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Step aside, Alpha Flight: Captain Canuck is making his return to comics this year.
Canada’s national superhero has been staging a comeback over the past few years, with plans for a movie, the launch of an animated web series, and the promise of his own maple syrup. And over the weekend at Toronto ComiCon, artist Kalman Andrasofszky unveiled the first three pages of a planned four-issue miniseries.
The comic will be written and drawn by Andrasofszky, with colors by Jim Charalimpidis. The series sprang from the Captain webisodes, for which Andrasofszky provided designs. However, the comic series has grown to become its own thing.
Considering Captain Canuck’s status as a Canadian national superhero, to say nothing of his maple leaf-emblazoned costume, it was perhaps only a matter of time before he graced a bottle of maple syrup.
As it turns out, current rights holder Captain Canuck Incorporated has partnered with Waterloo, Quebec-based Turkey Hill Sugarbush Ltd. for, yes, Captain Canuck-brand “100 % Approved Canadian Maple Syrup.” It’ll be available in the fall.
Read more about it at Sequential.
Captain Canuck is already making his way toward the big screen, but he isn’t stopping there: The Canadian superhero will also star in a five-part animated web series, produced by by Toronto’s Smiley Guy Studios. An Indiegogo campaign will launch March 28 to help fund the project.
Introduced in 1975, Richard Comely and George Freeman’s hero was Tom Evans, a secret agent who developed super-strength after coming into contact with extraterrestrials. Revivals of the title in 1993 and 2004 featured new incarnations of the hero. For the web series, Captain Canuck Inc. turned to artist Kalman Andrasofszky (NYX: No Way Home, X-Treme X-Men) to update the character.
“This is a ground-up revamp,” Kalman said in a statement. “We’re trying to take all the best elements of the classic and also layer in new elements that speak to the way hero mythology has evolved since Canuck was created in 1975.”
Kris Holden-Reid (Lost Girl) will voice Captain Canuck, while Paul Amos (Warehouse 13) will play his arch-nemesis Mr. Gold.
Comic-Con International in San Diego hasn’t officially started yet—tonight was Preview Night—but the news has been rolling in. So let’s take a look at today’s announcements
• Dark Horse announced three new projects earlier this evening. They will publish a comics adaptation of The Strain, the sci-fi/vampire trilogy by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The comic will be written by David Lapham with art by Mike Huddleston.
• They also announced a series written by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello with art by Scott Hepburn. Orchid is about a 16-year-old prostitute in a dystopian future “becoming the Spartacus of whores.” Each issue will come with a music track by Morello.
• And finally on the Dark Horse front, they will publish comics set in the young vampire world of P.C. Cast’s House of Night novel series. It will be co-written by Kent Dallan with art by Joëlle Jones. You can see a trailer promoting all three new books on YouTube.
Who remembers Canuck? The first time I ever saw a Captain Canuck comic was my very first visit to a comic shop ever, Lone Star Comics in Dallas. I’ve never actually read it (as I was too busy buying X-Men back issues to even look at it back then) but now it looks like I’ll have the chance.
Watch for my full IDW report on CBR soon.