DC announced during their FanDome event that StaticShock was getting the movie treatment. The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that Michael B. Jordan and Outlier Society will produce the film.
Jordin joins Reginald Hudlin on the project. Outlier Society is Jordan’s Warner-based banner.
In a statement, Jordan said:
I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around black superheroes; our community deserves that. Outlier Society is committed to bringing to life diverse comic book content across all platforms and we are excited to partner with Reggie and Warner Bros on this initial step.
Static is 15-year-old Virgil Hawkins who gains electromagnetic powers and becomes a costumed crusader.
Static first appeared in Static #1 in 1993 as part of the Milestone Comics imprint. Milestone was a comics imprint founded in response to the underrepresentation of minorities in comics. The comic imprinted the Dakota Verse, filled with minority superheroes and characters. Static was created by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle. When Milestone folded, Static eventually joined the regular DC Universe.
Milestone is currently being revived by DC. Hudlin will be writing a new Static Shock digital comic series that launches in February 2021 as well as a graphic novel with art by Kyle Baker.
Static has also appeared in other media including his own animated series which ran for four seasons and 52 episodes.
Announced at DC Fandome, Milestone will return in February 2021. In the months leading up to the relaunch of the line, DC has also announced it will be releasing Milestone’s back catalogue.
The publisher is looking beyond comics to bring their characters and materials to new frontiers like video games, podcasts, and movies.
Also announced is a new Static Shock digital-first series that will launch in February 2021. Also announced is an Icon and Rocket series by Reggie Hudlin and Denys Cowen. Static Shock will be getting an original graphic novel by Kyle Baker and Reginald Hudlin as well.
Also announced that a 15-page sampler, Milestone Returns #0, as well as a selection of classic Milestone comics will be available to read for free during the 24 hours of the event.
Beyond these announcements, the panel also hinted at new characters and much more to come with the new Milestone.
ComiXology has new digital comics from DC Comics and Marvel in today’s new releases. There are comics for every age and you can see what you can get below.
Aquaman: Deep Dives #3
Written by Steve Orlando Pencils Ken V Marion Inks Sandu Florea Colored by Andrew Dalhouse Purchase
Aquaman and Tempest race to stop an enraged monster that has escaped its magical tomb under the city of New York.
Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 1: Misunderstood Monster
Written by Paul Benjamin Art by David Nakayama Cover by Carlo Pagulayan Purchase
Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #1-4.
The Green Goliath smashes his way into his own Marvel Adventures title! See how brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was cursed to transform into the rampaging Hulk! Learn why Banner’s girlfriend Betty Ross left him, why her father, General “Thunderbolt” Ross, hunts him and why Rick Jones blames himself for creating the monster. Most of all, thrill to the Hulk smashing everything in sight!
Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 2: Defenders
Written by Paul Benjamin Art by David Nakayama, Steve Scott Cover by Juan Santacruz Purchase
Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #5-8.
The Green Goliath continues to smash his way through his own Marvel Adventures title! See how brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was cursed to transform into the rampaging Hulk! Dr. Strange, the Silver Surfer and Namor all arrive on the scene, concluding in an all-new Defenders team-up adventure! Most important, thrill to the Hulk smashing everything in sight!
Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 3: Strongest One There Is
Written by Paul Benjamin Art by Steve Scott Cover by David Nakayama Purchase
Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #9-12.
The Green Goliath smashes his way into his own Marvel Adventures title! Caught in the explosion of a gamma bomb, brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was transformed into a hulking beast! With no control over his transformations, Banner lives on the run, helping those less fortunate than he, hoping to one day find a cure to rid himself of the rampaging Hulk. Featuring Doc Samson, the Juggernaut and the Thing – and the Hulk smashing everything in sight!
Marvel Adventures Hulk Vol. 4: Tales To Astonish
Written by Peter David Art by Juan Santacruz Cover by Sean Murphy Purchase
Collects Marvel Adventures Hulk #13-16.
The Green Goliath continues to smash his way through his own Marvel Adventures title! Caught in the explosion of a gamma bomb, brilliant scientist Bruce Banner was transformed into a hulking beast! With no control over his transformations, Banner lives on the run, helping those less fortunate than he, hoping to one day find a cure to rid himself of the rampaging Hulk. Featuring Psycho Man, the Leader, the Abomination and the Marvel Mummies — and the Hulk smashing everything in sight!
