The 10 Biggest COMIC-CON 2011 Announcements1 of 12By Graeme McMillan, Newsarama Contributor, and Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
It's obvious, but inescapably true: A whole lot happens at Comic-Con International: San Diego, and this year was no exception.
With hundreds of panels in dozens of rooms running four days straight from the moment the doors open at 9:30 a.m. to the late hours of the night, it's a nearly impossible amount of information to process, if you're there in person among the huddled masses or following along jealously (or thankfully) at home.
Though the days just before the convention brought plenty of notable tidbits like the fact that Superman won't be married to Lois Lane come September, and the first Amazing Spider-Man trailer there was still plenty of big news coming from Comic-Con, and Newsarama is here to help you sort out the 10 most important announcements not rumors, speculation, conjecture or innuendo in the comic book world.
Click "start here" in the upper-left corner to see Newsarama's picks for the 10 biggest announcements of Comic-Con 2011.
<strong>Countdown To The End: J. Michael Stracynski Announces That <em>The Twelve</em> Is Finished</strong>2 of 12Midway through his spotlight panel, JMS didn't even need prompting to declare that he'd finished writing the much-delayed Marvel Comics mini-series The Twelve, adding that artist Chris Weston was currently hard at work finishing the final issue. "It's frickin' done!" he told the crowd, hinting at the fact that, perhaps, he was just as frustrated by the delays as the fans were. Perhaps all those rumors about possible solicitations before the end of the year weren't so off-base after all.
Marvel was on the same page as Straczynski, announcing at their "Next Big Thing" panel that The Twelve #9 is due in February 2012. The recap of that panel is here.
<b>Veteran's Day: Wagner, Chaykin and More Announce New Projects</b>3 of 12Comic-Con is strongly focused on what's next, and that doesn't exclude some of the industry's more experienced talents. Along with Frank Miller, Mage creator Matt Wagner is joining the Legendary Comics stable, announcing a book called The Tower Chronicles at Saturday's Legendary Comics panel. Simon Bisley is on art. More details are here.
Also on Saturday, amid many announcements at the "Creator-Owned Comics with Robert Kirkman" panel, Image publisher Eric Stephenson disclosed that Image will be publishing a sequel to Howard Chaykin's supernatural crime book, Black Kiss. A recap of that panel is here.
<b>Fables Discovers The <em>Fairest</em> Of Them All</b>4 of 12The success of Vertigo's biggest breakout hit since The Sandman looks set to continue with the announcement of Fairest, an all-new ongoing series to spotlight the female characters from Fables. Launching with a three-issue arc focusing on Sleeping Beauty by Fables creator Bill Willingham and artist Phil Jiminez, the series will also include a Rapunzel storyline by fantasy novelist Lauren Beukes and Inaki Miranda, as well as a third Cinderella story by Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus.
Willingham gives more details about the series to Newsarama's Vaneta Rogers here.
<b>Future Shock: IDW and DC Team-Up For <em>Star Trek</em>/<em>Legion of Super-Heroes</em></b>5 of 12Two of the most popular (and most optimistic) versions of the future collide in October, with the launch of the six issue Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes miniseries, written by Superman and iZombie writer Chris Roberson and classic Legion artists Jeffrey and Philip Moy. The new series marks the second superhero crossover for Kirk and his crew they teamed up with the X-Men in a Marvel one-shot in the late 1990s but the first time IDW and DC Comics have joined together, as well as the first inter-publisher deal for DC in some time that doesn't involve DC licensing someone else's characters for inclusion in the DCU. Is this new spirit of cooperation a hint of what's to come from the new DC?
Find out more about Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroeshere.
<b>Walking Wounded: Marvel's Post-<i>Fear Itself</i> Plans</b> Revealed</b>6 of 12Fear Itself ends with issue #7 in October, but its repercussions will be felt for a while. At their panel focused on the storyline Sunday afternoon, Marvel detailed their post-Fear Itself plans, which will we see the branding "Battle Scars" on multiple titles a la "Dark Reign" following Secret Invasion and "The Initiative" post-Civil War plus "Shattered Heroes" one-shots focusing on Thor, Captain America and Iron Man.
