FANDOM FLAMES #2: Back in time with nostalgic fandom

Weirdly, just before I started writing this column, all about nostalgic fandom, I discovered the 90s sitcom The Nanny (now streaming on Pluto TV and the Roku app), which I knew about from scrolls through Tumblr, but which I had never actually watched before. It’s an entirely nostalgic experience, even if the show is as old as I am. It hearkens back to earlier days of the sitcom when multi-cam ruled the airwaves and single-cam was a rarity. The laugh track isn’t a laugh track — there was an actual audience, and the characters are so much more than overblown stereotypes.

All this to say, nostalgia is very compelling right now…and a more nostalgic fandom has certainly emerged within the past year and a half. You get people longing for the days of Spirk (Spock/Kirk) mailing lists, you get fan artists and writers recreating zines, and you get the sea shanty phenomenon that’s taking place right now. Sure, the sea shanty is popular everywhere, but I first saw it appearing on Tumblr, not TikTok.

There are also shows other than The Nanny which are experiencing a resurgence. The one that I’m thinking of in particular is M.A.S.H.; yes, the 70s/80s sitcom that takes place during the Korean War, but which is decidedly a statement on the Vietnam War. There was a whole to-do about it over last summer: appropriately titled “Hot M.A.S.H. Summer,” it saw people writing fanfics, writing meta, creating fan art, and just generally losing their minds. Hawkeye/BJ is the most popular ship, but there’s a lot of love for the show just in general.

People are also really into older movies, black and white films in particular. Gifs are very popular, partially for the aesthetic. But it also speaks to the popularity of cable channels like TCM, which many classic Hollywood aficionados watch on a regular basis.

Nostalgia can be a danger, but in the case of nostalgic fandom, it also allows for a renaissance of classic television and films and music. Shows that were underappreciated for years celebrate a new fandom, and older fans get to join in the fun too…that is, if the younger corners of fandom let them in, which is another column for another time.

I’ve written a lot about nostalgia in the past, longing for better times, especially in messy times. The truth is, there’s no such thing as better times or better, older media — there’s good media and bad media no matter the time they were made in. For every Nanny, there’s a Schitt’s Creek; for every M.A.S.H., there’s a Cobra Kai. For every quality classic movie, there’s a quality contemporary movie.

So, nostalgic fandom, keep a hold of your old media, whether physical or streaming, although I would recommend grabbing physical copies of anything. You never know when the nostalgia will be yanked from Netflix or Hulu and put onto…Peacock.

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Nostalgic fandom is here to stay, for the foreseeable future.

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A Year of Free Comics: Have a taste of THE SWEETNESS OF SALT

In The Sweetness of Salt by shooshell (A.K.A. Michelle), which you can read on Tapas now, Leah is a young witch who is feeling lost in her life. In order to gain some perspective, she visits her Aunt Cecelia’s seaside cottage (which she can only access by magically summoning a key).

Everything a witch needs!

Soon, Leah is relaxing at the beach and trying to gain some peace of mind when a mermaid surprises her. Leah panics and runs back to her Aunt’s house, but the mermaid follows her, transforming into human form to bring back Leah’s bucket (also, she’s naked, so it’s an especially flirty meet-cute). After introducing herself as Sha, the mermaid agrees to return to Leah’s house for dinner at sundown.

Leah goes hunting for seafood in the ocean.

When Sha arrives for their date, Leah has a full meal prepared (and she even lets Sha borrow a dress – I guess the Children of the Sea aren’t much for clothes). But can a witch and a mermaid find common ground? And is it possible that there may be consequences to a romance between the pair?

Sha in The Sweetness of Salt

The Sweetness of Salt boasts a very cute romance and some beautiful art, with the depictions of aquatic life and seafood each being especially well done.

Leah and Sha share a romantic meal in The Sweetness of Salt.

In addition to reading The Sweetness of Salt on Tapas, you can also catch up with the series on Webtoon, if you’d prefer.

Did someone say Fisherman’s Stew?

And if you’d like to support the comic, you can do so through Michelle’s Patreon and Ko-Fi pages. And you’ll want to follow Michelle on Twitter and on Instagram to keep up with the latest updates to The Sweetness of Salt!

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The comic follows a Surf’n’Turf romance between a witch and a mermaid.

