Even though the San Diego Comic Con is the closest any of us will see to nerd nirvana, there’s also an overwhelming flood of product announcements. Some of these announcements, such as Neil Gaiman on Batman, or Kevin Smith . . . on Batman, have been amply covered by the ‘Big Two’ Comics News sites. Out of all the material that will be released, these are the upcoming releases that I’m most excited about.
BPRD 1947: Joshua Dysart/Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon (Umbrella Academy, Casanova) – This miniseries was announced by Dark Horse during the SDCC Horror Panel, riding on the crest of the success of the sequel to the Hellboy movie and the BPRD 1946 miniseries. According to Scott Allie, the Dark Horse editor overseeing the project, the series will mix some of the themes of the BPRD 1946 series with 19th century gothic horror fiction.
Creepy Magazine: Dark Horse hasn’t announced much about this series, save to note that it will be 48 pages, quarterly, and will basically have the same aesthetic as the classic magazine published by Warren in the 1960’s. This will come out in 2009.
Umbrella Academy 2: Same creative team (Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba), continuation of the popular mini that was released in 2007. I still have to catch up with the first Umbrella Academy, but this seems like something to look out for.
Electric Ant: I’m really excited about this. An adaptation of the Phillip K. Dick classic, it will be written by David Mack, with covers by Paul Pope, and art by Pascal Elixe. I’ve never seen any of Elixe’s work, but the outtakes I’ve seen look very cool. On an upcoming podcast, we express some concern about an overly literal interpretation of the story, which may be somewhat allayed by comments Mack made in a recent interview with Newsarama.
War Machine: This will replace the Iron Man: Director of SHIELD book. Does this mean that Tony Stark will no longer be the Director of SHIELD? I dunno, but it seems to mean that the subtly different perspective on Iron Man in Invincible Iron Man (which seems to be closer to the film version) will become the primary comic-book version of the character. Greg Pak will be writing, which I think is pretty cool, with pencils by Leonard Manco. At the Mondo Marvel panel, this was described as a ‘hardcore’ book, which should be pretty interesting to see, even though I’m more interested in it as a counterpoint to the whole Adam: The Legend of the Blue Marvel crap. Was that too judgmental of me? Time to move on.
Flash Rebirth: The story of Barry Allen’s return and continuing adventures, as told by Geoff Johns and Ethan van Scier. Will it be as good as the Sinestro Corps or will it be as mediocre/navel gazing as Green Lantern: Rebirth? Will Pedro’s assertion that Johns is a rapidly improving writer be proven right? Or will my cynicism/skepticism win out? As Joe loves to say, time will tell.
N: A web 2.0 version of an unpublished Stephen King story. This will be written (or adapted) by Marc Guggenheim, with art by Alex Maleev. This is a joint project between Marvel Entertainment, Scribner, Simon and Schuster Digital, CBS Mobile, and the letter M. N will either be a brilliant strategy to maximize revenue through multiple platforms, or a clusterfuck. I can’t wait to see which it will be.
War of Kings: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Black Bolt and the Inhumans, and a big space crossover. I’m sold (even though Vulcan’s involved). Read an interview here.
Filthy Rich: An intriguing entry from the Vertigo Crime line of titles, Filthy Rich is written by Brian Azzarello, with art by Victor Santos. I hate 100 Bullets with the passion of a thousand suns, but I like many of Azzarello’s other hard-boiled fiction titles. Azzarello describes it as a story “all about the celebrity culture of wealth and why people find that so fascinating and how people get sucked into it.” Sounds cool.
Daytripper: A new Vertigo project by the prolific Ba/Moon brothers, Daytripper is “the story of a guy who wants to be a writer, and about how the things you do everyday can determine what you’re going to do for the rest of your life.”
I’m sure that there are some titles that I’ve overlooked that look interesting, but this is what initially caught my eye. If you’ve been following SDCC coverage (or if you were an attendee), what new projects are you looking forward to?