For those who love GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (and who doesn’t), Rocket Raccoon and Groot are getting their own four-issue miniseries this January entitled (wait for it)… ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning will be writing it with art from Timothy Green. Mike Mignola will provide the cover art for issue 1. How the team will manage dialogue for a comic that gives second billing to a character who can only say “I am Groot” is open for speculation.
Mark Waid will be reimagining Captain America’s return from the ice for a modern era with a five-issue miniseries CAPTAIN AMERICA: MAN OUT OF TIME with Arthur Molina, beginning this November.
Joss Whedon is not only directing THE AVENGERS, he’s writing the entire script.
Also, in a move that has surprised no one who uses Google or has watched anything Joss Whedon has made in the past eight years, Nathan Fillion has been confirmed as playing the role of Ant Man. Or maybe Joss was joking.
First off, Batclan news. Grant Morrison will be following his THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE miniseries with a one-shot entitled BATMAN: THE RETURN. Following this, he will be writing a Batman-centric team book called BATMAN Inc. Morrison told the audience at today’s DC panel that the book will be about “What happens when Bruce is more in the equation and what he does with the Batman idea and turns it into a franchise”
Turns it into a franchise? That sounds, er, interesting.
Paul Cornell, late of the award-winning CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND M13 series, will be writing KNIGHT & SQUIRE, a new ongoing series about Batman and Robin’s British counterparts.
Paul Dini will be writing a long story arc on STREETS OF GOTHAM, entitled “House of Hush”, in which an older villain wants to kill Bruce for being a Wayne, not for being Batman. The storyline will explore the Wayne family backstory of the generations before Bruce, and will be quite long, beginning soon and extending into December or January.
According to Vertigo editor Shelly Bond, John Constantine will be walking down the aisle in a super-sized HELLBLAZER #275. Whether the commitment-phobic magus will actually end up married or not, of course, is unconfirmed.
Also, Executive Editor Karen Berger confirmed that all Vertigo characters originating in the DCU would be returning to that division from Vertigo, including Swamp Thing and Madame Xanadu. Speculation — and Previews — suggests that John Constantine will not be joining them.
The cast of the upcoming Young Justice animated series has been revealed! The main cast will be Jesse McCartney as Robin/Dick Grayson, Danica McKellar as Miss Martian, Kari Peyton as Aqualad, Jason Spizak as Kid Flash/Wally West (confirming once and for all that it is not set in the same universe as JLU), Nolan North as Superboy/Connor Kent and Stephani Lemelin as Artemis. Adult mentor superheroes will appear in the cartoon and include Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Rob Lowe as Captain Marvel, Phil LaMarr as Aquaman, and Alan Tudyk as Green Arrow.
NOT FROM COMIC CON (But still interesting)
Rehearsals — and wire-flying lessons — have started up for actors on the delayed and beleaguered Spider-Man musical, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. It could begin previews as early as October.
Kate Fitzsimons writes for Publishers Weekly, Publishers Weekly Comics Week, and her personal comics and geek culture blog geekiferous.com.