I’m worn out from Comic-Con, and I wasn’t even there. Had I been, I likely would’ve been the guy sitting in the middle of the aisle, rocking and sobbing. Well, one of the guys.
Unlike the past couple of years, this Comic-Con wasn’t marked by the frenzy of creator-exclusive announcements — most of the “marquee names” at Marvel and DC are already under contract. And with 52 and Civil War only really beginning, and Infinite Crisis and House of M still in our rearview mirrors, there wasn’t talk of The Next Crossover That Will Change Everything.
Still, there were a couple of “big” announcements from the Big Two: from Marvel, the “lost” original version of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four #102; and from DC, confirmation of a new line of direct-to-DVD animated projects, featuring The New Frontier, plus Superman/Doomsday and New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract.
Most of the weekend’s news was of a smaller, quieter, and sometimes quirkier, nature: talk from Oni Press of a comic with Stephen Colbert; official word of Richard Donner’s stint on Action Comics; Dark Horse’s slate for 2006-2007; several new titles from Image; Marvel and Bungie expanding Halo to an ongoing series; Wildstorm’s horror-movie line; IDW’s remastered Dick Tracy collections; Paul Dini and Amanda Conner’s Black Canary/Zatanna graphic novel; Marvel’s second Avengers title; and Adam Hughes drawing and writing DC’s All-Star Wonder Woman.
That, of course, just scratches the surface of what was announced at the publisher panels. A few items were revealed elsewhere, a Terra limited series for DC, by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Conner, and a mysterious 120-page graphic novel (scroll down) for Vertigo from Steven T. Seagle and Tara McPherson.
Oh, and don’t forget the 2006 Eisner Awards.
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The next few days will likely see more news that slipped through the cracks of the hustle and bustle of Comic-Con.
Beyond this, the comics Internet, The Hollywood Reporter has a few more details about the DC animated projects, including a reference to it as the “DC Universe” line, and word that the films will be rated PG-13.
“It seems like you guys are making this too complicated for a simple art form that’s escapism for most of us,” one fan told the panel.