July 30, 2020

We Can Be Heroes

We Can Be Heroes

On the comic book edition,Batgirl ends, Peter David's Maestro begins and Summer almost meets a real life end. All that and more on this edition of multiverse tonight.

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Tonight! Batgirl’s series ends, The Maestro’s story begins and a Rick and Morty star almost meets and end. All That and more on this comic book edition of Multiverse Tonight 

 

Welcome to episode 87 of Multiverse Tonight. You know originally I was supposed to be getting ready to go to the redo of this year's Planet Comicon in Kansas City, but like everything else and because we Americans can’t get our act together, here we are. Oh well, at least we can always do the home game. Hopefully we can get our act together so 2021 is much better. Anyway, let’s start the news.

 

 

DC

DC will be releasing a comic book prologue to Wonder Woman 1984 this September, the special will initially be exclusive to Walmart for the first week before being released to the general market. It will have two stories. One by Louise Simonson and Wonder Woman 84 associate producer Anna Obropta and illustrated by Bret Blevins and will see Wonder Woman deal with a hostage situation at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the second story from Steve Pugh and Marguerite Sauvage will see a villain attempt to steal Diana’s lasso. The cover art comes from Nicola Scott. Wonder Woman 1984 number one will be released in Walmart on September 20th and will be in comic book stores on September 29th. Wonder Woman 1984 will be in theaters on October second...we hope.

 

DC is bringing back American Vampire for one more run. The series from Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque and colorist Dave McCaig  is coming back with American Vampire 1976. Scott Snyder in a statement said quote “The characters in ‘76 are in a really dark place in terms of the fight against evil,” “The '70s mirror our current era in many ways: the anxiety, the fear, and the re-examination of American identity. The book opens on Skinner Sweet working outside of Vegas doing death-defying Evel Knievel-style stunts, trying to die. There’s a kind of Son of Sam plot in New York City with Cal and Travis, a political thriller plot with Felicia, and all sorts of '70s iconography. It’s my favorite arc so far.” unquote American Vampire 1976 No. 1 will be released digitally and in comic book stores on October 20.

 

The current Batgirl series will end with issue number fifty. Writer Cecil Castel lucc i confirmed the news on Twitter saying quote It's been announced that 50 is the series finale of Batgirl. Wanted to say that end has been in the works for a long time! It was planned because there were other things upcoming that didn't happen. Fiercely proud of bringing Babs to here! Meanwhile 47 out next w(ee)k!" unquote The extra sized issue will be out on October 27th and will be priced at $5.99

 

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman will not be dumbed down for tv according to the best selling author who serves as writer, producer and advisor for the Netflix series. Speaking with Radio Times, Neil said quote "The joy for doing it as a Netflix series is we aren't in the place where we're throwing things out," Gaiman told the Radio Times (via Bleeding Cool). "In fact, it's the other way round. Sometimes that means that a lot more stuff gets to happen because we have room for it. But we're never throwing things out, and we're never abandoning things. And that, in itself, is a complete joy." unquote This should make any fan of the comic book series happy. No release date for the Netflix series has been announced.

 

Could Keanu Reeves star in a new Constantine movie? Probably not,but never say never, we are getting a new Bill and Ted movie after all. Constantine director Francis Lawrence in a recent interview with Slash Film spoke about his original plans for a sequel or if he would want to do it today, he said quote “I think we all wanted to do it. It was successful enough," Lawrence explained. "We wanted to make a responsible, more R-rated movie. By responsible, I mean we’d make a movie that wouldn’t cost quite as much as the original, which we thought was going to be PG-13. We worked on the sequel for a while. It was tricky to come up with where to take it. What I really liked about the first one was it was a really personal story, so I thought it’d be a mistake to get caught up in the supernatural gobbledygook. The idea of a personal story was really interesting, and that was the hard thing to come across."

 

"We have been talking about it recently," "It’s always stuck with all of us because we all love the movie, and especially realizing there’s a real cult following for this movie, it’d be fun to make. Keanu, Akiva, and I have actually talked about it." unquote That movie is now fifteen years old.

 

Black Adam has a new actor joining the cast. Noah Centineo will be joining as the hero Atom Smasher. Atom Smasher has previously appeared in an episode of The Flash. The film will eventually get in front of cameras, but when is up in the air right now.

 

DC has announced a new Watchmen Sequel called Rorschach. The twelve issue project comes from Tom King and Jorge Fornes and is set 35 years after Watchmen and sees Rorschach emerge and attempt to assassinate President Redford.

