The 10 Biggest COMIC-CON 2012 Announcements

<i>By <a href=>Lucas Siegel, Newsarama Editor</a> and <a href=>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>Comic-Con 2012 is now history, and even if you were faithfully following every bit of our live coverage, it's easy for things to get lost in the shuffle, because as you may have picked up on a lot of stuff happens at that show. <p>So we're making it easy for you, and have compiled the 10 biggest announcements of the convention. The news stretches from comics, to movies, to TV, to video games; from Marvel, DC, Image and more all things seen in full splendor last week in San Diego. <p>Click "start here" in the upper-left corner to get caught up, and feel free to check back next year to see how each of these projects panned out. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p> <p>


It started with posters for other Activision games, like the recent <b>Amazing Spider-Man</b>, scratched out with Deadpool graffiti. Wolverine found himself a victim of this advertising defacement as well. Then, at the Marvel Games panel, Deadpool himself crashed, demanding his new trailer be seen immediately. <p>And what a trailer it was. With Deadpool's signature multiple-voiced interior monologue, his truly insane way of processing situations, and of course the way he broke the fourth wall to speak directly to his fans, it's clear that the folks at High Moon Studios aren't just making a video game starring Deadpool, they're making a <b>Deadpool</b> Game. <p>We'll learn much more about the game, including guest stars, whether Nolan North is doing more voice acting than just the trailer, and beyond in the coming months. Until then... bang bang bang! (<i>Lucas Siegel</i>.)


Legendary Entertainment had a busy show, first announcing the acquisition of Chris Hardwick's bustling Nerdist Industries, and then bringing in several big names to the Legendary Comics fold, the production company's publishing imprint headed by veteran editor Bob Schreck. <p>Mark Waid, Max Brooks and Shane Davis will collaborate on graphic novel <b>Shadow Walk</b>, about a group of special-ops soldiers armed with the skull of John the Baptist and a piece of the True Cross searching for the real-life "shadow of death." <p>Alex Ross was <a href=>added to the talent roster of the previously announced <b>The Tower Chronicles</b></a>, and J. Michael Straczynski is also coming to Legendary, with a project called <b>The Majestic Files</b>. (<a href=>Panel report here.</a>) (<i>Albert Ching</i>.)


It happens at the end of pretty much every major Marvel story a series or two documenting the fallout of the event and the landscape of the changed Marvel Universe. <b>Avengers vs. X-Men</b> is no exception, and Marvel made that clear at Comic-Con. <p>Though we already know that the end of <b>AvX</b> brings the dawn of the "Marvel NOW!" era, Marvel announced two series at Comic-Con that tie even closer to the end of the 12-part event: the Kieron Gillen-written five-part <b>AvX: Consequences</b>, with an ominous cover (seen here) that sure seems to point to the death of a major character who may or may not be Cyclops; and <b>A Plus X</b>, a team-up series that's essentially the reverse of "fight book" <b>AvX: VS</b>. <p>That's not all Marvel's comic side offered this Comic-Con, with announcements including the Jeff Parker-written <i>Hulk</i> <a href=>becoming <i>Red She-Hulk</i></a>, and a <a href=>new <i>Ultimate Comics Iron Man</i> miniseries<?a> from Nathan Edmondson and artist Matteo Buffagini.(<i>Albert Ching</i>.)


It can be hard for reporters to stay objective when it comes to news. When Scott Lobdell first said at the <a href=>Young Justice panel</a> at SDCC 2012 that Tim Drake was never a "Robin" and had simply adopted the guise of "Red Robin" upon first becoming Batman's sidekick, that objectivity was bound to be tested in a big way. Add in that he "was one of the few people to get really close to tracking down who Bruce is" and it seems we're dealing with an almost entirely new character. <p>This is some major revisionist history whether you're for or against it, and appears to hurt what made Tim Drake fundamentally different from the other Robins: he and he alone recognized that Batman needed a Robin. He alone figured out that Batman was Bruce Wayne (not to mention the identities of his associates). And he gave up <i>everything</i> by being Robin: his parents, his best friends, and his girlfriend all died along the way (yes, the latter three all came back, though two have just met him for the first time and one seems to be obliterated from all of DC Entertainment with The New 52). <p>Taking away Tim Drake's time as no-adjective Robin, or reducing his initial, natural detective skills, quite simply makes the character a different one from the sidekick, and from the <i>hero</i> that readers grew with for the last nearly 25 years. This may all lead to great stories everything has potential but it will need to do it <i>fast</i> to avoid giving long-time DC fans one more thing to be upset about. (<i>Lucas Siegel</i>.)


