Welcome to your weekend edition of Comics Relief, fangirls and fanboys. Lots of news from Image, Marvel and DC this installment, but first comes news of the return of Anna and Elsa to the comics page. Read on for all the details!
New Frozen Comic Series Coming From Joe Books
It’s one of the biggest Disney animated films of all time, and nearly three years since its inital release, Frozen is still moving merchandise like crazy. Now publisher Joe Books is bringing the beloved story to the comic book world, from the creative team of Georgia Ball and Benedetta Barone.
The new ongoing series will tell brand-new adventures featuring the characters of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and the rest of the cast from the film. Georgia Ball is best known for her work on Strawberry Shortcake and Disney Princess comics, while Barone has worked on Chip ‘n’ Dale and Disney Fairies comics for Italian Disney. The first issue of Frozen is set to release in July. You can see preliminary cover art below: [Bleeding Cool]
Latest DC All Access is a Flash-Only Affair
While DC Comics continues to tease fans with the possible return of the original Wally West, the new teenage Wally is about to officially graduate to Kid Flash status soon in the pages of DC Rebirth. Issue #50 of The Flash teases the return of Kid Flash, and writer Van Jensen talks to DC All Access about Flash’s milestone issue, and the return of Kid Flash. You can watch the video in full below:
Game of Thrones Comics Included in Dynamite & Groupees Bundle
Attention, all you eager Game of Thrones fans: if you just can’t wait for this weekend’s season six premiere on HBO, then Dynamite Entertainment and Groupees has you covered. From April 21 through May 4, the two companies are teaming up and are offering up a new digital comic bundle, all based around fantasy comics and will include the publishers adaptation of George R R Martin’s A Game of Thrones.
The bundle is offered at the usual “Pay What You Want” price with a minimum contribution of $5.00 for 30 digital comics. Part of the proceeds from the sales go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Also included in this bundle are fantasy comics like Red Sonja and Army of Darkness. The promotion can be found at the following website location: https://groupees.com/gameofthrones. [Bleeding Cool]
Marvel Teases the Return of….?
Marvel Comics has just released a new teaser image, letting fans know about the immenent retrun of…someone. The teaser was accompanied by the text “a long awaited return”… but the return of whom? The symbol looks like the Nova Corps sympol, which suggests the return of classic Nova, Richard Rider. It also kind of looks like the symbol of the original Captain Mar-Vell, aka Captain Marvel. Which should be very interesting for current Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers. She could always throw it in his face that she’s getting a movie, and he never did. You can check out the new teaser image below: [CBR]
Walking Dead: The Alien Coming to Panel Syndicate
Writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Marcos Martin are now among the very few creators not named Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore or Charlie Adlard to produce Walking Dead comics, thanks to the release of the digital one-shot The Walking Dead: The Alien, which is available now via Panel Snydicate. The Alien is a thirty-one page issue set in Spain, only a few weeks after the zombie outbreak.
Panel Syndicate’s comics produce comics in a landscape format for the screen, instead of the portrait format that most print comics adhere to. All comics released through the imprint also operate on a pay-what-you-like basis, giving the reader the choice to name their price, including the option to not pay anything at all. Panel Syndicate confirmed that Kirkman is allowing all proceeds of The Walking Dead: The Alien to go directly to Vaughan and Martin (so you should pay something. Don’t be a bum). You can read our full story on the subject at the following link: [Nerdist]
Latest Action-Figure Variant Puts Spider-Woman in Hulkbuster Armor
The latest variant cover evoking ’90s era Toy Biz action figures features Jessica Drew in her own Hulkbuster armor, for issue #7 of Spider-Woman. While I can’t remember an incident in the comics where Jess ever had Hulkbuster armor, this looks pretty dope, doesn’t it? the variant cover is by John Tyler Christopher, and the issue is written by Dennis Hopeless with art by Joelle Jones. Spider-Woman #7 hits on May 18. You can check out the cover below: [Newsarama]
Joe Jusko Returns for New Marvel Masterpieces Series of Cards
Back in the early to mid ’90s, comic book stores made a mint not just selling comics, but also trading cards featuring comic book characters. Marvel was the most successful at this, releasing a Marvel Universe trading card series starting in 1990. But the cards went to a whole new level when in 1992, Skybox teamed with Marvel and painter Joe Jusko to release the first fully painted Marvel Masterpieces line.
Other well known artists like Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell took over the series after the initial run, but now after 25 years, Jusko is returning for an all new set of Marvel Masterpieces. This new set from Upper Deck will feature 135 all-new paintings turned into premium quality cards–although sadly, none with any Fantastic Four characters. You can preview some of the new cards in our gallery below: [Comics Alliance]
Images Credit: DC Comics, Disney, Joe Books, Marvel Comics, Panel Syndicate, Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment