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Kirkman & Silvestri’s Stellar Revived With New Creative Team

Kirkman & Silvestri’s Stellar Revived With New Creative Team

Nearly eight years after its debut as part of Top Cow Productions’ Pilot Season, Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri’s Stellar will return in June with a new creative team.

Released by Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics, the cosmic adventure about a child turned ultimate weapon is written by Joseph Keatinge (Shutter) and illustrated by Bret Blevins (New Mutants, Sleepwalker).

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Stellar follows the title character, who was taken as a child and transformed into a weapon intended to bring an end to an intergalactic war. She accomplished that goal, but at great cost to herself and the galaxy. Now a bounty hunter, Stellar moves from world to world, in search of redemption. However, there are other weapons loose in the galaxy who can’t moved past the war.

“It’s a science fiction story about a woman, part of a group of super-humans, who must defend humanity from the rest of her kind,” Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead and Invincible, explained in 2009, ahead of Stellar‘s Pilot Season debut. “It’s going to be cool science fiction space action, with all kinds of monsters and spaceships and stuff.”

Skybound and Image promise the series will “transport you to another dimension, filled with crashed spaceships, fast-talking aliens, and ageless wonders.”

Stellar, by Joseph Keatinge and Bret Blevins, debuts June 13 from Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics.

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Neil Gaiman-Led Books of Magic Will Feature a New Tim Hunter

Neil Gaiman-Led Books of Magic Will Feature a New Tim Hunter

Before J.K. Rowling conjured Harry Potter, there was another bespectacled boy magician with an owl in Timothy Hunter, introduced in 1990 by Neil Gaiman and John Bolton in Vertigo’s The Books of Magic. The character proved popular, and incredibly malleable, appearing in multiple series, and in multiple incarnations, over the decades. Tim will return once again in a new Books of Magic, part of the just-announced Sandman Universe imprint curated by Gaiman himself. But how do you reintroduce the character in the long shadow of the Boy Who Lived?

For Gaiman, that’s part of the challenge of the series revival, written by author Kat Howard (Roses and Rot, An Unkindness of Magicians), which will introduce a new Tim entirely.

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“Mostly what I’m looking forward to is going to that idea and starting it again in 2018,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Books of Magic was an idea I came up with and did 30 years ago and loved and had an enormous amount of fun with. It was pre-Harry Potter, and the idea of a bespectacled, tousled 12-year-old boy with an owl learning magic was this sort of weird new thing we were trying to figure out as it went along. I love the idea of starting that again now, because now you’re in a universe in which everybody and their brother knows how that kind of story ought to go. Now we’re going to go back and look at ways it can go, both lighter and darker (he said, picking his words with care), than the original. With that one, we’re taking this comic book approach that reminds me a little bit of what DC did when they came up with the concept of Earth One. They took the Flash, and you created the Barry Allen Flash and let the Jay Garrick Flash be the Flash of Earth Two. It’s a new Tim Hunter for a new time, and the old Tim Hunter may well have existed, and that may actually have ramifications for us a little bit down the line.”

A new Tim Hunter would certainly be in keeping with Books of Magic mythology. The character has brought imaginary friends to life, and unconsciously created alternate worlds, complete with analogs of himself.

The artist for Books of Magic has yet to be announced.

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DC’s Superhero Dating App Swipes Right on … Alfred?

DC’s Superhero Dating App Swipes Right on … Alfred?

As we learned in Green Lanterns #40, DC Universe superheroes in search of love — or lovin’ — don’t turn to Tinder or Grindr. Instead, they download Caper, the hot new dating app that weeds out those pesky civilians, and keeps the focus on the capes-and-tights crowd. Now, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, DC Comics has released a playful fake ad for Caper that makes some … interesting … swipe choices.

For instance, in the animated video posted on Twitter, Wonder Woman, Superman, Aquaman, Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor and Cyborg all receive a thumbs up, with a swipe right, while Batman, Catwoman, Lois Lane, The Flash, Steve Trevor, John Stewart, Jessica Cruz, Lobo, The Joker, Batgirl, Nightwing, Green Arrow and Booster Gold get swiped left. That is, they’re rejected.

There appears to be some anti-Gotham bias at play here, which is somewhat understandable, considering that any romantic night out stands a good chance of being disrupted by a laughing-gas attack, or an army of penguins fitted with rocket launchers. And we get that The Joker and Lobo bring with them a lot of drama (a lot), that Batman is a bit too moody, and that a little of Green Arrow and Booster Gold can go a long way. But Nightwing? John Stewart? Batgirl? Come on.

