Posts by Rich Johnston

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Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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Shazam! Jiggles Around Geoff Johns and Jeff Loveness Issues

Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham Finale on Shazam! Gets Shuffled

The following issues of Shazam! have shifted contents from their original solicitations. Originally the long-delayed Shazam! #12 from DC Comics looked like this: SHAZAM! #12 (RES) (W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Dale Eaglesham Revealing his devious plans, Mr. Mind attacks Billy Batson and the entire Shazam family! Pushed to the limit by a fierce battle against […]

Final Issues of RWBY and gen:LOCK No Longer Printed by DC Comics

DC Comics has been publishing two comic book series that appear to be coming to an end, RWBY and gen:LOCK. Both are digital-first series which see the comics later published in print. DC Comics has decided to bring both to an end but also not release their final issues in print, instead, publishing collected issues […]

Lucifer Cancelled, Final Story Released as a Graphic Novel

Lucifer Cancelled, Final Story Released as a DC Graphic Novel

In what seems a little bit like the night of the long knives, DC Comics has decided that the issue of the Sandman Presents: Lucifer comic published in March before the shutdown, will be the series final ongoing issue. Instead, the unpublished #19 to #24 by Dan Watters and Sebastian Fiumara will now be published […]

DC Comics To Publish House Of Whispers Final Issues Digital-Only

More cancellations to come. DC Comics has told retailers that they have decided to no longer publish the Sandman Presents series, House of Whispers, by Nalo Hopkinson and Dominike "Domo" Stanton in print. The most recent issue #20, that was published on May 27th, will be its last – though this wasn't mentioned in the […]

DC Comics Cancels Manhunters Secret History, Walmart Giants, Reprints

DC Comics Cancels Manhunters Secret History, Walmart Giants, Reprints

There's a brace of DC Comics cancellations coming down the pipe, with a number of 100-Page Giants that would normally have debated in Walmart, now cancelled altogether, as well as Dollar and Facsimile reprints. DC also cancels the planned series Manhunters: The Secret History by Marc Andreyko and Renato Guedes, which was originally solicited for […]

Dan Wickline Writes Novelisation Of The Boys

Dan Wickline Writes Novelisation Of Garth Ennis' The Boys

Dan Wickline was a reporter, reviewer and interviewer for Bleeding Cool for many years, but has now moved onto greater things. Writing creator-owned books at Image Comics like The Freeze, editing Nancy Collins on a new Vampirella prose line and now writing the novelisation of The Boys. Not the TV series, mind, but the comic […]

Retailers Get Exclusive Covers For Harley Quinn #75 and Joker War.

Thank FOC It's Friday and Batman #93 is Up For FOC

Welcome to Thank FOC It's Friday (mostly) every Friday and planned to coincide and cover the demands of Final Order Cut Off. Of course, in these times, so much of this is up in the air.  There's a lot of product coming through that needs adjusting. Because this represents the comic book industry returning to […]

J.K. Rowling attends the premiere "Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them" at Alice Tully Hall on November 10, 2016, in New York City. Editorial credit: JStone /

J.K. Rowling Accidentally Tweets F-Bomb Transphobic Report To Millions

It's J.K. Rowling time again, everyone. But first, rewind three years: in 2017 the then-26-year-old transactivist and transwoman Tara Wolf was was convicted of striking the 60-year old Maria Maclachlan on the back and shoulder during a protest at Speakers' Corner in 2017. The protest involved trans activists and anti-trans campaigners (dubbed TERFs or trans-exclusionary radical feminists by […]

Fantagraphics Finally Publishes Barry Windsor-Smith's Monsters OGN

Fantagraphics Finally Publishes Barry Windsor-Smith's Monsters OGN

Once upon a time, in 1984,  it was a planned Hulk story called Thanksgiving by Barry Windsor-Smith, which portrayed the Hulk's existence as a result of abuse Bruce Banner suffered as a child. The idea was then used by Bill Mantlo in the ongoing Hulk comic book revealing the Hulk to be an expression of what […]

Omnibus, Deluxe and More Big Books From DC Comics

Crisis and Companions, DC Comics Omnibus and More Big Books in 2021

When we last looked at DC Big Books and saw the Art Of Jim Lee Vol 2 hardcover, it was scheduled for this November. It has now been delayed a further ten months to September 2021. While the Hercules Unbound hardcover planned for December, has been rescheduled for June 2021. And previously reported Time Warp […]

