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Writer Scott Snyder is known for his work with iconic DC characters and in the horror genre, but for Halloween, he’s embracing the all-ages manga and anime franchise My Hero Academia, with a family picture that goes beyond, plus ultra!
The fan-favorite Batman writer tweeted a photo of his family dressed as some of the most popular heroes from Kōhei Horikoshi’s beloved franchise. Snyder strikes a pose as All-Might, the number one Pro Hero in the franchise’s universe; his two sons dress as Deku and Bakugo, two of U.A. High School’s most promising students who aspire to become Pro Heroes; and his wife Jeanie transforms into Uraraka, another talented U.A. student who has the ability to manipulate an object’s — or person’s — gravity.
My Hero Academia’s popularity continues to grow. The manga is on its 15th volume, a new video game, My Hero One’s Justice, was just released, and the anime is on its third season. A live-action movie is also in the works, and only time will tell whether it will win over fans and further expand the franchise’s popularity.
While Billy Batson, better known to comic book readers as the mighty Shazam, was introduced to modern audiences during DC Comics’ New 52 era by writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank, the iconic character has been absent since the publisher launched its DC Rebirth initiative in 2016.
Ahead of the character’s upcoming relaunch next month, Johns assures fans the new ongoing series will pick up from the events of the last time Batson was last seen in the comics. In the final pages of the New 52 Shazam story five years ago, the superhero’s longtime enemy Doctor Sivana was seen meeting the parasitic, mind-controlling alien worm Mister Mind for the first time.
“Mister Mind’s aspirations are incredibly big, and just because he’s a small size, he might be funny to us and he might be underestimated by everybody around him, but his point of view is a pretty valid point of view,” explained Johns in an interview with IGN, confirming that the five year cliffhanger will be resolved. “I think Mister Mind, because he’s a magical creature, he’s got more power. And more importantly, he’s got a lot of ambition. He’s very humorous in a lot of ways, but he’s also very threatening.”
Advance solicitation information from DC Comics in August confirmed Sivana and Mister Mind would indeed be teaming up to face Shazam as the new series’ main antagonists in the debut issue. With two of Billy’s greatest foes working together, the young superhero will need all the help he can get to stop them.
The Earth’s Mightiest Heroes officially make the jump from the Marvel Universe to a celestial body, as NASA has named two of its 21 new gamma-ray constellations after the Incredible Hulk and Thor — specifically, the god of thunder’s enchanted hammer Mjölnir.
The other 21 constellations include nods to Godzilla, The Little Prince, the U.S.S. Enterprise from Star Trek, and the TARDIS from Doctor Who.
NASA is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the agency’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, acquired on June 11, 2008 in partnership with France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Sweden, and the United States Department of Energy. The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, also known as the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope or GLAST, is used to detect and survey gamma-rays in outer space.
NASA defines gamma-rays as the “strongest form of light,” powerful enough to convert into matter under the right circumstances. According to the space agency, two of its newest gamma-ray constellations were so aptly named because Bruce Banner was transformed by gamma radiation into the Hulk, while Godzilla’s heat ray resembles fiery gamma-ray jets typically associated with black holes and neutron stars.
The explanation behind Mjölnir is tied more directly to the enchanted hammer’s mythological roots, symbolizing the investigation of “Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs) associated with lightning from thunderstorms on Earth.”
In Spring 2019, ahead of the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters comes an all-new companion graphic novel from Legendary Comics — Godzilla: Aftershock, written by Arvid Nelson and illustrated by Drew Edward Johnson.
“Godzilla: Aftershock is yet another exhilarating entry into the canon of the MonsterVerse, and it is especially exciting to introduce fans to a brand new original monster unique to the comic, but true to the legacy of Godzilla,” Senior Vice President of Legendary Comics Robert Napton said in a statement.
