Wednesday, July 14, 2010
It's the road to the San Diego Comic-Con. It starts in just a week and it's always one of the biggest events on the comic scene radar. Announcements are made and plans are laid so we here at The Weekly Crisis thought we should sit down and put our thinking caps on to see if we could crystal ball gaze about what might come down the line at this event. The following is part wish-list and part highly educated guess. Hit the jump to see what we think!
We were asked on our Formspring account why we haven't written any primers or Hype Machines about Marvelman yet and it got me thinking about how we don't really know anything about it. There's some really early Mick Anglo work being reprinted in Marvelman Family Finest right now, but, let's be honest, everyone is more interested in knowing the status of Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman's work than the early works. I'm hoping we find out some concrete news on the reprint status of their work and, comic gods willing, if we'll be seeing Gaiman or, heaven forbid, someone else will finish his work that was cut short due so long ago.
Marvel Cosmic Titles
From Chaos War to Fred Van Lente's rumoured Cosmic Avengers title to just plain the return of Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy post-Thanos Imperative, I'm looking for something to satiate my need for some Marvel cosmic. Green Lantern is already getting a third book, so DC's got me covered on their end, but Marvel is criminally under represented at the moment. Looking to find out how they are going to remedy this come Comic-Con.
I doubt we'll get spoiled on the story, but I'm really interested in knowing the status of the Batman family post-Return of Bruce Wayne. The title implies Bruce is coming back in much the same way Captain America Reborn implied Steve Roger's return, but Rogers is no longer Cap in the current Marvel Universe. Will Bruce Wayne be Batman post-RoBW? Will Dick remain Batman? Will DC go the Flash and Green Lantern route and have multiple Batmen post-RoBW? I'm dying to know what's on tap for the Bat titles and, sadly, I doubt we'll find out anything with the storylines still ongoing, but still hopeful for some hints or rumours.
Will Grant Morrison be tackling the Multiverse later this year? Does this project still exist? Who's going to handle art chores? There's not much known beyond what was originally mentioned way back when, but I'm still very interested in exploring the Multiverse.
Ryan L's Predictions
Surely Marvel will unveil a plan for their massive major cinematic mash up, The Avengers. Whedon needs to be finalised, confirmed, and he can then tell everyone else what his plans are. It seems confirmed that we're getting Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and Nick Fury, but with Marvel announcing that Ed Norton won't be invited back for the party it seems we won't get him but the recasting makes the Hulk a guaranteed character as well. I'd hope that we'll find out if a script has been finalised, if Whedon had a hand in it, and maybe what rough plot plan they'll be looking for. With all those hero names we still don't have a villain and if they are hoping that the Jade Giant is going to fill those roles will he do so alone or be a puppet for someone more sinister, like Loki was in that very first Avengers debut from back in the day? So much needs to be clarified so San Diego seems the right time to do it.
I think we'll find out more about Jonathan Hickman's creator owned project, PLUS! I'm betting it'll be an Icon comic and that it will be insane as all hell. I think they'll also mention the next big storyline for the Fantastic Four, as Hickman will be joined by the incredibly talented Steve Epting and there seems to be a plan in place for the next 20 issues or so and I think revealing a tease for this now would be a great idea.
I just get a feeling that maybe Marvel will announce a few more titles for the Icon imprint. We've just seem Casanova and Scarlet re/launch and we know Kick Ass 2: Balls To The Wall is coming down the line. If we don't get news on any new titles or creators hitting that line then I at least expect Kick Ass 2 will have plenty of hype behind it with new images or something.
Dan Slott's Secret Project
For months now, Dan Slott has been working on a secret project that he can't reveal until San Diego. All signs point to the fact that he is going to become the sole writer of Amazing Spider-Man, in a new twice-monthly schedule. This seems like a very logical choice, as I don't see him replacing any other existing writer in the Avengers franchise, and he is not a big fan of the X-Men so that they would put him there. That being said, I hope they threw us a curve-ball and announce he is writing that no one saw coming, like a revamped Marvelman (just kidding!). Reckoning War would be pretty cool, too.
We already know a little bit of what's going to happen with the cosmic side of Marvel, with the recently announced Chaos War, but I suspect we are going to be hearing more during San Diego. I love what DnA have been doing, and I hope they stay writing for it, but adding more writers could be a breath of fresh air for the franchises, and hopefully lure in new readers into this awesome little corner of modern comic-dom.
So what has Gail Simone been all this time since she finished her Wonder Woman stint? Sure, she's still being awesome and writing the Secret Six book, and she has a new Tranquility mini for Wildstorm, but what else? DC must have something planned for her, right? I hope we get to hear some of the plans during San Diego.
These are just some possibilities that we estimate/hope/think might occur. What big news do you think will come from the San Diego Comic-Con? Let us know in the comments.