Matt Fraction, writer of the main Fear Itself series, will be co-writing a biweekly, 12-issue limited series titled The Fearless with Chris Yost and Cullen Bunn, picking up directly after the conclusion of the event. Fraction's writing another post-Fear Itself title, a new Defenders series illustrated by Terry Dodson. Our interview with Fraction on the book is here.
<b>DCnU, Diversified: The New <i>Justice League</i> Atom is Ryan Choi</b>7 of 12One of the stated goals of DC's September relaunch is to add more diversity to the publisher's line, and Jim Lee backed that up during his "DC Focus" panel on Saturday with news that the Atom in the Justice League title he's illustrating will be Ryan Choi, a character born in Hong Kong in his original iteration and described by Lee as Korean.
Choi is currently deceased in the existing DC continuity, so how and if that will be dealt with and whether or not the classic Atom, Ray Palmer, has a place in the DC Universe post-Flashpoint remains to be seen. Newsarama's live coverage of DC Focus: Jim Lee is here.
<b>Split Decision: Aaron and Silvestri Relaunch <i>Incredible Hulk</i></b>8 of 12The Hulk has always been one of Marvel's most prominent icons, but with a major role in next year's Avengers film, a live-action TV series in development at ABC, and his place as part of the regular cast of the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes animated series, he's poised to be more visible than ever.
So it makes sense that Marvel would try to bring some attention to the comic book version of the character, and a new ongoing series starting in October with the creative team of Marvel Architect Jason Aaron and Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri will certainly do that. The book finds Hulk and Bruce Banner once again physically separated but this time, it's Banner that's the threat. Read more about the series in Newsarama's interview with Aaron.
<b>Cable's Back On: Loeb and McGuinness Reunite in December</b>9 of 12Jeph Loeb's job as the head of Marvel's television division has been keeping him very busy, but word came during Marvel Cup O' Joe panel that this December he'll be returning both to comics and the character he broke in at Marvel writing: Cable.
The project is Cable Reborn, which reunited Loeb with Hulk artist Ed McGuinness. Cable died last year during the climax of X-Men crossover "Second Coming," but a comic book superhero's death should never be considered absolutely permanent, especially when that character happens to be a time traveler. Loeb described Cable as "the Captain America of the X-Men." The full Cup O' Joe recap is here. And that wasn't the only big news Loeb had to share...
<strong>Television Is The New Movies: Oni's <em>The Sixth Gun</em> And Others To Become TV Shows</strong>10 of 12Announced at the Oni Press panel on Friday, Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt's The Sixth Gun is set to jump from comic books to the small screen, with the current plan seeming to be to adapt the first six issues of the comic into a six-episode mini-series for the Syfy network. According to the creators, the mini will test the waters for whether or not the show could make it as a regular series, so set your TiVos now.
That wasn't the only comics-to-television news from the show. In addition to a screening of the unsuccessful Fox pilot adaptation of IDW's Locke & Key, Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb updated fans on the status of A.K.A. Jessica Jones (the television version of Brian Michael Bendis' Alias), Guillermo del Toro's Hulk and a New Orleans-set Cloak and Dagger, as well as announcing a new animated series, Hulk: Agent of SMASH for Disney XD. That came with maybe the most surprising TV announcement of the show: that Marvel's Mockingbird is in development at ABC Family, depicting the character as a college freshman recruited to be a spy.
Read the liveblog coverage of the Marvel TV panel here.
<strong>The <em>Saga</em> Begins: Brian K. Vaughan Returns To Comics</strong>11 of 12It's only been a year since the end of Ex Machina, but even twelve months without a regular dose of BKV has given us withdrawal symptoms. The announcement of Saga, his new Image Comics series with Fiona Staples, marks the first new creation from the man who created not only Wildstorm's political sci-fi drama, but also Marvel's Runaways and Vertigo's Y: The Last Man in almost five years, and we can't wait. January 2012 can't come soon enough.
More information about Saga can be found here.
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