Writer Cullen Bunn has announced a new fantasy adventure comic, Deepest Catacombs. The story, which will feature dozens of artists, is inspired by the one-page advertisements for Dungeons and Dragons that appeared in comics in the 80s.
The comic will be released online in one-page installments. Each installment will be drawn by different artists with a mix of long-established pros and up-and-coming talent. When read together, the installments tell a complete story.
The heroes of Deepest Catacombs include Randall, the would-be knight; Kezira, the mage; Annalynn, the far-ranger; Fingerbones, the goblin thief; and Chops, Kezira’s pig familiar.
Art for the first two installments (and the “cover” image And character designs) was provided by A.C. Zamudio and Nick Zamudio. Other installments will be illustrated by a host of surprise artists. The first wave of the project will run 24 pages, though Bunn is already planning a second wave.
Bunn is working with frequent collaborator Anton Kromoff of Old Magic Gaming to release these stories. Kromoff is doing design work on the project, creating the logo, setting up page templates, and lettering the stories. He is also working with Bunn and some of the other creators to develop gaming content set in the world of Deepest Catacombs.
In a comic that immediately went in to our “excited to read” pile, Marvel has revealed that writer Christopher Priest and artist Stefano Landini area teaming up for U.S.Agent. The first issue drops in November. Titled “American Zealot” the story is described by Priest as a morality play that takes place in five chapters.
John Walker has been stripped of his official USAgent status and is now an independent government contractor protecting government covert interests. He’s drawn into a conflict between a small town and corporate giant attempting to destroy it. Along the way, he gets a new partner and new enemy as well as being haunted by the ghosts from his past while facing his future.
IDW Publishing has terminated it’s publisher Jud Meyers. In a bizarre turn of events, Meyers was named Publisher on July 22. On July 27 he was placed on “administrative leave.” Now, he’s no longer with the company.
There’s lots of rumors as to questionable dealings and more in Meyers’ past but it’s unknown the exact reason why IDW has decided now to “part ways” with him. It also opens up questions as to IDW’s hiring process that this happened.
IDW’s statement was brief and lips are tight right now as to “why.”
IDW Publishing has parted ways with Jud Meyers and would like to thank everyone for their discretion
DC Comics has upped its digital game with DC Digital Firsts. The digital comics have allowed the publisher to try new formats and take risks. So far, it’s been a success for readers. A crown jewel in the line is Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red. The digital anthology series features a new creative team each issue delivering a new self-contained experience. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Seven has Erica Henderson showing us what she’d do with the character in a very cute story fit for an animated short.
Harley is done with Mr. J. She wants to show her independence by burning up the gifts he’s given her. But, Ivy has other things to focus on, like the latest caper with Harley. The comic is just a spiraling of issues as Harley’s new focus on doing good for herself lands them both into trouble.
Henderson uses Harley’s toxic relationship with the Joker to drive the humor of the story. This isn’t an examination of their twisted romance or a look at Harley’s abuse. Instead, it’s a means to get us to the action and get us some laughs. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Seven is interesting compared to many of the previous chapters. The rest have dived a little more into Harley’s trauma. Here, it’s a plot point whose greater purpose is to create some friction between Harley and Ivy. It’s another example of not just how the same character but even the same character aspect can be used in such a different way by creators.
It’d be easy to go down a serious road and a dour take on Harley when it comes to the Joker. It’s not a healthy relationship and the Joker has abused her psychologically. Henderson doesn’t ignore that but more so that’s not the focus of the comic. Some of their issues are danced around but the comic is more about a woman burning her memories to move on, then causing a fire by accident while doing so. There’s also that nice addition as to Harley’s choices being wide open without the Joker to hold her down.
Part of the success of this comic is Henderson’s art. There’s a lot said in body language and facial expressions and they drive so much of the back and forth between the characters. Ivy delivers Harley a look that says everything she’s thinking when Harley declares she wants to try crime-fighting to see what that’s like. It really shows the power of the comic medium and how much it differs from prose novels. The lettering by Gabriela Downie too is key. It adds such emotion to some of Henderson’s dialogue and really sets a panel and scene.
Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Seven is the great build-up to the joke that gets you to laugh when it’s all over. I fully expected to hear a rim shot at the end as the “sketch” ended along with some audience laughter. And, it got me to actually laugh. It’s really cute and another solid addition to the digital series. Again, it’s a prime example as to how flexible the character is and awesome to see what another creator brings to the character.
DC Fandome is just a few weeks away and video game developer Rocksteady will be there. Today they took to Twitter teasing a video game based on DC‘s Suicide Squad which gets a new film next year.
Suicide Squad is a comic series turned film that brings together a group of villains into a Dirty Dozen like team for the government. They run missions they aren’t expected to return from in order to earn early release. The first film was released in 2016 and went on to earn nearly $747 million worldwide. The sequel is currently set to be released in August 2021.
There’s a lot of directions a video game featuring them could take. What would you like to see in a game starring them?
It shouldn’t be a surprise but Awesome Con 2020 has announced that the planned convention is officially canceled. The 2020 convention was to take place in May of this year but was rescheduled for December due to COVID. Now, with things still a raging dumpster fire, the convention has decided to put “the health, safety, and well being of our team, customers, partners, family, and friends above all.” Awesome Con has taken place a the Washington, DC convention center each year since it launched.
Attendess with pre-purchased tickets will receive an email offering to transfer their tickets to 2021 or get a refund (excluding service fees). Exhibitors and artists will also receive an email and instructions.
This shouldn’t be a surprise and is the latest convention to cancel, this time with a convenient 4 months notice. That leaves Baltimore Comic Con and New York Comic Con as the last two major conventions scheduled for later this year that have yet to call it. Both are to take place in October.
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Corvus Belli has debuted Infinity: Betrayal, a new graphic novel set in the Infinity Universe. This is its second science fiction novel after the success of Infinity: Outrage, created in collaboration with writer Víctor Santos and artist Agustin Graham Nakamura.
In a hidden base deep in the jungles of planet Paradiso, Imperial Agent Adil Mehmut must determine whether his prisoner, special operative and former hero Ko Dali, is a traitor to her country and the whole human race, or an alien that has impersonated her to divide humanity.
In this story of political and military intrigue where nothing is what it seems, Adil will test the loyalties of his comrades – and of the very same nation he swore to serve.
Infinity: Betrayal is 128 page a softcover graphic novel and being released in two editions. Infinity: Betrayal features a regular edition and a limited edition that includes an exclusive miniature of the protagonist: Ko Dali. The pack price is 24,95€ PVP.
The new miniature will be playable with the new Infinity N4 rules as well as with Infinity CodeOne (the two latest versions of the well-known wargame).
Nia DaCosta has been tapped to direct Captain Marvel 2 according to Deadline. The announcement is not official.
The director is receiving lots of buzz due to the upcoming Candyman which she has directed and wrote the screenplay for. Her directing of Little Woods, which was critically praised, put her on the radar of Jordan Peele, who hand-picked her to direct Candyman.
Anna Bodn and Ryan Fleck directed the first film which went on to earn $426.8 million domestically, $701.4 million internationally, and $1.128 billion worldwide in 2019.
Megan McDonnell, who is a story editor on Marvel’s WandaVision has penned the script for the film which will see Brie Larson return in the starring role. The sequel is expected to be released in 2022.
The cast of The Suicide Squad wished director James Gunn a happy birthday with a video on Twitter today. Gunn also delivered a gift to fans with the reveal of The Suicide Squad‘s logo from around the world.
We’ll see more about the film at DC’s DC Fan Dome event on August 22.