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Robert Kirkman and Chris Samnee’s Fire Power will end later this year at Image Comics. Scott Snyder and Dan Panosian’s Canary is getting released in print. And New York Comic Con has already begun releasing panel information. All this on today’s Comic Book Club News for September 8, 2023.
Fire Power reaches its final hour.
Canary gets collected.
New York Comic Con teases panel schedule.
This is Comic Book Club News for September 8, 2023.
Fire Power To End With Issue #30:
It’s the final hour for Fire Power. Skybound has announced that the comic book series, written by Robert Kirkman with art by Chris Samnee, will end this December with issue #30.
Said Kirkman via a release provided to Comic Book Club News: “It’s all been building to this. From the humble beginnings of Owen’s journey for the truth about his parents, to a world-spanning battle with a gargantuan ancient evil that threatens to destroy the world. It’s been a real thrill to work with Chris for these last few years, building this world and working toward this dramatic conclusion. I can’t believe we’re finally here! I can’t wait for people to see it!”
First planned as a Free Comic Book Day issue in 2020, the ongoing series follows a man named Owen who can create fireballs and is destined to save the world. The book started with its fair share of controversy, thanks to hoary cliches about wizened ancient masters training a white savior in the mystical arts. But ultimately fans have embraced the series, thanks to Kirkman’s dive into family dynamics, and Samnee’s dynamic art.
Fire Power #30 will run 56 pages and will hit comic book stores on December 27.
Scott Snyder’s Canary Gets Collected:
Here’s one canary who got out of the coal mine: Dark Horse Comics will publish a trade collection of Canary, the digital comic previously released by ComiXology.
Written by Scott Snyder with art by Dan Panosian, the dark horror Western takes place during the final days of the Gold Rush when one mining company accidentally pulls up some uranium, instead. Things, as you can imagine, get pretty gross, pretty quickly.
Said Panosian via press release: “Canary blends Gothic Horror and the Western genre into a world never seen before. Scott created a unique take on this story and it demanded an equally unique take artistically. I wanted the look, the feel and the colors to take a reader to a place they haven’t been to before. A Western is familiar to most of us – but taking that style and twisting, ever so slightly, presents a certain unease that helps shape this experience. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed creating it.”
This isn’t the first of Snyder’s books to make their way from ComiXology to Dark Horse in print. Previously, Snyder’s Night of the Ghoul was released as single issues, while the award-winning Barnstormers was released in double-sized format. Canary will follow the latter with over-sized, 56-page issues collecting the series.
You can hear Panosian talk a little more about the book during his appearance on Comic Book Club’s live podcast from August 2, 2022. The first issue of Canary will hit stores on November 1, and all three issues will be collected in a trade to be released in June of 2024.
New York Comic Con Teases Panel Schedule:
September has only just begun, and we’re already thinking about October. That is, if you’re New York Comic Con, which released a slew of information on panels for the convention, which will kick off this year on October 12.
Of course, there will be the requisite TV panels, including a screening and Q&A with Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. Marvel will be bringing their Next Big Thing panel, a spotlight on Spider-Man’s Gang War event, a Q&A with Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, and the always delightful Women in Marvel panel. And DC has teased, but so far not confirmed plans for the show.
While this year’s San Diego Comic-Con struggled with the lack of TV and movie panels due to the ongoing WGA and SAG strikes, New York Comic Con has always been more of a magnanimous convention. Yes, there are TV and movies to plug; but comics, video games, tabletop games, and cosplay seem to take equal weight throughout the convention.
We may be a month away, but the hype is already building.
For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And speaking of conventions, don’t forget to check us out at Booth A23 this weekend at Baltimore Comic Con. See you there!
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