Here is the synopsis of the graphic novel from Legendary:
Continuing the story of 2014’s Godzilla after the catastrophic events in San Francisco, the King of the Monsters finds himself once again threatened as a terrifying new foe rises from the depths of the earth, unleashing a series of devastating earthquakes and driven by an unstoppable primal instinct that will test the King of Monsters like never before.
Additionally, fans attending Los Angeles Comic Con on October 27 are invited to attend Legendary’s MonsterVerse panel for a chance to receive a free limited-edition Godzilla: Aftershock poster, available only to the first 500 fans in attendance.
Arriving March 22, 2019, director Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds and Zhang Ziyi.
Comic book author Mark Waid has started a GoFundMe campaign to collect money for legal fees related to a lawsuit filed by Richard C. Meyer, a leader in the online ComicsGate movement. The lawsuit alleges that Waid called Antarctic Press, which Meyer had formed an agreement with to publish his Jawbreakers series, and convinced the publisher to drop the title.
Meyer claims this amounts to an interference with the contract he had established with Antarctic, as well as defamation due to the alleged content of the phone call. In a post announcing the launch of the crowdfunding campaign, Waid maintained his innocence and explained why such a campaign was necessary in the first place.
“Even though I am confident that the claims made against me are entirely without merit, lawsuits are time-consuming and very expensive,” said Waid. “Still, I have never backed down from bullies, especially those who denigrate my friends, colleagues and the values our community stands for, and while I am not a rich man, you have my solemn promise that I will fight this fight no matter the personal cost.”
Meyer is a known provocateur in the comics industry, perhaps most recognizable from his usage of the Diversity & Comics Twitter handle, which he has used to disseminate criticism and harassment directed at minority creators in the industry. Meyer and his followers believe that the industry has become too progressive, which led him to launch a crowdfunding campaign for Jawbreakers earlier this year.
With that in mind, the series, which follows a group of ex-mercenary monster hunters, was marketed as a supposed return to form for the medium. Most of the controversy attached to the series came from its creators and their penchant for promoting right-leaning ideologies and conspiracy theories online. Nonetheless, once the Jawbreakers campaign was successfully funded, it found a publisher in Antarctic Press.
The deal between Meyer and Antarctic Press allegedly went south after Waid contacted the publisher by phone. The exact details of that phone call are currently unclear, but both Waid and the publisher have maintained that the conversation was civil and, despite rumors to the contrary, that Antarctic Press did not reach out to Marvel Comics (Waid is currently penning Marvel’s Doctor Strange series) in retaliation.
Presently, Waid has set his legal defense goal at $75,000. At the time of reporting, Waid’s campaign has accumulated a little under $8,000 in donations after having only been launched earlier today.
IDW Publishing has announced that they will be releasing a brand-new comic book based on the lore of the popular fantasy tabletop role-playing game series Dungeons & Dragons. The five-issue limited series, titled Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish, is set to begin this February.
Written by B. Dave Walters with art by Tess Fowler, Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish will take readers to the Forgotten Realms to experience the story of Helene, a young wizard from Mintarn, as she and her friends must become skilled warriors to defeat an evil foe who has disrupted the peace enjoyed by the Sea of Swords.
“I’ve been adventuring in the Forgotten Realms for a long time and having the honor of contributing to that world is incredibly exciting,” said Walters. “I can’t wait to show the fans the power and intensity of a truly epic D&D story!”
“I have dreamed of making Dungeons & Dragons comics since I was twelve years old, but A Darkened Wish is beyond anything I could have hoped for.” Fowler added. “Working with B. Dave Walters on this projects is the coolest.”
With the titular team of West Coast Avengers trying to make a name for themselves in Los Angeles as both superheroes and reality television stars, it seems the recently-formed outfit is set to make their very first talk show appearance.
Marvel has now revealed artist David Nakayama’s variant cover for West Coast Avengers #4, which features Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), Gwenpool, Quentin Quire and America Chavez alongside popular real-life late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel.
