Welcome to the twentieth edition of the Comic Connection! The main point of its existence is to share and discuss, to Connect through Comics. Its centrepiece is the Weekly Question, a question I will pose dealing with anything Comic related. Then I turn it over to you and to Twitter to offer any feedback/your opinion on the topic with your answers being featured on next week’s posting. I’ll also share some cool comic-related fan art along with links to my favourite blogs and people to follow on Twitter. With that said, let’s revisit last week’s question:
Last week I asked “Which currently deceased characters from DC Comics would you like to see revived?” To see my answer on the topic visit HERE. As for what the rest of you had to say…
@Annice22: Damian Wayne and Helena Bertinelli (she’s supposedly died at some point off panel).
@jschaalma: Solomon Grundy
@danceformyhorse: The real Tim Drake.
@paul_bowler: I agree that it would be nice to see Damien Wayne return, I think it was a big mistake to kill him off. Right now I think DC have a good balance of characters, so I honestly couldn’t think of which other deceased character I’d like to return
Other than that, it doesn’t seem that too many fans are missing any DC characters for the time being…
“What announcements are you anticipating being made at San Diego Comic-Con 2013?”
It’s that time of year again! San Diego Comic-Con is upon us and with the arrival of arguably the biggest Con of the year comes some of the biggest announcements as well. Unfortunately I won’t be there in attendance but that doesn’t make it any less special for me so I’ve decided to list the announcements that I actually foresee taking place., the ones that pique my interest the most. Without further ado:
Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3
Over the last couple of months Marvel has announced three mystery projects, the only details that we know being their release dates. That was their plan all along: tease us, build up the speculation, and then at the big show wow us with the reveals. What these three movies might actually be is anyone’s guess (Doctor Strange, Heroes For Hire, Black Panther, a Captain America/Thor sequel?) but the one thing we can guarantee is that they’re going to knock our proverbial socks off and get comic fans’ hearts aflutter in anticipation.
Man of Steel 2 and Justice League
Marvel is going to come out guns blazing at the Con and DC needs to try and match them. DC has already been lapped two to three times (if not more) in their progress of their live action movie division compared to their rivals so now is the time to not lose focus and keep the momentum alive that they have gained from the Man of Steel’s release. The first thing they can do is present an official former announcement complete with release date for Man of Steel’s sequel. But that is not enough. We need solid information regarding Justice League as well. I’m not talking about some theoretical release date that they have no hope of making but an actual show of progress on that movie’s front. Who will be featured? Who is the creative team behind it? And hopefully, maybe, some cast announcements? DC has to go big here or else they’ll fail to capitalize on what they’ve built and retreat back into their area of broken promises and missed opportunities that DC fans know all too well.
Marvel NOW Phase 2
Marvel has slowly been ending/canceling some of their current titles including X-Factor, Astonishing X-Men, and Gambit. Rumors have been circulating for awhile now about Phase 2 of their Marvel NOW initiative and what better place than to unveil it at the Con? Some of the rumored titles consist of a relaunched Astonishing X-Men and X-Factor, an X-Men title that focuses on the younger members of the X-Cast, and a Bendis-written Heroes For Hire. It’s going to happen and it’s going to happen here. Speaking of announcing new titles…
The Rest of the New 52
The quote-unquote DC New 52 has not consisted of 52 titles for quite some time. I expect the Con to rectify that. I’m actually surprised it has taken this long but I guess they wanted to hold off until Villains Month was announced and then, since they were so close to the actual Con anyways, they decided to hold off until there. Whether this means that there are some add-ons to their October solicitations or these titles are going to make their debuts in the following months, fan speculation of what they could be is constantly up for debate. Despite it looking extremely likely that an ongoing Sinestro Corps series is going to be one of them, the other titles are certainly up for grabs.
Fox’s Marvel Universe Officially Expands
With all the talk of Marvel’s and DC’s movieverse, Fox’s share of the superhero cinematic landscape seems to at times be put on the backburner in fans’ minds besides talk of X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming Wolverine movie. I expect the Con to rectify that. Talk has already leaked about a future X-Force movie coming to us and I think that is just the tip of the iceberg. Fox is going to go all-out and I expect them to present a solid game plan for a whole boatload of X-Verse movies, a game plan that will probably be more extensive and numerous then anything DC is going to announce. Add that with possibly some sort of announcement regarding casting and a release date for their Fantastic Four reboot and the studio, no matter how divisive their films are, looks to be a real contender for announcement of the Con.
Comic Art Spotlight
Here I thought I’d share some of my favourite comic-related works of art from Hai-Ning. To check-out more from her, go to her DeviantArt page HERE.
In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:
House of Flying Scalpels – http://houseofflyingscalpels.com/
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, and awesome reviews.
Sci-Fi Jubilee – http://scifijubilee.wordpress.com/
Really nice in-depth reviews from a perfect gentleman residing in the UK.
Sidekick Reviews – http://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com/
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead and Arrow episode reviews.
The Indigo Tribe – http://indigotribe.wordpress.com/
A blog about all things Green Lantern including reviews and musings.
Arousing Grammar – http://arousinggrammar.com/
Great reviews that are a nice hybrid of commentary and full-page comic art.
The Pure Mood – http://thepuremood.com/
Reviews and thorough articles are the makeup for this blog that also has a podcast element to it.
Comic Book Junkie – http://comicbookjunkie.wordpress.com/
Previews of the coming week of comics, Cover VS Cover, and more.
X-Men X-Pert – http://xmenxpert.wordpress.com/
A great blog that covers all things related to the X-Verse.
Recommended People To Follow On Twitter
That wraps up the twentieth edition of The Comic Connection. Have any comments? Anything you wanted to share? You know what to do.