Sunday, May 9, 2021

I Reads You Juniors: May 2021 - Update #35

by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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NEWS:

DC CINEMA - From ComicBook:   "Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot has confirmed what fellow "Justice League" actor, Ray Fisher (Cyborg), has previously said:  Joss Whedon did indeed threaten her career, Gadot confirms in an interview with Israel television, "N12."

MARVEL - From GamesRadar:   Artist John Romita, Jr., who is returned to Marvel Comics, has drawn some promotional art for the upcoming story arc, "The Trial of Magneto."

YAOI MANGA - From BleedingCool:  SuBLime Manga announces the release of four titles for "Pride Month" (June 2021), including "Dick Fight Island, Vol. 1."

DC COMICS - From DCBlog:   Writer, Ram V, talks about bringing magic and myth to "The Swamp Thing" and "Catwoman."

DC TV - From DCBlog:  The DC Comics' title, "Naomi," is now a TV series from The CW.  "DC Blog" has a first look at the series' lead, Kaci Walfall.

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  Marvel has announced that real-world celebrities will appear as characters in its "X-Men: Hellfire Gala" event story line.  One of them is Grammy Award winning rapper Eminem.

DC COMICS - From BleedingCool:  DC Comics will resume publishing a print edition of its "DC Connect" monthly solicitations for retailers and readers.

MARK MILLAR - From Deadline:   Mark Millar talks to "Deadline." One of the bits of news from the Q&A is that the series adaptation of Millar's comic book, "The Magic Order," is back on track with Netflix.
 
From Deadline:   Mark Millar, comics creators and Netflix exec, has announced several new film and TV projects based upon his creator-owned comic books.
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COMICS TO FILM - From THR:   Actress Hannah John-Kamen, who played Ava Starr/Ghost in "Ant-Man and the Wasp" has reportedly been cast as the lead in Millennium Film's "Red Sonja."  The character was created for Marvel Comics' "Conan the Barbarian" comic book and was an amalgamation of several Conan the Cimmerian characters created by the late Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan.

COMICS - From WeGotThisCovered:  Robert Kirkman, the co-creator of "The Walking Dead" comic book, is working on working on a film that will be a spin-off of "Dracula."  Kirkman says the film will be "an extremely violent comedy."

DC CINEMA - From CBR:   Actor Michael B. Jordan offers an update on the live-action "Static Shock" film that he is producing.  The film has a writer and a draft is coming together.

DC CINEMA - From THR:   Apparently, Warner Bros. Pictures is committed to hiring a black actor to play Superman and also to hiring a black director to helm the film.  The film is currently being written by an African-American, Ta-Nehisi Coates.

INTERVIEW - From 2000AD:  "The Walking Dead" comic book artist, Charlie Adlard, talks about life before and after "The Walking Dead."

LOS BROS - From YouTube:   "Love and Rockets" creators, brother Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, were live at this year's virtual MoCCA fest in this video.

FANTAGRAPHICS - From ComixExperience:   In a rare video interview, Barry Windsor-Smith talks about comics and his new book, "Monsters."

From IGN:   The site has nine preview images from Barry Windsor Smith's "Monsters."
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MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  The site has learned that Oscar-winning screenwriter and also comic book writer, John Ridley, will be the writer of a new "Black Panther" comic book series with Juann Cabal as the artist.  The new series will reportedly begin in August.

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:    The mutant character, "Fantomex" will headline the prose novel, "Triptych."  The novel is part of Marvel and Aconyte Books' "Xavier's Institute" line.

TITAN COMICS - From YouTube:  Titan has produced a preview video trailer for its new comic book series, "ExtraOrdinary," which is set in the world of author V.E. Schwab's "Vicious" and "Vengeful" novels.

ALAN MOORE - From TheGuardian: Two years after announcing that he had retired from comics, Alan Moore, the illustrious author of Watchmen and V for Vendetta, has signed a six-figure deal for a “groundbreaking” five-volume fantasy series as well as a “momentous” collection of short stories.

ARCHIE - From BleedingCool:  The site has a preview of the new trade paperback collection, "She's Josie."  The book reprints stories from various "Josie" comic books published by Archie Publications in the 1960s.  Eventually, the title would become known as "Josie and the Pussycats."

EN MEMORIAM - From BleedingCool:  The veteran American comic book artist, John Paul Leon, has died at the age of 49, Saturday, May 1, 2021.  Although Leon began his professional career with Dark Horse Comics, he first gained fame drawing the groundbreaking comic book series, "Static," for DC Comics' Milestone Comics imprint.  His most recent work was the four-issue miniseries, "Batman: Creature of the Night" (2018-20) with writer Kurt Busiek.

DC COMICS - From DCBlog:   Arriving July 20th is the first issue of a four-issue "Shazam" miniseries that spins out of "Teen Titans Academy."

DC COMICS - From DCBlog:  DC's new horror imprint, "DC Horror," will launch with a tie-in comic book to the upcoming film, "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It."

BLACK COMICS - From LATimes:  Comics have been racist for decades, and a new generations of African-American comics creators are re-inventing them.

MANGA - From CBR:   Mangaka Naoki Urasawa, the renowned "Monster" and "20th Century Boys" author, is launching his next project: an official YouTube art channel.

ARCHIE - From BleedingCool:   Here is a preview of FCBD 2021 Archie Past Present & Future Fun.  The comic book is described as a sort of "Crisis on Infinite Archies," and will be given away on Free Comic Book Day, which has been moved to August 14th.

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  Here is a first look at "Heroes Reborn Young Squadron #1."

