Time for your Wednesday/New Comics Day edition of Comics Relief, fangirls and boys. In today’s edition, we have news on a new Star Wars series featuring ace pilot Poe Dameron, Sonic the Hedgehog comics hitting the quarter century mark, and lots more. To start things off though, DC Comics announced when they’ll be revealing all the details on their upcoming Rebirth event. Read on for more info…
DC Comics to reveal Rebirth details and creative teams at special WonderCon panel
A few weeks back, DC Comics finally teased out some of the details of their upcoming big Rebirth event in a video featuring DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. Now the publisher has announced that they are going to reveal their full plans — and the creative teams — for the initial Rebirth lineup at WonderCon in Los Angeles at the end of March.
According to the press release, the plan is to unveil a host of details regarding its upcoming line-wide DC Universe: Rebirth initiative at a can’t-miss event open to both fans and media on Saturday, March 26 at 9am PST in Petree Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Both press and attendees will also be treated to the very first look at new covers, character renders, and other Rebirth artwork, including Geoff Johns’ 80-page DC Universe Rebirth Special which kicks off this all-new universe of stories on May 25. All attendees will also receive a limited edition Rebirth-themed lithograph, drawn by DCE co-publisher and veteran artist Jim Lee. DC Entertainment will be streaming this event live, hosted by DC All Access’ Tiffany Smith, on the DC Entertainment YouTube channel beginning at 9am PST. [Newsarama]
Justice League artist Jason Fabok reveals his WonderCon program cover featuring DC’s Trinity
Speaking of all things DC Comics and WonderCon, the cover for this year’s WonderCon program is being done by current Justice League artist Jason Fabok and it’s a true thing of beauty. Instead of his usual interpretations of the DC trinity of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, this illustration features the versions of the characters as they look in their upcoming appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. You can check out Fabok’s cover below: [Comic Book Resources]
Image Comics gets in on the adult coloring book fad with Spawn and Walking Dead
As we’ve been mentioning in recent Comics Relief columns lately, adult coloring books are all the rage these days. Well now Image Comics is getting in on the coloring book action with editions for Todd McFarlane’s Spawn as well as The Walking Dead. The Spawn coloring book comes out on April 19, while Walking Dead is due to hit on May 4. You can see covers for both books below: [Comics Beat]
Charles Soule opens up about Marvel’s new Star Wars: Poe Dameron Comic
Recently Marvel Comics announced a new Poe Dameron comic, featuring the dashing Resistence pilot from Star Wars: The Force Awakens played by Oscar Isaac. Series writer Charles Soule revealed a few new details on Poe’s solo outing — which will be illustrated by Phil Noto — including tidbits on series’ main the villain, telling CBR the following info:
“The main villain is a new character, an intelligence officer in the First Order with some ties to the old Empire. He’s a scary guy, a little older, which I think gives him a cool gravitas in much the same way Peter Cushing delivered as Grand Moff Tarkin in A New Hope. His approach to conflicts is very interesting, and he can be a charmer. I think of him almost like an evil Lando.” For more details, read our full story by clicking on the following link: [Nerdist]
Marvel releases latest teaser image for Civil War II, this time with more Thor
“The Marvel Universe is at a crossroads. A new power has emerged, one that can predict the future—for good or ill— and the heroes of the Marvel Universe are faced with a choice: Wield the power of “predictive justice” to change the future as they see fit, or reject it and allow tomorrow to unfold unaltered. Protect the future. Change the future. Which side will the Mighty Thor choose?” [Newsarama]
Latest DC All Access video gives fans a primer on Batman villain Hugo Strange
Hugo Strange is one of those Batman villains who has been around since the earliest days of the the Dark Knight’s adventures but has never reached the popularity of the likes of the Joker, or even later creations like Bane. With the character appearing TV’s Gotham, played by B.D. Wong, DC Comics has decided to release a video detailing the history of one of Bruce Wayne’s few enemies who actually knows all his secrets. You can watch the full DC All Access video below:
Archie Comics celebrates 25 years of Sonic the Hedgehog
Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog is celebrating twenty-five years at Archie Comics and to honor the occassion, Archie is going to be releasing the special one-shot called Sonic: Mega Drive #1, to comic shops on July 6. In a statement, Archie editor Vincent Lovallo said the following about the li’l guy’s latest special:
“Not only is Archie Comics celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is also commemorating a milestone anniversary. With 25 years under the Blue Blur’s belt, we wanted to start the celebrations with something truly special. The goal was to produce a story that hardcore fans would love, but also feel fresh and new for anyone looking to read a Sonic comic for the first time. The result is Sonic: Mega Drive#1.” [Bleeding Cool]
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