “Adamtine” and “Livestock,” seeks to break the stigma that comics only revolve around superheroes. Berry says “With the enormous, diverse, wealth of subjects out there, there’s a graphic novel for everybody.” As laureate, Berry’s duties are to introduce comic books into literacy programs in British schools and libraries. She also wants to work out a way to use comics to teach English. You can read more about Hannah Berry at BBC.com
– Marvel have revealed the final lineup to their new “Guardians of The Galaxy” series, reports Newsarama. The only caveat to the news is that this roster, which includes Silver Surfer, Groot, Star-Lord, Adam Warlock, Darkhawk, Gladiator, Phyla-Vell, Nova, Moondragon, and Beta Ray Bill, are only prospective members, and only six of them will join the new “Guardians” team. Written by Donny Cates with art by Geoff Shaw, “Guardians of the Galaxy” will debut January 23, 2019.
– Deadline reports Tamara Taylor (Bones) and J.C. MacKenzie (Molly’s Game, The Wolf of Wall Street) were cast as leads in Netflix’s October Faction, based on the IDW comics written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Damien Worm. Also joining the cast are Aurora Burghart (Sex Education), Gabriel Darku (Impulse,), Wendy Crewson (Room), Megan Follows (Reign) and Stephen McHattie (Watchmen). The 10-episode series is produced by High Park Entertainment in association with IDW Entertainment.
– In other streaming news, Marvel and Netflix announced to Deadline that Iron Fist will not return for a third season. Although this is the first small screen series cancellation from Marvel’s Netflix adaptations, Marvel added “while the series on Netflix has ended, the Immortal Iron Fist will live on.” While Iron Fist may have been the first Defender to get the axe, Jessica Jones will return for a season 3 and Luke Cage is rumored to get renewed for a season 3 as well. The Punisher will put out a season 2 as well, and of course, Daredevil returns for a third season this Friday. Needless to say, Defenders fans will have plenty to chew on for a while.
– Finally, Animemojo.com reports that Attack on Titan Season 3 will resume, after a long hiatus, in April of 2019.