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Dark Horse announces new anti-harassment and discrimination policies

Dark Horse Comics has released details on new anti-harassment and discrimination policies the publisher has been developing. The information was released publicly via social media this afternoon.

The post, seen above, reads as follows:

For transparency, updates from Dark Horse Comics:
With the help of outside HR Consultant, McGeachy Consulting, Dark Horse leadership has been reflecting, discussing and implementing new and updated policies to ensure the safety, happiness, and well-being of all employees.
Here are the measures that we have instituted:
• An updated Code of Conduct policy that we are asking all employees, creators, and business partners to uphold
• A more in-depth anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policy, which includes a clear reporting policy, for employees across all departments and divisions
• A newly formed Employee Relations Committee that manages, guides, and directs any significant employee relations issues that arise at Dark Horse
• A newly formed HR Executive Committee focused on implementing HR strategy, planning, and policy
• Identification and introduction of new company values assembled into a Culture Document helping to define and inspire our workplace culture

Beginning this year, an annual series of harassment and discrimination prevention training sessions will be implemented for all our employees. Dark Horse will continue taking the necessary steps forward to prevent harassment and discrimination within the workplace. We can and will do better.

We are optimistic about the future as we continue to improve and update our company policies. It continues to be our goal to be a company in which every single person feels valued and where every person feels safe from harassment or discrimination of any kind. While there is more work to be done in the many months ahead, we remain deeply committed to positive change in the workplace.
The new policies and practices represent a first public step for Dark Horse following last year’s surfacing (and resurfacing) of sexual assault and harassment allegations against former Dark Horse editor Scott Allie. Allie was first reported to have groped creator Joe Harris in 2015, at a time when he was editor-in-chief at Dark Horse. In September of that year Allie stepped down to become executive senior editor for the publisher, a month before the groping incident was first reported. Following the report Allie continued on at Dark Horse until 2017, when he departed the company. In the intervening years he continued to freelance edit books for Dark Horse, including Mike Mignola‘s Hellboy titles and Gerard Way‘s The Umbrella Academy. Following last year’s assault allegations, Dark Horse finally severed all ties with Allie, though the fact that it took them that long to do so given Allie’s (well-known) history proved troubling to many in the industry.
Still, one can see room for ambiguity and/or improvement in Dark Horse’s new policies and how they’re going to be enforced. The Beat has reached out to the publisher for clarification on several of the pieces of the policy, which we’ll update this story with once we receive.

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The policy changes come in the wake of last year’s severing of ties with former editor Scott Allie.

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Holy Saturday Morning! BATMAN & SCOOBY-DOO MYSTERIES are on the way

This spring, the World’s Greatest Detective is teaming-up with the Mystery Incoporated gang (again!) in Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries by Ivan Cohen, Dario Brizuela, Sholly Fisch, and Randy Elliot. The DC Comics series will be DC Digital First, so you’ll be able to purchase and read a digital copy of the comics a few weeks before you can purchase a physical version from your local comic shop.

Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1 cover by Dario Brizuela and Franco Riesco.

In Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1, “Glove Story” by Cohen and Brizuela, Batman discovers that his original purple gloves have gone missing. In the subsequent adventure, Batman is joined by Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo in a time-traveling adventure that has them visiting Bats’ Year One! The comic will be available digitally first (on Saturday, March 27th, 2021). Then, you’ll be able to pick up a physical copy from your LCS on Tuesday, April 13th, 2021.

And in Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #2, “Going Bats” by Fisch and Elliot, Batman enlists Scooby-Doo’s help to solve the mystery of who might be haunting the Batcave… And if it isn’t a real ghost, how did the “phantom” under the mask know that Batman’s true identity is Bruce Wayne? He would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for you meddling super villains! This story will be available digitally on Saturday, April 24th, 2021, arriving in print at your LCS on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021.

Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries has 24 digital chapters planned, which will be collected into 12 physical issues, and if you’d like to read the press release from DC, it’s included below the article.

Will you be piling into the Mystery Machine to head down to your local comic shop to pick up an issue of Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries? Are you going to borrow an electronic tablet from Velma’s girlfriend Hot Dog Water so that you can read the series when it’s released digitally? Have you already procured your Scooby Snacks so you’ll have something to munch on whilst you read? Let The Beat know in the comment section! 


