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DC’s Super Sons Canceled, Final Issue Arrives in May

DC’s Super Sons Canceled, Final Issue Arrives in May

Peter J. Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez’s Super Sons title — which launched as a part of DC Comics’ Rebirth initiative — will come to a close in May with issue #16.

Though an official announcement was not included in DC’s May 2018 solicits, its wording and Jimenez’s cover led many to believe the title was canceled. Tomasi confirmed the news on his Twitter account Tuesday night, while also adding that low sales are not to blame for the cancellation. He added that he is not through penning the adventures of Superboy and Robin.

RELATED: Super Sons of Tomorrow Is Teasing a Batman v Batman v Batman Fight

Super Sons features Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne learning to work together, with their high-profile fathers (Superman and Batman respectively) acting as mentors for the young duo. The series instantly became a hit with fans, as they got to watch the enthusiastic Jonathan begin to rub off on his brooding teammate Damian. Super Sons‘ current story arc brings Damian’s mother Talia al Ghul into the series for the first time, as she looks to recruit her son back into the family business.

Robin and Superboy’s friendship grew even tighter during the “Super Sons of Tomorrow” crossover between Super SonsSuperman and Teen Titans. The storyline involved the Batman of Tomorrow traveling to the present day to kill Jonathan, with the goal of preventing his nightmare timeline from happening. Aside from Superman, Robin was one of the only heroes to stick up for Superboy, even putting his life on the line to save his friend.

RELATED: Super Sons: The Fortress of Attitude Changes the Duo’s Status Quo

Below is Jorge Jimenez’s final cover for Super Sons #16, along with the title’s full solicitation text.

SUPER SONS #16

  • Written by PETER J. TOMASI
  • Art by CARLO BARBERI and ART THIBERT
  • Cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
  • Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
  • “END OF INNOCENCE” part two! The epic battle between the Super Sons and Kid Amazo crashes to a close, and Superboy and Robin must decide how to pick up the pieces of the disastrous Amazo Project. The Super Sons face tomorrow in this latest chapter of their journey together!
  • On sale MAY 30 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

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Venom: Cates & Stegman Team for New Series in Marvel’s Fresh Start

Venom: Cates & Stegman Team for New Series in Marvel’s Fresh Start

Writer Donny Cates (Doctor StrangeThanos) and artist Ryan Stegman (Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your VowsUncanny Avengers) will relaunch Venom for Marvel’s “Fresh Start” initiative.

The series will see Eddie Brock take on a different kind of threat, as he and his alien symbiote must face a threat a 1,000 years in the making.

RELATED: Marvel Unleashes Venom 30th Anniversary Variant Covers In March

“It’s unlike any foe Eddie, or the Symbiote has ever faced,” Stegman told ComicBook.com. “It’s something that’s incredibly old, and unbelievably powerful with ties to not only the symbiote’s dark past but the Marvel Universe itself. This is a horror story thousands of years in the making.”

“Things are not great for Eddie as our story begins,” Cates said. “Something has happened to his other that….well, I don’t want to spoil too much, but for the first time in a very long time, Eddie is scared of his own shadow. Something is changing between them. And it’s…disturbing, to say the least. But I wouldn’t necessarily say that it’s a symbiote-focused story really. The greatest Venom stories, to me at least, are a mixture of the alien outside and the human inside.”

RELATED: [SPOILER] Is The New Anti-Venom In Venom, Inc.

“This is the biggest, most ambitious thing I’ve ever attempted for sure,” Cates added. “It’s such an incredible honor to be steering the Venom ship during this amazing time in the characters life. With the 30th anniversary and the movie this year, we certainly wanted to shoot for the moon here. The ramifications of the Venom title will be felt line-wide in the months and years to come. If y’all thought Thanos and Strange were insane…well, strap in, because you ain’t seen nothing yet.”

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Venom character, and Marvel has made sure to take advantage of the momentous occasion with variant covers and miniseries featuring the anti-hero. Tom Hardy will also star in a Venom feature film on October 5.

Below is Ryan Stegman’s cover to Venom #1, along with solicitation. It goes on sale May 5.

In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers – VENOM! Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including Eddie Brock! Join two of the hottest creators in comics today, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, for a VENOM adventure a thousand years in the making!

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Superman’s Red Trunks’ Return Will Be explained In-Story

Superman’s Red Trunks’ Return Will Be explained In-Story

One of the more hotly debated topics in superhero comics is Superman’s red trunks. Fans and creators either fall on the pro-trunks or anti-trunks side of the conversation, with little room for sticking in the middle.