DC TV - From DCBlog:  Actor Finn Wittrock will play "Green Lantern/Guy Gardner" in the HBO Max series, "Green Lantern." 

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  Here is a first look "Reptil #1," the first issue of the upcoming Marvel Comics four-issue miniseries.

DC CINEMA - From VeroZackSnyder:  "Justice League" director Zack Snyder has posted some production photos of actor Wayne T. Carr filming scenes as John Stewart/Green Lantern for "Zack Snyder's Justice League."  Warner Bros. did allow those scenes to be included in the final film.

CARD COLLECTING - From VICE:   There is some kind of dire situation going on in the world of collecting "Pokemon" cards ... according to the website, "Vice."

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics announced a new middle-grade original graphic novel starring Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel set to hit stores in September 2021 from writer Nadia Shammas and artist Nabi.

DC COMICS - From SupermanHomepage:   July 2021 begins a new era for DC Comics' "Superman" line of titles.  New direction means new logos, and artist Darran Robinson gives readers a look at his designs for the new logos for several "Superman" titles.

DC FILMS - From Deadline:  "Young Rock" actor, Uli Latukefu, who plays the college football era Dwayne Johnson on the NBC hit series, is reuniting with the action star for New Line/DC’s "Black Adam."

DC FILMS - From BleedingCool:  Voice actress, Stana Katic, talks about the new animated DVD film, "Justice Society: World War II," and the character she plays in the film, Wonder Woman.

DC CINEMA - From BleedingCool:  Voice actress, Elysia Rotaru, talks about the new animated DVD film, "Justice Society: World War II," and the character she plays in the film, Black Canary.

DC COMICS - From DCBlog:   The blog details the big changes coming to the Superman line of titles in July.

 

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MAY 2021 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Ablaze for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Archie Comics for May 2021 
From BleedingCool:  Black Mask for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  BOOM! Studios for May 2021 
From BleedingCool:  Comic House for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Hero Collector for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Image Comics for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Mad Cave Studios for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Vault Comics for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  VIZ Media for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Zenescope Entertainment for May 2021

JUNE 2021 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Ablaze for June 2021 
From BleedingCool:  AfterShock Comics for 2021
From BleedingCool:  BOOM! Studios for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Eaglemoss for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Hero Collector for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for June 2021 
From BleedingCool:  Mad Cave Studios for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Scout Comics for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Source Point Press for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Valiant Entertainment for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  VIZ Media for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Zenescope Entertainment for June 2021 
 
JULY 2021 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Artists, Writers & Artisans for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Bad Idea for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  BOOM! Studios for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Heavy Metal for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Hero Collectors for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Image Comics for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Titan Comics for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Valiant Entertainment for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Vault Comics for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  VIZ Media for July 2021

AUGUST 2021 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Free Comic Book Day for August 14, 2021

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Friday, May 7, 2021

#IReadsYou Review: POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1

POWER MAN AND IRON FIST No. 1
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITER: David Walker
ARTIST: Sanford Greene
COLORS: Lee Loughridge
LETTERS: VC's Clayton Cowles
COVER: Sanford Greene
VARIANT COVERS: Kalman Andrasofszky; John Tyler Christopher; Sanford Greene; Theotis Jones; Chris Visions; Trevor Von Eeden with Rachelle Rosenberg; Skottie Young
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (April 2016)

Rated T+

“The Boys are Back”


Luke Cage, also known as “Power Man,” is a Marvel Comics superhero.  He was created by writer Archie Goodwin and artist John Romita, Sr., and first appeared in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 (cover dated: June 1972).  Cage was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, but he eventually gains superpowers in the form of durability, unbreakable skin, and superhuman strength.

Iron Fist/Daniel “Danny” Rand is a Marvel Comics superhero.  The character was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane, and first appeared in Marvel Premiere #15 (cover dated: May 1974).  An orphan and martial artist, Danny earned the power of a mystical force called the Iron Fist in the also mystical city of K'un Lun.

Both characters have starred in their own comic books series, but Luke Cage and Iron Fist have also been a duo and a team called Heroes for Hire.  There was also a long-running comic book series entitled Power Man and Iron Fist.  Thanks to the All-New, All-Different Marvel, Power Man and Iron Fist the comic book is back.  It is written by David Walker; drawn by Sanford Greene; colored by Lee Loughridge; and lettered by Clayton Cowles.

Power Man and Iron Fist #1 (“The Boys are Back”) opens with Luke and Danny on their way to meet Jennie Royce.  The former office manager of Heroes for Hire, Jennie has finished serving a prison sentence for murdering her abusive ex-boyfriend, Eugene Mason.  Jennie asks Luke and Danny to retrieve a family heirloom currently in the possession of a criminal, Lonnie Lincoln a.k.a. “Tombstone.”  Luke is adamant that he is not re-teaming with Danny Rand and that this mission to retrieve Jennie's heirloom is just a favor for a friend-who-is-like-family in need.  But, of course, it is not the easy.

One look at Sanford Greene's cover art for this new Power Man and Iron Fist #1, I knew that I would not like what was behind the cover.  I was wrong.  I really liked this first issue, and I am genuinely suspicious or ambivalent about first issues.

David Walker's story and script is off-beat in a way that makes this comic book stand out from the Marvel pack, in a way that Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye did.  Sanford Greene's visual language for this comic book balances superhero action against an edgy kind of street-comedy and gritty drama that pushes back on easy classification.

