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    The catch-all TV/movie/cartoon/comic streaming service is cracking the door for a select few fans

    News Jim Dandy
    Jul 11, 2018

    DC Universe, the stream-everything service coming this fall from DC Entertainment, is going to be available for sneak previews at San Diego Comic Con 2018.

    The DC Universe Experience will be open Thursday through Sunday at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. They'll be demoing the service and unveiling exclusive memorabilia throughout the show. Additionally, they'll be providing immersive experiences with all of the streaming service's pending original programming. Visitors will be able to:

      • Explore Dick Grayson’s Titans loft and uncover clues to his whereabouts
      • Experience the mysterious creations of Dr. Niles Caulder in the Doom Patrol lab
      • Avoid succumbing to the deadly virus in the mystical swamps of Swamp Thing
      • Join earth’s newest superhero team in the Young Justice Watchtower
      • Create mayhem in the Harley Quinn chaos room

      In addition to the the original television programming, plans to give fans access to a curated version of their full library of superhero films, television shows and comics. There will be "curated playlists" of comics, ranging from the classics like Action Comics#1 or Legion Lost#11 to modern hits like Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batmanrun. It will also have a full DC Universe encyclopedia so we can once and for all settle the argument of who is the stronger energy projector, Warrior Guy Gardner or Gunfire.

      If you're going to be in San Diego for Comic Con and you'd like to go, you can preregister here. If you're not going to be in San Diego, though, stick with Den of Geek for all the biggest news!


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      Get your first look at Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween with this new, spooky trailer!

      News Chris LongoJoseph Baxter
      Jul 11, 2018

      Goosebumps 2 is arriving with more spooktacular cinematic goodness to reinvigorate the childhood memories of '90s kids and haunt a new generation. Now the film finally has an official title: Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.

      Sony released the title announcement teaser with the help of a Hollywood dummy.

      The first Goosebumps, based on R.L. Stine's children's horror series of the same name, was one of the best family films of 2015, and was a box office winner for Sony after raking in $156 million. Now the studio is gearing up for the sequel. In the latest report from Variety, actors Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, and Chris Parnell are circling the project. We'll update when we have official confirmation.

      Until then, here's everything we know about Goosebumps 2...

      Goosebumps 2 Trailer

      The first trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween has arrived! Check it out below:

      Goosebumps 2 Release Date

      Goosebumps 2 has been goose-bumped to the later release date of October 12.

      With this move, as reported by Deadline, the sequel – previously booked for September 21 – will arrive conveniently closer to the genre-appropriate Halloween holiday.

      Interestingly enough, the date bump might just shed some light on the still-mysterious sequel status of star Jack Black. While reports from as recent as November implied that Black was not yet locked in to reprise his role as author R.L. Stine, the move away from the September 21 date seems to telegraph his return, since the actor will also appear in the September 21-scheduled gothic fantasy film, The House with a Clock in its Walls; a major production directed by gore auteur Eli Roth in which Black co-stars with Cate Blanchett and Kyle MacLachlan.

      Consequently, the moving of Goosebumps 2 away from that date to October 12 seems to imply that the studio is attempting to avoid awkward box office competition between two Jack Black films.

      Goosebumps 2 Details

      Goosebumps 2 has a new screenwriter, but it may be losing its star. According to Variety, Rob Lieber (whose credits include Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) will pen the script for the Goosebumps sequel. His treatment, according to the trade, is believed to not involve Goosebumps star Jack Black.

      Back in May, it was reported that Goosebumps 2 was moving ahead with the title Goosebumps: Horrorland with a January 2018 release. At the time, it looked like Darren Lemke would reprise his screenwriting duties. Now that Lieber is tasked with penning the script, we’ll have to see if the title of the film changes, and what Black’s involvement is.

      Goosebumps 2 Cast

      The return of Jack Black, who starred as a fictionalized version of R.L. Stine, is still up in the air. Stars Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, and Ryan Lee are expected back for the sequel. Rob Letterman will return to direct.

      Variety reported that Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, and Chris Parnell will also join the cast of Goosebumps 2, though that's not officially confirmed yet. 


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      Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's The Umbrella Academy returns with a whole new miniseries called Hotel Oblivion!

      NewsJohn Saavedra
      Jul 11, 2018

      It's been a long time coming but it's finally almost here! Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's The Umbrella Academy comic continues with a seven-part miniseries titled Hotel Oblivion, which catches up with our beloved heroes after the events of the first two arcs, The Apocalypse Suite and Dallas.

      The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #1 will arrive on Oct. 3 from Dark Horse Comics. This is the first new Umbrella Academy story in almost ten years. 

      Way, who has been busy launching his imprint at DC Comics for the past few years, writing a Doom Patrolongoing, and working on his music, reunites with Ba (Two Brothers) just as the series is also being adapted by Netflix. The new book has actually been in the works for quite some time.

      In 2013, Way announced that he and Ba would start working on Vol. 3 AND Vol. 4 in 2014. The creator also teased new characters for the upcoming books, although it's unclear how much of that has made it into the finished product. 

      Here's the official synopsis of the book:

      The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion finds the Umbrella Academy scattered after Sir Reginald Hargreeves’ death. Number Five is a hired gun, Kraken is stalking big game, Rumor is dealing with the wreckage of her marriage, a rotund Spaceboy runs around the streets of Tokyo, Vanya continues her physical therapy after being shot in the head—and no one wants to even mention Seance until issue #2.

      We'll keep you updated as we learn more about Hotel Oblivion!


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      Five lucky winners can get a paperback copy of Francesco Dimitri's fantasy novel, The Book of Hidden Things!

      The Rest Spencer Mullen
      Jul 11, 2018

      Francesco Dmitri's The Book of Hidden Things is a stellar novel and has recently appeard on our list of best fantasy books of July. The book follows four old friends who formed a pact to meet up every year in a small town in Italy that they grew up in. But Art, the leader of the group who created the pact, decides to not show up one year. As the friends look for him, they discover a mysterious document that Art wrote, called The Book of Hidden Things. The novel is reminiscent of the works of Donna Tartt, Neil Gaiman, and Elena Ferrante. The Book of Hidden Things is Dmitri's first novel written in English, and he is often regarded as one of the best fantasy writers in Italy. Don't miss your chance to read the book!

      Click here to enter via our official giveaway page.

      Final entries will be accepted Monday, July 23rd! Five (5) winners will be drawn at random and contacted by email. Good luck!


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      The Walking Dead’s new showrunner, Angela Kang, goes into detail about the major changes showcased in Season 9.

      News Joseph Baxter
      Jul 11, 2018

      The Walking Dead heads into Season 9 as a pop culture juggernaut that lost some steam and eroded hard-earned goodwill amongst segments of its audience. Indeed, while the show’s depicted “All Out War” may finally be over, the patience-testing storyline yielded a pyrrhic victory for both Rick’s people and the show’s ratings, which has declined steadily. However, a much-needed refresh is approaching, headed by new showrunner Angela Kang, who is providing some new details about the changes (including a time-jump,) set for Season 9.

      “There’s a fun Western vibe that has emerged,” says new boss Angela Kang in an interview with EW, in which she sheds light on the tone of The Walking Dead in Season 9. Indeed, major tonal and aesthetic alterations lie ahead under Kang’s new stewardship, perhaps more than we had previously thought. The predominant theme here – in an era of the show’s timeline that will be set a few years after the events of Season 8 – is focused on the idea that nature is finally reclaiming the apocalypse-affected remnants of the old civilization.

      Driving this “Western vibe” idea home, the first photo of The Walking Dead Season 9 was provided in the EW piece (pictured above), prominently showing Danai Gurira’s Michonne on horseback, followed by members of ally communities who, using horse-drawn carriages, are so close the Oregon Trail experience, they’re probably in danger of dying from dysentery. As Kang explains of the show’s new/old aesthetic:

      “We’ll explore what happened as man-made objects and structures break down. Infrastructure like roads and bridges are changing and crumbling. And we’ll also explore what happens as resources are getting low.”

      While the zombie show (that never uses the “z-word,”) was always about how humanity itself had defaulted to primal rules, all the leftover luxury bells and whistles of the old world – notably cars – are starting to become moot concepts as all the gasoline has been used up and industrially manufactured parts are no longer available. Thus, society is turning its transportation needs back to beasts of burden, namely horses, which lends the series a quasi-historical atmosphere. As Kang further describes:

      “We are going into a period where a lot of the things that we’ve seen in previous seasons have broken down, so they’ve got these horses and carriages that are being drawn around instead of cars. Things are lit with oil lamps. People are using different kinds of weaponry. There’s a real grittiness to it that I think will be fun and fresh for the viewers.”

      Of course, all of this will take place after a significant time-jump from Season 8’s climactic All Out War armistice, which resulted in its primary instigator, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), sustaining a near-fatal injury (after Rick cut his throat,) and subsequently imprisoned in a cell in Alexandria, where the intent is to have him witness the fruits of a new era of peace and reciprocity amongst the neighboring communities. As Kang hints of the time-jump in a concurrent interview with Variety:

      “I really love the section of story that we’re telling. We’re playing with time. We’re playing with the style of the show a little bit. I think fans will enjoy the new look and feel that we have. Obviously, the show has an established feel that we want to keep. We love these stories about survivors and how they’re making their way through the world. That said, we want to keep things fresh, so I’ve had these great conversations with out DPs and our directors about amping up the look of the show. We’re doing some interesting things with sound this season too.”

      Pertinent to the notion of keeping things interesting, The Walking Dead is still a television drama about a zombie apocalypse, not a feel-good romp about post-apocalyptic farmers. Thus, the aforementioned peace and reciprocity experienced by Rick and company will inevitably be intruded upon by an antagonistic force; a role that readers of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic book series strongly speculate will be filled by a savage group of survivors who wear skin masks and weaponize large herds of the dead, known as The Whisperers.

      Consequently, there’s a lot to be optimistic about regarding The Walking Dead’s new direction under Angela Kang, even in the wake of the shocking development that star Andrew Lincoln is bound for a series exit. Moreover, the new showrunner is hardly new to the series itself, having been onboard as a writer since Season 2. While Kang replaces outgoing showrunner Scott M. Gimple, the collaboration between the two is still active, since Gimple has been elevated to the role of Chief Content Officer of The Walking Dead and spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead. As Kang tells Variety about working with Gimple in his new capacity:

      “Scott and I started on the show at the same time. We’ve worked together as colleagues in the writers’ room, then he was my boss, and now he’s chief content officer. We have a great relationship. He and I are in contact, but he doesn’t handle the day-to-day of the show at all, so I have the leeway to make decisions. I come to him regularly and bounce things off of him. He’s been a great friend and mentor. We work in the same office building, so we see each other and talk to each other.”

      The Walking Dead Season 9 is eyeing an October premiere on AMC.

      However, we will likely know a lot more about the situation after San Diego Comic-Con, where The Walking Dead will hold a unified TV franchise panel with spinoff Fear the Walking Dead on Friday, July 20 from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Hall H.


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      Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld is about to get another comic book movie, centered on his Image Comics character, Prophet.

      News Joseph Baxter
      Jul 11, 2018

      Prophet could be the next creation of Rob Liefeld to get a movie. With Liefeld’s Marvel Comics creation Deadpool having inspired the titular 2016 global box office smash, which globally grossed $783 million, along with this past May’s (currently) $727 million-grossing sequel, the idea of Hollywood delving further into his comic portfolio was an inevitability.

      Studio 8 has made a deal for the Prophet movie rights that, according to Deadline, ranges in the “mid-six against seven figures.” The deal will see Liefeld’s character – a creation that he introduced back in 1992 in the second issue of inaugural Image Comics title Youngblood– adapted as a movie with franchise designs. The character was the center of a few comic spinoff series and was even part of a two-issue 1997 crossover event with Liefeld’s Marvel creation, Cable. The character would be rebooted in 2012 as part of Image’s brand-wide updating.

      The classic arc of the character, Prophet, is bit of a twist on the Captain America dynamic, depicting a World War II-era homeless man, named John Prophet, who volunteers for a super-soldier experiment. However, rather than becoming a Nazi-punching red-white-and-blue boy scout, Prophet was turned into an enhanced warrior designed to be exploited by evil. However, his designer ultimately altered this evil designation and put Prophet safely into stasis. Consequently, upon his awakening in modern times, Prophet (much like Cap,) becomes a hero out of time, initially tangling with Liefeld-created super-team Youngblood, due to his post-stasis confusion.

      The Prophet movie project will see Liefeld onboard as a producer, joined by Adrian Askarieh (Hitman) and Brooklyn Weaver (Out of the Furnace), also joined in that capacity by John Hyde and Terissa Kelton. Studio 8 will be represented by the overseeing duo of John Graham and Guy Danella.

      As Liefeld explains to THR’s Heat Vision about the possibilities for the Prophet collaboration with Studio 8:

      "It makes sense that it's a destination that we can arrive at if we are successful. We're taking the best of Prophet to create the best cinematic version of Prophet that we can. He's very pure in his motives to help out his family and ends up becoming something completely different." Adding of Studio 8, "They did their homework, and not only did they do homework, they are true fans."

      While, the Image Comics-adapted Prophet won’t have the Marvel Studios (or Fox) mega-movie marketing machine behind it, the project might end up being helped by the tentpole of Netflix. That's because Liefeld signed a deal with the streaming giant back in March with designs to launch a series of movies that adapt his "Extreme Universe" branding of Image Comics characters, a category that very much includes Prophet.

      Of course, there are some dangers here. The “super-soldier out of time” origin story might come across as derivative, even if elements of Prophet’s story would later be mirrored by Marvel in 2005 when writer Ed Brubaker brought back the long-dead sidekick, Bucky, as the unfrozen brainwashed Winter Soldier; a story that would be adapted successfully in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

      Regardless, there’s certainly a good amount of comic book appeal going for the Prophet project, especially in the wake of the Deadpool-fueled renewed appreciation for everything Rob Liefeld, whose unique drawing style has always been a divisive topic amongst the comic fandom.

      We will keep you updated on the Prophet movie project as things develop.


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      How important to the future DCEU are those Justice League post-credits scenes? Spoilers await!

      News Mike Cecchini
      Jul 11, 2018

      This article contains major Justice League spoilers.

      The DCEU has deliberately avoided post-credits scenes since the dark days of Green Lantern. It's been a smart move to keep away from one of the hallmarks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with Justice League, they just couldn't resist. They make up for lost time, too, as Justice League has not one, but two post-credits scenes. One is just for fun, but the other has larger implications for the DCEU down the line.

      I've already discussed the implications of the film's ending in general (which you can read here), so let's dig into these two, slightly nerdier elements of the movie...

      The Superman/Flash Race

      This is just good fun, and few things say "DC Universe" quite like a friendly race between Superman and Flash.

      Superman and Flash have raced numerous times in the comics. While the movie doesn’t show us who wins, I’m going to give you a hint: it has to be the Flash. Flash is often the victor in Superman/Flash races in comics, if for no other reason than editorial mandate. Look at it this way, if the guy whose whole thing is that he can run really fast can’t outrun another hero, then what good is he, right? Superman has enough going for him. Let Flash have this one, OK?

      The other one is a bigger deal as far as the future of the DCEU goes, though.

      Deathstroke, Luthor, and The Secret Society of Super-Villains

      Lex Luthor escapes from the Argus institution he's being held in (I don't think that's exactly Arkham Asylum?), in a maneuver that reminds me a little of his Superman II fakeout. We next see him on a pleasure yacht, dressed to the nines, and awaiting the arrival of an armored guest. 

      We’ve now seen the full transformation of Lex Luthor since the beginning of Batman v Superman, from corrupt but brilliant businessman/mad scientist to, well, fugitive mad scientist and potential supervillain. Hopefully future installments find ways to make him less infuriating, as well. But I digress…

      The man Lex meets is Slade “Deathstroke” Wilson (played by Joe Manganiello). Slade is, as far as we’re concerned, the most versatile villain in the entire DC Universe. Deathstroke is an assassin for hire, but also an anti-hero and a mean bastard. He’s familiar to Arrow fans (where he has been played to perfection by Manu Bennett), and he’ll be the star of his own solo movie eventually. Hell, you might also infer that the giggling inmate who "replaced" Lex in the cell was "helped" by the Joker.

      The suggestion of a supervillain team-up (and no, Suicide Squad doesn’t count, since they work for the government) is an intriguing one. For starters, it’s the one thing that the Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t attempted, and for a studio that is looking for points of difference even as the tone of this movie felt more like its competition, a small army of recognizable bad guys taking on heroes would be a step in the right direction. In general, and in part because their licenses aren’t split between different studios, Warner Bros. has a stronger pool of villains to pull from with the DCEU than Marvel does, so now that the heroic side of things has been so well established, this would be a wise avenue for them to explore.

      So will they be the Secret Society of Super-Villains from the comics? The Legion of Doom from Challenge of the Super Friends? It doesn't matter as long as they have that cool headquarters from the cartoon! If nothing else, expect the next round of threats the Justice League faces to be decidedly more domestic, rather than another cosmic menace like Steppenwolf. I'm sure we'll get to Darkseid eventually.


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      A big black box with alabaster heads was found near Egypt's Library of Alexandria.

      News Tony Sokol
      Jul 11, 2018

      "We are simply passing through history," French archaeologist René Emile Belloq tells Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). "This is history." A mysterious black sarcophagus was unearthed on the northern coast of Egypt, in the vicinity of the Great Library of Alexandria. The box has not been opened in over 2000 years. The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities dates the tomb to the Ptolemaic era. At over six feet tall, nine feet long, and five and a half feet wide, this is the largest sarcophagus ever found in Alexandria, according to Sciencealert.

      "An Egyptian archaeological mission from the Supreme Council of Antiquities uncovered the ancient tomb … during the excavation work carried out to inspect the land" of an Alexandrian "inhabitant before digging the foundations of his building at Al-Karmili Street in Sidi Gaber district," Alexandria, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced to the Ministry of Antiquities Facebook page.

