By Steve Morris
Fan Expo Canada unfolded across this weekend, bringing all sorts of unwashed comic creators to Toronto. And with them came all sorts of pictures and words which, when assembled into coherent form, will result in exciting and surprising announcements for us all to digest, before experiencing a series of hot sweats. Read on for a handful of the announcements, eh.
Marvel had a few of the stranger announcements, revealing that the creative team of Joe Keatinge and Rich Elson, fresh off a mysteriously cancelled ‘Thanos’ miniseries, have been snapped up by editor Steve Wacker to create an ongoing Morbius series. Yes, Morbius the Living Vampire is now the star of his own series! Debuting in January, this will spin out from the recent Lizard/Morbius/Spider-Man storyline in Amazing Spider-Man, and will be set up in Amazing Spider-Man 699.1, in December.
Marcos Martin’s variant for issue #700 of Amazing Spider-Man was also revealed, while Wacker explained that Stan Lee will not be contributing a story to the issue due to time constraints. Instead, Stan has elected to write the letters column for the issue, with a different Spider-Man celebration story planned wth The Man somewhere else. Wacker isn’t telling where, yet.
Some of the New Mutants will be headed into Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers books, indicating there’ll be even further integration between Marvel’s two franchises as we head into 2013. “I hope Doug Ramsey is one of them!” said nobody. A new cover was revealed for All-New X-Men, which shows the Extinction Team alive and well – save for Namor, the most prominent member to still be AWOL.
And again, all the X-Men are grimacing at readers
Rumour at the moment suggests these odd background characters present in all the ANXM covers may be the characters introduced in ‘The First X-Men’, Neal Adams’ current miniseries for Marvel. Or they might be new creations from Bendis. Or they might be Luke Cage and Jessica Jones in disguise.
DC were a little lower key, with their main announcement being a new series from Geoff Johns and David Finch.
Justice League of America will feature all the characters above, forming the new third tier of the ‘Justice League’ family. Catwoman, Martian Manhunter, Steve Trevor, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Baz (the new Arab-American Green Lantern with glowy arm fonts and a gun), Katana and Vibe are all on the team. This team will, as you may have guessed, operate as a bit of a shadowy counterpoint to the actual Justice League… but just not as shadowy as the Justice League Dark team. Slightly grey, really. Perhaps a 2B pencil.
On top of that, there’s going to be another one of them there ‘Before Watchmen’ books coming out, again capturing one of the best artists in the industry in order to induce tears from Alan Moore. Before Watchmen: Moloch will come from the creative team of Eduardo Risso and J. Michael Straczynski, revealing the past of the magician character who played a bit-part in the original story.
Before Watchmen: the little kid who reads the pirate comic, coming March 2013, presumably.
Anything else I’ve missed? What caught your eye in Toronto this weekend, Beatniks? (also, is ‘Beatniks’ the collective team for a group of Beat Readers?)