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Comics Relief: CATWOMAN Comes Out Of The Closet, More MARVEL ZOMBIES & BATTLE CHASERS Returns

Welcome to the weekend edition of Comics Relief kids! In today’s installment, we have (of course) more Marvel Secret Wars Announcements, news of several acclaimed series from BOOM! Studios getting the collected edition treatment, and return of one of Image Comics’ most popular books from the late ’90’s. But first, a truly iconic DC Comics legend for over 75 years ends decades of speculation and officially comes out of the closet.

Catwoman Comes Out Of The Closet As Bisexual In Latest Issue

In this week’s issue of Catwoman, issue #39, Selina Kyle kisses another woman, making it official once and for all that the character of Catwoman is indeed bisexual. Series Writer Genevieve Valentine wrote on her blog that establishing Selina Kyle as “canon bisexual” was something she had always panned to do in the series.“She’s flirted around it — often quite literally — for years now; for me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation.”

Of almost all the DC characters, Catwoman’s has always been about sex and sexuality, so why limit it to one gender? The reveal came when Catwoman confronted a character than had taken up her name and mantle, which ultimately resulted in a kiss. Catwoman has always had a big ego, no wonder she’d go for someone that reminder her of herself.[Hollywood Reporter]

Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch’s Real Father Finally Revealed In Uncanny Avengers

While DC made a big reveal about Catwoman’s orientation this week, Mavel finally answered the question they’ve been teasing for months now, “who is the true father of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch?” Last year we learned that after decades of believing that Magneto was their father, it turns out to not be the case. Instead, it was revealed that the twins Pietro and Wanda Maximoff were created by another long standing Marvel villain, the High Evolutionary. Although the High Evolutionary isn’t going to be the ones that give them their powers in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it seems this concept matches closer, with both twin given powers through scientific experimentation, instead of being born mutants or Inhumans.

Battle Chasers Set To Return As Both A Comic Book And A Video Game

Battle Chasers was one of the bigger comics coming from Image in the late ’90s/early 2000’s, and is now set to make a comeback in both comic book and video game form, as Polygon has announced that Joe Madureira’s creator-owned comic series will return as both a comic book and video game later this year. Battle Chasers was Joe Madureira’s first creator-owned work following an incredibly popular run of  Uncanny X-Men at Marvel, but the book was constantly late and there would be months and months between issues, and the series ended on a still unresolved cliffhanger in 2001’s Battle Chasers #9. Madureira promises that tying up that loose end is the first thing he plans to do with the new series. [Comic Book Resources]


Even More Marvel Zombies Coming For Your Brains In Secret Wars

Earlier this week we reported that the Marvel Zombies was making a comeback in Age of Ultron Vs. Marvel Zombies as part of the massive Secret Wars event. but those zombies won’t be the only ones; in addition to that new ongoing series, Marvel is bringing back Marvel Zombies as a new series, minus the pesky Ultron robots. The new series follows Elsa Bloodstone, a character fans might remember from the short-lived series Nextwave, as she’s dealing with the enormous job of defending “The Shield,” a barrier on the southern hemisphere of Battleworld, on which the other zombies are awaiting to break through and eat some brains. [Bloody Disgusting]

Archie Comics Announces Sega and Capcom Heroes Joining With Mega Man & Sonic The Hedgehog For World’s Unite

Archie Comics announced a sequel this week to World’s Collide, the crossover storyline from 2013 featuring Sonic the Hedgehog & Mega Man, with a new series titled Worlds Unite. The new series will expand to include popular video game franchises from Sega and Capcom, including  Street Fighter, Monster Hunter,and more. Worlds Unite begins in May with a special prelude comic available for free on Free Comic Book Day. The 12-part crossover event begins in Sonic Universe#76 and continues through the other Archie Action titles including Sonic Boom, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Mega Man.

Marvel Reveals New Your City Themed Variant Covers Coming In May

While DC Comics is moving from New York to California after 80 years in the Big Apple, Marvel is staying put, and celebrating their legacy of New York publishing by releasing a series of New York City themed variant covers in May. In an article in the New York Times, Marvel’s Axel Alonso announced the publisher will be releasing 15 NYC-themed variant covers that show Marvel heroes interacting with various city landmarks. The four covers revealed so far have the Hulk chilling out in Central Park, Ant-Man at a hot dog stand, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in their flying car near the Statue of Liberty, and Daredevil swinging near what looks to be Broadway. According to Alonso, “Each cover is carefully considered to make a statement about New York.” [New York Times]

BOOM Studios Releasing Volume One Trade Paperbacks For Five Hit Series This Spring

This coming spring, five new Volume 1 trade paperbacks of critically acclaimed series, as well as  one long-awaited reprint of an Archaia graphic novel will be released in trade paperback format, allowing fans who have been reading about the buzz surrounding these books to catch up. The trades BOOM plans on releasing are Lumberjanes Vol. 1, Bee and PuppyCat Vol. 1, Translucid (complete miniseries), Clockwork Angels (complete miniseries), Thomas Alsop Vol. 1, Cow Boy Vol. 1: and A Boy and His Horse, its first time in soft cover. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up on several critically acclaimed series that you may have missed out on. [Bleeding Cool]



Got a favorite comics news item this week you’re particularly pumped about? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Henrik's says:

    New Your, New Your. The city so nice they named it after, uh, you.