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Sony released the first two posters for Venom: Let There Be Carnage


Lucasfilm released the second trailer for Star Wars: Visions in both English and Japanese dubs


Star Wars today announced a new series starring Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra. Star Wars: Crimson Reign is a sequel to War of the Bounty Hunters and the second part of writer Charles Soule's planned trilogy of Star Wars events. Soule teams with artist Steve Cummings on the five-part series, which sees Qi'ra come to power as leader of the Crimson Dawn criminal faction during the era between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Speaking to IGN, Soule hints that Crimson Reign will reveal more information about why Qi'ra went after Han Solo's carbonite-frozen body, thus setting the events of War of the Bounty Hunters in motion.

And as exciting as Crimson Reign may be, it's only the middle chapter of Soule's bigger Star Wars story. “From the moment I took the gig writing Star Wars, I wanted to do new things in the Star Wars timeline between Episodes V and VI, using new characters from all eras of the galaxy far, far away,” Soule said. “Crimson Reign, which continues what I plan as a trilogy that began with War of the Bounty Hunters, is a great example of how I like to write Star Wars stories. Everything and everyone is fair game, and I think people are really going to enjoy it. Await the Reign."


Marvel Studios released the final trailer for The Eternals as well as a new poster.


The latest addition to the line of comic creators joining Substack Pro isn't a single person with a team supporting them - it's a team of long-time friends and collaborators, doing it together.

The Marvel Comics duo of writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman are continuing their collaboration past Venom, Absolute Carnage, and King In Black to launch their own creator-owned series called Vanish.

"Vanish is the big bad boy of our launch. Ryan and I's creator-owned follow-up to our King in Black saga," Cates tells Newsarama. "It's...insane. It's exactly the kind of book i've dreamt of doing for so long."

"It's my first creator-owned book so I'm extremely excited," Stegman adds. "We've been hard at work for quite some time building the world and designing characters. And, long story short, it's awesome."

With Vanish, Cates and Stegman reunite with their Marvel Comics team of inker JP Meyer and letterer/designer John J. Hill for a superhero story that they say they could never do through Marvel.

"When people read it, I think they'll see the kinds of tropes we're playing with and destroying," says Cates. "But the big thing for us when we were making it and crafting it, was always asking ourselves 'What could we do here if we could do anything?' because as much freedom as Marvel always gave us (and they let us get away with a lot) we could never like....blow up the moon, or level New York to dust, or have someone bash someone's brains out with a brick. But....we can in Vanish."

Cates and Stegman have thrown out the term "emo bullshit" to describe their work together, and with Vanish they're back on that - and then some.

"We love big explosions, big fights, but also big emotional moments. The underpinnings of everything we do are those emotional moments," says Stegman. "And as an artist, I think I thrive doing those types of things. And boy does this book have that in spades."

Two other Cates-written projects, Flood (with artist Megan Hutchison-Cates and colorist Dee Cunniffe) and The One You Feed (with artist Dylan Burnett), will be serialized on the KLC Press Substack Pro newsletter. Those two books were previously announced to be published by Image Comics, and Cates assures us that hasn't changed.

"Both will eventually be coming out through Image in print As will Vanish," Cates says. "Folks can get a whole lot more info on that front by smashing that subscribe button on KLC Press!!"


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