      Dr. Ayman Ashmawy, the Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector, said the tomb was found 5 meters beneath the surface of the land. "There is a layer of mortar between the lid and the body of the sarcophagus indicating that it had not been opened since it was closed in antiquity. An alabaster head of a man was also found and most probably belongs to the owner of the tomb,"the Ministry of Antiquities  added.

      John DeSalvo, Ph.D. Director of the Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association, tells Den of Geek"this could be the most significant find of the last several hundred years." The author of Decoding The Pyramids: Exploring The World's Most Enigmatic Structures says he is "not convinced that it is 2000 years old. Just because it is found in a site that dates around that time, it may be older." DeSalvo speculates the tomb "could have been moved there or there are a dozen other possibilities that their dating is wrong."

      "The Egyptian authorities want everyone to believe the Great Pyramid was built by the ancient Egyptians, but most objective researchers believe it is much much older and predates Ancient Egypt," DeSalvo says. "What if we are talking about something that predated the Egyptian Dynasty?  Maybe they copied a more ancient civilization and that is where many of their mortuary practices came from, but they have no idea what they mean since that information wasn't passed down."

      DeSalvo says the unearthed tomb "does not represent the typical sarcophagus that is usually found." He points to the black granite, because "a sarcophagus of this material was never found so far, even for pharaohs and high officials."

      The Ministry dates the tomb back to sometime between 304 and 30 B.C., after the death of Alexander the Great, when the descendants of Ptolemy I ruled Egypt. Alexandria was the capital of Egypt at the time. The thick layer of mortar sealing the tomb means whatever is inside has been there for between 2,048 and 2,341 years. If a person is buried inside it, any clothing or jewelry they wore may still be intact.

      DeSalvo says researchers can test any "amulets, and also date the bandages so we can get a close date for the mummy."

      Late last year, archaeologists revealed they uncovered the graves of four children at an ancient site in Egypt. An ancient statue of a Nubian king with an inscription written in Egyptian hieroglyphics was discovered at a Nile River temple in Sudan. Archaeologists recently unearthed a 2200-year-old gold coin which depicted King Ptolemy III, an ancestor of Cleopatra. Experts in Southern Egypt discovered a marble head depicting the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Experts in Australia found remains of an ancient priestess in a 2500-year-old Egyptian coffin long believed be empty.

      In February, archaeologists found a hidden network of tombs in the Minya Governorate south of Cairo.  Another team discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb believe to belong to Hetpet, a women close to the ancient Egyptian royals of the 5th Dynasty, just outside Cairo near the country’s Giza Plateau. An artifact depicting the female pharaoh Hatshepsut surfaced in the United Kingdom, as did one of the oldest tattooed female mummies.

      A Greco-Roman temple was found in April which may shed light on the Siwa Oasis, one of the most remote settlements in Egypt, dating between 200-300 BCE. New research indicates King Tutankhamun may not have been a sickly youth and was actually a boy soldier.

      While DeSalvo guesses the tomb encases "someone of high standing in Egypt," the proximity to the library opens the possibility "that this sarcophagus was used to bury something more important like documents. If I could wish what is inside I would wish for papyrus, manuscripts, scrolls, of new information that may change our understanding of our history and our world."


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    • 07/12/18--08:33: Wonder Woman Gets New Writer
    • G. Willow Wilson takes over Wonder Woman for DC.

      NewsJim Dandy
      Jul 12, 2018

      DC's first big San Diego Comic Con 2018 announcement is out, and it's a big one. G. Willow Wilson, the creator of Kamala Khan, will be taking over Wonder Womanwith November's issue #58.

      “I’m delighted to be writing such an iconic character as Wonder Woman and to be working with DC once again,” said Wilson. “With more than 75 years of history, Wonder Woman has a wealth of backstory and drama to draw from, and I look forward to putting a spin on Diana and her supporting cast that’s both new, yet familiar. It’ll be a challenge to do her justice, but I like a challenge and can’t wait to get started.”

      Wilson's first arc on Wonder Womanis titled "The Just War," and she will be paired with Cary Nord (The Unexpected, X-O Manowar) handling art. The story arc sees Diana heading to Eastern Europe to track down Steve Trevor and his missing squad, only to run into Ares who is behaving oddly. His behavior is full of bizarre implications, the most dangerous of which is how he escaped his prison, Themiscyra.

      Wilson is best known for creating Kamala Khan, the Pakistani-American Captain Marvel fangirl and best Spider-Man reinvention since Ultimate Spider-Man. She's also written A-Forceand a great arc of X-Mena few years back. She did some work for DC several years ago, including a Vixenseries and a few books for Vertigo, but Wonder Woman is her most high-profile comic since she turned Ms. Marvelinto a sensation.

       


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      William Gibson's script for Alien 3 lives, thanks to Dark Horse!

      News John Saavedra
      Jul 12, 2018

      1992's Alien 3 holds an interesting place in Alien franchise history. It's a follow-up to the excellent Aliens that takes things in a completely different direction than what you'd expect, turning the lens toward the macabre and dystopian civilization Ripley now inhabits after going into a deep sleep at the end of the first film. Alien 3 was the first feature film directed by David Fincher (Gone Girl), who'd later go on to make cult classics like Sevenand Fight Club. In some respects, his turn at haunting poor Sigourney Weaver with a monstrous Xenomorph in a prison colony on a barely habitable planet was the dark prototype for his later films. 

      Unfortunately, Alien 3 was poorly received, critics specifically citing the writing and how the movie did away with fan-favorite characters from Aliens. Fincher himself hates the film quite a bit. 

      But there were other story ideas that could have perhaps saved the film. In fact, one of the scrapped screenplays that didn't make it into production was written by the brilliant William Gibson (Neuromancer), who is better known as the father of cyberpunk. While it seemed like Gibson's script was doomed to sit on a shelf, quietly waiting in hibernation like Ripley after escaping the Nostromo, Dark Horse Comics has come to the rescue. 

      Dark Horse, which is also responsible for the excellent Aliens: Dead Orbit miniseries, will turn Gibson's unproduced script into a five-part miniseries with art by Johnnie Christmas (Sheltered).

      Here's the synopsis:

      Following the deadly events of Aliens, the Union of Progressive Peoples intercepts the spaceship carrying the hibernating bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop. But unbeknownst to them, they have also picked up another deadly passenger whose discovery will unleash a race between two governments to weaponize the xenomorph in this horrifying and poignant Cold War-themed thriller.

      We have to say that this story does sound like a more logical progression for the series after the events of Aliens. The first two films are all about the Weyland-Yutani Corporation trying to get its hands on a xenomorph for less-than-honorable reasons. Now, the bad guys are closer than ever to turning the grotesque alien into the ultimate weapon. We assume only Ripley (and perhaps our beloved Bishop) can stop them?

      The first issue of William Gibson's Alien 3 arrives on Nov. 7. You can check out some preview pages above!


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      Friday the 13th boasts some of the strangest movie tie-in comics ever made. We hit the bloody highs and lows. Mostly lows.

      FeatureGavin Jasper
      Jul 13, 2018

      Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees has been part of pop-culture for decades. It shouldn’t be surprising that he’s had his share of comic book adventures, what with him essentially being a supervillain in a story with no superheroes. Granted, he’s a one-dimensional supervillain with an incredibly vague origin story, but he’s been memorable enough to land him a dozen movie appearances. Many have told his tale in comic form and since the early '90s, he’s been represented by three different publishers.

      The surprising thing to me is that the earliest Jason comic is only in the early 90s. For comparison, the RoboCop comics all stretched across the franchise’s entire existence. They were around for all four movies as well as the stretch where he was just about nostalgia. Jason Voorhees didn’t get the same treatment. For the most part, they missed the boat.

      Topps Comics first picked up the license and Jason’s comic book debut came in July of 1993. Two comics came out this month with Jason in them, so it’s hard to say what was his very first appearance. One of the two comics was Satan’s Six #4by Tony Isabella and John Cleary. We’re already bonkers out the gate here. Satan’s Six was part of the Secret City Saga, where Topps created a big story using a bunch of leftover Jack Kirby ideas that he never did anything with in the form of several miniseries that intertwined (think Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers). It didn’t last long enough to finish and with Satan’s Six, it’s no wonder.

      The comic is a comedy about the demonic Odious Kamodious, who has his own team of agents out to create chaos in his name, only they always screw up. In the very beginning of this issue, Kamodious gets in an argument with one of his demons Frightful and threatens to replace him. He summons Jason Voorhees, who proceeds to talk like Rorschach and try to kill anything nearby.

      Anyone else find randomly and casually tossing Jason into a superhero universe’s continuity really weird?

      Frightful and teammate Bluedragon go after Jason, but he responds by throwing them a couple times and saying, “HRMM,” a lot. Despite only appearing for a couple of pages, Jason says that six times. Kamodious summons him back where he found him and starts making a blatant reference about Jason going to Hell. The angelic Pristine interrupts and calls out how this was a pointless cameo to justify advertising Jason on the cover, which came at the cost of continuing their very story. And at that point, readers stopped caring.

      As Kamodious referenced, Jason was at the time starring in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, otherwise known as Friday the 13th Part IX. Based on the screenplay, the comic is written by Andy Mangels and drawn by Cynthia Martin.

      That’s how far down the pipeline we are. By this point, the movie franchise was in dire straits. By the time any comic company thinks of doing anything with Friday the 13th, we’re already at the ninth movie, which was the last Jason movie for eight years. The really bizarre one.

      If you haven’t seen it or don’t remember, Jason Goes to Hell is the movie where the FBI finally decides to do something about Jason and blows him to kingdom come in the first few minutes, onlit turns out that he can’t be killed unless stabbed in the heart by another Voorhees (though the comic keeps spelling it “Vorhees”). So Jason’s heart hypnotizes the coroner into eating it and he goes around vomiting the heart into people’s throats to change hosts until he can find and kill the rest of his bloodline.

      It’s an example of knowing that you have to do something new and fresh, yet still driving way off the road. Also, if you’re all about drawings of bare asses, this is the comic for you!

      But really, all anyone remembers Jason Goes to Hell for is that cameo at the end when Freddy Krueger pulls down Jason’s mask and cackles. That was the original “Nick Fury asks Tony Stark to join the Avengers” moment. It just, you know, took ten years, is all.

      Topps didn’t want to wait to give us a big slasher icon crossover and while they didn’t get the rights to Freddy, they got the next best thing. Okay, they didn’t get Michael Meyers, but the next best thing after that. No, they didn’t get Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof, but—Listen, they got Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, okay? More specifically, we got Jason vs. Leatherface, a three-part series by Nancy Collins, David Imhoff, and Jeff Butler.

      Despite being released in 1995, the chronology is very choosy, ignoring the history of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre stuff to make sure Leatherface and his brothers Cook and Hitchhiker are both alive. As for Jason, this takes place after Part VI, where he’s chained to the bottom of Camp Crystal Lake. Some corporate types have the lake drained of all the toxic grossness and Jason goes with it. He kind of wanders around, kills a bunch of people on train, and eventually comes across Sawyerville, where Leatherface and Hitchhiker are stalking some poor soul. Jason ends up getting in a scrap with them, where he disarms Leatherface (not literally for once), kills their victim, and then – in a surprising act – hands Leatherface his chainsaw.

      There’s this feeling of acceptance between the two parties, leading to Jason being practically adopted into their family. This leads to a really awesome moment where Cook asks him his name. Since these guys need to start calling him Jason and he doesn’t actually speak, Collins goes about it in a clever way.

      Through this partnership, we see the differences. While Jason is a ruthless murderer, he isn’t so much a sadist, at least not as much as the Sawyer family. He’ll kill the victims, but Hitchhiker will get on his case for doing it too quickly and not torturing anyone. Mainly, Jason gets along with them due to the way he sees his younger self in Leatherface. For once, he feels sympathy and it drives him to hate Hitchhiker for constantly being such a dick. From there, it becomes Jason vs. the three brothers, where Leatherface will protect his family, even if he does show appreciation for Jason standing up for him.

      There wouldn’t be any more Jason comics for a decade until Avatar Press picked up the license in 2005. I had a lot of bad stuff to say about Avatar in the RoboCop article, but here, the ugly, mean-spirited, blood-and-chunks-covered style is a perfect home for Friday the 13th. If anything, it’s a fitting response to how most of the Friday the 13th movies were edited to oblivion by the MPAA to hide all the gore. Now we can see Jason punch a guy in the head so hard that it comes out his ass!

      Avatar mostly released a bunch of one-shots, starting with Friday the 13th Special by Brian Pulido and Mike Wolfer. The Avatar Friday the 13th comics have some actual strong ideas mixed in there, but they also rely on doing the same thing over and over again...much like the movies, but in a different way. While every single comic of theirs has at least one softcore sex scene, there’s also a constant theme of the 1% screwing things up for everyone. Like in Friday the 13th Special, it’s about the children of the man who previously owned Camp Crystal Lake. The daughter, a shrewd businesswoman, insists on not letting that land go to waste despite the piles and piles of dead bodies showing why that’s a bad idea.

      To be fair, she goes about it the right way. If Jason’s hanging around the woods, just hire a ton of military guys to take him out. That basically took care of Jason in the very beginning of the ninth movie, didn’t it? Too bad being in a comic book has caused him to go through a major power creep, and he’s now able to power through having a huge chunk of him blown off by a grenade launcher, as it just heals up in seconds. Jason’s way too overpowered and that continues on for the next year of comics.

      Pulido and Wolfer would get back together to do a three-parter called Bloodbathand it’s easily the best thing to come out of the Avatar run. It has some serious dialogue issues, but the basic idea could have been the basis for a Friday the 13th movie and I would be totally okay with it. It actually comes across as a prototype for Cabin in the Woods.

      It has to do with Camp Crystal Lake being opened yet again, this time with ten teen counselors brought in early to get acquainted a day or so before the campers are said to show up. Their boss is Kevin Carny, a kindly southern guy who appears to be really laid back about everything. He wants everyone to be responsible during the daytime, but at night, they’re welcome to enjoy the hot tub, an excess of beer, and each other’s naked company. The counselors all hit it off and immediately pair up with no problem. In fact, they pair up a little too easily, like they were handpicked. Discovered through some really unnatural dialogue, they all come to realize that all ten of them are orphans and have no families. Strange. It’s almost like if something were to happen to them all, nobody would really care enough to look into it.

      Naturally, there’s more to Carny than meets the eye. Much like in Jason X, the military and corporations are very into the idea of bringing Jason in for the sake of studying his healing factor and weaponizing him. The camp is nothing more than bait. It helps that the protagonists, Violet and Rich, are actually fairly likeable and relatable compared to every other human character in Avatar’s comics. You end up getting a story of the would-be victims vs. the military vs. the unstoppable killer. It actually has a really good ending too, which will be ruined months later.

      Around this time, Avatar released the Jason X Special by Pulido and Sebastian Fiumara. Yes, a Jason Xcomic. The movie is already a few years old at this point and I don’t think anyone cared about it enough to clamor for more Jason X in any form, but here we are. As it turns out, when Uber Jason was blasted to a lake on Earth Two at the end of the movie, he was really back on the original Earth. A woman named Kristen, one of the few remaining humans on the planet, tricked the ship into turning back to Earth for the sake of getting her hands on Uber Jason.

      Kristen’s boyfriend Neil is dying and she needs some Voorhees DNA to potentially cure him. Even though she is able to capture Uber Jason with some nanites, you can imagine that this is a bad idea. It becomes a big, confusing mess, where Pamela Voorhees goes from being a voice in Jason’s head to being a machine ghost able to control all the nanites, leading to lots of human-like androids being slaughtered. Uber Jason is shot into space, where he stumbles across a party-based space ship.

      That leads us right into the two-parter Jason vs. Jason X by Mike Wolfer. Really? Is that even a contest? That’s like having the regular version of the Hulk fight a super-pissed off Hulk. The story of this one is more contrived than even the beginning of Jason Takes Manhattan. So there’s a piece of Jason’s skull and hockey mask from the Jason X movie that wasn’t part of the regeneration process that created Uber Jason. When that ship was blown up, the chunk of skull floated around in space until – TOTAL COINCIDENCE – it now drifts into the very party ship where Uber Jason is currently slaughtering everyone. The ship’s cloning machine builds a new body out of dead victims and Jason is reborn! Fully clothed too, which I suppose I shouldn’t be complaining about. I live my entire life without seeing his hockey stick.

      It takes the whole first issue for the two Jasons to meet up and the entire second issue is them fighting while anyone who crosses paths with the brawl gets chopped up. The fight brings them to Earth Two, where, big surprise, Uber Jason wins. He tears Jason’s brain out, shoves it into his own brain, and reminisces about his mother. He’s also chilling out in the woods near a lake, so even though the Jason X Special changed up the movie’s ending, this comic puts it back the way the writers found it. You know, just in case they were to ever make another Jason X movie.

      The last book from Avatar is Friday the 13th: Fearbookby Mike Wolfer and Sebastian Fiumara. It’s a direct follow-up to Bloodbathand is especially pointless. It’s basically about killing off anyone who survived Bloodbathwithout any real drama. Sure, it makes sense to have the government people behind the events of that story taken out, but there’s no actual plot. Jason just effortlessly kills everyone for two dozen pages.

      Also, the art is really bad in the sequential sense. It seems to go from point A to C from panel to panel with no sensical movement. For instance, in Bloodbath, they were able to stop Jason by freezing him. The only reason he was able to escape was Violet’s doing. Makes 100% perfect sense that they’d just try that again, right?

      And now Jason is able to shrug it off completely to the point that there’s no sign of him being frozen one panel later. What’s up with that?

      The ending suffers from the same problem. Violet is backed up to a window and Jason is coming. She decides to take her chances and makes a leap of faith, hoping the trees will break her fall. She jumps and the perspective makes it look like she’s at least ten feet away from the window. Suddenly, Jason has her by the neck and drags her back in.

