Our necks are pretty sore after trying to keep an eye on all the news flying left and right around New York ComicCon this year. Luckily, to save you any serious injuries, we’ve gathered all the big Marvel comics announcements in one place, to keep you up to date on what to expect from them in the near future.
Spider-Man (still) has no luck with clones
Now called The Clone Conspiracy, the once entitled Dead No More is the next game-changing entry into Peter Parker’s life. Writer Dan Slott had a lot to say about it over the weekend, especially on its own panel.
“We’re going back in time and showing you something you’ve never seen before that is canon,” Slott said. “It all works, and you’ll see it Wednesday.”
Joined by Marvel Senior Editor Nick Lowe, the panel teased January’s The Clone Conspiracy #4, with the Lizard on the cover. “It almost looks like the Lizard is defending his family from Spider-Man,” Lowe flirted.
During the Q&A portion of the panel, someone asked about the return of Doctor Octopus, following the fan-dividing antics that lead to Superior Spider-Man. “His story’s going to take some pretty weird turns,” Slott said. “If you’re a fan of Superior Spider-Man and the character, you will like this stuff.”
Finally, addressing Spidey’s history with clones, when probed about a possible return from Ben Reilly, Slott remarked “He’s goo,” with Lowe backing him up “It is hard to come back from a puddle of goo.”
Still, never say never in comics.
Speaking on Joe Quesada’s panel (more on that later), he summed up what Dead No More had in store, saying “We’re taking all the characters that made you cried when they died, and bringing them back and emotionally hurting them.” Slott promised characters “you’ve wanted to see for a long time coming back.”
The Clone Conspiracy starts on Wednesday.
Watch Dan’s round up with the Marvel LIVE! guys here:
Captain Marvel is coming out of Civil War II a changed character…
Margaret Stohl was one of the fantastic females who took to the Women of Marvel panel (more on that in a minute) to talk about what’s to come. She dropped some details about Black Widow: Red Vengeance, as well as the new, post Civil War II run on Captain Marvel. Talking to the Marvel LIVE! Youtube roundup team afterwards, she said “I’m super excited to kick off issue 0 in the Captain Marvel reboot in December.” Talking about the demand for characters such as Black Widow and Captain Marvel, she added “I’m super excited, and there’s a great community behind and so much support at Marvel for strong woman characters.”
Watch the whole interview here:
…And the other Women of Marvel aren’t taking a back seat
Speaking of the panel, a small army of Marvel maidens gathered to talk about the future. Made up of Content development director Sana Amanat, producer Judy Stephens, social media manager Adri Cowan, writers Margaret Stohl (Black Widow: Red Vengeance) and Amy Reeeder (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur), artist Erica Henderson (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), Marvel Netflix series costume designer Stephanie Maslansky and themed entertainment coordinator Kelsey Damassa, they discussed the business, and what we can expect from them soon.
Speaking on everybody’s favourite squirrel based hero, Henderson said “Well, right now we wanted to do a more low-key story,” adding “Obviously, there’s superhero stuff, but we like to focus on her as a character… we also wanted to throw in some stuff about how we’re more terrible around our parents when we go home.”
Amanat confirmed that Shannon and Dean Hale’s Squirrel Girl novel will be released in February next year.
It was also time to reveal a bit of news about a very unique story coming down the pipeline. Amanat spoke about Madaya Mom. It will explore the conflict in Syria from Madaya Mom’s perspective, and “is actually a really incredible collaboration we did with ABC News. There has been this woman who has been chronicling a journal with ABC News out in Syria,” she said. “[ABC] reached out to Marvel to see if we would lend them an artist… It’s free for people to read and peruse [online]… We’re very proud of this one.”
Amanat was a little more secretive about her two upcoming series (Hulk and America). “It’s not She-Hulk! It is called Hulk! Jen Walters is the Hulk,” she said of the first. “I believe it will be out December 2015. And then America Chavez! That’s all the information you get today about that series,” she said, shooting the panel down. “We have been working on this a very, very long time… everything has come together for this moment, so we’re very excited.”
You can read about the panel’s full discussion at Comic Book Resources.
It’s still Joe’s world
In what has become quite the tradition, Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada held his Cup O’ Joe panel, welcoming Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, director of content and character development Sana Amanat, artist Khary Randolph (Mosaic) and writers Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man), David F Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist), Charles Soule (Inhumans vs X-Men) and Nick Spencer (Captain America: Steve Rogers, Captain America: Sam Wilson) for a sit down.
When Spencer was talking about the recent revelations surrounding Steve Rogers in the comics, an audible boo was heard. He addressed the big red, white and blue elephant in the room by saying “We’re going to come back to some of the things you saw in [issue] #4, as Steve’s big plans come to fruition.”
Spilling the beans on a brand new project, Alonso talked about the premise of the upcoming Monsters Unleashed event; “Skyscraper-sized monsters have descended into the Marvel Universe, and they’re creating havoc. All of our heroes have to get past their differences and unify to save the world. This is a really simple story — if you like seeing your heroes kick monster butt, this is the story for you.”
Talking about what is surely one of the funkiest releases this year, Alonso commented on Genndy Tartakovsky’s Cage! which launched last week, saying “We’ve got Cage in the silk shirt unbuttoned to his navel, the tiara, the way he’s meant to be,” selling that “It’s leaning hard into the blaxploitation era,” and for this guy’s money, is an essential purchase.
You can read more about what they had to say at Comic Book Resources.
Frank Tieri is a bit of a wildcard
It’s safe to say that Frank marches to the beat of his own drum. Dropping by the Marvel LIVE! Youtube roundup, he says it like it is and partakes in his own, unique way. Have a watch below:
Stan is still the man
Is there a bigger living legend in comics today than Stan Lee? His legacy has touched every comic fan in some way, Marvel fan or not. The best thing about such a rich career is getting to hear the stories that some have about Stan the Man; how he’s helped them, influenced them and all round been an awesome guy.
To celebrate hia epic career, NTCC held a panel, moderated by the embodiment of comic book nerd Kevin Smith and featuring comic book legends Walt Simonson (Thor) and Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men). They laughed, shared stories and left more than a few in attendance in tears.
You can watch the full, hour-plus panel here:
More to be added as we get it…