Rapid Fire Rundown Of Marvel’s NYCC Announcements: Trial Of Jean Grey, Loki: Agent Of Asgard And Much More
Marvel had a lot of big comic book announcements Friday at New York Comic Con. We’ve sifted through all the panel recaps out there and complied all the juicy details into one article for your reading pleasure. We’ve got a lot of new series announcements, some new storylines coming up for some of the publisher’s biggest hits, and a few redesigns and relaunches as well. Strap in and read on for the rapid fire rundown!
Marvel started their first panel off with some X-Men news. Editor Nick Lowe revealed that he had just sent the final issue of Battle of the Atom to the printers, and it was a doozy. The final installment will set up a lot of things in the months following its release. While the panelist remained coy about what will happen in the big finale, they did some tease some things coming up that will effect the X-titles during Inhumanity. Uncanny X-Men #15.INH (meaning Inhuman) will be an Inhumanity tie-in and will feature the introduction of a character that, according to Lowe, will cause us to “see fans throwing things at Brian Michael Bendis.” Speaking of Bendis, the Trial of Jean Grey storyline featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy was confirmed. The original X-kids apparently aren’t going back to their own time at the end of Battle of the Atom. They even get some new costumes as you can see in the first image below. The story will be six issues, 3 each of All-New X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy. The story was described by Lowe: “In ‘AvX,’ the Phoenix was a big part of it. When the universe learns there’s a Jean Grey, they come to Earth, they take Jean Grey by force back to Shandalar and she goes on trial” and it’s up to the X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy to get her out. It was also announced that Juggernaut will be popping up in a big way sometime soon.
Deadpool will have another inventory issue when #20 comes around, featuring art by Scott Koblish. If you like Kirby Krackle, you’re not going to want to miss that one. Deadpool will also get his own annual which will answer the question fans have been asking about the missing white caption boxes. Ol’ Deadpool’s buddy Wolverine also got a new bit of info released. Savage Wolverine will see an arc where the Canadian Berserker becomes a bootlegger in the 30s with a very Grapes of Wrath vibe from writer Richard Isanoves.
Hopless Dent will be crossing Cable and X-Force over with Sam Humphries‘ Uncanny X-Force in an event called Vendetta. Peter David fans will be happy to hear he will be working on All-New X-Factor, picking up where the recently ended X-Factor left off. David will be bringing Quicksilver and Gambit into conflict in his first arc. It was also announced that Ghost Rider will be joining the Thunderbolts. Johnny Blaze will be joining the team because the Thunderbolts have a problem they think only he can solve.
In Marvel‘s second panel, Avengers #24, the new launching point in Marvel NOW! phase 2, will be titled Avengers #24.NOW and also Avengers #1 just to be extra confusing I guess. In Captain America, Cap will be facing a new villain called Doctor Mindbubble, who you can see blowing mind bubbles below. Sam Humphries revealed he would be taking Avengers AI 10,000 years into the future where only robots and other similar creations have survived. A new Secret Avengers book was announced along with Avengers World (from Hickman and it’s exactly what the title infers), and Avengers Undercover (Avengers Arena survivors going undercover to infiltrate the Masters of Evil). Loki: Agent of Asgard was announced as the next big series. Al Ewing will write that one. Loki will be all grown up (due to some magic and tricky) and will take on missions for the All-Mothers. We’re supposed to stay tuned to Young Avengers to see the set-up for the new Loki series.
Finally, two things worth noting is a new Black Widow series from writer Nathan Edmonson and artist Phil Noto. More on this is supposed to be revealed at tomorrow’s Women in Comics panel. Secondly, Wolverine Origins II will have Mr. Sinister playing a very large role, larger than was first mentioned, as you can see on one part of the acetate cover below where he stares menacing over the hungry wolves. That’s a lot to take in, but we made it through. What do you think about the latest Marvel announcements? Any jump out at you?