Welcome to the second of four special editions of #Trending where I’ll summarize any comic-related news that occurred during each day of the Con. This will included news about comic books, comic-related movies, TV shows, video games, etc. but will be in a more bullet point type fashion then the usual #Trending. Also different is that the Comic Book Cosplay section will be all female and consist of three photos instead of the usual two. Without further ado, let’s begin:
– Booster Gold will not be appearing in Trinity War but expect him in the intro to Forever Evil #1.
– John Constantine “has a major role in the War. Constantine sees Shazam as the cause and goes after Billy Batson in Constantine #5. Expect to see Constantine actually wield the power of Shazam. He is a major wildcard in the war’s outcome.”
– Expect a depowered Zatanna.
– Trinity War is “in essence an Identity Crisis Story in that the heroes will no longer trust one another. Trinity War and Forever Evil will be the official end of phase one of the New 52 and that almost every threat that began in the first two years will be resolved.”
– It was learned that Lex Luthor is “essentially the central character of the Forever Evil series” and “there is a big twist to it all.”
– Geoff Johns revealed that the Joker “gets mentioned in the first issue of Forever Evil and fans will have the opportunity to see where he’s at during the event.”
– Geoff Johns also revealed that “Hal Jordan will be back in Justice League next year, much to Batman’s chagrin.”
– Jeff Lemire has “big plans for Martian Manhunter in the new year.”
– Dr. Fate will be making an appearance on Earth 1 in Justice League Dark #23. It is currently unknown if this is Earth 2 Dr. Fate crossing over or a new Dr. Fate.
– In upcoming issues of Aquaman we’ll “find out more about Aquaman’s ancestry, which is more complicated than we think. We’ll see how the Trench ties into the origin of Atlantis…everything set up from issue #1 will tie up into this storyline.”
– Green Arrow writer Jeff Lemire had this to say about the series: “Certain versions of the characters from CW’s Arrow TV show will be appearing in the book. Readers will also see Green Arrow and Batman’s first meeting, It’s all building up to his return to the island.”
– The next issues of Batwoman will “bring in an established Bat-villain as well as examine the support system and family surrounding Batwoman.” As JH Williams III put it: “It’s all about figuring out how to rescue Kate’s twin sister, Beth, from the D.E.O. and…it’s all going to culminate in a confrontation with Batman. It’s going to be pretty explosive, the fight scene between those two will be very emotional, powerful.”
– Issue #23 and #24 of Nightwing “will show the Prankster’s motivations and plans.” After those issues “there will be a Batgirl and Nightwing story coming up.”
– The Swamp Thing Annual will feature “eleven different Swamp Things through history.”
– Concerning the new Superman Unchained villain Wraith: “Not only does Superman get owned physically, he gets punched against the state of Utah. In 1938 a group of scientists sent out a mathematical formula pleading for help from the stars, which Wraith answers. Not only has this guy been here longer and is solar-powered…he’s not a straight up villain, he’s Superman’s nightmare, he’s the guy doing what Superman wants to do but doesn’t.
– It is clarified that Lois Lane will be the third biggest character in the book to the relief of all Lois supporters.
– In the Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie, “Electro has the power to approach a power socket and merge with the Electricity.
Paul Giamatti has “a couple of scenes to establish a fun tone.”
– Electro’s origin “starts with an electric shock while Dillon is working at Oscorp, sending him falling into a tank of electric eels.” which is similar to his origin in the Spectacular Spider-Man animated show.
– Jamie Foxx, who plays Electro, says that “we see Max Dillon betrayed by life, love and his work. We meet him on his birthday and not even his mother remembers. He becomes a very serious character, the opposite of Spider-Man.”
– Dane DeHaan, who plays Harry Osborn, says “this version of the character was a childhood friend of Peter Parker sent to boarding school. He’d cut off his home lot, thanks to a rough relationship with his dad, but it’s now time for him to come back. He has to now reconcile his relationship with Parker.”
– The October issue of Daredevil is being touted as a Halloween special. Artist Chris Samnee says: “it’s one of the few times I was allowed to design the cover before getting the script, and now Waid is wracking his brain to make a team-up with the Legion of Monsters work.”
– During the retailer meeting at San Diego Comic Con, Marvel announced Marvel NOW Phase 2.
– Vin Diesel revealed: “While he can’t say anything about working with Marvel just yet, there’s an announcement coming at the end of the month.”
