Now this is what the event is truly about- huge announcements that all of us comic book lovers really geek out over and get excited for. This year has seen a huge amount of these too, so I’m going to run down the big ones according to me.
Nightcrawler to return from the Dead! As a huge fan of Nightcrawler i actually cried a little when he sacrificed himself in Messiah Complex, so i have mixed feelings on this, as that was a very fitting end that still continues to linger in the mutants universe. But the announcement of Amazing Xmen seems to mean that Nightcrawler will return and Wolverine will be scouring the world looking for him. Written by Jason Aaron its bound to be a good team book, and with Ed McGuinness on artwork should look nice
Lady Deathstrike Returns to Xmen universe- and will be joined by the artisitc Talents of Terry Dodson on Xmen7.
Longshot will also get his own mini-series, with the official synopsis
When the luckiest people in NYC are being routinely murdered, the next target on the list is Longshot. It’s not just one person that’s marked him for elimination, however, and soon everyone from supervillains to S.H.I.E.L.D. to cosmic beings are gunning for him. With the odds stacked against him, Longshot’s about to press his luck.
Steve McNiven will join Remender on Uncanny Avengers for the start of Ragnarok Now. I really love the artwork of McNiven- so this should be a great pairing and hes an ideal fit to follow up on Cassaday- who is always a fan favourite for sure.
Remender had this to say about the upcoming story in the panel this weekend
“‘Ragnarok Now!’ is what happens because they can’t get it together, can’t unify, can’t make good on the promise of the Unity Squad to live up to the ideals of Charles Xavier. I’m excited to get to this point to punish them all for their bad behavior.”
Dan Slott is planning on pulling fan favorite Venom in the Superior Spiderman this coming November- and this will be the first time that venom and Doc Ock (as Spiderman) have truly met and could see a very brutal and immensely exciting first fight. With what Slott has managed to do on Spiderman, i couldnt be more excited to see how this turns out.
Origins 2- this is due to be released this October and will tell the tale of Logan after Origins finished. We all know there is a long time period between the end of that story and his ultimate arrival as the man we all know him as now, so this book by Gillien and Kubert attempts to add some more history to those old and adamantium covered bones. The book also promises to introduce us to a Mister Sinister (Who Gillean used brilliantly in Uncanny Xmen) when he was merely a fledgling scientist and not the monster we know now.
Superman and Wonderwomen wlll team up for a new monthly title:
On the topic of the upcoming Superman/Wonder Woman #1 comic, Eddie Berganza said the series was the furthest thing from a romance comic possible. The series is set to be filled with action and adventure as opposed to quieter moments. “They try to have dates, but it never goes well,” Berganza laughed. The first issue of the new series launches in October.
Now im not a big superman fan- but i have really enjoyed him in the new 52- so im expecting good things from this. And i was happy to hear that Snyders Superman Unchained will continue and may even feature Superman smiling- no way!
Superman/Batman will also heavily feature Earth2 going forward- and promises some much anticipated huge fights drawn by Jae Lee- which will include Superman Vs Superman and Batman Vs Batman. Consider me amongst those who will check those out.
To me the most exciting news from DC this event from with regards to Sandman, now this may just be because its got Gaiman on board (who i love) or maybe its because sandman has been away forever it seems, but either way im excited to see how this turns out. The below is an exert from the interview/panel that Gaiman gave:
As for Sandman: Overturn #1, Gaiman said, “When I was writing Sandman there would be stories that didn’t fit, and at one point I realized that there was a story I thought would get told during Sandman that didn’t fit that just wasn’t part of the theme. The story of what happened before the first panel of #1 when he was captured. Later on there was a text piece where I said he was exhausted and vulnerable to being captured, but I never told that story. Nobody knew expect for me what had happened. It was one of those stories that was sitting there. We talked about doing it for the 20th anniversary, but that didn’t happen. Then when the new powers that be moved in and asked me what I wanted to do, I said I have this story I’d like to tell. Why don’t we do this for the 25th anniversary? Then we had to find an artist.” Gaiman then pointed at Williams, earning a laugh from the crowd.
Consider me first in line to grab a copy of this when it arrives on shelves, Gaiman writes brilliantly and captivates while J.H Williams iii is an amazing artist that really delivers everything you could ask for on a comicbook- with amazing action sequences and such character appeal its amazing.
On a batman related note- we got some good information about Snyder’s continuing Year Zero. While alot of work has been mentioned to ‘how does this fit Year One’ its finally clear that it doesn’t. This is totally new take on Batman’s first years for the New 52. Snyder provided the event with the following update during one of the panels:
it would be in three parts, with covers that represent the theme of each one. The first part asks the question, Why do you love Gotham? to Bruce. “His parents are killed there. He doesn’t live there. What is it? Why does he protect this city?”
The second part has the Batman: Year Logo and is nearly all black, which represents Gotham in darkness and how both the city’s bones and Batman’s are resetting in the dark and becoming something new. It will ask the question, What does Bruce see in the dark?
The third part has a cover that is green to represent the overgrown city, and he teased that Poison Ivy may be making an appearance.
As for the villain, Snyder said, “The Riddler believes he’s the smartest dude in the world. He’s got degrees just for fun. He can see the design of things coming. I wanted to have a character who can see what’s coming to give Batman a need to catch up.”
As if Snyder wasn’t exciting enough with his recent Batman run, and introductions of characters such as Talon and Mr Freeze, we now get to see him fully take on the Riddler and as a main villain. Its been a long time since the Riddler filled that role in Legends of the Dark Knight so here’s hoping it can be done again. But i have faith in Snyder as he hasnt failed to deliver n=on a single Bat related tale yet- just look at the Court of Owls or Death of the Family.
Big Changes are coming for the Justice League teams too in the wake of Trinity War, but ith this being the first big eent of the new 52 things re still fairly tight as to what change that truly means, the only real news in the Constantine will be the big player this time around. good or bad move? Guess time will tell.
Robert Kirkman gave a really good interview on the future and current state of the Walking Dead comic series- it does contain spoilers for those who aren’t up-to date or dont want hints at the future. So heres the link if you do
The Chronicles of Riddick- is also getting a motion comic. This could be good, as ive enjoyed the motion comics ive seen in recent years, and Riddick has been a character that has intrigued me. He has great potential in Pitch Black that got lost a little in the sequel, but seems it could be re-found in the latest cinematic release. So im gonna hold out hope for this being good.
DarkHorse has launched on Instagram- so could be fun to follow. And has also announced a Plants Versus Zombies comic at the event. And have outlined their Star Wars comics plans for 2014. For all the info check out their website.
There was tons more comic news- but for that you need to check out the RSS feed on your right (Do it now) as there’s too much to blog it all