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DiDio All But Confirms JSA, Legion of Super-Heroes Series On the Way

DiDio All But Confirms JSA, Legion of Super-Heroes Series On the Way

Longtime fans have searched for signs of the return of classic properties the Justice Society of America and the Legion of Super-Heroes since DC Comics’ Rebirth relaunch in 2016. There have been indications in appearances by Saturn Girl, Emerald Empress and Phantom Girl, and the current Doomsday Clock certainly seems to point to a reappearance by the Golden Age heroes, but now a DC executive has offered something a little more concrete.

RELATED: If the DCU Is Broken, Will the Justice Society Fix It?

While looking back on 2017 with Multiversity Comics, DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio addressed deciding when, or if, to reintroduce properties that have been on the shelf for a while.

“In this particular case with Shazam, we have the right team, we’re just waiting for them to be available,” he said. “That’s one of the cases there. With a lot of this stuff, it’s interesting with characters like Shazam, and you know what, there’s a couple of books that constantly come up, Shazam, Legion of Super-Heroes and Justice Society of America. A couple of those are actually tied to an event story that’s taking place right now, and hopefully we’ll be able to come out of that in a way that gives it a lift, and hopefully brings new attention and new eyes to those books so they can live a long, healthy life.”

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He’s presumably referring to Doomsday Clock, which not only integrates some Watchmen characters into the DC Universe, but also teases the JSA’s return. The Legion, meanwhile, has been part of Rebirth’s mystery from the start, with Saturn Girl shown as a patient of Arkham Asylum, the 31st-century villain Emerald Empress depicted as part of Maxwell Lord’s Suicide Squad, and Phantom Girl joining Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho and Plastic Man in the Terrifics.

Introduced in 1957 in Adventure Comics #247, the Legion launched its most recent series in 2011 as part of DC’s New 52. That title was canceled in 2013, although the teenagers from the future were seen again before the end of the New 52 era in Justice League United.

Composed of DC’s Golden Age heroes — and, in more recent decades, their legacies — the Justice Society enjoyed a resurgence from 1999 to 2011, until the New 52 brought with it the launch of Earth-2, followed by Earth-2: World’s End and Earth22: Society, which introduced new versions of many of the characters, once again relegated to a parallel world.

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Steve Orlando Joins Skybound With Oil Drama Crude

Steve Orlando Joins Skybound With Oil Drama Crude

Justice League of America writer Steve Orlando will team with Black Road artist Garry Brown for a new oil drama from Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment.

RELATED: Steve Orlando Reveals Details of New DC Series The Unexpected

Titled Crude, the series centers on former assassin Piotr Petrovich Bilibin, who investigates the death of his estranged son in Blackstone, a desolate refinery city controlled by Petropinnacle.

Crude #1 cover

Here’s the official synopsis:

Crude is the story of former-assassin Piotr Petrovich Bilibin getting to know the son whose true life he didn’t understand. Piotr tried to love his son, Kiril, but fear of himself drove him to keep Kiril at a distance. When it came time for Kiril to come out, he assumed Piotr would never understand, so he sought freedom in desolate refinery city of Blackstone. He died there, forcing Piotr to retrace his son’s footsteps and investigate. But Blackstone is controlled by the massive oil refining company Petropinnacle, who employed Kiril when he died. Caught in a turf war between corporations, organized crime, and an upstart worker’s revolution that might’ve known Kiril, Piotr has no choice but to fight through the chaos to avenge his son…and maybe, finally, discover who he truly was.

Colored by Lee Loughridge and lettered by Thomas Mauer, Crude debuts April 11 from Skybound and Image Comics.

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Marvel Comics Regains Conan License

Marvel Comics Regains Conan License

Conan the Barbarian will return to Marvel Comics following an 18-year absence.

Marvel Entertainment and Conan Properties International announced an agreement today to bring Robert E. Howard’s famed pulp hero back to the comics publisher beginning in January 2019.

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Introduced in 1932 in a series of sword-and-sorcery stories published in Weird Tales, Conan made his Marvel Comics debut in 1970 in Conan the Barbarian, by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith. The popularity of that title soon spawned the Savage Sword of Conan black-and-white magazine and a daily newspaper comic strip, as well as subsequent series like King Conan/Conan the King, Conan the Adventurer and Conan the Savage.

Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian

Conan the Barbarian art by Esad Ribic

Dark Horse which currently publishes Conan comics, has held the license since 2003. It has also published collections of Marvel’s Conan titles.

“From Barry Windsor-Smith to John Buscema to Neal Adams, a legendary lineup of amazing artists brought Conan to life in the pages of Marvel comics,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski said in a statement. “It’s a legacy we’re now going to live up to with the talent we have lined up for the Cimmerian barbarian’s homecoming in early 2019. We’re excited!”

Although Marvel released Conan cover art by Esad Ribic and Mike Deodato, it didn’t provide details about its publishing plans or creative teams.

Conan the Barbarian art by Mike Deodato

Conan the Barbarian art by Mike Deodato

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Stan Lee Faces Another Accusation of Sexual Misconduct

Stan Lee Faces Another Accusation of Sexual Misconduct

Following a report earlier this week of allegations of sexual misconduct against legendary Marvel Comics writer and editor Stan Lee, another accuser has come forward.

The Daily Mail, which on Tuesday reported claims made by “a string” of home care nurses, now adds an allegation by a Chicago masseuse that Lee masturbated in front of her in his hotel room after he groped her and demanded sex during the 2017 Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo.

RELATED: Stan Lee Weighs in On Disney/Fox Deal

Tom Lallas, an attorney for the 95-year-old Lee, said in a statement that his client “categorically denies” the allegations, and suggested to the newspaper that the claims by the unnamed masseuse are part of “another” shakedown for money. That appears to be a callback to Lallas’ assertion that Lee has been the target of blackmail and extortion. Lee does not, however, deny having contact with the masseuse in Chicago.

The Daily Mail contends that the masseuse has filed a legal complaint, leading to “high-level meetings” with lawyers representing Marvel and Lee’s POW! Entertainment, which was purchased in May by Hong Kong-based Camsing International Holding.

Lee’s planned appearance tonight in Glendale, Arizona, at the National Hockey League game between the Arizona Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers was abruptly canceled following the allegations of sexual misconduct made earlier this week. He had been scheduled to drop the ceremonial pregame puck. Lee remains a featured guest of this weekend’s Ace Comic Con in Glendale, alongside such actors as Chris Evans, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie and Hayley Atwell.

According to the Daily Mail, “a string of young female nurses” who worked in Lee’s home claim that he repeatedly groped and harassed them, and demanded to be “pleasured.” The nursing company reportedly stopped working with Lee in late 2016, and is involved in an unspecified legal dispute him. However, no lawsuit has been filed, and no criminal complaint has been made. Lallas said Lee denies the “false and despicable allegations.”

Lee’s wife of 69 years, Joan Lee, passed away in July at age 93.

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Stan Lee Accused of Sexual Misconduct By Home Care Nurses

Stan Lee Accused of Sexual Misconduct By Home Care Nurses

Stan Lee has been accused of sexual misconduct by nurses who had once been employed to care for the 95-year-old comic book writer and editor in his Los Angeles home.

According to the Daily Mail, “a string of young female nurses” claim that Lee repeatedly groped and harassed them, and demanded to be “pleasured.” The nursing company that employed the women is now reportedly involved in an unspecified legal dispute with Lee. However, no lawsuit has been filed, and no criminal complaint has been made.

RELATED: Stan Lee Weighs in On Disney/Fox Deal

An attorney representing Lee denied the “false and despicable allegations” in a statement to the newspaper, and suggested his client has been a target of extortion: “Mr. Lee will not be extorted or blackmailed, and will pay no money to anyone because he has done absolutely nothing wrong.” The lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter late last month to the company that made the accusations.

A representative for the nursing company confirmed to the Daily Mail that the owner had received complaints from nurses who worked at Lee’s home, and spoke directly with him. The company stopped working for Lee in late 2016. A representative for Vitale Nursing Inc., which currently provides home care for Lee, insists he is “polite, kind and respectful.”

Lee was sued in 2015 by former assistant Shawn Lukaszewicz, who claimed he was wrongfully fired after enduring emotional abuse from the comics creator and his daughter Joan Celia Lee.

Lee’s wife of 69 years, Joan Lee, passed away in July at age 93.