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We’ll also overlook that Caper, by its very definition, is intended for exclusively for the super-set — sorry, Lois Lane and Steve Trevor — skip to the real winner of DC’s ad: Alfred Pennyworth, and probably anyone lucky enough to go out with him. Sure, he’s a little thin on top, but he’s also a good cook, a sharp dresser and an unflappable nurturer. Who wouldn’t want that match?

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EXCLUSIVE: Shattered Grid Continues With New Power Rangers Variants

EXCLUSIVE: Shattered Grid Continues With New Power Rangers Variants

BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands have provided CBR with an exclusive first look at variant covers for Go Go Power Rangers #9 and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27, part of the “Power Rangers: Shattered Grid” event.

Part of the celebration for the franchise’s 25th anniversary, “Shattered Grid” brings together Power Rangers from different eras, and dimensions, to confront an evil that threatens them all.

Go Go Power Rangers #9, writer Ryan Parrott and artist Dan Mora, introduces a mysterious new Power Ranger with a surprising connection to Lord Drakkon. But the Rangers, and readers, are left to wonder why this new character traveled into the past and who exactly is beneath that helmet. This issue features a main cover by Mora, and variant covers by Miguel Mercado (Over the Garden Wall), Audrey Mok (Archie) and Natacha Bustos (Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur).

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In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27, from writer Kyle Higgins and artist Daniele di Nicuolo, Lord Drakkon’s power and influence grow, even as the team partners with new allies from across time and dimensions — Rangers from Time Force, RPM and Samurai, among them — to devise a plan to stop him. The issue boasts a main cover by Jamal Campbell (Green Arrow), and variants by Jordan Gibson (America) and Carlos Villa (Lockjaw).

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27 and Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #9 go on sale in May from BOOM! Studios.

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Back to the Future Manga Arriving From One Punch Man Artist

Back to the Future Manga Arriving From One Punch Man Artist

More than three decades after its theatrical release, the beloved time-travel comedy Back to the Future is getting a manga adaptation from One Punch Man artist Yuusuke Murata.

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Although Murata first teased the project in late 2016, he didn’t make an official announcement until Thursday, during an event for Ready Player One held in Tokyo. Titled BTTF, the series will be overseen by Bob Gale, who wrote the 1985 film and its two sequels with director Robert Zemeckis.

Back to the Future manga

From BTTF, the Back to the Future manga

It’s worth noting that, while the manga is based on the screenplay for the original film, it apparently will also feature characters from 1989’s Back to the Future Part II and 1990’s Part III.

The movie of course starred Michael J. Fox as teenager Marty McFly, who’s sent back in time by eccentric scientist Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean, where he becomes entangled in the lives of his future parents, and becomes his mother’s love interest. Warned that those actions could result in him being erased from history, Marty must repair the damage he caused, and return to his own time. A box office hit, Back to the Future spawned two movie sequels, an animated series, comic books and video games.

Back to the Future manga

From BTTF, the Back to the Future manga

Gale, who’s written Daredevil and The Amazing Spider-Man for Marvel, previously teamed with IDW Publishing on a Back to the Future comic series based on the movie trilogy.

BTTF will be serialized on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! website before the manga is collected its first volume, set for release on April 20.

(via Anime News Network)

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Bendis Moves Jinxworld to DC, Plans Curated Imprint

Bendis Moves Jinxworld to DC, Plans Curated Imprint

In addition to his three Superman projects, DC Comics’ announced this morning that Brian Michael Bendis’ multiyear, “multifaceted” deal also brings the launch of a curated custom imprint, and the return of the writer’s Jinxworld titles — including the continuation of Powers, Scarlet and The United States of Murder Inc.

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Bendis signaled the Jinxworld move in November, a week after the surprise news that he would leave Marvel Comics after nearly 18 years to become DC-exclusive, but Forbes now makes it official. The Jinxworld library is home to Bendis’ creator-owned work, from early solo comics like Jinx, A.K.A. Goldfish, Fire and Fortune & Glory, as well as collaborations like Powers and The United States of Murder Inc. (both with Michael Avon Oeming), and Scarlet (with Alex Maleev).

