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– Earlier this month, Ellen Page was cast as Vanya Hargreeves on Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy. She has now been joined by Tom Hopper as Luther, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison, David Castañeda as Diego, Robert Sheehan as Klaus and Aidan Gallagher as Number Five. The first season is due out next year.
– Meanwhile, Gerard Way (co-creator of the Umbrella Academy) and Nick Derington’s “Doom Patrol” series has seen its latest issues delayed again. Issue #10 has moved to January 24, and issue #11 will follow on February 21. The book was expected to lead into February’s ‘Milk Wars‘ crossover, which was solicited to start on January 31. DC has also canceled the reprint of Rachel Pollack’s run on the title.
– This week’s DC titles were the last to bear the ‘Rebirth’ banner: you can look at next week’s covers with the new, minimalist ‘DC Universe’ boxes courtesy of 13th Dimension.
– Lionsgate confirmed the Hellboy reboot starring David Harbour and directed by Neil Marshall will be released January 11, 2019.
– Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi’s “Ultraman” manga is set to become an anime, due for release in 2019. The manga, which has been published by Shogakukan and Viz Media since 2011, is set several years after the events of the classic 1966 TV series. There’s no word on who is actually producing the anime though.
– London-based Avery Hill Publishing have announced six graphic novels for 2018. In order of release date, they comprise of “Metroland” #4 by Ricky Miller and Julia Scheele, “Permanent Press” by Luke Healy, “A Projection” by Seekan Hui, “The Great North Wood” by Tim Bird, “Follow Me In” by Katriona Chapman, and “On A Sunbeam” by Tillie Walden.
– Image have announced ‘Firebug,’ a story from the anthology “Island,” will be collected and concluded in an OGN for March. The book by cartoonist Johnnie Christmas (“Angel Catbird”) and colorist Tamra Bonvillain (“Doom Patrol”) follows the volcano goddess Keegan, and her friends, as they embark on a journey to the ancient city of Azar to unravel the secrets of her past. “Firebug” will be released March 13, 2018.
– WGN America has passed on the pilot for Scalped, based on Jason Aaron and R.M. Guéra’s gritty Indian reservation tale. The pilot was shot earlier this year, before Sinclair Broadcast acquired the channel and canceled its big-budget dramas Outsiders and Underground in favor of more “cost-effective” shows. DC did not respond to a request for comment as to whether they will be shopping the series around.
– Mumbai-based cartoonist Aseem Trivedi will appear in court, five years after he was arrested, charged with sedition and released on bail. Trivedi, the leader of Cartoons Against Corruption and founder of the anti-censorship group Save Your Voice, has repeatedly drawn anger for mocking national symbols in his work.
– IDW have apologized to right-wing G.I. Joe fans on the Hiss Tank forum, following a scene in “G.I. Joe: Real American Hero” #244 where hillbillies vandalizing Snake-Eyes’s cabin carve the name “Trump” in a wall. Editor Tom Waltz claimed he failed to notice artist S.L. Gallant had inserted the reference, and said it would be censored when collected in trade. It comes in the wake of a similar backlash that led to IDW’s refusal to promote the new series “Scarlett’s Strike Force,” which the publisher denies is what resulted in the book already being canceled.
– After Marvel editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski admitted he posed as Japanese writer Akira Yoshida, ChannelNewsAsia asked Sana Amanat, the company’s director of content and character development, for comment. She defended Cebulski, stating she felt he was not trying to be insensitive at the time, concluding that “we want cultural authenticity and mak[ing] sure we’re casting those people behind the scenes, but the primary goal is getting those kinds of characters out there.” Bleeding Cool has collated comments from other creators, and apparently Axel Alonso spent the day liking the tweets most critical of his successor and Amanat.