The Impact: New York Comic Con 2012

Published on October 14th, 2012

Hey Everyone. I hope you are all having a great weekend and to everyone rocking it out at New York Comic Con, I’m jealous of everyone in attendance I hope it was as fun as it looked.

DC Announcements

Courtesy of The Source. On Wednesday it was confirmed that Andy Diggle and Tony Daniel will be taking over for Grant Morrison on Action Comics starting with issue eighteen. In the promo art we see Superman rocking a new black costume.

Also announced was the news that Ethan Van Sciver will be taking over art duties on Batman The Dark Knight starting with issue sixteen, which hits in January. Van Sciver joins writer Gregg Hurwitz on an arc that focuses on Batman facing off with the Mad Hatter,

“It really is going to be a revelation to a lot of Batman fans who have seen this villain around for a long time but haven’t given as much thought as to what makes him tick. We’re inventing a lot of things as we go along with it.”

Also in January Robert Venditti will be taking over Demon Knights from Paul Cornell.

Well this rumor has been floating around for months and Thursday it was finally confirmed. Scott Snyder and Jim Lee will be collaborating on a currently untitled Superman book which will debut in 2013 just in time for Superman’s 75th anniversary and for Warner Bros. new film Man of Steel.

“I’ve loved Superman since I was a kid, and to be working on him now, with the great Jim Lee, is simply too thrilling for words. It’s a dream come true for me on every front,” Snyder said. “I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just say it’s the Superman story I’d write if I only ever got one chance to write the character. It’s an exploration of everything I love and am fascinated by about him. Like Court of Owls for Batman, it’s a character piece for Clark – it’s going to challenge him to his core. And it’s definitely epic in scope, with huge action and drama – the biggest and most earth shaking action I’ve ever done. Can’t wait to see what you all think of it. Couldn’t be more grateful or excited to get the chance to make this one!”

Talk about a home run. DC is putting their heaviest hitters on Superman, who should be the greatest superhero of all time but as of late, is not. Superman has not had a stellar team since his debut in “The New 52” and I am hoping this will be a book that really reflects the quality of the character of Superman.

Fans of the DC Nation Animation block were shocked Saturday morning to learn that after only two weeks since it returned, Cartoon Network had pulled it off the air until January. At this time no real explanation has been given.

Courtesy of MTV. Check out the trailer to the second part of Warner Bros. Animations adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns. I can’t wait for this one the final battle in this story is one of my all-time favorite fights in any comic. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 premieres in 2013.

At NYCC it was revealed that the next two animated films will be Justice League: Flashpoint based on the Geoff Johns Andy Kubert  storyline that introduced “The New 52.” The second is  Superman Unbound which is an adaptation of the Geoff Johns Gary Frank Brainiac  storyline which should be out next summer, just in time for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.

Courtesy of IGN. Check out the first look at Arrow’s version of Deathstroke. Played by Jeffery Robinson, this version of Slade Wilson will be making his debut in the fifth episode, “Damaged” airing in November. Arrow debuted a very cool sizzle reel at NYCC giving us our first look at upcoming episodes.

Vertigo Announcements

At the Vertigo panel Scott Snyder announced that American Vampire would be taking a year long hiatus. According to Newsarama.

“Rafael and I were planning to take a defined hiatus, but because we’re at the center of the series, and we have a big time jump, we thought now would be a great time to take a year off from the main book. We’ll get to do some specials for American Vampire that we wouldn’t be able to do if we were doing the ongoing, and we’re also going to do some work together at the DCU. It won’t be a full year, behind the scenes we’ll only take a few months off and work on getting ahead on the series.”

In the mean time Snyder and Sean Murphy will be collaborating on a 12 issue mini-series in 2013. The Wake which Snyder described as

“It’s 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,” said Snyder. “Sean’s designs are out of this world.

During the Vertigo Panel Jeff Lemire announced his latest creator owned mini-series Trillium. Described as “the last love story ever told.” Tells the story of two lovers who fall in love across time and space.

It’s the year 3797 and botanist Nika Temsmith is researching a species of strange plant-based life forms on a remote science station near the outermost rim of colonized space. It’s the year 1921, and war-scarred explorer William Pike leads an expedition into the dense jungles of Peru in search of the fabled “Lost Temple of The Incas,” an elusive sanctuary said to have strange healing properties. Two disparate souls separated by thousands of years and hundreds of millions of miles.Yet they will fall in love and, as a result, bring about the end of the universe. Even though reality is unraveling all around them, nothing can pull them apart. This isn’t just a love story, it’s the last love story ever told.

