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– Editor Will Dennis is joining the list of “curators” on J.H. Williams III’s “Where We Live” benefit anthology. The book, also curated by Williams, Wendy Wright-Williams, Dave Stewart, and Eric Stephenson, will raise money for survivors of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that left 58 dead and 546 injured. A notable omission from the announcement is the removal of Scott Allie from that same list, considering recent news. Allie stepped down as Dark Horse Comics editor-in-chief after reports of abuse, but still remained employed there until last month. At the time of writing, he’s still freelancing for Dark Horse, along with other publishers.
– French publisher Delcourt Group’s 17-volume “Le Chants des Stryges” is being adapted for TV from Dynamic Television, Grid Lans, and Element 8 Entertainment. Dune and Netflix’s Residue writer John Harrison is penning the live-action show. Stryx follows a disgraced former secret agent and a mysterious mercenary, as they investigate a race of super creatures that have infiltrated the deepest levels of government and military.
– Last month ReedPOP acquired MCM, the company in charge of the United Kingdom’s biggest comic-cons, and now they are announcing that a few of them will not be continuing. The cons in Telford (Midlands), Liverpool, and Northern Ireland will all be canceled in order to focus on expanding the Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, and London shows.
– Marvel announced the creative team and release month for the upcoming “Weapon H” series that’s spinning out of the “Weapon X”/”Totally Awesome Hulk” crossover event, ‘Weapons of Mutant Destruction.” Writer Greg Pak and artist Cory Smith will bring the Wolverine/Hulk hybrid to life in March of next year.
– Along with the relaunches of “Kick-Ass” and “Hit-Girl,” Image Comics announced that it would also be republishing the first four volumes of “Kick-Ass,” retitled as “Kick-Ass: The Dave Lizewski Years.” The series was originally published by Marvel’s Icon imprint. All four volumes will be available the same day as the new “Kick-Ass” #1, on February 14.
– Two Libya Comic-Con organizers have been released without charge, after prosecutors could not identify any actual crimes to charge them with. Three of the organizers remain detained. The arrests occurred when a militia acting for Libya’s interim government raided the second annual convention for “attacks on morals and modesty” of young people, earlier this month.
– Declan Shalvey will continue to showcase his writing skills in the new “James Bond: M” one-shot from Dynamite Entertainment, with PJ Holden providing art. The 40-page issue will explore M’s time as an MI6 field agent, before his ascent to head of the organization, and will release in February of 2018.
– It looks like Jonathan Kent will get his very own dark doggelganger in Bizarro Boy. “Superman” co-writer and artist Patrick Gleason teased the new character with a sketch on Twitter, saying that he’ll debut in a story in “early 2018.”
– James Gunn has released the full script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for free via his Twitter. He also annotated it a bit in follow-up tweets, including the fact that Adam Warlock is not confirmed for Vol. 3, even though he was teased in a post-credits scene.
– A new report suggests that Justice League could suffer a $50 – $100 million loss for Warner Bros, becoming the lowest grossing DCEU film so far.
– And in related news, Nightwing director Chris McKay announced that there will be an open casting call for the lead role, but also warned that it’s “like Vegas odds for sure.”