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The Rundown: December 18, 2020

By | December 18th, 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, we shared an exclusive preview of “Maestro” #5 and talked to Ed Brubaker about “Reckless.” Also, it was the last night of our Festival of Lightsabers giveaway. Don’t forget to enter!

Cover by Bruno Redondo

— DC announced that Nightwing will return on March 16, 2021 with “Nightwing” #78, written by Tom Taylor and illustrated by Bruno Redondo. In it, Nightwing enlists the help of Batgirl to investigate the new mayor of Blüdhaven, who has the same name as the man who killed his parents. DC also teased a new sidekick for Dick Grayson, a three-legged puppy who he saves from attackers. Check out the press release and preview pages here.

— A new “The Flash” creative team will also debut on March 16, 2021, with “The Flash” #768. The new run, described as “the redemption of Wally West,” will be written by Jeremy Adams (Supernatural, Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans), and illustrated by Brandon Peterson. In its press release, DC also teased an encounter with a Justice League led by Green Arrow.

— Free Comic Book Day 2021 has been scheduled for August 14. No word yet on what publishers and titles will be available, but the 2021 event will mark the 20th anniversary of FCBD. Organizers are hoping that FCBD 2021 will mark a return to normalcy after this year’s event was affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

— Marvel announced that “America Chavez: Made in the USA” will debut in March 2021. The five-issue mini-series, which was previously announced for June 2020 before COVID-19 shut down Diamond, is written by Kalinda Vazquez with art by Carlos Gomez. Originally created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta, America became a fan favorite in Kieron Gillen’s “Young Avengers” run, and will be played by The Baby-Sitters Club‘s Xochitl Gomez in 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

— A new alt-history action-adventure OGN asks the important question: would Japan have lost World War II if they had trained dinosaurs? “Operation Dragon” is written by Bill Groshelle and Brendan Cahill, with art by German Peralta and Kristian Rossi. It will be released by Dark Horse in comic book stores and digitally on July 25, 2021, and in bookstores on August 10.

— IDW Publishing and their imprint Top Shelf Productions unveiled their 2021 middle-grade and young adult graphic novel releases. These include “Chibi-Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis,” a younger-skewing take on “Usagi Yojimbo” by Stan Sakai and Julie Fujii Sakai; “Marie Curie: A Quest For Light,” by Frances Andreasen Østerfelt, Anja Cetti Andersen, and Anna Blaszczyk; and “The Science of Surfing: A ‘Surfside Girls’ Guide to the Ocean,” by Kim Dwinell.

— Stephanie Cooke revealed the cover for her middle-grade graphic novel “Oh My Gods! 2: The Forgotten Maze” on her Twitter. The sequel to next year’s “Oh My Gods!” was created by Cooke, Insha Fitzpatrick, and Juliana Moon, and is scheduled to be released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on January 4, 2022.

— Adam Rayner (Tyrant) has joined the cast of The CW’s Superman & Lois. He plays Morgan Edge, “an intelligent, eloquent and impassioned self-made mogul who’s innate ability to motivate is the means to his success and others’ demise.” In other TV news, Peacemaker, the HBO Max Suicide Squad spin-off, has added Chukwudi Iwuji, Lochlyn Munro, Annie Chang, and Christopher Heyerdahl to its cast. Not much is known about their characters, other than their names.

Star Trek: Lower Decks will be available to watch on Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and India. All ten episodes of the animated series will be available beginning January 22, 2021. The show focuses on the support crew that serves on the USS Cerritos, one of Starfleet’s least important ships.

— Fourteen people have been found guilty in connection with the terrorist attacks against Charlie Hebdo that took place in Paris in 2015. All were found guilty of various charges, ranging from belonging in a criminal network to direct complicity in the attacks that left 17 dead.

— Finally, Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy, has passed away at the age of 75. Daniel Logan, who played Fett in Attack of the Clones, broke the news to fans on Instagram. In addition to Star Wars, Bulloch was known for roles in Counter-Attack!, The Chequered Flag, The Devil’s Agent, as well as appearances on Doctor Who and three James Bond movies.

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Kerry Erlanger

Kerry Erlanger is a writer from New York whose accolades include being named Time Person of the Year 2006. She can be found on Twitter at @hellokerry.


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