Marvel's Empyre Event Has Been Officially Shrunk

Marvel's Empyre Event Has Been Officially Shrunk

Just before the Empyre event was meant to begin, Marvel published The Road To Empyre, detailing Skrull, Kree, Cotati and human history together, that culminated in Incoming last year and was set to break out in April. Then something else broke out instead and everything got delayed. And now it seems that some of it […]

Marvel Entertainment and NetEase Announce New Collaboration

Marvel to Publish "Previously In Marvel Comics" Recap Guide

On July 8th. comic book retailers will be receiving bundles of a free title, Previously in Marvel Comics. This recap guide will provide readers with a bit of a catch-up/review, before new printed comics begin hitting stores on July 15th. Those titles published that day are currently the following (though of course there may be […]

Marvel to Send COmic Con Giveaways to Comic Shops

Marvel to Send Planned Comic Con Giveaways to Comic Shops

At every comic con attended by Marvel Comics, they have a lot to give away. Plenty of promotional items and swag to fill your massive convention bags. But this year, there are no such conventions. So Marvel has decided to send all the free stuff they'd already made to comic book stores, so that they […]

Peter Kuper

Peter Kuper Crosses Donald Trump With Winsor McCay

New Yorker and Mad magazine cartoonist Peter Kuper and Sunday Press have created an 11" x 17" poster print of his classic reworking of a Winsor McCay strip from 1905, Little Sammy Sneeze, that parodies Donald Trump as Little Donald's Sneeze. All the proceeds go to benefit Feeding America. The prints are $10 each plus […]

Beast Boy Loves Raven Graphic Novel by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo

SCOOP: Beast Boy Loves Raven Graphic Novel by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo

Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo had the best selling book from the Zoom/Ink graphic novel line with Teen Titans: Raven, hitting the bookstore bestseller lists and the first to get a sequel in Teen Titans: Beast Boy, soon to be published, then collected together in hardcover. But it appears there is a third chapter on […]

Yellow Hulk Pushes IDW Avengers #10 to $46 on eBay

Yellow Hulk Smashes Up the Daily LITG, 29th May 2020

These are strange times, but The Daily LITG is becoming a valuable way to quantify just what comic book geek culture is up to in this time of trial. Which, for some reason right now, involved a Yellow Hulk. Welcome all, to the daily Lying In The Gutters, a long-running run around the day before […]

Wonder Woman's Sister, Nubia OGN From L. L. McKinney and Robyn Smith

Wonder Woman's Sister, Nubia OGN From L. L. McKinney, Robyn Smith

L.L. McKinney is a novelist and poet, best known for writing A Blade So Black, A Dream So Dark, and A Crown So Cursed. An active member of the kidlit community, she's an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWOCWritersHear. She also looked through submission piles for publishers, […]

Yellow Hulk Pushes IDW Avengers #10 to $46 on eBay

Yellow Hulk Pushes IDW Avengers #10 to $46 on eBay But What About #9?

Marvel Action Avengers #10 was originally solicited to come out back in October last year, but even before the current global situation, it was a very late comic book. It was first out of the gates when IDW returned to Diamond Comic Distributors last week, and also looks like the first comic book to really […]

Peter Parker Gets a Major Life Change in Amazing Spider-Man

Peter Parker Gets a Major Life Change in Amazing Spider-Man #43

The last Spider-Man comic from Marvel before the shutdown, Amazing Spider-Man #42 by Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley, was a rather wonderful one. A 'very special issue of The Amazing Spider-Man', it looked at the character of Gog, one of Spider-Man's rogue galleries and a character poorly served by those who exploited him, from the […]

Lucio Parrillo's Original Vampirella Painting Snapped Up on IndieGoGo

Bleeding Cool mentioned the other day that Italian artist Lucio Parrillowas painting a Vampirella cover for Dynamite, who were doing an IndieGoGo to fund it and get some much-needed money in for Dynamite at this difficult time. While also giving Parrillo the chance to show off his biceps, deltoids and whatnot. The Vampirella comics in […]