Here are three things to support, to listen to and to follow in comics today.
1. To vote for: Major Sun on Webtoon
Webtoon is currently running a Call to Action contest, where various creators compete for a spot on the site — as well as for cash and other prizes. The submission period will end July 31, and then voting will take place throughout the month of August.
And wow, are there a lot of submissions — more than 100 pages, with 20 submissions per page. I of course would encourage you first to find one you like to support, as these things should be, but I couldn’t help but note that one of my favorite webcomics cartoonists has entered the fray.
Check out news and announcements about Godzilla, Joker, Sonic the Hedgehog, ShadowHawk, A.X.E.: Judgment Day, Star Trek and more.
Slugfest is a roundup of cool announcements about projects coming to a shelf near you from comics creators, publishers and more. Today’s edition includes some San Diego news we didn’t get to this past weekend, plus a few other items to note. Hit the links for more information.
Let’s start with a huge blast of Gotham City news that DC revealed last week in San Diego, as they revealed several new Batman-related projects by the likes of Narcisse, Ram V., Tini Howard, Matthew Rosenberg and more. Most of these announcements came right before the release of the DC solicitations for October, when many of them will kick off.
The long-awaited new series will be written by Jordan Ifueko with art by Alba Glez.
Last fall Marvel announced a batch of “eight tentpole projects” for 2022, including the Daredevil-centric crossover Devil’s Reign, She-Hulk, AvengersForever and a pair of Wolverine miniseries, among others. While most of those projects are either in flight or have already landed, one of them, a Moon Girl series, never came to pass — until now.
Originally teased for February of this year, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 will finally arrive in December. And the “top secret” creative team that was teased will be novelist Jordan Ifueko and artist Alba Glez.
Marvel celebrates 650 issues of ‘Iron Man’ in November with stories by Christopher Cantwell, Angel Unzueta, Kurt Busiek and more.
November brings not only the 65oth issue of Iron Man, if you go by Marvel’s “legacy numbering” system, but also the finale of Christopher Cantwell’s run on the title.
Iron Man #25 is an “oversized celebration” of Iron Man, featuring stories by a variety of creators, including Murewa Ayodele, Dotun Akande, Kurt Busiek, Ben Dewey and more. But the main story will focus on “Iron Man Day” in New York, as Cantwell and Angel Unzueta bring their run to a close.
“I have come to love this guy so much. This book has been a highlight of my career,” Cantwell said on Twitter. “I will miss Tony. I already do.”
Marvel reveals more about the upcoming ‘Dark Web’ event, plus Gold Goblin, Hallow’s Eve and more.
As the temperatures cool down, the Spider-Verse will heat up — in San Diego this week, Marvel shared details on several Spider-Man related titles and events that will keep the wall-crawler busy through the end of the year.
First let’s talk about Dark Web, the Spider-Man/X-Men crossover event spearheaded by Zeb Wells that involves the Goblyn Queen and Chasm, aka Ben Reilly. The story will begin in “prelude” issues throughout November (in AmazingSpider-Man, for example), followed by December’s Dark Web Alpha #1 where Wells will be joined by Adam Kubert to kick things off in earnest. From there, the story continues in Amazing Spider-Man as well as various tie-in one-shots and limited series.
Marvel released the cover for Dark Web Alpha, by Ryan Stegman. Here’s his line art:
The big event kicks off with ‘Avengers Assemble Alpha’ by Jason Aaron and Bryan Hitch in November.
During their Next Big Thing Panel in San Diego today, Marvel announced that all of the various Avengers titles Jason Aaron has worked on over the past few years — Avengers, Avengers Forever and Avengers of 1,000,000 BC — will come together in one epic crossover, suitably titled Avengers Assemble.
The event will kick off in an “alpha” issue, drawn by Bryan Hitch, that will land on Nov. 30.
