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While I was enjoying my time at APE up in San Francisco, the New York Comic Con was raging on with announcements and such. Before I get into a rundown of the comic-related news coming out of the East Coast today, let’s jump back to yesterday real quick so I can update one of the items from my Friday round-up. I mentioned that Dark Horse would publish a comic based on the upcoming video game The Last of Us, but I didn’t know at the time the most important part — the always awesome Faith Erin Hicks is co-writing AND drawing the comic. That’s a “Stop the presses” moment if I’ve ever seen one.
Ok, now on to Saturday …
• Apparently space is the place at NYCC … following DC’s announcement of Threshold yesterday, Marvel officially announced the return of two of their cosmic titles — Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova. Guardians, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Steve McNiven, comes out in February and apparently will feature Iron Man, or at least someone in his armor. Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness are the creative team for Nova, which features Sam Alexander, the Nova from Avengers vs. X-Men.
• Marvel also announced The Punisher Nightmare by Scott Gimple and Mark Texiera, where the Punisher finds a man with an origin not unlike his own and has to determine whether he becomes an ally or an enemy.
• Nick Spencer and Luke Ross are taking over Secret Avengers, which will relaunch with a new cast and premise. The team will be run by SHIELD and will feature Hawkeye, Black Widow, Mockingbird, Taskmaster, Hulk, Nick Fury and a brand-new Iron Patriot.
• Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Stefano Caselli’s second arc on Avengers Assemble will focus on the Black Widow.
• Paul Pelletier will replace the departing Ivan Reis on Aquaman. Keith Giffen will join Paul Levitz on an arc of Legion of Super-Heroes. Jonah Hex will travel to the future to meet Adam Strange. And Ray Fawkes will join Jeff Lemire as co-writer of Justice League Dark.
• Image Comics announced many a new projects — Zero by Ales Kot and a host of artists, The Surface by Ales Kot and Langdon Foss, Three by Kieron Gillen and Ryan Kelly, Lost Vegas by Jim McCann and Janet Lee, Todd, The Ugliest Kid In The World by Ken Kristensen, the American publication of Snapshot by Andy Diggle and Jock, East Of West by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta, the graphic novel Feel Better Now by Hickman, One-Trick Rip-Off by Paul Pope, Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, Midnight Of The Soul by Howard Chaykin, and The End Times of Bram & Ben by James Asmus, Jim Festante and Rem Broo.
• IDW shared more details on their upcoming Mars Attacks crossover, including some really fun covers featuring various independent comics properties that won’t actually be in the books. They are also relaunching their GI Joe line and will publish the THUNDER Agents, apparently.