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Condon and Phillips bringing That Texas Blood to Image this summer

Condon and Phillips bringing That Texas Blood to Image this summer

Chris Condon and Jacob Phillips (Criminal, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies) have a new book out this summer from Image Comics, called That Texas Blood. A neo-western more along the lines of No Country for Old Men than High Noon, the book focuses on Sheriff Joe Bob Coates and his experiences with crime in his hometown of Fort Lehane.

Not only does this sound awesome, but Phillips’ art looks killer too. It’s a completely different style than his father Sean’s, sort of like a cleaner version of what Jason Latour does on Southern Bastards. I’ll definitely be picking this one up.

DC Comics Publisher Dan DiDio has left the company

DC Publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee

Gregory Lawrence for Collider:

DiDio was instrumental in many of DC’s contemporary shifts and successes, including The New 52, a 2011 revamp of all of DC’s continuity post-Flashpoint that saw every DC title restarting at issue #1. DiDio also became a fan-favorite figure, serving as DC’s front-facing de facto spokesperson at fan events and conventions. In an era where most of “comic book success” is found in movies and TV, DiDio made sure the actual ink-and-paper (or digital) comic books had a home and focus in the business strategies of DC.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dan DiDio at FanExpo in Toronto a number of years ago. He is one of the nicest, most down-to-earth people in comics I’ve ever met.

I specifically remember him coming out from inside the DC booth at the event to chat in the aisle with my friends and I about what the company had planned (pre-Flashpoint) and his time working on ReBoot in the 90s.

I’ll be interested to see what he does next.

Don't Go Without Me

Art by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell


Two lovers get separated on a night out in a parallel dimension. A ship that runs on memories malfunctions in the dead of space. A giant prophesied to wake from its centuries-long slumber beneath the sea.

A stunning triptych collection of stories on love, loss, longing, and connection, from rising comics superstar, Rosemary Valero O-Connell.

I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far of Valero-O’Connell’s work on Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me so I’m looking forward to reading this. I was hopeful it would eventually be available to the public, given how well the Kickstarter campaign did.

100-page Catwoman book with star-studded creator lineup coming in April

Catwoman art by Jim Lee
Art by Jim Lee

Zack Quaintance for The Beat:

The Catwoman book (full title being the Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1) is due April 15, with the publisher describing it as “a landmark one-shot.”

The creators involved are certainly worthy of such a designation. The cover will be done by Joelle Jones, who is the regular Catwoman writer/artist. Inside the book, readers will find work from Ed Brubaker, Cameron Stewart, Paul Dini, Ann Nocenti, Adam Hughes, Tom King, Mikel Janín, Mindy Newell, Will Pfeifer, and Emanuela Lupacchino, as well as pinups by Steve Rude, Tula Lotay, Jim Balent, and more.

The teams on this book are unreal. It’s great seeing Ed Brubaker and Paul Dini back writing a DC story and I’m excited to see so many of my favourite artists like Adam Hughes, Emanuela Lupacchino, Frank Cho, and Tula Lotay involved in it.

Spider-Woman getting a new suit for series launch

Art by Junggeun Yoon

Jude Terror for Bleeding Cool:

But it turns out, Marvel just wanted to soak in the variant cover sales glory of the costume one last time because it turns out Jessica Drew is getting a new look in Spider-Woman #1.

While I’m not particularly fond of the new look, I’m more concerned that Marvel seems to have intentionally mislead potential readers in the announcement of the new series.

Announcing her new book and cover, revealing a series of variants — both featuring the original costume — allowing people to place orders for the book, and only then showing off this new suit seems a little deceptive to me.

Marvel announces new Spider-Woman series

Art by Stanley "Artgerm" Lau
Art by Stanley "Artgerm" Lau

Jamie Lovett for

Marvel is giving Spider-Woman her own series. Launching in March 2020, Spider-Woman sees Jessica Drew going solo again. The series is written by Karla Pacheco (Punisher Annual, Fantastic Four 2099) and Pere Perez (Uncanny X-Men).

