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WonderCon | A round-up of announcements from Sunday

X-Men

There wasn’t as much news coming out of WonderCon today compared to Friday and Saturday, but there were a few announcements:

• Marvel announced that Wolverine & the X-Men: Alpha & Omega, The Massive and Conan the Barbarian writer Brian Wood will take over writing both X-Men and Ultimate X-Men. About the latter, he told CBR, “I can bring something to the table here, a certain POV that I think will work really well. At its core it’s still the same mutant/human conflict, but the stakes are incredibly high and with the Ultimate line having more leeway than 616, you can really push it to the edge, and over the edge. With my stories, I’m looking forward to having them push back against this repression in a major way — not just in one-on-one cases but as a collective whole, a unified mutant push for freedom, for safety, for basic human rights. For the right to be a mutant and live free. What’s happening to them now is essentially a genocide, an ethnic cleansing.”

• Marvel also announced a new Dark Avengers series by Jeff Parker, Kev Walker and Declan Shalvey that replaces Thunderbolts. The book will feature Dark Scarlet Witch, Dark Spider-Man, Trickshot, Ragnarok and Skaar, along with Luke Cage.

• Parker’s Hulk, which features General Thunderbolt Ross as the Red Hulk, will pit the red goliath, A-Bomb, the She-Hulks, Alpha Flight and Machine Man against the Mayan Gods. He’ll be joined by artist Dale Eaglesham. “Dale has a world-sized imagination, and that’s what you need in a story about the return of ancient gods. Also it’s mostly set in a lush jungle environment, which he kills at with his classic adventure sensibilities. He makes wild sci-fi look utterly believable. And the characters are gorgeous! We get pretty excited when Dale pages roll into the inbox,” Parker told Newsarama.

• Chris Ryall spoke a little more about some of the projects IDW announced at the show, including their plans for Judge Dredd and The Crow.

• And finally, fans of Marvel’s cosmic line have something to look forward to, as Tom Brevoort teased big plans for the end of the year. “We’re putting our full attention into blowing that up and making it a part of overall Marvel publishing,” said Brevoort. “More Guardians stuff is coming up when you least expect it.”

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“The book will feature Dark Scarlet Witch, Dark Spider-Man, Trickshot, Ragnarok and Skaar, along with Luke Cage.”

I applaud Marvel for putting Dark Scarlet Witch and Dark Spider-Man on the line-up, but I’m very, very disappointed it’s not Power Punch Skaar, Hydro Action Luke Cage, Twisty Knickers Trickshot and Rusty Shackles Ragnarok. Way to screw the pooch, Marvel.

Marvel spends a lot of time re-acting to DC’s actions. Justice Leage DARK — DARK Avengers.

I may be off base here but it just seems to me that Marvel spends a lot of time being REactive rather than active.

Anyone remember when Marvel announced that a book they were putting out (Sleepwalker, if I recall the title correctly), was going to be “Sandman done right”.

@Tom Hunter, yup. I remember that quote, and, IIRC, Sleepwalker was an enjoyable book in and of itself, but in no ways comparable to Sandman.

(And, technically, Marvel did have Norm Osborn’s Dark Avengers book a few years back. So it’s more of a reaction to DC’s reaction.)

Is Brevoort hinting at a Cosmic Avengers title. Given Marvel’s current strategy if a GotG book is returning, I cannot imagine it being calling it “Avengers Guarding the Galaxy” or “Guarding the Galaxy Avengers”. Given how well the last Annihilators title sold, I figure Marvel would let that brand rest for a while.

“Marvel spends a lot of time re-acting to DC’s actions. Justice Leage DARK — DARK Avengers.

I may be off base here but it just seems to me that Marvel spends a lot of time being REactive rather than active.

Anyone remember when Marvel announced that a book they were putting out (Sleepwalker, if I recall the title correctly), was going to be “Sandman done right”.”

You’re right, you ARE off base here. Dark Avengers, as a Marvel property, dates back to March of 2009 (Spinning out of Dark Reign), predating Justice League Dark by over two years. How exactly is Marvel REacting here? It’s not even like they’re resurrecting a long dead property either, DA just wrapped in late 2010/Early 2011 with Siege and was revisited less than a year later in a still ongoing New Avengers storyline.

“Given how well the last Annihilators title sold, I figure Marvel would let that brand rest for a while.”

Eh, as far as things that matter on a book, title’s far from chief in my opinion. Take Wolverine and the X-Men. Everyone was decrying it as a joke and a horrible plan, but now it’s about the best reviewd X-Book on the stands (And debateably the best Marvel book in general, up there with Daredevil). If Marvel puts out a quality cosmic book, they could call it Wolverine and the Fantastic X-Avengers for all I care if it’ll keep the book afloat.

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