The Biggest NEW YORK COMIC CON 2012 News1 of 12by Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer and Lucas Siegel, Newsarama Site Editor
New York Comic Con has come and gone, and whether you were there or not, it probably all feels like a blur of information at this point a bunch of panel reports here, a ton of new series announcements there, a gaggle of interviews and a couple of dozen Bane cosplayers for good measure.
Well, we've made it easy for you, and ranked the 10 biggest news stories from the show. For those lamenting that comic book conventions aren't about comic books anymore, nearly each entry on this list is specifically focused on the world of publishing save for one piece of Hollywood news that has major roots in the industry.
NYCC has continued to cement its reputation as one of the most newsworthy shows of the year including items we didn't have room for here, like Paul Pelletier joining the Aquaman creative team (pictured) and for those looking to catch up and/or make sense of the last few days, click "start here" in the upper-left corner for the 10 biggest pieces of news from the con.
MY LITTLE PONY SELLS 90K2 of 12Guess Friendship is magic! As broken just before the convention kicked off over on Bleeding Cool and confirmed at the show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #1 has pre-order sales of 90,100 copies.
Need some reference for that? If it had come out in September 2012, the book would have been the #4 best-selling title of the month, beat by only AvX, Batman, and Justice League. It would have outsold Green Lantern, Detective Comics, Uncanny X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man, and well, just about every other darn book on the stands.
The ponies have some tough competition in November, including Marvel NOW! launches like All-New X-Men, Iron Man, Indestructible Hulk, Thor, Captain America and more, but that can't take away the magic of those pre-order numbers for Hasbro, IDW, and creative team Katie Cook and Andy Price.
GOYER/JOHNS WORKING ON DC EVENT3 of 12During a video interview with CBR, David S. Goyer the screenwriter of Blade, Batman Begins, Man of Steel and more disclosed that he has plans to co-write a 13-issue "event" for DC Comics.
Goyer's co-writer is his frequent collaborator Geoff Johns, who he worked with on JSA and the JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice original graphic novel. Details are very (very) slim at this point, but stay tuned for more information when it becomes available (though given the busy schedules of those involved, that may be a while).
DYNAMITE SCORES MAJOR TALENT4 of 12Dynamite Entertainment made a splash at New York Comic Con and the days leading up the show with a steady stream of new series announcements involving high-profile creators.
Arguably the biggest came on the last day of the convention, with Uncanny Avengers and Captain America writer Rick Remender bringing Devolution to the publisher, along with artist Paul Renaud.
"Devolution is a return to the pulp/grindhouse science fiction I built my career on starting with Fear Agent, Remender said in a statement. "I came up with Devolution around the same time as Fear Agent and it's been percolating for years."
More projects announced by Dynamite include Mark Waid on Green Hornet, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning on Battlestar Galactica, Fred Van Lente on a "quirky zombie tale" and Garth Ennis and Andy Diggle doing crime books.
NEW VERTIGO SERIES FROM SNYDER, LEMIRE5 of 12First, the bad news: Scott Snyder's American Vampire is going on hiatus for the better part of next year, and Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth is coming to its planned ending.
The good news? During the break, Snyder will be starting The Wake, a new series with artist Sean Murphy. The 12-issue series was described as "a horror science fiction story with post-apocalyptic elements as well. It takes place at the bottom of the ocean, featuring elements we're in awe of. Really a claustrophobic and terrifying story that then expands and makes the whole world terrifying" by Scott Snyder. That's not all that's new on Snyder's plate, either, but more on that later.
Meanwhile, Lemire won't be taking a break either. Starting "in 2013," a new 10-issue series called Trillium: The Last Love Story Ever Told will kick off, written and painted by the double threat. "It's a big sprawling time-jumping love story. It covers a female botanist working in deep space 1,000 years in the future, and the other is a WWI vet working in the Amazon. Their love affair is across time and across the universe."
S.H.I.E.L.D. RECRUITS 'SECRET AVENGERS'6 of 12S.H.I.E.L.D. had a big weekend. Not only was major casting news revealed at Saturday's Marvel TV panel for the ABC TV pilot, but the fictional intelligence organization figures heavily into Marvel's future comic plans.
Secret Avengers is getting relaunched in February, with the creative team of writer Nick Spencer and artist Luke Ross. It'll be a S.H.I.E.L.D.-sponsored team with major roles for Nick Fury, Agent Coulson, Maria Hill and Daisy Johnson, and a team consisting of Hawkeye, Black Widow, Mockingbird, Hulk, Taskmaster and the "all-new" Iron Patriot, whose identity is yet to be revealed.
The twist: These missions will be so secret, not even the Avengers can know about them, and they'll get mindwipes from S.H.I.E.L.D. after every operation.