An All-New All-Ages DC Comic Book Series Begins March 27!

‘Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries’ Expands DC’s Digital First Library, Followed by Print Issues Debuting on April 13!

Writers Ivan Cohen and Sholly Fisch Team-Up with Artists Dario Brizuela and Randy Elliott to Deliver the Newest Batman & Scooby-Doo Content! 

DC’s all-ages comic book library expands with Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries, a new series of original team-up stories launching with digital chapters on Saturday, March 27! Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries teams the Dark Knight with Scooby-Doo and the sleuths of Mystery, Inc. (Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred) for a series of 24 digital chapters—to be collected in 12 print issues available at your Local Comic Shop—fitting the Saturday-morning cartoon position in your family-friendly weekend entertainment.

In the kick-off story by Ivan Cohen and Dario Brizuela—an adventure when Batman discovers his original purple gloves have gone missing—Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo travel back in time to Batman’s Year One era to solve the case! Will this time-traveling heist have a happy ending? Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1, “Glove Story,” written by Ivan Cohen with art and cover by Dario Brizuela, begins with the first of two DC Digital First chapters on March 27 followed by a print issue collecting the same story on April 13.

And to continue the Scooby-Doo team-up tradition established in over a hundred chapters of Scooby-Doo Team-Up, in the second big Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries story writer Sholly Fisch and artist Randy Elliott have Scooby-Doo and Batman team up to solve the mystery of a ghost…who’s haunting the Batcave! Even if the ghost turns out to be a fake, that still doesn’t solve the real mystery: How did someone get into the Batcave to stage the phony phantom—and does that mean Batman’s enemies have cracked the secret of his true identity?! Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #2, “Going Bats,” written by Sholly Fisch with art and cover by Randy Elliott, arrives in print on May 11 after digital chapters beginning on April 24.

For more information on Batman, Scooby-Doo, phony phantoms, or the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, visit, and follow on social media at @DCComics and @thedcnation. 

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The World’s Greatest Detective is teaming-up with Mystery Inc.!

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HBO Max serves up new episodes of LOONEY TUNES CARTOONS

The long-awaited Looney Tunes Cartoons featuring the classic Merrie Melodies characters arrived with the launch of the HBO Max streaming service last May. As executive producer Peter Browngardt said in previous interviews, fans can look forward to more than 1,000 minutes of completely new Looney Tunes material.

Aside from a “Bugs Bunny’s 24-Carrot Holiday Special” released last month, no new episodes have been released since the premiere. They say good things come to those who wait and sure enough, next week new Looney Tunes Cartoons episodes arrive on HBO Max.

Moreover, even more fan-favorite Looney Tunes characters will be appearing such as Cecil Turtle and Rocky and Mugsy.

Check out the trailer and key art below and be sure to tune in January 21 when new Looney Tunes Cartoons arrive on HBO Max.

Get ready for more mayhem because the Looney Tunes are back at it again with their newest batch of laugh-out-loud episodes premiering on HBO Max Thursday, Jan. 21.

Taz stars in his first full-length Looney Tunes Cartoons short when he takes on Bugs Bunny in a Roman coliseum. If Bugs makes it out of the arena, there will be plenty of foes waiting to match wits with him including Elmer Fudd, a leprechaun and Cecil Turtle. Daffy and Porky continue their misadventures from skydiving to solving the mystery of Porky’s missing pants! Fan-favorites Sylvester and Tweety along with Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner also come along for the ride in these ten all-new animated episodes. It’s an all-new year with all-new Looney!

From Warner Bros. Animation, and starring the cherished Looney Tunes characters, Looney Tunes Cartoons echoes the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts with a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling. Marquee Looney Tunes characters are featured in their classic pairings in simple, gag-driven and visually vibrant stories.

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Available January 21

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Recap: THE STAND S1E5 – “Fear and Loathing in New Vegas”

Read the recap from last week’s episode here before watching “Fear and Loathing in New Vegas.” 

The episode opens at a power substation, where a glammed up Julie Lawry (Katherine McNamara) is fetching “Flashdance” (Dayna Jurgens, Natalie Martinez). Lawry says she’s there at the request of Lloyd Henreid (Nat Wolff). Apparently Dayna has been asking questions, which Lawry says is okay – depending on the question. Lawry wants to know why Dayna wants to know more about Flagg.

