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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021



DC COMICS FOR MAY

DC Comics has provided The Continuum its solicitations for May.

For the listings, with images, CLICK HERE.



DC COMICS DETAILS MILESTONE'S RETURN

DC Comics has announced more details on the return of the Milestone universe of characters from the city of Dakota.

"Since the FanDome panel, Reggie [Hudlin], Denys [Cowan], and our editorial team have been working incredibly hard to bring this new Milestone to life," said DC publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee. "It's been exciting to see fresh and contemporary takes on the Dakota universe coming together; I think that both new fans and old will be pleased with the results."

In addition to being one of the co-founders of Milestone Media, Cowan is a comic book artist with a prolific DC pedigree, providing art for series such as The Question, The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage, Batman Black & White, and Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child. Hudlin is a partner in Milestone Media, as well as an Oscar- and Emmy-nominated film and television producer and director. His comic book credits include runs on Black Panther and Spider-Man for Marvel.

Following are Milestone's plans:

Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0

The release kicks off Feb. 26 with a digital-first extended cut of the Milestone Returns #0 one-shot. Originally available only during 2020's DC FanDome Hall of Heroes and Explore the Multiverse, this updated edition also arrives in comic book stores on May 25. Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0 combines the original 17-page comic with an additional 24 pages of completely new material written by Hudlin and drawn by artists Cowan, Nikolas Draper-Ivey, Bill Sienkiewicz and more.

This added content includes a retelling of the events of the Big Bang, the police-brutality protest that unleashed a sudden wave of superpowers in the city of Dakota. The $4.99 "director's cut" also features content introducing the full new creative teams behind Static, Icon & Rocket, and Hardware, the digital-first series spawned by this new Big Bang, along with a reveal of their issue #1 covers.

"The response from fans after the DC FanDome panel was overwhelming, and that makes this news even more exciting for Denys and me," said Hudlin. "Introducing these 'seasons' of Static, Icon, Rocket, and Hardware is just the beginning. There will be more stories with these favorite characters to come, and fans will see appearances from the legendary Blood Syndicate, setting the stage for an explosive Milestone event later in the year."

In addition, DC's future plans include the long-awaited launch of Earth M, a new line of comics conceived by Cowan and Hudlin, which will include the return of Duo, introduced to readers in Milestone Returns #0, and other characters who will also appear in Milestone comics.

Static Digital-First Miniseries

Following in April, fans can expect new adventures of Dakota teenager Virgil Hawkins in a six-issue Static digital-first series.

In this monthly miniseries (20 pages per issue), bullied nerd Virgil is gifted with incredible electromagnetic powers in the wake of the Big Bang. Now he finds himself caught between an over-militarized police response to Black kids getting special abilities and some of those kids who are using those powers in dangerous and destructive ways. But when the bullies who terrorized him before the Big Bang show up with powers of their own, can Static be the hero that Dakota needs?

Static launches Monday, April 12. Each 20-page issue will be available on participating digital platforms for $3.99.

Icon & Rocket Digital-First Miniseries

The return of Augustus Freeman and Raquel Ervin is also in the works, with a new series featuring Icon and Rocket.

What happens when superheroes actually make a difference? When Raquel Ervin broke into the home of a wealthy Black lawyer, she didn't expect to learn that he was a nearly omnipotent alien, lost in despair of ever returning home -- and he didn't expect that she would inspire him to emerge from the shadows and become a force for change on the planet he's trapped on. What starts out as a simple request to stop the drug trafficking in her neighborhood turns into a mission to eliminate the drug trade worldwide. However, this act of heroism has unexpected consequences, making the pair the two most wanted criminals in the world when actually stopping crime leads to the collapse of the global economy!

The debut issue of this six-issue monthly series (20 pages each) arrives June 21 for $3.99 per issue.

Hardware Digital-First Miniseries

The relaunch of Milestone would not be complete without some mention of Curtis Metcalf, and beginning August 23, the first wave of new Milestone stories climaxes with the return of Hardware in a new digital-first series. This six-issue monthly series features the return of legendary artist and Milestone cofounder Denys Cowan with Bill Sienkiewicz on the character that completes the foundation of Milestone and the Dakota universe, both past and present.

All his life, young prodigy Curtis Metcalf was told he was special, and that he would save the world. But it turns out that Alva Industries wanted his beautiful mind for something a lot less noble than that -- and his technology has made him the fall guy for the tragedy of the Big Bang. But Curtis is smart enough to not go out like that -- and smart enough to steal his inventions back from Alva and start the process of remaking the world his way.

"Bringing back Milestone and the Dakota universe with DC has been an amazing journey," Cowan said. "Getting the chance to do Hardware again with Bill Sienkiewicz is a dream come true. It's the book that Dwayne McDuffie and I did together at Milestone originally, and I've always felt a strong connection to Curtis Metcalf. We can't wait to bring fans the new adventures of Hardware!"

New issues of this series will be available each month for $3.99.



MARVEL COMICS' X-CORP

Marvel Comics has announced a May 12 launch for X-Corp, from writer Tini Howard and artist Alberto Foche.