Trillium will debut in 2013.

Marvel Announcements  

Last week Marvel confirmed several creative teams this week they confirmed the titles those creative teams would be working on along with a first look at some of the art.

First up Frank Cho will be writing and drawing Savage Wolverine. While talking with Cho indicated that the book’s first arc will take place in the Savage Land and bring Shanna the She-Devil into Logan’s life. The pair will have to team up to stop an ancient evil that is accidently unleashed while Logan is trying to escape the Savage Land.

Cho also hopes to bring some humor to a character that is usually not  know for his lighter side.

I come from a humor background. I did Liberty Meadows daily newspaper comic strip for five years before I was recruited by Marvel. So you’ll see lot of action and humor in this story. This isn’t just a solo Wolverine story. It’s actually a team-up story with Shanna the She-Devil. Both Wolverine and Shanna have similar assertive personalities. The story is not just a quest to get home; it’s a story about surviving each other’s company and the Savage Land….”Since Indiana Jones was my main inspiration for this story, I naturally envisioned Shanna as Marion Ravenwood to Wolverine’s Indiana Jones.”

Savage Wolverine hits stores this January

We also confirmed that Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie are reuniting for the latest volume of Young Avengers. While talking with CBR, Gillen talked about his new approach to the book.

The original volume of “Young Avengers” was a phenomenally successful book. I remember when it was announced and people were really cynical about it. Then the book came out and it had a completely respectful view of the long history of the Marvel Universe. It worked brilliantly.

I couldn’t write that book. I couldn’t base a story around a tiny bit of continuity from 30 years ago. I completely respect people that can do that and I love those stories, but that doesn’t mean I can.

So I took a different approach. In this world the Avengers are almost civil servants or firemen or police. They work for the government and they’re this enormous organization. But at the core? The real core of the Avengers? It’s saving the world, because someone has got to, and that’s what “Young Avengers” is about. They’re called “Young Avengers” even though they’re not Avengers. This is fundamentally about the ideal. It’s about being a super hero. It’s about saving the world because somebody has got to do it.

So instead of picking up continuity and weaving it in. I’m doing weird riffs on it. I’m taking notes from the Avengers mythos and doing them in a completely different way. The first arc is pretty much Loki puts the Avengers together. And of course Loki did inadvertently put the original Avengers together, but why is he actively trying to put this team together?Young Avengers debuts in January.

Several week ago we learned that the 700th issue of Amazing Spider-Man would be it’s last as it transitions to the Superior Spider-Man. Spider-Mastero Dan Slott will remain on board that the man with a plan for Peter Parker. A plan that will result in a darker more aggressive Spider-Man with a new suit, new abilities and a much darker tone.Slott will be joined by artists Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos and Giuseppe Camuncoli who will rotate with each arc.

In the interview with USA Today Stegman talked about some of the changes to Spidey’s suit which will reflect the new attitude and new abilities,”His belt looks a little different, and there’s points at the end of his glove that add a little aggressiveness to his costume.”

At NYCC Slott said that it will NOT be Peter Parker in the costume ANNNND that Spider-Man (Not Peter) and Mary Jane will be getting together. Holy Cow!!!! What’s happening??? I get the feeling we will get more information in the weeks to come.

  • David Marquez will be illustrating the second arc of All-New X-Men. Stuart Immonen expected to return.
  • Daredevil will become apart of Marvel Now! starting with issue 23.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy book written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Steve McNiven.
  • Nova book by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness.
  • The new creative team on Secret Avengers is Nick Spencer and Luke Ross.
Also announced at NYCC three new Season One graphic novels from Marvel.
  • Iron Man: writer Howard Chaykin and artist Gerald Parel – April 2013
  • Thor: writer Matthew Sturges and artist Pepe Larraz – October 2013
  • Wolverine: writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (WATCH THIS SPACE, BEAT FANS) and artist Salvador Espin.

At the Marvel TV panel Jeph Loeb with some help from Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige that Clark Gregg would be reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulson in the new ABC series S.H.I.E.L.D.

“There was never going to be a ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ show without Agent Phil Coulson,” said Feige in the clip shown in the middle of the panel. “He’s headlining the S.H.I.E.L.D. show and always was,” said Whedon.

