Previously On Comics: Musical Chairs

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Good morning, and happy Monday! This past weekend was SDCC, so if you went, here’s hoping you’re recovering well, and if you didn’t, keep an eye out here, we’ll be running coverage from our team in attendance throughout the week.

We started the week out with some odd news–IDW will now be publishing kids comics for Marvel. It’s great to see an older company in the game reach out to give a hand to one of the newer up-and-comers and level the play–wait, what? Marvel’s been around for how long and still can’t figure out how to do this? Comics is a fake business.

G. Willow Wilson continued announcing the end of her exclusivity contract with Marvel in style, following up last week’s Wonder Woman news with an independent project this week through Dark Horse with Christian Ward, called Invisible Kingdom. Having a woman write Wonder Woman is a rare enough occurrence to be noteworthy in itself, and the promise of Wilson’s prose with Ward’s art has me sold on both books, personally.

Wilson isn’t the only prominent female author taking over a core Justice League member’s solo book, as Kelly Sue DeConnick has been announced as the new author of the Aquaman ongoing. She’ll be joined by artist Robson Rocha, known for his work on Green Lanterns, Supergirl, and other books, which makes for another exciting pairing.

In fact, DC seems to be leaning pretty hard into creative talent for all of its core heroes! In addition to the above, we have Grant Morrison on a Green Lantern reboot, Brian Michael Bendis on Superman, and Bryan Edward Hill on Detective Comics. This is all in addition to Tom King’s popular work on the Batman book, too.

Speaking of Tom King, San Diego Comic-Con started off in interesting fashion after the writer announced that a bodyguard had been hired for him for the duration of the convention. King did not specify whether it was DC Comics or SDCC Staff that did the hiring, but either way, the fact that they had to is abominable. That said, the fact that they’ve done this for King and not the numerous other authors and artists who’ve received death threats over the years, particularly women and marginalized folk, speaks volumes.

Editor Taneka Stotts had some more news to drop about her attempts to reach out to Image Comics to deal with issues of racism and harassment surrounding Brandon Graham. That is, the news Taneka shared was that there was no news, because Image Comics has completely refused to reply to her emails on the matter.

Oh, did I say Taneka Stotts? Sorry, I meant Eisner winner Taneka Stotts. Congrats on the Elements: Fire win!

Kelly Thompson continues to make waves at Marvel, having been announced as the new writer of Jessica Jones–the first person other than Jones’ creator, Brian Michael Bendis, to write the antihero. It’ll be nice to see a new take on Jessica, and to see how the character grows and changes. Thompson will be joined by artist Matti De Iulis, who shows quite the pedigree already–the art is reminiscent of the kind of moody stuff David Mack used to do for the original book, while still retaining its own, unique style. The new book is a digital exclusive, and the first issue is already out on both and Comixology–a full 40 pages for five bucks.

Also with a new book at Marvel is Dr. Nnedi Okorafor, who had previously written a few Marvel issues in addition to her solo work on the Binti series and Who Fears Death. Our own Jaz Joyner covered Dr. Okorafor’s prior Venomverse story and its ramifications last October.

Also also with a new book at Marvel is Jody Houser! Houser will be writing Spider-Girls, starring Mayday Parker (star of her own hundred issue run once upon a time) and Anya Corazon, the Ghost Spider. The three-issue mini features art by Andres Genolet and looks like a lot of fun.

Lion Forge continues to make smart and interesting choices, announcing this week that none other than Gail Simone will become the new architect of their superhero line Catalyst Prime. Simone has demonstrated a lot of range over the years, pairing humor and irreverence with difficult, highly emotional subject matter–this kind of oversight gives her a chance to really shine.

And now some quick hits:

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