The Rundown: April 21, 2023

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In case you missed it, we have an exclusive preview of next week’s “Guardians of the Galaxy: Bane of Blastaar” #1.

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Cover by Steve Skroce

– B, the immortal warrior, is returning in the first spin-off of Keanu Reeves’s “BRZRKR.” “BRZRKR: Poetry of Madness,” a one-shot special due out this July from BOOM! Studios, will be set thousands of years before the original series, and sees B become the protector of Atlantis, defending it from Lovecraftian terrors – terrors that may prove too powerful, even for him. Reeves returns to script, bringing along Matrix storyboard artist Steve Skroce to illustrate and co-write. “Hellboy’s” Dave Stewart will provide colors.

– In Marvel news, the House of Ideas has tapped two industry veterans, writer J.M. DeMatteis and artist Todd Nauck, for a new four-issue “Magneto” solo series. The miniseries will focus on the Master of Magnetism’s time as a headmaster of the Xavier Institute and mentor to the New Mutants during the 1980s. The new series also introduces original character Irae, a new villain influenced by Magneto’s villainous past. “Magento” #1 (of 4) is due out August 2, 2023.

– Nancy’s creator, Ernie Bushmiller, is getting a graphic biography courtesy of “Zippy” cartoonist Bill Griffith and publisher Abrams ComicArts. Titled “Three Rocks: The Story of Ernie Bushmiller: The Man Who Created Nancy,” the book will use Bushmiller — who was born about a decade after newspaper comics officially began in 1895 — as a way to chronicle the history of comic strips as a whole. The 272-page book will be released on August 29, 2023.

– “The Sandman” and “Arkham Asylum” artist Dave McKean is being honored with a two-volume hardcover tribute from Dark Horse Comics. Thalamus: The Art of Dave McKean will feature 600 pages of his work from modern comics, literature, film, and music, complete with commentary and slipcover art from McKean, as well as a foreword by David Boyd Haycock. It will be available in bookstores November 28, and in comic shops on November 29, 2023.

– Also from Dark Horse, Groo will return in a new four-issue miniseries, “Groo: In the Wild.” Written by the classic “Groo” team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier, with Aragonés on art, Stan Sakai lettering, and Carrie Strachan coloring, the miniseries will find Groo and Rufferto on an island unable to locate food, partially because all the animals seem to have disappeared. Issue #1 (of 4) will be available in shops on July 12, 2023.

– Dark Horse will also release a new supernatural horror graphic novel, “Monster Born,” written by Steve Niles and Shannon Eric Denton, with Tom Mandrake providing art. The book follows a woman who hunts monsters after escaping them as a child. It will be available in bookstores on Halloween (October 31), then in comic shops the following day (November 1, 2023.)

Ted Lasso star Juno Temple is in negotiations for a role in Venom 3. No word on what role Temple would play, but she would star alongside Tom Hardy in the title role. It will mark the third comic book movie role for the British actress, who also appeared in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and The Dark Knight Rises.

– Spider-Man is swinging onto Disney+ in the United States. As of today, American subscribers can watch the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy (starring Tobey Maguire as the title hero) and Mark Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man (featuring Andrew Garfield in the lead role) on the streaming service. Those films will be joined by Spider-Man: Homecoming (Tom Holland’s first solo film after debuting as the wallcrawler in Captain America: Civil War), and Venom on May 12. Marvel states that “additional titles from Sony Pictures’ film and television library are expected to premiere on Disney+ in the U.S. later this year.”

– Finally, former Marvel Studios VFX chief Victoria Alonso has settled with Disney over her sudden firing last month. Alonso has worked with Marvel for 17 years, originally serving as co-producer of 2008’s Iron Man. She had been an outspoken advocate for diversity in entertainment during her time there. According to reports, the studio released her due to her involvement with non-Disney properties, such as Argentina, 1985.

Alonso’s attorney Patricia Glaser did not comment on the settlement, but had stated previously, “The idea that Victoria was fired over a handful of press interviews relating to a personal passion project about human rights and democracy that was nominated for an Oscar and which she got Disney’s blessing to work on is absolutely ridiculous. Victoria, a gay Latina who had the courage to criticize Disney, was silenced.” Disney responded, “It’s unfortunate that Victoria is sharing a narrative that leaves out several key factors concerning her departure, including an indisputable breach of contract and a direct violation of company policy.”

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