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Comics: DC cans 3 series; Eve Ewing takes on Spider-Man/Ms. Marvel; old school Trek

By James Comtois
Star Trek - Year Five #1 - Cover by Greg Hildebrandt

April is the coolest and cruelest month, with Marvel tapping its Ironheart writer for a Spidey/Ms. Marvel team-up; IDW seeking out new life and new civilizations with the classic crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise and DC is calling it quits with three titles in this edition of comics roundup.   

First up, Marvel wants to be in the Eve Ewing business. After it was reported in August that the Chicago writer had been tapped to write Ironheart for Marvel, it’s been revealed that she’s working on two other titles for the comics publisher. 

Not only did Ewing reveal via social media that she got to work on Ms. Marvel No. 38, which will be released Feb. 13, but the Chicago Tribune reported she will also kick off the first arc of a Marvel Team-Up. And the heroes being teamed up? Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man.

Ewing’s arc for the ongoing series that ran in the 1970s and through the ‘80s will consist of three issues that will pair Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man together after a science demonstration at Empire State University goes wrong. Ewing will write, while Joey Vazquez will do the art. 

“It’s been wonderful to watch Eve grow as a comics writer, with each one of her ‘Ironheart’ scripts being better than the next,” the Tribune quotes Marvel’s editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski as saying. “With her ability to not only capture the feel of the Marvel universe, but to make her characters move so naturally through it with their actions and dialogue, we knew it was only a matter of time before she was writing more for us. With Marvel Team-Up, Eve will be able to play with different characters and lend her voice to our heroes’ relationships, both old and new.” 

The arc is set to be released in April.

(Via Chicago Tribune)  

Meanwhile, one comics publisher is boldly going where no comics publisher has gone before. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that IDW Publishing is launching a new Star Trek comic book series chronicling the final year of the U.S.S. Enterprise’s original five-year mission “to seek out new life and new civilizations.” 

Entitled Star Trek: Year Five, the series follows the famous crew of the Enterprise – including Kirk, Spock, Bones, Sulu and Uhura – as they head back to earth and examine how the mission impacted them one by one.

Star Trek - Year Five #1 - Cover by Greg Hildebrandt

The series will be penned by a revolving roster of writers, including Brandon Easton, Jody Houser, Jim McCann and the team of Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing.

Although this isn’t the first time that the end of the five-year mission has been covered within Trek lore – the animated series from 1973 to 1974 is assumed to take place during the final two years of that original mission – Year Five will be the first serialized storyline to definitively take place during the conclusion of the original mission.

The new series launches in April.

(Via THR)  

And speaking of endings, DC Comics is putting three titles out to pasture this spring. Citing advanced solicitations, reports that Titans, Damage, and Scooby Apocalypse are getting the axe this April.  

The last issue Dan Abnett's Titans will be issue #36 after a three-plus-year run. Meanwhile, Damage will call it a day with issue #16 and the final issue of Scooby Apocalypse will be #36 (ruh-roh).

The Titans April solicitation promises the finale for its "Into the Bleed" storyline, where the heroes tackle Mother Blood and her armies of Unearth. With Mother’s plan to use the Bleed to spread her power throughout reality reaching its zenith, she’s pulling out all the stops to insure the Titans can't stop her. The issue asks: even with Raven’s soul-self reunited, can the team rescue Kyle Rayner and Steel before it’s too late?

Meanwhile, Damage #16 follows Ethan and Congo Bill who, after being captured by Echidna, the goddess of monsters, must rely on their wits rather than muscles in order to survive.

And finally, Scooby Apocalypse #36 marks the end of the road for the Mystery Machine as Daphne, Shaggy, Velma, Scooby-Doo and Scrapy-Doo prepare for their final battle with the Nanite King.

Fare thee well, DC titles. We hardly knew ye.