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.
Marvel is dusting off a classic event title for an upcoming Avengers storyline — “World War She-Hulk,” which references the popular “World War Hulk” story from 2007.
The new storyline will find She-Hulk declared a global menace, so the Winter Guard decides to bring her in.
“When the Russian Winter Guard invade Avengers Mountain to arrest She-Hulk, it sets off a global espionage adventure that takes us from the notorious assassin training academy of the Red Room to an undersea kingdom on the verge of violent revolution,” said writer Jason Aaron. “Along the way, traitors will fall, regimes will crumble and the dark evolution of Jennifer Walters will reach its bloody red crescendo, all as we build toward the epic events of Avengers #50.”
The storyline kicks off in Avengers #46 by Aaron and Javier Garrón, which arrives in stores July 7.
Deathstroke arrives in Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point
The Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point miniseries kicks off next week, as Batman lands on Fortnite island, along with Harley Quinn, Catwoman and even Snake-Eyes. Now you can add another name to that list: Deathstroke, who will appear in issue #4.
DC provided a preview of issue #4 this week, along with variant covers by Dan Mora and Mustard:
The issue will also come with a code so you can redeem a Deathstroke Destroyer Glider in the Fortnite video game:
Marvel celebrates Doom’s wedding with variant covers
Doctor Doom is tying the knot in May to his lovely bride Victorious, and to celebrate, Marvel will offer a range of variant covers for Fantastic Four #32 by Dan Slott and RB Silva. Artists honoring the couple include Peach Momoko, Skottie Young, Valerio Schiti and Ron Lim. There’s also a “a Hidden Gem Variant Cover” featuring artwork by Jack Kirby:
Marvel has also released a trailer for the storyline, which kicks off May 12.
Dark Horse to deliver more MInecraft
Dark Horse has announced a third Minecraft graphic novel by Sfé Monster and artist Sarah Graley. It arrives Oct. 26 and will focus on the kids from the first two graphic novels as the head into the Nether.
Radiant Black #6 will feature a guest creative team
Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa are taking July off from their Image Comics series Radiant Black; instead, issue #6 will be written by Cherish Chen with artwork by David “Darko” Lafuente. The story will focus on Radiant Red, Radiant Black’s nemesis in the story.
BOOM! to publish Sas Milledge’s Mamo
BOOM! Studios’ BOOM! Box imprint will publish a new miniseries by Sas Milledge, who work on DC’s The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel. Mamo is the story of a young hedge witch who travels home for her grandmother’s funeral.
“I am so excited to finally share Mamo with the world,” Milledge said. “This book has been circling around my head for the better part of a decade, and I’m so glad it has finally landed here in its final form; a story about family and friendship filled with witches, birds, faeries and trolls.
Apex Legends comes to Dark Horse
Dark Horse will publish Apex Legends: Overtime starting in June, a miniseries that ties into the popular video game of the same name. The four-issue series is by Jesse Stern, Neil Edwards, Keith Champagne and Nate Piekos.
Skybound announces AAPI covers for May
Several Skybound titles in May will feature variant covers spotlighting Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Each of these covers will be penciled by creators of Asian or AAPI heritage — such as Erica Henderson, Robin Ha, Soo Lee and Ethan Young, who drew the cover for The Walking Dead Deluxe #14, seen above.
All proceeds from the sales of these AAPI Heritage Month variant covers, will be donated to CCED, a Los Angeles based volunteer organization that builds grassroots power through organizing, education, and mutual help.
Visaggio, Mutti Unearth Cold Bodies
Magdalene Visaggio and Andrea Mutti will team up for a new graphic novel called Cold Bodies, “a 1980s meta-horror homage graphic novel focusing on how trauma affects victims of slashers and never leaves decades later.” It arrives in stores in September.
