SDCC Day Two roared to life today with some massively long lines for both Hall H and Ballroom 20 today as the show crosses the halfway mark. What could Marvel, DC, and Indie publishers announce today to top yesterday’s announcements? What what does Season 3 of The Walking Dead have on the horizon? Let’s flip the script and talk about DC first, shall we?
One of the things I remember about SDCC was how, let’s just say… arrogant, some of the creators and companies can be sometimes. DC, in particular, hasn’t had much patience for listening to questions about characters with devoted fan bases (Wally West, Cassandra Cain, just to name a few). This year (and after yesterday’s news), that character is Stephanie Brown. Here’s the exchange when asked today why Brown had been seemingly replaced, (thanks to Robot 6 and CBR)
“The first rumor wasn’t known by us,” DC’s Vice President of Marketing John Cunningham replied, “and I have not heard of the second in the halls of DC, so I can’t comment.”
“Are you going to believe art or are you going to believe us?” Superman writer Scott Lobdell said to the laughter of the audience.
These kinds of responses aren’t uncommon from DC. I remember being at HeroesCon a couple of years ago and hearing things. Hey, I’m not an expert or anything, but I’m pretty damn sure this isn’t how you treat supporters of your comics.
Most of the rest of DC’s panels (outside of the Superman one, which I’ll touch on in a bit) were rehashes of information already discussed yesterday, but Friday’s panels did reveal some interesting information:
- In January, Justice League readers will find out about Martian Manhunter’s time on the team and what went wrong with that situation.
- Cyborg and Shazam will be “buddies” when he [Shazam] joins the team. Both will act a little irresponsibly since they’re two youngest members of the team.
- The new Green Lantern carries a gun because he realizes that “these things [the power rings] run out of juice, don’t they?”
- Geoff Johns hinted at the fall of Guy Gardner.
- In Earth 2 news, James Robinson said that he’ll introduce Wesley Dodds, the Sandman, as a Canadian superhero who works with the World Army. This Army is led by new character by the name of Amir Khan, who Robinson described as “Captain Nemo meets Nick Fury.”
The Superman panel offered some new details on J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis‘ second volume of Superman: Earth One. The second volume will focus on the Man of Steel fighting a very distinguishing Parasite. The rest of the panel focused on details for the upcoming #0 issues of the Superman family of books.
Marvel had another big day of announcements, including some books dealing with the fallout of Avengers Vs. X-Men.
- There will be another Point Issue after AvX that will include the talents of Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Jeph Loeb, Nick Spencer, Kieron Gillen, Dennis Hopeless, Steve McNiven, Michael Allred, Ed McGuinness, Jamie McKelvie and Salvador Larroca (whew, that’s a lot of names). The cover features the new Nick Fury passing out what looks like assignment folders.
- October will see the launch of A Plus X and will feature Jeph Loeb, Dan Slott, Dale Keown and Ron Garney. The book was described as the opposite of Avengers Vs. X-Men and looks to be more of team-up book.
- AvX: Consequences will launch under the creative team of Kieron Gillen, Tom Raney and Mark Brooks. The book will “set the trajectory for the Marvel Universe in the future,” and looks to focus on Cyclops to some extent.
- Remember this amazing Avengers Vs. X-Men variant by artist Skottie Young? Looks like it will come to life in the A-Babies VS X-Babies one shot by Skottie Young and Gurihiru.
- Over at the Ultimate Comics panel, Marvel made it very clear that deaths in the Ultimate universe are permanent. However, the biggest announcement at the panel had to be the Ultimate Comics Iron Man miniseries starting in October, from Nathan Edmondson (known for his work on Image’s Who is Jake Ellis?) and Matteo Buffagni. The four-issue mini will introduce the Ultimate universe version of the Mandarin.
- Marvel also announced that Ultimate Comics Spider-Man artist David Marquez is now a Marvel exclusive and will rotate drawing arcs on the book with Sara Pichelli once she’s done with Spider-Men.
THE WALKING DEAD
Reports from the panel state that cast members didn’t really announce any new details, so let’s skip the shenanigans and just embed the Season 3 trailer, shall we?
That’s really all for Day 2 of SDCC. Did we miss anything? What are you excited about? Sound off in our comments below with your thoughts!