      Anyway, Jason would then move on to the next publisher, Wildstorm, in 2007. Wildstorm mainly gave us a bunch of two-parters, but started it with a six-issue miniseries simply called Friday the 13th by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Adam Archer, and Peter Guzman.

      For the most part, it’s a basic, by-the-numbers Friday the 13th story in comic form, just handled competently. They’re reopening Camp Crystal Lake again. A handful of teens are brought in to clean up the cabins. Sex and drugs and beer are had. Jason shows up and starts killing people. Same old shit.

      At least the cast of victims isn’t so bad. They aren’t great, but they at least have more personality and dimension than the characters in the Avatar Press comics, easy as that is to do. The drawback is that for the sake of conflict, they’re almost all over-the-top in terms of being assholes. Like there’s a nerdy hippy guy who looks to be potentially psychotic and everyone shits on him for zero reason. For one of the characters it makes sense, since it’s established that she’s had to put up with his company for years and she’s a terrible person, but everyone else snaps at him like he’s Donnie from Big Lebowski.

      The comic plays up the supernatural aspects of Friday the 13th more than just Jason surviving taking a machete to the neck. Not only do they establish that the lake is haunted by the ghosts of a hundred murdered children, but the final issue even explains that the area is literally cursed due to some settlers murdering a Native American shaman.

      Otherwise, it’s nothing special.

      Marc Andreyko and Shawn Moll give us Pamela’s Tale, a two-parter where Pamela Voorhees explains her life story to a camp counselor while giving her a ride to Camp Crystal Lake. Naturally, she also murders her, but still keeps telling the story, mainly about raising Jason and how she’s been out to kill anyone she feels is responsible for his death.

      We also see Jason’s father depicted as a drunken wife-beater and massive dude (he had to inherit it from somewhere) who is killed because Pamela’s afraid that if she tells him she’s pregnant, he’ll beat her so badly that she’ll have a miscarriage. Oh, and she’s also whispering conversations with “Jason” much like she does at the end of the first movie.

      Jason’s birth defects are explained both between his father’s treatment of his mother and the fact that Pamela is constantly in places filled with cigarette smoke. It hits comedic levels once we see the doctor smoking a cigarette while delivering the baby. That’s dark as hell but I had to laugh.

      Jason Aaron and Adam Archer team up for How I Spent My Summer Vacation, another two-parter. I’m not sure if this is the best Friday the 13th comic, but it’s definitely the most fun. It’s about a little boy named Davie Falkner who is at summer camp. At Camp Crystal Lake. They opened the goddamn thing AGAIN! CRIPES! Anyway, Davie has a bone disorder that gives him a malformed head and will likely kill him in five years. While he has normal intelligence, he looks an awful lot like Jason’s young self, albeit with hair. He’s constantly teased for his looks, but that’s a picnic compared to having Jason Voorhees show up to kill everyone.

      After lots of campers, councilors, and cops are killed, Jason picks up Davie and drags him away, kicking and screaming. The only other survivor is the sheriff, who was so hopped up on meth that he accidentally shot up two councilors, and then hacked them up with a machete to cover his tracks and blame it on Jason. Finding out that Davie’s still alive makes him want to make sure he can kill the last witness.

      Meanwhile, we get what is essentially a Batman and Robin origin story with Jason and Davie. It’s awesome and I wish it was longer. Jason never speaks or makes any gestures, but he keeps Davie safe out of feeling like a kindred spirit. Jason would go kill people having a picnic, wrap their food in a blanket, return to Davie, and throw it to him. Davie goes from being dragged around against his will to following his new hero.

      Davie idolizes Jason for being like him, only able to not take shit from anyone who would bully him. That Jason is an even bigger bully than anyone else is lost on Davie, but it’s nice to see Jason make a connection for once in his after-life. Plus with the comedic psycho sheriff, Jason gets to actually play the role of anti-hero here. Granted, he still kills so many undeserving people, but the book is still sort of cute.

      Yet another two-parter comes in the form of Bad Land, which is by Ron Marz and Mike Huddleston. It’s about two different stories from different times that run parallel. One is a present-day story about a trio of hikers who come across a cabin in the middle of a huge storm and become victims of Jason. The other takes place a couple centuries earlier, where three fur trappers enter a teepee to escape a similar storm and come across a Native American woman and her baby. Horrible things happen to the woman and her child, shortly before her husband arrives. They blow his face off with a rifle shot and he runs off, only to plot his revenge.

      Yep. We have the Proto-Jason. It isn’t outright said whether he’s just super pissed enough to fight through the wound or if he’s a full-on murder zombie, but considering he lacks the wound when we see his rampage, it looks like the latter.

      Huh. Wonder whatever happened to that guy.

      The last normal type of Jason comic released by Wildstorm is The Abuser & the Abused by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andy B. Andy B’s art makes this easily the best-looking Friday the 13th comic by a landslide. Lot of great expressions and action in there.

      The issue is kind of an alternate take on How I Spent My Summer Vacation. It deals with a girl who is constantly abused. Her boyfriend beats her, her classmates make fun of her, her father and stepmother bully her, and no authority figure will help her in any way. She takes it upon herself to strike back against anyone who’s wronged her and part of her plan involves luring her boyfriend to Camp Crystal Lake (which is not open for once. Thank God). Then when Jason appears to do what Jason does best, the girl gets mad because this is her kill and the two murderers throw down. Totally worth checking out for the fantastic fight scene.

      Now we get to the grand finale in the form of two six-issue miniseries. Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash started in early 2008, based on a script treatment for a sequel to the Freddy vs. Jason movie that would never come to be. The Jeff Katz screenplay is adapted by James Kuhoric with art by Jason Craig. It’s generally okay. It’s nothing especially great or especially awful. It comes up with a satisfying enough story that brings together the three horror icons, has them play off each other, and gives us a big enough body count.

      Freddy is able to convince Jason to do his bidding by banging his mother. At least, that’s what Jason sees in his nightmare, where Freddy acts like his new step-father and has “Pamela” tell Jason to listen to his authority. Freddy wants him to fetch the Necronomicon and wouldn’t you know it, Ash Williams is working at a nearby hardware store for the holidays.

      What’s great about it is that we actually have a real protagonist to cheer for, who we know has enough plot armor to stay alive. The Freddy vs. Jason movie didn’t have anyone nearly as likeable as Ash. The main drawback is that Jason is the third wheel, mostly overshadowed by the other two co-stars. This becomes a bigger problem in the sequel, which I’ll get to in just a bit.

      Sorry, I was wrong. The main drawback is that despite Jason Craig’s art starting incredibly strong, it becomes rushed to hell by the time he hits the final issue. That’s too bad, since the final battle between the two is excellent outside of that. Freddy is pumped up with power from the Necronomicon and Jason is maskless and replaced his dismembered hand with a machete. Ash is bemused, noting the lack of originality.

      By the end, Freddy and Jason are both defeated for the time being, but the Necronomicon opens to a page that’s very reminiscent of the movie poster for Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors, only this time, Ash is leading the siege.

      That leads us to Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: Nightmare Warriors by the same creative team, though with Cruddie Torian doing a bit of fill-in work. Sadly, Jason Craig’s art takes a huge dive, even worse than before. Really, the whole comic is a gigantic mess, making it a perfect Friday the 13thcomic bookend to whatever the hell was going on with that Satan’s Six issue.

      It’s a real shame too, because I absolutely love the setup. It’s such a brilliant concept for a climactic finale to Freddy and Jason’s respective series. See, Ash is invited to join a support group of sorts made up of those who have survived encounters with Freddy and/or Jason. So you have a group made up of Maggie Burroughs (Freddy’s Dead), Dr. Neil Gordon (Nightmare on Elm Street 3), Steven Freeman (Jason Goes to Hell), Stephanie Kimble (Steven’s baby daughter from that movie all grown up), Alice Johnson (Nightmare on Elm Street 4 and 5), Jacob Johnson (Alice’s son, also grown up), Tina Shepard (Friday the 13th Part VII), and Rennie Wickham (Friday the 13th Part VIII). Then waiting in the shadows is maverick survivor and quasi-hero of the Friday the 13th franchise, Tommy Jarvis, who wants to take out Jason on his own terms.

      Also awesome is Jason’s redesign. For the first half, at least.

      After all the bullshit he’s been through fighting Freddy and Ash in the last book, Jason is barely holding together. He’s got so much battle damage that even if he’s freakishly strong, he looks like’s seconds away from falling apart. Between his jaw being completely fleshless and the bottom part of his hockey mask before destroyed, he’s got this badass skull goalie thing going on.

      Then Freddy ruins it by making Jason his general and using the Necronomicon to amp up Jason's appearance, cleaning him up and fixing his disfigurements. He also gives him long, black hair, making him look like a generic 90s vigilante. This also allows him to speak for once when he has his final battle with Tommy Jarvis.

      Certainly better than, “HRMM!” at least.

      As I said, the book goes completely full-on nuts, especially when it comes to Maggie Burroughs. She is actually Freddy’s daughter and killed him in the sixth Elm Street movie (the last canon one before Freddy vs. Jason). Here, she’s secretly evil and is working for her father. I guess they can get away with it because she’s the hero of the most hated Nightmare on Elm Street, but it’s never explained why she’s suddenly evil. Then not only does she start dressing like a sexy X-Men supervillain, but she starts making out with her father. And he puts his hand down her pants while grabbing her boob with the other. What. The. Fuck?

      Anyway, she’s crushed by a tank a couple of issues later while fighting Jason in the Oval Office. Strange, strange comic. The book has a lot of big ideas, but it’s completely incomprehensible.

      What I find interesting is the ending. Freddy’s attempt to cause Hell on Earth via the Necronomicon goes sour and they give him the most final death possible. He’s stripped of his powers, leaving a naked human form, begging for his life. Ash shoots him with his boomstick, killing him. Then some really ill-explained and badly-set-up time-travel happens where the warrant for his arrest from decades ago is now correctly signed, meaning he’ll never become the dream demon and so many deaths are negated. Not only is Freddy done, but he never really started in the first place!

      Jason, on the other hand, is stabbed through the chest by Stephanie (which is supposed to be the one thing that can totally kill him for good) and Tommy chops his head off, but his body is missing anyway because one day he’s going to go to space and God forbid we mess around with continuity!

      Gotta protect the sanctity of Jason X, man.

      That was the last we’ve seen of Jason Voorhees in comic form and there’s no sign of him coming back any time soon. Despite being such a cinematic icon, there’s only so much you can do with the character. He’s a walking plot device who isn’t allowed to be anything more, nor should he ever be. He’s just an excuse for shock value and mainstream comics have already gotten to that level of mean-spirited violence, making him nothing but obsolete.

      Poor guy. Finally DC Comics is about constantly tearing people’s arms off and Jason doesn’t get to play.

      Gavin Jasper thinks it’s fitting that Jason is a goalie, considering he's constantly out to stop people from scoring. Follow him on Twitter!


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      Phil Lord and Chris Miller will direct Artemis, the next movie adaptation of a book from the author of The Martian.

      News Joseph Baxter
      Jul 13, 2018

      Artemis, the recent novel by The Martian author Andy Weir, had already sealed a movie deal and procured a high-profile directorial duo in Phil Lord and Chris Miller even before it hit shelves and devices.

      Of course, director Ridley Scott’s 2015 film adaptation of Weir’s novel, The Martian, was a box office phenomenon for Fox, grossing $630 million worldwide, yielding seven Oscar nominations. Thus, it doesn't take intricate industry inside baseball knowledge to discern that the studio wants to replicate that success. Consequently, Artemis is on the fast track.

      Artemis Writer

      Geneva Robertson-Dworet will write the Artemis script, adapting Weir’s novel of the same name, according to Deadline. The gig represents yet another high-profile project for Robertson-Dworet, who recently burst onto the scene as the co-writer of the script for this past March’s release of the Alicia Vikander-starring Tomb Raider reboot. Auspiciously, her next work will credit her as co-writer of the March 2019 release, Captain Marvel, followed by work on a backlog of projects that consists of the Dungeons & Dragons reboot, hiatus-hit Spider-Man spinoff Silver & Black, sci-fi film Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, and 1980s toy line adaptation M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand.

      Working off Robertson-Dworet’s script, Phil Lord and Chris Miller will get to handle a space adventure for their next movie after all, since they are set to handle directorial duties for Artemis. Lord and Miller, the acclaimed directing duo of The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street comedy film franchise, made headlines when they were appointed to direct the spinoff film that would come to be known as Solo: A Star Wars Story. However, they’d make headlines again in June 2017 when purported differences of vision from the overseeing Disney/Lucasfilm monolith saw the duo unceremoniously removed from the project late into production, replaced by the experienced directorial hands of Ron Howard. 

      Artemis Story

      Artemis follows a character named Jazz Bashara, a swagger-rocking, wise-cracking, fortune-seeking criminal whose urban stomping ground happens to be located on the moon, specifically, Artemis, the first and only lunar city. While the moon metropolis mostly caters to rich tourists and eccentric billionaires, Jazz’s life of hustling leads her to a life-changing opportunity of a crime, which would allow her to pay off a long-owed debt. However, said opportunity thrusts her into the middle of a dangerous political conspiracy in which control of Artemis itself hangs in the balance. Indeed, it’s an antihero story that contains several Han Solo parallels, something that the excommunicated Solo directors, Lord and Miller, probably appreciate.  

      Artemis Details

      The idea of Artemis having a female protagonist was revealed in a December 2015 Huffington Post article. Of course, the concept is also validated by its very title, referencing the bow-wielding Greek goddess of the hunt.

      20th Century Fox and New Regency came together back in May to preemptively acquire the movie rights to Andy Weir’s next novel Artemis, reported The Tracking Board. Thus, the property achieved the prestige of a movie deal well before the novel's November 12, 2017 release date. The Martian producer Simon Kinberg is attached to the Artemis project, joined by Aditya Sood from Genre Films and executive Steve Asbell, onboard on behalf of the studio.

      Back in May 2016, Fox initially circled a pitch by Weir for a mystery screenplay, with plans purportedly in place for The Martian director Ridley Scott to produce via his Scott Free Productions and Simon Kinberg also attached to produce. However, after about a year, that endeavor shifted focus to a film adaptation of Weir’s then-upcoming novel, Artemis. Executive Michael Schaefer, who was with Scott Free during the 2016 developments, has fostered the Artemis project via his current company New Regency along with Asbell.

      It will be interesting to see if a movie project adapted from an Andy Weir novel that isn'tThe Martian can become a similar cinematic success and possibly achieve a measure of redemption for former Solo helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.


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      Blade Runner is getting a new series of comics and graphic novels from Titan Publishing and Alcon Media.

      NewsJohn Saavedra
      Jul 13, 2018

      For those hoping for more stories set in the Blade Runneruniverse, today is your lucky day. Titan Publishing and Alcon Media Group have announced that they're collaborating on a new series of Blade Runnercomics and graphic novels.

      We're not sure when these books might arrive, and it sounds like it's early days for this project. No creative teams have been announced or any titles. What we do know is that the titles will include "new, in canon comics and graphic novels that dive deeper into the Blade Runner world as well as a variety of publications focused on the visual and technical sides of the production process."

      The projects will be overseen by Titan’s David Manley-Leach, and Alcon’s director of publishing, Jeff Conner.

      “We are extremely excited to be publishing Blade Runner comics and illustrated books,” said Titan publishers Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung. “The Blade Runner universe has barely been explored; there is so much more there. It’s an honor to be bringing this world to life in new ways for a new audience – and to reveal tales from that universe that you’ve never seen before.”

      It's nice to hear will get some new stories potentially starring Decker and some Replicants, especially since the future of the franchise fell into question after the release of Blade Runner 2049. While the long-awaited sequel was a critical darling, it wasn't the financial success Warner Bros. hoped for. While Ridley Scott says he has a plan for another sequel, it may be a while before we this universe on the big screen again. Luckily, we'll have the comics to keep us busy. 


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      Gristly, female-lead science fiction YA paints a vivid picture but borrows too much from genre predecessors.

      News Megan Crouse
      Jul 15, 2018

      Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskiehas everything I might want in a book: friendships between angry female cyborgs, super soldiers with a persistent and creative body horror element, and a confined, high-stakes setting on a human fleet wandering between stars. Unfortunately, while these elements are emphasized and mixed in excellent and new ways, many other elements of the story are tired and left me struggling to get through the first half of the book.

      There’s a quilt of homage or repetition here: the armor suits and augmentations from Old Man’s War, the spacefaring class system of An Unkindness of Ghosts, the military mind-meld of Ninefox Gambit, even a few phrases lifted directly and jarringly from Star Wars. Too full of horror to be a comfort read and not detailed enough to be transporting horror, Hullmetal Girls is stuck in a strange in-between place — while still being exactly the kind of book I’m glad to see enter the science fiction YA canon. 

      The main push of the story starts with Aisha Un-Haad, the anxious and devout daughter of a low-District (read: lower class) starship in a fleet organized in social tiers. In order to earn enough money to treat her younger brother’s disease, she joins the Scela, super-soldiers augmented with hullmetal and artificial intelligence. She’s joined by Key Tanaka, a judgmental upper-tier girl who can’t remember why she decided to undergo the painful and dangerous modifications required to join the corps.

      From the beginning, the pacing is a bit odd; the reader is thrown into the (fascinating and gruesome) augmentation process with hardly enough time to get to know Aisha or her family. The first half of the book is primarily concerned with Scela training, which I found to be surprisingly slow for how excellent the actual science fiction was. The augmentation is horrific and vividly described, but the recovery feels rushed. 

      Skrutskie’s super soldiers are impossible to mistake for human; I love the descriptions of metal skeletons so bulky the characters can’t turn their heads. Ports along their jaws and the scar-tissue-bounded ridge of the AI connection make the Scela look alien, a fact that the main characters never fail to remember even if the cover illustration seems to have forgotten. The persistent discomfort and joy the characters get from their modifications was one of my favorite aspects of the book, explored on both an emotional and physical level in a way that felt like a cool and careful response to the super soldier genre.