We can’t stop here, it’s Flagg country!

Lawry introduces Dayna to Henreid, who seems to have been living high on the hog (especially compared to when we last saw him). After flaunting his connection to Flagg, Henried asks Dayna where she’s been for “months and months” before arriving in Vegas. Then, to the sound of Henry Belafonte and Peggy Lee singing Black Magic, the camera pulls back and reveals they’ve been in the Hoover Dam before an aerial shot that soars over the empty highways that lead to Las Vegas.

Elsewhere, Tom Cullen (M-O-O-N that spells Brad William Henke) is undertaking the initial intake procedures, and struggling with the questions. While the woman asking him the questions is ready to just “throw him in the slave cages,” the men who brought Cullen in say that according to Flagg’s rules, anyone who arrives voluntarily qualifies for citizenship. She sends him to “Gladiator Hall.”

In the next scene, Henreid leads Dayna and Lawry down a hallway filled with debauchery in a hotel filled with debauchery, and declares “Welcome to Heaven” before we cut to the title card.

The hallway at The Inferno in New Vegas.

The Stand: “Fear and Loathing in New Vegas” 

Back in Boulder, Stu Redman (James Marsden) calling for the late Teddy over the radio, as Harold Lauder (Owen Teague) and Nadine Cross (Amber Heard) move to cover the evidence that they murdered their fellow Boulder resident. Lauder has a helpful expositional flashback to Teddy’s death as Cross shoves their bloodied clothes in a garbage bag, and while Lauder says they could abandon Boulder, Cross says that they can’t – because of him (meaning, of course, Flagg).

Shortly later and elsewhere, Redman and Larry Underwood (Jovan Adepo) stand over Teddy’s corpse and wonder whether or not he might have shot himself. While Underwood is skeptical, Redman says that he’s surprised that after all they’ve been through, he’s more surprised more people haven’t killed themselves (which is grim, but hard to argue). Redman says that while it’s tempting to believe it’s all connected, he doesn’t necessarily think that’s the case. Shortly after, Redman tells Lauder, who gives a reasonably convincing performance in reaction to the news of Teddy’s death, but from which he recovers a little quickly…

Elsewhere in Boulder, Nick Andros (Henry Zaga) is chewed out by Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg), who notes that she had told them not to take action until they “received word from above,” suggesting that sending the spies might be the catalyst for a conflict.

It’s “Main Event Time”!

In Vegas, Henreid and Lawry are in bed, while Dayna contemplates a pair of scissors before joining them (although after Lawry mentions “Mr. Flagg,” Henreid can’t maintain an erection). Instead of sex, they head downstairs for some “shopping.” The center of the resort hotel has been converted into a gladiator pit, and an announcer gives a play-by-play while soliciting bets.

As they circle the hedonistic revelry, Lawry points out Cullen in the gladiator ring. Mercifully, he seems to be on cleanup duty rather than the battle roster, but Lawry tells Dayna that she recalls meeting him and Nick on the road.

In advance of the main event, the announcer spotlights Henreid (and Lawry reaches over the clean some coke off his nose as they do so) before shouting out their benefactor, Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), in the penthouse. Flagg makes his first appearance on-screen in the episode, hovering above the ground. Then, a video image of Flagg addresses the crowd… but as it does so, the image seems to simultaneously focus his gaze upon Dayna.

Boulder Nights

Cross has dreams that mix visions of sleeping with Underwood with Flagg in the desert, the later of which tells her that he gave her purpose. Flagg tells Cross that when she was living alone in the state home, he was her only friend, suggesting that she should continue to remain indentured to him before he kisses her.

Lauder and Cross meet at the school and Lauder says that it wasn’t necessary to murder him, that he could have been talked him out of turning them in. Cross sees the vulnerability in Lauder and exploits it by going down on him again.

Shortly after, Frannie Goldsmith (Odessa Young) arrives at the school and offers Lauder her condolences over Teddy’s death. Caught off guard, Lauder is somewhat less convincing in his mourning this time, but he accepts an invitation to dine with Goldsmith and Redman the next day as Cross eavesdrops from the next hallway.

