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Thompson, Bachalo Tackling Spider-Man vs. Deadpool

Thompson, Bachalo Tackling Spider-Man vs. Deadpool

There’s going to be a shakeup in the relationship between Marvel Comics’ wacky pairing of Spider-Man and Deadpool. Not only will Spider-Man/Deadpool get a new creative team —
writer Robbie Thompson and artist Chris Bachalo — in November’s issue #23, but the series will also be retitled Spider-Man vs. Deadpool.

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The news was announced by Marvel editor Nick Lowe during the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends Panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Like the main Deadpool series, the book will have interlude issues, but instead of flashbacks, it’ll have flash forwards: Starting with Old Man Wilson and Old Man Parker at a retirement home.

Spider-Man/Deadpool launched in 2016 from writer Joe Kelly and artist Ed McGuinness, and saw the wallcrawler working reluctantly alongside the Merc with a Mouth. The series has shuffled creative teams during its run, most notably during the Deadpool-focused “‘Til Death Do Us…” crossover with the main Deadpool series and Deadpool: The Mercs For Money.

RELATED: Peter Parker Returns to the Daily Bugle in Marvel Legacy

Thompson is no stranger to the world of Spider-Man, having penned Spidey, a retelling of Spider-Man’s earlier days as a teenager and just coming into his own as a superhero, and Silk, which starred Cindy Moon as a new Spider-Man supporting character who was bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker.

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DC’s Duke Thomas Set to Star In Ongoing Series

DC’s Duke Thomas Set to Star In Ongoing Series

Batman’s latest protege, Duke Thomas, will headline his own ongoing series titled Batman: The Signal, written by DC Talent Workshop alum Tony Patrick. The announcement was made during the Dark Nights: Metal and Dark Matter panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

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Dubbed “Gotham’s hero by day” by Snyder, Thomas received his new superhero moniker from the Joker in Dark Days: The Casting, a prelude to Dark Nights: Metal.

In an interview with CBR, Snyder gave some hints that a solo book for Thomas was in the near future. “What I will say about The Signal, or Signal, is that Duke is a character I’ve had a lot invested in for a long time, and there’s been so many calls to get him his own book and his own name and his own story. But, I didn’t want to do it before I felt we had the right platform.”

He added, “One of the reasons we put him in The Casting was to show his importance to us and spotlight the part of the mythology in Gotham that he’s actually essential to. So the other half of this, from just a logistics standpoint, is that I wanted this to be a place where I could bring in new talent.”

“The other thing I’d say is that I think it’s a really cool concept just in that, Joker is actually really open about it,” Snyder said. “We’ve hinted at in previous stuff, but, to have something that actually makes a hero-by-day for Gotham is actually really cool. It’s something we haven’t seen and gives Duke a mythology that is brand new.”

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Cates, Walta Introduce Loki as Marvel’s New Sorcerer Supreme

Cates, Walta Introduce Loki as Marvel’s New Sorcerer Supreme

There’s a new Sorcerer Supreme in the Marvel Universe, and his name is Loki. Under the guidance of the new creative team of writer Donny Cates and artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta the Norse god of Mischief’s adventures will unfold in Doctor Strange starting in November.

“I’ve wanted to write for Marvel since I was a little kid, so the opportunity to come into this incredible world and play with all of these amazing characters is a dream come true for me,” Cates said in an official statement. The writer also announced his exclusive agreement with the publisher, saying, “Everyone at Marvel has been great to work with, and we’ve put our collective heads together to make some really special stories for the fans. I’ve never been more excited to tell the stories that I’m telling today. I feel like a kid again. Albeit a kid who is inflicting…just terrible things upon all your favorite characters.”

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“There’s a new sheriff in town…and he’s not really the trustworthy type,” the writer teased. “That’s right, kids…Loki has taken the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme from our good Doctor! What does that mean for Stephen? And what lengths will Strange go to see his title and his home returned to him? I’ll say this….you can guess all you like, but there is absolutely no way anyone will see the answers to these questions coming. As a dedicated Marvel fan myself, I can confidently say the events of this arc are some of the most shocking things in Marvel comics to date. I’m so excited to see what everyone thinks!”