      The corps camaraderie comes across too, and I loved seeing characters enjoying their newfound strength. The AI called exos are almost characters in their own right in an interesting way, their alien impulses and toothy self-preservation providing some of the novels’ most interesting texture. I love the idea that young women reading science fiction will know it’s a place where angry, scarred girls can get super powers and navigate tough moral choices. 

      However, those characters are exactly why reading this book was slow for me. Chapters switched back and forth between the two voices. Compounding the feeling that I didn’t have enough information about either of them, the two voices sound very similar despite their different reactions to things. Even with their names signposted at the beginning of the chapters, I found myself losing track of whose perspective I was reading. Their history lacks warmth and detail, and the resolution of Key’s memory loss looks extraordinarily similar to a different blockbuster YA protagonist. The worldbuiding in the starships is far less interesting than the exosystem between the characters’ ears. Instead of gradually showing the world-building, information is doled out in a way that feels a bit too polished, a bit artificial. 

      Sometimes, the exosystem functions conveniently, with characters sometimes struggling to hide their thoughts and other times switching in and out of the mind-meld comfortably. More explanation of this might have been distracting, but combined with the prose — unexciting if technically varied — and the strangely muted pacing in the beginning, it took me out of the story even more without an explanation. A major plot point that I thought would connect to the rest of the narrative fizzled out, even though it was a key part of Aisha’s motivation in the first place. Even by the end there wasn’t enough detail about the world for Aisha’s family to feel real, and we never really meet Key’s. 

      The writing style is clean and punchy, but the use of first person dilutes rather than enhances it, smoothing out strong verbs and emotional insights into a lulling train of thought. The voices drag instead of kicking the momentum into gear, even when the scenes themselves are dramatically satisfying. About halfway through, the stakes and drama rise and the story becomes more compelling. Action scenes are breathless, and both characters are allowed to fully feel and act on their justified anger. The lack of underlying detail means that Aisha and Key’s emotional resolution feels thin, even as it sits neatly within an action scene I’d love to see on screen. 

      This novel is so very close to what I wanted it to be that to say otherwise is uncomfortable. I loved the characters as ideas rather than people and, to a degree, that’s fine — especially for someone unfamiliar with the super soldier subgenre, Hullmetal Girls could be an exciting and empowering story. But "empowering" does not make up for world-building that seems partially lifted from The Hunger Games. I respect it and hope it’s exactly the story someone else needs, but I’m not entirely sure I enjoyed it. 

      Read Hull Metal Girls. For more science fiction books out in July 2018, check out our full list.


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      As Batwoman draws to a close, love might be in the air...

      NewsJim Dandy
      Jul 16, 2018

      John Rauch is a clever guy. Rauch, Fernando Blanco's colorist on Batwoman, is a critical part of the atmosphere of Blanco's art. So much of the tension in the last issue was from his oranges, yellows and purples as the virus was being spread in Gotham. But that's not what made him jump out at me in this preview of Batwoman#17 that DC sent us. What was the most striking thing about it was the bottom middle panel on the last page of the preview. Rotating cameras happen all the time in comics - here, Kate, Julia and Kate's sister Beth, rescued by Batwoman last issue, are sitting having breakfast. Beth is still in posession of a personality graft from the Religion of Crime, so she's in some kind of chamber apart from Julia and Kate.

      Normally, when the camera swings around, you don't see a color change based on the perspective. You don't even really think about the persective - in one panel, I'm looking at person A's face, in the next, Person B and there's no reason to ground the room with a sense of place. However, here the color changes and indicates that the camera is actually on the inside of the cell with Beth.

      That really good, and something I only noticed because Rauch's color pallette was so effective and evocative in the last two issues that I started paying attention to it. In comics, adequate coloring is like good refereeing - you don't notice it. But good coloring can move good art to the next level, and that's clearly what's happening on Batwoman. Also, as the series wraps up over the next two issues, it looks like we get to spend some time with Kate and Renee Montoya, one of the fated couples in comics history. That's also very good. Here's what DC has to say about the issue.

      BATWOMAN #17 written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
      art by FERNANDO BLANCO
      cover by DAN PANOSIAN
      variant cover by MICHAEL CHO
      Kate Kane's latest assignment is leaving her cold-it's a cold case that forces her to team up with GCPD Detective Renee Montoya, and which, as usual, has Gotham City running out of time. Is this the start of a beautiful crime-fighting partnership? No spoilers, but expect sparks and punches to fly!

      For moreon why coloring is so important to good comics, read these preview pages and then stick with Den of Geek!


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      The trailer The Darkest Minds hints this won't be just another teen YA movie.

      Trailers Kayti Burt
      Jul 16, 2018

      On the surface, The Darkest Minds might look like just another franchise-hopeful YA adaptation (or an X-Menmovie), but this is not just another Hunger Games ripoff... though it does star Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg in the lead role. 

      Stenberg stars as Ruby, a 16-year-old in a world where 98 percent of the kids have been killed by a plague. The remaining children have developed supernatural powers, and have been labeled as threats by the government. Each child is designated a different color to distinguish their threat level—yes, just like our real-world color-coded terrorist threat level.

      The not-so-subtle similarities between the world of The Darkest Minds and our own don't stop there. The movie based on the Alexandra Bracken novel sees the kids band together to create a collective, youth-of-color-led resistance movement similar to the ones we have begun to see from our own youth. From the looks of the first trailer, this movie might tap into something that's happening right now.

      The Darkest Minds Trailer

      A new trailer for The Darkest Minds has arrived! The new clip focuses on the arc of powers-discovering protagonist Ruby (Amandla Stenberg), who is depicted experiencing some non-Thanos-related dusting.

      You can check out the first trailer below:

      Here's the official synopsis:

      When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

      The Darkest Minds Release Date

      The Darkest Minds is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2). It opens in theaters on August 3rd.

      The Darkest Minds Cast

      In addition to Stenberg, The Darkest Minds also stars Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Harris Dickinson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech, Patrick Gibson, Golden Brooks, and Wallace Langham.


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      Mark Russell resurrects Huckleberry Hound in this new batch of crossovers

      NewsJim Dandy
      Jul 17, 2018

      Just ahead of San Diego Comic Con, DC announced a new wave of their inexplicably successful Hanna Barbera/DC Universe crossovers.

      The unquestionable highlight of the new batch is Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound. This one-shot will be written by and I can't believe I'm typing this, long time Huckleberry Hound writer Mark Russell. Russell, who has won ongoing critical acclaim for his work on Prezand The Flintstones, has been most recently working on The Snagglepuss Chronicles, a startlingly accurate and interesting history of the American gay community that cast the titular large pink cat as a gay southern playwright in 50s New York City, while his best friend, Huckleberry Hound, carries on a relationship with a closeted police officer Quick Draw McGraw. I am continually amazed at the things that get published as part of this line. It's even crazier that they're so good. The new book resurrects Huckleberry Hound and places him in the middle of campus protests over Vietnam with John Stewart. Joining Russell on this book is Rick Leonardi (Uncanny X-Men,nearly everything else).

      The other books included in this wave are:

      SUPERMAN/TOP CAT SPECIAL #1

      written by DAN DiDIO

      art and cover by SHANE DAVIS

      variant cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

      It’s Superman versus super food with Top Cat caught in the middle. While searching for his missing friend Bennie, TC uncovers a dietary danger that threatens the healthier portions of mankind, and it’s up to the Man of Steel to stop the probiotic menace of Kalien! In the salad bar, no one can hear you scream.

      DEATHSTROKE/YOGI BEAR SPECIAL #1

      Written by FRANK TIERI

      Art by MARK TEXEIRA

      cover by TYLER KIRKHAM

      variant cover by PAOLO PANTALENA

      In Yellowstone Park, legends speak of a spirit bear referred to as “the Yogi,” which few if any have actually encountered. Real or not, when a bear seems to have graduated from stealing picnic baskets to kidnapping actual campers, Ranger Smith decides it’s time to stop this menace—so he calls on the services of Slade Wilson—a.k.a. Deathstroke—to get the job done.

      NIGHTWING/MAGILLA GORILLA SPECIAL #1

      written by HEATH CORSON

      art by TOM GRUMMETT

      cover by MARCUS TO

      variant cover by JONBOY MEYERS

      When a famous Hollywood talent agent is found brutally murdered, suspicion and evidence seem to point to his most famous client, Oscar winning actor Magilla Gorilla. Dick Grayson, already in Tinseltown to meet with said agent, senses something suspicious. Donning his Nightwing costume and joining forces with the simian suspect, he’s got one night to prove that this monkey doesn’t belong in a cage.

      The latest wave included Brian Hill writing and Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz drawing Hong Kong Phooey/Black Lightning, a note perfect 70s kung fu movie that starred a giant hound as the grizzled Vietnam vet martial artist. And prior to that, we got Batman/Elmer Fuddfrom Tom King and Lee Weeks, a comic that starred Batman and the cartoon hunter that is somehow up for two Eisners.

      For more on inexplicably amazing crossovers or the latest news and updates from San Diego Comic Con 2018, stick with Den of Geek!


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      The pursuit of a powerful resource pits ten teenagers against each other in Scott Reintgen's Nyxiad Triad.

      NewsBridget LaMonica
      Jul 17, 2018

      This post was sponsored by Penguin Random House. The views expressed in the article were not influenced by this sponsorship.

      "The ultimate weapon. The ultimate prize. Winner takes all." So says the tagline for Nyxia, the first novel in a three-part young adult series by Scott Reintgen. With the second installment in the series, Nyxia Unleashed, about to hit bookshelves, we're taking the time to catch readers new and old up on what went down in The Nyxiad Triad's riveting debut.

      In the world of The Nyxiad Triad, teenagers are gathered from around the world to compete for a chance to mine an incredible resource on an alien world. The corporation funding this operation, Babel Communications, dangles quite the tantalizing prize in front of them: For the cost of working for a short time and being away from home for a couple years, these kids and their families will be set financially—around $50 thousand a month for life. Of course, there are a few catches, and not all is as it seems aboard Babel’s ship Genesis 11.

      Emmett is the lens through which this story is told. He’s a bright young man from Detroit who is tempted by the monetary compensation Babel offers. His mother is chronically ill. With the money, he can provide a better life for his family. Emmett also seeks to validate the family name. He carries with himself a token from their past: a key made to open the chains of a former slave ancestor. With this opportunity, he hopes to have a success story as his legacy.

      Babel Communications brings together kids from many different walks of life: Emmett is from Detroit, Michigan. Bilal is from Palestine, Kaya and Katsu from Japan, Jasmin from Tennessee, Azima from Kenya, Jaime from Switzerland, Isadora from Brazil, Longwei from China, and Roathy from the Triarch Empire. Thanks to Babel’s nyxia-enabled technology, they can all easily converse with each other.

      Emmett explained early in the book about the origin of the name Babel: "I don’t know much about the Bible, but I do remember the story of Babel. I always thought it was weird. God scatters the people and gives them different languages. Babel Communications has gathered the peoples of Earth and reversed it. There’s something sacred to our easy, borderless conversation. Either something sacred or something forbidden."

      There’s definitely some Biblical allusions in the book. Babel Communications is the most obvious metaphor. They provide the international crew and contestants with devices so they can easily understand each other, completely antithesis to the Tower of Babel story. And of course, the end goal is to reach Eden, the planet which contains the only known source of nyxia.

      Nyxia is a well composed novel, easily accessible to casual readers as it is quick-paced and packed with action, but also conscious of the classic science fiction lover. There’s not a lot of heavy descriptions here, and in fact sometimes I think we miss a line or two of needed description as I had to go back at least twice to re-read a paragraph and see whom I missed entering a room or joining a fight.

      This is a large cast of characters, who we only meet more of during the journey to Eden, but Reintgen does an admirable job giving our characters easily identifiable character traits, so they were no longer just names on a page but people with complicated lives. As Emmett grows close to the ever-friendly Bilal and the adventurous Kaya, we also grow close to them.

      At the center of this story is nyxia. Nyxia is without a specific form, resembling a black stone until someone forces their will to shape it. Nyxia is an impressive, powerful and dangerous tool. During the story, it is used to make translation gear, form deadly weapons, and shaped into any number of obstacles or whatever the situation requires. It’s almost too powerful, the Mary Sue of tools, and so it needs some boundaries to make it somewhat believable. For one, it can’t be transformed into water. And also, the nyxia is limited by the strength of its user. If someone is not ready to manipulate nyxia, they are in peril of being manipulated themselves.

      Read Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

      There’s a couple instances in which we see how dangerous the nyxia can be. In one quick scene, the kids are given the task to manipulate larger and larger pieces of the material until they collapse. Emmett prides himself on getting further along than a competitor until it’s his turn to feel the negative effects.

      “Pride comes before the fall…” Emmett describes, echoing another Biblical sentiment. “Something outside me pushes its way in. Claws explore the deepest places, touch the parts of me I will never see. In that impossible dark, I see a face…”

      Nyxia is described as having an inner pulse, an alluring temptation. In this instance, it is personified and we truly see it as more than a sculpting material to be used by a powerful will. Sometimes, it forces its will right back. It’s a bit nightmarish, and makes me wonder if we’ll be exploring the substance’s hidden personality in the next volume Nyxia Unleashed.

      To me, nyxia represents temptation. It’s raw, unchecked power and the greed of Babel Communications (and the greed they in turn inspire in these teens) is what forces some truly awful consequences.

      Three quarters of the way through the book, the stakes for the kids aboard Genesis 11 change drastically. It wouldn’t be fair to spoil that here. Just know that, around this point in the book, Emmett has every reason to be very suspicious of Babel’s motives and methods.

      The story takes us through some significant twists. It goes from a simple competition to a dark world of corruption and mistrust. We see characters like Jaime and Roathy and Isadora change greatly over the course of the story, for better or worse. The antagonists are not always clear-cut. The only truth is that there is always something underneath it all, like the mysterious force that exists within the nyxia itself.

      Read Nyxia: Unleashed by Scott Reintgen

      Nyxia works for me because it doesn’t talk down to its readers. It is aware that teens live complicated lives, are insightful and aware of their surroundings, and can fall victim to the vices of greed and avarice just like adults. Best yet, our main guy Emmett is not always the best person. He tries to be, but he has some moments in which he describes himself as a destructive black hole. He knows he is capable of great harm if he lets loose, but he tries desperately to keep that in check.

      Mistakes are made. Promises are broken. The pursuit of this seemingly magical nyxia is at the center of it all, but to what lengths is this group of teens willing to go in order to get the payday of their dreams? You’ll have to check out the book to find out. With the next installment about to drop, it's the perfect time to dive into The Nyxia Triad.

      The second book in the Nyxia Triad series, Nyxia Unleashed, will be published July 17, 2018. 


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      The Den of Geek Book Club is a place to geek out about our favorite science fiction, fantasy, and horror books.

      FeatureKayti Burt
      Jul 17, 2018

      Join the Den of Geek Book Club! Featuring book giveaways and exclusive author interviews, this is a place to recommend, discuss, and obsess over the best current and classic fantasy, science fiction, and horror books. 

      Join us in discussing our latest pick...

      July/August: Heroine's Journey by Sarah Kuhn

      The third book in Sarah Kuhn's ridiculously fun Heroine Complex series, Heroine's Journey follows Bea Tanaka, the younger sister of Heroine Complex protagonist Evie Tanaka. An aspiring twenty-something superheroine who just wants to stop being treated like a kid and be allowed to help save the Bay Area alongside Evie and Evie's superhero partner-best friend Aveda Jupiter, Bea has the power to influence other's emotions—also, sometimes, when she screams, she blows things up. 

      In the Heroine Complex world, Kuhn has created an alternate San Fran where a demon opened an Otherworld portal 13 years prior, setting into motion a series of events that led to the creation of other local portals through which demons can come into our world and the development of a human population with otherworldly powers of their own. Bea, Evie, and Aveda are three of those humans, and are part of a superhero team that would give the Scooby gang a run for its found family money.

      You don't need to have read the previous two books in the series, centered around Evie and Aveda respectively, to enjoy this world. Kuhn has crafted a story filled with whip smart dialogue, complex female relationships, romance, silly yet dangerous demons, and Asian American superhero representation that works for the casual and more completist reader alike. Fair warning, though: If you go into this one blind, you will find yourself going back to read the other two installments. That's just the way the demon cupcake crumbles.

      Come discuss Heroine's Journey and other speculative fiction picks over at the Den of Geek Book Club, and stay tuned for more Heroine's Journey-related treats in the coming month!

      Read Heroine's Journey by Sarah Kuhn

      June/July: Brief Cases by Jim Butcher

      Brief Cases, a collection of several of Butcher's excellent short stories and novellas from within the universe of Harry Dresden, is a delight for new and old Dresden Files fans alike. Centered around the theme of parenting, the stories in the collection range from a prequel set in the Old West to a Rashomon-style tale of Harry discovering a warlock at the zoo.

      You can read our full review of Brief Cases here, or head over to the Den of Geek Book Club to discuss the book. We're also giving away a complete set of the Dresden Files books, if you're looking to add to your own collection. Find out how to enter here.

      Read Brief Cases by Jim Butcher

      May/June Pick: Ship It by Britta Lundin

      Riverdale is one of Den of Geek's favorite shows, so when we heard one of its writers was coming out with her debut novel, you better believe we put it on our must-read list.

      Britta Lundin's Ship It is the story of a teen fanfiction writer, Claire, who is pulled into the behind-the-scenes world of her favorite TV show, and Forest, one of the show's male leads who understands absolutely nothing about fandom. Ship It is an exploration of fandom, queerness, TV creation, and love in its many forms. Read our full review here, then check out our podcast interview with Lundin.

      Join the Ship It discussion over on the Den of Geek Book Club Goodreads page.

