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July 28, 2008

SDCC Link Blog News Round Up Extravaganza – What Should You Look Forward To?

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , — Jamaal Thomas @ 8:57 am

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?


  1. Random thoughts from the end of the convention and my own rattled notepad:

    – Depressing to see the ABSENCE of so many things on the floor itself. Wizards of the Coast, Tokyopop (seriously, those guys were one of the KINGS of the floor in years past), and quite a lot of longtime webcomics visitors dropped out this year.
    – It hit me in a panel: Greg Pak is Marvel’s Geoff Johns for reviving the strangest characters in a new light. Hercules, and now War Machine? And this is not knocking anyone mentioned, but now they’re going two for two on things (maybe three, I guess, we could count Pak’s run on Hulk as the GL analog here).
    – Electric Ant looked somewhat lame at the panel. Thanks for pointing out that interview to make me interested again.
    – You are not, in fact, the only one who can’t stand 100 Bullets. Thank you for making me feel less alone in this.

    I’mma shut up and sleep now.

    Comment by Syrg — July 28, 2008 @ 9:09 am

  2. Honestly, I thought the blockbuster oh-shit news of the con was Neil Gaiman doing an Alan Moore masturbation session. I also don’t really think Pak is Marvel’s Johns – I’d say that’s a role split up between Bendis and Brubaker – because Johns just involves revamped characters in successful team books. We’re not gonna see a top-thirty Amazing Man ongoing anytime soon.

    Comment by David Uzumeri — July 28, 2008 @ 11:42 am

  3. I have no interest in reading Neil Gaiman on Batman doing any kind of homage to Alan Moore. I’m frankly sick of homages. Look to the future!

    Comment by Jamaal Thomas — July 28, 2008 @ 11:50 am

  4. Oh, I agree completely, I’m just saying that was the most surprising item. I’m sure it’ll be a cute enough little story but frankly I’d rather they just continue with Morrison’s work. (I assume this backwards-looking wankery is why Morrison isn’t writing the story himself).

    Still, the implications of the format and placement of the story are pretty huge, so I admit being deathly curious.

    Comment by David Uzumeri — July 28, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  5. I’d assume the same re: Morrison, and I think that tapping Gaiman as a writer indicates that it won’t entirely be a gimmick. Did Gaiman give any reason for wanting to do this in the first place?

    Comment by Jamaal Thomas — July 28, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

  6. Gaiman hasn’t even been interviewed yet.

    Comment by David Uzumeri — July 28, 2008 @ 1:34 pm

  7. Whoa whoa whoa- Pak does NOT equal Johns. No way, no how. Pak can actually vary his tone. He’s not into endless phyrric victory bullshit. He didn’t spend a good chunk of his life reading nothing but Inifinity Inc. And his dialogue is a good deal better.

    Sorry, that Flash: Rebirth announcement set me on edge.

    I’m most excited about the news that Urasawa’s Pluto is making it over here. It’s an amazing series.

    Comment by Dan Coyle — July 28, 2008 @ 2:40 pm

  8. I’m most excited about the potential of new Milestone comics.

    Comment by Dave Snyder — July 28, 2008 @ 5:09 pm

  9. I’m most excited about the news that Urasawa’s Pluto is making it over here. It’s an amazing series.

    Wait, WHAT? Oh shit, scratch what I said, I have a new favorite.

    Comment by Syrg — July 28, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

  10. I’d be far more excited about Milestone if they weren’t about to get thrown into the meat grinder that is the DCU.

    Comment by Dan Coyle — July 29, 2008 @ 12:43 am

  11. I’m not familiar w/ Pluto at all, but the Wikipedia entry looks interesting. When is that supposed to be released?

    Comment by Jamaal Thomas — July 29, 2008 @ 6:28 am

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