This week’s comic book news is really more about press releases from the week just gone, there’s just been so many cool looking series announced that it seemed like we should dedicate some time to rounding them up!
“The Knight is the Batman for AWA Studio‘s shared universe by Gregg Hurwitz (BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, VENGEANCE OF MOON KNIGHT, PUNISHER) and Mark Texeira (GHOST RIDER, WOLVERINE).”
CCO Axel Alonso says, “With KNIGHTED, Gregg and Mark are deconstructing and, in fact, reinventing an all-too familiar super-hero paradigm in the context of a brand-new shared universe that’s rooted in the 21st Century.”
We’ve seen some interesting takes on Batman over the last few years (I’m looking at you The Wrong Earth) and I’m curious to see which direction AWA Studios are planning to take this new series.
A Thing Called Truth
I’ve been reviewing Alice In Leatherland over the past few months, and the idea of another series from Iolanda Zanfardino and Elisa Romboli is something I’m definitely looking forward to.
That series is coming in November and goes by the name of A Thing Called The Truth, which will be a five issue miniseries.
Here’s the blurb from Image and a quote of the creators:
In A Thing Called Truth, a workaholic scientist who wants to save the world and a woman who fears nothing but discovering her own destiny find themselves mixed up in a chaotic, on-the-road adventure through Europe. Will they manage to find a middle ground between their opposing ways of life—at least for long enough to complete their mission? And could this trip lead to an unexpected romance?
“A Thing Called Truth is a story full of love—love of cinema, the wind in your hair, new cities yet to be explored, and the brave fire in the eyes of a woman coming into her own. It’s a soul searching story about finding the balance between devoting yourself fully to a goal and being able to enjoy life with no regrets. About the dream of leaving your mark on the world. About the reasons for yearning to go far away—and those that will take you back home,” said Zanfardino and Romboli. “It’s about how you can’t keep running forever, but facing the world gets easier when you find out you’re not alone anymore.”
Hellboy: The Bones Of Giants
Twenty years ago Hellboy: The Bones Of Giants first made an appearance as a prose novel, now to mark that anniversary it’s going to be returning to the shelves as a four issue comic book series. Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden will be teaming up with Barbarian Lord creator Matt Smith on art and Ice Cream Man artist Chris O’Halloran taking on colouring duties.
But “what’s it about?” I hear you ask, here’s the blurb:
In Hellboy: The Bones of Giants, lightning strikes from a clear sky on a frozen riverbank in Sweden. The skeleton of a huge man is revealed, his fingers clutched around the handle of an iron hammer. No one who comes to see this marvel from Norse mythology can move it. No one, that is, but Hellboy, who lifts the hammer just in time for lightning to strike again, welding it to his hand and leading him toward a bizarre series of visions and encounters. What ensues is a wild adventure full of Norse legends, mythical creatures, and a threat that could bring not just Earth, but the Nine Realms of Norse mythology to their knees.
Fox And Hare
Fox And Hare is coming from Vault in November from writer Jon Tsuei (Sera and the Royal Stars, Run Love Kill), and artist Stacey Lee (Marvel’s Silk, The Unstoppable Wasp, Gwenpool).
Here’s the blurb:
When black market coder Aurora Yi uncovers top secret data that has tapped into the past lives of the citizens of Mazu Bay, her world is turned upside down. The mega corporation Synastry Designs wants its data back and is hot on her trail. Aurora has no choice but to turn to the Fox and the Hare, the most feared mercenaries in the city, for protection. Rebellion. Reclamation. Rebirth.
“I’ve always been drawn to the cyberpunk genre, but I never saw myself represented in those stories, despite their heavy usage of Asian aesthetics,” said Jon Tsuei. “I began to wonder, what if Asian people reclaimed the aesthetics of cyberpunk and centered ourselves in the narrative? As I spent time with that question, I realized that it wasn’t enough to just place Asian faces in the story. We also had to reframe the themes of new technology (cyber) and rebellion (punk) through an Asian lens.That’s exactly what you’ll get with FOX AND HARE. The protagonists of our story are rebelling against the status quo of their world just as much as we, the creators, are rebelling against the status quo of the cyberpunk genre. Our characters are reclaiming something that was taken from them just as we are reclaiming something taken from us. Stacey Lee and I are mirroring the path that the Fox and the Hare are walking, we’re just doing it in different worlds. Aside from the statement we’re making about the genre itself, we’re telling a character driven story about love, justice and rebirth. This world is something very special to me and I hope it can be just as special to those who read our story.”
A second book from Iolanda Zanfardino! This one’s coming from Black Mask, here’s the press release:
“Written and illustrated by breakout new creator Iolanda Zanfardino (Alice In Leatherland), HECATE’S WILL is the story of a legendary NYC graffiti artist who has decided to retire and abandon her mission of changing the world through art, but, before she quits, she’s going to create one final street-art experience: a graffiti scavenger hunt through the streets of Manhattan that will lead her fans to a final message and artistic testament.
As her street-art experiment catches fire with young NYC artists and activists, and while she simultaneously gets roped into working on a rock musical, all of Hecate’s expectations and assumptions will be challenged.
But will it be enough to renew the strength of her conviction to remain true to her artistic self?
HECATE’S WILL is a story for anyone who knows you can’t escape being who you are and that making Art means proudly showing your scars to the world.”
What’s The Furthest Place From Here?
I believe my immediate reaction to this one was “oh shit yeah”. So it’s fair to say I’m pretty excited about this one. I’m a huge fan of Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss, so I’m bound to take a look at any book they’re both working on.
Here’s the blurb: The world has ended. Now all that remains are gangs of children living among the ruins. But Sid believes there must be something more out there. When she disappears into the wastelands her gang will risk everything to bring her home. A story about the things that matter most- Your survival, your loved ones, and your record collection.