“The big headline here is this isn’t just DC grabbing some of my books and giving me a safe place,” Bendis told the website. “They came and offered me a genuine partnership. They’ve offered creator-owned books before, but what they’re doing here is something brand new for them and for comics. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come in the future.”

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The publisher intends to release the Jinxworld library, both digitally and in print, and debut new material from Bendis and his collaborators.

In addition, the writer will curate a new custom imprint, which he compared to Gerard Way’s current Young Animals line. “It’s going to be a select series of special comics, and we’ll debut what those are later in the year,” Bendis explained. “I’ll be writing some of those and curating the others, but they’ll all be under this imprint and add a very special flavor to the DC Universe. I’m happy to say it will star some of my all-time favorite DC characters in unique situations, and that I could not be more excited for.”

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Valiant Acquired By Entertainment Company DMG

Valiant Acquired By Entertainment Company DMG

Valiant Entertainment, the publisher of such comics as Bloodshot, Harbinger and X-O Manowar, has been acquired by DMG Entertainment.

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The news comes even as Valiant eyed moves into film, with planned live-action adaptations of Bloodshot and Harbinger envisioned as the foundation for a five-picture shared cinematic universe.

DMG, which co-produced Looper and Iron Man 3, already held a 57 percent stake in Valiant, by according to The Hollywood Reporter, the company wanted full ownership to better enable growth into film, television and other platforms. In a statement, DMG CEO Dan Mintz made it clear the decision is fueled by movies, not comics publishing.

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Founded in 1989 with former Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, Valiant was sold in 1994 to game developer and publisher Acclaim Entertainment, only to be shuttered a decade later when the company declared bankruptcy. In 2005, a group led by Dinesh Shamdasani and Jason Kothari acquired the rights to the Valiant catalog and, as Valiant Entertainment, relaunched the fictional universe in 2012. Shamdasani, who had served as Valiant’s CEO, is “transitioning out of the company” following the purchase.

Mintz told THR that Valiant will continue publishing monthly comics, all the while aiming for other mediums and platforms.

“You can expect more strong storytelling with a defined road to other platforms,” he said. “I’m also looking forward to bringing the writers close to the filmmaking process, which is something that is also important, and not keeping them siloed into the comic book area.”

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All-New Wolverine Heads Into the Future With ‘Old Woman Laura’

All-New Wolverine Heads Into the Future With ‘Old Woman Laura’

Marvel Comics’ 2008 “Old Man Logan” storyline spawned an ongoing series, influenced the Academy Award-nominated Logan, and inspired the new prequel miniseries Old Man Hawkeye. And in April, the publisher will put a new twist on the concept with “Old Woman Laura.”

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Launching in April with All-New Wolverine #33, by writer Tom Taylor and artist Ramon Rosanas, the arc heads into a near-future where, as opposed to the post-apocalyptic setting of “Old Man Logan,” it finds a utopian world that enjoys a peace won by superheroes. There, Laura Kinney, Wolverine’s cloned daughter, has retired her costume and now serves as benevolent queen of Madripoor. That is, until “a long-simmering evil” forces her back into costume as Wolverine.

The solicitation text doesn’t offer any clues as to what that evil is, but the enormous Doctor Doom looming in the background of David Lopez’s cover for All-New Wolverine #34 may tell us something. Or perhaps he’s merely a guest star.

All-New Wolverine #33

All-New Wolverine #33, by David Lopez

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #33

TOM TAYLOR (W) • RAMON ROSANAS (A)

Cover by DAVID LOPEZ

VENOM 30TH VARIANT COVER BY TBA

OLD WOMAN LAURA BEGINS!

In the not-too-distant future, the world is a utopia where heroes have succeeded in bringing peace worldwide. At the head of this utopia is none other than Laura Kinney, who’s passed on her mantle of Wolverine and is living her best life as Madripoor’s benevolent queen. But a long simmering evil will force Laura, out of retirement and back into the blue-and-yellow. This final journey will take everything Laura has to give….maybe even her life.

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

All-New Wolverine #34

All-New Wolverine #34, by David Lopez

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #34

TOM TAYLOR (W) • RAMON ROSANAS (A)

Cover by DAVID LOPEZ

OLD WOMAN LAURA Part 2

• Though most of the world’s problems have been solved in the future, that doesn’t mean there are no opportunities to SNIKT every now and then…

• …and now that Laura’s back in the suit, she’s finding those opportunities aplenty.

