WARNER BROS. TELEVISION AND DC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE ALL-NEW LIVE-ACTION SERIES “TITANS,” FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS AKIVA GOLDSMAN, GEOFF JOHNS, GREG BERLANTI AND SARAH SCHECHTER, TO DEBUT IN 2018

 

“YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS,” THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED THIRD SEASON OF WARNER BROS. ANIMATION’S “YOUNG JUSTICE,” ALSO TO BOW NEXT YEAR

 

Series Will Air Exclusively on Upcoming DC-Branded Direct-to-Consumer Digital Service

 

(April 25, 2017 – Burbank, CA) Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment today announced that executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are teaming up for the all-new live-action drama series “Titans,” which will debut in 2018. Additionally, Warner Bros. Animation’s “Young Justice: Outsiders,” the highly anticipated third season of the popular “Young Justice” series, is also ramping up for its first mission next year.

 

Both fan-driven series are in early stages of production and will air exclusively on a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service in 2018. Operated by Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group, the new digital service will deliver an immersive experience designed just for DC fans.

 

“Titans” follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others. “Titans” is a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever.

 

“Titans” will be written by Akiva Goldsman (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Underground”), Geoff Johns (President & Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment; “The Flash,” “Arrow”) and Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”). Goldsman, Johns, Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”) are executive producers of the series from Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

 

In “Young Justice: Outsiders,” the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, Super-Villains and super secrets. In the highly anticipated new season, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy. Equally praised by critics and viewers for its impressive visuals and rich storytelling, “Young Justice” reached more than 25 million unique viewers in each of its two seasons on Cartoon Network. This passionate fan support set the stage for the new third season.

 

Sam Register (“Teen Titans Go!,” “Justice League Action”) is executive producer of “Young Justice.” Brandon Vietti (“Batman: Under the Red Hood,” “Superman Doomsday”) and Greg Weisman (“Star Wars Rebels,” “Gargoyles”) are producers of the series, produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Emmy Award winner Phil Bourassa (“Young Justice,” “Justice League Dark,” “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract”) serves as the series’ art director.

 

For updates on these exciting new series and the upcoming DC digital service, visitwww.DCFanUpdates.com.

C2E2 2017-CM Punk and AJ Mendez Brooks (AJ Lee) panels 

CM Punk and AJ Brooks were at C2E2 and they both had their own panels. CM Punk talked about writibg for Marvel’s Drax The Destroyer and his future projects and AJ talked about her book “Crazy Is My Superpower” and answers fan questions.

 

 

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JOE SIMON AND JACK KIRBY’S FIGHTING AMERICAN SPRINGS BACK INTO ACTION WITH TITAN COMICS!

A legendary team-up with Titan Comics sees the Fighting American return – an event 50 years in the making!
Titan Comics are thrilled to announce the return of a true comic icon, FIGHTING AMERICAN ¬ – Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s legendary all-American hero is back kicking butt and taking names in this all-new epic in 2017!
First published in May 1954 and originally written and drawn by two of the greatest names in the history of comics, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Fighting American was the embodiment of the homegrown, god-fearing, patriotic, apple pie-eating American superhero. 
Where Simon and Kirby’s other patriotic hero, Captain America, socked it to the Nazis in World War II, Fighting American brought square-jawed justice to “the Commies” and villains such as Double Header, Hotsky Trotsky, and Round Robin! 
Throughout their long partnership, Simon and Kirby helped revolutionize the comics industry from ground-breaking adventure comics to pioneering romance titles, westerns, crime comics and of course superheroes – a genre they helped to shape and define for generations to come. 
With Fighting American, they brought a tongue-in-cheek irreverence to the world of two-fisted action and its mix of outlandish, satirical humor went on to establish Fighting American as a true American hero.
Hard times require hard heroes and in Titan Comics’ all-new series, written by Gordon Rennie (2000AD, Starship Troopers) with artwork by Duke Mighten (Judge Dredd), the comic picks up immediately after Simon and Kirby’s legendary 1954 series…
Keep watch for more announcements on Titan Comics’ Fighting American soon!

ANNOUNCING SHEA FONTANA TO WRITE WONDER WOMAN

ANNOUNCING SHEA FONTANA TO WRITE WONDER WOMAN

 

This summer, writer Shea Fontana (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS) will pen a five-issue story arc on DC’s main WONDER WOMAN bimonthly comic book series.

 

Fontana is no stranger to Wonder Woman having helped shape the DC Super Hero Girls universe, writing the original graphic novel and The New York Times bestseller DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINALS CRISIS and its subsequent installments, as well as the animated shorts and the first original animated movie DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: HERO OF THE YEAR. Now, Fontana is graduating to DC’s flagship WONDER WOMAN series.