I like this comic book, and I look forward to future issues.  Besides, David Walker and Sanford Greene are the Black/African-American creative team I have been demanding, so I gots to keep it real and read this comic book for several issues, at least.  So far, it looks like their work will help to choke the Jim Crow out of the American comic book industry

A-
7.5 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Thursday, May 6, 2021

#IReadsYou Review: SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN #1

SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN No. 1 (OF 3)
DC COMICS

[This review was originally published on Patreon.]

STORY: Gene Luen Yang
ART: Gurihiru
COLORS: Gurihiru
LETTERS: Janice Chiang
COVER: Gurihiru
VARIANT COVER ARTIST: Kyle Baker
80pp, Color, $7.99 U.S. (October 2019)

Rated “E” for “Everyone”

Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

Part One


Superman is the most famous DC Comics superhero characters.  Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 (cover dated: June 1938).  Superman was first a baby named “Kal-El” shot into space via rocket from the doomed planet, Krypton.  Brought to Earth by that rocket ship (or space craft), Baby Kal was adopted by Martha and Thomas Kent of Smallville, Kansas.

They named their new adopted baby, “Clark Kent.”  Earth's yellow sun gave Clark amazing powers, and he used those strange powers and abilities to become the superhero, Superman.  As a character Superman was an immediate hit.  In the 1940s, Superman was not only the star of comic books, but also of movie serials, novels, and radio serials.

The Adventures of Superman was a long-running radio serial that originally aired from 1940 to 1951, originating on New York City's WOR radio station and eventually being syndicated nationally by the Mutual Broadcasting Company.  One of The Adventures of Superman story arcs was “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” which found Superman fighting an racist and terrorist organization that was a fictional stand-in for the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

The “Clan of the Fiery Cross” is the inspiration for a new young readers and “all ages” Superman three-issue, comic book miniseries, Superman Smashes the Klan.  Acclaimed comic book creator, Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Superman), is the writer of Superman Smashes the Klan, presenting his personal retelling of the adventures of the “Lee family” (the target in the original radio serial) as they team up with Superman to smash the Klan.  Superman Smashes the Klan is drawn and colored by Gurihiru and lettered by Janice Chiang.

Superman Smashes the Klan #1 opens in 1946 at the Metropolis Dam.  There, Superman smashes “the Atom Man,” a Nazi-inspired villain seeking to avenge the “humiliation” of the “master race.”  Witnessing Superman's victory is Lois Lane, the star reporter of Metropolis newspaper, The Daily Planet; and Jimmy Olsen, a cub reporter for the Planet; and Inspector William Henderson (an African-American character) of the Metropolis Police Department.  Shortly after the battle, Superman is overcome by a powerful smell that emanates from the device that powers the Atom Man.

Meanwhile, Dr. Lee, a scientist, is moving his wife and two children, Roberta and Tommy, from Chinatown to the new home located in a neighborhood in Metropolis.  Tommy quickly adjusts to his new home, even joining a baseball team that was started by a local religious organization (“The Unity House”) and is managed by Jimmy Olsen.  Roberta struggles, feeling awkward and out of place.

You see Dr. Lee and his wife are Chinese immigrants to the United States, but their Roberta and Tommy were born in America.  Although the family tries to fit in with their new neighbors, they have drawn the ire and attention of a dangerous racist and terrorist organization, “the Klan of the Fiery Kross.”  Now, Superman must help protect a family and perhaps save three children from the evils of racism and bigotry.

If I remember correctly, Superman Smashes the Klan was announced early last year (2018), so it has been long-awaited and eagerly-awaited.  And I am not at all disappointed; in fact, I am absolutely thrilled.  It is one of the most enjoyable Superman comic books that I have ever read.  If the remainder of the series delights me as much as this first issue did, I might call Superman Smashes the Klan an instant classic.

Writer Gene Luen Yang and artist Gurihiru seem to act as one creative unit, fashioning a story that captures the true all-American spirit of Superman.  That spirit conjures the Man of Steel as a fighter for the little guy; a model of fair play and honesty, and a champion of truth, justice, and the American way.  Yang's depiction of Roberta Lee is superb character writing, delving into the struggles of a pre-teen girl who is trying to adjust to a new life and new neighbors.  However, I also like that Yang has made Roberta a fighter and a budding champion of justice in her own right.

Giruhiru's lovely art, with its Walt Disney-like qualities, might be called “cartoony,” but it is also true to the spirit of the clean, somewhat minimalist comic book art of American comic books' first three decades, especially the comic book art of the 1950s and early 1960s.  On the other hand, Giruhiru's compositions are clearly inspired by the kinetic and expressive nature of animated films and television series.  Giruhiru's graphical storytelling is also powerful and immediate, and her glorious colors pop off the page.  Paired with Janice Chiang's classic-cool lettering, Giruhiru's art and colors recall the graphic classicism of Darwyn Cooke's DC: The New Frontier (DC Comics, 2004).

Superman Smashes the Klan #1 also includes the first part of a feature article or essay by Gene Luen Yang that discusses the history of the Ku Klux Klan and its history of violence against African-Americans after the civil war and against Chinese immigrants.  The essay also concerns the history of the persecution of Chinese immigrants and Yang's personal background.

Obviously, I love Superman Smashes the Klan #1 and can't wait for the second issue or graphic novel (because this series is really like a graphic novel miniseries).  By the way, I must congratulate Yang for making the saying of the slur, “ching-chong,” feel like someone is saying “nigger.”

[This comic book includes the essay, “Superman and Me, Part 1,” by Gene Luen Yang.]

