Just 9. Not a lot of interest to me this week…
RETURN OF LONE WOLF AND CUB. Perhaps the most well-known, and most critically acclaimed, Japanese comic book of all time, is returning with a new, 11-volume series by creators Kazuo Koike and Hideki Mori. Dark Horse also plans an Omnibus treatment for the first 28 volumes of the title, which is one of the best-selling Manga of all time.
LIFE WITH ARCHIE. Big news from Archie Comics. First, Emmy Award winning Lena (“Girls”) Dunham will write a four-issue story arc in 2015 about a reality TV show being filmed in Riverdale. Second, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a well-established comic book writer and playwright, and author of the recent (and excellent) zombie comic “After Life with Archie,” has been put in charge of the whole line of books. Clearly, Archie is trying to be hipper and appeal to the new teens and tweens. One successful zombie book does not a rebranding make; we’ll have to see how it all continues to develop.
THE ARROW. Is introducing Suicide Squad. I feel like I should care. But I … Don’t.
MARVELS PLATINUM EDITION. The five issue (including the “zero” issue) series by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross was great. But is it worth $200? Marvel Comics thinks so. This special edition arrives in stores on August 19.
MILES MORALIS: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1. As all the Ultimate books get rebranded, the only one that’s always been worth reading will have a cover by Fiona “Saga” Staples. It’s her first work for Marvel.
NO NEW DC CARTOONS. Beware the Batman never came and already went—the computer-animated Cartoon Network show no longer appears on their slate for 2014-2015. In fact, there’s no new DC cartoons at all. I guess they are focusing on their “live action” programming (promising another season of Arrow, to be joined by Flash, Gotham, and Constantine in the near future).
CAPTAIN AMERICA 3. The sequel ain’t even out yet, but Joe and Anthony Russo have been re-hired for the threequel.
NEW STEVE DITKO COMIC. The legendary, reclusive creator is looking for Kickstarter funding for a comic called #9 Teen.
DYNAMITE/DC CROSSOVER. DC Digital First title Batman ’66 will cross over with Dynamite’s Green Hornet in a 12 issue biweekly web-comic written by Kevin Smith and Ralph “Family Guy” Garman and illustrated Ty Templeton. So if DC and Dynamite can team up, can we get a new DC/Marvel crossover? Please?