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Comic Book & Pop Culture News for Week of March 25th, 2024


Excitement is building for X-MEN: FOREVER (2024) #2, as the Krakoan Age comes to a close and fans anticipate answers to burning questions.

The issue, written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Luca Maresca, follows up on the mysteries presented in IMMORTAL X-MEN (2022), while also connecting to FALL OF THE HOUSE OF X (2024) and RISE OF THE POWERS OF X (2024).

A sneak peek at the comic reveals Mother Righteous being interrogated by Destiny, Hope Summers, and Exodus in their Hellfire Gala finery. The Quiet Council's fate is discussed on one page, while two other mutants gather fruit from mysterious plants in a cave—one of whom appears alarmed. Exodus observes mutants thriving in the White Hot Room in another scene, and Hope Summers approaches Jean Grey's funeral pyre, igniting it with a wave of her hand.

The captivating cover by Mark Brooks features an intense Hope Summers, emphasizing the significance of this issue. X-MEN: FOREVER #2 is set to hit stores on April 24th, providing fans with thrilling revelations about Krakoa's future and paying tribute to beloved character Jean Grey. 


The Ultimate Disney Fan Event

On August 11, 2024, at D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, Angela Bassett and the late Steve Ditko will join the 2024 class of Disney Legends.

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the ceremony will honor Bassett for her role as Queen Ramonda in Marvel Studio's Black Panther films, while Ditko will be recognized for his significant contributions to comic books, including co-creating Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

Other 2024 Disney Legends inductees are James Cameron, John Williams, Harrison Ford, Jamie Lee Curtis, Miley Cyrus, and Frank Oz. The ceremony concludes D23's festivities at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Angela Bassett played Queen Ramonda in Marvel Studios' Black Panther (2018) and its sequel, Wakanda Forever (2022), earning her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2023 for her performance in Wakanda Forever.

Steve Ditko was a comic book artist best known for co-creating Marvel characters Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee. His unique art style and storytelling significantly impacted the industry. The Disney Legends Ceremony will recognize his contributions posthumously.


Doctor Strange Novel

Doctor Strange: Dimension War, a new novel by James Lovegrove based on the Marvel Comics character, arrives next week (March 26). Stephen Strange finds himself bound in one of Baron Mordo's sinister spells.

Doctor Strange: Dimension War is a novelization of the Doctor Strange comics series, featuring the Marvel character who debuted back in 1963. The Sorcerer Supreme has been a staple of Marvel Comics ever since and even made it to the big screen with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Stephen Strange in the 2016 movie Doctor Strange as well as its sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and several Avengers movies.

In Doctor Strange: Dimension War, Stephen Strange is being tormented by Baron Mordo when his stepmother, Victoria Bentley, arrives at the house to save him, despite not knowing who he was or why she felt compelled to come to his aid. After freeing him from one of Mordo's spells, she suggests they have some tea and hear an explanation about what has been going on. Doctor Strange: Dimension War will be available wherever books are sold starting March 26.


Marvel on Wheel of Fortune

Get ready, Marvel Super Hero fans! This week, Wheel of Fortune is being taken over by your favorite Marvel Super Heroes for five epic shows. Tune in to see Pat or Vanna wield the shield and catch exciting Marvel trivia, product showcases, and surprise appearances from Marvel Super Heroes throughout the week.

Don't miss out on your chance to win big with Wheel of Fortune's Ultimate Super Heroes Giveaway! There are five daily sweepstakes and one overall sweepstakes, with entries accepted until 2:59:59 p.m. PT on March 23, 2024.


Griz Grobus Gets a New Paperback Edition

Image Comics is releasing a paperback edition of the popular webcomic Griz Grobus this June 2024.

Created by Simon Roy (Prophet, Jan's Atomic Heart) and Jess Pollard, with colors by Sergey Nazarov, Griz Grobus was originally a Kickstarter sensation that raised nearly $70K in its campaign.

The story is set in the same sci-fi universe as Roy's Habitat but focuses on the rural world of Altamira, where post-utopian frontier life has taken a more wholesome turn.

The trade paperback (ISBN: 9781534397866) will be available in local comic book shops on Wednesday, June 5.

Griz Grobus is a standalone fable with two parallel narratives in the far-off colony world of Altamira. In one storyline, a young scribe's academic ambitions lead to the revival of an ancient colonial-era priest-bot.

