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Keith Giffen, the star comic book writer and artist best known for his long and acclaimed runs on Legion of Super-Heroes (both with writer and co-plotter, Paul Levitz, and then on his own with scripters Tom and Mary Bierbaum, the so-called "Five Years Later" Legion) and Justice League International (with scripter J.M. DeMatteis), as well as co-creating major DC characters like Lobo, Ambush Bug and the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle (as well as Rocket Raccoon for Marvel Comics), has passed away at the age of 70 following a stroke
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Marvel Studios has reshuffled the release dates for its slate of television shows.
As previously announced, Loki season two will be the only show to hit this fall, debuting on Disney+ on Oct. 6.
The second season of Emmy-winning animated series What If…? will debut around Christmas Day.
Echo, a spin-off from 2021 hit Hawkeye, was originally announced for Nov. 29 but has now shifted to January 2024. The series stars Alaqua Cox as a one-time head of a criminal organization who returns to her hometown in Oklahoma to come to terms with her past. The series, which centers on a character who is deaf and of Native American descent, is described as having a grittier and more grounded tone than some of the other Marvel series and will feature appearances by Daredevil and villain The Kingpin. As previously announced, all the episodes will drop at the same time.
Next on the schedule will be X-Men ’97, the animated series that acts as a spiritual and tonal continuation of the classic 1990s series that aired on Fox. The series, first announced in 2021, was originally planned for a fall 2023 debut but will now premiere in early 2024 The show is being described, by sources who have seen it, as retro and a love letter to the original. A season two remains in the works.
Agatha, the WandaVision spinoff starring Kathryn Hahn, was originally announced for a winter 2023 release has been pushed back to early fall 2024, where it will serve as a lead-up to the Halloween holiday. The show, which completed its filming before the strikes, was previously titled Agatha: House of Harkness and then Agatha: Coven of Chaos before falling on its current name, Agatha: Darkhold Diaries.
After shaking up the Marvel Comics status quo over the past few years, the X-Men's Krakoa era is nearing its end. Marvel unveiled the logo and first details surrounding Fall of the House of X and Rise of the Powers of X, two new miniseries that will launch in January of 2024 and are being billed as "the final battle of the X-Men's Krakoan age." Fall of the House of X will be from writer Gerry Duggan and artist Lucas Werneck, while Rise of the Powers of X will be from Kieron Gillen and R.B. Silva.
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It didn’t take long to see the problem after Marvel Studios’ Daredevil: Born Again paused production in mid-June during the writers strike. Fewer than half of the series’ 18 episodes had been shot, but it was enough for Marvel executives, including chief Kevin Feige, to review the footage and come away with a clear-eyed assessment: The show wasn’t working.
So, in late September, Marvel quietly let go of head writers Chris Ord and Matt Corman and also released the directors for the remainder of the season as part of a significant creative reboot of the series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The studio is now on the hunt for new writers and directors for the project, which stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer turned superhero.
The Daredevil revamp is the latest in a series of growing pains for Marvel television. Since debuting the Emmy-winning WandaVision in January 2021, the studio, which dominated the film industry in the 2010s, has released more than 50 hours of TV programming after creating a small-screen division from the ground up during the pandemic.
Through it all, the company eschewed the traditional TV-making model. It didn’t commission pilots but instead shot entire $150 million-plus seasons of TV on the fly. It didn’t hire showrunners, but instead depended on film executives to run its series. And as Marvel does for its movies, it relied on postproduction and reshoots to fix what wasn’t working.
With Daredevil’s new direction, Marvel hopes to right the ship on a project with sky-high expectations. The show is Marvel’s first to feature a hero who already had a successful series on Netflix, running three seasons. But sources say that Corman and Ord crafted a legal procedural that did not resemble the Netflix version, known for its action and violence. Cox didn’t even show up in costume until the fourth episode.
Marvel plans to keep some scenes and episodes, though other serialized elements will be injected, with Corman and Ord becoming executive producers on the two-season series.
Daredevil is far from the first Marvel series to undergo drastic behind-the-scenes changes. Those who work with Marvel on the TV side have complained of a lack of central vision that has, according to sources, begun to afflict the studio’s shows with creative differences and tension. “TV is a writer-driven medium,” says one insider familiar with the Marvel process. “Marvel is a Marvel-driven medium.”
