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Amy Chu Scripting Green Hornet Relaunch

Amy Chu Scripting Green Hornet Relaunch

Dynamite Entertainment has announced plans for a new volume of Green Hornet, which will pick up after the last series by Kevin Smith, from writer Amy Chu (Red Sonja, Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death) and artist German Erramouspe (Night of the Living Dead: Aftermath, Rancat). The first issue is set to hit stands in March.

The synopsis for the new Green Hornet volume is the following:

Britt Reid Jr., the scion of the Daily Sentinel publishing empire, vanishes during a wild party on his friend’s yacht. Meanwhile, crime spikes in the streets of Century City with the mysterious criminal/secret vigilante the Green Hornet absent. It’s only a matter of time before SOMEONE puts two and two together, and it’s up to Kato, former partner of Britt’s father, and his daughter Mulan to protect the city AND the Green Hornet legacy, while finding out what happened to Britt.

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“The Green Hornet was one of the top titles on my bucket list to write, so I’m really thrilled to dive in,” Chu said in an official statement. “I’ve been listening to the old radio shows from the ’30s and trying to bring back some of the good guy vs bad guy elements of what made it popular in the ’30s. But this is not a pure nostalgia trip- there’s a lot of modern twists. My parent’s generation in Hong Kong liked Green Hornet because of Bruce Lee as Kato so I’m weaving in some solid martial arts action too.”

The first issue will feature several variant covers from artists including Mike Choi (X-Men, Cable), Carli Ihde (KISS/Vampirella, Sheena), Mike McKone (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, Iron Fist), and CP Wilson III (Deadpool, G.I. Joe, The Shadow).

Green Hornet #1 releases in March.

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Image Comics Documentary ‘So Much Damage’ Debuts First Trailer

Image Comics Documentary ‘So Much Damage’ Debuts First Trailer

Syfy has released (via Entertainment Weekly) the first trailer for So Much Damage: How Image Comics Changed the World.

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A five-part documentary series, the project chronicles the rise, fall and comeback of Image Comics, and its lasting influence on the entertainment industry as a whole. The series features in-depth interviews with the company’s founders — including superstar writer/artists Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld — in addition to its modern architects, like The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.

Watch the first trailer for Syfy’s So Much Damage here.

So Much Damage: How Image Comics Changed the World is produced by Syfy’s digital division, Syfy Wire, and is set to debut all five parts November 20 on the official Syfy website.

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Image Comics was founded in 1992 by Marvel comics artists-turned independent creators Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. Since the debut of the company’s first comic book issue, Spawn #1, the publisher has remained a powerhouse and massively influential tour de force in the medium. To this day, McFarlane, Larsen, Silvestri, Valentino and Liefeld still produce comics for the publishing giant.

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Comics Industry Reacts to Marvel Hiring CB Cebulski as Editor-in-Chief

Comics Industry Reacts to Marvel Hiring CB Cebulski as Editor-in-Chief

Earlier today, Marvel Comics announced that CB Cebulski has been named the new editor-in-chief of the publisher. And, as evident on social media, the comics industry couldn’t be more excited for the veteran Marvel executive’s new role at the company.

RELATED: C.B. Cebulski Named Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief

Taking to Twitter, a number of creators have voiced their support for Cebulski and his hiring, praising his ability to scout new talent, and his overall character.

Namely, Brian Michael Bendis, who shook the comics world this month announcing his departure from Marvel for DC Comics, sounded off with a nice message for Cebuslki:

Countless other creators voiced their support, as well:

Cebulski is filling the role previously held by Axel, who served as the editor-in-chief of Marvel since 2011. Various creators lent their voices in support of Alonso, bidding him farewell and citing his impressive legacy, leadership and collaborative expertise which he executed during his tenure at the publisher.

RELATED: Marvel’s CB Cebulski to Trade New York For Shanghai

Cebulski is a 15 year veteran of Marvel, having worked in a number of roles over the years. His most current position prior to his promotion was VP, Marvel Brand Management and Development, Asia, where he was tasked with helping to further the globalization of Marvel and its properties. Cebulski is currently living in Shanghai, but will relocate to New York City in order to work directly from Marvel’s headquarters. He will take over as editor-in-chief of the publisher immediately.

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Geoff Johns Teases New Shazam! Comics

Geoff Johns Teases New Shazam! Comics

DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer — and comics scribe in his own right — Geoff Johns has indicated there could be new Shazam! comics on the way. At least, he’s let it publicly know he really wants some new Shazam! comics.

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Replying to his collaborator Gary Frank on Twitter — with whom he incepted the New 52 incarnation of the DC Comics hero — Johns made a plea for more Shazam! comic books. He was responding to Frank’s remark in which the artist said his favorite comics work he’d done was his Shazam! run — until his latest effort, the hotly anticipated event series, Doomsday Clock.