A+
10 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

#IReadsYou Review: ONE PIECE Volume 53

ONE PIECE, VOL. 53
VIZ MEDIA

CARTOONIST: Eiichiro Oda
TRANSLATION: Taylor Engel, HC Language Solutions Inc.
ENGLISH ADAPTATION: Lance Caselman
LETTERS: HudsonYards
ISBN: 978-1-4215-3469-5; paperback (June 2010); Rated “T” for Teen
216pp, B&W, $9.99 US, $12.99 CAN, £6.99 UK

One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 1997.  VIZ Media has been publishing an English-language edition of the manga as a paperback graphic novel series, beginning in September 2003, under its “Shonen Jump” imprint.

Monkey D. Luffy dreams of becoming King of the Pirates.  Even after the enchanted “Devil Fruit” gave him the ability to stretch like rubber while taking away his ability to swim, Luffy was undeterred.  He set out to sea and gradually enlisted a motley crew:  Zolo the master swordsman; Nami the treasure-hunting thief; Usopp, the lying sharpshooter; Sanji the high-kicking chef; Chopper, the walkin’ talkin’ reindeer doctor; the secretive archeologist, Nico Robin; shipwright and cyborg, Franky; and skeleton warrior with an afro, Brook.  Known as the “Straw Hats,” these pirates sail the oceans on their new vessel, Thousand Sunny.  Their goal is the legendary treasure known as “One Piece.”

As One Piece, Vol. 53 (Chapters 513 to 522; entitled “Natural Born King”) begins, the Straw Hats rumble with Bartholomew Kuma, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea.  “Tyrant” Kuma smacks them around using his bare paw, which erases them.  They are not really being erased, however; this is Kuma’s teleportation power, which sends victims of his smack down to unknown locations.  Luffy finds himself on the island of Amazon Lily, an island where men are not allowed on pain of death!

THE LOWDOWN:  One of the most imaginative manga being offered to the North American market, One Piece takes readers from one exotic locale to another – each one populated by a menagerie of creatures, people, and creature people who almost defy imagination.  Yet this all comes from the imagination of Eiichiro Oda.  The art is drawn in such detail that very little of the page is left without something drawn on it.  Vol. 53 isn’t one of the better volumes, but it really picks up when Luffy fights the Gorgon sisters.

POSSIBLE AUDIENCE:  Readers looking for wacky “Shonen Jump” fun will find it in One Piece.

B+
7 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

#IReadsYou Review: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: The Golden Child #1

DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE GOLDEN CHILD No. 1
DC COMICS/Black Label

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Frank Miller
ART: Rafael Grampá
COLORS: Jordie Bellaire
LETTERS: John Workman and Deron Bennett
EDITOR: Mark Doyle
COVER: Rafael Grampa with Pedro Cobiaco
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Andy Kubert with Brad Anderson; Frank Miller with Alex Sinclair; Joelle Jones with Dave McCaig; Rafael Grampa with Pedro Cobiaco; Paul Pope with Jose Villarrubia
32pp, Color, $5.99 U.S. (February 2020)

Ages 17+

Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger


Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (also known as DKR) was a four-issue comic book miniseries starring Batman.  Published by DC Comics in 1986, this prestige-format comic book was written by Frank Miller; drawn by Miller (pencils) and Klaus Janson (inks); colored by Lynn Varley; and lettered by John Costanza, with the book covers drawn by Miller and Varley.

DKR told the tale of a 50-year-old Bruce Wayne, long retired as Batman, who dons the cape and cowl again to take on a new crime wave in Gotham City.  When an institutionalized Joker discovers that Batman has returned, he revives himself and begins a new crime wave of craziness.  Batman also battles Superman who is trying to force Batman back into retirement.

DRK was a smash hit, and from the time of its publication, it became a hugely influential comic book, especially on the editorial mindset of DC Comics.  There have been sequels to DKR, as well as other comic books set in its “universe.”  The most recent DKR comic book is Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child.  It written by Frank Miller, drawn by Rafael Grampá; colored by Jordie Bellaire; and lettered by John Workman and Deron BennettThe Golden Child finds the heirs to the legacy of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel taking on adversaries of their predecessors.

Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1 opens three years after the events depicted in the nine-issue miniseries, Dark Knight III: The Master Race (2015-2017).  Lara, the daughter of Wonder Woman (Diana) and her consort, Superman, has spent that time learning to be more human.  After spending her life with the Amazons of Paradise Island, however, Lara has a great disdain for humans.  Carrie Kelley, the former Robin, has been growing into her new role as The Batwoman, after Bruce Wayne/Batman finally retired.

The Batwoman has been battling the Joker and his gang of Joker clones, who are in full rage as the day of the U.S. presidential election approaches.  [Although he is not named, President Donald Trump's image and presence are prominent throughout this comic book].  But Joker has found a new partner in a terrifying evil that has come to Gotham – Darkseid.  Now, Lara and Carrie must team-up to stop two evils, but their secret weapon, young Jonathan, “the golden child” (Lara's brother and Diana and Superman's son) is also the object of Darkseid's murderous desire.

I really like Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child, but not because of Frank Miller's story.  It is a hot mess of sound and fury signifying nothing.  It is like someone's incorrect idea that the sound of Jack Kirby is not big (in relation to Darkseid, a character he created), but is histrionics.  Miller does offer a few good ideas, and he is one of the few mainstream comic book creators that could get away with not only casting Donald Trump in a DC Comics title, but also portraying him in an unflattering light.  Teaming-up Joker and Darkseid is not one of Miller's good ideas, and Miller's portrayal of Lara and Jonathan is a mixed bag.  But I can tell that Miller really loves Carrie Kelley, a character he created in DKR.  She is glorious as The Batwoman.