As it moves forward, Marvel is making concrete changes in how it makes TV. It now has plans to hire showrunners.
The studio also plans on having full-time TV execs, rather than having executives straddle both television and film.
“We need executives that are dedicated to this medium, that are going to focus on streaming, focus on television,” says Winderbaum, “because they are two different forms.”
It also is revamping its development process. Showrunners will write pilots and show bibles. The days of Marvel shooting an entire series, from She-Hulk to Secret Invasion, then looking at what’s working and what’s not, are done.
And just as Loki, which returned Oct. 5, marked Marvel’s first season two of a series (out of nine TV shows to date), the studio plans on leaning into the idea of multiseason serialized TV, stepping away from the limited-series format that has defined it. Marvel wants to create shows that run several seasons, where characters can take time to develop relationships with the audience rather than feeling as if they are there as a setup for a big crossover event.
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The world of "Hellboy" is getting a new winter special where creator Mike Mignola's iconic character will be dealing with the deadly, child-eating ... Yule Cat. Yes, you read that right.
"Hellboy Winter Special: The Yule Cat" #1 by Mike Mignola, Matt Smith, Chris O'Halloran, and Clem Robbins will see Hellboy visit Iceland, which is no stranger to having its own supernatural creatures, for the first time in 1990. He will take a trip to Reykjavik, where the disappearance of children is being linked to a giant cat beast. The feline is inspired by Jólakötturinn, the Yule Cat of Icelandic folklore, with the creature sitting atop its mountain perch and coming down to the cities below to feed on humans.
Chris Claremont, the writer most associated with the X-Men, is returning to their world this spring to celebrate 50 years of Wolverine in Wolverine: Madripoor Nights. The writer behind classics like Days of Future Past and The Dark Phoenix Saga will team with artist Edgar Salazar
The miniseries teams Wolverine with Captain America and Black Widow, evoking a 1990 story by Claremont in which the three appeared on an iconic Jim Lee cover and were billed as "together again for the first time." The Madripoor Nights cover retains the trio's period-accurate costumes, suggesting this story likely takes place around that time as well.
"Hard to believe, Bub, I've known Logan for 50 years!" Claremont said in a statement. "And Natasha was in the first Marvel story I ever wrote. This trip back to Madripoor reveals hidden truths about two of my favorite characters on the adventure that shaped their lives."
Starting next month, readers will witness Marc Spector’s dramatic final moments play out in MOON KNIGHT #28-30, but writer Jed MacKay and artist Alessandro Cappuccio’s mission is far from over! At the start of the new year, the acclaimed creative team’s bold era of Moon Knight enters its next phase in VENGEANCE OF THE MOON KNIGHT #1!
Over the course of 30 issues, MacKay and Cappuccio have revitalized the Moon Knight mythos with the introduction of a new fist of Khonshu, Hunter’s Moon; the return of Moon Knight’s archenemy, Black Spectre; and an exciting new calling for Marc Spector at the Midnight Mission! Now, this blockbuster run reaches an explosive turning point as the pieces fall into place for Moon Knight’s ultimate demise.
When the dust settles, a new avatar of Khonshu’s wrath will awaken! Complete with a new look and an unquenchable thirst for battle, this mysterious new Moon Knight emerges to take Marc’s place in VENGEANCE OF THE MOON KNIGHT—a deadlier Lunar Legionnaire for the dark times ahead!
Clad in the black of mourning, the Midnight Mission remains! But who is left to keep the faith? And how have they been changed by the Black Spectre's master stroke? The next chapter of MOON KNIGHT starts here as the congregants of the Midnight Mission pick up the pieces and carry on the mission... and find themselves faced with a mysterious new enemy in eerily familiar vestments.
The Jedi Order, and specifically the Council that leads it, has made a lot of mistakes throughout its long history, especially in the declining days of the Old Republic. And now, a new Star Wars novel is going to explore one Jedi’s attempts to get its members to see just that—with a road trip and a few pirates along the way.
io9 can exclusively reveal that the next major Star Wars novel from publisher Random House Worlds will see writer John Jackson Miller—the author behind Expanded Universe classics such as Kenobi and the Dark Horse comic series Knights of the Old Republic—return to long-form Star Wars fiction for the first time since the 2013 Rebels prequel novel A New Dawn. Miller’s Star Wars: The Living Force focuses on the Jedi Council just one year before the events of The Phantom Menace.