 

 

 

Marvel

Hulu’s Marvel series Helstrom has an official release date of October sixteenth. The show follows Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer, who use their powers to track down the worst of humanity."

 

Well we will have more time to kill until we learn of the fallout for Peter Parker in the next Spider-man movie. The third movie in the current franchise has been pushed back a little over a month to December seventeenth 2021. Will it be moved again?

 

Marvel is cancelling Strikeforce with August's issue number nine. Here’s the blurb for it quote "It's a death match of no-holds-barred sports entertainment - at the center of King Deadpool's Monster Island," "Strikeforce finds themselves divided between their mission to contain the dangerous Vridai and the sweet, sweet taste of competitive victory. Can this team of misfits stay together long enough to complete their mission?" unquote Originally there were to be ten issues of the comic, but the  corona virus caused it to be shortened.

 

The Maestro’s origin tale will finally be told. Peter David is returning to the Incredible Hulk to write how Future Imperfect’s Hulk became twisted enough to become the ruler of the world. In a statement, Mister David said quote “I had no idea that when I first created the Maestro for Future Imperfect, that he would have the kind of popularity and staying power he has now,” “Until now, I’ve only been able to allude to his origins, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to explore them in this series, and I can’t wait for fans to see all the artwork that's been coming in!” Here’s the blurb quote Almost 30 years after the landmark story Future Imperfect, legendary INCREDIBLE HULK scribe Peter David returns to the far-future version of the Hulk known as Maestro — the master of what remains of the world. With astounding art from HULK veteran Dale Keown and up-and-comer Germán Peralta, Maestro will answer questions that have haunted Hulk fans for years — and inspire some new ones. How did the world fall and the Maestro rise? What happened to the world’s heroes in between? And where is the Hulk we know and love? Find out here! Maestro number one hits shelves in August.

 

 

Marvel’s Hawkeye Series for Disney Plus has got a quiver full of directors. Bert and Bertie, the directors best known for Amazon’s Troop Zero have been tapped to helm a couple of episodes. Also directing will be Rhys Thomas, who has directed Saturday Night Live and Amazon’s Comrade Detective. Jeremy Renner will be back reprising his role of Hawkeye as he mentors a new archer Kate Bishop, Hailee Steinfeld was tapped to play Kate, but there has been no indication that a deal had been struck. Hawkeye was supposed to debut this Fall, but has been corona-dealayed. 

 

Chris Evans truly embodies Captain America. The actor, so moved over the story of 6 year old Bridger Walker of Cheyenne Wyoming who saved his younger sister from a dog attack receiving 90 stitches for his heroic act, that the actor sent him a personal message and gifted him his own Captain America shield. He sent a video message that said quote "Pal, you're a hero, what you did was so brave, so selfless — your sister is so lucky to have you as a big brother. Your parents must be so proud of you,". "Keep being the man you are, we need people like you. Hang in there, I know recovery might be tough, but based on what I've seen, I don't think there's much that can slow you down." unquote Robert Downey Junior and Tom Holland also sent messages to Bridger. Robert Downey Junior promising something even better than a shield by the boy’s next birthday and Tom Holland inviting him to the set of the third Spiderman movie to see the Spidey suit unclose

 

Geek

Amazon has made a new game free to Amazon Prime members via Twitch Prime until August seventh, Prime members can download Vane.Vane takes place in a ruined desert, where a strange golden dust has transformed a free-spirited bird into a determined young child, which somehow sets off a chain of events that will reshape the world itself. After August seventh, the game will cost you twenty dollars.

 

Lego and Nintendo has partnered up to make a Lego version of the Nintendo Entertainment System. The set has 2600 pieces. In a statement, Maarten Simons, the creative lead on the Lego Nintendo Entertainment System said quote "Super Mario has been a cherished figure in the gaming world for over thirty years now," "Many adults still fondly remember that first time they saw Mario leap across the small screen, even if the graphics were a lot simpler than they are today. With the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System, we're letting them truly indulge in that nostalgia, re-creating one of the most-loved consoles of all time so they can see the Super Mario from their childhoods once again – and even to share the experience of gaming in the 1980s with their own children.'' The Lego NES is a mechanically functional Lego version of the game system, it comes with a buildable retro tv and a flat 8 bit mario figure  that goes on the scrolling tv screen. Also included is a Lego Mario from the Lego Super Mario Starter Course, that once plugged in reacts to the onscreen enemies, obstacles and power ups like the real game. The Lego NES will be available from Lego retail stores and lego dot com starting on August first for 229.99 In 2021, it will be available from other retailers.

