Venom is in theaters and in our thoughts this week, as we take a look at Spider-Man: Birth of Venom. Plus, Kathleen Kennedy is in the news, and we review Heroes in Crisis #1, The Terrifics #8, Artifact One #1, and Blackbird #1. Plus, what the heck is an A-Team?

NEWS

Kathleen Kennedy signes for three more years.

‘Star Wars’ Chief Kathleen Kennedy’s Lucasfilm Deal Extended for Three Years (Exclusive)

Kathleen Kennedy has reignited her lightsaber. The lead producer and architect of the Star Wars franchise has renewed her contract to remain president of Lucasfilm for another three years, through 2021, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

REVIEWS

STEPHEN
HEROES IN CRISIS #1
Writer: Tom King
Art: Clay Mann
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
There’s a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by C.I.A.-operative-turned-comics-writer Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD?

Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who’ve been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It’s up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to investigate—but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition?

Rating: ★★★★☆

MATTHEW
THE TERRIFICS #8
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Dale Eaglesham
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 26, 2018

The Terrifics find themselves stuck up a cosmic tree with the newly rediscovered Tom Strong—and the fire department ain’t coming to rescue them! The team gets split up while trying to escape this devious trap set for them by a mysterious enemy known as Doc Dread, and they wind up in a bunch of weird dimensions trippier than a spin on the “Yellow Submarine”! Is there a cure awaiting our afflicted adventurers at the end of this other-dimensional adventure? Or will Plastic Man, Metamorpho, Phantom Girl and Mr. Terrific be trapped in Tom Strong’s stronghold peddling snake oil instead?

Rating: ★★★☆☆

RODRIGO
ARTIFACT ONE #1
Writer: J.T. Krul ; Vince Hernandez
Artist: Romina Moranelli
Publisher: Aspen Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October, 10
Introducing Remi, a young and energetic explorer and relic hunter, whose boundless curiosity leads to a startling discovery beyond anything she could have imagined!

When tragedy strikes at the center of her world, Remi is forced to leave behind everything she holds dear in order to discover the truth behind her life’s upheaval—all while escaping the near infinite resources of the ruling clerics of faith that seek to not only bring her to justice—but end all traces of her existence!

An all-new Aspen Comics action-adventure epic debuts from the mind of creators Vince Hernandez (Michael Turner’s Fathom: Kiani, Charismagic) and J.T. Krul (Michael Turner’s Soulfire, Jirni) with breathtaking illustrations from newcomer Romina Moranelli!

Rating: ★★★½☆

ASHLEY
BLACKBIRD #1
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Jen Bartel
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: 10/3/18
An all-new ongoing series from fan-favorite writer SAM HUMPHRIES (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) and red-hot artist JEN BARTEL! In this neo-noir fantasy, Nina Rodriguez is positive that a secret magic world ruled by ruthless cabals is hiding just beneath the veneer of Los Angeles. The problem: everyone thinks she’s crazy. The bigger problem: she’s not crazy—she’s right. Can she unravel the mystery before the Great Beast catches up with her?

Rating: ★★★★☆

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DISCUSSION

Spider-Man: Birth of Venom
Writer: Various
Artist: Various
Publisher: Marvel
The Beyonder’s Battleworld might seem a strange place to get new threads, but it’s Spider-Man who becomes unraveled when his shape-changing costume attempts to darken his life as well as his fashion sense! But ridding himself of his riotous raiment proves an even greater mistake when its alien enmity bonds with mortal madness to form our hero’s most dedicated decimator! Plus: the first appearances of Puma and the Rose! Mary Jane Watson’s startling secret! And the debut of the battling…Bag-Man!? Guest-starring the Black Cat, the Fantastic Four and more! Collects Secret Wars #8; Amazing Spider-Man #252-259, #298-300 & #315-317; Fantastic Four #274 and Web of Spider-Man #1
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