The Living Force will see Qui-Gon, alongside his padawan learner Obi-Wan Kenobi, implore the Jedi Council to think beyond the confines of its chambers at the heart of the galactic core on Coruscant when another ancient Jedi outpost on the planet Kwenn is set to be decommissioned.
“With some Councilors trying to see the future while others are reeling under the bureaucratic demands of an increasingly corrupt Republic, Qui-Gon challenges them to get out of the Council Chamber and rediscover the Jedi they used to be,” Miller explained. “Their response is a ‘road trip’ for all 12 Councilors, giving us our first in-depth adventures with many of them—and a look into a side of the galaxy that can’t be seen from their Temple on Coruscant. We also learn what it’s like to live in the immediate pre-Prequel era, whether you’re a civilian, a member of the nascent Republic military, or in the underworld.”
News broke in July that Donald and Stephen Glover had been tapped by Disney and Lucasfilm to replace Justin Simien as the writers of a new “Lando” television series on Disney+. But not so fast. The project is actually being developed as a “Lando” movie, Lucasfilm confirmed to Variety.
DC and Warner Bros released the first trailer for Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom, releasing in cinemas December 20 2023.
“Having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta, still driven by the need to avenge his father’s death, will stop at nothing to take Aquaman down once and for all. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever before, wielding the power of the mythic Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis, to forge an unlikely alliance. Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family, and the world, from irreversible destruction.”
This January, the 2099 revolution continues!
Following his acclaimed work in SPIDER-MAN 2099: EXODUS and SPIDER-MAN 2099: DARK GENESIS, writer Steve Orlando returns to everyone’s favorite dystopian future, and this time, he’s bringing all sorts of horrors along for the ride! Featuring artwork by a host of industry talent including superstar artists and exciting Marvel newcomers, MIGUEL O’HARA – SPIDER-MAN 2099 is a five-part limited series that will hit stands weekly throughout January.
Kick start the new year with Marvel 2099’s greatest defender and Spider-Verse icon Miguel O’Hara as he slays his way through 2099 versions of classic Marvel horror characters. Amidst the monstrous showdowns, Orlando and his collaborators will continue to revitalize the world of 2099 for a new age with bold worldbuilding and fascinating new takes on Marvel heroes. In addition, Nick Bradshaw will once again grace 2099 with his outstanding cover work!
"Returning to 2099 has been a blast, especially with the chance to do this series of one-shots crashing Miguel up against some of Marvel's greatest horror icons—all of whom are newly debuting in 2099!" Orlando said. “I can't think of a better reality to work in than the world of 2099—that dark, neon projection of our own modern day."
Readers witnessed the worlds-shaking conclusion of Jonathan Hickman and Bryan Hitch’s ULTIMATE INVASION limited series where a new generation of heroes was born to save the future! Their saga continues in November’s ULTIMATE UNIVERSE #1 where Hickman will team up with Stefano Caselli to lay the groundwork for a new line of Ultimate Comics. In this extra-sized foundational one-shot, enter a new age of Ultimate storytelling filled with bold takes on iconic Marvel characters and special previews of upcoming Ultimate titles, including the recently revealed Ultimate Spider-Man and more.
"What made the Ultimate Universe originally really interesting was that it was a reflection of the world outside your window, in the moment that you were living in. What does it look like in the world we’re living in now?" Hickman said. "It’s kind of shocking how much the world has changed in that period of time. The idea of what it would be like to see the genesis of Super Heroes in a brand new world is a really fascinating exercise."
Revolutionary writer Jonathan Hickman and acclaimed artist Marco Checchetto bring you a bold new take on Spider-Man, with the debut title of the new line of Ultimate Comics! After the events of ULTIMATE INVASION, the world needs a hero… who will rise up to take on that responsibility? Prepare to be entangled in a web of mystery and excitement as the all-new ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN comic redefines the wall-crawler for the 21st Century!
