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If you’re a fan of the Canadian TV drama Orphan Black, you have plenty to be thankful for these days. The second season recently wrapped up, and a third season has been greenlit for release in 2015. And now we’ve learned that the mythology of Orphan Black will be expanding into other media.
IDW announced during Comic-Con that they’ve acquired the rights to produce an Orphan Black comic book. While the creative team have yet to be revealed, IDW said that they’re working closely with the show’s producers to take advantage of the storytelling possibilities afforded by the show’s second season.
For those who don’t follow Orphan Black, the show stars Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning, a con-artist who witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Sarah assumes the dead woman’s identity and career as a police detective in order to investigate the mystery. Manning discovers she is one of many clones caught up in a vast conspiracy. It’s unclear right now whether the comic will also star Manning, or if IDW will focus on other areas of the Orphan Black mythos.
“Orphan Black, in addition to being a captivating TV series, is a perfect premise for comics,” said IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall in the company’s press release. “And as the second season has expanded the series in exciting new directions, that has only increased the amount of stories we’ll be able to tell in comic-book form.”
Orphan Black #1 will be released at some point in early 2015.
It was the first full-length day of Comic-Con, and a little franchise called The Walking Dead was featured in its own panel. This panel was focused specifically on the comic book (the TV show will have its own moment in the sun tomorrow). Writer/creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard were both present, along with editor Sean Maciewicz, to discuss recent big developments and the future of the series.
Kirkman touched on several subjects pertaining to the series’ lead protagonist, Rick. Rick’s anger streak seen in recent issues can be chalked up to the tenuous state of society in the aftermath of “All Out War” and the need for every member to perform their jobs. Kirkman doesn’t regret introducing the plot twist that saw Rick lose his arm, though he admitted it does cause certain practical challenges in terms of how Rick can hold and use various objects. While he was obviously noncommittal about the idea of killing off Rick, Kirkman did note that the series could very easily survive past Rick’s death.
Regarding Negan, the main villain of the series for the past couple years, Kirkman voiced an interest in fleshing out the character’s back-story. However, that would likely occur within the comic and not in the form of a tie-in novel like with The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor. Kirkman also said to expect Negan to show up in the TV series eventually, but not anytime soon. Interestingly, Kirkman mentioned that Negan is based on a real-life person, though he was reluctant to specify whom.
Kirkman reiterated a topic he’s touched on in the past when he said he has no plans to reveal the source of the zombie plague, even calling the idea “boring.” However, he did reserve the right to change his mind a few years down the road. As of right now, Kirkman has the series loosely plotted out for 150-200 issues.
One thing Kirkman and Adlard seemed very much in agreement about was that they don’t allow the TV show or video games to affect how they portray the characters. Adlard noted that he feels a sense of pride whenever the show casts an actor who looks similar to his character designs (mentioning Danai Gurira’s Michonne specifically), but that he only draws the characters as he envisioned them. Kirkman said he has no plans to introduce characters created in the show or games, such as Daryl Dixon or Clementine.
Don’t expect the comic to shift away from the usual cast to focus on other areas of the world and how they’re dealing with the ongoing zombie apocalypse. If the setting of the series changes, it’ll only be because the core cast are moving.
Finally, Kirkman did offer one TV-related tidbit. He confirmed that while the spinoff to the TV series won’t be officially announced at SDCC this week, an announcement will be coming soon. That series is expected to premiere in 2015.
“Who will take over Wonder Woman?” has been one of the biggest questions in comics ever since Brian Azzrello and Cliff Chiang announced they were ending their three-year run on the title. Today the answer was reported by USA Today: the husband/wife team of artist David Finch and writer Meredith Finch.
In an interview with USA Today, Meredith revealed a few tidbits about what readers can expect. Her Wonder Woman series will showcase her relationship with her Amazons sisters and the Justice League. Wonder Woman is flawed and doesn’t always have the right answers. She will take inspiration from the portrayal by TV actress Lynda Carter.
Wonder Woman has been in the spotlight like never before. She will be portrayed by Gal Gadot in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, she has two ongoing comic series in Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman
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