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:
Justice League Canada Becomes Justice League UnitedJustice League of America ends in early April and then later on in the month Jeff Lemire relaunches it as “Justice League United with a zero issue and a diverse superhero team that will split its time between Northern Ontario and cosmic locales.” Jeff Lemire revealed more on this series: “Originally it was going to be called Justice League Canada but as he worked out the series with DC co-publisher Dan DiDio and others, we decided it was a good idea to expand the scope of the series. United kicks off with celebrity superheroes Animal Man and Stargirl signing autographs at a convention in Toronto, but duty calls for both up north in Moose Factory and Moosonee near the James Bay coast, just below the Arctic. That’s where the main adventure starts and also where the United team will be based after the first arc. Stargirl, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman and Green Arrow are members of the previous JLA who carry over into the new squad, which also includes Animal Man, Supergirl and a reintroduced Adam Strange. I didn’t want to make the mistake that a lot of cosmic comics make in that they’re too disconnected from the main universe or what’s happening on Earth, basically. United will act as a bridge between worlds — much of the first arc takes place on the planet Rann, which acts in contrast to the heroes’ very stark, rural Northern Ontario location. And the second arc sends the team off to Thanagar for a story line revolving around Hawkman and his past. The character is going to continue to evolve, pretty dramatically actually. There will also be an all-new character to the DC Universe as a member of the team, a superpowered Cree teenager from the Canadian area where the team is setting up their headquarters. There’s a mystery surrounding who she is and her name is being kept secret for now but she’s of First Nations lineage and her creation was influenced by Cree legends and folklore.” While I’m sad that it is no longer called JLC, I can understand DC’s reluctance to put Canada in the title. I’m happy that Stargirl is sticking around though I’m shocked that Canadian Booster Gold isn’t on the team.
Nightcrawler Gets A Solo SeriesNightcrawler is getting his own solo series from writer Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck on art. The series will be a follow-up from his resurrection in Amazing X-Men while also “heavily featuring Wolverine” and “dealing with Kitty Pryde’s defection to Cyclops’s X-Men.” Chris Claremont added: “If we presume that the Kurt who returns to the land of the living is fundamentally the same man who departed years ago, why would the experience affect his friendship with Logan at all? If anything, given how the two of them relate, it might cherish their time together as friends and teammates all the more.” Originally this series was going to be the next iteration of X-Men Legacy but Marvel decided to launch it with the character’s name on the cover instead.
(#1) In April both Lex Luthor and Captain Cold will be joining the Justice League! Unbelievable!
(#2) Kyle Higgins, who is leaving Nightwing after March (one issue away from the series finale), talked candidly about his time on the series: “It’s a weird feeling to leave the book after almost three years, and even though I would love nothing more than to write Dick Grayson for another fifty or sixty issues, it’s time to move on. In that spirit, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention BATMAN BEYOND 2.0 and C.O.W.L…two of the books I am currently working on, which are also– both in their own way– helping to curb the Grayson withdrawal 🙂 I’ve talked many times about my love for Nightwing. He was the hero I grew up with, the book that got me collecting, and the inspiration for my first film. For all those reasons, I had a lot of reservations about launching his New 52 series. What if I wasn’t good enough? What if DC wouldn’t let me tell the stories I wanted? What if people hated it? What if I hated it? As much pressure as I felt about doing DG justice, the truth is there’s very little I ever could have done to break him. He’s an amazing character who’s been around for almost seventy five years and will still be around long after I’m gone. Instead of thinking about what I’ve been able to do for DG, I’ve found it much better to think about what DG has been able to do for me. In that regard, I’ll only ever be able to look at my time on Nightwing and smile. Why? Because Dick Grayson made me a better writer.” It is simply awesome reading his love for the character like that. Too bad that Nightwing has no series left of his own though I can only hope he survives Forever Evil and shows up in Batman Eternal.
(#3) April marks the end of numerous series in the DC Universe: Teen Titans, Nightwing, JLA, Suicide Squad, Superman Unchained, and Stormwatch. That is three less comics from my pull-list…
(#4) Geoff Johns revealed that “Ted Kord returns to the DCU in Forever Evil #7, and plays a role in Justice League post-Forever Evil.” Simply awesome news!
(#1) Marvel announced their latest Infinite comic coming to us in April: Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? The series will be written by Joshua Hale Fialkov with art from Juan Bobillo and Antonio Fabela and layouts by Geoffo Beauleau and JL Mast. Fialkov describes it as follows: “The story starts with Peter Parker having lost all of his memory. He doesn’t know who he is. He’s in the process of robbing a bank. If you remove identity and get to the core of who Peter Parker really is, is he a hero? Would he act as a hero, when presented with the opportunities of a villain?” All I know is that if there is a print version of the series I am most certainly down for it.
(#2) In a bit of odd scheduling, we’ll be getting Hawkeye #16 this week with #15 hitting us in March. Say what?_____________________________________________________________
(#1) In April, Dynamite Entertainment will be launching a new Flash Gordon series to celebrate his 80th Anniversary. It will be written by Jeff Parker and drawn by Evan Shaner. Jeff Parker stated: “We’re bringing Flash back for a new audience. It’s over-the-planet high action and adventure where Flash’s spirit and optimism are as powerful as anything the forces of Ming the Merciless can dish out. We also have some of my favorite artists contributing covers – make no mistake, this book is going to absolutely kill!” I may just check this series out for myself.
(#2) Also from Jeff Parker and coming to us in June from IDW will be a comic based on the Angry Birds franchise. This I will not be checking out…
(#3) Titan Comics made it official that they are the new home for Doctor Who comics. Their statement follows: “In the universe of Doctor Who regenerations bring not only a new Doctor but often a fresh look and feel to the series and BBC Worldwide is bringing that same approach to Doctor Who comics as it signs a new deal with Titan Comics. The deal will open up the world of Doctor Who and provide fans with new stand alone adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor and after the new series launch, the Twelfth Doctor. Creative and production teams will be announced in the coming weeks and the first comic books will be released in 2014.”
And that concludes #Trending. Thoughts on any subjects discussed? Anything else worth mentioning? Comment below!