 

Rob Liefeld’s Snake-Eyes deadgame number one has officially sold out and will be going back to the presses for a second printing.  The comic took just a day to reach the sold out status. This second printing will come out with a new second cover from Rob Liefeld Liefeld in a statement said quote "As I have shared with anyone and everyone, Snake Eyes is a dream assignment and getting to depict G.I. Joe characters is one of the great thrills of my career,``''I am so excited that fans of all ages showed up and consumed our first issue and sold us out! Thank you to everyone at IDW and all the fine folks at Hasbro for this opportunity — and huge thanks to all the fans for your support. The best is yet to come!"

 

Disney's adaptation of The One and Only Ivan will be going to Disney Plus instead of theaters. The One and Only Ivan is the story of Ivan, a 400 pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant, Bob the dog and other animals. He only has a few memories of the jungle, but when a new baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it causes him to question his life, where he comes from and where he wants to be.  The live action and CGI movie features the voices of Sam Rockwell as Ivan, Angelina Jolie as Stella, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren, Chaka Khan, Mike White, Brooklyn Prince, Ron Funches,and  Phillipa Soo, round out the voice cast. They are joined in live action by Ramon Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt and Bryan Cranston. It will premiere on Disney Plus in august.

 

Keanu Reeves is teaming up with writer Matt Kindt to write a new twelve issue limited series from Boom! Studios. BRZRKR will be a monthly series with art by alessandro Vitti which is being described by the writers as action packed and hyper violent and quote "centers on a warrior who looks a lot like a certain beloved actor and has walked a blood-soaked path across the world for centuries. In present day, the Berzerker does dangerous jobs for the U.S. government in exchange for the truth about his existence." unquote Keanu told USA Today quote"We're excited about what's happening," "The story's taking some really interesting twists and turns."  Unquote BRZRKR comes to comic stores on October seventh.

 

Director Richard Linklater is making a new animated movie for Netflix, called Apollo 10 ½ A Space Age Adventure, the film is set against the backdrop of the Apollo moon Mission in 1969 and is inspired by Linklaters childhood in Houston Texas and tells the story from two interwoman perspectives, the astronaut and mission control view of the moon landing and the perspective of an excited kid watching the action on tv.  The live action part of the movie wrapped up in March and the animated part will be done by Minnow Mountain in Austin and Submarine in the Netherlands. Apollo 10 ½ will star Jack Black, Zachary Levi, Glen Powell, Josh Wiggins, Milo Coy, Lee Eddy, Bill Wise, Natalie L’Amoreaux, Jessica Brynn Cohen, Sam Chipman, and Danielle Guilbot. No release date has been given buy I, guessing 2021 or 2022.

 

Usagi Yojimbo is finally getting his own animated series. The samurai rabbit that was created by Stan Sakai back in 1984 has previously made appearances in the 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series will get a new show at Netflix, the show called Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles. The series will have Sakai overseeing the show has executive producer along with Gaumont’s Nicolas Atlan, Terry Kalagian, Sidonie Dumas and Christophe Riandee also serve as EPs along with Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Chris Tongue and Atomic Monster’s Wan, Michael Clear and Rob Hackett. Candie and Doug Langdale will be showrunners as well as executive producers.

 

The Walking Dead is getting a full color rerelease. The comic is getting an issue by issue reissue in glorious color. The original comic was drawn, but not colored. Dave McCaig will color the so called deluxe revival of the series with variant covers from artists like David Finch, tony moore, Julian Totino Tedesco and Arthur Adams. The first issue of the Walking Dead Deluxe will hit shelves on October seventh with two issues released every month thereafter. 

 

Little disturbing news Rick and Morty voice star Spencer Grammer is recovering  after being attacked by an intoxicated man. Spencer is the Daughter of Kelsey Grammer and the voice of Summer Smith on Rick and Morty. This past Friday shis was at an outdoor cafe in New York City called the Black Ant . A man who appeared intoxicated according to reports came to the cafe near closing time and demanded to be served. He was refused  and that’s when things escalated. Spencer speaking with US Weekly said quote “My friend and I did what anyone else would do in the same situation,” “Several others, predominantly women, were also attempting to prevent the altercation from escalating,” The man responded to this by slashing her with a knife and stabbing one of Spencers friends. She told US Weekly quote “I sustained a laceration on my arm, and my friend was stabbed in the back, but thankfully he suffered no serious internal injuries. We expect to recover quickly. We want to thank the first responders and the staff at Bellevue Hospital, who provided us with excellent care. They fought an incredible battle this year. It was very moving for us to have the opportunity to thank them in person.” unquote the unidentified man ran away and has not been apprehended. We wish Spencer and her friend good health.