"The last time they did it, it blew up in their faces and basically set off a chain of events that brought down S.H.I.E.L.D.," Spencer said in an interview with Newsarama. "Of course, they're going to try it again the temptation to get their hands on weapons like the Hulk is just too great."
MARVEL MADNESS AT IMAGE7 of 12Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen, Andy Diggle, James Asmus, Jonathan Hickman, and Jim McCann are all launching new books. No, this isn't a Marvel Comics press release, it's news from Image Comics.
The publisher announced books from all those writers and many more, with A-list artists attached as well. Granted, most of these folks have "big two" work going on right now, too, but it's still a notable influx of talent working at Image Comics and doing work for themselves. The creators are covering the gamut of story types, as well. Fraction is doing books with Chip Zdarsky and Howard Chaykin with the titles, Sex Criminals and Satellite Sam (the latter originally announced this past July at Comic-Con in San Diego). Gillen and Ryan Kelly are doing a historical fiction book set in ancient Greece. Diggle & Jock are re-teaming for a hitchcockian thriller. McCann and Janet K. Lee are doing a sci-fi caper. Asmus is doing post-apocalyptic crazy; Hickman and Nick Dragotta are doing Four Horsemen vs. the President (seriously), and there's more, and more, and more. It's a big move for these creators, and should lead to a big year for Image Comics.
PETER PARKER ISN'T 'SUPERIOR'8 of 12Starting in January, Amazing Spider-Man will be supplanted by new series Superior Spider-Man and with it comes a Spider-Man that's not Peter Parker.
"We're not saying that Peter Parker is dead or retired, maybe he's still in the book," Slott said during Sunday's Spider-Man panel. "We're not saying that [he is still in the book]. But maybe."
Slott has characterized the series as "dark and weird," and that Spider-Man (no longer Peter Parker) will get "back together" with Mary Jane.
It's worth noting that few creators enjoy misdirection more than Slott, and it's at least possible that "not Peter Parker" could potentially mean something like Peter changing his name. Definitive asters will likely come by, at least, December's Amazing Spider-Man #700 and the following month's Superior Spider-Man #1, if not before.
MARVEL COSMIC PLANS CONFIRMED9 of 12For some time now, Marvel has hinted that big things were coming for their "cosmic" characters, and the appearances of a new Nova in Avengers vs. X-Men and the announcement of a 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy live-action film only heightened speculation.
The publisher made at least part of their plans official on Saturday during Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada's "Cup O' Joe" panel a Nova ongoing series from Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness, and a new volume of Guardians of the Galaxy from Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven both widely expected, and both starting in February. Each book is part of the ongoing Marvel NOW! revamp and looks to integrate the space-faring characters more into the Marvel Universe at large.
"Just because of the nature of the Marvel Universe, there's no reason why there shouldn't be full Marvel Universe involvement in the Guardians, just like there is in Avengers," Bendis, who's adding Iron Man among other (still unrevealed) characters to the cast, said in an interview with Newsarama.
Nova looks to take a similar approach. "We want to balance that world with both the intimate feel of being on Earth, which is hopefully relatable to the reader and the awesomeness of exploring the Marvel Universe in a bold new way," Loeb told us.
SNYDER/LEE ON SUPERMAN10 of 12Scott Snyder's Batman is routinely the top-selling solo hero book for DC Comics (and often overall). Jim Lee's Justice League is routinely the top-selling team book at DC Comics (and yeah, often overall!). So in 2013, with the 75th Anniversary of a man that can fly and a new film out featuring what many consider the first superhero, what is DC to do?
Launch a Scott Snyder/Jim Lee Superman book, of course! The book, rumored for several weeks to be called "Man of Steel" has no official title yet, but that didn't mean the pair weren't enthusiastic about it.
Snyder said of the book at their panel, "We're going to try to deliver to you the biggest and most kick-ass Superman story we can. I'm writing the features and the back-ups. It'll be big and game-changing but have a lot of intimacy, a lot of American History. This is the Superman story I'd tell if I could only tell one before they kicked me right off."
AGENT COULSON HEADLINES 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' PILOT11 of 12Talk about a scene stealer.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that held all the solo movies together and was apparently tragically killed in The Avengers, Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson, is a fan favorite. He had some of the best lines and got to even name the secret agency, calling it S.H.I.E.L.D. on screen for the first time. So then, with him dead, and a TV show by that name starting up, isn't it a missed opportunity?
"We were never going to do a SHIELD show without Agent Phil Coulson." That's what Joss Whedon said in a special recorded message at the Marvel TV panel at NYCC. Exactly how he'll be coming back hasn't yet been revealed, but judging by the earth-shaking applause and cheers when Whedon said that and Gregg waved triumphantly, no one seems to mind much.
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