It has been a breakout year for author Joe Hill (“HORNS”, “HEART-SHAPED BOX”) as his ubber popular “LOCKE AND KEY” monthly from IDW will be shooting as a television series later this year, and the scribe looks to continue to build his empire with another storyline in the series this June entitled, “CLOCKWORKS”. Below you can get all the details and some advance cover artwork.
WRITTEN BY: Joe Hill
ILLUSTRATIONS AND COVERS BY: Gabriel Rodriguez
“Colonel Adam Crais’s minutemen are literally trapped between a rock and a hard place; in the first days of the Revolutionary War, they find themselves hiding beneath 120 feet of New England stone, with a full regiment of redcoats waiting for them in the daylight… and a door into hell in the cavern below. The black door is open, and it’s up to a 16-year-old smith named Ben Locke to find a way to close it. The biggest mysteries of the Locke & Key series are resolved as Clockworks opens, not with a bang, but with the thunderous crash of English cannons.”
“LOCKE AND KEY: CLOCKWORKS” Issue #1 Drops This June From IDW Publishing! (MSRP-$3.99)
Dark Horse’s “Stranger Things” Comic Book Series Will Focus on the Upside Down
The “Stranger Things” empire is growing later this year with the start of a line of novels based on the hit Netflix series, and we also just learned that Telltale is developing a video game set in the world of Hawkins, Indiana. While we wait for the show’s third season, EW now informs us that an official comic book series is on the way!
Dark Horse Comics has partnered with Netflix for “a multi-year publishing line,” kicking off with a 4-issue mini-series that’s headed our way on September 26.
EW details, “The series will explore the adventures of Will Byers after he was transported to the horrific extra-dimensional Upside Down at the beginning of season 1. Viewers only saw Will reappear in that season’s finale when he was finally found by his mother Joyce, but obviously a lot happened in the interim. This four-issue Stranger Things miniseries — written by Jody Houser, illustrated by Stefano Martino, inked by Keith Champagne, colored by Lauren Affe, and lettered by Nate Piekos — will finally give fans a look at what happened to Will in the Upside Down.”
Check out three different covers for Issue #1 below, along with a peek inside!
New Casting Will Develop Vin Diesel’s ‘Bloodshot’ Technology
Talulah Riley and Alex Hernandez are in talks to join Vin Diesel in Bloodshot for Sony Pictures, TheWrap says.
Riley is in talks for the role of Gina, Bloodshot’s wife, with Hernandez in talks for the role of Tibbs, a member of the scientist’s team responsible for Bloodshot’s technology.
Riley currently appears on “Westworld,” and Hernandez is pictured above left in the TV series “Unreal”.
The studio will start principal photography in July on the first film to feature Diesel’s in a live-action superhero role. Eiza Gonzalez, Michael Sheen and Sam Heughan also star.
Dave Wilson, who is Deadpool director Tim Miller’s partner at Blur Studios, is attached to direct.
“Bloodshot” is about a mortally wounded soldier resurrected with cutting-edge nanotechnology and tasked with rounding up super-powered outcasts known as “harbingers.” “Bloodshot” was created for Valiant Comics by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton in 1992.
“Bloodshot” ran for 110 issues with more than 7.5 million copies sold. Valiant’s bench of more than 2,000 superhero characters (with sales of more than 81 million copies) makes it the third-largest library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC — and the only one not owned by a major conglomerate.
New Shot of Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock In ‘Venom’
Empire shared this new photo of Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in Sony’s Venom.
The movie is inspired by “Venom: Lethal Protector”, a six-episode limited series that gave Venom his first turn as an antihero. In it, Eddie Brock (Venom) moves to San Francisco where he’s captured and has a small portion of symbiote seeds plucked from his suit. They’re in turn used to create offspring of the Venom Symbiote: Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony.
As for “Planet of the Symbiotes”, another inspiration, Eddie Brock’s relationship is with his symbiote and the influence it has on him is explored. Also written by Michelinie, “Planet of the Symbiotes” follows Venom fighting an army of symbiotes with the help of Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider. (IGN)
Woody Harrelson is rumored to be playing Cletus Kasady, who becomes the vicious symbiote known as Carnage, alongside Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, and Reid Scott.
The Ruben Fleischer-directed adaptation set for release on October 5, 2018.
Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’ Gets Hacked By Super Villain
Vin Diesel is set to star as Bloodshot for Sony Pictures, alongside Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Michael Sheen (Underworld) and Outlander’s Sam Heughan.
Diesel will star as Angelo Mortalli, a ruthless killer for the mob who is set up by the family and framed for a murder. He instead goes into Witness Protection but is betrayed by an FBI agent guarding him, kidnapped and forcibly subjected to an experimental program in which his body is injected with microscopic computers called nanites. They erase his brain and rebuild it and his body to be a weapon with superhuman strength and healing powers. The character was created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton in 1992.
Now, sources tell Key Collector Comics (available on iTunes and Google Play) that there will be two villains in the film, one of which is the infamous Ax, who made his first appearance in Valiant’s “Harbinger” #3.
Here’s how Fandom describes him:
“Buford – or Ax – is an obnoxious self-professed computer wizard with a natural affinity for electronics.”
“When Pete Stanchek, a psionic of extraordinary power and the leader of the Harbinger Resistance, a loose organization of renegades, activates his ability to communicate with computers, Ax becomes one of the most dangerous individuals in the world, and soon graduates from taking money from ATMs to hacking into financial institution computers.
“Power-hungry, Ax craves new technologies like the Manowar Class Armor and the nanites developed at Project Rising Spirit, a thirst that leads him to challenge such heroes as Aric Dacia and Bloodshot, who possess what he desires. Ax’s unwavering pursuit makes him the stuff of legend when he kills Bloodshot and takes his blood, the mythical Blood of Heroes.”
Bloodshot, which marks Diesel’s first superhero film, starts production in July with Dave Wilson directing and Neal H. Moritz producing.
Wilson is a director at Blur Studios, the VFX factory owned by Tim Miller, who directed the first Deadpool and is reviving the Terminator franchise. Sony is hoping to launch a franchise here through the Bloodshot comic universe.
Bloodshot is written by Eric Heiserer and Toby Jaffe and produced by Dinesh Shamdasani.
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