Previously On Comics: New Franchise Adaptations and Additions

Hi readers! Welcome to the first full week of December. December?! Where did 2016 go? Other than a dumpster where it promptly was set on fire, I mean. Despite current events, however, we are seeing some bright spots in the comics world so let’s take a look at the latest news.

Magical girl fans, rejoice! We are getting a new Cardcaptor Sakura anime in early 2018. Yes, I know. That’s a long time away, but it’ll also give us plenty of time to track the production obsessively. 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the CLAMP manga, so it makes sense that we’d end the year with a new adaptation announcement.

Speaking of a new adaptation, The Dark Crystal is finally getting a sequel—in the form of a 12-issue comic book run. It may not be the movie people have been hoping for, but it’s something. Hopefully, the comic book will hold up to the original. I loved The Dark Crystal as a kid, even though some parts of it freaked me out. Or maybe that was the reason why I liked it so much.

While we’re on the topic of franchises we loved when we were younger, shout out to all the Power Rangers fans out there. Guess what? We’re getting our first new ranger in 23 years. The new character is still shrouded in mystery—we don’t even have a name—but if it’s true that long-time series antagonist Rita Repulsa is working for him, he surely spells trouble for the team.

With the release of Rogue One coming up, I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of Star Wars-related properties released in the near future. Among them will be a Darth Maul five-issue miniseries. The comic book explores the tattooed villain’s younger days before his short-lived appearance in the 1999 prequel film The Phantom Menace.

Machines continue to grow in importance within our society, especially as automation becomes widespread throughout various industries. No surprise since they are better than humans at a lot of things. Don’t worry, though. There are some things that still stump them—such as comic books!

Looping back around to my introduction, I’m not going to lie. Things have been hard. Depending on the day and the headlines dominating the news, it does feel like the sky is falling. I’m sure other people have been feeling the same way, especially if they come from a marginalized background and doubly so if they identify on multiple axes. Realizing that many people may need a pick-me-up, a web artist and game maker is creating an interactive “hopelessly optimistic” zine.

Other cool newsbits:

And that’s it for this week! See you next time!

Vernieda Vergara

Vernieda Vergara

Writer. Manga and webtoon aficionado. I hail from Washington D.C. where I consume too much media and cause only a little trouble. Tweet me @incitata.