Marvel Zombies: Dead Days
Written by Reginald Hudlin, Robert Kirkman, Mark Millar Art by Mitch Breitweiser, Greg Land, Sean Phillips, Francis Portela Cover by Arthur Suydam Purchase
Collects Marvel Zombies: Dead Days; Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-23, #30-32; And Black Panther (2005) #28-30.
At last – experience the birth of the Marvel Zombies as told by the creative team of the best-selling limited series, and then witness their rise as they attempt to slake their hunger across two universes! First, Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips pull out all the stops as they reveal the secret story of the day the Marvel Heroes became brain-eating monsters! Next, follow the Marvel Zombies into the pages of Mark Millar and Greg Land’s ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR! Reed Richards has used his scientific genius to contact an Earth in a surprisingly familiar parallel dimension – and he’s ready to visit! But nothing could have prepared him for the world he’s about to enter! Finally, get out the hot sauce, True Believer – it’s slobberin’ time! In Reginald Hudlin and Francis Portela’s Black Panther, the mainstream Marvel Universe’s New Fantastic Four just made a wrong turn on the dimensional super highway – and they’ve landed in the middle of Zombie-verse! And if that weren’t bad enough, they’ve parked their butts on that universe’s Skrull Planet!
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But it wasn’t just one man who got us to the moon. Rocket to the Moon! explores the people and technology that made the moon landing possible. Instead of examining one person’s life, it focuses on the moon landing itself, showing the events leading up to it and how it changed the world. The book takes readers through the history of rocket building: from ancient Chinese rockets, to “bombs bursting in air” during the War of 1812, to Russia’s Sputnik program, to the moon landing. Beautifully illustrated and well-researched, this book is the perfect resource for curious readers and tomorrow’s scientists. It includes a timeline of space travel, a bibliography, and an index.
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The movie, Black Panther, has been more than bright spot for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has proven itself to be a little more than a watershed moment. As fans worldwide took to the streets in masses, and watched this movie, even if they weren’t comic book fans. The one thing that made the movie great, is what makes Orange Is The New Black, required viewing, as it focused on the people that comprise the place and not on one single character. This is what made the movie stand taller than any other heroes solo movie debut, as it gave the main character, the gravitas and humanity to make the viewer appreciate the journey T’Challa was on.
This became even more prevalent as we found out who these people that surround him are and why they are connected to him, as they also make him who he is. One of those people, is fan favorite, Shuri, the one person who makes T’Challa better and who is said to be smarter than Tony Starks, a distinguish which makes her even more iconic. The importance of the character can be seen in the thousands of little girls who dress up like her, but only comic fans knows she takes up the mantle. In The Deadliest Of The Species, we follow Shuri as she occupies the role of ruler and battle an outside invader.
T’Challa attends a mysterious meeting in which Namor has joined forces with Loki and Doom, to form a confederation of individuals whose interests align with each other, as soon as T’Challa finds out what is going on, him and Doom battle, one which leaves the Black Panther badly injured and with a loss of one of his Dora Milaje. T’Challa returns to Wakanda in a comatose state, leaving the country without a Black Panther, leading to Ramonda and Storm to nominate Shuri to temporarily inhabit the sovereign seat, one in which she must undergoes the same tests every other Black Panther must face. In the meantime, Storm desperate for T’Challa to return to her, enters the celestial plane, known as D’Jalia, in search of him, while facing demons along the way. On the horizon, Morlun has awaken from the other end of the continent, planning his attack on Wakanda, one that Shuri’s training is about to pay off. By book’s end, Shuri outsmarts Morlun , defeating him with her wit and brawn, and Storm is able to able to bring back T’Challa from the D’Jalia.
Overall, a story which finds one of the canon’s favorite characters in the forefront, and at her best and a story which the new movie borrows form heavily. The story by Reginald Hudlin is dramatic, well developed and shows why he is one of the more renowned authors in the Black Panther canon. The art by creative team is vivid and prominent. Altogether, an excellent book which showcases this influential character and why she is important to canon.