Goldsmith then visits Underwood, and tells him that while Lauder is at dinner with them, she wants Underwood to search his residence. Underwood agrees: something’s off about him, and such a search seems reasonable.

Cross made lunch for Joe, but cant find him. Fortunately a neighbor points her toward Mother Abagail’s house, where Joe is playing a piano and Mother Abagail tells him that they’ve been “talking” (making a distinctions between “talking” and “talking”). Mother Abagail tells Cross that it’s good that she made the choice to help Joe, and Cross says that she didn’t really have a choice. Mother Abagail disagrees, and says that we always have choice – until we don’t.

Mile High Dinner Party

Lauder arrives for the dinner party with flowers and wine. Redman has Lauder help him find a corkscrew and Goldsmith calls Underwood over the radio. However, it’s at that moment that Cross arrives at Underwood’s house, insisting she talk to him now. She begins kissing him and he asks her why, but she won’t explain.

Cross says she wants Underwood to fuck her, but Underwood says that that’s not how she talks, and worries how their relationship might be affected if they end up deciding they don’t have feelings for one another after sleeping together. Dejected, Cross leaves Underwood’s house.

Soon, Underwood arrives at Lauder’s home, but he’s stymied by a locked door. Meanwhile, Lauder tells a (kind of uncomfortable) story about him, Goldsmith, and his sister Amy in childhood. But after insisting he was there, he then changes the story to “I wasn’t there because I was never allowed.” Things get more uncomfortable as Lauder starts recounting some of the bitterness he maintains toward his late family.

Lauder excuses himself to go splash some water on his face, but instead, he ends up snooping around Goldsmith’s house while Underwood snoops around Lauder’s, finding the creepy Tom Cruise cutout. Then, Lauder leaves early. Goldsmith radios Underwood, but as he knocks over a chess set as he’s leaving. While he manages to more or less put it back together and flee the room, it seems as though Lauder notices one of the rearranged pieces…

Elsewhere, Mother Abagail prays for guidance, but she’s greeted only by the vision of a wolf.

At The Inferno in New Vegas

Back in Vegas, Dayna has one of the guards single out Cullen. Dayna hands Cullen something before Henreid and Lawry find her and tell her that Flagg wants to see her. As she leaves, Cullen look at the note, which reads “RUN”… but Cullen can’t read.

Flagg drinks dairy in New Vegas.

While Henreid and Lawry accompany Dayna up the elevator, she is the only one who gets off when it arrives at the penthouse on the forty-fourth floor. Flagg is watching over the Vegas skyline as he enjoys a glass of milk, the second time in the series we’ve seen him drinking dairy (although Dayna asks for a beer).

Flagg tells Dayna that he’s been watching her almost since she left Boulder. Dayna confronts Flagg about the crucifixions and in return, Flagg asks her about Garvey, the rapist that she killed in last week’s episode. Flagg claims that the people who come to him are looking from protection from the Garveys of the world, and says that Mother Abagail’s “Kum-Bah-Yah” approach is insufficient, calling her a charlatan.

Flagg tells Dayna that he’s going to send her home, but she notes that it sounds like there’s a catch: he asks her who the third spy might be. He says that he knows who both the other spies are, and that one is “an old hag” who has been hiding to stagger their arrival. Dayna points out that it must be driving him insane not to be able to see the third spy… right before she stabs him in the neck with the scissors she stashed earlier in the episode.

Flagg collapses to the floor, seemingly dead, but as Dayna crouches over him he speaks to her, saying he learned the trick from his “old lover,” Konstantin Stanislavski (1863 – 1938). Then, Flagg does a neat trick with his eyes and menaces Dayna some more, who breaks her beer bottle… and then stabs herself with it. Flagg sinks into the couch as “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis plays…

The Lauder Problem

Back in Boulder, Goldsmith and Redman are discussing Lauder, with Goldsmith insisting she has a bad feeling about him and Redman wondering if they are being too hard on him, offering a sympathetic read on Lauder’s unrequited crush.

However, in truly creepy fashion, Lauder is actually watching the whole conversation – and the subsequent lovemaking – on a closed circuit video feed, presumably what’s hidden behind the locked door Underwood couldn’t enter. Lauder watches a recording of Underwood investigating Lauder’s house earlier that night.