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Marvel’s Brevoort Reminds Readers Even ‘X-Men Was Canceled Once’

Marvel’s Brevoort Reminds Readers Even ‘X-Men Was Canceled Once’

In the wake of news that Marvel Comics will cancel at least five titles early next year, including Luke Cage and The Unbelievable Gwenpool, one of the publisher’s top editors has a reminder for upset fans: cancellation isn’t necessarily the end.

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“It is worth pointing out again: Incredible Hulk was cancelled once. X-Men was cancelled once. Thor was cancelled once,” tweeted Tom Brevoort, Marvel’s executive editor and senior vice president of publishing. “Being cancelled is not necessarily the end of the story, nor does it necessarily reflect the value of the work.”

His comments follow the release on Tuesday of Marvel’s solicitations for March 2018, which revealed the cancellations of Generation X, Hawkeye, Iceman, Luke Cage and The Unbelievable Gwenpool. The news was later confirmed by the editors and writers of some of the titles; however, Marvel has yet to release an official statement.

RELATED: Marvel Cancels Luke Cage, Iceman Ongoing Series

The fates of America and Defenders remain unknown, as both titles were also absent from March’s solicitations. However, Defenders writer Brian Michael Bendis has experienced serious health problems, which could explain why that comic is missing.

The confirmed cancellations were among the publisher’s lower-selling titles on the November direct-market sales chart released by Diamond Comic Distributors. They were also part of the Marvel Legacy initiative, intended to mark the company’s return to a classic style of storytelling.

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Superboy Meets Boyzarro in DC’s Superman #42

Superboy Meets Boyzarro in DC’s Superman #42

Superboy will come face to face with Boyzarro, the son of Bizarro, in March in DC Comics’ Superman #42.

RELATED: The Batman of Tomorrow Attacks Batman of Today in Superman #37 Preview

Artist and co-writer Patrick Gleason first teased the offspring of the Man of Steel’s backward-speaking rival in late November, when he debuted the character design for “Bizarro Boy.” However, within a day the name of Superboy’s new counterpart had been changed to Boyzarro following the suggestions of fans. ” I LOVE IT! The fans have spoken!” Gleason wrote on Facebook on Nov. 22. “Let’s do it!‬”

Boyzarro character design by Patrick Gleason

Boyzarro character design by Patrick Gleason

The solicitation for Superman #42, the first part of the “BOYzarro RE-DEATH” storyline, promises that when Jonathan Kent meets Boyzarro, “a strange transformation begins to take place.” But of course, there’s more, as he’s not the only member of the Bizarro family who will make an appearance, teeing off a fight between Superman and, yes, Bizarro.

Luckily fans won’t have to wait long to see how matters escalate, as Superman double-ships in March, with Issue 42 arriving on March 7 and Issue 43 on March 21.

Superman #42 cover by Patrick Gleason

Superman #42 cover by Patrick Gleason

SUPERMAN #42
Written by PETER J. TOMASI and PATRICK GLEASON • Art and cover by PATRICK
GLEASON • Variant cover by JONBOY MEYERS
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. “BOYzarro RE-DEATH” part one! It’s a bizarre, Boyzarro world—and we just live in it! When Superboy comes face to face with Boyzarro, the Son of Bizzaro, a strange transformation begins to take place. But that’s not all that the Kents have knocking on their door! Superman versus Bizarro round one am not just the beginning!
On sale MARCH 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

SUPERMAN #43
Written by PETER J. TOMASI and PATRICK GLEASON • Art and cover by PATRICK
GLEASON • Variant cover by JONBOY MEYERS
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“BOYzarro RE-DEATH” part two! What do you get when you try to fit a boy from a square planet into a round one? Boyzarro! Superboy and Kathy try to keep the lid on their Bizarro-sized can of worms as Boyzarro tears a rage-filled path of destruction from Metropolis to Hamilton and beyond! But what happens when Superman and Bizarro find out what their kids have been up to?
On sale MARCH 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

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Marvel’s New Mutants Return in Dead Souls Miniseries

Marvel’s New Mutants Return in Dead Souls Miniseries

Ahead of the April debut of Fox’s X-Men spinoff The New Mutants, Marvel Comics is bringing the team back together in a six-issue miniseries.

RELATED: New Mutants Trailer: Who’s Who and — What the Hell Is THAT?