Teasing the series, Hickman said, "ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN is a book I never thought I'd be writing. It's a bit of a Peter B. Parker situation..."
In the wake of ULTIMATE INVASION, Khonshu and Ra—the force known together as Moon Knight—are seeking to expand their brutal control of the continent of Africa. In response, the lone bulwark against them, the isolated nation of Wakanda, will send forth its champion…its king…the Black Panther! From the creative minds of Bryan Hill and Stefano Caselli comes a bold new take on the world of Black Panther and Wakanda!
"I was invigorated by this opportunity because in addition to my immense respect for Jonathan Hickman’s detailed storytelling, the idea of shepherding this bold new take on Black Panther in this event gives me a platform to do the kind of broad, epic, storytelling I’ve always wanted to do in comics," Hill said.
Visionary creator Peach Momoko reinvents mutantkind for the Ultimate age! In Japan, when a young student named Hisako Ichiki develops armor powers, she discovers she’s a mutant—and she’s not the only one! Meet a new generation of mutants, filled with original and familiar X-Men characters. Together, they’ll learn what it means to be mutant in the Ultimate Universe as they explore their emerging powers and the startling ways they connect to folklore, legend, and magic!
“I am very honored to be a part of the new Ultimate Universe,” Momoko said. “I am very careful in delivering the unique X-Men mutant elements while still being true to my vision and voice."
"I am also very proud (and surprised) that I was given enough freedom from C.B. Cebulski and Jonathan Hickman to create a brand-new X-Men character," she shared. "It might not be the normal portrayal of a super hero…but I am excited to introduce everyone to a new chapter to my Momoko-verse.”
During the Marvel Comics Showcase at New York Comic Con, fans in the audience were the first to see an exciting first look at the highly anticipated SABRETOOTH WAR event!
Wolverine and Sabretooth have one of bloodiest feuds in all of pop culture history and this January, their rivalry reaches a brand-new peak in SABRETOOTH WAR, a ten-part epic coming to Percy’s run on WOLVERINE. SABRETOOTH WAR will begin in WOLVERINE #41 and culminate in the landmark WOLVERINE #50.
Having shepherded the character through the Krakoan age, it’s finally time for Percy to pit Wolverine against his greatest foe! Joining him for the occasion will be the award-winning author of The Changeling and The Devil in Silver and the writer behind Sabretooth’s own journey of the last few years, Victor LaValle. They’ll be teaming up with two of the industry’s hottest artists, Cory Smith and Geoff Shaw, to deliver the definitive Wolverine and Sabretooth story.
At the Marvel: Next Big Thing Panel at New York Comic Con, writer Chip Zdarsky and Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski shared story details, art, and an epic new trailer for AVENGERS: TWILIGHT, a bold and thought-provoking new limited series launching in January!
Superstar creative team Chip Zdarsky and Daniel Acuña welcome readers to the world of tomorrow where the age of heroes is over, but the future still needs to be avenged! Fans can get their first glimpse at this new age in the AVENGERS: TWILIGHT trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork, as well as a special promotional image by Acuña.
In a gleaming new world of prosperity, Captain America is no more. But Steve Rogers still exists, floating through an America where freedom is an illusion, where the Avengers are strangers, and his friends are long dead. But is the Dream? How do you assemble Avengers in a world that doesn’t want them?
"Having Chip on this is something special, he’s the best at reimagining things in a different lens," Cebulski said. "And Acuña has done amazing, career-defining work here. His fans are going to be blown away."
Each year at New York Comic Con, the Marvel: Next Big Thing Panel delivers the most industry-shaking announcements of the weekend. Today was no exception with the reveal of Marvel’s next major crossover event: BLOOD HUNT!
Vampires have always walked amongst the shadows of the Marvel Universe, but in Spring 2024, the long night arrives and these bloodsucking terrors will endure the spotlight like never before. The main event series will be brought to life by an A-team of Marvel talent: current AVENGERS scribe Jed MacKay and acclaimed X-MEN artists Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia.
"We have vampires in our books all the time. There's some bad blood there," MacKay said. "What happens if the shoe was on the foot. We've got the Avengers, Moon Knight's Midnight Mission, Doctor Strange, Miles Morales, and of course, Blade, and there's going to be more vampires you can shake a stick at."
