Comic Book Cold Cases: 10 Projects We're STILL WAITING For1 of 12By Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
It's a big week for comics you thought you might never see.
This past weekend at his MorrisonCon in Las Vegas, writer Grant Morrison detailed his plans for Multiversity, a series of one-shots at DC first announced in 2009. He showed art, discussed the story, and disclosed that it'll start in "late 2013," equaling the biggest update readers have received on the much-anticipated project.
Then this Wednesday, Marvel's Daredevil: End of Days first announced in 2007 will ship its first issue.
Which raises the natural question: What's next? So Newsarama put together a list of 10 comics conspicuous by their absence: projects that were announced and have yet to show up on stands, be it physical or digital.
We're only counting comics that haven't started coming out, so no Image United. And by no means are we saying this is a comprehensive list, so if we missed something obvious, feel free to let us know on Facebook or Twitter.
Click "start here" to open up Newsarama's cold case files of 10 comics that we're still waiting for.
MARVEL'S MARVELMAN2 of 12Originally announced: July 2009
Current status: Marvel promised a big surprise at their Cup O' Joe panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego in 2009, and they delivered: the publisher had acquired the rights to Marvelman (also known as Miracleman for trademark reasons), a long-running British character that starred in now-legendary '80s stories written by Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman. The character had been mired in a legal stickety-wicket for years, and that's continued despite Marvel's purchase the company hasn't produced anything new with the character, and they've reprinted some of Marvelman's classic material, but not any of the '80s stuff.
In June 2011, Marvel's senior vice president of publishing Tom Brevoort gave an update on Marvelman over at CBR, saying that more will be coming "as soon as everything is ready."
With Before Watchmen on its way, many fans have wondered what the future might have in store for Marvelman, a similarly revered part of Moore's '80s oeuvre. Some have speculated that Marvel's "Superior" announcement at this month New York Comic Con might be connected to Marvelman, though most guesses quickly moved to it being Spider-Man-related.
ROUTE 6663 of 12Originally announced: August 2011
Current status: Disney bought CrossGen in 2004 due to its interest in Abadazad, and subsequently purchased Marvel five years later.
What that essentially amounted to was that Marvel had the full legal right to publish new CrossGen comics, and did so starting in 2011, with new versions of Sigil, Ruse and Mystic.
Marvel planned to continue the revival with a new volume of horror series Route 666, written by Glee and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark's Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (also a comic book veteran with stints on Sensational Spider-Man and Marvel Knights 4) and illustrated by artist Peter Nguyen.
Following an announcement at Fan Expo 2011 in Toronto, the series didn't make its scheduled February 2012 debut, and still hasn't surfaced, with Marvel senior vice president of publishing Tom Brevoort commenting earlier this year that the book had been "shelved for the time being."
CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE4 of 12Originally announced: March 2008
Current status: Captain America: White was to be the next in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's acclaimed Daredevil: Yellow, Spider-Man: Blue and Hulk: Gray series of miniseries. This one even got a #0 issue in stores back in July of 2008. Subsequently, Captain America: White #1 was solicited for October 2008, but that didn't happen, and sightings have been as scarce as the buffalo it shares a predominant color with. In recent interviews, Loeb frequently mentions that the series is still in the works though most of his time these days is dedicated to his job as the head of Marvel's TV division.
GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY'S LUKE CAGE5 of 12Originally announced: August 2007
Current status: Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack was announced in Wizard World Chicago 2007 to be writing and drawing a '70s-style Luke Cage miniseries for Marvel, simply titled Cage. The comic was to debut in 2008, but as of February 2012 there hasn't been a peep about the project in years. Marvel chief creative officer (and then editor-in-chief) Joe Quesada gave CBR an update in June 2009, saying that the project was still a go, though the delay was due to Tartakovsky's busy schedule.
Earlier this month, Comics Alliance reported that Tartakovsky, while promoting his film Hotel Transylvania, stated that the comic is written and drawn, but needs to be inked and colored something he hopes to find the time to do.
KIRKMAN AND LIEFELD'S KILLRAVEN6 of 12Originally announced: August 2007
Current status: Another series announced at Wizard World Chicago 2007, this five-issue miniseries was to pair writer Robert Kirkman and artist Rob Liefeld currently working on Image's The Infinite on Marvel's post-apocalyptic freedom fighter.
Though the comic hasn't been published, Liefeld has stated in interviews that he's completed work on the project. In 2008, Kirkman became a partner at Image and stopped writing work-for-hire projects at Marvel, though his MAX miniseries The Destroyer came out after that.
With Kirkman and Liefeld both busy on multiple projects, and their collaboration The Infinite recently ended due to reported creative differences, this one might remain a long shot.
KISS KISS BANG BANG7 of 12Originally announced: August 2011
Current status: Like Route 666, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was to be revival of a CrossGen series, this time a spy book from the team of writer Peter Milligan and artist Roman Rosanas.
And like Route 666, it hasn't been published, and has been declared by Tom Brevoort to be "on the shelf." Time will tell if it might ever come off the shelf, but the idea of Milligan whose well-regarded work includes Human Target returning to the espionage genre excited many when this miniseries was first announced.
ASTONISHING CAPTAIN AMERICA8 of 12Originally announced: October 2010
Current status: Unveiled at New York Comic Con 2010, Andy Diggle and Adi Granov's Astonishing Captain America was planned as a new reader-friendly miniseries that would appeal to movie audiences fresh from Captain America: The First Avenger.
The film came out as scheduled in July 2011, but Astonishing Captain America has yet to be seen.
Diggle gave Newsarama an update of sorts in December 2011, saying, "Hopefully my Astonishing Captain America mini-series with Adi Granov will come out in 2012."
ALL-STAR WONDER WOMAN9 of 12Originally announced: July 2006
Current status: For all intents and purposes, DC's All-Star line stopped existing around fall of 2008, with the releases of All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #10 and All-Star Superman #12.
Whether or not All-Star Wonder Woman, written and drawn by Adam Hughes, will ever make its way into the world isn't quite clear. In January 2012, Hughes told CBR "I think we'd all like me to get to it eventually." But with Hughes illustrating four issues of Before Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan series, "eventually" may be a very long while and in his latest public comments on the book, Hughes said that while the comic might not be completely dead, it's at least in a "coma."
JEPH LOEB/J. SCOTT CAMPBELL SPIDER-MAN10 of 12Originally announced: April 2006
Current status: First announced in Wizard, this was to be sort of the Marvel version of the 12-issue Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee run on Batman. Only problem is, it hasn't come out yet, though, like Captain America: White, Loeb has indicated that it's still in the works. In March 2011, Brevoort told CBR that it's coming "slowly but surely."
BATMAN: EUROPA/DARK KNIGHT: THE BOY WONDER11 of 12Originally announced: October 2004/April 2010
Current status: Let's put this list to close with a Jim Lee two-fer: the artist and DC co-publisher is illustrating the current Justice League series with writer Geoff Johns, but he's also attached to a couple of unreleased projects. Batman: Europa was first announced way back in October 2004, a four-issue miniseries to be fully painted by Jim Lee and three European artists, written by Brian Azzarello. The first issue even got a release date in January 2012, but has since fallen off DC's schedule completely without an issue released.
Dark Knight: The Boy Wonder was announced at WonderCon in April 2010 as the follow-up to All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder, set in the same continuity as writer Frank Miller's other noted Batman tales. The first issue of the six-part miniseries was scheduled for February, with DC noting at that time: "Beginning in February, 2011, you will see the remaining six issues ship on time, every month." A first issue has yet to be solicited.
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