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San Diego Comic-Con: Comics Report

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Last week, you could not possibly have missed that there was this little thing called San Diego Comic Con. SDCC gave us lots of news from the worlds of sci-fi, movies and TV but there was also a bit of news more related to the amazing world of actual comics.  We thought we might give you a summary of a few of the big comic news stories that came out of SDCC in case you missed them.

MARVEL

S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Marvel Universe by Mike Deodato. And a monkey.
S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Marvel Universe by Mike Deodato. And a monkey.

SHIELD COMIC – Fan favorite Mark Waid will be writing a new comic called S.H.I.E.L.D. for Marvel comics that will send the characters from the TV show into the current Marvel continuity.  While events of the show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will not spill over into the comic book universe, characters that have only been on the show so far will premiere in the comic including, but not limited to  Melinda May, Fitz, Simmons. It also appears that an as yet unnamed monkey that has appeared in neither the show nor the Marvel Universe will also be in the comic.

Angela – A new ongoing Angela: Asgard’s Assassin will premiere in November written by Kieron Gillen & Marguerite Bennett with art by Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans. It looks like the basic plan is to take Angela on the run and give her a chance to meet the rest of the Marvel Universe. BTW she has been revealed to be Odin’s daughter and Thor’s sister so don’t get in her way.

Princess Leia by Terry Dodson
Princess Leia by Terry Dodson

I’ve got a good feeling about this – Fans are buzzing about the upcoming Star Wars movies and they can fill the void until the next premiere with three new Star Wars titles from Marvel. They are

  • Star Wars by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday. The story is set after the events of Episode IV and features the Luke, Han and Leia going after Vader
  • Star Wars: Darth Vader by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca follows Vader after the events of Episode IV. The series starts next February.
  • Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson is a five-issue miniseries that will start in March. The series will show Leia dealing with the loss of the planet Alderaan.

No word yet on whether the books will crossover at all event they do seem to be set in the same time period. The press release from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment says that these stories will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars universe. It remains to be seen if this is terribly important as the next movies are set well after Episode VI.

DC COMICS – not nearly as much news from DC on the comics front but we did get

Multiversity Art – Multiversity by Grant Morrison will feature a rotating cast of artists and each issue will feature a different world of the DC Multiverse. In a panel with Morrison, images of early art from books as well as a ‘Map of the Multiverse’ were revealed. The series will run nine total issues. See more images and character sketches here.

The Map of the DC Multiverse
The Map of the DC Multiverse

Other Promotional art – DC also revealed a first look at the art for two different books. The first was Batman Earth One Volume Two which is written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Gary Frank and the second is the from the new Wonder Woman run by Meredith and David Finch. Check out the previews at IGN.

Harlan Ellison lost script – Famous science fiction writer Harlan Ellison wrote an unused script for the sixties Batman TV show staring Adam West. That oversight is being corrected as the script will now be adapted for the Batman ’66 comic series. The issue comes out in November, 2014 with a script by Len Wein and artwork by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Joe Prado. Be sure to look for the Alex Ross cover.

IMAGE COMICS

A dozen new titles from Image Comics by big time creators were announced at the Image Expo which got the jump on the competition by releasing their news on Wednesday at the preview night. New titles include work from creators like Rick Remender, Kurt Busiek, Warren Ellis, Joe Casey, Gabriel Hardman, Becky Cloonan, Jeff Lemire and Dusti Nguyen. Read more about the titles here.

IDW

Orphan Black comes to comics – The world of the popular science fiction TV series Orphan Black will soon be coming to the world of comics.  IDW will not retell the stories from the TV show but will instead tell all-new stories set in that world. IDW is working with the show’s producers to create a book faithful to the show and the comic should premiere in early 2015. No creative team has yet been announced. Full press release here.

IDW/Boom

Take your paws off my prime directive you damn dirty ape!
Take your paws off my prime directive you damn dirty ape!

Star Trek travels to the Planet of the Apes – IDW and Boom comics have teamed as publishers to create an alternate future where the Planet of the Apes can be visited by the Starship Enterprise. In Star Trek/Planet of the Apes, Kirk, Taylor, Klingons and Dr Zaius will all be battling for control over Ape City. Scott and David Tipton will pen the stories with interior art by Rachael Stott. The press release does not have a release date but you can check it out here.

Aspen Publishing

Aspen had numerous announcements regarding their publications. 2015 will see Lola XOXO Volume 2 as well as spin-off mini Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam. They also had information about Dellec, Legend of the Shadow Clan and a (described) kid friendly book called Fathom: The Adventures of Ernie. More about all of their news over here.

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