Johns responded with the following:

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Perhaps unrelated, artist of the last Shazam! comic series (which tied into DC’s Convergence event), Evan “Doc” Shaner, recently posted some Shazam! sketches he’d done to Twitter. Shaner drew the top two Shazam! antagonists: Black Adam and Doctor Sivana.

Coincidence?

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Originally called Captain Marvel, the character’s name was formerly changed to Shazam! (the word he utters to transform into his adult superhero form) for his New 52 origin. The character was Fawcett Comics’ most successful character — and the industry’s bestselling hero — throughout the 1940s and 1950s, and was eventually acquired by DC Comics. Since, the character has appeared in various volumes of his own title, in addition to the Justice League series. He’s also set to get his own solo film, due in theaters in 2019.

Set to shoot from February until May in Toronto, Ontario, the upcoming DCEU Shazam! film was thought to star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as longtime Shazam! foe Black Adam, until it was revealed the character would instead feature in his own solo film. It now seems Sivana will take place of Black Adam as the film’s central villain.

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The next DC film to go into production, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi as the title character, in addition to Asher Angel as the young Billy Batson, Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana and Annabelle: Creation’s Grace Fulton. Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! hits theaters in April, 2019.

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Image Expo Will Return in 2018

Image Expo Will Return in 2018

After a one-year hiatus, the Image Comics-run convention Image Expo will make a comeback in 2018. The convention is coming to Portland, Oregon, for the first time ever, and wil be held on Wednesday, February 21st, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT at the Leftbank Annex.

“IMAGE EXPO is an all-day event for fans, the retailer community, and the press to experience a showcase of exciting Image Comics announcements,” notes an official press release. “IMAGE EXPO 2018 will feature a line-up of some of the hottest names in comics and offers a unique experience for fans to have unprecedented access to the writers and artists behind their favorite comic books at exclusive autograph sessions and comic-focused programming. The event is open to all fans, comics retailers, librarians, and media.”

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The guests for Image Expo 2018 will be announced at a later date.

Tickets are now available for purchase. General admission tickets are on sale for $25 USD, while Premium Admission tickets are available for $100 USD. General admission tickets grant access for one attendant, in addition to providing a free program guide book and access to Image Expo programming. Premium Admission ticket holders will also get an Image Comics branded canvas tote bag, boxed lunch (valued at approximately $17), three (3) exclusive IMAGE EXPO variants, an Image Comics branded 25th anniversary commemorative pint glass, an Image Comics branded 25th anniversary commemorative enamel lapel pin, and access to priority seating.

Additionally there’s set to be an Image Expo 2018 After Party held from 7-10 p.m; location and further details to be announced, no tickets necessary.

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Thanos #13 Preview Showcases the Mad Titan’s Murderous Tendencies

Thanos #13 Preview Showcases the Mad Titan’s Murderous Tendencies

Marvel Comics has provided CBR with an exclusive first look at Thanos #13 from writer Donny Cates and artist Geoff Shaw. On sale next Wednesday, November 22, the issue kicks off Cates and Shaw’s run under the Marvel Legacy banner, debuting the hotly anticipated storyline — that, quite honestly speaks for itself — “Thanos Wins”!

Take a look at CBR’s exclusive Thanos #13 preview below.

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Thanos #13 by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw.

Thanos #13 by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw.

Thanos #13 by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw.

Thanos #13 by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw.

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THANOS #13

  • DONNY CATES (W) • GEOFF SHAW (A/C)
  • Lenticular Homage (LH) Variant Cover by JACEN BURROWS
  • Legacy Headshot Variant Cover by MIKE MCKONE
  • Trading Card Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
  • VARIANT COVER BY TBA
  • THANOS WINS Part 1
  • Ask the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe how they fear the universe will end, and in their most honest moment, they will answer with two words… THANOS WINS. Now… see what happens when he does.PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES!
  • 32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

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EXCL. PREVIEW: Invincible Iron Man #594 Furthers the Search for Stark

EXCL. PREVIEW: Invincible Iron Man #594 Furthers the Search for Stark

Marvel Comics has provided CBR an exclusive first look at Invincible Iron Man #594 from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artists Stefano Caselli and Alex Maleev. On sale next Wednesday, November 22, the issues sees several surprising faces from Tony Stark’s past, present and future unite to track him down. Who will wield the power of Iron Man?

Take a look at CBR’s exclusive Invincible Iron Man #594 preview below.

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Invincible Iron Man #594 by Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli and Alex Maleev.

Invincible Iron Man #594 by Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli and Alex Maleev.

Invincible Iron Man #594 by Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli and Alex Maleev.

Invincible Iron Man #594 by Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli and Alex Maleev.

Invincible Iron Man #594 by Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli and Alex Maleev.