No, I don't love Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child because of Frank Miller.  I love it because of Rafael Grampa, the Brazilian film director and comic book artist.  Grampa's style in Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child is a mixture of Frank Miller's graphic style in both Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and in his Sin City series of miniseries and one-shot comic books and also of Scottish comic book artist Frank Quitely's graphic style.

Grampa's gorgeous illustrations and compositions look even better under Jordie Bellaire's inventive coloring and varietal of hues.  But even all that pretty art can't create superb graphical storytelling from Frank Miller's mish-mash of a story, except in a few places – the Batwoman sections of course.  Carrie Kelley is absolutely spectacular in the double-caped, leathery Bat-suit, which also looks like an actual man-sized bat.

Well, you can't get everything, although John Workman and Deron Bennett also deliver some fine-looking lettering.  So I'll be satisfied with Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1 being one of the beautifully drawn and illustrated comic book one-shots that I have ever read.

8 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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Monday, May 3, 2021

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DC Comics from Lunar Distributors for May 4, 2021

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Batman #108 (Cover A Jorge Jimenez), $4.99
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Batman #108 (Cover C Riccardo Federici Card Stock Variant), AR
Batman #108 (Cover D Stanley Artgerm Lau Foil Card Stock Variant), AR
Batman Fortnite Zero Point #1 (Of 6)(Mikel Janin 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99
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Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III TP, $16.99
Crime Syndicate #3 (Of 6)(Cover A David Finch), $3.99
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Dark Nights Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs TP, $19.99
Green Arrow Black Canary Till Death Do They Part TP, $34.99
Green Lantern #2 (Cover A Bernard Chang), $4.99
Green Lantern #2 (Cover B Bryan Hitch Card Stock Variant), AR
Man-Bat #4 (Of 5)(Cover A Kyle Hotz), $3.99
Metropolis Grove TP, $9.99
Next Batman Second Son #2 (Of 4)(Cover A Doug Braithwaite, $4.99
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Sensational Wonder Woman #3 (Cover A Colleen Doran), $3.99
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Suicide Squad #3 (Cover A Eduardo Pansica), $3.99
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Swamp Thing #3 (Of 10)(Cover A Mike Perkins), $3.99
Swamp Thing #3 (Of 10)(Cover B Kyle Hotz Card Stock Variant), AR
Tiny Titans Pet Club TP, $9.99


Friday, April 30, 2021

I Reads You Juniors: April 2021 - Update #103

by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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NEWS:

DC FILMS - From Deadline:  "Young Rock" actor, Uli Latukefu, who plays the college football era Dwayne Johnson on the NBC hit series, is reuniting with the action star for New Line/DC’s "Black Adam."

DC FILMS - From BleedingCool:  Voice actress, Stana Katic, talks about the new animated DVD film, "Justice Society: World War II," and the character she plays in the film, Wonder Woman.

DC FILMS - From BleedingCool:  Voice actress, Elysia Rotaru, talks about the new animated DVD film, "Justice Society: World War II," and the character she plays in the film, Black Canary.

DC COMICS - From DCBlog:   The blog details the big changes coming to the Superman line of titles in July.

MARVEL - From GamesRadar:   After being a colorist at DC Comics for 28 years, Alex Sinclair has decided to branch out to other publishers, while still coloring comics for DC.  His first outside work is as the regular colorist for "The Amazing Spider-Man" beginning with this month's issue #63.

MARVEL - From GamesRadar:   Marvel Comics is offering two comic books for Free Comic Book Day 2021, "Avengers/Hulk" and "Spider-Man/Venom."  Free Comic Book Day 2021 is Sat. May 1st.

BOOM STUDIOS - From TheBeat:  The hot comic book news today (Mon., April 26th) is about the upcoming historical and science fiction comic book miniseries, "Dark Blood."   It is written by LaToya Morgan, who was a writer and co-executive producer on the AMC series, "Into the Badlands" and "Turn: Washington's Spies."  It is drawn by first-time comic book artist, illustrator Walt Barna.  The first of six issue arrives July 2021 from BOOM! Studios.

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  Diamond Comic Distributors is apparently calling each comic book shop to learn which shops will order their Marvel Comics titles though them or directly through Penguin Random House, Marvel's new distributor.  Diamond will still distribute Marvel titles in October, but Diamond will have to get those titles from Penguin Random House.

DC CINEMA - From WeGotThisCovered:   Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson shares of a photo showing that he has arrived in Atlanta to shoot the DC Films' movie, "Black Adam."

MANGA - From BleedingCool:   Yen Press announces another slate of new manga and light novel releases.

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:   Wolverine guest stars in "Shang-Chi #3," due this July.

DC COMICS - From BleedingCool:   DC Comics will launch a new horror imprint, "DC Horror," this fall.  The debut title will be a comic book miniseries that will act as prelude to the upcoming film, "The Conjuring: The Lover."

IMAGE COMICS - From EW:   "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke has her own comic book, a three-issue miniseries entitled "M.O.M.: Mother of Madness," which begins in July.

MARVEL/VIZ Media - From BleedingCool:   Marvel Comics and VIZ Media's collaboration will begin in Fall 2021 with "Marvel Meow."  A 72-page hardcover book, this manga will feature Captain Marvel's cat, "Chewi," interacting with Marvel's biggest stars.  The first English-language publication of the Deadpool manga, "Deadpool: Samurai" will occur Feb. 2022.

