The Impact: March 17th – 23rd 2012

Published on March 23rd, 2012

Hey Guys.  WonderCon has come and gone. As you can see there is no shortage of coverage on the site which I hope you are all thoroughly enjoying. Lots to share this week so let’s get things started with the latest installment of The Impact.

Jean Giraud A.K.A Moebius  R.I.P

Courtesy of Comics Alliance. The comic community was saddened to here of the passing of legendary artist Jean Giraud otherwise known as Moebius. After a long battle with cancer he passed away in Paris at the age of 73. His European work included The Incal, Bluberry, The Airtight Garage, Arzach and Metal Hurlant but most Americans know him from his collaboration with Stan Lee in Silver Surfer: Parable and his concept artwork from science fiction masterpieces like Alien, Blade Runner, and The Fifth Element. The world has truly lost a great artist and our friends and family have our condolences.

Robert Kirkman Reveals The Walking Dead‘s Michonne’s Origin in Playboy.

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Just in time to coincide with her debut in the season finale of The Walking Dead. Last week it was revealed that Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard are teaming up with Playboy magazine to tell Michonne’s origins in a six-page story in April’s issue already on stands.

“It’s an honor to be a part of a historic publication like Playboy,” said Kirkman, “I’m thrilled to share The Walking Dead with the magazine’s readers, especially such an important story like the origin of Michonne.”

Well…at least you can honestly say you’re buying it for the articles. this just seems like a strange choice to debut such an important part of The Walking Dead mythology. When I think of cutting edge periodicals I think that The Walking Dead is WAAAAY more cutting edge than Playboy. I really hope it is eventually collected in one of the trades.

What Wonderful WonderCon Announcements.

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy On Captain Marvel.

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One of the teasers Marvel released before WonderCon involved the Captain Marvel logo and the word and July 2012. Well now we know that Kelly Sue DeConnick will be writing the new series which is giving the current Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers a promotion to Captain and a brand new costume designed by Jamie McKelvie. While talking about with CBR DeConnick described her vision for the series,

I want this to be a book about optimism, about exceeding even our own expectations, about the power of possibility and the seeming magic of flight.

I have never been that interested in Captain Marvel but DeConnick is a rising talent and I like what she wants the series to be so I will definitely give the first issue a shot. I wish Jamie McKelvie was drawing the first arc considering how great his new costume design is.

X-Cellent Announcements. X-Treme X-Men  and Brian Wood to Write X-Men and Ultimate X-Men.

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Courtesy of Newsarama. Another title Marvel teased pre-WonderCon was X-Treme X-Men with newly revealed creative team of Greg Pak and Stephen Segovia. The book will spin directly out of Pak’s Astonishing X-Men run and feature alternate reality versions of our favorite mutants, Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, Emma Frost, and Professor X. uniting to save all universes. If you think that sounds a lot like Exiles you are not alone. Also announced was the news that writer Brian Wood would be writing both X-Men (starting with issue 30) and Ultimate X-Men (starting with issue 13). This is the first since the Ultimate Universe was created. Courtesy of Bleeding Cool.

IDW Announces Womanthology ongoing. New Rocketeer from Waid and Samnee. New Judge Dredd.

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Because IDW is determined to get my money this year they made three very exciting announcements at WonderCon. First they will make the Kickstarter Phenom Womanthology and turn it into an ongoing series of mini-series. The first five issue mini-series will be called Womanthology: Space which will naturally focus on space based tales, pin-ups and tips from professionals. IDW and Comics Alliance also confirmed that contributors will receive compensation for their work.

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The second and perhaps the highlight of my WonderCon was the announcement that Mark Waid and Chris Samnee will collaborate on a brand new Rocketeer four issue mini-series. Talk about a dream team. I’m happy that IDW is moving forward with more original content with the character and that they are clearly choosing very carefully to keep the content as high quality as possible. While talking with Newsarama Waid described the trouble our favorite helmeted hero will face.

“As the Rocketeer, Cliff’s dealing with two arch-nemeses set to strike the West Coast with a cargo of terror they’ve crated in from a place quite familiar to movie historians,” Waid reveals. “While this is going on, Cliff has another set of problems to deal with. The end of the 1930s saw the beginnings of the Federal Aviation Administration and the start of a great deal more regulation of free-wheeling airmen like Cliff–who, if he doesn’t learn to control his temper, may find himself permanently grounded in red tape.”

SOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!! Here’s my money just give it to me when it’s done.

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Because Simon would kill me if I don’t mention it IDW has formed a partnership with Judge Dredd publisher Rebellion on Wednesday. They will publish both deluxe reprints and brand NEW material. Details regarding creative teams are unavailable at this time. What the heck I have never read any Judge Dredd looks like I now have the perfect opportunity to check it out.

DC Unveils Jim Lee Variant to Before Watchmen Nite Owl #1

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Courtesy of The Source. Here is the Jim Lee variant for June’s Before Watchmen Nite Owl #1 by J. Michael Straczynski and illustrated by Andy Kubert and Joe Kubert. My feeling towards this entire project remain cautious optimism mixed with resigned excitement. In regards to the cover it looks cool in fact it looks a little too cool Dan was always supposed to be a little dorky looking.

Here is the First Look at Stephen Amell as Green Arrow.

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Here is the first look at Stephen Amell in the full  Green Arrow costume from the CW’s new series Arrow.Okay I know the show is called Arrow but I’m still not sure if he will be called Arrow or Green Arrow in the show. While this is a very dark profile image it does look promising.  This is a hero who could work very well on television, I just hope they have the budget and the talent to really make this show as good as it should/could be.

Check out the first Trailer for Superman Vs. The Elite.

Courtesy of MTV. Here is the first official trailer to the latest DC animated feature Superman Vs. The Elite. Debuting this weekend at WonderCon the film is based on the 2001 Action Comics #775 story “What’s So Funny About the Truth, Justice and the American Way” by Joe Kelly, Doug Mahnke and Lee Bermejo. This looks like a lot of fun and definitely look forward to checking it out. At it’s WonderCon Premiere DC Animation also included a sizzle reel for their next animated movie, The Dark Knight Returns to a rave response.

That wraps things up on this week’s installment of The Impact. Have a great weekend everyone.

Matt Todd

matthew@comicimpact.com