Elsewhere, Ray Brentner (Irene Bedard) arrives at Mother Abagail’s house to find a note on the door saying that people should not come looking for her but that she will return if it is His will. Brentner’s radio call searching for Abagail interrupts Goldsmith and Redman’s lovemaking. “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult begins to play as Lauder watches Redman and Goldsmith on the video screen grins a grin that is significantly less rehearsed (and more sinister) than his Cruise approximation.

New episodes of The Stand are available on CBS All Access on Thursdays.

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We were fleeing from the man in black across the desert when the drugs began to take hold…

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Marvel celebrates Darkhawk’s 30th anniversary with DARKHAWK: HEART OF THE HAWK special

Marvel Comics has announced Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk, a new one-shot anthology that will commemorate the 30th anniversary of Darkhawk’s first appearance in 1991. The special will feature a trio of stories by creators old and new to the character, including original Darkhawk creative team Danny Fingeroth and Mike Manley.

Fingeroth and Manley will present a story from Chris Powell’s earliest days as Darkhawk, while writer Dan Abnett (who previously wrote the character as part of the War of Kings storyline in 2009) and artist Andrea Di Vito will tell a tale of the character’s time out in space. The special will conclude with a story written by Kyle Higgins and illustrated by an unannounced artist that will set up Darkhawk’s future within the Marvel Universe. No colorists or letterers were identified for any of the stories to be included in the one-shot.

Created by Manley and then-Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Tom DeFalco, Darkhawk first appeared in his own self-titled series in 1991. The series was a huge success amid the boom of the era, and ran for 50 issues before concluding in 1995. Since then the character has popped up here and there, playing a role in Marvel cosmic storylines including 2018’s Infinity Countdown event series.

Darkhawk is a character who will always hold a special place in my heart alongside another Marvel character celebrating a 30th anniversary in 2021: Sleepwalker. Hopefully the publisher will honor that character as well this year. Check out covers for Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk by Lee Inhyuk and Logan Lubera, as well as the full text of Marvel’s announcement, below. Look for the one-shot to arrive in stores in April.

New York, NY— January 14, 2021 — One of Marvel’s most popular 90s creations, Darkhawk will return in April in a special giant-sized celebration issue. Honoring the iconic hero’s 30th anniversary, DARKHAWK: HEART OF THE HAWK will feature three spectacular tales from all-star creative teams including Darkhawk’s creators: writer Danny Fingeroth and artist Mike Manley. This action-packed issue will celebrate Darkhawk’s legacy, explore his defining eras, and set up the hero up for his bright Marvel Comics future.

When teenager Chris Powell discovered a mysterious amulet, he was transformed into the armored spacefaring hero known as Darkhawk. Now, Danny Fingeroth and Mike Manley reunite to revisit the beginning of Darkhawk’s saga.

“It’s an understatement to say that I’m thrilled to team up once again with the great Mike Manley to reveal an untold tale of Darkhawk’s earliest days,” Fingeroth said. “Hawkamaniacs are always asking me when we’ll be returning to the character we established, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to once again tap into the Darkhawk magic with Mike. Hope everybody enjoys this new tale of the high-flying, amulet-wielding hero!”

Next up, writer Dan Abnett, known for penning Darkhawk’s years as a cosmic adventurer during his “War of Kings” epic, returns to Marvel Comics with a thrilling story, featuring art by Andrea Di Vito (Annihilation).

“When I was asked to write a story celebrating Darkhawk’s thirtieth (!) anniversary, I was happy to oblige – especially as it was chance to revisit the cosmic part of his career when I put him out among the stars with the likes of Nova and the Guardians,” Abnett said. “And I enjoyed it more than I imagined – I had forgotten what a great, lonely, determined hero he was. I also love the fact that this special reflects the different ages of Darkhawk’s thirty year odyssey, bringing back creators who created him and helped shape him through every stage of his adventures.  He may be turning thirty, but it’s been quite a ride and, for Darkhawk, the future is just beginning…”

Finally, Kyle Higgins (Rise of Ultraman) sets the stage for Darkhawk’s future adventures.

“As someone slightly newer to Darkhawk — certainly compared to Danny, Mike and Dan — I’m incredibly honored and excited for the opportunity to build a story that both celebrates what Danny, Mike, Dan and so many other fantastic creators have built over the last thirty years… while also setting course for the future,” Higgins said.