      April/May Pick: The Power by Naomi Alderman

      Imagine a world that completely flips the balance of power when it comes to gender. This is the setting for The Power, Naomi Alderman's 2016 science fiction novel set in a world in which women develop the ability to shoot electric jolts from their fingertips, leading to their dominance as a gender.

      As Delia Harrington notes in a review for Den of Geek, The Power is a vital read for a time in which some falsely claim that women have stolen all of the power from men. President Obama named this one of this favorite books of 2017, and the book somehow feels even more relevant now than it did when it was published just two long years ago.

      If you're into The Handmaid's Tale, then check out the novel that has been called "our era's Handmaid's Tale." Then head over to the Den of Geek Book Club Goodreads page to discuss.

      March/April Pick: Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

      Children of Blood and Bone is the first book in the West African-inspired fantasy series Legacy of Orisha. The debut from 24-year-old Tomi Adeyemi made waves when it was bought by Macmillan for a reported seven-figure sum.

      The story follows Zelie, a girl who lost her mother in the purge of magic executed by Orisha's totalitarian ruler, Saran. In the first book, Zelie sets out to restore magic to the land and take down Saran, with a little help from her friends: a giant lionaire, her older brother Tzain, and Princess Amari. Prince Inan, another protagonist in the book, pursues Zelie as she undergoes her quest, torn between his family and, you know, doing the right thing.

      Read our full review of Children of Blood and Bone.

      Children of Blood and Bone is a promising start to a new young adult fantasy series that is set to take the world by storm. Head over to our Den of Geek Book Club page to join the discussion!

      February/March Pick: All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

      All Our Wrong Todays is a time travel novel where the "wrong" timeline is our own. When protagonist Tom Barren travels back in time using his father's technology, he changes the world from a utopia where the problems of war, poverty, and under-ripe avocados have been solved, into, well, this one. By centering our timeline as the "wrong" one, author Elan Mastai subverts many of the classic time travel narrative trope, giving us a fresh science fiction novel for anyone who worries they're living in the darkest timeline.

      You can read our full review of the book herecheck out our interview with author Elan Mastai, then head over to our Den of Geek Book Club page to join the discussion!

      January/February Pick: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

      Binti by Nnedi Okorafor is a Hugo Award-winning novella about a young African woman who leaves her home on Earth for the first time to attend an intergalactic university on another planet. On the voyage, something goes terribly wrong, forcing Binti to rely on her mathematic skills and her culture to survive.

      Learn more about Binti and Nnedi Okorafor's other work.

      The Afrofuturist space adventure novella is unlike anything I have ever read, coming from one of the most exciting authors working in science fiction right now. The story continues in two follow-up novellas already published.

      Head over to our Den of Geek Book Club page to join in the discussion! 


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      The Den of Geek SDCC 2018 Special Edition features an exclusive look at the world of the Aquaman movie and much more!

      News Den of Geek Staff
      Jul 17, 2018

      The King of Atlantis is ready for his big moment! Den of Geek is proud to reveal Aquaman as the cover story of our 2018 San Diego Comic-Con special edition magazine, featuring an exclusive, first-look at previously unrevealed characters in the upcoming Warner Bros. film.

      Our Aquaman cover was inspired by an illustration from DC Comics artists Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Marcelo Maiolo. “The inspiration behind this original work was those classic comic book covers that gave the reader a look at the characters involved in the story and also hints of, and a feel for, their worlds,” Aquaman producer Peter Safran says. “It was commissioned by James Wan in the very early R and D stages of pre-production, as he was beginning to define the worlds in which our film would live. It was not originally intended to be a one sheet, but we all loved it so much that we had the idea to transform it into a photorealistic version and use it as a poster.”

      Sergio Grisanti of Little Giant Studios re-envisioned the art photorealistically to create the movie-accurate renditions of the characters you see here. Check it out...

      The cover features Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen in the iconic Black Manta helmet, and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna. It also gives fans their first look at Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, as well as several of the other mysterious kingdoms of Atlantis, including the first look at the terrifying undersea race, the Trench.

      Check it out...

      Our Aquaman cover story features interviews with star Jason Momoa, director James Wan, and producer Peter Safran, as they discuss the development of the movie, the challenges of bringing a character like Arthur Curry to life, and where it fits in the Warner Brothers' DC Universe movies.

      The glossy, 68-page collector’s edition Den of Geek magazine will be distributed at San Diego Comic-Con from Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 22. The magazine also features in-depth previews and interviews for Better Call Saul, The Predator, Castle Rock, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, and Equalizer 2. A digital version of the magazine will be available to read for free on DenofGeek.com beginning on July 18. Click here to view previous digital issues of Den of Geek magazine.

      Den of Geek will have its largest presence ever at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con with a team of writers and video producers bringing fans up to the minute coverage of the show, a launch party celebrating the release of our latest print edition, and exclusive interview opportunities with talent at the Den of Geek Interview Suite at the OMNI Hotel.

      Den of Geekand TOR Books will present a special invite-only happy hour on Thursday, July 19, at the Horton Grand Hotel.

      You can find Den of Geek contributors moderating key panels during the show. Video reporter Bevin will moderate the Van Helsing panel on Thursday, July 19 at 4:00 p.m. in the Indigo Ballroom. Associate editor Kayti Burt will moderate the Wynonna Earp panel on Saturday, July 21 at 6:45 p.m. in Convention Center room 6DE, as well as Tor's #FearlessWomen panel on Thursday, July 19 at 3 p.m. in the Horton Grand Theatre. Culture reporter Alejandro Rojas will give a special presentation on MARS during Nerd Nite with National Geographic on Friday, July 20 at 8:00 p.m. at the Hotel Solamar.

      Follow us on social media for all the breaking news coming out of SDCC! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


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      Empress will arrive as part of Netflix's inaugural slate of Mark Millar adaptation projects.

      News Joseph Baxter
      Jul 17, 2018

      When it comes to Mark Millar’s upcoming project, Empress, we could be seeing the next phase of the comic book movie renaissance. In what seemed like an unprecedented move, the comic movie adaptation went into development before the release of the comic title it adapts. However, a lot has changed since then, notably Netflix's acquisition of Millarworld.

      Millar’s Empress project has been a heralded topic in the comic book world for the last few years, showcasing an embattled female lead amidst a Jack-Kirby, New Gods-esque dynamic of the political power struggles of intergalactic titans. Millar's comic title, illustrated by Stuart Immonen, launched in 2016 with the first of a six-issue miniseries trilogy.

      In the latest news, the Empressmovie has officially landed on Netflix's first slate of Millarworld adaptation projects, capitalizing on the streaming giant's 2017 acquisition of Mark Millar's publishing brand. Writer Lindsey Beer, who worked on upcoming comedy Sierra Burgess is a Loser, as well as the 2019-scheduled Tom Holland/Daisy Ridley sci-fi film, Chaos Walking, will adapt Empress, joined by producers Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum (The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Maleficent).

      Here's Netflix's official plot description:

      Queen Emporia is married to (literally) the worst dictator in the galaxy, King Morax. After escaping his palace with her children, Emporia and her family, must hide from Morax and his army at all costs -- even if it takes teleporting from planet to planet to avoid them.

      This is first substantive development on the Empress movie front since 2016, when Millar – before the Netflix acquisition – was teasing that he'd already cast the film's lead actress, supplemented by a photo of a scarf-covered woman. While Anne Hathaway seemed to be the dominant guess amongst the inquisitive fandom, other names like Krysten Ritter, Charlize Theron, Alicia Vikander (and, jokingly, Eddie Redmayne) were also in the pool. 

      Of course, the mystery actress tease turned out to be a stunt and the woman in the photo wasn't even an actress.

      However, one aspect from the mystery actress debacle that still needs to be considered is that Millar had previously gone on record, touting how the role of Empress will distinguish itself by addressing a controversy in Hollywood when it comes to an unrepresented demographic in over-40 actresses. As Millar told ComicBoook.com, “There aren't really that many action roles for 40-year-old actresses when you think about it so I think that’s what’s caused a lot of the excitement among the various actresses hearing about this. It’s going to be a really fun part for a movie-star.”

      With that idea in place, another sphere of speculation could still point to an actress such as Angelina Jolie. Such an idea would be supplemented by the poeticism behind Jolie (no stranger to action movies,) reuniting with Millar after their successful collaboration in 2008’s Wanted. Of course, opinions still vary on the identity of the woman in the photo.

      Regardless, Empress will be an amalgamation of several dramatic tropes, evoking an aura of the court of Flash Gordon evil overlord, Ming the Merciless while grounding itself in the relatable drama in the struggle of its embattled title character. While on the surface, Empress is the wife and mother of three children to a powerful and cruel interplanetary tyrant named King Morax who appears complicit in his sadistic stewardship, she secretly plots an escape with her children.

      With the help of a brave bodyguard, they risk everything in this elaborate estrangement plot. Of course, the mythology comes with an obligatory twist: The planet in question, is Earth… 65 million years ago! Of course, Empress is, by no means a dainty damsel in distress on an ancient Earth and will be showcasing some impressive powers and fighting skills of her own. In fact, she seems akin the archetype of Kirby’s Big Barda as a super-powered former intergalactic agent of tyranny to Darkseid who grows a conscience and breaks free.

      Whichever high-profile actress (in or nearing her 40’s) has actually nabbed the role for Empress, it certainly sounds like a fascinating project. If anything, its shocking, cart-before-the-horse, preemptive movie rollout strategy highlights how far the comic book film genre has come. We shall see what develops on Apr. 6 with the big reveal!


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      What if Peter Parker was the Punisher? What if Flash Thompson was Spider-Man? New stories are coming as well as dollar classics!

      News Gavin Jasper
      Jul 18, 2018

      Marvel’s What If series has been a regular and then semi-regular thing since debuting back in 1977. With over 200 issues, the alternate history take on Marvel’s heroes, villains, and stories have gone in all sorts of crazy directions. We’ve gotten such wacky concepts as Jane Foster as Thor, Spider-Man’s clone surviving his initial storyline, Bucky Barnes as Captain America, Deadpool wearing the Venom symbiote, Elektra not being dead, everyone knowing that Daredevil is blind, Hulk becoming a barbarian, Spider-Man not being married to Mary Jane, General Ross becoming the Hulk, and...

      Huh.

      Well, they were far-fetched back then.

      What Ifwent from two lengthy on-goings to the occasional annual batch of releases. The last batch came at the end of 2015 with a handful of stories based on the events of Infinity. I’m happy to have two pieces of great news as not only are there new What Ifissues coming out this October, but they are character-based and not revolving around a specific event. Because Marvel’s recent events have been very not so good.

      We start out on October 3 with Gerry Conway and Diego Olortegui giving us What If? Spider-Man #1. The idea is simple: What if the radioactive spider took a bite out of Flash Thompson instead of Peter Parker?

      What If has actually tackled this topic on two separate occasions, albeit back before Flash was depicted as a heroic character on the reg. One issue showed him as a superhero who died due to his focus on physical prowess to the point that he never had any gadgets (ie. webbing) to back him up. The other issue had the power go to his head, leading to a situation where a powerless Peter Parker had to turn himself into a Doc Ock type to defeat him.

      The same week gives us What If? X-Men #1, which is...um...a thing. Bryan Edward Hill, Neil Edwards, and Giannis Milonogiannis join together to give us a tale about a society living inside the internet where mutants can do it for free. I think? In this reality, Xavier leads the .EXE/Men and Domino looks all Ghost in a Shell.

      Yeah, I don’t know. This will probably look really embarrassing in ten years.

      On October 10, Carl Potts and Juanan Ramirez do What If? The Punisher #1. In this world, the death of Uncle Ben drives Peter Parker down a dark path that includes wearing a skull insignia on his shirt and killing bad guys.

      The closest we got to something like this in the older What If comics were a comic about Spider-Man beating the burglar to death and feeling all guilty about it and a story about Spider-Man and Wolverine becoming heroic mercenaries. Though there was a comic about the Punisher wearing the Venom symbiote and rocking the similar wrist guns.

      October 17 brings us a Sebastian Griner and Caspar Wijngaard collaboration with What If? Ghost Rider #1. I...have no idea what this is actually about. I think it’s some crossover with an actual yet-to-be-named Nordic metal band or something and it’s using the current version of the character. If anything, it’s supposed to play up how utterly metal the character is, so we’ll see how that pays off.

      What If? Thor #1 will be brought to us on October 24, by Michele Bandini and Marco Checchetto. A rather novel idea that I’m surprised hasn’t been used yet: the Frost Giants defeated Odin and Asgard, only to adopt young Thor. Now Thor is the odd-god-out instead of Loki and we’ll see what all that entails.

      Lastly, on October 31, we get What If? Magik #1by Leah Williams and Filipe Andrade. The idea is that in regular continuity, Magik has had a rough and ridiculous life as a magical mutant superhero, so in this reality, after escaping Limbo, she decides to nope her way out of anything to do with the X-Men and find a different path.

      Not only that, but Marvel will be rereleasing a whole bunch of classic What If issues under the "True Believers" banner. All of these babies for a dollar:

      • What If the Avengers Had Fought Evil During the 1950s?
      • What If Jane Foster Had Found the Hammer of Thor?
      • What If the Alien Costume Had Possessed Spider-Man?
      • What If Spider-Man Had Rescued Gwen Stacy?
      • What If the Fantastic Four Had Not Gained Their Powers?
      • What If Dr. Doom Had Become a Hero?
      • What If Kraven the Hunter Had Killed Spider-Man?
      • What If the Silver Surfer Possessed the Infinity Gauntlet?
      • What If Legion Had Killed Magneto?
      • What If the Fantastic Four Had Different Super-Powers?

      Outside of that one about the Fantastic Four not getting their powers, those are all solid stories.

      In the meantime, feel free to read this big-ass list I wrote about the top 100 What If moments.

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    • 07/18/18--14:07: Our 2018 Eisner Awards Picks
    • We pick the 2018 Eisner Awards winners so you... can pick against us because we're usually wrong.

      NewsJim Dandy
      Jul 18, 2018

      Happy real Nerdprom, everyone! This year’s Eisner Awards will be a gathering of comic industry luminaries, and unlike the frauds at the White House Correspondents Association, these nerds are people you’ll actually want to hang out with. Last year’s big winner, Saga, is still going strong, but missed out on the nominations in 2018, so we’re looking forward to some new faces on at the podium. We took a look at a handful of headline categories to try and predict who we think will (or would like to see) win.

      Best Continuing Series

      • Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and David Rubín (Dark Horse)
      • Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Liz Fleming (BOOM! Box)
      • Hawkeye, by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, and Mike Walsh (Marvel)
      • Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
      • The Wicked + The Divine, by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (Image)

      Black Hammeris incredible, and Giant Days is great all-ages fare, but we picked it last year and you know the old saying - “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me...you can’t fool me again.” Takeda and Liu have built a rich, beautiful fantasy world that’s is a great wonderful gateway into comics for people new to comics. Monstress is also a rich, rewarding read for long-time comics fans.

      Best Limited Series

      • Black Panther: World of Wakanda, by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alitha E. Martinez (Marvel)
      • Extremity, by Daniel Warren Johnson (Image/Skybound)
      • The Flintstones, by Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, Rick Leonardi, and Scott Hanna (DC)
      • Mister Miracle, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (DC)
      • X-Men: Grand Design, by Ed Piskor (Marvel)

      This category is impossible. Every one of these comics is amazing and should win. Grand Design has all the charm and effective storytelling that Hip-Hop Family Tree had, but with all the garbage X-Men continuity that I love. World of Wakanda brought fresh new voices to the exceptional world that Ta-Nehisi Coates crafted. And while Mister Miracle is a mortal lock for our best comics of 2018, I’m going to skip it because its best issue so far (#7, the childbirth one) came out in March. Flintstones had absolutely no business being as good as it was, but it was the fastest, funniest satire in almost any medium in 2017.

      Best New Series

      • Black Bolt, by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward (Marvel)
      • Grass Kings, by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins (BOOM! Studios)
      • Maestros, by Steve Skroce (Image)
      • Redlands, by Jordie Belaire and Vanesa Del Rey (Image)
      • Royal City, by Jeff Lemire (Image)

      Nearly every Marvel comic nominated for an Eisner that isn’t a limited series has already been canceled, and Black Bolt is the best of the bunch. I bet the Eisners don’t miss a chance to send a message to Marvel about their publishing strategy.

      Best Humor Publication

      • Baking with Kafka, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)
      • Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1, by Tom King, Lee Weeks, and Byron Vaughn (DC)
      • The Flintstones, by Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, Rick Leonardi, and Scott Hanna (DC)
      • Rock Candy Mountain, by Kyle Starks (Image)
      • Wallace the Brave, by Will Henry (Andrews McMeel)

      Batman/Elmer Fudd is jet black film noir turned into a comic book that happens to feature a filthy Tweety Bird as a gangster, Bugs Bunny as a down-on-his-luck mob lowlife drinking carrot juice at a bar, and Elmer Fudd hunting Batman for stealing his girlfriend. It didn’t really strike me until I read the nominations that it was actually a humor publication, though.

      Best Graphic Album—New

      • Crawl Space, by Jesse Jacobs (Koyama Press)
      • Eartha, by Cathy Malkasian (Fantagraphics)
      • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
      • Stages of Rot, by Linnea Sterte (Peow)
      • The Story of Jezebel, by Elijah Brubaker (Uncivilized Books)

      Emil Ferris’ comic is the best comics debut I’ve ever read. The craft involved in its creation is incredible. If I had to pick a big winner for the Eisners, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters and Ferris nominated for best coloring, lettering and best writer/artist,seems poised to clean up.

      Best Writer

      • Tom King, Batman, Batman Annual #2, Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1, Mister Miracle (DC)
      • Matt Kindt, Grass Kings (BOOM! Studios); Ether (Dark Horse); Eternity, X-O Manowar (Valiant)
      • Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer (Dark Horse); Descender (Image)
      • Marjorie Liu, Monstress (Image)
      • Mark Russell, The Flintstones (DC)

      The body of King’s work over the last year should be what pushes him over the edge. Kindt is maybe the best writer at Valiant, and the Divinity/Eternity cycle is one of my favorite books they’ve put out, but King has been unbelievably good, and probably deserves to win on the strength of Mister Miracle alone..

      Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

      • Isabelle Arsenault, Louis Undercover (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi)
      • Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)
      • Gary Gianni, Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea (Dark Horse)
      • Ramón K. Perez, Jane (Archaia)
      • David Rubín, Black Hammer #9 & #12, Ether, Sherlock Frankenstein #1–3 (Dark Horse); Beowulf (Image)

      Ramon Perez is on the verge of being a superstar. His Nova was an outstanding book full of energy and vibrant characters. Jane, giving him a full graphic novel’s worth of pages to tell an art house romance adaptation of Jane Eyre, is as close to Eisner-bait as you can get.

      Best Cover Artist

      • Jorge Corona, No. 1 with a Bullet (Image)
      • Nick Derington, Mister Miracle (DC); Doom Patrol (DC Young Animal)
      • Brian Stelfreeze, Black Panther (Marvel)
      • Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)
      • Julian Totino Tedesco, Hawkeye (Marvel)

      This is a tough category to handicap, but it feels like Tedesco will win here. No covers are as well matched to the books’ interiors as his Hawkeye covers about Kate Bishop’s adventures.

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      What does it take to write Superman? Brian Michael Bendis tells us the secret.

      InterviewMike Cecchini
      Jul 18, 2018

      Brian Michael Bendis believes in Superman. Twenty-five years into a comics career that includes a massive 17-year stretch with Marvel Comics, the writer moved to DC Comics. And like Jack Kirby and John Byrne, two other former Marvel creators who built new legacies at DC, Bendis went to work on the Man of Steel.

      “I wrote this seven-page Superman manifesto,” Bendis says. “I took a couple of months to really rediscover the character, not as a fan but as a co-author, as a steward. I dove in and found things that were truthful to me and things that surprised me about my connection to the character.”

      That “manifesto” covered story ideas, new characters like the villainous Rogol Zaar, plans to give Metropolis a more pronounced identity, and more. But the key is always getting Superman right.

      “The world has become so chaotic, and the news is sometimes so hateful and depressing that we're not hearing a lot of hopeful stuff,” Bendis says. “I've been handed the character whose job is to remind you to be hopeful, through his actions and presence. I get to live in his skin and write him and remind everyone that the world is a great place worth saving and worth helping.”

      Bendis doesn’t buy the idea that a character as powerful as Superman isn’t relevant to modern audiences. “People feel that Superman is all powerful, so you can't relate to him. But he's all powerful and he's choosing to do the right thing with every breath he takes. That’s an almost impossible goal. As a member of society, isn't that what we're all trying to do? I'm writing a Superman reflecting hope in a world that desperately needs it.”

      The writer needed to find some hope on a personal level as well. Shortly after signing with DC Comics, Bendis was diagnosed with an MRSA infection. It was severe enough that he was hospitalized for three weeks, unable to write, and unable to even see for a portion of it. He made a full recovery, but admits “there were some dark days” as he waited for the doctors to release him.

      “Almost every day that I was there, Greg Rucka, who is a dear friend of mine and an underrated Superman writer, sat at the side of my bed and just talked about Superman with me in an almost quiet, meditative way,” Bendis recalls. “It was like he was Superman … It kept me hopeful and optimistic. When I got out of the hospital, I went flying right to my keyboard, because I was desperate to write the stories that you're reading right now.”   

      After a pair of short stories, Bendis’ tenure on Superman officially kicked off with The Man of Steel, a limited series which paired him with a different artist for each issue. “My overall philosophy as a collaborator that I've learned over the years is to not write for myself but to write for the artist, their strengths, their goals, towards what they want,” he says. “Every artist comes at you with a different energy.”

      The Man of Steel introduced a new villain, new supporting characters, and even a new status quo for Clark Kent’s home life. The next phase of the journey is this month’s relaunch of both Superman (with art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado) and Action Comics (with art by Patrick Gleason). Each series will focus on different aspects of Superman lore.

      Action Comics is about Metropolis, The Daily Planet, stories where Clark needs to be Clark and not Superman,” Bendis says. In addition to teasing guest stars like the Question and the Guardian, and an upcoming look at the various secret organizations within the DCU, Action Comics will prominently feature Lois Lane, who was sidelined during The Man of Steel. “There's a mystery with Lois and it is something I'm very excited about,” Bendis says. “Ryan Sook is drawing Action Comics #1004. It's so far the best script I've written for DC and it’s all about Lois and Clark.”

      Superman will take a slightly different approach. “Superman has the biggest adventures [and] the biggest villains,” Bendis says. “The first year of the book is a gigantic story that will land on a huge moment for the DC Universe. I'm very excited about introducing this.”

      The writer is well aware of the legacy built by other creative teams, citing Richard Donner’s Superman movie, Geoff Johns’ work on the character, Alan Moore’s “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow” and others during our conversation. But he’s quick to note more recent contributions too. “Dan Jurgens, who kindly handed the baton to me after a 30-year run, has been so gracious and wonderful,” Bendis says. “And now I'm working with Patrick Gleason [on Action Comics]. His contributions to the Superman family are enormous so having him with me on this is brilliant and has made the transition so much fun. And, of course, Jim Lee was there to hold my hand on the first pages. He was a big deal, and it made it very special.”

      Superman #1 is on sale now. Action Comics #1001 arrives on July 25. 

      Read the Den of Geek SDCC 2018 Special Edition Magazine Here!


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      Your guide to the best science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction out this summer.

      NewsKayti Burt
      Jul 18, 2018

      Summer is the perfect time to curl up with a good science fiction, fantasy, or horror read. There is a lot of speculative fiction to like this summer, but here are our top suggestions for what to dive into this sunny season. From horror in the woods to science fiction in the stars, check out one (or all) of these new classics!

      The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, OUT NOW — William Morrow

      In The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay pairs the home invasion subgenre with apocalyptic themes in this story that begins when a family’s vacation on a remote New Hampshire lake is interrupted by a group of dangerous men who are either trying to end the world or save it.

      Read The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

      Ascendant by Jack Campbell, OUT NOW — Ace Press

      The second book in Jack Campbell’s Genesis Fleet series picks up three years after former fleet officer Rob Geary and former Marine Mele Darcy first stood together to defend the newly-settled colony of Glenlyon. In that time, tensions in human-colonized space have only gotten worse. When Geary decides to take Glenlyon’s last destroyer to protect a diplomatic mission at nearby star Kosatka, they are again pulled into a fight to retain their freedom.

      Read Ascendant by Jack Campbell 

      The Calculating Stars & The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal, OUT NOW — Tor Books

      The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky are two prequels set in the world of The Lady Astronaut of Mars, explaining how a cataclysmic meteor strike accelerated the race to space in the 1950s and 1960s. These books follow pilot and mathematician Elma York in her efforts to become the first astronaut on the moon and, later, Mars.

      Read The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

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      European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss, OUT NOW — Saga Press

      In this sequel to Theodora Goss’ The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the other daughters of literature’s mad scientists are off on an adventure to the Austro-Hungarian Empire in order to save Professor Van Helsing’s daughter, Lucinda, from the nefarious clutches of the Alchemical Society.

      Read European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss

      Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers, July 24 — Harper Voyager

      Introducing us to a new part of the Wayfarers world, Record of a Spaceborn Few follows several humans living as part of the Exodan Fleet, a group of spaceships built when Earth became uninhabitable, on the search for a new long-term home. This book is not plot-driven, but rather an exploration of the society and culture that has built up within this homesteader fleet over many generations—thoughtful science fiction at its best.

      Read Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

      Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas, August 7 — Random House Books for Young Readers

      The latest installment in the DC Icons Series, Catwoman: Soulstealer follows Selina Kyle two years after her escape from the Gotham City slums. In that time, she has transformed herself into the affluent Holly Vanderhees and, with Batman away on a mission, she is ready to take Gotham for herself. Luke Fox (aka Batwing), Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn all feature in this tale of unexpected friendships within a Batman-less Gotham.

      Read Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas 

      Mother of Invention, September — Twelfth Planet Press

      Mother of Invention is an anthology of short stories that challenge conventions of gender and explore issues of artificial intelligence. Writers in this anthology include Jo Anderton, John Chu, Kameron Hurley, Rosaleen Love, Sandra McDonald, Seanan McGuire, E.C. Myers, Justina Robson, Nisi Shawl, Cat Sparks, Bogi Takács, and Kaaron Warren.

      Read Mother of Invention by Twelfth Planet Press

      Further Reading…

      Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn, OUT NOW — Del Rey

      Heroine’s Journey by Sarah Kuhn, OUT NOW — Daw

      The Empire of Ashes by Anthony Ryan, OUT NOW — Ace

      Luna: Moon Rising by Ian McDonald, July 31 — Tor Books

      These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch, Aug. 7 — Balzer + Bray

      Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu, Aug. 14 — Tor Books

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      The showrunner of the best straight X-Men TV show talked Morlocks & the mutant metaphor on screen.

      News Jim Dandy
      Jul 18, 2018

      During The Gifted’s first season, Matt Nix and company hit on many of the things X-Men fans love about the franchise: good guys fighting bigotry and oppression; soapy, complicated interpersonal relationships; and badass power combos. And, like a Blink/Thunderbird teleported Fastball Special, the show’s ability to combine traditions of the comic stories with cultural relevance made it one of the most faithful X-Men adaptations yet.

      Showrunner Matt Nix told us about the core of his story and what to expect from The Gifted Season 2.

      Read the Den of Geek SDCC 2018 Special Edition Magazine Here!

      The Andy/Lauren relationship was the linchpin of season one. Is there going to be a similar hinge in season two’s story?

      Matt Nix: There are a couple big ideas that we're exploring. One is the idea that there are a lot of different ways to fight for freedom, and they are not all necessarily compatible. We didn't want to go into next season doing a good-guys-versus-bad-guys kind of thing because that's not what it's about. We really wanted to explore the different philosophies and perspectives, with the idea that everybody believes in what they're doing and they're going about it in different ways, and they all see themselves as fighting for freedom.    

      Then the other thing is what's more important, your fight or your family? Especially in the relationship between Polaris and Eclipse now that there's a baby in the picture.

      The Morlocks are going to come in in a big way, and Blink's relationship to the Morlocks is going to be a big question. There's a lot of things going on, but we're still exploring the Struckers, especially with what Reed found out about himself last season.

      The Morlocks were always the other side of the X-Men universe in that the X-Men were the good-looking mutant kids who could pass on the surface and for the Morlocks, like for the Resistance in The Gifted, life sucks because they're mutants. Are the Morlocks going to play an amplifying role when you bring them in or are they a separate angle on the mutant story?

      One big question that we're exploring with the Morlocks is the idea of passing. Can you pass in the world above? Obviously if Thunderbird wanted to just go out and be a good-looking guy who happened to be kind of strong he could do that. He could just pretend and pass, but that's not an option for Blink.

      One thing classically about the Morlocks is they're a group onto themselves. They've created this community for themselves and the idea is, hey, if you’re going to live with us, you're going to live by our rules. We’re not running around saving people above the ground, unless it's a pretty specific situation.

      There’s a distinction between the Mutant Underground and the Morlocks that involves the obligation a group has to the wider world. Is a separate peace legit?

      That's a big question that we're going to explore, and the idea that there is a difference between someone who is philosophically committed to your fight but can bail out at any point. Is that person somehow less committed by virtue of not having scales? Or bright green eyes and pointed ears? That's a divide that we're going to explore.

      The mutant metaphor is probably as timely now as it has been in the last 25 years. Did you feel added pressure when you were creating the show because the world around it was creating a feedback loop on the X-Men metaphor?

      Yes, is the short answer. After a big political event, I remember thinking, "Oh, wow. What we do with this show just got more important. How we treat these issues just got more important.”

      In the first season when Thunderbird says we don't stop helping desperate people because one of them might be dangerous, it was not a coincidence. At the same time, though, I do think that one of the things that we've tried to do is we made some efforts to humanize Roderick Campbell and talk about where he was coming from. We don't want to turn it into sort of a straightforward political polemic.

      At the Humanity First conference at the end of last season there's a political consultant who talks about how basically some gun rights advocates are with the mutant cause and some are not. It doesn't line up precisely with our current politics.

      Gay rights has been a huge metaphor in X-Men, and rightly so, but we like the idea that maybe now maybe in our universe some gay rights people are totally down with the mutant cause, and others might be like, "Well, why are we identifying with this group that could be dangerous when we're just trying to live our lives?" So that we're not just saying that mutant rights fall onto a completely traditional left/right divide.

      What are you most excited about for season two?

      I love exploring why the so-called bad guys might be right. That is really exciting to me, so really digging in to some of the new characters that we're going to be exploring and these different philosophies, and really challenging the mutant underground who, in their own mind certainly they've always been the good guys.

      In Grant Morrison’s X-Men run, one of the things that I was really struck by was how Magneto was struggling with what he was doing, and what was right about it and what his goals were and what he really wanted, and the compassion of the bad guys, the ways that bad guys can be motivated by love.

      That's really fun for me, and that is reflected this year in how the Morlocks approach things. Also, we're going to see more of how the Purifiers approach things, and the idea of how essentially good-hearted people who feel they are helping, how can that lead to disaster?

      The Gifted returns to Fox this fall.


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      The Aquaman movie will include the terrifying undersea race known as the Trench. We have the exclusive details here.

      News Mike Cecchini
      Jul 18, 2018

      Aquaman doesn't have the most distinguished rogues' gallery. The undersea world isn't exactly Gotham City in that regard. But the Aquaman movie is bringing the best of his enemies to the big screen. We'll meet Orm, the Ocean Master, Arthur's half-brother and rival (played by Patrick Wilson), and Black Manta (complete with iconic helmet), played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen.

      But the Seven Kingdoms of Atlantis contain other forms of life, and not all of them are friendly. Comic book fans are familiar with The Trench, created by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis in the pages of DC Comics. The Trench are a lost race of Atlanteans who live in the darkest depths of the ocean, and who have evolved accordingly. They look like a cross between humanoid piranha and Stan Winston's Predator design, and their only concern is food. In this case, food can look an awful lot like you or me.

      With James Wan directing the Aquaman movie, the Trench are a natural fit, given his background in horror movies. It wasn't necessarily a lock that characters so new (they first appeared in 2011) would appear in the movie, but you can catch their first official look at them on the cover of our Special Edition San Diego Comic-Con magazine. You can see them in the lower right hand corner...

      “[The Trench] was a fun one for me, because it really lent itself to my horror movie background and it allowed me to bring a slice of what I’m known for into this world,” Aquaman director James Wan says. “I really wanted to capture that the ocean is majestic and magical on the one hand but on the other hand it's a terrifying experience."

      That "terrifying experience" is part of the different elements of the seven kingdoms that make up Atlantis.

      "When we get to see the world of Atlantis it's very magical and high-tech and advanced," Wan continues. "But when we go visit the other kingdoms [some have] devolved over the course of their evolution and they’re much more terrifying like the Trench."

      Among the creatures who have "devolved," Wan also identifies the "hulking Crustacean race of people" visible on the lower left hand corner of our cover as "the Brine." 

      Since the Trench have a classic horror movie look to them, it's good to know that we'll at least get a look at some practical versions of them, too.

      "James always loved the Trench creatures... it was his nod or homage to horror within this world and it was something that absolutely captivated and excited him to do it,"Aquaman producer Peter Safran says. "They’re a combination of both practical and CG. We built the actual Trench creatures and we used them in some circumstances but as you’ll see because there are a multitude of them, there’s also a lot of CG that went into it."

      Will we see a swarm of the Trench in the movie? What do you call a group of terrifying, carnivorous, humanoid fish creatures, anyway? A school? A shoal? 

      We have more exclusive details on the Aquaman movie right here.

      Read the Den of Geek SDCC 2018 Special Edition Magazine Here!

      Aquaman opens on December 21. We should get a trailer at San Diego Comic-Con.


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      What you need to know about Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, including latest news, release date, trailer, and much more!

      News John Saavedra
      Jul 18, 2018

      Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's The Umbrella Academy is coming to Netflix as a live action series. The comic book series, which debuted in 2007, was first optioned as a movie before Dark Horse signed a deal with Universal Cable Productions to adapt the comic as a TV series. 

      The live action series follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes -- The Monocle, Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Séance, Number Five, The Horror, and the seemingly powerless Vanya -- as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities. 

      Way began writing The Umbrella Academy just a year after the release of My Chemical Romance's magnum opus, The Black Parade. The series is 15 issues of Eisner Award-winning goodness that has continued to inform Way's career as a comic book writer, especially with his current run on Doom Patrol and his Young Animal line at DC. Artist Gabriel Ba has also done some of his best work on the series. (If you want something really great by Ba, check out Daytripper, which he created with his twin brother, artist Fabio Moon.)

      The Umbrella Academy has been on a bit of a hiatus since 2009. Only two volumes, The Apocalypse Suite and Dallas, have been released thus far, although Way and Ba plan at least two more volumes. The third volume is called Hotel Oblivion, and it's been in the works since at least 2013 when Way tweeted out an update with some sketches of new characters. Way and Ba had agreed to begin work on Hotel Oblivion in 2014, but a lot's happened since then. Besides his music projects, Way has his own line of comics and two comic book series to write.

      While it's not likely the Umbrella Academy will return on the page any time soon, fans will at least gave the show to look forward to. – Here's everything else we know:

      The Umbrella Academy Photos

      Netflix, via the verified (and relatively new) Twitter account @UmbrellaAcad, has revealed the very first look of the show's cast all in character. Sort of. They're faces are a bit obscured but the gang is definitely all here.