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After playing Venom and Bane, Tom Hardy is diving into the comic book world as a creative force.
The actor has teamed up with star writer Scott Snyder, known for Batman and Justice League, for the upcoming comic title Arcbound. Hardy has taken on the title of creative collaborator, with the actor focusing on character development for the broader Arcbound universe.
The 12-issue series takes place in a future where Earth is a barren wasteland. According to the official description, “The formidable corporatocracy, Zynitec, harnesses the unmatched energy of Kronium to assert its dominion across the stars. The Arcbound series chronicles the journey of Kai, a resolute Mediator Captain, tasked with maintaining Zynitec’s lifeline to Kronium. However, as he grapples with the morality of his role, revelations about Zynitec’s dubious past thrust him into a poignant quandary: to remain loyal to the empire or to confront the forces that molded him into a tool of oppression.”
The Arcbound team also includes veteran scribe Frank Tieri, known for Wolverine and Deadpool, and artist Ryan Smallman, who has worked on Fortnite and Marvel titles.
“I’ve always been drawn to the creative process in all aspects of storytelling – and with comics, I find it’s a fascinating playground to explore. A place where as long as you have a great creative team and the ability to illustrate, write, and discuss – you can build epic worlds together. Worlds you have the distinct freedom to shape, modify, redefine, dismantle and rebuild without the constraints of limited budgets and resources,” said Hardy.
Arcbound Studios will partner with a publisher to distribute the issues into stores, with details to be announced at a later date.
Geoff Johns will spearhead a new, shared comics universe at Image Comics under the imprint "Ghost Machine." Johns, who previously published Geiger and Junkyard Joe at Image, will launch Ghost Machine with Gray Frank, Brad Meltzer, Bryan Hitch, Francis Manapul, Peter Tomasi, Jason Fabok, Lamont Magee, and Maytal Zchut. All of the creators have ties to DC, with every participant having written Batman, Superman, or Justice League comics except for Zchut and Magee, both of whom worked on TV series based on DC characters.
Ghost Machine is characterized as a creator-owned and creator-run company, although it isn't clear if all of the founders have an equal stake in all of the properties, or if each individual creator owns their individual properties. The latter has been the norm at Image for years, but Image has also worked with creators like Rob Liefeld, who runs a studio and owns the IP his employees work on.
"Our ambition for Ghost Machine is to push beyond superheroes, introducing new genres, characters and shared universes, completely co-owned by all the creators involved," the Ghost Machine founders said in a statement. "We see this as the future of how creatives will work and retain creative control and meaningfully participate in success like never before."
That idea -- that Ghost Machine isn't just a publisher where you can develop screen-friendly IP, but actually a media company in itself, is an interesting one, and it likely suggests that they have plans to develop shows and movies based on the Ghost Machine characters pretty quickly.
April 2024 appears to be the genesis for Ghost Machine: Fabok's Rook: Exodus will launch that month, as well as Redcoat (by Johns and Hitch). Johns and Frank's Geiger will resume then, as well. Later in the year, Zchut's Devour will launch in October, while Tomasi and Manapul's The Rockefellers, as well as First Ghost (Meltzer) and The Soulless (Magee) will launch at some point in 2024, with a release date not yet set.
DC RETURNS TO ELSEWORLDS!
An All-New Lineup of Out-Of-Continuity Series from Comics’ Top Storytellers Scheduled to Launch in 2024
At New York Comic Con, DC announced the return of its ELSEWORLDS line of comics, revealing upcoming comic book titles Gotham by Gaslight: The Kryptonian Age, Batman the Barbarian, Green Lantern: Dark, with more to come. Scheduled to publish in 2024, DC’s new ELSEWORLDS lineup will also include sequels to best-selling series Dark Knights of Steel and DC vs. Vampires.
DC’s original ELSEWORLDS line was established in 1991, with the release of Batman: Holy Terror, by Alan Brennert and Norm Breyfogle. For the next two decades, ELSEWORLDS became the host for new and innovative stories featuring DC Super Heroes in settings outside regular DC comic book continuity. This new direction produced enduring and iconic stories, such as Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, by Doug Moench and Kelley Jones, Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Killian Plunkett, Justice League: The Nail, by Alan Davis, and more.
