By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger
At NYCC, the Marvel Next Big Thing panel was one of the most interesting and entertaining panels, and I hope is one continues the trend. We’ll be listening to Brian Michael Bendis, David Liss, Fred Van Lente, Tom Brennan, Daniel Ketchum, and C.B. Cebulski.
So, what’s Marvel’s next big thing? Bendis talked a little bit about the Ultimate Death of Spider-Man, which has been solicited recently, but we don’t know too much about it. If you read Ultimate comics still, this is definitely something to look for.
Up next, Van Lente talk about Herc. The two-word pitch for this title is Urban Conan. This sounds like a fresh take on the character, and one that has been a long time coming.
Liss talks about his upcoming Black Panther stuff. While the first arc explored BP in New York fighting the crime boss Vlad the Impaler, the second while involve Storm and BP fighting Kraven e Hunter.
Mystery Men: creative team David Liss writing, Patrick Zircher on art. This series will push back the origins of the Marvel heroes to more pulpy stories set in 1939. This sounds like a fairly interesting story.
Greg Pak will be leaving Incredible Hulks after his final arc, Heart of the Monster, which starts in June.
The Iron Age will see the Marvel Universe destroyed by Dark Phoenix, with Iron Man tasked with a trip through time to save the planet. Could be interesting, but we’ll see.
Supreme Power will also be returning to the Marvel Universe, starting in July of this year. Kyle Higgins writes, Manuel Garcia draws, and Kyle seems like he has a handle on the characters, and he definitely is a fan of the previous Supreme Power stories.
Unsurpsingly, Marvel doesn’t seem to think that orginal graphic novels are a viable business model for comics.
Marvel Man: Marvel is working in getting that out as soon as they can.
Holy crap, powerless Herc versus new Hobgoblin! I cannot wait to read that.
What?!? No Cho in Herc? Man…well, at least Fred will be writing something for Fear Itself featuring Amadeus.
As a response to DC’s Drawing the Line at 2.99, Marvel is keeping their current 3.99 books at that price points, but newer books they will attempt to price at 2.99.
Runaways will see some more in print, but they can’t really give us an exact time frame on those.
Also, everyone hates Iron Fist’s green costume.
Keep an eye out in X-Men for more vampires and Blade. If you need more vampires in anything.
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear has no plans to wrap up and reinsert Daredevil into the title.
Van Lente hints that Taskmaster may appear in Alpha Flight.
And that’s about it for the Next Big Thing panel, and also the C2E2 convention as a whole! It’s been a lot of fun, thank you Chicago!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger
So liveblogging the GL panel went so smoothly that I decided to do it again for the DC Nation panel. Be sure to refresh often, as I’ll be updating often! Enjoy!
Dan Didio is leading this panel, which will talk about the upcoming events in the DC Universe.
Also joining Didio is Bob Wade, Paul Cornell, Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, and Bill Willingham.
Didio lets us know that the DC Nation panel is specifically designed to hear the voice of the fans.
DC will be reinstating letters pages in their comics. In Marvel news, they have been doing this for quite a long time.
Wow, someone actually likes Outsiders…
No real Brightest Day or War of the Green Lanterns, Dan just mentioned Flashpoint. And apparently Cyborg is going to be the breakout character of the story, much like Mera was in Blackest Night.
So this panel seems to be more jokes than actual information.
And Didio can answer a question without answering it.
If you’re here tomorrow, you can get your very own Flashpoint T-shirt!
Flashpoint is a major event, which, with the cancellation of some other titles, will try to bring the focus back to some of the characters from recently cancelled titles.
A lot of Flashpoint minis and tie-ins will deal with some Elseworlds.
And now to the audience questions! To lead up to Flashpoint, Didio suggests that you read up on Boost Gold, The Flash, and Rip Hunter: Time Masters: Vanishing Point.
DC’s Free Comic Book Day book will feature some Flashpoint previews.
Abnett and Lanning will be doing some Flashpoint minis and have “some” work for DC going forward.
Flashpoint will have less ongoing series tie-ins than Blackest Night had, as DC will be doing more self-contained stories.
Wow, this panel has degenerated to a debate over Wonder Woman’s costume, whether or not she has pants. No mention of that coat…
Didio says he likes Wednesday Comics. This is not an endorsement for another, but it means that the industry is looking to going at way. That has me kind of excited.
Special mention of comics reaching #900, specially Action Comics. An image announcing the “Reign of Doomsday” accompanies this part of the talk, which will be written by Paul Cornell.
A question mentioned in both panels so far: Will there be a new Deadman ongoing? The answer given both times it was asked was fairly ambiguous.
DC is definitely looking into more all ages stuff, with some reprints due, like DC Showcase.
Going forward, Adventure Comics is going to be more of an anthology book, with the lead characters changing periodically.
When is Batwoman coming out? Dan says there are several issues ready to go, so look forward to that!
There wil be both a second Superman Earth One, as well as Batman Earth One.
And that’s about it! Thanks for reading my liveblog, next one should be the State of the Comicsphere, tomorrow at about noon!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger
So, C2E2 is upon us, and as an experiment, I’m going to try live blogging at least one panel. So, come back here at about 3:30 for the start of my first panel, the Green Lantern panel, and just refresh as it goes. Here we go:
There’s a murmur in the room, with the DC logo up on the screen, all the fans are waiting to find out the news. Let’s see what new they give us.
Seems like Eddie Berganza and the GL crew are running a bit late…
As Eddie takes the stage there is applause for him. He rhetorically asks if there are any Green Lantern fans. In attendance are Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, and more.
Lots of talk about Brightest Day character designs.
Next event, as some GL fans know, is War of the Green Lanterns.
A laugh as Berganza describes how difficult it is to be a colorist for Green Lantern.
Doug Mahnke talks about creating the emotional entities like Ion, Parallax, Predator and the like. Apparently, a lot of the character designs come from the fact that Geoff Johns gives a lot of description to his scripts.
Honestly, a lot of this panel so far is the Green Lantern creators patting each other on the back.
Time for fan questions: first is a question about the Indigo tribe. No elaboration.
Next is a question about whther or not Black Lanterns are done. Looks like there should be more Untold Tales of the Blackest Night coming soon.
The Red Lanterns are getting their own series! Apparently this is not news…
War of the Green Lanterns will feature parts from really all of the Lantern corps.
There’s some quibbling about continuity, but honestly, that’s kind of to be expected at a Q&A.
Apparently there are a lot of Guy Gardner fans in this room…
And that’s pretty much it. It hasn’t really given us much new information, but it’s been a fun panel and entertaining to boot. I which you all could have been here, but if you can’t, be sure to catch my next liveblog, which will be for the DC Nation panel, starting at 6:30 CST! Thanks for reading!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )