This has been a slow week for speculation but here are a few pieces of Hollywood related comic book news.
This week* a casting call went out for the Teen Titans live action TV show that revealed who the villain featured in the first season would be: Acolyte. Who? Acolyte is an obscure Young Justice character who first appearances in Young Justice #9 (1999, Volume 1).
*This story was broken by Thehashtagshow.com – who also gave the unconfirmed casting information for the Daredevil Season 3 villain – which means this is an unconfirmed rumor.
Last April it was announced that the Boys was being adapted for the small screen by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg for Cinemax. This week Variety announced Goldberg and Rogan received a script order from Amazon with no mention of Cinemax – the director and script writers were also announced. This has resulted in an increased interest in The Boys #1.
The last piece of news is that the film adaptation of Joe Kelly’s Image series, I Kill Giants, premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival and received rave reviews. It shouldn’t be long before the world wide release dates will be announced.
This week sees the release of Walking Dead #171 which features a new character – “The Princess”. Like most of the new characters introduced in the Walking Dead universe, Image hyped up this news when retailers could order the book two months ago. Skybound, the Image imprint that publishes Walking Dead, surprised retailers with a special “secret” variant cover. There is a special secret Walking Dead #171 variant that features a pink signature in the bottom right corner.
Bleedingcool is reporting that this book is a 1 in 7 ratio variant and features 7 additional pages of content. This book is going to catch a lot of retailers off guard and most will not notice it. With completed ebay sales ranging from $40 to $50 this is the book to be looking for this week.
Since the first season of the Defenders hit Netflix there has been a lot of buzz about what comes next in the Marvel TV universe. Based on media reports, it seems that production is ready to roll out for the third season of Netflix’s Daredevil. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Charlie Cox stated the third season would be based on the Daredevil Born Again story line, which takes place in Daredevil #227 to 233.
These books should see an increase in interest in the coming months, however the news to take note of came out of the casting room and was reported by TheHashtagshow.com. They reported that a casting call went out with this description
“[STEVE]28-35, 5’9-6’1, Open ethnicity. An athletic but socially awkward FBI Agent, needs structure and rules to suppress the darkness inside himself. Athletic with medium build, responsible and resourceful, hair trigger temper. SERIES REGULAR“
A few websites have reported that this new character is Stanley Cooper, also known as the Sin-Eater. In the last month this book has gone from a book that sold for a couple of dollars online to selling for $20 to $25 in high grade condition. That book is Spectacular Spider-Man #107. There has been no real confirmation that the character being cast as Steve is actually the sin eater, but book does seem to be selling.
Riding on the coat tales of Totally Awesome Hulk #22 – this week sees the release of Weapon X #7 and this book is already selling well on the secondary market. Weapon X #7 continues the W.M.D. story line cliff hanger of last weeks release. I read Weapon X #7 and my first impression is that this issue is going to be big. It seems that marvel is really pushing this new character and I love it! The Batch H character is shaping up to be one of the best ideas marvel has had in at least 5 years.
In Weapon X #7 we are introduced to a human form of Batch-H, referred to only as Clay. It’s not clear if Clay has appeared in the Marvel Universe before as his full name is not revealed in the issue.
Weapon X #7 is sold out at the distributor so a second printing is eminent. Over the last two days Weapon X #7 has sold online from $10 to $15. This is THE book to be picking up this week.
I posted about this two months ago, first on facebook and later in a footnote on a weekly post but I have been presented with some new information and I would like to make some corrections.
On June 24th in a post about Batch H I mentioned that the first time a wolverine / hulk cross-over character appeared was in Secret Wars: Battleworld #3. Although a Hulked out Wolverine appeared in the two part Hulked Out Heroes Marvel series from 2010, an earlier Hulk / Wolverine mashup character was pointed out by Topher S on CBSI. Exiles #86, released in 2006, features the story “Countdown to Infinite Wolverines” – and like Hulked out Heroes, this book presents us with many well known marvel characters mashed into new versions of wolverine – like the two previously mentioned books this book features a version of hulk -wolverine composite character. None of these characters are Batch H – but if you’re chasing the first appearance of a wolverine / hulk character – Secret Wars: Battleworld #3 is not the book.
The last few weeks there has been a lot of buzz surrounding the Wolverine / Hulk Batch H story line. The first print copies of the books appear to have been under ordered by retailers resulting in most of the books selling for above cover. Most of the Totally Awesome Hulk title cross-over books are currently selling for $10 to $15.
We’ve already been introduced to the “beta” version of the Hulk / Wolverine mash up character but in this weeks issue of the new Hulk comic , Totally Awesome Hulk #22, we see the “alpha”. One spoiler I will reveal is that the Beta version (as predicted) dies and the Alpha versions takes over. This is the Alpha’s first appearance and will be regarded as the first appearance of the Batch H Character. Over the last few days this book has been selling for $8 to $15, the book is sold out at diamond and can currently be found on ebay for $10. I’ve read the issue and It looks like Marvel is planning to revisit this character in future Totally Awesome Hulk – expanding the story line and this character, which means this is a book to be buying and holding onto.
Totally Awesome Hulk #22 is not a book you want to be sleeping on.
Today there has been a rush to buy up all the available copies of Sandman #22. Why?
The Washington Post ran a review of the unreleased DC book,Dark Knights: Metal #1 – which is officially released this week. In the review (that included four full pages of the comic) was the spoiler that DC is bringing back the Sandman character. In the Metal universe the new Sandman is Daniel Hall.
Daniel Hall first appears in the Neil Gaiman sandman series as an infant. In Sandman #12, where Morpheus tells Lyta, Daniel’s pregnant mother, to go back to the world of living and raise her son. Morpheus also told Lyta that he would be coming back to take her son and reminds her to “raise him well”. In Sandman #22 Lyta has given birth and Morpheus visits her to tell her that her infants name is Daniel. This is Daniel’s first appearance outside of the womb. According to ebays completed listing search there have been 15+ sales of Sandman #22 just today.
This is a book could have great potential depending on how DC develops this story.