 

The 2020 Eisner Award Winners have been announced.

BEST SHORT STORY

Winner: “Hot Comb,” by Ebony Flowers, in Hot Comb (Drawn & Quarterly)

BEST SINGLE ISSUE/ONE-SHOT

Winner: Our Favorite Thing Is My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

BEST CONTINUING SERIES

Winner: Bitter Root, by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene (Image)

BEST LIMITED SERIES

Winner: Little Bird by Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram (Image)

BEST NEW SERIES

Winner: Invisible Kingdom, by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

BEST PUBLICATION FOR EARLY READERS

Winner: Comics: Easy as ABC, by Ivan Brunetti (TOON)

BEST PUBLICATION FOR KIDS

Winner: Guts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic Graphix)

BEST PUBLICATION FOR TEENS

Winner: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second/Macmillan)

BEST HUMOR PUBLICATION

Winner: The Way of the Househusband, vol. 1, by Kousuke Oono, translation by Sheldon Drzka (VIZ Media)

BEST ANTHOLOGY

Winner: Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival, edited by Diane Noomin (Abrams)

BEST REALITY-BASED WORK

Winner: They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker (Top Shelf)

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM—NEW

Winner: Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden (First Second/Macmillan)

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM—REPRINT

Winner: LaGuardia, by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

BEST ADAPTATION FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM

Winner: Snow, Glass, Apples, by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran (Dark Horse Books)

BEST U.S. EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL

Winner: The House, by Paco Roca, translation by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)

BEST U.S. EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL—ASIA

Winners in a tie vote:

Cats of the Louvre, by Taiyo Matsumoto, translation by Michael Arias (VIZ Media)

Witch Hat Atelier, by Kamome Shirahama, translation by Stephen Kohler (Kodansha)

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT—STRIPS

Winner: Krazy Kat: The Complete Color Sundays, by George Herriman, edited by Alexander Braun (TASCHEN)

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT—COMIC BOOKS

Winner: Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo: The Complete Grasscutter Artist Select, by Stan Sakai, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

BEST WRITER

Winner: Mariko Tamaki, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (DC); Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second/Macmillan); Archie (Archie)

BEST WRITER/ARTIST

Winner: Raina Telgemeier, Guts (Scholastic Graphix)

BEST PENCILLER/INKER OR PENCILLER/INKER TEAM

Winner: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second/Macmillan)

BEST PAINTER/DIGITAL ARTIST

Winner: Christian Ward, Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

BEST COVER ARTIST

Winner: Emma Rios, Pretty Deadly (Image)

BEST COLORING

Winner: Dave Stewart, Black Hammer, B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know, Hellboy and the BPRD (Dark Horse); Gideon Falls (Image); Silver Surfer Black, Spider-Man (Marvel)

BEST LETTERING

Winner: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (IDW)

BEST COMICS-RELATED PERIODICAL/JOURNALISM

Winner: Women Write About Comics, edited by Nola Pfau and Wendy Browne

BEST COMICS-RELATED BOOK

Winner: Making Comics, by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)

BEST ACADEMIC/SCHOLARLY WORK

Winner: EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest, by Qiana Whitted (Rutgers University Press)

BEST PUBLICATION DESIGN

Winner: Making Comics, designed by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)

BEST DIGITAL COMIC

Winner: Afterlift, by Chip Zdarsky and Jason Loo (comiXology Originals)

BEST WEBCOMIC

Winner: Fried Rice Comic, by Erica Eng

 

Archer Season eleven will arrive on FXX on Wednesday September sixteen tenth, don’t have FXX? No problem, it will arrive on FX on Hulu on the seventeenth. Season eleven finally sees Archer waking up from the coma he was put in three four seasons ago, putting the show into three seasons of shows set in his dreams. They didn’t reveal much during their comicon at home panel but they did say that Simon Pegg and Jamie Lee Curtis will guest star this season.

 

The Boys has been renewed for season three.

 

Marvel’s newest Darth Vader series will tie into The Rise of Skywalker 

 

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