DC Comics is releasing a banana-scented cover in April. J.M. DeMatteis returns to Marvel for a new tale of the Proto-Goblin. A Quentin Tarantino-inspired graphic novel is coming from Titan. All on Comic Book Club News for December 14, 2023.
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DC goes bananas this April.
J.M. DeMatteis takes on Spider-Man, again.
Tarantino graphic novel coming from Titan.
This is Comic Book Club News for December 14, 2023.
DC Comics Releasing Banana-Scented Special:
DC Comics just loves their animals. Take the currently running Beast World event. Or, for another example, take the upcoming Ape-ril Special, which will focus on the simian characters of the DC Universe. And not only that, it will be banana-scented. Seriously.
Though ostensible an April Fool’s issue, the special will actually hit stores on March 19, featuring a banana-scented scratch n’ sniff variant by Hayden Sherman. There will also be two non-scented covers, by Dan Mora and Bernard Chang.
Cutting through a pile of puns in the press release sent by DC, it seems the plot of the book will find Monsieur Mallah assembling a team of ape villains, with an all-monkey and monkey-associated Justice League forming to take them down.
The issue will feature stories by John Layman, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gene Yang with art by Karl Mostert, Phil Hester, and Bernard Chang.
J.M. DeMatteis Writing New Story Of The Proto-Goblin For Marvel:
Now here’s some news you’ll be gobblin’ up. J.M. DeMatteis is returning for a new Spider-Man series telling the secret origin of Nels van Adder, aka the Proto-Goblin.
As teased via press release, the story, titled Spider-Man: Shadow Of The Green Goblin, will involve Norman Osborn’s research assistant who became the first Goblin will tie all the way back to 1997’s Spider-Man #1.
Said DeMatteis: “I’ve always been fascinated with Peter Parker’s early days as Spider-Man, a time before he fully understood what it meant to be a super hero. SHADOW OF THE GOBLIN allows us to take a deep dive into Young Peter’s mind and emotions as he makes his way through this exhilarating, and sometimes terrifying, new world. We take an equally-deep dive into the dysfunctional dynamic of the Osborn family, seeing how that generational pain sowed the earliest seeds of Norman’s Green Goblin identity and left its traumatic imprint on Harry. If you think you know everything there is to know about Peter and the Osborns, think again!”
The first issue of the four-issue long series will hit stores on April 3.
Quentin Tarantino Imaginary Biography Hits Titan:
Have you ever imagined what it might be like to interview Quentin Tarantino? Writer/artist Amazing Améziane definitely has, and that’s exactly what he’ll do in the upcoming Titan graphic novel, Quentin by Tarantino.
In the book, the creator imagines what it might be like to interview the storied director about his life over cocktails in a bar. And in the book, according to a press release provided by Titan, “Amazing Améziane leads us through the life story of this iconic auteur, from his humble beginnings as a video shop clerk, to his rise through iconic indie blockbusters, all the way to global superstar.”
While that book will hit stores on February 13, 2024, another biography by Améziane is already in the works: Don Coppola, which will similarly focus on the life of Francis Ford Coppola. The latter book is scheduled to land in stores on June 11, 2024.
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