In #Trending I’ll highlight and offer my opinions on any comic-related news that occurred during the week while also highlighting various Comic Book Cosplay. This will include any notable news about comic books from DC, Marvel, and the Independents. Let’s begin:
New DC Series IncomingFirst up is the long rumored Sinestro series which is going to begin in April. Originally thought to be more of a team book involving his Corps, it now looks like it will mainly focus on just Sinestro. It will be written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Dale Eaglesham. Another new series starting in April is Secret Origins. It will tell the origins of the New 52 DC characters and routinely switch the creative teams from issue to issue. And the final new series for April is called Aquaman and the Others. It will be written by Dan Jurgens and drawn by Lan Medina and Ed Tadeo. The series will feature “Aquaman’s team of Others being hunted by a mysterious foe who wants the golden Atlantean artifacts that give them their powers.”
Amazing ReturnPeter Parker is coming back. In April, Marvel will be relaunching Amazing Spider-Man with Dan Slott staying on as writer and Humberto Ramos illustrating the first arc. Dan Slott stated: “We’ve gone over 30 issues without Peter Parker, so when we let him out of that box and he gets to put on that costume again and he gets to swing through the sky, it’s going to be the greatest feeling.” I have to admit that I’ll be sad to see the Superior Spider-Man leave all to soon…
(#1) John Layman is leaving the upcoming Batman Eternal series. He said: “So yes, it is true that I am leaving Batman Eternal. I’m writing 4 issues of the first 20, one of which I still have to turn in, and then moving on to solely concentrate on Chew for a while. I’m leaving after honoring my commitment to what I said I’d write and leaving on amicable terms, told that I will be welcomed back to the Bat-office when I am ready. This is something I fully intend to someday do. I agreed to Eternal while I was still on Detective Comics, intending to play off events in Eternal in Detective.”
(#2) There is a campaign to honor the underappreciated Bill Finger by securing a Google Doodle for what would have been his 100th birthday on February 8th. If you want to lend your support, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(#3) Wally West will make his grand debut in the New 52 in April’s The Flash Annual #3. It is about time!
(#1) Kaare Andrews will writing, penciling, inking, coloring and doing the covers for a new Iron Fist series. Launching in April, the series is described as “a bloody, revenge-fueled martial arts epic. Danny Rand is compelled to return from the Western world to the mystical Eastern city where he was raised and trained to fight after seeing his parents die.” Kaare Andrews adds: “I have two intentions with this project. The first is to tell a bare bones story that does not impede itself with the layers and layers of continuity that Iron Fist has become enriched with. The second, and more important, is to reach into the core of the character and re-explore who Danny Rand is. Reinvention through core exploration. The defining aspect of Danny Rand is the loss of a father and a quest for honor and vengeance. Yet, these are themes that haven’t been explored again since his origin story back in the 70s. We need to bring Danny back to this state of blind rage and self-destruction. Remember – this is a man who traded immortality for vengeance. And the consequences of that are what I’m most interested in.” If it is anywhere near Fraction and Brubaker’s Immortal Iron Fist series I will be mighty happy.
(#2) A new Marvel mini-series is coming to us in April by writer Peter Milligan and artist David Lafuente. The name of this series is All-New Doop! and it will be a five-part series that is described as follows: “From the pages of the blockbuster X-Men crossover Battle of the Atom comes the story you didn’t see! Did you know Doop was an integral part of stopping the evil X-Men from the future? Don’t believe us? You will! Plus, don’t miss Doop finally express his feelings for Kitty Pryde – in a way only Doop can!”
(#3) Marvel revealed their plans for their Ultimate imprint once the Cataclysm event ends: “It all starts in April with All-New Ultimates, from the creative team of Michel Fiffe and Amilcar Pinna. Spider-Man, Black Widow (formally Spider-Woman), Kitty Pryde, Bombshell, Cloak & Dagger officially unite to tackle the vicious, rampant crime wave overtaking Hell’s Kitchen! But can this new team of Ultimates stand up to the murderous gang known only as the Serpent Skulls? Ultimate Marvel NOW! continues through the spring of 2014 with the launch of Ultimate FF by Joshua Hale Fialkov and upcoming superstar artist, Mario Guevara. The FF – Future Foundation – is all that stands between the Ultimate universe and COMPLETE AND UTTER DOOM! Can Sue Storm, Tony Stark, Machine Man and Sam Wilson face the oncoming devastation directly after the events of Cataclysm? And finally, Miles Morales is back in his own web-slinging solo-series, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man by creator Brian Michael Bendis and artist Dave Marquez. In the wake of earth-shattering events, Miles is back in action with a new status quo and a new outlook on life! But there is no time to sit back and relax. A BIG villain from Peter Parker’s past is alive and well and about to turn New York upside down.”