– New Marvel series announced called Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand by Bendis and Bagley. It will be five issues long starting in November and feature “616 Galactus coming to Ultimate Earth and eating it.”
– Bendis said in regards to the series: “Very, very important chapter in all the Ultimate books, featuring all the characters from the Ultimate books, including Miles Morales. Breaks up the barriers between Ultimate and 616 as more and more discover where Galactus came from. Not only can they not just kill him, but they can’t send him back without sending him to eat another universe. Legitimately the biggest change in the Ultimate U since its creation.”
– There will be crossovers between the mini and the ongoing Ultimate books through the entire event.
– The 200th issue of Ultimate Spider-Man is coming and that Peter Parker fans will want to read that. Also in #200, “Miles has to meet Norman Osborn.”
Other villains popping-up in the series include Ultimate Taskmaster and Bombshell is coming back.
– “Will we ever get a follow up to the end of Spider-Men where 616 Peter looks up Miles Morales in the Marvel U. Bendis’ reply: “There are big plans for that moment and that Cataclysm is in some ways a sequel to Spider-Men, since it deals with the emotions of people finding out about another universe.”
– They announced the return of Marvel UK with a new series called Revolutionary War.
– Apparently “It’s a good year to be a Nick Fury fan.”
– Bendis revealed that “there is a project coming down the line, in the vein of Hawkeye.”
– No new Runaways series but “look for the characters in other Marvel books.”
– At the end of the year we’ll be treated to a New Year’s Eve party storyline in the pages of Young Avengers. The story will feature a whole load of guest artists including Joe Quinones, Ming Doyle, Christian Ward, Becky Cloonan, and Emma Vieceli.
– New Marvel series Inhuman was described as “the next huge franchise for the Marvel Universe. You’re going to see characters you’ve seen before, but you’ll see them in ways you’ve never seen them. A new kind of superhero and super character is going to come out of this.”
– Wolverine: Origin II was announced for November with Kieron Gillen and Adam Kubert as the creative team.
– Maria Hill will make a cameo in the first episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show.
– J. August Richard’s mystery role was revealed. SPOILERS He is playing Michael Peterson who in the comics was the non-powered best friend of Slapstick, one of the New Warriors. Yeah, I have no clue who that is either. END OF SPOILERS
– Fans were shown the pilot and it was described as follows: “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is tonally very much in line with the banter effect of Joss Whedon’s “Avengers” screenplay. Here, the focus is on building a new team of Agents meant to be the front line in dealing with the growing super powered population on earth from the mysterious Melinda May to the young hotshot Ward. Coulson is the anchor for the tone and plot of the show as the team tracks down a rogue superhero and Coulson’s mysterious return is addressed in the pilot. But as with many things in an espionage-themed show, there were plenty of plot points set up as mysteries to be explored later including the powerful villains behind the group Rising Tide.”
– Dark Horse is going to release a new series based on the Tomb Raider videogame franchise which will be written by Gail Simone.
– New IDW series called City by Eric Garcia and Tommy Lee Edwards. The story is “about a guy named Ben who programs computers to look at every single video camera in the city to stop crime. He gets a chip in his head, sees everything in city, but things aren’t really what he thinks they are.”
– New IDW series called The Illegitimates by Marc Andreyko and Taran Killam. The story is: “When the world loses its greatest (and most promiscuous) super-spy, Jack Steele, a secret international espionage organization has no choice but to call in a new team to save the world, The Illegitimates! With no knowledge of the bond that ties the team together, The Illegitimates are thrust into a seedy world filled with crime, lust, and double-crosses. Each member of The Illegitimates is forced to use their unique skills to overcome their personality clashes and come together as a team.”
– New IDW series by Dave Sim called The Strange Death of Alex Raymond. The series will be 18 issues and consist of a combination of photorealism and art.
– New IDW series called Ragnarok by Walt Simonson concerning Norse mythology with the lead character being a non-Marvel Thor.
– New IDW series called Indestructible by Jeff Kline, Javier Garron, Salvi Garcia, Chris Johnson, and Bernard Chang. The story is about “a guy in a world of superheroes, just a regular guy who is shot. The bullet bounces off of him because of a flask in his pocket and now everybody thinks he’s a superhero.” It’s described as being a humorous book.
And that concludes #Trending. Thoughts on any subjects discussed? Anything else worth mentioning? Comment below!