“I’m not going to get too deep in the weeds on this,” Bendis said on the Word Balloon podcast. “Basically, I was offered the trunks. I was not fully aware of the trunks controversy that has been dogging Superman for the last little while.” Bendis initially told DC Co-Publisher Dan Didio that if Superman ever came available during his DC tenure, he’d love to take a crack at the Man of Steel.

RELATED: Marvel Offered Bendis Wolverine, Deadpool To Block His DC Deal

Didio told Bendis that they were starting a new direction with Superman in Action Comics #1000, and it’d be a great opportunity for the writer to jump on board. Another suggestion from Didio was for Bendis to debut the trunks in Action Comics, to which Bendis agreed upon.

“We haven’t done the shorts in awhile,” Didio said. “It’s been a little bit of a controversy, I’m sure you can understand. I think people will be happy to see them, and it’ll speak to what you have to say with Superman.” Bendis would also add that there will be an in-story explanation for why Superman has decided to go back to displaying his red trunks outside of his costume again.

It was announced in November that Bendis had signed a “multifaceted, multilayered” exclusive agreement with DC. While Bendis has written many titles for Marvel, including Daredevil, Avengers, New Avengers, Uncanny X-Men and more, he hasn’t penned solo titles for either Wolverine or Deadpool.

RELATED: Bendis’ New Superman Villain Has Ties to Krypton

Brian Michael Bendis will begin his DC Comics tenure with a 10-page Superman story in Action Comics #1000, illustrated by Jim Lee, followed by a Man of Steelsix-issue weekly miniseries. He will then write both Superman and Action Comics.

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Marvel Offered Bendis Wolverine, Deadpool To Block His DC Deal

Marvel Offered Bendis Wolverine, Deadpool To Block His DC Deal

When writer Brian Michael Bendis was deciding whether or not to sign a new contract with Marvel, the House of Ideas engaged in discussions to have Bendis write Wolverine and Deadpool.

During Bendis’ conversation on the Word Balloon podcast, the writer admitted it was a struggle for Marvel to find a project he hadn’t yet worked on. After all, Bendis had been with the company for nearly 18 years. “We were talking about things I would do next,” Bendis said. “You could tell there was a struggle. Like ‘What haven’t I done?’ There was talk of me doing Wolverine. There was talk of me doing Deadpool.”

RELATED: Brian Michael Bendis Developing X-Men Script for Deadpool Writer

Ultimately, it was Bendis’ conversations with DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio that led him to sign an exclusive contract with the company. Bendis referenced Didio’s plans for the future and what the comic book industry needs right now as things that invigorated him creatively.

It was announced in November that Bendis had signed a “multifaceted, multilayered” exclusive agreement with DC. While Bendis has written many titles for Marvel, including Daredevil, AvengersNew AvengersUncanny X-Men and more, he hasn’t penned solo titles for either Wolverine or Deadpool.

RELATED: Bendis’ New Superman Villain Has Ties to Krypton

Brian Michael Bendis will begin his DC Comics tenure with a 10-page Superman story in Action Comics #1000, illustrated by Jim Lee, followed by a Man of Steel six-issue weekly miniseries. He will then write both Superman and Action Comics.

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Chris Claremont Returns to the X-Men for Colossus and Kitty’s Wedding

Chris Claremont Returns to the X-Men for Colossus and Kitty’s Wedding

Legendary writer Chris Claremont returns to the X-Men for an all-new story in X-Men Wedding Special #1.

The side story will feature Kitty Pryde, who is marrying her fellow X-Man Colossus in what is being billed as “the wedding of the century.” Writers Kelly Thompson and Marc Guggenheim will also provide stories for the momentous occasion.

RELATED: Wedding Bells, Old Foes & A New Team: Guggenheim Talks X-Men Gold

“X-Men weddings are always a big deal, if only because they’re so rare,” Kelly Thompson said in a statement. “I think you probably have to go all the way back to X-Men #30 in 1994 – the wedding of Jean Grey and Cyclops – to get a wedding as potentially big as the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus: two X-Men who’ve been around (and on again/off again) for literal decades.”

Artist J. Scott Campbell’s cover of the wedding special can be found below.

