Really, there is just too much great stuff to list here. Batman, Inc. sounds fantastic, especially if Yanick Paquette does the art on the series for more than one arc as it would be nice to see on any of Morrison's Batman work have great and consistent art for more than a few issues. The new Seaguy series sounds fantastic and looks like it is returning to some of the themes that made the first such an engaging read. The few hints about Multiversity sound great as well and I'm very glad that DC is letting the artists take the time to do it right instead of rushing it out. The biggest announces though were Absolute We3, with ten new pages of Quitely artwork, plus Morrison's promise of a Flex Mentallo reprint or collection, even if no specifics were given.
Not a lot of new manga series were announced in general but two did catch my eye. First, from Vertical, was Lychee Light Club by Usamaru Furuya. I've heard a lot of positive buzz about Furuya and Vertical has put some other titles I've enjoyed so I'll give it a shot. What got me excited though was that Yen Press is going to be releasing Kaoru Mori's The Bride's Stories. Mori is the creator of Emma, a series from DC's now defunct CMX imprint, which I enjoyed a great deal and made her a must read creator me so I am definitely looking forward to any new work from her.
Although Dan Slott's work on Amazing Spider-Man to date has generally been disappointing, I'm still excited for the title's new direction. Aside from the fact that Slott sound very enthusiastic about it, Big Time looks like it is going to an honest-to-god new direction for Spider-Man rather than a throwback to stories from 30 years ago with some new stuff mixed in. Add in the fantastic art team of Humberto Ramos, Marcos Martin, and Stefano Caselli I'm very tempted to follow Amazing Spider-Man, in singles no less, for the first time since I was 14 years old.
Not much to say other than it was nice to see a lot of comics and creators I like not only get some nominations but win as well. These include The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Chew, JH Williams III, Beasts of Burden, Sin Titulo, Dave Stewart, Jill Thompson, Parker: The Hunter, and Marian Churchland. Congrats to all involved.
Not Sure Comic Con Gets Much Better Than This
Actually, as awesome as Stan The Man is on Odin's throne, Morrison did a short interpretive dance at his panel so that is possibly the only thing that could over take this but, sadly, I haven't seen any footage available so I can't say.
With Disney, and now Marvel, owning the rights to CrossGen, it's been something of a dream come true to see the possibility of these properties seeing reprints (please make some oversized hardcovers if you can, the art is simply stunning across the board for CrossGen), revivals with finishes to stories that were cut short by the bankruptcy or outright fresh starts.
I swear, if I was at Comic-Con, this would be mine by any means necessary.
Rocket Raccoon & Groot
Groot? Rocket Raccoon? In their own miniseries? Sign me up.
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Heresy, I know, but one of my favourite piece of news from Comic-Con had more to do with a movie. The Thor movie is shaping up quite nicely, with an all-star cast, but the props totally sent my inner fanboy into overdrive. I know people had complained about the lack of Loki’s horned helmet, but it wasn’t a big deal to me. Once I saw it and the other helmets from Thor and Odin though, something clicked in my head: this is going to be epic. The throne, Destroyer Armor, and the Infinity Gauntlet added to that. The designs may not be exactly like the original Jack Kirby ones, but the spirit, the grandeur, and the sheer scope of it means that it will at least channel the same tone.
Groot and Rocket Raccoon
The most unlikely of buddies are going to get their own spotlight in the future. The fact that they got Mike Mignola (who drew Rocket’s first mini) to draw the cover of it is just icing on this cosmic cake. And that’s another positive thing. While we don’t know exactly what shape or form the cosmic side of Marvel will look like, at least we know that they are going to keep pushing forward with it in one way or the other.
Suicide Squad Video Game
I think this should have been a bigger announcement, instead of a just a line dropped among other news in the middle of a panel that opened by saying “there is no big news here”. Anyway, the idea behind the Suicide Squad lends itself to a bloody video game pretty easily, and because they are using a small franchise, the developers can go wild on the whole thing (as opposed to if they were doing a Superman game or something). Want to make this even better? Then throw in the Secret Six into the mix, and get Gail Simone to write the plot behind it.
They are just a taste of the things we loved from this year's SDCC. It actually proved to be a con that still held a stack of cool news and reveals, no matter what the pundits thought it might be like beforehand. What were your favourite items from the SDCC? Let us know in the comments.