Hello and welcome comics fans, to your weekend edition of Comics Relief. To start things off today, we’ve got some news on a beloved ’80s brand from DC getting ready to make a comeback, but this time with an all-ages twist. Read on for the details.
DC revives Super-Powers in new all-ages mini-series
From 1984-87, the Kenner Super Powers toyline, which featured all the classic DC Comics heroes and villains, helped keep the DCU characters relevent in an era when Marvel was totally dominating comics. The toyline was so popular that even the long-running Super Friends cartoon rebranded with the Super Powers logo and name for its final two seasons.
Now DC is bringing the Super Powers name back, with a new mini-series from Tiny Titans and Itty Bitty Hellboy creators Art Baltazar and Franco. The new mini looks to feature the same iconic DC hereoes that made up the Super Powers line back in the day, but will be geared for a more all-ages audience. You can see some early artwork for the mini-series above. The first issue of Super Powers goes on sale November 23. [Comic Vine]
Penn Jillette to write and appear in Spider-Man/Deadpool
Penn Jillette, one half of “Penn and Teller” and world renowned comedian, magician and author, has announced that he will be writing and appearing in a guest issue of Spider-Man/Deadpool, as revealed in the latest episode of the the This Week In Marvel podcast. He’ll appear in issue #11, along with longtime partner Teller, and the artwork will be from illustrator Scott Koblish.
During the podcast, he joked and said “I had to mull it over for like 2 or 3 seconds. I mean, what book could be more exciting?…Of all the characters in comic books, it doesn’t get better than Deadpool and Spider-Man. It’s a dream come true for a lot of things.” Jillette has written comics before, most notably Detective Comics and Dark Horse Presents. All the wacky fourth-wall breaking action will take place when Spider-Man/Deadpool #11 hits in November. [Newsarama]
Robert Kirkman announces the end of Invincible
Aside from his work on The Walking Dead, creator Robert Kirkman has been writing the superhero comic Invincible for the better part of thirteen years now. Now the celebrated writer has announced that the long running book is coming to an end with issue #144 next year. Invincible co-creator Cory Walker, along with longtime Invincible artist Ryan Ottley, are coming back for the big finale, a 12 part epic that is being called “The End of All Things.” The end is still a year away though, so fans have plenty of time to go through all the stages of grief here before it’s all over. For Robert Kirkman’s full statement on why he’s ending Invincible after all this time, be sure to read our full story by clicking on the following link: [Nerdist]
Masashi Kishimoto teases post-Naruto plans
Creator Masashi Kishimoto just wrapped up a fifteen year run on manga series Naruto, which he followed up with a one-shot sequel, Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, and a supervising role on the film Boruto: The Naruto Movie. But what are his plans for what’s coming next? Last year at New York Comic-Con he that he was working on a science fiction story, and in a recent interview he said he has already begun planning and researching the project and intends to announce before the end of the year. For fans who want more Naruto though, don’t hold your breath — Kishimoto has made it clear he is ready to move on. [Comics AM]
Marvel reveals cover for new Avengers #1
Although the upcoming Marvel NOW! initiative isn’t a line-wide relaunch like last year’s All-New All Different Marvel, or the recent DC Rebirth, there are going to be a handful of new #1 issues, including a new Avengers #1. The relaunch of the title makes sense, as all the younger members of the All-New, All-Different Avengers are leaving the team to start the Champions.
So the new Marvel NOW! Avengers line-up is as follows, at least according to this cover — Captain America (Sam Wilson) Spider-Man (Peter Parker) the Vision, Thor (Jane Foster) the new Wasp, and Hercules. You can see Alex Ross‘ cover for the first issue above. Avengers #1 is from the creative team of writer Mark Waid and artist Mike del Mundo, and is set to hit in November. [CBR]
Original Blue Beetle Ted Kord gets a redesign for Rebirth
Blue Beetle is about to get the Rebirth treatment at DC Comics, with a new #1 issue hitting next week. Although he’ll be the modern, teenage Jaime Reyes version of the character, due to reboots and time manipulations, the formerly dead Blue Beetle Ted Kord is now alive and kicking again, and will serve as a mentor to young Jaime. While he won’t be a Blue Beetle per se, he’ll have nods to his old costume and identity in his new design. You can see artists Scott Kolins’ redesigns for Ted in his Tweets below. [CBR]
And the other half … pic.twitter.com/Y362s5UWoh
— Scott Kolins (@ScottKolins) August 2, 2016
BOOM! Reveals Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Covers
Publisher BOOM! Studios have announced their plans for the 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con, which this year includes four exclusive convention covers, which you can see in our gallery down below. The covers are for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #6 and Kong of Skull Island #1, as well as Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special with a cover by Eric Powell, and Skybourne #1 by Frank Cho. The convention takes place September 2nd – 4th at the Baltimore Convention Center. [Bleeding Cool]
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