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Between Warner Bros.’ screening of the tear-inducing first footage from Man of Steel and Marvel Studios’ confirmation of Guardians of the Galaxy, the third day of Comic-Con International clearly belonged to movies. However, that doesn’t mean there were no comic-book announcements to emerge Saturday from San Diego. Here are some of the highlights:
• Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino crashed DC Comics’ Before Watchmen panel to reveal the publisher will release a five-issue miniseries based on the screenplay of his upcoming Western Django Unchained. The comic will debut in November, ahead of the film’s Dec. 25 opening.
• Image Comics unveiled a slate of new projects, including: The Bounce, by Joe Casey and David Messina; Satellite Sam, by Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin; Lazarus, by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark; The Saviors, James Robinson and J. Bone; Oliver, by Gary Whitta and Darick Robertson; Pretty Deadly, by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios; Sex, by Casey and Piotr Kowalski; Non-Humans, by Glen Brunswick and Whilce Portacio; Reign, by Chris Roberson and artist Paul Mayberry; Nowhere Men, by Eric Stephenson, Nate Bellegarde and Jordie Bellaire; Multiple Warheads, by Brandon Graham; Point of Impact, by Jay Faerber; and Great Pacific, by Joe Harris and Martin Morazzo.
• Fantagraphics announced that comiXology will carry digital editions of its books, beginning with the first four issues of Love and Rockets: New Stories. The fifth issue will receive same-day digital release in September.
• During its Friday panel, Monkeybrain Comics announced several new projects, including: Intergalactic, by Joe Keatinge and Ken Garing; Wanderer, by Kevin Church and Grace Allison; Masks and Mobsters, by Joshua William and Mike Henderson; Konqueror, by Chris Schweitzer and Audrey Morris; Roundup, edited by Schweitzer; Dreamsequence: Spirit of the Law, by Brandon Seifert and Michael Montenat; and Awesome Adventures, by Chris Roberson and Thomas N. Perkins IV.
• IDW Publishing will release Lost Angeles, by Kevin Eastman, Simon Bisley and Joe Pearson, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual co-written and drawn by Eastman.
• DC Comics finally confirmed that, contrary to its official announcement last month, Stephanie Brown won’t appear as Nightwing in its digital-first series Smallville Season 11. Instead, she’ll be replaced as Batman’s sidekick by Barbara Gordon.
• Marvel debuted an R-rated teaser trailer for Deadpool, the video game from Activision and High Moon Studios slated for release next year.