From street-level vigilante to cosmic defender, Darkhawk has proven to be one of Marvel’s most unpredictable and resilient heroes. See what’s next to come for this beloved character when DARKHAWK: HEART OF THE HAWK #1 hits stands in April. For more information, visit

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The one-shot special will feature a trio of stories celebrating the character’s history within the Marvel Universe.

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Ubisoft developing open-world STAR WARS game

Fresh off the announcement of a new Indiana Jones title from Bethesda, Lucasfilm Games announced that an open-world Star Wars game is in development at Ubisoft.

Image from Star Wars BATTLEFRONT 2 (2017)

An open-world game has been at the top of Star Wars fan wish lists since video game technology advanced enough to make them possible. Electronic Arts, the publisher that held the exclusive rights to develop Star Wars titles since 2013, tried and failed to make one of their own.

A prolific publisher of open-world titles, Ubisoft is a natural choice to develop one in a Star Wars setting. One of the biggest questions now is if the Star Wars game from Ubisoft will follow the well-tread “Ubisoft formula” or take a more original approach to the genre. The game is in development at Massive Entertainment, the studio behind The Division series and the long-gestating Avatar Project.

Image from Star Wars BATTLEFRONT 2 (2017)

This news means that EA’s exclusive rights to Star Wars are coming to an end. The massive game publisher has had a bumpy road with the license, which included a string of cancellations and the Star Wars Battlefront 2 microtransactions controversy. EA took steps to turn things around, but Disney seems happy to give developers outside of Electronic Arts access to the Lucasfilm IP. The move certainly opens up possibilities for the franchise now that any studio is a potential developer for the next Star Wars game.

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The publisher of ASSASSINS CREED and FAR CRY is developing a big-budget STAR WARS title.

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Danny Lore & Luciano Vecchio take over Marvel’s CHAMPIONS in April

Marvel’s team of young heroes is getting a new creative team. The publisher announced today that writer Danny Lore and artist Luciano Vecchio will take over as the regular creative team on Champions beginning with April’s issue #6. The series will continue the ongoing “Outlawed” status quo established last year by outgoing Champions writer Eve L. Ewing, with Lore and Vecchio (along with a colorist and letterer who have not been announced by Marvel) taking the team undercover within a corporation that supports “Kamala’s Law.”

Here’s how the publisher describes the creative team’s first story on Champions:

The Champions tried fighting fair. Now it’s time to fight dirty. A sinister corporation is cheating the system to try to keep Kamala’s Law on the books, so the Champions infiltrate the company to take it down from the inside. But the company’s wildly popular self-help app is already turning public perception against teen super heroes. Can the Champions wage war on a trend? And how dirty will their hands get before it’s over?

The Champions ongoing series has had a tough time schedule-wise. After the release of the Outlawed one-shot in March, the debut of the series by Ewing and artists Simone Di Meo and Federico Blee was delayed, along with the rest of Marvel’s publishing slate, due to the pandemic and subsequent Diamond shutdown. Once Diamond reopened in late May and publishers began releasing books again, Champions was missing from Marvel’s schedule for months before finally hitting stores in October as one of the last delayed titles to return.

Luckily the series has been worth the wait, with Ewing (and new artist Bob Quinn, who joined with the series’ second issue following Di Meo’s departure) spinning a compelling tale about young heroes just trying to do good in a world that says they can’t or shouldn’t. There was some question about whether Champions would be an ongoing or a miniseries, as Diamond had listed several issues as being “(of 5)” at one point, but that question can now be put to rest.

Following Ewing, Lore is the second writer of color to take on the Champions. The series will be their first Marvel work, with previous credits on books like Dynamite’s James Bond series as well as Vault’s Queen of Bad Dreams. Vecchio is no stranger to at least one of the Champs, having previously illustrated Ironheart’s ongoing series, which was coincidentally written by Ewing.

Check out the cover art for Champions #6, the first issue on the title by Lore and Vecchio on the title, as well as the full text of Marvel’s announcement for the series’ new creative team, below. Look for the issue to arrive in stores and digitally in April.