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (The Fade Out)
“The Fade Out is Brubaker’s ultimate noir story. It’s a brutal crime story set in late ’40s Hollywood, and all spinning around the mysterious death of an up-and-coming starlet. It goes from studio backlots to the debauchery of the rich and famous, and even stretching back to the horrors of World War Two.” The duo also announced that they signed a five-year deal with the publisher to do practically anything they want. That is a huge signing for Image.
Scott Snyder & Jock (Wytches)
“The Wytches are primal cannibalistic creatures that were copied and worshipped by historical witches. WYTCHES takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before.”
Robert Kirkman (Outcast)
“This is about a character, Kyle Barns, plagued with demonic possession his whole life, including people close to him who become possessed. He goes on a journey to discover what possession is and he learns world ending ramifications. It’ll be creepy, cool, and as dark as possible. The first issue will be 40 pages for 2.99.”
Matt Fraction (ODY-C)
“It’s a retelling of the Odyssey in Space, where all the men are women and all the women are men. A deeply psychedelic Greek fiction by way of gender-swapping. It’s very colorful and surreal- it’s very Christian.”
Grant Morrison & Chris Burnham (Nameless)
“Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham will team up again for a new horror series called Nameless. Billed as the ultimate horror comic, Burnham didn’t have many details to add, save that he’s been researching some of the worst things on the Internet.”
Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini (Low)
Frequent collaborators Rick Remender and artist Greg Tocchini will bring readers on another high-octane science fiction adventure, this time to the lowest depths of Earth after it has been ravaged by the sun’s radiation. LOW is set in the distant future, after humanity has relocated to radiation-shielded cities below the sea and the surface of the planet has become a scorched uninhabitable wasteland. A probe has returned with information on a possible alternative planet for humans, but it has landed on the Earth’s surface. A few brave representatives from the warring human clans venture out to retrieve it and the hopeful news it bears. More than just a science fiction story, LOW touches on the human condition, but in an unconventional way. LOW explores what happens to groups of humans who are holding out hope for a solution when one is quite unlikely. It’s an examination of how quickly our ideals shift when we’re forced to make pragmatic choices for survival but at its core is an examination of how one person’s optimism in the face of all of this hopelessness can potentially change everything for the better.”
Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (The Wicked and The Devine)
“What if every 90 years the gods were reincarnated? The new ongoing series will feature guest creators and surprise arcs with alternate endings that will bring the gods of mythology to life. Twelve gods will be briefly reincarnated in order to perform miracles like superheroes and bask in celebrity fame. But for the first time, there may be a thirteenth god reincarnated, and lucky number thirteen is tipping the delicate balance.”
James Robinson & Greg Hinkle (Airboy)
“It’s a semi-autobiographical tale of exploring the underside of San Francisco trying to figure out ideas for Airboy and then breaking through into Airboy’s fictional word. It is both a relaunch of the classic Airboy but also a new semi-autobiographical work. Compared to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Adaptation. AIRBOY is the story of two comic book creators determined to breathe new life into a series that, while once wildly successful, had fallen into obscurity. A humorous blend of fiction and reality (and a healthy dose of embellishment) AIRBOY begins the renewed journey of a character much beloved at one point, but forgotten today.”
Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro (Bitch Planet)
“A science-fiction take on the Women in Prison exploitation feature, BITCH PLANET follows five prisoners on an all-female penal planet, ready to make their escape by way of a gladiatorial exhibition against a team of visiting male prisoners. There are five women, all ridiculous and real, and all very different. One shouldn’t be there. The other four are unrepentant and guilty as Hell.”
