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– Via ComicBook.com, Skybound has announced major plans to mark the 20th anniversary of “Invincible” next year. The first issue of the violent superhero series, which was created by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley, will receive black-and-white and color reprints, while trade paperbacks will be reprinted in an all-new 6″x9″ format with covers from the artists of the animated series. The series will also be recalled in a hardcover series, “Invincible Compendium”, which will be exclusive to comic book stores, while an “Invincible Universe Compendium” will reprint the various spin-offs.
– Via Bleeding Cool, Rocketship Entertainment announced that Warren Ellis will contribute to a graphic novel anthology based on the 1930s radio horror show Curfew. Rocketship editor Tom Akel told the site: “We have been following statements and updates from SMOU [So Many of Us, the site founded by Ellis’s victims] and Warren. Based on those who indicate that Warren has been engaged with the mediator since August 2021, that SMOU has reiterated that there is no will to “cancel” him, and that the majority of SMOU has found peace and moved forward, we’ll be publishing a short story by Warren Ellis in next year’s “Lights Out” anthology. As of this writing, representatives for So Many Of Us have not responded to Bleeding Cool’s request for comment.
– In a Twitter feedcartoonist Hannah Good has revealed she has started a scholarship at The Washington Post to develop the newspaper’s comic book journalism. In a tape posted to the wire, Good (who is an editor at Job) explains how she wanted to give other art-loving journalists the opportunity to create stories through the medium of comics. “In Brief” is his dream job, and you can expect a lot more graphic journalism from the paper in the next eight months.
– Titan Comics has announced “Astroneer: Countdown,” a graphic novel series about the sandbox space adventure game Astroneer. “The graphic novel’s adventure follows the friendly Astroneer Seven as he ventures through the Boreas system. What begins as an epic quest to gather crucial resources turns into a crisis of identity and belonging. The Will discovery of the mysterious time and space bending crystals save Seven from her troubles, or will they just cause more chaos?” The first volume, due March 2023, contains four stories, written by Dave Dwonch, David Pepose, Jeremy Lawson and Mr. Goodwin respectively, with art by Xenia Pamfil, Eryk Donovan, Jeremy Lawson and Goodwin themselves.
– Dark Horse Comics has announced a new installment of the graphic novels Plants vs. Zombies, “Plants vs. Zombies: Impfestation,” written by Paul Tobin, with art by Cat Farris, color by Heather Breckel, and lettering by Steve Dutro. The synopsis states that the book will see the pirate Chestbeard ask Patrice, Nate and Crazy Dave to help him eliminate an infestation of zombie imps aboard his ship. It will be released in bookstores on June 13, 2023 and in comic book stores the next day.
– In a preview/interview to Angry Asian Man, ‘Girl Taking Over: A Lois Lane Story’ writer Sarah Kuhn revealed that Ms. Lane will be portrayed as a biracial Japanese-American in the upcoming graphic novel. “I was always desperate for a little piece of representation in the stories I loved and Lois had black hair, so sometimes I fantasized that she was Asian American – like me,” commented Kuhn. The YA graphic novel exploring Lois’ early years, featuring the art of Arielle Jovellanos, will be released in April 2023. The mainstream iteration of Lois was previously established as having a non-white Hispanic mother in the one-shot of 2014 “Superman: Lois Lane”.
– Marvel Studios has delayed several upcoming films in the wake of Blade reboot director Bassam Tariq’s departure from the project. Blade itself was pushed back a year from November 2023 to September 6, 2024, which in turn delayed Dead Pool 3 to November 8, 2024, and the The Fantastic Four restart on February 14, 2025. Avengers: Secret Warsmeanwhile, has been moved from November 2025 to May 1, 2026, meaning there will now be an entire year between him and Avengers: Kang Dynasty. Neither Blade Where Secret Wars have a manager attached right now.
– Via Deadline, Sydney Sweeney will star in and produce a new Barbarelle movie at Sony Pictures. Ostensibly a remake of the 1968 camp classic starring Jane Fonda, itself based on Jean-Claude Forest’s erotic French comic book series, the film will likely see Sweeney play the title space adventurer. Emmy-nominated star Sweeney Euphoria and The White Lotusshould also appear in Sony Madame Web film.
– BET+ acquired the rights to trill league, an animated series based on Anthony Piper’s superhero webcomic of the same name. The series follows a team of black superheroes as they deal with enemies and their own personal issues as well as monsters and villains. Piper is writing the animated version with Leann Bowen, the Emmy Award-winning co-executive producer of Ted Lasso. The project was previously in development at Quibi and is produced by 50 Cent’s G-Unit Film & Television, among others.
– To finish, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts director Steven Caple Jr. revealed on social networks that Michelle Yeoh and Pete Davidson joined the film’s voice cast. Yeoh will play Airazor, while Davidson will voice Mirage. Although no details were provided about their characters, in the TV series Airazor was a heroic Maximal Falcon, while Mirage was an Autobot race car. The Rising of the Beastsalso starring Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime and Ron Perlman as Optimus Primitivereleased on June 9, 2023.