• Plus: GUEST STARS you’d never believe and exotic locales you never thought you’d visit!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

All-New Wolverine #33-34, by Tom Taylor and Ramon Rosanas, arrive in April from Marvel Comics.

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Dark Nights: Metal Begins to Affect Atlantis in Aquaman #35

Dark Nights: Metal Begins to Affect Atlantis in Aquaman #35

The ripples from Dark Nights: Metal will reach Atlantis beginning in April with DC Comics’ Aquaman #35.

Written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo, the miniseries centers on the efforts by Earth’s heroes to fend off an invasion from the Dark Multiverse, led by the bat-demon Barbatos and his sinister Dark Knights.

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In the tie-in Batman: The Drowned, Mera is transformed into Dead Water by the armies of Bryce Wayne, Batman’s evil doppelganger from the Dark Multiverse’s drowned Earth 11. In December’s Metal #4, Aquaman begrudgingly travels with Deathstroke in Atlantis in hopes of finding more Nth Metal to defeat Barbatos and his forces. There, they discover the sacred tomb of Atlantis’ first king hides a portal — although to where isn’t yet clear.

The solicitation for Aquaman #35, by writer Dan Abnett and artist Riccardo Federici, teases the opening chapter of the “Kingslayer” arc, in which King Rath sends Aquaman’s former ally Murk to kill Aquaman once and for all. But while Rath’s new power threatens to change Atlantis forever, the text also promises “the events of Dark Nights: Metal begin to take effect on the sunken city.” To what extent of course isn’t yet clear.

Aquaman #35

AQUAMAN #35

Written by DAN ABNETT • Art by RICCARDO FEDERICI • Cover by HOWARD PORTER • Variant cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue.

“KINGSLAYER” part one! After King Rath discovers that Arthur is still alive, he sends Aquaman’s former ally Murk to finish the job—or else be executed as a traitor! Meanwhile, Rath’s new power has a terrifying cost…one that will change Atlantis forever! Plus, the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL begin to take effect on the sunken city…

Dark Nights: Metal #5, by Snyder and Capullo, arrives Jan. 31. Aquaman #35, by Abnett and Federici, goes on sale April 18.

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Booster Gold Pursues Himself Through Batman’s History in ‘Travelers’ Arc

Booster Gold Pursues Himself Through Batman’s History in ‘Travelers’ Arc

The mystery of writer Tom King’s Booster Gold project was solved this afternoon with the release of DC Comics’ solicitations for April, and the listing for Batman #45.

The first part of “The Travelers” storyline, it marks the return of artist Tony S. Daniel to Batman for a tale of time travel and, yes, Booster Gold. According to the solicitation text, Booster heads to Gotham City to recruit Batman and Catwoman for a mission through time to rescue, well, himself. A younger Booster Gold has gone back in time to kidnap an even younger version of himself, spurring the adult Booster to pursue them both through Batman’s history.

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As fun as a romp through time sounds, the text suggests the arc will have larger implications, as Batman #45 is described as “the start of a new story that will sow the seeds for a whole new epic to come.”

Earlier this month King teased on Twitter a “new number 1 for a secret thing,” leading a fan to jokingly suggest it might feature Booster Gold. The writer responded by posting a screenshot of part of a script page featuring Booster’s name. Presumably “new number 1” referred to the first part of the “Travelers” arc, but we probably shouldn’t discount the “whole new epic” referenced in the solicitation text.

Batman #45

Batman #45 by Tony S. Daniel

BATMAN #45

Written by TOM KING • Art by TONY S. DANIEL and SANDU FLOREA • Cover by TONY S. DANIEL • Variant cover by OLIVIER COIPEL

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

“THE TRAVELERS” part one! Booster Gold has come to Gotham City, and he’s enlisting Batman and Catwoman to go on a time-traveling mission to rescue…Booster Gold! It seems a younger Booster Gold has gone back in time to kidnap an even younger version of himself, and to rescue his own past, Booster must pursue both of his previous incarnations through Batman’s history to find out what is going on. The start of a new story that will sow the seeds for a whole new epic to come—and also the return of Master Class artist Tony S. Daniel (DAMAGE) to BATMAN!

Batman #45, by writer Tom King and artists Tony S. Daniel and Sandu Florea, goes on sale April 18 from DC Comics.

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