DC COMICS - From BleedingCool:   DC Comics has announced a new eight-issue mini-series, Blue & Gold, starring Booster Gold and Blue Beetle, by Booster Gold's creator Dan Jurgens and artist Ryan Sook.

MARVEL - From Deadline:  Hulu released a trailer for its stop-motion animated series, "Marvel's M.O.D.O.K."  The series debuts on Hulu May 21st, 2021.

DC COMICS - From BleedingCool:   DC Comics has announced the cancellation of its on-going "Superman" title. It will be replaced in July 2021 by a new title, "Superman: Son of Kal-El," written by Tom Taylor and drawn by John Timms, and which will feature Lois Lane and Superman's son, Jonathan "Jon" Kent, as Superman.

COMICS - From BleedingCool:  Ablaze Publishing announces its latest uncensored Conan the Cimmerian comic book series, "The Cimmerian: Man-Eaters of Zamboula"

DC COMICS - From DCBlog:   Writer Tom Taylor and artist Andy Kubert talks about "Batman: The Detective #1."

DC CINEMA - From TheWrap: Actor Michael Keaton's talent agent, ICM Partners, has confirmed that Keaton will reprise the role of Batman in DC Films' "The Flash." Keaton played Batman/Bruce Wayne in two films, 1989 "Batman" and 1992's "Batman Returns." 

LGBTQ - From CBR:  Kodansha has announced that the trans coming-of-age manga, "Boys Run the Riot," by trans creator Keito Gaku, will debut in the U.S. May 25th, in both print and digital.

MANGA - From ASAP:   The nominees for Kodansha's 45th Annual Manga Awards have been announced.  The winners will be announced May 13, 2021.

SONY SPIDER U - From Variety:   Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson have been tapped by Sony Pictures Animation to direct the sequel to the Oscar-winning animated feature “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

DC COMICS - From DCBlog:   The upcoming "Red Hood" title, "Future State: Gotham," will have a manga-inspired look due to the work of artist, Giannis Milonogiannis.  "DC Blog" offers several images from the issue including the first five pages of the story and some pages from the back-up story, a reprint of a Katsuhiro Otomo ("Akira") "Batman" short story.

COMICS TO TV - From CinemaBlend:   Beloved "Supernatural" actor, Jensen Ackles, has joined Season 3 of Amazon's "The Boys."  He will play the character "Soldier Boy."

DISNEY - From BleedingCool:  Disney/Hyperion will publish a line of original graphic novels, called "Disney Remix," that will offer new versions of popular characters from various Disney properties, including film and television.   The first graphic novel in the line is "Operation Parent Trap," which is based on the 1961 Walt Disney film and its 1998 remake.

DC CINEMA - From BleedingCool:  DC Film's "The Flash" movie has a logo, and it has been revealed!

DC COMICS - From DCBlog:   "Everything You Need to Know About Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point!," according to "DC Blog."

BOOM STUDIOS - From BleedingCool:   Writer-artist David Petersen returns to his popular "Mouse Guard" series with the one-shot comic book, "Mouse Guard: The Owlhen Caregiver," in July.

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:   Remember Marvel Comics' "World War Hulk."  July brings "World Wars She-Hulk."

DC COMICS - From BleedingCool:   DC Comics is going to reprint the 6-page story, "Batman: The Third Mask," from 1996's "Batman: Black and White miniseries," in "Future State: Gotham #1."  The story was created by "Akira" creator, Katsuhiro Otomo.

DC CINEMA - From Deadline:   Stand-up comedian, Mo Amer, joins the cast of Dwayne Johnson's "Black Adam" movie from DC Films.

MARVEL - From EW:   Marvel Comics has unveiled its new X-Men line-up: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Polaris, Rogue, Wolverine (Laura Kinney), Sunfire, and Synch.

DC TV - From Deadline:  Actor Dominic Purcell leaves The CW's "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" in a huff.  Purcell has been playing the character "Heatwave."

DC TV - From BleedingCool:   Season 3 of HBO Max's "Doom Patrol" will apparently include the "Dead Boy Detectives."  A duo of ghostly detectives, the characters first appeared in Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman #25," and "Neil himself" approves of the casting of actors Sebastian Croft and Ty Tennant in the roles.

DC COMICS - From CBR:   This article details "10 Classic DC Characters Who Didn't Debut in a Comic Book."  Harley Quinn is obvious, having debuted in television series, "Batman: The Animated Series," but I did not know that the Superman character, "Jimmy Olsen," did not get a name until an appearance in "The Adventures of Superman" radio serial in 1940.

DC COMICS - From THR:   Following the events of "Future State," Jason Todd/Red Hood will get a new ongoing comic book series , "DC's Future State: Gotham," written by Joshua Williamson and Dennis Culver and drawn by Giannis Milonogiannis.

IMAGE COMICS - From BleedingCool:   Image Comics will publish an art book from cable network, AMC.  Entitled "The Art of AMC's The Walking Dead Universe," the book is due September 2021.

MARVEL STUDIOS - From BGR:   There are plenty of rumors about what Marvel Studios plans to do in regards to bringing Wolverine back to the big screen ... and the small screen.

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  The mutant "Polaris" has won the fan vote to be a new member of the X-Men.

VIZ MEDIA - From BleedingCool:   VIZ Media will publish a complete "Ultimate Edition" of the classic 1980s manga, "Fist of the North Star." The first volume arrives June 15th at $19.99 US.

COMICS - From GamesRadar:   The upcoming "Shadowman" comic book from Valiant (which debuts April 28th) will re-imagine the supernatural side of the "Valiant Universe."