The second narrative is Altamira's most famous novel, where a war-god gets trapped in a goose's body and a pacifist cook tries to delay the god's return to the battlefield.

The comic has received high praise from various creators, including Kieron Gillen, Tonči Zonjić, Carlos P. Valderrama, Daniel Warren Johnson, Jed McKay, Ben Templesmith, and Adrian Tchaikovsky, among others.

Griz Grobus promises to be a captivating read for fans of Hiyao Miyazaki, Asterix, and Arthur C. Clarke.


Revival Gets a Trade Paperback

The popular comic book series "Revival," which combines elements of the zombie genre with a rural noir setting, will be collected into a complete compendium paperback edition this September.

The series, by writer Tim Seeley, artist Mike Norton, and colorist Mark Englert, tells the story of a small town in Wisconsin where the dead have come back to life.

Officer Dana Cypress must deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has followed, all while trying to solve the murder of her own sister.

The "Revival Compendium" will include issues #1-47 of the Harvey Award nominated series, as well as additional behind-the-scenes content.

It is set to be released on September 11 at local comic book shops.

"Revival" has been praised for its chilling storytelling and moody art, with reviewers comparing it to shows like "Fargo" and "Twin Peaks," as well as other zombie genre titles such as "The Walking Dead" and "Six Feet Under."

The series has sold over 1 million copies across all formats since its launch in 2012, and continues to be one of Image Comics' most popular backlist titles. Both Seeley and Norton have expressed their excitement about the upcoming collection, with Seeley stating that they always saw "Revival" as one, massive self-contained story. Norton added that the series is near and dear to his heart and that he's excited for a new audience to discover it.


Rifters from Image Comics

Brian Posehn, known for his work in Deadpool and The Mandalorian, has teamed up with Joe Trohman from Fall Out Boy and artist Chris Johnson to create an upcoming time-traveling comedy series called Rifters.

The series is set to launch in June from Image Comics and will follow the story of two part-time Wisenheimers, full-time vice time-cops named Fenton and Geller.

The duo's daily routine involves tedious police work, but things take a turn when they become embroiled in an inter-time serial homicide mystery.

The book promises to be a fun and escapist read, filled with 80s and 90s science fiction, comedy, and police procedural elements. Rifters #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 12.


Avatar: The Last Airbender + Webtoon

Exciting news for Avatar: The Last Airbender fans! In March 2024, the first three episodes of the legendary series will be available on WEBTOON, a popular webcomics app.

This release is in partnership with Dark Horse Comics and features Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, broken up into webcomic episodes.

The vertical scroll format allows readers to explore the world of Avatar with Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, and other beloved characters.

WEBTOON's Head of Content, David S. Lee, said, "Readers can immerse themselves in the rich storytelling and stunning artwork of these graphic novels in a new way... We're thrilled to give Avatar: The Last Airbender fans a new way to experience the magic of this beloved series." 


Dawnrunner is Getting Buzz

The first issue of the comic book series "Dawnrunner" by Ram V, Evan Cagle, Dave Stewart, and Aditya Bidikar is now available in comic shops.

According to reviews, it's off to a strong start with its unique take on the cyberpunk genre. The creative team is praised for their ability to pay homage to their influences while still creating something new and exciting.

"Dawnrunner" has been hailed as having potential to be a top comic of 2024, and even a contender for comic book of the year. The story combines elements of mecha anime with sports and sci-fi, resulting in a thrilling reading experience.

Critics have highlighted the stylish artwork, character-driven narrative, and intriguing world-building as standout features. The series is already being compared to successful franchises such as "Pacific Rim" and "Real Steel". In addition to the comic book's release, there are several interviews and podcasts available with the creators, including a discussion on Forbidden Planet, an interview with Geek Vibes Nation, and a review on Capes & Tights Podcast. The next issue is already eagerly anticipated by fans and critics alike.


Vox Machina Origins is Back

Exciting news for Critical Role fans! The popular series Vox Machina Origins is back with its fourth installment, featuring a thrilling mission in consultation with the show's cast, including Matthew Mercer.

Written by Jody Houser, with art by Noah Hayes and colors by Diana Sousa, this six-issue miniseries will see Vox Machina investigating Sir Fince's disappearance, leading them to a mysterious basement filled with dark secrets.

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins IV #1 is set to release on May 29, 2024, and is now available for pre-order at local comic shops for $3.99. 

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