The Rundown: May 8, 2023

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In case you missed it, DC announced three ‘New Golden Age’ series for October, and we ran an exclusive preview of this month’s “Maskerade” #5.


Art by Mad Rupert

– Via Twitter, writer Ngozi Ukazu unveiled “Bunt! Striking Out on Financial Aid,” a young adult graphic novel with art by Madeline “Mad” Rupert, coloring by K Czap, and lettering by Tess Stone. The book follows Molly Bauer, a first year college art student, who discovers her scholarship has mysteriously vanished. But thanks to some “dusty financial aid documents,” she and nine other students learn that if they “win a single game of softball, they’ll receive a massive athletic scholarship. Can Molly’s crew of ragtag artists succeed in softball without dropping the ball?” It will be released by First Second Books on February 13, 2024, and retail at 288 pages in paperback for $17.99, and hardback for $25.99.

– Via ICv2, Fantagraphics’ August releases will include “Proof That the Devil Loves You,” a graphic novel by Gilbert Hernandez featuring two reworked “Love and Rockets” stories, and one original one, portraying B-movies starring the actress Fritz Martinez. It marks the latest of several books depicting her movies since 2007. Also releasing that month are “Okinawa,” a collection of manga stories by Susumu Higa, and “Uncle Scrooge & Donald Duck in Les Miserables and War and Peace,” a reprint of the late Giovan Battista Carpi’s Disney comics, which reimagined the classic novels with the respective ducks as Jean “McJean,” and “Donald Dukzukov.”

– Marvel Unlimited launched “Cosmo the Spacedog Infinity Comic,” a weekly six-part series by writer Jason Loo, artist David Cutler, colorist Jim Campbell, and letterer Joe Sabino. The comic follows the psychic cosmonaut dog as they investigate an earthquake on Knowhere. It marks the character’s first solo series since their introduction in Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s “Nova” #4 (January 2008.) Loo, whose credits include the Infinity titles “Lucky the Pizza Dog” and “Marvel Meow and Pizza Dog,” quipped on Twitter, “If I can make a living for the rest of my life working on Marvel pets, I’d be a happy man!”

The Hollywood Reporter states filming on Marvel Studios’ Blade reboot has been delayed indefinitely because of the WGA strike. The film, which was due to roll cameras this month for a September 6, 2024 release, had just brought in Nic Pizzolatto to rewrite the script when the strike began. The studio has not made a similar decision for Deadpool 3 and Thunderbolts (also releasing in 2024) at the time of writing. The news came as reports emerged that Disney and Warner Bros. wrote to showrunners, demanding they continue their non-writing duties on their TV shows; this, in turn, coincided with a Variety story claiming Tony Gilroy is still working as a producer off the set of Andor season two, overseeing aspects like casting and music.

– Valiant and Blowfish Studios announced Shadowman: Darque Legacy, a third-person, action horror video game for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. The game will be released sometime in 2024, and see Shadowman contend with a plot from the Deadside “to overrun the realm of the living.” It will mark the first Shadowman game since 2002’s PlayStation 2 exclusive Shadow Man: 2econd Coming. A prequel to the new game by veteran “Shadowman” writer/artist Bob Hall was subsequently released in this weekend’s “Shadowman – Darque Legacy FCBD Special.”

– Via Superhero Hype, McFarlane Toys are releasing a new Page Punchers toy line called “Batman: Fighting the Frozen,” which imagines prehistoric versions of Batman, Robin, and Batgirl. The line’s premise involves Mr. Freeze and Nora Fries being transported back in time, and the villain callously bringing about an ice age during his attempts to return home. The Batman, Robin, Batgirl, and Mr. Freeze action figures will all come with a comic outlining each character’s backstory, written by Rex Ogle with art by Travis Mercer, and will retail individually for $24.99 in July.

– If you saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and were reminded of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s “We3,” turns out there was a good reason for that: as uncovered by outlets like Vulture, James Gunn is a big fan of the 2004 Vertigo comic, which similarly offered a sci-fi spin on the issue of animal experimentation. In a 2014 interview, Gunn told Morrison themself that producer Don Murphy had approached him to direct a film version, and reiterated his interest in the idea a year later on Facebook. Coincidentally, as the new co-CEO and chairman of DC Studios, Gunn presumably now has access to the film and TV rights for the comic.

– Finally, the winners of the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards were announced. Jenna Ortega won Best Performance in a Show for Wednesday, while Elisabeth Olsen won Best Villain for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Stranger Things also took home Best Kick-Ass Cast, and Best Breakthrough Performance for Joseph Quinn. The winners received their awards at home, as the ceremony was canceled after several attendees (including host Drew Barrymore) pulled out in solidarity with the WGA strike. You can check out the full list of the year’s winners at MTV News.

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