BLACK COMICS - From Previews:   Artists Julian Shaw and Paris Alleyne talks about bringing 28 artists together for their art book, "28 Days of Black Heroes: The Arts of Julian Shaw and Paris Alleyne."

COMICS - From YahooNerdist:   How the year 1986 changed American comic books forever with "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" and "Watchmen," among others.

COMICS - From BleedingCool:  "MPLS Sound" is a graphic novel that pays homage to the musical legacy of late music legend, Prince, via a story that focuses on the fictional band, "Starchild."

COMICS TO FILM - From Deadline:  Director Joe Cornish ("Attack the Block") is set to direct a film version of Mark Millar and Goran Parlov's comic book, "Starlight," for 20th Century Studios.

COMICS - From TCJ:   "The Comic Journal's" Robert Newsome interviews Evan Dorkin about his new "Beasts of Burden" miniseries.

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:   Want some "Heroes Reborn" spoilers?

MARVEL - From TheWrap:   "The Wraps" says the "incel Captain America" of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" is so perfect.

BOOKS - From BleedingCool:   Gallery/Saga Press is reprinting author Michael Moorcock's "Elric of Melnibone" novels in three deluxe volumes.  The forewords for those volumes will be written by Neil Gaiman (Vol. 1), Michael Chabon (Vol. 2), and Alan Moore (Vol. 3).

IMAGE COMICS - From THR:   "The Hollywood Reporter" has a feature on comic book artist Joe Madureira and the return of his comic book, "Battle Chasers," after a 20-year hiatus.

DC CINEMA - From WeGotThisCovered:   As DC Film's "Black Adam" starts shooting, star Dwayne Johnson posts the first set photo.

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:   May 2021's "Immortal Hulk: Time of Monsters #1" is one of those rare occasions when fans will be treated to a comic book containing interior art by the great Kevin Nowlan.

IN MEMORIAM - From BleedingCool:   The comic book writer, Joye Hummel Murchinson Kelly, died Monday, April 5, 2021 at the age of 97.  If you don't know her name, then, you don't know that she was Wonder Woman creator, William Moulton Marston's writing assistant.  She took over writing duties of Wonder Woman with "The Winged Maidens of Venus" in Wonder Woman #12.  She would go on to write over 70 Wonder Woman stories through 1947, credited as "Charles Moulton," an in-house credit.  After Marston died of cancer, National/DC Comics chose writer Robert Kanigher to continue Wonder Woman.

FANTAGRAPHICS - From BleedingCool:  Publisher Gary Groth and artist Don Simpson explain why Alan Moore's name is not credited for "In Pictopia."

COMICS TO TV - From YouTube:   Netflix releases an official trailer for "Jupiter's Legacy," its TV series adaptation of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's comic book series.

DC CINEMA - From VanityFair:   Oscar-winning screenwriter Chris Terrio is not happy about what Warner Bros. and Joss Whedon did with his work for Zack Snyder on the "Justice League" film, and he is tired of keeping silent.

FOX MARVEL U - From WeGotThisCovered:  Rumor is that Ryan Reynolds wants to give voice to the Marvel character, "Deadpool," which he has played in two successful live-action films.  He reportedly want to revive the proposed animated Deadpool series that was to be produced for FXX.  No word on if brothers Donald and Stephen Glover would run the show as originally planned.

SONY MARVEL U - From THR:   Sony Pictures has signed an exclusive streaming deal with Netflix.  From 2022 onward, all Sony Productions will stream exclusively on Netflix, and that includes all those Spider-Man and Spider-Man related titles that Sony has released - including the Marvel "Spider-Man" films.

DC CINEMA - From WeGotThisCovered:  Warner Bros. executives apparently don't want to follow Zack Snyder's lead when it comes to films based on DC Comics characters.

DC CINEMA - From Deadline:   Dwayne Johnson's DC Films movie, "Black Adam," adds current Tony Award nominee, actor James Cusati-Moyer, to the cast.

DC COMICS - From YahooAP:   A copy of the rare "Action Comics #1," the comic book that introduced Superman, was sold for 3.5 million dollars at auction.  It is graded "8.5" by the CGC.

MANGA - From JapanTimes:   An "Attack on Titan" themed museum has opened in Hita, Oita Prefecture, the hometown of "Attack on Titan" creator, Hajime Isayama.

MANGA - From BleedingCool:   Kodansha announces new manga titles for Fall 2021 "Lovesick Ellie" and "Penguin & House."

DC CINEMA - From THR:   The interview of actor Ray Fisher and feature article goes into great detail about Fisher's complaints against various Warner Bros. executives and filmmakers involved in the making of the film, "Justice League," including Geoff Johns, Jon Berg, and director Joss Whedon.

BOOM STUDIOS - From BleedingCool:   When BOOM! Studios "Magic: The Gathering #1 debuts tomorrow, it will be the highest ordered issue in the history of the franchise as a comic book.

MARVEL COMICS - From WashingtonTimes:  Canadian clinical psychologist and bigot Jordan B. Peterson is stunned that the Marvel Comics Nazi villain, "Red Skull," as written by Ta'Nehisi Coates sounds like him.

COMICS SHOP - From TheBeat:  A retailer talks about the good and bad ideas of comic book publishers, Bad Idea.

MANGA TO ANIME - From Jotaku:   Junji Ito's short story collection, "Ito Junji Kesssaku-shu" ("Junji Ito Masterworks Collection"), is getting an anime adaptation.