Invincible Iron Man #594 cover by Stefano Caselli.

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INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #594

  • BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • STEFANO CASELLI (A)
  • Cover by R.B. SILVA
  • THE SEARCH FOR TONY STARK Part 2
  • THE SEARCH FOR TONY STARK continues, as some very surprising people from his present, past and future come together to help. Who will wield the power of Iron Man? It’s all building to one of the most-anticipated moments in Iron Man history!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Labyrinth Comic Will Reveal Origins of Bowie’s Goblin King

Labyrinth Comic Will Reveal Origins of Bowie’s Goblin King

BOOM! Studios has announced plans (via Entertainment Weekly) to launch the first-ever ongoing comic series based on Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. The series will reportedly explore the origins of the film’s infamous Goblin King, who was played by late music legend and actor David Bowie in the original ’80s film from which the comic is based.

The new series comes from writer Si Spurrier (Legion) and artist Daniel Bayliss (Kennel Block Blues), and will introduce readers to Jareth’s mother and father in 18th-century Venice, as the series unravels the Goblin King’s origins.

“It’s the backstory of how Jareth came to be in the Labyrinth himself,” Lisa Henson, the daughter of Jim, and CEO and President of The Jim Henson Company, told EW. “The Goblin King, he’s not a goblin, he’s human. Many people have asked, ‘Well, how did he get there?’ So, that’s something that we thought we would explore.”

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“We’re sort of having our cake and eating it,” Spurrier teased. “The ‘Bowie form’ version of the character is very much present in our story. But there’s a huge amount of stuff about the people who loved him and he loved. What happened to them? How did this all shake out? How did he come to be who he is? I hope that by exercising both sides of that picture, as well as leaning into all the other amazing things that are fantastic about the Labyrinth as a concept, we should hopefully get our Bowie itch scratched while also enjoying the fantastical, surreal wonder of this world.”

Check three of Labyrinth #1’s covers below, by Bill Sienkiewicz, Fiona Staples and Jill Thompson, respectively.


Jim Henson’s Labyrinth ongoing series kicks off in February, 2018.

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Busiek Explains Decades-Old What If…? Wolverine/Green Lantern Joke

Busiek Explains Decades-Old What If…? Wolverine/Green Lantern Joke

Some jokes need explaining — 23 years later, even. Such is the case for a reference made in What If…? #62 by veteran comics scribe Kurt Busiek. The longtime Avengers writer recently took to Twitter to reveal that a character name he created in the 1994 issue was indeed a reference to a beloved Green Lantern.

Like all other What If…? tales, this was a hypothetical scenario, and meant to be a one-off continuity. In the issue, the story imagines a world in which a non-adamantiumed Logan does battle with an entirely different character who becomes the legendary Weapon X. Well, that other character who becomes Weapon X is named “Guy Desjardins,” if you remember.

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Turns out, that was a blatant reference to DC Comics’ Green Lantern character, Guy Gardner.


Guy Gardner was the third human to become a Green Lantern, after the Golden Age’s Alan Scott and the Silver Age’s premier Lantern, Hal Jordan. After a one-off appearance in 1968’s Green Lantern #59, and a handful of appearances throughout the 1970s, the character would become a full-time Green Lantern in the ’80s, serving as a member of the acclaimed Justice League International team created by J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen and Kevin Maguire. The character is currently in DC Rebirth continuity, appearing regularly in Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps.

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Jim Lee’s Shazam ‘Sketch’ Is Nicer Than Most People’s Finished Art

Jim Lee’s Shazam ‘Sketch’ Is Nicer Than Most People’s Finished Art

DC Entertainment co-publisher and veteran artist Jim Lee has taken to social media to share a “sketch” he’s done of the publisher’s almighty superhero, Shazam.

Originally called Captain Marvel, the character’s name was formerly changed to Shazam (the word he utters to transform into his adult superhero form) for his New 52 origin. The character was Fawcett Comics’ most successful character — and the industry’s bestselling hero — throughout the 1940s and 1950s, and was eventually acquired by DC Comics. Since, the character has appeared in various volumes of his own title, in addition to the Justice League series. He’s also set to get his own solo film, due in theaters in 2019.

RELATED: Shazam: Green Lantern’s Mark Strong In Talks to Play Villain, Doctor Sivana

Set to shoot from February until May in Toronto, Ontario, the upcoming DCEU Shazam! film was thought to star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as longtime Shazam! foe Black Adam, until it was revealed the character would instead feature in his own solo film. It now seems Sivana will take place of Black Adam as the film’s central villain.

The next DC film to go into production, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi as the title character, in addition to Asher Angel as the young Billy Batson, Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana and Annabelle: Creation’s Grace Fulton. Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! hits theaters in April, 2019.

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