Valiant is about to kick off their newest crossover event, 4001 A.D. with the first issue hitting stores on May 4th. The issue is written by Matt Kindt and drawn by Clayton Crain and David Mack and with covers by Crain, Tula Lotay, Ryan Bodenheim,Clayton Henry, Ryan Lee and Ryan Sook. Here is an extended preview for 4001 A.D.#1.
One hundred years from today, Father – the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan – will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space…where its people will thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society – one built on peace, prosperity… and Father’s control.
A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New Japan’s justice well…and serve Father without question.
Now, at the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind…and discover the sinister secret at the heart of Father’s existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die…and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own Father’s kingdom…
Exiled from the only realm he’s ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself… on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet…and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth.
RUMOR: AQUAMAN Director James Wan May Be Next In Line To Depart The DC Films Universe
Is the DC Films Universe facing a Crisis? According to a new report, there’s an awful lot of chaos behind the scenes of Justice League, while James Wan could be about to move on from directing Aquaman.
Birth. Movies. Death have weighed in on Seth Grahame-Smith’s decision to depart The Flash, and it sounds like a lot of big changes are currently happening behind the scenes at Warner Bros. in regards to their DC Comics adaptations. According to the site, they’re now “at odds” with Zack Snyder over Justice League, and there has been, “Lots of fights between Snyder and the WB execs, and lots of pressure from Burbank on Snyder, who is shooting in London.” Of course, seeing as that movie started shooting just weeks after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, not many changes could be made at that stage, hence why there are now a lot of clashes as the studio looks to ensure they don’t end up with another critical and commercial (to a lesser extent) disappointment.
However, particularly interesting is the news that Aquaman director James Wan could be the next filmmaker to part ways with the studio over “creative differences.” According to the site, their sources tell them that “Wan is feeling a tremendous amount of trepidation about Aquaman…Aquaman needs Wan, and right now Wan is trying to decide if he needs that hassle.” It’s also mentioned that the movie could be delayed to iron out any kinks, but with Wan frequently commenting on his plans for the character, it would be genuinely shocking if he were to quit now. This is strictly a rumour for the time being anyway, but be sure to share your thoughts on this news in the comments section below.
Marvel And Netflix’s PUNISHER Spinoff Officially On The Way; First Teaser Image Released
It was rumored and then seemingly debunked, but now EW reports that we will indeed be getting a Daredevil spinoff starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, AKA The Punisher.
In a bit of news sure to please fans of Jon Bernthal‘s ultra-violent take on the Marvel vigilante, EW reports that the Punisher character first introduced in season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil is officially getting the spinoff treatment.
Apparently Hannibal writer/executive producer Steve Lightfoot will serve as showrunner.
There’s also the implication that we may see Castle show up in the superhero ensemble show, The Defenders, before he takes the fight to the scum of Hell’s Kitchen in his solo adventure.
“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, “Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ to Netflix.”
“Jon hooked our global audience with his performance as Frank Castle from the moment he stepped on screen in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’ and we are looking forward to seeing more of him in this role under the vision of Steve Lightfoot,”said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.
“For me, the complexity and unpredictability of Frank Castle make him an incredibly compelling character and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into his world,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner, Steve Lightfoot. “After watching Jon’s performance in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ I could not be more excited to be working with him to further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero in a show of his own.”
DC Comics has announced a new series from their beleaguered mature readers imprint, Vertigo Comics, Frostbite. It comes as he writes the new Flash series for Rebirth, beginning in June, and signs an exclusive deal with DC.
The six issue series with Jason Shawn Alexander will debut in September.
FROSTBITE follows Keaton, a South American woman and a “coyote,” a human trafficker specializing in no-questions-asked transportation of people across dangerous landscapes. Decades earlier, the world entered a new ice age; though the remaining populace has survived and adapted to the frozen environment using new technology, the weather is not their biggest danger. A new disease nicknamed “Frostbite” is making its way across the remaining communities. It literally turns people into ice, slowly freezing the moisture in their cells. Keaton and her crew are tasked with transporting two scientists from Mexico to a science lab on Alcatraz where they are working on a cure. It should be easy; after all, it’s only an elderly man and his adult daughter. But when the transport is attacked Keaton finds out that the scientist and his daughter have a bounty on their heads, and this simple transport job becomes very, very complicated.
For the second time today, Newsarama readers can exclusively preview pages from an upcoming Rebirth title DC Comics initially showed us during a visit to their Burbank officesearlier this month – in this case June’s Detective Comics #934.
“Batman seems to be drawing the various caped crusaders of Gotham into one cohesive orbit, offering the religious zealot Azrael and troubled vigilante Batwoman a place in what has been described as Batman’s training squad,” our contributor recalled.
DETECTIVE COMICS #934
Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
Variant cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
“RISE OF THE BATMEN” chapter one. An unknown predator begins outdoing Batman, taking down dangerous threats with military precision. It’s up to the Dark Knight and series costar Batwoman to rally and train the young heroes of Gotham City to end this mysterious threat!
WHAT NOW: Batman and Batwoman begin training Spoiler, Red Robin and Cassandra Cain, but is the villainous Clayface ready for redemption?
On sale JUNE 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T