Story: Reginald Hudlin Art: Ken Lashley, Paul Neary and Paul Mounts Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy
Marvel’sBlack Panther is one of those movies that has changed how the world has viewed superheroes of color. Never has such fanfare for a character has been expressed by legions of fans expecting a glimmer of hope, but what they got instead was a ray of sun. For longtime fans, we knew of the character’s importance and what it means, especially for comic book fans of color. What most of the media has failed to realize is just how this has been years in the making and not a one-time phenomenon, which is why Todd Steven Burroughs’ outstanding investigation of the character in Marvel’s Black Panther: A Comic Biography, seeks to give the character and his fans their just due.
In the Foreword, Makani Themba recounts how they first met the character between the pages of Fantastic Four in the summer of 1966 and how it impacted their upbringing. The book follows a chronological biography of the character, one that would fail under any other author, but unfolds like riveting epic within the words of Burroughs. In “From Patrice Lumumba to Sidney Poitier” he unpacks how the character was conceived and used in its early years. In “The Jungle Book”, we found out how Don MacGregor first started to shape the character’s narrative, veering away from the racist images and stereotypes and towards a technologically superior vision of Africa.
In “The Finished Man,”MacGregor was able to retcon much of the narrative that Kirby had laid initially and tell a story that was relevant to the time involving apartheid South Africa. In “Return of The Kings,” Burroughs digs into the problems that Kirby’s depiction of the character brought and how a good portion of it was the way Marvel treated Kirby before he left the company and after he returned. “The Client Was A Man of Remarkable Focus,” the amazing run of Christopher Priest on the character showed a different side of the character, something another website called “The an who Made Black Panther Cool,” which is an accurate description of his time on the titular character’s book. In “The Spy King.” Where Priest revealed the real reason T’Challa joined the Avengers, one that would shake the superhero team to its core.
In “Hudlin’s Un-Compromised Royal (Black) Super-Man,” Burroughs examines Reginald Hudlin’s run on the character, often espousing the anti-colonialism stance many fans often wished the character would show, and he did this instantly with the character’s dominance over Captain America. In “Side-Swipes,” he explores the replacements to the throne and the mantle, Kevin “Kasper” Cole, a NYC cop, who was half Jewish and half African and T’Challa’s sister, Shuri, whose dealings with Dr. Doom brought many troubles to the sitting sovereign. In “The Black(Man) Without Fear,” T’Challa’s run as the protector of Hell’s Kitchen, a rather satisfying story, but one that would disempower the character, a step back in many ways for the character. In “Between the World and Him,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’s significant run on the character is explored, where he takes into consideration the significance and impact on the canon by the only two black writers prior to his run.
In “The Conclusion,” Burroughs digs into the character’s first big screen appearance in Captain America: Civil War, where he promotes both the fierce independence of the character and the proud Wakandan resistance to colonialism.” In the “Afterword,” Greg Carr, the chair for Africana Studies at Howard University, discusses the reality of the character’s impact, it being purely aspirational for members of the African Diaspora. Overall, the book serves two purposes, to educate and entertain, giving this character its proper place in history and popular culture.
BET has released all six episodes of their animated Black Panther series.
Part of Marvel Knights Animation the series launched on the Australian children’s channel ABC3 in January 2010 and on BET in the United States in November 2011. Each of the six episodes was 20 minutes in length.
Developd by Reginald Hudlin and directed by Mark Brooks and Jon Schnepp, the series featured Djimon Hounsou as Black Panther/T’Challa, Stan Lee as General Wallace, Kerry Washington as Princess Shuri, Alfre Woodard as Dondi Reese, Queen Mother, Carl Lumbly as Uncle S’Yan, Jill Scott as Storm, and Stephen Stanton as Klaw.
Additional voices included Jonathan Adams as T’Chaka, JB Blanc as Black Knight, Male Cannibal, and Batroc the Leaper, David Busch as Everett K. Ross, Phil LaMarr as T’Shan, Peter Lurie as Juggernaut, Phil Morris as W’Kabim, Vanessa Marshall as Female Cannibal, Nolan North as Cyclops and Nightcrawler, Adrian Pasdar as Captain America, Kevin Michael Richardson as Wolverine and Historical Black Panther 1, and Rick D. Wasserman as Radioactive Man.
This has certainly been a great month to be a Black Panther fan, hasn’t it? Between the Black Panther comics going strong and most importantly, the recently released film from Marvel Studios which has garnered well deserved critical praise and killer box office numbers. And the Black Panther train ain’t stopping anytime soon because for starters, Marvel has this annual issue of Black Pantherwhich celebrates the past but look forward to the future with the help of past writers of the character such as the likes of Christopher Priest, Don McGregor and Reginald Hudlin.
