DC Publishing Death In The Family Sidequel, Jim Viscardi Heads To Image, Marvel Goes To Hell In May Variants | Comic Book Club News For April 5, 2024

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DC is publishing an alternate history take on the classic Death In The Family storyline. Jim Viscardi heads to Image Comics. Marvel brings on Ghost Rider variant covers. All on Comic Book Club News for April 5, 2024.


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DC revisits Death In The Family.

Jim Viscardi heads to Image.

Marvel brings on Ghost Rider variant covers.

This is Comic Book Club News for April 5, 2024.

DC Publishing Death In The Family Sidequel Where Robin Lives:

Back in 1988, DC had a now iconic marketing campaign for their Batman story Death in the Family: call in, and let them know if Jason Todd should live or die. Non-shockingly, comic book fans chose to kill off Robin, and history was made.

Last year, DC published an alternate take on the classic issue, Batman #148, where Robin lived. And now they’re continuing the story in earnest with the four-issue miniseries From the DC Vault: Death in the Family: Robin Lives!

As reported by Popverse, the new series will be by J.M. DeMatteis and Rick Leonardi, the series will pay off on the title, and according to the creator right a great comic book wrong.

Said DeMatteis: “Continuing this classic, and controversial, story and following in the footsteps of Jim Starlin and Jim Aparo, two creators I greatly admire, has been both a challenge and a joy. This is a great opportunity to tell a story that’s big on action, but also takes a very deep dive into the heads of our main characters as we ponder what would have happened if Jason Todd had survived The Joker’s brutal attack. And having a master like Rick Leonardi bringing it to life visually? I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

The new series kicks off in stores on July 10. Don’t forget to call in to let DC know whether they should kill this miniseries, or let it live!

Jim Viscardi Heads To Image Comics:

More business moves from the industry: Jim Viscardi, formerly the cofounder of ComicBook.com, is headed to Image Comics as VP of Business Development.

This will reunite Viscardi with Arune Singh, who was promoted by Skybound — which publishes through Image: the duo were an unstoppable PR team over at Marvel Comics over a decade ago.

As part of the role, Viscardi will work closely with the Sales and Marketing teams and report directly to Eric Stephenson, Publisher & Chief Creative Officer. Presumably he’ll also keep regularly posting funny comic book memes on his social media accounts, but maybe now they’ll only be Image Comics characters.

We’ll definitely keep you posted on that last bit, for sure. Congrats to Viscardi — and Image!

Marvel’s Stormbreakers Bring On Ghost Rider Variant Covers:

Another month, another batch of variant covers. And this May, Marvel is sending its Stormbreakers artists to hell and back with a series of covers inspired by Ghost Rider.

In the new covers, some of your favorite heroes — and anti-heroes — like Black Cat, Captain America, Daredevil, and more, are depicted as Ghost Riders, with flaming heads and all. Meanwhile, Ghost Rider is sitting this one out.

The Stormbreakers are: Elena Casagrande, Nic Klein, Jan Bazaldua, Chris Allen, Martin Coccolo, Lucas Werneck, Federico Vicentini and C.F. Villa.

You can check out the new covers on various Marvel comics released throughout May.

For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And that last story, not great for an audio podcast, right? Yeah, probably not.

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