Mail Call | DC reveals more details on April’s relaunch of ‘Green Lantern’

A round-up of recent news on ‘Aliens,’ DC Future State, IDW’s Canto and more.

Mail Call is a roundup of the announcements we’ve received from comics publishers in our mailboxes recently that we haven’t already covered. Hit the links for more information.

When Green Lantern returns later this year after the events of Future State, Geoffrey Thorne and Dexter Soy will chart a new path for John Stewart, Sojourner “Jo” Mullein from Far Sector and Teen Lantern, the hacker Green Lantern who appeared in Young Justice.

Here’s how DC describes the first issue: With the majority of Green Lanterns called back to Oa, John Stewart arrives alongside Teen Lantern Keli Quintela, whose homemade gauntlet could be one of the most powerful and unstable weapons in the universe. With the entire landscape of the universe in flux, is this the end of the Green Lantern Corps…or a new beginning?

The new Green Lantern series kicks off April 6.

Marvel has announced a second Aliens: The Original Years Omnibus, which will collect additional stories that were originally published by Dark Horse Comics. It will feature a cover by Mahmud Asrar and a “direct market variant cover” by Paul Mendoza. Look for it in August.

DC Comics will release Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries, a new team-up series featuring the Mystery Machine crew and Gotham’s finest. Writers Ivan Cohen and Sholly Fisch will work with artists Dario Brizuela and Randy Elliott on the 24-part digital series, which kicks off March 27. The stories will be collected in 12 print issues following their digital release.

The Champions get a new creative team in April, as Danny Lore and Luciano Vecchio take over the story of Marvel’s young heroes. Champions #6 will feature a story about a new “killer app” created by a sinister corporation that’s turning the population against teen heroes. So the Champions go undercover to investigate it.

Marguerite Bennett will team up with artists Aneke, Stephanie Pepper and Emanuela Lupacchino for a seven-issue monthly miniseries that brings Team RWBY, from the popular anime series of the same name, face to face with DC’s Justice League. The weekly digital first series launches March 9.

Louise Simonson and Walter Simonson will return to Marvel to work on X-Factor, as part of the X-Men Legends series. The story will take place after X-Factor #43 as the team — Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Archangel and Beast — deal with the aftremath of their battle with Apocalypse.

Several of DC’s Future State titles, including the first issues of Future State: Dark Detective, Future State: The Next Batman and Future State: Wonder Woman, will get second printings featuring these stylish covers by Nick Derington, Joelle Jones, Dan Mora, Jen Bartel, Mike Perkins and more.

IDW has announced that David M. Booher and Drew Zucker’s Canto will return in April with a new series, Canto & the City of Giants. Booher will be joined by artist Sebastián Piriz on the series as Zucker works on Canto III: Lionhearted, which is due in mid-2021. Finally, they plan to wrap up Canto’s quest in Canto IV: A Place Like Home in 2022.

“We always envisioned a sprawling quest for Canto, and it’s due entirely to the reader support that we get to see his adventure to its conclusion,” says Booher. “With inspiration from epics like Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia, we have so many fun surprises in store. But don’t worry, we’ll keep tugging on those heartstrings and reach an ending that will both break and mend readers’ hearts.”

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #25 will kick off a storyline with a title that will likely bring some pretty strong feelings out of 1990s comic fans: The Clone Saga.

“When Peter Parker faced his own ‘Clone Saga’ years ago, he was taking part in what was already one of the most iconic traditions in comics—the hero battling a version of themselves. Since the very first issue of Miles Morales: Spider-Man, I’ve known that I wanted put Miles through that iconic wringer in his own distinctive way,” writer Saladin Ahmed said. “Miles’ Clone Saga is a story that has been months, even years, in the making. We’ve been planting its seeds throughout the series, from the horrors of being abducted by the Assessor to the confrontations and sacrifices of the Ultimatum epic. Moments from the past will come back to haunt Miles, and the events of the story will ensnare everyone from his baby sister to Peter Parker (who knows a thing or two about dealing with clones). The ramifications will be felt for years, and it all starts in April!”

Miles’ Clone Saga begins in April, drawn by artist Carmen Carnero.

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