Comics Publishers Present Latest News to Retailers @ Summit

UPDATED: DC - Doc Savage & The Spirit

On the heels of this past weekend's Baltimore Comic-Con, Monday the city's own Diamond Comics Distributors is hosting comic book retailers from around the country for the latest of their regular retailer summits.

During the course of the day's events comic book publishers make sales and editorial presentations to the assembled comic book store owners, managers, and workers and Image, DC, and Marvel Comics are making theirs this evening.

Look for updates over the next couple of hours as we detail any news that crossed our desks from the presentations...

- From the Image presentation we learn that the plot twist from the upcoming Image partners intra-company crossover Image United is that the villain of the story is Al Simmons, the original Spawn. 

- DC Has a few announcements that just went live. We have all the details about dead (previously canceled) series coming back to life in Blackest Night's bye-month here and in our exclusive interview with Dan DiDio here.

- DC also announced the collection plans for Wednesday Comics. The grand experiment will be collected as a $49.99 Hardcover, and it will be one for the coffee table; 11" x 17"!

- After the Batman/Doc Savage Special, DC will be bringing the characters of The Spirit, Doc Savage, Batman, Black Canary, the Avenger, and more into a noir world called The First Wave. Brian Azzarello and Rags Morales are the announced team for the limited series. After the mini-series completes, two new ongoings will launch in the world established by these comics: The Spirit and Doc Savage.

- From the Vertigo line, two new collected editions are coming to coincide with multi-media projects. The Losers will get a single, 304-page trade paperback collecting #1-12 of the Diggle/Jock series for just $19.99 to be released in January of 2010.

Human Target is coming to TV (again), but first Vertigo will release a collection hosting the four issue mini-series and the 96 page "Human Target: Final Cut OGN" in one book. 

- One more from DC Comics proper: This is a simple one to announce. Jonah Hex: No Way Back OGN. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray writing, Tony DeZuniga (a familiar name to Hex fans) on art. 136 pages, $19.99, coming May 2010

- It has already been reported that Diamond will not be shipping comics the final Wednesday of December 2009, leaving Dec 30, 2009 as an open day in comic shops. Geoff Johns mentioned on his Twitter account that a special shipment will be done solely for Blackest Night #6, seeing it ship alone on the final Wednesday of 2009. VP of Sales Bob Wayne confirmed this, announcing it at the Retailer Summit.

Some brief notes from the Marvel presentation:

- No new info on the Miracleman ... whoops… make that Marvelmanfront.

- Captain America: Reborn will now be six issues (as opposed to the solicited five) and then will be followed by Captain America: Who Will Wield the Shield.

- A summer 2010 "5th week" event will focus on the women heroes and characters of Marvel, as they team-up in a "Secret Wars" like storyline. The event will apparently also serve to promote female creators at Marvel.

- I Am Iron Man is a limited series by Peter David and Sean Chen that expands on the origin story of the Iron Man feature film and serve as a prequel to this coming summer's highly-anticipated sequel.

- Marvel will continue to publish more Gunslinger series based on Stephen King's Dark Tower novels.

- Allan Heinberg and Jimmy Cheung will make a long-awaited return to the Young Avengers next summer in Avengers: Children's Crusade.

- Lady Deadpool will be introduced in Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth #7, and will be followed by the tongue-in-cheek 5th week mini-event Deadpool Corps, featuring Deadpool, Lady Deadpool, Headpool, Dogpool, and Kid Deadpool.

- The previously announced Jeph Loeb/Frank Cho series Ultimate Comics series New Ultimates is set for a March 2010 debut.

And Loeb will also team with Art Adams in 2010 to launch Ultimate X, which will feature of a new team of Ultimate Universe X-Men, including new characters and some of the survivors of Ultimatum.

- In March, Hope and Cable return to the present-day Marvel Universe for the crossover event Second Coming, which Marvel is calling the culmination of all the X-Men storylines since House of M.

The four-month event features bookend one-shots and crosses over Uncanny X-Men, X-Men Legacy, X-Force and New Mutants.

- Finally, apparently Blackest Night #6 won't be the only new title in comic book shops on December 30th.

Marvel will ship a free Siege prequel one-shot, along with free Avengers 2010 calendars and ID cards.

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