It was the middle of yet another conversation about <i>Before Watchmen</i>. Suddenly, Jim Lee joined the panel. He apologized for breaking in, and said he wasn't here for Watchmen. In fact, he was here for something completely different, and introduced writer and director Quentin Tarantino for a very special announcement. <p>Tarantino, in the jittery and excited mannerism he's well-known for, took the dais by storm talking about all the cuts he routinely has to make so that his epic films aren't all four and a half hours long. <p>"I'm always stuck with adapting my unwieldy script into a movie every day. So what's really cool with doing this is as a comic book is it's the entire script. All the material that didn't make the movie will all be part of the piece. I'm really excited about that!" <p>And with that, he was gone as quickly as he showed up, throwing a smile and peace signs to photographers as he disappeared. (<i>Lucas Siegel</i>.)


When it was announced earlier in the year that <b>Avengers Assemble</b> would be supplanting beloved animated series <b>Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes</b>, a vocal section of fans were not happy (to put it, very, very lightly). <p>Jeph Loeb had a very clear message to those fans at both the Cup O' Joe panel and the Marvel Television panel: Don't panic. <p>Loeb compared the switch between the two to when Brian Michael Bendis took over the <i>Avengers</i> comic, suggesting that the shows may exist in the same continuity. "We're not in any way saying <b>Earth's Mightiest Heroes</b> never happened," <a href=>Loeb said</a>. "You will see an epic conclusion. And then you'll say, 'Oh, what's next?'" (<i>Albert Ching</i>.)


The news dropped just before Comic-Con International: San Diego officially began: Brian Wood is writing a <b>Star Wars</b> comic. But then you read a little more and find out Brian Wood is writing <b>Star Wars</b>. That's it, there's no subtitle, no alteration, it's just plain old <b>Star Wars</b>. <p>Wood, who took several years off of writing any work for hire comics instead focusing on books like <b>DMZ</b> and <b>Northlanders</b>, has recently returned to the arena with runs on <b>Conan</b>, <b>X-Men</b>, and <b>Ultimate X-Men</b>. This one goes a little differently, however, as it places him firmly in control of the Star Wars universe exactly as it was in 1977, when only one film and none of the hundreds of tie-ins had hit. <p>As for Wood's plans? Well, he has revealed Leia as an X-Wing pilot, and that's enough to get people talking for now. (<i>Lucas Siegel</i>.)


A lot of big names have new projects at Image Comics, creators who have recently been mostly associated with work-for-hire books at Marvel and DC. <p>Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin are collaborating on a series called <i>Satellite Sam</i>, James Robinson is returning to creator-owned comics with artist J. Bone on <i>Saviors</i>, and Greg Rucka and Michael Lark are reuniting for <i>Lazarus</i>. <p>And that's just a few of the high-profile announcements the publisher made at the convention. A rundown of the new Image books <a href=>is here</a>. (<i>Albert Ching</i>.)


OK, so the <b>Guardians of the Galaxy</b> movie was the worst kept secret from Marvel Studios this year, but it's still safe to say it surprised even those who pretty much knew it was coming. After successfully building an Avengers franchise, the studio is showing some real guts by taking the Marvel Universe into the far reaches of space, and headlining a movie with a talking raccoon and a walking tree who can only say "I AM GROOT!" <p>And that, Marvel Studios, is awesome. That is what has put you above your Direct Competition, and the announcement, and the film itself, is just crazy enough to work. <p>Then there's the subtitle of the <b>Captain America</b> sequel: The Winter Soldier. As Ed Brubaker, writer of that story in comics said on Twitter when he found out, "Holy S#IT." Not only are they using the critically acclaimed story, they're following through on some big setup in the first film. Add in a likely appearance from Black Widow, and the rumored casting of Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, and the Cap sequel is looking good already, before a single frame has been shot. <p>Oh, and giving us a taste of <b>Ant-Man</b>? That was just icing on this already multi-layered cake. (<i>Lucas Siegel</i>.)


This one could pretty much just be a headline, and it would still be one of the biggest stories of Comic-Con. Luckily, it's not, as DC came to the Vertigo panel full of information about the return of Neil Gaiman and the character that put him on the map. <p>This new <b>Sandman</b> miniseries will feature art from J.H. Williams III and will take place <i>before</i> the original series. <p>"When I finished writing The Sandman, there was one tale still untold: the story of what had happened to Morpheus to allow him to be so easily captured in The Sandman #1, and why he was returned from far away, exhausted beyond imagining, and dressed for war," Gaiman said in a DC press release. "It was a story that we discussed telling for Sandman's 20th anniversary, but the time got away from us. And now, with Sandman's 25th anniversary year coming up, I'm delighted, and nervous, that that story is finally going to be told." <p>The miniseries will hit in 2013, from DC's Vertigo imprint, and yes, everyone in the world will buy it. (<i>Lucas Siegel</i>.)

The 10 Biggest COMIC-CON 2012 Announcements

Date: 17 July 2012 Time: 09:10 PM ET