I’m very interested to see how they will bring him back. Will Tony Stark give him an arc reactor or will the entire series be a prequel to The Avengers.

Stan Lee Media Sues Disney For Billions Over Marvel Superheroes.

Courtesy of Deadline.  Stan Lee Media (a company Stan Lee is NO LONGER apart of) is seeking damages from Disney to the tune of $5.5 billion dollars. In the lawsuit Stan Lee Media claims that,

“Defendant The Walt Disney Company has represented to the public that it, in fact, owns the copyright to these characters as well as to hundreds of other characters created by Stan Lee. Those representations made to the public by The Walt Disney Company are false,”

The suit claims that Lee signed the rights to his characters or would create to them in October 1998 in exchange for stock in Stan Lee Media which went bankrupt in 2001. Stay tuned as this is a developing story.

Dynamite Entertainment Announcements

On Monday we learned that Mark Waid is launching a new Green Hornet title for Dynamite Entertainment, Green Hornet and Kato. Waid will be joined by his Daredevil collaborator Paolo Rivera, who will be providing the covers for the series. No interior artist has been named at this time. in a press release Waid talked a little about his plans for the series,

“With this Green Hornet project, which I’ve been percolating on for more than ten years, I’m able to meld my love of the Hornet’s legacy with a little bit of Citizen Kane and a lot of Lawrence of Arabia to tell a story never before told–the dark years of the Hornet’s later career and the one mistake he makes that nearly costs him everything.”

Waid has a wonderful gift of getting to the core of the character and really bringing out the best in them. As a pulp fan I can not wait to see what he does.

Friday Morning it was revealed that Matt Wagner will be writing The Shadow Year One. I have spoken to Wagner at conventions and I know that the Shadow is one of his dream projects so I can’t wait to see what he brings to the character.

RZA to Direct Grant Morrison’s Happy.
Hip Hop Producer and Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA will be teaming up with Grant Morrison to bring Morrison’s newest creator owned comic Happy! to the big screen. RZA will direct and produce the film with Reginald Hudlin and Morrison will write the script.

Eric Powell and David Fincher Bring The Goon to Kickstarter.
Alright there Goon fans do you want to see the animated film adaptation brought to life? Well Director David Fincher and Goon creator Eric Powell are asking you to put your money where your mouth is. They have brought their pitch to Kickstarter in order to raise the $400,000 needed to complete the story reel for the entire film. You can check out the video below.

Ed Brubaker Sells Not One But Two New Television Series to Fox and NBC.
This week comic writer Ed Brubaker sold not one, but two television series, one to Fox. Rising Suns which according to The Hollywood Reporter describes as
American Yakuza underboss fighting for his life – sometimes with martial arts skills he honed during his time in Japan – as he gets involved with the female FBI agent who’s hunting him.

The NBC series is currently untitled it focuses on a “young female agent-in-training, who is part of her agency’s cleanup crew and shadows a more famous agent erasing all traces of his missions.” For both series Brubaker will serve as a writer and executive producer.

LIGHTNING ROUND Announcements 
As you can see this has been a crazy week of announcements and news so to help me cover more this week I am going to have to give you the bulletpoints just so that you can get all the highlights .

  • Lost Producer Carlton Cuse Developing The Sixth Gun for NBC.
  • Shailene Woodley star of The Descendents is in talks to play Mary Jane Watson in Amazing Spider-Man 2, which hits theaters May 2nd 2014. Other roles currently being cast are Harry Osborn and Electro. Insert requisite “Tiger, You just hit the jackpot.” Quip here.
  • The Expendables composer Brian Tyler will be the composer for Iron Man 3.
  • Disney released the official synopsis for Thor 2: The Dark World this week.
  • Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery” #83 in August, 1962.“Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  • Valiant Comics is aiming to bring their comic Shadowman to the big screen. Deadline reports J. Michael Straczynski will write the script.
  • Comixology had a record breaking week this week when it broke 100,000,000 (one-hundred million) downloads this week . The lucky download was Bill Willingham’s Pantheon #3.The site also announced Comixology Submit, which will allow self-publishers to offer their comics on Comixology. You can submit your contact information HERE.

Okay there we have it guys I hope you all enjoyed the extra large New York Comic Con sized edition of The Impact…I am going to go take a nap.

Matt Todd