So if you thought Baltimore was over, think again … seems like some of the comic publishers, Marvel in particular, were holding back some news for the big Diamond Retailer Summit that happens after the Baltimore Comic Con.
As announced on the main Newsarama site, there’s a new rendition of X-Force on its way after the Messiah Complex crossover ends. And it looks like the new team will include Warpath, X-23, Wolfsbane (I think) and of course Wolverine, who was getting bored only appearing in two solo titles, New Avengers and Astonishing X-Men (what with Astonishing only appearing every so often). And Cable is getting his own solo title again, replacing Cable & Deadpool.
On the DC front, Bob Wayne reiterated many of the announcements they made at the con, with a few other tidbits, like a Time Masters mini-series finally being collected. This is probably my favorite mini-series I never owned, as my friend Mike was buying it so I always just read his copies. I’ll be sure to pick up the collection, which pits Rip Hunter and a ragtag team against Vandal Savage.
And finally Dark Horse announced a big Star Wars crossover series called Star Wars: Vector, which they compared to Civil War, as well as Hellboy “library editions.”
Looking back at the con over the weekend, Johanna from Comics Worth Reading worked at the con and has a report:
Reportedly, business was very good, with attendance up (based on anecdotal reports) and the larger space well-used. One guest expressed pleasure at the amount of energy in the room, while another experienced exhibitor guessed that attendance might have been double the prior year on Saturday. The Kids Love Comics group booth was also very busy, and one of their participants told me that he suspected that he might be doing better at this show than he did at San Diego, which is pleasant news.
She also has this really cool image up from the Kids Love Comics group:
On his blog, Mark Evanier talks about the news that he and Sergio Aragones are taking over the writing on The Spirit:
It was revealed on a panel at the Baltimore Comic Convention so I guess I should post it here. DC Comics, as you may know, publishes a fine comic that continues the adventures of Will Eisner’s The Spirit. Darwyn Cooke has been writing and drawing it but he’s departing the book. That’s all old news. The new news is that while its next artist has not yet been announced, the writing will be handled by Sergio Aragonés (the plots) and me (the words). I’ll tell you more about it when there’s more to tell.
Also, I recently completed the script for a new eight-page story of Crossfire, the comic that Dan Spiegle and I did for several years. Dan is currently drawing the story which will appear in a forthcoming anthology comic. I’ll fill you in on it shortly.