“Four years of Avengers stories. Threads from really every major series I’ve worked on throughout my last decade and a half at Marvel, from Ghost Rider to Thor. It all leads to this,” Aaron said. “The biggest Avengers story I could possibly imagine. Featuring a cavalcade of characters from across creation. And I’m so deeply thrilled and honored that it all kicks off with an oversized ALPHA issue that’s being drawn by the legendary Bryan Hitch, who I’m getting to work with here for the very first time.”
A new graphic novel by Sina Grace and a surprise appearance from Ash Williams highlight the Comic-Con panel.
In San Diego today, DC’s “Comics Are Fun for Everyone” panel brought plenty of news on upcoming graphic novels like Superman: The Harvest of Youth and Constantine: Distorted Illusions, and also plenty of fun in the form of actor and writer Bruce Campbell.
The popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles storyline gets a sequel in November.
IDW’s The Last Ronin, a sort-of “Old Man Logan” take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, proved to be a huge success for the publisher, with a reported 840,000 copies in print, not to mention a hardcover collection that just came out. So naturally it’s getting a sequel — Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin–The Lost Years.
Kevin Eastman will once again work with Tom Waltz on the story, with SL Gallant and Ben Bishop illustrating it.
“Continuing to expand on an idea Peter Laird and I had 35 years ago with this incredible creative team has been the adventure of a lifetime,” said Eastman. “To continue exploring and telling stories within the Last Ronin universe couldn’t possibly be more exciting for me. I’m so thrilled we get to stay and play here for a while and I can’t wait to share everything we have planned. Buckle up, TMNT fans! We’ve got two turtle universes that are both about to get seriously awesome!”
Check out preview pages from the new miniseries as well as the upcoming graphic novel ‘Static: Up All Night.’
During the Jim Lee & Friends panel in San Diego yesterday, DC’s publisher and CCO welcomed Milestone founder and legendary artist Denys Cowan to the stage to announce a second Static miniseries titled Static: Shadows of Dakota.
Vita Ayala and Nikolas Draper-Ivey will once again tell Virgil Hawkins’ story and introduce a villain called Ebon. Here’s a look at the cover:
Jim Lee and Paul Dano shared a preview during the San Diego Comic-Con yesterday.
As revealed during the Jim Lee & Friends panel in San Diego yesterday, DC has released preview pages and variant covers for The Riddler: Year One, the upcoming Black Label project by actor Paul Dano and artist Stevan Subic.
According to DC, “Dano’s story provides an in-depth look at how the unknown forensic accountant Edward Nashton evolved into the menace known as the Riddler and came so close to bringing down the entire city.” Dano of course played the character in The Batman.
Mike W. Barr and Silvano Beltramo will bring back the 1980s detective series.
The Maze Agency, the 1980s comic created and written by Mike W. Barr, has found its way to a new home — Scout Comics, who announced this weekend that they will publish new stories featuring detectives Jennifer Mays and Gabriel Webb.
First self-published by Barr with art by Alan Davis, The Maze Agency debuted at Comico in 1988 with artwork by Adam Hughes and Rick Magyar. Over the years it has been published by Innovation, Caliber and IDW, among others. This new series will feature artwork by Silvano Beltramo.
“I’m delighted that The Maze Agency has again found a home at Scout Comics,” Barr said. “Of all the features I’ve created, Maze is my favorite, and I hope that shows in the scripts. Silvano Beltramo loves the characters and has an ideal ability to draw the urban world in which Maze lives.”
Steve Niles, David Dastmalchian, Lukas Ketner and Lauren Affe will bring their two monster hunters together.
Legendary horror writer Steve Niles will team up with the crew behind Count Crowley for a monster-sized crossover in October — Criminal Macabre/Count Crowley: From The Pit They Came.
Niles will co-write the comic with David Dastmalchian, while artist Lukas Ketner and colorist Lauren Affe will bring the story to life.
“Working with David and Lukas has been a thrill and way too much fun,” said Niles. “Everything came together so smoothly by the time we were finished I wanted to keep going. I hope people enjoy the crossover half as much as I enjoyed working on it.”