Off-Panel: NBA MVP Has Mycroft Holmes Save the World

Welcome to Off-Panel, your weekly digest of comics news, from the gutters and beyond.

Most people may know Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as an NBA legend, but he’s also many things. His most recent pursuit? Comic book writer.

Yup, you read that right. We can look forward to Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook come August. If you weren’t already aware that Abdul-Jabbar is super into Sherlock’s older brother, this Tech Times article will fill you in.

The ratings were never fantastic, but ABC struck critical gold with the period-set Marvel series Agent Carter. But with the show on the chopping block, fans are ramping up a campaign to find Peg a new home.

I adore Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen. I want my appreciation on the record. Because the record is also going to reflect my firm belief that the fact that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is still lumbering along while Agent Carter got benched just goes to show that television is not a meritocracy. Read about the petition for Netflix to pick up the torch (no, not the Human one).

Six Doctors down, six Doctors to go for Titan’s Doctor Who comics. With tales featuring Doctors 4, 8, and 9 through 12 already coming out from the company, it’s time for even more Time Lord action in the form of Jon Pertwee’s dandy scientist (and Venusian aikido expert), the Third Doctor.

Writer Paul Cornell is responsible for one of the greatest two-part stories of David Tennant’s tenure (“Human Nature”/”Family of Blood”) so I’m looking forward to what he does with the Third Doctor. Hi-Fi has a dreamy sunset going on in the unlettered preview page available on io9.

“The Red Hook” is a superhero with the power of altruism. The character and comic were named after a Brooklyn neighborhood that was once known for crime and death, but has since been tamed by millennial hipsters.

Please excuse John Hockenberry’s use of the tired image of “millennial hipsters” taking over and set aside all of four minutes to listen to Dean Haspiel talk about his comic book version of Brooklyn (including its I-wish-it-were-real artistic bartering system).

Drawing heavily from the comic book series Uncle Scrooge that was created, written and drawn for much of its run by Carl Barks, Young voiced the thrifty Scottish duck who lives in the city of Duckberg and defends his vast fortune (and number one dime) from greedy enemies from 1987-90. Young delivered a definitive take on Scrooge McDuck and would remain the voice of the character until his death.

…which was this past Thursday at the age of 96(!). Alan Young’s voice will be easily recalled by anyone who once fantasized about swimming in a vault full of coins.

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