“Donny brings big ideas to the table, and that’s going to be immediately apparent in his first projects,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said. “We expect him to be a major contributor to the Marvel Universe’s evolution in the coming year…and beyond.”

Doctor Strange launched in 2015 from writer Jason Aaron and artist Chris Bachalo, just ahead of the mystical hero’s debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Aaron and Bachalo were replaced by writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Niko Henrichon as of Doctor Strange #21, which ties into the current Secret Empire event series.

Doctor Strange #27 is scheduled for November.

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Valiant Meets Hip-Hop with Shadowman/Rae Sremmurd Crossover

Valiant Meets Hip-Hop with Shadowman/Rae Sremmurd Crossover

Hip-hop artists Rae Sremmurd, best known for their multi-platinum hit single “Black Beatles” which was heavily used as part of 2016’s Mannequin Challenge viral sensation, will co-star alongside Valiant Entertainment supernatural hero Shadowman in October’s Shadowman/Rae Sremmurd #1.

RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Valiant Teases Shadowman’s Return in 2018

Written by Eliot Rahal (Bloodshot’s Day Off) with full -painted art by Renato Guedes (Wolverine), Shadowman/Rae Sremmurd #1 sees the musical group head to New Orleans, where they encounter Shadowman “to forge a new legend of fame, fortune, and magic.”

“Comic books are a form of entertainment. I get to make all the sounds and effects in my head. It’s just like you use your imagination — you go through the pictures and the pictures are always awesome. It’s like an escape from reality,” Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi said in Valiant’s press release. “Valiant — they have really good storylines. The art is always on point. I never know what to expect. X-O Manowar is one of my favorites. The Delinquents is cool. Bloodshot is fucking awesome. I love Valiant.”

Shadowman is crazy,” the singer added. “It has a lot of twists and turns. It keeps me involved and interested. I can’t even take my eyes off of Shadowman when I read it. I have to finish the book.”

“Valiant has a long history of massive, real-world guest stars. Shadowman’s classic appearance alongside Aerosmith, for instance, was a defining moment in the history of Valiant, and we’ve been waiting to find the right partnership to bring that legacy into the modern day,” Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani said. “Rae Sremmurd are huge comic books fans, and everyone here at Valiant is a huge fan of their music. The combination of their talents, along with those of Eliot Rahal and Renato Guedes — two creators that we’re very excited about — feels like a project that will take fans and readers by surprise.”

Valiant’s Shadowman is also heading to the big screen, courtesy of director and comic book writer Reginald Hudlin, and a new comic book series is set to debut in 2018.

A synopsis of the crossover is below, along with the cover by Renato Guedes:

Before they were dominating the music charts and selling out stages worldwide, Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee were just a pair of talented, but otherwise ordinary, brothers… until a twist of fate delivered them fame and wealth beyond their wildest imaginations. Now, years later as hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, the brothers are bound for New Orleans…and an otherworldly encounter with the supernatural guardian called Shadowman, the lone line of defense between our world and the Deadside that lies beyond…

Shadowman/Rae Sremmurd #1 is scheduled for release on Oct. 4.

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DC Gears Up With Female-Led Gotham City Garage Comic

DC Gears Up With Female-Led Gotham City Garage Comic

DC Collectibles’ Gotham City Garage statues have inspired a new digital-first comic series from writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (Grayson) and a rotating team of artists beginning with Brian Ching (Supergirl) and followed by Lynne Yoshii of the DC Talent Development Workshop.

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Gotham City Garage is an anti-fascist anthem for the open road, starring reimagined takes on DC’s great female characters through an outlaw lens,” Kelly said in a statement. “We’re bringing Big Barda, Steel, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Silver Banshee, Hawkgirl and the first Kryptonian this world has ever seen—the mysterious girl named Kara Gordon—into a world of bikes, outlaws and elaborate tattoos.”

“This is an exciting chance to explore the meaning of heroism in a world devoid of hope, to rebel-yell alongside our favorite DC superheroines at a time when we need it the most,” Lanzing added.