 

“Having worked on DC Super Hero Girls for the last few years, I have a great sense of Wondy, a teenage Wonder Woman in a high school setting, and it’s an honor and an adrenaline rush to be writing her now ‘all grown up,’” explains Fontana. “Many of her core characteristics continue to remain routed in peace, justice and equality, but as an adult she’s seen a lot more war and tragedy, and is dealing with her world from a wiser, more experienced point of view.”  

 

In this arc, Fontana debuts a new villain into the DC Universe who seeks to prove that Amazon DNA could change the world and hunts to capture Wonder Woman, dead or alive. This will challenge Wonder Woman’s notion of strength and what it means to be a warrior.

 

Joining Fontana in July for the first two issues will be fan-favorite artist Mirka Andolfo (DC COMICS: BOMBSHELLS). “It’s a delight to be collaborating with Mirka who is bringing her stellar style to this series,” shares Fontana. “She has an incredible visual storytelling talent to create cinematic superhero action sequences while capturing the complexity of the characters’ emotions and maintaining a clear focus on the evolving relationships between characters.”

 

WONDER WOMAN #26-27 arrives in stores July 12th and 26th, respectively. Below, is a first-look at Jesus Merino’s cover for issue #26. Fans can also expect variant covers by Jenny Frison.

Hellchild: The Unholy review by Joe Grodensky


Hellchild The Unholy: Angelica Blackstone Goes Out Fighting!Hellchild gets in her last licks in the series finale!

In the last issue of Hellchild The Unholy, Angelica Blackstone confronted Ouroboros. He was getting the best of her but did not kill her. Instead, he offers her a place alongside him as a “god.” Angelica refuses but does kill Jezebel which leads her to question herself and the others to question whose side she is really on. At the same time, a war between the underdwellers and the NYPD is about to erupt and blood will flow on both sides.

In the finale, Angelica is in the midst of riots, monsters, death and destruction as the uprising is in full effect. While she refused Ouroboros’s offer, she does make him believe she has decided to join him. In the middle of the fight, Jezebel reappears which confirms what Ouroboros told Angelica about her. Just when Ouroboros thinks Angelica is going to do his bidding, she does something else. Has Hellchild chosen sides or has she done what was needed for her to survive the battle?

Pat Shand did an amazing job with this final issue. It was a fitting end not only for the series but Angelica. We really see her come full circle. It certainly leaves an opening for Angelica to reappear in another series, whether it be her own or as a guest character in another title. Renzo Rodriguez did a great job on the artwork and gave readers something to remember. The colors of Walter Baiamonte added to that memory and made the series vibrant and bloody. Ario Murti and Hedwin Zaldivar gave the final issue a fiery cover to send the series off right.

Hellchild: The Unholy was a fun, well-written and well-told story that I will miss. Angelica was relatable in certain ways. She had inner demons, aside from the fact she was considered a demon, which she constantly battled with. She wanted to do good but felt it was not getting her anywhere with anyone so she decided to do her thing her way. It interconnected very well with the Van Helsing series which makes Zenescope such a great comic book company. They have a connected universe which flows smoothly between titles and characters. Hellchild: The Unholy is on sale now so check out your local comic book shop today!


Written by Pat Shand

Art by Renzo Rodriguez
Colors by Walter Baiamonte

Cover Art by Ario Murti & Hedwin Zaldivar

25 pages

(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)

​Red Agent Crosses The Pond To Fight a Deadly Foe!

In the newest issue of Red Agent: The Human Order, Alpha attacks a highborn base in London and kills everyone there except an agent named Silk.  Britney and a fully-recovered Ava travel to London to meet up with Silk and aid him in defeating Alpha and his men.  Will the newly-formed team be able to make it out alive or will they be the newest highborn names on Alpha’s list of casualties?

This is one of Zenescope’s best titles right now.  Lou Iovino and Joe Brusha have put together a fun, action-packed adventure title that is constantly moving and has a fast, but not too fast, pace.  Britney is an awesome character and the best part about this issue is it is set in London.  Renato Rei and Eduardo Garcia did a great job drawing London in fantastic, and accurate, detail.  The art was brought to life in stunning fashion by the colors of Hedwin Zaldivar, Grostieta and Jorge Cortes.  The cover art of Britney set against the backdrop of Big Ben is one of the series’ best covers.  Riviero and Grostieta did a great job on it.

They say the only guaranteed things in life are death and taxes.  They forgot to add Zenescope publishing great titles to the list.  Whether it’s Van Helsing vs…, Spirit Hunters, Robyn Hood or one of many others, you will find a great comic book to read under the Zenescope label.  The best part is, these titles are only a click away at Zenescope.com.  Red Agent: The Human Order is out now so be sure to stop by your local comic book shop and pick up a copy today!