DC TV - From WeGotThisCovered:   The CW is reportedly looking for a new Green Arrow.  Stephen Amell played the character for eight seasons on The CW's "Arrow (2012-20).

VIDEO GAMES TO COMICS - From GamesRadar:   Tapas Media has partnered with the mobile gaming giant Netmarble for a series of prosel novels and webcomics based on the company's hit games, including "Iron Throne: The Firstborn."

DC COMICS - From BleedingCool:  DC Comics is introducing a new Asian superhero, "Monkey Prince," created by Gene Luen Yang and Bernard Chang.

MARVEL CINEMA - From WeGotThisCovered:  Rumors say that Deadpool would be a member of the X-Men when the team returns to cinemas via Marvel Studios.

DC CINEMA - From WeGotThisCovered:   Warner Bros./Legendary Entertainment's "Godzilla vs. Kong" had the biggest HBO Max debut ever in terms of viewership numbers - even bigger than "Zack Snyder's Justice League."

COMICS TO FILM - From Movieweb:   Hong Kong action movie legend, John Woo, is set to produce a film based on "Monkey Master," an unreleased comic book created by the late Marvel Comics' legend, Stan Lee.

COMICS TO FILM - From BleedingCool:  Mike Mignola reflects on the first "Hellboy" film from 17 years ago, 2004's "Hellboy."

DC COMICS - From BleedingCool:   Here is a look at the DC Comics, omnibus editions, deluxe compendiums, and collections for early 2022.

DC COMICS - From GamesRadar:   DC Comics' Batman and G.I. Joe's Snake-Eyes will final battle ... in a "Fortnite" comic book.

COMICS - From Express:  First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will be the star of an issue of "Female Force," a comic book that focuses on high-achieving female public figures from publisher, TidalWave Comics.

MANGA - From ScreenRant:   The "Eternal First God" manga apparently combines "Pokemon" and "Naruto."

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics is delaying its launch of "Predator #1" to November 2021.  Apparently, other Predator and Predator-related publications will also be delayed.

COMICS TO TV - From Nerdcore:   Actress Katia Winter ("Sleepy Hollow") will reportedly play the cult favorite character, "Little Nina," in Season 3 of Amazon's hit superhero series, "The Boys."

MARVEL - From TheRinger: "Who is John Walker."  The website talks about the character that has assumed the identity of Captain America in the Disney+/Marvel Studios' series, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier."

DC COMICS - From ComicBook:  DC announced its first-ever "Round Robin" bracket, which will allow fans to vote on a potential series from a number of pitches. While creative teams for none of the series have been announced, the series in question is expected to be published later this year.

DC CINEMA - From THR:   Two previously DC Films have been cancelled.  The first is Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay's "New Gods" film, and the second is "Aquaman" director James Wan's Aquaman spinoff, "The Trench."

STAR WARS - From GamesRadar:   Lucasfilm releases "Pride Month" (June) cover image for Marvel Comics' "Star Wars: The High Republic."

FANTAGRAPHICS - From TheBeat:   "The Beat" interviews cartoonist Paco Roca about his newest English translated work, "The Winter of the Cartoonist."

MARVEL - From BleedingCool:   After about eight years at DC Comics, artist John Romita, Jr. is returning to his original home, Marvel Comics.

MARVEL/VIZ MEDIA - From BleedingCool:  The first Marvel Comics/Shonen Jump crossover is "My Hero Academia/Deadpool."

DC CINEMA - From THR:  The beloved "Batman" comic book, "Batman: The Long Halloween," is now a two-part animated film, with the first part debuting either this spring or summer on DVD and Blu-ray.  The cast includes Jensen Ackles ("Supernatural") as Batman and the late Naya Rivera as "Catwoman."

DC COMICS - From BleedingCool:   Diamond Comics UK will continue to distribute DC Comics titles through December 31st, 2021.

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APRIL 2021 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  AfterShock Comics for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  Antarctic Press for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  Behemoth Comics for April 2021 
From BleedingCool:  Black Mask Studios for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  BOOM! Studios for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  Hero Collector for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  Image Comics for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  Oni Press for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  Scout Comics for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  Second Sight for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  Source Point Press for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  Titan Comics for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  Valiant Comics for April 2021
From BleedingCool:  Zenescope Entertainment for April 2021

MAY 2021 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Ablaze for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Archie Comics for May 2021 
From BleedingCool:  Black Mask for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  BOOM! Studios for May 2021 
From BleedingCool:  Comic House for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Hero Collector for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Image Comics for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Mad Cave Studios for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Vault Comics for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  VIZ Media for May 2021
From BleedingCool:  Zenescope Entertainment for May 2021

JUNE 2021 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Ablaze for June 2021 
From BleedingCool:  AfterShock Comics for 2021
From BleedingCool:  BOOM! Studios for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Eaglemoss for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Hero Collector for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for June 2021 
From BleedingCool:  Mad Cave Studios for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Scout Comics for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Source Point Press for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Valiant Entertainment for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  VIZ Media for June 2021
From BleedingCool:  Zenescope Entertainment for June 2021 
 
JULY 2021 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Artists, Writers & Artisans for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Bad Idea for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  BOOM! Studios for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Dark Horse Comics for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  DC Comics for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Dynamite Entertainment for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Heavy Metal for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Hero Collectors for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  IDW Publishing for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Image Comics for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Marvel Comics for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Titan Comics for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Valiant Entertainment for July 2021
From BleedingCool:  Vault Comics for July 2021

AUGUST 2021 COMICS SOLICITATIONS:
From BleedingCool:  Free Comic Book Day for August 14, 2021

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