New York, NY— January 13, 2021 — The Champions’ latest ongoing series continues this April with an all-star new creative team and a killer new threat. Taking over from acclaimed creative team of Eve L. Ewing, Simon Di Meo and Bob Quinn, writer Danny Lore (Ironheart 2020) and artist Luciano Vecchio (Ironheart) will kick off a brand-new storyline starting in CHAMPIONS #6.

“I’m sad to say farewell to the Champs right now but so excited that some amazing creators are taking the helm,” Ewing said. “Especially Luciano who I had the great joy of working with on Ironheart.

Launched last year, CHAMPIONS has ushered in a redefining era for some of Marvel’s most popular heroes such as Ms. Marvel, Nova, and Miles Morales. Now, the Marvel Universe will need the Champions more than ever as an extraordinary new threat emerges that only the Champions can take down in the new “Killer App” story arc.

The Champions tried fighting fair. Now it’s time to fight dirty. A sinister corporation is cheating the system to try to keep Kamala’s Law on the books, so the Champions infiltrate the company to take it down from the inside. But the company’s wildly popular self-help app is already turning public perception against teen super heroes. Can the Champions wage war on a trend? And how dirty will their hands get before it’s over?

“I think it’s very easy today for young people to feel either helpless or overwhelmed with the weight of the world and its ills on their shoulders. With rhetoric constantly showing up about how the youth will save the world, but not necessarily with the support system to assist, it’s important that Champions exists as a story in which they DO have the power,” Lore explained. “Where even if the teens only have each other, they can change the world, the rest of us grown folk be damned.”

Luciano Vecchio, known for his work on books like Ironheart and the upcoming King in Black: Wiccan and Hulkling, continues to bring Marvel’s young heroes to life with his vibrant and eye-catching style.

“Personally this is the perfect follow up to my run as artist on Ironheart, which has been super significant to me, and I’m so excited to reconnect with Riri and also get to draw Ms. Marvel, Miles and the rest of the kids and get my visual brand on them individually and as a cohesive team,” Vecchio said. “Young legacy heroes are my favorite category in the superhero genre because they redefine and update the archetypes we love in a constantly evolving world that challenges the kind of stories we tell. Champions in particular has been such a special read in this sense from its start and I’m honored to be part of it.”

Don’t miss this definitive chapter in the sagas of  Ms. Marvel, Ironheart, Miles Morales, and more when CHAMPIONS #6 hits stands in April! For more information, visit

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The new creative team will continue the “Outlawed” status quo for Marvel’s young heroes established by outgoing writer Eve L. Ewing last year.

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John Ridley’s Tim Fox Batman continues in Digital First series


John Ridley’s Next Batman, Tim Fox, has launched as part of Future State, and he’s a hit! His first appearances have already gone back to print. And now DC has announced the character’s adventures will continue in The Next Batman: Second Son, a digital first mini-series which launches February 23rd. Tony Akins, Travel Foreman and Mark Morales supply the art.

Although listed as a mini-series, the exact length isn’t mentioned – however, the first three digital chapters will be collected for the first print series, launching on April 6.

Following the four issue Future State: The Next Batman,  Tim Fox will appear in a short story in Batman: Black and White #3 (on sale February 23), as well as the Second Son digital series.   

If you’re fretting about reading everything in print, the whole debut storyline will be collected June 29 in the Batman by John Ridley Deluxe Edition, a 128 page hardcover collection. Contents will include a new original story by Ridley with art by Dustin Nguyen, and collect Future State: The Next Batman issues #1-#4, in addition to stories from Batman: Black and White and “Family Ties,” from Batman: The Joker War Zone #1.

Now that the world knows Tim Fox is behind the mask fighting against The Magistrate in Gotham City, what’s the truth behind his origin and his connection to the current DC Universe? Featuring art by Tony Akins (Jack of Fables), Travel Foreman (Animal Man, Birds of Prey) and Mark Morales (Justice League, Deathstroke, REPRESENT!/”It’s A Bird”) this miniseries answers the questions behind Tim’s estrangement from Lucius Fox and the rest of the Fox family and his evolution from man of mystery to Gotham’s newest guardian.

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Looks like Tim Fox is here to be a regular part of the DC universe – as is DC’s aggressive slate of digital first comics.

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The Next Batman: Second Son debuts next month

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