X-Men Wedding Special #1 will continue the saga that began in X-Men Gold Issues #26-30, appropriately titled “‘Til Death Do Us Part.” Of course, a wedding in superhero comics is not complete without the threat of villainous wedding crashers, so readers will have to pick up the issue to see if the nuptials are completed minus any drama.

RELATED: Mark Your Calendar: Marvel Announces X-Men Wedding Date

X-Men Wedding Special #1, written by Marc Guggenheim, Kelly Thompson and Chris Claremont, with art by Greg Land, Marika Cresta and more, goes on sale May 16.

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Marvel’s New Lando Miniseries Will Tie Into Solo: A Star Wars Story

Marvel’s New Lando Miniseries Will Tie Into Solo: A Star Wars Story

Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian will star in a new Star Wars five-issue miniseries for Marvel Comics.

Written by Rodney Barnes (Falcon)Lando: Double or Nothing takes place before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story. The remaining members of the creative team have not been announced.

RELATED: New Solo: A Star Wars Story Poster Assembles the Crew

“It’s focused on Lando set during an incident right before the film, with backstory about Lando and L3,” Michael Siglain, creative director for Lucasfilm Publishing told Entertainment Weekly.

With the events in Lando: Double or Nothing closely tied to Solo: A Star Wars Story, Marvel has decided to launch the miniseries the Wednesday after the film arrives in theaters, to avoid any potential spoilers. “Coming out of the film, we think everyone is going to want to read more about Lando,” Siglain added.

Along with the new Lando miniseries, Solo: A Star Wars Story will see other books released that will expand its story, offering fans and readers the opportunity to learn more about the film’s cast of characters and settings. Included in that list are Last Shot (Daniel Jose Older), which will have a story focused on Han Solo’s wife Sana Starros, who debuted in Marvel’s ongoing Star Wars comic; Most Wanted (Rae Carson); The Art of Solo (Phil Szostak); a Chewbacca-focused middle-grade series called The Mighty Chewbacca: Forest of Fear and more.

RELATED: Solo: Why the Millenium Falcon Looks So Different

Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film hits theaters on May 25.

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DC Collectibles Unveils New Teen Titans and PVC Statue Lines

DC Collectibles Unveils New Teen Titans and PVC Statue Lines

The New Teen Titans and some of DC Comics’ most popular heroes and villains will headline two new statue lines from DC Collectibles.

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Artist George Pérez’s iconic cover for 1980’s The New Teen Titans #1 will be recreated in a 6-inch multi-part statue set featuring Starfire, Robin, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl and Raven. In addition, DC Collectibles will launch DC Core, its first line of 9-inch scale PVC statues, featuring The Joker, Batman, Wonder Woman, Batgirl and other characters.

“DC Collectibles is always looking for new ways to bring our rich portfolio of DC Super Heroes and stories to life, and PVC allows us to create complex, exaggerated poses we’ve never tried before,” Jim Fletcher, DC Collectibles’ executive creative director, said in a statement. “With PVC, we don’t have to worry as much about breakage, since the material is more durable than resin, and we can offer these statues at a lower price point without sacrificing quality. Fans will be amazed at the great attention to detail given to each character, and we hope they are as thrilled with the DC Core designs as we are.”

Robin and Starfire will be the first heroes from the New Teen Titans lineup, debuting in August, followed by Beast Boy and Cyborg in September, Kid Flash and Wonder Girl in November, and Raven in November. DC Core’s first statue will see the Clown Prince of Crime transformed in all of his terrorizing glory in August, with Batman in September, and Batgirl and Wonder Woman in November.

Sculpted by Joe Menna, The New Teen Titans lineup will retail for $80 each. DC Core’s sale price will be $50 each.

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Ed McGuinness’ Amazing Spider-Man Variant Offers New Look at Red Goblin

Ed McGuinness’ Amazing Spider-Man Variant Offers New Look at Red Goblin

WARNING: The following article may contain major spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man’s next storyline, “Go Down Swinging.”


Before writer Dan Slott says goodbye to Spider-Man in June, he’s pitting the wall-crawler against a new foe in the Red Goblin. Now a variant cover for The Amazing Spider-Man #799, illustrated by Ed McGuinness, offers a closer look at the villain.

RELATED: Dan Slott Leaving Amazing Spider-Man, Will Write Iron Man

Keeping with the goblin theme, the new Red Goblin is depicted riding a glider, but instead of fire coming out of its exhaust, the entire body is engulfed in flames. That’s not all: The Red Goblin’s body is covered in a red-and-black substance, complete with a pointy tail. That gives the impression the Red Goblin is indeed a devil brought to life, but upon further inspection, he evokes parallels to another Spider-Man nemesis, Carnage.

