Mail Call | Archaia to adapt Roxane Gay story

Plus: a new Shonen Jump series, Skybound’s ‘Fire Power’ plans and a new ‘Clone Wars’ series at IDW.

BOOM! Studios announced a new graphic novel, The Sacrifice of Darkness, based on Gay’s short story “The Sacrifice of Darkness.” In addition to Gay, the creative team includes writer Tracy Lynne Oliver, artist Rebecca Kirby, and colorist James Fenner, and the pub date is October 2020.

In other news…

A new series launches this week at the Shonen Jump website. Mashle: Magic and Muscles is right in the SJ wheelhouse: In a land where everyone has magical powers, one young man doesn’t, so his foster father has trained him to be super strong instead.

IDW has announced a new five-part miniseries, Star Wars Adventures: The Clone Wars – Battle Tales, to launch in April. Michael Moreci is the writer, with Derek Charm drawing the framing tale and five different artists doing the stories: Arianna Florean (#1), Megan Levens (#2), Valentina Pinto (#3), Davide Tinto (#4), and Philip Murphy (#5).

Artists Megan Hutchison and Laura Martin and retailer Michael Savage have joined the Hero Initiative Board of Directors. The Hero Initiative is a nonprofit dedicated to helping comics creators in need.

Image has announced the publishing schedule for Fire Power, the upcoming series from writer Robert Kirkman (Oblivion Song, The Walking Dead), artist Chris Samnee (Daredevil), colorist Matt Wilson (Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine), and letterer Rus Wooton (The Walking Dead). The original graphic novel Fire Power: Prelude, vol. 1, will be released on April 29, followed by a special Free Comic Book Day issue on May 2, and then issues #1 and #2 will be released simultaneously on June 3.

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