Here's how Marvel describes the book:

The deals have been made. Mutantkind is safe on Krakoa. As the Reign of X continues, what are the wants of the mutants who have everything? Leading the charge is X-CORPORATION, headed by CXOs Monet St. Croix and Warren Worthington, a duo as cutthroat and ruthless in the boardroom as they are on a battlefield. But X-Corp needs more than just its figureheads. As Monet sets out to staff their team with some of the brightest and most deviant minds in mutantkind, Warren finds himself in a tense confrontation with one of Krakoa's first allies who wants to know the truth: on Angel's wings, will X-Corp crash or soar?"

"Some of you have been waiting a while for this book, and I'm the one to blame," Howard said. "I first pitched this story because I absolutely love the weird corporate world within Marvel Comics -- specifically books like New X-Men, All-New X-Factor, and the history of what the X-Corporation was before. But in a new mutant era of gates and deals, X-Corp's 'corporate embassy' is a bit obsolete - and I refuse to sell you guys anything I wouldn't buy myself.

"We shelved the book for a time -- I had X of Swords on my plate immediately after -- and decided that X-Corp existed quietly in the background, there for us to debut when we had the right story to tell, the right public offering to make, if you will. Empyre: X-Men gave me a chance to test-drive some of the earliest concepts -- Angel and Monet as dual CXOs, Jamie Madrox by their side, and the cleaning-up of some of Charles Xavier's portfolio. Since then, I've reworked the book entirely -- and you'll know exactly why you've waited until now to see what they're up to. I've got a corporate past myself, and it's all going into this book. X-Corp: We're Simply Superior."

"I'm very happy to contribute to the awesome X-Men comic universe and specifically with this series," Foche said. "Tini's scripts are intense and have a flair that I appreciate. I hope everybody enjoys reading this comic as much as I had making it!"



MARVEL'S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Marvel Comics has unveiled a new line-up for Guardians of the Galaxy #13 in April, the series' 175th overall issue.

The team will consist of core members like Star-Lord, Rocket and Gamora as well as "shocking" new additions, Doctor Doom and Quasar.

Here's how Marvel describes the set-up:

"The galaxy no longer needs heroes. It needs super heroes! Now deputized by the Galactic Council, the Guardians need new members to tackle their deadliest threats yet. One of Marvel's premiere cosmic crusaders, Wendell Vaughn the original Quasar, makes his long-awaited return to answer the call. But what could possibly cause the maniacal Doctor Doom to join their ranks? With spectacular art by Juan Frigeri, mastermind Al Ewing is ready to boldly take the Guardians where no Guardian has gone before!"

"One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn't belong. What's Doctor Doom doing here... and why? There's only one way to find out," Ewing said.

The cover art is by Brett Booth.



BRIEFLY

MARVEL FIRST LOOKS: For covers and three-page preview of X-Men Legends #1, available on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from Marvel Comics, CLICK HERE.

Look for more Marvel previews on Saturday here in The Continuum.

WE ONLY FIND DETAILS: BOOM! Studios has released details for May 19's We Only Find Them When They're Dead #6, which takes a time jump and begins a new arc from writer Al Ewing and artist Simone Di Meo.

Here's how BOOM! describes the book:

"Fifty years have passed since Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II embarked on their fateful mission -- and the universe has changed in ways no one ever expected. Jason Hauer, one of the fated Vihaan II crew, is now 71 years old and living a life on the razor's edge between the Harvesters and the Worshippers.

"As these rival religious factions clash throughout the galaxy, Jason finds himself thrown into the center of the chaos and forced to confront his tortured past. And the only people who can help Jason have their own secret agenda -- one that may bring him face to face with Captain Malik in ways beyond comprehension..."

The issue features main cover art by Di Meo and variant cover art by Bengal, Mike Del Mundo and Toni Infante.

MOON GIRL VOICES: Actress and singer Diamond White will star as Lunella Lafayette (aka Moon Girl) in Disney Channel's animated series Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, slated to premiere in 2022.

Also joining the lead cast are Alfre Woodard as Lunella's grandmother, Mimi; Libe Barer as Lunella's best friend and manager, Casey; Sasheer Zamata as Lunella's mom, Adria; Jermaine Fowler as Lunella's dad, James Jr.; Fred Tatasciore as Devil Dinosaur; and Gary Anthony Williams as Lunella's grandfather, Pops. Series executive producer Laurence Fishburne will voice the recurring role of The Beyonder, a curious and mischievous trickster.

Here's how the show is described:

"Based on Marvel's hit comic books, Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her 10-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. After Lunella accidentally brings Devil Dinosaur into present-day New York City via a time vortex, the duo works together to protect the city's Lower East Side from danger."

From Disney Television Animation, the series is executive produced by Fishburne and Helen Sugland's Cinema Gypsy Productions Steve Loter. Rodney Clouden is supervising producer, Jeffrey M. Howard and Kate Kondell are co-producers and story editors, and Pilar Flynn is producer.



APRIL 2021 SOLICITATIONS

Below are solicitations posted for April. Click on the publisher's name for the full listings and check back soon for additional solicitations.

* ARCHIE COMICS.

* BOOM! STUDIOS.

* DARK HORSE COMICS.

* DC COMICS.

* IDW PUBLISHING.

* IMAGE COMICS.

* MARVEL COMICS.

* VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT.









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