      Here we have: #1 Luther Hargreeves a.k.a. Spaceboy (Tom Hooper), #2 Diego Hargreeves a.k.a. The Kraken (David Castañeda), #3 Allison Hargreeves a.k.a. The Rumor (Emmy Raver-Lampman), #4 Klaus Hargreeves a.k.a. The Séance (Robert Sheehan) #5 a.k.a. The Boy (Aidan Gallagher), and #7 Vanya Hargreeves a.k.a. The White Violin (Ellen Page).

      This is the first look we've received of the actors in costume and hopefully more teaser-y goodness is on the way. 

      The Umbrella Academy Release Date

      Along with the teaser photo, The Umbrella Academy Twitter account confirmed that the show will arrive sometime in 2019. The series was initially targeting a 2018 date so it's fair to assume it may debut in early 2019. The first season will be 10 episodes. 

      The Umbrella Academy News

      Kate Walsh is the latest addition to The Umbrella Academy cast. She will play a recurring character called The Handler, officially described as “a composed and confident leader of a mysterious, bureaucratic company who is always ready to manage any situation — though it's best not to get on her bad side. Her charm is her greatest strength and she uses it to her advantage to complete the business of her organization.”

      Walsh is currently fielding a run on the imminently-returning hit Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. She’s best known from her run on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, which was parlayed to the spinoff series, Private Practice. She also starred in shows such as Bad JudgeFargoThe Drew Carey Show and films such as Girls TripThe Perks of Being a Wallflower and Legion.

      The Umbrella Academy Cast

      Netflix has revealed the core cast of the show. Here are the actors who will portray the members of the Umbrella Academy:

      Ellen Page (X-Men: Days of Future Past) will star as Vanya, who is estranged from the rest of the family because of her lack of powers. Vanya is a very important character in the first arc of the comics, as she goes through a bit of self-discovery that puts her at odds with the superheroes she once called a family.

      Tom Hopper (Game of Thrones) plays Luther, aka Spaceboy. He has super-strength, and after a terrible accident during an expedition to Mars, his head had to be transplanted onto the body of a gorilla. Ehem...

      Emmy Raver-Lampman (Hamilton) will play Allison, aka The Rumor, who can alter reality by lying. 

      David Castaneda (El Chicano) is Diego, codenamed The Kraken. He is sort of a fuse between Aquaman and Batman. He can hold his breath indefinitely, which gives him an advantage when in water, and is an expert knife thrower.

      Robert Sheehan (Misfits) is perfectly cast as Klaus aka The Seance, the most morbid character of the group. His powers, which manifest only when he's barefoot, include levitation, telekinesis, and the ability to contant the dead. In the comics, Klaus is killed at one point but rejected from both Heaven and Hell.

      Aidan Gallagher (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn) is Number Five, simply codenamed The Boy. He can effortlessly travel in time and does not age due to a temporal condition. 

      Colm Feore (House of Cards) will play Sir Reginald Hargreeves, the leader of the Umbrella Academy. He is the billionaire who adopted all of the strange children that made up the superhero team. Hargreeves was known to be manipulative and cold towards the kids, something that has scarred the heroes later in life.

      Adam Godley (Breaking Bad) will play Pogo, a genetically-engineered and talking chimpanzee. Pogo is a point of comfort for the Umbrella Academy, acting in much more of a fatherly and nurturing role than Hargreeves ever did. 

      Ashley Madekwe (Revenge) plays Detective Patch, who is at odds with the vigilantes that protect her city. She prefers to play things by the book.

      Mary J. Blige has joined the cast as well. She will play the role of Cha-Cha, the insane time-traveling assassin first introduced in the second arc of the comic, "Dallas," which reimagines the Kennedy assassination. Cha-Cha, along with her partner Hazel, believes in using the most violent method possible to dispatch her prey. 

      Hazel will be played by Cameron Britton (Mindhunter). According to the official character description, Hazel will become at odds with Cha-Cha at some point after their time-traveling blood-soaked adventures begin to wear on him. 

      John Magaro (The Big Short) will be a series regular, playing Leonard Peabody, described as “a sweet Average Joe,” who, while dismissed as being somewhat of a milquetoast, strikes up an unlikely romance with Vanya (Ellen Page) that plays out against the backdrop of the larger events of the series.

      The Umbrella Academy Poster

      Here's the first promo poster for The Umbrella Academy:


      The Umbrella Academy Details

      The Umbrella Academy will be produced by Universal Cable Productions. Steve Blackman (Fargo, Altered Carbon) will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Bluegrass Television and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way will serve as co-executive producer. The pilot script was adapted from the comic book series by Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist).

      In 2016, Slater talked to Collider about his script:

      I definitely wrote the pilot for The Umbrella Academy. I think it’s really exciting. I think it’s really surprising and funny. I took the job because I’m such an immense fan of what Gerard [Way] and Gabriel [Ba, the artist] did with that book. It’s one of those things where I would rather be the guy to screw it up than sit back and let someone else come in and do the bad adaptation. So, I was really adamant about taking the job, but the only way I was going to do it was if I could make it weird and make it true to the spirit of the book. There’s a lot of weird shit in The Umbrella Academy, and it would be very easy to sand down some of those weird edges and make it more familiar to American audiences. I’m fighting very hard to not let that happen. We’re shopping around the pilot, at the moment. We’re trying to find the right home for it and trying to find someone as excited as we are.

      Rawson Marshal Thurber (Dodgeball) was originally tied to the project when it was still being considered for the big screen. He told CBR in 2016 that the series would be too difficult to adapt as a film, citing the weirdness of the book as something that could be lost in translation at a big studio. 

      Slater echoed Thurber's thoughts in his interview with Collider:

      I think the relationships and the dynamics are so rich in that book that, if you tried to distill it down to 90 minutes, everyone gets reduced to a cartoon and a caricature. It really is The Royal Tenenbaums with superpowers. In order to do justice to that premise, you need time to unpack those characters, and dig into what makes them tick and the different relationships that they have with each other. There is so much fertile material there to tell really interesting, really funny, really unique stories that to compress it all into an hour and a half and throw in a bunch of giant action sequences, you’re going to wind up with some total mish-mash. It’s going to be Mystery Men. It’s going to be yet another wacky comedic superhero movie that no one really wants to see. It has its own unique DNA, and I think people should respect that DNA, or they should not do the project.


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      Black Panther's sister Shuri is taking center stage in her own series.

      NewsJim Dandy
      Jul 19, 2018

      Shuri, the breakout character star from Marvel Studios'Black Panther, Shuri, is poised to get her first solo series this October. Hugo- Nebula- and World Fantasy Award winning writer Nnedi Okorafor, author of BintiBlack Panther: Long Live the King and the Wakanda Forever comics spotlighting the Dora Milaje, is handling writing duties on the book.

      “Shuri is an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has traveled spiritually so far into the past that she's seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda,” said Okorafor in Bustle. “The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she's super ambitious. What do I love about her? Alllll that and more. She's a character in the Marvel Universe who really sings to me."

      Her teammate on art is Leonardo Romero, most recently of Hawkeyeand Captain America. This book takes place firmly in the context of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther, with Shuri a technological genius who has traveled back to early Wakanda who takes the throne in T'Challa's absense while he foments revolution a half a galaxy away.

      For more on Shuri's new book, Wakanda's new boss, Marvel's new wave of critically acclaimed non-comics writers, or Black Panther's new band of space rebels, stick with Den of Geek!

      “Shuri is an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has
      traveled spiritually so far into the past that
      she's seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda,” Okorafor told Bustle in an
      interview. “The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she's super ambitious. What do I love about her? Alllll that and more. She's a character in the Marvel Universe who really sings
      to me."


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      Grant Morrison is taking over Green Lantern comics at DC, with art from the great Liam Sharp!

      NewsJohn Saavedra
      Jul 19, 2018

      Green Lantern will be the next DC hero to get the Grant Morrison treatment. According to IGN, the company is relaunching Green Lantern with Morrison and artist Liam Sharp at the helm in November. In Morrison's words, the new series will take Hal Jordan, the leading Green Lantern in DC's long lineup of heroes to carry the name, "back to his classic roots."

      "Instead of the big, epic, 12-part stories, we’re focusing down on the everyday life of a space cop. Basically, it’s no more apocalypse-ending storylines," Morrison told IGN. "The basic concept is that [Hal Jordan] is like a space cop that patrols a sector of the universe where anything can happen. We’ve made it more like a police procedural."

      The initial story will see Hal hunting down three of the universe's greatest criminals after they crash land on Earth. It will be a remixed version of the character's origin story of sorts that will lead into other "space cop" adventures from the hero. 

      Morrison and Sharp also revealed that their series will focus solely on Hal, foregoing the other human Lanterns and many of the familiar alien ones. Instead, the new Green Lantern book will reintroduce long forgotten alien Lanterns as well as new ones. As we've seen in his past DC work, Morrison is a big fan of bringing back characters, settings, and elements from the past. He did this during his Batman run by bringing back characters like Bat-Mite and the concept of Zur-en-Arrh. 

      They also revealed the Guardians of the Universe will have a role in the book as "police chiefs who run the Corps from the station." Basically, Morrison and Sharp are really doubling down on the space cop tone of the book. 

      "We’re doing Hal Jordan where, you know he’s a good cop, but is he really a good guy?" explained Morrison. "And we’re looking into his relationships and how he deals with people. And also the fact that, if you’ve got a job as a space cop, it’s hard to be stuck on the planet Earth. He has other lives on other planets. We’re gonna be looking into a lot of things that I don’t think we’ve seen a lot with Hal Jordan before."

      IGN also revealed some art for the book. Here's an awesome piece from Sharp:

      More news on the relaunch as we learn it!

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      New young reader graphic novels are coming from DC. Check out the line-up!

      NewsJohn Saavedra
      Jul 19, 2018

      DC announced a big wave of new young adult and middle-grade graphic novels from its new DC Ink and DC Zoom imprints. The books feature takes on the company's most famous characters from some of the industry's biggest writers and artists.

      One of the big standouts is Superman Smashes the Klan, which is written by Gene Luen Yang, who's been writing the New Super-Man book since the Rebirth relaunch in 2016, and illustrated by Gurihiru Studios. This book is a callback to the Man of Steel's early radio adventures from the 1940s, an era during which he spent a lot of time punching white supremacists in the face. We sure miss these days:

      Both publishing lines will launch in April 2019 with previously announced titles Mera: Tidebreaker (DC Ink), written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne; and Super Sons: The Polarshield Project (DC Zoom), written by Ridley Pearson with art by Ile Gonzalez.

      The complete list of DC Ink and DC Zoom titles and creative teams announced to date include:

      DC Ink:

      MERA: TIDEBREAKER (April 2019)—written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne

      UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE (May 2019)—written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart

      HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS (June 2019)—written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh

      TEEN TITANS: RAVEN (July 2019)—written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo

      BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER (August 2019)—adapted by Stuart Moore from Marie Lu’s prose novel for the DC Icon series and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose

      DICK GRAYSON: LOST CARNIVAL—written by Michael Moreci

      GOTHAM HIGH—written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli

      ORACLE RISING—written by Marieke Nijkamp

      SHADOW OF THE BATGIRL—written by Sarah Kuhn

      TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: A JACK HYDE STORY—written by Alex Sanchez (working title)

      WONDER WOMAN: TEMPEST TOSSED—written by Laurie Halse Anderson

      WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER—adapted by Louise Simonson from Leigh Bardugo’s prose novel for the DC Icon series

      DC Zoom:

      SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT (April 2019)—written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez

      DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT (May 2019)—written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska

      SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE (June 2019)—written and illustrated by Art Baltazar & Franco

      DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE (July 2019)—written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte

      BATMAN: OVERDRIVE (August 2019)—written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo Di Chiara

      BLACK CANARY: IGNITE (October 2019)—written by Meg Cabot and illustrated by Cara McGee

      BATMAN TALES: ONCE UPON A CRIME (November 2019)—written by Derek Fridolfs and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen

      GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY (December 2019)—written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong

      DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS—written by Shannon and Dean Hale

      SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN—written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru Studios

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      Batman is forced to team up with the Joker in order to save Jim Gordon in a new book by comic book legend Marc Silvestri!

      NewsJohn Saavedra
      Jul 19, 2018

      Marc Silvestri is writing a new Batman book for DC. Batman/Joker: The Deadly Duo will team the Dark Knight with the Clown Prince of Crime for an unlikely adventure to recover something that's been stolen from the villain. Silvestri revealed during the DC Meet the Publishers panel at SDCC that the book will be about "seven and a half issues" long.

      "The premise is that someone is screwing around with the Joker really hard and Joker can’t deal with it. He can’t handle it," Silvestri explained. "So Joker makes it so that Batman has to help him. Joker takes Jim Gordon and holds him hostage — not even Joker knows where he is — and uses that to make Batman help him. Little pieces of Gordon keep showing up and Joker says ‘look, we’re going to run out of pieces that aren’t important here soon.'"

      While you might be wondering why we need another book about Batman and the Joker's relationship, Silvestri said he hoped his book would make fans surprise fans with how they feel about these characters. He didn't go into too much more detail than that, so we'll just have to wait to see if Batman and the Joker are brothers or something. Oh, and the story is out of continuity, so this won't affect the main line of Batman books. 

      No release date has been set for the book, but DC co-publisher Dan DiDio said that the company won't announce a date until Silvestri is done drawing the book. 

      This news shouldn't come as a surprise to fans who have followed the legendary artist's social media accounts in the last few years. He's posted tons of Batman art over the years (all of it INCREDIBLE). It was about time his old crony Jim Lee, a pal from the Marvel and early Image days, got Silvestri on the phone to write and draw a Batbook. 

      Here's a piece of art from the book:

      More on Batman/Joker: The Deadly Duo as we learn it!

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      The brilliant Kelly Sue DeConnick is taking over the Aquaman solo book!

      News John Saavedra
      Jul 19, 2018

      Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet) and Robson Rocha (Supergirl) are taking over Aquaman as the new creative team, as revealed during the DC Meet the Publishers panel at SDCC today. DeConnick, who is one of the most exciting (and absolutely brilliant) writers currently working in comics, will become the first woman to write the hero's solo book. 

      The writer plans to take Aquaman in a whole new direction that sounds incredibly exciting. In fact, DC co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee compared DeConnick's first arc to the seminal Batman: Year One origin story by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. 

      "It’s in many ways an examination of who the character is, kind of in the vein of Daredevil: Born Again and Batman Year One," said Lee.

      In DeConnick and Rocha's story, Aquaman wakes up on a mysterious island with no memory of how he got there or who he is. During his journey on the island, he meets other sea creatures and castaways that have been forgotten and abandoned on the island. The story will also deal with Aquaman's relationship with his mother, Atlanna, who is absent from his life. 

      DiDio noted that the story is not a reboot of the current Aquaman book, unlike the upcoming Green Lantern relaunch from Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp. DeConnick's story will continue the story Abnett started. 

      Aquaman just hit issue #38 this week. DC veteran Dan Abnett has been on the book since the Rebirth relaunch back in 2016. DeConnick's arrival marks the first major creative shift for the character in two years. Rocha most recently drew Aquaman #35. Abnett is scheduled to continue on the book through issue #40. 

      No date or issue number has been set for DeConnick's arrival on the book. We'll keep you posted as we learn more!

      Read the Den of Geek SDCC 2018 Special Edition Magazine Here!


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      Syfy is adapting George R.R. Martin’s novella and 1987 movie, Nightflyers, as a TV series. Here's a new trailer from SDCC!

      News Joseph Baxter
      Jul 19, 2018

      "Nightflyers is a haunted house story on a starship. It's Psycho in space." - George R.R. Martin

      Nightflyers stands as one of George R.R. Martin’s more intriguing pre-Game of Thrones space science-fiction offerings, starting as a 1980 novella, eventually inspiring a schlocky limited-release 1987 film adaptation. However, it appears that the Literary God of Death’s old property is about to be reincarnated as a television series over at Syfy. 

      Last year, the genre-aimed NBCU cable outlet ordered a pilot for Nightflyers, which has since expanded into a series pickup (Netflix has first run rights outside the U.S.). Additionally, Nightflyers recently received a bountiful boon of €850,000 ($1.1 million,) from the Irish Film Board and will soon begin filming at Limerick’s Troy Studios.

      Nightflyers Trailer

      The new SDCC trailer for Nightflyers has arrived! Check it out:

      Previously, Syfy also released three short teasers (via Collider) that give a great sense of both the production value of Nightflyers, as well as the tone. Check out these glimpses into this creepy science fiction series...

      And here's a longer trailer...

      Nightflyers Release Date

      Nightflyers has yet to set a release date. However, the series is currently in the midst of production in Ireland.

      Read the Den of Geek SDCC 2018 Special Edition Magazine Here!

      Nightflyers Story

      Per the official synopsis:

      NIGHTFLYERS follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain – in the hope of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other – and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.

      A bit of recent Nightflyers news saw a new occupant ascend to the proverbial Iron Throne of the George R.R. Martin adaptation series. That’s because its appointed showrunner, Daniel Cerone, dropped out of the series, reportedly over creative differences, says THR.

      Jeff Buhler, will step in as showrunner, likely signaling a smooth transition, since he’s been with the project since the very beginning as its writer and executive producer. Buhler wrote the 2008 Bradley Cooper-starring horror film The Midnight Meat Train, with movie projects in the pipeline such as Descendant, Black River and horror thriller remake film Jacob’s Ladder, as well as a revival of horror film franchise The Grudge.

      Moreover, to ensure said smooth series transition, Syfy is reportedly bringing onboard (as a consultant,) Terry Matalas, writer and co-creator of the cable channel’s imminently-ending series, 12 Monkeys, who also brings experience from his time on Nikita, Terra Nova, Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: Voyager.

      Nightflyers Cast

      Phillip Rhys is the latest addition to the Nightflyers cast, reports Deadline. Rhys will recur on the series as Murphy, who is described as “a top systems tech engineer” who become inconsolably disturbed upon learning that “an L-1 telepath” is amongst the Nightflyer’s complement.

