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New York Comic Con was a bit of a whirlwind, even if you weren’t actually, y’know, there. Publishers revealed new titles, new creative teams, new initiatives, new prices.
However, there were some announcements that just stood out, because of the creators involved, or because we’ve been hoping for them, or — any number of reasons, really.
These are the 10 announcements (in no particular order) that made J.K. Parkin and me particularly happy:
1. Dark Horse’s Noir anthology: This apparently got lost in the hustle and bustle of the convention’s first day, because I didn’t know about it until I saw the press release on the publisher’s website. Edited by Diana Schutz, Noir will feature bleak stories by such heavy hitters as Brian Azzarello, Gabriel Ba, Eduardo Baretto, Ed Brubaker, Rick Geary, Paul Grist, Jeff Lemire, David Lapham, Fabio Moon, Dean Motter and Sean Phillips. It’s due out in September. – Kevin
2. The Unwritten by Mike Carey and Peter Gross: I’m a sucker for just about anything Mike Carey does, particularly if it’s for Vertigo … from Lucifer to the criminally underrated Crossing Midnight. Throw in Peter Gross and an intriguing idea, and I’m there. – JK
3. Beasts of Burden, by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson: The four Dark Horse Book of … anthologies were entertaining reads, but the high points (for me, at least) were Dorkin and Thompson’s sad and charming stories about a group of dogs and a cat who battle supernatural forces in their seemingly normal neighborhood. The Dark Horse series ended more than two years ago, with Dorkin teasing that the animal stories might continue some day. That finally was confirmed on Friday with the announcement of the Beasts of Burden four-issue miniseries. – Kevin
4. Alias miniseries, by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos: While this weekend was a virtual buffet of Bendis-related announcements, from Powers on FX to Spider-Woman Motion Comics, it was a smaller announcement that caught my eye: Marvel revealed at the Cup ‘O Joe panel that Jessica Jones would be getting a four-issue miniseries next year. I was a big fan of the original, so I’m looking forward to it. – JK
5. Yotsuba&! from Yen Press, and Gogo Monster from Viz Media: Fans of Yotsuba&!, Kiyohiko Azuma’s slice-of-life comedy, were a bit distraught when ADV Manga canceled the solicitation for the sixth volume, and then faded away. So there was much cheering on Saturday when Yen Press revealed it had picked up the license and will release Vol. 6 in September. The weekend’s other big manga news came from Viz Media, which pleased fans of Taiyō Matsumoto (Tekkonkinkreet) by announcing the eagerly awaited translation of Gogo Monster will hit shelves in November. – Kevin
6. Daniel Govar’s Azure starts Feb. 24: Govar won Zuda’s October contest, and at the Zuda panel it was announced his undersea adventure Azure will start its run later this month. Why is this cool? Because we’ll get to see more panels like this:
And we’ll get to see what happens after this panel. – JK
7. David Lafuente as the new artist on Ultimate Spider-Man: Or is that Ultimate Comics Spider-Man? Whatever the case, the announcement is terrific news. That’s nothing against Stuart Immonen, mind you — he’s fantastic. It’s just that Lafuente demonstrated in Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #3 that he can nail those action sequences; his wall-crawler is fluid, dynamic. I know there’s already a bit of hand-wringing on message boards, but if you have any doubts about Lafuente, just take a look at this sequence. That’s Spider-Man. – Kevin
8. Becky Cloonan, Vasilis Lolos, Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon’s Buffy one-shot: After two years of producing their own self-published book for San Diego Comic-Con, the Eisner-winning Pixu/5 crew is recruited by a publisher to work on something together. Really, really great move, Dark Horse. The only thing that would make this better would be to add Rafael Grampa back into the mix. – JK
9. Detective Comics, by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III: After plenty of delays (and mixed signals), Batwoman is finally getting her own series. Well, sort of. DC’s highest-profile lesbian character won’t get that long-rumored miniseries; instead, she’ll star in the publisher’s longest-running title, Detective Comics, in a story arc by Rucka and Williams. The preview pages for Issue 854, which sport colors by Dave Stewart, are absolutely stunning. June can’t get here soon enough. – Kevin
10. Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham: I didn’t know what to think about the announcement of the new Fantastic Four team when it first occurred, but the more I think about it, the more the idea grows on me. Hickman’s take on the four characters in this interview struck me as possibly getting what they’re all about. – JK