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In case you missed it, we ran exclusive previews of next week’s “Iron Man” #22, and next month’s “I Hate This Place” #4.
Victor Santos provides the cover
– Promising a story that’s “Sin City” meets Final Fantasy, Dark Horse has announced the graphic novel “Elixir,” from writers Frank J. Barbiere and Ricky Mammone, with art from Victor Santos. Blending sci-fi and fantasy, the OGN is set in a future where self-proclaimed “Druids” seek to restore magic through the use of the title artifact. It will be available at comic shops and in bookstores starting March 29, 2023.
– Sina Grace will return to Hollyweird, California with “Rockstar and Softboy: Go to Space,” due out January 2023 from Image. The new one-shot will see the “dirtiest, flirtiest bff of comics” set out for the stars after their previous adventures involving non-binary sorcerers, witches, social vampires, and demonic party animals. The duo first appeared in this year’s earlier one-shot, simply named “Rockstar and Softboy.” Before the new book drops, the pair will reappear in September’s “Image!” #6.
– SelfMadeHero have announced their Autumn 2022 releases. The announcement unveils four new titles in total: Eisner winner Sophie and Scarlett Rickard’s adaptation of Constance Maud’s No Surrender, a story about the women’s suffrage movement in 1911 England; Barbara Stok’s “The Philosopher, the Dog and the Wedding,” which details the life of Hipparchia, one of the earliest known female philosophers, and challenger of Ancient Greek hierarchies; “Sophie’s World: A Graphic Novel About the History of Philosophy” from Vincent Zabus and Nicoby, an adaptation of Jostein Gaarder’s novel about the search for fundamental meaning; and finally, Oscar Zarate’s “Thomas Girtin: The Forgotten Painter,” about the relatively unknown watercolor painter who passed away in 1802.
– Zestworld unveiled “Grrl Scouts: Deluxe” from Jim Mahfood, available now on the digital platform. “Deluxe” features a number of short stories set in the ‘Grrl Scouts’ universe, offering a jumping in point for new readers. These stories are presented in a 14-panel Sunday comic strip format.
– Sylvester Stallone plays an aging superhero posing as a garbage man in the trailer for SamaritanPrime Video will release the film on August 26. Julius Avery directed the film.OverlordBragi Schut wrote the script for “The Other Side of the Moon”, originally as a specscript in 2012. In 2012 Schut transformed it into a series original graphic novels through Mythos Comics. MGM acquired the film, but COVID-19 delayed its theatrical release. Samaritan will instead be released on Prime Video because of Amazon’s acquisition of MGM.
– Marvel Studios discussed how the upcoming Spider-Man Freshman YearFits into the MCU. The company’s Head of Streaming, Brad Winderbaum, still claims the upcoming Disney+ animated series will take place before Captain America Civil WarMultiversal, however. What If…? elements: for example, instead of Tony Stark arriving at Peter and May’s apartment, it will be Norman Osborn. The series will premiere in 2024. It also features Nico Minuro and Lonnie Lincoln. Amadeus Cho is also expected to be in it.
– Within 24 hours of Square Enix launching its Manga Up! App users began complaining about microtransactions as well as censorship bar. Square Enix claims that certain works were censored out of necessity. However, many users point out that not all images depicting brutal violence but only sexual images (occasionally fully dressed) are censored. The app has also come under fire for an in-app currency that can be used to purchase “advance chapters.”
– Two weeks after the movie was “indefinitely postponed,” Malaysian-based theater operator Golden Screen Cinemas released a statement saying Thor: Love and ThunderThe film will not be released theatrically in the country. ThorThis is the second Disney movie in the last two weeks to not have been certified by the country. LightyearAfter Disney refused to remove the kiss, GSC ended their statement with a tongue-in-cheek “Please buy our merchandise OK.” GSC ended their statement with a tongue-in-cheek “Please buy our merchandise, OK.”
– Finally, Ben Affleck’s Batman is set to return alongside Jason Momoa’s Aquaman in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Momoa posted photos from the set on his Instagram, adding “love u and miss u Ben.” Lost Kingdom is set to hit theaters March 17, and will mark Affleck’s penultimate appearance as Bruce Wayne, before his departure in the Ezra Miller-led FlashMovie, which he had already shot.