I really enjoyed what Marvel did years back with Jess’ redesigned outfit but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to see her back in her iconic yellow and red suit. I’m personally not familiar with Pere Perez’s work but what I’ve seen online looks solid.

One thing that does worry me about this new series, as mentioned in the article above, is that his is the seventh volume of Spider-Woman. Granted, it’s been four years since volume six ended but it’s another example of Marvel’s relentless relaunching of a character that, in my opinion, drives newer readers away.

That’s not to say books with large volume numbers and relaunches can’t be successful. Captain Marvel is currently on its 11th volume with writer Kelly Thompson and artist Carmen Carnero and is arguably the best it’s been in years. Who’s to say that Spider-Woman can’t do the same?

Thoughts on Batman #83

Art by Mikel Janín
Art by Mikel Janín

Wow, this week’s Batman #83 hit like a sledgehammer. With only two issues left in King’s run, I’m interested to see how they wrap up the City of Bane arc and spin that ending into Batman & Catwoman.

On a sidenote, Mikel Janín has been absolutely amazing in this run. I hadn't seen much of his work before he teamed up with King on Batman but I'm consistently impressed with that he brings to each issue.

Vault Comics delivers with Money Shot's debut issue

Art by Rebekah Isaacs
Art by Rebekah Isaacs

As I assumed it would be, the first issue of Money Shot — which arrived on comic shelves this week — was great. In particular, I really loved Rebekah Isaacs’ art. I found it complimented the humour and absurdity of the story but still worked well during the more personal moments between Christine and Omar.

I’ll definitely be keeping Money Shot on my pull list.

Ms. Marvel is the hero of the new Avengers game

Kamala Khan in Avengers

Ricardo Serrano Denis for The Beat:

Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers has a main character, and her name is Kamala Khan. That’s right, Ms. Marvel will take it upon herself to bring the Avengers back together again after Captain America’s death.

This is a solid trailer. We’ve got new story details and a look at  Kamala in action, who looks like she’ll be a ton of fun to play as. This  should also clear up the misunderstanding MCU fans have that this game has anything to do with the Marvel movies, which has always confused me.

River City Conventions shutting down permanently

Central Canada Comic Con (Facebook):

River City Conventions after 25 years will be closing its doors permanently. There will be no future events planned for 2020 or the future.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the convention but I’m still sad to see it shut down. I had some great experiences there many years ago. Why they couldn’t have simply scaled back the event and put it on in a different place is beyond me.

While the organizers were quick to blame the venue and sponsors for their troubles in their previous update, this now makes me think they’re withholding details to avoid damaging their reputation with their biggest supporters.

GalaxyCon Minneapolis is in November and the guest list looks fantastic.

Moon Knight series coming to Disney+

Frank Palmer for ScreenGeek:

Though the details are slim, Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios confirmed at D23 that Moon Knight is getting his own series. That announcement came with announcements for Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk series’ as well.

I’m so excited to see what comes of this. I’d love to see them base the series on one of the recent comic book arcs like Brian Michael Bendis or Jeff Lemire’s runs on the character.

Ghost-Spider returning to the Marvel Universe

Ghost-Spider returning to the Marvel Universe

Samantha Puc for The Beat:

Gwen Stacy has officially claimed her new codename and now she’s swinging into Earth-616. Following the conclusion of this year’s Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider, Gwen is back in Ghost-Spider #1 and taking advantage of her ability to travel between worlds.

I haven’t kept up with Spider-Gwen/Ghost-Spider since shortly after her debut. I’ve never been particularly fond of alternate universe stories and while I could appreciate the art, it wasn’t really my favourite.

However, hearing that not only is Gwen paying an extended visit to the main Marvel Universe but that Takeshi Miyazawa — one of my favourite artists from back in the Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane days — would be continuing to draw the book, I feel like I might have to pick this one up.