Written by Matt Rosenberg and illustrated by Adam Gorham, New Mutants: Dead Souls delves into the supernatural, with each issue featuring a standalone story in which the group confronts “things that go bump in the night.” Founding member Karma summons fellow New Mutants alum Magik, Wolfsbane, Rictor and Boom Boom, along with X-Factor veteran Strong Guy, but readers are left to wonder whether she has more in mind that protecting the innocent from the forces of darkness.

“They’re constantly in way over their heads, but always rise above,” Rosenberg said in a statement. “Our series takes all of that, collects some of the best New Mutants alongside oddballs better known for their time with X-Factor and X-Force, and throws them into a mission they aren’t at all ready for. We pack it full of nods to the history of the team and hints about their future, an enough creepy moments, epic battles, offbeat humor, and dysfunctional family dynamics to make a book worth of the title ‘New Mutants.’”

RELATED: New Mutants Movie Uncages Two Eerie Teasers

The supernatural bent of the miniseries lines up with the horror approach to The New Mutants film. Directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), the X-Men spinoff transplants the young mutants from Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters to an aging hospital where they’re held against their will.

New Mutants: Dead Souls, by Matt Rosenberg and Adam Gorham, debuts in March from Marvel Comics. Fox’s The New Mutants arrives in theaters April 13.

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EXCLUSIVE: Rey & Rose Star On Marvel’s Star Wars Galactic Icon Variant Covers

Following the release next month of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, heroes Rey and Rose Tico will remain in the spotlight with a pair of variant covers for Marvel’s Star Wars comics.

RELATED: Daisy Ridley Is Done With Star Wars After Episode IX

Illustrated by Rod Reis, the variants for Star Wars #41 and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #16 feature the likenesses of The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran, respectively. While Rey is one of the central characters of the new trilogy, Tran’s Rose is introduced in the upcoming film as a Resistance maintenance worker.

Star Wars #41 Rey variant

Star Wars #41

(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) David Marquez
THE ASHES OF JEDHA, PART 4
The Leviathan is heading for the remains of Jedha, prepared to pick the carcass of the once-holy planet clean. But with Luke Skywalker torn between his allegiance to the Rebellion and pursuing the path of a Jedi, who will lead the charge against the Empire?

doctor aphra #16 rose variant

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #16

(W) Si Spurrier, Kieron Gillen (A) Emilio Laiso (CA) Ashley Witter
• Tensions are high in this galaxy far, far away for Doctor Aphra.
• She’s got a new master holding her reins…and he’s a Triple-threat.
• Also – Magna Tolvan. Friend or foe?!

Marvel Comics’ Star Wars #41 goes on Jan. 3, followed Jan. 31 by Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #16.


Arriving Dec. 15, director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Kely Marie Tran, Gwendoline Christie, Domnhall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

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Marv Wolfman & Pop Mhan Team Up For DC’s New Raven Miniseries

Marv Wolfman & Pop Mhan Team Up For DC’s New Raven Miniseries

Raven co-creator Marv Wolfman will return to the Teen Titans character with a 12-issue miniseries debuting in January from DC Comics.

RELATED: Everyone’s Favorite Goth Teen Titan Returns in Raven #1

The writer is joined on Raven: Daughter of Darkness by artist Pop Mhan (The Flash, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) for a story in which Rachel Roth faces a supernatural threat while struggling with personal drama as her mother reenters her life.

A follow-up to Wolfman’s previous Raven miniseries, Daughter of Darkness will also feature another of the writer’s co-creation, the mysterious sorcerer Baron Winters, the unethical and manipulative leader of Night Force, a team of heroes introduced in 1982 to confront supernatural threats. The DC announcement notes that, despite Winters’ sometimes-murky morals, he appears in this miniseries to be interceding on Raven’s behalf.

raven: daughter of darkness #! by yanick paquette

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #1 by Yanick Paquette

RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #1

Written by MARV WOLFMAN
Art by POP MHAN
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
Variant cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ

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

In this all-new miniseries, Raven faces a new, otherworldly menace that is all too grounded in reality. Plus, Raven’s personal life is in an uproar as her mother and aunt struggle for the soul of a Titan! It’s up to Baron Winters of the Night Force to intercede on her behalf as she embarks on the adventure called “The Girls With the Anime Eyes”!

On sale JANUARY 10 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 12, $3.99 US • RATED T

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