– Dynamite Comics kicks off the weekly news cycle with a bang akin to its company name. While IDW has become well known for a string of licensed properties mostly stemming from the 1980’s nostalgia era (TMNT, G.I. Joe, Ghostbusters, Dr. Who, Voltron, Godzilla, etc.), Dynamite has begun to rely on many properties created during the 1930’s and 40’s. To this end, the company have announced (via The Beat) that Eisner award winning writer Mark Waid will be relaunching GREEN HORNET next year. Dynamite had previously seen impressive sales on the property by having Kevin Smith and Matt Wagner write mini-series about the vigilante years back.
Always a well known and talented writer, Waid has encountered additional buzz with a run on DAREDEVIL as well as “golden age cred” by writing ROCKETEER for IDW. He will apparently he joined by artist Paolo Rivera, his artist from DAREDEVIL, for both cover and interior art. The Green Hornet (and his partner Kato) first debuted on radio in 1936 (three years after the Lone Ranger, from whom the Hornet is descended from) which ran until 1950 (not including a brief return to radio in 1952). The character is perhaps best known for an ABC television show from 1966-1967 which introduced Bruce Lee to the west as Kato. Waid seeks to capture “the dark years of Hornet’s later career”, which perhaps means touching the angle from the 1940’s into 1950 in which the Hornet posed as a crime boss to better dismantle the mafia from within.
In additional Dynamite Comics updates, the company will also be launching a “crime line” of comics. This is perhaps to capitalize on the success of many crime oriented TV shows on both major and cable networks. First of these titles is RED TEAM, a seven issue mini series by writer Garth Ennis and artist Craig Cermak. Via Newsarama, the premise of the series is following an NYPD task force which decides to murder a suspect, an act which touches off many consequences. The second title is a mystery, aside for the fact that writer Andy Diggle (RATCATCHER, THE LOSERS) will write the series for Dynamite; the exact title and artist are unknown.
– Dark Horse Comics have announced that longtime editor Scott Allie has been promoted to the title of editor-in-chief of the company. He has worked for Dark Horse for over 18 years and has been the editor of many of the company’s best known series: HELLBOY, B.P.R.D., THE GOON, UMBRELLA ACADEMY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, and DARK HORSE PRESENTS. Naturally the move was seen as a boon by well known creators such as Mike Mignola and Joss Whedon. In additional Dark Horse Comics news, longtime VAMPIRELLA writer Tom Sniegoski will return to the heroine for VAMPIRELLA STRIKES alongside artist Johnny D.
– ComiXology has announced the count down to their 100 millionth download of digital comic material. Until this milestone is hit, the digital distributor vowed to give away one free comic download a day on their main website until the milestone was reached. Launched in 2007, ComiXology has emerged as one of the biggest resources for digital comics online.
– With crossovers being all the rage at the “big two”, IDW has sought to get in on the action via their library of licensed properties. Starting in 2013 will be a “Mars Attacks Invasion” which will cross over into several eclectic licensed comics. They include TRANSFORMERS, THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, KISS, ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS, and most bizarrely, POPEYE. Yes, the spinach loving sailor man versus the 1950’s B-movie inspired MARS ATTACKS aliens; will wonders never cease.