Written by Lou Iovino

Art by Renato Rei and Eduardo Garcia

Colors by Hedwin Zaldivar, Grostieta and Jorge Cortes

Cover Art by Riviero and Grostieta

25 pages

(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)

Robotech #1: Titan Comics reveals full creative team, launch date & #1 variant covers!

Titan Comics are thrilled to reveal variant covers and full creative team details for Robotech #1 – the influential anime classic returns this July 26 with a brand-new ongoing series packed with new shocks and surprises! 

 

The all-new Robotech comic series returns to Macross Island, where it all began! Writer Brian Wood, artist Marco Turini and colorist Marco Lesko have crafted a thrilling new tale that’s perfectly accessible to new fans, as well as providing a deeper layer of twists for old-school protoculture addicts!

 

First airing in the USA in 1985, Robotech was the gateway to anime for many fans – capturing their imagination with its epic generational storyline involving war, romance, and, of course, the transforming Veritech fighters that defend the Earth against extra-terrestrial attacks. 

 

Produced by Harmony Gold USA, the original 85-episode series delved into humanity’s struggle against a series of alien invasions, from the gigantic Zentraedi to the mysterious Invid, battling for control of advanced alien technology that crash-landed on Earth. 

 

​The debut issue comes with stunning covers to collect by amazing talents like ArtGerm, ​Karl Kerschl (Gotham Academy), Michael Dialynas (The Woods), The Waltrip Bros. (Robotech) and more! 


Robotech #1​hits stores and digital platforms on July 26 and will be able to order from the May edition of PREVIEWS (July Shipping).

Marvel’s ‘Generations’: Original Wolverine, Hulk, Iron Man and more to return

 

Does this really mean the return of the original Wolverine, Hulk and more?!

 

Last month, Marvel set the internet ablaze after sharing a tweet with just four simple words.

 

“GENERATIONS – coming Summer 2017,” was posted on Feb. 16, along with a picture that led to far more questions than answers.

 

An Alex Ross art piece had the likes of Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson both sporting Captain America garb, Peter Parker and Miles Morales wearing Spider-Man gear, and Logan and X-23 in the classic Wolverine yellow and blue — wait, what?! Wolverine died in 2014!

 

There were 10 pairings in all, the rest just as shocking, given the current status of the fractured Marvel Universe. Fans have already mourned Logan and now the same can be said for Bruce Banner, whose 55-year-run came to a close when he died last year in “Civil War II.” So what’s going on?

 

ABC News got on the horn with Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso to answer the questions running through fans’ minds right now.

 

Marvel ‘Generations’

 

“Generations” launches in July and runs through September. The full list of pairings includes:

 

-Iron Man (Tony Stark and Riri Williams) – written by Brian Michael Bendis

-Spider-Man (Peter Parker and Miles Morales) – Brian Michael Bendis

-Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan) – G. Willow Wilson

-Thor (Odinson and Jane Foster) – Jason Aaron

-Hawkeye (Clint Barton and Kate Bishop) – Kelly Thompson

-Hulk (Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho) – Greg Pak

-Jean Grey (young and older) – Dennis Hopeless

-Wolverine (Logan and X23) – Tom Taylor

-Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell and Carol Danvers) – Margie Stohl

-Captain America (Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson) – Nick Spencer

 

Aside from a late Logan and Banner, not to mention Stark left in some sort of coma following the end of “Civil War II,” you also have a reeling Barton, struggling with the fact he just killed off his long-time Avengers teammate. There’s more! You also have Rogers, who’s just been outed (to fans) that he’s Hydra! The heroes in the Marvel Universe will soon find this out too during the events of “Secret Empire.” (Issue No. 0 hits stands next month).

 

So, the universe is a mess, but these iconic pairs could unite the heroes. But first, really, how is this possible?

 

“We are looking to honor the legacy of the entire universe, so we are taking the iconic legacy heroes and pairing them with the new class,” Alonso said. “It very much indicates where we are going in the future with all of these characters and what we’ve been planning for some time for the universe.”

 

The trials and tribulations that this series will bring for the 10 pairings should “illuminate” who they are and “indicate where they will be moving in the future.”

 

Alonso is well aware of the question at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

 

“How did we do this is part of the fun,” he said. “Right now, Rogers isn’t much of a good guy. Why would Sam want to team up with him? Banner’s dead! Logan’s dead! These are questions that demand to be seen. What I will tell you is we have an ingenious device [to bring them back].”

 

Is this self-contained? Is this an alternate timeline?

 

In one word: No.

 

“These stories do happen, they really count. They really matter. This isn’t some alternate reality story or some time-travel story,” Alonso explained.

 

There was real excitement coming from the 20-plus-year veteran of the publishing industry when Alonso added, “I wish I could tell you the mechanism [to bring these characters back], but that’s also a bit of a spoiler.”

