Jay Edidin is half of the podcast Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men (“because it’s about time someone did”). He writes comics, short fiction, and narrative nonfiction; and edits comics, transmedia, and genre fiction. Jay was named comicbook.com‘s 2017 Comics Person of the Year for his investigative coverage of harassment issues at D.C. Comics and his work to foster diversity and inclusion in comics culture.
Tea Fougner is the Editorial Director for Comics at King Features Syndicate. When she’s not reading comics for work, she’s reading comics for fun, drawing comics, dressing up as comic book characters, or watching comic adaptations on television.
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Attention Stranger Things fans! Are you curious about the origins of Project MKUltra and Dr. Brenner’s Hawkins Laboratory? Writer Jody Houser, penciller Edgar Salazar, inker Keith Champagne, colorist Triona Farrell, and letterer Nate Piekos are signed on to introduce us to the other subjects trapped in the Hawkins Laboratory in Stranger Things: SIX. Dark Horse and Netflix will release Stranger Things: SIX, the first prequel comic series to the Netflix Original series with covers by Aleksi Bricolt, Kyle Lambert, and David Mack.
Stranger Things: SIXfollows Francine, a teenage girl with precognition. She’s struggled through a lifetime of exploitation: first by her parents, then by Dr. Brenner of Hawkins Laboratory. Dr. Brenner wants to harness her powers as well as those of the other gifted children that they hold captive at the lab. Wracked by increasingly disturbing visions, she sees an opportunity to change her life. But at what cost?
Stranger Things: SIX #1(of four) goes on sale May 29, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. Stranger Things Volume 1: The Other Side TPB goes on sale April 30th, 2019. On Saturday, May 4, 2019, fans can visit their local comic shop to pick up a copy of Dark Horse’s Free Comic Book Day Gold 2019 offering, which includes a Stranger Things story!
You’ll get your chance to get Lost in Space as the latest take on the series is coming to toys. Legendary Entertainment is partnering with Well Played Toys for toys based on the Netflix series.
Legendary and Well Played toys will launch a full line of action figures, construction, RC vehicles and role-play items inspired by the science fiction reboot. Well Played Toys has also strategically partnered with Synthesis Entertainment to bring back retro collectibles from the classic 1960s television series created by Irwin Allen.
It’s not a surprise but the second season of Marvel’s The Punisher and third season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones are their last on Netflix. The digital platform has now cancelled all of the Marvel live action series that have aired having previously cancelled Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Luke Cage, and Marvel’s Iron Fist.
Jessica Jones‘ third season has yet to air and doesn’t have an air date but is believed to debut during the summer.
With the upcoming launch of rival streaming service Disney+, it’s not a surprise that Marvel and Netflix have parted ways. Executive Producer Jeph Loeb has hinted it’s a possibility the characters and shows will be revived on that platform.
In the lead up to the launch of Disney+, Disney has been removing some of its top content, including Marvel films, from Netflix.`
The relationship between Netflix and Marvel hasn’t been smooth as the shows all had creative and scheduling issues and a revolving door of showrunners. The decision to cancel things seem to have come during the decision of a third season of Luke Cage where Netflix wanted to have the episode count cut from 13 to 10. Those negotiations became strained which was a factor in Netflix deciding to cut the shows loose.
Netflix and Hasbro have partnered with Rooster Teeth to bring War For Cybertron to Netflix members around the world in an all-new original series to launch in 2020 – complete with a new animation look and style that presents the Transformers like you’ve never seen them before.
Rooster Teeth will produce the original series for Netflix and Polygon Pictures will serve as the animation studio. Transformers veteran FJ DeSanto will serve as showrunner on the series with several contributing writers, including George Krstic, Gavin Hignight , and Brandon Easton.
Transformers: War for Cybertron is an origin story that explores the expansive universe of Cybertron focused on long time fans and those coming to Transformers for the first time.
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Announced in March 2018, Rob Liefeld had cut an option deal with Netflix to bring his Extreme Universe of comics to the digital movie and show service. The deal covered six comic series with over 50 characters.
Not even a year later and that deal is done. Liefeld has announced that he has taken Extreme “elsewhere” that’s a “better deal and fit.”
Liefeld took to Twitter:
Judging by the somewhat cryptic Tweets, it sounds like part of whatever deal was cut would be more likely to keep his creations together instead of having them walled off as seemed to be the case previously.
Currently he has a movie based on Prophet being worked on from Studio 8 and last we heard Paramount was developing a film based on Avengelyne.