Slugfest | Tynion, Brombal + Goodhart debut ‘Christopher Chaos’

Plus: News and updates on ‘Darkskulls,’ ‘The Bone Orchard Mythos,’ ‘The United States of Murder’ and more.

If you aren’t following James Tynion IV’s TinyOnion newsletter, then you likely missed the launch of his newest comic last week — The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos. He’s released the first chapter for free via his Substack newsletter.

“This is a comic for folks who like teenage angst and horror monsters,” Tynion said. “I’ve always liked books that don’t fit neatly into one category or another. You’ll see some trappings of young adult storytelling here, but when the horror kicks in we don’t hold back. And we don’t hold back on the language either. Hell, it’s not like teens do, anyways. It’s not a superhero bit, but it doesn’t shy away from some of my favorite superhero tropes. It’s not a YA story, but it similarly doesn’t shy away from the best of those tropes. I think when I first started kicking it around in the back of my mind I thought of it as ‘A queer horror answer to Invincible.'”

He’s joined by Tate Brombal, Nick Robles, Isaac Goodhart, Kurt Michael Russell, Aditya Bidikar, Dylan Todd and Greg Lockard on the project. Subsequent chapters will also be available for free, so be sure to subscribe.

In an edition of his newsletter that’s loaded with all sorts of news, Ben Templesmith talks more about Darkskulls, his project coming from Artist Elite, the new publishing venture from Ale Garza, Tyler Kirkham and others. Templesmith describes it as “my piss poor take on a gothy 90’s superhero team if I’d been around when Image Comics started up basically. Lots of skulls, snark, attempts at humour, powers and hitting things, with a bit of a mystery to unfold. If you can beg your retailers to order the main books to come, all us creatives trying to forge a non-corporate path would all greatly appreciate it.”

If you missed Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s introduction to their new Bone Orchard Mythos publishing initiative on Free Comic Book Day, you are in luck — Lemire has made the issue available on his Substack. He also shows off the covers for Ten Thousand Black Feathers, one of the upcoming Bone Mythos projects the duo is working on, so be sure to check them out.

With Dark Crisis hitting stores today, it’s no wonder that Tini Howard debuted the cover for an upcoming tie-in: Worlds Without a Justice League: Wonder Woman. Howard is working with artist Leila Del Duca on the one-shot, which arrives from DC in September.

If you’ve been wondering what happened to Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s United States of Murder Inc., never fear — the Powers team have plans to release it through Dark Horse later this year, but under a new, simplified title, Murder Inc.

“The entire third volume is completed and coming to you via Dark Horse. We are going to release it later this year. Our Jinxworld publishing plan, put together by our amazing editor Daniel Chabon, is to spotlight one title at a time so we can really focus on celebrating and promoting the hard work of everyone involved,” Bendis said in his newsletter. “The plan is to put out a new title and then a return title. So we did Joy Operations, new, now we’re doing Pearl, returning, next up will be a new original, soon to be announced, and then Murder Inc.

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