Mail Call | Fantastic Four take a ‘Road Trip’ in December

A round-up of news from DC, Marvel, Image and more.

Fresh from saving the Earth from being destroyed by the sun in Empyre, the Fantastic Four will get a much-needed vacation in a one-shot by new Iron Man scribe Christopher Cantwell and artist Filipe Andrade. It’s titled Fantastic Four: Road Trip, and it features family fun, a station wagon … and a Reed Richards experiment gone wrong.

Here’s how Marvel describes it:

The Fantastic Four have earned some much-needed time away from the job, and Reed has planned a — well, fantastic — old-fashioned family vacation to the Grand Canyon for some good rest, relaxation and team-bonding time. But Reed’s manic mind can’t quite disengage, and soon an obsessive side experiment he brought with him has all of them experiencing gruesome and terrifying side effects from his strange specimens. As everyone’s bodies begin to horribly go awry on a cellular level, it’s a race to solve their lethal affliction, all while stuck in a remote Arizona cabin with no help for miles.

I’m pretty sure that’s the original plot for the first Chevy Chase Vacation! movie. The one-shot comes out in December.

New New Mutants creative team

Marvel has also announced that with issue #14 in December, New Mutants will get a new writer, Vita Ayala, who joins artist Rod Reis on the title. Ayala replaces Jonathan Hickman and Ed Brisson, who had been taking turns on the title during its run.

“The New Mutants (as a group of characters, and as a book) are the center of the Venn diagram of things that I love, and I am honored and stoked as all get out to be able to follow Jonathan [Hickman] and Ed [Brisson] on the title,” Ayala told “The New Mutants are perfectly situated to start digging into some of the weird and dangerous stuff that lies just under the surface of the new Krakoan nation, to go poking at things that bite back, so expect them to be getting into all sorts of trouble… *ominous laugh*”

Free Overwatch comic available now

Dark Horse has teamed up with the hit online game Overwatch for a new miniseries starring one of the game’s characters, Tracer. It’s by the creative team of artist Babs Tarr and writer Mariko Tamaki, and they released the first issue today for free on digital platforms. Print copies will arrive in December.

Dc prepares for an Endless Winter

DC has officially announced Endless Winter, an event that will run through several of their titles –plus a few specials — during December. All nine of the chapters will be written by Ron Marz and Andy Lanning, and they’ll feature the Justice League, the Flash, Aquaman, Black Adam, the Teen Titans and more, fighting someone called the Frost King.

Maverick returns in Wolverine #350

Also in December, Marvel will release issue #350 of Wolverine. Actually it’s issue #8 of the current Wolverine series (there have been many of them, not to mention annuals, specials, one -shots, etc), but if you go back and count how many regular issues there have been, I’m sure it all adds up. The special issue will feature the return of Wolverine’s old Team X teammate, Maverick.

What If We Were … comic characters?

Top Shelf has announced a new graphic novel from Axelle Lenoir titled What If We Were … It features two teenagers who play a game called just that, where they imagine what life would be like if they were vikings, spies or a myriad of other things. Things get interesting, though, when a new girl joins in on the game. The 88-page OGN is due out in December.

DC has announced three more specials in their Tales from the Dark Multiverse line, revealing twisted takes onpreviosu Dc event titles: War of the Gods, Crisis on Infinite Earths and Dark Nights: Metal. That last one seems a bit meta, doesn’t it?

Image Comics will publish an English language verison of Jared Muralt’s The Fall in February. It’s about a father who lost his wife right before the imminent end of the world.

“By the time I wrote The Fall I never would’ve imagined finding myself in front of empty food shelves at the grocery store just a couple years later,” said Muralt.

Drawn and Quarterly have announced plans to reissue several of John Porcellino’s comics in January, including King-Cat Classix, Map of My Heart and Perfect Example.

Batman/Catwoman by Tom King, Clay Mann, Tomeu Morey and Clayton Cowles, which was announced back in 2019, will kick off in December. The 12-issue miniseries will fall under DC’s Black Label imprint and was originally supposed to launch at the beginning of 2020.

Image Comics will release another project from Hedra creator Jesse Lonergan this November — Planet Paradise, an original graphic novel about a vacationer who crashes on an alien planet and must battle against a hostile environment, killer lizards, corporate bureaucracy and the pessimism of her sole companion, the drug-addled captain of the ship.

Planet Paradise has elements of the visual experimentation that was such a big part of Hedra, but because of the longer form, I was able to have more twists in the story and give more depth to the characters,” said Lonergan.

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