Nick Spencer (Paradigms, Cerulean, & Great Beyond)
“A contemporary fantasy epic with a spy thriller aesthetic, PARADIGMS will showcase art by Butch Guice and explore a world that exists beyond, or more specifically behind, ours. In the shadows where magic is real, warring clans of sorcerers battle for power and the favor of their gods. A sci-fi thriller of dead worlds, lost secrets, and hidden dangers, CERULEAN, with art by Frazer Irving, follows the last survivors of the destruction of Earth as they struggle to rebuild civilization on a distant planet full of its own mysteries. In the GREAT BEYOND, featuring art by Morgan Jeske a post-life community values the size of your bank account over morals and values—and your place in the hereafter is determined by it. But then polite society is rocked by the apparent suicide of one of its own.”
Bill Willingham & Barry Kitson (Restoration)
“On Restoration Day, magic comes back into the world. This is not good news. Millennia ago, a group of some of the more forward-seeing movers and shakers in the world got together and decided to remove magic from the world—our world. They called themselves The Brotherhood of the Cauldron, because, in the first stages of their massive project, they would feed captured magical items and beings into a large magic cauldron, which would render them down into their most basic magic essence, which could then be bottled and stored away, much like we store the unwanted residue of our nuclear programs. The world settled down into manageable natural laws that were always the same for everyone. Magic was gone. Until one day something terrible went wrong and the gods and monsters broke loose. Suddenly, all at once, magic came rushing back into the world.”
Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, & Rod Reis (C.O.W.L.)
“This May, Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis take readers back to 1960s Chicago, in a time when the once-celebrated superhero labor union C.O.W.L. struggles to maintain their public image and regain the confidence of the people. A rise in super powered individuals dates back to the closing days of World War II after the deployment of the atomic bomb. In response, Geoffrey Warner (then known as The Grey Raven) spearheaded the campaign to bring heroes together in Chicago…and struck a contract with the city for the heroes’ services. But while C.O.W.L. once stood as a beacon of hope against an epidemic of organized crime and a loose “brotherhood” of villains, the organization is now in a position where it must prove its worth to an ever more disillusioned public…while overcoming great threats from both inside and outside its offices. Although Geoffrey, aka The Grey Raven is the character responsible for first organizing the heroes under one banner, C.O.W.L., he’s not the only character readers will get to know. These characters range from some of the top tier heroes, to members of the Investigations and Patrol Divisions. We’ve also got spouses, reporters, Chicago Police Detectives, jailers, and City Hall.”
Joshua Williamson & Mike Henderson (Nailbiter)
“What if you found out someone you loved was a serial killer? It tells the sorry of a boy from a small town in Oregon that has produced more serial killers than anywhere in the world. The protagonists are a FBI and NSA agent trying to figure out why the town produces killers, and the eponymous Nailbiter, a notorious killer who ends up in their lap. Did you know that more serial killers have been born in Buckaroo, Oregon than any other city in the world? Since 1969, Buckaroo, Oregon has been the birthplace for sixteen serial killers and FBI criminal profiler Charles Kohl aims to uncover why. But just as Kohl begins to close in on understanding the truth behind why this small town seems to breed some of the vilest human beings America has ever seen, he goes missing. Enter trusted friend and NSA agent Nicholas Finch who must race against the clock to find his friend and piece together the rest of the mystery…before anyone else gets hurt.”
Joe Keatinge & Leila Del Luca (Shutter)
“Kate Kristopher, once the most famous explorer on Earth—an Earth that’s far more fantastical than the one we know, filled with demons, gorgons, phantom ninjas, and various other monsters of lore—is forced to return to the adventurous life she left behind when a family secret threatens to destroy everything she spent her life protecting. Kate’s character can be described as a contemporary Indiana Jones.”
Brandon Graham (8House)
“In 2014, Brandon Graham will team up with four different creators to bring a series of science-fiction/fantasy miniseries set in a world ruled by eight houses to life. The first of the series will be 8HOUSE: KIEM, written by Graham and drawn by Xurxo Penalta and follows a soldier who must project her mind into the body of her dead twin in order to fight monsters on a distant comet. The second of the series is titled 8HOUSE: ARCLIGHT, written by Graham and featuring art by Marian Churchland. ARCLIGHT will bring readers the chilling story of a high-ranking lady of one of the houses who has her mind trapped in a monster’s body. She will soon learn that the monster trapped in her body has taken over her old life in her absence. The last of the series will be 8HOUSE: MIRROR, and will be written by Emma Ríos and drawn by Hwei Lim. 8HOUSE: MIRROR will examine what it means to be “human” and promises to take readers on an ironic space opera battle between self-absorbed humans intent on their own survival and noble monsters striving to save their worlds.”
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