      Rhys, an English actor, appeared in the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special as Ramone, one of the episode’s titular “Husbands of River Song.” He’s also fielded TV runs on 24, Nip/Tuck and Survivors, along with guest spots on Rosewood, Glee, CSI, Bones and Warehouse 13.

      With Syfy's early-January announcement of Nightflyers’ full series order came the reveal of the show’s cast.

      Gretchen Mol will headline the series, playing Dr. Agatha Matheson.

      Mol, who burst on the scene as a late-1990s it-girl from roles in Donnie Brasco, Rounders and The Thirteenth Floor, and steamed up the small screen in the 2005 HBO biopic, The Notorious Bettie Page, has made her presence known with recent television runs on Chance, Mozart in the Jungle and Boardwalk Empire. She notably appeared in last year’s Oscars-accruing drama, Manchester by the Sea. She's also booked to appear in the upcoming USA drama series Yellowstone.

      And here’s the supporting cast:

      Eoin Macken (The Night Shift) as Karl D’Branin

      David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6) as Roy Eris

      Sam Strike (EastEnders) as Thale

      Maya Eshet (Teen Wolf) as Lommie

      Angus Sampson (Fargo) as Rowan

      Jodie Turner-Smith (The Last Ship) as Melantha Jhirl

      Brían F. O'Byrne (Million Dollar Baby) as Auggie

      Nightflyers Details

      Jeff Buhler, of The Midnight Meat Train and the upcoming horror thriller remake Jacob’s Ladder is the showrunner; a position to which he was promoted, after Daniel Cerone (The Blacklist, The Mentalist) dropped out.

      Mike Cahill (I Origin) will direct the pilot.

      Onboard as executive producers are Gene Klein, David Bartis and Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity franchise blockbuster director Doug Liman, all of whom are representing production company Hypnotic, which Liman co-owns with Bartis. Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films along with Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions are also onboard. 

      Netflix is also a co-producer on the Syfy project; a privilege that will yield the streaming giant first-run rights outside the U.S.

      Additionally, George R.R. Martin himself will be a credited executive producer on the series.

      “We are looking forward to diving deeper into George R. R. Martin’s chilling world of Nightflyers,” Bill McGoldrick, executive vice president of scripted development for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said in a July statement. “The script that Jeff delivered encapsulates this classic sci-fi horror story and adapts it to a platform where we can truly explore the depths of madness.”

      Robert Jaffe, who wrote the screenplay for the 1987 Nightflyers film, is onboard the series as a producer. It doesn't look like Martin will be involved with the series, at least for now.

      The story of the George R.R. Martin-conceived supernatural space thriller is set on the eve of Earth’s destruction, depicting the travails of the crew of the most advanced ship in the galaxy in the titular spacecraft the Nightflyer. Adrift in space without a planet to call home, the goal of the surviving humans is to intercept a mysterious alien ship which is believed to hold the key for their survival. However, as the ship closes in on its destination, it becomes apparent that the Nightflyer’s onboard AI and its elusive captain – with mysterious motivations – may be leading the crew on a primrose path ending in the hopeless, horrific darkness of deep space.

      The genesis of Nightflyers occurred with George R.R. Martin’s original 1980 novella of the same name, for which he received Japan’s Seiun Award in 1983 for Best Foreign Language Short Story of the Year. The story was subsequently collected as the title entry in Martin’s 1985 Nightflyers collection. The 1987 film adaptation, directed by Robert Collector (Jungle Warriors), starred perennial 1980s movie love interest Catherine Mary Stewart and Dynasty’s Michael Praed, manifesting with a limited release that grossed a paltry $1.145 million dollars at the box office (and sent Martin back to television to write for Beauty and the Beast).


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      It's time to dissect that Titans SDCC trailer to figure out what secrets it might hold about the show!

      Feature Jim Dandy
      Jul 19, 2018

      Probably the biggest early news of an already busy San Diego Comic-Con has been the release of the first trailer for Titans, the original live-action series created exclusively for DC's new DC Universe streaming service. The show stars Brenton Thwaites and Anna Diop as Robin and Starfire among others.

      If you haven't watched it yet, check out the trailer below:

      Now that you're all caught up, it's time to break down this trailer to find all of its secrets. There will be spoilers and baseless speculation starting now:

      We start in Haly's Circus, returning to the scene of Robin's parents' deaths. Haly's is where Robin grew up as a member of the Flying Graysons, a trapeze act, until they were killed by a mobster who was extorting the circus.

      Raven (Teagan Croft) is our first link in the trailer to the seminal Marv Wolfman/George Perez New Teen Titansrun that is basically the foundation for everything we know and love about the team. She was introduced by the duo in 1980 as the daughter of Trigon, a giant badass demon who ruled his own realm. Raven is an empath, with the power to sense other people's emotions. But that's not the only way that power has been portrayed in the past...

      I'm not sure if it's the way they cut the trailer or if it's actually how the show is going to go, but Dick Grayson (Thwaites) is apparently a cop or a tech for the cops in this show. This wouldn't be the first time he took up that gig. In the comics, Dick Grayson was a member of Bludhaven PD back around the turn of the millennium.

      Robin's outfit is very Tim Drake. Drake, the third and best Robin, was also the first to dramatically redesign the Robin outfit away from the booties and tights outfit, and into something more functional. And by functional, we mean "the R is a throwing star." This redesign was handled by a team of artists, but it was eventually Neal Adams and Norm Breyfogle who contributed the most.

      Starfire (Diop) is another character created by Wolfman and Perez. Koriand'r is an alien princess sold into slavery by her sister who escaped and came to Earth, and eventually found her way to the Titans.

      Intellectually, we knew it was coming, but still, seeing a live-action Hawk (Alan Richtson) and Dove (Minka Kelly), especially Dawn Granger as Dove, is nuts. The original team of Hank and Don Hall was created by Steve Ditko back in the '60s. They showed up a bit and never really took until Don was killed in Crisis on Infinite Earths. Following that reboot, Karl and Barbara Kesel and Rob Liefeld reimagined Dove as Dawn Granger.

      We also get a good look at Beast Boy! Created as part of the Doom Patrol in the late '60s, Gar Logan changed his name to Changeling when he joined the Titans, but he went by Beast Boy in the enormously successful Teen Titanscartoon of the mid-aughts, so that seems to have stuck. He'll be played by Ryan Potter.

      As we started to talk about before, Raven's empathy powers have occasionally veered into "emotional vampire" territory. That seems to be the case here.

      There's a strong horror vibe running through this entire trailer. Raven's backstory lends itself to it, coming almost straight out of a set of horror tropes. It's going to be interesting to see how the team follows through on this.

      For more news from San Diego Comic-Con, including a comprehensive list of who besides Batman Robin doesn't give a fuck about, stick with Den of Geek!

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      The Three Jokers mystery will finally be solved in a new miniseries by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok! Here's your first look at the art...

      NewsJohn Saavedra
      Jul 19, 2018

      Geoff Johns took advantage of his SDCC Spotlight panel to reveal a few projects he's working on, including a new Shazam ongoing series and the highly-anticipated "Three Jokers" comic he's been teasing since that famous issue of Justice League back in the New 52 era. A three-issue miniseries titled Batman: Three Jokers is indeed on the way, written by Johns and drawn by frequent collaborator Jason Fabok. 

      The mystery of the Three Jokers began in Justice League Vol. 2 #42 when Batman asked the Mobius Chair (look it up because I'm not getting into it here) about the Clown's real name. Its answer was cryptic at best: "There are three." 

      Johns shared during his panel that the Mobius Chair's answer should be taken literally. There are in fact three Jokers running around the DC Universe. Batman: Three Jokerswill shed light on the mystery of the Joker and will star Batman, Jason Todd, and Barbara Gordon -- three characters deeply affected by the Clown Prince of Crime. 

      "I’ve never really done a Batman story beyond Batman: Earth One, and if I’m going to tell a Batman story, I want it to be amazing and cool and something no one’s ever seen before," Johns explained. "This is a story about the shared pain between Bruce and Barbara and Jason and the way that some scars heal wrong and some heal right. I think of this as a Joker story.

      "By the end of this series, Bruce and Joker will have a relationship that is completely different than the one they have now. There’s a really fun scene where Joker drives this truck and he gets to the woods and he goes up to this cabin in the woods and there’s another Joker standing there in the door wearing a Hawaiian shirt and the Joker who drove up says, 'That’s my shirt.'"

      Johns noted that the book will be in-continuity despite the fact that it's being published under the DC Black Label imprint. 

      No release date has been set for the book. Johns did reveal the first piece of art for the series:

      More news on Batman: Three Jokersas we learn it!

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      Archaeologists open the ancient Egyptian sarcophagus and declare no curse has befallen them, yet.

      News Tony Sokol
      Jul 19, 2018

      When the archaeologists opened the tomb of high priest Imhotep in the 1932 classic film The Mummy, they didn't drop over and die. Their faces didn't melt off like they did in Raiders of the Lost Arc. The curse of the Scroll of Thoth followed ten years later. Mostafa Waziry and his team of mummification and restoration specialists opened the black, granite casket they found in Alexandria, Egypt, last week.

      “The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse,” Waziry, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council for Antiquities, announced, according to the BBC. "We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness. I was the first to put my whole head inside the sarcophagus... and here I stand before you ... I am fine."

      Fine, except for the sewage.

      The 30-ton black granite sarcophagus, which dated to a time after Alexander the Great conquered the area in 332 B.C., contained three mummies, which decomposed after sewage water "leaked through the grove in this area," Dr. Mostafa Ministers, Secretary-General of the high council of Antiquities, said on the Ministry of Antiquities Facebook page.

      Shaaban Abdul, who specializes "in the study of mummies and skeletons, confirmed that the initial preview of bone structures suggests that they are most likely to belong to three officers or military soldiers, where one of the skeletons found a blow to the arrow," the Facebook post adds.

      The red liquid appears to have entered the sarcophagus through a crack on its right side. Analysis of the skeletal remains is ongoing. Some observers believed it could contain the corpse of Alexander the Great. The line of pharaohs who ruled after Alexander the Great's death in 323 B.C. stretched to Cleopatra VII, who killed herself in 30 B.C., when the Roman Empire took over Egypt. It is believed the people buried in the tomb may have died in battle. The exact age of the skeletons is unclear. Any objects buried with the skeletons could have been destroyed by the sewage.

      The sarcophagus was discovered in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria. Archaeologists were inspecting the site before construction took place. It is the largest found in Alexandria, measuring nearly 9 feet long, 5 feet wide and 6 feet tall. It was found covered in a thick layer of mortar. So far no inscriptions or works of art have been found on the outside or inside of the sarcophagus. An alabaster head of a man was found near the sarcophagus when it was discovered but no other relics have been found.

      The mysteries of ancient Egypt are coming clear in the country and beyond. A 2,200-year-old gold coin with a depiction of the King Ptolemy III, was recently unearthed. A statue of a Nubian king with an inscription written in Egyptian hieroglyphics was found at a Nile River temple in Sudan. An artifact depicting the female pharaoh Hatshepsut surfaced in the U.K.  A marble head depicting the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius was found in Southern Egypt.  Tattered remains of an ancient priestess were found in a 2,500-year-old Egyptian coffin long thought to be empty, was found in Australia. The oldest tattooed female Egyptian mummy was discovered in the U.K. More than 40 mummies and a necklace containing a “message from the afterlife” was found in an ancient cemetery in Egypt.  

      The sarcophagus was transferred to Alexandria National Museum for conservation and further study.

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      Geoff Johns is working on a new Shazam series for DC, with art from Dale Eaglesham. Here's our first look at some of the art!

      NewsMike CecchiniJim Dandy
      Jul 19, 2018

      Over the last two years, DC Comics has found its soul again. Kicking off with the Rebirth one shot in spring 2016, DC combined a kind of back-to-basics approach to its heroes with a knack for matching the right creative teams to their characters. We've had some potentially all-time great creative runs on Green Arrow, Batman, and The Flash, potentially all-time great comic series such as Mister Miracle, and recent all-star launches like the Brian Michael Bendis Superman books and Scott Snyder's Justice League.

      But where has Shazam been in all of this? Back in January, DC publisher Dan Didio said that DC had "the right team, we're just waiting for them to be available." Well, the book is finally happening!

      Coming this November is a new Shazam series from Johns and Dale Eaglesham (Fantastic Four, Detective Comics). The new book spins out of backups that ran through early arcs of Johns' Justice League, the book that launched the New 52 in 2011. The stories reset Billy Batson and his world, recasting Batson as a mouthy ass with a heart of gold who eventually realizes that his foster siblings are the most important thing to him. He then shares his power with them, creating the new Marvel family and imbuing each with a piece of his power.

      The artist on those backups is Johns' art partner on Doomsday Clock, Gary Frank. Likely due to the intricateness of the art on that Watchmen sequel, though, Frank is unavailable for this new Shazam book, so the art duties will be handled by Eaglesham.

      Eaglesham is an industry vet, having drawn some of the best issues in "No Man's Land," the year-long 1999 event in the Batman comics that saw Gotham isolated and removed from America because of an earthquake and a feckless, incompetent government; some of the best issues of Jonathan Hickman's epic Fantastic Four run; and some of the best issues of Johns' run on Justice Society of America. So he's not bad.

      Johns recently freed up from his executive duties to focus more on writing and was the writer of the New 52 Shazam reboot, which is the basis for the 2019 movie starring Zachary Levi in the title role. Usually, when there's a movie about to drop, DC puts together a big launch for a character, so we're likely to see something special when this new Shazam series hits.

      Here's the official synopsis from Johns' website:

      Billy Batson and his surrogate family; Mary Bromfield, Freddy Freeman, Darla Dudley, Eugen Choi and Pedro Pena unlock the mysteries of the Rock of Eternity and delve into the secret worlds of magic to discover their ultimate destiny!

      Johns took to the stage at this year's SDCC to reveal a piece of art from the project:

      For more on Shazam or any of his component parts - Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles or Mercury - stick with Den of Geek!

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      The legendary comic book periodical hasn't seen print since 2015.

      NewsJim Dandy
      Jul 19, 2018

      Fantagraphics announced at 2018's San Diego Comic-Con that The Comics Journal, the incredibly influential magazine about comics, will return to print in January o2019. Issue #303 will be the first print copy of the magazine since 2015.

      TCJ was founded in 1977 by Gary Groth as a home for more highbrow discussion of the medium than was commonly available at the time. Two new managing editors take the reins with this upcoming restart: Kristy Valenti and RJ Casey.

      The Comics Journal had been a near-monolithic force in my life and I think its absence has been felt by more people than just me,” said Casey. “I'm beyond excited to bring new voices, new ideas, and a new enthusiasm to the Journal."

      Valenti said, “With the knowledge and skills I've gained over the last 15 years co-editing nearly 50 issues of the print edition of The Comics Journal, I am excited to help push the Journal forward and continue its evolution. My goal is to usher in a new era of comics criticism to further explore where the comics medium is going.”

      In addition to being a medium for thoughtful and detailed criticism of the medium, The Comics Journalwas also a critical front in the battle for creators' rights. The Journal was home to the only reporting on the industry's aborted unionization push in the 1970s and led the charge against DC and Marvel for their mistreatment of Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, and Jack Kirby, dedicating the entirety of their February 1986 issue to thrashing Marvel for the company's ongoing dispute with the King. And while their web presence has maintained that distinct voice and perspective, their print return is a welcome development and desperately needed.

      For more comic news industry coverage from SDCC and beyond, stick with Den of Geek!

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      Donna Troy, Jason Todd, Lex Luthor, and Superboy are coming to Titans!

      News Jim Dandy
      Jul 20, 2018

      At his spotlight panel at SDCC 2018, Geoff Johns confirmed that the Titanslive action show will see appearances by Donna Troy, Jason Todd, Superboy and Lex Luthor when the show premieres later this year.

      Conor Leslie plays Donna Troy, the first Wonder Girl created by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani in 1965. She was an orphan rescued by Wonder Woman and raised on Paradise Island, given powers by Purple Ray technology. She sank into a continuity morass with 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths,and modified into a Molecule Man-esque character who remained an early member of the Teen Titans.

      Curran Walters will play Jason Todd. Todd was the second Robin, a street tough brought in by Batman to replace Dick Grayson in the Batcave. Todd met Batman while he was trying to lift the tires off of the Batmobile, and after a stint as Robin, was killed by the Joker and also a telephone poll of readers who decided (by a margin smaller than a percentage point) to kill him.

      Todd was resurrected in 2005 as the Red Hood, a cross between Batman and the Punisher, in the landmark "Under the Red Hood" story. He remains a major character in the DC Universe today, and has made appearances in multiple mediums, most recently as a sneakily top-tier character in the NetherRealm DC fighting game, Injustice 2.

      Superboy had been hinted at in casting calls for the show earlier in the year. The cast sheet for "David" talked about a super-strong young man kept in a lab, which matches the origin Johns gave to Superboy in his touchstone mid-aughts Teen Titansrun. The original Superboy was just Superman when he was younger, but that origin was erased by Crisis on Infinite Earths. A new clone Superboy, Kon-El, was introduced in 1992 following Superman's death as part of the "Reign of the Supermen" storyline. Conner (as he came to be known) joined the Titans after a stint on Young Justice when Johns took the helm of the book, and it was revealed that his DNA was a mix of Superman and Lex Luthor's. This story was picked up on screen in Young Justice,the outstanding cartoon that is also being resurrected as part of DC Entertainment's streaming service.

      Lex Luthor needs no introduction, of course. It sounds like the villain will be up to his old tricks when he finally arrives on the show. Johns didn't give a timeline for when we might see Luthor but he did confirm it was part of the plan. 

      "I pitched [Dan DiDio] the Superboy/Lex Luthor thing -- which we'll get to [on Titans] eventually," said Johns during the panel. 

      For more on Titans, SDCC, or for a detailed Injustice 2tier list (Grodd is top tier THERE IS NO ARGUING), stick with Den of Geek!

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