SDCC 2012 – Thursday Recap

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Thursday launched the annual San Diego Comic Con into full swing as thousands of diehard fans invaded the San Diego convention center to learn about what’s hot in the future of movies, television, video games, and comics. While Dane and I are not at the show this year, that’s not going to stop us from giving you top notch SDCC reporting. Hit the jump for a recap of the news you need to know from the first day of SDCC 2012.

MARVEL COMICS

Most of Marvel’s big announcements came last week, so the House of Ideas looks to have a quieter showing at this year’s convention. However, Marvel did announce a few things at Thursday morning’s House of Ideas panel.

  • Moving forward, all $3.99 or higher books will include codes for a free digital copy. This will extend to the Avengers Vs. X-Men hardcover to be released this fall. The collection will also have all the AvX Infinite Comics in print for the first time.
  • There are plans for Marvel’s first entry into digital comics, Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited, to be updated for iPad and iPhone access.
  • AvX Infinite #10 will feature a story focusing on Iron Man, The Scarlet Witch, and Beast. The story will be written by Mark Waid and drawn by Reilly Brown.
  • Marvel also has plans to continue with Infinite Comics, but those plans are too soon to discuss.
Next up was the Next Big Thing panel:
  • As shown in the cover above, Jeff Parker‘s Hulk series will become Red She-Hulk with issue #58 this October. Parker will be joined by artists Carlo Pagulayan and Wellinton Alves. The character will have a “major impact” on the Hulk in Marvel NOW!
  • Marjorie Liu‘s Astonishing X-Men will continue to explore the relationship between Northstar and Kyle. An upcoming Annual will feature the couple on a honeymoon, traveling around the world. Liu stated that their marriage “had problems before the wedding and those aren’t going away.”
  • Arune Singh states that Matt Fraction and David Aja‘s Hawkeye is the new series to watch, comparing to it to Mark Waid‘s Daredevil series.
  • Writer Daniel Way will end his Deadpool run with issue #63 in October, with the series going out on a high note. Way will be on a new project soon, but couldn’t announce any details.
  • The upcoming Gambit series will feature the character returning to his thieving roots as he steals his way across the Marvel Universe.
  • The Runaways and some of the Secret Warriors will be featured in an upcoming ongoing series. Singh stated that we’d know more by September.
  • There are no other plans for the Young Avengers outside of Kate Bishop’s role in Hawkeye.
  • There are big plans for Nick Fury Sr. – “You may like it, you may hate it.”
  • According to Axel Alonso, Thanos: Son of Titan is basically Thanos: Year One.
  • There is a lot of consideration being given to Marvel’s cosmic characters. Nova and Rocket Raccoon in particular are being used to “build . . . something big.”
DC COMICS
DC never has much in the way of announcements at Comic-Con, but instead offer details of what’s to come. There was no shortage of those insights at all of DC’s panels on Thursday. First up was the Tales from the Dark and the Edge.
  • Writer Jeff Lemire revealed that Frankenstein will be joining Justice League Dark in an upcoming annual, while issue #0 will introduce Tim Hunter from the Book of Magic.
  • Renee Montoya was brought up, but no one on the panel would comment on the status of the former Question.

Later on in the day, the DC Now! panel focused on the DC Universe as a whole.

  • Geoff Johns said that Justice League‘s issue #0 will feature Shazam joining the team in addition to having Black Adam play a larger role in the book. Justice League #13 will reintroduce Wonder Woman villain Cheetah as the book leads into next year’s Trinity War.
  • Aquaman #0 will show what happend to the city of Atlantis, while issue #12 shows Aquaman calling out the Justice League for not acting like a team.
  • Green Lantern #0 will feature a new Green Lantern as the Third Army storyline begins in Green Lantern Annual #1. The Guardians seek to remove free will from the universe.
  • Scott Synder talked about the Rotworld crossover between Animal Man and Swamp Thing, saying that Poison Ivy will have a large role to play in the series as a warrior against the rot. The crossover will begin in Swamp Thing #13.
The Batman panel closed out DC’s panels for the day with tons of info about the Caped Crusader.
  • After passing out Court of Owls masks to all in the audience, Synder talked about his upcoming Talon series, saying Calvin Rhodes (the new heroic Talon)  would build on the mythology of the Court of Owls villains.
  • On the upcoming arc reintroducing the Joker, Synder stated that the Joker would be looking to punish Batman for forgetting about the clown prince of crime. Synder mentioned the arc in the same breath as Alan Moore’s legendary Killing Joke.
The most disappointing news, if it ends up being true, is that Stephanie Brown will no longer be Nightwing in Bryan Q. Miller‘s Smallville Season 11 comic. Bleeding Cool reported the news, saying Brown has seemingly been replaced by Barbara Gordon.
DC also unvieled a series of variant covers for Before Watchmen, which we’ve posted in a gallery below.
And finally, as teased in the image above, Neil Gaiman will return to write a six-issue Sandman mini-series with JH Williams III on art. According the the press release the seres will focus on: “the story of what had happened to Morpheus to allow him to be so easily captured in THE SANDMAN #1, and why he was returned from far away, exhausted beyond imagining, and dressed for war.” The series will launch in 2013 with day and date digital release.
INDIE COMICS
  • Image announced Debris, which will place Green Wake‘s Kurtis Wiebe and Riley Rossmo together again. The series is set in the future and features an Earth covered in trash. The Spirits of the Earth have risen up against mankind.
  • Wiebe also announced Grim Leaper, detailing a man cursed to keep dying over and over again in ridiculous ways. Each time he dies, he wakes up in a new body. However, Wiebe calls the book a love story, as the character meets a woman with the exact same curse.
  • Jim McCann also detailed his upcoming book, Mind the Gap. The story finds a woman detached from her body after an attack. The attack plays into a larger plot that unfolds as an ongoing murder mystery similar to X-Flies.
  • Dynamite also announced a mini-series team up titled Masks, which will feature a team up between Zorro, Green Hornet, The Shadow, and the Spider. The series will be written by Chris Roberson and drawn by Alex Ross (!).
That’s all for day one of the big show, folks. We’ve included a ton of images in the gallery below. What are you excited about? Sound off in our comments!

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