Gotham City Garage #1 variant cover by Dan Panosian

It’s been a decade since Governor Lex Luthor saved his people from devastation and turned Gotham City into the modern utopia known as The Garden. With the rest of the world in ruins, Luthor’s city continues to thrive—but not for everyone. Order has been kept only by the LEXES technology that networks the entire population under one mindset—and if a citizen steps out of line, the Bat and his minions are brutal in restoring the status quo. So when a young Kara Gordon comes under suspicion by her LEXES superiors, she heads straight into the dreaded wasteland—where she’ll discover the fierce oil-and-gear rebels of the Gotham City Garage.

Gotham City Garage will debut Aug. 16, with new chapters released biweekly through October before moving to a weekly schedule. Print copies also arrive in stores in October.

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DC Reveals Harley Quinn 25th-Anniversary Logo

DC Reveals Harley Quinn 25th-Anniversary Logo

DC Comics has unveiled the logo for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of fan-favorite antiheroine Harley Quinn, which culminates in September with the release of the appropriately named Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special.

RELATED: DC Celebrates 25 Years of Harley Quinn with Star-Studded One-Shot

The logo arrives at the end of a short video recapping the many visual looks for the Maid of Mischief, and features a silhouette of Harley’s original look from Batman: The Animated Series. The silhouette is split down the middle, with the left side red and right side black, and the phrase “Harley Quin 25” emblazoned across it.

Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special is scheduled for release nearly 25 years to the day after “Joker’s Favor” first aired. Creators contributing to the one-shot include the longtime creative team of the current Harley Quinn ongoing series, co-writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Chad Hardin, plus Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini (the writer of “Joker’s Favor,” who has recently been co-writing back-up stories in the Harley Quinn ongoing) and a story from Chip Zdarsky & Joe Quinones, who collaborated on Marvel’s tonally similar Howard the Duck. This marks Zdarsky’s first work for DC Comics.

Additionally, Conner is illustrating a portion of the special, along with the main cover. Jim Lee has illustrated a variant (with the character in attire similar to Margot Robbie’s version in the Suicide Squad film), as has Harley Quinn co-creator Bruce Timm.

“Jimmy and Amanda have come up with a great version of Harley that keeps her relevant for today’s readership,” Dini told CBR earlier this month of DC’s recent Harley Quinn stories. “It keeps her fun. It keeps her funny. It’s always true to the character, and it’s always new. I really enjoy being surprised with everyone else each issue to see what they are coming up with.”

Below is the Jim Lee variant cover to the issue, plus the solicitation text for the issue.


  • Cover by AMANDA CONNER
  • Variant covers by JIM LEE and BRUCE TIMM
  • Celebrate twenty-five years of Harley Quinn with this collection of stories by some legendary Harley talent and some who’ve never drawn her before! How does Harley manage her insanely jam-packed life on Coney Island? What haven’t we seen from her past with the Joker? And can even Harley’s psychological acumen crack the twisted mind of…Robin, the Boy Wonder?
  • One-shot • On sale SEPTEMBER 6 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T+

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Weapon H Arrives in Marvel’s Totally Awesome Hulk #22

Weapon H Arrives in Marvel’s Totally Awesome Hulk #22

After stealing DNA from some of the most ruthless mutant killers in the Marvel Universe, the scientists behind the Weapon X Program have finally created Weapon H: a hybrid of the Hulk mixed with Wolverine’s Adamantium claws.

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The new Weapon H debuts in Totally Awesome Hulk #22: “Weapons of Mutant Destruction” Part Six from writer Greg Pak and artist Robert Gill. The six part series features the Totally Awesome Hulk Amadeus Cho teaming up with the stars of Weapon X (Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Domino, Lady Deathstrike, and Warpath) to stop the new Weapon X Program from harvesting the powers of mutants with powerful abilities like healing factors.

What the heroes aren’t expecting is a throwdown with a mutated Hulk. Check out the first look at Weapon H from artist Mike Deodato below.

Weapon H by Mike Deodato

In an interview with CBR, Pak elaborated on the scientists behind the Weapon X program and their secret “Batch H” experiment.

“Yep! They’re bad, bad people with a horrific worldview and a terrifying plan that uses our heroes’ greatest strengths against them,” Pak said. “And yes, over the last couple of issues of Weapon X and Totally Awesome Hulk, we’ve learned that the Hulk’s blood is critical to their plans. Everything will turn on what’s cooking up in Batch H. Keep on reading!”

Totally Awesome Hulk #22 goes on sale Aug. 16.