 

The series will tell 10 stories and will affect the younger generation of superheroes as much as the classic ones coming back.

 

For instance, Bendis told ABC News that “Riri is at the MOST impressionable stage of her life. Every reveal to her has fascinating potential,” so you can imagine what teaming up with Stark could do.

 

Furthermore, “The spiritual connection between Peter and Miles is so fascinating because they are SO different. They have different temperaments, different motivations, different upbringings, but their connection allows writers like myself to delve into the core principle of Spider-Man ‘with great power, must come great responsibility’ and examine it from a completely different perspective.”

 

For someone like Danvers, this can be a time to mentor a young Kamala Khan after she may have taken a bit of an image hit within the universe for her stance in “Civil War II.”

 

“At its heart, ‘MS MARVEL’ is about growing up, and a big part of growing up is discovering that your idols have feet of clay — and forgiving them for their flaws as you gain an adult understanding of your own. Carol and Kamala have a close, mentor-and-student kind of relationship, but it’s been tested in some very serious ways. They’ve come down on opposite sides of important questions,” Wilson said.

 

Taylor shared very different sentiments about Logan’s effect on an impressionable X-23.

 

“Being alongside Logan will only strengthen Laura’s resolve to be the best there is at what she does,” he said. “Logan battled his demons, literally, until his dying breath. Laura has overcome most of her own demons in ‘All-New Wolverine.’ She’s ready to show what else her claws can do. She’s ready to step away from her violent past and use her claws for good. You know, good stabbing.”

 

Is this world big enough for the both of us?

 

Can the Marvel Universe handle all these dual characters? Alonso said that is the space they’re now testing and playing in.

 

“There’s that old cliche, ‘absences makes the heart grow fonder,'” he added. “You don’t take these characters off the board with the intention to keep them off the board forever. One of the tropes of our medium is characters get a second wind. They die and come back. That’s part of the beauty of what we do.”

 

Marvel has spent the last year supporting and embracing change. They’ve let characters like Morales step up as THE Spider-Man, along with the likes of an Amadeus Cho taking up the mantle of the Totally Awesome Hulk.

 

But can the two coexist? Sure, someone like Stark can mentor Williams and Logan can certainly do the same for X-23, but what about both Spider-Men, the Hulks and two Jean Greys?

 

Alonso says this question will certainly be answered in this series. Fans will have a grasp on what to expect moving forward.

 

“[But] the answer might be different for each character,” he added. “There’s potential for friction, there’s potential for team-ups. Minimally, it’s something that’s going to require food for thought and introspection on the part of every character. That’s part of the goal when we were sculpting it.”

 

The stories will all intertwine but still be different at the same time.

 

“Particularly in the United States, we culturally enshrine the idea of unique genius and shun conformity; we like our hero to be the Chosen One, not the Chosen Two. That’s the tension that makes every legacy character so rich and fraught and complex,” “Captain Marvel” writer Margaret Stohl added.

 

ABC News and Marvel are both part of parent company Disney.

DARK DAYS AHEAD FOR THE DC UNIVERSE


Spearheaded by Snyder, these new stories will reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe. The mysteries of THE FORGE and THE CASTING will hit shelves on June 14 and July 12, respectively, and break new ground in DC’s publishing line.

 

“Art like this demands an epic story,” says Snyder. “DARK DAYS posits a mystery that traces all the way back to when I started on BATMAN. I’ve hinted at them over the years with Easter eggs and clues. This is a mystery that literally begins at the dawn of man and spans generations of heroes and villains and ultimately leads to huge revelations about the past, present and future of the cosmology of DC. I couldn’t be more excited for DARK DAYS. It’s the prelude to the event we’ve been developing for years.”

 

“We’re taking all the ethos and excitement of the work Scott and I have been doing in the Batman titles and unleashing it across the entire DC Universe,” adds Tynion IV. “The size and scope of what we’re looking to do with DARK DAYS could only be accomplished by the best of the best. Andy, Jim and John are legends. All of us on this project are pushing one another, and every concept, to the extreme.”

 

Visually powering this event is a master class of artists, including Kubert, Lee and Romita Jr., who will drive DC’s initiative to bring artists to the forefront of the storytelling process. Beginning with DARK DAYS, these writers and artists will collaborate to develop new ideas and characters, further enriching the DC Universe.

 

“Working with Scott and James on DARK DAYS is the culmination of the big ideas and endless brainstorming that came out of a recent creative summit,” explains Lee. “It was tremendous fun having peers like Andy Kubert and JRJR in with some of our top writers. Strategically, Dan and I have talked for a long time about bringing the artist back to the table in the genesis of big, epic events. The creative summit was just that, and the level of collaboration was truly invigorating and electrifying. We can’t wait to share DARK DAYS with the DC faithful…they’re in for a thrill ride!”