May 9, 2022 – Multiversity comics

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In case you missed it, legendary superhero artist and writer George Pérez has died at the age of 67.

Ncuti Gatwa, courtesy of Netflix
Going through the herald

– The BBC revealed that Ncuti Gatwa will take on the role of the Doctor following the upcoming departure of Jodie Whittaker. Gatwa is best known for his role as Eric Effiong in Netflix Sex education, and will be the first black man to play the Time Lord. In the BBC press release, Gatwa said he was a “deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little scared mix of people” to take on the role, and said that getting up to speed working with returning showrunner, Russell T Davies, is “a dream come true”. Davies said “Ncuti blew us away, grabbed the Doctor and had those TARDIS keys in seconds.” Further details about Gatwa’s debut and Davies’ “new era” of the show are being kept under wraps until the official departure of Jodie Whittaker and current showrunner Chris Chibnall with the airing of the show. Doctor Who special in the fall.

– There were two announcements in this year’s Marvel Free Comic Book Day releases: First, “Bloodline: Daughter of Blade,” a new series from Danny Lore, Karen Darboe, Ian Herring, and Cory Petit from VC, which will follow the life of Brielle aka Bloodline, and Safron, Blade’s daughter and partner (respectively). The second was “Dark Web”, a new storyline that will feature in the recently revived “The Amazing Spider-Man” by Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr. The storyline will see Chasm/Ben Reilly team up with Madelyne Pryor; together the pair seem poised to unleash demonic forces into the world, with the FCBD story describing a mailbox that suddenly grows its teeth and attacks a frequent mailer named Elroy. “Bloodline: Daughter of Blade” is slated for release in the fall, while a date for the debut of “Dark Web” has not been given. You can read the news that preceded each announcement in “FCBD 2022: Avengers/X-Men” #1 and “FCBD 2022: Spider-Man/Venom” #1 respectively.

Alongside the FCBD’s announcements in the issue, the launch from Marvel’s latest Infinity Comic series, “Strange Tales.” The series is set to explore the multiverse, beginning with “Asynchronous” by writer Al Ewing, artist Ramon Bachs and colorist Java Tartaglia, which sees America Chavez team up with the Sorcerer Supreme, Clea and Wong to find Chavez’s sister somewhere in “another plane of existence. A specific release date for the second issue of the series has not been given, although the series will continue monthly. “Strange Tales” #1 is available exclusively through Marvel Unlimited.

Weekly editors reported on six graphic novel deals this week, including one for “My First Monster” by writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Shazleen Khan. The graphic novel has been acquired by Little, Brown and will be aimed at a young adult audience. “My First Monster” will explore an abusive relationship between the new girl in school, Amelia LaCouer, and the most popular guy in school, who is not only a monster figuratively, but literally. “My First Monster” is slated for release in 2025. For the full list of graphic novel offerings, head over to Weekly editors.

– As part of the streaming service’s opening of a new office in Rome, Netflix has announced a new six-part animated series from Italian cartoonist Zerocalcare. Details about the series remain firmly under wraps, with the slate description only stating that the series will feature “the narrative world, unique language, and unmistakable characters” synonymous with Zerocalcare. Movimenti Production and Bao Publishing are on board the project as producers, continuing their work with the cartoonist after their previous collaboration with Netflix, Tear along the dotted line, which was released in November 2021. A release date for the new series was not detailed. The full list of announced titles is available here.

– Amazon Prime Video has released a 20-second teaser/first look at the upcoming series adaptation, paper girls, based on the comics of the same name by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson and Jared K. Fletcher. The first look gives us a look at each of the series’ four main characters, Tiffany Quilkin (Camryn Jones), Mac Coyle (Sofia Rosinsky), KJ Brandman (Fina Strazza) and Erin Tieng (Riley Lai Nelet); each character comes with a snippet of their dialogue to give a hint about their personalities and struggles. The comic is set in the late 1980s and combines “suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries” to explore “nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.” A premiere date for the series has yet to be announced. You can check out the teaser/first look for yourself here.

– Finally, the reports claims that the reason behind Spider-Man: No Coming Home not being released in China was due to the prominence of the Statue of Liberty in the film’s third act. The China Film Administration, the body that reviews films for the Chinese Communist Party’s Publicity Department, has reportedly requested that the final sequences be removed from the film entirely. The request was later amended to ask for various changes to be made instead, such as specific shots being removed completely, with the statue hidden in other shots by darkening the part containing it. The film was denied a mainland release after Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios rejected alleged requests.

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