The following weeks have brought us previews of both the Marvel Comics and DC Comics releases set to come out in the month of July. So that means it’s time to look at "Everything Else"! Which is exactly what it sounds like. Dark Horse, Image, IDW and all the other non-Big Two publishers. So let’s hop to it!
DOLLHOUSE EPITAPHS #1 (OF 5)
DARK HORSE COMICS
Written by Andrew Chambliss, Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon
Art by Cliff Richards & Andy Owens
The fight for free will starts now! Alpha was the perfect product of Rossum Corporation’s mind-altering technology, until he snapped, burdened by the dozens of personalities they’d downloaded into his brain. Now the technology has gone viral, turning the entire population into murderous automatons, and it’s up to the psychotic Alpha and a small group of survivors to save mankind.
Back in March we got the Dollhouse: Epitaphs one-shot, which was a continuation of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse television series. That show followed the spread of a technological virus that turns humans into mindless "butchers." (More on that here.) Now we’ve got a six-issue mini-series to look forward to!
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The TV show Castle is crossing over with Marvel Comics. Well, kind of. In the series Castle, mystery writer Richard Castle follows Detective Kate Beckett around as inspiration for a character he writes called Nikki Heat. Before Detective Beckett inspired Castle he wrote a character called Derrick Storm in a series of mystery novels. Now Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick are joined by artist Lan Medina to create the Castle related graphic novel Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm: A Derrick Storm Mystery. Basically they are adapting a fictional novel by a fictional author. I think that’s kind of cool! Look for it in September.
Artist Gene Ha has signed an exclusive agreement with DC Comics! No word on what he is working on though the rumors have him working on something with James Robinson. Personally I hope it is the long-rumored maxi-series of The Shade. Ha did a Shade mini-series with Robinson back during the writer’s Starman run. Failing that, I hope it is a Superman book. DC needs to get serious about Superman again.
CBR had an interesting interview with Mark Waid and Paolo River about the impending relaunch of Daredevil. My favorite line in the interview was from Waid talking about the supervillain the Spot when he says, “when I asked myself, ‘What does Daredevil’s radar sense “see” when it looks at the Spot,’ I knew I had something”. You can get excited about the new title by reading the interview here.
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