Axel-In-Charge: Facing the 'Divided' Marvel NOW! Future
As the Comic-Con International hangover sets in and the industry goes silent while creators, editors, publishers and publicists stagger home from San Diego, we’ll take a few minutes to try to collect the comics-related highlights of this year’s event. We’ll attempt to update as more panel reports appear and other information trickles out.
• Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples, Hawkeye‘s David Aja, and Building Stories by Chris Ware were the big winners at the 2013 Eisner Awards.
• At Diamond Comic Distributors’ Retailer Appreciation Lunch, Marvel teased the arrival of Marvelman — it’s been four years since the publisher revealed it had acquired the rights to the property — and, scheduled for January, a new wave of Marvel NOW! titles. In convention panels, the company announced: Wolverine: Origin II, by Kieron Gillen and Adam Kubert; the return of Nightcrawler in the first arc of Amazing X-Men, by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness; the November debut of Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe, by Chris Hastings and Jacopo Camagni; “Afterparty,” a two-issue arc of Young Avengers that celebrates Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s first year on the series; Steve McNiven will join Rick Remender in November on Uncanny Avengers; Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand, a Galactus-focused Ultimate Universe event by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley; and the January-launching Revolutionary War, in which writer Andy Lanning and “various superstar artists,” will resurrect some of the Marvel UK characters.
• DC Comics, which made its biggest announcements ahead of Comic-Con — Harley Quinn, written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and the Vertigo relaunch — revealed new digital-first series Scooby-Doo Meets Batman and Robin, Teen Titans Go, Beware the Batman and The Vampire Diaries, and the transition of Batman Beyond to Batman Beyond Universe, and Vertigo’s American Vampire Anthology.
• IDW Publishing’s flurry of announcements included: Walter Simonson’s return to the world of Norse mythology with Ragnarök, as well as remastered collections of his classic sci-fi series Star Slammers; the re-release of Dave Sim’s The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, remastered and redrawn; a December debut for Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground, by Darwyn Cooke; a continuation of Winsor McCay’s pioneering comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, by Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez;re-colored and remastered printings of Sam Kieth’s The Maxx in The Maxx: Maxximized, along wit the first-ever Maxx hardcover collections, and Artist’s Editions; a Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Artist’s Edition; and, as part of the company’s agreement with Rebellion/2000AD, a new Rogue Trooper series, along with newly re-colored releases of past and present Rogue Trooper comics. Still more announcements can be found on the publisher’s website.
• Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint announced Dead Body Road, a modern Western/noir miniseries by Justin Jordan and Matteo Scalera, and Manifest Destiny, an ongoing historical adventure by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts and Owen Gieni.
• Fantagraphics’ plans include an Eleanor Davis short-story collection, Sock Monkey Treasury: A”Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey” Collection, a three-volume retrospective/biography of S. Clay Wilson, and a collection of Simon Hanselmann’s “Megg, Mogg and Owl” webcomics.
• Top Cow revealed plans for a handful of titles, including Teen Witchblade by Stjepan Sejic, and Control, by Matt Hawkins and Colleen Doran.
• To celebrate its first anniversary, Monkeybrain Comics debuted five new digital titles on comiXology: Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective #1, by Jen Vaughn; Captain Ultimate #1, by Benjamin Baily, Joey Esposito and Boykoesh; Detectobot #0, by Peter Timony and Bobby Timon; Dropout #1, by Phil Hester and Tyler Walpole; and the re-release of Heartbreakers #1, by Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan.
• ComiXology, which has surpassed 180 million downloads, signed distribution agreements with Scholastic’s Graphix imprint, UDON Entertainment and Seven Seas Entertainment that launched during Comic-Con with dozens of works from the publishers’ catalogs. New titles will receive same-day digital release.