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WildStorm’s Deathblow Gets New Title, Hints At DCU Crossover

WildStorm’s Deathblow Gets New Title, Hints At DCU Crossover

DC Comis imprint WildStorm is expanding with a 12-issue miniseries dedicated to the man formerly known as Deathblow in Wildstorm: Michael Cray, from writer Bryan Hill (with contributions by Warren Ellis) and artists N. Steven Harris and Dexter Vines.

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Wildstorm: Michael Cray follows the former International Operations assassin after Christine Trelane makes him an offer to join her rival organization. The series promises to “distill the lofty conspiracies of The Wild Storm through a far more personal lens.”

In addition to being the second comic to launch from the revived imprint, Wildstorm: Michael Cray will mark the first time that Wildstorm crosses over into the DC Comics universe with the Green Arrow’s civilian identity of Oliver Queen on Cray’s hit list.

Warren Ellis’ critically acclaimed relaunch of WildStorm gets its first solo spinoff series! Michael Cray, professional assassin, has been betrayed by International Operations and has an alien life-form in his head that’s either killing him, transforming him, or both. The only thing that can bring sense to his life is for him to do what he does best: kill the wrong people for the right reasons. But Michael needs support and resources to hit back against I.O., and he gets them in exchange for working with Trelane, taking out her targets, his way. First up? A sociopathic silicon-valley billionaire by the name of Oliver Queen!

Wildstorm: Michael Cray #1  goes on sale Oct. 11.

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Marvel’s Generations Trailer Promises ‘There Is Room For All of Them’

Marvel’s Generations Trailer Promises ‘There Is Room For All of Them’

Marvel has unveiled a teaser trailer for its upcoming Generations series of 10 one-shots, and the video promises the Marvel Universe is big enough for both classic and newer versions of the company’s iconic superheroes.

The video begins with Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso raising the question, “Is there enough room in the Marvel Universe for Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson? For Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho? For Logan and Laura?” as images of the heroes flash across the screen. Right before the Generations logo flashes across the screen, Alonso answers his question: “There is room for all of them.”

It’s further confirmed that Generations springs out of a key moment in the current Secret Empire event series when our heroes enter the Vanishing Point, which Alonso describes as “a unique place that allows them to have a singular experience, to interact and have a meaningful encounter that will shape them moving forward.”

Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort reiterates, “We’re not going to be sidelining or eliminating any of the younger, newer characters that we’ve introduced over the past couple of years. And in fact, they will all be prominent players.”

RELATED: Marvel Reveals Generations Details For Captain Mar-Vell, Spider-Man & More

Generations, a 10-issue weekly series, begins in August.

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DC’s Green Lantern: Earth One to Reimagine Hal Jordan’s Story

DC’s Green Lantern: Earth One to Reimagine Hal Jordan’s Story

DC Comics will expand its Earth One line of graphic novels in 2018 with Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1 from Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman and Jordan Boyd.

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As with previous Earth One releases, this story retells the earliest adventures the hero, without the constraints of continuity. Here, instead of a pilot Hal Jordan is an astronaut for Ferris Galactic who begins in the unfulfilling role of an asteroid prospector until he discovers one of the rings of the Green Lantern Corps. That leads him on a mission into space to rebuild the fallen Green Lantern Corps.

“Approaching this as an Earth One story gives us the opportunity to go back to the core concept of Green Lantern and interpret it through the lens of a modern, grounded sci-fi story while still being true to the Silver Age roots of Hal Jordan,” Hardman said in a statement to IGN. “Having storyboarded Interstellar, this is an approach I’m comfortable with and have wanted to explore in comics. Realistic sci-fi is only the beginning of this story; we have something much more epic in store.”

Although traditionally depicted as a fearless, cocky pilot, Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1 reimagines Jordan as a scientist, which will change how he chooses to use his power ring.

“Hal Jordan is a smart, capable person with a space and science background who has a lot of untapped potential even before he finds the ring,” Bechko added. “That means he’s going to approach everything the ring does from the perspective of a scientist, but he’s going to employ it for action and adventure. The result for us as writers is the opportunity to fully embrace the science fiction aspects of the story in a way that would be impossible with a lot of other characters.”

Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1 goes on sale March 20.

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