A recent Amazon UK listing for The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Vol. 9 “Worldwide” storyline appears to reveal the identity of Spider-Man’s mysterious foe as Norman Osborn with the Carnage symbiote.

RELATED: Red Goblin: Amazing Listing May Spoil Spider-Man Foe’s Identity

Since Marvel first teased the arrival of the Red Goblin, fans have theorized about the character’s identity and his significance to Slott’s overarching story. The most prominent theory is that Norman Osborn will make some sort of deal with Mephisto himself, and that this could potentially lead to Marvel somehow undoing the controversial events of “One More Day.”

“Go Down Swinging,” by Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen, with cover art by Alex Ross, kicks off in March 2018’s The Amazing Spider-Man #797.

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Bendis Has Written His Final Miles Morales Spider-Man Story

Bendis Has Written His Final Miles Morales Spider-Man Story

The comics industry was surprised in November when it was announced that writer Brian Michael Bendis had signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics, bringing to an end his 18-year run with Marvel. A result of the move, Bendis will no longer write the adventures of Miles Morales, the Ultimate Universe Spider-Man he created with artist Sara Pichelli.

RELATED: Bendis Will Make His DC Debut in Action Comics #1000

On Sunday night, the prolific writer completed his final issue of Spider-Man, and admitted he’s having a difficult time submitting the script.

“I have written my last issue of Spider-Man,” Bendis tweeted. “It’s sitting here and I’m having a really hard time pushing send to [editor Nick Lowe] — 18 years…” Accompanying the post is an animated GIF of Spider-Man shopping in a grocery store and picking up a box of Uncle Ben’s rice. Of course, Uncle Ben is a reference to Ben Parker, whose death led nephew Peter Parker to become a superhero, guided by the philosophy, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

RELATED: Bendis Explains Ultimate Universe’s Return (Yes, It’s Really Back)

Bendis, who is recovering from a serious illness, has a couple of series to wrap up before beginning his DC journey. The landmark 600th issue of Invincible Iron Man will be his last Iron Man story, March’s Jessica Jones #18 already has a female writer lined up for when Bendis departs, and the fate of the street-level team The Defenders is still up in the air.

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New Flash Wars Art Teases Impulse’s Return to DC Continuity

New Flash Wars Art Teases Impulse’s Return to DC Continuity

DC Comics has released the first preview pages for The Flash Annual #1, a prelude to “Flash War,” a major turning point in not only Barry Allen’s life, but the DC Universe overall. One major repercussion of the story arc could see the addition of Bart Allen to Flash’s Rebirth mythology.

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The first two pages from artist Howard Porter offer up many Easter eggs for longtime fans of The Flash. For page number one, aside from an image of Barry racing the original Wally West Kid Flash on a broken monitor, Abra Kadabra puppets are shown laying on the ground, with the face of the Impulse puppet smashed to pieces. Another image sees Barry in the middle of his iconic race with Superman, to see who is truly the fastest man in the world. Also, another computer screen displays the God of Speed Savitar, who could possibly play a role once Flash War begins. The villain also served as the central antagonist in Season 3 of The CW’s The Flash.

The second page looks like the inside of the Flash Museum, with individuals walking around taking readings with an electronic device. Though we may be inside the Flash Museum, some things still look a little off. For example, a lower level of the building has the words “Life of Iris Allen” displayed, yet in the current Rebirth continuity, Iris and Barry aren’t married. Other things worth mentioning are cardboard cutouts of Barry’s time on the Justice League, the Tornado Twins Don and Dawn Allen (Barry and Iris’ kids), Max Mercury, and more.

The final two pages show both Wally West’s saving civilians from an attack by The Top, and older Wally West in an intense confrontation with Barry.

RELATED: Flash War: Williamson Teases Deep Dive Into Wally West’s History

“FLASH WAR” prelude! The biggest Flash story of 2018 starts here, with a special story starring the classic Wally West, who’s conflicted over whether to let Iris West know he is alive—and he’ll need the help of the Flash to figure out what to do! But when Magenta, Wally’s old love, needs his help, the Flash returns home to Keystone City where he is confronted with violent memories of an unknown world… A major turning point for the Flash family that sets the path for earth shattering stories in 2018!

The Flash Annual #1, a prelude to “Flash War,” kicks off Jan. 31

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