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In case you missed it, Ryan North and Iban Coello revive “Fantastic Four,” and Leila del Duca draws the second arc of “Once Upon a Time at the End of the World.” We also interviewed translator Ryan Holmberg about his work on Drawn & Quarterly’s release of Yamada Murasaki’s “Talk to My Back.”
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– Image Comics has announced a new horror-comedy series from the team of writer Doug Wagner and artist Daniel Hillyard (“Plastic,” “Vinyl”). Colourist Rico Renzi and scholar Ed Dukeshire join the duo for the six-issue “Plush” mini-series, which features a group of cannibalistic serial killer furries. The series follows Devin Fulcher as he reluctantly attends his first furry convention, only to stumble upon a group of furries eating a human. “‘Plush’ is our most ambitious serial killer, dark comedy, ridiculously bloody love story to date,” Wagner said. “This time we just put everyone in fursuits.” The first issue will feature main cover art by Hillyard and Renzi, with variations by Tony Fleecs and Jorge Corona & Sarah Stern. “Plush” #1 takes a bite out of the shelves on November 30.
– Writer and artist Marc Silvestri’s long-promised Batman/Joker team-up series will finally hit shelves this fall. Going through Newsarama, Black Label’s seven-issue series ‘Batman/Joker: Deadly Duo’ will feature the Dark Knight teaming up with his greatest enemy in a ‘shaky alliance’ after Harley Quinn is kidnapped by a ‘strange, mysterious villain. and cheeky.” The series was first announced over four years ago at San Diego Comic-Con in 2018. A host of top artists will provide covers for the series, including Greg Capullo, Kyle Hotz, Jorge Fornes, Jim Lee, Yanick Paquette, Christopher Mitten, and Silvestri. “Batman/Joker: Deadly Duo” #1 dives into the underbelly of Gotham on November 1.
– Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru’s Marvel all-ages “Double Trouble” franchise gets a new entry. Going through ComicBook.com, Vita Ayala will join the team as co-writer of “Peter Parker & Miles Morales: Spider-Men Double Trouble,” a four-issue miniseries in which Peter and Miles debate which of them is the acolyte. “There are very few things in the comics that I enjoyed more than collaborating with Gurihiru on the previous ‘Double Troubles,'” Tamaki said in a statement. “I feel doubly lucky to be able to work with Vita on this latest series. Vita is a treasure. I hope everyone enjoys this bizarre spider ride. Tamaki and Gurihiru’s previous collaborations have included “Spider-Man & Venom : Double Trouble” and “Thor & Loki: Double Trouble.” “Peter Parker & Miles Morales: Spider-Men Double Trouble” will be available in November.
– DC Comics will release the special holiday anthology “DC’s Grifter Got Run Over by a Reindeer” later this year. ITPA has the exclusive first look at the special issue, which will feature contributions from John Layman, Max Bemis, Cavan Scott, Michael Conrad, Dustin Nguyen, Christopher Mitten, Skylar Patridge, and more. While the solicitation doesn’t associate any of the creators with their subject, the text teases stories with Harley Quinn, Batman, Hawkman, Black Canary, Animal Man, and (of course) Grifter, among others. “DC Con Man Got Run Over By A Reindeer” #1 brings holiday cheer on Nov. 29.
– Marvel has launched a pair of new Infinity Comics on Marvel Unlimited. The first, final arc of “Marvel’s Voices Infinity Comic” shines the spotlight on America Chavez for a six-part arc that sees Loki recruit her to “unleash” an artifact from the vaults of Asgard, bringing them into conflict with the Warriors Three. . “Marvel’s Voices: America Infinity Comic” comes from creators Juan Ponce, Alba Glez, Jose Marzan Jr. and Pete Pantazis. Marvel also dropped “Strange Tales: She-Hulk,” a one-shot Infinity comic that finds Jennifer Walters drafted as a lawyer for a long-dead ghost, in a supernatural lawsuit against prosecutor Blackheart. “Strange Tales: She Hulk” #1 comes from Steve Foxe, Ramon Bachs, Javier Tartaglia and Joe Sabino of VC. Both titles are available now on Marvel Unlimited.
– The next Netflix series Wednesday provided its first full trailer out of the shadows. Based on the comic book and characters from “The Addams Family,” created by cartoonist Charles Addams, the series stars Jenna Ortega as the titular Wednesday Addams, as she is sent to the spooky Nevermore Academy and comes across a deadly supernatural mystery. The trailer offers a first look at the dark and colorful world of the series billed as “from the mind of Tim Burton”; Burton directed some episodes of the series, including the pilot. Created by Smallville designers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and also with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Riki Lindhome, Gwendoline Christie, Percy Hynes White and Christina Ricci, Wednesday will be coming to Netflix later this year.
– The upcoming animated film “Garfield” from director Mark Dindal (The Emperor’s New Routine) expands its cast. Going through Deadline, the adaptation of Jim Davis’ iconic comic has added Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult, Hannah Waddingham and Cecily Strong to the cast, joining the previously announced Chris Pratt and Samuel L. Jackson (who will play Garfield and his father, respectively). Details of the roles of the new cast members have not been announced. From a screenplay by David Reynolds (The world of Nemo), Garfield will lazily arrive in theaters on February 16, 2024.
– The boys Star Jack Quaid has signed on to a new scripted podcast from “Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola. Going through Deadlinehe will star in the series adaptation by podcast company Echoverse Grim Death & Bill the Electrocuted Criminal, by Mignola and co-author Thomas Sniegoski. The writers will adapt their own work for the audio drama. Quaid plays Bentley Hawthorne, the titular Grim Death, who avenges “the wrongful deaths of those in need of justice”. No release date has been announced for the series.
– News Corp Australia, which publishes around 100 newspapers, will stop publishing comic strips in its newspapers from next month. Going through The daily cartoonist, editorial cartoons will remain in the pages. “The decision to end comics reflects the changing reading habits of our audience and is why we are focusing more as a company on puzzles, games and crosswords,” the company said. in a press release. Cathy Wilcox, president of the Australian Cartoonists Association, noted that for some Australian cartoonists, News Corp was their only employer. Comics and panels will stop appearing in News Corp newspapers on September 11.
– Finally, a school district in suburban Fort Worth, Texas, ordered librarians to remove the graphic novel adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” along with dozens of other disputed books, from circulation by parents last year. Through the Jewish Telegraph Agency, the Keller Independent School District’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, Jennifer Price, sent an email to her librarians ordering the list of books to be removed from their digital shelves and libraries. Other books affected by the purge include the Bible, Alison Bechdel’s ‘Fun Home’, ‘Toni Morrison’ The bluest eyeand Jon Ronson So you’ve been publicly shamed. The move comes after a campaign led by right-wing activists – backed by a PAC affiliated with the conservative mobile phone company Patriot Mobile – managed to win a majority of school board seats in May’s election. In 2021, the district was accused by Republican Gov. Greg Abbot of making “sexually explicit” books available to children.