Josh George joins A Man Among Ye
The Top Cow/Image Comics series A Man Among Ye gets a new artist for its second arc, Josh George of Grim Tales of Terror fame. George also drew the comic’s cover, seen above, but he isn’t the only one; Abigail Larson and Craig Cermak drew covers to kick off the new arc as well:
A Man Among Ye #5, which is written by Stephanie Phillips, begins the new arc in July.
Extreme Carnage adds Flash Thompson, Phage + Scream
Following recent events in Venom and King in Black, Marvel is planning for more symbiote madness this summer in Extreme Carnage. The event series will kick off with an “Alpha” issue that will sport a cover featuring Flash Thompson, aka Agent Venom, who recently returned from the dead.
Marvel also announced two tie-in one-shots, featuring the symbiotes Scream and Phage:
Scream comes to you courtesy of Clay McLeod Chapman and Chris Mooneyham, while Steve Orlando and Gerardo Sandoval take on Phage. The two one-shots + the Alpha issue all arrive in July.
Marvel previews X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing
Speaking of Steve Orlando, Marvel has been celebrating 50 years of the Man-Thing this year with a series of one-shots featuring the muck man meeting up with the Avengers, Spider-Man and, lastly the X-Men, which arrives in May.
To gte you pumped up, Marvel has released a few preview pages from X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing:
“It all comes together with X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing,” Orlando said, “and I can’t wait for you all to see it! Andrea Broccardo’s work bringing to life not just Man-Thing and his new nemesis Harrower, but Krakoa’s iconic Magik and her team of Dark Riders has been nothing short of sensational!
BOOM! Studios announces Save Yourself
BOOM! Studios’ BOOM! Box imprint will publish Save Yourself!, a new miniseries by writer Bones Leopard and artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews. It’s about a girl who starts to doubt her three favorite heroes after seeing them fight a monster firsthand.
“Save Yourself! is a passion project that I’m so excited to finally bring to life. I’ve always wanted a chance to combine my love for magical girls with my love of kaiju, and once Kelly and Nichole Matthews were onboard with their fantastic art, I knew it was going to be an amazing ride,” said Leopard. “I hope everyone who reads this enjoys it as much as I loved writing it.”
Check out some preview pages and variant covers for the first issue:
The first issue arrives in June.
Peach Momoko’s ‘anime’ variant covers for July
Marvel has released a look at several “anime” variant covers they’ll release for many of their titles in July, spotlighting the artwork of Peach Momoko. Take a gander for yourself:
AfterShock to launch Beyond the Breach in July
Writer Ed Brisson and artist Damian Couceiro are working on Beyond the Breach, a new AfterShock Comics ongoing title that draws on elements of classic fantasy adventure movies and science fiction.
“The book follows the fall out of a cataclysmic event, called The Breach, that knocks the population of earth unconscious,” Brisson said. “When they wake, they find that all electronic devices have been rendered useless and huge swathes of the planet overwritten with alien landscapes and creatures – creatures both friendly and deadly.”
Here’s a preview of the first issue:
The first issue arrives July 14.
Who are The Marvels?
Kurt Busiek and Yildiray Cinar’s The Marvels debuts at the end of this month, “telling stories that span the decades and range from cosmic adventure to intense human drama, from the street-level to the cosmic, starring literally anyone from Marvel’s very first heroes to the superstars of tomorrow,” according to Marvel.
If you’re curious about some of the newer/more obscure characters appearing in it, Marvel has some of Alex Ross and Cinar’s character sketches that spotlight them:
The Marvels #1 comes out April 28.
A special Die variant cover for the UK
Image Comics and Kieron Gillen have announced that Die #16, the start of the book’s final storyline, will feature a special variant cover that’s only available to Diamond UK retailers.
“We’ve had such incredible support on this book throughout its run from Diamond UK—hell, as a British writer, throughout my whole career,” said Gillen. “When Eric [Stephenson] suggested it, it just seemed like something we absolutely should do, as quickly as possible. It’s been a nightmarish time. Thank you.”
Die #16 arrives in stores May 5.