“We wanted the new West Coast Avengers to be able to debut to the rest of the Marvel Universe in a big, bombastic way,” said series editor Alanna Smith. “And what’s a better place for a team that’s courting the LA limelight to debut than Jimmy Kimmel Live? (Or, at least, the Marvel U equivalent!)”
“Thanks for letting our crazy kids crash your show!” West Coast Avengers writer Kelly Thompson added in a tweet to Jimmy Kimmel.
This variant cover is also a direct homage to that of 1984’s Avengers #239, the comic where Clint Barton actually made his very first late-night talk show appearance, appearing on Late Night with David Letterman alongside Black Widow, Beast, Wonder Man and Black Panther.
In Infinity Wars: Iron Hammer #1, readers met Sigurd Stark, the newly-created mash-up of Tony Stark and Thor Odinson who came into being when Gamora halved all life in the galaxy by merging every two people into one in Infinity Wars #3.
Having set the ground rules of this new Marvel Universe in the first issue, Infinity Wars: Iron Hammer #2 proceeds to flesh things out, not only by revealing even more Warped characters through a flashback exploring Sigurd Stark’s past in Asgard, but by introducing the new Rainbow Bridge, known here as the B.I.F.R.O.S.T. In fact, it’s by accidentally accessing this technological magic for the first time that Stark unlocks his memories of life with the Asgardian demi-gods, revealing that he once embodied the worst parts of Tony Stark and Thor rather than the best.
Spider-Geddon is in full effect, and much like its predecessor, Spider-Verse, Marvel’s new Spider-Man themed storyline involves a slew of new web-slingers. Over the past few months, a series of one-shots leading to the event introduced us to Spider-Men and Women from a variety of realities, and next week we’ll meet several more in Vault of Spiders #1, the first issue of a miniseries anthology designed to bring more webbed heroes to the battle.
In the preview below, Cullen Bunn, Javier Pulido, Muntsa Vicente and Joe Caramagna introduce a new Western-themed Spidey to the proceedings, and yes — he has a trusty Spider-Horse. The man known as Web-Slinger protects the Wild West with his pair of six-guns, not to mention his super powers.
Check out the preview below, and pay close attention to the credits page and prologue art which offer teases of several more Spider-People who may just end up becoming major players in the Marvel Universe.
VAULT OF SPIDERS #1 (of 2)
CULLEN BUNN, JED MACKAY AND MORE! (W)
JAVIER PULIDO, SHELDON VELLA AND MORE! (A)
Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Variant Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE IN!
Only a Spider-Army can stop the end of the Multiverse!
Meet Web-Slinger, the Spider-Man from the Wild West, in an unforgettable story by CULLEN BUNN (X-MEN BLUE) and JAVIER PULIDO (SHE-HULK).
He is the Emissary from Hell, he is SUPAIDAMAN! The Spider-Man from the live-action SPIDER-MAN show that aired in Japan in the 1970s is back in comics form in an insane story by JED MACKAY (EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON) and SHELDON VELLA (DEADPOOL, SPIDER-VERSE).
And that’s just a glimpse into the VAULT OF SPIDERS!
With Marvel’s new X-Force series set to reunite the team’s original members this December, series artist Dylan Burnett has taken to Twitter to show off their new uniforms.
The images released by Burnett feature OG X-Force members Shatterstar, Domino, Cannonball and Warpath wearing their sleek new gear. The style of each member’s respective uniform has seemingly been customized to their liking, but all carry the same black, gray, white and orange color scheme, as well as the all-important “X” symbol. Kid Cable and Deathlok also sport their own versions of the new X-Force look.
Following the events of Extermination, which reunited the original X-Men team, X-Force will feature a reunion of its own, as the group’s inaugural members make it their mission to take down whoever is responsible for the murder of Cable. When their target ends up being a younger version of the person they are trying to avenge, however, things get complicated, resulting in the X-Force having to join forces with Kid Cable and Deathlok in order to clear their own names. Luckily for those two, they even got some new duds out of the deal.
Written by Ed Brisson with art by Dylan Burnett, X-Force #1 hits comic shops on December 26.