The first story, “Back in Black,” is by Christopher Priest with art by Mike Perkins. However the story mostly concentrates on Everett K. Ross. Which I can only sum up as that it’d suck to be Ross because the guy despite moving on from superheroes, he gets sucked back in whatever business that involves T’Challa but gets more than he bargained for. The book concentrates on characters created by Priest for this story and as such, it can be seen as an extension of Priest’s own going he did for Marvel Knights around the late 90’s.
The story has a noir feel to it with great effect-helped the efforts of the artwork by Mike Perkins, who gave it a lot of shadows (and plenty of shading) and panels in trippy angles to give the idea of disorientation and the colors by Andy Troy do give it additional flair. The story definitely comes off as Priest wanting to step back into the world of Black Panther one more time after being away for so long. And it’s a good story. Like I said, it’s a very noir kind of story and fits in with the world of Black Panther.
Now in comes Don McGregor‘s tale, “Panther’s Heart.” Which can also be seen as an extension of his run from many years back in the 70’s when it was still called Jungle Action. It’s probably the most emotional of the three stories once you read on and also benefits from people familiar with McGregor’s issues because it does feature a notable character from his run. Who is it? Well, I can’t say given the character is a surprise for new readers or old readers who haven’t read his run for so long.
I will say it is an emotional story with the art by Daniel Acuna helping much. He nailed the emotional expressions on every character’s face and the writing by McGregor is not very over the top and definitely paced himself regarding what T’Challa is feeling throughout the book. It’s a solid story and probably the best among this Annual issue.
And finally, we have Reginald Hudlin‘s Back to the Future Part II and no, Doc Brown is not in this nor does it involve T’Challa time traveling and leaving a Sports Almanac in the hands of a maniac. Though the thought of Black Panther punching Biff Tannen is a nice thought.
No, instead, it’s a continuation of a particular story penned by Hudlin called, well, “Back to the Future.” In this story, we have an alternate timeline where T’Challa and Ororo Monroe a.k.a. Storm had not been divorced. And instead, because of their marriage, Wakanda grew stronger and became a powerful nation. So much had happened that it offers a variety of things that would be enough to tell an interesting set of comics in their own right like Spider-Gwen has.
We have an older T’Challa telling one of his grand children Grace about everything that had happened since his marriage to Storm. Dude took on Doctor Doom and Magneto and won. It’s all a fascinating look at a future that could have been and honestly, I’d love to see stories evolve from this simple story especially given the last page that had me wondering, “Wait, what the hell happened with that and how?”
The art by Ken Lashley is very good as are the colors by Matt Milla that drive the art home, it all looks good and compliments the writing well enough.
It’s a solid annual issue that celebrates past runs of the title character and if you’re looking for a Black Panther fix after seeing the movie, you won’t be disappointed-especially if you liked either writer’s take on the character.
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
(W) Christopher Priest, Reginald Hudlin, Don McGregor (A) Ken Lashley, Mike Perkins (A/CA) Daniel Acuna
In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
LEGENDARY PANTHER WRITERS RETURN!
Three legendary BLACK PANTHER writers return to Wakanda! Don McGregor’s famous storyline “The Panther’s Rage” has become one of the most well-respected runs in comic book history. Now, the author who redefined Wakanda for a generation is back to expand the mythos! Bearing the heart-shaped herb that defines the Panther legacy, King T’Challa leaves his beloved country for a heart-wrenching mission in the streets of New York. Then: For half a decade, comics legend Christopher Priest made his mark on the Panther. The acclaimed writer returns with an all-new story – and with it, of course, U.S. State Department employee Everett K. Ross! And finally, no Panther history would be complete without Reggie Hudlin, author of more than 50 Black Panther stories, including the famed “Who Is The Black Panther?” Don’t miss the sequel to his “Black to the Future” story, featuring original artist Ken Lashley!
It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day at book stores! This week we’ve got Black Panther!
Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin The Complete Collection Vol. 2 collects Black Panther (2005) #19-34 and Annual #1 by Reginald Hudlin, Scot Eaton, Manuel Garcia, Koi Turnbull, Marcus To, Francis Portela, Andrea Di Vito, CAFU, Ken Lashley, Larry Stroman, and Billy Tan.
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