The Rundown: April 25, 2023

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Art by Daz Tibbles

– Animated sci-fi series Final Space is receiving a graphic novel to conclude its story. The book, simply titled “Final Space: The Final Chapter,” is being written by series creator Olan Rogers, with art by Daz Tibbles, and will be released late next year via FinalSpaceEnds.com. In the video announcement, Rogers explained Warner Bros. Discovery only allowed him to self-publish the book, and sell it physically without any crowdfunding, which is why each copy will cost £102. (Rogers later added the book could be reprinted after its inital 10,000 copy run.) This is presumably because the show itself, which ran on TBS and Adult Swim from 2018 to 2021, is being written off by WBD as a loss for tax purposes after it completes its international run on Netflix.

– Vault revealed via their solicits that their new fantasy series “Unnatural Order” will begin on July 19. Written by Chris Yost with art by Val Rodrigues, the comic is set in an alternate reality where the Romans invaded Hibernia (now known as Ireland), and unleashed the Druid, who plunged the world into darkness. Now, “those who would resist learn of the existence of a man who even the Druid fears. For it is this prisoner, a soldier from a different time, who alone knows the Druid’s secret: this is not how the world is supposed to be.” You can check out a preview at IGN.

– Marvel and Abrams Books will release “Spider-Man: Quantum Quest!,” a children’s graphic novel by Mike Maihack. Due out in January 2024, it will see Peter Parker accompany the Fantastic Four to the Quantum Realm to help Namor, after Atlantis suddenly disappears. It will mark the second installment of Maihack’s ‘Mighty Marvel Team-Up’ series, which starts with “Spider-Man: Animals Assemble!” (where Pete becomes a Friendly Neighborhood Pet-Sitter) on June 22.

– Netflix announced that Heartstopper season two will be released on Thursday, August 3. Hit the link to watch the video announcement, featuring cast members Kit Connor (Nick), Joe Locke (Charlie), Yasmin Finney (Elle), and Rhea Norwood (Imogen) telling us what to expect from their characters this season, and to read what Alice Oseman, the creator of the comic and writer of the TV show, has to say about adapting her work this time round.

– Sony debuted footage from the Kraven the Hunter movie at CinemaCon, which revealed it will be the studio’s first R-rated superhero film. The footage showed Kraven (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) graphically dispatching a group of poachers, and revealed Russell Crowe will be playing the character’s father, while Alessandro Nivola will portray a physically mutated version of the Rhino. The film releases October 6, 2023.

– The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce revealed Carrie Fisher will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May the Fourth. The announcement comes over six years after Fisher, who originated the role of Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars, died from cardiac arrest, aged only 60. Her star will be placed at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard, near the El Capitan Theatre, and Mark Hamill’s plaque, as well as that of her mother Debbie Reynolds.

– Valiant and Blackstone Publishing announced their first prose novel titles. The books, which are all origin stories aimed at young adults, consist of Bloodshoot: Awakening, by comics veteran Fred Van Lente; Shadowman: The Abyss Stares Back, by debut novelist Shola Adedeji; Livewire: Circuit Breaker, by Sarah Raughley; and The Eternal Warrior: Servants of the Dead, by role-playing game writer Ari Marmell. It was not stated when the books will be released.

– Finally, the BBC announced Murray Gold will compose the music for Doctor Who‘s 60th anniversary specials. Gold scored the first ten seasons of the revived series from 2005 to 2017, before handing the reins to Segun Akinola, who composed the music for Jodie Whittaker’s tenure as the Doctor. It was not stated if Gold will continue his role for incoming 15th Doctor Ncuti Gatwa’s first season, which will begin shortly after the three anniversary specials (starring David Tennant as the 14th Doctor) this November.

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