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In case you missed it, AfterShock announced a new sci-fi series titled “Astronaut Down”; Abrams ComicArts to Reteam Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda on “The Night Eaters” Trilogy; and comiXology unveiled “The Panic” by Neil Kleid and Andrea Mutti.
Takashi Okazaki cover
– Titan Comics has announced a new Titan Manga imprint, the launch title of which will be a reprint of “Afro Samurai” by Takashi Okazaki. Released between 1998 and 2002, the re-release of the long out-of-print manga series will take the form of two volumes, each titled “Director’s Cut”. The edits will be larger than the original releases, this time in the standard graphic novel size, and will be housed in a new cover by Okazaki. Okazaki will also provide a foreword for the volumes. Titan Manga will release the new edition of Volume 1 “Afro Samurai” on July 26th. You can check out the new cover of the first volume as well as the preview pages here.
In other Titan Comics news, the publisher revealed that the latest graphic novel from its Hard Case Crime imprint will be “Frank Lee, After Alcatraz,” from writer David Hasteda and artist Ludovic Chesnot. The graphic novel will follow bank robber, Frank Lee Morris, who escaped from Alcatraz on June 11, 1962, and imagine what the rest of his life was like; the description states that the historical fiction will see Frank Lee live a life “full of heartbreak, grief and deep bittersweet acceptance”. In reality, there is no record of what Frank Lee did after his escape, and he is presumed to have drowned in San Francisco Bay. “Frank Lee, After Alcatraz” is slated for release on June 28, just over 60 years after his actual escape. Many preview pages are available on Graphic policy.
– Rocketship Entertainment revealed a host of graphic novels coming out in 2022, including “Outrage” by Fabian Nicieza and Reilly Brown; “Stan Lee’s Backchannel”, by Akel and Andie Tong; “Urban Animal” by Justin Jordan and John Amor; and “Action Philosophers,” the comedy historical series by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey previously published by Dark Horse Comics. Founded by former webtoon content manager Tom Akel and cartoonist Rob Feldman, Rocketship primarily publishes print editions of webcomics; their books are available in the single market through Diamond Distributors, and in bookstores through Simon & Schuster. You can consult the complete list of titles here.
– IDW Edition announcement a new five-part collection of Berkeley Breathed’s award-winning comic “Bloom County”. Syndicated from 1980 to 1989 before being relaunched in 2015, “Bloom County” follows the adventures of Milo Bloom, a 10-year-old young reporter living in his grandparents’ boarding house, which welcomes talking animals as well as children. humans. “Bloom County Library: Book One” will reprint the first two years of comics and feature Breathed commentary on the series; it will be released in softcover on September 6, 2022.
– The upcoming graphic novel, “Neverlanders”, by writer Tom Taylor and artist Jon Sommariva, has been given a release date of August 30. ‘Neverlanders’ Will Follow A New Group Of Lost Boys In The Years After The Original Peter Pan by JM Barrie. It was acquired by Penguin Random House in October 2020 and was previously only slated for a summer 2022 release. Along with its release date, the graphic novel’s specific house has also been revealed, along with “Neverlanders” which is expected to be released under the YA imprint, Razorbill.
– Writer Gail Simone revealed that there were plans in place during her tenure on “Batgirl” for Alysia Yeoh to take on the titular role in Barbara Gordon’s absence, after being “hurt by Knightfall.” This would have marked the first time a transgender woman had held the title. Simone originated the character during her run on the show, with the character having since made history as part of the first transgender marriage in “Batgirl” #45 (after Simone’s departure), and is to be portrayed onscreen by Ivory Aquino in the next bat girl movie. A bigger explanation of why Simone’s plans for Alysia didn’t come to fruition was not given. You can read a series of tweets in which Simone reflects on the response and impact of Yeoh’s introduction here.
– The CW announcement several early renewals, including the flash season nine, Superman and Lois season three, and Riverdale season seven. The network’s other comic book TV shows, batman, Legends of tomorrow, Noemie (which is still airing its first season), and star girl (whose third season will air this year), have not yet been renewed. The channel’s lower than normal number of early renewals is believed to be the result of its parent companies, Paramount and WarnerMedia, exploring the sale, so fans will have to wait longer to find out whether or not these shows will be renewed.
– Marvel Comics announcement they teamed up with Titan Books for a series of Scenario on page books, which will give readers an in-depth look at the behind-the-scenes process of different series, including notably access to “complete scripts”. The first in the series will be Marvel’s Black Panther: On-Page Script, where Angélique Roché, host of the Marvel’s Voices podcast, will present and comment on the work of writers like Reginald Hudlin, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay. The two, others, currently announced Scenario on page the entries will focus on Spider-Man and the Avengers respectively, with the creatives whose work will be included in each book yet to be revealed. Marvel’s Black Panther: On-Page Script will be released on October 4, with Marvel’s Spider-Man: On-Page Script following October 25, and Marvel’s Avengers: On-Page Script arrived November 15.
– iMore spotlighted a new comic book reading tracking app called ComicTrack. The app is designed to allow readers to monitor all of their comic book readings in one place, as well as keep up to date with new releases. information for its comic book library is provided by ComicVine. The app is currently available for free on iOS devices, with additional features requiring a subscription or larger one-time payment.
– Finally, the death of Howard “Pepper” Martin, the Canadian-American pro-wrestler and actor best known for his role in Superman 2has been disclosed; he died of cancer, surrounded by his family, at the age of 85 on March 18. Martin debuted as a wrestler in 1957, with his most successful run in the NWA Pacific Northwest territory, where he won the territory’s Heavyweight Championship five times and the Tag Team Championship eight times. It was in 1968 that he made his acting debut in Hell’s Angelswith appearances in Impossible mission and The Incredible Hulk Television series, among others, before his turn as Rocky, the belligerent truck driver who gets his game from Clark Kent, in the 1980s Superman 2. He is survived by his wife Jordy as well as their daughters and grandchildren.