Comic Book & Pop Culture News for Week of April 04th, 2024

Comic Book & Pop Culture News for Week of April 04th, 2024


Hunter's Moon

Moon Knight may be the more famous Fist of Khonshu, but there's another player in town - Hunter's Moon!

Initially introduced as an adversary for Moon Knight, Doctor Yehya Badr, also known as Hunter's Moon, became a valuable ally and important figure in Marc Spector's Midnight Mission.

With Moon Knight currently missing, it's up to Hunter's Moon to continue his mission of defending the darker parts of the Marvel Universe. Hunter's Moon is an Egyptian physician chosen by Khonshu to become another avatar for his vengeance mission on Earth. He received the memories of all previous Moon Knights when he took on the mantle and has a telepathic connection to all past avatars of Khonshu.

His powers include enhanced strength, speed, and endurance, as well as access to rituals that heal even the most severe wounds. Hunter's Moon was created by Jed MacKay and Alessandro Cappuccio and made his first appearance in MOON KNIGHT (2021) #1.

He initially set out to eliminate distractions from Moon Knight's true mission, including the Midnight Mission, but after seeing how much vampires cared for Moon Knight, his opinion of his rival began to shift towards begrudging admiration. Hunter's Moon has now taken on the mantle of Moon Knight and is continuing the important function of the Midnight Mission by looking after supernaturally oriented figures discarded by society.

With Marc Spector's allies in the Midnight Mission by his side, Hunter's Moon is proving himself worthy of the Moon Knight title as he keeps the shadows safe. 


Dark Knights of Steel: Allwinter

Dark Knights of Steel: Allwinter #1 is an upcoming comic book series written by Jay Kristoff with art by Tirso.

The series is a spin-off of the popular medieval-fantasy take on the super heroes of the DC Universe, Dark Knights of Steel, and will explore the character Deathstroke in a frozen wasteland.

The series will be available for preorder at participating comic book shops on Friday, April 19.

Tom Taylor, the writer of the original Dark Knights of Steel series, will write a backup story featuring Riccardo Federici as the artist. The series is part of DC's Elseworlds line of comic books.


Robin Lives!

In July 2024, DC Comics will release "From the DC Vault: Death in the Family: Robin Lives! #1," a four-issue series exploring what happens when Jason Todd, the former Robin, survives his encounter with The Joker.

This story is a follow-up to the original Batman #428 (1988) and its 2023 "fauxsimile" edition, which featured an alternate ending where Jason lives.

J.M. DeMatteis and Rick Leonardi will create this new chapter in the classic and controversial storyline. The series offers a deep dive into the characters' thoughts and decisions had Jason survived The Joker's brutal attack. Fans can preorder the comic soon.


Batman's 85th Anniversary

In celebration of Batman's 85th anniversary, Warner Bros. Discovery hosted a pop-up comic book giveaway in New York City On March 30th.

SoHo News International transformed their newsstand and distributed limited copies of a special Batman 85th anniversary printing of his debut in Detective Comics #27.

The Caped Crusader, created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, has been an enduring symbol of determination, courage, and justice for over eight decades.

This Batman 85th anniversary pop-up also featured a modern retelling of "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate" from 1939, written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Bryan Hitch.

Additional copies of this special Detective Comics #27 issue will be given away at various comic book stores throughout New York City.


Image Has a New VP of Biz

Image Comics, a leading publisher in creator-owned comics, has appointed Jim Viscardi as the new Vice President of Business Development.

Viscardi's primary responsibilities include expanding Image's audience reach and forging long-term business relationships. He will collaborate closely with the Sales and Marketing teams and report directly to Eric Stephenson, Publisher & Chief Creative Officer.

Viscardi has over 15 years of experience in various aspects of comics and entertainment business development. In 2015, he co-founded, which quickly grew into a top destination for pop culture and entertainment news with one of the largest social media followings on the internet. The website was later acquired by CBS Interactive (now Paramount Global) in 2018.

Stephenson is enthusiastic about working with Viscardi, who has previously contributed to Marvel Entertainment's marketing, communications, and retailer relations during significant milestones such as Avengers vs X-Men, Marvel NOW!, and the introduction of Miles Morales and Captain Marvel. 


Ghost Machine Ghost Roast

Ghost Machine has partnered with Comics on Coffee to release a special "Ghost Roast" coffee blend.

The light roast blend was created by Francis Manapul, an artist and writer for Ghost Machine, and is now available for pre-order.

Coinciding with the coffee release, Ghost Machine also released new comic books this week. This includes the first issue of "Geiger," written by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, as well as the first issue of "Redcoat" from Geoff Johns and Bryan Hitch, and "Rook: Exodus" from Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok.

All three titles are colored by Brad Anderson and lettered by Rob Leigh.

Ghost Machine is a creator-owned and operated media company founded by a group of award-winning comic book legends such as Brad Anderson, Jason Fabok, Gary Frank, Bryan Hitch, Geoff Johns, and more. The collective launched at New York Comic Con in October 2023 and features a lineup of global best-of-class artists and writers.

Comics on Coffee is a family-owned brand that serves premium coffee to comics fans. Founded by Tony and Tanya Scholl, the company is known for serving high-quality coffee beans imported directly from farmers around the world and roasted at their facilities in Fort Myers, Florida. 


Todd McFarlane Announces "Misery"

Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn, is releasing a new four-issue miniseries called Misery in June 2024 from Image Comics/Todd McFarlane Productions.

The series, illustrated by Szymon Kudrański, follows Cyan Fitzgerald, an iconic character from the Spawn mythos who was first introduced in Spawn #3.

Cyan is now a 17-year-old trying to find her purpose after the tragic loss of her mother. She discovers hidden powers emerging in her, including the ability to heal others, but each touch unleashes the darkest memories and emotions of the person she touches.

Misery explores the emotional depth and darkness of Cyan's world as she navigates adolescence and shields herself from society. The first issue will be available at comic book stores on Wednesday, June 5.


The Complete Harrow County

Dark Horse Books is releasing "The Complete Harrow County," a comprehensive hardcover volume collecting all 32 issues of the beloved series "Harrow County."

The book, which includes a new cover by Tyler Crook and spans 1,078 pages, follows Emmy, who discovers on her eighteenth birthday that she is connected to the ghosts and monsters in the woods surrounding her home.

As supernatural forces threaten her, Emmy must decide whether to embrace or deny her destiny as a potential reincarnation of an infamous witch.

"Harrow County" has been praised for its beautiful horror storytelling and is considered a must-read in the genre. The complete edition will be released just in time for Halloween, on October 29, 2024. 


Savage Squad 6

Get ready for an action-packed horror adventure from writers Brockton McKinney and Robert Venditti! Their comic miniseries, Savage Squad 6, is inspired by classic '80s horror-action flicks and has been collected into a single volume.

This paperback collects issues #1-4 of the series and includes bonus content such as all the covers from the series and a sketchbook section.

The story takes place in 2037, where humanity is on the brink of extinction after a devastating world war. The Scourge hunts down and eliminates survivors, leaving life short and brutal for those who remain.

Savage Squad 6, an elite special ops squad, ventures deep into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in search of a weapon to bring hope back to the remaining colonists. However, they are not alone as something stirs within the irradiated wilderness.

The Savage Squad 6 paperback is available for pre-order now and will be released on September 18, 2024.


Star Wars: Vader's Castle

Get ready for a chilling journey into the darkest corners of the Star Wars universe with the upcoming release of "Star Wars: Vader's Castle – The Deluxe Library Collection" from Dark Horse Books and Lucasfilm Publishing.

This hardcover volume collects all the terrifying tales set in Vader's castle, including the rare reprinting of "Shadow of Vader's Castle."

The collection features works by Cavan Scott and various talented artists like Francesco Francavilla, Derek Charm, Megan Levens, Kelley Jones, Corin Howell, Robert Hack, Nicoletta Baldari, Nick Brockenshire, and Charles Paul Wilson III.

With over 424 pages of eerie stories, this deluxe book promises a thrilling exploration of the castle's haunted corridors and chilling legends. Inside, you'll find tales of classic Star Wars characters facing off against interstellar creeps and villains like Darth Maul, Asajj Ventress, and Jabba the Hutt.

"Star Wars: Vader's Castle – The Deluxe Library Collection" releases on September 25, 2024, in comic shops. Pre-order your copy now.

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