“Out-of-continuity stories have always been a pillar of DC publishing, granting creators the ability to explore all the wild corners of the DC Universe,” said DC Executive Editor Ben Abernathy. “We’re excited to bring a whole new slate of titles under the ELSEWORLDS banner in 2024, combining some all-new titles from top storytellers, as well as sequels from the current DC line that fit that same out-of-continuity aesthetic.”
Gotham by Gaslight: The Kryptonian Age by Andy Diggle and Leandro Fernandez expands the mysterious and gothic world created by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola beyond the confines of Gotham City, introducing DC’s greatest heroes as they come together for the first time to form a 19th-century Justice League. As they unite against the greatest threat the world has ever known, they will learn their world’s secret Kryptonian history.
Batman the Barbarian is a brutal and remarkable retelling of Batman’s origin set against a rugged, medieval Earth, written, and drawn by Eisner Award-winner Greg Smallwood.
New York Times best-selling writer Jay Kristoff and artist Tirso Cons make their DC series debut, in Dark Knights of Steel: Allwinter.
In this new series, the snows fall thick, blood runs black, and color itself is only a distant memory. The legendary assassin Deathstroke stalks a frozen wasteland, killing for coin among a nation of ever-warring jarls. But when our murderer for hire finds himself cast in the role of reluctant guardian, will he fight to end the icy curse destroying his land, or be consumed by the sins of his own dark past?
Inspired by Norse myth and set in Tom Taylor’s ground-breaking world of Dark Knights of Steel, Dark Knights of Steel: Allwinter continues the tradition of casting iconic DC characters in a thrilling epic fantasy setting.
Batman: Nightfire sees superstar Clay Mann unleashed in a mind-expanding mystery, beautifully counterbalanced with explosive action, in this unflinching reimagining that sees Bruce Wayne try to rectify a devastating tragedy by traveling to the past.
What secrets does this Batman hold so tight that he would watch Gotham be reduced to ashes? What truths are exposed when there is nowhere left to hide? Batman: Nightfire by Clay and Seth Mann is a story of obligation and the ultimate burden that promises to set the Batman world ablaze!
Green Lantern Dark by Tate Brombal and Werther Dell’Edera reimagines the DC Universe as a dark fantasy wasteland where monsters overrun a post-apocalyptic earth. The battle between good and evil ended long ago.
Now, darkness prevails as humanity struggles to survive on a corrupted planet. Only one hero remains, the one who wields the green flame that can return light to a dark world—The Green Lantern. But she’s been missing for years, and, on the isolated island of New England, the horrors only get worse by the night.
DC vs. Vampires was the brutal first chapter in a larger war for the fate of Earth! In this upcoming sequel by Matthew Rosenberg and Otto Schmidt, sunlight is restored to the Earth, but was it too late? As a new Ice Age dawns, humanity faces their most deadly threat yet—Barbara Gordon Queen of the Vampires!
John Constantine, Hellblazer is headed back to the pages of DC's comics — with a surprising catch. During DC's "Coming Up in the DC Multiverse" panel at New York Comic Con, the publisher announced the first details surrounding John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America. The new eight-issue miniseries, which arrives in January of 2024, will publish under DC's Black Label imprint, and will continue the narrative of Si Spurrier and Aaron Campbell's previous John Constantine, Hellblazer series. In Dead in America, Spurrier, Campbell, and colorist Jordie Bellaire will partner for what is being called the "second act" of Constantine's saga.
In John Constantine, Hellblazer: Dead in America, John has cheated death once again—but his heart's not beating, his body is decaying, and he, his friend Nat, and his son Noah are on the run in America, wanted for murder. Naturally, it's all John's fault—it always is. But as it turns out, Dream himself needs John's help. Something terrible has taken root in America, and it's using the sand from Dream's pouch to impose its will. If John can put a stop to it, he might be able to parlay that favor into a chance to save all their lives—but he's going to need help from someone he hasn't spoken to in years. Someone he wasn't always…all that kind to. Someone…or some…Thing?