Slugfest | A round-up of comics publishing news

Ultraman, Blink, Sleeper Agent, Human Target and more slug it out in our first Slugfest comics publishing news round-up.

Slugfest is a roundup of cool announcements about projects coming to a shelf near you from comics creators, publishers and more. Hit the links for more information.

Ultraman returns in August

Marvel has announced a third Ultraman miniseries by Kyle Higgins, Mat Groom. and Davide Tinto. Subtitled ‘The Mystery of Ultraseven,” the story will include “an enigmatic new Ultra and a secret that has remained hidden for decades.”

“Kyle and I’s reimagination of this universe started with a long-term masterplan — which is why we featured Dan Moroboshi’s mysterious disappearance in the very first pages of The Rise of Ultraman,” said Groom. “It’s so exciting to have reached the stage where we can now pull back the curtain on that mystery…and its world-shaking implications!”

Look for the first issue in August.

Venom’s Symbiote cat becomes Sleeper Agent

The Sleeper symbiote — that’s Dylan’s cat sidekick in the current Venom series — is getting a new look and name in Venom #11, courtesy of Al Ewing, Ram V and Bryan Hitch. Here’s a look at Sleeper Agent:

“I had to learn to draw cats for this book, not just symbiotes, and Sleeper has become a favorite one to play with,” Hitch told Marvel.com. “He hasn’t seen too much, but that’s about to change, as he’s getting serious and upping his game. He’s bringing a new element and a new player into the symbiote world with Sleeper Agent. Chemical and biological warfare. This cover reveal is really only the first phase of Sleeper Agent’s look. They are symbiotes, after all…”

Venom #11 arrives in August.

Tales of The Human Target takes aim in August

Tom King and Greg Smallwood’s stylish Black Label miniseries The Human Target is taking a break until September, but don’t worry — DC will help fill the gap this August with Tales of The Human Target.

The one-shot will feature several stories, all written by King and drawn by Mikel Janín, Rafael Albuquerque, Kevin Maguire and Smallwood. They’ll show what happened before Christopher Chance was poisoned, as detailed in the miniseries. Look for it on Aug. 23, featuring the awesome cover above by Smallwood, or one of these two variant covers by David Marquez and Jorge Jiménez:

Don’t ‘Blink’ or you’ll miss Sebela + Sherman’s new series

IGN has an exclusive announcement and preview of Blink, the new series by writer Christopher Sebela, artist Hayden Sherman and colorist Nick Filardi. According to IGN, the series “draws on the storytelling tropes of found footage horror as it explores the plight of Wren Booker, an amnesic journalist drawn into a terrifying industrial labyrinth where CCTV cameras are watching her every move.” It’s coming from Oni Press (check out their 25th anniversary logo above) in August.

Image announces ‘neon horror’ series ‘Lovesick’

Image Comics has announced Lovesick, a new “dark sexploitation series” by Bolero artist Luana Vecchio. “The idea for this story came to me when I stumbled onto a shock site for the first time, and realised that sadly, reality is more disturbing than I had thought,” said Vecchio. “But beyond mere violence and gore, Lovesick is a deep journey into human loneliness.” Look for it in October.

Wimberly + Revel’s ‘Now Let Me Fly’ soars in January

Ronald Wimberly and Brahm Revel team up for a graphic novel about the first African-American fighter pilot. Now Let Me Fly is about Eugene Bullard, who, in 1914, joined the fight to defend France during World War I. Look for it in shops early next year from First Second.

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